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       Levels of influenza-like illnesses are at an all time high, and doctors' offices and medical care centers are seeing a huge surge of patients not seen since the 2009 swine flu outbreak. Yet with the age of the internet and sites like WebMD comes a new attitude towards doctors -- we trust them, but we trust our Googling capabilites just as much. Dr. Michael Bordieri explains why it could be more beneficial to hand the reins over to the doctor once more.  

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  A state with one of the highest smoking rates in the country is paying farmers to paint anti-smoking messages on old tobacco barns.

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  Kentucky has some of the worst health outcomes in the nation, and that’s especially true around Appalachia. A report from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in August found the rate that infants die shortly after birth is higher there – even compared with Lexington and Louisville.

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A new program is aimed at making it easier for Owensboro residents to quit smoking. The plan will provide nicotine supplies for free to those interested.

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  The City of Paducah may soon become a designated “Blue Zone” placing greater emphasis on healthy eating and exercise.

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The Trump administration’s Department of the Interior has asked the National Academy of Sciences to suspend research into the health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining.

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  Purchase Youth Village in Benton has received approval to double its capacity for children and adolescents requiring treatment for mental illness. The new residential facility announced last week it would begin accepting patients July 5th to fill its 28 rooms.

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Some Kentucky lawmakers want the state to be the next to legalize medical marijuana, at least for end-of-life and hospice care.

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The City of Paducah is one step closer to becoming the first designated “Blue Zone” community in Kentucky.

A majority of working adults say they still go to work when they have a cold or the flu. There are some jobs where doing that can have a big effect on health.

At least half of people who work in very public places, like hospitals and restaurants, report going to work when they have a cold or the flu. Those were among the findings of a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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