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Health
11:09 am
Fri September 28, 2012

MSU Alumna Finds Insomnia Relief Listening to BBC World Service

Murray State Alumna Jo Dortch is a retired math teacher living in Paducah. She stays active with charities like the Laurel Foundation and The Empty Bowls Project. She’s a WKMS contributor. She brought her experience to our attention. She was listening to the BBC one night and she heard something that literally changed her life. She spoke with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

Health
6:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Health Food Education Funding Moved from PACS to Health Departments

Around $5 million in nutrition education funding is changing oversight agency. The Pennyrile Allied Community Services Executive Director Judy Peterson says state officials informed the office in July that as of October 1 funding for that program would go to local health departments.

State Nutrition Services Branch Manager Fran Hawkins says the state’s 59 local health departments will teach young children healthy eating habits. Hawkins says it makes sense to run the program through the health departments, rather than PACS.

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Health
3:23 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Beshear Appoints Team to Evaluate Veteran Health Policies

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Over the past three years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has reported a dramatic jump in the number of veterans in search of mental health services. In Kentucky, the outbreak of prescription drug abuse is also taking a toll. To better coordinate local, state, and federal agencies that deal with veteran’s health, Governor Beshear has appointed a team of health and military specialists to reevaluate the state’s policies. Retired Col. David Thompson heads up the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs.

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Environment
12:19 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Indiana Cantaloupes Linked to Ky. Salmonella Outbreak

State health officials have traced a strain of salmonella that’s affected many people in western Kentucky to Indiana-grown cantaloupes. State laboratory tests found a match between the strain and melons grown in southwestern Indiana and sold in Kentucky grocery stores.

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Science
12:41 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Statistical Analysis Shows Poor Health in Western Ky. Children

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A study of more than 800 western Kentucky children shows 25 percent are obese, and another 18 percent are overweight. The national average of obese children is 17 percent. Murray State University nursing professor Dr. Dana Manley was part of a team of researchers who compiled the data, based on 2008 and 2009 cardiovascular fitness tests.

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Education
4:30 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Health Department Budget

Hopkins County school clinics may be the latest casualty in a series of budget cuts to the County Health Department. 

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Society
3:33 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Kentucky Obesity Reduction Program

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A just released document called ‘A Community Guide to Reducing Obesity’ details local projects in 17 areas of the Commonwealth.  

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Afternoon Update
4:20 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 5/11/12

Prevalence of HIV by country
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Today on NPR: FDA may back pill to prevent HIV.

Four Rivers Region:

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Afternoon Update
4:38 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Afternoon Update 5-9

From NPR: In an interview with ABC News, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president's previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as "evolving."

From the Four Rivers Region:

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Health
4:23 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Hopkinsville Mayor to Propose City Smoking Ban

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Hopkinsville’s mayor says he thinks it’s time to join other major Kentucky cities in banning smoking indoors in public bulidings. Mayor Dan Kemp says he’ll introduce his proposal at tomorrow’s city council meeting. He says he wants to give time for people to voice their opposition to the ban, but so far residents’ opinions have been overwhelmingly positive. He says,

“Our health department ran a survey and our chamber of commerce ran a survey of businesses and about 80% of those responding to the surveys thought we needed a smoke-free law in Hopkinsville.”

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