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3:47 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Study: Calloway, Lyon Counties Among the Healthiest in Kentucky

Overall health outcome rankings for each of Kentucky's counties. The rankings are based on quality of life and life expectancy.
Credit County Health Rankings / CountyHealthRankings.org

A new study finds several counties in our region among the healthiest in Kentucky, but the commonwealth compares poorly to national averages.

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Science
3:52 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Website Estimates Medical Procedure Costs

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A new website may help patients determine the cost of their next medical procedure. The non-profit Health Care Cost Institute recently launched guroo.com, an online price transparency tool that uses cost information from some of the country’s biggest insurers.

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Science
10:37 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Poll: Most Americans Would Share Health Data For Research

Older people were less inclined to share anonymized health data, an NPR-Truven Health Analytics poll found.
NPR

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 9:38 am

Americans, by and large, don't seem all that worried about what happens to the information in their medical records.

A NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll found that data privacy didn't appear to bother most respondents. Privacy worries ran highest for information held by health insurers, but even then only 16 percent of people expressed concern.

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Science
1:53 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Kentucky's Premature Birth Rate Is Slowly Improving

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 3:55 pm

Kentucky's premature birth rate is slowly declining, but it still falls above the national average, according to a report released Thursday.

The report, called the March of Dimes Premature Birth Rate Report Card, gave Kentucky a "C" grade. 

The state's premature birth rate was 12.6 percent in 2013; in 2012 it was 12.7 percent.

The national rate in 2013 was 11.5 percent.

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Society
9:22 am
Tue November 4, 2014

To Prevent Kidney Stones: Go Easy On Soda And Drink Lots Of Water

To keep kidney stones at bay, drink plenty of cool, clear water.
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Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 11:42 am

If you've had a kidney stone and want to spare yourself the agony of a repeat episode, here's some simple advice: Drink more water.

In a guideline published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians recommends increasing fluid intake and spreading throughout the day.

It may take eight to 10 glasses of water over the course of a day to comply. The recommendation calls for achieving at least 2 liters of urine a day.

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Society
5:16 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Commentary: "The Art of Caregiving" and an Alzheimer's Support Group in Murray

Constance Alexander

Working with an Arts Access Grant titled "The Art of Caregiving" from the Kentucky Arts Council, Murray author Constance Alexander is coordinating collaborators across arts agencies and healthcare providers in a positive community conversation about patients and caregivers at the end of life. There's a public forum at the Calloway County Public Library at 710 Main Street in Murray, Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Alexander's commentary relates to these community activities focusing on a new support group in Murray.

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Society
3:58 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Understanding Medicare Open Enrollment Options

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Open enrollment for Medicare is October 15 through December 7. Plans will go in effect January 1. The Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a free service that provides information, counseling and assistance to seniors and disabled individuals needing to sign up for Medicare. SHIP doesn't sell health insurance products, but offers guidance. Program Coordinator Kellie Oliver joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to explain the upcoming open enrollment.

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Business
3:32 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Jennie Stuart Medical Center to Eliminate Jobs

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Hopkinsville’s Jennie Stuart Medical Center will eliminate 70 job positions through an accelerated retirement program and layoffs.

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Society
4:12 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

How Affordable Health Care Act Guidelines Effect Murray Volunteer Clinic

Angels Community Clinic Executive Director Sherry Crittendon

With the Affordable Health Care Act now in effect, a question has come up as to the future of local volunteer healthcare clinics, like the Angels Community Clinic in Murray, which provides free medical and pharmacy services to residents of Calloway County who work but cannot afford insurance coverage. The clinic's Executive Director Sherry Crittenden visits Sounds Good to discuss changes in the guidelines and their continuing service in Murray.

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Shots - Health News
11:53 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care

Amanda Gerety, a staff nurse at Boston Medical Center, checks monitors that track patients' vital signs. Fewer beeps means crisis warnings are easier to hear, she says.
Richard Knox NPR

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 8:46 am

Go into almost any hospital these days and you'll hear a constant stream of beeps and boops. To most people it sounds like medical Muzak.

But to doctors and nurses, it's not just sonic wallpaper. Those incessant beeps contain important coded messages.

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