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Science
2:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Kentucky Ranks 47th in Health, Report Says

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:46 pm

Kentucky is the 47th healthiest state in the U.S., according to a United Health Foundation report released Thursday.

The state's low marks were attributed to a high prevalence of smoking, a high percentage of childhood poverty and a high rate of preventable hospitalizations, the report said.

Mississippi ranked 50th, followed by Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Hawaii topped the list as the healthiest state in the country. Indiana ranked 37th.

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Business
12:40 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Kentucky Hospitals Advocate for Smoke-Free Workplaces

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 6:55 am

The U.S. adult smoking rate is at an all-time low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Even still, Kentucky's smoking rate remains high compared to the rest of the U.S., and state organizations continue to try to gain support for a statewide smoking ban.

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Culture
7:04 am
Mon November 24, 2014

KY Premature Births Decline

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A new report shows Kentucky continues to make strides in reducing the number of babies born premature.  Just over 12 percent of babies in the state last year were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, which was an improvement for the 7th year in a row. 

The commonwealth earned a “C” on the latest report card from the March of Dimes. Only a few years ago, the state was failing.  Katrina Smith with the Kentucky March of Dimes Chapter credits the improvement to better education.

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Society
3:06 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Kentucky Teen Smoking Has Significantly Dropped Over The Past Two Years

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Significantly fewer Kentucky  teens are smoking according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.

In 2011 the CDC found nearly a quarter of high school students in the state used cigarettes but in its most recent report that number dropped to nearly 18 percent. The decline moves Kentucky from the state with the highest rate of teen smokers to the sixth highest.

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Health Care
9:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Western Kentucky Smokers Less Likely than Others to Be Offered Help to Quit at Their Doctor’s Office

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According to a new poll, doctors in western Kentucky don’t ask their patients who are smokers if they would like to kick the habit as often as other physicians in the Commonwealth.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Health Issues Poll found 58 percent of all Kentucky smokers were asked by their doctor if they would like information on quitting. The foundation’s  President Susan Zepeda says in western Kentucky the amount dropped to 45 percent.

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Health
12:44 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

American Lung Association Report Gives Kentucky Low Marks

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Kentucky received straight Fs on the 2014 “State of Tobacco Control” report published Wednesday by the American Lung Association.  The study looked at four areas including creating a smoke free environment, cigarette taxes, insurance coverage for cessation programs and tobacco prevention.

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Government
4:29 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Calls for Statewide Smoking Ban

A call for a smoking ban inside Kentucky’s workplaces and public buildings has the support of the state’s largest business organization. 

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Shots - Health News
1:47 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

A Chat With The Doctor Can Help Kids Resist Smoking

Almost all adult smokers say they got their start before age 18.
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Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 11:37 am

Doctors do make a difference when it comes to keeping children and teenagers from taking up tobacco. This may sound like a no-brainer, but until recently there wasn't strong evidence that anti-smoking efforts by pediatricians and other primary care doctors make a difference.

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Government
2:24 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Former Wildcat Derek Anderson, Gov. Steve Beshear Join Rally for Statewide Smoking Ban

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Supporters of a statewide smoking ban brought high-profile help from the world of sports while rallying Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda  for their cause.

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Health
11:26 am
Tue December 11, 2012

United Health Foundation Ranks Kentucky 44th Healthiest State

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The United Health Foundation has again ranked Kentucky among the nation’s most unhealthy states. The foundation’s annual America’s Health Rankings put Kentucky at 44th healthiest, the same as last year’s findings.

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