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Gov. Beshear: Pediatric Flu Deaths in Kentucky Reach Record High

By Editor | December 19, 2022

Kentucky on track to have worst flu season in at least 10 years FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2022) – Today, Gov. Andy Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu and reported six new, flu-related pediatric deaths, including three in the past week. This toll already meets the prior record for the highest number…

UK’s Sanders-Brown among 1st locations testing promising new Alzheimer’s drug

By Editor | December 12, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky is a site for the groundbreaking AHEAD study, the first-ever clinical trial to test the effect of lecanemab (investigational antibody) in people who have no cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but in whom biomarker tests indicate amyloid is present in the brain, known as “preclinical” AD. The AHEAD study is…

Epidemiologist says the dreaded triple-demic is here, with RSV, flu and Covid-19 cases all rising together

By Editor | December 12, 2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map With national rates of influenza, Covid-19 and respiratory syncytial virus rising together, the “dreaded and much anticipated triple-demic is finally here,” epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina writes in her newsletter, Your Local Epidemiologist.  RSV is a common virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. And while most people recover in a week or…

Loretta Lynn, coal miner’s daughter and country queen, dies

By Editor | October 5, 2022

Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter who became a pillar of country music, has died By KRISTIN M. HALL – AP Entertainment Writer Oct 4, 2022     NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter whose frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia pulled her out…

Bourbon Countians remember Queen Elizabeth of England (1926-2022)

By Editor | September 22, 2022

Queen visited Bourbon County twice… PAT CONLEY | Citizen Staff Canadian native Dr. Murray West of Paris vividly remembers the first time he ever saw Queen Elizabeth, II of England. “I was six years old, in Vancouver,” he described in an interview last week, only a few days after the passing of the monarch beloved…

Awarding KEES money to home school students discussed

By Editor | September 21, 2022

By TOM LATEK, | Kentucky Today Sep 20, 2022   FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Giving home-schooled students the chance to earn the same amount of Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) money as is available to students who attend high school, was discussed at a legislative committee meeting on Tuesday. Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, told the…

BOURBON BURN: Cyclists will be on the road 9/30 through 10/2

By Editor | September 14, 2022

On September 30th through October 2, the 5th annual Bourbon Burn will welcome over 1,000 cyclists from across the nation to enjoy the bourbon distilleries and scenic Thoroughbred horse farms of Kentucky’s rolling bluegrass hills. During the three-day bicycle tour, cyclists will ride along quiet country roads and through quaint communities in and around the…

‘Youth Mental Health: A KET Forum’, about youth suicide and ways to help, to be repeated and online

By Editor | September 8, 2022

One out of seven Kentucky high school students report having seriously considered taking their own life, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults in Kentucky. Kentucky Educational Television is airing a forum that examines teen and young-adult suicide in the state and how to prevent it. “Youth Mental Health:…

FDA OKs updated Covid-19 booster targeting latest Omicron subvariants

By Editor | September 8, 2022

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   The new, updated Covid-19 booster shots that target the original strain of the coronavirus and major Omicron subvariants is now available The Food and Drug Administration authorized the updated booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech on Wednesday, Aug. 31. They are called bivalent Covid-19 vaccines because they have two…

Ky. has had 18 monkeypox cases: 10 in Jefferson, 2 in Warren, 1 in Barren, Fayette, Kenton, McCracken, Montgomery counties

By Editor | August 22, 2022

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News While the number of American with monkeypox increases every day, so far only 18 of them have been reported in Kentucky. Monkeypox was declared a public health emergency in the U.S. on Aug. 4. On Aug. 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 18 cases of monkeypox in Kentucky, among…