According to the Kentucky Asthma Surveillance Report 2009, asthma affects 8.6 percent of adults in Kentucky. Asthma is responsible for 6,000 hospitalizations per year, with approximately $62 million in inpatient hospital charges. A growing number of people are diagnosed with asthma each year. It isn’t clear why, though indoor and outdoor air pollution is known to be a contributing factor.
Recent tornadoes in Joplin, Mo. and Alabama and even Hardin County’s spring taste of severe weather might have turned minds to preparing for disaster. Developing a plan for seniors can be especially daunting. Home Instead Senior Care, which provides caregiver services in Hardin and several other Kentucky counties, recommends several tips for building a plan. In addition, the company offers “The Caring for Your Parents: Senior Emergency Kit,” an information management tool available at www.senioremergencykit.com.
Dentistry might be her profession, but Susan King is just as concerned that the general public has access to good general health care.
When the Community Health Clinic of Hardin & LaRue Counties opened in 2002 in Elizabethtown King joined the dental care section. The clinic offers uninsured and low-income residents of Hardin and LaRue counties free basic health care services.
“Now, more than ever, there’s a huge need for this kind of care,” King said.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health recently unveiled the elements of a national awareness campaign to help reduce child vehicular deaths caused by heat stroke. The unveiling came shortly after an incident in Louisville in which a 2-year-old died after being left in a hot car.
Last year, the worst year on record, 49 children in the United States died from heat stroke while unattended in vehicles.
Angel Gates is a woman who works hard and plays hard. She's a woman driven by love for her family, giving back to her community and blasting her foes on the paintball field.
A stroke, a wheelchair, even seizures, couldn't change that.
Gates, of Rineyville, has been volunteering in some way or another for many years. She started volunteering with a migrant education program when her oldest son started school. She started volunteering with the American Red Cross 12 years ago.
If you are pregnant, recently had a baby, are breastfeeding or have a child younger than 5, you may be eligible for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, said Roxanne O. True, M.S., L.D., R.D., Director of Nutrition Services and WIC for Lincoln Trail District Health Department.
The WIC Program was established by the United States Department of Agriculture more than 35 years ago to ensure pregnant women receive nutritious foods to promote growth and development of their babies and themselves.
With only having one car between myself and my husband at the moment, I wasn’t able to leave the house very much. I did try to take the kids outside as much as possible, but it wasn’t easy with the ridiculous amount of layers needed, and the inability to take a newborn out into the snow for very long. Everything had to be done around the littlest one’s schedule. And so we spent far too many hours inside staring out the window.