The Health Hackathon, held at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, brought together over 160 concerned Kentuckians to “hack” into three major regional issues: diabetes, obesity and the opioid epidemic. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hacking Medicine program facilitated two days of intense brainstorming that led to some innovative approaches that address these persistent problems. KET reports on the Health Hackathon as part of our ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.
Recently, several research groups based at universities and at pharmaceutical companies have made advances in developing vaccines to fight the common cold. After decades of disappointment and resignation, scientists think the common cold may at last be beatable. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog and STAT.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Andrea Doughty, a registered dietitian with Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness - Nutrition Services.
Rates of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia infections — STDs that federal health officials actively track — all rose in 2015, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog and STAT.
Dr. Tuckson's guest is Dr. Hiram Polk, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
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Mary Foley, executive director of the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center in Paducah, talks about the services the organization provides to abused women and children. She also discusses expansion efforts to address the intersectionality of substance abuse and domestic violence.
Dr. Tuckson's guests are Grayson C. Brown, Ph.D., director of the Public Health Entomology Laboratory at the University of Kentucky, and Blair Leano-Helvey of Idlewild Butterfly Farm. They discuss insect-borne diseases, including the current Zika virus, and also some benefits insects bring to the ecosystem.
The abuse of opioids has become a major public health concern; more than 28,000 people died by overdose in 2014. According to reporting by STAT News, drug companies downplayed the addictive effects of opioid drugs in the late 1990s, assuring doctors that they could be safely used for chronic pain and incentivised their use. Hari Sreenivasan talks to journalist David Armstrong.
If you have a big brain, you can credit yawning for promoting brain growth and activity, researchers found in a new study published in Biology Letters. And if you have a small brain, you can blame the fact that you don’t yawn long enough. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog and STAT.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Dr. Russell Farmer, a colorectal surgeon and assistant professor in Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville.