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.
Kentucky's chapter of the Dental Lifeline Network began its program in 2015, providing volunteer services to 14 patients during its first year and donating more than $60,000 in free care. Thirty-nine dentists and 24 dental laboratories participated in the state program, which is one of 44 nationwide that generated over $24.5 million in free dental care in the last fiscal year.
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Eileen Recktenwald, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, discusses Kentucky's new law to expedite the collection and testing of rape kits. Then, Renee speaks with Mary O'Doherty, deputy director of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about the Purple Purse campaign -- a program for abuse survivors which helps them reach economic self-sufficiency.
Fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is up to 100 times more potent than morphine and many times that of heroin. The minute amount that can cause a fatal overdose is shown by the photograph above. On the left is a lethal dose of heroin, equivalent to about 30 milligrams; on the right is a 3-milligram dose of fentanyl. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog and STAT.