HEALTH

We May Soon Have Our First $1 Million Drug. Who Will Pay for It, and How?

PBS NewsHour

We May Soon Have Our First $1 Million Drug. Who Will Pay for It, and How?

Last week, Spark Therapeutics won unanimous support from a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel for its gene therapy drug, Luxturna. It seems likely to win FDA approval in the coming months. But the cost will be hefty: Analysts estimate that Luxturna, which has been shown to restore vision in children with an inherited form of blindness, could cost $1 million per patient. From STAT News and PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.

Sewage Plants: The Unsung Heroes of Health

Kentucky Health

Sewage Plants: The Unsung Heroes of Health

Dr. Tuckson speaks with Tony Parrott, executive director, and Angela Akridge, chief engineer, at Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District.

In Kentucky, Jail Is Becoming an Addict’s Last-Resort Rehab

PBS NewsHour

In Kentucky, Jail Is Becoming an Addict’s Last-Resort Rehab

Despite high levels of drug abuse among the jail population nationwide, few facilities offer drug treatment programs. They don’t have the funds or the physical space. But the Kentucky Department of Corrections reports that statewide, half the people who went through a substance abuse program in jail say they stayed off illegal drugs for at least a year. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports.

Going Outside to Improve Your Insides

Kentucky Health

Going Outside to Improve Your Insides

In Greenup County in northeastern Kentucky, the public health department and one of the area’s well-known media figures have joined forces to spread awareness about the variety of outdoor exercise options available to the county’s residents, and to motivate people to be active. In this episode of Kentucky Health, we learn more about Greenup County’s series of public health commercials and the messages behind them.

Reforming Pain Medication Practices

Connections with Renee Shaw

Reforming Pain Medication Practices

Renee Shaw is joined by Dr. Phillip Chang, chief medical officer at UK HealthCare, who discusses efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic by encouraging doctors and hospitals to minimize prescriptions for powerful narcotics. The program is part of KET's continuing coverage of the opioid crisis.

Health Insurance: Can We Achieve Coverage for All?

Kentucky Health

Health Insurance: Can We Achieve Coverage for All?

Dr. Tuckson speaks with two former presidents of the American Medical Association - Drs. Steven J. Stack and Ardis Dee Hoven.

Ken Kurtz: How I Quit Smoking

Ken Kurtz: How I Quit Smoking

Former smoker Ken Kurtz reflects on how he picked up the habit well into adulthood and how it came to control his daily life. Kurtz quit earlier this year after taking a Freedom from Smoking program and is enjoying a return to the healthier and less stressful life he knew before he started smoking.

Paige Bentley: How I Quit Smoking

Paige Bentley: How I Quit Smoking

Life coach Paige Bentley describes how she started smoking as a teenager because she thought it would make her "cool," continued smoking into her adult years despite health consequences, and ultimately quit with the help of group counseling.

Beyond Cold Turkey: Effective Strategies for Quitting Tobacco Use

Kentucky Health

Beyond Cold Turkey: Effective Strategies for Quitting Tobacco Use

Dr. Tuckson's guest is Bobbye Gray, RN, TTS, tobacco cessation administrator at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Part of KET's ongoing initiative "Smoking and Health" funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Selena Coomer: How I Quit Smoking

Selena Coomer: How I Quit Smoking

Selena Coomer, director of health services at the Healing Place in Louisville, describes how she quit smoking and the freedom she has found as a non-smoker. Part of KET's "Smoking and Health" initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.