HEALTH

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.

Smoking and Heart Disease: A Pressing Health Concern in Kentucky

Smoking and Heart Disease: A Pressing Health Concern in Kentucky

From KET's "Smoking and Health" initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, this article takes a closer look at the ways smoking harms the cardiovascular system and how quitting smoking can reverse much of the destructive impact, with insight from Kentucky cardiologists who are prominent public health advocates against tobacco use.

Rural Health Care: The Physician’s Perspective

Kentucky Health

Rural Health Care: The Physician’s Perspective

Dr. Tuckson's guests are Drs. Anthony T. Yonts, DO, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Quantum Healthcare Associates in Hazard, and Tiffany Thompson, DO, Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pikeville Medical Center Clinic.

How Walter Reed Earned His Status as Hospital Namesake

PBS NewsHour

How Walter Reed Earned His Status as Hospital Namesake

Dr. Howard Markel looks back on the influential life and career of Dr. Walter Reed, born on Sept. 13, 1851, a pioneering U.S. Army physician in the combat of yellow fever at the turn of the century and the namesake of the country's premier military hospital in Washington, D.C.

Meeting the Challenges of Health Care in Rural Kentucky

Kentucky Health

Meeting the Challenges of Health Care in Rural Kentucky

In the season premiere of Kentucky Health, Dr. Tuckson's guest is Dr. Boyd R. Buser, D.O., FACOFP, vice president or Health Affairs and dean of the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) at the University of Pikeville.

Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy

Connections with Renee Shaw

Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy

Renee speaks with Kristin Ashford, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing whose research focuses on prenatal care and interventions aimed at preventing/ending tobacco use and illicit drugs. The program features a young woman who's participating in "Get Fit and Quit" recovery/smoking cessation program that is a partnership between the UK College of Nursing, Chrysalis House (a treatment center for women), and the YMCA. Part of KET's on-going initiative "Smoking and Health" funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Sam Quinones, ‘Dreamland’ Author

Connections with Renee Shaw

Sam Quinones, ‘Dreamland’ Author

Renee speaks with journalist Sam Quinones, former Los Angeles Times reporter and author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic" and other books. Quinones discusses the roots of the drug scourge and encouraging new approaches in treatment.

Opioid Crisis Strains Foster Care System

PBS NewsHour

Opioid Crisis Strains Foster Care System

Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that from October 2012 to September 2015, as opioid addiction surged in the country, the number of children entering the foster system rose 8 percent. In recent years, experts suggest, the number has continued to climb, though data aren’t yet available to track that increase. From Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.

This Chewing Gum Detects Dental Disease

PBS NewsHour

This Chewing Gum Detects Dental Disease

This week, European scientists issued a report in the journal Nature Communications on the development of a chewing gum that detects oral infections. The tech could prove particularly useful for diseases that present with minimal to no symptoms. From PBS NewsHour’s The Rundown blog.

Rural Veterans Face Long Paths to Health Care

PBS NewsHour

Rural Veterans Face Long Paths to Health Care

While long drives and limited access to health care are familiar burdens for many rural residents, the problem is particularly acute for veterans in those areas. In recent years, the VA has developed models across the country to get more rural veterans the health care they need. But those programs are constantly at a risk for losing funding or for not being renewed. A report from Stateline and PBS NewsHour’s The Rundown blog.