HEALTH

This Chewing Gum Detects Dental Disease

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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

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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.

Sec. Glisson on Kentucky’s Health Priorities

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Sec. Glisson on Kentucky’s Health Priorities

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, talks about Gov. Matt Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, how the cabinet is responding to the opioid addiction crisis, and recruiting and retaining social workers.

Building a Model Smoke-free Public Housing Policy in Covington

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Building a Model Smoke-free Public Housing Policy in Covington

In Covington, a collaborative effort between the city’s public housing authority and the Northern Kentucky Health Department that began in 2015 instituted smoke-free policies in the city’s public housing communities. That policy quickly resulted in lower smoking rates among residents and a significant improvement in air quality. Now, it’s being distributed to other housing authorities in Kentucky to emulate in advance of a smoke-free public housing federal regulation set to take effect next year.

Stopping Drug Use Before It Starts

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Stopping Drug Use Before It Starts

Renee Shaw and her guests explore the issue of substance use prevention among adolescents. The program looks at the importance of messaging, positive youth development, mental health screening, community coalitions, parent education and more. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.

Public Housing Where Healthy Living Is the Foundation

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Public Housing Where Healthy Living Is the Foundation

In downtown Denver, a recently built public housing project is designed to foster healthy living, with access to nutritious food, access to doctors and ease of exercise and public transportation. Jeffrey Brown reports.

Overdiagnosed

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Overdiagnosed

Do preventative screenings achieve better health outcomes? Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, and Harald Schmidt, medical ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, discuss overdiagnosis and health outcomes in American medical care.

Prescription Opioids Tripled Between 1999 and 2015, CDC Says

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Prescription Opioids Tripled Between 1999 and 2015, CDC Says

Although the rate of prescribing opioids in the U.S. fell from 2010 to 2015, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that doctors in 2015 still prescribed opioids at a rate three times higher than they did in 1999 – and prescription rates are even higher in certain areas of the country, including eastern Kentucky. From PBS NewsHour’s The Rundown blog.

Positive Data Trends and Remaining Challenges for Kentucky’s Children

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Positive Data Trends and Remaining Challenges for Kentucky’s Children

Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, talks about recent data in the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book concerning the well-being of Kentucky kids.

Report: Opioid Treatment Far Behind Addiction Rates

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Report: Opioid Treatment Far Behind Addiction Rates

A new report offers striking revelations about opioid use in the U.S. When insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield analyzed 30 million medical records, it found that roughly 20 percent of patients filled at least one prescription for opioid painkillers in 2015. William Brangham talks with Dr. Trent Haywood, chief medical officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield, about their findings.