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Public Health: Health Care from the Grand Perspective

Kentucky Health

Public Health: Health Care from the Grand Perspective

Dr. Tuckson's guests are Donna Arnett, PhD, MSPH, dean of the UK College of Public Health and Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH, dean of the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

Smoking Cessation: An Essential Part of Mental Health Services

Smoking Cessation: An Essential Part of Mental Health Services

Research shows a startling 41 percent of persons with mental illness in Kentucky use tobacco, and an increasing number of advocates and providers are calling for tobacco treatment programs specially designed for people with chronic mental and behavioral health conditions. This article investigates why smoking among this population has persisted at such high rates and shows how community mental health programs like Bridgehaven in Louisville are challenging the status quo and helping members successfully quit.

Pain Treatment in the Age of Opioid Addiction

Kentucky Health

Pain Treatment in the Age of Opioid Addiction

Dr. Wayne Tuckson is joined by pain specialists Drs. Danesh Mazloomdoost and James Patrick Murphy, who discuss non-addictive pain remedies as well as when it's appropriate to use opioids in pain treatment.

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Opioid Overdose Antidote

PBS NewsHour

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Opioid Overdose Antidote

Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams urged more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives. A report from PBS NewsHour's health news blog.

Kentucky Ex-Smokers Share Their Success Stories

Kentucky Ex-Smokers Share Their Success Stories

In this excerpt from KET’s 30-minute documentary Calling It Quits: Real Help to Stop Smoking, five people from Russell County who quit smoking with the help of tobacco cessation classes share their success stories.

The Louisville Health Equity Report: Obstacles and Opportunities

Kentucky Health

The Louisville Health Equity Report: Obstacles and Opportunities

Dr. Tuckson's guests are Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) and Aja Barber, community health manager of the Center for Health Equity at LMPHW.

Smoking in Kentucky: Hidden Cost, Obvious Impact

Kentucky Health

Smoking in Kentucky: Hidden Cost, Obvious Impact

Dr. Tuckson and Ben Chandler, president/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, discuss the impact of smoking in the state, the Medicaid waiver, health disparities, and other topics.

Hospitals Are Confronting a New Opioid Crisis: A Shortage of Pain Meds

PBS NewsHour

Hospitals Are Confronting a New Opioid Crisis: A Shortage of Pain Meds

Amid a nationwide crisis caused by too-easy access to medical painkillers, hospitals are now struggling to find enough of that same class of drugs to keep their patients’ pain controlled. To counter the shortage, many hospitals are launching efforts to conserve injectable opioids and institute safeguards to prevent dosing errors that can result from rapid changes in medication regimens. A report from STAT News and PBS NewsHour's Health blog.

Purdue Pharma Promoted OxyContin for Years. Now, It Is Combating the Opioid Crisis

PBS NewsHour

Purdue Pharma Promoted OxyContin for Years. Now, It Is Combating the Opioid Crisis

After years of aggressively promoting OxyContin as a safe and effective way to combat pain, the company is – equally aggressively – recasting itself as a fundamental player in the response to a crisis that many experts say it helped to create. Such efforts come amid hundreds of lawsuits claiming that Purdue fueled the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing OxyContin, as well as new government efforts to regulate opioids. A report from Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour's health blog.

Childhood Obesity in America Isn’t Getting Better, Study Says

Childhood Obesity in America Isn’t Getting Better, Study Says

Childhood obesity in America is on the rise, and at rates higher than previous studies suggested, according to a study published Feb. 26 in the journal Pediatrics. According to this survey, more than a quarter – about 29 percent – of children ages 2 to 19 were overweight. By 2016, that figure rose to 35 percent, according to the latest analysis, and about one in five children are obese. A report from PBS NewsHour's Health blog.