Lung cancer screening can save lives through early detection; debunking top myths about the procedure

By Dr. Timothy Mullett University of Kentucky Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., claiming more lives than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer combined. However, it can be a curable disease if detected early through screening, which can often identify cancer before it spreads or causes symptoms. The…

CPE approves recommendations of postsecondary feasibility study

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education approved the release of recommendations made in its postsecondary feasibility report during its business meeting on Nov. 17 in Frankfort. The study, which was developed in response to Senate Joint Resolution 98 (SJR98), focused on Kentucky’s postsecondary governance structure, the feasibility of a new public university in southeast Kentucky…

Kentucky Blood Center ‘crushes’ Tennessee in ‘Big Blue Crush’ competition

By Samantha Valentino LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – For more than three decades, UK and Tennessee fans have taken the rivalry from the football field to the blood drive with ‘Big Blue Crush.’ This year, donors helped the Kentucky Blood Center beat Tennessee’s MEDIC Regional Blood Center 2,199-2,067. Even after last week’s win, KBC says they still…

For years, a powerful Louisville hospital sued people for unpaid bills. Experts say they could have gotten free care

Louisville Public Media | By Jared Bennett Norton Healthcare has filed thousands of lawsuits over unpaid medical bills in Jefferson County District Court. Many of those people were likely eligible for free or discounted care. In 2021 Rochelle Hinkle had just retired from a career as a TARC bus driver and was adjusting to life on…

UK group to study use of flavored tobacco products in ‘at-risk’ communities

WEKU | By John McGary The University of Kentucky is kicking off a five-year study that will examine tobacco-related health disparities due to the use of flavored tobacco. Mindy Ickes is an assistant dean of research at UK’s College of Education and the author of the successful grant application to the Centers for Disease Control and…

Republican lawmakers promise a “school choice” amendment will come up in Kentucky’s legislative session

Kentucky Public Radio | By Sylvia Goodman Conservative legislators have long pushed for “school choice” measures, like charter schools and scholarship tax credits, but a provision in the state constitution banning public education dollars from being spent on entities besides “common schools” has hamstrung their efforts. Now Republican leaders say they plan to amend the…

Congressman Hal Rogers files for reelection

By Cameron Aaron SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) – On Tuesday, Congressman Hal Rogers filed for re-election for his 23rd consecutive term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rogers has served as a Kentucky representative since 1981. “Eastern Kentucky is thriving with more job opportunities, greater access to rural broadband, better infrastructure, rapid growth in our tourism industry,…

How are Kentucky’s kids faring? New report offers education, health insights

Fewer kindergarteners ready to learn, more fourth graders proficient at reading BY: SARAH LADD Fewer Kentucky kindergarteners were ready to learn in the 2022-2023 school year than in 2018, according to a new report that measures child welfare. This insight comes from the Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, released by Kentucky Youth Advocates Wednesday. Kids…