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The importance of the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

In 2019, the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed that the year 2020 be designated the “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The designation, which was approved by the World Health Assembly, was made to bring awareness of the importance of

Mental Health America of Kentucky is growing, getting involved

By Marcie Timmerman Mental Health America of Kentucky serves to provide health and wellness education, to promote research-based improvements and to create a better mental health system in Kentucky. Here’s how: Online Screening: Our most frequently used service is our online mental health screenings. You get screened for cancer. You get screened for high blood

Pharmacy Versus ‘Farmacy’ – Know the difference

Do you know the difference between a pharmacy, spelled with a “ph,” and a farmacy, spelled with an ‘f’? A pharmacy is a licensed facility that sells medicinal drugs and employs pharmacists who are licensed and specially trained as medication experts. They’re able to answer any of your medication questions in an honest, well thought-out

The role of dental industry in the opioid crisis

By Britt Bostick, DDS The misuse of opioids — including prescription pain relievers, heroin and fentanyl — has become alarmingly common in recent years. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), opioid-related deaths surged between 2000-2017, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that more than 130 people die each day as a

Kentuckians Deserve the Right Solution for Surprise Billing

By Brent Wright, MD Congress appears to be close to passing a solution for an issue that has for too long impacted patients and providers in Kentucky and throughout the country: surprise medical billing. As lawmakers deliberate the optimal approach to separate patients from out-of-network billing disputes between healthcare providers and insurance companies, they must

Kentuckians need relief from Rx greed

By Charlotte Whittaker For decades, Big Pharma has raised drug prices with impunity. In Kentucky, the average annual cost of brand name prescription drug treatment increased 58 percent between 2012 and 2017, while the annual income for Kentuckians increased only by 3.6 percent. Prescription drugs don’t work if patients can’t afford them. The Senate needs

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