Norton Children’s Hospital nationally recognized for combating overuse of antibiotics

Overuse of antibiotics is a worldwide problem, reducing the drug’s effectiveness and making serious bacterial infections resistant to treatment. For its efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing, Norton Children’s Hospital has been named an Antimicrobial Stewardship […]

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Tick-borne diseases do exist, but they’re rare

A Bullitt County toddler is making national headlines after being hospitalized due to Rocky Mountain spotted fever. And while the disease, which is spread by tick bites, does occur in Kentucky, doctors say tick-borne illness […]

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What is measles? Find answers about the disease

Already in 2019 there have been more measles cases in the United States than any year since the disease was initially declared eliminated in 2000. Nearly two dozen states, including Kentucky, have reported cases. Many […]

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Polio-like acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) remains extremely rare; cause is a mystery

Several outbreaks of AFM — acute flaccid myelitis — have been reported in children in recent weeks, including three in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. The mysterious polio-like disease causes weakness in the arms […]

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Head lice alert: How to stop an outbreak in its tiny tracks

With a new school year solidly underway, more kids are bringing home “the wrong kind of friends.” No, we aren’t talking about their fellow classmates — we’re talking about head lice. “As children come in close […]

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Flu season already? Flu cases showing up early in Kentucky

Flu season usually gets underway in October, but local pediatricians are already seeing cases. Last year, a record number of kids died from the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), […]

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More teens still need the HPV vaccine

Good news in the fight against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV): The vaccination rate for this disease has risen 5 points from 2016 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Measles is a greater threat than debunked vaccine safety claims

More than 41,000 children and adults in Europe have been infected with measles so far in 2018, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This year, the U.S. has seen 107 cases, according to the […]

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Hand, foot and mouth disease spiking in Kentucky

Local health providers are seeing more cases of hand, foot and mouth disease, also known as coxsackievirus. The virus gets its name from small red sores that often appear in the mouth and rashes that […]

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What you need to know about Ritz and Goldfish cracker recalls

The recall Mondelez International Inc., the parent company of brands Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits, has issued a voluntary recall for both of these products. Likewise, Pepperidge Farm, the parent company of Goldfish crackers, […]

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CDC: Do not eat Honey Smacks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning for consumers telling them not to eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal — no matter the package size or best-by date printed on the […]

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Deadline for students to get hepatitis A vaccine fast approaching

School districts around Kentucky have been warning parents that students won’t be able to start the upcoming school year if they don’t follow the new hepatitis A vaccine requirements. A new state regulation says all Kentucky […]

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