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Kentucky Homeplace opens new Letcher County Office

Devin Potter has been named the Letcher County community health worker for Kentucky Homeplace. She will see clients Monday through Friday at Kentucky Homeplace’s new office at 115 East Main Street in Whitesburg. Kentucky Homeplace services are free of charge and emphasize health care coordination and coaching. Potter will provide support and assistance to help clients connect with local programs […]

Making Vitamin D without sunlight

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a question about vitamin D-3 pills. How does 400 mg fit into such a tiny pill? I also thought you needed sunlight to make vitamin D. — A.S. ANSWER: Four hundred mg is very small. Most of the tablet isn’t even vitamin D — it’s starch and other materials to hold the tablet together. The […]

Just a Pinch

World’s top doctors are latest to bash use of coal

WASHINGTON Some top international doctors and public health experts have issued an urgent prescription for a feverish planet Earth: Get off coal as soon as possible. Substituting cleaner energy worldwide for coal will reduce air pollution and give Earth a better chance at avoiding dangerous climate change, recommended a global health commission organized by the prestigious British medical journal Lancet. […]


House calls cut Medicare costs

WASHINGTON An X-ray in the living room. A rapid blood test. A peek into pill bottles and refrigerators. The humble house call can accomplish a lot — and now research suggests that tailoring it to some of Medicare’s frailest patients can improve their care while cutting costs. Medicare says it saved more than $25 million in the first year of […]

It’s a sign of the times, school says

They’ve found a way to protect students focused on their cell phones as they walk to and from classes on the campus of Utah Valley University — a staircase texting lane, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens. In fact the school has set up three lanes marked Run, Walk and Text. Matt Bambrough, UVU’s creative director, told the United […]

Warning: How your son could end up a sex offender like Zach

Computer science student Zach Anderson, 19, met a girl, 17, on the Hot or Not app. He was from Elkhart, Indiana. She was 20 minutes over the border in Niles, Michigan. They hooked up. Once. But it turned out the girl was really 14. She’d lied to Anderson and also in her profile. Now Zach sits in a Michigan jail, […]