National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-21, 2014, as designated by the U.S. Congress. Each year, more than 2 million poisonings are reported to the nation’s poison centers. According to Dr. Susan Pollack, director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Injury Prevention Program at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, specific high-risk items vary for different age groups. Medication poisoning is particularly common among youngsters.
Nearly 700 researchers, students, policymakers and community members will gather at the Lexington Convention Center March 27 to share research, mentor junior faculty, and enhance collaborations in clinical and translational science, with special focus on addressing health disparities in Appalachia. The 9th Annual Spring Conference and 4th Annual Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) Summit will be hosted by the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).
Ann L. Coker, PhD, MPH, Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and College of Medicine, is the recipient of a Visionary Voice Award, a national award sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). The Visionary Voice Award recognizes the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence.
A recent study suggests that self-reported memory complaints might predict clinical memory impairment later in life. Erin Abner, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, asked 3,701 men aged 60 and higher a simple question: "Have you noticed any change in your memory since you last came in?"
A new report from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) reveals the prevalence and charges associated with drug overdose in the Bluegrass state. The report, "Drug Overdose Deaths, Hospitalizations, and Emergency Department Visits in Kentucky, 2000‐2012", analyzes overdose morbidity and mortality among Kentucky residents and documents the enormous societal and financial toll on the Commonwealth's population.
A new study, titled "Daily Activity and Health in the Lives of Adult Women", at the University of Kentucky will examine how daily activity related to personal goals affects women's overall sense of well-being as they age. Its purpose is to link daily life, especially the amount and quality of different activities, to aspects of psychological health and biological changes that may be important for physical health.
A recent Bluegrass Poll found that 57 percent of registered voters are in favor of legislation that would ban smoking in enclosed public places statewide. This deep support makes perfect sense in a state that has, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation's highest smoking-related death rate.
A collaborative study including Dr. Yelena Tarasenko, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, examines the accuracy of children's, their guardians', and health care professionals' (HCPs') perceptions of child overweight and obesity, the degree of agreement between their perceptions, and relationships with weight loss attempts among overweight or obese children.
The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has presented its inaugural Outstanding Alumni Award to Yousuf J. Ahmad, a 2008 doctoral graduate of the college. Dr. Ahmad will return to on February 28, 2014 to discuss leadership challenges in the changing healthcare environment.
Swannie Jett, a 2011 DrPH graduate, is making Black History as Seminole County's first African-American health director. Dr. Jett said, "I'm focused on solving the population health problem in Seminole County, so we'll move from being fourth in health outcomes in the state to No. 1, and we would change health behaviors, such as smoking, obesity, etc."