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Posted: June 13, 2016

Dr. Kate Eddens, assistant professor in Health Behavior, and Jesse Fagan, from the Gatton College’s LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis, recently won the UK researcher award for their poster presentation of OpenEddi at the SPARK Soirée and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging Entrepreneurs and University Researchers. The SPARK Showcase, sponsored by the Kentucky Innovation Network, Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, and Commerce Lexington, is designed to celebrate and promote the intersection of academic research and entrepreneurial creativity in Kentucky.

Posted: June 6, 2016

The drive down the Mountain Parkway from Lexington to Campton is only about an hour. It’s a beautiful drive, as the mountains of Kentucky come into view as you leave the Bluegrass. But hidden behind those beautiful views is one of our state’s most serious problems — profound differences in health, with disparities that are striking from the mountains to the Bluegrass.

These differences are starkly shown by a map released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and their colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University. The map shows life expectancy for Lexington in Fayette County is 78 years, but in Wolfe County, where Campton is, it is only 70 years of age.

How can this be?

Posted: June 3, 2016

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently recognized Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Board Member F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, for "bringing new visibility and credibility to the field during a time of rapid change in public health and health care" in the United States.

Posted: June 2, 2016

Epidemiologists examine public health problems through a wide-scope lens to determine the impact of disease and health disparities at the population-level. Medical practitioners, on the other hand, are attuned to the health problems of the individual.

During the spring 2016 semester, students in Dr. Henrietta Bada’s maternal and child health course discovered both perspectives are helpful — and necessary — for solving the health problems impacting children and mothers in Kentucky.

Posted: May 31, 2016

Three of the college’s outstanding faculty received teaching awards presented at the graduation reception on May 6, 2016. These awards recognize faculty achievement in teaching and mentoring.

Posted: May 16, 2016

Close to half of patients with severe or difficult to treat asthma participating in a large trial still had poorly controlled symptoms after a decade, researchers reported here.

The multicenter, observational TENOR II study evaluated the prevalence of persistent very poorly controlled asthma more than 10 years after their enrollment in TENOR I, which was designed to examine the causes of poor asthma control in this subset of patients.

Posted: May 16, 2016

Welcome to the era of precision medicine — a new frontier in health care delivery with the promise of improving outcomes and extending lives.

Precision medicine is an individualized approach to achieving optimal health founded on the premise that our DNA, our environments and our lifestyle choices are the three major predictors of our health. The goal of precision medicine is to improve the efficacy of modern health care delivery by integrating these three factors as part of disease prevention and treatment. Personalized medicine, a related concept, refers to examining the signs, symptoms, evidence, and patient experience and preferences to guide medical decision-making.

Posted: May 13, 2016

A new study led by University of Kentucky researchers and published in Nature shows a potential new biological marker for the development of obesity and a possible target for obesity prevention and treatment.

Neurotensin (NT), a peptide produced mainly in the gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system, is released with fat ingestion and facilitates fatty acid absorption in the intestine. Previous research has shown that NT can also stimulate the growth of various cancers and increased fasting levels of pro-NT (an NT precursor hormone) are associated with development of cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.

Posted: May 5, 2016

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved 17 University Research Professorships for the 2016-17 year.

Posted: April 27, 2016

The US is generally prepared to manage public health emergencies like the Houston floods, a Zika virus outbreak or a potential bioterrorist attack, but health protections aren’t distributed evenly across the country, according to a new state-by-state analysis.

The 2016 National Health Security Preparedness Index, which measures how communities respond to and recover from “large-scale emergencies,” shows states getting better in areas like health security and engaging their communities than 2014 and 2015. But the national index score of 6.7 on a 10-point scale shows plenty of room for improvement.