April 17, 2014

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Could your pain be fibromyalgia? Print E-mail

With its confusing overlap of symptoms, fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) can be a nightmare for the five million Americans -- 90 percent of them women -- who suffer from it.

Although the set of symptoms will vary from patient to patient, having two or more of the most common symptoms might justify a trip to your doctor to get checked out and learn more about the condition. If you’re among those who have FM, or suspect you might be among them, then getting accurate information is the first step toward an effective course of treatment.

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March projected start date on Butler sewer project Print E-mail

Butler Mayor Alice Smith reported at the November 4 Butler City Council meeting that the city's sewer project will hopefully begin in March. The project with an estimated cost of $570,000 will start with cameras in the sewer lines, new manholes, and major repairs on Taylor Street.

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State’s first Influenza cases reported Print E-mail

Kentuckians urged to get vaccinated against flu

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reported the first two positive influenza cases this week, indicating the presence of flu in Kentucky. The cases were from Henderson and Jefferson Counties.

DPH officials are reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. Kentucky’s flu activity will be classified as “sporadic,” the lowest level indicating flu activity.

The flu season typically begins in October or November. Kentuckians are encouraged to get a flu vaccine as soon as their health provider has it in stock, because it takes about two weeks for immunity to develop and offer protection against flu. However, vaccination can be given any time during the flu season.

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Don't be spooked: Be safe while driving this Halloween Print E-mail

Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year, it's also one of the most dangerous for pedestrians. As children take time to pick out the creepy costumes they're going to wear, adults should spend some time thinking about Halloween driver safety.

Tips to help drivers avoid a scare this Halloween:

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Food benefits set to decrease November 1 with expiration of stimulus funding Print E-mail

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is notifying recipients of funding from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - formerly known as food stamps - that they will see their benefits decrease beginning Nov. 1.

The change is because increased benefits provided to SNAP by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009 are set to expire. Congress has not voted to extend this stimulus funding.

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Safety tips to keep your Halloween fun and safe Print E-mail

Halloween is an especially enjoyable time of year for children as they attend Halloween parties and go trick-or-treating in their costumes. Some candy treats and snack foods can, however, quickly spoil the fun.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health offers the following food safety tips to help you have a safe Halloween:

Take these steps to ensure a fun and safe Halloween:

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Sweet eats, adorable treats: fun for fall Print E-mail

If you're looking for a fun treat for Halloween or any time this fall, you can't go wrong with these "No Eek, No Squeak Cookie Cuties."

Full of nutrients and energy, California Raisins provide a delicious burst of flavor to these cookies. All-natural and dried-by-the-sun, California Raisins deliver fiber, potassium and antioxidants, and just a quarter cup of raisins provides a serving of fruit.

Makes 36 cookies.

Ingredients:

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Harrison Memorial Hospital phone scam Print E-mail

It has come to the attention of  Harrison Memorial Hospital staff that individuals in the community are receiving phone calls from an 866-218-7985 number with an automated call, identifying itself as "Harrison Memorial Hospital."

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Simple steps to prepare for severe weather Print E-mail

In the midst of National Preparedness Month, Kentucky Utilities Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company offer four proactive steps to take in advance of severe weather.

1. Make a kit: Having an emergency preparedness kit ready in advance for each member of the family can help make responding to an emergency less stressful and more organized.  In addition, consider carrying a kit in the trunk of a vehicle for emergencies. Visit ready.gov for a list of suggested items to include, such as a first-aid kit, crank-powered flashlights, whistles, batteries, prescription medicines, blankets, bottled water and a weather radio.

2. Stay informed: During outage situations, KU and LG&E provide near real-time outage information through the utilities’ automated phone system, online outage map and outage map app.

3. Tell KU and LG&E about it: Reporting downed power lines, hazardous conditions and power outages immediately to KU and LG&E can help the utilities more quickly isolate areas impacted during severe weather. KU customers should call 1-800-981-0600. LG&E customers should call 502-589-1444 (1-800-331-7370 outside Louisville.) When you call, press “1-1-2” to quickly navigate through the automated phone system and report the situation.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for information updates.

4. Safety comes first: Always assume any downed wire is an energized power line. Stay away from the area and report it immediately.
Visit lge-ku.com/storm for additional preparedness tips and safety information.

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Don't be tricked into thinking you are "okay to drive" Print E-mail

This Halloween, don’t be tricked into thinking you are “okay to drive” if you celebrate with alcohol. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) reminds all partygoers that buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you feel “buzzed,” you should not be behind the wheel.

“The risks are not worth it, and the consequences are too serious,” KOHS Executive Director Bill Bell said. “A sober and safe ride after the party is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this Halloween.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011, when Halloween fell on a Monday, 44 percent of the

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