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Web tool to assist Kentuckians on learning about coverage options

A new web tool is available to assist Kentuckians with learning more about health coverage options. See the left hand column of at .

Dextromethorphan abuse


Pfizer Inc.’s Robitussin and Johnson & Johnson Tylenol Cough may be reviewed for possible U.S. dispensing restrictions because of increasing signs of abuse and injuries among adolescents.


Non-medical use of dextromethorphan, a common cough suppressant approved since 1958, accounted for an estimated 7,988 emergency room visits in 2008, up from 4,634 in 2004, according to a U.S. government report yesterday. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will meet Sept. 14 to discuss whether the medicine should be a controlled substance. Read more at Bloomberg

When disaster strikes: Easy point of entry for medical volunteers

HHS launches site for disaster medical volunteers

The Health & Human Services Department launched a Web sitethat provides a single point of entry for health professionals across the nation to sign up to volunteer in advance of an emergency or disaster in their state.

The Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) is a national network of state-based programs that verifies the identity, licenses and credentials of health professionals before an emergency happens. Read more at Government Health IT

Opportunity for NPs to serve Laurel County

In researching the wellness of Laurel Countians, access to health care — which means how easy or difficult it is to get medical treatment — consistently fell short. A recent comparative county assessment shows the primary care physician-to-population ratio is 2, "which means there are two full-time equivalent primary care physicians for every 3,500 people in the county,” said Elmer Whitler, director of the Office of Rural Health Policy Research.

Statewide, the ratio is 2.5. Nationwide it is 3.7. … Read article at Sentinel-Echo

KCNPNM Members Spearheading Efforts to end Abuse

On September 25, members of the Paducah region are partnering with the Paducah Police Department, McCracken County Sheriff's Department and Four Rivers Behavioral Health Regional Prevention and Education Center. As a part of a National Take-Back initiative Paducah area residents may drop excess prescription drugs at the main entrance of Kentucky Oaks Mall from 10am to 2pm.

Diabetes and Cognitive Problems

A new study finds that older diabetics who have high blood pressure, gait and balance problems or think their health is poor may be at higher risk for cognitive problems. Read more at LA Times

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