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The state’s first flu-related death for the new influenza season has occurred in Lexington.

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A new report shows the number of Kentucky’s preschoolers who are obese dropped by about 5 percent between 2010 and 2014. However, the obesity rankings for the state’s high school students and adults were among the worst in the U.S.

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Federal health officials say they've confirmed more than 500 cases of people who became sick with an intestinal illness after eating McDonald's salads.

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  A study by the United Health Foundation ranks Kentucky 48th in its annual report on senior citizens. That’s a slight improvement over the state’s ranking last year.

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 In 2014, about one in four teens nationwide reported smoking an e-cigarette, which are lauded y the vaping industry as a safer alternative to cigarettes. But the Food ad Drug Administration is looking at potentially limiting or banning of these e-cigarette flavors.

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  A new report shows Kentucky falling down a ranking of states with the best women’s and children’s health.

     Levels of influenza-like illnesses are at an all time high, and doctors' offices and medical care centers are seeing a huge surge of patients not seen since the 2009 swine flu outbreak. Yet with the age of the internet and sites like WebMD comes a new attitude towards doctors -- we trust them, but we trust our Googling capabilites just as much. Dr. Michael Bordieri explains why it could be more beneficial to hand the reins over to the doctor once more.  

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  A state with one of the highest smoking rates in the country is paying farmers to paint anti-smoking messages on old tobacco barns.

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  Kentucky has some of the worst health outcomes in the nation, and that’s especially true around Appalachia. A report from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in August found the rate that infants die shortly after birth is higher there – even compared with Lexington and Louisville.

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A new program is aimed at making it easier for Owensboro residents to quit smoking. The plan will provide nicotine supplies for free to those interested.

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