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June 14, 2018

Matching grants up to $2,000 available for spay/neuter programs...

The Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board invites county and metro governments in Kentucky to apply for matching grants for spay and neuter activities for 2018.

Governments may partner with non-profit organizations to obtain the best use of resources. Funds are extremely limited, and applicants may request up to $2,000.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. No match is required, but preference will be given to applicants that provide the highest amount of matching dollars.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek out the best price possible for the average anticipated cost per alteration, as grant amounts will be based in part on those costs. Added consideration will be given to spay/neuter programs that are mandatory.

Kentucky county or metro governments interested in applying for spay/neuter grants may download the application at

Applications must be received by Friday, July 15. Email all documents and required attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No faxed applications or mailings will be accepted.

The majority of funds for the program come from the sale of spay/neuter license plates. The board encourages Kentucky motorists to buy the plate when they buy or renew their vehicle licenses so the program may continue. You also may donate online or by check.


June 8, 2018

Mean temperature percentiles for May 2018, compared to previous years dating back to 1895

{ INSIDERS ONLY: One thing for sure it seemed like the hottest May temps ever experienced to those of us under 80 in Lawrence County, Ky last month. Right in the middle of it many, many AC units went out including ours at the Lazer office and my home. We bought fans and fans but nothing eased the heat.  I had to go to the TRMC ER for fluids and other treatment on one day when it was 92 degrees with 77% humidity.

I thought I was in Texas where many of my favorite cousins live.

Turns out we were living through the hottest weather since the early 1930's and I thought you may be interested in the numbers and story below. }


Almost every place in the 48 contiguous states was warmer than normal last month, breaking a record that dates to 1934. And most of a wide swath of the nation, from the Texas Panhandle to Chesapeake Bay, had the warmest May ever. The average temperature in May, 65.4 degrees, was more than 5 degrees above normal, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's latest climate assessment.

The May average "swept by the previous high mark of 64.7 degrees," set during the Dust Bowl era, Jason Samenow writes for The Washington Post. "One of the main reasons May 1934 was so hot was because it was so dry, posting the least precipitation for the month on record. When the land surface is dry, it heats up faster. . . . In May 2018, temperatures soared to record levels even without as much help from dry soils. Precipitation was a hair above normal averaged over the nation. Maryland, hit by major floods in Frederick and Ellicott City, had its wettest May on record. So did Florida. Asheville, N.C., posted 14.68 inches of rain, its wettest month in history."

Samenow adds, "The toasty pattern presented a massive contrast from April, which ranked the 13th-coldest on record, more than 2 degrees below average. Eight states had their warmest May on record: Virginia, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Oklahoma."



Written by Al Cross Posted at 6/08/2018 

Lazer publisher Mark Grayson contributed to this post

June 3, 2018

American Cancer Society changes recommended age for screening from 50 to 45

FRANKFORT, KY. -- Following the release of new national colorectal cancer screening guidelines, one Frankfort doctor says that type of cancer is becoming more common in a younger age group.

The American Cancer Society now recommends adults with an average risk of colorectal cancer begin colon and rectal cancer screenings at age 45, instead of 50. The group changed its guidelines Wednesday because studies show that younger adults are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Dr. John Shekleton, a Frankfort gastroenterologist, said that he has seen an uptick in younger patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer within the last five years or so. Shekleton said it is”disappointing” to see adults younger than 50 be diagnosed with colorectal cancer because they were not recommended to be screened yet. He said colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer among adults.

According to the Kentucky Cancer Consortium, the commonwealth has the highest number of colorectal cancer cases in the country. Over 2,700 Kentucky patients are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. In Franklin County, there are about 49 cases per 100,000 people per year, according to State Cancer Profiles.

The ACA is recommending six different tests for screenings. One is a colonoscopy. Two of the tests are a fecal immunochemical test and a guaic-based fecal occult blood test, which test stool for blood. Another kind of test is a multitarget stool DNA test, which tests stools for blood and abnormal DNA. The last two tests are a virtual colonoscopy and a flexible sigmoidoscopy, which is a test that uses a scope to view the lower rectum and colon.

“They’re not going to tell you the exact test to use,” Shekleton said. “They just want you to get tested.”

The tests need to be repeated at varying times, Shekleton said, but colonoscopies are the least frequent at once every 10 years. He said some studies show that colonoscopies are the best option for colorectal cancer screening. Some insurance companies do not approve virtual colonoscopies as a test, he said.

Former Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said she takes every opportunity to discuss colon screenings because the earlier the cancer is caught, the less risk it has. She said some avoid screenings because it is unpleasant, but screenings can save lives.

She was diagnosed with colon cancer in its early stages through a screening almost 13 years ago. Now, she is cancer-free.

“It can save your life,” Luallen said. “It certainly saved mine.”

Luallen said cancer can have devastating effects on patients and their families. She encouraged everyone to see a doctor on a regular basis and do every screening recommended to them.

Shekleton said ACA’s old guidelines recommended African-Americans get screenings at 45 due to a higher risk of colon cancer, and other demographics starting at 55. He said the ACA’s studies have shown that colorectal cancer has been increasing for the last 20 years.

Some reasons that colorectal cancer is becoming more common in younger patients is an increase in obesity and that the Western diet includes more alcohol and red meat as well as fewer fruits and vegetables. Shekleton said that having a high fiber diet, taking aspirin daily or taking calcium supplements could potentially reduce colorectal cancer risk.

Those with a family history of colorectal cancer have a higher risk of getting that type of cancer and should be screened before age 45, Shekleton said.

Many patients with colorectal cancer do not show any symptoms, Shekleton said. Some symptoms are stomach pain, rectal bleeding and anemia.

Shekleton said that only 66 percent of patients eligible for colorectal cancer screenings actually do it. Some reasons that people do not get screenings are they are concerned about the laxatives before the test, potential pain, possible complications and just not wanting to undergo a test, Shekleton said.

Regular screening could lower risk of colorectal cancer, Shekleton said. He said having one colonoscopy could reduce risk of cancer in the left colon by 90 percent. He said it is less effective in the right colon, but with regular screening, patients have a 70 percent reduction in colorectal cancer risk.

By McKenna Horsley
The State Journal