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Our neighbors are in need and we need your help to help them! Beginning today and going through Sunday evening we'll be collecting cleaning supplies for our friends in West Virginia who were affected by the recent floods. If you're coming to our Bible school this week or if you just want to make a donation please drop them off at our Church door and we'll take care of it. Here is a list of items needed at this time:

Brooms
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Trash bags
Gloves
Bottled water
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JUNE 26, 2016

There's a vaccine for young people that prevents cancer, but most of them don't get it because most doctors fail to recommend it

By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News

The human papilloma virus vaccination is proven to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts, but many pediatricians and family doctors still don't strongly recommend it, and they need to do better.

That was the main message at an HPV conference in Lexington June 21, where more than 100 people, mostly health-care providers, came to learn about the cancer-causing virus and the under-utilized vaccine that prevents it.

Dr. Alix Casler, medical director of pediatrics at Orlando Health Physician Associates in Florida, stressed the importance of teaching everyone in a health-care organization about why HPV vaccinations are so important.

"Every year that we fail to reach our goal, there are thousands of children who are going to go on to develop cancer," Casler said. "It is one of the most lifesaving things we do," but because it isn't mandatory and the diseases that it causes aren't ones pediatricians deal with, it often falls to the bottom of providers' priorities, she said.

Studies show that a "clear recommendation" from a physician is the most important factor in whether children get the HPV vaccine. Casler noted that a 2013 survey found that 80 percent of mothers who received a same-day recommendation had their son or daughter vaccinated that day.

The three-dose HPV vaccine was approved by the federal government 10 years ago and is recommended for 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls.

Kentucky falls in the bottom 10 states for HPV vaccinations, with 37.5 percent of its girls and 13.2 percent of its boys aged 13 to 17 vaccinated as of 2014. Nationwide, fewer than half of girls and only one-fifth of boys are getting immunized, and vaccination coverage did not increase substantially from 2011 to 2014.

HPV is spreading. About 79 million people in the United States are infected with it, and about 14 million more become infected each year. It is estimated that half of these new infections occur in people 15 to 24 years old.

Though most HPV infections will clear up on their own, the most persistent strains of the virus are directly linked to 27,000 new cancers a year. About 30 women per day in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer caused by HPV, and every year, there are about 324,000 new cases of genital warts caused by the virus.

Lois Ramondetta, a gynecologic oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, who is on a mission to educate health-care providers about the vaccine, told clinicians in southern Texas, “If you are not recommending the vaccine, you are not doing your job. It’s the equivalent of having patients in their 50s and not recommending a colonoscopy — and then having them come back with cancer.” So reports Laurie McGinley for The Washington Post.

HPV infections cause more than 90 percent of anal and cervical cancers and 70 percent of vaginal, vulvar, penile and middle throat cancers, and two of the HPV strains are associated with more than 90 percent of anal and genital warts.

HPV is most commonly transmitted through sexual intercourse, but it can also be transmitted through any skin-to-skin contact, including genital contact of any kind or simply kissing.

Doctors and parents alike have struggled with the idea of giving young children a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease. And some parents hesitate because they say the vaccine encourages sexual promiscuity, though research says otherwise.

Caslir said that just like putting on a seat belt to protect yourself before you turn on the engine, the most effective time to vaccinate for the cancer causing HPV virus is prior to exposure. In addition, it is important to vaccinate pre-teens early because they have the best immune response to the vaccine and are more likely to keep coming in for annual visits.

Dr. Daron G. Ferris, a speaker at the conference who works at the Georgia Cancer Center in Augusta, said that a mother of a 21-year-old woman with cervical cancer caused by HPV asked him, "So you mean if my daughter had received the Gardasil shots, she probably would not be having this surgery today?" and that he told her, "Yes. She would not have been there if she had been vaccinated."

Kirk Forbes, whose daughter Kristen died at the age of 23 from cervical cancer caused by a high risk strain of HPV, told the story of his daughter's battle. He and his wife have founded the Kristen Forbes EVE Foundation, whose mission is to eradicate cervical cancer and significantly reduce HPV infection rates. One of the foundation's efforts is a nationally acclaimed documentary that profiles five women, including Kristen, called "Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic."

"We have the means to stop 90 percent of cervical cancers and who know how many versions of oral cancer, anal cancer, penile cancer... and could literally wipe out genital warts," Forbes said."We've got all the tools we need, now we've got to go out and get the job done."

Posted by Melissa Patrick at 9:08 PM

Kentucky Health News is an independent news service of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky, with support from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

 

Date: 06-23-2016

Public Health, Fish & Wildlife, park officials work together to prevent Zika

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Department for Public Health is working with Kentucky Fish & Wildlife and State Parks to inform residents about the risks of exposure to the Zika virus through mosquito bites and how to stay safe in the outdoors throughout the summer.

“It is important that everyone act to protect yourself and your loved ones this summer from mosquito bites and potential illnesses that mosquitos may carry,” Dr. Ardis Hoven, Infectious Disease specialist for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said in a state news release. “With the summer season upon us and residents spending more time exploring the great outdoors in Kentucky, we want people to be aware of Zika virus and we want to advise residents to follow these recommendations in order to prevent mosquito bites while outside.”

· Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. In warmer weather wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin. Wear socks that cover the ankles and lower legs.

· Use Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellents such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. When used as directed these are safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Always follow directions, and reapply as directed. Apply sunscreen prior to insect repellent if using both.

· Do not use insect repellents on babies under two months of age. Instead, dress your baby in clothing that covers the arms and legs, or cover crib, stroller, or carrier with mosquito netting.

· Treat clothing and gear with permethrin. Do not use permethrin directly on your skin.

“We encourage state park guests and anyone who will be outside this summer to take these precautions to prevent mosquito bites,” Donnie Holland, commissioner, Kentucky State Parks, said in the news release. “It’s a good idea to keep these steps in mind when you make plans to camp, hike or play outside.”

“We want families to enjoy Kentucky’s great outdoors this summer,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Gregory Johnson. “These simple, common sense precautions will help protect people against illnesses borne by both mosquitoes and ticks.”

DPH recently launched its “Fight the Bite Day and Night” campaign to provide information to the public about the Zika virus and ways to avoid being bitten by the mosquitoes that carry it. Currently, no Kentuckians have acquired the Zika virus infection through local transmission in Kentucky. Careful prevention is key to preventing a public health emergency in our Commonwealth! 

For further information regarding Aedes mosquitoes and the diseases that they may transmit, visit the DPH website http://healthalerts.ky.gov/zika or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/zika. Be sure to follow KYHealthAlerts on Twitter and DPH’s Zika mascot, Marty Mosquito, on Instagram, @martymosquito.

 

“People are using the morning after as a form of birth control, especially among college students,” Johnson said.Across the state, the number of teens giving birth improved according to the Kids Count Data Book — one of many bits of information about Kentucky that can be found.

In Boyle County, however the number hovered around the middle to upper 30s in rate per 1,000. While one of the lowest counties in the region, it is also one of the few that has continued to grow, even slightly.

The latest numbers for the data come from 2011-2013, which states that 37.4 teens per 1,000 in Boyle County were pregnant; 59.3 per thousand in Casey County, which is down from the previous three years; 42.1 per 1,000 in Garrard County, up slightly from the previous measure; 52.2 per 1,000 in Lincoln County, down from the previous measure; and 47.6 per 1,000 in Mercer County, up from the previous measure. Statewide, teen births have dropped to 35 per 1,000.

The data comes from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Vital Statistics Branch, and is processed by the Kentucky State Data Center.

Not sure of the causes behind why the numbers locally hover around the same, Tiffany Johnson, the director of Haven Care Center, a pregnancy care center in Danville, said she could understand why the numbers might be dropping across the state.

Johnson believes the ease-of-access to the morning after pill could have a direct impact on the reduced numbers. No prescription is needed to pick up the medicine, which can be obtained at Walmart and other stores.

“People are using the morning after as a form of birth control, especially among college students,” Johnson said.

Employee of the Quarter; Kim Horn Honored

 Kim Horn shown with CEO Greg Kiser

Kim Horn of Administration was honored as Employee of the First Quarter for 2016.   She was acknowledged by management and her co-workers for exhibiting outstanding customer service due to her strong work ethic and contributions that she has made to the administrative and accounting functions in her service to Administration. 

Horn is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer and has been with the hospital since May 23, 2012.  She will be promoted effective May 31, 2016 as the Controller with the Accounting Department.   

She attended Morehead State University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1991. Her area of concentration with her degree was in Finance and an emphasis in Management.

Horn is married to husband Kenny and they have two children, Kendra and Colton.  They reside in the Louisa area where they enjoy helping with youth sports especially the girls Softball Team with Lawrence County High School.

She was a recipient of a basket of goodies acknowledging her with this distinction, a floral tribute, a complimentary dinner for two and a monetary award as a token of appreciation for her exemplary service for this deserving recognition.

Deanna Muncy, RT Receives her Certification

Deanna Muncy

 

Congratulations to Deanna Muncy, RT for passing her SDS certification!  She is now a Certified Sleep Disorder Specialist. 

This gives the opportunity for Three Rivers Medical Center to become a Certified Sleep Lab Center in the near future.