KET’s new webpage in its PBS LearningMedia portal offers the entire “You Are Not Alone” series on youth mental health as well as additional resources to give educators, advocates, parents, and peers the tools they need to reach young people with mental health challenges and improve their lives.
Connections with Renee Shaw
Renee speaks with Andrea James, community response strategist in Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton's Office about a future workgroup that will guide approaches to curbing substance abuse in central Kentucky. And, in a separate segment, Sharon Walsh, Ph.D., director of the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research talks about UK's $87 million grant that seeks to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40% in 16 Kentucky counties.
Following several mysterious deaths linked to vaping, the federal government is now warning Americans not to use e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control also said there are 450 reported cases of lung illnesses tied to vaping, in more than 30 states. William Brangham talks to Allison Aubrey of NPR about what is known, and what isn’t, about the health risks of vaping.
Laura Santhanam ofPBS NewsHour reports on an Aug. 26 ruling from a judge in Oklahoma that marketing tactics used by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson contributed to the opioid crisis. This decision — which requires the the company and and its subsidiary to pay the state more than $572 million — could signal what’s ahead for other drug companies facing lawsuits across the country.
Renee Shaw and guests discuss public assistance and government welfare programs, including Medicaid and food stamps. Guests: Secretary Adam Meier, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services; Ashley Spalding, Ph.D., senior policy analyst at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; Anne-Tyler Morgan, member of the McBrayer law firm and senior fellow with the Pegasus Institute; and James Ziliak, Ph.D., an economist and founding director of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.
In his latest column for PBS NewsHour, Dr. Howard Markel explores the issue of elder abuse by recalling the final years of legendary comedian and movie star Groucho Marx, who died in 1977 of pneumonia and who suffered through a variety of maladies including dementia and heart disease leading up to his death. Marx's children accused his girlfriend of abusing him as his health declined, pursued legal action, and received a six-figure judgment years after his passing.
This forum, hosted by Renee Shaw, explores the alarming rise in youth suicide, examining its root causes and highlighting the most effective strategies for prevention.
From the Associated Press: The Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 14 proposed 13 new warnings that would appear on all cigarettes, including images of cancerous tumors, diseased lungs and feet with amputated toes. The current smaller warnings on the side of U.S. cigarette packs have not been updated since 1984, and the agency's previous effort to update them was defeated in court in 2012 on free speech grounds. The FDA said its revised proposal is supported by new research that documents how the warnings will help educate the public about smoking harms.
Laura Santhanam of PBS NewsHour reports on a new study published in the journal Lancet examining childhood cancer. According to the study, underdiagnosis of cancer and lack of access to treatment facilities contributed to death and disability that totals up to more than 11 million lost healthy years each year. The study calls for better diagnostic tools and medical infrastructure to treat children, since a majority of childhood cancers are curable.
From PBS NewsHour, a report detailing a new study published in Environmental Science and Technology that suggests a particular type of flame retardant used in household items poses an increased risk of hyperthyroidism in house cats, and may also affect humans.