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The latest news in Healthcare IT – straight to your inbox. One pouch can dispose of 45 pills, six ounces of liquid or six opioid patches – and altogether have the potential to dispose of more than 2 million unused opioids, says the news release. Chandler said that with smoking rates in Kentucky 59 percent higher than the national average and 23 percent higher than the Appalachian region, reducing this rate would be a sure way to improve the health of Kentuckians.health news

The Kentucky Department of Public Health is warning the public to not look directly at the solar eclipse without proper eye protection. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health are hosting the 2017 Data! This measure could also contribute to Appalachian Kentucky’s poor health as the state’s rate for this measure is lower than the regions, 8.6 social organizations per 10,000 people compared to 12.5 per 10,000.health news

The four insurers offering coverage in Georgia’s insurance exchange next year are increasing their proposed rates beyond the big premium hikes that they first sought, state officials said Tuesday. Afternoon keynote speakers include Ohio and Kentucky’s medical directors of Medicaid, Barbara Sears and Dr. Gilbert C. Liu, respectively, who will share how their state’s Medicaid programs use data to improve health.health news

The continuing occurrence of pneumoconiosis deaths due to other dust containing silica indicates the need for maintaining measures to limit workplace exposure to respirable crystalline silica. A study finds increasing education by 3.6 years — similar to the length of a university undergraduate degree — could reduce the risk of heart disease by a third.

Little-reported facts about new ALS drug Radicava. The deal, if completed, would give Atlanta-based Piedmont an eighth hospital in its system, joining the additions of Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens and Newton Medical Center in Covington, just 10 miles from the Rockdale hospital off I-20.