Melissa Patrick, Author at The Advocate-Messenger


Immunization rates continue to fall in Kentucky

The immunization crisis in Kentucky is not just a Kentucky issue, but is happening nationwide. “It’s not going to take long before we see the ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Thursday, May 16, 2024 2:45 pm


Health insurers again win lobbying over prior authorization of procedures

A bill to exempt health-care providers who have 90% or more of their claims approved from health-insurance companies’ requirements for prior authorization of certain treatments ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Friday, March 29, 2024 3:00 pm


Flu, Covid-19 and RSV rates are so high that the CDC issued a health advisory

As illness from the three respiratory viruses tracked by Kentucky health departments — influenza, Covid-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) — continue to pile up, ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Friday, December 29, 2023 3:10 pm


SB 150, which bans gender-affirming care for youth, passes

A revised bill with language to ban gender-affirming care for Kentucky’s transgender youth moved quickly through both houses of the General Assembly Thursday and is ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Tuesday, March 21, 2023 5:45 pm


Kentucky to get $53 million from Walmart settlement to fight opioid epidemic

Kentucky will get more than $53 million from Walmart as part of a $3.1 billion, 50-state settlement for the retailer’s role in the opioid epidemic. ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Wednesday, December 28, 2022 7:00 am


Study says one in five adult Covid-19 survivors in the U.S. may develop ‘long Covid’

One in five adult Americans who have recovered from a Covid-19 infection have experienced a health condition that may be related to a previous infection, ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Monday, June 20, 2022 10:42 am


FDA chief says baby formula supply is expected to stay short through late July

The baby formula shortage continues to worsen in Kentucky, with the state’s out-of-stock rate increasing by 20 percentage points since May 8, according to the ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Friday, June 3, 2022 6:45 am


Ky. Covid cases up 63%; experts warn new variants threaten the vaccinated and unvaccinated

Kentucky’s weekly Covid-19 report largely mimics what is going on across the nation: 63 percent more new cases than the prior week, a rising positive-test ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Thursday, May 26, 2022 6:00 pm


’Trigger law’ would end legal abortion in Kentucky if Supreme Court overturns its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, as leaked

If a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would overturn the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision becomes final, legal abortion in ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Tuesday, May 17, 2022 7:04 am

Danville Sports

Danville girls wallop Wayne County, face Mercer in second round

STANFORD — The Danville girls took the fast lane to the semifinals. The Lady Admirals were on the gas from the opening tip Tuesday night, ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Thursday, March 3, 2022 7:06 am

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