The annual enrollment period for Medicare's prescription drug coverage and privatized Medicare Advantage plans is now open. It's the one time of year when people can make changes to their coverage without being penalized.
This year, many senior citizens have been confused. The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act started just two weeks ago. Many people are under the mistaken impression that they need to sign up for coverage on the exchange, even though they have Medicare.
Divorce presents difficult situations for any family, but it can be especially disruptive to teenagers. Just how much it affects them depends on how parents shape the situation.
On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us with a few teen guests to talk about what it’s like to be caught in the middle, what parents can do to make the transition easier and what factors mark the difference between a clean break and a chaotic split.
If the federal government shutdown continues longer than two more weeks, 70,000 young mothers, babies and preschoolers in Kansas stand to lose access to some of the food they rely on.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has ordered local WIC offices to withhold checks for November and December until federal funding is assured. WIC checks are normally issued for three months at a time.
Now more than ever, our society seems preoccupied with sex. Sexting and twerking are a part of our lexicon. Whether we’re talking about television, popular music or movies, sexual images and innuendo are everywhere. And access to pornography is as easy as a click of a mouse for the over 40 million people who log into porn websites. Given the highly sexualized society we live in, can a person really become addicted to sex? And at what point does sex become an unhealthy addiction—a bad habit that interferes with work, relationships and mental health?
Kansas health officials say the number of residents infected with West Nile virus is on the rise. There have been 32 cases so far this year.
Twelve new cases were reported last week, according to KDHE spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow.
"Cases are most common in late summer and early fall months, and until we have that first really hard freeze, you know, mosquitoes are still out there," says Rosenow. "So it’s really important for Kansans to take precautions against mosquito bites."
Obsessive thoughts can lead to obsessive behaviors. According to psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese, obsessive compulsives typically have a recurring, persistent and unwanted thought or thoughts that won't go away. These thoughts tend to be irrational and very closely correlated with anxiety and can often cause anxiety themselves.
The wait for one of the biggest pieces of Obamacare is over. Starting Tuesday, Americans who don't have access to affordable health insurance through their employers can shop for coverage in new online marketplaces, also known as exchanges. The Kansas Insurance Department has been holding meetings across the state to answer questions about the exchange.
Linda Sheppard is the Kansas Insurance Department’s Director of Health Care Policy. She says the state is ready as it can be.
Maddie Major shouldn’t be alive today. The eight-year-old girl has been fighting a form of leukemia since she was three. Robyn Major, Maddie’s mother, says in spite of chemotherapy, radiation, and even a bone marrow transplant, Maddie’s cancer kept coming back.
“In August of 2012, she relapsed for the second time,” says Robyn Major. "It was at that time that we realized conventional therapies weren’t going to offer a cure for Maddie.”
Whether or not you agree with the Affordable Care Act politically, you might be wondering what your health insurance options will be under this new law, particularly if you don't get insurance from your employer.
Jessica Hembree, program officer at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, andSandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner, join us to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplaces in Kansas and Missouri.
The first-ever statewide report on infections in Kansas hospitals shows progress against two specific types of infections.
According to the CDC, Americans contract 1.7 million infections every year while being treated in hospitals and 99,000 people die from these infections, adding $30 billion to the nation’s healthcare costs.
Joey Scaletta directs the Kansas healthcare-associated infections program. He says approximately five of every 100 patients admitted to a hospital contract an infection while there.
With help from a new grant, University of Kansas Medical Center researchers will look at how Alzheimer's might be prevented without drugs. Pharmaceutical companies haven’t had much success fighting the disease, which is the most common form of dementia.
KU Med Dr. Jeff Burns will have older high risk volunteers in the study exercise 150 minutes a week. Burns will scan volunteers’ brains to see how exercise affects amyloid protein, which is linked to the disease.
Burns says even if exercise can only hold off Alzheimer’s, it could make a big difference.
In recent weeks, states like Colorado, California and Oregon have been hit hard by advertising campaigns designed to let people know about their state-created health marketplaces. State health marketplaces are a central part of the Affordable Care Act, but information about Missouri’s health marketplace has been hard to find. And that’s not just because the state decided not to set one up.
‘Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite.’ It’s a phrase you’ve probably heard a lot, but perhaps holds a different significance to you if you’ve had a bed bug infestation or know someone who has. Cases of bed bugs have been rising in recent years. But just who or what are these vermin? They feed on human blood, don’t contract diseases, and can be hard to talk about. Perhaps more importantly, how do we get rid of them?
When it comes to pornography, the days of sneaking a peek at a Playboy at the drugstore have faded. The internet seems to have everything, and that’s especially true when you’re talking about porn.
On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how the availability and increasing explicit nature of pornography is affect sexual development in teens. We discuss why the impact of pornography is different today and how parents can approach the topic with their teens.
A nursing home watchdog group says Kansas nursing home residents would benefit from increased requirements for direct care from nurses and nurse-aides in nursing homes. Current regulations require adequate staffing to provide each resident a minimum of two hours of direct care daily.
We all know that texting while driving often results in accidents, and a New Jersey court recently ruled that it's not only the driver who's responsible-- if you know someone's driving when you send a text, you might be held responsible if he or she gets into an accident.
Human beings have always been pain-avoiding creatures. We seek to avoid the things we don't like or that could bring pain to us, and we pursue the things that bring us pleasure and happiness. Oftentimes, this human practice takes form in procrastination.
The CDC says nearly seven percent of middle and high school students have tried e-cigarettes, and more than two percent are current users. Erika Sward of the American Lung Association says the rapid growth is due in large part to an aggressive marketing campaign.
A 4-story institute for translational medicine building would be built on top of an existing parking structure at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City - if Jackson County voters approve a 1/2 cent sales tax increase in November.
On Wednesday, the Hall Family Foundation announced that it was pledging $75 million to Children's Mercy Hospital for build a translational medicine research building on Children's Mercy's campus on Hospital Hill.
Sherry Payne, Executive Director of Uzazi Village, aims to address infant and maternal health inequalities, especially in Kansas City's African-American community. She has been a nurse for 12 years and is studying to become a midwife.
Kansas is one of 10 states the Rand Corporation studied in detail. The study predicts that by 2016, only 6.6 percent of Kansans too young for Medicare will be uninsured. Without the new law, that figure would be more than 14 percent.
Whenever a loved one dies, those left behind suffer for that loss, but when that loved one chose to take his or her own life, how do friends and family recover? In 2009 deaths from suicide surpassed those in motor vehicle accidents. There were more than 30,000 that year. And in a society that lives much of its life online through social media, what happens to one’s digital self after suicide? Is it acceptable to “defriend the dead,” or is social media a good way for us to cope with the loss of our loved ones?
The Jackson County Legislature voted Monday to place a 20-year, half-cent sales tax measure on the November 5 ballot.
Aimed at boosting economic development and funding research, supporters call it a game-changer for Kansas City, a way to bolster the area's claim as a hub of life science research. Opponents haven't galvanized, at least in a visible way. But lots of questions are being raised.
A three-month-old Kansas City-area baby shows no sign of problems following a first-of-its-kind surgical procedure a little more than two months ago at the University of Kansas Hospital.
Ashlyn Julian was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm when she was just three weeks old. A weak spot in one of her brain’s blood vessels had ruptured.
Traditional brain surgery might have proven fatal at Julian’s age. So KU brain surgeon Koji Ebersole maneuvered a tiny catheter through blood vessel to deliver a drop of superglue. It immediately stopped the bleeding.
The report’s author, Jon Bailey, says the premium tax credits to help pay for individual health insurance plans, and the caps on out-of-pocket costs will be especially important to people who live in rural areas.