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.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved the Kansas Plan on Aging for the next four years. The plan is a broad outline of how the state intends to use federal resources under the Older Americans Act.
Secretary for Aging and Disability Services, Shawn Sullivan, says the plan is based on priorities identified by older Kansans, and those who work with them.
“Seniors here in Kansas want to stay at home, and in order to do that, I think there are some changes that we need to make," says Sullivan.
The CDC has good news, 76.5 percent of U.S. infants start out being breastfed. Yet, only about 27 percent of mothers breastfeed for the recommended twelve month period.
What barriers are keeping women from breastfeeding? What medicines, foods, and environments should a breastfeeding mother avoid ? And what are the positive health benefits of breastfeeding to the mother and newborn?
We discuss this and look at the changing laws that will impact breastfeeding mothers, and look at the ins and outs of breastfeeding.
Researchers at the University of Kansas say fatty acids added to baby formula produce lasting gains in intelligence and performance.
Infant formula has been enriched with fatty acids since 2001, based in part on research done by University of Kansas scientists John Colombo and Susan Carlson. The new findings by Colombo and Carlson are based on 81 babies who were tested every six months over a span of six years.
It’s almost back to school time, and that means worrying about getting the right school supplies, remembering a locker combination and, if you’re a teenager, figuring out how you fit in the dating scene.
On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with psychologist Wes Crenshaw and teen experts Kendra Schwartz and Josie Myers about how teens might find real love in high school, while swimming in a sea of hormones, hook-ups and angst.
In a little less than two months, Kansans will be able to begin shopping for individual health insurance plans through the new, online marketplace called the exchange. Most of the plans will be sold by three companies.
According to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, they'll be the same three companies that provide the bulk of health insurance in Kansas now: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Blue Cross of Kansas City, and Coventry.
Medical, business and educational leaders have spelled out what Jackson County residents would get if a tax issue is put on the November ballot and gains voter approval to enhance health research and medical care.
If the county legislature and voters approve, a half-cent sales tax would raise $40 million a year.
Funds would be divided between Children's Mercy and St. Luke’s Hospitals and UMKC. It’s designed to attract top medical researchers to translate new findings into treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases.
Narcissism is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. It's often a self-diagnosed condition, or people refer to others as narcissistic when they are merely being selfish.
Today on Central Standard, Host Bill Anderson talks with Dr. Bruce Liese, Professor of Family Medicine at the KU Medical Center, about the destructive behaviors that make relationships difficult. We'll also explore arrogance, and the ways in which you can cope with a narcissist at home or at work.