A small outbreak of measles stemming from a Clay County family has some area doctors worried that more may catch the illness. After traveling abroad to the Pacific Rim, an infant who wasn't immunized to the disease was diagnosed and spread it to two family members last week.
In the first segment of Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with a panel of experts to discuss the recent measles cases and the cultural struggles surrounding immunization in the United States.
State health officials are looking for connections in seven reported cases of kidney failure commonly caused by a type of bacteria sometimes found in food.
A total of seven cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome have been reported to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. These cases have not been confirmed yet, according to KDHE spokeswoman Sara Belfry.
Nearly half of all inmates at the municipal jail in Kansas City, Mo., indicated they had a mental health problem, according to the latest results from a periodic survey administered by an outside contractor.
Roughly 45 percent of the respondents answered “yes” when asked if they thought they had a mental health problem or had been told they had one, according to the survey results, which were delivered earlier this month.
There's one topic that keeps on giving year after year: allergies. From seasonal, to year-round, gluten to peanuts, allergies affect over 65 million people in the United States alone.
In the first segment of Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske discusses all things mold, pollen, and food protein with Dr. Jay Portnoy, who heads the allergy and asthma department at Children's Mercy Hospital.
In this KHI News Service file photo, Julie Konig, right, a certified application counselor with the Shawnee County Health Agency, talks with a woman seeking insurance through the Obamacare marketplace. People who have had certain "life-changing" events can still enroll in health coverage and need not wait until the 2015 open enrollment period begins on Nov. 15.
More than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance through the federal exchange before the March 31 deadline.
“That was 19.1 percent of all those who were eligible,” said Katrina McGivern, communications coordinator for the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, one of the Kansas groups given federal grant dollars to help get people enrolled.
The terms ADD and ADHD have become common parlance as more and more kids get diagnosed with these attention disorders. But what’s the difference between your average squirmy kid and one who needs treatment?
On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with psychologist Wes Crenshaw and a few local teens about how kids are diagnosed and whether doctors are over-diagnosing when it comes to these conditions. We also take a look at how to get the right treatments and what a difference that can make.
A forum on a Wyandotte County health initiative drew a standing-room-only crowd to City Hall Thursday evening, but that level of interest didn’t mean participants believed government officials would follow through with the plan.
In reporting feedback from their break-out sessions, forum organizers said many attendees were skeptical because they believed City Hall had not delivered for them in the past.
The decision by state officials not to expand Medicaid eligibility could deny thousands of uninsured Kansans access to life-saving cancer treatments, according to a recent report by researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Oran Hesterman, CEO of the Fair Food Network in Ann Arbor, Mich., held up a miniature replica of a billboard his organization had throughout Detroit advertising its Double Up Food Bucks program for food stamp recipients. Hesterman was in Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday for a food summit.
Federal health exchange enrollments more than doubled in Missouri and nearly doubled in Kansas in the weeks leading up to the enrollment deadline, according to figures released by the government Thursday.
In Missouri, enrollment through the federal marketplace shot up to 152,335 - a 105 percent increase over the number who selected a health plan by the end of February. In Kansas, enrollment increased to 57,013 - a 95 percent jump over February.
A doctor looking to help a patient prescribes a medication for a condition it was not originally marketed to treat. How legal, and how risky the off-label use of prescription drugs?On Thursday's Up To Date Steve Kraske talks with a pharmacist about just how common this practice is among physicians and why drug companies don’t market their products for multiple uses.
Rick Couldry is Director of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas Hospital.
HCA Inc. on Wednesday agreed to pay $77 million to the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City on top of nearly $162 million it was ordered to pay last year.
The payment averts a hearing in May in which a judge was to decide how much additional money, if any, HCA owed.
The payment stems from a lawsuit the foundation, which was created from the proceeds of the sale of Health Midwest to HCA in 2003, filed in 2009. The suit alleged that HCA Midwest Health System reneged on obligations it assumed when it bought Health Midwest.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing that the state use federal health dollars to subsidize health insurance for low-wage workers.
Under a program he is calling Missouri Health Works, Nixon wants the state pay a portion of employers’ health insurance costs for their employees who make below 138 percent of the poverty level, or $27,310 annually for a family of three.
The program would be open to businesses with fewer than 150 employees.
Tax cuts in Kansas have "landed with a thud," according to the co-author of a report that criticizes the state's actions for harming public services and sapping the state's long-term economic vitality.
Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday he will ask the Kansas Legislature to approve spending an additional $2.6 million in state funds to help reduce the waiting lists for in-home, Medicaid services for the disabled.
If approved, an estimated 209 additional people would receive the services.
There are about 5,000 people on the waiting lists; more than 3,100 are developmentally disabled. About 1,800 physically disabled people also await services, though administration officials said they were still in the process of verifying the accuracy of that number.
Cavity-free, pearly-white teeth have long been a status symbol—but how important is it to make sure your pet’s choppers are as pristine as yours?
On Monday's Up to Date, we’ll talk with Wayne Hunthausen, DVM and veterinarian Scott MacGee who specializes in pet dentistry. We’ll find out just what’s normal for your pet's teeth and, as always, take questions about your companion animal's health and habits.
All the recent changes to health care in the past few years have shown the U.S. health care system as a kind of Rube Goldberg invention; a costly mismatch of parts that doesn’t necessarily get great results.
The Mid-America Coalition on Health Care in Kansas City, Mo., aims to changes that by bringing together employers, insurers and medical providers to lower costs and potentially improve health. The coalition is one of the oldest health non-profits in the United States, and members include a lot of big Kansas City businesses like Cerner and Hallmark.
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that might make it possible for Kansas to join a compact of states that want the power to run Medicare and Medicaid within their borders.
The new law also creates the possibility that the compact states could circumvent several key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
“The Health Care Compact will allow states to restore and protect Medicare for generations to come,” Brownback said in a prepared statement today announcing that he had signed the measure. The actual signing was Tuesday.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill Wednesday morning that will join the state with others attempting to sever ties with the federal Affordable Care Act legislation.
With the approval of House Bill 2553, Kansas joins the Health Care Compact, a coalition of states seeking exemption from federal health care rules, while retaining federal health funding. The Compact will need to be approved by the U.S. Legislature.
Brownback stated the Compact would allow states to preserve Medicare.