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5:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

The Negative Consequences Of Procrastination

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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.

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Health
12:59 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

E-Cigarette Use Among Kids Doubles In One Year

A nationwide survey of kids in grades six through twelve shows that nearly 1.8 million of them have tried electronic cigarettes, more than double the rate reported the previous year.

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.

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Up to Date
11:47 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Hall Family Foundation $75 Million Pledge: Passion For Cause...Or Bribe?

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.
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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.

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Health
10:30 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Hall Family Foundation To Give $75M To Children's Mercy, Maybe

Children's Mercy Hospital would receive $75 million from the Hall Family Foundation if Jackson County voters approve a half-cent sales tax for medical research.
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The Hall Family Foundation is pledging $75 million to build a research building at Children’s Mercy Hospital, but only if Jackson County voters pass a half-cent medical research sales tax. 

At the hospital Wednesday, foundation president Bill Hall said the tax offers Kansas City a big opportunity.

"We recognize it is asking a great deal of the voters of Jackson County," he said. "However, we believe this is a moment we must seize. The tax is transformational."

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KC Currents
1:06 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

KC Group Fights Breast-Feeding Disparities With Education, Support

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.
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It’s widely accepted that breast-feeding is the best way to feed an infant. But in some communities, breast-feeding has fallen out of favor. Nationally, only about 60 percent of African-American women attempt to nurse their babies. And many of them stop within the first three months. But breast-fed babies are less likely to die of SIDS or develop asthma and obesity later in life — health issues that occur most often in African-Americans. In Kansas City, Mo.

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Health
10:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Study: Predictions Of Health Care 'Rate Shock' Are Unfounded

A new study from a non-profit research group says predictions of huge premium increases when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in January are unfounded. 

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. 

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Central Standard
10:19 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Suicide And The Digital Afterlife

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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?

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Up to Date
4:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Area Health Institutions Attempt Translational Medicine Center

Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital would be one of a number of Jackson County institutions to benefit from proceeds from a 1/2-cent sales tax for translational medicine.
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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.

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Health
9:18 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Infant Mortality Up Slightly In Kansas Last Year

A new research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a slight increase in the infant mortality rate last year.

Infant mortality refers to babies who die before their first birthday. Although the trend has been downward, Kansas has exceeded the national infant mortality rate every year since 2003. 

KDHE Secretary Robert Moser says last year’s rate was 6.3 deaths per thousand live births.

“That’s relatively low, but unfortunately it’s up slightly from 2011,” says Moser.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal?

On Monday's Up to Date, we explore how much gunplay is normal for children.
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Playing cops and robbers is just part of normal childhood, right? Should we be more concerned about what children learn through these games?

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Health
8:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

'Superglue Baby' Healthy, Developing Normally

Ashlyn Julian in the arms of KU Brain Surgeon Koji Ebersole.
Courtesy of Jill Chadwick KU Hospital

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. 

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Health
7:29 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Rural Residents Stand To Benefit More From Affordable Care Act

A new report by the Center for Rural Affairs finds that rural residents stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act more than their city-dwelling counterparts.

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.

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Health
6:25 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Obesity Still A Big Concern In Kansas, Missouri

A new report on obesity in America says Kansas is now the 14th most obese state in the nation.  Missouri ranked just one spot below at 15th. 

The annual “F as in Fat” report says 29.9 percent of adults in Kansas are obese and 29.6 percent in Missouri. That’s barely changed from last year. 

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Health
8:09 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Kansas Plan On Aging Approved By Feds

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.

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Central Standard
6:24 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Rewards And Challenges Of Breastfeeding

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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.

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Health
9:09 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Fatty Acids In Baby Formula Show Lasting Benefits

Researchers at the University of Kansas have shown fatty acids in baby formula provide benefits to the baby.
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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. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Parents, Teens & High School Dating

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw talks with Steve Kraske about teen relationships.
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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.

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Health
6:14 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kansas Gears Up For Health Insurance Exchange

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger
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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.

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Health
3:24 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Proposed Jackson County Sales Tax Hike Would Boost Medical Research

Dr. John Spertus describes types of research expected from proposed health research institute.
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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.

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Central Standard
4:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

This is a painting of the most famous narcissist, Narcissus by Michelangelo Caravaggio
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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.

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Health
8:41 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Kansas To Offer Sessions On Affordable Care Act

The Kansas Insurance Department is planning meetings to help educate people about the Affordable Care Act.

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Up To Date
5:52 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Autism: A Tale Of Two Families

The artwork of 10-year old Elijah Nessel who has autism.

One of the problems of autism is that its origins are still fairly mysterious. But a more pressing, everyday concern for parents is how to pay for therapy for their children without going bankrupt.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Finding The Philadelphia Chromosome

Jessica Wapner is the author of The Philadelphia Chromosome.

Developing a medicine that attacks the genes of a disease may seem like science fiction, but it’s already been done.

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Health
7:18 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Even Without Expansion, Obamacare Still Means Changes For Medicaid

Kansas policymakers have decided not to expand the state's Medicaid program or to create a Kansas-specific exchange for consumers to buy individual health insurance policies. But the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring some changes to the Medicaid program, whether the state's political leaders want to cooperate, or not.

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Health
11:41 am
Thu July 25, 2013

U.S. Senate Report Critical Of Dental Clinic Chains

A federal report recommends that the company that operates Small Smiles dental clinics be booted from the Medicaid program.
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A two-year investigation by the U.S. Senate concludes that so-called dental management companies have provided substandard care to low-income children covered by Medicaid, while over billing the joint federal-state program.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

In The Shoes Of Red Cross Volunteers

The Red Cross responds to local and national disasters.
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We’ve all seen it on TV— a hurricane strikes, leaving thousands without power, food, or clean water for days or even weeks. When disasters happen, the Red Cross is the organization that always seems to be there.

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Central Standard
6:19 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Where In The Brain Does An Itch And A Migraine Come From?

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Remember the last time you had a mosquito bite, an allergy ridden nose, or a rash. The sensation that makes these small ailments torments is the desire to itch and experience that sweet relief following the act of scratching.

But much of what we experience when we feel an urge to itch is actually deep in the brain. On Wednesday's Central Standard we'll look at the science of itching and take a look into the the pain and mystery behind migraine headaches.

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KC Currents
11:01 am
Mon July 15, 2013

KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty

Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. serves many low-income families in the area.
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The REACH Healthcare Foundation recently released the Kansas City Regional Health Assessment, that analyzes health data from the area from 2000 to 2011, and offers a forecast of what’s in the future for health in Kansas City.

"The poverty rate has been increasing in the metropolitan area, and generally it's been especially increasing in suburban areas," says author and Government Innovations Forum Director for the Mid America Regional Council, Dean Katnerdahl. "So there's sort of a suburbanization of poverty."

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Parents, Teens & Technology

Popularity is often more of a concern than privacy when teens use technology.
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That tweet that's so important to share now may not look so good later. The immediacy of social media appeals to teens, but in the quest for popularity, many don't think about privacy.

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Health
9:57 am
Fri July 12, 2013

State To Take Public Comment On KanCare Changes

The Brownback Administration wants federal permission to make changes to the new, privatized Medicaid system known as KanCare.  You'll have a chance to comment on the plans next Monday and Tuesday, in Wichita and Topeka.

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