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9:34 am
Tue November 5, 2013

3 Tips For Better Work-Life Balance

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We live in a wired, digital world where our work is as portable as a smartphone or tablet. It’s tempting to check our email or reply to a message when we should be more focused on ‘living in the moment.' For many people, the work week is stretched far beyond the typical 40-hours per week. But in a fast-paced work environment, how does one rationalize between putting food on the table, and still being able to enjoy life?

What is balance?

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Health
7:53 am
Tue November 5, 2013

KU Researchers Use Cellphones To Improve Parenting

A study by researchers at the Universities of Kansas and Notre Dame shows cell phones can be a powerful tool to help reinforce home-based parenting training.

The study focused on parents who experience higher levels of depression, stress and family violence. KU’s Judith Carta says these families need better parenting strategies, yet they’re most at-risk of dropping out of the very programs meant to help them.

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Up to Date
3:22 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Veterinary Advice For Dealing With Badly Behaved Animals

Cats and other pets often behave in ways that mystify their owners.
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Fido’s making strange sounds, and Fluffy’s decided to carve your couch into a masterpiece with her claws. If all your solutions so far seem to be barking up the wrong tree, we’ve got another option for you.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, animal behavior expert and veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen joins us to answer your questions about pet behavior.

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Health
2:24 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

What Is Translational Medicine?

A proposed half-cent sales tax would raise $800 million over the next 20 years to be divided among Children’s Mercy Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
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On November 5, Jackson County voters will decide whether to fund a translational medicine institute. A proposed half-cent sales tax would raise $800 million over the next 20 years to be divided among Children’s Mercy Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

Ten percent of the $800 million and 20 percent of profits the program generates would fund local public health initiatives.

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Up to Date
1:41 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Challenges Of Caregiving

Deborah Shouse is the author of 'Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver's Journey.'

No one says that caring for a sick relative is easy, especially when Alzheimer’s disease is involved. However, the day to day struggles of caregivers are often lost in the shuffle. 

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Health
10:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

KanCare Means Big Medicaid Cuts For Prairie Village Man

Finn Bullers at home with family.
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It's early evening at the Bullers' house in Prairie Village, and the family gathers around the table. The Bullers kids, Alora and Christian, talk school while their mother, Anne, serves dinner.

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KC Currents
9:52 am
Thu October 24, 2013

How Do We Improve Youth Mental Health?

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For many of us, our teen and young adult years can be some of the hardest years of our lives. Just as dramatic physical and hormonal changes occur, so do questions about identity, belonging, autonomy and purpose.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Reconstructing Lives And Bodies After Breast Cancer

Implants such as this one are often part of breast reconstructive surgery.
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When we talk about breast cancer, much of the conversation often centers on treatments such as chemotherapy and mastectomies. But once the cancer’s gone, patients still have a long recovery ahead.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk about how reconstructive surgery options have changed and the new options available to women that can help them retain core muscles.

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Health
9:47 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Kansas Seniors Warned About Medicare Scams

The open enrollment period for Medicare prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans got underway Monday.  The Kansas Insurance Department says people need to be alert for potential scams.

The concern is heightened this year because the Medicare signup period coincides with the opening of the insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.

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Central Standard
2:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

What It Means To Be HIV Positive Today?

An HIV infected T-Cell
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The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than a million people are living with HIV in the U.S. In spite of widespread education and prevention efforts, there has been little change in the number of new HIV infections. The good news: new treatments have allowed people with HIV to live a normal lifespan with reduced risk of transmitting the disease to others. But social stigma and the psychological and economic impact of HIV/AIDS still take a toll on those diagnosed with the disease.

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Health
8:10 am
Tue October 15, 2013

As Medicare Enrollment Opens, Health Exchanges Confusing Some Seniors

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. 

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Parents, Teens & Divorce

Divorce can be painful for everyone. Dr. Wes Crenshaw joins Steve Kraske to talk about what parents can do to make it less hurtful for teens.
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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.

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Health
8:06 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Kansas WIC Checks In Jeopardy Due To Federal Shutdown

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. 

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Central Standard
4:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

What Is Sex Addiction?

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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?

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Health
1:54 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

West Nile Virus On the Rise In Kansas

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."

Central Standard
11:37 am
Wed October 9, 2013

E-Cigarettes

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E cigarettes are growing in popularity - a billion dollar industry- a product that is being used all around the world. Yet there is still a lot that we still know about the long term health effects of E cigarettes, which are being advertised in magazines and television, and come in flavors like vanilla, cherry, pina colada and more. As the FDA is still deciding how to regulate e cigarettes, we discuss what we know and don’t know about the product. How effective are e cigarettes in reducing regular cigarette use, are they safe? In this fiery discussion Dr.

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Central Standard
10:05 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Obsessive hand washing is one of the typical symptoms of OCD.
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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.

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Health
9:29 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Obamacare Sign-up Starts, But Questions Linger

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.

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Health
5:24 am
Tue October 1, 2013

National Budget Battle Threatens Medical Research

Robyn and Maddie Major at AACR Cancer Progress Report, in Washington, D.C.
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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.”

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KC Currents
12:16 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Answering Questions On Kan. And Mo.'s New Health Insurance Marketplaces

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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, and Sandy Praeger, Kansas insurance commissioner, join us to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplaces in Kansas and Missouri. 

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Health
8:45 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kansas Hospitals Making Progress On Infections

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.

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Health
7:43 am
Fri September 27, 2013

KU Med Gets $3 Million To Study The Effect Of Exercise On Alzheimer’s

Study volunteer Joe Gittemeier and KU Med neurology professor Jeffrey Burns.
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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.

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KC Currents
9:42 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Health Marketplaces Open Soon, But Supporters In Mo. Face Hurdles

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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.

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Central Standard
1:09 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Growing Populations Of Bed Bugs And Lice

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‘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?

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Health
9:35 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Study Says Kansas City Hospital Prices 'Unusually High'

A new study shows that the prices private insurers pay to hospitals vary widely. Not only that, they're much higher than what Medicare pays — especially in Kansas City.

The study, done by the non-profit Center for Studying Health System Change, reviewed actual claims paid for more than $500,000 auto workers and their families in 13 Midwestern metropolitan areas.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Parents, Teens & Sexual Development

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how sexual material teens find online affects their development.
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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.

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Health
7:56 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Group Seeks To Increase Kan. Nursing Home Requirements

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.

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Analyzing The Texting And Driving Problem

KU professor Paul Atchley studies distracted drivers.
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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.

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Central Standard
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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