health http://kcur.org en Missouri Creates Unique Medical Classification: Assistant Physician http://kcur.org/post/missouri-creates-unique-medical-classification-assistant-physician <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri now boasts a new category of medical licensee: assistant physicians.</span></p><p>Despite strong opposition from some healthcare groups, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday signed into law a measure that would allow medical school graduates who have not completed residencies – or even obtained medical licenses — to practice medicine.</p><p>Nixon, however, issued signing statements warning of the need for additional safeguards to ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:42:03 +0000 Dan Margolies 58712 at http://kcur.org Missouri Creates Unique Medical Classification: Assistant Physician Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment http://kcur.org/post/death-kansas-city-veteran-emphasizes-need-timely-ptsd-treatment <p></p><p></p><p>The death last month of 26-year old Army veteran Isaac Sims in a confrontation with Kansas City, Missouri police raised many questions including whether this loss of life could have been prevented.</p><p>On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a> Steve Kraske brings together a panel to look at the events leading up to Sims' death, the special municipal court that works with veterans facing criminal charges, and a therapy program treating military PTSD sufferers while they are still on active duty.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:14:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58700 at http://kcur.org Death of Kansas City Veteran Emphasizes Need For Timely PTSD Treatment Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism http://kcur.org/post/delirium-tremens-changed-views-19th-century-alcoholism <p></p><p></p><p>Imagine watching a group of men mutilate the body of your mother.&nbsp; This is what poet Edgar Allan Poe experienced as a hallucination brought on by alcohol-induced delirium tremens, DT’s.&nbsp; On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with historian Matthew Osborn to discover how this condition, first described in 1813, was the catalyst for changing how the medical profession diagnosed and treated the problems of alcohol abuse.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:00:25 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58641 at http://kcur.org Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism Baby Boomers Hold The Highest Rate Of Suicide, Especially in Kansas http://kcur.org/post/baby-boomers-hold-highest-rate-suicide-especially-kansas <p></p><p></p><p>There are 76 million Americans who were born between the mid-40s and the mid-60s. The Baby Boomers have much of the wealth, much of the power, much of the responsibility in our nation today. But, they also now have the highest suicide rate among all age groups. Guest host <a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison">Brian Ellison</a> talks with <em>Kansas City Star</em> reporter Rick Montgomery about this alarming statistic and how the rate in Kansas has skyrocketed in the last few years.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:07:28 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58493 at http://kcur.org Baby Boomers Hold The Highest Rate Of Suicide, Especially in Kansas Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says http://kcur.org/post/some-companies-can-refuse-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.<p>The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.<p>The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 58140 at http://kcur.org Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says Yoga Master Max Strom http://kcur.org/post/yoga-master-max-strom <p></p><p></p><p>There is no app for happiness. So reads the title of Max Strom's new book that examines what holds us back from being happier people. Turns out that one big obstacle is technology, which has only made many of us more depressed, anxious, sleep deprived and over-medicated. On Thursday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> Steve Kraske talks with the yoga master about how inner calm and self-awareness can help people cope with the stress our devices bring.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:05:11 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 57204 at http://kcur.org Yoga Master Max Strom America's Chronic Pain Problem http://kcur.org/post/americas-chronic-pain-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’ve got a shooting pain in your back that won’t quit or nagging, achy knees, you might be one of millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain.</span></p><p>On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske sits down with Judy Foreman to discuss her new book,&nbsp;<em>A Nation in Pain</em>. We'll get to the bottom of why our society fails to fully treat nearly 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Cody Newill 56702 at http://kcur.org America's Chronic Pain Problem Kick It Like A Habit: Giving Up Old Behaviors And Developing New Ones http://kcur.org/post/kick-it-habit-giving-old-behaviors-and-developing-new-ones <p>Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."&nbsp;</p><p>But making excellence a habit is easier said than done. For most people, the word habit evokes thoughts of junk food or television, not excellence.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:15:37 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 56679 at http://kcur.org Kick It Like A Habit: Giving Up Old Behaviors And Developing New Ones Why Your Allergies Seem To Be Worse This Year In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/why-your-allergies-seem-be-worse-year-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If your allergies seem more severe this year in Kansas City, you're not alone.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's according to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Jay </span>Portnoy,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">who leads the allergy and asthma department at Children's Mercy Hospital.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:39:59 +0000 Jenny Whitty 55786 at http://kcur.org Why Your Allergies Seem To Be Worse This Year In Kansas City Off-Label Drug Use http://kcur.org/post/label-drug-use <div>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?</div><div>On Thursday's Up To Date &nbsp;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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:41:36 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 55072 at http://kcur.org Off-Label Drug Use Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard http://kcur.org/post/nixon-proposes-new-medicaid-expansion-program-catching-legislators-guard In the final weeks of the legislative session, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has made a last-ditch effort to resurrect a push to expand Missouri’s Medicaid program and accept roughly $2 billion a year in federal money.<p>The governor, a Democrat, unveiled his “Missouri Health Works’’ program before business leaders Monday in Cape Girardeau. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:07:33 +0000 Jo Mannies 54908 at http://kcur.org Nixon Proposes New Medicaid Expansion Program, Catching Legislators Off Guard Autism Insurance Bill Heads To Kansas Governor http://kcur.org/post/autism-insurance-bill-heads-kansas-governor <p>A bill awaiting Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s signature would require health insurance sold in the state to include coverage for autism services--at least in a limited fashion.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill sent to the governor last week includes coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis.&nbsp;</p><p>Representative John Rubin, of Shawnee, guided the bill through the House.&nbsp; He says research shows ABA is the most effective form of therapy for a majority of kids with autism, but it needs to start in the preschool years…</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:20:47 +0000 Bryan Thompson 53790 at http://kcur.org Ethics Professors: Who Should Get Organ Donations? http://kcur.org/post/ethics-professors-who-should-get-organ-donations <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In the Midwest, the supply of organs for patients who need transplants to live is relatively strong. &nbsp;But, that’s not the case in many locations across the country.<br /><br />Currently, donated organs are distributed through local and regional networks, but there is talk of changing that system to one that basically puts everyone on equal footing.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:14:53 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 53644 at http://kcur.org Ethics Professors: Who Should Get Organ Donations? Wyandotte County At Bottom, Johnson At Top In New Health Rankings http://kcur.org/post/wyandotte-county-bottom-johnson-top-new-health-rankings <p>The fifth annual County Health Rankings are out, and the parts of Kansas that have struggled in prior years are still at the bottom of the list.</p><p>The rankings provide a clear picture of just how much health depends on social factors like poverty and education.</p><p>Johnson County tops the list again this year as the healthiest county in Kansas. Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, of the Kansas Health Institute, says it’s more than just coincidence that the Kansas City suburb is also the state’s wealthiest county.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:57:48 +0000 Bryan Thompson 53272 at http://kcur.org Examining The Reality Of Eating Disorders http://kcur.org/post/examining-reality-eating-disorders <p></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Bill Anderson, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52383 at http://kcur.org Examining The Reality Of Eating Disorders Conquering Broadway And MS http://kcur.org/post/conquering-broadway-and-ms <p>Jennifer Holliday, the original "Dreamgirl," has known a lot of good times and some rough ones, too.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She became a star on Broadway in the production of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Dreamgirls</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but in the years since, she's depression and faced an ongoing struggle with multiple sclerosis.</span></p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with her about about her music, her life and why they call her “The Queen of Broadway Gospel.”</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:22:57 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51795 at http://kcur.org Conquering Broadway And MS Prairie Village Surgeon Confronts Death By Building His Own Coffin http://kcur.org/post/prairie-village-surgeon-confronts-death-building-his-own-coffin <p>It’s one thing for a doctor to counsel a seriously-ill patient about how to deal with his illness and how to face the idea of death. But imagine going from being the doctor to being the patient.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:17:14 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 51447 at http://kcur.org Prairie Village Surgeon Confronts Death By Building His Own Coffin Committee 'Green Lights' KU Med Center Building Project http://kcur.org/post/committee-green-lights-ku-med-center-building-project <p>The legislative committee charged with overseeing state building projects today added money to next year’s budget to help the University of Kansas fund construction of a $75 million classroom building on its Kansas City, Kan. campus.</p><p>The Joint Committee on State Building Construction voted to add $1.4 million to the fiscal 2015 budget to help pay for bonds that will be issued to fund the project.&nbsp; The plan is for the state to contribute $15 million over time to help finance up to $35 million in construction bonds.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:21:52 +0000 Jim McLean 51287 at http://kcur.org Committee 'Green Lights' KU Med Center Building Project Healthcare Foundation Announces Efforts To Enroll More In Obamacare http://kcur.org/post/healthcare-foundation-announces-efforts-enroll-more-obamacare <p>Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Kansas City Monday morning, drumming up interest in Obamacare.</p><p>In the first segment of Monday's <i>Up to Date,&nbsp;</i>Steve&nbsp;Kraske talks with the head of Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City about insurance available through the Affordable Care Act and ongoing efforts to connect people to it.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Dr. Bridget&nbsp;McCandless</strong>, president and CEO, Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City</li></ul> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:19:48 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 50717 at http://kcur.org Concussion Debate Sparks New Treatments http://kcur.org/post/concussion-debate-sparks-new-treatments <p>Three years ago, a Spring Hill High football player collapsed on the field after a stunning play. The cause? Brain hemorrhaging due to a concussion that went unrecognized and untreated.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">With sports-related brain injuries on the rise, many are calling for major safety reforms and a new approach to handle the problem.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:43:26 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 49853 at http://kcur.org Concussion Debate Sparks New Treatments Norovirus Confirmed In Kansas Vomiting, Diarrhea Outbreak http://kcur.org/post/norovirus-confirmed-kansas-vomiting-diarrhea-outbreak <p>A pre-Christmas outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea that sickened almost 300 people in southwest Kansas was caused by norovirus, according to state health officials.</p><p>The outbreak has been linked to a Jimmy John's sandwich restaurant in Garden City.</p><p>As of Jan. 3, 282 people who ate at the restaurant between Dec. 10&nbsp;and Dec. 24&nbsp;reported becoming ill—most of them within 72 hours of eating at Jimmy John’s.</p><p>The restaurant voluntarily closed from Dec. 24&nbsp;through Dec. 26 for a thorough cleaning and disinfection.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:13:59 +0000 Bryan Thompson 49380 at http://kcur.org Lee's Summit Woman Honored On Rose Parade Float For Organ Donation http://kcur.org/post/lees-summit-woman-honored-rose-parade-float-organ-donation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Lee’s Summit, Mo., woman will be remembered in a special way at Wednesday’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.&nbsp;</span>Lezlie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>McLendon’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> family hopes the memorial will send a message to others &nbsp;about the benefit of organ donation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The family says it not only saves lives, but helps those grieving.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:31:36 +0000 Laura Ziegler 48939 at http://kcur.org Lee's Summit Woman Honored On Rose Parade Float For Organ Donation Surviving And Thriving After Bacterial Meningitis http://kcur.org/post/surviving-and-thriving-after-bacterial-meningitis <p></p><p>Bacterial meningitis has been in the news recently, with outbreaks at Princeton University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. But nine years ago, it made local headlines when a University of Kansas student became seriously ill with the disease overnight.</p><p>In the second part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with that student, now a reporter in Topeka, about the disabling effects of the disease and how it's changed his life.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:51:16 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 48167 at http://kcur.org Surviving And Thriving After Bacterial Meningitis The Benefits Of Giving Thanks http://kcur.org/post/benefits-giving-thanks <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It began when Abraham Lincoln declared that in gratitude for the Union Army’s victory at Gettysburg, the fourth Thursday in November would henceforth be a national day of Thanksgiving. We would come to add the familiar stories and imagery of pilgrims and native Americans, the tradition of a harvest feast, but the celebration’s purpose from the start was in its name.</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:32:12 +0000 Brian Ellison & Danie Alexander 47520 at http://kcur.org The Benefits Of Giving Thanks Examining Technology's Effect On Early Pregnancy Detection http://kcur.org/post/examining-technologys-effect-early-pregnancy-detection <p>It wasn’t until the second half of the 20th&nbsp;century that expectant parents could see and hear their baby through means of ultrasound and Doppler. With those advances also came a dramatic change in how we view early pregnancy loss.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:03:59 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Beth Lipoff 47079 at http://kcur.org Examining Technology's Effect On Early Pregnancy Detection Reconstructing Lives And Bodies After Breast Cancer http://kcur.org/post/reconstructing-lives-and-bodies-after-breast-cancer <p>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.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about how reconstructive surgery options have changed and the new options available to women that can help them retain core muscles.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 45606 at http://kcur.org Reconstructing Lives And Bodies After Breast Cancer National Budget Battle Threatens Medical Research http://kcur.org/post/national-budget-battle-threatens-medical-research <p>Maddie Major shouldn&rsquo;t be alive today.&nbsp;The eight-year-old girl has been fighting a form of leukemia since she was three.&nbsp;Robyn Major, Maddie&rsquo;s mother, says in spite of chemotherapy, radiation, and even a bone&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">marrow transplant, </span>Maddie&rsquo;s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cancer kept coming back.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:24:00 +0000 Bryan Thompson 44443 at http://kcur.org National Budget Battle Threatens Medical Research Study Says Kansas City Hospital Prices 'Unusually High' http://kcur.org/post/study-says-kansas-city-hospital-prices-unusually-high <p>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.</p><p><a href="http://www.hschange.com/CONTENT/1375/#ib12">The study</a>,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">done by the non-profit Center for Studying Health System Change, reviewed actual claims paid for more than $500,000&nbsp;</span>auto workers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and their families in 13 </span>Midwestern<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> metropolitan areas. </span></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:35:52 +0000 Bryan Thompson 43704 at http://kcur.org Finding The Philadelphia Chromosome http://kcur.org/post/finding-philadelphia-chromosome <div>Developing a medicine that attacks the genes of a disease may seem like science fiction, but it’s already been done.</div><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 40909 at http://kcur.org Finding The Philadelphia Chromosome KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty http://kcur.org/post/kc-regional-health-assessment-finds-rising-rates-obesity-poverty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The REACH Healthcare Foundation recently released the Kansas City Regional Health Assessment, that&nbsp;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.</span></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:01:43 +0000 Alex Smith 40205 at http://kcur.org KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty