Health http://kcur.org en Child Well-Being Rankings Put Missouri In Middle, Kansas In Top Third http://kcur.org/post/child-well-being-rankings-put-missouri-middle-kansas-top-third <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advocacy group, released its annual <a href="http://Child Well-Being Rankings Put Missouri In Middle, Kansas In Top Third">Kids Count report</a> on Tuesday, and Kansas ranked </span>15<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> overall and Missouri </span>29<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The report assesses overall child well-being based on four broad categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:21:28 +0000 Dan Margolies & Bryan Thompson 59329 at http://kcur.org Child Well-Being Rankings Put Missouri In Middle, Kansas In Top Third Ruling Could Make Health Insurance Unaffordable For Thousands Of Kansas, Missouri Consumers http://kcur.org/post/ruling-could-make-health-insurance-unaffordable-thousands-kansas-missouri-consumers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Conflicting federal court rulings are raising questions about whether consumers in Kansas and Missouri will continue to be eligible for subsidies when purchasing private health insurance through the federal insurance exchange.</p><p></p><p>A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said Tuesday that only consumers purchasing coverage through state-operated marketplaces are eligible for federal tax credits.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:41:20 +0000 Jim McLean 59308 at http://kcur.org Ruling Could Make Health Insurance Unaffordable For Thousands Of Kansas, Missouri Consumers Hub Key To Sustaining Local Food Movement In Northeast Kansas http://kcur.org/post/hub-key-sustaining-local-food-movement-northeast-kansas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The now well-established local food movement in and around the university community of Lawrence is in danger of stalling unless a concerted effort is made to expand its reach beyond an already committed group of consumers and build more demand for locally grown or produced fruits, vegetables and meats.</span></p><p><a href="http://kcur.org/post/local-food-movement-thriving-high-plains-kansas">RELATED: Local Food Movement Thriving On The High Plains Of Kansas&nbsp;</a></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:22:19 +0000 Jim McLean 59284 at http://kcur.org Hub Key To Sustaining Local Food Movement In Northeast Kansas Local Food Movement Thriving On The High Plains Of Kansas http://kcur.org/post/local-food-movement-thriving-high-plains-kansas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thanks to early interest shown by chefs and small-scale area farmers, Douglas County, home of the University of Kansas, developed into one of the pioneer locations for the U.S. local food movement, which has been steadily gaining in popularity over the past 15 to 20 years.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:54:56 +0000 Mike Shields 59280 at http://kcur.org Local Food Movement Thriving On The High Plains Of Kansas KU Docs Say Proposed Cure For Transplant Waits Would Make Local Patients Sicker http://kcur.org/post/ku-docs-say-proposed-cure-transplant-waits-would-make-local-patients-sicker <p></p><p></p><p>When Steve Jobs needed a liver transplant in 2009, the Apple CEO left California and went to Memphis, Tenn. While his home state has some of the longest waiting lists in the country for donated livers, Tennessee has some of the shortest.</p><p>Many health advocates point to Jobs’ story as an example of the harsh disparities faced by those who need new livers in different parts of the country.</p><p>Plans are in the works to fix those disparities, but some Kansas City doctors worry about what a shake-up would mean for local hospitals and patients.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:08:12 +0000 Alex Smith 59259 at http://kcur.org KU Docs Say Proposed Cure For Transplant Waits Would Make Local Patients Sicker Firing Up Urban Teens About Med School http://kcur.org/post/firing-urban-teens-about-med-school <p></p><p>Shannon North can preach her heart out that her students' aspirations are achievable and that advanced education is attainable.</p><p>And she does just that, as the college and career facilitator at&nbsp;<a href="http://hs.hoganprep.net/">Hogan Preparatory Academy</a> in Kansas City, Mo. The charter school, at 1221 E. Meyer Blvd., has a student population where virtually all the attendees come from families with incomes low enough to qualify them for a free or reduced-price lunch.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:35:32 +0000 Mike Sherry 59247 at http://kcur.org Firing Up Urban Teens About Med School White House Study: Kansas Losing Money, Jobs Without Medicaid Expansion http://kcur.org/post/white-house-study-kansas-losing-money-jobs-without-medicaid-expansion <p>A <a href="http://www.khi.org/documents/2014/jul/18/medicaid-expansion-study/">study released</a> earlier this month by the White House Council of Economic Advisers says the decision not to expand Medicaid is costing Kansas millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.</p><p>According to the study, Kansas is passing up $820 million over the next three years by choosing not to expand Medicaid eligibility. The federal government would pay for nearly all of the cost of the expansion, which would add as many as 100,000 Kansans to the state’s Medicaid rolls.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:28:54 +0000 Bryan Thompson 59223 at http://kcur.org White House Study: Kansas Losing Money, Jobs Without Medicaid Expansion Infant Mortality In Black Community Down But Still High http://kcur.org/post/infant-mortality-black-community-down-still-high <p>Although the fetal and infant mortality rate in the Kansas City metropolitan area's black community is about double that of the white population, it has dropped dramatically since 2008.</p><p>That was the news delivered on Friday at a community forum on&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">infant deaths in Kansas City hosted&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">by the Mother &amp; Child Health Coalition. The forum, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, was attended by&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">dozens of nurses, doctors and public health workers.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:34:32 +0000 Stefani Fontana 59144 at http://kcur.org Infant Mortality In Black Community Down But Still High Merriam First City In Midwest To Adopt New Wheelchair-Accessible Icon http://kcur.org/post/merriam-first-city-midwest-adopt-new-wheelchair-accessible-icon <p>Merriam has become the first city in the Midwest to adopt a more contemporary version of the wheelchair-accessible icon. At a town hall meeting Monday night, the city council voted unanimously to replace the old icon, which has been in use since 1968.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:32:38 +0000 Stefani Fontana 58983 at http://kcur.org Merriam First City In Midwest To Adopt New Wheelchair-Accessible Icon Missouri Becomes Third State To Enact 'Right To Try' Drug Law http://kcur.org/post/missouri-becomes-third-state-enact-right-try-drug-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri residents who have exhausted conventional disease cures will have access to experimental drugs under legislation signed on Monday by </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon.</span></p><p>The so-called <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1685&amp;year=2014&amp;code=R">Right to Try</a> legislation gives patients and their doctors the ability to procure drugs that have yet to gain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if the pharmaceutical manufacturer agrees to provide the product.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:33:41 +0000 Mike Sherry 58957 at http://kcur.org Missouri Becomes Third State To Enact 'Right To Try' Drug Law WIC Program Stresses Benefits Of Breastfeeding http://kcur.org/post/wic-program-stresses-benefits-breastfeeding <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Nearly half the babies born in Kansas are enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), a long-standing federal initiative aimed at making sure low- and modest-income families have access to healthy foods.</p><p></p><p>“We serve about 49 percent of the babies born in the state,” says Martha Hagen, an administrator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “But we also have pregnant women, women who are six months postpartum and children under age 5.”</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:59:56 +0000 Dave Ranney 58934 at http://kcur.org Wesley Medical Center Seeks 'Baby-Friendly' Designation http://kcur.org/post/wesley-medical-center-seeks-baby-friendly-designation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Kansas, no other hospital has done more to help and encourage new mothers to breastfeed their babies than Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the only hospital in the state that’s in the final phase of a four-phase process for being designated a Baby-Friendly Facility by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, a project of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:53:52 +0000 Dave Ranney 58933 at http://kcur.org US News & World Report Ranks KU Hospital In 12 Specialties http://kcur.org/post/us-news-world-report-ranks-ku-hospital-12-specialties <p>Good news for the University of Kansas Hospital: For the fifth year in a row, <em>U.S. News &amp; World Report</em> has named it “The Best Hospital in Kansas City” and for the third year in a row “The Best Hospital in Kansas.”</p><p>Even better news for the hospital: For the first time, KU was listed in all 12 adult specialties pegged to mortality rates, reputation, safety and other factors.</p><p>“I’m not from Kansas, but I’m so proud to be here,” says KU Hospital President and CEO Bob Page. “I’m on cloud nine.”</p><p>Page says the rankings are a validation of KU’s clinical expertise.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:31:58 +0000 Dan Margolies 58920 at http://kcur.org Four More Cases of Measles Confirmed in Wichita Area http://kcur.org/post/four-more-cases-measles-confirmed-wichita-area <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four more cases of measles in </span>Sedgwick<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., were reported over the weekend, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the area&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to six people: four adults, two of whom were not vaccinated, and two infants who were too young to be vaccinated.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:07:19 +0000 Stefani Fontana 58903 at http://kcur.org Four More Cases of Measles Confirmed in Wichita Area Advocates, Hospitals Unite To Raise Kansas Breastfeeding Rate http://kcur.org/post/advocates-hospitals-unite-raise-kansas-breastfeeding-rate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Across Kansas, breastfeeding advocates are encouraging hospitals to revamp how they handle moms, babies and visitors after childbirth.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:32:28 +0000 Dave Ranney 58904 at http://kcur.org Advocates, Hospitals Unite To Raise Kansas Breastfeeding Rate Kansas Health Officials Hope To Contain Measles Outbreak http://kcur.org/post/kansas-health-officials-hope-contain-measles-outbreak <p>State and local health officials are trying to contain a measles outbreak that started in May in the Kansas City area, and has since spread to Wichita.</p><p>Six of those are in the Wichita area. The four newest cases are all linked to Sal's Japanese Steakhouse, in Wichita. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says an employee of the restaurant was connected to the outbreak in Kansas City. Two other employees also became infected later.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:12:14 +0000 Bryan Thompson 58855 at http://kcur.org Kansas Official: No Backlog In Processing Of Medicaid Applications http://kcur.org/post/kansas-official-no-backlog-processing-medicaid-applications <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Kansas state official insists there’s no backlog of Medicaid applications in the state, saying federal concerns have more to do with state and government computer systems not sharing information with each other.</span></p><p></p><p>Sara Belfry, a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">said all of the state’s Medicaid applications are being processed within the 45-day period that’s allowed by the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS).</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:20:53 +0000 Dave Ranney 58766 at http://kcur.org Hundreds Learn Mental Health First Aid At City-Wide Training Events http://kcur.org/post/hundreds-learn-mental-health-first-aid-city-wide-training-events <p>At the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center on Thursday afternoon, Eyvette Carter struggled to carry on a basic conversation with her husband, Warren.</p><p>She was distracted in no small part by Karl Chaney whispering in her ear.</p><p>“Don’t trust him. Is he looking at you? Why would he want to talk to you?” Chaney said.</p><p>The group was taking part in an auditory hallucination simulation, designed to demonstrate the experience of a psychotic episode.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:09:35 +0000 Alex Smith 58713 at http://kcur.org Hundreds Learn Mental Health First Aid At City-Wide Training Events 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 Dental Funds For The Poor Caught In Missouri Budget Battle http://kcur.org/post/dental-funds-poor-caught-missouri-budget-battle-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Roughly</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> $18 million that would restore basic dental benefits for hundreds of thousands of low-income Missouri adults is in limbo because of a sweeping budget action by </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon.</span></p><p>Acting under what he termed his constitutional duty to balance the state budget, Nixon late last month restricted or vetoed approximately $1.1 billion in spending for the fiscal year that began July 1.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:40:47 +0000 Mike Sherry 58699 at http://kcur.org Dental Funds For The Poor Caught In Missouri Budget Battle Feds Demand Medicaid Backlog Fixes In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/feds-demand-medicaid-backlog-fixes-kansas <p><strong>Kaiser Health News&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Tired of waiting for states to reduce their backlogs of Medicaid applications, the Obama administration has given Kansas and five other states until Monday to submit plans to resolve issues that have prevented more than 1 million low-income or disabled people from getting health coverage.</p><p>Besides Kansas, the targeted states are Alaska, California, Michigan, Missouri and Tennessee.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Phil Galewitz 58690 at http://kcur.org 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 Brady Group Sues Over Kansas Law Voiding Federal Gun Rules http://kcur.org/post/brady-group-sues-over-kansas-law-voiding-federal-gun-rules <p></p><p>A national gun control group on Wednesday challenged the constitutionality of a Kansas law that nullifies federal gun laws in the state.</p><p>In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence alleges the law’s provisions are “unconstitutional on their face under long-standing, fundamental legal principles.”</p><p>“Neither the Kansas legislature, nor any state legislature, is empowered to declare federal law ‘invalid,’ or to criminalize the enforcement of federal law,” the complaint asserts.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:41:26 +0000 Dan Margolies 58602 at http://kcur.org Brady Group Sues Over Kansas Law Voiding Federal Gun Rules The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Sibling Relationships http://kcur.org/post/strengths-and-weaknesses-sibling-relationships <p>The bonds and battles between siblings are unique and long-lasting. For some people, their brother or sister is the most treasured person in their life; others can't spend an hour in the same room together.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday's <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard">Central Standard</a></em>, we discuss the psychology of these lifelong relationships.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:23:44 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58510 at http://kcur.org The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Sibling Relationships Some Veterans May Lose Needed Health Care If VA Pilot Program In Kansas Ends http://kcur.org/post/some-veterans-may-lose-needed-health-care-if-va-pilot-program-kansas-ends <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A pilot program in Kansas allowing veterans who live far from Veterans Affairs hospitals to get care from local doctors may end, threatening veterans like Hugh </span>Steadman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the cutoff of needed medical care.</span></p><p></p><p>Steadman, who flew combat missions over Germany as a bombardier during World War II, lives in Great Bend. He used to have to drive two hours to the VA medical center in Wichita, a trip that was getting more difficult for him to make.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:18:36 +0000 Bryan Thompson 58539 at http://kcur.org Some Veterans May Lose Needed Health Care If VA Pilot Program In Kansas Ends 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 Rural Kansas Hospital Bolsters Recruitment By Enticing 'Missionary' Doctors http://kcur.org/post/rural-kansas-hospital-bolsters-recruitment-enticing-missionary-doctors <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although 25 percent of Americans still live in rural areas, only 10 percent of doctors do, according to the National Rural Health Association, and finding physicians and other medical professionals willing to work in the hinterlands remains a serious, growing problem in Kansas and other parts of the United States.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:48:29 +0000 Mike Shields 58495 at http://kcur.org Rural Kansas Hospital Bolsters Recruitment By Enticing 'Missionary' Doctors KU Medical Center Tests Promising Alzheimer's Drug As Part Of Trial http://kcur.org/post/ku-medical-center-tests-promising-alzheimers-drug-part-trial <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a form of dementia that afflicts as many as 5.2 million people in the United States. It has no cure.</span></p><p>And as the population ages, the number of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to quadruple over the next 35 years, according to a <a href="http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1022&amp;context=rbrookmeyer">study from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.</a></p><p>That means that by 2050, 1 in 85 people will be living with the disease.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:27:49 +0000 Stefani Fontana 58494 at http://kcur.org KU Medical Center Tests Promising Alzheimer's Drug As Part Of Trial Two Cases Of Rare Chikungunya Virus Diagnosed In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/two-cases-rare-chikungunya-virus-diagnosed-kansas <p>Two adults in Sedgwick County, Kan., in the south-central part of the state, have been diagnosed with a rare virus after returning from separate trips to the Caribbean.</p><p>The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus can result in joint pain and weakness that may last for years, but Kansas health officials say local transmission is highly unlikely.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:50:50 +0000 Alex Smith 58356 at http://kcur.org Medical Groups Clash Over Missouri Bill Creating New Class of Health Provider http://kcur.org/post/medical-groups-clash-over-missouri-bill-creating-new-class-health-provider <p>Over a fifth of Missourians, especially those who live in rural areas, don't have adequate access to doctors, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>Now the state Legislature has approved a plan to address the problem by creating a new kind of health occupation.</p><p>The first such plan in the country, it has pitted health providers against one another amid concerns about its effect on the health of patients and the dilution of professional standards.</p><p><strong>Medically underserved</strong></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:01:32 +0000 Alex Smith 58308 at http://kcur.org Medical Groups Clash Over Missouri Bill Creating New Class of Health Provider