Kansas City, MO – What if you could prevent as many as four out of every ten heart attacks and do it at almost no cost? That's the potential effect of laws that ban smoking in the workplace and public places, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas health officials say a Kansas City-area woman has died from swine flu, bringing the state's total of fatal H1N1 virus cases to seven.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday that the 50-year-old woman's death was reported to the department Tuesday afternoon. Laboratory tests had determined Oct. 5 that she had contracted the virus.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas researchers have received a $20 million grant for work on renewable energy and climate change issues.
The funding from the National Science Foundation was announced Tuesday by the University of Kansas and Wichita State University, which are involved in the research. Also involved are Kansas State University and Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence.
Lawrence, KS – Coal has long been used as a cheap and plentiful energy source. But there is growing pressure to reconsider the environmental and health effects of burning coal, as opponents say that cheap energy from coal turns out to be no bargain. Health Reporter Bryan Thompson has more.
Salina, KS – The Kansas Health Policy Authority has to cut two million dollars from its budget next year to meet the budget targets set by the governor. The agency's board has endorsed a three-step plan to do just that.
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Topeka, KS – Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback has weighed in on President Obama's health care speech to Congress Wednesday night.
Brownback says he believes the President focused too much on getting government involved in health care.
"I thought this was really going to be a chance of sorts to set the reset button and put out theories of ideas that were bipartisan, or a real process that could engage a bipartisan proposal," Brownback said. "Instead, he really seemed to move to the left."
Olathe, KS – A panel of experts says the U-S Army Corps of Engineers assessment of the environmental risks posed by a planned shipping facility near Gardner is deeply flawed. They presented their critique at a public meeting in Olathe on Thursday. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson was there, and filed this report.
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Salina, KS – Normally, Pottatwatomie County might see three or four cases of pertussis in a year. There have been a dozen cases in that county since June. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.