Bryan Thompson

Bryan Thompson is a reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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KCUR News
4:07 pm
Mon January 18, 2010

Working Towards A Better Life For Adults With Autism

Kansas City – Some studies estimate that as many as one in every hundred people has autism. There are a lot of services for school-kids with the disorder, but it's not an option for anyone older than 22. In response, autism experts and advocates recently gathered at the Kauffman Foundation, to come up with ways to make life better for people with autism as they get older. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.

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KCUR News
3:14 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Health Officials Urge H1N1 Vaccination

Lawrence, Kan. – Kansas health officials say there's plenty of swine flu vaccine to go around now. they say it's free, and everyone ought to be immunized.

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KCUR News
10:00 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Swine Flu Deaths Continue To Mount

Lawrence, Kan. – Kansas has confirmed its 26th death due to the swine flu pandemic. That is the official toll, but the real number is probably much higher.

KCUR News
6:18 am
Fri January 8, 2010

Kansas Updates Fish Consumption Advisories

Wichita, KS – Kansas authorities are cautioning the public about the possible dangers of eating fish caught in certain rivers around the state.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife issued a warning Tuesday about potentially toxic fish in some waterways.

The warning cites the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in fish, while cadmium and lead have shown up in tests on shellfish.

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KCUR News
11:24 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Budget Forces Service Cuts for Kansas Elderly

Lawrence, KS – The ongoing budget shortfall in Kansas has prompted the Kansas Department on Aging to suspend some of the services that help frail elders continue to live in their own homes. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports.

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KCUR News
9:35 am
Wed December 9, 2009

Nicole Lamoureaux Of The National Association Of Free Clinics

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's Bartle Hall will become one of the nation's largest free health clinics. An estimated two-thousand uninsured people will receive free health care, including limited dental services and vaccinations against the flu and certain sexually-transmitted diseases.

The free clinic is sponsored by the National Association of Free Clinics. As part of our series, "Kansas Health: A Prescription for Change," Health Reporter Bryan Thompson spoke with the association's director, Nicole Lamoureux.

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KCUR News
8:05 am
Wed December 9, 2009

Massive Free Health Clinic at Bartle Hall

Kansas City, MO – It's being billed as one of the largest free clinics in the nation.

Kansas City's Bartle Hall is the site Wednesday and Thursday for a free medical clinic for the uninsured. It's one in a series of clinics in different cities put on by the nonprofit National Association of Free Clinics.

The group says the clinics are nonpartisan, but the effort is widely seen as a way to pressure moderate Democrats into supporting their party's efforts to reform health care.

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KCUR News
10:14 am
Tue December 8, 2009

Silver Lining in Kansas Health Cuts

Lawrence, KS – There could be a silver lining in some of the cuts the Kansas Health Policy Authority has approved to help deal with the state's revenue slump. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

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KCUR News
8:15 am
Wed December 2, 2009

Underused Pneumonia Vaccine Could Save Lives

Kansas Public Radio – For those not in one of the high risk groups eligible to the swine flu vaccine, another vaccine could save lives.

KCUR News
10:25 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Kansans Urged To Get Tested For HIV

Kansas Public Radio – State health officials are hoping Kansans will observe World AIDS Day by getting tested for exposure to the virus that causes AIDS.

KCUR News
7:46 am
Wed October 21, 2009

Calls For Renewed Effort To Prevent Child Abuse

Kansas City, MO –
A new report says more than ten-thousand American children died between 2001 and 2007 due to child abuse and neglect and the actual number may be thousands higher. The report calls for an expanded federal role to plan, coordinate, and fund solutions to this scourge.

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KCUR News
7:48 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Uninsured Lack Care For Chronic Illnesses

Kansas City, MO – A new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School says Americans who are uninsured often go without care for chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

KCUR News
8:44 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Institute Confirms Smoking Bans Save Lives

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.

KCUR News
9:27 am
Thu October 15, 2009

Kansan Dies From H1N1

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.

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KCUR News
7:09 am
Wed October 7, 2009

Kansas Gets $20 Million For Climate Research

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.

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KCUR News
7:33 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Cracking Down On Coal Emissions

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.

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KCUR News
9:58 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Health Policy Authority Recommends Medicaid Cuts

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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KCUR News
11:50 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Number Of Uninsured Rises In Kansas

Salina, KS – The nationwide trend has been toward fewer people going without health insurance. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, Kansas has been bucking that trend.

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KCUR News
11:37 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Brownback Weighs In On Health Care Speech

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."

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KCUR News
9:35 am
Wed August 19, 2009

K-State Developing Saliva Test For H1N1 Swine Flu

Manhattan, KS – Veterinary scientists at Kansas State University are working to develop new ways to detect viral infections in both pigs and humans.

As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, it could eventually mean that diseases like H1N1 Swine Flu will be diagnosed without the need for blood testing. Listen to the story here.

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KCUR News
11:53 am
Sat August 8, 2009

Panel Weighs Risks And Benefits Of Gardner Railyard

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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KCUR News
5:54 pm
Mon August 3, 2009

Whooping Cough Strikes Two Kansas Counties

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.

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KCUR News
5:03 pm
Mon July 13, 2009

Kan. Board To Open Hearing Against OP Doctor

Salina, KS – The State Board of Healing Arts begins five days of testimony today in a disciplinary hearing against an Overland Park osteopath. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

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KCUR News
3:02 pm
Tue June 2, 2009

Infant Death Prompts Day Care Closing

Salina, KS – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has suspended the license of a day care home in Merriam following the death of an infant. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

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KCUR News
11:58 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Tiller Murder Prompts Extra Security

Salina, KS – The murder of a Dr. George Tiller has other abortion providers on their guard. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed while ushering at the church he attended in Wichita. The shooting leaves other abortion providers concerned that they too could be targeted.

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KCUR News
5:22 pm
Wed May 6, 2009

Swine Flu Still Spreading In Kansas City

Salina, Kansas – As predicted, additional cases of swine flu are continuing to turn up in the Kansas City area. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.

State health officials have confirmed two more cases in Johnson County and two in Wyandotte County; three of the four new cases involve children.

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KCUR News
8:52 am
Wed April 29, 2009

KDHE Opens Swine Flu Hotline And Email Address

Salina, KS – State health officials have set up a phone line and an e-mail address so concerned Kansans can ask questions about swine flu. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson has more.

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