If your allergies seem more severe this year in Kansas City, you're not alone.
That's according to Dr. Jay Portnoy, who leads the allergy and asthma department at Children's Mercy Hospital.
"We've been tracking pollen for 15 years in the Kansas City area and over that time, the pollen count has been slowly increasing," Portnoy says. "Each year is getting a little bit worse."
On Thursday, Portnoy explained to Up To Date Host Steve Kraske that the day's tree pollen count was only 529, but two weeks ago, it hit an all-time high of 9,000.
Ford Motor and the United Auto Workers Union today rolled out a pilot health care program that might ultimately affect workers at the Kansas City Claycomo Assembly Plant.
The program would help the chronically ill and was also expected to reduce health care costs.
Ford, the union and the union’s retiree health care trust revealed the program at the company’s Dearborn, Michigan headquarters.
If it works in Michigan, Ford’s head of labor affairs Marty Mulloy said it could be used in places like Kansas City or Louisville, which have larger numbers of retirees.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Missouri Health Department has launched a new initiative to curb asthma attacks among kids. Last year, the health problem accounted for more than 3,000 childhood hospitalizations in the city.
Nationwide, about one in ten kids have asthma.