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12:00 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

WyCo Effort Aims To Curb Infant Mortality

Baby in an incubator
Willem Velthoven

With one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, Wyandotte County is taking steps to fix that problem.

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12:00 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Baby Care: The First Few Months

Baby
Weird Beard

When you're a parent—especially a first-time parent—you worry about all kinds of things you see in your baby's development.

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Health
9:56 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Hospital Prices Vary Widely In Kansas City

For the first time, the federal government has released the prices that hospitals for the 100 most common inpatient procedures.  The prices for a given procedure can vary by tens of thousands of dollars.

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Health
9:25 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Missouri Trails Nation In Overall Well-Being

Missouri results for Gallup-Healthways 2012 well-being surveys (find out more at www.well-beingindex.com)
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Missouri ranks among the bottom third of states when it comes to its overall well-being. Meanwhile, the Kansas City region has room for improvement. That’s according to the latest data from the polling group, Gallup.

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Central Standard
4:32 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

How To Address Depression

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According to the CDC 1 in 10 adults report being depressed and 11% of Americans over 12 years old take some form of antidepressant medication.  Depression –is a mental disorder that is more severe than just sad feelings.  It can last long periods of time, include feelings of hopelessness and uselessness. Cause chronic pain, headaches, sleeping and eating disorders, and thoughts of suicide.  Depression makes day to day life seem pointless or impossible to handle.

Dr. Bruce Liese, a psychologist at KU Medical Center, explores the various elements of depression from diagnosis to treatment through to recovery.

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6:00 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Walking Across Kansas For Stroke Awareness

Charity walkers
Dave Spicer

Would you walk 500 miles to raise awareness for a cause? Would you walk 70 more?

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Health
12:44 am
Fri May 3, 2013

North KC Hospital Dispute Appears Headed Toward Resolution

More than 100 residents, most opposing a possible sale of North Kansas City Hospital, attended a town hall regarding the hospital in February.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Morning news story.

A heated feud over the fate of North Kansas City Hospital may soon be coming to a close. Hospital and city leaders are meeting Friday in hopes of resolving their differences. Moreover, recently passed state legislation and newly elected local officials appear to have diffused the controversy.  

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6:00 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

A Window Into The World Of Tourette's

James Fussell, author of Ticked
rainydaybooks.com

People with Tourette's syndrome are often portrayed as spouting curse words uncontrollably, but there's more to the condition than that.

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Health
9:42 am
Tue April 30, 2013

$2.5 million Gift for Patient Support at KU Hospital

A Leawood couple has donated $2.5 million to expand a patient-support program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

A cancer diagnosis can be a bewildering event.  Having a trained professional to guide the way can make a huge difference.  That’s why Tom and Teresa Walsh are putting up the money to fund five, experienced nurse navigators at the KU Cancer Center.

“You have somebody with you to hold your hand, kind of help you along the way.  There’s so many questions, and you’re so scared in the beginning,” says Teresa Walsh.

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Central Standard
9:47 am
Thu April 25, 2013

How Obamacare Might Change Your Private Health Insurance

After the passing of the Affordable Care Act, confusion about the future of health insurance in our country has become the norm. But as the legislation comes into play in the next year, everyone from private health insurance companies to employers providing health care to their employees need to be well versed on the upcoming changes.


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Health
4:13 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Governor Signs Bill Establishing KU Med Stem Cell Center

Kansas governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will establish a stem cell research center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Health
8:47 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Gluten-Free: Fad Or Fix?

Eliminating certain foods from a diet can be risky, says Paula Vandelicht, a nutritionist at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Columbia, Mo. Among other things, she advises customers about the shortcomings of a gluten-free diet.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

Six months ago, Kara Welter drastically changed her diet by eliminating food that contains wheat, rye or barley.

“I don’t eat gluten,” said Welter, a 41-year-old marketing executive in Kansas City.

“I happened to just try it because I was having stomach issues for years. And it turns out within three days, I stopped having stomach issues.”

Welter’s gluten decision stemmed from what she read online. Medical tests showed that she did not have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, the disorder that causes the immune system to reject the gluten.

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Health
2:15 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Organizers Bring TEDMed To Kansas City With Focus On Parkinson's

Presenters take the stage at a previous TEDmed event in San Diego, Calif.
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This week, upwards of 1,000 medical professionals and thought leaders are converging on the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for the third annual TEDMed summit. It’s a spin-off of TED - short for Technology, Entertainment, Design – which features talks and performances from the group’s biannual conferences centering around the general theme of “ideas worth spreading.” 

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Health
6:57 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

A Review Of Medicaid In Missouri, Part 1: Eligibility Now And Under A Possible Expansion

Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low income and disabled residents, is no small chunk of change in Missouri. It comprises a huge portion of the state’s budget (more on that in Part 2). It also covers a lot of people: about one in ten residents.

So, to expand or not to expand Medicaid?

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10:34 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Making Homes Safe For Kids

Charlie Horn
charlieshouse.org

When you’ve put child locks on all the cabinets and plugged all the electrical outlets, what’s left to child-proof your home? 

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Health
8:19 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Advocates Still Wary Of Infectious Disease Bill

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Kansas health officials are trying to assure local health groups that a controversial bill dealing with infectious diseases needed an update to response protocols for occupational exposures. Some HIV advocates, however, aren’t completely sold.

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Health
3:58 am
Tue April 16, 2013

The Role Of A Power Of Attorney In A Health Care Setting

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What exactly is the role of legal documents, like a power of attorney, in a health care setting, especially if a person is not related to the patient? An incident at a local hospital last week, which has struck a nerve with some LGBT groups and gained some internet buzz, spurred the question.

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Health
5:55 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Kansas City Experiences Rise In Unintentional Firearms Injuries

Outside the emergency room at Truman Medical Centers. In 2002, there were 43 reported emergency room visits (by city residents at ER's throughout the region) due to the unintentional use of guns. By 2010, that had more than doubled to 90 reported visits.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Firearms related deaths among Kansas City residents have remained steady over the last decade. While that’s still unsettling, health officials have identified an especially troublesome trend.

Over the last decade, homicide rates have gone down in Kansas City. Even so, about 100 residents are killed each year from guns. That breaks down to about two people every week.

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Health
10:10 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Expands To Wichita

A competitive bidding program aimed at helping Medicare avoid overpaying for products like scooters, diabetic testing supplies, and oxygen tanks is being expanded to 91 communities nationwide, including Wichita. 

The program began a little more than two years ago as a demonstration project in nine communities, including Kansas City. 

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Health
6:16 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Missouri Attorney General Won't Appeal Contraceptives Ruling

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Despite the urging of a top state lawmaker and some Catholic groups, Missouri’s Attorney General will not appeal a recent court ruling, which struck down a state law that would have required insurance companies to exclude birth control coverage if employers had religious, ethical or moral objections.

State And Federal Rule Conflict

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9:27 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Disability Issues in KC

It’s estimated that in the United States, people with disabilities constitute the third-largest, and perhaps the most diverse, minority group. A person may be born with a disability or it may occur during a lifetime. The disability can be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or a combination of all of these. On this Central Standard, we’ll talk about disability issues across the life span and some local efforts to empower those who face the challenge of a disability.


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8:55 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Speech Therapy

Speech and communication is a fundamental and necessary part of our days.  Being able to articulate I thoughts, feelings and desires is perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of being human.  But how hard is it to correct or relearn this intrinsic skill?  Today we explore the practice of Speech Therapy with Carol Koch, Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Rockhurst University and Shatonda Jones, a Visiting Instructor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Rockhurst University.


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6:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Tackling A Taboo Subject

Ellen Goodman

Does death always have to be a taboo subject?

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Health
4:40 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Uncertain In Missouri

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stopped at the Independence, Mo. Chamber of Commerce in February, to rally support for a Medicaid expansion.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Last year’s Supreme Court ruling left a key part of the federal health law up to states to decide: whether to expand Medicaid. About half of states have said they’ll go along with an expansion. The rest are undecided or opposed. Leaders in Missouri are still divided on what to do. Missouri’s Governor supports an expansion but he faced one of his toughest crowds yet, when meeting with Senate leadership this week.

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Health
9:31 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Report Finds 525,000 Missourians Will Be Eligible For Insurance Subsidies

More than 525,000 Missourians will be eligible to receive government subsidies to purchase private health insurance, according to a report released Thursday by the advocacy group Families USA.

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Health
2:28 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Tyson To Pay $4 Million For Anhydrous Ammonia Release

Tyson Foods has agreed to a settlement with the federal government over accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia at its facilities in Kansas and three other states.

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Health
6:09 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Update: Kansas Bill Raising HIV Quarantine Concerns Advancing

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Lawmakers could soon take a final vote on a controversial bill updating the state's laws regarding people who may have been exposed to contagious diseases.

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11:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Is It Bioethical? Testing Kids For Adult-Onset Conditions

DNA Strand
www.nist.gov

Should a child be able to grow up unhindered by the knowledge that later in life he or she will suffer from a serious illness?

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Health
10:27 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Take Up Controversial Infectious Disease Bill

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A controversial bill in Kansas that has caused outcry from groups like the National Minority AIDS Council appears to be on track for approval by House and Senate negotiators, paving the way for passage by both chambers.

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Health
10:02 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Kansas City-Area Hospital Sale Finalized

Providence Medical Center, in Kansas City, and St. John Hospital, in Leavenworth, are now among the two dozen hospitals owned by Prime Healthcare—a for-profit company based in California. 

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