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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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Health
12:37 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Voters Renew Health Levy, Strike Down Anti-Nuke Measure

Kansas City Mayor Sly James takes the podium at Union Station, to commend yesterday's election results. Truman Medical Center CEO, John Bluford, sits to his left, preparing to make his remarks.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, struck down a measure in Tuesday's election that would have prohibited the city from giving incentives to companies that make parts for nuclear weapons. Voters lent their support, on the other hand, to renewing a property tax that funds neighborhood health clinics, ambulance services and Truman Medical Center. Voters also favored a ballot measure requiring that most nonprofits pay an existing city hotel convention tax.

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Central Standard
5:45 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Competition

Climbing that ladder, but to where...

It has been quite a week for one of the biggest sports competitions of the year. And just as march madness comes to a end the Kansas City Royals, kick off their season opener in Chicago.

In honor of these events we’ll be taking a look at the psychology of competition. It permeates not just sports, but almost every aspect of our lives as we compete for money, prestige and more.  But, when is it healthy and when does it become detrimental not just to our personal, but social wellbeing?  And how do we tell the difference?

Health
10:03 am
Mon April 1, 2013

KanCare Selection Period Ends Thursday

The clock is ticking for the 380,000 Kansans whose health insurance comes through the Medicaid program now known as KanCare. 

The KanCare program assigned each member to one of three private companies administering the benefits as of the first of the year.  Members who prefer to switch to a different company have to do so no later than this Thursday. 

At a recent educational meeting in Hays, KDHE policy and program analyst Effie Swanson said one reason to switch might be if your doctor is not signed up with your health plan’s network.

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Health
9:50 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Hospital Sale Cause for Hope, Concern

Jeremy Hendrickson urges Attorney General Derek Schmidt to put a hold on SCL hospital transaction.
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

The pending sale of two Kansas City area hospitals to a California-based corporation comes as a relief to those currently in charge of the hospitals.  However, some people are worried about what could happen. 

The sale of Providence Medical Center and Leavenworth’s St. John Hospital to Prime Healthcare Services needs the blessing of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to go forward.  Close to 100 people showed up for a public hearing conducted by the Schmidt last night. 

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Health
1:23 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Health Tax Renewal Goes Before Voters Tuesday

Northland Health Care Access is one of several health clinics that receives funding through the temporary health levy. The levy, up for a renewal vote on Tuesday, also funds ambulance services and care for the uninsured at Truman Medical Centers.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Kansas City has long supported health services for people without insurance or a means to pay. This is primarily done through a health levy, or property tax, that brings in about $50 million annually. A portion of that tax will soon expire. Renewing it is now up for a popular vote this Tuesday. It’s Question 1 on the ballot. Despite all the contention around health policies and spending right now, there doesn’t appear to be much opposition to the local measure.

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6:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Living With Alzheimer's: Former Congressman Dennis Moore

Former U.S. Rep Dennis Moore served six terms representing Kansas. He went public with his early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis last year.
Laura Ziegler

Alzheimer’s affects so many people these days that many senior living facilities have dedicated wings for sufferers of the disease.

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Health
9:44 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Hallmark Petitioned For Hospice Cards

Photo of Regina Holliday and her husband prior to 2009. Frederick Allen Holliday II died in June of 2009.
Credit Photo courtesy of Regina Holliday

It seems like there’s a greeting card for everything these days: for going back to school, for anniversaries, and yes, even for losing your job. But what about a card for being in hospice or at the end stages of life? That’s the idea of a high-profile patient advocate who recently turned her attention to Kansas City.  But as KCUR’s Elana Gordon reports, such a concept is not so easy to materialize.

This story was originally published online last month. Below is the audio and transcript for the radio version that aired on KC Currents March 24.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Preventing A DIY Dust-Up

Mayor James tears down a vacant house. Was the resulting dust a health hazard?
Laura Spencer KCUR

Everyone knows you should wear a hard hat during construction, but are your lungs in just as much danger as your head?

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Health
11:07 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Kansas County Health Rankings Very Similar to Last Year’s

A map showing the distribution of 2013 health outcomes. Counties in white rank highest in heath outcomes and hose in dark green rank the lowest.
Courtesy Kansas Health Institute

According to the latest Kansas County Health Rankings, Johnson and Riley counties have the healthiest residents in Kansas again this year.  Wyandotte County and a cluster of counties in southeast Kansas remain among the least healthy.

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Health
10:14 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Judge Blocks Potential North Kansas City Hospital Sale For Now

North Kansas City Hospital.
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North Kansas City’s hospital can’t be sold, so long as a dispute over whether the city has the authority to sell it is in court. That’s according to a preliminary injunction issued by a Clay County judge yesterday. While the ruling is good news for the hospital board bringing the lawsuit, the board also took a hit in yesterday’s court decision.

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Health
3:10 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Judge Strikes Down Mo. Law Challenging Contraceptive Mandate

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A federal judge has struck down a Missouri law that directly challenges the so-called contraceptive mandate under the federal health law. The result of the judge’s actions mean Missouri health plans have to include no-cost options for contraceptives.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Parents, Teens & Break-ups

Nevit Dilmen

Paul Simon might know 50 ways to leave your lover, but psychologist Wes Crenshaw has his own list.

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Health
8:05 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Fate Of North Kansas City Hospital In Dispute

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A legal battle over the possible fate of North Kansas City Hospital is escalating in court today. The hospital is asking a judge this afternoon to block the city’s recent appointments of four new members to the hospital’s board.  They worry the move would unevenly ‘pack the board,’ while a broader dispute over the hospital’s ownership plays out in court.

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Health
6:06 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Heart Attacks And Strokes, Also In Ancient Times

courtesy: Dr. Michael Miyamoto

While doctors typically focus their time caring for living patients, one Kansas City cardiologist has spent the last few years examining the health of mummies. Yes. Mummies.

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Health
4:26 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Mo. Senate Hears Drug Monitoring Program Proposals

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Two bills that would create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri received a hearing Thursday before a State Senate committee. But one version of the bill is structured in a way that’s designed to block the proposal.

Physician and GOP Senator Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph is an outspoken critic of prescription drug monitoring. He says it would violate citizens’ privacy rights.

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Health
9:25 am
Thu March 7, 2013

KanCare Tour Rescheduled After Weather Cancellations

A series of informational meetings about KanCare has been rescheduled, after being cancelled due to snow storms last month. 

Meetings for providers will take place March 18th, in Hays; March 19th, in Dodge City, and March 20th, in Wichita.  Each of those sessions will run from one to three in the afternoon.

Meetings for consumers will be held in Hays March 18th, and in Wichita March 20th.  Those events will take place from six to eight in the evening. 

Central Standard
4:17 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Parenting Our Parents

For most of a child's life, from infancy and into adulthood, parents take care of, support and help their children make decisions. It's an odd experience though when the parents gets elderly and the child has to step in as caregiver. On this Central Standard, we look at how the family dynamic changes when parents can't take care of themselves and how to approach the situation from an emotional and logistical point of view.

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Central Standard
3:51 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

A 'First Aid Kit' For Mental Health: Program Expands Throughout Metro

John A. Beal

A first aid kit is helpful when you cut yourself or get a burn and if someone stops breathing, you can administer CPR. These medical skills are helpful for physical ailments, but how do you care for someone in the midst of a mental health crisis? Mental Health First Aid is a nationwide program that trains members of a community on how to interact and help someone with any mental illness.

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Central Standard
9:40 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The Case for Dental Health

A yearly physical is the norm for most of us, whether for children or their adult parents, and it's considered a part of living a healthy lifestyle. But not all areas of health are examined by one doctor, and one area of our health that is often neglected is oral health.

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Health
3:53 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Proponents Of City Health Tax Renewal Form Campaign

Dr. Shadrach Smith, an internal medicine physician at Truman Medical Center, spoke in support of renewing the city health levy at Monday’s campaign kickoff.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Efforts to renew Kansas City’s health levy went into full gear today. A renewal of the temporary property tax is up for a vote next month, and proponents want it reinstated for another nine years.

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Health
9:34 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Michelle Obama Promotes Healthy Foods In Springfield

First Lady Michelle Obama called on more businesses to join in the fight against childhood obesity during the second and final day of her Let’s Move! tour, an initiative she began three years ago

Mrs. Obama’s trip to a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Springfield served as a tribute to the company’s commitment to creating and selling healthy products.

The First Lady says American businesses such as Walmart are helping to disprove the notion that healthy food doesn’t sell. She thanked the company for taking the risk in offering these services to its customers.

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Health
3:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Enrollment Ends For High Risk Insurance Program In Missouri

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Saturday marks the last chance for Missouri residents to enroll in the federal high risk insurance pool.

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Health
2:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Plaza Blast Underscores Region’s Emergency Medical Capacity

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As of mid-week, four people remained hospitalized from the gas explosion and fire that destroyed JJ’s restaurant on the Plaza. One employee, Megan Cramer, died in the blast, and a memorial service is scheduled for Monday.

A lot of questions still surround how the situation was handled, including the timing of the evacuation and whether the explosion itself could have been avoided. While investigations are ongoing, KCUR’s Elana Gordon reports on how the region’s medical community responded, and how another crisis, the Hyatt Skywalk Collapse in 1981, has helped shape the region’s capacity to respond to large-scale events.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Extramarital Affairs

"Golden ring it's just a cold metallic thing, only love can make a golden wedding ring." - Tammy Wynette and George Jones

  When surveyed, 20 to 25 percent of people admit to having an extramarital affair.  It also is one of the most destructive forces to a  relationship.  Why is this phenomena so common? Our resident psychologist Bruce Liese tackles the common misconceptions about affairs.


Health
11:59 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Medicaid Debate Moves To Rural Missouri

There’s a fierce battle raging behind the walls of the Capitol building in Jefferson City; it’s over whether to expand Medicaid in Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon supports the expansion, and is pushing it as “fundamentally a business decision.” He’s gaining ground in some traditionally conservative areas, but the issue is mired in politics.

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Health
2:43 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Possible North Kansas City Hospital Sale Draws Protests

More than 100 residents attended a town hall at North Kansas City High School on Saturday, regarding a possible sale of North Kansas City Hospital.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Emotions ran high at a town hall this weekend, over the possible sale of North Kansas City Hospital. More than 100 residents and hospital staff packed North Kansas City’s high school auditorium to protest any such proposal.

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Health
6:01 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Buyer Of Kansas Hospitals Faces Two Federal Investigations

The would-be buyer of Providence Medical Center in KCK and Saint John’s
Hospital in Leavenworth faces two ongoing federal investigations. Prime
Healthcare plans to buy the hospitals from SCL Health System for an
undisclosed amount.

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Health
2:52 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Resolution In Kansas House Opposes Medicaid Expansion

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Kansas lawmakers are considering a resolution that would underscore the Legislature's opposition to a proposed expansion of Medicaid programs. House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, says he doesn't support making the state's health care program bigger.

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