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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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Fire
4:09 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Local Hospitals Provide Injury Updates On Plaza Explosion

University of Kansas Hospital officials provided an update.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Ambulances on Tuesday night traveled with nine people injured in the explosion and fire on the Country Club Plaza to area hospitals, including St. Luke's and University of Kansas Hospital. Six injured patients walked themselves in. Officials today provided an update on the six victims still hospitalized.

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6:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen On Pets & Winter Weather

A cat walks in the snow.
Nicola Centenaro

Are you turning up the heat in anticipation of that winter storm? Do you have a plan for how to protect your pets from the icy winds?

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Health
2:31 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Addressing Death And Dying...Through A Greeting Card?

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

When Regina Holliday’s husband, Frederick Allen Holliday II, went to the hospital in 2009, he was already at the end stages of kidney cancer.

The next two months were “a roller coaster,” she recalls. But during that time, Holliday remembers receiving a lot of cards from friends and loved ones.

Mostly of the “get well” type.

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9:47 am
Tue February 19, 2013

A New Era Of Blood Donation

A student participates in a blood drive.
Beth Lipoff

We've all heard appeals to donate blood, but how have new advances in hematology changed the landscape? Is blood needed as much now as it was a decade ago?

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KC Currents
4:46 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Parents, Child Abuse And The Child Welfare System

Joe Beck is vice president of Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.
Credit Susan Wilson / KCUR

Child advocates and state lawmakers are demanding answers after several recent high profile cases of extreme child abuse in Kansas City.  The most recent case, involving a Northland teen who was handcuffed to a pole the family’s basement, brings up questions about Missouri's child welfare system.

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Health
12:01 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Stephene Moore Tapped As New Regional HHS Director

Stephene Moore is the new regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She’s a long time nurse in the area and wife of retired U.S. Congressman Dennis Moore. She lost a bid to take her husband’s seat in 2010.

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Health
6:24 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Missouri’s Health Exchange: A Story Of Unrequited Love

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For more than a year, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and others at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have been courting states to take part in setting up and running a health insurance exchange. But Missouri, home of an enthusiastic governor and opposing legislature, keeps sending mixed messages. Now, with Friday’s deadline looming for states to commit to joining the feds in setting up an exchange, it appears as though HHS will be flying solo in the Show-Me state.

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Central Standard
5:52 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Conflict

Today on Central Standard, we talk about conflict, and resolving it. Why is it that our workplaces, our families, even the international community have such trouble getting along? Our resident psychologist Bruce Liese is here to try to help … and to give us some ideas about conflict resolution in our world and in our lives.

Health
4:48 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Evidence Lacking: Local Doctor On Effectively Treating Traumatic Stress In Kids

Interview with Dr. Denise Dowd

Recent tragedies in Connecticut and Colorado have elevated the discussion around firearms and more recently, around how to best respond to kids who’ve experienced trauma like a school shooting or community violence.

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Health
7:59 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Relief In Sight? Region Hit Hard By Flu

Johnson County Flu Report for the week of February 2, 2013
Credit Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

The flu is widespread in Kansas and Missouri. It has been an especially rough season, but some say relief may be on the way.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Constructing A Remarkable Relationship

Psychologist Harriet Lerner

When a couple is together for the long haul, sometimes a set of guidelines helps keep the harmony in the matrimony.

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Health
9:04 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

County Cashes In On Casino Money, Directs It To Public Health

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Wyandotte County has cashed in on its first payment from a new casino at the Kansas Speedway.

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Health
5:25 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Nixon Rallies Key Allies In Push For Medicaid Expansion

From Left to Right: Independence Chamber of Commerce President Franklin “Kim” Kimbrough, Research Medical Center COO Matt Sogard, Independence Chamber of Commerce Chairman Stan Shurmantine, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Vice President Mark Dickey, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee Co-Chair Ken Stremming
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is continuing his push to expand the state’s Medicaid program, an optional provision for states under the federal health law. The governor rallied some key allies near Kansas City Thursday afternoon but also pointed to some rather unlikely ones.

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Health
10:36 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Mayor And Business Leader Expand Weight-Loss Effort

During yesterday's launch of "phase two" of the Mayor and local Chamber's citywide wellness initiative, Matthew Condon, head of a KC-Based employer wellness company, warned that unless something changes, Kansas and Missouri will be in big trouble when it comes to their high rates of obesity and related chronic diseases.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

A very personal yet public weight loss competition between two prominent city leaders is getting bigger. About two dozen area CEOs have signed up for the challenge.

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Health
2:53 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Will Missouri Adopt A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program?

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Efforts to establish a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri are making a comeback this year. But there’s a twist: the main opponent of establishing such a program is now sponsoring legislation.

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Health
5:30 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Local Doctor Honors Medicine's Past In New Museum

Dr. Bruce Hodges has a pediatric iron lung on display at his new medical museum. The old respirators were used to help paralyzed polio patients breathe.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Medicine is changing pretty fast these days, with new procedures, treatments and drugs coming out all the time. But one area doctor has been out on a mission to pay homage to medicine’s past: the mistakes, breakthroughs and lessons that might be taken for granted today. Dr. Bruce Hodges started out collecting medical relics from around the region as a kind of hobby, but it has grown way beyond the confines of his house.

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Health
9:55 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Tiller’s Wichita Clinic to Reopen This Spring

A Wichita clinic formerly operated by slain abortion provider Dr. George Tiller is expected to reopen soon.

Tiller’s former building was recently purchased by an organization called the Trust Women Foundation.  It’s headed by Julie Burkhart, who used to run Tiller’s political action committee.

Abortion services have been unavailable in Wichita since Tiller was gunned down in 2009. 

Burkhart says each year, thousands of women in the Wichita area have to travel to Kansas City or to Oklahoma to get an abortion. 

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Health
7:21 am
Tue January 29, 2013

A New Era For 'Free' Clinics

The Kansas City Free Health Clinic’s main location at 3515 Broadway will soon don a new sign out front: Kansas City CARE Clinic. The clinic adopted the name as it prepares for changes to its business model. CARE stands for Care, Access, Research and Education, which leaders say better reflects the clinic's role.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Armed with more than 100 staff members and 1,000 volunteers, the bustling Kansas City Free Health Clinic in midtown is one of the largest free health clinics in the country, treating upward of 15,000 patients a year. “KC Free,” as it’s commonly called, doesn’t charge fees or bill patients for care. It only sees people who are uninsured.



But this year, all that changes.



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Up to Date
10:27 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Health Care Foundation President Steve Roling

Steve Rolling, President & CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Steve Roling is stepping down from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. He's led the foundation since it was created in 2002

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6:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

A Text A Day Keeps The Doctor....In Touch?

Pediatrician Natasha Burgert
kckidsdoc.com

It’s easy to go online and try to diagnose yourself when you're sick, but what do doctors think about that?

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Health
7:57 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Citywide CPR Effort Aims To Lower Cardiac Arrest Deaths

In the lobby of city hall, Kevin Fogarty (r), a paramedic with KCK's fire department, trains Tania Taylor (l), Clyde Welsh and Terri Rankin (r), from the city's water pollution department, in CPR.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

If a person suddenly collapses, CPR could mean the difference between life and death. That’s the message coming from city and hospital leaders in Kansas City, Kan., who want to train a lot more residents in the lifesaving technique.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Growing up with Sickle Cell

The experience of growing up from a child to an adult includes awkward experiences with friends, family and one's own body add to that the challenge of living with a chronic disease. Brian Ellison speaks with one teenage girl who is growing up with Sickle Cell Anemia.


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KC Currents
10:29 am
Thu January 17, 2013

KU Researcher Finds Racial Disparity In NIH Grants

Credit University of Kansas

When researchers submit proposals to the National Institutes of Health to get funding, they don’t indicate their race or ethnicity. But black researchers are a third less likely than other equally-qualified researchers to receive NIH funding.

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Health
8:11 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Full Council To Take Up Health Levy Today

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Kansas City’s health levy has long funded ambulance services and other care for residents without insurance or a means to pay. A portion of that levy is temporary, and it expires next year.

While much has changed since the levy was first introduced, city leaders and proponents of the tax are pushing to renew that temporary portion for nine more years. The full council is slated to take up the proposed renewal later today, and doing so could pave the way for a popular vote on the tax this spring.

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Health
9:10 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Lower Cost & Better Care: Can KanCare Deliver?

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Medicaid is the second-largest program that Kansas operates, next only to education. And costs of the health program for the poor and disabled have been growing at a faster pace than most other programs. A desire to control those costs and improve care is why officials in Governor Sam Brownback’s administration have embarked on a massive plan to overhaul the system.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Teens And Date Rape

Christian Kadluba

Teens and young adults are in their peak years socially; out with friends and learning about love and sexuality. Often that includes an energetic, even raucous party scene.

But there’s a darker side that young people don’t often acknowledge or sometimes even recognize--sexual assault. It’s a situation no one wants to imagine can happen. But for many teens, date rape has become an unfortunate reality in their lives.

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Health
11:38 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Area Businesses Challenge Federal Birth Control Mandate

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A federal court is scheduled today, to take up one Missouri business’ challenge to a recently enacted provision of the federal health law. The provision requires that most employee-health plans include no-cost coverage of contraceptives, but the rule has faced backlash from several businesses and lawmakers around the region.

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