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3:50 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Novel Virus Discovered Near St. Joe

A new virus, Heartland Virus, was in two patients near St. Joseph, Missouri.
Dr. Scott Folk/CDC

This past year brought some unexpected attention to the St. Joseph, Missouri area. That’s where a team of researchers identified a new virus, believed to be transmitted by ticks.

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Central Standard
1:55 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Transformation In The New Year

With each new year, comes the inevitable setting of lofty personal improvement goals.

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10:24 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Genetic Sequencing Advances Help Identify & Treat Rare Diseases

Dr. Darrell Dinwiddie with Dr. Stephen Kingsmore at Children Mercy's Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine
Credit Mark McDonald / Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Recent advances in genome sequencing, including a technology developed at Children’s Mercy Hospital known as "fast sequencing," are helping medical professionals diagnose often-fatal diseases. 

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Health
8:51 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Hospital Bids Bye-Bye To Big Macs, Others May Follow Suit

Visitors to one Kansas City hospital will no longer be able to buy a Big Mac on the premises.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 12:25 pm

The McDonald's at the Truman Medical Centers' main campus in Kansas City, Mo., has closed, ending an epic, two-decade stint inside the hospital and making it the fifth health facility in the past few years to give the Big Mac the boot.

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Health
5:24 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Looking For A Doc? Local Group Compiles Physician Data

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Kansas City will soon know more about the quality of primary care in the region.

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Central Standard
4:33 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The State Of Mental Illness In KC

Mental illness is a problem in every community, but what resources and services are available in Kansas City?

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Health
4:20 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Kansas Tied For Last In Health Emergency Preparedness

Flooding in Coffeyville, Kan.
courtesy of Kansas Department of Health and Environment

A new report out this week finds that Kansas and Missouri are vulnerable in key areas when it comes to being prepared for a public health emergency, like a disease outbreak or natural disaster.

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6:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Parents, Teens, Sexuality & The Holidays

Plan B pill

No one ever said it was easy to raise a teenager, but what do you do when Plan B becomes Plan A?

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Health
11:32 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Ten Tips For Talking With Kids About Conn. Shooting

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In the aftermath of last Friday’s tragic shooting, the most important thing a person can do for kids is tell them they’re loved and hug them.

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Health
10:16 am
Fri December 14, 2012

KU Researcher Lands NIH Grant For Alzheimer’s Study

A cross-section of a human brain damaged by Alzheimer's disease.
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A University of Kansas researcher is partnering with a Harvard scientist on a $1.7 million study of a protein believed to play a role in Alzheimer's disease.

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Health
4:12 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Kansas Medicaid Overhaul Begins Next Month

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KanCare is arguably the biggest change in the history of Medicaid in Kansas. The proposal would privatize the entire program.

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6:00 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Stressed For The Holidays?

Harriet Lerner

The holidays are a time of good cheer, celebration and togetherness. So what do you do if your family has just gone through a divorce or other domestic clash?

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Health
9:39 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Kansas Ranked 24th, Missouri 42nd In Health Survey

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The 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings says medical advances are helping people live longer, but preventable illnesses and unhealthy behaviors are undermining the quality of that longer lifespan.

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Health
2:18 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Feds Say 'No' To Partial Medicaid Expansion

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks about expanding Medicaid during a speech to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 14. The federal government hasn't set a deadline for states to decide on their Medicaid expansion plans.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 9:55 am

The Affordable Care Act, as passed by Congress in 2010, assumed that every low-income person would have access to health insurance starting in 2014.

That's when about 17 million Americans — mostly unmarried healthy adults with incomes up to 133 percent of poverty, or about $15,000 a year — would gain access to Medicaid.

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6:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

How Your Neighborhood Affects CPR Survival

CPR training
Rama

We've all heard the CPR checklist: Check the airway, start chest compressions, tilt the head back, and breathe.

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KC Currents
4:44 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

A Look At What Triggers Murder-Suicides

Daniel C. Claiborn Ph.D.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

Murder suicide is rare, but on the rise across the country. Missouri is in the top ten for women killed by intimate partners, and murder-suicide has increased in Kansas.

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Health
3:29 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Feds Approve Kansas Medicaid Overhaul

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Governor Sam Brownback's administration has been working on a plan to make sweeping changes to Medicaid in Kansas.

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Health
9:40 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Tomorrow

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Friday is the deadline for people with Medicare to make changes to change their health and drug coverage. If you have original Medicare, your benefits are administered by the federal government.

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7:54 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Dealing With Domestic Violence

Domestic violence
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This weekend's news about the murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs is bringing the ongoing discussion about domestic violence to the forefront.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Flu Vaccine

Credit Bill Hand/Sun Journal

Every year, approximately 36,000 people die from influenza.  This flu season is the worst in the last decade and yet the flu vaccine is readily available. 


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Health
3:36 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Computerized Health Records Breed Digital Discontent For Some Doctors

Electronic medical records can have drawbacks, too.
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Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 5:50 pm

Two years and $8.4 billion into the government's effort to get doctors to take their practices digital, some unintended consequences are starting to emerge.

One is a lot of unhappy doctors. In a big survey by Medscape, an online site for doctors, 38 percent of the doctors polled said they were unhappy with their electronic medical records system.

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Health
1:48 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

New Report Projects Costs, Enrollment Under Kansas Medicaid Expansion

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An optional Medicaid expansion in Kansas would result in about 75,000 previously uninsured residents gaining health coverage and cost the state about half a billion dollars in the first seven years.

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Health
9:46 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Children's Mercy And KU Hospital Partner

Children's Mercy Hospital.
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Two Kansas City hospitals have announced plans to work together to create a single, integrated pediatric program.

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Health
9:19 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Flu Season Starts In Kansas City

Children's Mercy Hospital.
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Flu season is getting underway. According to Dr. Christopher Harrison at Children’s Mercy Hospital, it’s here early.

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Central Standard
6:20 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

Addiction

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The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family in cheer.  The holidays also are a time of high stress and anxiety which can lead to addictive behaviors.


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Health
1:04 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Missouri Governor Backs Medicaid Expansion

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
KCUR

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants the state to expand its Medicaid program, marking the strongest stance the Democratic governor has taken as of yet on the state’s pending decision.

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Health
1:38 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Coalition Emphasizes Economic Benefits Of Opting Into Medicaid Expansion

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Expanding Medicaid to more adults in Missouri would have a positive impact on the state’s economy and residents, according to a new report.

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Central Standard
6:04 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Lonely In KC

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in Kansas City and not know anyone?

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Health
11:21 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Feds To Take Lead On Health Exchanges In Kansas, Missouri

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Immediately after the presidential election, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced the state would not be setting up its own health insurance exchange.

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Health
10:38 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Study Sheds Light On Texting And Driving

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How much would you give up to be able to text right now?

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