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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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Health
10:08 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Missouri Gets Better Grade On Preterm Births

The March of Dimes has released its annual state rankings of premature birth rates, giving Missouri a grade of "C" for the second year in a row.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Parents, Teens & Eating Disorders: How To Handle A Problem

Glass of water on an empty plate
Jean Fortunet

A plump roast turkey, creamy mountains of mashed potatoes and thick wedges of pumpkin pie are what many people look forward to during the holiday season.

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Health
4:38 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Health Exchange Activity Heats Up As Deadline Is Extended

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman announced Thursday that his state will choose the federal health insurance exchange program.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 6:45 pm

There's nothing quite like a deadline to focus the mind. Even a deadline that's not quite real.

Friday was originally the day that states were supposed to not only tell the federal government whether they planned to run their own health exchanges but also how they planned to do it.

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Health
10:24 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Veterans Affairs Partners With KU Telemedicine

The federal government and the University of Kansas are partnering to make it easier for veterans to receive health care.

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Health
3:09 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Telemedicine Initiative Reaches Out To Kansas Veterans

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The federal government and the University of Kansas are partnering to make it easier for veterans to receive health care.

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Health
5:37 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Feds To Set Up Insurance Exchanges In Kansas And Missouri

The federal government will help establish online insurance marketplaces in Kan. and Mo.
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Neither Kansas nor Missouri will be involved in setting up a health exchange, according to announcements by both governors Thursday.

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Health
2:25 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Obamacare Is Here To Stay, But In What Form?

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signs a bill in June 2011 to pave the way for a health insurance exchange in the state.
Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 9:46 am

President Obama's re-election and the retention of a Democratic majority in the Senate means the likelihood of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act has receded.

So what now?

"The law is here and we should at this point expect it to still be here Jan. 1, 2014," says Alan Weil, executive director of the nonpartisan National Academy for State Health Policy.

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Health
6:36 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

First Big Macs, Now Cola: Local Hospitals Slim Down Menus

Elana Gordon KCUR

Families, patients and staff members craving a Coke at Children’s Mercy Hospital will soon have to find their fix elsewhere.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Dealing With The Loss Of A Child

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When a parent outlives their child, the amount of grief, remorse, and guilt can be overwhelming.  These emotions are compounded when dealing with the matters of death that follow.

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Central Standard
9:17 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Leadership

George Tames New York Times

What are the characteristics of a leader?  Is it a constant, even temperament?  The ability to command respect?  Possessing an unwavering state of courage?

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Health
6:20 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Mayor Challenges Friend And City To Lose Weight

Jim Heeter (far right) engages in a friendly game of tug-of-war with Sly James and children at Operation Breakthrough. The two civic leaders wrapped up their health competition at the school earlier today.
Elana Gordon KCUR

A rather public weight loss competition among two prominent city leaders came to a close today, but organizers say broader efforts are just beginning.

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Health
12:58 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Health Exchange At Heart Of Missouri’s Proposition E

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Proposition E specifically asks voters:

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Up to Date
10:04 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Rats! What Will KCMO Do About The Sewers?

Rat.
Rathater

What's the most common rat in Kansas City these days? Tipping the scales at 10-17 ounces and a nasty little 7-10-inch body, it's the Norway rat.

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Health
1:51 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Hospital Mergers, Alliances Hit Kansas City Region

Arif Ahmed, Professor of Health Administration at UMKC.
UMKC

In recent months, local officials have been exploring the sale of North Kansas City Hospital, HCA Midwest announced plans to acquire St. Joseph and St. Mary’s hospitals.

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Health
11:23 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Local Hospital Bids Goodbye To Big Macs: McDonald's To Close At Truman

The McDonald's at Truman Medical Centers' Hospital Hill campus has been in operation for two decades.
Elana Gordon KCUR

The days of buying a Big Mac at one of Kansas City’s main hospitals are numbered. After two decades in operation, the McDonald’s at Truman Medical Centers' main city campus is slated to close on Friday, November 2.

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Health
9:24 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Expanding Food Access One Market, One Plot At A Time

Judith Smith leads area residents in onsite cooking demonstrations at Juniper Gardens, an urban farm in Kansas City, Kansas. She also helps with several community garden plots.
Elana Gordon KCUR

In recent years, there’s been a concerted push at the local and national levels to expand access to healthy food, particularly in low-income areas.

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Central Standard
5:51 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Back In The Swing After Breast Cancer

Andrews McMeel Publishing

You weathered the diagnosis, underwent surgery, and made it through multiple rounds of chemotherapy.  In short, you've survived breast cancer.

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The Two-Way
2:07 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Livestrong CEO: 'We're Proud' Lance Armstrong Founded Organization

Lance Armstrong in 2010.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 6:09 pm

  • Livestrong's Doug Ulman on being proud of Armstrong
  • Livestrong's Doug Ulman on the charity's mission

The CEO of the Lance Armstrong-founded cancer charity Livestrong tells NPR his organization remains proud that the cyclist and cancer survivor founded Livestrong in 1997 and wants him to remain involved in its work.

"He's our founder. He's been the inspiration for our work for so many years," Doug Ulman told All Things Considered host Melissa Block this afternoon.

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Health
10:09 am
Wed October 17, 2012

HCA Midwest Looks To Buy St. Joseph And St. Mary's Hospitals

HCA Midwest may soon be the new owner of Carondelet Health, which runs St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Hospitals.  The two groups have announced they’re in negotiations for a merger.

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Central Standard
9:40 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Art As Therapy

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Part of viewing art is interpreting the artist's intent, figuring out what the creator is trying to say.  Because it can be so personal, is a physical form of expression, and allows communication of thoughts and feelings that might not be articulated otherwise, art makes for good therapy.

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Up to Date
12:39 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Teenage Sexuality: Casual Or Committed?

Teenage couple
National Archives and Records Administration

Radical monogamy or casual hookup— what do teenagers choose when they start dating?

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KC Currents
11:47 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Middle Aged White Males Drive Up Suicide Rate In Johnson County

Rennie Shuler-McKinney of Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Shawnee Mission Medical Center www.shawneemission.org

Mention Johnson County, Kansas and locals think wealth, privilege and the pursuit of happiness. But disturbing trends in Johnson County suicide rates challenge us to think beyond this stereotype.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Boosting Brain Fitness

Human brain
John A. Beal

It’s not just your abs that need a regular workout— it’s essential for your brain too. But how do you pump iron with your noodle?

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Up to Date
10:13 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Health Insurance & Cigarette Tax On Missouri Ballot

Cigarette tax
Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin

Health insurance, one of the major issues of the presidential election, is making a bigger impact on Missouri’s state ballot.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:14 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Nobel Winners Unlocked Cells' Unlimited Potential

Shinya Yamanaka from Kyoto University was named the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering how mature, adult cells can be reprogrammed into immature stem cells.
Shizuo Kambayashi Associated Press

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 2:28 pm

The two scientists who won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine discovered that cells in our body have the remarkable ability to reinvent themselves. They found that every cell in the human body, from our skin and bones to our heart and brain, can be coaxed into forming any other cell.

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Health
7:15 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Researchers Find Faster Ways To Diagnose Genetic Diseases

Children's Mercy Hospital
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Researchers in Kansas City may have developed a way to speed up the diagnosis of critically ill infants with genetic diseases.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:11 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Medicare Rolls Out Carrots And Sticks For Hospital Quality

Medicare to hospitals: Take your pick of carrot or stick.
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Starting today, America's hospitals will find that their checks from Medicare are a little bit lighter.

As part of the government's biggest effort yet at paying for performance, Medicare is withholding 1 percent of its regular hospital payments and putting that money into a fund to reward hospitals that score well on 20 different quality measures.

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