What if when you’re sick and need to see the doctor, you could just log on to your home computer for a virtual visit instead of going to the office? That idea and others were kicked around among area health leaders last week at a meeting about what Google’s soon-to-be-installed high speed internet, Google Fiber, could mean for the region’s health care sector.
Residents will soon have new way to get around downtown Kansas City. The advocacy group BikeWalkKC, with help from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, has announced its launching a bike share program.
Why have we seen so many children, teenagers, and adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
Symptoms of ADHD include lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. And for parents with teens, ADHD can be a troubling diagnosis on top of an already difficult period in a child's life. Many teens have trouble following through on instructions and don't seem to listen when spoken to directly, but it's important to know when a teen is just being a teen...or when their condition requires special attention.
New insights about the development of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, can help explain what causes nerve- and muscle-cell failure in sufferers, and researchers hope the new knowledge will help design drugs to combat the disease.
Driving on I-35 and around downtown, you may have noticed several billboards popping up, advertising a “KC Exchange.” It’s a reference to the health exchanges outlined in the Affordable Care Act, aimed at helping individuals and small businesses comparison shop for health plans.
Even though the use of antibiotics in livestock feed has been linked to an increase in drug-resistant bacteria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently backed away from a 30-year-old proposal that would ban the use of antibiotics tetracycline and penicillin in livestock feed.
Missouri's Secretary of State has now approved more than a dozen petitions related to the taxing of tobacco products. But a lot fewer are likely to end up in circulation, and of those remaining, the aims may be very different.
You’ve heard of telecommuting, telekinesis and televangelism – but what about telemedicine? On Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at developments in a technology that helps doctors treat patients remotely – improving patient care everywhere from urban schools to rural areas.
If you've noticed your grocery bill has gotten higher lately, you're not imagining things. Food prices in Missouri rose in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the Missouri Farm Bureau's year-end Marketbasket survey.
Wendell Potter, a former vice president of CIGNA, says that health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public.
Recent events in Kansas City have raised a new public furor about abuse by Catholic priests, but no one really knows how long the problem has been going on. According to the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, nearly 16,000 abuse victims have spoken out nationwide since 1950.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has rejected a request from Kansas to gradually phase in one of the new requirements of the federal health care law. The decision means consumers who buy individual health insurance policies can expect to see lower premiums, expanded benefits, or even cash rebates.
Kansas City’s oldest community health center has a new home. Samuel Rodgers Health Center will start seeing patients at its new facility this week.
The main clinic on Ninth Street and Euclid Ave. treats thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients annually. The building has been open for forty years, but Hilda Fuentes, the Executive Director, says it’s time to move.
“We had tiles on the floor that were falling off, and we did not know when our heating and ac system was going to fall into total disrepair,” says Fuentes.
The most popular menu choice at Amigos restaurant in Lincoln, Neb., is the soft taco. The combo meal with a soft taco, a 20-ounce Pepsi and mexi-fries, which are like tater tots, adds up to 1,100 calories.
While you can find that calorie count on the Amigos web site, it’s not on the menu — yet.
As of last spring, Missouri was considered on track – ahead, even - in developing a state health insurance exchange. It’s intended to be a centralized online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can compare and purchase health plans. Under the federal health law, exchanges are supposed to be up and running in each state by 2014. But politics appear to have put the brakes on efforts to set up one up in Missouri.
Family members and caregivers of Kansans with developmental disabilities are not happy with the Brownback Administration’s plan to include them in the new managed care approach to Medicaid services called KanCare.