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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
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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.
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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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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
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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.
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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

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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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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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Health
7:38 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Feeling Miserable? You're Not Alone, And The Flu Epidemic Has Yet To Peak

Reaching for relief: A customer at a pharmacy in New York City was grabbing some medicine on Thursday.
Andrew Kelly Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:50 am

If you haven't caught the flu yet or don't know someone who has, you might want to buy a lottery ticket today. You're one lucky person.

As The Associated Press writes, "from the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms." More than 40 states report "widespread" outbreaks. The flu's been blamed for the deaths of at least 20 children, the AP adds.

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Health
5:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Brownback Calls For Preserving, Strengthening Mental Health Safety Net

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (r), Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer (middle) and Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts (l) discuss strengthening the mental health safety net system at Wyandotte Center in Kansas City, Kan.
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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to continue funding mental health services at the state's current level.

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Health
4:51 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

KC Health Levy May Be Up For Renewal

From left to right: Dr. Rex Archer, Head of KCMO Health Department; Councilman Ed Ford; Gerard Grimaldi, VP of Health Policy and Government Relations Truman Medical Centers.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Residents of Kansas City may soon decide whether to renew a tax to support area health services. The city’s finance committee has moved the proposal to the full council.

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Health
9:43 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Fish Caught In Kansas May Be Unhealthy

Pan Fried Catfish with Ginger Sweet Potato Cakes, Maque Choux Relish and Sauteed Asparagus
Ashly Kissman

Kansas officials are warning people not to eat too much fish caught in the state.

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6:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Diet Can Fix 'Milk And Cookie' Disease

A Healthier Wei

Kids take medicine for all kinds of chronic conditions these days, like constipation and acid reflux, but are medicines really necessary?

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Hypnotism

What do Franz Mesmer, James Braid, and The Professor from Gilligan's Island have in common?

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Health
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.
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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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