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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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Health
12:32 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Area Hospitals Soon To Be Penalized For High Readmissions Rates

KU Hospital started piloting regular "huddles" within departments last year, to try and better coordinate patient care and the discharge process. The hospital is one of several in the area that will soon face fines for high readmissions rates.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Starting October 1, hospitals that fail to meet certain quality measures will get less funding from Medicare.

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Health
5:12 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

State Fines Aetna Over Autism, Abortion Coverage Violations

Aetna violated a 2001 state law when it provided coverage for contraceptives without allowing employers to opt out.
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The Missouri Department of Insurance has issued its largest penalty to date, to health insurance company, Aetna. 

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Health
9:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Blue Cross Plan To Be The Benchmark In Kansas

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The Kansas Insurance Department says a Blue Cross plan should set the standard for essential health benefits for all individual and small group health plans sold on the coming exchange in Kansas. 

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Health
5:19 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

New Rule Requires Simple Explanation Of Health Coverage

Insurers are now required to provide consumers a summary, in plain English, of the coverage and costs in their health plans.

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Central Standard
4:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Why Do We Dream?

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On Monday’s Central Standard, a look into dreams with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese.

We’ll learn about the history of dream research and analysis. Plus, we’ll explore lucid dreaming, or dreaming when you know you’re dreaming.

GUEST:
Dr. Bruce Liese, KU Family Medicine

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Making Divorce Better For Children

SteadyHealth.com

Even with rates falling, divorce is still a common occurrence in the United States, yet have we gotten any better at putting ourselves, and our children, through the process?

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Up To Date
2:36 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

KU Study: Role Of Rural Living In Obesity

The Land Report

A common picture of the country life includes living in open spaces and eating food fresh from the farm.

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Up to Date
5:03 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Study Shows Health Care Disparities In Missouri LGBT Community

Illustration by Tracey O’Donnell

If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered Missourian your chances of finding and getting the same level of health care as the rest of the state are significantly reduced.

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Health
1:36 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

New Report Says LGBT Missourians Less Healthy Than General Population

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians have less access to healthcare and tend to be less healthy than the general population. That’s according to a new report by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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Central Standard
9:26 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Death & Dying

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I know it’s a beautiful summer day outside, and you’re busy thinking of a million things you have planned for the coming week, but sometimes, we have to step outside the day to day for a deeper discussion about what it means to be human, to be alive.

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Health
4:54 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Norovirus Behind School Closure in Kansas

Norovirus particles seen using transmission electron microscopy.
CDC/Charles D. Humphrey

Kansas health officials say the outbreak of nausea and diarrhea that closed a suburban Kansas City elementary school last week was caused by norovirus.

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Health
9:18 am
Mon August 20, 2012

School Lunches Get Healthier

A new federal act mandates that schoolchildren be served healthier meals.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

Kansas school children may not notice the changes, but they'll be eating healthier meals at the school cafeterias. K-State nutritionist Sandy Proctor says that's because of the federal "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act."

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Health
4:24 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Health Care Exchange Ballot Language Debated

Arguments were heard on Friday about whether a temporary restraining order should be issued against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over language she approved for a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges. 

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Health
4:04 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Charges Dropped Against Planned Parenthood

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kan.
AP file photo

Prosecutors in Kansas have dropped all remaining criminal charges against Planned Parenthood.

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Up to Date
10:04 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Wake Up, Kids! Children, Sleep, & School

Is your teen falling asleep in class? Chances are they're not getting enough rest at home.
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What teenager hasn't slept in until Noon on a weekend?

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Health
3:20 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Johnson County Elementary School Closed Due To Illness

Rosehill Elementary School, in Lenexa, Kan. is closed after numerous people went home Wednesday because of a mystery illness.
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A suburban Kansas City elementary school will remain closed until Monday due to an as-yet-undetermined gastro-intestinal illness.

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Health
5:40 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Interactive Map: Region Continues To Battle Whooping Cough Outbreak

Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, head of infectious disease at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Area health officials are cautioning that whooping cough, which notably broke out in Johnson County this past spring, continues to be a problem throughout the Kansas City region. 

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Health
5:40 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Six Things To Know About Medicaid In Kansas And Missouri

Ryan Barker (l) directs health policy at the Missouri Foundation for Health. Scott Brunner (r) is a senior analyst with the Kansas Health Institute and former state Medicaid director.
Courtesy of Scott Brunner and Ryan Barker.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the federal health law, we’ll be hearing a lot more about one of its key aspects: Medicaid. 

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Up to Date
11:04 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The Cultural History Of Flab

Peter Paul Rubens' "The Three Graces" (1639) shows women of a more typical size than those just two centuries later.
Museo del Prado, Madrid

We crave its taste but not its look.  What’s up with our love-hate relationship with fat?

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Health
2:45 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Back-To-School Rush: Health Department Expands Vaccine Clinic

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Health officials in Kansas City, Mo. are bracing for the annual back-to-school “rush” of parents and children coming in for needed immunizations before school begins.

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Kansas Health
1:24 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

KanCare: Ready Or Not?

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Less than five months from now, the Kansas Medicaid program is scheduled to convert to a privatized system.

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Health
1:51 am
Tue August 7, 2012

'Dog Days' Community Workout Heats Up In Lawrence

Elana Gordon KCUR

It’s the "Dog Days" of summer, and an unseasonably hot one at that.

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Up to Date
5:17 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Parents, Teens & The Transition To High School

Going back to school after a long summer is tough for many students, but even more difficult for those moving from middle to high school.  

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Health
4:30 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Medicare Recipients Urged To Guard Against Phone Scam

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State officials are warning Kansas senior citizens not to fall for a telephone scam aimed at Medicare beneficiaries. 

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Central Standard
3:32 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

The Secret Lives Of Secrets

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On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at the psychological implications of the secrets we keep. Are all secrets created equal?

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Health
1:15 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Kansas Medicaid Sessions Wrap Up In Overland Park Today

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Kansas health officials have been touring the state this week, holding public education sessions on a plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.

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4:52 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

World Moves Forward In Battle Against HIV & AIDS

The world has reached a defining moment in the battle against HIV and AIDS.   The battle cry coming from the just-completed 19th International Aids Conference : We now have the potential to end the epidemic.

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