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5:14 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Health Services Expand In Johnson And Miami Counties

Marina Roman stopped by Health Partnership of Johnson County for the first time today. Roman is without health insurance and hopes to see a doctor soon.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Health services for uninsured and underinsured people in Johnson and Miami counties just got a major boost.

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Up to Date
5:26 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

The Clock Is Ticking: Surviving A Stroke

Would you be able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? If you can, you may be able to save someone’s life.

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Health
9:25 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Kansas Medicaid Hearing Draws Extensive Criticism

About 200 people turned out to an additional public hearing in Wichita on the administration's plan to overhaul the Medicaid system in Kansas.
Bryan Thompson KPR

A crowd of more than 200 people packed a hearing room in Wichita Monday to sound-off about Governor Sam Brownback's plan to privatize the state's Medicaid system.

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Health
3:37 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Area Hospitals Intensify Patient Safety Efforts

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Nationwide, about one in twenty patients will contract a hospital associated infection, leading to tens of thousands of deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

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Health
3:35 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Kansas Increases Staff to Investigate Suspected Elder Abuse

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has launched a new campaign to stop elder abuse.  SRS is also beefing-up efforts to identify cases of abuse among disabled adults.

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Health
11:01 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Child Obesity Linked To Poor Math Performance

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Researchers at the University of Missouri found a link between childhood obesity and poor math performance. The study, released Thursday in the journal Child Development, monitored 6,250 children from the time they were in kindergarten until fifth grade.

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Health
5:12 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Awarding Process For State Contracts Under Scrutiny

A new temporary committee has been created in the Missouri House to examine how the Governor’s Office of Administration awards government contracts. 

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Health
12:56 am
Wed June 13, 2012

For Pets Of Domestic Violence Victims, A New Shelter From Danger

"Hank," a 4 foot 2 inch Great Dane, gets a kiss from his owner. The two inspired Rose Brooks to build a pet shelter to better accommodate others in similar situations.

One of Kansas City’s main domestic violence agencies is opening a new shelter today. But it's not for women. At least not the human kind.

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Health
3:10 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Mayor, Chamber Leader Put Weight In Personal And Public Spotlight

Kansas City Mayor Sly James (left) and local Chamber of Commerce CEO Jim Heeter (right) faced off at Seasons 52 on the Plaza yesterday for a four month weight loss competition. The two are also good friends.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James knows that when he’s in better shape, he’s more productive and less stressed out. And he recognizes the weight, so to speak, of having a better diet and getting exercise regularly.

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Up to Date
10:35 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right For You

Making the right medical choices is harder than ever. We are overwhelmed by information from all sides: doctors' recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, statistics, the advice of friends, and a never-ending stream of drug company ads.

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Health
3:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Coming To A Missouri Ballot This Fall: Another Health Care Referendum

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This fall, voters in Missouri will face a number of decisions: picking state and congressional representatives, the President.  But also on the ballot will be a measure that like two years ago, has to do with the federal health law. 

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Health
6:41 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Wyandotte County Continues To Battle Low Health Status

Note cards used during a group exercise at a community meeting last week about health issues in Wyandotte County.

That Wyandotte County is grappling with some major health issues is no secret.  It’s ranked one of the least healthy regions in Kansas, and findings from a recent health assessment reaffirm the challenges:

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Mon June 4, 2012

What Your Story Says About You

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You know the phrase "that’s my story and I’m sticking to it?" Don’t! On this Monday's Central Standard, learn how changing the way you tell your story can help free you from your past.

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Health
11:50 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Charity Care Up At Missouri Hospitals

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Charity care at Missouri hospitals has been on the rise in recent years, and urban and rural hospitals are handling this increase differently.  

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Shots - Health Blog
9:54 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Psychiatric Manual May Soon Include 'Gambling Disorder'

Problem gambling could be labeled a psychiatric disorder before long.
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Can someone actually be hooked on a behavior, like gambling?

Problem gambling isn't considered a true addiction in medical circles. But that may change as psychiatrists revise the diagnostic manual that spells out criteria for more than a dozen varieties of mental disorders.

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Up to Date
9:26 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Parents, Teens & Graduation

Students move into Duke University dorms in the 1960s. Was it any easier for their parents?
Repository : Duke University Archives. Durham, North Carolina, USA

The class of 2012 may be excited to move on, but to what exactly? Recent high school graduates are facing some big challenges.

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Central Standard
9:09 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Let's Move: Childhood Obesity Prevention In KC's Urban Core

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Historically Black Americans have marched for freedom and ran the long race for equality. In modern times there is a different race to be ran, a literal movement to be undertaken and that’s keeping pace with personal health, running the race against time itself.

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Health
11:13 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Johnson County Works To Contain Whooping Cough Outbreak

Pamphlets about whooping cough, on display inside Johnson County's vaccine clinic in Olathe.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Johnson County, Kansas is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak. It's not as bad as in Washington State, where they’ve declared an epidemic of the disease.  But health workers and schools in the region have been taking extra steps to get a handle on the disease.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:57 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

MIT Builds A Needle-Free Drug Injector

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Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 12:58 pm

The needle and syringe are icons of modern medicine.

But a device developed at MIT to squirt medicines quickly and pretty much painlessly through the skin suggests that the future of medicine could be needle-free.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:48 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Call For Emergency Action On Polio Eradication

A Pakistani man wheels Jamshid, an 8-year-old girl with polio, around the outskirts of the capital Islamabad last July.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 1:04 pm

The drive to wipe polio from the face of the earth is in jeopardy.

Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the only three countries left where poliovirus remains endemic. But work to put the paralyzing virus on the ropes there is in danger of failing. Cases in all three countries jumped last year.

Weak public health systems, armed conflicts and corruption have hurt vaccination efforts. Now leading public health officials have proposed an emergency plan of action to get things back on track..

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Health
12:50 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Nutrition Issues To Take Stage At McDonald's Meeting

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A corporate watchdog group that recently sent letters to 22 hospitals, including Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, asking them to oust McDonald’s restaurants from their campuses, is now taking its fast food plight directly to restaurant shareholders.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:20 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Health Think Tank Crunches Health Prices For The Masses

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Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 8:06 am

It turns out we may not know nearly as much about all the money spent on health care in the U.S. as we thought we did.

But there's a new group that wants to, well, remedy that.

The problem, Martin Gaynor, chairman of the Health Care Cost Institute, told Shots, is that "two-thirds of the population has private [health] insurance, but most of the information comes from Medicare."

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Health
6:09 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Cerner Projects Massive Growth Over Next Decade

Founder and CEO, Neal Patterson, speaking at Cerner's annual shareholder's conference.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Cerner, the $2.2 billion local medical software company that experienced record growth last year, now says it expects revenues to more than double, or triple, over the next decade. 

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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Insurers Paid $479 Million In Claims For Dog Bites Last Year

Matthew Weins of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles, works with Daisy on a demonstration aimed at showing that even small dogs can jump high to bite.
Damian Dovarganes AP

With National Dog Bite Prevention Week set to start Saturday, the Insurance Information Institute wants Americans to know that:

-- Insurers paid $479 million in home owner insurance claims involving dog bites last year, up 16.1 percent from the year before.

-- The number of such claims rose 3.3 percent, to 16,292.

-- The average cost per claim grew by 12.3 percent from the year before, to $29,296.

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Central Standard
1:09 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Swimming for Health and Fitness

Photo by Tomeka Weatherspoon

Local triathlete John Aust discusses fitness swimming, pool rehab and working in aquatics at UMKC's Swinney Recreation Center.

Plus, hear from a married couple that's been coming to Swinney for well over a decade. Almost as long as they've been retired.

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Central Standard
7:31 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Swimming & Pools

Photo by Tomeka Weatherspoon

On Thursday’s Central Standard, it’s the final chapter in our three part series on how we seek out water. Part one was fountains. Then, we looked to local lakes and rivers. Now, we’re going to explore a childhood classic: swimming pools. Well, swimming and pools.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:39 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Buyers Of Hyped Skechers 'Toning Shoes' Can Get Refunds

An ad that featured Brooke Burke touting Shape-ups as the latest way to burn off calories and make muscles stronger was cited by the Federal Trade Commission.
FTC

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 1:49 pm

No more ifs, ands or butts about the claims that Skechers USA made for its goofy-looking toning shoes.

The company has agreed to pay $40 million to settle claims that it deceived customers by saying its Shape-ups shoes would help people who wore them shed pounds and tone their abs, buttocks and legs, the Federal Trade Commission said.

The FTC alleged there's no evidence the Skechers shoes would do a better job by those measures than regular old gym shoes.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:49 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

You May Be Among The Things That Go Bump In The Night

She's not alone.
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To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure I've ever walked in my sleep. There's a family story that I'd like to label fiction about a somnolent bathroom run that ended in a closet. But if it ever happened, I don't remember it.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:43 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Cost Of Cancer Pills Can Be Hard For Medicare Patients To Swallow

Taking a pill for cancer can cost patients more than getting chemotherapy by IV.
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If you've got cancer, chances are you'd rather take a pill to fight the cancer cells than sit for hours hooked up to an IV line as the chemotherapy drips slowly into you.

The difficulty is, many of the new cancer pills, which often target cancer cells for destruction but leave healthy cells intact, are pricey, costing tens of thousands of dollars for a course of treatment. And how some insurers pay for treatments means that pills can wind up costing a patient more than chemotherapy given by IV.

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Up to Date
9:38 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

After Arizona Or Florida: Aging 'In Place'

With the first of the Baby Boom generation reaching the milestone of mid-life, the number of Americans in or nearing retirement age is both unprecedented and expanding.

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