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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.