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3:46 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Feds Deem Health Insurance Rate Hike Unreasonable

Six months after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began reviewing proposed rate increases by health insurance plans, it’s deemed its first rate hike in Missouri to be unreasonable.

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Health
3:23 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Nixon Calls For Restored Funding Of Services For Visually Impaired

Governor Nxion meets with people outside Services for Independent Living in Columbia, Missouri.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Gov. Jay Nixon is calling on the Missouri House to restore health care funding for blind people after a committee voted last week to cut the program from next year’s budget.

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Central Standard
9:42 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Economic Dignity, Health Screenings

Pastor DeForest “Buster” Soaries

Today on Central Standard, a look at the role of faith based organizing in restoring economic dignity to the neighborhoods that need it most.

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Health, Influenza, Flu
10:44 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Flu Season Picks Up, Vaccine Still Available

The nation's midsection is a hot spot for influenza right now, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there’s still time to be protected by a flu shot.

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Health
12:28 am
Thu March 8, 2012

How Fast Food Found A Home In One Hospital

McDonalds at Truman Medical Center
Elana Gordon KCUR

Truman Medical Center is on the front lines of health care in Kansas City.  The safety-net hospital treated nearly 100,000 patients last year.  But lately, hospital leaders have been trying to figure out ways to prevent people from getting sick and becoming patients in the first place.  CEO John Bluford has been waging a wellness campaign, promoting better nutrition and battling junk food. 

So what’s a McDonald's doing right inside a main hospital entrance?

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Central Standard
1:22 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Ego & Self-Esteem

How did you develop a clearly defined sense of yourself?
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On this Central Standard, we get to know a hungry ghost with a gigantic tummy: your ego.

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Up to Date
12:51 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

When Someone You Love Has A Chronic Illness

Every individual will face it at one time or another during their lifetime: a chronic illness affecting them, a family member or a close friend.

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Health
3:50 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Lawmakers Could Take Action To Slow Brownback’s Medicaid Plan

Gov. Brownback's Medicaid plan would create privatized managed-care programs with the goal of improving patient outcomes and cutting costs.
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Legislators could soon take action aimed at slowing Governor Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul Medicaid in Kansas.

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Health
12:35 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Five Companies Submit Bids For Kansas Medicaid Privatization

Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer

Kansas has received bids from five private managed care organizations seeking a share of the Kansas Medicaid program.

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Up to Date
3:04 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Former Congressman Dennis Moore On Alzheimer's Diagnosis

He served 12 years as a district attorney and 12 years as a member of Congress. Now, former U.S. Representative Dennis Moore is focusing his energies on another battle close to home: Alzheimer’s.

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Health
10:24 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

More Free Clinics Request Patient Donations

The Kansas City Free Health Clinic recently posted a sign on its door, requesting patients give a $10 donation with their visit.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Free health clinics have long been caring for people who have no health coverage and limited resources to pay for private care.  That’s why services are free.  Well, mostly.

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Central Standard
2:27 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

The Psychology Of Eating

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On this Central Standard, we explore what happens to our brains on food. Have you ever wondered what goes on when you lie in bed, thinking about that late night snack?

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Health
6:48 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Sebelius Touts Electronic Medical Records During Visit

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius [4th from left] touted the benefits of health information technology during a panel at Metropolitan Community College's Health Science Institute.
Elana Gordon KCUR

The health industry comprises nearly one fifth of the nation’s GDP, but up until recently, relied mostly on paper files.

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Health Slideshow
2:59 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Video: Sebelius To Visit College's Virtual Hospital

Melissa Trybom hooks up MCC's simulation lab.
Elana Gordon KCUR

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Kansas City today, drawing attention to developments in health information technology.

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Health
5:15 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Birth Control Restriction Bill Passes Out Of Senate Committee

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A State Senate committee has passed legislation that would allow employers in Missouri to refuse insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations – that is, if providing coverage for those services would violate the employer’s religious beliefs.

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Harvest Public Media
11:41 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Assessing The Additives

Jill Lucht, of Columbia, Mo., reads the ingredient lists on the food in her refrigerator.
Jessica Naudziunas Harvest Public Media

Pick up your favorite packaged food and read the ingredient list. If you stumbled over any of the words or a color jumped out at you, you might be looking at what’s known as a food additive.

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Up To Date
11:00 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

The Ingredients In The Food We Eat

Christi Nielsen

NOTE: Audio is unavailable from today's show. We apologize for the technical difficulties.

Consumers are getting smarter about the food they eat.  We know to check labels for the levels of sodium and saturated fat, and that "high fructose corn syrup" is still sugar.   Most of us hit a wall though when it comes to ingredients such as malodextrin, flavonoids and silicon dioxide.  What are these ingredients found in the  foods we eat and drink

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Health
9:07 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Cerner Sees Record Growth

Cerner CEO, Neal Patterson, speaking at the company's annual conference last fall.
Elana Gordon KCUR

2011 was a big year for Cerner. The North Kansas City-based health IT company, which employs more than 6,000 people in the region, brought in record profits and sales, according its year-end earnings report released today.

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Harvest Public Media
9:08 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Selling Doctors On Rural Communities

Dr. Dan Shuman moved his practice to rural Ashland, Kan., in part because he is encouraged to take time off for missionary work.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Recruiting doctors to small towns is a chronic problem. Most places try to lure a physician by rolling out the red carpet with a big salary, a home on a golf course or other cushy perks.

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Health
7:37 am
Mon January 30, 2012

High Speed Health: What Google Fiber Could Mean For Health Care

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.

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Transportation
6:01 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Bike Rentals Wheel Into KC

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. 

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Health
1:55 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Board Suspends All Health Exchange Activity

MHIP's main office in Jefferson City.
Elana Gordon KCUR

The use of about $27 million in federal funds to help create a health insurance exchange in Missouri has come to a complete halt. 

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Health
1:01 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Young Constituents Propose Official State Exercise

Missouri could soon have an official state exercise. Backers of a bill in the Missouri House say an official exercise could help keep kids active and fight childhood obesity.

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Up to Date
5:10 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Parents, Teens, & ADHD

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.

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Up To Date
1:33 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

ALS Research Discoveries Hold Promise; Drug Shortages Cause Scares

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.

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Health
10:48 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Local Company Launches Health Exchange (Sort Of)

Billboards advertising a "KC Exchange" have been popping up around downtown.
Elana Gordon KCUR

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. 

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Health
7:34 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Longtime Mental Health Leader Retires

For many decades, David Wiebe has been at the forefront of mental health care in the Kansas City region, helping shape the community mental health system that exists in Kansas today.

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Harvest Public Media
8:44 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Health Group Pushes Farmers To Reduce Antibiotic Use

Gail Hanson, a veterinarian with the Pew Research Center, says the feed Jeremy Gustafson feeds to his hogs contains antibiotics.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

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.

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Health
6:44 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Tissue Holder Recalled from Overland Park Bed, Bath & Beyond

At some point, a customer may have purchased a metal tissue holder containing low levels of radiation from the Bed, Beth & Beyond at 12035 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.

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Health
10:25 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Multiple Tobacco Tax Petitions Approved For Circulation

Bigstock.com

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. 

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