Kansas City, MO – As temperatures drop, health officials are warning about the increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is released when fuels like natural gas and wood are burned.
Randy Mayley is with the Missouri Department of Health and says furnaces and other heating sources that aren't working properly can increase exposure to carbon monoxide, and cause poisoning. He also says it's really hard to tell whether too much of the substance is present.
Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and several lawmakers from both parties are backing legislation next year to provide insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism.
The legislation would also require state-regulated group insurance plans to cover the costs of "Applied Behavioral Analysis" for up to $72,000 annually for children younger than 21 with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
GOP Senator Eric Schmidt of St. Louis County has a son with autism.
Kansas City Business Journal – A constitutional amendment included in a bill that's been filed this week would ban the use of public dollars for stem cell research in Missouri.
Cynthia Davis, a Missouri Representative from O'Fallon, filed the legislation this week.
It's similar to what interests groups, like the Missouri Roundtable for Life, have sought in the past. When that group tried to get its ballot initiative passed, Missouri auditor Susan Montee said the move would cost the state millions of dollars in economic opportunities.
Kansas City, MO – Truman Medical Center has opened a new diabetes clinic. The some million dollars needed to renovate space and relocate services comes from an allocation through the state's Medicaid program.
Dr. Lamont Weide is Chief of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Truman. He says diabetes, which occurs when the body doesn't produce or properly use insulin, is a growing problem.
Kansas City, MO – Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is in Kansas City this week meeting with area health and business leaders. Dr. Frieden was commissioner of the New York City Health Department before going to the CDC this past spring. KCUR's Elana Gordon caught up with him to discuss the current swine flu situation and some of the overall challenges and approaches to disease prevention.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Missouri Health Department is finally holding its first public H1N1 clinic this Wednesday. They'll be giving out some 2,000 doses of the vaccine, starting at 10am. The vaccine, however, will only be available to certain groups of people.
Topeka, KS – There's been a lot of talk about electronic health records in Washington as the health care debate continues. A group in Kansas is working to make electronic records a reality right here in the state.
Kansas City, MO – A major vote on a health care bill is scheduled this weekend in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Sam Graves, a Republican from Trenton Missouri, says he thinks the vote will be mighty close...but that the bill will likely fail. He says it's too costly, and that it's essentially the same legislation that sparked so much public outrage over the summer.
"It really hasn't changed," Graves said. "It's full of mandates, it's full of new taxes, and new regulation. I mentioned the cost, it's back over a trillion dollars."
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Missouri has received some 22,000 doses of the new swine flu vaccine. That's enough for about one in every 25 residents. The number will change as more of the vaccine becomes available. Even so, the initial shipments have been delayed and sporadic. And for parents of children with severe health issues, the quest for a vaccine has been all consuming.
Topeka, KS – A Kansas commission is pushing for closing a state facility for the developmentally disabled. Members of the Facilities Closure and Realignment Commission voted to recommend shuttering the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka, known as KNI.
Kansas City, MO – An overhaul of the nation's health care system could have major impacts at the state level. KCUR's Elana Gordon recently sat down with Kansas Insurance Commissioner and former Republican State Senator, Sandy Praeger, to talk about the potential effects of federal changes on the Sunflower state.
Topeka, KS – State health officials in Kansas are working on an electronic health records system, and they're likely going to get some federal help to do it. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has formed a group that will help plan how to set up a statewide health information exchange. KDHE spokesperson Kristi Pankratz says Kansans should see some changes that make health care a little simpler.
Kansas City, MO – More than a hundred health experts from across the region gathered at KU Medical Center yesterday, to assess the nation's health and develop future goals.
The meeting was the first of only three being held across the country as part of the Department of Health and Human Services ten year evaluation of key health indicators, like exercise and chronic disease rates.
The project is known as Healthy People, and also involves collecting public testimony online.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri is using 40 million stimulus dollars to expand health care training programs. The funding kicks in this semester and will train some 500 students for high demand health care jobs.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon told those at UMKC's dental school yesterday although hone in five Missouri workers are currently employed in the health care sector, the state is still experiencing shortages.
Topeka, Ks – Outbreaks of seasonal and swine flu continue to be widespread across Kansas, even as the first shipments of vaccine arrive in the state.
The Department of Health and Environment reports that there were 30 deaths from pneumonia or influenza out of 456 deaths in the state for the week ending Oct. 10, or about 6.6 percent. That's slightly higher than the national average of 6.5 percent for the preceding week.
Overall, 75 of the 105 Kansas counties had confirmed cases of swine flu.
Kansas City, MO – What if you could prevent as many as four out of every ten heart attacks and do it at almost no cost? That's the potential effect of laws that ban smoking in the workplace and public places, according to the Institute of Medicine.