Kansas City, MO – Kansas health officials say a Kansas City-area woman has died from swine flu, bringing the state's total of fatal H1N1 virus cases to seven.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday that the 50-year-old woman's death was reported to the department Tuesday afternoon. Laboratory tests had determined Oct. 5 that she had contracted the virus.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City has received its first shipment of swine flu vaccine. The Kansas City Health Department says 27-hundred doses of the nasal spray vaccine were sent to medical care providers.
Shipments of the injectable vaccine are expected in the next few weeks. The state health department said the mist version uses a live-virus formulation and is not appropriate for pregnant women, children under 2, or anyone with underlying health conditions, such as asthma.
Kansas City, MO – The Senate Finance Committee approved Senator Max Baucus' health care bill in a 14 to 9 vote this afternoon...but not with the support of Republican committee member Pat Roberts of Kansas.
Lawrence, KS – The University of Kansas is planning to offer both H1N1 and seasonal flu shots later this month.
The new H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine will be given to members of the KU community for free, beginning Friday, October 30th.
"For h1n1 we're basically having flu-shot Fridays, every Friday starting October 30th through December 4th, for people who are eligible in the KU community," said KU spokesman Todd Cohen. "The priority group includes all people 6 months through 24 years of age, which obviously includes college students."
Kansas City, MO – Former Republican Senator Bob Dole says Congress must move to overhaul the nation's health care system. Speaking at a local Blue Cross Blue Shield health summit , the Kansas native said health care is too important for partisan politics.
Dole: "Sometimes people just fight you to fight you. Not because of the merits of the bill but because they don't want the President to get any credit. Now you can do that, and I'm probably guilty of it. But you can't make a habit of it, and health care is one of those things. Now we've gotta do something."
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City based Cerner is collaborating with the U.S. Government on tracking swine flu. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement in Kansas City earlier this morning.
Speaking to some 6,000 employees at a Cerner Health Conference, Sebelius said the ability to better track disease outbreaks through the new H1N1 flu initiative will provide more information about the disease in real-time.
Kansas City, MO – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, finds that more and more communities across the country are reducing the availability of junk food in public middle and high schools.
Kansas and Missouri are part of that trend, but their progress is much less than most other states. Both are also ranked in the bottom quartile for their general school nutrition status.
Kansas City, MO – About 50 residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities gathered in Jefferson City Monday to kick off a statewide tour designed to recognize their rights and needs.
The tour will highlight rights possessed by long-term care residents, which include having a say in their treatment and filing complaints without fear of retaliation. State Health and Senior Services Director Margaret Donnelly says these rights are already embedded into state law.
Kansas City, MO – Beginning this month, several new food options will be available through Missouri WIC, or women infants and children programs. Officials say the move marks the most comprehensive change to nutrition guidelines in three decades and is designed to encourage breastfeeding.
Mothers will get enhanced food packages with more fruits and vegetables if they breastfeed their newborns for at least a month. Formula will also no longer be part of the standard package.
Kansas City, MO – College campuses can be hotbeds for the spread of viruses and infectious diseases. So, many universities across country are taking extra steps to prepare for possible H1N1 outbreaks. For one, they're advising students on how to prevent its transmission.
But one area researcher says getting college students to really take precautions, like washing hands before eating, requires some creativity ... and even a willingness to be ....well ... a little gross.
Topeka, KS – A Kansas commission is looking at possibly closing one or both of the state's two institutions for the mentally and developmentally disabled. Yesterday at the statehouse, the commission heard comments from those who might be affected. KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda has more.
Kansas City, MO – Area business, health, and community leaders kicked of a campaign yesterday aimed at helping Kansas City residents increase their physical activity, eat better, and reduce their exposure to tobacco.
Called "Building a Healthier Heartland," the campaign will coordinate various health initiatives across the region over the next couple years.
Health Department Director Rex Archer says the efforts will take a wide-scale approach.
Salina, KS – The Kansas Health Policy Authority has to cut two million dollars from its budget next year to meet the budget targets set by the governor. The agency's board has endorsed a three-step plan to do just that.
More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.
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Topeka, KS – Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback has weighed in on President Obama's health care speech to Congress Wednesday night.
Brownback says he believes the President focused too much on getting government involved in health care.
"I thought this was really going to be a chance of sorts to set the reset button and put out theories of ideas that were bipartisan, or a real process that could engage a bipartisan proposal," Brownback said. "Instead, he really seemed to move to the left."
Kansas City, MO – Last night, President Barack Obama stood before a joint session of congress to map out his plans for overhauling the nation's health care system. Meanwhile, KCUR's Elana Gordon caught up with some Medical students - who will most definitely be impacted by whatever happens in Washington - to find out their views on the President's speech and how they see the debate over health care affecting their lives and futures as medical professionals.
Kansas City, MO and Springfield, MO – This week, Congress is scheduled to reconvene, and take up what's been an extremely contentious issue this summer: health care. Over the past few weeks, area congressional offices and events have been the target of protests and rallies. KCUR's Elana Gordon and KSMU's Missy Shelton take a look back at some of those events, where hundreds, even thousands, of people turned out across the region to voice their opinions, ask questions, and in some cases disrupt meetings.
Kansas City, MO – Enrolling in Medicaid and SCHIP in Kansas will soon get a lot easier.
The state is one of thirteen places to receive a federal grant to upgrade their computer systems and improve the overall enrollment process.
"It'll make it easier for us to process applications as they come in," said Peter Hancock with the Kansas Health Policy authority, which oversees the state's Medicaid program. "We're dealing with a very antiquated system."