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KCUR News
2:18 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Nixon Urges Lawmakers to Make Certain Cold Medicines Available Only By Prescription

Springfield, Missouri – With methamphetamine lab busts on the rise in Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon is calling on lawmakers to make certain cold medicines available only by prescription. The idea is to limit access to pseudoephedrine, a key meth ingredient. Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday to discuss the proposal. KSMU's Missy Shelton was there and files this report.
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Health
1:32 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Confusing Labeling on Liquid Medications Could Put Kids At Risk

St. Louis, Missouri – A new study led by the New York University School of Medicine has shown that the directions on over-the-counter liquid medications for kids aren't what they should be. And as St. Louis Public Radio's Veronique LaCapra reports, that could mean kids aren't getting the right dose.
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KCUR News
1:26 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Cancer Overtakes Heart Disease As Number 1 Killer In Kansas

Topkea, KS – Cancer is now the leading cause of death in Kansas...even though cancer rates have been going down. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains.
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For almost 90 years, heart disease has been the number one cause of death in Kansas. But the 2009 annual summary of vital statistics, which was just released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, now lists cancer as the leading killer.

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KCUR News
1:24 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

With Insurance Exchanges, Who Needs Agents?

Topkea, KS – Insurance agents serve as a link between consumers and insurance companies. Some agents are worried that their role may disappear when the nation's new health care law takes full effect in 2014. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.
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2014 is when people who don't have group coverage through large employers will begin buying health insurance through a new web based system of exchanges.

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KCUR News
12:09 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Lowered Costs, Better Care Possible: Medicare Chief Visits KC

Kansas City, MO – Major problems exist when it comes to health in the U.S...whether it be fragmented care or preventable diseases. That's according to Dr. Donald Berwick, head of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Berwick shared these concerns with area health leaders on a stop in Kansas City yesterday. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, Dr. Berwick said major improvements are also possible right now.

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KCUR News
1:59 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Cruzan Story Resonates Twenty Years Later

KCUR Arts
10:53 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Reaching Out to Uninsured Artists

Because many artists are self-employed or work jobs that don't provide insurance, they often fall through the cracks when it comes to health care.

Kansas City, MO – Because many artists are self-employed or work jobs that don't provide insurance, they often fall through the cracks when it comes to health care. With the recent overhaul in the nation's health care system, by 2014, most Americans are required to have health insurance or face a fine. A national organization has a goal of insuring every artist, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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KCUR News
3:11 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Asthma Initiative Targets Child Care Centers

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Missouri Health Department has launched a new initiative to curb asthma attacks among kids. Last year, the health problem accounted for more than 3,000 childhood hospitalizations in the city.

Nationwide, about one in ten kids have asthma.

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KCUR News
12:22 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

KHPA Slowly Clears Away Medicaid Application Backlog

Topkea, KS – The Kansas Health Policy Authority is continuing to chip away at a backlog of applications for the Medicaid program.

Last month there were more than 17,000 applications that had been waiting at least 45 days. That's down by about 2,000 applications from the month before.

Overall, however, the system is still pretty jammed. New and old applications combined, the backlog reached a peak of about 33,000 in October.

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KCUR News
5:30 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

MO Lawmakers Scrutinize State Medicaid Structure

Jefferson City, MO – Some Missouri lawmakers are questioning the way Medicaid benefits are doled out.

Currently, three state agencies -- The departments of Social Services, Health and Senior Services, and Mental Health -- disperse the bulk of Medicaid payments to clients.

Ryan Silvey of Gladstone, the incoming House Budget Committee chair, says that may have to change.

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KCUR News
12:27 pm
Fri November 12, 2010

Sebelius in Wichita: 'Health Centers Serve Growing Need'

Wichita, KS – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Wichita yesterday for a first-hand look at a community health center. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports.

 

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KCUR News
8:43 am
Thu November 11, 2010

UMKC Expands Medical Residency Programs

Simon Khagi, a fourth year medical student at UMKC, does a physical examination on Carolyn Gordon during clinic at Truman Medical Centers.
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Kansas City, MO – The University of Missouri-Kansas City will soon be training more doctors.

The school of medicine has received a nearly four million dollar grant through the recently passed federal health law to expand its residency programs. The funding will add two additional training slots to the school's family medicine and internal medicine programs.

Dr. Todd Shaffer directs the residency program for family medicine. He says the new residents will do some of their training at nearby rural hospitals.

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KCUR News
3:31 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Lax Oversight Cited At Bannister Federal Complex

Kansas City, MO – A new audit has found the General Services Administration [GSA] failed to manage health and environmental concerns at the bannister federal complex.

GSA has field offices and a daycare there. The facility also houses a manufacturing plant for nuclear bomb parts. Some of those plant workers have gotten cancer from previously being exposed to contaminants like beryllium.

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KCUR News
11:10 am
Tue November 9, 2010

First Flu Cases Of The Season Confirmed In Kansas

Topkea, KS – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed the first two cases of influenza in Kansas this season. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

 

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KCUR News
11:33 am
Sun November 7, 2010

Missourians Among Most Likely to Smoke

Kansas City, MO – New Public Health Data shows Missourians are among the most likely Americans to smoke.

The state ranks fifth in the country for its adult smoking rate, according to new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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KCUR News
3:37 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

Kansas Hospital Care Ranks Below-Average

Lawrence, KS – Most Kansas hospitals are not making the grade, according to an annual survey. The national hospital monitoring service called "Health Grades" says the state's hospitals are in the bottom tier compared with other states.

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KCUR News
9:51 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Sebelius Wants Insurers To Issue Policies For Children

Salina, KS – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is calling on states to do what they can to make sure that insurance is available for children with pre-existing health conditions.

Health
1:01 pm
Tue October 12, 2010

Health Care Reform: Fact, Myth, and Political Whipping Post

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KCUR News
11:55 am
Tue October 12, 2010

Bioscience Authority Commits $9 Million to KU Cancer Center

Salina, KS – The Kansas Bioscience Authority has pledged more than $9 million over the next five years to bring five prominent cancer researchers to the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

KCUR News
11:59 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Junk Food Diet Leads to Surprising Results

Kansas City, MO – People often point the finger at high fat or sugar laden foods like Twinkies, potato chips, and fried pickles for weight gain. But Kansas State University nutrition professor Mark Haub has had a different experience over the past five weeks. He's made himself a human guinea pig for a junk food diet and lost 17 pounds.

Professor Haub spoke with KCUR's Maria Carter about what's he's been eating and some of the surprising health effects.

 

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KCUR News
11:29 am
Wed October 6, 2010

Kansas Medicaid Program Experiences Record Enrollment

Kansas City, MO – The state of Kansas is experiencing a record enrollment in its Medicaid program.

As of this summer, about 290,000 Kansans were signed up. That's more than the state's ever had on the rolls before.

The increase is highlighted in a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. It looked at Medicaid trends across the country over the past decade.

It found that enrollment increased in every state between December 2008 and 2009.

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KCUR News
1:41 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

More Support Available for Missourians with Developmental Disabilities

Jefferson City, MO – Some Missourians with developmental disabilities will now be able to receive services while living at home, thanks to a new county, state and federal partnership.

The program will provide up to $12,000 per year per person for 470 disabled Missourians in 37 counties, including several in the Kansas City region.

Roger Garlich, with the State Department of Mental Health, says the program includes about 18 services.

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KCUR News
2:01 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Missouri Cold Database Goes Online

Springfield, MO – As of today (Tuesday), pharmacies across Missouri will have access to a new, computerized system to tell them if a customer has reached a legal limit of purchasing pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is found in many cold medicines; it's also a key ingredient in making methamphetamine.

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KCUR News
5:17 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Regional Health Information Exchange Gets One Million to Move Forward

Kansas City, MO – Local health providers are one step closer to sharing medical records with one another electronically.

For about two years, health agencies from across the metro have been working on a way to securely access and transfer patient health information. The local group heading the project recently received about a million dollars from area foundations to establish the electronic infrastructure to do this.

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KCUR News
12:50 am
Sun September 26, 2010

New Pre-Existing Condition Program Gets Slim Response

Kansas City, MO – High risk insurance pools are designed to cover people with preexisting health conditions who can't get coverage. Missouri recently launched a new pool, subsidized under the recently passed federal health law. The program could apply to upwards of 150,000 residents, but not many are signing up so far.

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Carolen Collins says she didn't think finding insurance would be such a problem when she decided to take early retirement from KU hospital two years ago.

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KCUR News
11:47 am
Mon September 20, 2010

New Health Law Provisions Take Effect This Week

Kansas City, MO – The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law six months ago. Ron Pollack, head of the consumer advocacy group, Families USA, recently visited Kansas City to discuss the details of the legislation. Pollack, who's been deeply involved in developing and supporting the law, told KCUR's Elana Gordon that several of its provisions are already taking effect - many of which begin this week.

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KCUR News
11:25 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Local Businesses Brace for Health Care Changes

Kansas City, MO – Small businesses throughout Kansas City are bracing for changes under the federal health law.

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KCUR News
10:15 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Telemedicine Gets Boost

Kansas City, MO – Leaders of a new telemedicine initiative are hoping to expand the use of the technology in rural areas where doctors and other specialists are difficult to access.

The virtual Heartland Telehealth Resource Center will help doctors and other providers get started with video-conferencing and other telemedicine technologies.

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KCUR News
8:57 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Flu Vaccine Now Available...Everywhere

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's flu vaccine clinic opens today. This time last year, health officials were prioritizing shots for people based on certain health and age criteria. They were also grappling with a shortage of the H1N1 vaccine.

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KCUR News
10:03 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Stem Cell Ruling Puts Research Projects in Flux

Kansas City, MO – After a U.S. court issued an injunction last week on federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research, a handful of research projects in Kansas and Missouri are in flux.

The Obama administration is appealing the decision, but for now, it means more than $50 million in future funding for projects involving human embryonic stem cells has been frozen.

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