Health

KCUR News
10:26 am
Tue January 11, 2011

$2 Million Study Examines Tobacco Use in Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri – The Missouri Foundation for Health is providing close to $2 million dollars to fund a state-wide survey of tobacco use and its health effects. The largest adult health study ever conducted in the state will reach more than 52,000 Missourians.

The year-long study is a follow-up to a similar one conducted in 2007.

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KCUR News
10:23 am
Tue January 11, 2011

$2 Million Study Examines Tobacco Use in Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri – The Missouri Foundation for Health is providing close to $2 million dollars to fund a state-wide survey of tobacco use and its health effects. The largest adult health study ever conducted in the state will reach more than 52,000 Missourians.

The year-long study is a follow-up to a similar one conducted in 2007.

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KCUR News
7:18 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Missouri Starts Licensing Therapists Under New Autism Law

Kansas City, MO – Missouri's autism insurance mandate takes effect this month. The law requires insurance companies to cover autism therapies for children. The state's gearing up to license therapists to do the work, but as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, that process is just getting underway.
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Missouri's new law requires state-regulated insurance companies to cover up to $40,000 a year in an intensive therapy, called applied behavioral analysis (ABA), for children up to the age of 18.

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KCUR News
5:48 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Few Kansas Nursing Homes Deficiency-Free

Prairie Village, KS – For more than a decade, the non-profit Kansas Advocates for Better Care, or KABC, has released an annual report detailing the best and worst performing nursing homes in the state. The findings are based on state inspections over a three year period (the inspections occur once every 12 to 15 months).

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KCUR News
4:29 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Protecting Newborns: Region Highlights Safe Haven Laws

Kansas City, MO – Safe Haven laws are designed to protect abandoned newborns from harm or death. Both Missouri and Kansas have had laws on the books for several years. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, local children's advocates worry the statutes may be underused.
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Safe Haven laws allow parents to safely turn over a newborn without fear of prosecution.

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KCUR News
3:14 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Brownback Names Heads of KDHE, SRS

Topkea, KS – Governor-elect Sam Brownback today named his choices to head two health and human services agencies.

Dr. Robert Moser will head the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Moser currently works at the University of Kansas School of Medicine's Wichita branch. Before that he worked with Greeley County Health Services.

Moser says one of his priorities will be focusing on preventative medicine.

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KCUR News
8:43 am
Tue December 28, 2010

Army Boot Camp Embraces New-Age Fitness

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During the past decade, the U.S. Army has faced what it regards as a serious internal threat: young recruits entering in terrible shape.

In a radical shift, the Army is overhauling the way it trains, cares for and feeds new soldiers.

So, as fad workouts increasingly borrow Army terms like "boot camp," actual basic training is starting to look a bit like a new-age fitness camp but with harsh words, severe haircuts and fire arms.

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KCUR News
12:33 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

KC Gets Infusion of Free Flu Shots To Combat Vaccine Disparities

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Missouri is getting an infusion of free flu vaccines this winter - 20,000 to be exact. And, they're being directed towards people who may be less likely to get the shot.

Walgreens recently donated the shots to help reduce vaccine disparities.

Captain Jose Belardo is Acting Regional Health Administrator with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - he's overseeing the initiative.

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KCUR News
1:59 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Caring For Kids With Life-Threatening Illnesses

Kansas City, MO – The idea that a child might die is something that's difficult to grasp, even for hospitals. Children's Mercy in Kansas City has only had a palliative care program for a few years. Rosemary Hubble manages the program. She's a petite woman, originally from Great Britain. But as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, she serves an important - though not prominently featured - role at the hospital.

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KCUR News
12:39 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Competitive Bids in Medicare Coming to KC: Overdue Or Oversold?

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KCUR News
9:31 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Nixon Seeks Reauthorization of Missouri Prescription Program

St. Louis, Missouri – Governor Jay Nixon is calling upon the General Assembly to reauthorize Missouri Rx, the state program that provides prescription drug assistance to low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

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KCUR News
9:17 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Kansas Could Help Develop Health Insurance Exchanges

Topeka, KS – Kansas could be one of the states that helps develop health insurance exchanges, part of the federal health reform law. The exchanges will be pools of insurance options that Kansans will be able to choose from. As KPR's Stephen Koranda reports, the federal government will be making grants available to states to develop test systems.

 

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KCUR News
3:27 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

KS Will Continue Preparing For Health Care Law Changes

Topeka, KS – Officials in Kansas are going to continue preparing for the national health care law to take effect.

A federal court in Virginia recently ruled against the law's insurance mandate.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says at this point the state needs to continue working to prepare for any changes.

"This is going to be decided way down the line and probably at the supreme court level," Praeger says. "There will be numerous appeals."

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KCUR News
10:41 am
Tue December 14, 2010

New Report: Smoking Causes Immediate Damage to Health

Topkea, KS – The top health officer in Kansas is warning smokers to take notice of a recently released report on the dangers of smoking.

The report from the U.S. Surgeon General shows that smoking and second-hand smoke cause immediate damage to the heat and lungs.

State Health Officer Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips says that increases the likely hood of heart attacks and strokes.

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KCUR News
10:24 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Missouri Governor Reacts To Health Care Ruling

Jefferson City, MO – Republicans in Missouri are praising Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that declared portions of the new federal health care law unconstitutional.

The Missouri Republican Party released a statement criticizing Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill for supporting the bill and "thumbing her nose at the clear will of Missourians."

The State GOP also accused Governor Jay Nixon of ducking the issue altogether.

Nixon did respond to a question about the ruling during a press conference in Columbia on Monday.

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Health
12:31 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

'Whooping Cough' Hits St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri – Pertussis is on the rise in St. Louis County (but not Kansas City). More commonly known as "whooping cough," pertussis has sickened close to 200 St. Louis residents this year, most of them in the past six weeks.

The highly contagious bacterial infection spreads through airborne droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Infants, small children, and pregnant women are especially at risk.

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KCUR News
10:06 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Bill Would Bar Missouri Pharmacies From Being Required to Sell Morning After Pill

Kansas City, MO – Pharmacies in Missouri would not be required to stock the "morning after" pill and could not be sued for it, under legislation proposed in the Missouri House.

The bill is sponsored by State Representative David Sater (R, Cassville), who owned and operated a pharmacy in Barry County for 30 years. He says it would not bar pharmacies from selling the pill, but would guarantee their right not to if the owners so choose.

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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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