Topeka, Kan. – Democratic Governor Mark Parkinson has outlined his proposals to deal with a deficit in the coming fiscal year. He made his case before the legislature during the State of the State address in Topeka. Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda files this report.
Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City is home to a growing Latino population - a large portion of which are recent immigrants from Mexico. But many have difficulty getting medical care due to a combination of factors, including language barriers and a lack of insurance. The situation has several area groups, along with the Mexican government, working to better identify the health needs in immigrant communities and find new ways to address them.
Lawrence, KS – The ongoing budget shortfall in Kansas has prompted the Kansas Department on Aging to suspend some of the services that help frail elders continue to live in their own homes. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports.
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Kansas City, MO – A popular treatment for lower chronic back pain doesn't appear to work. That's according to a local neurologist, whose findings are part of the American Academy of Neurology's newly issued practice guidelines.
Trancutanious Electric Nerve Stimulation, also known as TENS, is a portable device that's applied to the skin around an area of pain. It then sends electrical currents through those nerves. The idea is that such stimulation could block pain signals to the brain.
Kansas City, MO – A Texas family with ties to Kansas City has donated $10 million to the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Roy Jensen heads the center and says the money will go towards hiring a new chair of radiation oncology.
"This gift, I think, is sort of the capstone of that recruitment process and has really allowed us to recruit an outstanding candidate," Jensen said.
Jensen says bolstering radiation research and patient care is important because about half of all cancer patients need radiation therapy.
Kansas City, MO – Children's Mercy Hospital has a new partner - the Mexican Ministry of Health.
The head of Children's Mercy Hospital and the Secretary of Health from Mexico recently signed a letter of intent to develop a joint referral system for patients, cross-train health workers, and engage in medical research.
Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos says the collaboration will improve overall understandings of pediatric health.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's Bartle Hall will become one of the nation's largest free health clinics. An estimated two-thousand uninsured people will receive free health care, including limited dental services and vaccinations against the flu and certain sexually-transmitted diseases.
The free clinic is sponsored by the National Association of Free Clinics. As part of our series, "Kansas Health: A Prescription for Change," Health Reporter Bryan Thompson spoke with the association's director, Nicole Lamoureux.
Kansas City, MO – It's being billed as one of the largest free clinics in the nation.
Kansas City's Bartle Hall is the site Wednesday and Thursday for a free medical clinic for the uninsured. It's one in a series of clinics in different cities put on by the nonprofit National Association of Free Clinics.
The group says the clinics are nonpartisan, but the effort is widely seen as a way to pressure moderate Democrats into supporting their party's efforts to reform health care.
Lawrence, KS – There could be a silver lining in some of the cuts the Kansas Health Policy Authority has approved to help deal with the state's revenue slump. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.
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.