Health

KCUR News
3:14 pm
Tue January 12, 2010

Health Officials Urge H1N1 Vaccination

Lawrence, Kan. – Kansas health officials say there's plenty of swine flu vaccine to go around now. they say it's free, and everyone ought to be immunized.

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KCUR News
10:06 am
Tue January 12, 2010

Kansas Governor Parkinson Calls For Higher Cigarette And Sales Taxes

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson

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.

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KCUR News
3:10 pm
Mon January 11, 2010

Local Groups, Mexican Consulate Look To Address Health Of Area Latino Immigrants

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.

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KCUR News
10:00 am
Mon January 11, 2010

Swine Flu Deaths Continue To Mount

Lawrence, Kan. – Kansas has confirmed its 26th death due to the swine flu pandemic. That is the official toll, but the real number is probably much higher.

KCUR News
11:24 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Budget Forces Service Cuts for Kansas Elderly

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.

Find out more about the Kansas Health Series on Kansas Public Radio here.

 

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KCUR News
12:22 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Review Finds Lower Back Pain Treatment Ineffective

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.

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KCUR News
11:27 am
Thu December 31, 2009

CHIP Expansion Takes Effect in January

Kansas City, MO – Beginning in January, more kids will be able to get state health insurance in Kansas.

Specifically, children up to 250% of the 2008 federal poverty level will be eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program, otherwise known as CHIP.

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KCUR News
1:28 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

Missouri Senators Split on Health Care

St. Louis, MO – Missouri's two Senators see completely different outcomes from the health care overhaul bill set to pass the Senate on Thursday.

"Compromise is not evil," said Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, calling the measure a great deal for taxpayers. She's tired of the misinformation being spread about the legislation.

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KCUR News
10:18 am
Mon December 21, 2009

KU Cancer Center Receives $10 Million Gift

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.

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KCUR News
9:20 am
Mon December 21, 2009

Local Children's Hospital Collaborates With Mexican Health Ministry

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.

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KCUR News
2:31 pm
Sat December 19, 2009

Massive Clinic Treats Area Uninsured

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KCUR News
9:35 am
Wed December 9, 2009

Nicole Lamoureaux Of The National Association Of Free Clinics

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.

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KCUR News
8:05 am
Wed December 9, 2009

Massive Free Health Clinic at Bartle Hall

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.

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KCUR News
10:14 am
Tue December 8, 2009

Silver Lining in Kansas Health Cuts

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.

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H1N1
10:50 am
Mon December 7, 2009

CDC Urges Vaccination Against Swine Flu

Salina, KS – The CDC is urging people to get vaccinated against H1N1 Swine Flu. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.

 

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KCUR News
3:57 pm
Fri December 4, 2009

Kansas Health Services Cut

The Kansas Health Policy Authority will be cutting services as a way to save cash.

The cuts will increase a backlog of applications for medical assistance programs like Medicaid. The current backlog of more than 15,000 applicants is projected to double by mid 2011.

Barb Langner, acting Medicaid director, says this will mean longer waits for applicants.

"During that time they will either delay seeking services or if they seek services, there's a potential that the provider may not be paid," Langner said.

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KCUR News
12:49 pm
Fri December 4, 2009

Drop in Temperature Means Increased Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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.

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KCUR News
7:16 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

Mo. Governor, Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Again Mandating Autism Insurance Coverage

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.

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KCUR News
6:21 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

Pre-filed Bill Would Ban Public Money For Stem Cell Research In Missouri

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.

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KCUR News
3:28 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

Truman Opens Diabetes Center

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.

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KCUR News
8:15 am
Wed December 2, 2009

Underused Pneumonia Vaccine Could Save Lives

Kansas Public Radio – For those not in one of the high risk groups eligible to the swine flu vaccine, another vaccine could save lives.

KCUR News
10:25 am
Tue December 1, 2009

Kansans Urged To Get Tested For HIV

Kansas Public Radio – State health officials are hoping Kansans will observe World AIDS Day by getting tested for exposure to the virus that causes AIDS.

KCUR News
8:51 pm
Sun November 22, 2009

Modern Disease Discovered In Mummies

A team of doctors ran CT scans on 22 Mummies in Cairo last February.
Photo by Dr. Michael Myamoto

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H1N1
2:33 pm
Tue November 17, 2009

Kansas Flu Cases More Than Double from Last Year; Down from Two Weeks Ago

Kansas City, MO – Kansas health officials say the state is seeing more than twice as many reports of people with flu like symptoms than is normal at this time of year.

The state's epidemiologist says out-patient clinics usually see 2% of patients with flu-like symptoms.

But last week, almost 6% of the patients at the clinics reported flu-like symptoms.

The numbers are down from two weeks ago but still high for this time of year.

 

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KCUR News
11:25 am
Tue November 17, 2009

CDC Director Visits Kansas City

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.

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KCUR News
12:41 pm
Fri November 13, 2009

Some Lawmakers Question Closing Facility For Disabled

Topeka, KS – Some state legislators are skeptical of a plan to close a facility for the developmentally disabled in Topeka.

A state commission has recommended downsizing and eventually closing Kansas Neurological Institute, known as KNI, as a way to save the state cash.

The 150 residents would go to community based centers or the Parson State Hospital.

State Representative Lana Gordon, a Topeka Republican, questions whether moving residents would really save money.

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KCUR News
12:48 am
Thu November 12, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Priority Group Expanded, KCMO To Hold Second Public Clinic Friday

Kansas City, MO – The region's public health officials have decided to expand H1N1 vaccine eligibility to more high-risk groups.

Joseph Connor is director of the Unified Public Health Department in Wyandotte County, and says the change is partly intended to get the vaccine out into the community quicker.

He says more and more of the vaccine is arriving in Wyandotte County, but many providers there have had trouble administering what they already have.

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KCUR News
5:41 pm
Wed November 11, 2009

KCMO To Hold First H1N1 Vaccine Clinic Wednesday

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.

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KCUR News
10:10 am
Wed November 11, 2009

Kansas Group Pushes For E-Health Records

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.

KCUR News
3:30 pm
Tue November 10, 2009

Mental Health Cuts Hit Uninsured

Kansas City, MO – Missouri recently announced it's cutting $3 million from the Department of Mental Health and will no longer fund services for new patients that don't have Medicaid.

Area mental health organizations say the change will make it a lot harder for people without health coverage to get needed care.

Alan Flory is president of Rediscover, a local mental health center. He says the number of uninsured people getting services there has gone up by nearly 50 percent in the past year.

Waiting lists, he says, are growing.

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