Health

KCUR News
10:12 am
Mon October 26, 2009

Electronic Health Records Coming To Kansas

Topeka, KS – State health officials in Kansas are working on an electronic health records system, and they're likely going to get some federal help to do it. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has formed a group that will help plan how to set up a statewide health information exchange. KDHE spokesperson Kristi Pankratz says Kansans should see some changes that make health care a little simpler.

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KCUR News
6:03 pm
Fri October 23, 2009

Regional Experts Evaluate Nation's Health

Kansas City, MO – More than a hundred health experts from across the region gathered at KU Medical Center yesterday, to assess the nation's health and develop future goals.

The meeting was the first of only three being held across the country as part of the Department of Health and Human Services ten year evaluation of key health indicators, like exercise and chronic disease rates.

The project is known as Healthy People, and also involves collecting public testimony online.

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KCUR News
12:58 pm
Thu October 22, 2009

Hundreds Line Up For Swine Flu Vaccine

Kansas City, MO – Residents were so eager swine flu vaccines the lines to clinics burgeoned with hundreds of people in some locations.

The swine flu vaccine is available in limited amounts right now, but it didn't shorten the line at Platte County's Health department office in Parkville.

Dozens stood and waited and shuffled along yesterday. High risk residents have priority now, pregnant women, the young, the old and those who work in the medical field.

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KCUR News
1:48 pm
Wed October 21, 2009

UMKC Dental School Gets $2 Million For Training

Kansas City, MO – Missouri is using 40 million stimulus dollars to expand health care training programs. The funding kicks in this semester and will train some 500 students for high demand health care jobs.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon told those at UMKC's dental school yesterday although hone in five Missouri workers are currently employed in the health care sector, the state is still experiencing shortages.

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KCUR News
7:48 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Uninsured Lack Care For Chronic Illnesses

Kansas City, MO – A new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School says Americans who are uninsured often go without care for chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

KCUR News
7:13 am
Tue October 20, 2009

Flu Widespread In Kansas

Topeka, Ks – Outbreaks of seasonal and swine flu continue to be widespread across Kansas, even as the first shipments of vaccine arrive in the state.

The Department of Health and Environment reports that there were 30 deaths from pneumonia or influenza out of 456 deaths in the state for the week ending Oct. 10, or about 6.6 percent. That's slightly higher than the national average of 6.5 percent for the preceding week.

Overall, 75 of the 105 Kansas counties had confirmed cases of swine flu.

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KCUR News
8:44 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Institute Confirms Smoking Bans Save Lives

Kansas City, MO – What if you could prevent as many as four out of every ten heart attacks and do it at almost no cost? That's the potential effect of laws that ban smoking in the workplace and public places, according to the Institute of Medicine.

KCUR News
8:33 am
Fri October 16, 2009

Kansas City Doctors Urge Health Overhaul

Kansas City, MO – As lawmakers in D.C. hone various committee-approved health proposals, several area doctors are renewing their appeals to fix the nation's health care system.

A small group of physicians met at a Cancer Survivors Park Thursday to urge Congress to make meaningful changes to health care.

Dr. Kelvin Walls is an ENT doctor in Eastern Jackson County and says he's seen the need for an overhaul since the start of his career.

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KCUR News
5:13 pm
Thu October 15, 2009

Deadly Gas Sends Couple To Hospital

KCUR News
9:27 am
Thu October 15, 2009

Kansan Dies From H1N1

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.

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KCUR News
10:05 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccine Comes To Kansas City

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.

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KCUR News
4:28 pm
Tue October 13, 2009

Pat Roberts Opposes Baucus Health Bill

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.

Before the vote, Roberts told the committee the bill does not address rising health care costs.

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KCUR News
3:16 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

KU Gears Up To Provide H1N1 And Seasonal Flu Shots

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."

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KCUR News
9:43 am
Fri October 9, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccine Arrives In Kansas

Kansas City, MO – The first batches of swine flu vaccine have begun arriving in Kansas.

Health departments in Saline and Franklin counties reported Thursday that they had received their first allocations of the vaccine.

Midge Ransom, director of the Franklin County Health Department, said her department received 100 doses of the aerosol mist vaccine. The mist is appropriate for healthy people ages 2 to 49.

The Salina/Saline County Health Department received 300 doses of the vaccine, also in the aerosol mist form.

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KCUR News
9:44 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Dole Pushes For Health Care Overhaul

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."

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KCUR News
9:08 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Lt. Governor Kinder Sounds Off On Lake Test Results

E. coli bacteria

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is sounding off on the controversy over the delaying of an E-coli report from the Lake of the Ozarks.

Kinder calls the uproar over the delayed report a crisis of confidence. And he says if the State Senate committee investigating the matter decides to issue subpoenas, he'll sign them.

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KCUR News
11:34 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Cerner & CDC Collaborate On Flu Surveillance

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.

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KCUR News
10:11 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Region Lags Behind In School Nutrition Improvements

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.

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KCUR News
6:31 am
Tue October 6, 2009

Long Term Care Residents' Rights Recognized

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.

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The Economy Project
10:50 am
Mon October 5, 2009

WIC Changes Encourage Breastfeeding

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.

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KCUR News
7:16 am
Mon October 5, 2009

Hospitals Restrict Visitors To Slow Swine Flu

Topeka, KS – Concerns over swine flu have some Kansas hospitals revamping policies to try and slow the spread of the disease. Stephen Koranda has more.

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KCUR News
11:50 am
Wed September 30, 2009

Preventing The Flu At Universities: Obnoxioius Messages May Be More Effective

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.

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KCUR News
7:06 am
Wed September 30, 2009

Swine Flu Vaccinations Likely To Start Next Week

Topeka, KS – Kansas health officials announced today that the state will receive its first shipment of swine flu vaccine in the coming days.

Vaccinations should begin next week for the initial target groups, which include pregnant women, young children and health care workers.

The first allotment will be 16,000 doses.

State Health Director Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips says this is just a small step towards meeting the needs of the most vulnerable groups.

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KCUR News
1:19 am
Tue September 29, 2009

Kan. Commission Considers Closing State Mental Health Facilities

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.

KCUR News
1:52 pm
Fri September 25, 2009

Lawmakers Push For Medicaid Fraud Investigation

Topeka, KS – Two state lawmakers are asking the Kansas Attorney General to investigate the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, or SRS, for possible Medicaid fraud.

KPR Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda has more.

KCUR News
11:19 am
Thu September 24, 2009

Local Safety Net Hospital Leader On Health Care

KCUR News
8:10 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Making A 'Healthier Heartland:' Businesses & Health Agencies Kick Off Initiative

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.

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KCUR News
10:15 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Mo. House Committee Explores Autism Insurance

Jefferson City, MO – A State House committee studying the impact of autism in Missouri took testimony yesterday in preparation for crafting legislation next year.

Lorri Unumb of Lexington, South Carolina, is the mother of an autistic child, and helped get an autism insurance bill passed in her home state.

She told Missouri lawmakers that passing similar legislation here would be cheaper than letting taxpayers foot the bill.

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KCUR News
9:58 am
Wed September 16, 2009

Health Policy Authority Recommends Medicaid Cuts

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.

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

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KCUR News
11:50 am
Fri September 11, 2009

Number Of Uninsured Rises In Kansas

Salina, KS – The nationwide trend has been toward fewer people going without health insurance. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, Kansas has been bucking that trend.

Listen to the story here.

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

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