Health

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.
Kelley Weiss

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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KCUR News
3:04 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Missouri Doctors Treat Two for One

Kansas City, MO – A new Missouri law taking effect this weekend gives doctors another option for treating sexually transmitted diseases.

Normally, when a person has an STD like gonorrhea or chlamydia, he or she has to see a doctor for a health exam in order to get medication. But under a new Missouri law, a doctor can now give a patient who has an STD medication for that person's partner as well.

It's called expedited partner therapy, or EPT.

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KCUR News
7:30 am
Fri August 27, 2010

New Health Plan for Missouri Workers Upsets Union Leaders

Jefferson City, MO – Union leaders in Missouri are not happy with a new health insurance plan for state employees. It replaces the current co-pay system with one that requires state workers to pay deductibles. Richard von Glahn is with the Missouri State Workers Union.

"We are frustrated because state employees are gonna be faced with higher out-of-pocket health care costs the Missouri legislature continues to choose policies that balance our revenue crisis on the backs of state workers," says von Glahn.

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Health
10:38 am
Wed August 25, 2010

Health Department Retrieves Paper Records as System Recovers

Kansas City, MO – About 120,000 birth certificates and related documents have been trucked to Topeka from storage in a central Kansas salt mine to help health officials out of a jam.

A computer system failed August 5th at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, just as parents were seeking birth certificates and current vaccination records for children heading to school.

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KCUR News
1:41 pm
Tue August 24, 2010

Schools Struggle to Fund Nurses

Kansas City, MO – Missouri students returning to school this fall may have less access to a nurse. That's following the recent end to a nearly two decade-old school health program.

The Missouri Health Initiatives Fund helped support nearly 800 nurses and health care workers in about half of the state's public school districts, mainly rural ones. Some private schools also qualified.

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KCUR News
7:56 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

State Housing Board Rejects Mental Illness Plan But Redefines Development Criteria

Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Housing Development Commission has rejected a plan to direct a third of the state's low-income housing aid to people who have mental illnesses and are homeless.

The board instead approved a measure to fund two special needs housing developments next year.

Commissioner and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel proposed the original plan. He says the one that passed is a good first step.

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KCUR News
5:46 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Health Officials to Public: Eat Scrambled Eggs

Columbia, Missouri – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is urging consumers to avoid raw eggs while health officials determine the source of recent salmonella outbreaks being reported in several states.

No cases of salmonella linked to the eggs have been reported in Missouri or Kansas.

Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa issued two recalls in the last week of shell eggs that were shipped last month. A third recall by Iowa-based Hillandale Farms was issued today.

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KCUR News
10:54 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Missouri Restores Hospital Infection Data

Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Department of Health has announced it plans to restore hospital infection records to its database.

Earlier this week, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported the state was only keeping infection data for the last 12 months, drawing complaints from consumer groups.

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KCUR News
10:09 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Relief Coming for Children's Health Insurance Backlog

Topkea, KS – The Kansas Health Policy Authority has been rewarded by federal health officials for its efforts to boost enrollment in Healthwave, the state's children's health insurance program.

The agency plans to use the $1.2 million federal bonus payment to hire more staff to process applications, according to spokesman Peter Hancock.

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KCUR News
9:36 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Federal Bonus To Speed Application For Children's Insurance

Topeka, KS – The Kansas Health Policy Authority has been rewarded by federal health officials for its efforts to boost enrollment in Healthwave the state's children's health insurance program.

KCUR News
12:27 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Missouri Purges Data from Hospital Infection Records

By KCUR News/AP

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's health department says it's purged infection rate data for hospitals statewide. The move is drawing complaints from consumers who say it frustrates their efforts to adequately assess hospital performance.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports state officials believe the deleted material from 2005 through 2008 costs too much to maintain and is too sensitive for the public to examine for more than a year.

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