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KCUR News
11:29 pm
Thu December 18, 2008

Smoking Ban Comes To KCK

Kansas City, KS – The largest city in the metropolitan area without a smoking ban has finally approved one. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

The Unified Board of Commissioners has approved a smoking ordinance for Kansas City, Kansas. Rev. Mark Holland is Commissioner of Wyandotte County's first District at Large. He says the new ordinance marks an important step in bringing KCK up to speed with the many other places that have already gone smoke-free. But he says many people are split on the issue.

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KCUR News
11:16 pm
Sun November 30, 2008

New Exercise Guidelines Issued

Kansas City, MO – The federal government recently issued new exercise guidelines. Officials say that in some ways, they're easier to meet than prior guidelines. But for many Kansans and Missourians, several obstacles stand in the way of following them. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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KCUR News
8:37 am
Wed November 26, 2008

City To Expand Mental Health Court Program

Kansas City, MO – Services at the city's mental health court will soon be expanding. Kansas City is one of ten places in the nation to recently receive a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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KCUR News
12:47 am
Mon November 24, 2008

Screening Clinic Opens At Local Indian Center

Kansas City, MO – One of the country's longest operating Indian centers has started providing health screenings. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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KCUR News
11:03 pm
Tue November 18, 2008

Reducing Recidivism: New Program Aims To Help Mentally Ill Inmates

Kansas City, MO – Over half of the inmates at the city jail have been imprisoned there at least three times before. Local corrections and community leaders say that's in large part due to untreated mental illness and substance abuse. But a new program at the Municipal Correctional Institution, or MCI, aims to break that cycle. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.

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KCUR News
12:31 am
Tue November 18, 2008

Dialog In The Dark Opens At Union Station

Kansas City, MO – A new exhibit called Dialog in the Dark is now open at Union Station. Organizers say it's unlike anything visitors have ever experienced before. That's even though there's really not that much to look at. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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KCUR News
2:19 am
Mon October 20, 2008

Gubernatorial Candidates Propose Health Plans

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KCUR News
12:06 am
Thu October 16, 2008

Area Health Leaders Step Up Efforts For Health Reform

Kansas City, MO – Leaders from regional hospitals, insurance companies, and other health care organizations are stepping up their efforts to improve the nation's health care system. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

Bill Bruning of the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care says area stakeholders share a general goal when it comes to health reform.

Bruning: There's no question - there must be basic health care coverage - and I don't think America at large disagrees with that as well.

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KCUR News
11:58 pm
Sun October 12, 2008

Mo. Breast Cancer Rates Decline, But Racial Disparities Continue

Kansas City, MO – Breast Cancer is on the decline in Missouri. But while the gap is narrowing between African Americans and Whites for overall cancer diagnoses, the mortality rate for African Americans with breast cancer remains higher. That's according to new information from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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KCUR News
5:59 am
Wed October 8, 2008

Fight Over Health Care Intensifies

Dr. Kelvin Walls (L) and Missouri U.S. Senator Claire NcCaskill (Rt) speak on Hospital Hill.
KCUR photo by Dan Verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City area backers of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are touting his health insurance plan after the second-presidential debate donnybrook with the GOP's John McCain.
In a park across from Hospital Hill and Childrens' Mercy Hospital, volunteers for Obama brought Lees Summit Surgeon Kelvin Walls to tell why he thinks his candidates plan will work. He believes more people will seek treatment sooner, thus preventing need for more critical care and ultimately, the heath care system will save money. In Wall's words,

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KCUR News
11:30 pm
Sat October 4, 2008

Flu Clinics Open; CDC Issues New Vaccine Recommendations

Kansas City, MO – Flu clinics throughout the metro are now open. That's amid new national vaccine recommendations. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now advising that anyone between six months and eighteen years of age get a flu shot. That's opposed to the previous recommendation that only kids up to the age of five get it.

Over at the Kansas City Health Department, the immunization clinic is already busy.

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KCUR News
12:58 am
Wed October 1, 2008

Teens Take On Their Health At Citywide Summit

Kansas City, MO – Students from a dozen Kansas City schools are taking more responsibility for their health. That's following a citywide teen health conference. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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10:50 am
Mon September 29, 2008

New Curriculum Takes On Obesity In Preschools

Kansas City, MO – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services currently reports that one out of every three Missouri children is overweight. But area Head Start programs are now rolling out a new curriculum in order to address that. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.

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5:40 am
Wed September 24, 2008

Food And Drug Product Standards Reviewed In KC

Kansas City, MO – Members of the private organization that sets FDA standards for pharmaceuticals and food ingredients are gathering in Kansas City this week. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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KCUR News
11:49 pm
Sun September 21, 2008

Web Extra: Interview With Richard Gist, Creator Of 9-1-1 Assistance Program

Kansas City, MO – Richard Gist is Principal Assistant to the Director of the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department. He developed the Citizen Assist Program, which is a joint project between the KCMO Fire Department and the Visiting Nurse Association.

It helps people who call 9-1-1 connect with various social and medical services, and Gist says it's the only program in the country to provide such services through referrals from a city's emergency response system.

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KCUR News
11:35 pm
Sat September 20, 2008

9-1-1 Assistance Program To Expand Throughout Metro Area

Kansas City, MO – A joint pilot program between the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department and the Visiting Nurse Association is expanding into several counties throughout the metro region. It recently received a half million dollar matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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KCUR News
1:31 am
Fri September 19, 2008

KC Council Committee Supports Smoking Ordinance Changes

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City council committee has endorsed two changes to the city's smoking ordinance. Voters narrowly approved a ban on smoking in most public places back in April. But one of the proposed changes, [sponsored by Councilman Ed Ford,] would now allow smoking in tobacco shops.

Kendall Culbertson owns a local shop and testified before the public safety committee yesterday. Culbertson says,"I have a large smoking lounge, it's what I've centered all my business around. And, casinos can smoke, but my store cannot smoke.

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KCUR News
1:38 am
Tue September 16, 2008

Survey Finds A Majority Of Kansans Support Health Coverage For All

Kansas City, MO – A majority of likely Kansas voters support the idea that all Americans should have health coverage. That's according to a new report by the Ad Astra Institute of Kansas. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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1:32 am
Tue September 16, 2008

Licorice Containing Lead Sold In Several Area Stores

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Health Department is warning that Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Natural Flavor Black Licorice contains a high level of lead in it. Burt Malone from the department says several area stores, including Costco, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens carry the product.

According to Malone, It is sold in one and a half pound clear plastic bags with a yellow kangaroo on it, in addition to the words all natural."

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KCUR News
1:33 am
Mon September 15, 2008

Candy Contains Lead: State Recalls Lucky Country Black Licorice

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Health Department is warning people to avoid eating Lucky Country Black Licorice. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

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4:55 am
Sun September 14, 2008

Council Members To Debate Proposed Amendments To Smoking Ban

Kansas City, MO – Proposed amendments to Kansas City's voter-approved smoking ban will be up in committee this week. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

Councilman Ed Ford is sponsoring two separate amendments to the city's current smoking ban. One would allow smoking inside tobacco shops. The other would limit smoking to casino gaming floors. Ford says the current ordinance is too vague when it comes to where smoking is and isn't permitted inside casinos.

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Health
8:29 am
Tue September 9, 2008

Hospitals Back Efforts For Regional Cancer Institute

Kansas City, KS – Leaders of area hospitals are backing KU's efforts to become a National Cancer Institute. They say the designation would bring new research grants and clinical trials to the region. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.

About ten C.E.O's from regional hospitals and research institutes signed on to an advisory board for the project this week. Gary Sherrer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, is chairman of the new board. He says the group's formation shows that area hospitals are willing to work together.

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Health
1:44 am
Thu September 4, 2008

US Surgeon General Visits Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – The nation's top doctor is in Kansas City this week. He stopped by Satchel Paige Elementary School yesterday to talk to students about obesity. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

A student drum line greeted Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, the acting Surgeon General of the United States. Galson's visit to the school is part of his nationwide obesity prevention tour. He spoke to a gym full of K through 8th graders about the importance of daily exercise.

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Health
5:20 am
Sun August 31, 2008

Community Blood Supply Reaches Critical Low

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Community Blood Center is reporting that its blood supply is at a critical level. KCUR's Elana Gordon has more.

The Community Blood Center serves about 70 hospitals throughout Kansas and Missouri. It requires a three-day supply of all blood types in order to meet the needs of those hospitals. Mary Kelley is a spokesperson for the center and says its blood supply is running low.

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Health
5:09 am
Wed August 27, 2008

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Unveils Health Plan

Kenny Hulshof, the Republican candidate for Missouri governor, recently unveiled his plan for health care. He says it would make insurance available to all Missourians.

Kenny Hulshof is proposing a market-based program called HealthMAX. He says employers, individuals, and businesses would all have the option to enroll in it. He also says private insurance companies would compete to provide insurance options to HealthMAX participants.

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Health
10:32 am
Mon August 25, 2008

Study Explores Health Care Among Latinos

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Health
3:54 am
Thu August 14, 2008

Nursing Workforce Center Opens In Kansas City

The nation's first bi-state nursing workforce center is opening up in Kansas City. The more than half a million dollar project is mainly being funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and the Reach Healthcare Foundation.

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Health
1:24 am
Wed August 13, 2008

Medicaid Forums Come To KC

Missouri's Medicaid Director is in Kansas City this week, gathering public input on the state's medical assistance program. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

Dr. Ian McCaslin is in charge of the state's Medicaid program, otherwise known as Missouri Health Net. He visited Truman High School in Independence yesterday to discuss a new health care home initiative. But he also asked those attending about their general concerns with the state program.

McCaslin: Somebody chime in, what's the most common problem out here?

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