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12:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Preschoolers & Gunplay: What's Normal?

On Monday's Up to Date, we explore how much gunplay is normal for children.
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Playing cops and robbers is just part of normal childhood, right? Should we be more concerned about what children learn through these games?

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Health
8:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

'Superglue Baby' Healthy, Developing Normally

Ashlyn Julian in the arms of KU Brain Surgeon Koji Ebersole.
Courtesy of Jill Chadwick KU Hospital

A three-month-old Kansas City-area baby shows no sign of problems following a first-of-its-kind surgical procedure a little more than two months ago at the University of Kansas Hospital. 

Ashlyn Julian was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm when she was just three weeks old.  A weak spot in one of her brain’s blood vessels had ruptured. 

Traditional brain surgery might have proven fatal at Julian’s age. So KU brain surgeon Koji Ebersole maneuvered a tiny catheter through blood vessel to deliver a drop of superglue.  It immediately stopped the bleeding. 

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Health
7:29 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Rural Residents Stand To Benefit More From Affordable Care Act

A new report by the Center for Rural Affairs finds that rural residents stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act more than their city-dwelling counterparts.

The report’s author, Jon Bailey, says the premium tax credits to help pay for individual health insurance plans, and the caps on out-of-pocket costs will be especially important to people who live in rural areas.

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Health
6:25 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Obesity Still A Big Concern In Kansas, Missouri

A new report on obesity in America says Kansas is now the 14th most obese state in the nation.  Missouri ranked just one spot below at 15th. 

The annual “F as in Fat” report says 29.9 percent of adults in Kansas are obese and 29.6 percent in Missouri. That’s barely changed from last year. 

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Health
8:09 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Kansas Plan On Aging Approved By Feds

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved the Kansas Plan on Aging for the next four years. The plan is a broad outline of how the state intends to use federal resources under the Older Americans Act.

Secretary for Aging and Disability Services, Shawn Sullivan, says the plan is based on priorities identified by older Kansans, and those who work with them.

“Seniors here in Kansas want to stay at home, and in order to do that, I think there are some changes that we need to make," says Sullivan.

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Central Standard
6:24 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Rewards And Challenges Of Breastfeeding

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The CDC has good news, 76.5 percent of U.S. infants start out being breastfed. Yet, only about 27 percent of mothers breastfeed for the recommended twelve month period.

What barriers are keeping women from breastfeeding? What medicines, foods, and environments should a breastfeeding mother avoid ? And what are the positive health benefits of breastfeeding to the mother and newborn?

We discuss this and look at the changing laws that will impact breastfeeding mothers, and look at the ins and outs of breastfeeding.

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Health
9:09 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Fatty Acids In Baby Formula Show Lasting Benefits

Researchers at the University of Kansas have shown fatty acids in baby formula provide benefits to the baby.
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Researchers at the University of Kansas say fatty acids added to baby formula produce lasting gains in intelligence and performance.

Infant formula has been enriched with fatty acids since 2001, based in part on research done by University of Kansas scientists John Colombo and Susan Carlson.  The new findings by Colombo and Carlson are based on 81 babies who were tested every six months over a span of six years. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Parents, Teens & High School Dating

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw talks with Steve Kraske about teen relationships.
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It’s almost back to school time, and that means worrying about getting the right school supplies, remembering a locker combination and, if you’re a teenager, figuring out how you fit in the dating scene.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with psychologist Wes Crenshaw and teen experts Kendra Schwartz and Josie Myers about how teens might find real love in high school, while swimming in a sea of hormones, hook-ups and angst.

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Health
6:14 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kansas Gears Up For Health Insurance Exchange

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger
KHI News Service

In a little less than two months, Kansans will be able to begin shopping for individual health insurance plans through the new, online marketplace called the exchange. Most of the plans will be sold by three companies.

According to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, they'll be the same three companies that provide the bulk of health insurance in Kansas now: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Blue Cross of Kansas City, and Coventry.

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Health
3:24 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Proposed Jackson County Sales Tax Hike Would Boost Medical Research

Dr. John Spertus describes types of research expected from proposed health research institute.
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Medical, business and educational leaders have spelled out what Jackson County residents would get if a tax issue is put on the November ballot and gains voter approval to enhance health research and medical care.

If the county legislature and voters approve, a half-cent sales tax would raise $40 million a year.

Funds would be divided between Children's Mercy and St. Luke’s Hospitals and UMKC. It’s designed to attract top medical researchers to translate new findings into treatment, diagnosis and prevention of diseases.

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Central Standard
4:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

This is a painting of the most famous narcissist, Narcissus by Michelangelo Caravaggio
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Narcissism is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. It's often a self-diagnosed condition, or people refer to others as narcissistic when they are merely being selfish.

Today on Central Standard, Host Bill Anderson talks with Dr. Bruce Liese, Professor of Family Medicine at the KU Medical Center, about the destructive behaviors that make relationships difficult. We'll also explore  arrogance, and the ways in which you can cope with a narcissist at home or at work.

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Health
8:41 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Kansas To Offer Sessions On Affordable Care Act

The Kansas Insurance Department is planning meetings to help educate people about the Affordable Care Act.

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Up To Date
5:52 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Autism: A Tale Of Two Families

The artwork of 10-year old Elijah Nessel who has autism.

One of the problems of autism is that its origins are still fairly mysterious. But a more pressing, everyday concern for parents is how to pay for therapy for their children without going bankrupt.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Finding The Philadelphia Chromosome

Jessica Wapner is the author of The Philadelphia Chromosome.

Developing a medicine that attacks the genes of a disease may seem like science fiction, but it’s already been done.

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Health
7:18 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Even Without Expansion, Obamacare Still Means Changes For Medicaid

Kansas policymakers have decided not to expand the state's Medicaid program or to create a Kansas-specific exchange for consumers to buy individual health insurance policies. But the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring some changes to the Medicaid program, whether the state's political leaders want to cooperate, or not.

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Health
11:41 am
Thu July 25, 2013

U.S. Senate Report Critical Of Dental Clinic Chains

A federal report recommends that the company that operates Small Smiles dental clinics be booted from the Medicaid program.
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A two-year investigation by the U.S. Senate concludes that so-called dental management companies have provided substandard care to low-income children covered by Medicaid, while over billing the joint federal-state program.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

In The Shoes Of Red Cross Volunteers

The Red Cross responds to local and national disasters.
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We’ve all seen it on TV— a hurricane strikes, leaving thousands without power, food, or clean water for days or even weeks. When disasters happen, the Red Cross is the organization that always seems to be there.

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Central Standard
6:19 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Where In The Brain Does An Itch And A Migraine Come From?

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Remember the last time you had a mosquito bite, an allergy ridden nose, or a rash. The sensation that makes these small ailments torments is the desire to itch and experience that sweet relief following the act of scratching.

But much of what we experience when we feel an urge to itch is actually deep in the brain. On Wednesday's Central Standard we'll look at the science of itching and take a look into the the pain and mystery behind migraine headaches.

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KC Currents
11:01 am
Mon July 15, 2013

KC Regional Health Assessment Finds Rising Rates of Obesity, Poverty

Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. serves many low-income families in the area.
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The REACH Healthcare Foundation recently released the Kansas City Regional Health Assessment, that analyzes health data from the area from 2000 to 2011, and offers a forecast of what’s in the future for health in Kansas City.

"The poverty rate has been increasing in the metropolitan area, and generally it's been especially increasing in suburban areas," says author and Government Innovations Forum Director for the Mid America Regional Council, Dean Katnerdahl. "So there's sort of a suburbanization of poverty."

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Parents, Teens & Technology

Popularity is often more of a concern than privacy when teens use technology.
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That tweet that's so important to share now may not look so good later. The immediacy of social media appeals to teens, but in the quest for popularity, many don't think about privacy.

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Health
9:57 am
Fri July 12, 2013

State To Take Public Comment On KanCare Changes

The Brownback Administration wants federal permission to make changes to the new, privatized Medicaid system known as KanCare.  You'll have a chance to comment on the plans next Monday and Tuesday, in Wichita and Topeka.

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Health
10:46 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Committee Explores Medicaid Expansion In Independence

Brian Kinkade of Missouri's Department of Social Services explains Medicaid to a panel in Independence.
Credit Alex Smith / KCUR

Opponents to expanding Medicaid in Missouri worry about costs, but supporters say expansion is needed to help children, the disabled and elderly. The two sides sounded off on July 10 in Independence, Mo.

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Up to Date
9:57 am
Thu July 11, 2013

The Emotional Side Of Medicine

Dr. Danielle Ofri is the author of What Doctors Feel.

Doctor's aren't always objective--or perfect-- when prescribing treatments.

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Central Standard
5:05 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Why Are Secrets And Privacy So Important?

Do you ever get the feeling that you're being watched?
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Right now our government is mining data about your conversations--who you called, when you called them, how long you talked, and who you’ve emailed. It’s all technically approved by law, but for many it’s deeply unsettling.

On this Central Standard we take a step backward and inward from the controversy surrounding domestic surveillance and look at the psychology of secrets and privacy with psychologist Bruce Liese.

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Health
10:06 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Kansas Recognizes Elder Care Facilities

The state is recognizing eight nursing home facilities for offering innovative ways of caring for older Kansans. The PEAK awards recognize facilities that focus on providing better quality of life for seniors.

“For the longest times, nursing homes and senior living communities have been patterned after hospitals and warehousing-type structures that were very rigid and very structured environments and gave very few limited number of choices to those that live there,” said Shawn Sullivan, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Adopting A Furry Friend

This dog was rescued from an animal shelter.
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Buying a cat or dog from a store isn’t your only option—pet adoption is growing more popular. However, taking in a rescue animal does present challenges. 

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Health
8:11 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Controversial Medicare Bid Program Takes Next Step

Many diabetics use testing strips daily to test their blood sugar.
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Medicare patients who have diabetic testing supplies delivered to them experienced some changes this week.

It’s all part of an effort by the Medicare program to save money and cut down on fraud. But some people are worried about unintended consequences.

A public services announcement issued by Medicare attempts to lay out the changes for diabetic Medicare recipients:

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Health
7:10 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Senior Citizens Targeted for 'Medical Alert' Fraud

An on-going scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.  

The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme.  The pre-recorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift.  Then the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number. 

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Up to Date
12:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Kansas City Pools and Water Parks

The Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Overland, Kan.
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Where are some of your favorite places to cool off in the summer?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, hear about some of the Kansas City area's most popular pools and water parks. Learn what makes these facilities operate on a day-to-day basis. Plus, guidelines how to stay safe in the water. 

Cherie Sage is the Safe Kids Kansas coordinator. 

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KC Currents
2:41 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Planned Parenthood Sues Kan. Over Free Speech Violation

Prevention Park, located in Houston, Texas, is the largest Planned Parenthood administrative and medical facility in the nation.
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In June, two different lawsuits were filed in Kansas over a new state abortion law. But the lawsuit that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri filed on June 20 isn't about the freedom to perform abortions. It’s about freedom of speech.  

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