Health

KCUR's health team focuses on health issues and their impact in Missouri and Kansas. Working with journalists at other public media stations and news outlets, reporters Dan Margolies and Alex Smith strive to bring listeners and readers timely, accurate and comprehensive coverage of a topic that leaves no one untouched.

kckidsdoc.com

It’s easy to go online and try to diagnose yourself when you're sick, but what do doctors think about that?

Health Levy Extension To April Ballot

Jan 18, 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri voters will decide on whether to keep the city's health levy at its present rate. The city council scheduled its extension to be on the April 2 ballot.

Diet Can Fix 'Milk And Cookie' Disease

Jan 7, 2013

Kids take medicine for all kinds of chronic conditions these days, like constipation and acid reflux, but are medicines really necessary?

Mark McDonald / Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Recent advances in genome sequencing, including a technology developed at Children’s Mercy Hospital known as "fast sequencing," are helping medical professionals diagnose often-fatal diseases. 

K-Step www.k-step.org / Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project

People who are transgender—meaning that they identify with a gender different from their biological one—face a difficult road to self-acceptance.

How Your Neighborhood Affects CPR Survival

Dec 10, 2012
Rama

We've all heard the CPR checklist: Check the airway, start chest compressions, tilt the head back, and breathe.

America's Big Beef

Dec 10, 2012
Thomas Bjørkan

Just how much influence does Big Beef have in Cowtown?

Leadership

Nov 5, 2012
George Tames / New York Times

What are the characteristics of a leader?  Is it a constant, even temperament?  The ability to command respect?  Possessing an unwavering state of courage?

Rats! What Will KCMO Do About The Sewers?

Nov 1, 2012
Rathater

What's the most common rat in Kansas City these days? Tipping the scales at 10-17 ounces and a nasty little 7-10-inch body, it's the Norway rat.

Back In The Swing After Breast Cancer

Oct 23, 2012
Andrews McMeel Publishing

You weathered the diagnosis, underwent surgery, and made it through multiple rounds of chemotherapy.  In short, you've survived breast cancer.

Art As Therapy

Oct 17, 2012
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Part of viewing art is interpreting the artist's intent, figuring out what the creator is trying to say.  Because it can be so personal, is a physical form of expression, and allows communication of thoughts and feelings that might not be articulated otherwise, art makes for good therapy.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center www.shawneemission.org

Mention Johnson County, Kansas and locals think wealth, privilege and the pursuit of happiness. But disturbing trends in Johnson County suicide rates challenge us to think beyond this stereotype.

Boosting Brain Fitness

Oct 16, 2012
John A. Beal

It’s not just your abs that need a regular workout— it’s essential for your brain too. But how do you pump iron with your noodle?

Drop Dead Healthy

Oct 4, 2012

In recent years A.J. Jacobs has lived by George Washington's rules of conduct, outsourced his entire life of everyday tasks to Indian service representatives, posed as a woman on an online dating site and grown a long beard to adhere to Old Testament doctrine as part of a year of living biblically.

His latest quest: Getting fit.

On Thursday's Central Standard, we'll be joined by author A.J. Jacobs. He's going to tells us about his new book Drop Dead Healthy, where explores the latest cultural obsessions and trends in healthy living. He'll discuss this latest grueling experiments, as he literally strives to be healthy from head-to-toe.

The Land Report

A common picture of the country life includes living in open spaces and eating food fresh from the farm.

Illustration by Tracey O’Donnell

If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered Missourian your chances of finding and getting the same level of health care as the rest of the state are significantly reduced.

KCUR

Roy Scott loves music. He was 12 when he first started writing lyrics, 15 when he started to produce his own beats. He became part of the underground “gangster rap” subculture. This is when Scott became “Macc James,” a member of the Chop It Up Clicc. But as Scott got older with kids of his own, he realized the power and influence music can have on young people’s lives.

blog.timesunion.com

What teenager hasn't slept in until Noon on a weekend?

The world has reached a defining moment in the battle against HIV and AIDS.   The battle cry coming from the just-completed 19th International Aids Conference : We now have the potential to end the epidemic.

Hospitals Serving Up More Than Green Jell-O

Jul 18, 2012

Hospital food doesn't tend to conjure images of gourmet cuisine or down-home victuals. In fact, most people tend to turn up their nose at the very thought of the bland meals that hospitals are known for serving.

Essence Magazine

Magazines have long been a primary source for entertainment and news. But as KU assistant professor Crystal Lumpkins points out, magazines are also crucial in providing women with tips and awareness on health issues.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley: The Secret She Kept

Jul 11, 2012

Tia Giles is pregnant, she’s also suffering from a mental illness and her husband Lance must make the difficult decision of committing her to a mental institution to save the baby, his wife and their marriage.

On Thursday morning the Supreme Court  largely upheld the Affordable Care Act.

Would you be able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? If you can, you may be able to save someone’s life.

Making the right medical choices is harder than ever. We are overwhelmed by information from all sides: doctors' recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, statistics, the advice of friends, and a never-ending stream of drug company ads.

Charity Care Up At Missouri Hospitals

Jun 3, 2012
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Charity care at Missouri hospitals has been on the rise in recent years, and urban and rural hospitals are handling this increase differently.  

Swimming for Health and Fitness

May 18, 2012
Photo by Tomeka Weatherspoon

Local triathlete John Aust discusses fitness swimming, pool rehab and working in aquatics at UMKC's Swinney Recreation Center.

Plus, hear from a married couple that's been coming to Swinney for well over a decade. Almost as long as they've been retired.

With the first of the Baby Boom generation reaching the milestone of mid-life, the number of Americans in or nearing retirement age is both unprecedented and expanding.

O'Reilly Publishing

The great thing about modern technology?  We can easily and cheaply access data on just about anything 24/7.  The down side?  It’s being done in such great quantity and with such little regard for quality that it has led to "information obesity."

It's become all too common: kids bullying other kids.

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