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4:52 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

World Moves Forward In Battle Against HIV & AIDS

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.

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6:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Hospitals Serving Up More Than Green Jell-O

Most hospital food doesn't tend to rouse a healthy appetite

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.

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KC Currents
11:42 am
Mon July 16, 2012

African American Women's Health Issues Missing From Magazines

Jill Scott on the cover of the May 2010 issue of Essence.
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.

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Central Standard
10:32 am
Wed July 11, 2012

ReShonda Tate Billingsley: The Secret She Kept

ReShonda Tate Billingsley

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.

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Up to Date
9:20 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Local Reactions: Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling in a case that determines the future of the Affordable Care Act.

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

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Up to Date
5:26 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

The Clock Is Ticking: Surviving A Stroke

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

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Up to Date
10:35 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right For You

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.

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11:50 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Charity Care Up At Missouri Hospitals

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

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Central Standard
1:09 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Swimming for Health and Fitness

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.

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Up to Date
9:38 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

After Arizona Or Florida: Aging 'In Place'

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.

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9:09 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The Information Diet

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."

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5:35 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Parents, Teens, & Bullying

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

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Central Standard
2:13 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Spring-Inspired Recipes

Asparagus and Potato Salad with Mint and Lemon Dressing
Beth Bader

With each season comes exciting seasonal produce – but now what? On today's Central Standard, how to give your go-to recipes a spring makeover with seasonal ingredients including peas, garlic scapes & herbs, to name a few.

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Up to Date
5:29 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Beyond The Supreme Court Decision On The Affordable Care Act

President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010

Over the next year, Congress and the President will be called upon to reconsider all major elements of the U.S. ‘safety net,’ as well as the foundations of the U.S. tax system.

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7:18 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Discarded Abortion Records Prompt Investigation, Chargeable Violations Unclear

The discovery of hundreds of private abortion records near a school in Overland Park, Kan. has prompted a police investigation.

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6:36 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Hundreds Rally At Missouri Capitol, Contraception Bill Moves Forward In Senate

Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control. 

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Up to Date
6:30 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Supreme Court Takes Up Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments earlier this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next week on the Affordable Care Act.

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12:28 am
Thu March 8, 2012

How Fast Food Found A Home In One Hospital

McDonalds at Truman Medical Center
Elana Gordon KCUR

Truman Medical Center is on the front lines of health care in Kansas City.  The safety-net hospital treated nearly 100,000 patients last year.  But lately, hospital leaders have been trying to figure out ways to prevent people from getting sick and becoming patients in the first place.  CEO John Bluford has been waging a wellness campaign, promoting better nutrition and battling junk food. 

So what’s a McDonald's doing right inside a main hospital entrance?

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3:50 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Lawmakers Could Take Action To Slow Brownback’s Medicaid Plan

Gov. Brownback's Medicaid plan would create privatized managed-care programs with the goal of improving patient outcomes and cutting costs.
state of Kansas

Legislators could soon take action aimed at slowing Governor Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul Medicaid in Kansas.

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12:35 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Five Companies Submit Bids For Kansas Medicaid Privatization

Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer

Kansas has received bids from five private managed care organizations seeking a share of the Kansas Medicaid program.

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Health Slideshow
2:59 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Video: Sebelius To Visit College's Virtual Hospital

Melissa Trybom hooks up MCC's simulation lab.
Elana Gordon KCUR

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Kansas City today, drawing attention to developments in health information technology.

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Up To Date
11:00 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

The Ingredients In The Food We Eat

Christi Nielsen

NOTE: Audio is unavailable from today's show. We apologize for the technical difficulties.

Consumers are getting smarter about the food they eat.  We know to check labels for the levels of sodium and saturated fat, and that "high fructose corn syrup" is still sugar.   Most of us hit a wall though when it comes to ingredients such as malodextrin, flavonoids and silicon dioxide.  What are these ingredients found in the  foods we eat and drink

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Central Standard
1:23 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Advances In Telemedicine

You’ve heard of telecommuting, telekinesis and televangelism – but what about telemedicine? On Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at developments in a technology that helps doctors treat patients remotely – improving patient care everywhere from urban schools to rural areas.

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Walt Bodine Show
4:00 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Food Critics: Vegetables That Aren't Boring

flickr/Martin Cathrae

Eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore.

On Friday's Walt Bodine Show, join co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics for a conversation about finding tasty, yet nutritious food options in Kansas City.

10:17 am
Tue January 3, 2012

KC's Oldest Community Health Center Has A New Home

Hilda Fuentes, Executive Director of Samuel Rodgers Health Center, in her office at the old facility.
Elana Gordon KCUR

Kansas City’s oldest community health center has a new home.  Samuel Rodgers Health Center will start seeing patients at its new facility this week.

The main clinic on Ninth Street and Euclid Ave. treats thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients annually. The building has been open for forty years, but Hilda Fuentes, the Executive Director, says it’s time to move.

“We had tiles on the floor that were falling off, and we did not know when our heating and ac system was going to fall into total disrepair,” says Fuentes.

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10:19 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Medicare Enrollment Period Nears End; Schemes Reported

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Area health agencies are reminding eligible seniors and those with disabilities that now's the time to sign up or review their Medicare coverage. That's because Medicare's open enrollment period ends a lot earlier this year.

People typically have until the end of this month to enroll in or make changes to their Medicare plans. But this year's deadline is in two days.

"Midnight, December 7th," says Carol Behan, director of CLAIM, Missouri's free Medicare counseling program.

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1:04 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Part 2: Malpractice Investigation Has Unintended Consequence

KANSAS CITY, MO. (KCUR) - When the Kansas City Star used a federal database this summerto investigate the way doctors are monitored in the region, and matched anonymous records from the database to a specific doctor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responded by, among other things, restricting access to the entire public database.

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12:22 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

New Study: Business Not Affected By Smoking Ban

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City's smoking ban has had little, if any, impact on business at area eating and drinking establishments. That's according to a new study, which looked at sales data before and after the ban was enacted in 2008.

John Taurus, an economics professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, coauthored the study. He says any changes in sales that did take place were related to the overall economic climate.

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11:34 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Widely Used Pesticide Under Scrutiny

Salina, KS – Atrazine is one of the most widely used weed-killers in the country. But farm fields aren't the only place the chemical is commonly found. It's also the most widely-detected pesticide in drinking water, especially in the Midwest. With some environmental groups calling for a ban on Atrazine, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently re-evaluating its safety. Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thomspon reports.


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10:52 am
Thu June 3, 2010

Statewide Initiative Looks To Improve Health Literacy

Kansas City, Mo. – About 1.6 million Missourians struggle to understand information about their health. As a result, area health leaders are launching a new initiative to improve health literacy across the state.

The nonprofit group, Health Literacy Missouri, is leading the project. Arthur Culbert is the group's president and says misunderstandings about health care are far too common.

"How many times have you seen a doctor and you walk out and it's like, 'I'm not really sure what he said,'" Culbert says.

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