A new research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a slight increase in the infant mortality rate last year.
Infant mortality refers to babies who die before their first birthday. Although the trend has been downward, Kansas has exceeded the national infant mortality rate every year since 2003.
KDHE Secretary Robert Moser says last year’s rate was 6.3 deaths per thousand live births.
“That’s relatively low, but unfortunately it’s up slightly from 2011,” says Moser.
Lawmakers could soon take a final vote on a controversial bill updating the state's laws regarding people who may have been exposed to contagious diseases.
A controversial bill in Kansas that has caused outcry from groups like the National Minority AIDS Council appears to be on track for approval by House and Senate negotiators, paving the way for passage by both chambers.
Kansas health officials say the outbreak of nausea and diarrhea that closed a suburban Kansas City elementary school last week was caused by norovirus.
At some point, a customer may have purchased a metal tissue holder containing low levels of radiation from the Bed, Beth & Beyond at 12035 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.