Projections show a widening gap between the number of primary care doctors the country needs and the number of med students choosing it over other sub-specialties. Programs like Health is Primary, which encourages medical students to select a primary care specialty, are looking to bridge that gap.


Martin Shkreli made headlines when his company raised the price of a decades-old drug more than 5000%.  That's an extreme example of the rising cost of prescription drugs.  We look at others and the reasons that many patients are unable to afford the medicines they need.


Plant Study

Mar 1, 2016

Sutherlandia is a legume that's native to South Africa, where it's used to treat numerous infections, including HIV/AIDS. The benefits and safety of this treatment haven't been explored through the lens of western science... until now. MU's Bill Folk is part of a team running clinical trials on the plant and its uses.


Iowa Healthcare Collaborative

Roughly 1,000 Kansas doctors soon will be participating in a massive nationwide initiative aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of the health care system.

The Kansas doctors will be part of a six-state transformation project managed by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, a nonprofit organization formed in 2004 by doctors and hospitals in the state.

Dr. Tom Evans, the CEO of the Iowa collaborative, said each of the participating states will be free to focus on its own improvement strategy.

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City's graduating medical students gathered in the School of Medicine's courtyard Friday to find out what hospital they'll be paired with to complete their residencies.

Nearly every one of the more than 100 graduating students was crying, laughing or a combination of the two when they got to open the envelopes containing their assignments.

As their names were read off, faculty members stuck colored pins on a map of America to represent where the class of 2015 will be going. Graduate Chiazotam Ekekezie ended up getting her first choice of school: Rhode Island Hospital at Brown University.

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If you’ve got a shooting pain in your back that won’t quit or nagging, achy knees, you might be one of millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sits down with Judy Foreman to discuss her new book, A Nation in Pain. We'll get to the bottom of why our society fails to fully treat nearly 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain.


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If your allergies seem more severe this year in Kansas City, you're not alone.

That's according to Dr. Jay Portnoy, who leads the allergy and asthma department at Children's Mercy Hospital.

"We've been tracking pollen for 15 years in the Kansas City area and over that time, the pollen count has been slowly increasing," Portnoy says. "Each year is getting a little bit worse."  

On Thursday, Portnoy explained to Up To Date Host Steve Kraske that the day's tree pollen count was only 529, but two weeks ago, it hit an all-time high of 9,000.

One doctor says he has the ultimate cure-all— and it’s not from a pharmacy.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we examine the “exercise cure” and how it seems to decrease disease and improve general health.


Dr. Gary Yarbrough has been a rural family physician for more than 30 years, first in Kentucky then Michigan and, since 1994, in Parsons, Kan.

On this edition of 90-Mile View he talks with Steve Kraske about making house calls in the severe cold this winter plus shares a tale from his latest book, Office Calls: And Other Stories From Thirty Years of Rural Medicine.

Integrative Medicine: Does It Work?

Mar 3, 2014

Many Americans are turning away from pharmaceuticals and experimenting with integrative medicine. This type of treatment aims to heal the entire body and not just the disease. Acupuncture, yoga, essential oils, vitamins and herbal supplements are just some of the ways patients are seeking relief from everything from headaches to cancer.

On today's Central Standard, two integrative medicine doctors weigh in on this alternative to Westernized treatments.


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Dr. Gary Yarbrough has practiced family medicine for more than 30 years and since 1994  has tended to the people in and around Parsons, KS.

The author of House Calls, Dr. Yarbrough has told us of some of the more memorable moments and patients he's encountered over the decades.  In this edition of 90-Mile View, he talks with Steve Kraske about his latest book and shares the tale of one man's misfortune in a Kentucky tobacco barn.

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Maddie Major shouldn’t be alive today. The eight-year-old girl has been fighting a form of leukemia since she was three. Robyn Major, Maddie’s mother, says in spite of chemotherapy, radiation, and even a bone  marrow transplant, Maddie’s cancer kept coming back. 

“In August of 2012, she relapsed for the second time,” says Robyn Major. "It was at that time that we realized conventional therapies weren’t going to offer a cure for Maddie.”

Pull off a bank job in the Wild West with Jesse James, join Ulysses S. Grant as he leads Union troops into the entrenched Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg and solve the puzzle of a woman's month of madness.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with the authors of the latest titles on Steve’s Bookshelf:

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

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

90-Mile View: Dr. Gary Yarbrough

Jul 9, 2013

A rural doctor throughout his career, Gary Yarbrough of Parsons, Kansas represents a medical minority, that of solo practitioner.

Steve Kraske talks with Dr. Yarbrough  about the impact he, and other solo doctors, face from the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  Hear the drastic change he made in light of the demands the Act places upon medical professionals.

Springfield Hospital Uses Leeches To Treat Patients

Jun 18, 2013

A medical procedure that goes back thousands of years is enjoying a resurgence: leeching. The segmented worms are used primarily in microsurgeries like limb reattachments and plastic surgery.

At the Mercy Springfield pharmacy in Springfield, MO leeches are kept in a jar in a refrigerator.

Leeches are classified as medical devices by the US Food and Drug Administration and about 20 medical grade leeches that are kept in case they’re needed, which is usually once or twice a year.

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Maggots, a method that some might consider old-fashioned, are being used to treat wounds that won’t heal, in plastic surgery and in limb reattachments at a hospital in Branson.

Liliane Sparks of Hollister has health problems that prevent her from using a hyperbaric chamber to help heal her wounds. But without the proper treatment of the deep wounds on her feet, she faced amputation. Her doctor, Bob Dorsey at CoxHealth in Branson, suggested maggot debridement therapy.

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Dr. Gary Yarbrough has practiced family medicine in small towns for 30 years.  In that time he's met some memorable people.

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With the temperatures soaring this week, spring has burst onto the scene… and that means lots of pollen

The two scientists who won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine discovered that cells in our body have the remarkable ability to reinvent themselves. They found that every cell in the human body, from our skin and bones to our heart and brain, can be coaxed into forming any other cell.