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Up To Date
9:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

America's Chronic Pain Problem

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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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Health
2:39 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Why Your Allergies Seem To Be Worse This Year In Kansas City

Pollen from trees and other plants hit an all-time-high in Kansas City about two weeks ago.
Credit Emily Whitty / Submitted photo

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.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Exercise As A Cure-All

Dr. Jordan Metzl is the co-author of 'The Exercise Cure: A Doctor's All-Natural, No-Pill Prescription for Better Health and Longer Life.'

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.

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90-Mile View
3:43 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

90 Mile View: The Power Of The White Coat

Dr. Gary Yarbrough in the countryside outside Parsons, Kansas where he practices among the Amish and English.

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.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Integrative Medicine: Does It Work?

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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90-Mile View
6:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

90-Mile View: A Bug In Your Ear

Tobacco Barn
Credit Baer Tierkel / Flickr Commons

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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Health
5:24 am
Tue October 1, 2013

National Budget Battle Threatens Medical Research

Robyn and Maddie Major at AACR Cancer Progress Report, in Washington, D.C.
Credit courtesy of AACR

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.”

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Steve's Bookshelf: Fighting Outlaws, Wars & A Mysterious Disease

Susannah Cahalan, Jeff Shaara and Mark Lee Gardener's books are all on Steve's Bookshelf.

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:

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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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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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90-Mile View
6:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

90-Mile View: Dr. Gary Yarbrough

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.

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Health
8:09 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Springfield Hospital Uses Leeches To Treat Patients

Mercy Springfield Hospital occasionally uses leeches to treat patients.
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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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Health
8:03 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Branson Hospital Uses Maggots To Heal Wounds, Reattach Limbs

Maggots in a container at the London Zoo in London, UK.
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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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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

90-Mile View: Dr. Gary Yarbrough

Gary Yarbrough, M.D.
Credit Courtest of Gary Yarbrough

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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Up to Date
5:29 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Allergies: Indoor, Outdoor & Everywhere

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Allan Foster

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

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Shots - Health Blog
8:14 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Nobel Winners Unlocked Cells' Unlimited Potential

Shinya Yamanaka from Kyoto University was named the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering how mature, adult cells can be reprogrammed into immature stem cells.
Shizuo Kambayashi Associated Press

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 2:28 pm

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.

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