public health

Heartland Health Monitor
3:05 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Salina, Kan., To Vote On Taking Fluoride Out Of Its Water

Orthodontists Cindy and Alan Reed are working with others in Salina’s medical community to rally support for maintaining fluoride in the public water supply. Voters will decide the issue Tuesday.
Credit Andy Marso / KHI News Service

When Alan and Cindy Reed started devoting their evenings and weekends to going door-to-door to talk with their Salina neighbors about an upcoming vote on water fluoridation, they considered avoiding houses with the blue “Stop Fluoride” signs.

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Central Standard
2:38 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The 'Kansas Flu' Of 1918 And The City's Response To It

In the wake of swirling fears about the spread of Ebola as well as Kansas cases of pertussis and measles, we look back on a pandemic that hit home for Kansas City: the Influenza pandemic of 1918. The death rate in Kansas City outpaced that in other places, and some say the city's politics and public health infrastructure were largely to blame.

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Up to Date
11:05 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Exploring Ham Radio In A Digital World

Ham radio operators can communicate with basic equipment like this.
Credit Whiskeygonebad / Flickr-CC

With smartphones and Wi-Fi everywhere, ham radios can seem a little dated. However, the machines have quite a following, and they can be lifesavers when disasters strike.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a ham radio enthusiast about their continued popularity and check in to see how useful they can be for area hospitals.

Learn More: interested in becoming a ham radio operator? Learn more about classes


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Central Standard
1:09 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Growing Populations Of Bed Bugs And Lice

Credit Michael Aulia / Flickr - CC

‘Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite.’  It’s a phrase you’ve probably heard a lot, but perhaps holds a different significance to you if you’ve had a bed bug infestation or know someone who has.  Cases of bed bugs have been rising in recent years. But just who or what are these vermin?  They feed on human blood, don’t contract diseases,  and can be hard to talk about. Perhaps more importantly, how do we get rid of them?

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4:20 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Kansas Tied For Last In Health Emergency Preparedness

Flooding in Coffeyville, Kan.
courtesy of Kansas Department of Health and Environment

A new report out this week finds that Kansas and Missouri are vulnerable in key areas when it comes to being prepared for a public health emergency, like a disease outbreak or natural disaster.

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10:44 am
Mon December 20, 2010

School of Public Health Moving Forward

Kansas City, KS – Plans are moving forward to develop a school of public health in Kansas. As Bryan Thompson reports, the proposal from the University of Kansas now has the support of the Kansas Board of Regents.


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