University of Kansas Medical Center

Heartland Health Monitor
5:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Solving The Puzzling Mental Illness of Bhutanese Refugees

Palak and Durga Khadka with their son-in-law, Birkha, and daughter, Ganga (left to right) next to their home in Chalet Manor in Kansas City, Kan.
Alex Smith KCUR

Making the rounds at a public housing complex in Kansas City, Kan., community health worker Rinzin Wangmo is greeted by cheery voices and faces.

As she enters a home, the heavy aroma of chopped onions stings her nose, and she hurries up a short flight of stairs to escape the burn. After gently knocking on a door, she walks in to meet with a woman who’s bedridden with pain. 

The woman’s condition is not unusual among Bhutanese refugees, according to University of Kansas professor Dr. Joe LeMaster.

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Heartland Health Monitor
7:08 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

KU Docs Say Proposed Cure For Transplant Waits Would Make Local Patients Sicker

Dr. Timothy Schmitt, left, and Dr. Sean Kumer perform a liver transplant at KU Hospital.
Credit University of Kansas Hospital

When Steve Jobs needed a liver transplant in 2009, the Apple CEO left California and went to Memphis, Tenn. While his home state has some of the longest waiting lists in the country for donated livers, Tennessee has some of the shortest.

Many health advocates point to Jobs’ story as an example of the harsh disparities faced by those who need new livers in different parts of the country.

Plans are in the works to fix those disparities, but some Kansas City doctors worry about what a shake-up would mean for local hospitals and patients.

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Heartland Health Monitor
4:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Cancer Clinical Trial Program In Kansas Awaits Decision On Its Fate

A high-mag image of Seminoma, one of many types of cancer treated at Wichita-based Cancer Center of Kansas.
Credit Wikimedia / CC

Kraig Moore is one of the patients helping test experimental cancer treatments through a clinical trials program operated by the Wichita-based Cancer Center of Kansas. The 47-year-old psychologist, who also operates a bed-and-breakfast near Mulvane, Kan., was diagnosed last January with stage 3b metastatic malignant melanoma.

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4:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

KU Announces Plans For Multiple Sclerosis Center

The University of Kansas Medical Center will create a new center to help those with multiple sclerosis improve their physical and emotional health as well as lifestyle.

KU announced Wednesday morning that an $800,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation would help fund the project.

A former day care facility at 3503 Rainbow Blvd. will be renovated to house the new Comprehensive Center for Multiple Sclerosis Care.

The new center will serve between 100 and 125 participants weekly.

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11:21 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Committee 'Green Lights' KU Med Center Building Project

The legislative committee charged with overseeing state building projects today added money to next year’s budget to help the University of Kansas fund construction of a $75 million classroom building on its Kansas City, Kan. campus.

The Joint Committee on State Building Construction voted to add $1.4 million to the fiscal 2015 budget to help pay for bonds that will be issued to fund the project.  The plan is for the state to contribute $15 million over time to help finance up to $35 million in construction bonds.

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8:25 am
Fri February 14, 2014

KU Chancellor Seeking State Support For New Med Center Building

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is scheduled to appear before a legislative committee Thursday to renew a request for state help in financing a state-of-the-art classroom building at its medical school.

In testimony to the Joint Committee on State Building Construction, Gray-Little is expected to say that the $75 million building is urgently needed to meet accreditation standards and to accommodate new ways of teaching that emphasize active learning in small-group settings over note taking in large lecture halls.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Exhibition Program Halted At KU Medical Center

Until recently, Dykes Library hosted rotating exhibitions, but the program is now closed. On Monday, the last day of Hawk Week, rows of tables were set up for an event for students.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

After more than 20 years of showing rotating artwork, mostly of local artists, an exhibition program at University of Kansas Medical Center has closed. Officials say it’s the impact of steep cuts to state funding. And the KU Chancellor defended the school's commitment to free speech Tuesday. But others are calling it censorship. 

Inside and outside the library

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