Health http://kmuw.org en Salina To Vote On Fluoridation http://kmuw.org/post/salina-vote-fluoridation <p>A petition to remove fluoride from Salina’s water supply was submitted on Monday to the city clerk.</p><p></p><p>A grassroots organization called Salina Cares delivered the petition and its 2041 signatures to city clerk Shandi&nbsp;Wicks on July 21st.</p><p>The petition is a request to the city of Salina to remove fluoride from the city’s public water supply.</p><p>The group intends to put the issue up for a vote in the November elections.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Aileen LeBlanc 37811 at http://kmuw.org The Food Deserts Of Wichita http://kmuw.org/post/food-deserts-wichita <p></p><p>Tomorrow marks the final day of business for two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita. According to the company, the stores have been underperforming for a number of years. Their absence could add to a problem that already exists in the city - an increasing number of what are called “food deserts.” Food deserts are low-income neighborhoods which have little access to fresh, affordable food.</p><p></p><p><strong>When Grocers Close, Nutrition Goes With Them</strong></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:27:00 +0000 Sean Sandefur 37656 at http://kmuw.org The Food Deserts Of Wichita Toxic Algae Warnings Issued For Seven Kansas Lakes http://kmuw.org/post/toxic-algae-warnings-issued-seven-kansas-lakes <p>Kansas health officials have issued warnings for seven lakes around the state because of toxic algae.</p><p>The KDHE said Thursday that high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been found at Chisolm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Marion Reservoir, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County, Milford Reservoir in Clay, Geary and Dickinson counties, Jewell State Fishing Lake, Lake Warnock in Atchison County and South Park Lake in Johnson County.</p><p>Warnings mean water conditions aren't safe for direct contact and that wading, skiing and swimming should be prohibited.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:23:26 +0000 Associated Press 37681 at http://kmuw.org Agriculture Dept. To Allow Emergency Haying And Grazing In 44 Counties http://kmuw.org/post/agriculture-dept-allow-emergency-haying-and-grazing-44-counties <p>The Agriculture Department is allowing emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage in 44 Kansas counties.</p><p>The drought has depleted hay supplies and affected the growth of hay and pasture in parts of Kansas.</p><p>An official with the Kansas Farm Service Agency says many producers cannot maintain their current herds without the emergency measure.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:30:45 +0000 Associated Press 37671 at http://kmuw.org New Measles Exposure Sites Found http://kmuw.org/post/new-measles-exposure-sites-found <p></p><p>The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Sedgwick County Health Department have identified two more sites where people could have been exposed to measles in Wichita. A new case of the virus has also been confirmed. KMUWs Abigail Wilson reports…</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new case of measles has been identified in Wichita, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 9 since the first was reported on July 10.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:42:34 +0000 Abigail Wilson 37620 at http://kmuw.org New Measles Exposure Sites Found Pharmacy Board Recommends Tracking Of Prescription Cough Syrup Ingredient http://kmuw.org/post/pharmacy-board-recommends-tracking-prescription-cough-syrup-ingredient <p>The Kansas Board of Pharmacy wants an ingredient used in prescription cough syrup to be tracked by the state because it’s being abused.</p><p>Debra Billingsley is executive secretary of the board of pharmacy, she told lawmakers Monday that promethazine with codeine syrup is being increasingly abused as a recreational drug, particularly by high school students. She says when it’s mixed with soda or candy the mixture is often called by several slang names, including "purple drank" and "sizzurp."</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:18:03 +0000 Associated Press 37501 at http://kmuw.org Multiple Cases Of Measles Discovered in Wichita http://kmuw.org/post/multiple-cases-measles-discovered-wichita <p></p><p>UPDATE:</p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Multiple cases of measles have been reported in </span>Sedgwick<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County including&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a student taking summer classes at Wichita State University and four&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">individuals linked to a restaurant in the city.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Wichita State University, the student had not received an MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:23:21 +0000 Carla Eckels 37463 at http://kmuw.org Multiple Cases Of Measles Discovered in Wichita Two Measles Cases Discovered In Wichita Area http://kmuw.org/post/two-measles-cases-discovered-wichita-area <p>State health officials say two cases of measles in the Wichita area are linked to a recent outbreak in the bistate Kansas City metropolitan area.</p><p></p><p>The Sedgwick County cases reported Thursday involve an unvaccinated adult and an infant who is too young to be vaccinated. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state has now had five cases of measles this year.</p><p>Officials did not disclose the relationship between the Wichita-area cases and those in Johnson County, Kansas, and nearby Clay County, Missouri.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:13:54 +0000 Associated Press & Carla Eckels 37320 at http://kmuw.org Concussions Persist From High School To Pros, But More Is Known http://kmuw.org/post/concussions-persist-high-school-pros-more-known <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Next month, middle school and high school students in Wichita will be going back to class…and some will also get back to their favorite sports. A topic often on the minds of parents is concussions, a brain injury that occurs after a severe blow to the head – and from high school teams to the pros, they’re as prevalent as ever.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sean Sandefur 37288 at http://kmuw.org Concussions Persist From High School To Pros, But More Is Known Grant To Cut Heart Attack & Stroke Deaths In Rural KS http://kmuw.org/post/grant-cut-heart-attack-stroke-deaths-rural-ks <p></p><p></p><p>A federal grant of more than 12-million dollars will fund a new, three-year partnership between the University of Kansas Hospital and medical providers in Western Kansas. As Bryan Thompson explains, the money is from an Affordable Care Act program aimed at spurring innovation in health care.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:53:24 +0000 Bryan Thompson 37253 at http://kmuw.org Grant To Cut Heart Attack & Stroke Deaths In Rural KS