health http://kmuw.org en Report: Most Kansans Breathe Smoky Air http://kmuw.org/post/report-most-kansans-breathe-smoky-air <p>A new report says nearly all Kansans are exposed to air that's polluted with smoke, but the source of that smoke isn't clear.<br /><br />The report from a non-profit environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, shows that virtually all Kansans breathed smoke pollution in 2011 and that 2.8 million Kansans were exposed to medium-to-high-density smoke for anywhere from 12 to 47 days.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:33:36 +0000 Bryan Thompson 25354 at http://kmuw.org Story Preview: Primary Doctors Essential To Family Health Care http://kmuw.org/post/story-preview-primary-doctors-essential-family-health-care <p>The KMUW news department is working on an extensive piece exploring the balance between primary care doctors and specialty physicians.<br /><br />In this preview, you'll hear some of the people and situations that KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has gathered for the story.<br /><br />You'll meet patients in Belleville, a student doctor, her mentor there and the head of the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:41:53 +0000 Aileen LeBlanc 25246 at http://kmuw.org Story Preview: Primary Doctors Essential To Family Health Care Drug Overdose Deaths In Kansas Not As Bad As Many Other States http://kmuw.org/post/drug-overdose-deaths-kansas-not-bad-many-other-states <p>The rate of drug overdose deaths in Kansas has more than doubled since 1999, but the rate has gone up even more in many other states.<br /><br />As a result, Kansas now has the eighth-lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the country, <a href="http://www.healthyamericans.org/reports/drugabuse2013/release.php?stateid=KS">according to a new report from the non-profit Trust for America&rsquo;s Health</a>.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:29:35 +0000 Bryan Thompson 24545 at http://kmuw.org WSU Speech Language Clinic Offering Free Screenings http://kmuw.org/post/wsu-speech-language-clinic-offering-free-screenings <p>Wichita State University&#39;s Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is offering <a href="http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=2284">free hearing screenings</a> on Mondays the rest of this month, on Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.</p><p>Appointments are open to the general public and available from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.</p><p>The clinic also offers hearing evaluation services, hearing aids, etc.</p><p>The clinic is located at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Entrance T, at 29th and Oliver. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 978-3289.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:13:27 +0000 Kate Clause 24386 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Hospitals Getting Better At Preventing Infections http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-hospitals-getting-better-preventing-infections <p>The first-ever statewide report on infections occurring in Kansas hospitals shows progress against two specific types of infections.</p><p>Hand-washing is one of the most important precautions to keep from spreading germs to susceptible patients. Hospitals are also trying to use urinary catheters only when there&rsquo;s no other option. They&rsquo;re also reducing the use of central lines&mdash;IV ports that go into a large blood vessel.</p><p>The results from 2011 show that Kansas is well below national averages for usage of those devices, and for the infections that result.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:27:10 +0000 Bryan Thompson 24052 at http://kmuw.org Watchdog: KS Nursing Home Requirements Too Weak http://kmuw.org/post/watchdog-ks-nursing-home-requirements-too-weak <p>A nursing home watchdog group says Kansas nursing home residents would benefit from increased requirements for direct care from nurses and nurse-aides in nursing homes. Current regulations require adequate staffing to provide each resident a minimum of two hours of direct care daily.<br> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:25:12 +0000 Bryan Thompson 23260 at http://kmuw.org Study: Working Overtime Could Harm Your Well-Being http://kmuw.org/post/study-working-overtime-could-harm-your-well-being <p>A Kansas State University researcher says working overtime may cost people their health.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:29:13 +0000 Associated Press 22812 at http://kmuw.org Infant Mortality In Kansas Up Slightly Last Year http://kmuw.org/post/infant-mortality-kansas-slightly-last-year <p>A new research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a slight increase in the infant mortality rate last year.<br><br>Infant mortality refers to babies who die before their first birthday.</p><p>Although the trend has been downward, Kansas has exceeded the national infant mortality rate every year since 2003.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:03:19 +0000 Bryan Thompson 22362 at http://kmuw.org Kansas 14th Most Obese State In Nation http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-14th-most-obese-state-nation <p><a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2013/08/f-as-in-fat--how-obesity-threatens-america-s-future-2013.html">A new report on obesity in America</a> says Kansas is now the 14th most obese state in the nation.<br><br>The annual “F as in Fat” report says 29.9 per cent of adults in Kansas are obese. That’s barely changed from last year.<br> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:30:28 +0000 Bryan Thompson 22178 at http://kmuw.org Kansas 14th Most Obese State In Nation Kansas Is Ranked 16th for Child Well-Being, But Things May Not Be As They Appear http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-ranked-16th-child-well-being-things-may-not-be-they-appear <p>Kansas is the 16th best state in the nation, in terms of overall child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in this year's <a href="http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx">KIDS COUNT Data Book</a>. The report covers 16 measures of child health, economic well-being, family and community, and education. But while Kansas is in the top-third overall, the economic picture for kids in Kansas is not so bright.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:10:40 +0000 Bryan Thompson 19359 at http://kmuw.org