People who live in poverty are routinely faced with tough choices, like whether to buy food or pay the utility bills. For the poor, items like shaving cream, shampoo, and deodorant may be luxuries that are simply out of reach. But an effort is underway in Wichita to provide the basic hygiene supplies that many of us take for granted.
A study by researchers at the Universities of Kansas and Notre Dame shows cell phones can be a powerful tool to help reinforce home-based parenting training.
The study focused on parents who experience higher levels of depression, stress and family violence. KU’s Judith Carta says these families need better parenting strategies, yet they’re most at-risk of dropping out of the very programs meant to help them.
Flu season has come early to Kansas this year; state health officials have confirmed two cases of influenza.
KDHE spokeswoman Miranda Steele says one case was identified through a system of clinics that monitor patients with flu-like symptoms. The other was identified by the Sedgwick County Health Department.
The end of October brings an end to a boost in the amount of federal food assistance that's been helping to feed 316,000 Kansans for the past four years. The extra benefits were part of the stimulus bill Congress passed in 2009 to help people recover from the recession.
Barb LaClair, who studies hunger issues at the non-profit Kansas Health Institute, says caseloads suggest low-income Kansans still aren’t seeing a recovery. She says they’re going to have no choice but to rely even more on food banks and food pantries, which are already overextended.
Assisted living facilities often claim to offer a carefree lifestyle for people in their so-called golden years. But state regulations may not be adequate to ensure that these facilities live up to that promise.
What many people don’t realize is that many assisted living facilities don’t have the needed staff to care for people who lose the ability to take care of themselves.
Mitzi McFatrich heads the non-profit Kansas Advocates for Better Care. She’s just back from a national conference where these issues were highlighted.
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.
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.
Columbia University Environmental Health Professor Patrick Kinney says smoke is a serious health hazard, even if you can’t smell it.
The rampant glitches that have plagued the federally-operated health insurance marketplace have been the focus of a lot of political heat. It's prompted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to fire back with a full-throated defense of the law that created the exchanges, the Affordable Care Act.
The annual enrollment period for Medicare's prescription drug coverage and privatized Medicare Advantage plans is now open. It's the one time of year when people can make changes to their coverage without being penalized.
This year, many senior citizens have been confused. The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act started just two weeks ago. Many people are under the mistaken impression that they need to sign up for coverage on the exchange, even though they have Medicare.