Bryan Thompson

Bryan is the health reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Health
7:22 am
Wed October 22, 2014

New Report Shows Drop In Kansas Immunization Rate

A new report on the well-being of Kansas children shows a steep drop in the number of kids who are fully immunized by the age of two, as recommended.

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Energy
7:51 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Wolf Creek Assures NRC It's Fixing Water Issues

Officials from Wolf Creek, the only nuclear power plant in Kansas, updated the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Thursday on their efforts to solve persistent problems with the water supply that cools safety equipment at the plant. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, the NRC has been aware of the problems for the last five years.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

EPA Official Says Kansas Is At Risk From Climate Change

The Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency says climate change is already happening in Kansas and the entire region. As Bryan Thompson reports, Administrator Karl Brooks says the best way to minimize climate change is to implement the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Brooks says that’s because power plants are the largest uncontrolled source of carbon emissions in America.

“Our obligation to regulate those pollutants is clear," he says. "The Supreme Court announced that nearly six years ago.”

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Health
11:41 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Expert Tells Older Kansans 'ACA Strengthens Medicare'

The top Medicare expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation says the health care program for older Americans is stronger today than it was four years ago-and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is the reason why. Bryan Thompson spoke with Tricia Neuman while she was in Salina for an annual senior fair.

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Health
1:06 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KU Pathologist Welcomes Drug Resistance Fight

President Obama has issued an executive order directing the federal government to step up the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Bryan Thompson reports, it's a fight with enormous consequences.

In her job overseeing infectious disease testing at the University of Kansas Hospital, professor Rebecca Horvat is very familiar with bacteria that are impervious to front-line antibiotics.

“Half of them are very antibiotic-resistant," she says. "You only have a few drugs left to treat them. I see it every day.”

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Health
11:53 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Kansas To Share Suicide, Homicide Data with CDC

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has received a federal grant of almost $1 million to help the CDC develop strategies to reduce the number of violent deaths. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, the state will share homicide and suicide data with the National Violent Death Reporting System for five years.

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Health
2:35 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kansas Kids Rely On CHIP Reauthorization

Credit firstfocus.net

A Washington, D.C., group that advocates for families and children is urging Kansans to speak up for renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program. Bryan Thompson has more.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, was created in 1997 to cover kids whose families are not poor enough for Medicaid, but can’t afford private insurance. The program needs to be reauthorized by Congress to continue after the next fiscal year.

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Health
11:59 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Respiratory Illness Sickens Hundreds Of KC Kids

Hospitals in Kansas City have been seeing hundreds of kids with a viral respiratory illness.

Bryan Thompson reports, the virus typically causes only mild--if any--symptoms, but it can be severe in some cases.

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Politics
9:23 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Kansas Senators Say "Politics" Won't Dampen Their Support National Bio-Agro Defense Facility

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction sign outside Manhattan, Kansas.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The two U.S. Senators from Kansas say they won't play politics with the budget bill containing the final $300 million in federal funding for a state-of-the-art bio-security lab under construction adjacent to the Kansas State University campus. The $1.25 billion lab is scheduled to open in 2023, barring any further hurdles.

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Environment
11:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Coal’s Future In Kansas Clouded By New Regulations

Credit www.kansaspublicradio.org

One of the subplots in this political year is the battle over coal. A Washington group with deep Republican ties is pouring a quarter-million dollars into TV ads urging Kansans to join Governor Sam Brownback in fighting-quote-"for Kansas jobs and cheaper energy." It's a reference to one of the state's longest simmering political battles – the dispute over the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. Bryan Thompson explores the controversy...

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