Drug Administration is taking public comments on a proposed rule that would extend the agency’s reach to tobacco products that are not currently regulated by the agency-including e-cigarettes. The proposal comes at a time when nicotine poisoning is on the rise.
Poison Control Centers all across the country have been seeing a growing number of poisonings from exposure to the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes.
Governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill that seeks to let Kansas craft its own unique approach to regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
The governor held a signing ceremony on Wednesday at a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas.
The ceremony took place at the Sunflower Electric plant near Holcomb. Governor Brownback says the EPA is expected to issue guidelines this summer regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
Insurance companies will begin covering autism services next January for a limited number of children in Kansas.
A bill mandating such coverage has now been signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback.
“So I am pleased to sign this bill today, expanding coverage for autism," Brownback says. "This is an important moment for families that deal with the challenges of an autistic family member, and it’s important that we do this as a society.”
Campus officials say a student on the KU Lawrence campus has been confirmed to have tuberculosis.
KU officials say the student is doing well, and is expected to make a full recovery. Health officials are conducting a TB contact investigation.
Fewer than 50 people are believed to be at risk from exposure to the communicable lung disease. They will all be tested to see whether they've been infected. If so, they'll be treated with antibiotics.
Health officials say even those who become infected are highly unlikely to get sick from TB.
The state of Kansas has a special program to help some people who have suffered serious brain injuries. It's a part of the Medicaid program, but is managed under a waiver from the federal government. That waiver is up for renewal, some people are concerned that access to the program may be cut back.
The fifth annual County Health Rankings are out, and the parts of Kansas that have struggled in prior years are still at the bottom of the list. The rankings provide a clear picture of just how much health depends on social factors like poverty and education.
Johnson County tops the list again this year as the healthiest county in Kansas. Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, of the Kansas Health Institute, says it’s more than just coincidence that the Kansas City suburb is also the state’s wealthiest county.