Bryan Thompson

Bryan is the health reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Health
10:03 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Kansas County Health Rankings Show Wide Gap

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.

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Health
11:19 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kansas House Passes Compact In Effort To Move Away From Federal Health Care

The Kansas House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would allow Kansas to join several other states in an effort to take control of health care programs away from the federal government.

The main sponsor of the legislation in the House is Republican Brett Hildabrand.

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Health
10:06 am
Thu March 6, 2014

KU Med Expanding Services for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

The center provides weekly rehab services to 25 patients who have fairly severe MS symptoms. When the remodeled facility opens next year, it will have space and equipment to serve up to 100 patients.

Dr. Sharon Lynch, who directs the program, says traditional rehab programs provide only a few weeks of direct services, and then expect the patient to continue at home.

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Environment
9:51 am
Fri February 21, 2014

EPA Proposes New Pesticide Safety Rules

The EPA has been taking input from stakeholders for ten years. The changes include additional worker training on the safe use of pesticides, including what to do in case of exposure.

Signs would have to posted warning workers not to re-enter a field where pesticides have recently been applied.

There are also provisions to protect workers from pesticide drift—chemicals blowing from one field to another.

Children younger than 16 would be banned from handling any pesticides. However, there is an exemption for family farms.

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Health
11:23 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Domestic Violence Reports In Kansas At A 20-Year High

Joyce Grover, who heads the Kansas Coalition, says the number of domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in 2012 represented a 20-year high.

“There is a domestic violence incident that has occurred in Kansas every 21 minutes,” Grover says. “Law enforcement made a domestic violence arrest every 39 minutes and one domestic murder every 15 days.”

In fact, says Grover, more than one in four homicides in Kansas is domestic violence-related.

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Health
10:12 am
Thu February 13, 2014

KS Nursing Home Watchdog Cites Atchison Among Top Performers

The Dooley Center, in Atchison, has not been cited for a single violation the past three years. Mitzi McFatrich, who heads Kansas Advocates for Better Care, says 20 have had five or fewer deficiencies in the last three years.

“None of them are citations that are related to actual harm of a resident, immediate jeopardy of a resident, or mistreatment of a resident,” McFatrich said.

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Health
6:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Conference Call Today May Be Last Chance To Comment Before Disability Services Rolled Into KanCare

What: Conference call for public comment/questions regarding disability services being rolled into KanCare, state's privately managed Medicaid program.

When: Today (Jan. 22) 8:30AM - 10:30AM

Conference Call Number: 1-800-811-9422.

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Agriculture
9:05 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Two Chinese Scientists Try To Steal Rice From KS Research Facility

Credit Wikipedia

Two crop scientists from China are accused of trying to steal rice seed samples from a biopharmaceutical research facility in Kansas. Federal charges have been filed against the two men in U.S. District Court, in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Community
7:34 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Kansas Child Poverty Rates Still Climbing

More than 23 percent of Kansas children lived in poverty last year. That’s according to the new Kansas Kids Count report, released by the non-profit advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.

The group’s president, Shannon Cotsoradis, says that compares with about 18 percent five years ago.

“When you have almost one in every four kids growing up in poverty, and we know the long-term consequences of that, we really have to worry about the future of our state," she says.

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Health
9:19 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Delivering Hygiene Supplies to Needy Kansans

Credit Kansas Food Bank

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.

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