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Construction is underway on a new building to serve patients of Hunter Health Clinic in Wichita.

The new clinic for patient services will be north of Hunter Health’s clinic on East Central.

Hunter is a community-based health center that provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services on a sliding fee scale. Hunter focuses on providing care to people who are uninsured or underinsured.

Hunter Health officials say they’ll be able to serve more patients and expand services once the new building opens in about a year.

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The state of Kansas ranks almost in the middle in a recent list of best and worst states in which to retire.

Kansas is 27th out of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C., according to the ranking from finance website Wallet Hub.

A new report from the non-profit Trust For America’s Health says Kansas is falling short on four of ten indicators of public health preparedness.

Kansas is among 18 states that met six of the ten indicators. Missouri met only five. Kansas is one of only two states that have cut their public health budgets three consecutive years.

Wichita State University

Researchers at Wichita State University have received a grant from NASA to develop a biomedical sensor that attaches to the body.

The wearable device is called a smart skin biomedical sensor. It looks like a rectangular copper sticker with geometric patterns.

Based on their early work , a group of student and faculty researchers at WSU received a $1.1 million grant from NASA to continue developing the sensor. It measures things like blood flow, blood gas levels and muscle degeneration—all without batteries or electrical components.

Greater Wichita Partnership

A health care innovation forum held on Wednesday in Wichita focused on cultivating better healthcare practices in the region. Many ideas came to life at the forum, including concepts created by local entrepreneurs.

Among the presenters was David Grainger, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the KU School of Medicine’s Wichita campus. Grainger developed a product called an OBoard, an electronic version of the traditional whiteboard at nurses' stations in labor and delivery units at hospitals that keep track of expecting mothers and their conditions.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

A Kansas woman is suing a San Diego-based produce distributor after she was hospitalized with Salmonella poisoning linked to tainted cucumbers. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has details.

Monica Rios loves cucumbers. The Sedgwick County woman says she bought a Fat Boy brand cucumber at a Wal-Mart store in Wichita last August, washed it thoroughly, and ate it in a salad. Within a couple of days, she was hospitalized with abdominal cramping and pain she says she wouldn’t wish on her worst enemy.

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A group pushing for elimination of the sales tax on groceries in Kansas is touting a new study.

The Wichita State University study shows that even before it was raised last month from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent, the statewide sales tax was costing rural grocers an average of about $18,000 a year in lost sales.

The study was paid for by KC Healthy Kids, a nonprofit organization pushing to make Kansas the 37th state to eliminate its sales tax on groceries.

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Kansas health officials say five lakes around the state currently have toxic algae blooms.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says warnings for blue-green algae have been issued for Chisolm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Lovewell State Park Lake in Jewell County, Marion Reservoir in Marion County, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County and Norton Lake in Norton County.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Senate has approved bi-partisan legislation to clarify the circumstances under which veterans are allowed to get medical care from their hometown providers at the VA’s expense. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has more…

Wichita State University

A Wichita State University professor has been honored with the National Humanitarian Physician Assistant of the Year award. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The American Academy of Physician Assistants awarded this year’s honor to Gina Brown, assistant professor of the physician assistant program at WSU.

Brown’s own students nominated her for the award, which recognizes a PA who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to human rights and to providing accessible and quality health care on both domestic and international levels.

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