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6:33 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Report: Most Kansans Breathe Smoky Air

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.

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Health
8:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Story Preview: Primary Doctors Essential To Family Health Care

In Belleville, Kan., Rachel Svaty, a medical student, learns with real-world, hands-on training alongside her mentor, Cayle Goertzen, a practicing family doctor.
Aileen LeBlanc KMUW

The KMUW news department is working on an extensive piece exploring the balance between primary care doctors and specialty physicians.

In this preview, you'll hear some of the people and situations that KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has gathered for the story.

You'll meet patients in Belleville, a student doctor, her mentor there and the head of the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.

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Health
7:29 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Drug Overdose Deaths In Kansas Not As Bad As Many Other States

The rate of drug overdose deaths in Kansas has more than doubled since 1999, but the rate has gone up even more in many other states.

As a result, Kansas now has the eighth-lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the country, according to a new report from the non-profit Trust for America’s Health.

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Community
9:13 am
Fri October 4, 2013

WSU Speech Language Clinic Offering Free Screenings

Wichita State University's Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is offering free hearing screenings on Mondays the rest of this month, on Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Appointments are open to the general public and available from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.

The clinic also offers hearing evaluation services, hearing aids, etc.

The clinic is located at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Entrance T, at 29th and Oliver. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 978-3289.

Health
7:27 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kansas Hospitals Getting Better At Preventing Infections

The first-ever statewide report on infections occurring in Kansas hospitals shows progress against two specific types of infections.

Hand-washing is one of the most important precautions to keep from spreading germs to susceptible patients. Hospitals are also trying to use urinary catheters only when there’s no other option. They’re also reducing the use of central lines—IV ports that go into a large blood vessel.

The results from 2011 show that Kansas is well below national averages for usage of those devices, and for the infections that result.

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Health
7:25 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Watchdog: KS Nursing Home Requirements Too Weak

A nursing home watchdog group says Kansas nursing home residents would benefit from increased requirements for direct care from nurses and nurse-aides in nursing homes. Current regulations require adequate staffing to provide each resident a minimum of two hours of direct care daily.

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Health
7:29 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Study: Working Overtime Could Harm Your Well-Being

A Kansas State University researcher says working overtime may cost people their health.

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Health
8:03 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Infant Mortality In Kansas Up Slightly Last Year

A new research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a slight increase in the infant mortality rate last year.

Infant mortality refers to babies who die before their first birthday.

Although the trend has been downward, Kansas has exceeded the national infant mortality rate every year since 2003.

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Health
7:30 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Kansas 14th Most Obese State In Nation

A new report on obesity in America says Kansas is now the 14th most obese state in the nation.

A new report on obesity in America says Kansas is now the 14th most obese state in the nation.

The annual “F as in Fat” report says 29.9 per cent of adults in Kansas are obese. That’s barely changed from last year.

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Health
11:10 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Kansas Is Ranked 16th for Child Well-Being, But Things May Not Be As They Appear

Kansas is the 16th best state in the nation, in terms of overall child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in this year's KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report covers 16 measures of child health, economic well-being, family and community, and education. But while Kansas is in the top-third overall, the economic picture for kids in Kansas is not so bright.

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