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.

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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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.

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.