3:42 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Guadalupe Clinic’s South Planeview Clinic Expanding


One of the safety-net health clinics in Wichita is expanding to serve more patients who are under-insured or don’t have medical insurance. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more...

Guadalupe Clinic’s South location on South Hillside in Planeview will be adding two examination rooms and upgrading the workspace and laboratory areas.

Guadalupe Clinic’s Executive Director David Gear says the South Clinic provided health care to 126 people when it opened three years ago. This year he says they might see up to 800.

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2:47 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Kansas State Reports Increased Rabies Cases So Far This Year

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A Kansas State University laboratory says it is seeing an increase in rabies cases so far this year.

The university's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory says it had verified 28 positive cases of rabies from January through March, compared with only 10 cases during the same period last year.

Rolan Davis, a diagnostician at the lab, says all but five of the 28 cases were found in skunks. Three others were found in cats, one in a bovine and one in a fox.

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2:11 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Kansas County Reports First Whooping Cough Case In A Decade

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A south-central Kansas county is investigating its first case of whooping cough in a decade.

Kingman County officials say a student at Kingman High School came down with the illness on March 27. The student currently is being treated at home.

The Hutchinson News reports 25 to 30 people who were in close contact with the teenager are being treated with an antibiotic.

Kingman County Health Department spokeswoman Mary Schwartz says those people will be tracked for 21 days. The department also is working closely with the school to watch for more cases.

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2:15 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Senate Panel Considers Cigarette, Alcohol Tax Increases

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Health advocates and business owners are divided over proposed increases in cigarette and alcohol taxes in Kansas.

The Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee considered the measures on Tuesday. Governor Sam Brownback recommended the moves in January as a part of his budget proposals.

The cigarette tax would jump by $1.50 per pack to $2.29, and the tax paid by consumers at liquor stores would increase to 12 percent, up from 8 percent.

Health advocates testified for the bill, saying that increasing prices is the best way to get smokers to quit.

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2:18 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Kansas Senate Approves Plan To Control Mental Health Drugs

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A new bill that would control the cost of mental health drugs to the Medicaid program in Kansas has advanced in the Legislature.

On Monday, the Senate gave first-round approval to a bill requiring a review of Medicaid's mental health prescriptions.

It also creates an advisory committee to draft guidelines on prescriptions for poor and disabled Kansans covered by the program.

The measure had bipartisan support and arose from discussions between Governor Brownback's administration and mental health advocates.

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12:58 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Bird Flu Detected In Northeast Kansas


Bird flu has been detected in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks in northeast Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture said in a news release late Friday that the discovery was made in Leavenworth County.

Backyard poultry owners in the county are urged to contact the department.

Additionally, parts of Cherokee and Crawford counties in the southeast part of the state are under surveillance after a confirmed case of the H5N2 strain of bird flu was found just across the state line in Jasper County, Missouri, this month.

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5:21 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Officials: Listeriosis In Ice Cream Not Cause Of 3 Deaths, May Be Factor

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A food borne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products might have been a contributing factor in the deaths of three hospital patients in Kansas, but it was not likely the only cause of death. KMUW's Aileen Leblanc reports...

A food borne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products might have been a contributing factor in the deaths of three hospital patients in Kansas, health officials said Saturday.

But listeriosis didn’t cause the deaths, according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Sara Belfry.

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1:50 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Moran Questions VA Commitment to Veterans Choice Program


Millions of veterans nationwide now have a card that's supposed to improve their access to health care. As Bryan Thompson explains, there are doubts about whether the VA is really serious about the new Veterans Choice program.

The Choice program is meant to let veterans get care from private providers if they live at least 40 miles from a VA healthcare facility, or if they face longer than a 30-day wait for an appointment. At a recent hearing, Kansas Senator Jerry Moran told Secretary Robert McDonald the VA seems to be putting its own welfare ahead of what’s best for veterans.

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4:00 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Two Sedgwick Co. Health Programs Take Hit

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Two community health programs in Sedgwick County could come to an end next year.

The county commissioners voted 3-2 on Wednesday to remove the programs from the health department’s state funding proposal for the fiscal year, beginning July 1.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more.

The commissioners voted to cut the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction program and Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) from the health department’s grant proposal.

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12:00 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Bill To Ban Dismemberment Abortion Procedure Advances

A bill to ban a certain abortion procedure in Kansas was advanced on Thursday by a legislative committee.  

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee advanced the bill, but only after a debate on an amendment that would have strengthened it further.

The bill would ban a procedure that is used during some dilation and evacuation abortions.

Proponents are calling the procedure dismemberment because it involves using forceps or other instruments to dismember the fetus before removal.

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