Kansans turned in nearly five tons of unused medicine as part of an effort to curb prescription drug abuse.
The Kansas Attorney General's office says residents turned in 9,777 pounds of drugs at locations around the state on October 26 for National Drug Take-Back Day. The office says in a release it's the largest amount the state has collected in a single day since the program began in 2010.
Collection days are held twice a year and sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to prevent abuse.
Flu season has come early to Kansas this year; state health officials have confirmed two cases of influenza.
KDHE spokeswoman Miranda Steele says one case was identified through a system of clinics that monitor patients with flu-like symptoms. The other was identified by the Sedgwick County Health Department.
Via Christi Health has planned seven public events to help Kansans better understand and enroll in the health insurance marketplace.
There will be nationally certified navigators on hand to provide help navigating and enrolling in health insurance coverage offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. In a release, Via Christi states the goal is to increase preventative cancer screenings through increasing access and enrollment in health insurance coverage.
The Via Christi nurse navigators will be at the following locations in November:
Assisted living facilities often claim to offer a carefree lifestyle for people in their so-called golden years. But state regulations may not be adequate to ensure that these facilities live up to that promise.
What many people don’t realize is that many assisted living facilities don’t have the needed staff to care for people who lose the ability to take care of themselves.
Mitzi McFatrich heads the non-profit Kansas Advocates for Better Care. She’s just back from a national conference where these issues were highlighted.
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.
There are health care mimic sites that can be misleading when consumers are trying to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Providing any information to one of these mimic sites can result in you receiving phone calls from insurance companies outside of the of the marketplace. That means these companies cannot offer the discount plans that are only available at healthcare.gov.
However, there are people involved that don't want to just sell you health insurance.
The rampant glitches that have plagued the federally-operated health insurance marketplace have been the focus of a lot of political heat. It's prompted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to fire back with a full-throated defense of the law that created the exchanges, the Affordable Care Act.