The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says an adult from Atchison County has the state's first case of West Nile virus this year.
KDHE says on its website that a mosquito sample in Sedgwick County has also tested positive for West Nile, a virus that can be spread to people through bites from infected mosquitoes, but is not contagious from person to person. Symptoms include headaches and low-grade fever to swelling of the brain.
West Nile virus cases are most common in the late summer and early fall months.
A new program will deliver tips to new parents over their cell phones.
The Kansas Early Childhood Advisory Council and Kansas Project LAUNCH have awarded $40,000 in mini-grants to communities across the state. The money will help promote a texting campaign designed to provide parents with easy access to health information.
Project coordinator Cristi Cain says that the program's key demographic is low-income mothers, who are active texters and are more likely to be reached that way.
KanCare beneficiaries can expect to receive an important mailing in the next few days.
The Affordable Care Act makes some changes that will require them to provide additional information about their households. The mailing is going out to 130,000 households that include children and pregnant women who are KanCare, formerly known as Medicaid, beneficiaries.
Kansas policymakers have decided not to expand the state's Medicaid program, or to create a Kansas-specific exchange for consumers to buy individual health insurance policies. But the Affordable Care Act is coming and it's bringing some changes to the Medicaid program, whether the state's political leaders want to cooperate or not.
A hospital in Chanute is asking 244 patients who received colonoscopies to get tested for communicable diseases; the southeast hospital says its equipment wasn't properly cleaned and disinfected.
Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute says the risk that anyone was infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV is extremely low - but not zero - so it is encouraging patients who have received colonoscopies since early January to get tested for those diseases.
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.