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3:29 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Mission Of Mercy Returns To Wichita Area

Hundreds of volunteers donate their time in order for thousands of people to get free dental services Friday and Saturday.
Credit Milt Radford / KMUW

Nearly 2,000 people took advantage of the Kansas Mission of Mercy last weekend, receiving free dental care at the Kansas Pavilions.

KMUW's Milt Radford reports that both patients and volunteers were grateful to participate.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Mission Of Mercy Expects Turnout Of Thousands

At a Mission of Mercy in Chicago last year, providers try to care for as many people as possible in the short amount of time.
Credit Chicago Dental Society / flickr Creative Commons

More than 2,000 people are expected to take advantage of free dental work Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum Pavilions.

The Kansas Mission of Mercy has returned to Wichita for the first time since 2006. Back then, 1900 people took advantage of an estimated $1 million of free dental care including cleanings, fillings and extractions.

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Health
8:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Flu Rate In Sedgwick County Dropping

The flu is a serious problem this season.

At its peak in early February, about 7 percent of all visits to health clinics in Sedgwick County were for flu-like symptoms. Now, the rate is at 3 percent.

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Health
6:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Prenatal DHA Lowers Risk Of Pre-Term Birth

Newly-published research from the University of Kansas shows prenatal supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid called DHA reduce the risk of severely-premature birth and low birth weight.

Babies who are born before 34 weeks of gestation are typically very tiny, and are at elevated risk of death or disability. A five-year study by University of Kansas researchers Susan Carlson and John Colombo says those outcomes are much less likely when mothers-to-be take DHA supplements. 

March of Dimes Medical Director Edward McCabe says the study is highly credible.

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Medicaid
3:54 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Poll Shows Kansans Support Medicaid Expansion

A new poll done for the Kansas Hospital Association shows that 60 percent of Kansans support expanding Medicaid to more low-income adults. Association CEO Tom Bell said that support increases to 70 percent when Kansans learn that saying "no" to expansion would cost the state $800 million in increased federal funding.

"Regardless of whether or not we take advantage of this opportunity, our folks in Kansas are going to continue to pay taxes to the federal government, and those tax moneys are going to go to fund Medicaid expansion in some other state," Bell said.

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Health
7:51 am
Tue February 19, 2013

WSU Professor Seeks Parkinson's Prevention

Dr. Kandatege Wimalesena works in his lab at Wichita State University.
Credit Milt Radford

At least 50,000 people in America are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year and that number is expected to increase as the population ages.

Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder caused by the death of dopamine producing cells in the brain. The symptoms include impaired movement, rigid muscles and impaired posture.

Wichita State University biochemistry professor Kandatege Wimalesena is leading a research effort to find some answers.

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Health
6:05 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Kansas Will Have Federally Operated Health Exchange

The new online health insurance marketplace going into effect next year in Kansas as part of the Affordable Care Act will be operated by federal, not state, officials.

That is because Gov. Sam Brownback refused to have any role in implementing what he calls "Obamacare."

Last Friday was the final deadline for states to notify federal officials of their interest in creating a federal-state partnership model for the new health insurance exchange. The deadline came and went with no action by Gov. Brownback.

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Health
5:56 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Bill Would Bar Public Health Department Accreditation

A Kansas Senate committee will hear testimony Monday on a bill that would prohibit public health agencies from pursuing accreditation.

The bill was introduced by Wichita Sen. Michael O’Donnell. The freshman Republican has not yet explained the rationale for the bill.

Michelle Ponce, who heads the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, says accreditation is a voluntary process to implement and monitor quality improvement.

“We’re really baffled by this bill, to be quite honest," she says.

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Health
6:34 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Feeling Dizzy? What You Need To Know About Vertigo

Dr. Robert Jensen demonstrates infrared goggles used to diagnose vertigo on Angelica Garcia.
Credit Carla Eckels

A growing number of patients suffer from vertigo, an unsettling sense of one's environment spinning or moving.

Carol Taylor, 68, recalls the first time she had vertigo after a shopping excursion.

She had spent an entire Saturday shopping with friends, doing what they call "shop 'til you drop."

Which, she says, is exactly what she did when she got home.

"I found out later it was a vertigo attack," she says. "I went from an upright position to laying flat on the floor."

She was also sick to her stomach and extremely disoriented.

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Health
1:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Former Dodge City Clinic Withdraws From Funding Suit

The Dodge City Family Planning Clinic is trying to withdraw from a lawsuit that challenges a state law that strips federal funds from family planning clinics in Wichita, Hays and Dodge City.

A filing with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday shows the parties have entered into an agreement to dismiss the Dodge City clinic from the suit. The clinic closed on December 31.

The move has no effect on the claims by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

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