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9:07 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Many Disabled Kansans Struggle With KanCare

A new study by the University of Kansas finds many Kansans with disabilities are having difficulty getting services through KanCare, the privatized Medicaid managed care program created by the Brownback Administration. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, the study questions whether the financial savings from privatization are worth the human costs.

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7:22 am
Wed October 22, 2014

New Report Shows Drop In Kansas Immunization Rate

A new report on the well-being of Kansas children shows a steep drop in the number of kids who are fully immunized by the age of two, as recommended.

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12:24 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

KU Hospital Better Prepared for Ebola

Dr. Lee Norman speaking to reporters.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Medical workers at the University of Kansas Hospital say they now have more knowledge about Ebola after taking care of a man who turned out not to have the disease.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lee Norman says there was a lot for them to learn.

"Most certainly, the learning curve is extremely steep as we get information from our colleagues around the country," he says. 

Norman says they're now better prepared to deal with any real cases of Ebola that should appear in the area.

He says he's pleased with the containment unit they built to house the man.

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7:12 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Wesley Medical Center Assures Preparedness For Ebola

Wesley Medical Center officials say they are "prepared to follow all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocols, including isolating patients and taking proper infection control precautions to avoid exposure and exposing others."

According to an information sheet containing facts about the Ebola virus, these infection control precautions include:

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11:53 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Brownback Announces Kansas' Ebola Contingency Plan

Credit Phil Moyer, flickr Creative Commons

Governor Sam Brownback has ordered a special team be created to respond quickly to any suspected Ebola cases in Kansas.

The governor's office also wants to come up with $4 million dollars that could be used in an emergency. Governor Brownback is asking the federal government to provide an emergency cleanup team and federal disposal of Ebola-related waste, if needed.

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9:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

From Wichita To Liberia, A Local Effort To Curb Ebola Epidemic

A fully-functioning clinic is displayed at Clinic in a Can in Wichita
Sean Sandefur

Original Air Date 9-29-14

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now claimed the lives of close to 3,000 people. The Center for Disease Control estimates that rates of infection will eclipse a million people by January of next year. A Wichita organization that turns shipping containers into medical clinics is trying to do its part to help keep those numbers from growing. 

 

Matt Hamer of Clinic in a Can unlatches the doors of what, on the outside, appears to be a pearly white shipping container.

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11:41 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Expert Tells Older Kansans 'ACA Strengthens Medicare'

The top Medicare expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation says the health care program for older Americans is stronger today than it was four years ago-and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is the reason why. Bryan Thompson spoke with Tricia Neuman while she was in Salina for an annual senior fair.

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5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Wichitan Finds Bipolar Disorder Life-Changing

Zachary McDermott in New York City
Credit Courtesy photo

Originally aired on 9-18-14

In October 2009, a successful lawyer and former Wichitan discovered he had bipolar disorder. But he won’t soon forget the vivid experience that changed his life.

Zachary McDermott remembers feeling like he was on his own movie set on the streets of New York…

"The police found me, and I’m standing on a subway platform somewhere in Brooklyn," says McDermott. "I don’t have any clothes on except a pair of blue Adidas soccer shorts, no shoes, no shirt, no underwear—it’s October in New York."

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1:06 am
Fri September 19, 2014

KU Pathologist Welcomes Drug Resistance Fight

President Obama has issued an executive order directing the federal government to step up the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Bryan Thompson reports, it's a fight with enormous consequences.

In her job overseeing infectious disease testing at the University of Kansas Hospital, professor Rebecca Horvat is very familiar with bacteria that are impervious to front-line antibiotics.

“Half of them are very antibiotic-resistant," she says. "You only have a few drugs left to treat them. I see it every day.”

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11:53 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Kansas To Share Suicide, Homicide Data with CDC

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has received a federal grant of almost $1 million to help the CDC develop strategies to reduce the number of violent deaths. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, the state will share homicide and suicide data with the National Violent Death Reporting System for five years.

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