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5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Wichitan Finds Bipolar Disorder Life-Changing

Zachary McDermott in New York City
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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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9:25 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

KSU Students And Faculty Barred From Ebola Affected Countries

Kansas State University is now barring its students and faculty from making trips to African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. It says anyone who has traveled to those countries in the last four weeks must be screened at a campus health center.

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2:35 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kansas Kids Rely On CHIP Reauthorization

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A Washington, D.C., group that advocates for families and children is urging Kansans to speak up for renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program. Bryan Thompson has more.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, was created in 1997 to cover kids whose families are not poor enough for Medicaid, but can’t afford private insurance. The program needs to be reauthorized by Congress to continue after the next fiscal year.

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11:33 am
Tue September 9, 2014

KS Receives New Round Of Navigator Funding

Two groups have received new federal grants to help Kansans sign up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act online health insurance Marketplace.

Jim McLean reports the next open enrollment period starts in November.

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6:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Wesley Medical Center Opens "Ready Care"

The entrance to Wesley Medical Center's Emergency Department
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Wesley Medical Center’s new Ready Care area opens on Tuesday morning. The $350,000 project hopes to better serve patients who arrive with minor and moderate emergencies.  

The Ready Care area at Wesley Medical Center was once a large waiting room, now it features beds and IV equipment sectioned off by curtains. 

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8:56 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Whooping Cough Outbreak In Pottawatomie County

Pottawatomie County in northeast Kansas is seeing an outbreak of whooping cough cases.

All schools within the Wamego School District have had free vaccination clinics for staff members. A clinic for students was held Wednesday at West Elementary, the hardest hit school in the district Pottawatomie County has had 17 confirmed cases reported. Last year, the county had just one case.

The state has 172 confirmed cases so far this year, compared to 405 cases in all of 2013.

Health
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Managing Food Allergies In The School System

The most common allergens- fish, shellfish, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, milk, and eggs.
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Original air date 9-03-14

For some parents, the beginning of the school year has scarier implications than a child riding the bus for the first time or not finding the right classroom. Food allergies are on the rise, and in USD 259 Wichita Public Schools, students and staff and parents have to be more vigilant than ever. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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11:59 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Respiratory Illness Sickens Hundreds Of KC Kids

Hospitals in Kansas City have been seeing hundreds of kids with a viral respiratory illness.

Bryan Thompson reports, the virus typically causes only mild--if any--symptoms, but it can be severe in some cases.

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