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(Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Monday, August 19th, 2019

It can be hard to keep smiles healthy in rural areas, where dentists are few and far between and residents often are poor and lack dental coverage. Efforts to remedy the problem have produced varying degrees of success. The biggest obstacle? Dentists.

(Photo by Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says insurance company Aetna is still not living up to the terms of its $1 billion contract with KanCare, the state's Medicaid program.

Peer support specialist Sheri Hall (left) gives advice to Susan Haynes. Hall doesn't have a degree in social work or psychology, but she and Haynes bond over their Christian faith, love of writing and shared history of anxiety.  (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

For some people with mental illnesses, getting advice from a peer can be more helpful than getting counseling from a licensed therapist or a doctor. Peer support specialists in Kansas don’t have a professional license. What they do have is personal experience with mental illness, which they can use to help others, as we hear in this report from the Kansas News Service.

Campanile on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence (Photo by J. Schafer)
Associated Press Sunday, August 4th, 2019

A recent University of Kansas study found that many treatment centers for addiction in the Kansas City area will not accept - or have restrictions on accepting - patients who have been prescribed medications to fight their addiction.

Harvest Public Media Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Before landing on your plate, fish and seafood ate a high-protein diet. And farmers in the Midwest grow a lot of protein... like corn and soybeans. But entrepreneurs who are trying to raise fish and shrimp in the central U.S. aren’t using those local soybeans. Find out why in this report from Harvest Public Media.

Children's Mercy Hospital nurse practitioner Jodi Shroba gives Porter Hall a checkup before a peanut allergen exposure session.  (Photo by Alex Smith / KCUR Radio)
KCUR Radio Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Doctors in Kansas City are offering a treatment they say might be able to help what can be a scary problem for parents: children with severe peanut allergies. But some experts are concerned about the risks. Why treating kids with peanut allergies might work — or just might cause more reactions. Listen to this report from Alex Smith.

Hereford cattle at the Finney County Feedyard.  (Photo by Corinne Boyer / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Cow Beano?  A new drug could cut ammonia that comes from cattle and improve air and water quality. But the cattle industry doesn’t have much incentive to use it.  The drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration reduces ammonia emissions from cattle, but as the Kansas News Service reports, it’ll take some convincing to sell it to the livestock industry.

Kansas wants students to get vaccines against measles, polio and more, but many remain under-vaccinated.  (Photo by Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, July 1st, 2019

Kansas requires kids to get vaccines against measles and other illnesses to go to school. But many go without some of their shots anyway. Public health experts say the gap that creates in our herd immunity is mostly not about the anti-vaccination movement. In this report, we hear that the reasons are varied and sometimes counterintuitive.

X-Ray from University of Kansas Hospital, via AP
Associated Press Monday, June 17th, 2019

A 15 year old from Redfield, Kansas, is lucky to be alive after doctors at the University of Kansas successfully removed a knife embedded in his face and skull.

Like prior anti-smoking campaigns in schools, anti-vaping campaigns will try to make electronic cigarettes uncool.  (photo credit: National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
Kansas News Service Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Nationally, vaping among high school seniors nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Now, educators and public health officials are hoping to replicate the success of anti-smoking campaigns with a new effort to curb e-cigarette use. 

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