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"Kansas Health: A Prescription for Change” is an award-winning series about the health and well-being of Kansans. The series, which began in 2000 as a project called: "Kansas Kids: A Prescription for Change," can be heard on KPR and other public and commercial radio stations in Kansas and Missouri.

Another Kansas School District Sues E-Cigarette Maker as Illness and Death Toll Rises

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The Olathe school district is preparing to sue a leading e-cigarette maker as the number of deaths from a vaping-related lung disease continues to climb. Meanwhile, health officials at the CDC say there have been 805 confirmed and probable cases reported. That's up 52% from a week ago. At this point, illnesses have occurred in almost every state. The confirmed deaths include two in Kansas and one in Missouri.

Kansas Officers Seize More than $880,000 in Suspected Drug Money

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Kansas law enforcement officers are always trying to keep drugs off the street but lately, instead of intercepting shipments of heroin, cocaine and pot, state troopers have been confiscating loads of cold, hard cash. Nearly a million dollars in suspected drug money has been recovered by state troopers since June.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise in Rural Kansas

Racquel Stucky is a family medicine physician in Finney County who specializes in preventative medicine. (Photo by Corrine Boyer, High Plains Public Radio / Kansas News Service)

In 2017, data from the group Kansas Health Matters showed Finney County in southwest Kansas with the second highest rate of STDs in the state behind Wyandotte County. Finney County health officials say increasing drug abuse and sex trafficking are among the root causes behind the spike in gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia and HIV cases.

What If We Belched Less CO2 into the Atmosphere by Stashing It under Kansas?

(Image by Crysta Henthorne / Kansas News Service)

Could Kansas play a role in slowing climate change? Some researchers are studying whether the state could be a handy place to bury the carbon dioxide that’s making Earth’s atmosphere work like a greenhouse. What might it take to make Kansas a bulwark for the environment? Listen to this report from the Kansas News Service.


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