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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. 

(photo by Haley Lawrence on Unsplash)
Associated Press Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Filings in Kansas, Iowa, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin bring the number of states taking legal action against Purdue Pharma to 45. 

Mercy flew its flags at half-staff in December in honor of former President George H.W. Bush, who died November 30, 2018. (Photo by Christopher Smith for KHN)
Kaiser Health News Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

For the 7,800 people of Fort Scott, in southeast Kansas, the closure of Mercy Hospital was a loss they never imagined possible, sparking anger and fear.

Physicians at the University of Kansas Hospital perform surgery. KU is one of 14 transplant centers challenging a new policy on liver allocation. (photo credit: The University of Kansas Health System)
Associated Press Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

The University of Kansas Hospital is among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit arguing that a new UNOS policy on the distribution of transplant organs is unfair. 

Many nurses eventually work on master's or doctorate degrees to become nurse practitioners.  (Photo by Bethany Wood, for the Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

The state of Kansas requires nurse practitioners to sign contracts with doctors. Physicians say that rule protects patients and forces beneficial collaboration, but nurses say the contracts just limit patient options and restrict competition.   

Demonstrators greeted lawmakers at the Capitol in Topeka this week. On Wednesday, a proposal for expanding Medicaid lacked the votes needed to force an up-or-down roll call vote in the Kansas Senate.  (Photo by Jim McLean / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Will they, won't they?  The battle to expand Medicaid in Kansas rages on at the Kansas Statehouse. 

Kansas News Service Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The rule was supposed to go into effect next week, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to hold off while a lawsuit over the new policy is being decided.   

Ransom Memorial Hospital, a 44-bed acute-care facility in Ottawa, Kansas, was founded in 1931. (image credit: AdventHealth)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

 AdventHealth operates more than 45 hospitals in nine states. 

Physicians at the University of Kansas Hospital perform surgery. KU is one of 14 transplant centers challenging a new policy on liver allocation. (photo credit: The University of Kansas Health System)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

A new policy going into effect at the end of April changes allocation from a regional system to one that prioritizes the sickest patients, no matter where they are.  

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