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Bryan Thompson Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Soot and dust particles in the air can be a serious health threat. When they get into the lungs, they can trigger asthma, heart attacks, and strokes. The EPA has been trying to reduce the amount of particulate matter in the air for more than 20 years. But for the last several months, farm-state lawmakers have been up in arms about fears that the agency was preparing to regulate dust generated by farmers. KPR's Bryan Thompson has the latest. (Note--The second audio file is an alternate version for Harvest Public Media.)

Bryan Thompson Friday, October 14th, 2011

A program that offers federal money to help healthcare professionals pay for their education—if they’ll practice in underserved areas—has reached a new milestone. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the National Health Service Corps has nearly tripled in size over the past two-and-a-half years.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Most beds at the state mental hospital in the Kansas City region will soon be out of service. Rainbow Mental Health, in Kansas City, Kansas, was recently cited for safety violations. Kansas SRS Secretary, Rob Siedlecki,(SIDE-leck-ee) stresses the closure of beds at Rainbow will be temporary. Siedlecki says that includes installing a new sprinkler system and building smoke-barrier walls. Within the next couple weeks, patients at Rainbow will move to the state’s mental hospital in Osawatomie. The renovations will cost about half a million dollars, and take about half a year to complete. But...

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Fort Hays State University wants to start training mid-level dental providers. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, they’re waiting for state lawmakers to authorize this new type of dental professional.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A coalition of health care advocates is urging Kansas lawmakers to restore dental coverage for adults in the Medicaid program. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, budget cuts forced the state to suspend that coverage last year.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Health officials in the Emporia area are concerned about a possible outbreak of a disease that passes readily between animals and humans. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, there have been no human cases, and the county health department would like to keep it that way.

Bryan Thompson Monday, September 26th, 2011

A Seattle law firm has filed the first of what will likely be several lawsuits over a deadly listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupe from a farm in Colorado. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, none of the lawsuits involve Kansas so far, but at least 2 Kansans have died as a result of the outbreak…

Bryan Thompson Friday, September 23rd, 2011

A study of 101 of the nation’s top academic medical centers lists the University of Kansas Hospital as number two in the country in patient safety and quality of care. K-U Hospital president and CEO Bob Page says the rankings by the University Healthsytem Consortium are based on six measures established by the Institute of Medicine. Page says the importance of the ranking is that it indicates that patient care at the K-U Hospital rivals that provided anywhere in the country. The K-U Hospital ranked number two once before, in 2009, and has been in the top five in three of the last five years...

Bryan Thompson Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

State health officials say five samples of bacteria have now been linked to a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis (lih-steer-ee-OH-sis), triggered by infected cantaloupe from Colorado. As KPR's Bryan Thompson reports, the outbreak has caused at least eight deaths, and sickened 55 people in 14 other states.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Federal health officials are advising consumers not to eat cantaloupe from the Rocky Ford region of Eastern Colorado. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the melons could be contaminated with the potentially deadly bacteria known as Listeria.

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