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Bryan Thompson Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Cuba is not a land of plenty. The average worker in the still communist nation makes only about $20 a month. Yet, a baby born there has a greater chance of surviving past its first birthday than a baby born in Kansas. And the gap is even wider for black infants in Kansas. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports that efforts underway to change that have recently been set back.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

It’s prime season for range-burning in the Flint Hills. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, smoke from those fires has caused some air quality problems in parts of Kansas.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder says Democrats shouldn’t dismiss a new Republican budget plan that among other things calls for overhauling the Medicare program. The first-term Republican from the Kansas City area says major changes are necessary to reduce federal spending and maintain the health care program for seniors. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Bryan Thompson Monday, April 4th, 2011

If a safety defect is identified for your car, you’d receive a recall notice. But what if the defect is in a medical device implanted in your body, like a pacemaker? As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, there’s a new way to register and track medical devices.

Bryan Thompson Friday, April 1st, 2011

A California man is at the halfway point of his journey from Disneyland to New York City to promote fitness for children. And as Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, he’s not driving, but running all the way.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

A report out today (WED) ranks Riley County as the healthiest county in Kansas. Cherokee County in the southeast corner of the state is the least healthy. But Wyandotte (WY-AN-DOT) County is not far behind, ranking 96th out of the 98 counties studied. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, Wyandotte County officials have launched a new effort to improve its ranking.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

This year’s report comparing the health of nearly all of the counties in Kansas looks very much like last year’s report. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the southeast part of the state is decidedly less healthy than the rest of Kansas. Jim McLean, of the KHI News Service, will be along at 6:30 and 8:30 with a related feature on how Wyandotte County is trying to improve its health status, so stay tuned for that.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

New gifts totaling four-million dollars have brought the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s fundraising since 2009 to the fifty-million dollar mark. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, the goal is to win designation as a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center.

Bryan Thompson Sunday, March 27th, 2011

One part of the federal health reform law that went into effect one year ago requires companies to spend most of the premium dollars they collect on health care for their customers. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, some companies may struggle to meet that requirement. Bryan will have more on the controversy over medical loss ratio requirements at 6:30 and 8:30 this morning.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The Kansas Supreme Court is considering a medical malpractice case that could affect doctors, patients and trial attorneys. At issue is the constitutionality of a state law that limits the amount of money that victims of medical malpractice can collect in court. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, one victim is challenging the state's cap on damage awards. You can find more on the Miller case and its potential effect on doctors, hospitals and patients on the website of the Kansas Health Institute --


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