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High nursing home bills squeeze insurers, driving rates up
March 25, 2015
Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy that will cover your expenses. Now, there’s a new problem: Even insurers think it’s unaffordable.
Listeria traced to 2nd Blue Bell ice cream production plant
March 24, 2015
A foodborne illness that contributed to the deaths of three people has been traced to a second production facility operated by Blue Bell Ice Cream, a company spokesman and health officials said Tuesday.
FDA: Recall expanded for Blue Bell Ice Cream products
March 24, 2015
Federal authorities say Blue Bell is expanding the recall of some ice cream products because of possible exposure to the listeria bacteria.
Kansas Senate approves plan to control mental health drugs
March 24, 2015
The Kansas Senate has approved a new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs in the state’s Medicaid program.
Early detection and screening can stop colorectal cancer before it starts
March 24, 2015
Whenever they inquire about colorectal cancer screening, doctors are accustomed to hearing excuses. “Not right now,” the patient may say or “I’ll think about it.” These patients may be anxious about embarrassment or perceived pain or discomfort. They may think they are at low risk because they have had no symptoms.
Double Take: Teen tattoos are a lasting expression in a world of cyber communication
March 24, 2015
Kyra Haas says that in 60 years, after her texts, photos and tweets have been lost to cyberspace, she and her friends can point to their wrinkled, faded tattoos as one of the few lasting expressions of who they were and where they came from.
Ride for Charity raises money for Health Care Access
March 24, 2015
Body Boutique and Free State Ride’s inaugural Spinning Ride for Charity raised $1,350.00 for Health Care Access while promoting women’s heart health.
New plan to control mental health drugs advances in Kansas
March 23, 2015
A new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs to the Medicaid program in Kansas has advanced in the Legislature.
On fifth anniversary of health care law, no end to debate
March 23, 2015
In five years, the polemic around Obamacare hasn’t cooled much, and the permanence of the president’s achievement remains in question as the nation awaits the outcome of a Supreme Court case that could jeopardize insurance for nearly 8 million people.
As patients face death, doctors push straight talk on care
March 23, 2015
Most Americans say they’d prefer to die at home, with treatment to free them from pain, but the prestigious Institute of Medicine says the reality too often is unwanted care and not enough comfort. One main reason: Doctors have a hard time discussing dying and patients don’t know what to ask. Now the institute is recommending changes in the health system to help patients — not doctors or circumstances — dictate their care, and it all starts with some straight talk.
Send in your health questions for City Commission candidate forum
March 19, 2015
What questions do you have for candidates about health objectives in Lawrence? Let us know, and we’ll ask them in our March 30 candidate forum.
Kraft recalls 6.5 million boxes of mac and cheese
March 18, 2015
Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.
28 people test positive for tuberculosis at Kansas school
11:19 a.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 08:42 p.m.
More than two dozen cases of tuberculosis have been detected at an eastern Kansas high school after widespread screening, state and county health officials announced Wednesday.
Researcher: Avian flu found in Kansas no threat to humans
March 17, 2015
A Kansas State University researcher says a strain of avian influenza found in Kansas is no threat to humans.
UK, drugmakers establish $100M Alzheimer’s venture fund
March 17, 2015
Major drugmakers, the British government and a top Alzheimer’s research charity are pooling more than $100 million to create a global fund to accelerate efforts to find a treatment or even a cure for the mind-robbing disease within a decade.

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