Health

Getting routine mammograms could save your life

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. While it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in women, there is some good news: Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the annual death rate due to breast cancer has steadily ...

Big pandemic spending at Kansas hospitals could make your insurance even more expensive

Wichita — Spending shot up at hospitals in the first year of the pandemic amid struggles to find workers and critical supplies. Kansas saw a particularly big jump — and residents may end up footing the bill. Hospitals in the state spent an average of $2,228 per patient per day in 2020, a ...

With prostate cancer, early detection and treatment are key

Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers in men — the American Cancer Society estimates that about 270,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with it this year, and that more than 30,000 will die from it. That’s why it’s especially important for men to get screened for prostate ...

Kansas nursing homes face a staffing crisis

Wichita — Kansas finds itself in a budding nursing home crisis. A lack of workers and money troubles forced dozens of nursing homes and assisted living centers to close their doors during the pandemic, and more look doomed to follow. Homes that remain open stand more than twice as likely ...

After surgery, hydrotherapy makes rehabilitation easier

Something didn’t feel quite right in Irma Nieves-Torres’ left knee after weightlifting. She’d had surgery on that knee before, but this was different. “When I was in the eighth grade, we discovered that my patella (kneecap) floats congenitally, meaning the back doesn’t land within ...

Rate of uninsured Kansans stayed steady during COVID

Wichita — Federal pandemic programs that buoyed health insurance rates nationwide in 2021 didn’t ultimately lead to an increase in coverage in Kansas — meaning that, for the first time in decades, Kansans are significantly less likely to have health insurance than the U.S. population as a ...