<![CDATA[Health & Fitness News | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:12:04 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:12:04 CST Health & Fitness 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Zika test gets emergency approval by FDA, available to doctors next week http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article74824702.html#storylink=rss The new test detects genetic material known as RNA from the Zika virus in human blood serum

Previously Zika tests were only available through a handful of government-designated laboratories

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If you look a little older than your age, your DNA may be to blame http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article74958597.html#storylink=rss People who carried a specific gene looked two years older on average than those who did not, study finds

Researchers found the gene was the key after age, sex, skin color, sun damage and wrinkles were considered

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Why drinking red wine and eating chocolate may be good for your gut http://www.kansascity.com/living/article74831742.html#storylink=rss Researchers studied stool samples from thousands of citizen volunteers

From that they mapped out the species of bacteria that lived inside their guts

Red wine and dairy products such as chocolate seemed to increase the biodiversity of the gut

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:34:00 CDT

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Teen birth rate hits all-time low, led by 50 percent decline among Hispanics and blacks http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article74552572.html#storylink=rss Decline in teen birth rates has been going on for most of the past decade but appears to be accelerating

Wider availability of contraception is cited in decline, along with fewer teens having sex

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:02:09 CDT

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Zika virus hasn’t been contracted in KC, but mosquitoes that can carry it are inching north http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article73581052.html#storylink=rss Mosquito species capable of carrying the Zika virus live in the South and the Kansas City area

No one has yet contracted the disease from a mosquito in the continental U.S.

Public health officials are bracing for a possible response if it shows up here

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 18:59:04 CDT

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Garrison Community Center is temporarily closed for possible lead hazard http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article74265172.html#storylink=rss Inspectors found traces of lead dust in the building

The Kansas City Health Department will test residents for exposure

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:14:12 CDT

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Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City awards $732,000 in grants http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article74030912.html#storylink=rss Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City assists 15 nonprofits

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A good death: As end of life nears, an unexpected friendship forms in KC hospice http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article73547107.html#storylink=rss Hospice nurse Jen Moss admires the spirit of patient Jody Wooton

Jen, 41, did not set out to become a hospice nurse, but she feels compelled by a tragic past

Jody, 64, is one of a growing number choosing to die on their terms

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 16:08:59 CDT

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Secondhand pot smoke can give you more than just a contact high http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article73603302.html#storylink=rss Smoke is harmful to blood vessel function, a university researcher concludes

Haze and aroma at a Paul McCartney concert inspired the professor’s curiosity

His lab-rat studies follow UCLA research finding no lung cancer link to marijuana use

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Hospice nurse Jen Moss provides care in life's final chapter http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article73491067.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:39:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article73491067.html Photo gallery: Hospice nurse Jen Moss provides care in life's final chapter http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article73490077.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:24:44 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article73490077.html Toy jewelry kits have high lead levels http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article73383832.html#storylink=rss The office of the New York state attorney general is investigating the case

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Lonely hearts may not be healthiest, study finds http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article73013702.html#storylink=rss Researchers find tie between poor social relationships, heart disease risk

Report supports previous work about link between mental, physical health

Loneliness may be stressor, like anxiety or job stress, that harms health

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 23:12:57 CDT

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Males with enlarged breasts, some in their teens, are turning to reduction surgery http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article72977597.html#storylink=rss More men are opting for breast-reduction surgery

Many patients are adolescent boys

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:36:38 CDT

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Leawood welcomes raising tobacco sales age to 21 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/overland-park-leawood/article72674872.html#storylink=rss Leawood City Council sounds responsive tone to the Tobacco 21 initiative

Several metro cities have raised the minimum age for buying tobacco

Council also extends life of Little Free Librairies in city

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Former world record holder Mark Curp blows past cancer to race again http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article72389102.html#storylink=rss Mark Curp set half-marathon world record in 1985

Now 57 and living in Lee’s Summit, he was diagnosed last year with non-Hodgkin lymphoma

He’s training for the Kansas City Corporate Challenge on May 7

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Remembering Melinda Kavanaugh http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article72089307.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:18:09 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article72089307.html Legalizing marijuana is a bad idea for children and poor communities, group says http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article71898362.html#storylink=rss Keeping Missouri Kids Safe warns against legalizing pot use

Drug use among teens will increase if approved, the group says

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This is your brain. This is your brain on LSD http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article71664882.html#storylink=rss Scientists have published the first images of what the human brain looks like under the influence of LSD

The study also reveals what researchers say are underlying potentials for the drug

The drug could be used to treat mental health disorders, they say

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White women are dying faster, and there are many reasons why http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article71045097.html#storylink=rss They still outlive every other group, but the gap is closing

Poverty, drugs, alcohol, obesity, smoking could all be factors

For blacks, Hispanics, oldest white Americans, death rates are falling

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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 15:23:08 CDT

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Obama diverts Ebola funds to fight Zika; Florida leads nation in cases http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article70410557.html#storylink=rss Florida reports new Zika virus infections in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach

Nearly all cases in state were acquired by people traveling outside the country

White House move follows request for $1.8 billion to fight Zika

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 20:18:37 CDT

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Fentanyl overdoses show opiate addiction’s toll knows no bounds http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article69667402.html#storylink=rss Overdoses linked to pills laced with painkiller fentanyl rise to 36 in the Sacramento area

Nine deaths related to the street drug have been reported since March 24

The DEA is leading the investigation and ‘working around the clock on this’

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In a victory for abortion rights, FDA updates recommendations for pill http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article69135677.html#storylink=rss Food and Drug Administration’s action may expand access to the procedure

Abortion rights activists applauds the decision

New label allows the treatment to be used up to 70 days into pregnancy — three weeks longer than previously

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FDA relaxes requirements for taking abortion pill http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article69002882.html#storylink=rss Move is expected to expand access to the procedure that induces abortion

Many doctors call original labels outdated, say state laws went against accepted medical practice

Changes reduce number of trips women have to make to a doctor from three to two in most states

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Parents’ caffeine intake may affect miscarriage risk, study finds http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article68912132.html#storylink=rss Study found that both Mom’s caffeine intake and Dad’s caffeine intake could play a role

Couples who drank more than two caffeinated drinks a day during the weeks before conception had a higher risk the woman would miscarry

Women who took a daily multivitamin before and after conception appeared to greatly reduce miscarriage risk

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Invention combines pacifier, syringe to give medication to babies http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article68567727.html#storylink=rss Dr. Agnes Scoville invented Pacidose, a tool for administering medicine to babies

In a nationwide competition of women-owned businesses, Scoville won third place

Scoville’s company is a member of Belleville’s Peer 151 work space

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Love of anatomy, variety led Jackson County’s new chief medical examiner to her career http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article68541537.html#storylink=rss Diane Peterson recently became the Jackson County chief medical examiner

As young girl, her father quizzed her on anatomy while cleaning game

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office handles death investigations for region

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Jackson County chief medical examiner tells why she likes her job http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article68049192.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 17:29:29 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article68049192.html Kansas City high school students become 'Medical Students for a Day' http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article67963967.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:47:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article67963967.html What would happen if Americans were paid to donate their kidneys? http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article67936932.html#storylink=rss A new survey explored their willingness to become living kidney donors – compensated or not

With no money involved, 68 percent were open to donating to anyone, 23 percent to friends and family

But when money entered into the equation, 26 percent of those unwilling to donate said they would reconsider

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