<![CDATA[Health & Fitness News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/ en-us Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:23:38 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:23:38 CST Health & Fitness 60 Petition drive challenges Kansas City e-cigarette restrictions http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article46751965.html#storylink=rss Council voted this month to restrict indoor e-cigarette use

E-cigarette advocates are gathering signatures to overturn that decision

Sunday is the deadline for the first signatures to be turned in

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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:19:46 CST

Scientists aim to fight malaria with genetically engineered mosquitoes http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article46481500.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 02:00:00 CST By DEBORAH NETBURN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article46481500.html Reliability of medical tests is thrown into question http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article46147315.html#storylink=rss In 20 case studies for tests for such things as cancer and heart disease, FDA finds serious problems

Inaccurate results spurred some people to have abortions, others to take unnecessary drugs

White House, Congress ponder stricter standards for lab tests

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Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:56:05 CST

KC, Wyandotte County raise legal age for tobacco purchases to 21 http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article45537861.html#storylink=rss Metro area pushes to raise the legal age for cigarette purchases from 18

KC City Council, Unified Government are first to vote

Chamber hopes area will be one of the largest in U.S. to make this move

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:23:00 CST

A cloud of questions linger over electronic cigarettes and vaping http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ink/life-in-kc/article45334044.html#storylink=rss How safe is vaping? And should the age at which it’s accessible be raised from 18 to 21?

It’s been a hotly contested conversation since electronic cigarettes became popular

Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce vaping regulations soon

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:00:22 CST

Charlie Sheen offers a stark reminder of the lingering stigma around HIV http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article45199281.html#storylink=rss Treatment has advanced considerably and HIV is no longer a death sentence

But it's still a diagnosis that someone can be blackmailed over

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:59:39 CST

Less prostate cancer and screening seen after new guidance http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article45175203.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:45:01 CST By LINDSEY TANNER ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article45175203.html Obesity still rising among US adults, women overtake men http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article44375388.html#storylink=rss Obesity is still rising, despite a decade of awareness campaigns and other efforts

Nearly 38% of adults are obese, up from 32% a decade ago

Experts say they don’t know why

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:55:45 CST

New Jackson County cases show shigellosis spreading through area http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article43274634.html#storylink=rss More than 400 cases this year metrowide

Bacteria cause intestinal disease that is nasty and infectious

Most cases are associated with schools and day care

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Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:08:09 CST

Study: Death rates rising among middle-aged whites http://www.kansascity.com/living/article42591195.html#storylink=rss The U.S. death rate has been falling for decades, but researchers have detected one group in which the rates have been steadily ticking up — middle-aged white people. Suicides and deaths from drug overdose and alcohol abuse are being blamed.

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:59:49 CST

Truman Medical Centers opens downtown outpatient center http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article41734968.html#storylink=rss Clinic is the first freestanding outpatient surgery center in downtown KC

14 medical and surgical services will be offered

Most care will be provided by Truman’s medical staff

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:42:34 CDT

Kansas City wins major health award http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article41734620.html#storylink=rss KC is one of eight communities recognized for its “culture of health”

Violence prevention, literacy promotion and community organizing are noted

The prize comes with a $25,000 cash award

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 17:39:23 CDT

Globally, two out of three under 50 have oral herpes virus http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article41717853.html#storylink=rss World Health Organization says better data collection is crucial

320 million people in North and South America alone are affected

Infection causes cold sores on the mouth; genital ulcers and blisters possible

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:48:19 CDT

Hot dogs cause cancer, report says, and some in KC shrug http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article41490378.html#storylink=rss The World Health Organization says bacon and other processed meats are carcinogenic to humans

Beef and other red meats are dangerous, too, the report says — “probably carcinogenic”

But at The Brick in KC, customers who want a bacon-wrapped, deep-fried hot dog are still in luck

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:27:10 CDT

WHO report linking processed meat and cancer is one in long line of conflicting research http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article41466489.html#storylink=rss A new World Health Organization report takes an aggressive stance against meat

But the American Cancer Society stops short of saying meat causes cancer

Scientists have a difficult time linking any food to chronic disease

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:27:20 CDT

KC civic leaders call on area cities to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article40862250.html#storylink=rss Kansas City would be the second-largest metro area in the U.S. to raise the purchase age

The goal is to cut off access to tobacco among teens, when most smokers get hooked

Columbia in December became the first city in Missouri to raise the age

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Thu, 22 Oct 2015 05:30:00 CDT

Correction: Medical Marijuana story http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article16378400.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:11:50 CST The Associated Press]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article16378400.html Updated guidelines scale back screenings for breast cancer http://www.kansascity.com/living/article40492479.html#storylink=rss American Cancer Society releases new guidelines for mammograms that take a more conservative approach to screenings

New advice: Start annual screenings at age 45; reduce to every other year after age 55

Changes aim to minimize needless treatments caused by overdiagnosis and false positives

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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:16:47 CDT

A new way to shrink staff: Barclays will use Fitbit trackers in its wellness program http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/workplace/article40493736.html#storylink=rss Its new workplace wellness program includes Fitbit activity trackers

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Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:26:16 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/workplace/article40493736.html
World’s first female sexual arousal drug could spur similar medications http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article39455871.html#storylink=rss Addyi became available Saturday

It can’t be taken with alcohol or certain other medications

Experts think those limits could lead to better treatments for women

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Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:54:22 CDT

Hangovers at work cost the U.S. an estimated $77 billion a year http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/workplace/article39358419.html#storylink=rss Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined excessive drinking

It annually costs the American economy $249 billion

The biggest economic drag is in the workplace

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:03:15 CDT

Emissions could peak by 2030 with green incentives, energy agency says http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article39175473.html#storylink=rss Access to clean energy remains a challenge, International Energy Agency analyst says

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:39:59 CDT

Congress growing skeptical of health guidelines http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article38150115.html#storylink=rss Health, Ag secretaries grilled during committee hearing

Told that changing standards make Americans question whole thing

Burwell, Vilsack say guidelines based on best info available

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Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:11:16 CDT

Shigellosis continues to spread and sicken residents in Kansas City, Independence http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article38117910.html#storylink=rss More than 200 cases have been reported

Bacteria causes diarrhea, vomiting, fever

Good hygiene is essential to stop its spread

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Wed, 07 Oct 2015 16:35:07 CDT

Let’s celebrate the victories of these ‘cancer champions’ http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/mary-sanchez/article38139294.html#storylink=rss Norm Stewart has long been dedicated to the American Cancer Society

At Tuesday’s event, Coaches vs. Cancer raised $275,000

Bob Costas spoke with Bill Self, Kim Anderson, Bruce Weber and Kareem Richardson

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Wed, 07 Oct 2015 18:44:38 CDT

Beverage industry grapples with a shifting market amid the decline of soda http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article38029722.html#storylink=rss Soda companies win fight against soda taxes, but they’re losing the war for market share

School cafeterias, vending machines eschew regular sodas; many workplaces prohibit their sale

Bottled water is on track to overtake soda as the largest beverage category in two years

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:30:20 CDT

Kansas Citians with chronic pain take their plight public http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article37856862.html#storylink=rss A group has formed in Kansas City to create more awareness of chronic pain

The group, Relieving Pain in Kansas City, is attracting national attention

Some doctors are wary of prescribing drugs for chronic pain, especially to women or African-Americans

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:33:06 CDT

Group formed in Kansas City raises awareness of chronic pain http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article37453701.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:16:25 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article37453701.html Kansas City is seeing a spike in cases of shigellosis http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article36919167.html#storylink=rss The Health Department has investigated more than 143 cases so far this year

Typically, Kansas City has about 10 cases per year

Symptoms include abdominal pain, cramps, fever, watery diarrhea, vomiting and fever

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:16:02 CDT

Mighty small mites around the Midwest and KC region leave nasty, itchy bites http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article36877131.html#storylink=rss You don’t feel the bite, but the welt soon begins furiously itching

It’s from the oak leaf itch mite, dropping from midge galls on trees

Pesticides and repellents have little effect

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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:56:27 CDT