<![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 Here’s what you need to know about noroviruses — but first, wash your hands http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article58760698.html#storylink=rss It’s “improbable” Overland Park outbreaks are linked, but possible, health official says

Noroviruses are responsible for about 19 million to 21 million illnesses each year in U.S.

This time of year is prime time for the sickness — so wash your hands.

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:09:43 CST

Amid alarm over Zika virus, Kansas family shares their story and offers hope http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article58254363.html#storylink=rss The Hartleys have two daughters with microcephaly

The birth defect causes babies to have small heads and brains

“I’m so lucky to be their mom”

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:54:03 CST

Don’t drink unless using contraception, CDC warns young women http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article58109948.html#storylink=rss Report urges stronger precautions to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

More than 3 million American women risk exposing developing baby to alcohol, CDC says

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Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:17:35 CST

Sexually-transmitted Zika case confirmed in Texas http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/world/article57977533.html#storylink=rss A patient was infected after having sex with an ill individual who had returned from Venezuela

It’s the first case of the virus being transmitted in the U.S. during the current outbreak of Zika

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:45:20 CST

Olathe raises minimum purchase age of tobacco products to 21 http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article58075328.html#storylink=rss City Council votes 6-1 to change the city’s ordinance, effective Saturday

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 21:34:29 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article58075328.html
Illness strikes customers of Buffalo Wild Wings on 105th Street in Overland Park http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/restaurants/article58007468.html#storylink=rss At least 10 people, including some Shawnee Mission students, suffered a gastrointestinal illness after visiting the restaurant last week

An inspection Saturday turned up 17 code violations

The company closed the restaurant one day for cleaning “out of an abundance of caution”

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:19:48 CST

Obama seeks $1.1 billion to fight heroin and opioid addiction http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article58010368.html#storylink=rss President’s 2017 budget plan requests more funding to fight drug abuse

The $1.1 billion would expand treatment for heroin and opioid addicts

Additional money could help curb Manatee County, Fla., heroin epidemic

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:28:44 CST

Wagging tails make good medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospital http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article57648663.html#storylink=rss Two golden retrievers visit sick kids as part of a new program

Doctors, and parents, say Hunter and Hope reduce stress and raise spirits

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:54:50 CST

New weapon to fight Zika virus: The mosquito http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/world/article57512753.html#storylink=rss Biotech bugs could become one of the newest weapons in the battle between humans and mosquitoes

Mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands of people a year by transmitting diseases

Main mosquito that transmits Zika virus prefers urban areas and bites mainly people

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:24:35 CST

American OB-GYNs are told to support moms whether they breastfeed their babies or not http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article57343028.html#storylink=rss The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has updated its philosophy on breastfeeding

The new statement emphasizes that the conversation must be free from coercion, pressure or undue influence

The group still recommends breastfeeding for at least six months

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Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:19:01 CST

The Zika virus: Here’s what you need to know http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article56845953.html#storylink=rss A mosquito-borne virus called Zika is making worldwide headlines

It has been linked to a spike in birth defects in babies born in Brazil

A handful of cases have been reported in the United States in people who traveled abroad

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Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:18:36 CST

Midwives find their jobs to be a labor of love http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ink/life-in-kc/article55489215.html#storylink=rss The surge in the number of midwives who are lead care providers at birth may be thanks to millennial moms

These expectant mothers  turn to Internet for information about all things — including birthing options

The most popular request is for less intervention

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Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:25:14 CST

First confirmed flu cases reported in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article58509063.html#storylink=rss Cases were in the south central part of the state

The flu season has been mild so far

There’s still time to get flu vaccine, health officials say

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:12:01 CST

Photo gallery: Placenta encapsulation http://www.kansascity.com/living/article57824268.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 19:54:33 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/article57824268.html Therapy dogs offer comfort and cheer to Children's Mercy patients http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article57259333.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:54:52 CST http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article57259333.html With nearly 400 sick, norovirus investigation at New Theatre Restaurant expands http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article57106978.html#storylink=rss The Kansas health department has found more than 390 people who reported illness

It would like to hear from all people who attended performances since Jan. 15

Four people who became ill following Jan. 17 show have laboratory specimens that confirm norovirus

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Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:49:52 CST

More than 100 people are sickened after norovirus outbreak at New Theatre Restaurant http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/cityscape/article56886713.html#storylink=rss The health department has found more than 100 people who reported illness

Four people who became ill following a Jan. 17 show have laboratory specimens that confirmed norovirus

KDHE has not had any reports of illness from people attending the theater on any other day

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Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:14:24 CST

Walgreens will keep selling tobacco products http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article56862123.html#storylink=rss Drugstore chain said its main focus is trying to help people kick the habit

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Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:37:47 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article56862123.html
US babies should be tested for Zika virus, CDC says http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article56621153.html#storylink=rss Federal officials are fighting to get ahead of spreading virus

Florida is seen as a target because of high mosquito population

Once considered minor threat, Zika strikes fear across Latin America

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:46:50 CST

Postpartum depression U.S. panel calls for depression screenings during and after pregnancy http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article56698508.html#storylink=rss One in seven postpartum mothers experiences symptoms of depression, some experts say

The panel’s recommendation is expected to prompt many more health providers to provide screening

Depression screening now must be covered under the Affordable Care Act

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:48:56 CST

Kansas families want to legalize hemp products to treat seizure disorders http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article56550613.html#storylink=rss Allowing such treatment would require changes in state’s marijuana laws

Bill in Legislature would allow the regulated production and use of cannabidiol, or hemp oil

Proposal also would reduce penalties for first and second marijuana offenses

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Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:25:06 CST

Financial predators stalk the mentally ill http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article56389665.html#storylink=rss Families and caseworkers say people with mental illness are at constant risk from financial predators

Most of the exploitation remains hidden out of shame or because the victims join in their own downfall

Guardianships and payee services can help, but advocates say mental illness needs greater attention and stigmas need to fall

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Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:13:11 CST

U.S. Bank donates $250,000 to Truman Medical Centers’ community food program http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article54283600.html#storylink=rss Healthy Harvest Mobile Market provides fresh food to communities underserved by grocery stores

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:50:15 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article54283600.html
Raytown schools open wellness center for employees and community http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article54141170.html#storylink=rss The district, in partnership with a businessman, converts old YMCA into vibrant fitness center

Between user fees and savings, the center breaks even

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Mon, 11 Jan 2016 14:38:29 CST

What I learned by not drinking for two years http://www.kansascity.com/living/article53727475.html#storylink=rss Two years ago, a few days before New Year’s Eve, was the last time this comedian got drunk

Since then his life has changed: He lost weight, bought a condo and got happier

It’s amazing how many people condemn him for quitting

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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 07:48:00 CST

Uncle Sam cooks up a new dietary list for us http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article53620900.html#storylink=rss Government issues guidelines twice each decade; here’s the latest list

U.S. nutritional policy nudges toward Mediterranean diet

Cut down on sugar, but there’s surprising news about eggs

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Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:26:30 CST

Chipotle faces criminal probe after norovirus outbreak http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article53354805.html#storylink=rss A U.S. attorney in California issued a subpoena for information related to an outbreak in August

The chain also projected a double-digit decline in sales in the fourth quarter

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Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:43:14 CST

Tests suggest mercury in air at some dental clinics http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article53122320.html#storylink=rss Firm finds soaring mercury levels in visits to dental offices

Dental workers among those sickened by toxin

‘There are kids running around everywhere. . . . It’s nuts’

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Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:30:47 CST

Nancy Cruzan’s legacy: Open talk about death with dignity http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article51696025.html#storylink=rss The Missouri woman spent eight years in a “persistent vegetative state”

Removal of her feeding tube 25 years ago ended a right-to-die case that transfixed America

Now public proposals on how best to die are intensifying

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Sat, 26 Dec 2015 16:05:29 CST

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver seeks congressional inquiry of nuclear workers compensation program http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article51188790.html#storylink=rss McClatchy found that fewer than half of the workers who have applied for compensation have received any money

Cleaver worked at plant that made nuclear weapon parts

Nuclear workers, advocates and experts react to McClatchy’s report

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Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:48:45 CST