<![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 Dying is scary and lonely. Death doulas try to make the journey easier http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article91595017.html#storylink=rss As baby boomers age, we’re giving new consideration to what aging means and how we die

A doulas’ mandate is to ease the passage from this world to the next

They sit with the dying and offer them peace and comfort

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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:22:20 CDT

Pulled muscle cost him $6,000. What would it cost you? http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article91465132.html#storylink=rss Richard Sankovich paid more than a year’s worth of monthly premiums for two hours of care

“Low-cost” health insurance plans can end up costing consumers more in the long run

“Consumers need to be educated that for each procedure offered in a hospital, it’s time to ask, ‘Why do I need that?’ and ‘How much is this going to cost?’ ”

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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:50:00 CDT

Huge IVF study may reassure women who feared increased risk of breast cancer http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article90595672.html#storylink=rss Most comprehensive study to date finds no evidence in vitro fertilization increases risk

Previous research had gone back and forth, leading to lingering questions

Latest study provides ‘significant evidence’, but experts warn it’s not conclusive

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:47:59 CDT

In medical mystery, caregiver of Zika patient gets virus http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article90278147.html#storylink=rss A person who cared for a Zika-infected relative in Utah also got the virus, but exactly how it was transmitted is a medical mystery, health officials announced Monday.

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:21:02 CDT By LINDSAY WHITEHURST ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article90278147.html
How does Zika spread? Utah infection raises new questions http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article90350617.html#storylink=rss Health officials are trying to unravel how a relative may have picked up a Zika infection from a Utah man who died.

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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:10:43 CDT By MIKE STOBBE ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article90350617.html
Pokemon Go is good for you – or at least for your step count http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article90029867.html#storylink=rss Founders of exercise app saw an increase in users’ overall exercise the weekend the game launched

“The fact that it's a population-level effect that's visible is actually pretty impressive on Pokemon Go's part.”

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Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:29:48 CDT

‘Street medics’ head to Republican National Convention in case they’re needed http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article89997647.html#storylink=rss The founder of local nonprofit Heart to Heart International is taking volunteers to the convention

Heart to Heart’s mission involves giving health care during crises

Gary Morsch and other “street medics” will give first aid if protests turn violent

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:56:19 CDT

Lead levels in children leave Salina parents fearful and frustrated http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article89699422.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:39:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article89699422.html Thumb-sucking and nail-biting might prevent allergies, study shows http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article89502937.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:26:23 CDT

Opioid bill passes, but there’s little money to act on its wish list http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article89403007.html#storylink=rss Senate advances opioid legislation by 90-2

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation

Democrats, drug experts say Congress must still provide more money

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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:12:06 CDT

KC researchers gain $6.2 million government contract to study rare disease http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/technology/article89447652.html#storylink=rss Past research into tularemia has yielded a vaccine

This funding will support manufacturing of that vaccine and animal studies

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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:18:08 CDT

Too old for sex? Not at this nursing home http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article89186597.html#storylink=rss Growing number of Americans are having sex into their 70s and 80s

Hebrew Home, unlike many nursing homes, encourages residents to have relationships

But it raises consent questions, and some families have objected to such relationships

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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:47:39 CDT

As HIV patients get older, the drugs that saved them are now wreaking havoc http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article88778857.html#storylink=rss Antiretroviral therapy turned what was a death sentence into a chronic disease, meaning more patients are living into their 60s and even 70s

But HIV medications are typically toxic not only for the virus, but also for the people who take them

Drug companies are now working on medications that subdue the illness without the harmful side effects

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Sun, 10 Jul 2016 14:59:34 CDT

Two Kansas moms forge a friendship over the birth of micropreemie babies http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article88694717.html#storylink=rss Medical advancements are allowing micropreemies, babies with a very low birth weight, a better chance at life

In a town of 200, moms Kaylee Hurt and Ashley Taylor bond over daughters born at 1.4 and 1.7 pounds

“I’ve had plenty of rough days where I’ve needed someone to give me perspective. She’s been that person for me,” Ashley Taylor said

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Sun, 10 Jul 2016 08:00:00 CDT

Those gut feelings really are just that thanks to trillions of microbes http://www.kansascity.com/living/article88724397.html#storylink=rss Scientists say if you gathered them all together, they would weigh more than our brains

But it’s their connection to the brain that can help determine how stressed out we get

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Sat, 09 Jul 2016 20:35:17 CDT

What you need to know about mosquitoes, Zika virus and repellents http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article87823192.html#storylink=rss No need to fear contracting Zika virus now in U.S.

But in Kansas City, residents are still fearful

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself

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Sat, 09 Jul 2016 08:00:00 CDT

More opioid abusers now can get medication help http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article87864352.html#storylink=rss U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services expands access to the drug buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is one of three drugs approved by the FDA for opioid addiction

Secretary urges Congress to approve $1.1 billion in relevant funding

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 23:01:00 CDT

Tiny babies bring moms together in friendship http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article88080017.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 18:58:22 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article88080017.html Woman fights to use daughter’s frozen eggs to carry grandchild http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article87888592.html#storylink=rss She wins an appeal that boosts goal of fulfilling what she says was her daughter’s dying wish

Independent regulator that had rejected woman’s desire

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:52:23 CDT

Latest government warning: Beware of raw cookie dough http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article86898287.html#storylink=rss This warning is about flour, not eggs

Uncooked flour can contain E. coli

Flour from a General Mills plant in KC was the likely source of an E. coli outbreak this year

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:58:12 CDT

Butter isn’t bad for you, study finds http://www.kansascity.com/living/food-drink/article86683677.html#storylink=rss The study says butter is a middle-of-the-road food, neither good nor bad for you

There is no link between butter consumption and increased risk of heart disease

The study shows butter could actually prevent type 2 diabetes, but those findings need to be tested more

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:04:57 CDT

Kansas City foundation gives grants for gardens and more http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article86206962.html#storylink=rss Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City announced seven new grants

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Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:42:42 CDT

New weight-loss device lets you eat all you want then drain the food out of your stomach http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article85919662.html#storylink=rss AspireAssist ‘removes approximately 30 percent of the calories consumed,’ the FDA says

Twenty to 30 minutes after eating, the patient opens a valve and uses a connecting device to drain the stomach contents into a toilet

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:57:54 CDT

Kansas, Missouri health officials watch for local Zika bites http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article84906042.html#storylink=rss There are four confirmed cases in Kansas and seven in Missouri

None of the Missouri or Kansas patients contracted the virus locally

Risk would be elevated if an infected local mosquito bit a Missourian or a Kansan

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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:49:29 CDT

Jackson County aims to track opioid drug abuse http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article84828417.html#storylink=rss Missouri is the only state without a prescription drug monitoring program

All nine Jackson County legislators support a monitoring program

Kansas City and Independence are not included but are urged to join in

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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:12:24 CDT

Boxing program helps Parkinson’s patients roll with the punches http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article84733417.html#storylink=rss Rock Steady Boxing program at In Your Corner Fitness is for people with Parkinson’s disease

Boxing can decrease tremors and improve balance

The program has been used successfully elsewhere

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Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:51:45 CDT

One Zika virus case confirmed in Johnson County http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article84603502.html#storylink=rss County health department said the virus was acquired by a traveler

Contraction risk in Kansas City area remains low

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Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:42:51 CDT

The fates of teens with mental illness rest on getting help early http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article84417602.html#storylink=rss Most people with mental illness experience it first as teens or young adults

But they may not seek help for several years

Relief efforts are hurt by a lack of Medicaid for young people who are often uninsured

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:49:22 CDT

Cellphones and cancer? Press 1 if you’re skeptical http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article84369002.html#storylink=rss Preliminary findings from radiation tests are reigniting an old debate

Experts question the methods of federal research on rats

Best advice? Use wired earpieces, hands-free devices during calls

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:38:42 CDT

Should we fear our phones? http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article84252867.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:13:50 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article84252867.html