<![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 Maryland boy with double-hand transplant leaves hospital http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article32460663.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:24:35 CDT The Associated Press]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article32460663.html Doctors recommend early exposure to prevent peanut allergies http://www.kansascity.com/living/article32370519.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:20:15 CDT By LINDSEY TANNER ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/article32370519.html Caring eye doctors head overseas to provide visionary outreach http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/article32289471.html#storylink=rss Several groups in Kansas City send out medical staffers to help patients in Third World countries. Some are faith-based groups; others work through the medical community. Follow along as one group treks to a small town in mountainous Haiti where in a short span of time they make a big difference in local lives.

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Cryptosporidiosis crops up in some Johnson County swimming pools http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article31653860.html#storylink=rss The Johnson County Health Department said it has traced three confirmed cases of cryptosporidiosis to swimming pools in Overland Park and Shawnee and is tracking several more suspected cases in the community.

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Mutated head lice already may have arrived in Missouri and Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article31565951.html#storylink=rss Research has identified a new strain of mutated lice in 25 states, including Missouri and Kansas, reportedly super-resistant to traditional over-the-counter treatments. Kansas City area public health officials have yet to receive panicked reports from doctors or school district officials. At least two area businesses are pledging to banish the pests and their eggs.

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FDA approves first-ever drug for women with low sexual desire http://www.kansascity.com/living/article31482485.html#storylink=rss New drug, Addyi, will help restore sexual desire in women

Drug maker, Sprout Pharmaceuticals of North Carolina, could see big windfall

Supporters say Addyi helps put women on the path toward equality in sexual health

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Teens' e-cigarette use linked with later smoking http://www.kansascity.com/living/article31385507.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:30:08 CDT By LINDSEY TANNER ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/article31385507.html Merck recalls chemotherapy drug over child-proof cap cracks http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article31395245.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:28:59 CDT The Associated Press]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article31395245.html Jimmy Carter’s diagnosis at 90 highlights challenges of treating cancer in older Americans http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article30993888.html#storylink=rss Former President Jimmy Carter’s diagnosis at age 90 shines a spotlight on how health care professionals, preparing for a spike in older patients as the U.S. population ages, are researching and discussing new strategies for treating cancer in the elderly.

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The GMO food labeling debate: What is it all about? http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article30917727.html#storylink=rss The fight over the labeling of genetically modified organisms hits close to home for many in the heartland, where U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo from Kansas is trying to block states and local governments from mandating the labeling of GMO products.

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From spicy foods to more sex, here’s what research says can help you live longer http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article30597387.html#storylink=rss A new study last week revealed that eating spicy foods might help you live longer. It’s just the latest in a long line of scientific research into how and humans can live longer, healthier lives. What else has science taught us about extending our lives?

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Alan Bavley: Legionnaire’s is staking a claim as this summer’s scary disease http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article30349551.html#storylink=rss It should be considered serious, but if caught soon enough, it’s treatable with antibiotics. “In the big scheme of things, it’s small potatoes,” said Lee Norman, chief medical officer at the University of Kansas Hospital.

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Database shows University of Kansas Medical Center doctors got $116,000 in free meals in 2014 http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article29751649.html#storylink=rss A database of medical industry payments to physicians and teaching hospitals shows the industry in 2014 provided food and beverages for 558 physicians who listed KU Medical Center as their primary business address. The medical school is investigating whether these physicans violated its rules. Some physicians have questioned the accuracy of the data.

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Mumps outbreak in Columbia may be up to 15 cases http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article29573446.html#storylink=rss The health department in Boone County has launched an investigation to determine the origin and cause of a mumps outbreak that may have affected 15 people so far in Columbia. Seven of the first cases were University of Missouri students ages 20 to 23, a health department official said.

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Hospital gardens bloom with a healing power for the spirit as well as the body http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/816-north/article28057519.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:59:11 CDT

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Health officials kill proposal to curb mercury dental fillings http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article28061824.html#storylink=rss A Food and Drug Administration proposal to issue warnings on the possible dangers posed by mercury in dentistry fillings was quietly tabled in 2011. The proposal and its rejection put the Obama administration in the awkward position of concealing for over three years a safety communication potentially affecting millions of Americans.

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Judge says Arizona Medicaid plan hospital fee constitutional http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article29519539.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:40:09 CDT By BOB CHRISTIE ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article29519539.html Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article29882182.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:00:14 CDT The Associated Press]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article29882182.html FDA approves female sex pill, but with safety restrictions http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article31476649.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:45:09 CDT By MATTHEW PERRONE ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article31476649.html Vacant buildings provide shelter, danger for homeless http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article30608922.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 23:01:00 CDT By JOSH KOVNER ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article30608922.html Photo gallery: KC sumo wrestler defies stereotypes http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article29660458.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:32:08 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article29660458.html Kansas and Missouri call for investigation of Planned Parenthood amid questions about aborted fetuses http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article28056052.html#storylink=rss At least eight states, congressional leaders and numerous Republican presidential hopefuls have now called for investigations into whether Planned Parenthood clinics have violated laws that prohibit the sale of aborted fetal tissue and organs. The action came after the release of two undercover videos.

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Study: Women with a mild memory problem worsen twice as fast as men http://www.kansascity.com/living/article28051534.html#storylink=rss Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women

Duke researchers want to know why women’s cognitive scores fell faster

Possibilities include higher rates of surgeries and amyloid plaques

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Overland Park’s Kelli Poles finds new life through ABC’s ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/stargazing/article27513061.html#storylink=rss Kelli Poles of Overland Park recently lost 123 pounds as a participant in the ABC reality show “Extreme Weight Loss.”  And her work toward a healthier life is just beginning. “I have made huge steps, but I’m not, by any means, done. This is a life-long journey of dealing with all of this,” she says.

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Republicans pushing for medical research funds, including in Kansas, take flak from the right http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article26891032.html#storylink=rss Some Republicans in Congress wanting to increase medical research spending — some of which would go to the University of Kansas Medical Center — face criticism from budget hawks. With grant funding in his eastern Kansas district at stake, U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder has become one of the funding bill’s most vocal co-sponsors.

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Overland Park Regional Medical Center opens new cancer treatment facility http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article26867146.html#storylink=rss The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center will bring together medical oncology, surgical breast oncology, gynecologic oncology, outpatient cancer therapies, genetic counseling, specialized oncology and other services. Midwest Breast Care will be adjacent to the facility.

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Medicare proposes paying doctors for end-of-life counseling http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article26833729.html#storylink=rss After years of debate about whether the government should encourage end-of-life planning, Medicare is now proposing to reimburse doctors for having conversations with patients about whether and how they would want to be kept alive if they become too sick to speak for themselves.

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Obamacare saved women $1.4 billion on birth control, analysis says http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article26824405.html#storylink=rss Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania examined health insurance claims from one of the country’s largest private insurers in 2012 (pre-Obamacare) and 2013 (post-Obamacare). They found that spending on the pill quickly fell 39 percent — from $33 to $20, on average. Spending on IUDs plummeted 68 percent, from $262 to $84. The total savings: $1.4 billion.

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U.S. heroin use and addiction are surging, CDC reports http://www.kansascity.com/living/health-fitness/article26751226.html#storylink=rss Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials say. Deaths caused by heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. More than half a million people used heroin in 2013, up nearly 150 percent since 2007.

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For over 60 years as a doctor, Philip L. Stevens touched many lives in Tonganoxie http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article26698027.html#storylink=rss He always made time for his patients. He never overcharged. He stayed in the same office — a one-story faded-brick building with a white screen door — for his entire career. But last Thursday, the day after he celebrated the start of his seventh decade as a doctor in Tonganoxie, Philip L. Stevens died in his sleep at age 87.

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