Kari Driskell, the widow of Blue Valley High School football coach Eric Driskell, encourages everyone to go online and register to become an organ donor at donatelife.net/register. The Midwest Transplant Network helped her through the process of donation when Eric died of a ruptured brain aneurysm earlier this year.
The University of Kansas Cancer Center was denied an upgrade to Comprehensive Cancer Center status but got its National Cancer Institute designation renewed for five years and added Children's Mercy Hospital to its research consortium.
Gary Sallee, 65, a resident of Oak Grove, has a good quality of life, dabbles in wood burning artwork and finds contentment as a gardener. An automobile accident 30 years ago left Sallee a quadriplegic. Now, Sallee argues that taxpayers are better off helping to provide him in-home care — a publicly funded service at risk of deep cutbacks in Missouri — instead of paying much more for Sallee to live 24/7 in a nursing home.
For many patients, the idea of brain surgery can be scary. This may be especially true if the area being treated is near parts of the brain that control sight, motor skills or speech. Preserving function is what prompted neurosurgeons at Mayo Clinic to perform what's called awake brain surgery. With this surgery, the patient is awake and talking during part of the procedure, so the surgeon knows he or she is safely performing the operation.
Insys Therapeutics, an Arizona-based company that produces an opioid spray, says the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas has sent it a subpoena as part of ongoing investigations into physicians connected to the company. Six Insys executives and managers were indicted in December on charges that allege they used their physician speaker program to pay kickbacks to doctors who prescribed their drug. Overland Park physician Steven Simon was among the company's top-paid physician speakers but is not part of the indictments.
Ride 4 Gabe is a cross-country mission following a cyclist in the Race Across America to bring attention to Duchenne muscular dystrophy and a recent price increase in a drug treatment for the disorder.
President Trump says he is moving on from the congressional health care bill on May 1, 2017, after Speaker Paul Ryan failed to gather enough votes to pass it through the House of Representatives. In a statement after the bill's failure was announced, the president said that Obamacare would prove to be a disaster in 2017 and that Democrats would eventually work with him to draft a replacement.