The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that doctors diagnosed more than 2 million people with syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia in 2016. That's a record high in the United States.
Emergency crews treated 15 people and two were taken to a hospital for observation Saturday after a possible chlorine leak at the Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center in Shawnee. The city fire marshal said no leak was found.
Two Johnson County residents have developed serious West Nile Virus infections and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is warning that most of the state is under a “high-risk” warning for the mosquito-borne illness.
Starting next month, all health insurers in Missouri will be required to cover 3D mammograms, as well as the traditional flat images. The medical community isn’t in total agreement, but a consensus is growing among specialists that the 3D is the way to go for spotting breast cancer.
Since 2007, the Center for Science in the Public Interest “honors” the most caloric and unhealthiest dishes from some the nation’s most popular chains. The Cheesecake Factory’s breakfast burrito “wins” in 2018.
Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the CDC. The bacteria is typically transmitted through contaminated food, but some simple preventative measures can keep you from getting sick.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week Hy-Vee has recalled pasta salad sold in eight states, including Kansas and Missouri, after 21 people who ate it became sick with salmonella bacteria infections. Consumers are warned to return the pasta salad or throw it away.
To prevent the spread of HIV, the FDA recommends that men who have sex with men abstain for one year before donating blood. To scientists the policy is a necessary precaution. To the LGBTQ community, it is an unnecessary stigma.
Disease cases from mosquito, tick and flea bites more than tripled in the U.S. from 2004 to 2016, with tick-borne illness seeing the most dramatic increase. The CDC says many local health departments lack the tools to protect people.
Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been named to a panel that will advise Juul, a company that makes vaping products, about how to keep its wares out of the hands of minors. A doctor from Children's Mercy Hospital says it will be an uphill climb.
Jackson County has more than 400 kindergartners who have non-medical exemptions from vaccination. A national study says that makes Kansas City one of 15 "hotspots" for infectious disease in states that allow philosophical exemptions.