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Kansas takes control of 15 troubled private nursing homes

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is taking over 15 private nursing homes after the owner and operator defaulted on payments to vendors and failed to meet payroll. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Tim Keck will oversee...

 

Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in the country, further underscoring how quickly feelings about marijuana are changing in the United States. If the two...

 

Measles outbreak that started in Kansas day care grows to 16

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Health officials say a northeast Kansas measles outbreak that started in a day care has grown to 16 cases. Kansas Department of Health and Environment says 13 of the cases are in Johnson County, two in Linn County and one in...

 

Officials: Treatment, enforcement for Colorado heroin fight

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they hope a two-fold approach will prevent the growth of the state's heroin epidemic. Federal and state officials announced plans to focus on prosecuting dealers and use local law enforcement to...

 

Apple Watch may have saved Kansas woman's life

SCRANTON, Kan. (AP) — An Apple Watch may have helped save a Kansas woman's life by alerting her to her rapid heartbeat. Heather Hendershot went to an urgent care clinic and then to Stormont Vail Health's emergency room after the watch alerted her...

 

Warrant: Former Texas nurse a suspect in 2 patients' deaths

DALLAS (AP) — A nurse who has been charged with murder intentionally caused stroke-like injuries to seven patients at a Texas heart hospital, leading to the death of two and serious injuries to the others, according to an arrest warrant. William...

 

Kansas bill enhancing telemedicine stalled by abortion fight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A political fight over abortion restrictions could prevent passage of a bill in the Kansas Legislature that would improve telemedicine access across the state, particularly in rural areas. The bill would require insurance...

 

Navajo Nation latest to sue over opioid epidemic in US

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the country's largest American Indian tribes is the latest to sue pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors, alleging their conduct caused the opioid crisis. The Navajo Nation's lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S....

 

Arkansas pauses marijuana dispensary applications' review

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas regulators have stopped reviewing applications from businesses that want to sell medical marijuana, weeks after a judge struck down the state's licensing process for growing the drug. A spokesman for the...

 

Record number of Arkansas flu deaths now stands at 215

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The record number of deaths due to the flu in Arkansas has increased by five to now stand at 215. The Arkansas Department of Health reports the number includes 161 deaths of people aged 65 or older and five deaths of those...

 

Second Oklahoma tribe files opioid lawsuit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A second Oklahoma tribe is suing manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and large pharmacies for their alleged part in an overdose epidemic. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court for...

 

Missouri committee rejects medical marijuana bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee has rejected a bill meant to give terminally ill patients access to medical marijuana. The Columbia Missourian reports that Republican Rep. Jim Neely's bill failed to make it out of the...

 
 By RACHEL RICE    Regional    April 6, 2018

Patients awaiting organ transplants start their own searches

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Elizabeth Barton's kidneys have failed her. The Hillsboro mother has end-stage renal disease, and in order to survive she's on dialysis 18 hours a day. Fluid pumped into her veins through a tube in her stomach cleans her blood as...

 

Arkansas board approves new rules for opioid prescriptions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas board has approved regulations that add more requirements for doctors prescribing high doses of opioids. The Arkansas State Medical Board approved the new rules 12-1 Thursday despite complaints from...

 

Colorado hospital delays surgeries during investigation

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado hospital has postponed most of its scheduled surgeries while it resolves an issue with the cleaning of certain surgical instruments. Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver said in a statement that it was working closely with...

 

Officials: Dallas County agency jeopardized patient care

DALLAS (AP) — Federal regulators have determined that mismanagement of a Dallas County health agency jeopardized the funding for services critical to thousands of HIV and AIDS patients. Inspectors found numerous areas of concern within a division...

 

State: Denver hospital put patients at risk of infection

DENVER (AP) — Some patients at a Denver hospital might be at risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV because surgical instruments weren't properly cleaned. Larry Wolk, head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    April 1, 2018

Patchwork health care for reservation inmates raises concern

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At a tribal jail in Washington state, an inmate with a broken leg banged on his cell door, screaming for pain medication, only to be denied. Hundreds of miles away, a diabetic man jailed on the Wind River Indian Reservation...

 

Group to terminate youth home contracts with Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A company that provides services for youth homes in Oklahoma is terminating its contracts with the state. White Fields announced plans to terminate their Piedmont group home contracts with the Oklahoma Department of Human...

 

Oklahoma health officials investigate Salmonella outbreak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says it's helping investigate a nationwide salmonella outbreak that's linked to a stimulant-like plant called kratom. Officials say a total of 91 people in 36 states, including four...

 

Oklahoma health officials say flu deaths exceed 250 in state

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say almost twice as many Oklahomans have died from influenza this season than any previous season on record. The Oklahoma Department of Health said Thursday that 253 people have died from the virus since the...

 

Kansas officials identify 3 new cases of measles

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials have identified three new cases of measles, bringing the state's outbreak total to 13. The Kansas City Star reports that the outbreak began earlier this month at a daycare center that health officials have...

 

Arkansas sues drugmakers it blames for deadly opioid crisis

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials filed a lawsuit against three drug manufacturers Thursday, claiming overzealous and deceptive marketing contributed to an increase in opioid abuse that fueled a spike in overdose deaths. The lawsuit in...

 

Missouri man turns to dance to deal with illness

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — As an athletic incoming freshman at Southeast Missouri State University, Micheal Curry had hopes of becoming a football star. But a medical diagnosis sidelined those dreams and set him on a different path. Curry sought...

 

Kansas woman survives liver transplants, multiple surgeries

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Teresa Tostenrud-Hoff was 22 years old when doctors diagnosed her with a rare liver disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis. "The average time from diagnosis to death is 15 years. I was 22 at the time," Tostenrud-Hoff told the...

 

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