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Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says

CHICAGO (AP) — Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found. It's unclear why, but some mental health experts think...

 

Speaker wants special panel to investigate health department

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House Speaker Charles McCall says he is forming a special investigative committee to look into financial mismanagement at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The 15-member committee is expected to begin its work next...

 

Group of seniors, disabled file federal suit over services

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Oklahoma seniors and adults with disabilities who receive in-home state services to keep them out of nursing homes has filed a federal lawsuit against the two agencies that fund the programs. The lawsuit was filed...

 

Kansas disputes federal agency's claim on Medicaid funds

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal agency and Kansas are at odds over whether the state took nearly $18 million in Medicaid funds that it shouldn't have. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General says Kansas...

 

Officials concerned about Lawrence's contaminated water

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Officials with a water district downstream from Lawrence are concerned about the short notice they received regarding the city's release of nitrogen-contaminated water into the Kansas River. The Lawrence Journal-World reports...

 

Agency: Improper wait list used for vets' mental health care

DENVER (AP) — A watchdog arm of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday that the agency's Denver-area hospital violated policy by keeping improper wait lists to track veterans' mental health care. Investigators with the VA Office of...

 

More funds needed for payroll at Oklahoma Health Department

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Department of Health spokesman says the financially troubled agency does not have enough money to pay its employees beyond November. Spokesman Tony Sellars made the comments Wednesday as state lawmakers debate...

 

Oklahoma AG joins other AGs in asking Congress to repeal law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined more than 40 other state attorneys general in asking Congress to repeal a law they say is "a step backward" in attempts to prevent opioid addiction and overdose deaths. A letter...

 

US Senate passes Veteran's Administration bill by Oklahomans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill by Republican Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe intended to address the care of military veterans in Veteran's Administration hospitals has passed the U.S. Senate. The bill passed Thursday would allow the Secretary of...

 

Health officials recommend moving wells away from homes

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — State health officials are recommending that a large oil and gas development proposed in northern Colorado be moved away from homes, echoing the concerns of nearby Boulder County residents. The Daily Camera reports that the...

 

Kansas lawmakers question effects of welfare reduction

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas lawmakers are questioning the impact of recent welfare policies after new data showed a growing number of people ineligible for cash assistance. The joint Legislative Budget Committee was briefed Wednesday on the...

 

Our calculator will guess how many healthy years of life you have left

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) As the old saying goes, the only things certain in life are death and taxes. While death is inevitable, the quality...

 

Doctor: Hernandez's brain was severely damaged by disease

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez suffered substantial damage to parts of the brain that affect memory, judgment and behavior from the most severe case of a degenerative disease linked to head blows ever found in...

 

The opioid crisis is at its worst in rural areas. Can telemedicine help?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Some of the communities hit hardest by the opioid epidemic are in rural America. However, many of those same communit...

 

Homeland Security to test chemicals near Kansas border

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security is planning to conduct chemical and biological tests near the border between Kansas and Oklahoma. Department officials plan to execute a "low level outdoor release" of inert chemical...

 

Missouri lacks drug-monitoring plan despite governor's order

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri remains the only state without a prescription drug-monitoring program aimed at curbing opioid abuse nearly four months after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens signed an executive order to establish one. The head of the...

 

Bayer fights Missouri lawsuit over birth control implant

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An attorney for chemical manufacturer Bayer is fighting a Missouri lawsuit over one of its birth control products, arguing the case does not belong in the state. Bayer attorney Jonathan Cohn asked Missouri Supreme Court...

 

Kansas welfare chief retiring amid scrutiny of foster care

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top administrator at the Kansas Department for Children and Families plans to retire Dec. 1 after months of scrutiny of the agency's oversight of services for abused and neglected children. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's...

 

Arkansas death row inmate dies after found unresponsive

GRADY, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas death row inmate who was convicted of raping and killing a 5-year-old girl has died after being found unresponsive in his cell. Department of Corrections spokesman Solomon Graves says 57-year-old Roger Coulter was...

 

Inspection of Oklahoma VA Health System finds deficiencies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An inspection of the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System says the facility suffered from the lack of stable, permanent leadership and basic elements of patient safety programs were not been consistently completed. A report...

 

Audit of Oklahoma health agency changed, could bring charges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A probe of the Oklahoma State Department of Health is being changed to an investigative audit, meaning it could lead to criminal charges in the wake of the resignations of the agency's top two officials after they were accused...

 

Oklahoma lawmakers approve $23.3 million for mental health

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that appropriates $23.3 million to Oklahoma's mental health agency is headed to Gov. Mary Fallin's desk to be signed into law. The measure received final approval in the state Senate on Wednesday. It's the first...

 

Oklahoma panel to consider funding senior and child programs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma panel will consider providing millions for two key programs that are in jeopardy amid a state budget crisis. The Tulsa World reports that the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Directors will consider...

 

Ex-worker at Kansas VA hospital sentenced for sex crimes

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A former physician assistant at a Veterans Affairs hospital in eastern Kansas has been sentenced for sexual crimes against patients. The Kansas City Star reports 66-year-old Mark Wisner was sentenced Friday to 15 years and...

 

Oklahoma Health Department's new head ousts its top lawyer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health's top lawyer has been ousted from the agency following the resignation of its commissioner and his top deputy amid allegations of mismanagement. The department's new interim head, Preston Doerf...

 

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