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 By John Hanna    Regional    June 28, 2017

Kansas senators differ over GOP health care overhaul bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' two Republican senators split over a plan for overhauling health care that the GOP abruptly shelved Tuesday. Sen. Jerry Moran said he was pleased by the postponement of the Senate's debate on the bill until at least...

 
 By Mandy Gross    Regional    June 25, 2017

Remember food safety when firing up the grill this summer

With warmer weather on the way, many Oklahomans will be firing up their grill. Summer is typically a time of creating fun-filled memories and delicious meals; however, if the meal is not prepared properly, it could be a source of foodborne disease....

 

Arkansas man boxes to fight Parkinson's disease

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — At one point, Bud Hough and his brother used to box for fun. The 78-year-old never thought he'd be doing it again. This time, he throws a "perfect" punch to fight Parkinson's disease. One afternoon, Bud was watching a...

 

2 more plague cases reported in New Mexico's Santa Fe County

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday confirmed two more human cases of plague. The recent cases involve a 52-year-old woman and a 62-year-old woman. The first case this year was reported in early June in a...

 

Oklahoma senators say health overhaul plan under review

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's two U.S. senators say they will review a proposal to overhaul the federal health care law but did not say whether they'd vote for the new plan released Thursday. In a joint statement, Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe and...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    June 23, 2017

Under scrutiny, New Mexico opioid prescriptions taper off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of people receiving opioid pain medication prescriptions or risky overlapping prescriptions has shown a notable decline in New Mexico since the state ordered doctors to check a database that can indicate whether a...

 

Indiana crackdown on opioids sparks more pharmacy robberies

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As the nation's opioid epidemic intensified, Indiana cracked down on over-prescribing doctors and "pill mills" catering to people with addictions. The state also took aim at doctor-shopping — the practice of visiting multiple...

 

Oklahoma doctor charged in opioid deaths of 5 patients

An Oklahoma doctor was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the overdose deaths of at least five patients from the powerful painkillers and other drugs she prescribed, often in combinations that made up an addict's "holy trinity" of pills, sta...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 22, 2017

Missouri attorney general sues drug companies over opioids

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Wednesday filed suit against three large pharmaceutical companies, saying their "campaign of fraud and deception" led to a startling opioid crisis in the state. Hawley, a Republican, filed...

 

Groups file lawsuits over new Arkansas abortion restrictions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion-rights groups asked a federal court Tuesday to block Arkansas from enforcing new restrictions lawmakers approved this year, including a ban on a commonly used second-trimester procedure that the groups say would...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    June 21, 2017

Medicaid cutbacks could hinder addiction plan in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico stands to lose critical funding for substance abuse treatment that has helped combat a local opioid epidemic, under a Republican campaign on Capitol Hill to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law. A...

 

Missouri House passes law to tighten abortion regulation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House members on Tuesday passed legislation to tighten state abortion regulations, including provisions to require annual inspections of clinics and give the state attorney general new authority to prosecute viol...

 

Kansas colleges to expand nursing education opportunities

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Two colleges are planning to launch new programs that would expand opportunities for nursing education in central Kansas. The Salina Journal (http://bit.ly/2rRyoik ) reports that Salina Area Technical College announced plans...

 
 By David Eggert    Regional    June 18, 2017

Michigan governor defends cabinet members charged in Flint

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An apologetic Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was largely silent last year when criminal charges were brought against state officials over Flint's man-made drinking water crisis, except to say some "bureaucrats" had failed residents...

 

Plan to privatize Oklahoma Medicaid program is stalled

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to privatize Oklahoma's Medicaid program has stalled because of a lack of funds. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has canceled bids from companies seeking to manage services for the elderly, blind and disabled. OHCA...

 

Medical marijuana for New Mexico opiate addicts rejected

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top health official has rejected state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommendations to add opiate dependence and Alzheimer's disease to the list of conditions that qualify a person to legally buy medical...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 16, 2017

APNewsBreak: Kansas mental hospital fails federal review

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state mental hospital in eastern Kansas failed to regain federal certification after a survey in May, though state officials said Friday that federal inspectors' report showed that safety and patient care had improved...

 

As Missouri debates new abortion curbs, both sides rally

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Supporters and opponents of abortion rallied Wednesday at the Missouri Capitol as a special session of the Legislature considered new restrictions in a state that already has some of the nation's toughest abortion laws....

 

Breast cancer clinical trial to begin in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Researchers preparing to conduct an extensive breast cancer research trial in Oklahoma City hope to find cancers that mammograms can't detect. The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2rWTjUz ) reports the Mercy Breast Center is scheduled...

 

Hemp oil supplier changes Kansas formulation after seizure

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The owner of a Missouri hemp oil supplier said he's making a special product line for Kansas after police seized the supply of a retailer because it contained trace amounts of the high-inducing agent in marijuana. CBD American...

 

New rule allows pharmacists to prescribe birth control

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Pharmacy Board has adopted a new regulation that allows pharmacists for the first time to write prescriptions for hormonal contraceptives, meaning a woman won't need to visit a physician in most cases to obtain...

 

Kansas student who spread tuberculosis now educating others

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A former student at Olathe Northwest High School who had active tuberculosis has been working to raise awareness about the sometimes fatal disease that is still relatively rare in Kansas. Zee Pinkerton was a senior at the school...

 

Program attempts to cut waste from Medicaid system

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dr. David Kendrick is working to cut waste out of the Medicaid system by using an information highway. The physician and CEO of MyHealth Access Network is coordinating a group of health care providers and community workers to...

 

Missouri sued over psychotropic drugs for foster care kids

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Child advocates filed a federal lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Social Services on Monday over allegations of inappropriately providing psychotropic drugs to foster care children and systemic lack of oversight...

 

Arkansas school gets $11M for infectious disease research

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency is awarding the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences an $11 million federal grant for research on infectious diseases. The grant is from an arm of the National In...

 

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