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Director: Kansas stem cell research center needs more money

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A stem cell research facility at the University of Kansas Medical Center needs more money, not more space, according to the center's new director. Sunil Abhyankar, an oncologist who specializes in blood cancers, was...

 

Sophomore with disability still plays football for Kirkwood

KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — The only thing that would have made Mac Reed's football debut better was if he'd been hit. A sophomore holder on the Kirkwood High junior varsity football team, Reed handled both extra point snaps with ease as junior kicker...

 

Kansas health care workers spread awareness about sepsis

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When Andrew Kaminski went to the doctor in 2014 with flu-like symptoms, the doctor told him they couldn't find anything wrong and to go home and rest. Within 48 hours, the Kansas City, Kansas, man was hurried to the emergency...

 

Broken Arrow passes regulations on medical marijuana

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma city has passed ordinances to regulate medical marijuana that have drawn criticism from backers of the measure to legalize medicinal use of the drug. The Tulsa World reports the Broken Arrow City Council...

 

Kansas takes over nursing home that couldn't pay its bills

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has taken over a nursing home after an inspector found that it was struggling to pay for food, medicine and utilities. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services said the takeover was necessary to ensure the...

 

Health Dept: 1st cases of flu season reported in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The first cases of the flu season have been reported in New Mexico. State Department of Health officials say all three persons who got the flu live in Quay County and reported no recent out of state travel. The three are ages...

 

Day care owner accused of tying kids to car seats for hours

MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — The owner of a Dallas-area in-home day care accused of keeping infants and toddlers tied to their car seats for hours has been jailed on child endangerment charges. An affidavit says Rebecca Anderson also yanked a...

 

University of Kansas Health System given $66 million gift

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas Health System has received a $66 million donation to be used for an inpatient care unit. Health System officials said Thursday the donation from the Sunderland Foundation is the largest gift ever...

 

After a century, insulin is still expensive – could DIYers change that?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jenna E. Gallegos, Colorado State University and Jean Peccoud, Colorado State University (THE CONVERSATION) Soon after Federick Banting...

 

Oklahoma Medicaid providers see rate hike after 9 years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma medical professionals will get more money for treating Medicaid patients for the first time in nearly a decade. The 3 percent rate hike came after years of cuts from budget shortfalls, the Oklahoman reported . Medical...

 

Tribal official: Medical marijuana possession still illegal

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A Cherokee Nation official says medical marijuana won't be legal on the Oklahoma-based tribe's property even though the state's voters approved use of the plant. The Cherokee Phoenix reports Cherokee Nation Assistant...

 

Kansas chiropractor charged with raping underage patient

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — An Emporia chiropractor already facing two sexual battery charges is now charged with rape involving an underage female. The Lyon County Attorney's office charged Eric Hawkins on Monday with raping a patient who was 15 or 16...

 

'Miraculous': Boy survives after meat skewer pierces skull

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A 10-year-old Missouri boy is recovering after he was attacked by insects and tumbled from a tree, landing on a meat skewer that penetrated his skull from his face to the back of his head. But miraculously, that's where...

 

AARP: Oklahoma nursing homes failing to give quality care

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A recent AARP report has found that Oklahoma's nursing homes are failing to provide quality care, with registered nurses providing the fewest number of hours per day for each patient compared to the rest of the U.S. The AARP...

 

Rate decreases coming to New Mexico health exchange

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Average rates for purchasing health insurance will decrease by about 1 percent on New Mexico's subsidized health care exchange in 2019, in a shift from choices a year ago. State insurance regulators say changes in rates for...

 

Some Oklahoma doctors won't prescribe medical marijuana

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma patients may have limited options for providers willing and able to sign medical marijuana recommendations due to major health care systems telling doctors not to discuss cannabis treatment. The Oklahoma Medical... Full story

 

Lawsuit: Urgent care doctor responsible for leg amputation

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City-area man has filed a lawsuit alleging that a trip to an urgent care clinic for a foot wound led to gangrene and a leg amputation. Trenton Twidwell filed the lawsuit last month against Kristin Duncan, the...

 

State welfare officials raise questions in death of twin

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — State welfare officials say police should have considered taking 2-month-old twins into protective custody before one of them died at a west Wichita motel. The Wichita Eagle reports that in the Wichita area, when police put... Full story

 

Professor researching if snake venom can cure cancer

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — When Stephen Mackessy opened the door to one of his favorite rooms on the University of Northern Colorado campus, it erupted with a noise like a mix of cicadas buzzing, rain hitting a metal roof and raucous applause after a...

 

Wichita optometrist to offer free glasses, exam to uninsured

, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita optometrist is giving away free eye exams and glasses to people without insurance. The Wichita Eagle reports that Child and Family Eyecare is offering the free services from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. It's available to anyone...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    August 31, 2018

Oklahoma DHS disputes report on foster care reform efforts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services on Thursday took issue with the latest report by monitors that downgraded the agency's progress in improving the state's foster care program for children. Agency director Ed Lake said...

 

Kansas child welfare agency failed to meet 16 standards

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' child welfare agency failed to meet more than half of 30 federal and state performance standards last year, according to a report that used the agency's data. The Department for Children and Families released the report...

 

Oklahoma Medicaid could up provider pay after years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma providers who treat patients covered by Medicaid may soon get their first pay rate increase in nearly a decade. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority announced Wednesday it's considering raising rates paid to providers,...

 

Oklahoma County jail inmate dies in cell

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says an inmate has died in his cell. Sheriff's spokesman Mark Opgrande says 41-year-old Jeremy Lee Simmons was found unresponsive in the cell Wednesday night by jailers. Jail staff began...

 

Kansas Supreme Court upholds $907K malpractice verdict

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld a $907,000 medical malpractice verdict against a Wichita doctor. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Supreme Court says in a news release that it's affirming a Sedgwick County jury's 2013...

 

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