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Health & Wealth Update
12:20 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Aiming For Bacon: A Day At A Meat Shoot

These paper cards serve as targets. Whoever hits closest to the black dot in the center or takes the most black wins. Judge Don Motzkus calls it “the luck of the pellets.”
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 8:58 am

The first thing you need to know about a meat shoot is that they don’t shoot animals.

“That’s not a crazy question, you know, we get that a lot,” said DeeDee Lakas, laughing a bit. “Do you shoot the meat? No, you shoot the target.”

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Health & Wealth Update
9:07 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Pilot Grove residents rally to bring back grocery store

Laurie Beach loads groceries into her car on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Pilot Grove, Mo. Beach is one of 23 community investors that helped open the grocery store.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA News

 

Listen to this week's Health & Wealth Update, featuring a report by KBIA reporter Bridgit Bowden.

The USDA estimates that more than 2 million people live in rural food deserts, or low-income communities more than 10 miles from a grocery store.  

Four years ago, the last grocery store in Pilot Grove, Mo., closed its doors, turning the town into a rural food desert.  The town had only a convenience store from which to bu food.   

That is, until 23 community investors came together to open Tyler's Market, a fully-stocked grocery store.  On the market's first day open, Pilot Grove residents gathered at the store.  

 

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Health & Wealth Update
4:05 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Helping Missourians navigate the ACA marketplace will likely be a collaborative effort

Credit jfcherry / Flickr

Listen here for an interview with Stan Hudson, a health literacy expert and associate director of the Center for Health Policy at MU about the Marketplace Navigators program.

Many Missourians will likely need help navigating the Affordable Care Act's new health insurance marketplace that's set to go online by Oct. 1, but one analyst says there might not be enough time or federal funding to train those who can help.

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Health & Wealth Update
3:16 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

How Prop E did more than just stop Gov. Nixon from creating a state health exchange

More than sixty percent of Missouri voters favored Proposition E. The resulting enacted law restricts state employees from helping the federal government create a health exchange in the state, a required element of Affordable Care Act.
Missouri Secretary of State

Listen to this week's Health and Wealth Update.

 A new report by an MU policy analyst warns about the consequences of a ballot measure passed by Missouri voters last November.

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Health & Wealth Desk
5:42 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Farm bill is more than subsidies and food stamps

These tomato and salvia plants are growing in bio-renewable pots in a greenhouse at Iowa State University, which received a grant through the Farm Bill to study replacements for petroleum-based plastic pots.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

Beyond subsidies and food stamps, what’s in the farm bill?

With the election over, lawmakers are now returning to Washington for the final weeks of the 112th Congress. Their schedule is packed, but House majority leader Eric Cantorhas said addressing the expired Farm Bill is on the agenda.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:43 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The cost of connecting doctors with rural patients electronically

Telehealth locations throughout Missouri are pinned and labelled on a map on Sept. 20 at the University Hospital in Columbia.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

A shortage of rural health care professionals throughout the state has health systems connecting with patients in remote areas through telehealth.

At the University Hospital in Columbia, telehealth coordinator Samuel Woodard thumbs a remote which sends a camera at the far end of the room spinning around to face him. His co-workers at the Missouri Telehealth Network offices across town appear on the screen.

“Hey Katie, how’s it going? We’re just going over the equipment, showing him how the telehealth unit works.” Woodard says.

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Health & Wealth Update
5:31 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Telehealth can connect rural areas with medical care

Missouri Telehealth Network coordinator Samuel Woodard holds up an otoscope, a tool used for examining the inside of an ear canal, which is able to provide a live feed to a television screen on Sept. 20 at the University Hospital in Columbia.
Lee Jian Chung KBIA

In September, the state awarded grants to eleven rural Missouri hospitals to improve broadband internet connections speeds. The connection would be used for telehealth, a way rural towns access physicians in bigger cities electronically. KBIA’s Lee Jian Chung brings us the first of a two part series on the expansion of telehealth services in Missouri.

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Health & Wealth Update
9:25 am
Wed August 8, 2012

New autism guide helps parents and providers sift through mountains of research

Kim Ratcliffe thumbs through the autism interventions guide.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

As more and more children are diagnosed with autism, there's also a lot more research on the disorder.  Now, a new guidebook can help Missouri parents and people who work with kids on the autism spectrum sort through it all.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:33 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Half a million Missourians to gain insurance under health care law

Percentage of Missourians Under Age 65 Who Were Uninsured in 2009, by County,
covermissouri.org

In Missouri, an estimated 835,000 people don't have health insurance – that's about 14 percent of the state's population. But in the next couple of years, that figure is going to change. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld most of the federal health care law, about half a million Missourians will join the rolls of the insured – either through Medicaid, the private insurance market, or with the help of subsidies provided by the federal government. The percentage of uninsured will drop to five percent of the population.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Missouri Medicaid expansion up in the air

"A victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it."
whitehouse.gov

After last week's Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama declared victory. But there was one major gray cloud -- or silver lining, depending on your point of view -- leaving open the question of Missouri's participation in the expansion of Medicaid envisioned by the federal health care law.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:28 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Missouri's meth addiction, part two

KOMU News Flikr

In 2011, Missouri law enforcement busted about five meth labs each day on average – almost double the number of any other state. The state spends more than $2 million dollars a year on cleanup of these labs, and millions more on incarceration, child care, and drug treatment.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Pumkpins, melons and corn

Jacob Fenston KBIA

Columbia has lots of community gardens, and several school gardens. But school-community gardens? On Tuesday at Ridgewood Elementary, the school and community worked together to start planting the city's first community garden at a public school.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:40 am
Wed May 23, 2012

'Cocaine? No thanks!'

Boone County courthouse.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Back in the late 1980s, while the nation was in the grips of the war on drugs, some courts started experimenting with alternative sentencing programs they hoped would be cheaper and more effective than incarceration.  This week, the most recent batch of offenders graduated from the Boone County drug court, which is seen as a national role-model.

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Health & Wealth Update
12:13 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

7000 miles bicycling and banjo-ing against war

Jacob George, on the Katy Trail in Hartsburg, en route to Chicago.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Afghan war veteran Jacob George is a self-proclaimed hillbilly farmer from the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. After three tours as a combat engineer, he now spends his days bicycling around the country protesting U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. He recently passed through Missouri on his way to protest the NATO summit taking place in Chicago next week.

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Health & Wealth Update
6:28 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Long distance running, one state at a time

Chris Nicholas.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Planning a road-trip this summer? In this week's Health & Wealth update, the best way to see the country might be to run across it.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:03 am
Wed May 2, 2012

If you tax them, they will quit

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, for every ten percent rise in cigarette prices, smoking rates decline by three to five percent.
tobaccofreekids.org

You have probably heard the statistic: Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation – just 17 cents a pack, compared to the national average of $1.46. In this week's Health & Wealth update, public health advocates want to raise Missouri's tobacco tax to deter people from smoking, and to help offset the costs that tobacco incurs.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:31 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Contraception debate moves to the Missouri House

Republican State Senator John Lamping, of St. Louis County.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Debate continues in the Missouri legislature over the Obama administration's "contraception mandate," which will require health insurance to include coverage for birth control. In this week's Health & Wealth update, a House committee hears testimony on a largely symbolic bill, opposing the mandate.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:49 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Rising autism rate means more parents getting help

Scott Shade's eight-year-old son is autistic.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

According to the latest estimate from the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 88 children in the United States has autism, almost double the rate ten years ago. In this week's Health & Wealth update, while more children are being diagnosed with the disorder, more parents are getting the help they need to treat it.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:09 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Missouri awaits Supreme Court ruling on health reform

Supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act hold competing rallies outside the Supreme Court this week.
David Sachs SEIU

Health care reform is in the cross-hairs at the U.S. Supreme Court this week. In this Health & Wealth update, as the nine justices hear oral arguments on Obama's 2010 health reform, implementation of some aspects of the law are on hold in Missouri.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Report highlights gender gap in health, work, and politics

Women's Policy Alliance board members, from left to right: Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, Margaret Eaton, and Carolyn Sullivan
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Sixty-two percent of working-age women have jobs, but they still earn just 74 cents on the dollar, compared to men. But that disparity varies by region; in some rural counties, women earn fully half what men do. In this week's Health & Wealth update, a new report on how women in Missouri are faring in health, work, education, and civic engagement. With a state legislature that's three-quarters men, will lawmakers do anything about the disparities?

Health & Wealth Update
10:51 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Politicians tussle over health care for the blind

Governor Jay Nixon spoke with blind constituents after speaking in Columbia on Tuesday.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon told reporters yesterday that lawmakers in Jefferson City are trying to balance the state budget on the backs of some of the state's neediest: poor blind people. But members of the House budget committee said cuts to health care for blind Missourians are necessary to pay for higher education, which the governor wants to trim. 

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Health & Wealth Update
9:49 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Why 10,000 steps might save your life

John Thyfault, professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Everyone knows exercise helps you lose weight, build up muscles, and fit in the swimsuit next summer. But why, exactly, does it lower your risk of diabetes? In this Health & Wealth update, MU researchers look into the relationship between inactivity and spikes in blood sugar that can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:15 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Bill would require coverage of eating disorders

Annie Seal testifies before a Senate committee yesterday in Jefferson City.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

In 1995, Rick Stream's 18-year-old daughter died in bed. For several years she'd been struggling with bulimia and that night her heart finally heart stopped beating, weakened from low potassium levels. Now, Stream is a state representative, and he's sponsoring a bill in the Missouri House that would require health insurance companies to cover treatment for eating disorders -- treatment he says could have saved his daughter's life if his insurance had paid for it.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:46 am
Wed February 22, 2012

New program eases debt for rural medical students

Brady Didion, fourth-year med student at MU, was recently chosen for an early loan repayment program with the National Health Service Corps.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

The average medical school student graduates with close to $160,000 in debt. That heavy burden is one reason why there is a long-running shortage of primary care doctors in rural America. More and more graduating students choose higher-paying specialties over rural primary care. In this weekly update, a new pilot program helps medical students pay off loans as soon as they start residency, so it's easier to choose a lower-paying, but possibly more fulfilling career path.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:09 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Republicans in Congress seek cuts to walking and biking programs

The new crosswalk at Old 63 and Walnut, connecting Stephens Lake Park to Benton-Stephens. The high-tech crosswalk and two blocks of extra-wide sidewalks cost $247,786.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Today the U.S. House of Representatives is debating a Republican-backed transportation bill, which would authorize $260 billion for the next five years. More money would go to highways, but at the expense of stable funding for public transportation, and the elimination of pedestrian and cycling programs. In this Health & Wealth update, among the proposed cuts is a pilot project in Columbia that's responsible for many of the new bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks around town.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed February 8, 2012

'Obamacare' opposition helps Santorum in primary

Rick Santorum greets supporters in Columbia on Friday.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Rick Santorum trounced Mitt Romney yesterday in Missouri's "beauty contest" presidential primary. The state's delegates won't be chosen until caucuses on March 17, but the vote added to Santorum's momentum as he also swept Minnesota and Colorado. In this week's Health & Wealth update, how conservative opposition to Obama's Affordable Care Act may have helped Santorum in the Show-Me State.

Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack talks jobs, farm safety net

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at a roundtable in Kansas City last week.
Andy Dandino USDA

Following up on President Obama's State of the Union address last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is touring the country, touting his boss's job-creation efforts in rural America -- Missouri was his latest stop. In this week's Health & Wealth update, a conversation with Secretary Vilsack: we talk rural jobs, USDA office closures, and the fate of the farmer's safety net in the face of natural disasters and shrinking budgets. 

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Health & Wealth Update
7:05 am
Wed January 18, 2012

The exercise commonly known as 'jumping jacks'

It's not official yet. But still good exercise.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

In all the political coverage lately, you may have missed Missouri House Bill 1063: it would make "the exercise commonly known and referred to as 'jumping jacks'" the official exercise of the state of Missouri. In this week's Health & Wealth update, could getting more kids jumping help reduce childhood obesity?

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Health & Wealth Update
11:45 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Another roadblock for Missouri health exchange

Republicans in the Missouri Senate want to make sure the governor doesn't create a health care exchange without their consent.
Jacob Fenston KBIA

Last session, Republicans in the Missouri Senate blocked the creation of a state-run health insurance exchange. The online insurance marketplace is required under Obama's health reform law, but has become a political football in states like Missouri, with a Republican-controlled legislature. In this week's Health & Wealth update, Republican senators move to put one more roadblock on the path to a state exchange.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:47 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Smoking in the LGBT community

Willem van de Poll flikr

Missouri has one of the highest smoking rates in the nation -- at 21 percent, it's double the rate in states like Utah and California. But some segments of the population smoke even more. In this week's Health & Wealth update, I talk with MU researchers who have found that the smoking rate among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians is much higher than in the population at large.

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