3:29 am
Mon July 14, 2014

To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

Zarr with Kellsi Aguilar and her father, Felipe, in Zarr's Washington, D.C., office.
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Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 12:08 pm

When Dr. Robert Zarr wanted a young patient to get more exercise, he gave her an unusual prescription: Get off the bus to school earlier.

"She has to take a bus to the train, then a train to another bus, then that bus to her school," says Zarr, a pediatrician at Unity Health Care, a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C. So the prescription read: "Walk the remaining four blocks on the second bus on your route to school from home, every day."

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12:59 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working-Age Adults

One in 6 adults binge drinks, and that plays a role in most alcohol-related deaths.

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 6:47 am

Think about people dying from drinking too much, and you probably think of the classic disease of alcoholics, cirrhosis of the liver. Or perhaps an alcohol-fueled car crash. But there are many more ways to kill yourself with alcohol, unfortunately, and they account for 1 in 10 deaths in working-age adults, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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10:18 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Gluten-free by popular demand

Eliminating certain foods from a diet can be risky, says Paula Vandelicht, a nutritionist at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Columbia, Mo. Among other things, she advises customers about the shortcomings of a gluten-free diet.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

Six months ago, Kara Welter drastically changed her diet by eliminating food that contains wheat, rye or barley.

“I don’t eat gluten,” said Welter, a 41-year-old marketing executive in Kansas City. “I happened to just try it because I was having stomach issues for years. And it turns out within three days, I stopped having stomach issues.”

Welter’s gluten decision stemmed from what she read online. Medical tests showed that she did not have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, the disorder that causes the immune system to reject the gluten.

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5:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Nixon open to GOP-backed Medicaid plan, but with changes

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Governor Jay Nixon says he could support the House Republicans’ alternate Medicaid proposal, but only if some crucial changes are made.  He met with the GOP caucus today to discuss his Medicaid expansion proposal and their plans to reform the system.  Nixon told reporters that any proposal still needs to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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2:57 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

'I Am Breathing' highlights the human aspects of dying

Credit Courtesy of I Am Breathing Film

Listen to KBIA's conversation with 'I Am Breathing' co-director Emma Davie.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Eight months after doctors diagnosed him with a disease that attacked his nerve cells, successful British architect Neil Platt became paralyzed from the neck down.  As the down-to-earth, often humorous Neil struggled to figure out his legacy for his young son, filmmakers Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon gained intimate access to the Platt family in Neil's last months. 

The film, I Am Breathing, will get its North American premiere at this year's True/False Film Festival. Neil described the film as "a tale of fun and laughs with a smattering of upset and devastation." 

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Under the Microscope
5:20 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Numerous health problems disproportionately impact LGBT Missourians

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A wealth of factors are leading to poorer health outcomes within Missouri’s LGBT community.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:20 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

By the Numbers: How LGBT Missourians experience the world [INFORGRAPHIC]

According to the Missouri Foundation for Health study, gay men are 4.5 to 7.6 times more likely to be depressed than heterosexual men.
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LGBT Missourians are disproportionately impacted by various health problems according to the Missouri Foundation for Health’s August 2012 “Responding to LGBT Health Disparities” report. These statistics paint a picture of how LGBT Missourians experience the world.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:17 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Public health officials gather from across the state in Columbia

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Public health officials from across the state are gathered in Columbia Thursday to discuss how to make at Stoney Creek Inn.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:04 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Indiana farm linked to contaminated cantaloupe also recalls watermelons

In the produce section of the Schnucks grocery store in Columbia, Mo., the store posted a statement about the watermelon recall on a box of non-recalled watermelons. (Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media)
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

The Indiana farm that recalled cantaloupes linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has killed two and sickened 204 is now recalling its watermelons. Chamberlain Farms issued the voluntary recall because the melons could be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.

Foodborne illness is always a danger for farmers, grocery stores and customers alike.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:29 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Rural Mo. town serves as health care experiment

Vernon County Courthouse. Nevada, Mo.

Folks in the western Missouri city of Nevada are getting the chance to make examples of themselves when it comes to health and wellness.

The town is embarking on an initiative to improve the health of its citizens and the quality of health care they receive.

The Kansas City-based health care technology company Cerner is teaming up with local officials on the initiative. The city's hospital will spend $10 million on an electronic medical records system that will allow information to be shared with the town's two dozen doctors and medical experts in bigger cities.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:45 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Warmer temperatures may cause unhealthy air

Warming temperatures may have you wanting to spend more time outdoors. But warm weather can mean more unhealthy air.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:42 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

MU Health Psychology Department says stress contributes to cognitive decline in breast cancer


The Health Psychology Department in the Missouri School of Health Professions has released a study saying stress contributes to cognitive decline in women with breast cancer. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:23 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services confirms seven cases of E. Coli

The State Department of Health and Senior Services has now confirmed seven cases of E. coli infection. 

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9:01 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Hannibal smoking ban sparks debate

A new smoking ban was passed in Hannibal after much debate between both city officials and community members.

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9:01 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Senate committee approves employer contraception insurance bill

Legislation would allow employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control and other contraceptives.

Legislation that would allow employers to block insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations, all for religious reasons, has passed a Missouri Senate committee.

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