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KCUR's health team focuses on health issues and their impact in Missouri and Kansas. Working with journalists at other public media stations and news outlets, reporters Dan Margolies and Alex Smith strive to bring listeners and readers timely, accurate and comprehensive coverage of a topic that leaves no one untouched.

Boosting Brain Fitness

Oct 16, 2012
John A. Beal

It’s not just your abs that need a regular workout— it’s essential for your brain too. But how do you pump iron with your noodle?

Drop Dead Healthy

Oct 4, 2012

In recent years A.J. Jacobs has lived by George Washington's rules of conduct, outsourced his entire life of everyday tasks to Indian service representatives, posed as a woman on an online dating site and grown a long beard to adhere to Old Testament doctrine as part of a year of living biblically.

His latest quest: Getting fit.

On Thursday's Central Standard, we'll be joined by author A.J. Jacobs. He's going to tells us about his new book Drop Dead Healthy, where explores the latest cultural obsessions and trends in healthy living. He'll discuss this latest grueling experiments, as he literally strives to be healthy from head-to-toe.

The Land Report

A common picture of the country life includes living in open spaces and eating food fresh from the farm.

Illustration by Tracey O’Donnell

If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered Missourian your chances of finding and getting the same level of health care as the rest of the state are significantly reduced.

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Roy Scott loves music. He was 12 when he first started writing lyrics, 15 when he started to produce his own beats. He became part of the underground “gangster rap” subculture. This is when Scott became “Macc James,” a member of the Chop It Up Clicc. But as Scott got older with kids of his own, he realized the power and influence music can have on young people’s lives.

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What teenager hasn't slept in until Noon on a weekend?

The world has reached a defining moment in the battle against HIV and AIDS.   The battle cry coming from the just-completed 19th International Aids Conference : We now have the potential to end the epidemic.

Hospitals Serving Up More Than Green Jell-O

Jul 18, 2012

Hospital food doesn't tend to conjure images of gourmet cuisine or down-home victuals. In fact, most people tend to turn up their nose at the very thought of the bland meals that hospitals are known for serving.

Essence Magazine

Magazines have long been a primary source for entertainment and news. But as KU assistant professor Crystal Lumpkins points out, magazines are also crucial in providing women with tips and awareness on health issues.

ReShonda Tate Billingsley: The Secret She Kept

Jul 11, 2012

Tia Giles is pregnant, she’s also suffering from a mental illness and her husband Lance must make the difficult decision of committing her to a mental institution to save the baby, his wife and their marriage.

On Thursday morning the Supreme Court  largely upheld the Affordable Care Act.

Would you be able to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? If you can, you may be able to save someone’s life.

Making the right medical choices is harder than ever. We are overwhelmed by information from all sides: doctors' recommendations, dissenting expert opinions, statistics, the advice of friends, and a never-ending stream of drug company ads.

Charity Care Up At Missouri Hospitals

Jun 3, 2012
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Charity care at Missouri hospitals has been on the rise in recent years, and urban and rural hospitals are handling this increase differently.  

Swimming for Health and Fitness

May 18, 2012
Photo by Tomeka Weatherspoon

Local triathlete John Aust discusses fitness swimming, pool rehab and working in aquatics at UMKC's Swinney Recreation Center.

Plus, hear from a married couple that's been coming to Swinney for well over a decade. Almost as long as they've been retired.

With the first of the Baby Boom generation reaching the milestone of mid-life, the number of Americans in or nearing retirement age is both unprecedented and expanding.

O'Reilly Publishing

The great thing about modern technology?  We can easily and cheaply access data on just about anything 24/7.  The down side?  It’s being done in such great quantity and with such little regard for quality that it has led to "information obesity."

It's become all too common: kids bullying other kids.

Spring-Inspired Recipes

Apr 18, 2012
Beth Bader

With each season comes exciting seasonal produce – but now what? On today's Central Standard, how to give your go-to recipes a spring makeover with seasonal ingredients including peas, garlic scapes & herbs, to name a few.

Over the next year, Congress and the President will be called upon to reconsider all major elements of the U.S. ‘safety net,’ as well as the foundations of the U.S. tax system.

The discovery of hundreds of private abortion records near a school in Overland Park, Kan. has prompted a police investigation.

Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control. 

U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next week on the Affordable Care Act.

How Fast Food Found A Home In One Hospital

Mar 8, 2012
Elana Gordon / KCUR

Truman Medical Center is on the front lines of health care in Kansas City.  The safety-net hospital treated nearly 100,000 patients last year.  But lately, hospital leaders have been trying to figure out ways to prevent people from getting sick and becoming patients in the first place.  CEO John Bluford has been waging a wellness campaign, promoting better nutrition and battling junk food. 

So what’s a McDonald's doing right inside a main hospital entrance?

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Legislators could soon take action aimed at slowing Governor Sam Brownback's plan to overhaul Medicaid in Kansas.

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Kansas has received bids from five private managed care organizations seeking a share of the Kansas Medicaid program.

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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Kansas City today, drawing attention to developments in health information technology.

Christi Nielsen

NOTE: Audio is unavailable from today's show. We apologize for the technical difficulties.

Consumers are getting smarter about the food they eat.  We know to check labels for the levels of sodium and saturated fat, and that "high fructose corn syrup" is still sugar.   Most of us hit a wall though when it comes to ingredients such as malodextrin, flavonoids and silicon dioxide.  What are these ingredients found in the  foods we eat and drink

Advances In Telemedicine

Jan 16, 2012

You’ve heard of telecommuting, telekinesis and televangelism – but what about telemedicine? On Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at developments in a technology that helps doctors treat patients remotely – improving patient care everywhere from urban schools to rural areas.

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Eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore.

On Friday's Walt Bodine Show, join co-host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics for a conversation about finding tasty, yet nutritious food options in Kansas City.

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