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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.

Vitamins: Helpful or Hurtful?

Jun 24, 2013
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Bright labels make bold claims, "70 percent of your daily calcium" and "your daily dose of fruit and vegetables!" but how beneficial are these nutrient-packed pills to your overall health?

On Tuesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Dr. Jeannie Drisko about the pros and cons of vitamins to learn which ones to keep on the shelf and which ones to toss out.  Arwen Zigmond-McBroom, a supplement specialist at Nature's Own Health Food, also weighs in on the latest vitamin trends.

Epilogue: Walking Kansas For Stroke Awareness

Jun 11, 2013
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When we first talked with Sandy Billinger and her son Michael, they were preparing to trek the length of Kansas for a cause.  Today we check back in with the backpacking duo for a recap of their journey.

Balancing Life With Yoga

Jun 5, 2013
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Breathe in, breathe out. It's a common exercise in yoga, and one yoga master is trying to spread the word.

Bodybuilding: Not Just For Pros

May 24, 2013
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If the only six-pack you have is sitting in your fridge, some local bodybuilders might have some advice for you. 

Avoiding A Summer Of Sizzling Sunburns

May 21, 2013
Phil Kates

If you just grab the highest SPF sunscreen when you head out to the lake, you might not be making the best choice. 

Baby Care: The First Few Months

May 12, 2013
Weird Beard

When you're a parent—especially a first-time parent—you worry about all kinds of things you see in your baby's development.

WyCo Effort Aims To Curb Infant Mortality

May 12, 2013
Willem Velthoven

With one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, Wyandotte County is taking steps to fix that problem.

Walking Across Kansas For Stroke Awareness

May 6, 2013
Dave Spicer

Would you walk 500 miles to raise awareness for a cause? Would you walk 70 more?

A Window Into The World Of Tourette's

Apr 30, 2013
rainydaybooks.com

People with Tourette's syndrome are often portrayed as spouting curse words uncontrollably, but there's more to the condition than that.

www.nist.gov

Should a child be able to grow up unhindered by the knowledge that later in life he or she will suffer from a serious illness?

Preventing A DIY Dust-Up

Mar 25, 2013
Laura Spencer / KCUR

Everyone knows you should wear a hard hat during construction, but are your lungs in just as much danger as your head?

A New Era Of Blood Donation

Feb 19, 2013
Beth Lipoff

We've all heard appeals to donate blood, but how have new advances in hematology changed the landscape? Is blood needed as much now as it was a decade ago?

Steve Roling is stepping down from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. He's led the foundation since it was created in 2002

kckidsdoc.com

It’s easy to go online and try to diagnose yourself when you're sick, but what do doctors think about that?

Health Levy Extension To April Ballot

Jan 18, 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri voters will decide on whether to keep the city's health levy at its present rate. The city council scheduled its extension to be on the April 2 ballot.

Diet Can Fix 'Milk And Cookie' Disease

Jan 7, 2013

Kids take medicine for all kinds of chronic conditions these days, like constipation and acid reflux, but are medicines really necessary?

Mark McDonald / Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Recent advances in genome sequencing, including a technology developed at Children’s Mercy Hospital known as "fast sequencing," are helping medical professionals diagnose often-fatal diseases. 

K-Step www.k-step.org / Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project

People who are transgender—meaning that they identify with a gender different from their biological one—face a difficult road to self-acceptance.

How Your Neighborhood Affects CPR Survival

Dec 10, 2012
Rama

We've all heard the CPR checklist: Check the airway, start chest compressions, tilt the head back, and breathe.

America's Big Beef

Dec 10, 2012
Thomas Bjørkan

Just how much influence does Big Beef have in Cowtown?

Leadership

Nov 5, 2012
George Tames / New York Times

What are the characteristics of a leader?  Is it a constant, even temperament?  The ability to command respect?  Possessing an unwavering state of courage?

Rats! What Will KCMO Do About The Sewers?

Nov 1, 2012
Rathater

What's the most common rat in Kansas City these days? Tipping the scales at 10-17 ounces and a nasty little 7-10-inch body, it's the Norway rat.

Back In The Swing After Breast Cancer

Oct 23, 2012
Andrews McMeel Publishing

You weathered the diagnosis, underwent surgery, and made it through multiple rounds of chemotherapy.  In short, you've survived breast cancer.

Art As Therapy

Oct 17, 2012
arttherapyforchildren.com

Part of viewing art is interpreting the artist's intent, figuring out what the creator is trying to say.  Because it can be so personal, is a physical form of expression, and allows communication of thoughts and feelings that might not be articulated otherwise, art makes for good therapy.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center www.shawneemission.org

Mention Johnson County, Kansas and locals think wealth, privilege and the pursuit of happiness. But disturbing trends in Johnson County suicide rates challenge us to think beyond this stereotype.

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.

KCUR

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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