Poor Kansans Get $20M in Free Meds

10 years ago, a staff pharmacist at OptumRx in Overland Park was tired of destroying shipments of perfectly good medications. The drugs service received shipments of unused medicine from nursing homes, hospitals, and pharmacies that sent back scuffed or dented packages. There had to be a way to put these unused medications to good use. Continue reading “Poor Kansans Get $20M in Free Meds” »

Fighting Cancer With the Common Cold

Many of us out there are currently undergoing, have undergone or had a loved one undergo treatment for cancer. We dream about a miracle treatment that will come along and wipe cancer out for good. Well, there may be hope in that department right now. Continue reading “Fighting Cancer With the Common Cold” »

KCMO Health Dept. Ridding Homes of Lead Paint

Over half of the homes in Kansas City, Missouri were built before 1978, which means there’s a higher chance they were painted with lead-based paint. This March, the KCMO Health Department is offering free services to rid homes of dangerous lead paint. They are offering free home repair by certified, licensed contractors, mainly painting and window replacement. Homeowners won’t pay a thing, and if you rent the property owner will pay 25 percent of the repair costs. Continue reading “KCMO Health Dept. Ridding Homes of Lead Paint” »

This Year’s Deadly Flu Virus Claims Another

Every state besides Hawaii is battling this highly aggressive strain of the flu this year. On Monday, January 22nd, mother-of-two, Karlie Slaven, died of the flu just three days after being diagnosed. Slaven has spent the week before caring for her son and daughter while they were battling the flu.  Continue reading “This Year’s Deadly Flu Virus Claims Another” »

Accidental Deaths Increase Due to Opioid Overdoses

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), opioid overdoses are causing a sharp increase in accidental deaths in the United States. In fact, for the first time in over a century, the NSC found accidental deaths to be the third-leading cause of fatalities in 2016. Continue reading “Accidental Deaths Increase Due to Opioid Overdoses” »

Obesity Rates in Kansas and Missouri

Obesity puts around 78 million Americans at an increased risk for a range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. According to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, almost one in every three adults in Kansas and Missouri is clinically obese. The wild rates of obesity across the nation are nothing new. Better Policies for a Healthier America notes that obesity rates nationwide have stabilized, however, the stable level is much too high. Continue reading “Obesity Rates in Kansas and Missouri” »

Drugs & Suicide Could Kill Over 1.6 Million in the Next 10 Years

According to a new report, Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy, released by the Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust, deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide could make up over 1.6 million fatalities over this decade (2016 to 2025). Between 2006 to 2015, there were 1 million deaths from these three causes.  Continue reading “Drugs & Suicide Could Kill Over 1.6 Million in the Next 10 Years” »

Stay Healthy This Thanksgiving, KC

Have you recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness or disease? With Thanksgiving just a few days away, you’ll want to make sure that a family staple won’t trigger any bad side effects. Of course, ask your doctor for complete guidance concerning severe diseases like Crohn’s or Diverticulitis. This list is a simple reminder for individuals with lower-risks. Continue reading “Stay Healthy This Thanksgiving, KC” »

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Don’t Ignore the Signs

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that causes a decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. Symptoms can progress slowly over the course of many years or they can progress rapidly over only a few years. Individuals may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor as soon as possible. Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Don’t Ignore the Signs” »

How to Have a Fun and Healthy Halloween

Are your little monsters hyper enough? Halloween is a time for free candy and frightful fun but all of the unhealthy treats can spook any parent. Below are a few ways to keep your kids on track. Continue reading “How to Have a Fun and Healthy Halloween” »