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Government health care site provides headaches, then help

March 2 at 8:01 a.m.

After taking early retirement from Spirit AeroSystems about two years ago, Ronald Gent was unable to afford health insurance

  • South-side GraceMed clinic will serve mission of supporters, physicians

    For a group of third-year family medicine residents, a proposed GraceMed clinic on the south side of Wichita will be a chance to live and practice within a community.

  • Latest acne treatments getting away from antibiotics

    Andover resident Angela Hartschen’s skin troubles started as a teenager.

  • From Botox to creams, war against showing signs of age rages on

    When it comes to aging gracefully, the best advice still has a lot to do with prevention: using sunscreen and wearing sunglasses. But more and more women in Wichita are willing to try minimally invasive procedures such as Botox.

  • Claudia Blackburn: Risks of e-cigarettes not fully known

    These days, it’s not uncommon to see people sucking on small devices, blowing out vapors as they go about their daily business. These nicotine-dispensing electronic cigarettes may look like a traditional cigarette or a pipe – or even a USB memory stick or an ink pen. They are becoming increasingly popular, with users touting the devices as a healthier alternative to cigarettes.

  • Some Wichita apartment buildings go smoke-free

    Now that smoking is banned in restaurants, businesses and many other public spaces in Kansas, tobacco opponents in Sedgwick County have set their sights on apartment complexes. Only this time, they’re taking a voluntary approach.

  • Clinics that help uninsured, low-income patients

    Several clinics in Wichita offer care for uninsured, underinsured or low-income patients. Some require proof of income. Call for hours and availability.

  • A new heart procedure offers hope to patients

    For south-central Kansans Brenda Schawe and Jene Hanes, a new minimally invasive heart procedure being offered in Wichita has literally changed their lives.

  • More options for heart patients

    For Wichitans and other heart patients in the region, more and more options are becoming available to treat various heart conditions, in part because of new technology coming onto the market and in part because of well-trained physicians in the area, say local cardiologists.

  • Kansas Department for Aging to launch online report card for nursing homes

    Staring this spring, elderly Kansans and their loved ones will have an informative new online tool to use in choosing a nursing home.

  • Kathy Neely: Nurse navigators guide patients on health care journey

    Visiting a hospital can be overwhelming. In addition to dealing with the reality of a disease or procedure, patients must schedule follow-up appointments, fill out paperwork and – sometimes – make life-changing decisions, all in an unfamiliar and stressful environment.

  • Groups hope toolkit will help prevent falls by elderly people

    In an age when seemingly everything is high-tech and directed at the Internet, a group of Kansans believe an old-fashioned approach will work better in addressing one health problem.

  • Via Christi Health helps distribute medicine to patients who can’t afford it

    In an effort to reduce painful relapses and costly readmissions, Wichita’s largest hospital system has joined a program to help make sure patients receive – and use – the medications they need after they’re discharged.

  • Jeff Korsmo: Via Christi strives to provide the best, safest patient care

    Our number one goal throughout Via Christi is to improve the quality and safety of the care we provide to our patients and senior village residents.

  • WSU clinic offers training for dentists, discounted dental work to public

    It’s true that there is no dental school in Kansas, but Wichita State does have a program that offers advanced training for dentists – and a clinic offering discounted dental work to the public that goes along with it.

  • WSU offers more online courses for nurses to advance their education

    A national and statewide push for registered nurses to advance their education is leading to expanded online offerings for them at Wichita State University.

  • Project at Wesley to ease jobs of EMS responders

    In the former staff lounge at Wesley Medical Center, 550 N. Hillside, one of the two refrigerators standing side by side has the letters “EMS” taped in red construction paper below a picture of a heart catheterization.

  • Steve Coen: Battle for healthier Kansas is worth fighting

    Today there are more negative, health-eroding factors in people’s lives than ever before. We see it nationally, around the state and even right here in Wichita.

  • Suspension training may be beneficial to Parkinson’s patients, too

    Suspension training is one of the hottest trends in exercise. Thanks to research underway in Wichita, it also might find its way into the treatment of people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

  • Donna Sweet: Suggested priorities may help guide us in health care reform

    Being a doctor has never been an easy career path. It requires years of education (the average physician completes 12,000 hours of training) at great sacrifice of time with family. It requires considerable financial resources to establish a practice or join one (nearly every physician is a small business owner), especially when saddled with medical school debt. It requires accepting that being a doctor is a 24/7 job (with frequent medical inquiries from friends and family). It requires working in a highly regulated environment (and paying for the necessary liability insurance) designed to protect the health and safety of patients. It requires ongoing study and training to keep up on the latest research and deliver the best evidence-supported patient care. It requires constantly dealing with insurers and state and federal governments to simply get paid.

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