There will be more cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States this year than all other cancers combined. Kansas and Missouri have two of the 10 highest state death rates from melanoma, according to a 2010 EPA study.
On this special edition of The Local Show, KCPT partners with the producers of the national public television documentary, More Than Skin Deep, to tell the story of skin cancer. During this one-hour special you’ll also have a chance to speak to area dermatologists in the KCPT phonebank to address your own medical concerns. And we’ll take your calls with a panel of medical experts live on the air.
We are all becoming increasing aware of the crippling impact of Alzheimer’s disease, but what if you could double your chances of maintaining a healthy brain for the rest of your life by following a few common-sense lifestyle suggestions? Researchers at the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, one of just 29 National Institute of Aging designated Alzheimer’s Centers in the country, are receiving international attention for a radical new way of thinking about the memory ravaging condition.
KU scientists are exploring the big difference that simple diet and exercise can make in how well your brain ages. Did you know that 90 percent of what’s now known about Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered in the last 15-years? Doctors at KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center are always looking for volunteers to help them conduct research. Adults of any age with Alzheimer’s Disease or Mild Cognitive impairment, as well as all healthy adults without memory problems ages 60-and-over are eligible.
Also, you can wear your favorite hat, watch the run for the roses and help the Kansas University Alzheimer’s Disease Center raise money all at the same time this Saturday in downtown Kansas City. The Derbyfest runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Maker’s Mark in the Power and Light District. Tickets cost $35 apiece, and walk-ups are welcome.
All proceeds from the 2013 Kentucky Derby Fest will stay right here in Kansas City to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has made Growing Kansas City’s Medical Research, From Discovery to Cure one of its Big 5 Ideas for the metro. We’ve been tracking what that actually means on this program with chamber and civic leaders over the last several months. This week, we perhaps put the most human face on the issue as we show you how patients from as far away as New Zealand are now heading to Kansas City to take advantage of some of the cutting edge research and clinical trials now going on in our own backyard. Producer Rich Miller takes us inside KU Med’s Clinical Research Center in Fairway, Kansas for a closer look.
Last September, Saint Luke’s Health System welcomed Dr. Melinda Estes as its new president and CEO. Dr. Estes was previously president and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT and brings with her to Kansas City extensive experience leading hospital systems, a strong academic and research background, and the personal and professional experience of having been a physician herself, practicing neurology and neuropathology. Estes sits down with Nick Haines to talk about discovering Kansas City’s many assets, leading Saint Luke’s 11-hospital system, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City’s recent expansion, and the new state-of-the-art facility for St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. The new expansion and Mid America Heart Institute, designed with the patient in mind, celebrated its grand opening in mid-October and debuted such amenities as more comfortable patient rooms, a rooftop garden, a larger and improved dining area featuring menu items from popular Kansas City restaurants and electronic kiosks throughout the hospital that provide information and directions to visitors. Estes also discusses St. Luke’s long-standing connection with the Kansas City community and the need to provide high quality care in order to be successful.