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On this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer and producer Emily Woodbury talk with medical providers about how different medical robots work, as well as the pros and cons of working side-by-side with machines to provide patient care. Robots at the bedside: Telemedicine and the stroke robot Tele-stroke carts help doctors treat patients remotely, allowing physicians like Dr. Enrique Leira , with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, to connect with doctors and patients in rural...

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The Iowa College Student Aid Commission says more than $700,000 in grants will be awarded to 16 healthcare professionals who work in rural Iowa. The grants will be matched by the communities where the recipients are employed. Danielle Weber is a physical therapist who lives and works in Jefferson, the seat of Greene County. With more than $80,000 in debt she says the grant is like winning the lottery. She explains that while her tuition at Des Moines University was “not cheap,” salaries in...

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Andrew Duarte was only 31 years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. One of the biggest questions he had was, “What can I expect?” “And there’s not really a good answer for that,” he says. Today on Talk of Iowa - living with Parkinson’s disease. Host Charity Nebbe sits down with two Parkinson's patients and a clinical researcher to talk about recent developments in Parkinson’s research and find out what it’s like to live with the disease. "Parkinson's disease helps define who I...

Dozens of Iowans begged members of the Iowa Senate Human Resources Committee Wednesday to make sure the state provides extensive oversight of the three healthcare management companies that will soon manage Iowa’s Medicaid system. The federal government says privatization can begin April 1. One of the dozens to testify was Brandy McDonough of Cedar Rapids, who says her son Carson’s disability requires 24-hour care. McDonough says due to Medicaid privatization, Carson’s longtime nursing...

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Every year, thousands of Iowa children are diagnosed with ADHD, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. While the condition is common and one of the most studied disorders in medicine, it still remains controversial. On this edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Shannon Krone, a mother who struggled with her son’s behavior problems from an early age. Her son’s ADHD is more manageable with treatment, but still poses obstacles in day-to-day life. Also joining the program is...

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The Branstad administration is planning to shift Iowans who benefit from Medicaid to private management on Jan. 1, a move that would impact more than 560,000 recipients. The governor contends that private management companies can offer more efficient service and save money, while those who rely on the program are worried, including Iowa City resident Heather Young. “My husband and I are doing everything we can to keep the ship afloat," Young says. "Even with our best efforts, if this thing...

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Noonan syndrome is a genetic condition. The characteristic facial features include low set ears, widely spaced-eyes, bright blue or blue-green eyes, a low hairline at the back of the head, and multiple congenital problems like heart defects and an unusually shaped chest. A person with Noonan syndrome is often short, has a broad or webbed neck, low set nipples, and bleeding problems. Developmental delay or intellectual disability are also common. In this 'Talk of Iowa' hear from the pediatric...

A new study by the Institute of Medicine suggests that cardiac arrest could be the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 600,000 people go into cardiac arrest each year outside of hospitals, and fewer than 6 percent of those survive. Dr. Dianne Atkins, a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics who worked on the report, says it’s important to distinguish cardiac arrest from a heart attack. “A cardiac arrest is the immediate electrical...

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Just because an infant is extremely premature, it doesn't mean he or she can't survive. That's according to new New England Journal of Medicine study from University of Iowa researchers, which suggests some babies as young as 22 weeks premature are viable. Researchers complied data from thousands premature births at 24 academic hospitals nationwide. The mortality rate for babies under 1000 grams birth weight, bit over 2 lbs, was as high as 50 percent in hospitals , and as low as 10 percent in...

TraumaHawk

Mar 13, 2015
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A pilot project designed to give emergency room personnel more time to prepare for accident victims is set to move into its next phrase. The mobile application known as TraumaHawk is providing more lead time for ER doctors. The emergency room at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is often a busy place with intercom announcements and phone calls but when a certain alarm sounds, it signals a personal injury vehicle accident. TraumaHawk as it’s called relays photos of the crash scene to...

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Laurie Garrett says that when Thomas Duncan came down with Ebola in Texas, national media coverage became "over the top."

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The deadline to sign up for insurance under Iowa’s health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act is Sunday.

It was a heck of a Christmas for David Fairchild and his wife, Clara Peterson. They found out they were about to lose their new health insurance. "Clara was listening to the news on Iowa Public Radio and that's how we found out," Fairchild says. They went to their health plan's website that night. "No information. We still haven't gotten a letter about it from them." The two are the sole employees of a cleaning service and work nights. Fairchild has chronic leukemia but treats it with...

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Epilepsy affects millions; and yet, the cause of the neurological disorder is in most cases is unknown. Also unknown are the details of the leading cause of death from epilepsy, what medical professionals call "sudden unexpected death from epilepsy" or SUDEP. Recently, University of Iowa neurologists have been chosen to join only 8 other groups around the world to study SUDEP . On this edition of River to River , Ben Kieffer talks with one of the UI's lead SUDEP researchers, Dr. George...

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Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 110,000 Iowans have enrolled in Medicaid through the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. The income threshold for those eligible went from 100 percent of the poverty level, to 138 percent. CEO of the Iowa Hospital Association Kirk Norris talks with Morning Edition about how Medicaid expansion has affected Iowan hospitals. Clay Masters: It’s Morning Edition on Iowa Public Radio. Good Morning. I’m Clay Masters. The Affordable Care Act, commonly called...

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Obamacare critics have gone to court to eliminate federal tax credits in most states.

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Cancer-related deaths continue to decline in the U.S., and scientific breakthroughs are occurring at a breathtaking pace. But is this trend in jeopardy?

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Though there’s only been two cases in the United States, hospitals across the nation and across Iowa are preparing for the possibility of caring for Ebola patients.

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If you inherited a deadly, incurable disease, would you want to know?

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Caring for a loved one who is suffering at the end of life can be an ordeal, and many feel more options are needed.

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A new class of compounds has been shown to protect against brain damage caused by traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

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Medical schools are accepting more applicants into their programs, but training programs for doctors after medical school aren't keeping up.

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Preeclampsia, a cardiovascular condition that affects expecting mothers and often causes premature births, kills 100,000 women worldwide every year. Previously, it’s been difficult to predict or prevent before the late stages of a pregnancy. But a few researchers at the University of Iowa may change that. Mark Santillan, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, Justin Grobe, assistant professor of Pharmacology and a Fellow of the American...

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Last summer, a Long Grove resident was arrested after police found marijuana plants in his home. Benton Mackenzie claims his family grew the plants in order to treat a rare blood-vessel cancer. This past week, the jury reached a guilty verdict for Mackenzie, his wife and child. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Brian Wellner, crime reporter for the Quad City Times, about the circumstances, outcome of the trial and why the jury couldn’t hear his primary defense.

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Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby can be seen as "narrow" or "broad" - depending on how it's looked at. Today on River to River , we ask a political scientist and a legal expert what implications this ruling has for the future. Today's guests include: Scott Peters, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, and Mark Kende, Professor of Law at Drake and the Director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center.

Dr. Christopher Buresh first visited Haiti in 2003. Today, he says he thinks about the trip every day. He’d been to India and Peru before going to Haiti but says the poverty he saw there was unique. “It really blew me away that this was a 90 minute plane flight from Miami.” He talks about mountains of trash and plastic, and women who cut their umbilical cords with broken glass or a rock for lack of a clean blade. Since that first trip, he’s visited Haiti several times, and was in the country...

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Today we listen back to a show, part of Iowa Public Radio's corrections series last summer, about what it is like to grow old and die in prison. We hear from an offender who works in a hospice program. He has helped 20 fellow inmates face the end of life behind bars. Host Ben Kieffer also talk with a 74-year-old inmate about growing old. We also tour a hospice room at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.

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A class-action lawsuit that could involve thousands of Iowans has been filed against HealthPort Technologies. The Georgia-based company is a medical records and billings statement provider. The suit alleges HealthPort overcharges costumers for duplications of their medical records and billing statements. The lead attorney for the plaintiffs is James Bisconglia of the Des Moines law firm LaMarca & Landry . Bisconglia says that Iowa Code limits the amount a consumer can be charged for a...

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A bill legalizing the possession and medical use of cannabis oil for epilepsy patients passed the Iowa House and Senate. But will the Governor sign it? In this News Buzz edition of the show, Host Ben Kieffer talks with Governor Terry Branstad about the loose ends from the 2014 legislative session and which bills will or will not gain his signature.

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The Iowa Legislature adjourned last week and even though it’s an election year, lawmakers managed to get a few big items accomplished, including a $7-billion budget and a bill that decriminalizes some forms of medical marijuana in the state. At the same time, priority bills from the governor to crack down on schoolyard bullying and expand broadband to rural parts of the state failed. Now, many lawmakers will run for re-election and a handful are vying for higher office. Host Clay Masters has...

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