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Athlete Benefits from Sports Medicine Urgent Care

When a sore foot started hurting enough to take him out of the game in the fourth quarter, CJ Callaghan's high school athletic trainer encouraged him to see the sports medicine professionals at The University of Kansas Health System during their extended Saturday hours.

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Ewing Sarcoma Patient Longs To Be a Kid

During the 2017 football season, Matthew Arndt told his mom about the problem. What was believed to be childhood growing pains soon turned into a diagnosis of Ewing sarcoma, a rare cancer that grows in the bones or soft tissue surrounding bones.

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Father and Daughter Receive Expert Multidisciplinary Care

When 55-year-old Kathleen Cannady received a devastating diagnosis, she sought options and hope. The Independence, Missouri, woman turned to The University of Kansas Health System, well known to her family for providing expert, multidisciplinary care...

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Taking Breast Cancer in Stride

Cynthia Garner, 62, exudes positivity. She's a power walker who eats right and has never smoked. That’s why yearly mammograms did not intimidate her. After more than 20 years of normal scans, she expected the same in late 2018.

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Patient, 100, Enjoys Telehealth Visit

A 100-year-old patient at The University of Kansas Health System successfully participated in her first telehealth visit. Her 99-year-old husband provided the technical assistance. "It was just amazing and so touching," says endocrinologist Rajib Bha...

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It Takes a Village to Manage Concussion Symptoms in Kids

As a social worker in the De Soto School District in Kansas, Joe Kordalski has learned a lot about concussion symptoms in kids. He sets up academic accommodations for students who have experienced head injuries. "I've given a lot of advice to other f...

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Epilepsy Surgery Stops Lifelong Seizures

For 24 years, Grace Lindsey never knew a day without a seizure. Every time she woke – from a night of sleep or from a nap – she had a seizure. She had 100s of seizures throughout the day, every day. Every day for 24 years. Her mother, Sheila Gill, de...

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From Stroke to Recovery in 90 Minutes

Greg Batson was in Kansas City, Missouri, on routine business. Usually, he would have driven home to Webb City, Missouri, at the end of his shift, but with a snowstorm in the forecast, he decided to stay in the city overnight. It was December 16, 201...

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Lifesaving and Transformative Proton Therapy

When Roman was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma of the abdomen, proton therapy saved his life.

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Nerve Transfer Surgery Improves Function for Tiger Attack Survivor

A Topeka zookeeper is on the road to recovery, thanks to the fast action of her colleagues and the expertise of her care team. Kristyn Hayden-Ortega was cleaning the enclosure of a Sumatran tiger, Sanjiv. Kristyn reacted fast when she realized an unl...

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Endovascular Expertise Enables Dramatic Recovery

The expertise of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team of specialists at The University of Kansas Health System turned a near-tragic event into an inspiring success. Eli Gregg, then 15, was outdoors with his brothers and friends when they discovere...

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Affordable Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Marla Live a Fuller Life

Gastric sleeve surgery always had been out of reach for Marla Cantwell, 61. Her health insurance didn't cover it, and the out-of-pocket expense at hospitals near Monett, Missouri, where she lives, was more than $25,000. Then a friend told her about T...

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Advanced Treatment for Rare CIDP Nerve Disease

A career in farming demands strength, stamina and a degree of fitness. Those are qualities Ron Reidlinger took for granted until he was in his early 40s. Ron and his brother work 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans and livestock near the rural town of Darl...

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Living Kidney Donor Offers Second Chance at Life

When Trish Ford received a diagnosis of polycystic kidney disease (PKD) at age 30, she was shocked. She'd been struggling with stomach pain and high blood pressure since she was a teenager, but never imagined the underlying cause was PKD. "They didn'...

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Expert Care Improves Rare Myositis

Gene Fox thought he was just out of shape. The 62-year-old hospice chaplain admits he was overweight and rarely exercised. But when he tried to wash his hair on a May 2018 morning, he couldn't raise his arms high enough to do the job. Gene and his wi...

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