J&J claims vaccine protects against Delta variant

By Chara Johnson & Johnson has issued a statement saying its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine protects against the Delta variant and other highly prevalent SARS-CoV-2 viral variants.“We believe that our vaccine offers durable protection against COVID-19 and elicits neutralizing activity against the Delta variant,” Paul Stoffels, M.D., vice chairman of the Executive Committee and chief scientific […]

UPDATES on the UGPHD COVID-19 Vaccination Incentives Program

Last week the Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) launched the IHelpedConquerCOVID incentive program to encourage Wyandotte County residents to get free COVID-19 vaccinations or to get tested for the virus. These incentives are available for Wyandotte County residents who get vaccinated or tested at any UGPHD vaccine clinic. Here are some details and clarifications: […]

Increase in type 2 diabetes found among young people

By Chara The rate of type 2 diabetes in children, teens and young adults has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Diabetes Association claims.“New data show that the incidence and acuity of type 2 diabetes in children increased significantly during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more pediatric patients hospitalized from March to […]

Missouri has highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in America

By Roberta PardoMissouri has the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections of any state in America, according to a New York Times analysis, reported by The Kansas City Star.Over the past 14 days, most states have seen the number of cases decline, but Missouri has had a 72% increase. Lisa Cox, Missouri Department of Health […]

Psychologist offers tips to help kids develop social skills

By Angie Baldelomar Even as schools try to get back to in-person instruction, many students continue to learn remotely.And some parents worry that remote learning might be having an impact on their children’s development of social skills. But school psychologist Scott Fluke, who works for Olathe (Kansas) Public Schools, said it is too early to […]

Initial PanSeer study shows test can detect early cancerous growths

By Chara Doctors and other healthcare professionals might be able to detect early cancerous growths in the stomach, esophagus, colon, lungs and liver, based on the initial results of a test called the “PanSeer.”Using blood samples from individuals, a PanSeer study was conducted in China. The results were published in July 2020 in the journal […]

New June Hours Announced for UGPHD Vaccination Facilities

The Unified Government Public Health Department has announced new hours at its vaccination facilities at the former Kmart building and the Armory. Remember – COVID-19 vaccinations are always free of charge, and no insurance is needed! Kmart (7836 State Avenue)Tuesdays and Wednesdays11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Armory (100 South 20th Street)Thursdays and Fridays11 a.m. to […]

Free COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Available for Adolescents Ages 12-15 in Wyandotte County!

Unified Public Health Department Also Offering Clinics for Additional Childhood Vaccines on WednesdaysThe Unified Government Public Health Department reports that children ages 12-15 are now okayed to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to protect them against COVID-19. No insurance is required to get the vaccine.COVID-19 Vaccines Monday-FridayAdolescents age 12-15 can get a COVID-19 vaccination during any […]

SMSD develops students’ social, emotional skills during pandemic

By Angie Baldelomar The pandemic has changed people’s lives.For students, it has forced them to make the transition from in-person to remote learning. Although online learning has brought several challenges, including technological ones, one of the biggest might be the development of students’ social and emotional skills.The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) in Johnson County, […]