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Man bites through tongue after falling in slippery driveway

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Hospitals around the metro area are reporting a surge in injuries from slipping and falling down in our icy and snowy weather.

At Menorah Medical Center one victim says by the time he realized he was in danger, it was too late.

A doctor tells FOX 4 News the hospital has admitted at least five patients since Tuesday as a result of falls.

Slipping and falling can cause severe injuries, including hip fractures and cervical cord damage.

Ken Monaco, 79, walked out on his driveway Tuesday morning to get his newspaper when he slipped and fell flat on his face. He suffered two broken teeth, scrapes to his face and he bit through his tongue, which required 12 stitches. But the most serious injury Monaco suffered from the fall was a bruise to his spinal cord. Because of this, he now has difficulty using both arms and must learn how to walk again.

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KC Forum: Friends, Your Mother and Herbs

In this week’s KC Forum a huge consignment sale that started with friends getting together hits the metro, it’s called “Just Between Friends”. We learn about alternative herbs and oils to help with our ailments that enhances regular

Barrage of winter weather elsewhere leads to local salt shortage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you think the roads are bad now, driving could get even more difficult in short order. FOX 4 News has learned that the state of Missouri is feeling the effects of a national salt shortage.

The supply of salt that keeps our roads safe is getting to a point that one Missouri Department of Transportation employee, who asked not to be identified, described as “dangerously low.”

After receiving the anonymous phone call, we paid a visit to MoDOT’s salt barn in Kansas City. That’s the place that stores the majority of salt used on highways in the metro. So how low are the salt levels?

“We’d like to have more than now, that’s for sure,” maintenance supervisor Corey Hansen said.

Hansen showed us the barn, which was mostly empty. He said the 2,000 tons he has left are about half of where he wants to be.

WHO: Cancer cases tipped to soar 70% in 20 years in imminent ‘human disaster’

(CNN) — Cancer cases are expected to surge by 70% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent “human disaster” that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization.

The World Cancer Report, produced by the WHO’s specialized cancer agency, predicts new cancer cases will rise from an estimated 14 million in 2012 to 22 million annually within two decades. Over the same period, cancer deaths are tipped to rise from 8.2 million a year to 13 million annually.

The rising incidence of cancer, brought about by growing, aging populations worldwide, will require a heavier focus on preventive public health policies, said Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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Discovery of King Tut exhibit coming to Kansas City’s Union Station

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Discovery of King Tut exhibit has been touring Europe since 2008. It’s been to 20 cities and more than five million people have seen it in Europe. And now it’s coming to North America, and Kansas City has won the coveted premiere due to the success of the Princess Di exhibit at Union Station.

Premier Exhibits, which puts on the King Tut exhibit, was so impressed with how Union Station handled Princess Di, they chose Kansas City to host the King Tut exhibit first. It will be the largest exhibit Union Station has ever hosted.

These are not artifacts from the actual tomb, but more than 1,000 reproductions painstakingly re-created by Egyptologists to give people the experience of walking into King Tut’s tomb for the first time.

The exhibit opens at Union Station on April 4 and runs through Sept. 7.

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Person-Centered Care Comes to Kansas

OVERLAND PARK, KS (February 3, 2014) -- Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, KS,  will open memory care and post-acute rehabilitation units in its continuing care neighborhood in March of this year. The continuing care neighborhood, which opened late last year with assisted living, has a total of 104 apartments and suites and will bring a new Erickson Living Person-Centered Care approach that is unique to its geographic market.

Person-Centered Care integrates health and wellness by blending mission, vision, and values. A resident’s daily life experience is influenced by how well staff can serve in helping each resident reach his or her highest potential.  It is a dynamic way of seeing, caring for and serving residents.

“All staff members regardless of position go through the same training on the people-centered approach program prior to beginning their jobs,” said Executive Director Peter Crane.

How to avoid digital eyestrain

(CNN) — Our lives have increasingly become more digital today. While some may see this as a benefit, others are finding that it can literally be a pain in the eye.

Digital eyestrain is now a common problem. Eye and vision problems are reported in 70 to 75 percent of computer workers, according to the American Optometric Association.

Headaches, eye pain, redness, watering, double vision and loss of focus are all associated with digital eyestrain. The good news is there are numerous things you can do to help avoid the condition, including:

Take a break. Take frequent 15 minute breaks and focus your eyes on a distant object across the room. This will give the focusing muscle a chance to relax.