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In a snowstorm, hospice nurses visit those with highest needs

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — With slow-going traffic on the roads, home health and hospice nurses couldn’t make it to see all the patients they would normally see. Crossroads Hospice visited those with the highest needs.

It isn’t hard for Karen Owen to take steps up a snowy driveway. It isn’t hard for her to drive from Lee’s Summit to Independence in the snowstorm. Not when Owen knows who she is helping.

“He’s amazing, and that’s why she’s lived as long as she has,” said Owen.

The nurse with Crossroads Hospice has come to see Peggy Henderson and her husband, Terry. Peggy Henderson’s body is ravaged by multiple sclerosis.

“Peggy is a very fragile patient. She is at high risk for aspiration and pneumonia. She cannot swallow,” said Owen.

Incredibly, Peggy Henderson has lived six years since she started receiving hospice care — end-of-life care.

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.

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.

Watch FOX 4 Matt Stewart’s report for more information:

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.

A high-five may potentially become the official Missouri state greeting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A St. Louis area representative, Courtney Allen Curtis (D), has introduced a bill to make “high fives” the official state greeting in Missouri.

How about a high-five for that?!

“It sounds kind of fun!” said Yvette Hanigan, a Missouri resident.

“Unless they’re going to be putting out hand things to wipe the hands off and things like that with all the viruses and things going around, I’m not sure that would be a good idea,” said Michael Sherrill, another Missouri resident.

There are mixed feelings from Missouri residents about House Bill 1624. The bill was introduced by Rep. Curtis to make a high-five as the official greeting of Missouri.

Missouri’s high school equivalency exam takes on tech-savvy changes

KANSAS CITY — Getting a high school equivalency certificate is changing in Missouri and it’s affecting adult education students working to improve their lives.

The changes come with a new test which seeks to make sure the high school equivalency exam more closely matches what high graduates are learning. And it can be intimidating to adults returning to the classroom.

The biggest change for those in the adult education and literacy program is that the test is now fully-computerized. That means adults not only have to know how to read and write, but now they must be able to work on a computer.

Educators say you have to master computer literacy to be competitive in today’s workplace. Adult students like Lavesse Perkins have been taking computer courses in addition to other school work for the last four months. Perkins says passing the new test is the key to a better life for her family.

Hiring fair at Gail’s Harley Davidson

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Gail’s Harley-Davidson has several open positions and will be conducting a hiring fair from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, January 30.

The positions available are in Motorcycle Sales, Parts & Accessories Sales, Motorclothes and Service.

Gail’s has five-day work weeks with two consecutive days off and competitive benefits including medical, dental, prescription drug, Flexible Spending, disability, life insurance, 401(k), holiday, sick time and vacation time.

They also have employee discounts for those who want to buy a motorcycle!

If interested, attend the hiring the fair at 5900 East State Route 150 in Grandview. They say arrive promptly at 6:00 p.m.