Cara Anthony, Kaiser Health News

Cara Anthony

Kaiser Health News

St. Louis, MO, United States

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Past articles by Cara:

Race Is Often Used as Medical Shorthand for How Bodies Work. Some Doctors Want to Change That.

Physicians have long believed it’s good medicine to consider race in health care. But recently, rather than perpetuate the myth that race governs how bodies function, a more nuanced approach has em… → Read More

Caskets Wrapped in Colorful Images Pay Tribute to Young Lives Lost to Trauma and Violence

Mourners are wrapping caskets in imagery, similar to the way companies wrap logos around cars, trucks, and buses. Across the country, casket-wrap companies create custom designs, too often for grie… → Read More

Black Tech Founders Want to Change the Culture of Health Care, One Click at a Time

Just as Uber Eats and Grubhub revolutionized food delivery, Black tech entrepreneurs want to change the way patients connect with doctors. They are using technology to match people of color with cu… → Read More

In Rural America, Twisting Arms to Take a Covid Vaccine First Takes Trust

In communities across the country, the Cooperative Extension System, the same organization that supports 4-H clubs nationally, is tapping its roots in rural communities to promote vaccines. But its… → Read More

Bye-Bye to Health Insurance ‘Birthday Rule’? Kansas Lawmaker Floats Fix

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) introduced a bill to do away with a health insurance rule that dictates which parent’s plan becomes a new baby’s primary insurer. This could save some parents fr… → Read More

Kidney Experts Say It’s Time to Remove Race From Medical Algorithms. Doing So Is Complicated.

When estimating how well a patient’s kidneys are working, doctors frequently turn to an equation that depends on a question: Is the patient Black? Kidney experts are now debating how to remove the … → Read More

After nearly 60 years of marriage, this Missouri couple stayed together to the end

Arthur Kelley could barely raise his voice above a whisper last fall when he told a nursing assistant he never wanted his wife, Maggie, to be alone. After almost 60 → Read More

After Nearly 60 Years of Marriage, This Missouri Couple Stayed Together to the End

Arthur and Maggie Kelley of St. Louis died 30 days apart. Maggie died of complications of dementia in November. Arthur, who had moved into her nursing home to be with her, died a month later of cov… → Read More

Baby Blues: First-Time Parents Blindsided by ‘the Birthday Rule’ and a $207,455 NICU Bill

Charlie Kjelshus needed neonatal intensive care for the first seven days of her life. The episode generated huge bills, and left her parents in a tangle of red tape that involved two insurers, two … → Read More

Black Hair Matters: How Going Natural Made Me Visible

The night before I chopped off my hair, I got nervous. → Read More

Black Hair Matters: How Going Natural Made Me Visible

How do we as Black people protect ourselves from racism? In our household, my decision to let my hair go natural forced my father and me to have a conversation about personal safety, the police and… → Read More

Missourians to Vote on Medicaid Expansion as Crisis Leaves Millions Without Insurance

Around the country, Medicaid enrollment is up as people who have lost jobs during the pandemic seek health insurance. Expanding eligibility for Missouri’s program, which could help thousands of rec… → Read More

‘Just Make It Home’: The Unwritten Rules Blacks Learn To Navigate Racism in America

Darnell Hill, a mental health caseworker, is teaching black teens in St. Louis how to safely walk through the park, run to the store or handle an encounter with the police. Beyond tangible skills, … → Read More

‘Just Make It Home’: The Unwritten Rules Blacks Learn To Navigate Racism In America

Darnell Hill, a mental health caseworker, is teaching black teens in St. Louis how to safely walk through the park, run to the store or handle an encounter with the police. Beyond tangible skills, … → Read More

Searching For Safety: Where Children Hide When Gunfire Is All Too Common

Justice Buress, 4, demonstrates how she hides under a table during a drill at Little Explorers Learning Center in St. Louis. Day care director Tess Trice → Read More

Teaching kids to hide from gunfire: Safety drills at day care and at home

Sheltering in place isn't new for kids who live in areas affected by gun violence. At one day care center, "Dora the Explorer!" is code to drop to the floor if they hear gunfire. That addresses physical safety. But dealing with the emotional toll isn't as simple. → Read More

‘I Wasn’t Eating’: Senior Twin Sisters Battle Pandemic Anxiety Together

Twins Edna Mayes and Ethel Sylvester, 92, are relying on each other through the pandemic, in which one of the hidden dangers is to their mental health. → Read More

'Staying away from grandma' isn't an option in multigenerational homes

The Walker family never thought having an age range of 3 to 96 under the same roof would be risky. → Read More

‘Staying Away From Grandma’ Isn’t An Option In Multigenerational Homes

About 1 in 5 U.S. residents live in multigenerational households. Many of those have three or more generations all under one roof. While the living arrangement has financial and emotional benefits,… → Read More

More Than 5,000 Surgery Centers Can Now Serve As Makeshift Hospitals During COVID-19 Crisis

Under pressure, the federal government announced it will let surgery centers, hotels and even college dorms serve as hospitals to treat an overflow of patients. → Read More