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Kansas illness linked to Hy-Vee pasta salad salmonella outbreak

The grocery store chain Hy-Vee Inc. recalled its store-brand spring pasta salad earlier this week after 20 people got salmonella in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Health officials found another case on Friday, in Kansas. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has ...

For some, a DNA test produces only uncertainty about health

New York — Last year, Katie Burns got a phone call that shows what can happen in medicine when information runs ahead of knowledge. Burns learned that a genetic test of her fetus had turned up an abnormality. It appeared in a gene that, when it fails to work properly, causes heart defects, ...

Lawrence Community Bike Ride coming up Saturday

With new rides planned this year, an eighth annual family bike ride this weekend will also offer free helmets and safety vests, while supplies last. The Summer 2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St. ...

Healthy Outlook: Health planning underway, plus news and notes

Story updated 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 There’s just so much going on that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one column unless I gave it a terribly generic headline. Among topics we’ll get to today are broccoli in your convenience stores (maybe), signs coming to the Lawrence ...

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Garden Variety: Even in droughts, watering should be deep yet infrequent

Plants wilt when they need water, but they also wilt when they have too much. The former is more likely in the Lawrence area right now, especially with recent high temperatures and the ongoing severe drought in much of northeast Kansas. But, despite the heat and drought, if you are dragging the ...

Fix-It Chick: Replace wax ring around toilet bowl if water, smell starts to seep

If water is seeping out from beneath the toilet bowl or there is a faint smell of sewer gas in the bathroom, it is definitely time to replace the toilet bowl wax ring. Step 1: Remove the tank lid and place it in a safe spot. Lay a few towels on the floor to set the toilet on once it has been ...

Garden Variety: Stinkbugs damage plants, remain pesky for gardeners

Stinkbugs are dime-sized, shield-shaped, green and brown insects that damage fruits, vegetables and other desirable plants when they feed on them. The insects are prevalent in gardens right now in northeastern Kansas and will be around until freezing temperatures arrive. Damage to fruits, ...

Fix-It Chick: Save money on watering garden by installing rain barrel

Keeping a garden watered can be expensive. Assuming it will rain at some point in time, installing a rain barrel is a great way to save money. For every inch of rainfall, a roof collects approximately .56 inches of rain per square foot of surface area. That means a 1,000-square-foot roof can ...

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Range of ingredients bulk up food fiber counts

NEW YORK — Are the fiber counts for foods getting bloated? Browse supermarket shelves, and it's easy to find ice cream, yogurt and brownies with impressive fiber totals. That's because companies add ingredients to boost the fiber, a practice they say helps people enjoy treats with less guilt ...

Healthy Outlook: Some family-friendly, super healthy alternatives to green beer

There’s a holiday coming up this weekend that this town takes pretty seriously. At least for the 21-and-older crowd, St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate … well, drinking, mostly. And with that often comes a fun tradition: green beer. But hey, Lawrence — you know what’s even more ...

Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major study.Millions of children are allergic to peanuts, and some may have life-threatening ...

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‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ a thoroughly entertaining revenge tale

I’m a big "Bob’s Burgers" fan. It’s a top ten show for me. I own all the seasons (and the delightful soundtrack to boot). We quote it (and often sing it) almost daily at my household. Heck, this isn’t even the first time I’m writing about it.  An all-time great episode is the fifth ...

“Atlas of a Lost World”: a new read on old life across the world

The rains became unpredictable, societal chaos threatened, and so they walked. Nearly a thousand years later author Craig Childs also walked, trying to follow their slow migration from Mesa Verde to Chaco Canyon and on south to the Sierra Madre. "[House of Rain][1]," published a decade ago, is ...

Sound+Vision Sessions: a conversation with Heidi Lynne Gluck

June 22 marks the second installment of the new Lawrence Public Library event series, Sound+Vision Sessions. The event showcases local music artists whose material we have in our catalog in a family-friendly, all-ages atmosphere. This concert features the incredibly talented and esteemed ...

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Garden Variety: Even in droughts, watering should be deep yet infrequent

Plants wilt when they need water, but they also wilt when they have too much. The former is more likely in the Lawrence area right now, especially with recent high temperatures and the ongoing severe drought in much of northeast Kansas. But, despite the heat and drought, if you are dragging the ...

Fix-It Chick: Replace wax ring around toilet bowl if water, smell starts to seep

If water is seeping out from beneath the toilet bowl or there is a faint smell of sewer gas in the bathroom, it is definitely time to replace the toilet bowl wax ring. Step 1: Remove the tank lid and place it in a safe spot. Lay a few towels on the floor to set the toilet on once it has been ...

Healthy Outlook: Health planning underway, plus news and notes

Story updated 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 There’s just so much going on that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one column unless I gave it a terribly generic headline. Among topics we’ll get to today are broccoli in your convenience stores (maybe), signs coming to the Lawrence ...

Garden Variety: Stinkbugs damage plants, remain pesky for gardeners

Stinkbugs are dime-sized, shield-shaped, green and brown insects that damage fruits, vegetables and other desirable plants when they feed on them. The insects are prevalent in gardens right now in northeastern Kansas and will be around until freezing temperatures arrive. Damage to fruits, ...