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Vaping a big issue in Lawrence high schools, LMH Health interns say

With the rise of a new generation comes the rise of new trends — some fashion, some habits and some social. Years ago, ads and celebrity endorsements for smoking showed it as a sign of class and style. Now smoking is banned in most buildings and you see ads about the dangers of cigarettes ...

Amid outbreak, Kansas to require additional vaccines for schoolchildren

TOPEKA — Kansas schools will require two new vaccines come August, including one against a virus that’s hospitalized 13,000 people and killed 200 across the country since 2016. The new rules, which apply to public and private schools, will be phased in over the next several years. But come ...

2 new vaccines required for some Kansas school students

TOPEKA — Students in certain grades at Kansas public and private schools will be required to have two new vaccinations this year. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Thursday that students entering kindergarten and first grade will need two doses of a hepatitis A ...

Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws, study shows

CHICAGO — New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot. One reason may be that it's harder and costlier for teens to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries than from dealers, said lead author Mark ...

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Garden Variety: How to alleviate plant stress due to drainage issues

Recent rains and cloudy days in the Lawrence area have resulted in standing water and wet soil in many yards and gardens. Excess water fills air space in the soil and suffocates plant roots, causing stress and making plants more susceptible to disease. This is a good time to identify areas ...

KU’s Studio 804 ready to show off 2 new homes in eastern Lawrence

Two new sleek and minimalist homes built in eastern Lawrence's Brook Creek neighborhood are ready to join a long list of homes designed by University of Kansas students. Since August, 15 KU architecture students participating in the Studio 804 program have been building the two new homes and ...

Homes: Owners believe they are just caretakers of restored early pioneer cottage

Robert Sterling’s neat craftsmanship remained a selling point 146 years after he laid the stone for the small cottage at 1117 Connecticut St. Warren Hays and Melody Stratton purchased the house in June 2015, after moving to Lawrence from the Washington, D.C., area for Stratton’s job at the ...

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Try a classic French soup celebrating seasonal vegetables

Highlighting the fresh flavors of Provencal cuisine, soupe au pistou is a classic French soup composed of seasonal vegetables, creamy white beans and fragrant herbs. Celebrating colorful, early-summer produce, this soup needed to be chock-full of vegetables and simple to prepare. Leeks, green ...

A cookie in a skillet? Sure, you’re skeptical. But try it

A cookie in a skillet? We admit this internet phenom made us skeptical — until we tried it. Unlike making a traditional batch of cookies, this treatment doesn't require scooping, baking and cooling multiple sheets of treats; the whole thing bakes at once in a single skillet. Plus, the hot ...

Cheesy nachos that are sure to get your party started

These nachos are a cinch to make and can turn after-school snack time for a few kids into something of a fiesta. Or double the recipe and use a 13-by-9-inch baking dish, and you'll have enough nachos to really get the party started! If you like your nachos spicy, layer in some drained pickled ...

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Pets take center stage to unofficially kick off 2019 Douglas County Fair

Blake Wohler wasn’t upset when his cat Opie, whom he was showing in this year’s Douglas County 4-H cat show, noticed another competitor opening some cat food and jumped off the judging table. Cats being cats, the rules for acceptable pet behavior are more relaxed than in the dog show. So ...

Van Go’s young artists unveil their colorful benches

After two months of work, young artists at Van Go unveiled 20 vibrant handmade benches to their clients and the community on Friday. The unveiling event was the culmination of the arts-based social service agency's annual Benchmark program, and Van Go program director Kristen Malloy said it ...

Go, See, Do: Lawrence Field Day Fest, Paleo Garden Plant Sale and more

More than 20 musical groups will take the stage for free concerts around the city at this weekend's Lawrence Field Day Fest. The annual music festival, now in its eighth year, runs from Thursday through Saturday and will include 24 bands. Fally Afani, the festival organizer and editor of the ...

Lifestyle Columns | VIEW ALL

Healthy Outlook: Is your brain due for a checkup?

Medicare beneficiaries: Even if you’re taking advantage of the annual wellness visits that Part B covers, you might not be getting all that you can out of it. A cognitive assessment — included in these annual visits, if you ask your doctor — can help you keep tabs on your brain in five ...

Healthy Outlook: Take time for self-care

A certain column or article from a certain health writer was missing from the Journal-World last week. For that, I apologize — but I also don’t. Here’s why: Neither you nor I nor anyone else has to be everything for everyone all the time. Sometimes, in order to save your sanity, you ...

Healthy Outlook: I’m taking a hiatus from fitness technology … kind of

I already know what you’re thinking — either you saw this one coming, or you think I’ve lost my marbles. If you’ve ever read this column, you’ve probably seen mention of some app or device or trick or nifty online service. After all, I’ve written about fitness trackers, apps for ...