Health

Healthy Outlook: Healthier gift options your family won’t hate

My holiday spirit tends to fluctuate. Some years, I’m a Sugar Plum Fairy; others, I’m a Grinch. (This year, I’m going a secular Unicorn route.) But you can expect a couple of things from me annually like clockwork: overdramatic lamentation of the cold and the short, dark, soul-stifling ...

Grieve your losses without apology during the holidays

Joy to the world! Merry Christmas! Happy holidays! We hear these phrases often this time of year, but the holiday season does not always bring enjoyment and hope for everyone. Many people who have experienced a loss — because of death, divorce or a move far away from loved ones — ...

Top doctor-recommended toys for kids? Empty boxes

Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles, even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity. “A ...

Healthy Outlook: I had my brain waves balanced; here’s what happened

Lawrence psychotherapist Ed Bloch is used to losing clients after just a few sessions — but that’s OK with him. It’s just the nature of Cereset, the new brain wave balancing technology he offers out of his new office at 5040 Bob Billings Parkway, Suite A1, near the western edge of ...

We can’t stop the clock, but we can help our bodies age better

Many adults are familiar with osteoporosis. This “silent disease” afflicts our bodies through the deterioration of our bones. Over time, our bones become thinner because of low bone mass and bone tissue loss. The other disease that afflicts all aging adults is sarcopenia, or muscle ...

Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down U.S. life expectancy

New York — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Heartland Community Health Center announces a second interim CEO

Story updated at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27: Heartland Community Health Center on Tuesday announced a new interim CEO, Julie Boden Schmidt, as it continues the search for a permanent leader. According to a news release from the Lawrence safety net clinic, Schmidt served at the National ...

U.S. officials: It’s OK to eat some romaine; look for labels

New York — It’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, U.S. health officials said. Just check the label. The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn’t eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday the ...

Summer meal program sees spike in attendance in 2018

The Douglas County area's summer meal program this year served the most meals it has since it was introduced in 2015 — 48,955, to be exact. The program — branded Fuel Up 4 Summer — provides free lunches for anyone ages 1-18, and it also serves breakfast and dinner at some of the 11 sites ...

Lawrence group’s quilts provide comfort to makers and recipients alike

The name says it — in so many ways. When Marla Welch was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her 30s, she was floored. The wife and mother of twin sons had worked and managed a medical office. After about 20 years of living with multiple sclerosis, the time came that she just couldn’t ...

Kansas Medicaid expansion in doubt despite governor support

TOPEKA — Democratic and moderate Republicans lawmakers worked together last year to try to make Kansas the latest state to expand Medicaid, only to see their bipartisan effort rewarded with a veto from former conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback. The election this month of a governor who ...

U.S. health officials warn against eating romaine lettuce

NEW YORK — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 ...

Thanksgiving Day 5K to return to North Lawrence

The annual runLawrence Thanksgiving Day 5K will return this week on what’s expected to be a sunny holiday. The rain-or-shine 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving — Thursday, Nov. 22 — at Woodlawn Elementary School, 508 Elm St. There will also be a free kids’ fun run, which starts ...

Online survey seeks Lawrence community’s input on sexual violence

A local group is gathering information “to better understand local risk and protective factors related to sexual violence in Lawrence,” according to a news release. The LiveWell Sexual Violence Prevention Work Group is asking Lawrence residents ages 18 and older to answer the online ...

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation opens behavioral health center

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation recently opened a 4,800-square-foot facility devoted to mental health care, according to a news release. The center, at 11386 158 Road in Mayetta, offers services including evaluations and counseling for substance use disorder and mental health, referrals ...

Use these tips to stay healthy for the holidays

The holiday season is here. For many of us, it is a joyful time spent with family and friends. But it seems a bit easier during this time of year to take a step — or two or three — off the path of leading a healthy lifestyle. You know what I’m talking about. Many things conspire to get ...

Gov.-elect Kelly senses ‘momentum’ in Kansas toward medical marijuana

TOPEKA — Could Kansas soon join the growing list of states allowing medical marijuana? The election of Democrat Laura Kelly puts a medical marijuana supporter in the governor's seat, and she recently said she senses "some momentum" among legislators to legalize medical marijuana with strict ...

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

CHICAGO — Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government's physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago. Since then, the list of ...