Health

Treating like with like: Lawrence community increasingly turns to homeopathy

“Word of mouth has led to a growing interest in homeopathy,” says Lowen Millspaugh, assistant wellness manager at the Community Mercantile, 901 Iowa. “More people want to take healing into their own hands and they like homeopathy’s lack of side-effects.”Homeopathy is based on the ...

No excuses

Dorothy McGregor doesn’t like to drive much anymore. Erma Morgan is legally blind.But, those little things don’t stop the Lawrence 90-somethings from hitting their respective gyms three to five times a week. McGregor, 91, gets up at dawn most days to pump iron at the Lawrence Athletic Club, ...

Residents clear medicine cabinets of old prescriptions

Six bins and 181 pounds later, Lawrence residents have rid their medicine cabinets of old, expired and useless drugs.More than 100 people stopped by the drop site for Take-Back Day at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St., bringing remedies from fish oil to Fioricet to dump into the ...

Drive-through flu shots to be offered in Oct.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering a drive-through flu shot clinic for the first time this year.It will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 in Kansas University’s Park and Ride Lot, which is at the northwest corner of Iowa Street and Clinton Parkway.The ...

Dementia costs will keep growing, report warns

Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost 1 percent of the gross domestic product globally this year and that treatment tab will grow, making urgent the need for more research toward a cure, an advocacy group said.Seventy percent of an estimated $604 billion will be paid in North America and ...

Report: Obesity hurts your wallet as well as your health

Washington ? Obesity puts a drag on the wallet as well as health, especially for women.Doctors have long known that medical bills are higher for the obese, but that’s only a portion of the real-life costs.George Washington University researchers added in things like employee sick days and ...

Happiness vantage: New study suggests contentment comes with age, perspective

The bad news is we’re getting older. Even if we can’t see it yet, the change is happening gradually: Our backs are hunching, our vision is fading, and our hair is either falling out or turning gray. The good news is despite these hurdles, we’re a heck of a lot happier at the end of our ...

Is it time to bring back ‘old age’ as cause of death?

You know the cartoon where Bugs Bunny is driving an old car that suddenly falls apart, every bolt sprung, with the last hubcap rattling in a circle until it comes to rest?Some people die like that, too. The trouble is there’s not a good name for it. Is there a single problem that gets the ...

Competition measures extreme strength

Lawrence resident Matthew Andre had just finished a bike ride Saturday with his wife when he showed up at the Next Level Games in Watson Park. He said the plan for the couple was to “try and have a relaxing day.”Next Level Games Winners• Overall male: Robbie Andrews• Overall female: ...

City to evaluate health care funding

Health care debates aren’t just for Congress anymore. A more than $1 million deficit in the city’s health insurance fund has some City Hall leaders now questioning the generosity of the health care benefits offered to city employees. “I think we all recognize that the train has left the ...

Number of patients at KU Hospital up 8 percent from last year

Kansas University Hospital is again seeing record levels of patient volume, with in-patient volume up 8 percent in fiscal year 2010. The 105-year-old hospital in Kansas City, Kan., is continuing its pattern of growth since the hospital was allowed to form its own authority away from state ...

Lawrence school board balks at wellness campus

John McGrew’s plans to battle childhood obesity, diabetes and overall youth inactivity by creating a $25 million wellness campus at what one day could become a major highway interchange in southeastern Lawrence will need to find a new home.Members of the Lawrence school board agreed Monday ...

Study: Heart bypass surgery underused

Los Angeles ? Tens or even hundreds of thousands of Americans are having coronary artery angioplasty and stenting every year when they should be having bypass grafts, and the result is an extra 5,000 or more deaths annually, researchers said Sunday.Patients and cardiologists frequently prefer ...

School board to consider wellness project

Plans for an outdoor “wellness” campus will be up for discussion Monday night by members of the Lawrence school board.The proposal, backed by the Outside for a Better Inside organization, calls for a gymnasium, wellness center, handicap-accessible ballfield and lake surrounded by walking ...

Phi Kappa Psi fraternity raising money, awareness for male breast cancer

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Kansas University is hosting “Phi Psi 500,” a series of events starting Sept. 13 and running through Sept. 18 that aims to raise money and awareness for male breast cancer.Included in the events is a Sept. 17 concert, featuring country singer Cory Morrow and ...

Americans eating less fruit, not enough veggies

Atlanta ? An apple a day? Apparently not in the United States.Most Americans still don’t eat vegetables often enough, and fruit consumption is actually dropping a little, according to a new government report released Thursday.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that last year ...