Health

KU Hospital approves 17 percent budget increase

Westwood ? Kansas University Hospital leaders approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that is 17.4 percent above its projected expenses for the previous year.Hospital officials said that the $969 million operating budget increased by that amount because of the hospital’s merger with ...

KU Hospital honors three people, two companies as inaugural Hall of Fame members

Westwood ? Five inductees, including former Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway, will form the inaugural class of KU Hospital’s new Hall of Fame.Other individual honorees are George Farha, chairman of the KU Hospital Authority Board from 1999 to 2008 who advocated for the ...

Miss. tips scale as fattest state

Washington ? Rural Mississippi is the country’s fattest state for the seventh year in a row, according to an annual obesity report issued Thursday. Colorado, a playground for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, is the nation’s thinnest. The report by two public health groups has again delivered ...

Obesity rates in Kansas climbing at among fastest rates in country

Topeka ? A new report says the percentage of Kansans who are obese has more than doubled in the past 15 years, with 29 percent of the adult population fitting that category.That's the fourth-fastest growth rate in the nation since 1995, when Kansas ranked 36th with a 13.5 percent obesity rate. ...

Study: Womb may play part in cause of autism

Chicago ? Most of the risk of autism has been blamed by experts on inherited genes. Now one of the largest studies of twins and autism shifts the focus to the womb, suggesting that the mother’s age and health may play a larger role than thought.The new research doesn’t solve the mystery of ...

Number of lead poisoning cases in Kansas more than three times the national average

Atlanta ? The lead poisoning rate for U.S. adults has fallen by more than half in the last 15 years, but it remains unusually high in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Kansas, federal health officials said Thursday.About 6 out of every 100,000 employed adults had lead poisoning in 2009, down from 14 ...

Nighttime or violent TV tied to kids’ sleep woes

Chicago ? If your preschooler can’t sleep — turn off the violence and nighttime TV.That’s the message in a new study that found sleep problems are more common in 3- to 5-year-olds who watch television after 7 p.m. Watching shows with violence — including kids’ cartoons — also was ...

Men take part in healthy competition, screenings

Lawrence resident Craig McCauley browsed from booth to booth Sunday afternoon at the inaugural Hoops for Men’s Health event at Allen Fieldhouse. McCauley checked his blood pressure and oral health, and received recommendations for local physicians. His family made him go, McCauley said, ...

Report: Even toddlers need to fight the fat

Washington ? A food pyramid just for the under-2 set? Contrary to popular belief, children don’t usually outgrow their baby fat — and a new report urges steps to help prevent babies, toddlers and preschoolers from getting too pudgy too soon.That’s a growing problem: Already, one in five ...

Study: Potato chips are piling on the pounds

Washington ? Blame the potato chip. It’s the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found. Bigger than soda, candy and ice cream.And the reason is partly that old advertising cliche: You can’t eat just one.“They’re very tasty and ...

Kansas attorney general adds state to another lawsuit against federal health care law

Topeka ? Attorney General Derek Schmidt has brought Kansas into another lawsuit against the federal health care overhaul enacted last year, and he said Tuesday that the move will help states flesh out arguments they expect to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.The lawsuit is before the U.S. ...

LMH vice president accepts job in Washington, D.C., will leave company next month

After 10 years at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and developing “wonderful relationships” within the community, LMH Vice President Jeff Novorr is leaving Lawrence.He established the hospital’s corporate compliance program upon joining LMH in 2001. He spent the early years of his career ...

Pink fire truck donated by city travels to Lawrence Tuesday

When doctors diagnosed Nicki Janne, Wichita, with breast cancer in January 2010, her friends and family rallied in support.Her friends in the Wichita Fire Department tagged her in a picture of a pink firetruck on Facebook. They began to tease Janne’s husband, Richard, an antique firetruck ...

Lawmakers, districts worry about school meal costs

Washington ? Eating healthy food isn’t always cheap, and some conservatives in Congress are concerned that the Obama administration’s effort to make school lunches more nutritious is a luxury the nation can’t afford. Many schools, especially the poorest ones, agree. They say new rules ...

KU Hospital taking part in aortic valve replacement trial

Patients at Kansas University Hospital are enrolling in a clinical trial that will test a new treatment for a kind of heart disease.The study is testing the Medtronic CoreValve System, a procedure that uses a catheter to guide a prosthetic device to a patient’s diseased aortic valve. The ...

Kansas likely to enact health care ‘freedom’ law

Kansas was close Tuesday to joining other states in enacting a law designed to block a mandate in last year's federal health care overhaul requiring most Americans to buy health insurance.A proposed "health care freedom" law was on Gov. Sam Brownback's desk. Legislators bundled the measure with ...

Baby boomers fueling boom in hip, knee surgeries

San Diego ? We’re becoming a nation of bum knees, worn-out hips and sore shoulders, and it’s not just the Medicare set. Baby boomer bones and joints also are taking a pounding, spawning a boom in operations to fix them.Knee replacement surgeries have doubled over the last decade and more ...

Paralyzed man freely moves with electrical stimulator

London ? After Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in a car accident in 2006, his doctors told him he would never stand again. They were wrong.Despite intensive physical therapy for three years, Summers’ condition hadn’t improved. So in 2009, doctors implanted an electrical stimulator ...