Health

Spring break skin sense

What to packDr. Lee Bittenbender of the Dermatology Center of Lawrence and Dave Bonnel of Travel Leaders give a run down of what to pack to help your skin stay safe over spring break.• Sunscreen. Pick at least SPF 30. Plan on using an ounce per application and pack the amount accordingly.• ...

Utility cutoffs a life-or-death matter for Eudora couple recovering from house fire

Still recovering from a fire that gutted their Eudora home, Beverly and Jesse Wyant found themselves struggling to cover their electric bill.They had been living in the refurbished house for several weeks when they were notified by the city of Eudora that their electricity would be shut off if ...

5K and beyond: Go from inactive to running your first race in 2011

Running can be intimidating. But with a little consistency, and a lot of determination, even the out-of-shape can train to run a 5k.A 5k race is 3.1 miles, and it’s a great distance for people who want to edge into running with a shorter race.According to experienced runners, nearly everyone, ...

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger discusses health reform changes

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger spent an hour Saturday morning explaining how the federal health care reforms will affect Kansans.Individual mandates, lifetime limits, Medicaid and online “exchanges” highlighted Praeger’s discussion of the Patient Protection and Affordable ...

Speaking 2 languages may delay Alzheimer’s

Washington ? Mastering a second language can pump up your brain in ways that seem to delay getting Alzheimer’s disease later on, scientists said Friday.Never learned to habla or parlez? While the new research focuses mostly on the truly long-term bilingual, scientists say even people who ...

Lawrence doctor travels to Sudan, Mongolia with Doctors Without Borders

What do Sudan and Mongolia have in common? Other than both being more than 6,400 miles away from Lawrence, they’re the countries where Mark Stover spent most of 2010 while working with Doctors Without Borders. Stover, a longtime Lawrence resident who attended Lawrence High School and ...

House committee OKs closing of Kansas center for disabled

Topeka ? A Kansas House committee has approved a proposal from Gov. Sam Brownback to close a center for the profoundly disabled and move the residents to community-based living areas.Brownback says closing the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka and moving its 156 residents over the next ...

Washburn University recognizes Kansas woman for creative fundraiser

Topeka ? Washburn University is recognizing an employee who came up with a unique way to raise money after her son-in-law experienced a recurrence of cancer.Jeremy Ostrowski was diagnosed with sarcoma, or cancer of connective tissues, in 2000. Chemo beat the disease into remission, but it came ...

State inspectors will study air quality, look for signs of mold at Kennedy School

State environmental inspectors are expected to study air quality at Kennedy School by the end of the month, to answer concerns and assertions from a district-appointed task force that the school might have problems with mold.While the concerns initially have been debunked through testing by a ...

Studies: Global obesity rates double over last 30 years

London ? The world is becoming a heavier place, especially in the West.Obesity rates worldwide have doubled in the last three decades even as blood pressure and cholesterol levels have dropped, according to three new studies.People in Pacific Island nations like American Samoa are the heaviest, ...

Great Bend hospital to eliminate 130 jobs

Great Bend ? The Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend has notified 130 employees that they will lose their jobs May 1, when the hospital becomes a same-day surgery center.Mark Mingenback, director of business strategy for the center, says the employees will get a severance package but ...

Florida judge strikes down Obama health care overhaul

Pensacola, Fla. ? A federal judge ruled Monday that the Obama administration's health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that sued to block it.U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson accepted without trial the states' argument that the new law violates people's rights by forcing ...

Three Moves: Personal trainer offers tips to tone great glutes

If there’s one body part that’s a pain in the rear end for nearly any woman it’s her, well, rear end.Butts can come in all shapes and sizes, but no matter the dimensions, it’s not the easiest piece of the anatomy to keep toned, being that it is a large fat mass, hence the name ...

Targeting ‘Obamacare,’ GOP pushes nullification

Boise, Idaho ? Republican lawmakers in nearly a dozen states are reaching into the dusty annals of American history to fight President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.Idaho representatives on Wednesday introduced a measure in committee that hinges on "nullification" — Thomas Jefferson's ...

2-day free dental clinic in Hutchinson sees 1,638 patients

Hutchinson ? A two-day free dental clinic held last weekend in Hutchinson set a record for the cost of dental services that were donated.Dentists at the Kansas Mission of Mercy clinic last Friday and Saturday treated 1,638 patients, extracted 4,389 teeth and performed $1.2 million in free ...

Seven signs point to prescription drug abuse

The number of narcotic pain medication prescriptions written in the U.S. has skyrocketed over the last two decades. In an effort to treat pain more effectively and with the advent of many newer forms of opiod (narcotic) pain relievers — Oxycontin, Lortab, Methadone, Percodan, Percocet, ...

30-second weight loss tips

We like our weight loss plans the same way we like our Wi-Fi — fast and fail-proof. Science shows that when it comes to dropping pounds, small changes can yield big results. Here are some tips from FitBie.com:• Slice your food: Cutting your food into smaller portions slows down your food ...

Mom into Fitness: Fertility struggles lead KU alumna to develop exercise series

Though she admits she may not be the next Jane Austen when it comes to writing, Kansas University alumna Lindsay Brin has plenty of other things to be proud of these days.Since the Chicago native launched her Moms Into Fitness business in 2004, she has since released 13 workout DVDs, a book on ...

Wal-Mart pushing for healthier food

Washington ? Attention, Walmart shoppers: The food in your cart, from fruit drinks to salad dressing, may soon get healthier.The nation’s largest grocer said Thursday it will reformulate thousands of store-brand products to reduce sodium and sugar and push its suppliers to do the same.It also ...