Health

AIDS walk raises funds, awareness

A stream of people half a block long walked two-by-two along the sidewalks downtown this morning, some with red ribbons tied around their wrists or draped over their shoulders.Families, fraternity brothers and people of all ages dressed in red or carried signs reading, “DCAP AIDS Walk” or ...

Free dental day offers relief to low-income residents

At a dental appointment two weeks ago, Yolanda Thompson was devastated to find out she needed six fillings. Even more so because she doesn't have dental insurance.But the Douglas County Dental Clinic called her Friday morning to tell her about its sixth-annual free dental day. In years past, ...

Spots still open at today’s Free Dental Day

Spots are still open at the Douglas County Dental Clinic's Free Dental Day today, thanks to a smaller-than-anticipated crowd.The annual dental day provides free services to uninsured Douglas County residents living at or below 200 percent of federal poverty level.Clinic Executive Director Julie ...

Lt. Gov. Colyer to testify to Congress that economy hurt by Affordable Care Act

Topeka ? Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is blaming economic problems in Kansas and the nation on the Affordable Care Act. In prepared remarks that were to be delivered Wednesday before Congress, Colyer, a Republican, criticized the ACA and President Barack Obama."The inability of the Administration to ...

Doctors’ offices may not see a lot of changes from Obamacare

Ryan Neuhofel's Lawrence primary care practice seems like it would be affected quite a bit by the Affordable Care Act. Neuhofel, aka Dr. Neu, only takes cash, and most of his patents are uninsured. Next year, the federal health care reform law mandates that Americans have coverage or they'll ...

Will young, healthy people purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act?

Nancy Delgado could get health insurance right now through her father's plan. She just chooses not to."It's less expensive to just go to the doctor whenever an issue arises," said Delgado, a 21-year-old pre-med student at Baker University in Baldwin City.Delgado is just the kind of person the ...

Young mom learns ‘anyone’ can get cancer

If you goThis is one in a series of stories about survivors of cancer provided by Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Endowment Association. These survivors’ stories and photographs hang in the hallway leading to LMH’s Oncology Center. These stories offer hope to patients being cared for at LMH ...

Double Take: Parents involved in kids’ lives whether they like it or not

Dear Dr. Wes & Kendra: Everyone needs to leave me alone about a job and school! It’s my life. Why can’t I live it the way I want to?Wes: This one comes from the pithy universe of Twitter, where we enjoy 4,600 followers worldwide. Feel free to follow @wescrenshawphd and tweet your ...

Emergency preparedness class to be offered

September is designated as National Preparedness Month. In conjunction, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and the Douglas County Medical Reserve Corps are holding a class to teach people how to prepare for a disaster. The citizen preparedness class will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...

Lawrence doctor named top physician by Association of American Indian Physicians

A Lawrence doctor has been named physician of the year by the Association of American Indian Physicians, a nonprofit founded in 1971 to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.Dee Ann DeRoin works primarily in the areas of diabetes, cancer, women’s health and cultural ...

Lawrence clinic to begin laser tattoo removal

You contemplated it for a while and eventually decided to go for it. You took the plunge and got a tattoo.If you've come to regret that serpent across your back, soon a Lawrence business will be able to make it vanish.Aestheticare MedSpa, 3510 Clinton Place, has purchased a Medlite C-6 laser ...

American Indians among those exempted from health reform’s individual mandate

One group that won't be required to have health insurance when the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate goes into effect next year is American Indians, of which Douglas County has a larger-than-average population.The health reform law often known as Obamacare mandates that Americans carry ...

Fall allergies worse in Douglas County area this year

Many people in the Lawrence area may have noticed an increase in allergy symptoms lately.That's because allergen levels have been on the rise as the calendar gets nearer to fall and because of a strong growing season that boosted weed growth."Weed pollen and mold spores have been quite high for ...

Yamuna helps people roll their way to good health

Stacey Decuir was suffering from migraine headaches but didn't want to resort to medication. So the Lawrence stay-at-home mom tried something outside the box yet completely natural: rolling on a ball.It worked. About a year later, she says, her headaches are more infrequent and less ...

Gold ribbons honor childhood cancer victims

As you stroll down Massachusetts street in September, you may notice a gold tint along the walkways.Baby Jay's Legacy of Hope Foundation recently hung gold ribbons in downtown Lawrence in honor of children who have passed away or are fighting childhood cancer. September is Childhood Cancer ...

Double Take: When it comes to sex ed, don’t let Internet do the talking

Wes: A vast array of explicit online content (EOC) is available right now for your teen to view. It’s three clicks away. And it’s free. I’m not letting any cats out of any bags here. In their infinite Internet wisdom, kids are well aware of this material. For most teen boys and a fair ...

‘Most stubborn person in the world’ keeps positive attitude in face of disease

“I’ve been told I’m the most stubborn person in the world,” Jerry Harrell said laughing. “I had it in my head when I was going through chemotherapy that I was not going to get sick, and I was going to do what I wanted to do. Nothing was going to change.” Harrell, a firm believer ...

New website to inform Kansans about Obamacare

A new website meant to inform Kansans about the Affordable Care Act went online Tuesday.At insureKS.org, Kansans can learn about the health insurance options offered through the new federal health care reform law. The Kansas Insurance Department-run website explains the coverage opportunities ...

Double Take: How to get kids interested in culture

Dear Dr. Wes & Kendra: I heard your July radio show about teens and technology. I also remember you writing several times about how your kids go to museums and musicals. I don’t have teens yet, but it’s only a couple years away. How do you get kids away from their screens and into ...