Health

Kansas receives $500,000 from FDA to bolster anti-smoking efforts

Topeka ? Kansas is one of 15 states that will receive a federal grant aimed at preventing young people from purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products.The $558,000 from the Food and Drug Administration will go toward hiring more inspectors to enforce laws preventing the sale of tobacco to ...

Kansas doctor who offered fake Lyme disease cure pleads guilty

Kansas City, Kan. ? A Kansas doctor has pleaded guilty to being part of a scheme to sell a phony system to diagnose and cure Lyme disease.U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says 61-year-old John R. Toth, of Topeka, pleaded guilty Monday for his part in the fraud. He agreed to pay a $30,000 fine. ...

Diabetic treat recipes, scared up just in time for Halloween

Support for those with diabetesLMH Diabetes Education Center Diabetes Support Group6 p.m., second Wednesday of the month, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 MaineFor more information about the center, call 505-3062Lawrence Diabetes Support Group7 p.m. Mondays, Victory Bible Church, 1942 ...

Three Moves: Personal trainer offers tips to tone shoulders

Natalie Wilkins, fitness assistant and personal trainer at Body Boutique, 2330 Yale Road, says most Americans tend to hunch their shoulders forward. Not a good look on anyone, and even worse for your posture.“We’re a very front-rolled society, whether it’s working at the computer or ...

Health reform making companies rethink insurance benefits

Washington ? The new health care law wasn’t supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generations.But last week a leading manufacturer told workers their costs will jump partly because of the law. Also, a Democratic governor laid out a ...

Some Africans, poor no more, hit by new diseases

Johannesburg ? The medical experts gathered from around Africa were here to talk about a continentwide epidemic, but it wasn’t AIDS or malaria — it was diabetes, and the bad habits that often bring it on.A growing urban middle class is defying the image of Africa as poor, underfed and ...

Health insurers ditch Dems, back GOP

Washington, D.C. ? Health insurers flirted with Democrats, supported them with money and got what they wanted: a federal mandate that most Americans carry health care coverage. Now they’re backing Republicans, hoping a GOP Congress will mean friendlier regulations.They may get more than ...

Study: Surgery checklist, operating room teamwork saves lives

Chicago ? Which hip is being repaired? Is this the right anesthesia? Do we have all the right surgery tools?Answering such basic questions from surgery checklists — and involving everyone as a team, even patients — saved lives in Veterans Affairs hospitals, according to one of the most ...

Study contradicts views on benefits of fish oil ingredient for pregnant women

Washington ? Claims touting a component of fish oil as a mood enhancer and a spur to infant brain development may be a bit fishy, a new study suggests.DHA, an increasingly common ingredient in prenatal vitamins and baby formula and taken as a supplement by pregnant women, failed to prevent ...

From pain to precision: Yoga Center of Lawrence owner, 68, finds healthy balance

Jill Krebs was bedridden with back problems before she found a solution for her pain.“I had a long, miserable history of musculoskeletal problems and spent more and more weeks in bed every year. I wasn’t able to stand or even sit up,” says Krebs, 68, co-owner of Yoga Center of Lawrence, ...

Lobes of love: Lawrence resident gathering earrings for breast cancer patients

Tammy Frank of Lawrence always gets a lift from putting on a sassy pair of earrings in the morning. She’s hoping to give the same boost to women enduring breast cancer treatment with her Lobes of Love earring project.Donate to Lobes of LoveTo donate to Lawrence resident Tammy Frank’s Lobes ...

Lawrence mom goes with her gut on probiotic use

Little bacteria are a big deal in Madeleine McLaughlin’s home. And it’s not the bad type of bacteria you see in cartoon form running around ads for cleaning products. Rather, it’s the good bacteria found in probiotics.Nutrition Roundtable: Prebiotics and ProbioticsPatty Metzler, a ...

Nursing home support group Kansas Advocates for Better Care celebrates 35th birthday

In 1966, Lawrence resident Anna “Petey” Cerf was appalled by what she saw as a visitor in a nursing home.What the group doesThe work of Kansas Advocates for Better Care is threefold:• Helps people navigate long-term care options. It has a database of 700 licensed adult care facilities ...

KU planning to add School of Public Health to medical center campus

Kansas University officials are planning for a new School of Public Health that could be in place at KU Medical Center as early as next fall.Plans for the school have been presented to the Kansas Board of Regents for consideration, and could come before the full board for approval by ...

Sunflower School’s marathon club earns $2,000 grant

Dozens of young runners lined up Wednesday to help thank a major new sponsor.Members of the Sunflower School Marathon Club donned their red “finisher” shirts from last year’s inaugural season to welcome officials from ING, the financial company that is providing them with $2,000 to help ...

Wakarusa Valley students venture into body for health lessons

Eat vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Don’t smoke.Such messages regularly flow into youngsters’ heads, but rarely do kids get a chance to sit on a giant molar, squeeze through a larger-than-life small intestine and then jump up and down inside a heart before absorbing a few clean-air ...

Lawrence’s first drive-through flu vaccination clinic set for Saturday morning

Need a flu shot?Then, you won’t want to miss Lawrence’s first drive-through clinic on Saturday.You just drive up, turn in a vaccine consent form, and roll up your sleeve. The best part: It’s free.The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Kansas University’s Park and Ride Lot at ...

Autism speaks: Douglas County family participates in fundraiser for disorder

Autism is a complicated and often misunderstood condition. Just ask those whose lives have been touched by it.“He used to be known as ‘The Adam Bomb,’” says Linda Weinmaster, of Lawrence, whose 18-year-old son, Adam, was diagnosed with autism when he was 5 years old. “He would throw ...