Health

Scientists reverse signs of aging in mice

Los Angeles ? Have scientists finally discovered the genetic fountain of youth? Hardly. But by creating a genetic switch that allows them to artificially age — and rejuvenate — lab mice, scientists have shown that it is possible to reverse some effects of aging in mammals.“It indicates ...

Plea hearing set for nurse accused of diluting drugs at Kansas nursing home

A nurse with a history of drug abuse who is accused of diluting drugs at a Kansas nursing home may have reached a plea deal with prosecutors.A court filing Monday shows Deborah J. Riggs of Goddard is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on Dec. 13 before U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson in ...

Kansas dentist pushes for new level of dental care

Topeka ? A Pittsburg dentist realizes he's in the minority when he advocates for a new level of dental care to fill huge service gaps across Kansas.But Daniel Minnis says the lack of dental services in rural areas of the state can't be ignored, and there just aren't enough dentists to go ...

Scientists successfully transform cell identities

New York ? Scientists are reporting early success at transforming one kind of specialized cell into another, a feat of biological alchemy that doctors may someday perform inside a patient’s body to restore health.So if a heart attack damages muscle tissue in the heart, for example, doctors ...

Medicare payment cuts to doctors delayed

Congress agreed Monday to a one-month delay in Medicare payment cuts to doctors, giving a short-term reprieve to a looming crisis over treatment of the nation’s elderly.The House, in approving by voice vote the bill passed by the Senate earlier this month, postponed a 23 percent cut in ...

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expects U.S. House to challenge health care law

Manhattan ? Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius predicted Monday that the U.S. House will pass a bill to repeal the health care reform law but said she doubts the effort will clear the Senate or that a court challenge against the law will be successful.The former two-term ...

Around and about in local business

• A Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical division chief has been appointed to serve on a regional crisis council operated by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.Fire and medical officials said Monday that Bill Stark was invited to serve on the Crisis City Advisory Council. Crisis ...

Workers with mental illnesses seek tolerance

After spending several weeks in an inpatient psychiatric facility for treatment of bipolar disorder, Stacey, a 22-year-old Lawrence woman, returned to her job at a local business.Several days later — and for the first time in her life — Stacey was fired.She was given several reasons for the ...

Nursing homes in Hays, Victoria to consolidate

Hays ? St. John's Inc. of Hays and Victoria plans to consolidate two nursing homes and build a new facility in Hays.The Hays Daily News reports that construction is scheduled to begin next month, with a projected opening of April 2012.Wichita-based Via Christi Senior Services will own the $14 ...

Tonganoxie family thankful for life, loved ones after open heart surgeries

Tonganoxie ? There will be candy bowls in the homes of Tonganoxie sisters Tammy Kissinger and Terylan Walker this holiday season, but they won't be filled with red licorice.“Nobody wants red licorice,” Tammy said. “We don't want any around.”Red licorice has become the gift given to ...

Federal judge orders forfeiture in Kansas ‘pill mill’ case

Wichita ? A federal judge has ordered the forfeiture of more than $1.27 million in addition to other assets in the case of a Kansas doctor and his wife whose clinic is linked to 68 deaths.The decision handed down Monday by U.S. District Judge Monti Belot comes in the case of Dr. Stephen ...

Kansas Dental Project to focus on state’s shortage of dentists

Topeka ? Three Kansas nonprofit groups are teaming up to address what they see as the state's critical shortage of dentists.The groups making up the Kansas Dental Project worry that dental care is out of reach for many Kansans. They are Kansas Action for Children, the Kansas Association for the ...

Cold medicine removal from stores leads to fewer drug reactions, ER visits for kids

Chicago ? Removing cough and cold medicines for very young children from store shelves led to a big decline in emergency room visits for bad reactions to the drugs, government research found.But the results released today are a mixed bag: Some parents were still giving their infants and ...

Advanced Chiropractic offers services for nonperishable food donations to LINK

Advanced Chiropractic, 1605 Wakarusa Drive, will provide free services Saturday to patients who bring in sacks of nonperishable food items, which in turn will be donated to Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen, commonly known as LINK.To participate in the Patient Appreciation Day, ...

Slice of Life: A lifelong pilgrimage

“Life isn’t a destination; it’s a pilgrimage,” says Bruce Curtis.“I consider myself a traveling pilgrim. I want to serve and empower others, and become all I can be.”Curtis felt the stirrings of spiritual searching and the presence of the sacred in his early childhood in Queens, ...

Ways to manage your weight loss

During her lunch hour each Wednesday, Sue Phillips, 38, steps onto a scale for a weigh-in. And she is not alone: at least 15 of her co-workers take turns climbing onto a scale, and then scribble the numbers that pop up into a little book chronicling their weight-loss journey.“Some weeks I ...

Treating teen acne takes a multi-pronged approach

Acne resourcesAcneNet is the American Academy of Dermatology’s website. It can be found at www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet.Additional acne information can be accessed at www.aad.org.Acne is a four letter word for teenagers.It’s difficult enough being a teenager, and even with mild acne, ...

Study: Job stress heightens heart risks in working women

Chicago ? Working women are equal to men in a way they’ll wish they weren’t. Female workers with stressful jobs were more likely than women with less job strain to suffer a heart attack or a stroke or to have clogged arteries, a big federally funded study found.Worrying about losing a job ...