Health

Healthy Outlook: Put your iPhone to work to help you sleep better

It’s not always as easy to sleep healthfully as some people might think. For those who spend an hour or more tossing and turning every night, a good night’s sleep can feel like a distant dream. Now that winter is officially upon us, I’m ready to hibernate for a bit. Hopefully I can ...

Senior Resource Center offers a new opportunity for those ages 60 and up

An invisible but significant health risk is on the rise among Douglas County’s older population. As people age, their mobility decreases, retirement alters lifestyle, friends die, independence diminishes and relatives can become more distant. As a result, seniors gradually withdraw and ...

U.S. adults aren’t getting taller, but are still putting on pounds

New York — You don’t need to hang the mistletoe higher, but you might want to skip the holiday cookies. A new report released Thursday shows U.S. adults aren’t getting any taller but they are still getting fatter. The average U.S. adult is overweight and just a few pounds from obese, ...

Surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

Washington — The government’s top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers. In an advisory Tuesday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said parents, ...

Kansas fixes Medicaid billing that cut pediatricians’ pay

Story updated at 3:53 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17: Wichita — Kansas’ Medicaid director is reversing a billing change that resulted in pay cuts to pediatricians. KanCare Director Jon Hamdorf announced Monday that Kansas is fixing the billing change that went into effect Nov. 1, which split a ...

Healthy Outlook: Kansas’ health ranking reveals some surprises, good and bad

Breathe easy, Kansas, with the knowledge that the state has less dust in the wind — that is, relatively low air pollution — compared to other states. Just make sure you brush and floss. The state only has 49.7 dentists per 100,000 population. These numbers are according to America’s ...

LMH Endowment’s Help and Healing Fund provides aid to patients in need

What happens when a patient must choose whether to pay for a critical antibiotic or put food on their family’s table that night? Or what happens to the patient who is discharged from a hospital stay but cannot afford the medical equipment needed to complete their recovery at home? In 2006, ...

Later school start helps Seattle kids get more rest

SEATTLE — High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, say scientists studying later school start times. Teenagers wore activity monitors to find out whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep. It did, adding 34 minutes of slumber a night. They also ...

Federal judge rules Affordable Care Act ‘invalid’

Washington — A conservative federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed ...

Fate of Kansas’ ban on telemedicine abortions uncertain

Topeka — Kansas clinics still don’t know whether it will be legal for them to offer telemedicine abortions in January, even though a state-court judge on Friday derided an upcoming ban as an “air ball” that can’t stop doctors from providing pregnancy-ending pills to patients they ...

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

New York — Many companies including McDonald’s and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don’t expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different. Colors send important signals about food, and companies aren’t going to stop playing into those ...

Healthy Outlook: Healthier gift options your family won’t hate

My holiday spirit tends to fluctuate. Some years, I’m a Sugar Plum Fairy; others, I’m a Grinch. (This year, I’m going a secular Unicorn route.) But you can expect a couple of things from me annually like clockwork: overdramatic lamentation of the cold and the short, dark, soul-stifling ...

Grieve your losses without apology during the holidays

Joy to the world! Merry Christmas! Happy holidays! We hear these phrases often this time of year, but the holiday season does not always bring enjoyment and hope for everyone. Many people who have experienced a loss — because of death, divorce or a move far away from loved ones — ...

Top doctor-recommended toys for kids? Empty boxes

Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles, even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity. “A ...

Healthy Outlook: I had my brain waves balanced; here’s what happened

Lawrence psychotherapist Ed Bloch is used to losing clients after just a few sessions — but that’s OK with him. It’s just the nature of Cereset, the new brain wave balancing technology he offers out of his new office at 5040 Bob Billings Parkway, Suite A1, near the western edge of ...

We can’t stop the clock, but we can help our bodies age better

Many adults are familiar with osteoporosis. This “silent disease” afflicts our bodies through the deterioration of our bones. Over time, our bones become thinner because of low bone mass and bone tissue loss. The other disease that afflicts all aging adults is sarcopenia, or muscle ...

Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down U.S. life expectancy

New York — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Heartland Community Health Center announces a second interim CEO

Story updated at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27: Heartland Community Health Center on Tuesday announced a new interim CEO, Julie Boden Schmidt, as it continues the search for a permanent leader. According to a news release from the Lawrence safety net clinic, Schmidt served at the National ...

U.S. officials: It’s OK to eat some romaine; look for labels

New York — It’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, U.S. health officials said. Just check the label. The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn’t eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday the ...