Health

Visiting Nurses Association celebrates 50 years of serving Douglas County

Since his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren relocated about six months ago, 71-year-old Jerry Barnes, a lifelong Lawrence resident, doesn’t really have any family in town. “They bought a house and moved down to Jenks, Okla., and poor ol' Grandpa, I'm here all by myself,” he said. ...

LMH Health providing free valet during construction

Construction on the LMH Health Maine Street campus means some patient parking temporarily has been eliminated. To accommodate for that, hospital officials encourage patients to take advantage of valet parking, which is available at both the Maine Street and Arkansas Street entrances to the ...

Youth smoking decline stalls in the U.S., and vaping may be to blame

NEW YORK — Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has ...

Healthy Outlook: Free online class teaches ‘science of happiness’

I’ve occasionally considered going back to school to further my education. The problem is that most graduate programs don’t offer classes that I can complete on my own schedule at home in my pajamas, that have only optional assignments and that are completely free — of cost and of ...

LMH Health Foundation to honor community members for service to hospital, health care

At its annual meeting on Feb. 28, LMH Health Foundation will honor winners of the 12th annual Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award, which celebrates people and organizations who have provided significant service to LMH Health and community health care. Honorees are community members Becky ...

Flu cases on the rise in Douglas County, but still far fewer than last season

The percentage of visits with flu-like symptoms to hospital emergency departments is on the rise for county residents, according to the latest data from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. In the first and second weeks of February 2018, that number peaked. Friday’s number, about 7 ...

Baldwin City to offer free summer meal program for kids

Baldwin City kids will have access to free healthy lunches this summer. The city qualifies for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded program this year, according to a Friday news release from K-State Research and Extension. The Baldwin City school district will sponsor the program. The ...

Douglas County health leaders motivated to act for equity, they tell commissioners

Sonia Jordan, of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, said she has felt as though she’s had a lead weight hanging around her neck, and it’s pushing her to action. “I've seen the faces of people of various populations around our county when they read this report and they ...

January health code inspections: 3 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Two drinking establishments and a school in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in January. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at ...

Healthy Hearts Fair at LMH Health to offer low-cost labs, free screenings

February is American Heart Month. At LMH Health, we hope you will join us for this year’s Healthy Hearts Fair on Feb. 9. According to the National Department of Health and Human Services, it is important to know your cholesterol numbers. High blood cholesterol comes with no symptoms, so many ...

Nearly half of U.S. adults have heart or blood vessel disease

A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that's mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure. The American Heart Association said Thursday that more than 121 million ...

Lawrence school board member, research explain science of later school start times

Yes, teenagers may stay up late tapping away at touch screens, and they may doze off during their first classes — but there’s a scientific explanation for it. "I think sometimes people have the perception, 'Well, these are just lazy teenagers,' but no, they're not,” said Lawrence school ...

Don’t hesitate to seek help for heart problems, survivor says

During the past 10 years, Becky Schulte has learned a few things. She knows not to ignore symptoms of heart attack. She knows to call 911 immediately. And she now knows firsthand that heart problems can surface suddenly, with no warning. Becky vividly remembers that Saturday morning in June ...

Headquarters Counseling Center names new executive director

Lawrence-based Headquarters Inc. has a new executive director with more than 20 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience, the crisis center and suicide prevention hotline announced Wednesday. Steve Devore, who has lived in the Lawrence and Douglas County area for 13 years, has ...

LMH gets record-breaking donation to help build new outpatient medical center

A Kansas City foundation is providing a $2 million grant to help Lawrence Memorial Hospital build a major outpatient medical center in west Lawrence. The Sunderland Foundation of Kansas City is giving $2 million to the LMH Health Foundation to be used in the construction of an approximately ...

Study: Kansas strictest in limiting control of food policy

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Kansas goes farther than any other state in limiting state and local agencies from influencing policy about food nutrition labels and portion sizes, according to a recent study. A study published this month by New York University researcher Jennifer Pomeranz found that ...

Healthy Outlook: Tips to survive a second-shift lifestyle

I’ve spent the past few years working at the Journal-World’s copy desk, meaning I’d head to work in the afternoons and head home around midnight five days a week. Just a couple of short weeks ago, the thought of switching to days as my role with the newspaper shifted into more reporting ...