Health

Integrated Crisis Team at LMH Health aims to help in crucial moments

Over the past 15 years, suicide rates in the United States have steadily increased. To be exact, they have increased by 24%. “This is a unique time in our history. We are seeing an alarming trend of declining life expectancies,” said Derrick Hurst, director of the Integrated Crisis Team. ...

Healthy Outlook: Is your brain due for a checkup?

Medicare beneficiaries: Even if you’re taking advantage of the annual wellness visits that Part B covers, you might not be getting all that you can out of it. A cognitive assessment — included in these annual visits, if you ask your doctor — can help you keep tabs on your brain in five ...

LMH Health accepts Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation challenge

LMH Health has accepted the American Nurse Association’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation challenge this year. The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation challenge is a social movement, designed to improve the health of the more than 4 million registered nurses in the United States. Since nurses fill ...

Douglas County Commission to vote on respite housing proposal

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will vote on a project that aims to provide respite housing and support for residents with mental illness and substance use disorders. Commissioners will consider entering into a memorandum of understanding with a Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit, ...

Connect, create, contribute: Senior Resource Center celebrates Older Americans Month

May will soon be here and with it comes a host of holidays and special occasions, including Mother’s Day, graduations and Memorial Day. May is also Older Americans Month. This annual celebration of older adults was developed in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy and the National Council of ...

Kansas Supreme Court to rule on abortion rights protections

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court is preparing to rule on whether the state constitution protects abortion rights. The court announced that it would issue a decision Friday in a lawsuit filed by two abortion providers in 2015 against a Kansas law banning a common second-trimester ...

Time is crucial if you’re having a stroke

On February 7, 2017, the day after her son’s birthday, Jennifer Anderson went to work just like every other day. Unaware of what was going on with her body, Anderson was taken to the hospital. It was ruled out that she was having a stroke because of how young she was — she was only 50. Due ...

Post-Columbine, attitudes toward officer trauma shift

LITTLETON, Colo. — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student’s plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn’t know had already died by their own hands. As member Grant Whitus put it, ...

For school shooting survivors, trauma has no time limit

PARKLAND, Fla. — Alex Rozenblat can still hear the cries of a wounded boy calling for help as she hid from the gunfire that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Talking to therapists at the school in Parkland, Fla., didn’t help. Each session had a different ...

Overland Park psychiatrist loses license to practice medicine in Kansas

OVERLAND PARK — A suburban Kansas City psychiatrist has lost his license to practice medicine in Kansas after state regulators alleged he had sex with a patient. KCUR-FM reports that 42-year-old Brian Patrick Lahey, of Overland Park, waived his right to a hearing and agreed Tuesday to an ...

Respite housing proposal would aim to fill service gap for Douglas County men

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will hear a proposal on respite housing that would aim to fill a gap in services for men with mental illness or substance use disorders. According to information provided in the commission’s agenda for its 4 p.m. work session, local behavioral ...

Healthy Outlook: Take time for self-care

A certain column or article from a certain health writer was missing from the Journal-World last week. For that, I apologize — but I also don’t. Here’s why: Neither you nor I nor anyone else has to be everything for everyone all the time. Sometimes, in order to save your sanity, you ...

Programs for those with Parkinson’s are growing rapidly in Lawrence

Parkinson’s is a disease that affects the part of your brain involved with movement. Initial symptoms affect motor skills and can result in tremors, stiffness and slowness of movement. Gradually, it can progress to nonmotor symptoms such as depression or anxiety. This disease progresses, ...

Study: Missouri’s medical marijuana supply will outpace demand

St. Louis — Missouri won’t have enough demand for medical marijuana to support the number of businesses the state is required to license by next year, according to a new study. Three University of Missouri researchers recently told state officials that Missouri will need fewer than half ...

Cut melon linked to U.S., Kansas salmonella outbreak recalled

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC. ...