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LMH Health: Strategic plan progressing as its second year begins

In early 2017, the LMH Health Board of Trustees approved a new strategic plan to map the hospital’s journey during the next three to seven years. As we enter year two of that plan, many of the great initiatives proposed from that early work now are coming to fruition. We’d like to share ...

Less beef, more beans: Experts say the world needs a new diet

NEW YORK — A hamburger a week, but no more — that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet. Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. Dairy foods ...

Healthy Outlook: Look for more education and county news in the Health section

In a somewhat unusual edition of Healthy Outlook, I wanted to give you a heads up about some changes for both the Journal-World as a whole and for the Health section. This past week, I started covering K-12 education and Douglas County government for the newspaper. I’ll still cover health, ...

New cath lab at LMH Health is close to completion

Dr. Roger Dreiling is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie who isn’t bothered when his phone rings at 2 a.m. “I still get goosebumps on my arms,” said Dreiling, an interventional cardiologist at LMH Health. “You can do a lot of good at 2 a.m. because somebody’s trying to ...

U.S. flu season poised to be milder than last year’s harsh one

NEW YORK — It's early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter's unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said. In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths as the ...

Experimental app might spot drug overdoses in time to help

WASHINGTON — Too often, people die of an opioid overdose because no one's around to notice they're in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure breathing — and summon help if it stops. The app is still experimental. But in a novel test, the ...

Healthy Outlook: Mindfulness — How to embrace it, and why you might want to

Some of the effects of mindfulness are surprising, even to a local psychiatrist who has been practicing and teaching it for decades. “What (studies) show is that mindfulness, for either anxiety or depression, is as effective as medication alone or psychotherapy alone, which is remarkable, ...

These classes will help you follow through on fitness goals

It’s the perfect time of year to follow through on promises to create a healthier life, perhaps by running more or taking a fitness class. The staff at LMH Health’s Performance and Wellness Center — at Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park — are eager to help you achieve your ...

Lawrence hotel closes two rooms because of bed bugs

A Lawrence hotel recently closed two rooms to the public because of a bed-bug infestation. The University Inn and Suites, 2309 Iowa St., closed two rooms after a health code investigation by the Kansas Department of Agriculture found dead bed bugs in the box springs of rooms on the fourth and ...

December health code inspections: 4 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Four establishments in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in December. 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 agriculture.ks.gov. There, you ...

Kansas judge rules telemedicine abortions can continue

Topeka — A judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot stop telemedicine abortions, thwarting the latest attempt by state lawmakers to prevent doctors from providing pregnancy-ending pills to women they see by remote video conferences. District Judge Franklin Theis ruled that a law barring ...

Kansas extends medical board’s regulations to telemedicine

Topeka — Kansas has extended the state medical board’s existing regulations for health care providers to the practice of consulting with patients through video conferencing. The State Rules and Regulations Board has unanimously approved three temporary regulations drafted by the State ...

Kansas, Missouri among worst smoking-prevention states

Kansas City, Mo. — A new study finds that Missouri and Kansas are spending only a fraction of their tobacco settlement proceeds on smoking cessation efforts, despite recommendations from federal health officials. Missouri is the worst among states that spent any money on tobacco prevention ...

Healthy Outlook: Best apps to keep your healthy New Year’s resolutions

A new year can help to get into the mindset of a new beginning. Still, sometimes just thinking about it isn’t enough. Keeping track of goals on paper or scribbled on a calendar works for some people, but there are smartphone apps that are more efficient and that fit better in a pocket. (We ...

3D mammography at LMH Health a game-changer in fight against breast cancer

The use of 3D mammography at LMH Health should make a difference in the detection rate of breast cancer among patients. “I also personally believe we’re going to catch it earlier,” said Dr. Richard Kuckelman, an LMH Health radiologist. The 3D mammograms, which are available at both the ...

Kansas medical board bars 2 providers from OP clinic giving vitamin IVs

Overland Park — The Kansas medical board has directed a doctor and chiropractor to temporarily stop working at a suburban Kansas City clinic that gives intravenous infusions of vitamins and minerals. The Kansas City Star reports that the Board of Healing Arts issued emergency orders this ...

Class aims to help family members better relate to mentally ill loved ones

An upcoming 12-week class aims to help family members better understand and relate to loved ones who deal with a mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness Douglas County’s Family-to-Family Education Program is free for participants. Its goal is to help family members ...

LMH expected to hit $1B mark in 2019, but finances are tightening for the hospital

Lawrence Memorial Hospital is projected to become a billion-dollar entity for the first time in 2019, but despite the massive revenues, leaders are dealing with a tightening financial picture. The 2019 budget approved by the board of LMH Health last week shows the nonprofit health system ...

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 ...