Health

Cause of dizziness, vertigo could be in your ears: BPPV

Martha woke up one morning, sat up and became so dizzy she almost fell off her bed. She hung onto the side of her bed and headboard until the room stopped spinning. She finally was able to stand and begin her day. Off and on for the rest of the day, she felt dizzy or nauseated — sometimes ...

LiveWell expands focus, marks decade of work with new name

The local community health advocacy group formerly known as LiveWell Lawrence is marking its 10th anniversary this year, and it has adopted the new name LiveWell Douglas County to reflect a broader focus. The organization began in 2008 with 16 members, according to its recent news release, ...

Navajo Nation urges expansion of radiation exposure law

SHIPROCK, N.M. — From the end of World War II to the mid-1980s, about 30 million ton of uranium ore were extracted from lands belonging to the nation's largest American Indian reservation. Today, across the Navajo Nation sit dozens of abandoned uranium mines and the high risk to residents of ...

New Medicare cards coming to Kansas beneficiaries

New Medicare cards are on their way to the mailboxes of beneficiaries in Kansas this month. The new cards will no longer bear beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers, in hopes of preventing fraud and theft of important personal information. Instead, the cards will list a randomly assigned ...

Healthy Outlook: Go play! Ideas to get the whole family moving

Kids may complain all school year that their tummies hurt and they don’t want to go, but by this point in summer vacation, they’re probably going a little stir-crazy — and probably driving their grownups up a wall, too. Whether it’s going for a bike ride, visiting a local playground, ...

Hearing loop technology coming to the Lied Center

For Richard Meidinger, hearing an entire performance at the Lied Center of Kansas has been a challenge. “Hearing aids work best for a distance about 4 feet from the speaker,” said Meidinger, a retired radiologist who has used hearing aids for at least 20 years. “So when I’m in a ...

Caregivers: Don’t forget to care for yourself

Even the seemingly simple things we do for someone else may define us as caregivers. Many people think that a caregiver is someone who lives in the home, helps out every day and is related to a person needing assistance. The reality is that tasks of a caregiver can be as simple as providing ...

Healthy Outlook: 4 takeaways from the 2018 Behavioral Health Summit at LMH

Nearly 100 local professionals in the fields of health care, law enforcement and nonprofit advocacy work attended an inaugural Behavioral Health Summit this past Wednesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Speakers and panelists touched on a broad range of topics, and I could never boil it all ...

Help leaders set community health priorities at kickoff meeting

Story updated at 5:38 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The local health coalition LiveWell Douglas County will host the first planning meeting for the 2018-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan on Thursday. Members of the public are invited to give their feedback and share ideas to help ...

Medical milestone: U.S. OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures

WASHINGTON — U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. The Food and Drug ...

Healthy Outlook: How John Ordover lost 100 pounds by not exercising

John Ordover is not selling a miracle diet plan. He’s not hawking a fancy new supplement or device, and he doesn’t want you to buy into a system. But he did lose 100 pounds without exercising, and he is sharing his secret. Ordover, 56, lived in Lawrence for a few years in the mid-80s. A ...

Affinity for volunteering at Lawrence Memorial Hospital is hereditary

For Sarah Campbell and Carladyne Conyers, volunteering at Lawrence Memorial Hospital is in their DNA. Both women’s mothers were LMH volunteers, and now Campbell and Conyers are among the 900 people a year who play a crucial role as they work with staff to provide care and comfort to ...

KU research: No proof probiotics ease anxiety

A University of Kansas study released last week showed that probiotics can reduce anxiety in rodents, but not humans. Graduate students and Stephen Ilardi, associate professor of psychology, reviewed data from 22 preclinical studies and found that probiotics had no significant effect on ...

Lawrence, Douglas County planners want your feedback on bikeways

Lawrence and Douglas County residents will have a handful of opportunities to share their input on an update to the Countywide Bikeway Plan. The purpose of the plan is to "develop a low-stress bicycle network that can make bicycling an attractive choice for transportation," according to the ...

Range of ingredients bulk up food fiber counts

NEW YORK — Are the fiber counts for foods getting bloated? Browse supermarket shelves, and it's easy to find ice cream, yogurt and brownies with impressive fiber totals. That's because companies add ingredients to boost the fiber, a practice they say helps people enjoy treats with less guilt ...

Healthy Outlook: I finally learned how to ride a bike — at age 27

To answer your first question, no, I really never learned how to ride a bike before last week — just a couple short decades later than most children. For those of you who pay close attention, yes, I did write a spring biking guide in April, and I wrote about the new bike-share program at ...

LMH already follows practices required by new law

A new law that goes into effect July 1 should have little effect on Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act requires hospitals to provide each patient or legal guardian the opportunity to designate a caregiver following a patient’s admission to the hospital. The patient, who ...

Medical debt is ‘financially crippling’ families in Kansas, Missouri

A quarter of Kansas working-age adults and a third of the state’s children live in households dealing with medical debt. That’s one of the takeaways from a new report commissioned by five Kansas and Missouri health foundations, believed to be the largest survey to date of health consumers ...