Health

Summer meal program sees spike in attendance in 2018

The Douglas County area's summer meal program this year served the most meals it has since it was introduced in 2015 — 48,955, to be exact. The program — branded Fuel Up 4 Summer — provides free lunches for anyone ages 1-18, and it also serves breakfast and dinner at some of the 11 sites ...

Lawrence group’s quilts provide comfort to makers and recipients alike

The name says it — in so many ways. When Marla Welch was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her 30s, she was floored. The wife and mother of twin sons had worked and managed a medical office. After about 20 years of living with multiple sclerosis, the time came that she just couldn’t ...

Kansas Medicaid expansion in doubt despite governor support

TOPEKA — Democratic and moderate Republicans lawmakers worked together last year to try to make Kansas the latest state to expand Medicaid, only to see their bipartisan effort rewarded with a veto from former conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback. The election this month of a governor who ...

U.S. health officials warn against eating romaine lettuce

NEW YORK — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 ...

Thanksgiving Day 5K to return to North Lawrence

The annual runLawrence Thanksgiving Day 5K will return this week on what’s expected to be a sunny holiday. The rain-or-shine 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving — Thursday, Nov. 22 — at Woodlawn Elementary School, 508 Elm St. There will also be a free kids’ fun run, which starts ...

Online survey seeks Lawrence community’s input on sexual violence

A local group is gathering information “to better understand local risk and protective factors related to sexual violence in Lawrence,” according to a news release. The LiveWell Sexual Violence Prevention Work Group is asking Lawrence residents ages 18 and older to answer the online ...

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation opens behavioral health center

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation recently opened a 4,800-square-foot facility devoted to mental health care, according to a news release. The center, at 11386 158 Road in Mayetta, offers services including evaluations and counseling for substance use disorder and mental health, referrals ...

Use these tips to stay healthy for the holidays

The holiday season is here. For many of us, it is a joyful time spent with family and friends. But it seems a bit easier during this time of year to take a step — or two or three — off the path of leading a healthy lifestyle. You know what I’m talking about. Many things conspire to get ...

Gov.-elect Kelly senses ‘momentum’ in Kansas toward medical marijuana

TOPEKA — Could Kansas soon join the growing list of states allowing medical marijuana? The election of Democrat Laura Kelly puts a medical marijuana supporter in the governor's seat, and she recently said she senses "some momentum" among legislators to legalize medical marijuana with strict ...

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

CHICAGO — Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government's physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago. Since then, the list of ...

Healthy Outlook: Lawrence doctor bucks insurance to focus on patients

Imagine that you go get a haircut, with the agreement that the stylist will bill you for it. You walk out of the salon, turning heads on your merry way. But when you get the bill a week later, it’s double or triple what you expected to pay, and the shampoo that you thought was included in ...

Aftermath of the supersized era: Learn more about adult, juvenile diabetes

Dr. Mark Oertel blames the 1990s. It was a time when fast food supersized and the internet took off. The prevalence of obesity and diabetes increased significantly. Many theories exist about why, but many, including Oertel, believe the surge of supersized options at fast-food restaurants and ...

Trump administration finalizes birth-control opt out

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is finalizing an exemption that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for women workers. The new regulations were announced Wednesday, a day after Republicans retained their Senate ...

Healthy Outlook: Lawrence practitioner harnesses music to help people heal

A recently certified local practitioner has the healing power of music down to a science. Longtime Lawrence resident P. Allen Macfarlane, 71, was a research scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey for 34 years. After retiring from that position, he taught middle school science at Topeka ...

LMH Health invites you to its Community Baby Shower

LMH Health is hosting a baby shower, and you’re invited. If you are a new parent, expecting parent or a grandparent, please consider joining us for the LMH Health Community Baby Shower, which will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, on the lower level of the hospital. Please use the Arkansas ...

East Coast hospitals help patients vote via absentee ballots

PHILADELPHIA — The midterm elections are just around the corner, but efforts to “get out the vote” don’t mean much if voters unexpectedly find themselves unable to get out of their hospital bed on Election Day. Dozens of doctors, nurses and volunteers at Penn Presbyterian Medical ...

Appendix removal linked to lower risk of Parkinson’s

WASHINGTON — Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson’s disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut — maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life had a lower risk of getting the tremor-inducing brain disease decades later, researchers ...

Healthy Outlook: How I’m dragging myself back into a fitness routine

An object at rest stays at rest. I think the first law of motion applies to people, too. Lately, my mind’s attempts to push my body to exercise have been met with a resounding “ugh,” or at times, “meh.” I’ve stopped even trying to muster mental excuses: “I’m not working out ...