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Surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

Washington — The government’s top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the U.S., urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers. In an advisory Tuesday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said parents, ...

Kansas fixes Medicaid billing that cut pediatricians’ pay

Story updated at 3:53 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17: Wichita — Kansas’ Medicaid director is reversing a billing change that resulted in pay cuts to pediatricians. KanCare Director Jon Hamdorf announced Monday that Kansas is fixing the billing change that went into effect Nov. 1, which split a ...

Healthy Outlook: Kansas’ health ranking reveals some surprises, good and bad

Breathe easy, Kansas, with the knowledge that the state has less dust in the wind — that is, relatively low air pollution — compared to other states. Just make sure you brush and floss. The state only has 49.7 dentists per 100,000 population. These numbers are according to America’s ...

LMH Endowment’s Help and Healing Fund provides aid to patients in need

What happens when a patient must choose whether to pay for a critical antibiotic or put food on their family’s table that night? Or what happens to the patient who is discharged from a hospital stay but cannot afford the medical equipment needed to complete their recovery at home? In 2006, ...

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Garden Variety: Getting started feeding birds during cold months

Feeding birds is a fun way to benefit wildlife and attract these creatures to your yard for your viewing pleasure. Winter is an especially good time to get started by feeding the cardinals, chickadees, titmice, finches, juncos, woodpeckers and other species that are year-round or winter ...

Garden Variety: Try growing mushrooms at home this winter

Home mushroom growing kits can be a fun way to get fresh mushrooms, teach children about fungi and satisfy the desire to garden in the cold winter months. Mushroom kits are fairly easy to find right now as a novelty gift item, or they are widely available online. When deciding what types of ...

Garden Variety: How to take care of houseplants

Plants kept in homes, offices and other indoor locales brighten the space, clean the air and generally make the people around them feel better. Indoor plants can be especially welcoming in the short, dreary days of winter. Satisfaction with them depends a lot on the health of the plant, though, ...

Garden Variety: Spruce up your home with winter greenery

Greenery and winter-flowering plants are a great way to spruce up your home (literally) over the cold and bleak winter season and to add cheer for the holidays. The options can be overwhelming, though, and results short-lived if plant material is mistreated. The difference is in the details. ...

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Pretty holiday cookies that don’t taste like cardboard

Making holiday cookies_the rolled, cutout, and glazed butter-cookie variety_is everyone's favorite December activity. Unfortunately, these cookies either look good but taste like cardboard or have buttery, rich flavor but lack visual appeal. We wanted a simple recipe that would produce cookies ...

When it comes to pot roast, keeping it simple is the best

When it comes to pot roast, keeping it simple is sometimes best. We started with a chuck-eye roast, a well-marbled cut that is great for braising. Splitting the roast in two allowed us to trim excess fat and cut down on cooking time. A stovetop sear created a nicely caramelized exterior; ...

For a classic meatballs in marinara, turn to the multicooker

It's hard to find anyone who doesn't love a bowl of spaghetti topped with meatballs and marinara, but stovetop versions are often messy (between the spattering oil from frying the meatballs and the sputtering tomato sauce), and the sauce requires a long simmering time to develop rich, deep ...

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Photo gallery: Lawrence women of color mural celebration

Designers of the “Wak’ó Mujeres Phụ nữ Women Mural” located on the south side of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., held a ribbon cutting and celebration of the mural on Saturday. The mural depicts more than 20 local women and girls of color from multiple centuries and ...

TV programs about Lawrence authors, history to air on C-SPAN this weekend

TV programs about Lawrence’s literary chops and colorful history — including a tour led by a local John Brown impersonator — will make their debut this weekend on C-SPAN. Lawrence is one of several cities featured on C-SPAN’s Cities Tour, which highlights the history and literary life ...

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Healthy Outlook: Kansas’ health ranking reveals some surprises, good and bad

Breathe easy, Kansas, with the knowledge that the state has less dust in the wind — that is, relatively low air pollution — compared to other states. Just make sure you brush and floss. The state only has 49.7 dentists per 100,000 population. These numbers are according to America’s ...

Healthy Outlook: Healthier gift options your family won’t hate

My holiday spirit tends to fluctuate. Some years, I’m a Sugar Plum Fairy; others, I’m a Grinch. (This year, I’m going a secular Unicorn route.) But you can expect a couple of things from me annually like clockwork: overdramatic lamentation of the cold and the short, dark, soul-stifling ...

Healthy Outlook: I had my brain waves balanced; here’s what happened

Lawrence psychotherapist Ed Bloch is used to losing clients after just a few sessions — but that’s OK with him. It’s just the nature of Cereset, the new brain wave balancing technology he offers out of his new office at 5040 Bob Billings Parkway, Suite A1, near the western edge of ...