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Kansas confirms state’s first death linked to vaping

Story updated at 12:39 p.m. Tuesday WICHITA — Kansas health officials have confirmed the first death in the state related to an outbreak of a lung disease linked to vaping. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release Tuesday the recent death involved a Kansas ...

Low-cost blood panel, kids zone and more planned for Community Health Fair

LMH Health’s annual Community Health Fair is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, at the hospital campus at 330 Arkansas St. The Kids Fun and Safety Zone returns this year from 8 to 10 a.m. in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Third and Arkansas streets. In the zone, participants can tour ...

Suicides on the rise locally; Lawrence summit will offer tools to help

In Douglas County, suicide rates have increased 82% during the past 20 years, according to a statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that tells a grim story. Just in 2017, 17 Douglas County residents died by suicide, affecting the lives of thousands of friends and family ...

New weekly programs at KU focus on care and well-being

Finding ways to incorporate self-care into a hectic daily life was the topic of brainstorming by University of Kansas faculty and students during the first session of a new series called “Spotlight on Care,” which kicked off at The Commons Wednesday. Following the brainstorming, those in ...

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Garden Variety: Choose the right mulch to benefit your soil and plants

Mulch is commonly used in landscapes and gardens because of the many benefits it provides to plants and soil. Fall is an especially good time to apply it. Gardeners often ask what materials are best for mulching and how much to use. The answers depend on how and where the mulch will be used, ...

Garden Variety: Take steps to protect plants from root rot

Root rot diseases are common among all kinds of plants, and this year’s excessive rainfall is making it easier for many of the causal organisms of these diseases to proliferate. Because root rot diseases often kill the plants they infect and control after infection is difficult, prevention ...

Garden Variety: Blister beetles quickly devour vegetable gardens

When the leaves of tomato plants and other vegetables are stripped very quickly in late summer, the most likely culprit is an infestation of blister beetles. Blister beetles are about one-half inch long with narrow, cylindrical bodies. They may be gray, black or striped depending on the ...

Neglected eyesore transformed into a functional home

For years, nobody seemed interested in the house at 646 Rhode Island St., except the pigeons who roosted inside. The house — with its wraparound front porch, just a block from downtown — sat empty and on the market for years. Pipes had burst in a second-floor bathroom and soaked the ...

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Try a classic French soup celebrating seasonal vegetables

Highlighting the fresh flavors of Provencal cuisine, soupe au pistou is a classic French soup composed of seasonal vegetables, creamy white beans and fragrant herbs. Celebrating colorful, early-summer produce, this soup needed to be chock-full of vegetables and simple to prepare. Leeks, green ...

A cookie in a skillet? Sure, you’re skeptical. But try it

A cookie in a skillet? We admit this internet phenom made us skeptical — until we tried it. Unlike making a traditional batch of cookies, this treatment doesn't require scooping, baking and cooling multiple sheets of treats; the whole thing bakes at once in a single skillet. Plus, the hot ...

Cheesy nachos that are sure to get your party started

These nachos are a cinch to make and can turn after-school snack time for a few kids into something of a fiesta. Or double the recipe and use a 13-by-9-inch baking dish, and you'll have enough nachos to really get the party started! If you like your nachos spicy, layer in some drained pickled ...

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Lawrence bookstore owner receives Midwest Bookseller of the Year Award

Danny Caine, owner of the Raven Book Store, has been named Midwest Bookseller of the Year by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. Caine was selected because of his extraordinary impact on his community, according to a news release from the association. “When a store gets it ...

Go, See, Do: Haskell Indian Art Market, Banff Mountain Film Festival and more

Native American artisans from around the country will converge on Lawrence this weekend for the 31st Haskell Indian Art Market. Stephanie Fernando, coordinator of the two-day event, said 135 booths will be set up outdoors on the grounds of Haskell Indian Nations University. Some of the artists ...

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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 ...

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 ...

Healthy Outlook: I’m taking a hiatus from fitness technology … kind of

I already know what you’re thinking — either you saw this one coming, or you think I’ve lost my marbles. If you’ve ever read this column, you’ve probably seen mention of some app or device or trick or nifty online service. After all, I’ve written about fitness trackers, apps for ...