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Today’s events

Recovery and Wellness Group

2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Recovery and Hope Network, 1009 New Hampshire St., Suite C, Lawrence

FREE BUTCHERING DEMONSTRATION

6 p.m. to 7 p.m., HANK CHARCUTERIE - 1900 Mass St

Easy Does It AA group

7:30 p.m., 901 Madeline Lane

River City AA Group

Noon, Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

River City AA Group

5:30 p.m., Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

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Get the facts: 2009-2010 flu season

Track flu data from state and federal public health agencies.

Poll
Have you been affected by a natural disaster?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
29%
Flooding.
 
25%
More than one event.
 
12%
Hurricane.
 
8%
Other event.
 
8%
Tornado.
 
4%
Earthquake.
 
4%
Blizzard.
 
4%
Hailstorm.
 
4%
Total 24
Poll
What do you think is Lawrence's largest health issue?

Poll results

Response Percent
Binge drinking.
 
33%
Obesity.
 
30%
Uninsured adults.
 
15%
Smoking.
 
10%
Sexual transmitted diseases.
 
2%
Access to healthy foods.
 
2%
Crime.
 
2%
Air pollution.
 
2%
Total 39

Our health

Class teaches how to cook healthy meals for $2 a serving

Just Food CEO Jeremy Farmer often points out that low-income people don’t have to live off macaroni and cheese and Hamburger Helper. When they eat nothing but processed foods high in salt and sugar, they often develop conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, the cost of which far outweighs any savings on food. So Just Food has been holding cooking classes to teach people how to prepare healthy meals that are quite affordable. By Giles Bruce

Visiting Nurses Association transforms through 45 years in Douglas County

Over the past 45 years, there have numerous relationships formed between nurse and patient in Lawrence, thanks to the work of the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association. In that time, the organization has morphed from a home health care agency with a handful of employees to a nonprofit that offers a variety of services with a staff of 115 and 60 volunteers. By Giles Bruce

Nominations being accepted for 2014 Douglas County Health Champion awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the second annual Douglas County Health Champion awards.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital concerned about numbers of insured under ACA

Lawrence Memorial Hospital continues to deal with the fallout from health care reform. CEO Gene Meyer said Wednesday he is concerned that the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law often known as Obamacare, won't provide insurance to as many Americans as was first projected, when hospitals in the U.S. agreed to significant reductions in their Medicare reimbursements. By Giles Bruce

Five years in, LiveWell Lawrence still working to improve health of community

Tease photo

Five years ago this month, stakeholders in the areas of health and wellness came together to start LiveWell Lawrence, a coalition that supports projects in the community that promote nutritious eating and physical activity. By Giles Bruce

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Bundles of joy can also bring on hard times for moms
May 5, 2015
More than a month after giving birth to her first child, Melissa found herself in her bedroom one day, crying for a half-hour. It wasn’t anything specific the baby had done to make her break. And her husband wasn’t guilty of anything careless. In fact, it was his cleaning the stairs that set her off.
Double Take: Same-sex dating for teens has own set of rules
May 5, 2015
Dr. Wes says the growing fluidity in dating practice should not change how parents welcome their children’s romantic interests into the home. Partners should still be judged on character and substance and not on gender or sexual identity.
KanCare providers lose millions for 2nd straight year
08:18 a.m., April 29, 2015 Updated 11:14 a.m.
The three companies that provide coverage to Kansas’ Medicaid system lost a total of $52 million doing so last year, marking a second straight year of losses, according to records reviewed by a legislative committee.
Website features outdoor activities in Kansas
April 28, 2015
Kansas Wildscape Foundation and the Kansas Trails Council, both nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting active, outdoor lifestyles in Kansas, have partnered to create GetOutdoorsKansas. The free online resource, at getoutdoorskansas.org, allows users to post or search for healthy outdoor opportunities for Kansans of all ages and interests.
Study questions accuracy of certain tumor-only gene mapping
April 28, 2015
More cancer patients are getting the genes in their tumors mapped to help guide their treatment. New research suggests that isn’t always accurate enough, and a second test could help ferret out the culprit genes.
FDA: Safety problems prompted review of homeopathic remedies
April 28, 2015
A top federal drug regulator says that increased safety problems with homeopathic remedies contributed to the government’s decision to revisit its oversight of the products at a public hearing this week.
Double Take: The lost art of dating lots of people, part two
April 28, 2015
Last week Kyra and I revealed our shocking magic cure to stuck-in-a-rut, ill-defined teen and young adult dating. We suggested people actually date, maybe up to twenty-five different people per year. This week, I’ll tell you why.
Bert Nash Pioneer Award winners champion mental health access
April 28, 2015
Recipients of this year’s Bert Nash Pioneer Award are both pioneers. Each in her own way. Shirley Martin-Smith and Teresa Treanor were honored April 20 during the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center’s annual Pioneer Celebration, which recognizes community leaders for their support of mental health in Douglas County. By Jeff Burkhead
Bert Nash Spirit Award winner was one of state’s first mental health screeners
April 28, 2015
It seemed fitting when Ganis Himes accepted the Sandra Shaw Spirit Award at the Bert Nash Pioneer Celebration on April 20 that she asked her fellow after-hour screeners to join her. By Jeff Burkhead
National Bike to School Day coming May 6
03:16 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:54 p.m.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is encouraging students to walk or bike to school on May 6 in celebration of National Bike to School Day.
LHS hosting bone marrow registry drive through Saturday
09:57 a.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Members of the pubic can visit Lawrence High School Friday and Saturday to sign up for a bone marrow donation registry.
Jenkins introduces Mental Health First Aid Act
April 21, 2015
Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Mental Health First Aid Act on Monday. The bipartisan legislation would expand mental health first aid training to help the public identify, understand, and respond to mental health issues and disorders.
Physician recruitment focus of LMH plan to best serve community
April 21, 2015
Recruitment of well-qualified physicians and health care providers to serve the community’s medical needs well into the future is a primary focus of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Double Take: Bring back the lost practice of dating
April 21, 2015
Young people needn’t go back to formal courting, but they might actually try going somewhere and maybe have an adventure, or sit and look into each other’s eyes and care nothing about the rest of the world (read: smartphones), or hold hands in a theater. Or look at the stars.
Protect your skin from sun damage with a daily sunscreen routine
April 21, 2015
The cool, rainy days of late April have us lulled into the sense that summer is far away. But it doesn’t have to be summer for the sun’s rays to damage skin. Lawrence dermatologist Lee Bittenbender says that using a sunscreen should be an everyday habit.

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