Health

Time is crucial if you’re having a stroke

On February 7, 2017, the day after her son’s birthday, Jennifer Anderson went to work just like every other day. Unaware of what was going on with her body, Anderson was taken to the hospital. It was ruled out that she was having a stroke because of how young she was — she was only 50. Due ...

Post-Columbine, attitudes toward officer trauma shift

LITTLETON, Colo. — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student’s plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn’t know had already died by their own hands. As member Grant Whitus put it, ...

For school shooting survivors, trauma has no time limit

PARKLAND, Fla. — Alex Rozenblat can still hear the cries of a wounded boy calling for help as she hid from the gunfire that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Talking to therapists at the school in Parkland, Fla., didn’t help. Each session had a different ...

Overland Park psychiatrist loses license to practice medicine in Kansas

OVERLAND PARK — A suburban Kansas City psychiatrist has lost his license to practice medicine in Kansas after state regulators alleged he had sex with a patient. KCUR-FM reports that 42-year-old Brian Patrick Lahey, of Overland Park, waived his right to a hearing and agreed Tuesday to an ...

Respite housing proposal would aim to fill service gap for Douglas County men

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will hear a proposal on respite housing that would aim to fill a gap in services for men with mental illness or substance use disorders. According to information provided in the commission’s agenda for its 4 p.m. work session, local behavioral ...

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 ...

Programs for those with Parkinson’s are growing rapidly in Lawrence

Parkinson’s is a disease that affects the part of your brain involved with movement. Initial symptoms affect motor skills and can result in tremors, stiffness and slowness of movement. Gradually, it can progress to nonmotor symptoms such as depression or anxiety. This disease progresses, ...

Study: Missouri’s medical marijuana supply will outpace demand

St. Louis — Missouri won’t have enough demand for medical marijuana to support the number of businesses the state is required to license by next year, according to a new study. Three University of Missouri researchers recently told state officials that Missouri will need fewer than half ...

Cut melon linked to U.S., Kansas salmonella outbreak recalled

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the recall includes cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe produced by Caito Foods LLC. ...

Douglas County Peer Fellows Program gets green light from commissioners

In a quick motion on Wednesday, Douglas County commissioners approved a program that will place behavioral health peer specialists in the emergency department at LMH Health. The Douglas County Peer Fellows Program will train peer specialists and provide them with professional development, ...

‘More than just tapers’: Athletic trainers key to student-athletes’ safety

High school athletic trainers are located all over the Lawrence community. These athletic trainers provide their knowledge and skills to student athletes on a day-to-day basis, giving the students, coaches and parents peace of mind for their athletes’ safety. March is Athletic Training ...

Douglas County employees’ ‘rich’ health insurance plan presents budget concern

It might not be long before the bubble around Douglas County employees’ “extremely low deductible” health insurance plan bursts. As county commissioners begin to wade into their 2020 budget process, the insurance concern looms on a slightly less distant horizon than the decisions that ...

Douglas County makes slight comeback in health rankings, from 23rd to 17th

After dipping out of the top 10 for the first time — to 23rd in 2018 — Douglas County has climbed back to the 17th healthiest county in Kansas this year. Since the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps began in 2011, Douglas County had never ranked below ninth prior to its drop in 2018. ...

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 ...