Health

2 new vaccines required for some Kansas school students

TOPEKA — Students in certain grades at Kansas public and private schools will be required to have two new vaccinations this year. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Thursday that students entering kindergarten and first grade will need two doses of a hepatitis A ...

Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws, study shows

CHICAGO — New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot. One reason may be that it's harder and costlier for teens to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries than from dealers, said lead author Mark ...

If you thought vaping was safe, KU researchers have bad news

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Many people figure vaping spares their health because it lets them inhale nicotine in aerosols instead of sucking in smoke from burning cigarettes. New research from the University of Kansas casts doubt on that, raising the specter that vaping nicotine may cause some of ...

Don’t forget to follow safe practices around water

On hot, sunny summer days, nothing feels more relaxing than sitting out by a cool pool or taking a weekend trip to the lake. For those who have children — especially children who are unable to swim — there must be an extra layer of precaution. A young child can drown in as little as 1 ...

A doctor’s note may protect CBD oil with THC for Kansans, but issue still murky

TOPEKA — A new Kansas law provides some protection for people possessing CBD oil containing limited amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. But it’s not full-on legalization, meaning the oil could still result in legal trouble even for people with documents confirming ...

Kansas judge won’t give go-ahead for telemedicine abortions

TOPEKA — A state-court judge declined Monday to give a Kansas clinic permission to provide telemedicine abortions. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson rejected a request from the Trust Women Foundation for an injunction to block the state from subjecting the clinic and its doctors ...

State report: 15% of kindergartners are missing shots

Coffeyville — More than one in 10 kindergartners in Kansas in the 2017-2018 school year lacked at least some of the shots that the state requires to shield students against outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and more. The state’s most recent annual report pegged the figure at 15%. On ...

‘Sandwich generation’ faces unique challenges, but help is available

Life can get crazy, especially when you find yourself juggling obligations and trying to make time for self-care, sleep and taking care of your family. Imagine being a full-time employee, a parent and a caregiver to your older parents or grandparents. People who find themselves in this stage of ...

Dementia tied to hormone-blocking prostate cancer treatment

CHICAGO — Alzheimer's disease may be a risk for older prostate cancer patients given hormone-blocking treatment, a large, U.S. government-funded analysis found. Previous evidence has been mixed on whether the treatment might be linked with mental decline. But experts say the new results ...

Kansas doctor agrees to surrender his medical license

LEAWOOD — A doctor who ran three Kansas anti-aging clinics has surrendered his medical license. The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued an emergency suspension of Michael Simmons' license in March after evaluators said it wasn't safe for him to practice ...

Lawrence peer specialist to start free chronic pain support group

A peer specialist in Lawrence is starting up a free support group for those who experience chronic pain. Annie Ross, certified peer specialist, said she thinks the support group is needed in the community. She said clients, physicians, social workers and clergy members have told her they wish ...

Are you at risk for a fall in your home?

June is National Safety Month, a time to raise awareness and reduce injuries at work and in our homes and communities. A National Safety Council report on unintentional injuries shows that falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older. According to the Centers ...

Vaccine foes speak out against Kansas plan to require more school shots

TOPEKA — Vaccination opponents in Kansas have mobilized against a plan from the state health department to require more immunizations children in school and day care. The Wichita Eagle reports that dozens of them packed a public hearing on a regulation drafted by the Kansas Department of ...

Community members, nonprofits discuss Douglas County food and health inequities

At a community conversation on food security and health issues Thursday evening, area nonprofit leaders said health equity issues were a chief concern — and one of the organizers even used the location of the meeting itself to make his point. “We have significant gaps,” Douglas County ...

Marijuana expert: Prime time for Kansas public health officials to talk legalization

It’s a good time for public health officials to get in on the ground floor — before the debate really kicks into full gear — on legalization of marijuana in Kansas, a subject expert says. Andrew Freedman, who was the state of Colorado’s first director of marijuana coordination, gave ...

Wellness, mental health app now available free for Douglas County residents

An app that offers abundant resources for mental and physical health and wellness is now available for free to Douglas County residents. The Douglas County Commission approved a contract for the app, called myStrength, at its Jan. 30 meeting. It’s now online and available for free to anyone ...

Douglas County Commission to consider expanding intensive behavioral health program

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will consider expanding a wraparound behavioral health program to make it available seven days a week. Intensive Care Coordination, or ICC, services are made available to some clients who visit the emergency room, have contact with law enforcement or ...