Health

LMH Health adds 14 new doctors, advanced practice providers in Lawrence area

The LMH Health medical staff keeps growing, with 14 new doctors and advanced practice providers joining the community in the last year. LMH Health invites the community to join in welcoming these new providers, who are focused on serving the health and wellness needs of area residents. • Dr. ...

Kansas sees rise in syphilis cases, newborns with disease

TOPEKA — Kansas has seen a big jump in syphilis cases over the past five years and a spike in the number of infants born with the sexually transmitted disease. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that Kansas reported 152 cases of primary and secondary ...

Community support helps LMH Health maintain strong cancer care

Patients do not have to travel far from home to receive exceptional cancer treatment. LMH Health Oncology & Hematology offers a multidisciplinary approach with the ability to treat all forms of cancer, and serves as a beacon of hope for all community members, regardless of their ability to ...

Buying a medical procedure online prior to visit now possible at LMH Health

Consumers in Lawrence can now shop and pay online for certain medical procedures at LMH Health, much like they do with airline tickets, with the hospital’s new partnership with MDsave. The online health care marketplace is geared to those who are uninsured, have high deductibles or health ...

Youth say engagement from adults helps combat substance use

Lawrence High School sophomore Gretchen Bannwarth estimates that 70% of her peers vaped or used electronic cigarettes. Worried about so many of her classmates and friends steering into harmful territory of a behavior that can put their health at risk, she has stepped up with other Lawrence ...

LMH Health seminar aims to help people recognize, address implicit biases

Implicit bias is defined as a unconsciously-held set of associations about a social group. It is called “implicit” because people do not realize the biases that they may accidentally portray. On October 1, LMH Health and the LMH Health Foundation will sponsor an implicit bias educational ...

Lawrence woman learning how to cope with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease

At first, Pam Major justified her forgetfulness and the errors made at work as typical symptoms of growing older. But she was only 61, and she wasn't the only one aware of her confusion. Her family and colleagues were seeing a change in the woman who had been — as she said — "a smart ...

Youth suicide in Kansas increased by more than 50% in one year

The number of suicides among Kansas children increased by more than 50% from 2016 to 2017, according to a report released Wednesday from the Kansas State Child Death Review Board. In 2017, 32 Kansas children died by suicide, an increase from 20 in 2016. One decade ago, the youth suicide rate ...

Kansas reports 2nd death from vaping-related lung disease

TOPEKA — Kansas is reporting its second death from a vaping-related lung disease in less than two weeks. Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday that a man over 50 has died. The state health department said it is not releasing the names, hometowns or other details about people who've died or ...

Yoga classes plentiful around Lawrence; everyone ‘will get something out of it’

From local gyms to Lawrence Parks and Recreation, yoga classes abound around town, but one yoga teacher considers the occasional class just a taste of yoga. “If you want a serious study of yoga, I recommend a studio," said Sharyn Harley, owner of OmTree Shala, 1405 Massachusetts St. Here ...

Seniors can reduce risk of falls with proper safety, exercise

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury for older adults. An older adult is treated every 11 seconds in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall. “The highest rate for trauma at LMH Health is related ...

Seniors benefit from gentle yoga whether on a mat or in a chair

Susan Rieger knows it’s impossible to change a person’s chronological age, but she believes it’s possible to slow down physical aging by practicing yoga. Connecting mind, body and spirit is essential to a person’s well-being at any age, according to Rieger, who spends a lot of her time ...

Sexually transmitted diseases rise in Kansas, especially in rural counties

GARDEN CITY — As a nurse, Betsy Rodriquez interviews teenagers who are sexually active and often shockingly ignorant about sex. “So if I sit here and ask a teenager, ‘Have you had oral or vaginal sex,’” Rodriquez said, “some of them cannot tell me what oral or vaginal sex ...

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 ...