Health

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 ...

Spring is springing — keep these health tips in mind

Spring! Oh, glorious spring! It officially arrives on Wednesday. Because winter weather finally is in our rearview mirrors, it’s time to turn our thoughts to warmer, sunnier weather. So we’ve checked in with three members of the LMH Health family for some advice about getting more mobile, ...

Are eggs good or bad for you? New research rekindles debate

The latest U.S. research on eggs won’t go over easy for those who can’t eat breakfast without them. Adults who ate about 1 1/2 eggs daily had a slightly higher risk of heart disease than those who ate no eggs. The study showed the more eggs, the greater the risk. The chances of dying ...

Lawrence woman named volunteer leader of Kansas AARP

A Lawrence woman is the new volunteer president of AARP Kansas, the organization has announced. Judy Bellome will serve as the volunteer leader for the state’s 318,000 AARP members and hundreds of volunteers across Kansas, according to a news release from the organization. Bellome ...

Healthy Outlook: Alexa, help me tone my glutes?

I have a somewhat irrational fear of falling to my death on snow and ice, so I basically haven’t left home unless it was completely necessary since November-ish. At some point midwinter, I woke briefly from my hibernation to purchase an Echo Dot from Amazon so that I could turn off the ...

Lawrence Parks & Rec to offer week of free fitness demo classes

Lawrence residents will have a chance to sample several fitness classes next week, prior to the start of most of the local Parks and Recreation Department’s spring classes on March 18. The department will host free demonstration classes at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane, and ...

Lawrence doctor: Get screened for colon cancer

Dr. Stuart Thomas, with Lawrence GI Consultants, is passionate about people being aware of colorectal cancer. “Now more than ever, it is easy to get screened for colon cancer, and the screening tests are proven to be very effective,” said Thomas, whose practice is at 330 Arkansas St., ...

CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus

PORTLAND, Ore. — An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep laceration on his forehead while playing on a farm, according to a case study published Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

Flu may have peaked, but experts eye jump in nastier strain

NEW YORK — There's a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but health officials are watching a recent wave of illnesses from a nastier flu strain. Flu was reported to be widespread in 48 states last week, down from 49 the week before, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said ...

Free help available for pregnant women who want to quit smoking

A free program to help pregnant women stop smoking is now available through the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. SCRIPT, or Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment, is designed to help pregnant women stop smoking in seven to 10 days, said Nicole Parker, public health ...

Take action against chronic pain in LMH Health’s Pain University class

Even though no one wants to experience pain, it is an essential part of life, according to LMH Health physical therapist Debbie Rico. “People have the perception that pain is bad,” Rico said. “You have to have some sort of pain to survive. People want all pain to be gone and, actually, ...

How ‘completely avoidable’ measles cases continue to climb

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has counted more measles cases in the first two months of this year than in all of 2017 — and part of the rising threat is misinformation that makes some parents balk at a crucial vaccine, federal health officials told Congress on Wednesday. Yet the vaccine is hugely ...

Officials see no link between miscarriage risk and flu shots

NEW YORK — Health officials say further research has not found a miscarriage risk for women who get annual flu shots. Two years ago, a puzzling study found women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots. So experts urged more ...

LMH Health Foundation provides record $3.5 million in support to LMH Health

The LMH Health Foundation provided a record $3.5 million of philanthropic support to LMH Health patients, programs and initiatives in 2018, according to a news release from the foundation. This record year included contributions from nearly 1,800 donors, one of the highest philanthropic ...

LMH Health care coordinator founds ostomy support group

Candice Lewis, wound and ostomy care coordinator at LMH Health, has talked with many people about their fears about having ostomy surgery. She’s seen patients who worry about what their lives will look like following surgery, and often, they have no one to talk with who truly understands what ...