Health

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

CHICAGO — Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government's physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago. Since then, the list of ...

Healthy Outlook: Lawrence doctor bucks insurance to focus on patients

Imagine that you go get a haircut, with the agreement that the stylist will bill you for it. You walk out of the salon, turning heads on your merry way. But when you get the bill a week later, it’s double or triple what you expected to pay, and the shampoo that you thought was included in ...

Aftermath of the supersized era: Learn more about adult, juvenile diabetes

Dr. Mark Oertel blames the 1990s. It was a time when fast food supersized and the internet took off. The prevalence of obesity and diabetes increased significantly. Many theories exist about why, but many, including Oertel, believe the surge of supersized options at fast-food restaurants and ...

Trump administration finalizes birth-control opt out

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is finalizing an exemption that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control for women workers. The new regulations were announced Wednesday, a day after Republicans retained their Senate ...

Healthy Outlook: Lawrence practitioner harnesses music to help people heal

A recently certified local practitioner has the healing power of music down to a science. Longtime Lawrence resident P. Allen Macfarlane, 71, was a research scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey for 34 years. After retiring from that position, he taught middle school science at Topeka ...

LMH Health invites you to its Community Baby Shower

LMH Health is hosting a baby shower, and you’re invited. If you are a new parent, expecting parent or a grandparent, please consider joining us for the LMH Health Community Baby Shower, which will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, on the lower level of the hospital. Please use the Arkansas ...

East Coast hospitals help patients vote via absentee ballots

PHILADELPHIA — The midterm elections are just around the corner, but efforts to “get out the vote” don’t mean much if voters unexpectedly find themselves unable to get out of their hospital bed on Election Day. Dozens of doctors, nurses and volunteers at Penn Presbyterian Medical ...

Appendix removal linked to lower risk of Parkinson’s

WASHINGTON — Scientists have found a new clue that Parkinson’s disease may get its start not in the brain but in the gut — maybe in the appendix. People who had their appendix removed early in life had a lower risk of getting the tremor-inducing brain disease decades later, researchers ...

Healthy Outlook: How I’m dragging myself back into a fitness routine

An object at rest stays at rest. I think the first law of motion applies to people, too. Lately, my mind’s attempts to push my body to exercise have been met with a resounding “ugh,” or at times, “meh.” I’ve stopped even trying to muster mental excuses: “I’m not working out ...

Amgen slashes price of $14K-a-year cholesterol drug

TRENTON, N.J. — The maker of an expensive cholesterol drug is slashing the list price, which should make it more affordable for patients. Amgen Inc. said Wednesday it is immediately cutting the price of Repatha by 60 percent, from about $14,000 to $5,850 per year. The move could help boost ...

U.S. advisory group urges hepatitis A shots for homeless

For the first time, a U.S. advisory committee is recommending a routine vaccination for homeless people, voting Wednesday to urge hepatitis A shots to prevent future outbreaks of the contagious liver disease. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made the recommendation at a meeting ...

U.S. approves first new type of flu drug in 2 decades

TRENTON, N.J. — U.S. health regulators have approved the first new type of flu drug in two decades. Wednesday’s approval of Xofluza for people age 12 and older comes ahead of the brunt of this winter’s flu season. Xofluza is a pill that can reduce severity and shorten duration of flu ...

Health department to offer flu shots at Lawrence Public Library

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department plans to offer a flu vaccination clinic this week. Everyone ages 6 months and older is encouraged to get annual flu shots to protect themselves and the people around them. Participants should bring health insurance information and cash, credit ...

Runs to raise funds for Douglas County safety net clinic

The Kansas Half Marathon and 5K return to Lawrence next week for the 11th year. The longtime fundraiser used to benefit the Douglas County safety net clinic Health Care Access. Since the two organizations merged in February, this year's proceeds will benefit Heartland Community Health Center ...

Science Says: Sex and gender aren’t the same

WASHINGTON — Anatomy at birth may prompt a check in the “male” or “female” box on the birth certificate — but to doctors and scientists, sex and gender aren’t always the same thing. The Trump administration purportedly is considering defining gender as determined by sex organs at ...

Jury convicts Kansas doctor in drug distribution conspiracy

Wichita — A federal jury has convicted a Kansas doctor accused of unlawfully prescribing pain medication blamed in one patient’s death. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release that 57-year-old Steven R. Henson of Wichita was convicted Tuesday of unlawfully distributing ...

Healthy Outlook: I tried a home-delivery meal service; here’s how it went

I’ve spiraled beyond being a fan of convenience. Quick, easy solutions have become a necessity in my life. That’s why the idea of delicious prepared meals delivered to my front door was so appealing to me. First, I’m not an excellent cook. I get by, but, for the most part, I can’t ...

Rock the Block returns to raise funds and ‘Kick Cancer’

LMH Endowment’s annual Rock the Block – Kick Cancer fundraiser is back to benefit LMH Oncology and celebrate our community’s cancer survivors. You’re invited to join us this Friday for the event that will feature dazzling decor, live DJ set, food, drinks, costumes and themed baskets ...

Immunotherapy scores a first win against some breast cancers

For the first time, one of the new immunotherapy drugs has shown promise against breast cancer in a large study that combined it with chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of the disease. But the benefit for most women was small, raising questions about whether the treatment is worth its ...