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Douglas County ranks as the eighth healthiest county in Kansas for the third year in a row. The top factors that improved the county’s ranking included adult obesity, percentage of adults with some college education, and number of preventable hospital stays. However, the county’s ranking was negatively affected by the percentage of adults reporting binge drinking and severe housing problems.
Lawrence police aim to have all officers complete Crisis Intervention Training to address those in mental health crises
When 18-year-old Joseph Jennings, of Ottawa, was fatally shot by Ottawa police officers in August 2014, it was the end of a life riddled with seizures, migraines and depression, Jennings' aunt, Brandy Smith, said after the incident. In Lawrence, police are taking strides to de-escalate situations before use of force becomes necessary. Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib plans, within three years, to have all Lawrence officers complete 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training to learn how to handle encounters with people in mental health crises. By Caitlin Doornbos
Just Food CEO Jeremy Farmer often points out that low-income people don’t have to live off macaroni and cheese and Hamburger Helper. When they eat nothing but processed foods high in salt and sugar, they often develop conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, the cost of which far outweighs any savings on food. So Just Food has been holding cooking classes to teach people how to prepare healthy meals that are quite affordable. By Giles Bruce
Over the past 45 years, there have numerous relationships formed between nurse and patient in Lawrence, thanks to the work of the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association. In that time, the organization has morphed from a home health care agency with a handful of employees to a nonprofit that offers a variety of services with a staff of 115 and 60 volunteers. By Giles Bruce
Nominations are now being accepted for the second annual Douglas County Health Champion awards.
- Healthy fun for the whole family
- September 19, 2017
- The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Health Fair this Saturday will feature new activities, including several that children and their parents will enjoy.
- Opioid abuse a growing public health problem in Douglas County
- September 17, 2017
- A new report from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department says drug and alcohol abuse are the leading causes of accidental deaths in the area and, within that category, opioid abuse is now the leading factor. Several efforts are now underway at both the state and local level to combat the epidemic.
- Food for thought: Ways to keep your brain healthy, too
- September 12, 2017
- Many of us spend a lot of time working to keep our bodies healthy. But we also need to pay attention to keeping our brains healthy.
- Community Health Assessment finds stark disparities between neighborhoods in Lawrence, Douglas County
- September 10, 2017
- Between the United States and countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Bangladesh, there exists an eight-year gap in life expectancy, according to the World Health Organization. An eight-year life expectancy gap also exists between areas of North and East Lawrence compared to rural western Douglas County.
- Shoulders: Our most mobile, and least stable, joints
- September 5, 2017
- Shoulder problems occur frequently in adults, and they occur even more frequently among older adults. For the shoulder, there’s a direct link between high mobility and less stability.
- Palliative care aims to boost quality of life
- August 29, 2017
- People often don’t have an opportunity to consider what they want their care to look like up to the moment they take their final breath. Unfortunately, we have come to view death as medical failure rather than the natural part of life that it is. Because of that, we risk providing potentially ineffective — and at times potentially harmful — medical interventions that may not match a person’s goals.
- Meet the team that keeps your team healthy
- August 22, 2017
- If you’ve recently attended an area high school sporting event or practice, it’s likely you’ve seen one of Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s athletic trainers at work.
- An eye on eclipse-watching safety
- August 15, 2017
- On Monday, the United States will witness the largest total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years, and the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) and its Foundation are urging Americans to take sight safety seriously when viewing the event by offering a free safety tip sheet at asrs.org/eclipse.
- Contact Lens Health Week promotes healthy wear, care
- August 15, 2017
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Optometry have joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its other partners to promote Contact Lens Health Week, Aug. 21-25.
- LMH offering community wellness grants for Tonganoxie, Baldwin City, Eudora
- August 9, 2017
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital is now accepting grant applications for community wellness projects in Baldwin City, Eudora and Tonganoxie, the hospital announced Wednesday.
- Back-to-school season means your kids — and preteens — need vaccinations
- August 8, 2017
- Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and get sports physicals. It’s also time to make sure your children’s vaccines are up to date.
- Need for vaccines doesn’t stop after childhood
- August 1, 2017
- Many Americans are aware they may need immunizations to protect against diseases such as typhoid or cholera before traveling to some countries outside the United States. But adults who stay put in the United States may not realize that the need for immunizations does not end when we outgrow childhood.
- Measles case found in Kansas
- July 18, 2017
- Health officials confirm there’s been a case of measles in southern Kansas.
- Keep watch over kids at the pool
- July 18, 2017
- A swimming pool is one of those perfect places to be this time of year. It can be a cool and relaxing respite from the summer’s heat. But a Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency medicine physician urges parents who accompany their children to the pool never to relax