Health

Healthy Outlook: Kansas’ health ranking reveals some surprises, good and bad

Breathe easy, Kansas, with the knowledge that the state has less dust in the wind — that is, relatively low air pollution — compared to other states. Just make sure you brush and floss. The state only has 49.7 dentists per 100,000 population. These numbers are according to America’s ...

LMH Endowment’s Help and Healing Fund provides aid to patients in need

What happens when a patient must choose whether to pay for a critical antibiotic or put food on their family’s table that night? Or what happens to the patient who is discharged from a hospital stay but cannot afford the medical equipment needed to complete their recovery at home? In 2006, ...

Later school start helps Seattle kids get more rest

SEATTLE — High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, say scientists studying later school start times. Teenagers wore activity monitors to find out whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep. It did, adding 34 minutes of slumber a night. They also ...

Federal judge rules Affordable Care Act ‘invalid’

Washington — A conservative federal judge in Texas has ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed ...

Fate of Kansas’ ban on telemedicine abortions uncertain

Topeka — Kansas clinics still don’t know whether it will be legal for them to offer telemedicine abortions in January, even though a state-court judge on Friday derided an upcoming ban as an “air ball” that can’t stop doctors from providing pregnancy-ending pills to patients they ...

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

New York — Many companies including McDonald’s and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don’t expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different. Colors send important signals about food, and companies aren’t going to stop playing into those ...

Healthy Outlook: Healthier gift options your family won’t hate

My holiday spirit tends to fluctuate. Some years, I’m a Sugar Plum Fairy; others, I’m a Grinch. (This year, I’m going a secular Unicorn route.) But you can expect a couple of things from me annually like clockwork: overdramatic lamentation of the cold and the short, dark, soul-stifling ...

Grieve your losses without apology during the holidays

Joy to the world! Merry Christmas! Happy holidays! We hear these phrases often this time of year, but the holiday season does not always bring enjoyment and hope for everyone. Many people who have experienced a loss — because of death, divorce or a move far away from loved ones — ...

Top doctor-recommended toys for kids? Empty boxes

Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles, even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity. “A ...

Healthy Outlook: I had my brain waves balanced; here’s what happened

Lawrence psychotherapist Ed Bloch is used to losing clients after just a few sessions — but that’s OK with him. It’s just the nature of Cereset, the new brain wave balancing technology he offers out of his new office at 5040 Bob Billings Parkway, Suite A1, near the western edge of ...

We can’t stop the clock, but we can help our bodies age better

Many adults are familiar with osteoporosis. This “silent disease” afflicts our bodies through the deterioration of our bones. Over time, our bones become thinner because of low bone mass and bone tissue loss. The other disease that afflicts all aging adults is sarcopenia, or muscle ...

Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down U.S. life expectancy

New York — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Heartland Community Health Center announces a second interim CEO

Story updated at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27: Heartland Community Health Center on Tuesday announced a new interim CEO, Julie Boden Schmidt, as it continues the search for a permanent leader. According to a news release from the Lawrence safety net clinic, Schmidt served at the National ...

U.S. officials: It’s OK to eat some romaine; look for labels

New York — It’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, U.S. health officials said. Just check the label. The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn’t eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday the ...

Summer meal program sees spike in attendance in 2018

The Douglas County area's summer meal program this year served the most meals it has since it was introduced in 2015 — 48,955, to be exact. The program — branded Fuel Up 4 Summer — provides free lunches for anyone ages 1-18, and it also serves breakfast and dinner at some of the 11 sites ...

Lawrence group’s quilts provide comfort to makers and recipients alike

The name says it — in so many ways. When Marla Welch was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her 30s, she was floored. The wife and mother of twin sons had worked and managed a medical office. After about 20 years of living with multiple sclerosis, the time came that she just couldn’t ...

Kansas Medicaid expansion in doubt despite governor support

TOPEKA — Democratic and moderate Republicans lawmakers worked together last year to try to make Kansas the latest state to expand Medicaid, only to see their bipartisan effort rewarded with a veto from former conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback. The election this month of a governor who ...

U.S. health officials warn against eating romaine lettuce

NEW YORK — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 ...

Thanksgiving Day 5K to return to North Lawrence

The annual runLawrence Thanksgiving Day 5K will return this week on what’s expected to be a sunny holiday. The rain-or-shine 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving — Thursday, Nov. 22 — at Woodlawn Elementary School, 508 Elm St. There will also be a free kids’ fun run, which starts ...