Health

Loneliness can be a major issue for aging population, but it doesn’t have to be

The golden years — those years after retirement when a person is supposed to be enjoying life — aren’t always so golden. In fact, they can be pretty dark. But they don’t have to stay that way. Megan Poindexter, executive director of the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, said ...

Less fat, more fruit may cut risk of dying of breast cancer

For the first time, a large experiment suggests that trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer. The results are notable because they come from a rigorous test involving 49,000 women over two decades rather than other studies ...

Douglas County behavioral health leaders hope to break the norm with crisis center

Just as local behavioral health leaders want to build up a crisis intervention center at the future Douglas County Recovery Campus, they want to break down some infrastructure that could stand in their way. Douglas County commissioners heard Wednesday about plans beyond the blueprint for a ...

Douglas County leaders call for further work on behavioral health, criminal justice

A message that Douglas County leaders in behavioral health and the criminal justice system shared during a Tuesday event can be boiled down simply: We’re doing well, but we can do more. The Stepping Up community recognition event, held at the Cider Gallery in East Lawrence, was planned ...

Integrated Crisis Team at LMH Health aims to help in crucial moments

Over the past 15 years, suicide rates in the United States have steadily increased. To be exact, they have increased by 24%. “This is a unique time in our history. We are seeing an alarming trend of declining life expectancies,” said Derrick Hurst, director of the Integrated Crisis Team. ...

Healthy Outlook: Is your brain due for a checkup?

Medicare beneficiaries: Even if you’re taking advantage of the annual wellness visits that Part B covers, you might not be getting all that you can out of it. A cognitive assessment — included in these annual visits, if you ask your doctor — can help you keep tabs on your brain in five ...

LMH Health accepts Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation challenge

LMH Health has accepted the American Nurse Association’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation challenge this year. The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation challenge is a social movement, designed to improve the health of the more than 4 million registered nurses in the United States. Since nurses fill ...

Douglas County Commission to vote on respite housing proposal

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will vote on a project that aims to provide respite housing and support for residents with mental illness and substance use disorders. Commissioners will consider entering into a memorandum of understanding with a Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit, ...

Connect, create, contribute: Senior Resource Center celebrates Older Americans Month

May will soon be here and with it comes a host of holidays and special occasions, including Mother’s Day, graduations and Memorial Day. May is also Older Americans Month. This annual celebration of older adults was developed in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy and the National Council of ...

Kansas Supreme Court to rule on abortion rights protections

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court is preparing to rule on whether the state constitution protects abortion rights. The court announced that it would issue a decision Friday in a lawsuit filed by two abortion providers in 2015 against a Kansas law banning a common second-trimester ...

Time is crucial if you’re having a stroke

On February 7, 2017, the day after her son’s birthday, Jennifer Anderson went to work just like every other day. Unaware of what was going on with her body, Anderson was taken to the hospital. It was ruled out that she was having a stroke because of how young she was — she was only 50. Due ...

Post-Columbine, attitudes toward officer trauma shift

LITTLETON, Colo. — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student’s plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn’t know had already died by their own hands. As member Grant Whitus put it, ...

For school shooting survivors, trauma has no time limit

PARKLAND, Fla. — Alex Rozenblat can still hear the cries of a wounded boy calling for help as she hid from the gunfire that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Talking to therapists at the school in Parkland, Fla., didn’t help. Each session had a different ...

Overland Park psychiatrist loses license to practice medicine in Kansas

OVERLAND PARK — A suburban Kansas City psychiatrist has lost his license to practice medicine in Kansas after state regulators alleged he had sex with a patient. KCUR-FM reports that 42-year-old Brian Patrick Lahey, of Overland Park, waived his right to a hearing and agreed Tuesday to an ...

Respite housing proposal would aim to fill service gap for Douglas County men

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will hear a proposal on respite housing that would aim to fill a gap in services for men with mental illness or substance use disorders. According to information provided in the commission’s agenda for its 4 p.m. work session, local behavioral ...