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Get the facts: 2009-2010 flu season

Track flu data from state and federal public health agencies.

Poll
Have you been affected by a natural disaster?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
29%
Flooding.
 
25%
More than one event.
 
12%
Hurricane.
 
8%
Other event.
 
8%
Tornado.
 
4%
Earthquake.
 
4%
Blizzard.
 
4%
Hailstorm.
 
4%
Total 24
Poll
What do you think is Lawrence's largest health issue?

Poll results

Response Percent
Binge drinking.
 
33%
Obesity.
 
30%
Uninsured adults.
 
15%
Smoking.
 
10%
Sexual transmitted diseases.
 
2%
Access to healthy foods.
 
2%
Crime.
 
2%
Air pollution.
 
2%
Total 39
Area woman overcomes adversity to become Ms. Wheelchair Kansas
April 20, 2014
Bridgid Schwilling, 43, has seen her share of adversity. Living a life with Cerebral Palsy hasn’t always been easy, especially since being placed in a wheelchair years ago. Still, she calls herself an “overcomer.” Now, Schwilling sits tall with a silk sash, glittering tiara and her service dog, Grady, at her side. Last month, Schwilling took home the coveted “Ms. Wheelchair Kansas” title at the program’s state pageant in Topeka.
Lawrence experts: Your skin ‘tells the tale’ of your overall health
April 15, 2014
Skin care experts in Lawrence say the way you treat your body will show in your outward appearance, so they advise eating a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water and not consuming a lot of alcohol or caffeine. By Giles Bruce
11 things you’re doing to your skin that you shouldn’t be
April 15, 2014
Eleven things you’re doing to your skin that you shouldn’t be.
Youth Health Champion: High school student has raised thousands of dollars for local rape crisis center
April 10, 2014
Logan Brown, a senior at Lawrence’s Free State High School, has volunteered at Lawrence-based rape crisis organization GaDuGi SafeCenter for the past three-plus years, starting an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit that has raised more than $20,000. Her efforts helped earn her the 2014 Douglas County Youth Health Champion Award, given annually by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department as part of National Public Health Week. By Giles Bruce
Health Champion: Older runner has inspired many in the Lawrence community to be more active
April 10, 2014
Ellen Young saw the positive impact running had on her life. And she wanted to share those benefits with the world. Her efforts to make running as nonintimidating as possible for others helped earn her the 2014 Douglas County Health Champion Award, given annually by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department as part of National Public Health Week. By Giles Bruce Related story: Youth Health Champion: High school student has raised thousands of dollars for local rape crisis center
Woman collects old iPods for Alzheimer’s therapy
April 9, 2014
Sheryl Coleman is hoping to put some likely unused technology to good use.
Loss of both legs doesn’t stop longtime Douglas County man from becoming a volunteer
April 9, 2014
The example of service in Bill Mason’s family was set by his grandfather, who was a Bonner Springs police officer.
Retired health department director honored with wall of fame
April 8, 2014
Kay Kent, who was director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department for 33 years before retiring in 2006, will continue to oversee the goings-on at the health department for the foreseeable future, though not in a literal sense. On Tuesday, to coincide with National Public Health Week, the health department unveiled the Kay Kent Excellence in Public Health Service Award wall, with Kent’s picture and bio front and center. By Giles Bruce
Community Wellness Festival returns Saturday to Baldwin City
April 8, 2014
Although she’s new to her position as Baker University health and counseling service coordinator, Sherri Pahcoddy is aware of the potential life-saving importance of the Community Wellness Festival she is organizing with Baldwin City Recreation Commission director Steve Friend and George McCrary of the Baldwin Fitness Center.
Kansas University at the frontline of autism research
April 8, 2014
With cases of autism on the rise, researchers at Kansas University are studying the disorder from several different vantage points, including how to identify it at an earlier stage and improving the social and communication skills of children who have it. By Giles Bruce
Weather smiles on 20th annual Brew to Brew run
April 7, 2014
This weekend’s 20th annual Brew to Brew run attracted thousands of entrants, who enjoyed near-perfect spring weather for the 40-plus mile Kansas City-to-Lawrence relay. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrencian holds out hope for lung transplant, chance at new life
April 4, 2014
David Jensen is waiting. Waiting for new lungs, and a new life. In the nearly 20 years since doctors diagnosed the Lawrence resident with a genetic disorder known as alpha-1, Jensen’s lungs have degenerated, slowly taking with them his strength, livelihood, financial stability and independence. Jensen, 53, would like to get those back. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas Senate approves insurance for autism
09:52 a.m., April 3, 2014 Updated 10:26 a.m.
A bill that would require insurance coverage for children under the age of 12 with autism has been sent to Gov. Sam Brownback.
Gluten-free: ‘Confusing’ fad or matter of life and death?
April 1, 2014
Even though the rate of celiac diagnoses is on the rise, it may be surpassed by the popularity of the gluten-free diet. While the trend has provided celiac sufferers with a wider variety of culinary options, health experts note that gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. By Giles Bruce
23 places to eat in Lawrence if you’re gluten-free
April 1, 2014
Here are 23 Lawrence restaurants to try if you’re avoiding gluten.

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