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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
Lawrence author has full life despite having multiple sclerosis
October 20, 2014
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological, autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that affects approximately 2.3 million people worldwide. A Lawrence author tells the story of how she has been able to have a full life despite the challenges of having MS for the past two decades. By Vicki Julian
Join choir to raise money for Women’s Heart Health, Family Promise
October 20, 2014
Women who work in healthcare (or who are married to someone who works in healthcare) are invited to join a choir that’s forming to perform at a fundraiser for Women’s Heart Health at LMH and for Family Promise of Douglas County.
Double Take: Set your own course by voting
October 20, 2014
If you don’t vote, you’re letting somebody else drive your car. And given the astounding differences between how the over-30 and under-30 crowd polls right now, you might not like the course someone else sets for you.
Hospital + Library = a healthier community
October 20, 2014
Along with all of the great new amenities and services at the newly reopened Lawrence Public Library, there is a special area devoted to health and wellness. It is called the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Health Spot. This area is a collaborative partnership between Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Lawrence Public Library.
Bowling benefit Sunday to raise money for a cure for rare genetic disorder that affects Lawrence boy
10:56 a.m., October 16, 2014 Updated 11:10 a.m.
A local boy’s fight with adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare genetic disorder with no cure, often known as ALD, has inspired a fundraiser in Lawrence this weekend.
CDC confirms Kansas patient does not have Ebola
October 15, 2014
A second lab has confirmed that a Kansas City, Kansas, man who came to University of Kansas Hospital this week with Ebola-like symptoms does not have the deadly disease.
KU Hospital patient negative for Ebola virus in initial tests
03:30 p.m., October 14, 2014 Updated 04:30 p.m.
Kansas University Hospital announced Tuesday that a preliminary test of a patient with Ebola-like symptoms has come back negative. Chief medical officer Lee Norman said at a news conference that the initial screening is a positive step but that the definitive answer will come from a test being conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Those results are expected Wednesday or Thursday. By Giles Bruce
As KU Hospital tests patient with Ebola-like symptoms, Lawrence agencies coordinate response
October 14, 2014
A day after Kansas University Hospital confirmed that it was testing a patient for Ebola, local health officials say Lawrence is adequately prepared to handle the virus. By Giles Bruce
Support group helps Lawrence hoarders reclaim their living spaces
October 13, 2014
There are an estimated 600,000 to 1 million hoarders in the United States. The latest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for the first time recognized hoarding as a separate diagnosis; in the past, it had been classified as a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder or depression. Even so, hoarding is often accompanied by underlying mental-health or substance-abuse issues. By Giles Bruce
Health Mythbuster Series to begin Wednesday at Lawrence Public Library
October 13, 2014
The first installment in the Health Mythbuster Series takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
Understanding arthritis in adults
October 13, 2014
Many people believe that arthritis is one of those things you just have to suffer through as you age. The Arthritis Foundation defines arthritis as a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders. There are many forms of arthritis but there are two common types that affect adults.
Double Take: Define a relationship that may be imbalanced
October 13, 2014
How do you handle a boyfriend who says “I love you” but may not be showing it through his actions?
Leavenworth VA hospital changes ER screening process following inspector general’s report
October 7, 2014
The Leavenworth Veterans Affairs hospital says it has changed the way it screens emergency-room patients after the VA inspector general’s office said it was doing so incorrectly. By Giles Bruce
False report of Ebola in KC spreads online, prompting response
October 7, 2014
Rumors that a patient at a Kansas City hospital had Ebola were false, but they forced health officials to respond to stories that spread online.
Exercise, screening can lower cancer risk
October 7, 2014
You probably have friends and relatives who have had breast cancer. Doctors can offer no certain strategies for preventing breast cancer. But there are ways to reduce your risk factors and strengthen factors that may help protect you.

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