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Today’s events

FREE BUTCHERING DEMONSTRATION

3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Hank Charcuterie -1900 Mass St

River City AA Group

8 a.m., Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

River City AA Group

Noon, Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

River City AA Group

5:30 p.m., Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

Oskaloosa AA meeting

8 p.m., 524 Liberty St., Oskaloosa

River City AA Group

10 p.m., Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

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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
House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate
March 26, 2015
In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.
Report: Douglas County remains among healthiest in Kansas
04:45 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Douglas County residents are some of the healthiest in Kansas, according to the annual County Health Rankings report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. For the second year in a row, Douglas County was ranked the eighth in the state. Riley and Johnson counties were first and second. Decatur and Woodson counties were at the bottom of the list.
Science, patients driving rare disease drug research surge
March 25, 2015
The global pharmaceutical industry is pouring billions of dollars into developing treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers but now point the way toward a new era of innovative therapies and big profits.
Kansas wild bird populations weathering avian influenza
11:14 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 03:40 p.m.
Wild bird populations in Kansas appear to be unaffected by an outbreak of avian influenza, although one wild goose suspected of having the disease has been tested for it, the state’s wildlife disease official said Wednesday.
Bill would create organic-type labels for non-modified foods
March 25, 2015
Inspired by the popular “USDA organic” label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.
High nursing home bills squeeze insurers, driving rates up
March 25, 2015
Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy that will cover your expenses. Now, there’s a new problem: Even insurers think it’s unaffordable.
Listeria traced to 2nd Blue Bell ice cream production plant
March 24, 2015
A foodborne illness that contributed to the deaths of three people has been traced to a second production facility operated by Blue Bell Ice Cream, a company spokesman and health officials said Tuesday.
FDA: Recall expanded for Blue Bell Ice Cream products
March 24, 2015
Federal authorities say Blue Bell is expanding the recall of some ice cream products because of possible exposure to the listeria bacteria.
Kansas Senate approves plan to control mental health drugs
March 24, 2015
The Kansas Senate has approved a new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs in the state’s Medicaid program.
Early detection and screening can stop colorectal cancer before it starts
March 24, 2015
Whenever they inquire about colorectal cancer screening, doctors are accustomed to hearing excuses. “Not right now,” the patient may say or “I’ll think about it.” These patients may be anxious about embarrassment or perceived pain or discomfort. They may think they are at low risk because they have had no symptoms.
Double Take: Teen tattoos are a lasting expression in a world of cyber communication
March 24, 2015
Kyra Haas says that in 60 years, after her texts, photos and tweets have been lost to cyberspace, she and her friends can point to their wrinkled, faded tattoos as one of the few lasting expressions of who they were and where they came from.
Ride for Charity raises money for Health Care Access
March 24, 2015
Body Boutique and Free State Ride’s inaugural Spinning Ride for Charity raised $1,350.00 for Health Care Access while promoting women’s heart health.
New plan to control mental health drugs advances in Kansas
March 23, 2015
A new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs to the Medicaid program in Kansas has advanced in the Legislature.
On fifth anniversary of health care law, no end to debate
March 23, 2015
In five years, the polemic around Obamacare hasn’t cooled much, and the permanence of the president’s achievement remains in question as the nation awaits the outcome of a Supreme Court case that could jeopardize insurance for nearly 8 million people.
As patients face death, doctors push straight talk on care
March 23, 2015
Most Americans say they’d prefer to die at home, with treatment to free them from pain, but the prestigious Institute of Medicine says the reality too often is unwanted care and not enough comfort. One main reason: Doctors have a hard time discussing dying and patients don’t know what to ask. Now the institute is recommending changes in the health system to help patients — not doctors or circumstances — dictate their care, and it all starts with some straight talk.

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