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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
Bristol-Myers: 2 cancer drugs beat 1 against melanoma
April 21, 2015
Giving patients with advanced melanoma two Bristol-Myers drugs that work differently held the deadly skin cancer at bay far longer than just one, though the combination’s considerable increase in serious side effects raises concerns about how much patients can endure.
Hunters often overlook hearing protection
April 21, 2015
While most shooters would never walk onto an active gun range without ear plugs or muffs in place, hunters who use firearms tend to neglect precautions to protect their hearing. In the heat of the hunt, it doesn’t seem to matter. Yet every shot at a bird, deer or elk erodes one of our most valuable hunting assets.
Standards for organic seafood coming this year, USDA says
April 16, 2015
After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.
Report: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed
02:15 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 03:11 p.m.
A new government report shows smoking by teens hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed.
Financial incentives OK’d for workplace wellness programs
April 16, 2015
In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — which enforces laws against discrimination — also proposed some safeguards for employees.
Consumer panel investigates whether cramped airline seats could be dangerous to passengers
April 15, 2015
The shrinking space on airplanes is surely uncomfortable, but it might also be dangerous for passengers’ health and safety.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital enjoys solid financial year in 2014
12:13 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital took in an income of $11.6 million in 2014, up from $8.1 million in 2013, according to the facility’s annual audit, released this week.
Bert Nash to honor volunteers at Pioneer Celebration
April 14, 2015
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will present the Pioneer Celebration on Monday evening to honor volunteers.
KU plans Earth Day clean-up event
April 14, 2015
KU’s Center for Sustainability and Watkins Health Center are planning KU “Kick Butts” Clean Up Day on April 22.
Daddy Rules: Play date activities sound scary but lead to real growth
April 14, 2015
At least once a week I’m glad I didn’t invite anyone over for a play date. My kids play pretty well with others, but these days things can get weird in a hurry, and I find myself presiding over activities that just wouldn’t sound right paired with an invitation.
Double Take: Looking for new teen co-author
April 14, 2015
This week we celebrate the tenth annual essay contest to find the 12th teen co-author of Double Take. If you’re keeping score, we’ve now had had six authors from Free State, four from LHS, and one from Bishop Seabury; nine girls and two boys.
Young athletes benefit from variety, health pros say
April 14, 2015
Chances are, there’s a young athlete in your neighborhood, maybe even under your roof, who wants to be the next LeBron, the next Serena — the next big name in sports. But the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many coaches and health professionals, say that focusing on intensive, single-sport training at a young age can increase the chance of injury and mental fatigue.
Celebrate National Donate Life month in April
April 14, 2015
April is the 12th annual National Donate Life Month. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants, and honors the heroes that have given the gift of life as organ, eye and tissue donors.
FDA warns of liver injury from muscle-building supplement
April 13, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid dietary supplements sold by a Las Vegas company because they may contain anabolic steroids that can cause liver damage.
Kansas State reports increased rabies cases so far this year
April 13, 2015
A Kansas State University laboratory says it is seeing an increase in rabies cases so far this year.

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