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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
KU Hospital lauds study affirming treatment for serious strokes
December 21, 2014
When someone suffers a stroke, time is of the essence in preventing disability, or death. In addition to the standard clot-busting drugs, Kansas University Hospital has been attacking strokes with catheters to vacuum or snare out clots in the brain for a decade. A new medical journal article lauding the practice as effective in treating serious strokes came as no surprise but was still exciting news to KU doctors. By Sara Shepherd
Documentary features Liberal boy’s heart surgery
December 21, 2014
Like many his age, Nelijah Tatum enjoys taking part in sports, and as a student at Liberal’s Sunflower Intermediate, he had participated in many competitions in various athletic pursuits. Now 12, Tatum had started attending South Middle School, but just before the current school year started, the young man was taken to a doctor to get a yearly physical to continue playing sports, the Liberal Leader & Times reported. During the exam, the administering doctor discovered something Tatum’s mother, Misty Tatum, said was kind of funny with Nelijah’s heart.
Santa’s fit list: Give the gift of fitness this holiday season
December 15, 2014
Don’t let the holidays stand in the way of getting fit and staying active. It’s the perfect time to buy the fitness buffs in your life gifts they’ll love and use now and all year long.
Merck advancing breast cancer drug to mid-stage
December 15, 2014
Drugmaker Merck & Co. said that it will advance a new cancer drug into bigger patient tests, after promising findings in an early study against a very aggressive, common type of breast cancer.
Lawmakers wary of genetically modified food labels
December 15, 2014
The food industry is likely to find a receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Republicans and Democrats on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questioned Wednesday whether requiring a label on any packaged food including genetically modified organisms — or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs — would be misleading to consumers since there is little scientific evidence that such foods are unsafe. The food industry has made a similar argument.
Patients and economy would benefit from KanCare expansion
December 15, 2014
Making a decision on expansion of KanCare is first and foremost about coverage for those individuals. But it’s also about costs and the economy.
New court, dental programs to help mentally ill
11:28 a.m., December 15, 2014 Updated 12:22 p.m.
Two new programs in Topeka will provide court and dental services to some people in Topeka who are suffering from mental illness, beginning in January.
Yoga benefit helps people get flu vaccinations — and it’s not too late for your own shot
December 11, 2014
With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to receive an annual flu vaccination to protect themselves and their families. National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 7-13, serves as a reminder that the community has a responsibility to prevent the spread of influenza, or the flu, and that it’s not too late to get a vaccination.
Mom: Man accused in Muslim teen’s death needs mental help
December 9, 2014
A man accused of fatally hitting a Muslim teenager with his car last week in what’s being investigated as a possible hate crime had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, committed to a hospital and sometimes stopped taking his medications, according to court records and his family.
Health advocates concerned at Kansas’ drop in rankings: from eighth in 1991 to 27th now
December 9, 2014
Kansas has fallen from eighth to 27th in the nation in the annual America’s Health Rankings by the United Health Foundation. Health advocates in Kansas say the state is making little progress in reducing adult smoking and childhood poverty rates. By Peter Hancock
Obama health adviser apologizes for ‘glib’ remarks
December 9, 2014
MIT economist Jonathan Gruber — an often-quoted adviser on the president’s health care law — told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and “inexcusably arrogant” when he said it was “the stupidity of the American voter” that led to the law’s passage. Democrats tried to limit the damage as Republicans raked Gruber at a four-hour hearing, but acknowledged he gave the GOP a political gift “wrapped in a bow.”
Robotic assisted surgery system benefits patients with less pain, shorter recovery
December 8, 2014
Lawrence Memorial Hospital made the investment in the da Vinci robotic surgery system, and it is benefiting many patients with speedier recoveries and less post-surgery pain.
Are women as vulnerable to heart attack as men?
December 8, 2014
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in America, claiming the lives of one in three women every year. Every woman should try to learn more about this disease and also discuss her personal risk factors and screenings tests with her healthcare provider.
Newly insured struggle to find primary physicians
December 8, 2014
A survey this year by The Physicians Foundation found that 81 percent of doctors describe themselves as either over-extended or at full capacity, and 44 percent said they planned to cut back on the number of patients they see, retire, work part-time or close their practice to new patients.
Double Take: Respect students’ communication boundaries
December 8, 2014
When your child goes off to college or moves out, all communication needn’t be limited to a monthly phone call or email. However, you must strike a fine balance for these interactions and the form they take.

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