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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
FDA study finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk
March 5, 2015
In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.
Dying wish comes true: Dutch woman with ALS sees Rembrandts
March 5, 2015
A Dutch charity has granted a terminally ill woman’s dying wish, wheeling her into Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum on a special bed for a private viewing of an immensely popular exhibition of Rembrandt paintings.
Health department accepting nominations for Health Champion Awards
04:01 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is seeking nominations for its third annual Health Champion Awards.
How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar
March 4, 2015
Health officials say people should eat less sugar. But that’s easier said than done. Anyone who has tried cutting down on sugar knows to avoid cookies, sodas and candy. But sugar can be hidden in lots of other common packaged foods.
Douglas County chapter of Red Cross receives federal funds
March 3, 2015
The Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross has received federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
After-school health and fitness program at Liberty Memorial continues to grow
March 3, 2015
When Michel Loomis, then a teacher at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, co-founded a physical fitness after-school program in 2009, all it had to work with was a big gym.
Step right up to healthy eating for kids
March 3, 2015
More than one third of children or adolescents in the United States were overweight or obese in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Double Take: Senate bill stands in the way of education
March 3, 2015
This week, Dr. Wes and Kyra discuss the Kansas Senate’s SB 56, which charges with a class B misdemeanor any teacher caught teaching things that lawmakers or parents consider salacious.
New FDA official inherits raft of projects, challenges
March 2, 2015
One of the nation’s leading medical researchers joined the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, taking on the agency’s No. 2 leadership job at a critical juncture for prescription drugs, medical devices and tobacco products.
Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines
March 2, 2015
Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests. The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of the many shots recommended for children younger than age 2. Nearly all doctors said that at least some parents had requested vaccine delays in a typical month; and 1 in 4 said those numbers had increased since the previous year.
Cycling event to benefit Health Care Access
February 24, 2015
Free State Ride, Body Boutique’s indoor cycling facility, is hosting a co-ed charity ride at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with all proceeds going to Health Care Access.
Double Take: ‘Relationship’ label requires agreement on behavior
February 24, 2015
Dr. Wes proposes teaching kids from preschool on that “a relationship” isn’t a label but an agreement between two people on how they will behave toward each other. Like any contract, you set your terms so everyone knows what’s to be expected.
Successful Aging mental health program helps clients deal with losses of all kinds
12:00 a.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
It is never too late to get help. Which is why the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center offers a program geared specifically toward older adults. “I have worked with people in their 90s,” said Ruth Shadel, the Bert Nash therapist who started the Center’s Successful Aging Program in 2004. In fact, older people, knowing the clock is ticking, can tend to be more open about seeking help.
Seniors call for action as White House starts aging forums
February 24, 2015
Amid a profound shift in America’s demographics, advocates for seniors pressed Thursday for changes on long-term care, retirement security and elder abuse as the White House launched a series of forums on aging.
Limitless fitness: Exercise options for seniors aim to get, keep older people moving
February 24, 2015
Seniors in Lawrence have several options for fitness classes and workouts in town, from the Parks and Recreation Lifelong Recreation programming to the classes and training offered at membership gyms. Either way, all classes are available to try out and see if it’s your cup of tea.

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