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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
Moms: Eat healthfully while breastfeeding
July 29, 2014
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for moms and babies. By making healthy food choices, you’ll help you and your baby get the nutrients you both need.
Double Take: Weigh whether to tell friend about boyfriend’s cheating
July 29, 2014
Dr. Wes and Kendra advise a friend to weigh circumstances when deciding whether to tell on cheating boyfriend.
List helps consumers make smart choices when purchasing organic produce
July 28, 2014
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy group that specializes in human environmental and health issues, has created a “Dirty Dozen” list and a “Clean Fifteen” list meant to help consumers shop smart when purchasing produce.
Citizen’s petition calls for smoking ban on Massachusetts Street
July 26, 2014
Lawrence software developer Mike DuPont says he is sick of walking around downtown Lawrence and smelling like cigarette smoke when he gets home. He especially doesn’t want to expose his 2-month-old baby to it. So he recently started an online petition to ban smoking on Massachusetts Street. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence college students holding garage sale to benefit Heartland
July 25, 2014
Two college students are holding a garage sale this weekend to benefit a local safety-net clinic.
Lawrence mother to celebrate fifth anniversary of daughter’s cancer remission — by shaving her head
July 24, 2014
Five years ago, after her preteen daughter was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma, Karla Knudson helped organize a fundraiser where 46 mothers of cancer survivors shaved their heads to benefit cancer research. She got her own head buzzed, keeping it that way for the entire month of September. This week, to mark the fifth anniversary of her daughter’s remission, Knudson is going back under the razor. She plans to take part in the fifth annual 46 Mommas event Sunday in Boston. By Giles Bruce
Kansans to receive more than $3.6 million in insurance reimbursements under Obamacare
July 24, 2014
Nearly 60,000 Kansans are expected to receive more than $3.6 million in reimbursements from their insurance companies under a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Health, safety officials warn about severe heat
July 23, 2014
Lawrence already had its first 100-degree day of the year on Tuesday and, if you believe the forecast, it could have at least one more by the end of the week. So Lawrencians need to focus on staying hydrated and keeping cool. By Giles Bruce
Meal delivery programs serve hundreds of local homebound residents
July 21, 2014
Kristie Bowen, of Lawrence, is one of dozens of volunteers for Douglas County’s two programs that deliver meals to homebound residents: Douglas County Senior Meals and Lawrence Meals on Wheels. The latter serves residents 60 and older with normal diets, while the latter delivers meals to people of all ages and those with dietary restrictions. By Giles Bruce
Double Take: ‘I love you’ can pose a dilemma
July 21, 2014
Saying ‘I love you’ can create an imbalance for young couples. Learn to break your feelings gently to your partner.
Sign up for blood drive
July 21, 2014
The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve and help save a life with a blood donation. Please join us for our next community blood drive from 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway.
Centro Hispano seeks to help rising number of underserved Spanish speakers
July 20, 2014
Inside a small blue house near downtown, the art of making sure people don’t fall through cracks is practiced daily. Latino immigrants — both documented and undocumented, Spanish speakers and those whose primary tongue is indigenous — have come to Centro Hispano since 2006 for bilingual mental health services, case management or even help trying to parse bureaucratic language in legal documents or applications. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence man searches for sperm donor father, finds half brother in California
July 20, 2014
Lawrence resident David Brown, who was conceived using a sperm donor, has started a campaign to locate half siblings and even his biological father. Using the Twitter hashtag #KUMCKids and the Facebook page KUMC Kids Searching for Donor Family, he is trying to track down other people born from sperm donated at Kansas University Medical Center. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence health advocates promoting smoke-free housing
July 19, 2014
The American Lung Association is advocating for smoke-free housing nationwide, saying that cancer-causing secondhand smoke can travel through doorways, cracks in walls, ventilation systems, electrical lines and plumbing. Locally, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has been running a public education campaign to let residents know about their options for smoke-free housing. By GIles Bruce
Bert Nash CEO testifies in Washington on importance of mental health first-aid training
July 16, 2014
The CEO of Lawrence’s Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center testified before congressional staffers in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday about the importance of training public safety officers on how to properly deal with people with mental illnesses. David Johnson testified about the success Bert Nash has had in providing the training to law enforcement officials in Douglas County. In 2008, Bert Nash became one of the first places in the nation to offer the first-aid program and has since trained more than 1,000 community members. By Giles Bruce

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