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Praeger honored for work on long-term care issues
July 14, 2014
Sandy Praeger has made a political career out of trying to expand access to health care, including for the senior population. Kansas Advocates for Better Care are honoring her for that commitment by giving her the 2014 KABC Caring Award. By Giles Bruce
K-State researcher says virus has come to Kansas
July 13, 2014
A mosquito-borne illness that a top Kansas State University researcher says can knock people down for weeks or months at a time has come to Kansas but usually isn’t fatal.
Kansas, Kentucky took different paths on Affordable Care Act — and got different results
July 13, 2014
Kentucky fully participates in the Affordable Care Act, having eased the eligibility requirements for Medicaid and created its own health insurance marketplace, while Kansas does not. In turn, Kentucky has reduced its uninsured population by, according to some estimates, two-thirds, while Kansas has barely made a dent in its number of residents who lack health coverage. By Giles Bruce
Group running across the country to raise money for cancer stops in Lawrence
July 10, 2014
The 25 runners traveling from San Francisco to Baltimore were glad to arrive in Kansas earlier this month. The rolling hills were a breeze following their run through the Rocky Mountains. After traversing the Mojave Desert, the tree cover in the Sunflower State made it feel like they were in a rainforest, one runner said. Kansas has been quite humid, though, they noted. The runners, who are raising money for young adults with cancer as part of the 4K for Cancer, arrived in Lawrence on Wednesday evening, planning to spend a rest day here Thursday and depart Friday morning. They stayed at Trinity Episcopal Church, which has previously hosted 4K for Cancer bike-riding teams. By GIles Bruce
Lawrence doctor cares for migrant children stranded at U.S. border
July 9, 2014
It was a harrowing scene: hundreds of children lying on mats on holding-cell floors, using aluminum blankets to keep warm. But Dan Purdom had a job to do. Purdom, the medical director at Lawrence’s Heartland Community Health Center, was at the Border Patrol facility in Nogales, Ariz., recently to provide medical care to some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American minors who have been crossing the border into the U.S. illegally the past few months to flee violence and poverty back home. By Giles Bruce
11 ways to beat back chiggers
July 8, 2014
Summer has arrived in Lawrence, which means that chigger season is upon us. Those annoying little creatures feed on your skin and, in turn, make you itch like crazy. We asked readers and other experts for methods they use to prevent and get rid of the nasty bites. Here are a few. By Giles Bruce
Don’t be one of the one-third who fall
July 7, 2014
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year one-third of adults over 65 have a fall. And the older one gets, the higher their risk of falling. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries.
Double Take: Those with ADHD should have hope and ask for help
July 7, 2014
Dr. Wes and Kendra answer a question about living successfully with ADHD: The answer often comes down to having hope.
Health plans must cover help quitting tobacco
July 7, 2014
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is urging Kansans who smoke or chew tobacco to check if their insurance plans cover programs to help them quit.
Double Take: Young people admit pot is part of life
July 1, 2014
Dr. Wes and Kendra talk explore marijuana use more closely in regard to teen and young adult users of other drugs.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital continues quality journey
July 1, 2014
Lawrence Memorial Hospital strives to be the best community hospital in the country. As we continue our journey for excellence we are launching an initiative — to be known at LMH as “Operational Excellence” — based on the principles of Lean Six Sigma.
After years of misdiagnoses, Lawrence teen found to have little-known disorder; parents hope to raise awareness
July 1, 2014
Ever since 13-year-old Ben Urban was diagnosed in October with Klinefelter’s syndrome, his parents, Julie and Brandon, have been educating doctors, Ben’s school and, now, the public about the little-known disorder. The Lawrence family hopes it can save others from having to similarly go through years of misdiagnoses. By Giles Bruce
Local mission group helps with more than just medical care in Kenya
June 30, 2014
When Lawrence physician Stephen Segebrecht did a mission trip to Kenya in 2005, he helped provide medical care to residents of the impoverished African nation. Nine years later, he leads a group that, among other initiatives, lends money to small business owners, builds libraries and expands the use of immunizations. By Giles Bruce
Concern, hope surround mental health funding
June 23, 2014
Kansas’ system of addressing mental health issues continues to deal with funding problems and the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid, mental health advocates say.
Double Take: Hold off on final decisions about religion
June 23, 2014
Kendra encourages dialogue about religion, while Dr. Wes says hold off on any final decision about your faith until you’re sure of parents’ support.

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