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Prostate gland a key player in men’s health
August 18, 2014
As men age, the prostate can enlarge, and the condition does not have to be related to cancer. Find out more about prostate health issues.
Some Lawrence residents say 10-foot smoking rule not being enforced
August 17, 2014
After it became law in 2010, the statewide smoking ban meant that people in Lawrence could no longer light up within 10 feet of the entrance to a public building. The city of Lawrence added the provision to its already existing smoking ordinance, leaving it up to the fire department to carry out the regulation. But four years later, some Lawrence residents who signed a recent petition to ban smoking on Massachusetts Street think the rule isn’t being enforced. By Giles Bruce
Health Care Access parts ways with executive director
August 14, 2014
The board of directors of Health Care Access, Douglas County’s safety-net health clinic for the uninsured, has parted ways with its executive director, Shelly Wakeman. Kim Polson, the clinic’s data and policy coordinator, has taken over as interim director. By Giles Bruce
About 1,800 Kansans at risk of losing ACA coverage
August 13, 2014
About 1,800 Kansans who enrolled in health insurance through HealthCare.gov are at risk of losing their coverage if they don’t provide proof of citizenship or immigration status by early next month.
None of state’s KanCare providers hit benchmarks
10:09 a.m., August 13, 2014 Updated 11:38 a.m.
None of the state’s KanCare providers met benchmarks for timeliness in claims processing during 2013, according to a survey by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Viral meningitis in Kansas City-area babies investigated
08:32 a.m., August 13, 2014 Updated 03:54 p.m.
Health authorities are investigating several cases of meningitis in young infants in the Kansas City area, caused by a common virus but hitting more newborns than usual this summer.
Injury or illness? Yoga can help
August 12, 2014
Many people start practicing yoga because it is an effective means of treating or managing a variety of illnesses and injuries. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It can also reduce risk factors for certain conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure. Doing yoga regularly can make you less susceptible to injury, increase overall strength and muscle tone, and improve flexibility, balance, and range of motion.
Double Take: New coauthor wants to foster community rather than ‘likes’
August 12, 2014
Kyra Haas brings to Double Take a wry, insightful wit, a spirit of excitement about the topics we discuss, and a way of being that I can only describe admiringly as idiosyncratic. And she’s one of the most likable teenagers I know. She can talk (or text) your leg off and never run out of interesting things to say while, at the same time, being a great listener and voracious learner. Previous coauthor Katie Guyot told me early on, “Kyra is special. There’s no one else like her,” and as always, Katie is a great judge of such things, because, above all else you will like about Kyra, she is a person of great character.
Are you drinking enough water? Know more and stay hydrated
August 12, 2014
You may wonder if you’ve been drinking enough water, especially in the summer heat. There’s a lot of confusing advice out there about how much you really need. The truth is that most healthy bodies are very good at regulating water. Elderly people, young children and some special cases—like people taking certain medications—need to be a little more careful.
LMH adds water to 5K benefit run
August 12, 2014
What could be more refreshing during a summer run than a little water? Just one thing: lots of water! Lawrence Memorial Hospital is adding gallons of H2O — and fun — to its sixth annual 5K series benefiting LMH and the neighboring communities it serves.
A few changes in store at Lawrence public school cafeterias
August 11, 2014
Hummus. Rice bowls. Sweet and sour chicken. Super nachos. These are among the new items being offered in Lawrence public school cafeterias this year in an effort to provide students with a wider variety of meal choices. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence chiropractors: Avoid back pain when going back to school
August 10, 2014
Of all the back-to-school decisions parents in Lawrence make this week, one that could have long-lasting impacts on their child’s health is … which backpack to use. Local chiropractors say having a sturdy backpack that’s not too heavy and worn properly could save kids from developing back, neck and posture problems. By Giles Bruce
Kansas’ uninsured rate rose in 2014, Gallup poll finds
August 6, 2014
Kansas’ uninsured rate has risen in the past year more than any other state’s, according to a Gallup Well-Being poll released this week. By Giles Bruce
Cancer drug developed in Lawrence shows promise in clinical trial
August 5, 2014
A cancer drug developed by a Lawrence biotech company showed positive results in treating abdominal cancers during a recent clinical trial at Kansas University Cancer Center.
Grant program to assist people with disabilities
August 4, 2014
Independence Inc.’s new assistive technology grant program assists individuals with disabilities throughout Kansas in acquiring assistive technology or accessible modifications to their homes.

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