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Healthy aging: What does it take?
February 24, 2015
Much has changed to improve the odds you’ll become a centenarian, but what does it take to reach that milestone? There are many research studies that suggest a person who follows healthy habits can expect a lifespan of 86 years or more. Life insurance companies have a pretty good handle on the factors that determine whether a person dies young or old. Some of the most important factors they track are weight or body mass index, drinking, smoking, driving record and stress management.
Meditating might help older people sleep, researchers say
February 24, 2015
Older people who have sleep problems found more relief from a mindful meditation program than from a conventional sleep education program, researchers reported.
After lobbying push, drugmaker resubmits women’s sex pill
February 24, 2015
The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost sexual desire in women are hoping a yearlong lobbying push by politicians, women’s groups and consumer advocates will move their much-debated drug onto the market.
Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids
February 23, 2015
For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do.
Pace of new U.S. measles cases slows a bit, officials report
February 23, 2015
The number of U.S. measles cases this year has risen to 154, with new cases scattered across five states, although the pace seems to have slowed.
Marijuana refugee returns to Baldwin City
February 22, 2015
For Ryan Reed, a smile makes his family’s move to Colorado worthwhile. It’s a smile he wishes he could share with members of the Kansas Legislature this week when he testifies before a House committee about the benefits of the medical marijuana his 3-year-old son has been taking daily since the family moved to Colorado in May 2014. However, under current Kansas law, it’s not possible for him to bring his son with him on the visit to his hometown of Baldwin City. By Elvyn Jones
Kansas amputee support group members deal with phantom pain
February 22, 2015
Sometimes it feels like a knife is slicing through Pamela Jenkins’ right foot. But, she doesn’t have a right foot. Phantom pain is very real to the group of amputees who were attending the regular meeting of the Kansas Amputee Support System.
Healthful diet report: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in
February 19, 2015
An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don’t forget your vegetables. Recommendations on Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.
Four things to know to stop the spring allergy onslaught
February 19, 2015
Despite patches of snow that remain on the ground and the freezing cold temperatures this week, spring is near. And with spring comes seasonal allergies. Ron Weiner, board certified allergist with Asthma & Allergy Associates in Lawrence, says 20 percent of people have allergies, and there are four important steps people can take to make their lives more livable when allergy season hits.
Over 90,000 Kansans have health plan using Affordable Care Act marketplace
06:49 p.m., February 18, 2015 Updated 10:01 p.m.
More than 90,000 Kansans and 8.6 million Americans registered or automatically re-enrolled in a health plan by using the Affordable Care Act’s online Health Insurance Marketplace.
Study: Educated youth football coaches can cut injuries
February 17, 2015
A new study shows young football players are less likely to get hurt or sustain head injuries when playing for coaches who have been trained in teaching proper tackling fundamentals.
Eye-opener: U.S. teens getting less and less sleep, study shows
February 17, 2015
U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.
Take a quiz to test your heart health knowledge
February 17, 2015
Heart health is a hot topic these days. Though heart disease is a serious epidemic, you can have fun testing your knowledge. Do you know if the following statements are fact or fiction?
Double Take: PLUS model helps parents respond to teen crises
February 17, 2015
Teens bring many difficult situations into their parents’ lives. The PLUS model, which Dr. Wes and previous co-author Katie Guyot developed, gives parents a formula for how to respond in a helpful way to just about any difficult situation — or at least to not make things worse.
Healing on the run: Injuries don’t have to stop runners from moving
February 17, 2015
Even with snow on the ground, area runners are starting to think about the season ahead. And with the start of the season comes the potential for running injuries. Sarah White-Hamilton, a physical therapist at TherapyWorks in Lawrence, says there are several running injuries that can sideline a runner as they start a running program, return to running after a winter away, or start to increase their speed or distance in their workouts.

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