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Lawrencian holds out hope for lung transplant, chance at new life
April 4, 2014
David Jensen is waiting. Waiting for new lungs, and a new life. In the nearly 20 years since doctors diagnosed the Lawrence resident with a genetic disorder known as alpha-1, Jensen’s lungs have degenerated, slowly taking with them his strength, livelihood, financial stability and independence. Jensen, 53, would like to get those back. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas Senate approves insurance for autism
09:52 a.m., April 3, 2014 Updated 10:26 a.m.
A bill that would require insurance coverage for children under the age of 12 with autism has been sent to Gov. Sam Brownback.
Gluten-free: ‘Confusing’ fad or matter of life and death?
April 1, 2014
Even though the rate of celiac diagnoses is on the rise, it may be surpassed by the popularity of the gluten-free diet. While the trend has provided celiac sufferers with a wider variety of culinary options, health experts note that gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. By Giles Bruce
23 places to eat in Lawrence if you’re gluten-free
April 1, 2014
Here are 23 Lawrence restaurants to try if you’re avoiding gluten.
Kansas residents rush to meet health care deadline
12:08 p.m., March 31, 2014 Updated 03:10 p.m.
Counselors were dealing with a crush of late requests for help from Kansas consumers trying to navigate the federal government’s online health insurance marketplace on Monday, the deadline for signing up for coverage. But the Republican-dominated Legislature still was looking for ways to resist the 4-year-old federal health care overhaul championed by Democratic President Barack Obama.
Healthy Weight, Success Stories: Tonganoxie woman sheds 46 pounds
March 31, 2014
Kathy Monahan of Tonganoxie lost more than 40 pounds by following a strict diet and exercise plan.
Community Wellness Festival returns to Baldwin City
March 31, 2014
The 13th annual Community Wellness Festival, sponsored by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission and Baker University, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.
Faces of the uninsured: five years later
March 29, 2014
In 2009, the Journal-World profiled four Douglas County residents who lacked health insurance. Since then, a lot has changed: The Affordable Care Act passed at the federal level, with the aim of expanding insurance to most of those who previously went without it. What has that meant for the four people the Journal-World wrote about five years ago? We revisit their stories today. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence Memorial Hospital to build retail pharmacy for employees
March 28, 2014
In a move designed to reduce employee health care costs, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital board of trustees approved a plan Wednesday to build a retail pharmacy at the hospital to serve its employees. By Giles Bruce
KU bans e-cigarettes from campus buildings
March 27, 2014
Electronic cigarette users at Kansas University now must go outside and get at least 20 feet away from buildings to light up on campus, just like smokers of traditional cigarettes. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence family among winners of Special Olympics awards
March 27, 2014
A Lawrence family was among the winners of the 2013 Special Olympics Kansas’ Making a Difference Awards.
Douglas County moves up a spot in county health rankings
March 26, 2014
Douglas County moved up a spot in the annual rankings of the healthiest counties in Kansas released Wednesday, from ninth to eighth. By Giles Bruce
Double Take: Cure for zombie relationships? Delete your ex
March 25, 2014
Is there some reason that girls feel like they need to keep talking to their ex after they break up? It’s pretty much ruining my girlfriend and my relationship, and I may break up with her because of it.
CrossFit Lawrence sends kids over boulders, up climbing walls
March 24, 2014
Inside an east Lawrence warehouse on Saturday mornings, recess takes on several forms. By Stephen Montemayor
Prescription assistance program improves health, more for Lawrence’s homeless
March 22, 2014
For Judy Saverda-Allen, who moved into the Lawrence Community Shelter last month, it was difficult to prioritize paying for maintenance medications even though she knew they were important. She was surprised and grateful to learn about the shelter’s prescription assistance program. “There are meds that my health situation requires that I have to have,” she said. “I would have to tell the doctor, ‘No, unless it’s on the $4 list I can’t get it.’” By Sara Shepherd

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