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False report of Ebola in KC spreads online, prompting response
October 7, 2014
Rumors that a patient at a Kansas City hospital had Ebola were false, but they forced health officials to respond to stories that spread online.
Exercise, screening can lower cancer risk
October 7, 2014
You probably have friends and relatives who have had breast cancer. Doctors can offer no certain strategies for preventing breast cancer. But there are ways to reduce your risk factors and strengthen factors that may help protect you.
Testing for BRCA mutations is daunting but could be lifesaving
October 7, 2014
Accounting for about 20 percent to 25 percent of hereditary breast cancers and 5 percent to 10 percent of all breast cancers, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations can have a devastating emotional impact on those who learn they have them. However, fear should not deter genetic testing.
After surviving rare, aggressive form of breast cancer, Lawrence woman warns others to be on the lookout for it
October 6, 2014
Leticia Cole is normally a private person. But she figures that if any good can come of her recent battle with cancer it will be from sharing her story with others. By Giles Bruce
Beating cancer inspires Lawrence Parks and Recreation employee to start fitness class
October 6, 2014
After Jo Ellis survived a cancer scare two years ago, she wished she had had more opportunities to be physically active during her treatment and recovery. Now she wants to make it easier for other people fighting the disease to exercise.
After first confirmed case of Ebola in U.S., area hospitals prepared in case virus reaches Kansas
October 6, 2014
With the confirmation last week of the first case of Ebola in the United States since the recent outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa, area hospitals say they’re ready if an Ebola patient shows up in this region.
Lawrence woman discovers undiagnosed brain injury with help of managed care organization
October 5, 2014
On a recent day, Teressa Harvey welcomed visitors into her Lawrence mobile home. This might not seem like a remarkable occurrence, but for Harvey it was a huge step in her recovery process. By Giles Bruce
One year in, Lawrence foundation helping people who have had medical catastrophes regain their abilities
October 3, 2014
On Thursday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s outpatient rehab unit, Ed Corporal did lunges while holding onto parallel bars and being spotted by his physical therapist. A few feet away, Lisa Clark lay on her stomach on a padded platform, lifting her arm behind her back to try to regain strength in her upper body. Neither of them would have been there had Sam Porritt not fallen off that wall three years ago while photographing the Italian countryside. Corporal and Clark are among the first beneficiaries of Porritt’s Falling Forward Foundation, which financially supports people recovering from catastrophic medical issues and whose insurance coverage has run out. By Giles Bruce
County Commission hires Treanor Architects to study jail expansion
October 1, 2014
Treanor Architects has been hired by the Douglas County Commission to research what specific needs must be met if the county jail were to be expanded.
Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US
04:10 p.m., September 30, 2014 Updated 04:37 p.m.
A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday.
KU student whose athletic career was ended by concussions tries to prevent the same from happening to others
September 30, 2014
Three years after concussions ended her athletic career, Kansas University freshman Kylee Bliss still suffers from daily headaches, frequent migraines and sensitivity to light and sound. But she’s taking what she learned to try to prevent it from happening to others. Last year, Bliss started the HeadsUp Foundation, which raises awareness about the dangers of post-concussion syndrome in the hopes of stopping other athletes from returning to the court or field too soon. She is getting ready to host her second annual trail run benefit in October.
Fall is the season for choosing a health plan
September 30, 2014
Fall is here. Shorter days, cooler weather, football season, and the annual process of selecting a health insurance plan. Whether you are choosing from employer-sponsored plans or participating in the insurance exchange, this is a key decision that affects many of us. Let’s discuss several aspects of the fall enrollment season to clarify some questions.
Lawrence stroke survivor finishes Mount Everest challenge
September 29, 2014
Four years ago, Rick McNabb suffered a brain aneurysm and subsequent stroke that left him largely paralyzed on the left side of his body. Over the past three months, he climbed the distance of Mount Everest — on a staircase at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. By Giles Bruce
Don’t fall forward: Maintain your hearing to reduce the risk of falls
September 29, 2014
The beauty of fall is upon us but there is another kind of fall that isn’t so pleasant. And with that, it’s important that we take time to help our loved ones and people of all ages learn ways to reduce the risk of falling.
Double Take: Deal with video game-related problems
September 29, 2014
New research and Dr. Wes’s clinical experience suggest that violent content doesn’t make kids more violent or lacking in empathy. But the actual emotional experience of game play often makes them angrier and, at times, aggressive.

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