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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
Middle school rallies behind coach fighting leukemia
March 20, 2014
It was shortly after a routine physical exam last October that Dave Anderson got the news nobody wants to hear: Something was wrong.
Couple’s medical marijuana lobbying efforts find little support in Topeka
March 19, 2014
Before making a final decision on a move that will split their family, Kathy and Ryan Reed spent two days in January speaking to Kansas lawmakers about the prospect of allowing medical marijuana use in the state.
Lawrence couple turns to medical marijuana as lifeline for 2-year-old son
March 19, 2014
The lower-body cast that 2-year-old Otis Reed has worn since breaking his right femur Feb. 23 is decorated the red and blue of the Kansas Jayhawks, his mother’s alma mater. But now the couple’s Lawrence house is empty and on the market. The boy and his father, Ryan, will move to Colorado in May so Otis can begin medical marijuana treatments. By Elvyn Jones
Lawrence man loses 750 pounds, hopes to inspire others
March 19, 2014
Over the past five-plus years, Robert Walls has shed more than 750 pounds, about the equivalent of four average-sized men. Now the Lawrence man wants to use his story to help others struggling with obesity. By Giles Bruce
Twins need $60,000 more for brain surgery as KanCare, ACA fall through
March 18, 2014
Blake and Lance Tranckino’s birthday, April 30, is approaching quickly, and a required reconstructive brain surgery must happen before they turn a year old.

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