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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.
A day in the life of chemo: Positivity is medicine, too
March 18, 2014
About to start chemotherapy the other day, Michael Meyer was in a joking mood. “It’s been a treat,” he said, when asked how chemo has been going so far. That lighthearted spirit has helped Meyer get through a challenging time recently. By Giles Bruce
Mental health in Lawrence to be discussed at public meeting
March 18, 2014
Mental health in Lawrence will be the topic of discussion at a Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters meeting later this week. All are welcome to attend.
A day in the life of chemo: Variety of resources now available for cancer victims in need
March 18, 2014
A cancer diagnosis can be a trying time for any patient and their family. In Lawrence, the local oncology center has social workers on staff to help them through treatment. By Giles Bruce
Loving Paws program offers four-legged therapy
March 17, 2014
Loving Paws, a animal-assisted therapy program, provides services across Douglas County, including regular trips to Brandon Woods at Alvamar, Kansas University residence halls and the Lawrence Cancer Center, as well as in-home private visits. Marion Counts, a Brandon Woods resident, receives weekly visits from Brahma and Shakti, a Boxer puppy and pit bull owned by the program’s founder and director. Counts, 79, suffers from Parkinson’s, diabetes and heart problems, and the dogs give him a chance to reconnect to an active lifestyle. By Joanna Hlavacek
Yoga Central: Triangle pose teaches you to delete the tension from everyday tasks
March 17, 2014
Why do yoga? What benefits does it bring? And what if I’m not young and flexible — does that mean I can’t do it? These are questions people new to yoga often ask, and we’ll do our best to address them in this new feature, Yoga Central.
Healthy Weight: 10 reasons you should drink more water
March 17, 2014
I’m sure you’ve heard that water is important. But do you drink enough? As you read this column, about 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated. Are you one of them? If so, go drink some water!
Bert Nash trying to get mental health program back into all Lawrence schools
March 15, 2014
Officials at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center are still working to get the Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities program, or WRAP, program back into the entire Lawrence school district, years after it became a victim of budget cuts. They say WRAP helps reduce violence, suicides and bullying by identifying — and treating — students with mental illnesses at an early age. By Giles Bruce
Journal-World to host Hearts of Gold Ball benefit for hospital
March 15, 2014
The Journal-World will play host to this year’s Hearts of Gold Ball, which benefits the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association. By Giles Bruce
Benefit Saturday for Eudora sixth-grader diagnosed with cancer
March 14, 2014
A benefit will be held Saturday for a Eudora Middle School student who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
About half of eligible Kansans have enrolled in health insurance marketplace
March 14, 2014
Nearly 30,000 Kansans have selected a plan on the health insurance marketplace, part of the Affordable Care Act, through the first of this month, the Department of Health and Human Services reported this week. By Giles Bruce

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