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100 Top Hospitals award recognizes LMH progress toward operational excellence
March 10, 2015
For the third year in a row, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has earned its place among the nation’s top 100 hospitals. As a recipient of the 2015 Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals award, the hospital is proud to to rank highly among nearly 3,000 acute care hospitals nationwide. We are in the national top 20 for organizations our size, and we are the only hospital in Kansas to achieve this distinction for the past three consecutive years.
Get a caffeine kick in your diet, but keep moderation in mind
March 10, 2015
A government advisory committee recently released a report that looks at caffeine for the first time and says coffee — in moderation — is not only OK, but there are even some benefits. But with all substances, moderation is key, and Lawrence physician Khylie McGee and other health professionals say what is important is to know what you’re getting when it comes to caffeine.
New KU Hospital building planned to accommodate fast-growing areas
04:47 p.m., March 9, 2015 Updated 08:32 p.m.
Kansas University Hospital on Monday ceremoniously broke ground on a new building that will add almost 100 beds to the hospital’s capacity, helping meet demand in fast-growing areas: neurosciences and surgical oncology. The $280 million Cambridge North Patient Tower is going up at 39th and Cambridge streets in Kansas City, Kan., just northeast of the existing hospital buildings. By Sara Shepherd
Justices order new look at Notre Dame birth control case
March 9, 2015
The Supreme Court is ordering a federal appeals court to take another look at the University of Notre Dame’s lawsuit over the health overhaul law’s rules on paying for contraceptives.
Report: Rural hospitals get billions in extra Medicare funds
March 9, 2015
A law that allows rural hospitals to bill Medicare for rehabilitation services for seniors at higher rates than nursing homes and other facilities has led to billions of dollars in extra government spending, federal investigators say.
FDA approves first lower-cost biotech drug
March 8, 2015
Federal health officials on Friday approved the first lower-cost copy of a biotech drug in the U.S., a long-awaited milestone that could save billions for insurers, doctors and patients.
FDA study finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk
March 5, 2015
In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.
Dying wish comes true: Dutch woman with ALS sees Rembrandts
March 5, 2015
A Dutch charity has granted a terminally ill woman’s dying wish, wheeling her into Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum on a special bed for a private viewing of an immensely popular exhibition of Rembrandt paintings.
Health department accepting nominations for Health Champion Awards
04:01 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is seeking nominations for its third annual Health Champion Awards.
How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar
March 4, 2015
Health officials say people should eat less sugar. But that’s easier said than done. Anyone who has tried cutting down on sugar knows to avoid cookies, sodas and candy. But sugar can be hidden in lots of other common packaged foods.
Douglas County chapter of Red Cross receives federal funds
March 3, 2015
The Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross has received federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
After-school health and fitness program at Liberty Memorial continues to grow
March 3, 2015
When Michel Loomis, then a teacher at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, co-founded a physical fitness after-school program in 2009, all it had to work with was a big gym.
Step right up to healthy eating for kids
March 3, 2015
More than one third of children or adolescents in the United States were overweight or obese in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Double Take: Senate bill stands in the way of education
March 3, 2015
This week, Dr. Wes and Kyra discuss the Kansas Senate’s SB 56, which charges with a class B misdemeanor any teacher caught teaching things that lawmakers or parents consider salacious.
New FDA official inherits raft of projects, challenges
March 2, 2015
One of the nation’s leading medical researchers joined the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, taking on the agency’s No. 2 leadership job at a critical juncture for prescription drugs, medical devices and tobacco products.

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