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Food Champs: Event honors two residents for their healthful eating efforts
April 7, 2015
When it comes to public health in Douglas County, two names stand out: Rick Martin and Di Xie. Martin, a chef, restaurant owner and educator, and Xie, a Free State High School student, gardener and community food activist, have been chosen as the 2015 Douglas County Health Champions by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. They are being honored at a community breakfast on Friday morning, and the public is invited.
Double Take: Be reasonable with teen car choice
April 7, 2015
Dr. Wes and Kyra Haas talk about the best choice of cars for a new teen driver.
Make your health care decisions known in advance
April 7, 2015
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. This day is set aside to inspire and educate people about the importance of advance care planning. It is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. Adults can express these wishes by creating advance directives, which come in two main forms. One is the durable power of attorney; the other is a living will.
2 state agencies warn of risk of human Salmonella infection from Easter chicks, ducklings
April 2, 2015
With Easter comes the temptation to bring fuzzy chicks or ducklings into your menagerie. But two state agencies warn that there is a risk of Salmonella infection from handling the animals.
KU professor to appear on KCPT cancer special
April 1, 2015
Jennifer Laurence, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the Kansas University School of Pharmacy, will be featured in the upcoming Kansas City Public Television special “Cancer in KC.”
Kansas State, Iowa State research child obesity program
April 1, 2015
Researchers from Kansas State University and Iowa State University are using a $2.8 million grant to research a school-based program that combats childhood obesity.
Insurance companies say 2014 exchange members older, sicker
08:38 a.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 09:30 a.m.
Two companies that sell health insurance on the Kansas exchange say people who signed up last year tended to be older and sicker than they had anticipated.
First lady asks kids to step up for healthy lunch challenge
March 31, 2015
Know any kids with a knack for making healthy lunches? Michelle Obama might invite them to the White House.
Study finds equality between sexes at moment of conception
March 31, 2015
Every year, slightly more boy babies than girl babies are born worldwide. But back when sperm meets egg, the two sexes are conceived in equal numbers, a new study suggests.
Double Take: Teens’ online presence needs adult input
March 31, 2015
Regarding teens taking the technology reins, Dr. Wes says parents don’t really give teens freedom. They take it. Kyra admits that while parents want to believe their teens will make good choices, once a breach in confidence occurs, reeling kids back can be near impossible.
LMH offers genetic counseling services
March 31, 2015
Knowing if you are at risk of developing breast cancer is an essential part of your breast health. Discovering if risk factors are present is key to preventing or identifying the disease early. For this reason, breast health screenings at the LMH Breast Center now include administration of a family health questionnaire based on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines.
Ken Burns unravels the mysteries of cancer in PBS film
March 31, 2015
There’s a mystery to cancer, in large part because of fear, that PBS tries to unravel in this week’s six-hour documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”
City Commission candidates debate health, wellness issues
09:17 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
A Lawrence City Commission candidate forum on health and wellness issues Monday produced a variety of ideas, including a candidate who said he thinks the community could benefit from a lower drinking age. By Chad Lawhorn
WellCommons to host Lawrence candidate forum
March 29, 2015
The public is invited to a City Commission candidate forum on public health and wellness issues at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium.
Colleges getting out of health insurance business
March 29, 2015
The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.

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