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Teacher of the year finalist’s health, fitness efforts impact students
November 25, 2014
There was a time when Beau Bragg wondered if teaching was right for him. The Bonner Springs Elementary School physical education teacher was in his early teaching classes at Wichita State University and had chosen a physical education focus rather than a math focus, but he was feeling a little intimidated.
FDA strengthens warning on device linked to cancer
November 25, 2014
U.S. regulators on Monday strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients.
U.S. looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak
November 25, 2014
The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.
Grant for playground equipment step toward all-day program at Baldwin City’s Rainbow Experience Preschool
November 25, 2014
A grant awarded Rainbow Experience Preschool last week is a step toward big changes for the 51-year-old Baldwin City nonprofit. Jamie Davis, chairperson of the Rainbow Experience Preschool Board of Directors, said Rainbow received a $15,000 grant from the LiveWell Lawrence Coalition at a Friday banquet that is to be used to help pay for new playground equipment, which she said would be placed to the west of the preschool at the northwest corner of Sixth and Baker streets.
LiveWell Lawrence celebrates sixth anniversary with grants, awards
November 21, 2014
LiveWell Lawrence celebrated its sixth birthday by giving gifts to others. The wellness coalition, whose goal is to make it easier for Douglas County residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobacco free, awarded five Culture of Health Action Awards and 10 grants at a celebration breakfast Friday morning at the Eldridge Hotel.
KU Hospital announces major gift for expansion project
November 19, 2014
Kansas University hospital on Wednesday announced a $10 million challenge grant for its new expansion project, the Cambridge North Tower.
Health Department encourages smokers to participate in Great American Smokeout
November 19, 2014
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages people to quit smoking as part of the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on Thursday. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States and Kansas. Each year, nearly 3,900 adult Kansans die from their own tobacco use and an additional 380 nonsmokers die from exposure to secondhand smoke. In Douglas County, one in five individuals identified themselves as a current smoker in 2011.
Insulin pumps worth asking about for anyone with diabetes
November 17, 2014
Pat Hohman, a diabetes educator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, says insulin pumps — those pager-like devices commonly affixed to a person’s torso with a catheter connecting the two — may be replacing pens and syringes as the preferred insulin delivery system for children and other newly diagnosed diabetics.
Get assistance and keep trying to quit tobacco use
November 17, 2014
Of prime importance for success when trying to kick the tobacco habit is information and support. Just quitting cold turkey may not be the most effective way to remain tobacco free. Take the time to put a quit plan in place and employ any and all assistance available. This may include counseling, on-going support, over-the-counter nicotine replacement products, and even prescription medications. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine if you might be a candidate for medications to help you quit.
Double Take: Love and ADHD can be a rewarding mix
November 17, 2014
Learning how to love someone with ADHD can be perplexing, but it can also be rewarding and fun. The secret is learning when to tolerate and ignore and when to push for accountability.
Daddy Rules: Know the tools of the daddy trade
November 17, 2014
I don’t have $1,100 for a Stokke stroller, or even $125 for a Baby Bjorn baby carrier. Sheer desperation has taught me as a dad never to be without certain tools of the trade, although none is remotely Scandinavian, and each can be obtained close to home for less than the price of a plateful of Swedish meatballs.
LiveWell Lawrence to celebrate 6th anniversary
November 17, 2014
LiveWell Lawrence will mark its sixth anniversary with a celebration breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts St.
Kansas trying software for mental health treatment
November 17, 2014
Kansas is trying a new software program that’s led to better physical health for Missouri residents with mental illnesses.
Strings attached’: Mental health treatment required to get this rent subsidy
November 16, 2014
Ruby DoMoe spent years bouncing from hospital to homeless shelter to friends’ couches to battered women’s shelter and back again. That lifestyle only made her mental illness worse. Which made her ability to maintain housing worse. “It was chaos,” DoMoe said. “It was just darkness and chaos all the time, drama coming from every direction. There was no letting up.” Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center has a program for people like DoMoe, who need more than just financial help to maintain stable housing. The HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance program — part of Bert Nash’s Community Support Services for people with severe and persistent mental illness — provides a rent subsidy bolstered by intensive mental health treatment. By Sara Shepherd
Insurance plan costs remain stable
November 15, 2014
Kansas consumers signing up for health insurance on the federally-run online marketplace will pay about the same next year, a new report shows.

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