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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.
House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate
March 26, 2015
In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.
Report: Douglas County remains among healthiest in Kansas
04:45 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Douglas County residents are some of the healthiest in Kansas, according to the annual County Health Rankings report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. For the second year in a row, Douglas County was ranked the eighth in the state. Riley and Johnson counties were first and second. Decatur and Woodson counties were at the bottom of the list.
Science, patients driving rare disease drug research surge
March 25, 2015
The global pharmaceutical industry is pouring billions of dollars into developing treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers but now point the way toward a new era of innovative therapies and big profits.
Kansas wild bird populations weathering avian influenza
11:14 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 03:40 p.m.
Wild bird populations in Kansas appear to be unaffected by an outbreak of avian influenza, although one wild goose suspected of having the disease has been tested for it, the state’s wildlife disease official said Wednesday.
Bill would create organic-type labels for non-modified foods
March 25, 2015
Inspired by the popular “USDA organic” label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.

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