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FDA approves ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder
February 1, 2015
Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.
3,700 in Lawrence will receive health care coverage through federal marketplace
02:50 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Nearly 3,700 Lawrencians have signed up or automatically re-enrolled in a health plan using the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace this year, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
NFL players who started young show more thinking problems
January 28, 2015
NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
FDA issues new requirements to improve defibrillator safety
January 28, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will require makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems.
Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count
January 28, 2015
In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama’s health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute.
Easing into yoga, one pose at a time
January 28, 2015
Yoga always interested me with its reputation for relieving stress and increasing flexibility and strength. It seemed so simple with its lack of equipment and even shoes. But it was always equally intimidating as well, given that I am less flexible than a tree trunk and devoid of any gymnastic-like skill, like handstands or somersaults. Could yoga be beneficial if so much of it didn’t seem possible?
LMH initiates visitor restrictions due to flu concerns
January 28, 2015
If you’ve visited Lawrence Memorial Hospital in the last few days you’ve probably noticed a lot of people wearing masks. The hospital initiated restrictions on patient visitors because of a rapid spike in flu cases last week.
Double Take: Know what you’re getting into before buying into advanced education ‘opportunities’
January 28, 2015
Kyra and Dr. Wes take on high school Advanced Placement classes and other educational programs, and whether they provide students with the best opportunity for learning.
Government to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals
02:02 p.m., January 26, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation’s $3-trillion health care system.
Lawrence man stays positive while living with lung ailment
January 24, 2015
Joe Nobo, 69, has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, which makes it difficult for him to breathe. This period of his life, where he is bound to the oxygen tank 24 hours a day, began about five years ago in a flip-of-the-switch moment. He woke up on Thanksgiving morning feeling normal, until he was overcome with the sweats and passed out.
Kansas medical marijuana advocates see progress in legalization effort
January 23, 2015
State Sen. David Haley has an expression he often repeats when describing lawmakers’ interest in legalizing medical marijuana in Kansas: “The ice is beginning to thaw.” But don’t get carried away, he added. “It isn’t spring yet.” By Elliot Hughes
Spike in flu cases prompts LMH to require masks when visiting patients
January 21, 2015
A sudden spike in influenza cases is forcing Lawrence Memorial Hospital to require that anyone visiting patient areas wear a mask and to discourage children from visiting patients in the hospital altogether.
VA settles more retaliation complaints by whistleblowers
January 20, 2015
The Veterans Affairs Department said Tuesday it is offering relief to more than two dozen employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about wrongdoing at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide.
Double Take: In class, a team is not always a solution
January 20, 2015
While a good study or work group can make (or break) you, those are synergistic enterprises, not socially engineered gatherings. We all work better when we can choose how we work, and, in this regard, schools are behind the curve in expecting kids to get much out of group projects.
Be still my heart: Irregular heartbeat affects millions
January 20, 2015
Atrial fibrillation (AF or A-fib) is a quivering or fluttering of the heart or an irregular heartbeat that affects 2.7 million Americans. It is the most common form of abnormal heart rhythm. Knowing the symptoms and treatment options for AF can help you address an issue before it’s too late.

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