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Bert Nash to honor volunteers at Pioneer Celebration
April 14, 2015
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will present the Pioneer Celebration on Monday evening to honor volunteers.
KU plans Earth Day clean-up event
April 14, 2015
KU’s Center for Sustainability and Watkins Health Center are planning KU “Kick Butts” Clean Up Day on April 22.
Daddy Rules: Play date activities sound scary but lead to real growth
April 14, 2015
At least once a week I’m glad I didn’t invite anyone over for a play date. My kids play pretty well with others, but these days things can get weird in a hurry, and I find myself presiding over activities that just wouldn’t sound right paired with an invitation.
Double Take: Looking for new teen co-author
April 14, 2015
This week we celebrate the tenth annual essay contest to find the 12th teen co-author of Double Take. If you’re keeping score, we’ve now had had six authors from Free State, four from LHS, and one from Bishop Seabury; nine girls and two boys.
Young athletes benefit from variety, health pros say
April 14, 2015
Chances are, there’s a young athlete in your neighborhood, maybe even under your roof, who wants to be the next LeBron, the next Serena — the next big name in sports. But the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many coaches and health professionals, say that focusing on intensive, single-sport training at a young age can increase the chance of injury and mental fatigue.
Celebrate National Donate Life month in April
April 14, 2015
April is the 12th annual National Donate Life Month. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants, and honors the heroes that have given the gift of life as organ, eye and tissue donors.
FDA warns of liver injury from muscle-building supplement
April 13, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid dietary supplements sold by a Las Vegas company because they may contain anabolic steroids that can cause liver damage.
Kansas State reports increased rabies cases so far this year
April 13, 2015
A Kansas State University laboratory says it is seeing an increase in rabies cases so far this year.
With recent recalls, Q&A answers questions about listeria
April 12, 2015
Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria — listeria. Here is a look at the listeria bacteria and answers to questions that consumers may have.
Elder care costs keep climbing; nursing home bill now $91K
April 9, 2015
The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday.
Long VA waits less of a problem in Kansas than elsewhere
April 9, 2015
Fewer Kansas veterans are experiencing long waits for care at VA hospitals and clinics than their counterparts in many other states, but dozens waited more than 90 days for care and delays actually jumped in the first two months of this year.
VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care
08:21 a.m., April 9, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms — government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.
Obama presents climate change as hazard to your health
April 8, 2015
President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.
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.

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