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New plan to control mental health drugs advances in Kansas
March 23, 2015
A new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs to the Medicaid program in Kansas has advanced in the Legislature.
On fifth anniversary of health care law, no end to debate
March 23, 2015
In five years, the polemic around Obamacare hasn’t cooled much, and the permanence of the president’s achievement remains in question as the nation awaits the outcome of a Supreme Court case that could jeopardize insurance for nearly 8 million people.
As patients face death, doctors push straight talk on care
March 23, 2015
Most Americans say they’d prefer to die at home, with treatment to free them from pain, but the prestigious Institute of Medicine says the reality too often is unwanted care and not enough comfort. One main reason: Doctors have a hard time discussing dying and patients don’t know what to ask. Now the institute is recommending changes in the health system to help patients — not doctors or circumstances — dictate their care, and it all starts with some straight talk.
Send in your health questions for City Commission candidate forum
March 19, 2015
What questions do you have for candidates about health objectives in Lawrence? Let us know, and we’ll ask them in our March 30 candidate forum.
Kraft recalls 6.5 million boxes of mac and cheese
March 18, 2015
Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.
28 people test positive for tuberculosis at Kansas school
11:19 a.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 08:42 p.m.
More than two dozen cases of tuberculosis have been detected at an eastern Kansas high school after widespread screening, state and county health officials announced Wednesday.
Researcher: Avian flu found in Kansas no threat to humans
March 17, 2015
A Kansas State University researcher says a strain of avian influenza found in Kansas is no threat to humans.
UK, drugmakers establish $100M Alzheimer’s venture fund
March 17, 2015
Major drugmakers, the British government and a top Alzheimer’s research charity are pooling more than $100 million to create a global fund to accelerate efforts to find a treatment or even a cure for the mind-robbing disease within a decade.
Daddy Rules: When in doubt, parents, just get down on the floor
March 17, 2015
The best advice I ever received as a new parent was simple: When in doubt, just get down on the floor and roll around.
Managing the crazy: Some tips on parenting 2 kids under 2
March 17, 2015
Monaco has royal parents of newborn twins, and Britain’s Kate and William will soon have a second little prince, but will parenting two kids under 2 be a soul-draining, tear-inducing experience for them like it sometimes is for the rest of us? Unlikely, but their cushy highnesses aren’t completely immune.
County names chef, high school student as champions of health
07:57 p.m., March 16, 2015 Updated 10:14 p.m.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department recognized local chef Rick Martin and high school junior Di Xie on Monday evening as the 2015 Douglas County Health Champions.
Kansas sets quarantines zones over avian influenza threat
March 13, 2015
Kansas has established quarantine zones in Crawford and Cherokee counties in the wake of a case of avian influenza in neighboring Missouri.
Longtime Bert Nash CEO to retire in 2016
06:50 p.m., March 11, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
David Johnson announced Wednesday he will retire from his post as CEO of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, a position he’s held for 14 years.
Kansas monitoring control zone for signs of avian influenza
March 11, 2015
The Kansas Department of Agriculture says it is monitoring a control zone in southeast Kansas for signs of avian influenza. The move comes in the wake of a confirmed case in Jasper County, Missouri.
Olathe school to test 350 students, staff for tuberculosis
March 11, 2015
An Olathe school isn’t taking any chances and is testing about 350 students and staff for tuberculosis after they came into contact with an infected student.

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