Health

Small western Kansas hospital suspends obstetrical services

Tribune ? A small western Kansas hospital says it is suspending obstetrics services to residents in the region.Greeley County Health Services recently announced it would temporarily stop inpatient obstetrical services beginning Jan. 31.Bill Hartley, interim hospital administrator, says the ...

Merc class will teach how herbs fight osteoporosis

By Danielle MocciaBoniva. Fosamax. In a society where pharmaceuticals reign supreme in the medical universe, these are a few of the things that come to mind for many Americans when they think of osteoporosis treatments.But treating osteoporosis doesn’t have to involve pharmaceuticals, says ...

Lawrence dentist offering program on TMJ

Think teeth grinding can be a real pain? Just ask Kate Whitsel, a junior at Kansas State University, who drives 90 minutes twice a month to Lawrence to visit dentist Jim Otten for severe TMJ issues.But the road time, Whitsel says, has been worth it.“I was told I would need surgery by one ...

Tips for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions

It's less than a week into 2011 and if you're New Year's resolution is already on shaky ground, you're not alone. According to findings published in a 2002 volume of the Journal of Clinical Psychology, making resolutions are useful, but maybe only to less than a quarter of us. Of the 40 to 45 ...

KU Hospital reports patient visits, revenues up

Kansas City, Kan. ? Kansas University Hospital says patient visits and revenues increased during the fiscal year ending June 30.The Kansas City, Kan., hospital says in its annual report that outpatient visits increased 7 percent, to almost 362,000, and emergency room visits rose nearly 4 ...

Winter weather woes: Avoid these health annoyances and hazards

Winter has marched in, bringing with it frigid temperatures. Not only is the cold weather a drag on spirits, it can be damaging to you and your children’s health.Catching a “bug”If you have never had the flu (respiratory influenza), you are one of the lucky few. This virus is freely ...

Lawrence residents jump into smart phone health app market

David Dunlap was helping one of his assistants figure out what ailed her when he came up with the idea for a new mobile app.“I knew within a couple of questions the answer to it,” says Dunlap, a doctor at First Med Family & Walk-in Care in Lawrence. “I realized that if you can ...

Cancer-spotting blood test a step closer to actuality

Boston ? A blood test so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer cell lurking among a billion healthy ones is moving one step closer to being available at your doctor’s office.Boston scientists who invented the test and health care giant Johnson & Johnson will announce today that ...

State health officer Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips sets goals for 2011

The state health officer wants to reduce the demand for medical services: tests, doctors and hospitals.That would mean Kansans were living healthier, more productive and longer lives. It also would relieve the growing burden of health care costs on taxpayers, insurance payers and everyone ...

KDHE reminds Kansans that if you’re trying to quit smoking, it can help you

Topeka ? Just in time for people who are making New Year's resolution, the Kansas Department of Health Environment is reminding smokers that it offers help if they want to quit.The state is using the holiday to publicize the Kansas Tobacco Quitline, which hooks smokers up with coaches and links ...

Poll: Most baby boomers expect to outlive Medicare

Washington ? The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program’s obituary will be written before their own.A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that baby boomers believe by a ratio of 2-to-1 they won’t be able to rely on the giant health ...

Boost children’s self-esteem at all age levels

Wouldn’t it be exceptional if every child would grow into a confident adult who was proud of himself? If at the birth of every child, the parents could approach a vending machine and pick out the character traits they want for their child?“Brown eyes, sturdy tooth enamel and powerful ...

Health official hopes new report on smoking will persuade Kansans to quit tobacco

Topeka ? The state’s top health official said Monday that before lighting up, every smoker should look at the cigarette and ask him or herself, “Is this the one” that could lead to a fatal illness?The question refers to a new government study that says cell damage and tissue inflammation ...

Lawrence author Pam Grout follows up Lifetime appearance with online coaching

To those who would like to lose weight, have more energy or just feel better, local author Pam Grout has one thing to say: take a deep breath.Last month, Grout took her advice to the Lifetime channel’s “The Balancing Act” to explain how important good breathing is to the body’s ...

Om, baby: New Lawrence yoga classes designed for pregnant women

When Heather Moise found out she was pregnant last year, she made the decision to do something just for her.Only later did she realize it made everything easier for the whole family.Just weeks into her pregnancy, Moise signed up for prenatal yoga classes at the Yoga Center of Lawrence, 920 ...