Health

KU sees increased demand for student mental health services

Some have called the situation a “crisis.” But Michael Maestas, director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Kansas, wouldn’t go that far, at least in describing conditions on his campus. But you certainly can describe his department as very busy. Look ...

Falls can start a downward spiral; work to prevent them

Falls can happen anywhere, at any time. The fall rate is increasing significantly, especially by those ages 65 and over. Since 2007, the number of falls have gone up by 30 percent. Kenna Young, trauma coordinator in the Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency department, stresses the importance ...

Lawrence, KC-area doctors donate $11K to patient medical debt

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A group of Kansas City-area doctors have donated about $11,000 to help pay off medical bills for hundreds of patients in Missouri and Kansas. The Midwest Direct Primary Care Alliance’s donation will buy $1.47 million worth of medical debt on behalf of 784 patients in the ...

CDC: Backyard chickens are spreading salmonella to people

WICHITA — If you're really loving your backyard chickens and all those fresh eggs, you might be giving your flock a little bit of extra attention — and some snuggles and kisses. Well, you had better stop, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning. You might be putting ...

Many specialized therapists simultaneously resign from Bert Nash

Seven specialized therapists who deal with some of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center’s most high-risk patients have given notice that they are resigning, the center’s CEO confirmed Wednesday. Reasons for the simultaneous resignations were not immediately clear. Although the ...

FDA approves new pill to reduce pain from endometriosis

TRENTON, N.J. — A new treatment for pain caused by endometriosis was approved Tuesday by U.S. regulators. The common condition involves abnormal tissue growth from the uterus that can cause severe pain and infertility. Drugmaker Abbvie said the Food and Drug Administration approved the ...

4 types of Goldfish Crackers recalled over salmonella fears

NORWALK, Conn. — Pepperidge Farm is voluntarily recalling four varieties of Goldfish Crackers because of fears they could potentially have salmonella. The company on Monday took the action after one of its ingredient suppliers notified it that whey powder used in a seasoning may be ...

Healthy Outlook: Make the most of the little free time you get

After a short-term schedule change, you can call me a morning empathizer. Suffice to say I had forgotten how hectic and chaotic the typical 9-to-5 workday is. Consider my cognizance reborn. Most of my time on the clock is spent at the copy desk each week. I come in with the rest of the copy ...

Local coalition to celebrate breastfeeding

What if there was a medicine that could lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancer for moms and prevent infectious diseases, lower the risk of obesity and lower respiratory infections, and increase intelligence for children? That medicine is called breastfeeding. This year, from Aug. 1-7, ...

Kansas illness linked to Hy-Vee pasta salad salmonella outbreak

The grocery store chain Hy-Vee Inc. recalled its store-brand spring pasta salad earlier this week after 20 people got salmonella in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Health officials found another case on Friday, in Kansas. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has ...

For some, a DNA test produces only uncertainty about health

New York — Last year, Katie Burns got a phone call that shows what can happen in medicine when information runs ahead of knowledge. Burns learned that a genetic test of her fetus had turned up an abnormality. It appeared in a gene that, when it fails to work properly, causes heart defects, ...

Lawrence Community Bike Ride coming up Saturday

With new rides planned this year, an eighth annual family bike ride this weekend will also offer free helmets and safety vests, while supplies last. The Summer 2018 Lawrence Community Bike Ride will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St. ...

Healthy Outlook: Health planning underway, plus news and notes

Story updated 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 There’s just so much going on that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one column unless I gave it a terribly generic headline. Among topics we’ll get to today are broccoli in your convenience stores (maybe), signs coming to the Lawrence ...

Cause of dizziness, vertigo could be in your ears: BPPV

Martha woke up one morning, sat up and became so dizzy she almost fell off her bed. She hung onto the side of her bed and headboard until the room stopped spinning. She finally was able to stand and begin her day. Off and on for the rest of the day, she felt dizzy or nauseated — sometimes ...

LiveWell expands focus, marks decade of work with new name

The local community health advocacy group formerly known as LiveWell Lawrence is marking its 10th anniversary this year, and it has adopted the new name LiveWell Douglas County to reflect a broader focus. The organization began in 2008 with 16 members, according to its recent news release, ...

Navajo Nation urges expansion of radiation exposure law

SHIPROCK, N.M. — From the end of World War II to the mid-1980s, about 30 million ton of uranium ore were extracted from lands belonging to the nation's largest American Indian reservation. Today, across the Navajo Nation sit dozens of abandoned uranium mines and the high risk to residents of ...

New Medicare cards coming to Kansas beneficiaries

New Medicare cards are on their way to the mailboxes of beneficiaries in Kansas this month. The new cards will no longer bear beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers, in hopes of preventing fraud and theft of important personal information. Instead, the cards will list a randomly assigned ...

Healthy Outlook: Go play! Ideas to get the whole family moving

Kids may complain all school year that their tummies hurt and they don’t want to go, but by this point in summer vacation, they’re probably going a little stir-crazy — and probably driving their grownups up a wall, too. Whether it’s going for a bike ride, visiting a local playground, ...

Hearing loop technology coming to the Lied Center

For Richard Meidinger, hearing an entire performance at the Lied Center of Kansas has been a challenge. “Hearing aids work best for a distance about 4 feet from the speaker,” said Meidinger, a retired radiologist who has used hearing aids for at least 20 years. “So when I’m in a ...