Health

Kobach supports privatizing Osawatomie mental hospital

Topeka — Republican Kris Kobach favors having a private company rebuild and operate the state mental hospital in eastern Kansas, while his main rivals in the governor’s race argue that the state should be creating smaller, regional centers instead. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, ...

Kansas records its first flu death of the season

WICHITA — Health officials say Kansas has recorded its first flu deaths of the season. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says two deaths in the state have already been directly attributed to influenza as of Monday. Pneumonia has been the direct ...

U.S. wants drug prices in TV ads: ‘Patients deserve to know’

TRENTON, N.J. — The federal government said Monday that it wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials. The drug industry’s main trade group said drug companies are only willing to disclose the prices on their websites, not in ...

FDA expands use of cervical cancer vaccine up to age 45

U.S. regulators have expanded the use of Merck's cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration on Oct. 5 approved Gardasil 9 for women and men through age 45. The vaccine protects ...

Topeka Veterans Affairs opens new women’s health center

TOPEKA — Female veterans now have their own Veterans Affairs health center in Topeka. The Topeka VA opened the new women's center on Friday. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that nearly 4,000 women veterans use the VA Eastern Kansas Health Center. VA Eastern Kansas director Rudy Klopfer ...

Thousands of young U.S. children get no vaccines, survey finds

New York — A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials. An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended, according to ...

Healthy Outlook: Breast cancer by the numbers

Most people have some personal connection to breast cancer, whether they know someone who has battled it or are themselves survivors — a term the Susan G. Komen foundation uses to describe a person “from the moment a breast cancer diagnosis is confirmed.” But for every one person we ...

LMH Health trustees devoted to community service

From caring for patients to insuring the facilities are well maintained to dealing in matters of high finance, it takes a lot of people to run a hospital. But it may surprise many to know that LMH Health’s governing board is made up of community volunteers. Since its inception in 1921, the ...

Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds

New York — Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore were suspicious that the dogs might pose an infection risk to patients with weakened immune systems. So they conducted some ...

Federal judge dismisses false-claims lawsuit against Lawrence hospital

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a long-running False Claims Act lawsuit filed against Lawrence Memorial Hospital by a former LMH nurse. The nurse, Megen Duffy, filed the lawsuit in 2014 in federal court in Kansas City, Kan. Duffy claimed that LMH’s Emergency Department falsified the ...

September health code inspections: 5 found out of compliance in Lawrence

The Journal-World is bringing back a longstanding report about health code inspections for local businesses and organizations. With this article, I will begin reporting the state’s restaurant inspection results for our readers on a monthly basis. The Journal-World previously stopped ...

Health department encourages flu shots; clinics scheduled in Douglas County

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering flu shots, and it encourages residents to get them — not only for their own health, but to protect those around them. The department suggests everyone ages 6 months and older get vaccinated to avoid influenza. According to a news ...

Healthy Outlook: Lawrence eye doctor wants to start World Sight Day trend

Dr. Scott Hickman has traveled the world helping people see, and now he has a new idea to help those in need in the town where he was born and raised. Hickman, an ophthalmologist, is hoping to start a trend in his profession, both locally and nationally. He’s set aside Thursday, Oct. 11, to ...

Know your risk for breast cancer

LMH Health, NAACP Lawrence and the Lawrence Public Library will host a community event about breast cancer risk factors and prevention on Oct. 9. “Know Your Risk: A Community Conversation about Breast Cancer,” which will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, is a free, family-friendly ...

Probe leads to charges against 10 Kansas nurses or aides

Kansas City, Kan. — Ten Kansas nurses or nurse aides face charges stemming from a state investigation into allegations of Medicaid fraud, the theft of narcotic medications and the mistreatment of vulnerable adults. Online records show that at least eight of those charged are still licensed ...

3 insurers to offer Kansans plans through ACA exchange

Kansans seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federally run exchange will have the choice of three insurers in 2019. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer said in a statement that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Medica Insurance Co. and Ambetter from Sunflower ...