Health

Medical debt is ‘financially crippling’ families in Kansas, Missouri

A quarter of Kansas working-age adults and a third of the state’s children live in households dealing with medical debt. That’s one of the takeaways from a new report commissioned by five Kansas and Missouri health foundations, believed to be the largest survey to date of health consumers ...

‘Experiencing brain change’: Keep connections meaningful as loved ones age

Family members and friends of people with dementia often struggle to have a rich and meaningful conversation. A mindset shift and a few tips can change this and result in an enjoyable experience with someone you care about. To avoid promoting a stigma, there is a movement among caregivers and ...

Healthy Outlook: Learn about suicide prevention, how to help

This is a topic that’s always in the back of my mind, and one that I’ve planned to write about for quite a while, but I was waiting for the right time. This week, I realized there is no wrong time — it’s always an important message. The suicides of designer Kate Spade and CNN ...

Lawrence woman earns statewide Civic Health Hero award

Rosina Houle, of Lawrence, was recently selected as a 2018 Kansas Health Foundation Civic Health Hero, an honor recognizing "individuals who make a difference in the lives of those around them." She was nominated by Terry Roberts for founding Save A Life Inc., which aims to educate the ...

Flu season was one of the deadliest for U.S. children

NEW YORK — The past flu season was the deadliest for U.S. children in nearly a decade, health officials said Friday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said they had received reports of 172 pediatric flu deaths since October. That surpasses the 2012-2013 flu season, when ...

WorkWell Lawrence Symposium coming up

A local group that advocates for healthier workplaces will host its eighth annual symposium on Friday, June 15. The WorkWell Lawrence Symposium will feature Elizabeth Ablah, associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of ...

Fitness Fridays to offer free workout classes all summer

The Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with the Lawrence Public Library to offer free fitness classes each Friday morning on the library lawn, 707 Vermont St. The classes, held from 7 to 8 a.m. each week all summer, start with yoga this Friday with instructor LeAnna Henning. ...

Kansas officials declare measles outbreak is over

TOPEKA — Kansas health officials say the state's worst measles outbreak in almost 30 years is officially over. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday a measles outbreak that began at a Johnson County day care in March has ended. It eventually spread to Miami and Linn ...

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds

CHICAGO — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk. The study is the largest ever ...

Healthy Outlook: Local produce will freshen up your diet; here’s how to use it

My parents will forever lament that their dainty, suburban-raised little girl never got her hands dirty picking the day’s dinner salad from the backyard garden. Although I never did have that experience, I recently found the next best thing here in town, on an adventure to the farmers ...

Technology simplifies cataract surgeries

Using the latest technology in cataract surgery, Lawrence Eye Care surgeons are helping break down fears patients may have about the sight-restoring procedure. “A lot of people think the surgery is a daunting process, when it’s actually very quick and comfortable,” said Dr. Curtis ...

Adopted daughter gives father new lease on life with donation of kidney

When she learned her adoptive father would eventually need a kidney transplant, Sara Hemphill never had a doubt she would be the donor. “I always felt that when his kidneys started shutting down and a transplant was in sight, that it was going to be me,” she said. “There was never a ...

Lawrence first-grader to celebrate ‘smashing’ cancer at Relay for Life

Six-year-old Cade Schroeder, a first-grader at Quail Run School, will join about 150 cancer survivors June 8 in a walk around the University of Kansas track at Rock Chalk Park. Cade and others will participate in Relay for Life of Douglas County, an annual event that raises both money for the ...

Healthy Outlook: Meet the 77-year-old Lawrence man who can run circles around me

What do you get when you cross a master’s in counseling psychology with a master’s in exercise physiology and a passion for practicing what you preach? A physically and mentally healthy person who can still shatter race records at a self-described “77 years young.” More specifically, ...

For Julia Gaughan, new role combines 2 passions: mental health and training

Julia Gaughan was looking on the Bert Nash Center website for information about upcoming dates for Mental Health First Aid classes when something caught her eye. A job listing for a new position — Mental Health First Aid training supervisor. “I read through the job description and I ...

San Francisco to distribute addiction drug directly to opioid users

San Francisco's mayor plans to put medical teams on the streets to distribute a drug that curbs heroin cravings in opioid addicts, an initiative he says will be the first in the country. Mayor Mark Farrell announced Thursday he will allocate $6 million for 10 new public health clinicians to ...

Kansas’ Hispanic infant mortality increases; others decline

WICHITA — Some researchers worry about the increasing Hispanic infant mortality rate in Kansas as the trend moves in the opposite direction for babies overall in the state. The Hispanic community has historically had low infant mortality rates despite lack of access to prenatal care, The ...