Health

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 ...

Healthy Outlook: Sweating it out in an infrared sauna

There’s something to be said for working up a good sweat. After a long workout or hard physical labor, I sometimes feel as though the earned perspiration is stress leaving my body. On a stressed-out whim this week, I decided to go let the infrared sauna at Optimal Wellness and Cryospa, 4931 ...

UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

NEW YORK — The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out artery-clogging trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years. The United Nations agency has in the past pushed to exterminate infectious diseases, but now it's aiming to erase a hazard ...

Is homegrown food safer? Only if gardeners take precautions

Food safety often is cited as the primary reason why people grow their own edibles, but that's frequently an illusion. Foodborne illnesses are almost as likely to be caused by homegrown produce as by fresh foods acquired elsewhere. "The odds are better there won't be any contamination from the ...

Avoiding tragedy in the second half of life

Frustrated by how hard it is to figure out where to get help on senior issues? One morning Sam discovered that he couldn’t get his right leg to cooperate. Sure enough, he had suffered a stroke. While hospitalized over the next several days, he was forced to face the facts. His irrational ...

Healthy Outlook: Struggling moms, you are not alone

The pressure on a soon-to-be mom or the mother of a newborn is something I cannot begin to fathom, and the weight on the shoulders of a woman simultaneously struggling with mental health issues is that much greater. Imagine everyone you know and love expecting you to be all smiles and joy, ...

Walk-in fluoride clinic for kids in need coming up

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will hold a walk-in dental fluoride clinic for kids in need from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 7 at 200 Maine St. in Lawrence.The treatment is offered for kids between the ages of 6 months and 18 years who are uninsured or on KanCare. There is no charge, ...

City of Lawrence has events planned for National Bike Month

The city of Lawrence has several bike-themed events planned this month, according to a news release.Up first this Wednesday, May 9, is Bike to School Day. Parents and students are encouraged to participate. May 14 through 18 is Bike to Work Week, and Friday, May 18 specifically is Bike to Work ...

A passion for caring: 2 LMH nurses explain career choice

Cory Treichel didn’t always know he wanted to be a nurse. Well, he said he might have known, but there weren’t a lot of male nurses around in the 1980s. After an almost 30-year stint working in sales and management, it seemed he never would. But several years ago, after losing his job ...

Drug epidemic ensnares 25-year-old pill for nerve pain

Washington ? The story line sounds familiar: a popular pain drug becomes a new way to get high as prescribing by doctors soars.But the latest drug raising red flags is not part of the opioid family at the center of the nation's drug epidemic. It's a 25-year-old generic pill long seen as a low ...

Many state hospital, prison doctors without medical licenses

Topeka ? Several doctors at Larned and Osawatomie state hospitals and Kansas state prisons are working with special “institutional licenses” despite not having a full medical license, in part because the state has a severe shortage of psychiatrists, state officials said.Nine of the 13 ...

Kansans dispose of more than 8 tons of unused medicines

Topeka ? A federal report says Kansans safely disposed of more than 8 tons of unused or unwanted medicines during a special collection event.The Drug Enforcement Administration says Kansas officers collected 17,230 pounds of medicines at 112 locations during last Saturday’s National Drug ...

U.S. seeking 1 million for massive study of DNA, health habits

Washington ? Wanted: A million people willing to share their DNA and 10 years of health habits, big and small, for science.On Sunday, the U.S. government will open nationwide enrollment for an ambitious experiment: If they can build a large enough database comparing the genetics, lifestyles and ...

Bill Gates dedicates $158 million to American poverty issues

Seattle ? Bill Gates is starting a new fight against systemic poverty in America, as his private foundation announces millions of dollars toward unspecified initiatives ranging from data projects to funding for community activists.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said Thursday that it will ...

Walk of Hope to benefit Huntington’s disease research, support groups

A walk, raffle and silent auction this Saturday, May 5, will benefit research to combat Huntington’s disease. Funds raised will go toward local support groups and toward research on the hereditary, neuropsychiatric movement disorder, which is an “incurable deterioration of physical, ...

Kansas lawmakers pass telemedicine bill with abortion clause

TOPEKA ? Kansas lawmakers are including an anti-abortion clause in a bill to expand health coverage through telemedicine.The House and Senate have both passed the bill despite concerns over a clause saying the law will be nullified if a court ever strikes down a passage forbidding abortions via ...