Health

Pain: Your body’s message of danger

Pain is normal. Pain is a basic, individual, human experience, yet we all experience it differently. Two people can have similar medical histories, have the same surgery, and one person has pain for days after the surgery and the other has pain for years. Without pain, how would we know to ...

Website for new DBT Center goes live, lists locations

A website for the new DBT Center of Lawrence and Kansas City went live Friday afternoon, and it lists the two locations that will soon house the business. Several therapists who recently resigned en masse from the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program at Bert Nash Community Mental Health ...

New dads can learn the ropes at boot camp

Becoming a new dad is an exciting life change. However, it can be overwhelming. This is exactly what Boot Camp for New Dads is for. Join soon-to-be dads on Saturday, Aug. 18, to learn, ask questions and make the idea of navigating fatherhood more manageable. This “boot camp” will discuss ...

Healthy Outlook: Head back to school in good health

I remember how I loved meandering through stores’ school supply aisles. My eyes would light up as I ran my fingers over sparkly pencil pouches; I adored the spiral-bound notebooks with kittens on their covers. Impractical? Maybe, but oh, how I loved them. But that was last year, and I like ...

Several therapists who are leaving Bert Nash will open own practice

The reasons why seven therapists resigned en masse from the Bert Nash Community Mental Health center remain unclear, but indications are that many of the therapists plan to open a new therapy center in Lawrence. Multiple patients of the therapists have told the Journal-World they’ve been ...

Online survey seeks input for Lawrence, Douglas County health plan

The local health advocacy coalition LiveWell Douglas County is seeking feedback from area residents as it continues to shape its Community Health Plan. The group has posted a brief survey online at surveymonkey.com/r/DK2RSKV seeking input. It asks participants to rank the importance of ...

Martial arts school to host free workshop for kids

Premier Martial Arts in Lawrence will host a Karate for Concentration workshop for kids ages 5 to 12 this weekend. The workshop instructs students on topics such as the importance of education, ability to focus and concentrate and decision-making, according to a news release from the school. ...

Healthy Outlook: Get R&R in nature with this area trail guide

Sometimes, you just need to get away. Any longtime Lawrence folk can tell you that although this town may not have quite the hustle and bustle of a big city, life can get hectic here in suburbia. If you’re experiencing a Thoreau-esque transcendental itch and need to escape into nature for a ...

Community invited to safety fair at South Park

With students from elementary school to college heading back to school soon, the Lawrence community wants to make sure they’re going back safer than ever. On Saturday, the Lawrence community will join together for a safety fair in South Park. There will be food trucks, activities, bounce ...

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 ...