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Giles Bruce (Health Reporter)

Giles Bruce is a general assignment reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World. He joined the staff in March 2013. He covers health and other human-interest stories and writes for the weekly WellCommons section and WellCommons.com. Contact him with story ideas by phone at 785-832-7233, email at gbruce@ljworld.com or on Twitter @GilesBruce.

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Get ready for a weekend of fiddling and picking in Lawrence
August 20, 2014
Lawrence is tuning up for a weekend of live fiddling and picking that will culminate with the 34th annual state championships on Sunday in South Park.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital lauded for improvements on performance measures
August 20, 2014
In March, Truven Health Analytics named Lawrence Memorial Hospital one of the best 100 hospitals in the nation for the second year in a row. On Wednesday, a Truven official came to LMH to let its leaders know why. Her message: consistent improvement. By Giles Bruce
Law enforcement officers in Lawrence don’t use body-mounted cameras
August 19, 2014
If you’re in Lawrence, don’t expect to have your every interaction with a law enforcement officer recorded on video. The Lawrence Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Highway Patrol do not use body-mounted cameras. Many people around the country have been calling for the increased adoption of the devices in the wake of the recent shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, which was not recorded, has led to continued protests and rioting in the St. Louis suburb.
Thanks to organ donors, Lawrence woman can see clearly
August 18, 2014
There are about 40,000 cornea transplants in the U.S. every year. While a lot of attention goes toward kidney, heart and liver transplants, donors are more likely to pass along their corneas than they are any of those other organs combined. Lawrence accountant Janet Mears is one beneficiary.
Some Lawrence residents say 10-foot smoking rule not being enforced
August 17, 2014
After it became law in 2010, the statewide smoking ban meant that people in Lawrence could no longer light up within 10 feet of the entrance to a public building. The city of Lawrence added the provision to its already existing smoking ordinance, leaving it up to the fire department to carry out the regulation. But four years later, some Lawrence residents who signed a recent petition to ban smoking on Massachusetts Street think the rule isn’t being enforced. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence woman doing 50-mile trail run in honor of friend who was shot to death
August 15, 2014
Raven Rajani didn’t know Justin Sneegas for that long. But the time she spent with him had a big impact on her. By Giles Bruce
Health Care Access parts ways with executive director
August 14, 2014
The board of directors of Health Care Access, Douglas County’s safety-net health clinic for the uninsured, has parted ways with its executive director, Shelly Wakeman. Kim Polson, the clinic’s data and policy coordinator, has taken over as interim director. By Giles Bruce
A few changes in store at Lawrence public school cafeterias
August 11, 2014
Hummus. Rice bowls. Sweet and sour chicken. Super nachos. These are among the new items being offered in Lawrence public school cafeterias this year in an effort to provide students with a wider variety of meal choices. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence chiropractors: Avoid back pain when going back to school
August 10, 2014
Of all the back-to-school decisions parents in Lawrence make this week, one that could have long-lasting impacts on their child’s health is … which backpack to use. Local chiropractors say having a sturdy backpack that’s not too heavy and worn properly could save kids from developing back, neck and posture problems. By Giles Bruce
Educational programs to mark 151st anniversary of Quantrill’s raid
August 9, 2014
While it won’t have all the hoopla of 2013’s sesquicentennial observance of Quantrill’s raid, this year’s anniversary of the Lawrence massacre nonetheless provides plenty of opportunities for interactive education. From Monday through Aug. 22, several programs will be held in the area about William Quantrill’s 1863 guerrilla attack on Lawrence and the lead-up to the Civil War in Kansas and Missouri.

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