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What to expect when you seek orthopedic treatment

When you’ve got a broken bone, it makes sense that you might receive a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. But orthopedic care is about more than just that — it also encompasses sports medicine and treatments for knee, hip or shoulder pain, swelling or other musculoskeletal (MSK) ...

Many surgeries are less invasive with da Vinci robotic arm

If you hear your health care provider mention da Vinci, it’s much more likely they’re talking about a robot than a Renaissance man. The da Vinci robotic arm is a remote-controlled surgical tool that’s been in use in many medical fields for years. It’s a sophisticated tool that can ...

Feeling persistent shoulder pain? It could be a rotator cuff injury

Shoulder pain is common and can wreak havoc on your day-to-day life. It can be caused by several conditions, so it’s important to be checked out by a professional. Seeking prompt help, especially if your rotator cuff is injured, is important so the injury doesn’t become more severe. ...

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Garden Variety: Adding native nut trees to your yard

Hickories, oaks, walnuts and other nut-bearing trees are dropping their season’s produce now as fall arrives in northeast Kansas. These nuts are an important food source for deer, turkeys, squirrels and other wildlife in rural and urban settings. A few species are good for humans to eat, as ...

Garden Variety: Butterflies and moths add grace and color near season’s end

By August in Kansas, gardens are a little less enchanting than they were in the spring for many gardeners. Plants show the stress of summer’s heat, the war on weeds seems never-ending, and leaves are blemished from insect feeding and leaf-spot diseases. Late summer flowers are in full bloom ...

Garden Variety: Create a cutting garden for flower arrangements

Fresh flowers can brighten indoor spaces as well as landscapes and gardens, and arrangements of them offer opportunities to mix colors and textures in unique ways. For gardeners and others who especially enjoy bouquets, consider creating a cutting garden — a devoted garden space for flowers ...

Garden Variety: How to attract orioles to your yard

Orioles are brightly colored birds that migrate through Kansas each spring and fall and sometimes stay for the summer. Enthusiasts enjoy watching them at feeders and hearing their sweet songs and anxiously await the spring migration each year. In the Lawrence area, oriole migration usually ...

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Crave: Fall means it’s time to cut into satisfying, healthy squash recipes

Stuffed Acorn Squash This recipe is made with squash, millet and spinach, making for a rich and tasty meal that’s safe for several food allergies. It’s based on a recipe by Cybele Pascal from her book Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking, which provides enticing recipes that steer clear of the ...

Crave: Curb sushi craving with salmon bowl

If I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life, it would be sushi. Whether it’s five-star, authentic nigiri and sashimi or overstuffed fusion rolls full of blasphemous ingredients like spicy mayo and crispy shallots, I can’t get enough of it. When I’m craving that addictive ...

Crave: Take corn from standard side to a starring dish

Burnt food is every cook’s nightmare, but you shouldn’t be afraid of a good char. It’s a fine line, but charring sweeter vegetables such as corn or sweet potatoes builds flavor by introducing a bit of bitterness that balances their natural sugars. To illustrate the point in this recipe ...

CRAVE: Secret ingredients lift superfood soup

I think my favorite thing about this soup, other than the fact that it’s chock-full of nutrients, is that it’s one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made. Thanks to the frozen veggies, the soup requires less than 10 minutes of prep before it simmers on the stove for a mere 15 minutes, then ...

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Spirits: Mint juleps steeped in American social, political history

I’m sure most of us have heard of the mint julep, a bourbon-based cocktail associated with the American South and the Kentucky Derby. During the Civil War and up until 1920s, the mint julep was the drink of choice and Tom Bullock made one of the best around. Born in 1872, Bullock was the son ...

Garden Variety: How bitter cold affects plants — and pests

The bitter cold that accompanied recent winter storms in the Lawrence area will likely have long-lasting effects on certain trees and landscape plantings. And while many gardeners think the silver lining of the cold is a decrease in insect and mite populations, the actual effect is difficult ...

Local History: Was local artist Adam Rohe a forgotten Stan Herd?

One of Lawrence’s most famous artists is Stan Herd. Originally born in Protection, he’s done crop and earthwork art around the world, and his ingenious use of nature has delighted viewers. It has always seemed appropriate to me that he is following in the footsteps of Adam Rohe, an ...

Garden Variety: Should you remove vines from trees?

English ivy, Virginia creeper and other perennial vines are sometimes found growing up the trunks of trees in landscapes and wooded areas. They are more obvious in winter months than other times of year because of the lack of greenery on affected trees. Most experts recommend removing vines ...