Health

LMH Health project aims to cut back on opioid prescriptions

The opioid epidemic is a critical public health issue that not only affects health but also social and economic welfare, costing the country over $78 billion per year. Last year, LMH Health’s emergency department and inpatient pharmacy began discussing how to best serve patients while ...

As COVID-19 cases climb, it’s hard to measure how Kansas is doing

When the coronavirus hit Kansas, there’s no question the state — like the rest of the country — was unprepared. That showed in the mad scramble to buy more surgical and N95 masks, gowns and nasal swabs. Public officials say Kansas has made progress on those and other fronts. Yet gaps in ...

The right way to wear a disposable mask — and other facts about masks

Does the white side of a disposable mask face outward, or toward the wearer? How often should a cloth mask be washed? How protective are bandanas? Nicole Parker, a public health nurse at Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, answered these mask questions and more on Tuesday morning. Since ...

Take time to exercise — your mind and body will thank you

“If exercise could be packaged in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.” — Robert Butler, National Institute on Aging Dr. Maribeth Orr, a family practice physician at Eudora Family Care, said this is one of her favorite quotes. ...

Douglas County has now reported 588 cases of COVID-19

Douglas County has reported 588 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, an increase of 27 cases since 2 p.m. Thursday. In Douglas County, 483 out of the 588 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. Three patients at Lawrence’s hospital ...

Kansas governor requires masks, checks for fever at schools

Updated at 7:11 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order Monday requiring masks and daily temperature checks in the state's K-12 schools, setting some coronavirus-inspired rules that are stricter than guidelines adopted by the Republican-controlled State Board of ...

Just Food, LMH Health partner to give emergency patients healthy food

In January 2019, Just Food and LMH Health began discussing ways the organizations could collaborate to serve the community. When the conversations began, the link between food insecurity and many health conditions began to become increasingly obvious. Elizabeth Keever, Just Food’s executive ...

Kansas governor says she’ll delay reopening of K-12 schools until after Labor Day

Story updated at 4:53 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly plans to keep Kansas' K-12 schools closed until after the Labor Day holiday in September as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase in the state. Kelly announced the plan during a news conference Wednesday and ...

LMH’s mentoring program proceeding with care amid pandemic

The LMH Health Summer Leadership Academy, a mentoring program for local high school juniors and seniors, is proceeding carefully during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering a hybrid experience of virtual and in-person activities. In collaboration with the Lawrence school district, LMH commenced ...

U.S. bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine

When precious vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, jabbing the lifesaving solution into the arms of Americans will require hundreds of millions of injections. As part of its strategy to administer the vaccine as quickly as possible, the Trump administration has agreed to invest more ...

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

LONDON — More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic. In a letter published in the journal Clinical ...