Health

RunStrong program helps teen achieve his athletic goals

Jake Loos first fell in love with running when watching his older brother John run for Free State High School cross country and track. As the youngest of three boys and the son of an avid runner, Jake has grown up watching the positive impact that running can have both physically and mentally. ...

National Minority Health Month aims to address equity issues

April is National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations. This is also a time to encourage action through health education, early detection and reduce complications from diseases. Erica Hill, LMH ...

Always invaluable, volunteers have been especially so this year

Every April, the Senior Resource Center reaches out to its volunteers to recognize National Volunteer Month and thank them for their service. Like many critical social services agencies in the community, the extended reach of the SRC across Douglas County has always relied on the hundreds of ...

Get the facts about concussions and forget the myths

As the days get longer and warmer, folks will head outside more often, and with kids at play and spring sports underway, the risk of injuries increases — including the risk of concussions. The International Concussion Society reports that between 1.6 million and 3.6 million concussions ...

March is a good time to start forming healthier eating habits

March is Nutrition Month, and it is a great time to focus on what fuels your body. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released new recommendations this year to help you make healthy choices and make every bite count. The new dietary ...

Keeping up with colorectal screening is vitally important

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which is a time to share the statistics and spread awareness about the importance of prevention and education. Dr. Stuart Thomas, a physician with Lawrence GI Consultants and the new LMH Health chief medical officer, said it was estimated that at ...

Don’t put health care on hold because of COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of things in the health care landscape have been uncertain. But one thing has always remained the same: When you need health care, you need it. Don’t put your health on hold. A study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, ...

Douglas County reports 11 new COVID-19 cases; 391 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,581 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 11 cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 8,190 out of the 8,581 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 391 cases are active. The county has ...

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Unified Command hosting virtual COVID-19 panel discussion Tuesday night

Douglas County's Unified Command will host its second virtual COVID-19 panel discussion surrounding the topics of testing, vaccination and equity at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The panelists are Jennifer Schrimsher, an infectious disease doctor at LMH Health; Ruaa Hassaballa, the COVID-19 testing equity ...

Daily meetings help LMH staff focus on patients’ safety

One way that LMH Health focuses on patient safety is by carving out a specific time each day for staff members from across the hospital to talk about it. This “safety huddle,” as hospital workers call it, happens each morning, and Patient Safety Officer Mardi Bowlin said it’s a way to ...