Health

LMH Health focuses on health equity, inclusion and diversity

Although health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, some groups experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death and disability. This nationwide issue is visible in our own community: the Lawrence-Douglas County Health ...

Kids need variety of activity, sports to develop strong, healthy bodies

With the school year right around the corner, many student-athletes preparing for the upcoming season are required to get a sports physical. Dr. Emily Heronemus, a sports medicine physician with OrthoKansas, says that now is the time. “Before school begins, and especially before sports ...

Second annual Community Safety Fair coming up

Practicing safe habits doesn’t have to be stressful — it can be fun. That’s the message of public safety and health agencies in Douglas County as they come together for the second annual Community Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10 at South Park. “The Community Safety ...

Make sure your kids head back to school in good health

Thinking about heading back to school can be an exciting time. Students get to prepare their lockers, see their friends every day and get new school supplies. It also means it’s time for annual checkups. LMH Health wants to make sure that parents understand the importance of visiting your ...

Vaping a big issue in Lawrence high schools, LMH Health interns say

With the rise of a new generation comes the rise of new trends — some fashion, some habits and some social. Years ago, ads and celebrity endorsements for smoking showed it as a sign of class and style. Now smoking is banned in most buildings and you see ads about the dangers of cigarettes ...

Amid outbreak, Kansas to require additional vaccines for schoolchildren

TOPEKA — Kansas schools will require two new vaccines come August, including one against a virus that’s hospitalized 13,000 people and killed 200 across the country since 2016. The new rules, which apply to public and private schools, will be phased in over the next several years. But come ...

2 new vaccines required for some Kansas school students

TOPEKA — Students in certain grades at Kansas public and private schools will be required to have two new vaccinations this year. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Thursday that students entering kindergarten and first grade will need two doses of a hepatitis A ...

Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws, study shows

CHICAGO — New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot. One reason may be that it's harder and costlier for teens to buy marijuana from licensed dispensaries than from dealers, said lead author Mark ...

If you thought vaping was safe, KU researchers have bad news

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Many people figure vaping spares their health because it lets them inhale nicotine in aerosols instead of sucking in smoke from burning cigarettes. New research from the University of Kansas casts doubt on that, raising the specter that vaping nicotine may cause some of ...

Don’t forget to follow safe practices around water

On hot, sunny summer days, nothing feels more relaxing than sitting out by a cool pool or taking a weekend trip to the lake. For those who have children — especially children who are unable to swim — there must be an extra layer of precaution. A young child can drown in as little as 1 ...

A doctor’s note may protect CBD oil with THC for Kansans, but issue still murky

TOPEKA — A new Kansas law provides some protection for people possessing CBD oil containing limited amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. But it’s not full-on legalization, meaning the oil could still result in legal trouble even for people with documents confirming ...

Kansas judge won’t give go-ahead for telemedicine abortions

TOPEKA — A state-court judge declined Monday to give a Kansas clinic permission to provide telemedicine abortions. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson rejected a request from the Trust Women Foundation for an injunction to block the state from subjecting the clinic and its doctors ...

State report: 15% of kindergartners are missing shots

Coffeyville — More than one in 10 kindergartners in Kansas in the 2017-2018 school year lacked at least some of the shots that the state requires to shield students against outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and more. The state’s most recent annual report pegged the figure at 15%. On ...

‘Sandwich generation’ faces unique challenges, but help is available

Life can get crazy, especially when you find yourself juggling obligations and trying to make time for self-care, sleep and taking care of your family. Imagine being a full-time employee, a parent and a caregiver to your older parents or grandparents. People who find themselves in this stage of ...

Dementia tied to hormone-blocking prostate cancer treatment

CHICAGO — Alzheimer's disease may be a risk for older prostate cancer patients given hormone-blocking treatment, a large, U.S. government-funded analysis found. Previous evidence has been mixed on whether the treatment might be linked with mental decline. But experts say the new results ...

Kansas doctor agrees to surrender his medical license

LEAWOOD — A doctor who ran three Kansas anti-aging clinics has surrendered his medical license. The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued an emergency suspension of Michael Simmons' license in March after evaluators said it wasn't safe for him to practice ...

Lawrence peer specialist to start free chronic pain support group

A peer specialist in Lawrence is starting up a free support group for those who experience chronic pain. Annie Ross, certified peer specialist, said she thinks the support group is needed in the community. She said clients, physicians, social workers and clergy members have told her they wish ...