Health

Blood donations always needed at LMH

Life-saving blood transfusions are needed in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities across America each day. Patients need blood for many reasons — cancer, heart and blood vessel disease, diseases of the GI tract and emergencies such as car accidents and burns. January is national ...

Agreement lets more companies make antidotes for opioid overdoses

New York — More companies could begin making an easy-to-use version of an opioid overdose antidote under a deal announced Thursday by New York’s attorney general. Under the agreement, Emergent BioSolutions will no longer enforce a contract that had allowed it to be the only company to ...

Democratic states appeal Obamacare ruling to SCOTUS

Washington — In a move that could put the Obama-era health law squarely in the middle of the 2020 election, Democratic-led states Friday asked the Supreme Court for a fast-track review of a recent court ruling that declared part of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional and cast a cloud ...

Help is available for seniors battling isolation

Between the holidays and the weather, this time of year can be especially challenging for seniors who spend a significant amount of time alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 28% of people ages 65 and older live alone. While living alone does not inevitably lead to social isolation, it ...

Advice for managing grief, loss during the holidays

During the holidays, you may turn on the radio and hear the refrain, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But those experiencing grief and loss might feel like replacing the word “wonderful” with “difficult.” Grief has different effects at different times of the year and ...

Free program helps African Americans reduce risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Currently, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease; however, the disease is more prevalent among African Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Because of that discrepancy, the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center has launched an outreach project ...

‘SMART’ goals key to keeping New Year’s resolutions

As the year comes to a close, we spend time reflecting, celebrating and setting our goals for the new year to come. This year, we’re entering into a new decade as well. Almost half of Americans will make a New Year’s resolution for themselves. This can be anything from spending less time ...

Your winter checklist: Prepare for safety in cold weather

Winter is coming. This means freezing temperatures, snow, black ice and lots of slipping and sliding are on the way. Though winter weather can look beautiful and peaceful, it can also be very dangerous if you are not prepared. LMH Health wants to make sure that you are being safe on the roads ...

Experimental spinal cord treatment helps Lawrence man move after paralysis

Jerod Nieder has been paralyzed from the chest down for the past eight years, but lying on his back as researchers call out commands — “right knee up” — Nieder is able to slowly move his knee toward his chest. Nieder does not have sensation in his lower body, but he is learning to ...

Charitable care remains key focus of LMH Health

As the year comes to a close, LMH Health has recorded more than $13.5 million in uncompensated and charitable care. As a community-owned, not-for-profit healthcare system, charitable care is not only an imperative—it guides decision-making at the highest levels of the organization. The ...

Feeling gloomy during fall and winter? It could be seasonal affective disorder

Kate Gramlich flipped the switch on the tabletop lamp, and the dreary fall day outside the window seemed to disappear. Gramlich, an information services assistant with the Lawrence Public Library, was demonstrating one of the lamps the library provides for light therapy. The lamp mimics ...

Know your options for a primary care physician

Your primary care physician walks with you through many stages in your life. Whether you’re new to the area or looking for a new primary care physician, you want to make sure you’re finding the right fit for you. Both internal medicine and family medicine doctors are considered primary ...