Health

Sexually transmitted diseases rise in Kansas, especially in rural counties

GARDEN CITY — As a nurse, Betsy Rodriquez interviews teenagers who are sexually active and often shockingly ignorant about sex. “So if I sit here and ask a teenager, ‘Have you had oral or vaginal sex,’” Rodriquez said, “some of them cannot tell me what oral or vaginal sex ...

Kansas confirms state’s first death linked to vaping

Story updated at 12:39 p.m. Tuesday WICHITA — Kansas health officials have confirmed the first death in the state related to an outbreak of a lung disease linked to vaping. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said in a news release Tuesday the recent death involved a Kansas ...

Low-cost blood panel, kids zone and more planned for Community Health Fair

LMH Health’s annual Community Health Fair is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, at the hospital campus at 330 Arkansas St. The Kids Fun and Safety Zone returns this year from 8 to 10 a.m. in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Third and Arkansas streets. In the zone, participants can tour ...

Suicides on the rise locally; Lawrence summit will offer tools to help

In Douglas County, suicide rates have increased 82% during the past 20 years, according to a statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that tells a grim story. Just in 2017, 17 Douglas County residents died by suicide, affecting the lives of thousands of friends and family ...

New weekly programs at KU focus on care and well-being

Finding ways to incorporate self-care into a hectic daily life was the topic of brainstorming by University of Kansas faculty and students during the first session of a new series called “Spotlight on Care,” which kicked off at The Commons Wednesday. Following the brainstorming, those in ...

Patients and health care providers can work to curb opioid epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that almost 36% of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. From 1999 to 2017, more than 200,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses. 17,000 of those deaths occurred in 2017. Dr. Patrick Harper, a physician ...

Local health clinic receives quality improvement award of $112K

Lawrence’s Heartland Community Health Center was one of 18 federally qualified health centers in Kansas recognized for improvements made throughout the year — in Heartland's case, doubling the number of patients treated at the clinic, among other achievements. Heartland, at 346 Maine St., ...

LMH Health excited to open East Heights clinic

LMH Health and the LMH Health Foundation are excited about the new East Heights Family Care Clinic opening this fall. Rebecca Smith, executive director of the LMH Health Foundation, said that the new clinic, which was largely funded by philanthropic gifts, will serve an area of the community ...

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 ...