Health

Are you at risk for a fall in your home?

June is National Safety Month, a time to raise awareness and reduce injuries at work and in our homes and communities. A National Safety Council report on unintentional injuries shows that falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older. According to the Centers ...

Vaccine foes speak out against Kansas plan to require more school shots

TOPEKA — Vaccination opponents in Kansas have mobilized against a plan from the state health department to require more immunizations children in school and day care. The Wichita Eagle reports that dozens of them packed a public hearing on a regulation drafted by the Kansas Department of ...

Community members, nonprofits discuss Douglas County food and health inequities

At a community conversation on food security and health issues Thursday evening, area nonprofit leaders said health equity issues were a chief concern — and one of the organizers even used the location of the meeting itself to make his point. “We have significant gaps,” Douglas County ...

Marijuana expert: Prime time for Kansas public health officials to talk legalization

It’s a good time for public health officials to get in on the ground floor — before the debate really kicks into full gear — on legalization of marijuana in Kansas, a subject expert says. Andrew Freedman, who was the state of Colorado’s first director of marijuana coordination, gave ...

Wellness, mental health app now available free for Douglas County residents

An app that offers abundant resources for mental and physical health and wellness is now available for free to Douglas County residents. The Douglas County Commission approved a contract for the app, called myStrength, at its Jan. 30 meeting. It’s now online and available for free to anyone ...