Health

Children’s grief support group to meet Sunday

Do you know any children or teens who have experienced a death of someone close to them? At Keepsake, they are not the only ones.Keepsake Day is a free afternoon grief support program for children, teens and their parents or caregivers. The next Keepsake Day is Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at ...

Community partners to host town hall on insurance marketplace at LMH

Heartland Community Health Center will host a town hall forum on the new health insurance marketplace this Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Hospital auditorium. The keynote speaker will be Sheldon Weisgrau, director of the Health Reform Resource Project in Kansas and an expert on ...

Business briefcase Nov. 4

• The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced its officers and committee chairs for 2014.Those are: Mike McGrew as chair; Brad Finkeldei as chair-elect; Shannon Abrahamson as treasurer; Doug Gaumer as past chair; Kevin O'Malley and Gary Rexroad as government and community ...

Local Obamacare enrollment still slowed by glitches with website

Dwight Welch was determined to get health insurance.Like many Americans, he went to HealthCare.gov in early October but, because of technical glitches, couldn't log in. He waited a couple weeks and tried again. He was finally able to create an account and investigate the new insurance ...

Ways to keep your kids safe this Halloween

Halloween is a time for fun, but with lots of children out and about, it's also a time to think about safety.Thankfully, local law enforcement agencies and businesses have recommendations to keep children safe and healthy this Thursday.Lt. Steve Lewis of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department ...

Lawrence’s ‘Wheat Grass People’ compete in global market

Steve Malone’s Chrysler Fury sold for a couple hundred dollars, and his mom chipped in $100. With another $100 from Ron Seibold's mother, the pair of entrepreneurs kicked off their new company. That was 1976, in Hays. Now, Lawrence-based Pines International Inc. — aka “The Wheat Grass ...

Older Kansans on Medicaid make do on relatively low monthly allowance

Kent Smalter, a Lawrence resident with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, uses a state-funded program to pay for his home-based care. Under state guidelines, he is only allowed to keep only $747 of his monthly Social Security income to pay for food and shelter. Smalter is fortunate enough ...

Lawrence still has a way to go before streets are ‘complete’

While the city of Lawrence adopted a "complete streets" policy in 2012, the community still has a long way to go before its roadways are safe for travelers of all stripes.That was the message at an informational meeting at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department on Thursday afternoon ...

Mother living life to fullest after overcoming breast cancer

“You cannot rewind today,” Lesley Mutuku said with a smile as she sat with her two loving daughters, Ruth and Grace, on a park bench on a sunny April day. At age 34, the mother of two young girls was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. Today, she is healed in her own eyes and radiates ...

Double Take: Cheap options available for teens to get tested for STIs

Dear Dr. Wes and Kendra: I am trying to take your advice and get any partner I have sex with tested beforehand. But when I went to the doctor they said it would cost $199 and insurance won’t cover it unless I have symptoms. I’m like, seriously? I have to get something first before I can get ...

Public meetings in Lawrence this week to discuss ‘complete streets’

Two national experts will be in Lawrence this week to discuss the benefits of making streets designed for everyone.Darren Smith and Cynthia Hoyle, both of the National Complete Streets Coalition, will speak during public meetings Thursday from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Community Health Facility, 200 ...

Are all Halloween treats created equal — nutrition-wise?

Are all Halloween treats created equal, from a nutritional perspective?While it might be a stretch to call candy and other sugary snacks "healthy," some sweets do have less calories than others.Experts in the fields of both sweets and nutrition say it's best to eat candy that, like Starburst or ...

KU Med seeking volunteers for study examining whether vitamin D can prevent diabetes

The Kansas University Medical Center is seeking volunteers for an upcoming study to determine whether vitamin D can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.The multiyear study, which is the first large-scale clinical trial to investigate the link between vitamin D and type 2 diabetes, is ...

Questions could save lives of domestic violence survivors

A list of 20 questions could mean the difference between safety and injury or death for survivors of domestic violence.Area law enforcement agencies have been talking to the Willow Domestic Violence Center about a questionnaire that can be used by those who respond to domestic violence, be it ...

Lawrence meeting for state retiree health plan set for next week

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is hosting a meeting for state retirees in Lawrence on Thursday.The meeting is an open enrollment for the state employee health plan for 2014. It will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in building 21, 2101 Harper St. from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 ...

LiveWell Lawrence marks 5-year anniversary

Members and supporters of LiveWell Lawrence celebrated its five-year anniversary Tuesday in an event that featured special recognition for a founding member and appearances from city, county and state officials.Co-founder Marilyn Hull received a framed certificate bearing dozens of signatures ...

Five years in, LiveWell Lawrence still working to improve health of community

Lawrence has long been a health conscious community, with many people and organizations dedicated to wellness. But those efforts usually took place independent of each other.Not anymore.Five years ago this month, stakeholders in the areas of health and wellness came together to start LiveWell ...

Benefit for Lecompton woman with breast cancer rescheduled

A benefit for Roxanne Laughlin, a Lecompton grocery store cashier recently diagnosed with breast cancer, has been rescheduled. The event will now be held Nov. 2.Laughlin, whose story was featured in the Journal-World's pink breast-cancer issue Oct. 8, has started undergoing chemotherapy for the ...