Health

Health Care Access parts ways with executive director

The board of directors of Health Care Access, Douglas County's safety-net health clinic for the uninsured, has parted ways with its executive director, Shelly Wakeman. Kim Polson, the clinic's data and policy coordinator, has taken over as interim director."None of the recent changes in our ...

About 1,800 Kansans at risk of losing ACA coverage

About 1,800 Kansans who enrolled in health insurance through HealthCare.gov are at risk of losing their coverage if they don't provide proof of citizenship or immigration status by early next month.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the 1,800 Kansans were flagged because of ...

None of state’s KanCare providers hit benchmarks

Topeka ? None of the state's KanCare providers met benchmarks for timeliness in claims processing during 2013, according to a survey by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.The state set a goal to have all "clean" claims, or those that don't include processing problems, completed in ...

Viral meningitis in Kansas City-area babies investigated

Health authorities are investigating several cases of meningitis in young infants in the Kansas City area, caused by a common virus but hitting more newborns than usual this summer.Whether the cases have any common link is among questions authorities are trying to answer.Children's Mercy ...

Injury or illness? Yoga can help

Many people start practicing yoga because it is an effective means of treating or managing a variety of illnesses and injuries. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It can also reduce risk factors for certain conditions like heart disease and high blood ...

Double Take: New coauthor wants to foster community rather than ‘likes’

Wes: In April, a day after we published the application for the next coauthor of Double Take, my daughter and I were eating breakfast and reviewing my Twitter feed. I had several new followers including @kc_haas from Free State High School, a blonde girl holding a pygmy goat. “Interesting,” ...

Are you drinking enough water? Know more and stay hydrated

You may wonder if you’ve been drinking enough water, especially in the summer heat. There’s a lot of confusing advice out there about how much you really need. The truth is that most healthy bodies are very good at regulating water. Elderly people, young children and some special cases — ...

LMH adds water to 5K benefit run

What could be more refreshing during a summer run than a little water? Just one thing: lots of water! Lawrence Memorial Hospital is adding gallons of H2O — and fun — to its sixth annual 5K series benefiting LMH and the neighboring communities it serves. Returning to Baldwin City, the LMH ...

A few changes in store at Lawrence public school cafeterias

Hummus. Rice bowls. Sweet and sour chicken. Super nachos.These are among the new items being offered in Lawrence public school cafeterias this year in an effort to provide students with a wider variety of meal choices."We try to make sure we have meatless options every day, and hummus is one of ...

Lawrence chiropractors: Avoid back pain when going back to school

Of all the back-to-school decisions parents in Lawrence make this week, one that could have long-lasting impacts on their child's health is … which backpack to use.Local chiropractors say having a sturdy backpack that's not too heavy and worn properly could save kids from developing back, ...

Kansas’ uninsured rate rose in 2014, Gallup poll finds

Kansas' uninsured rate has risen in the past year more than any other state's, according to a Gallup Well-Being poll released this week.While Kansas health policy experts say the uninsured rate likely didn't increase 5 percentage points from 2013 to 2014, as the poll states, they note the ...

Cancer drug developed in Lawrence shows promise in clinical trial

A cancer drug developed by a Lawrence biotech company showed positive results in treating abdominal cancers during a recent clinical trial at Kansas University Cancer Center, the cancer center announced Tuesday.Nanotex, which was developed by Lawrence-based CritiTech, caused few side effects in ...

Grant program to assist people with disabilities

Independence Inc.’s new assistive technology grant program assists individuals with disabilities throughout Kansas in acquiring assistive technology or accessible modifications to their homes.By providing these grants, Lawrence-based Independence Inc. hopes to reduce barriers to community ...

Breastfeeding documentary to be shown in Lawrence this weekend

See related storyEducators, support groups working to get more moms breastfeeding — and for longerThe Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Lawrence Memorial Hospital and La Leche League of Lawrence are hosting a free screening of the documentary "Breastmilk" at the Lawrence Arts Center, ...

Many heart attacks have early warnings

Some heart attacks occur suddenly and without any warning. However, it is now well known by medical experts that over half of heart attacks do start with very early and often mild symptoms.The statistics are sobering. According to the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, every 25 seconds an ...

Double Take: Wishing coauthor a fond farewell

Wes: It is again the time of good-byes, as graduates pack up their cars or climb aboard planes and head off to somewhere else. That might be six blocks away to KU or Haskell, into the city to work, or a thousand miles cross country. For Kendra Schwartz it’s 420 miles south southeast, at ...

Educators, support groups working to get more moms breastfeeding — and for longer

See related storyBreastfeeding documentary to be shown in Lawrence this weekendBreastfeeding support groups in Lawrence• Breastfeeding and new parent support group: Mondays from 10-11:30 a.m. in lower-level auditorium of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine St.• Breast is Best Social, or ...

KU Hospital prepared to treat Ebola patients

If the Ebola virus reaches Lawrence, an area hospital is prepared to treat it.Since the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., has been making sure its staff is ready to care for patients stricken with the deadly disease."Everybody is interested ...

Lawrence man climbs steps at LMH to recover from stroke, give back to others

Rick McNabb doesn't want this story to be about him.He wants it to be about the therapists and volunteers who have helped him recover from a brain aneurysm and subsequent stroke. He wants it to be about the disadvantaged youth he works with at his basketball clinics in Lawrence. He wants it to ...

Transplant programs nationwide seek Kansas livers

Kansas City, Kan. (ap)— When Gil Alicea was diagnosed with liver cancer and told he needed an organ transplant, doctors gave him some blunt advice: “Get ... out of New York.”Alicea needed a liver fast. But the wait for an organ can be excruciatingly long on the East Coast. So in 2010, ...