Health

Squirmy toddler? There’s an app for that

Miami ? There’s a new routine these days whenever Amber Mullaney goes out to eat at a restaurant. While waiting to be seated, she asks her husband to get the phone ready to hand over to their 2-year-old daughter, Tatum.The phone — with its ability to stream episodes of Dora the Explorer — ...

Be careful: Time change can lead to more accidents

A day when everyone has the potential of getting an extra hour of sleep might seem like an odd time to remind drivers to be extra careful on the road. But that’s exactly what the National Road Safety Foundation does every year. At 1:59 a.m. on Sunday, clocks will be turned back one hour as ...

Optimism, laughter have been key for Lawrence resident with rare form of asthma

AmyLynne Bellfi was 23 when her lungs stopped working. She had a rare form of asthma made much worse when a doctor gave her aspirin, a drug she wasn’t supposed to have. It ravaged her lung capacity. The few steps to the bathroom became a hike. The walk to the mailbox became unthinkable. ...

Halloween doesn’t have to be gorge-fest to be fun

Chicago ? Offer apples to trick-or-treaters and risk having your house get egged — maybe even by your own kids.But dentists and dietitians say you can still make Halloween reasonably healthy for little devils and witches without resorting to dracul-onian tactics, like no candy.“This is such ...

KU grads create mobile app to help people with Asperger’s

Psychologists who earned their degrees at Kansas University are taking their work into the mobile world, offering applications for autistic kids, teens, young adults and their families to use on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.The applications — Sosh, Sosh Lite and an increasing number of ...

Hormones linked to weight regain

New York ? Any dieter knows that it’s hard to keep off weight you’ve lost. Now a study finds that even a year after dieters shed a good chunk of weight quickly, their hormones were still insisting, “Eat! Eat! Eat!”The findings suggest that dieters who have regained weight are not just ...

Doctors divided on using in-depth cholesterol tests

Washington ? For heart health, you’re supposed to know your numbers: Total cholesterol, the bad LDL kind and the good HDL kind. But your next checkup might add a new number to the mix.More doctors are going beyond standard cholesterol counts, using another test to take a closer look at the ...

State makes battle plan for toxic algae

During the past summer, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment tracked toxic blue-green algal blooms in more than 40 lakes and ponds. Those blooms caused 16 people to fall ill and the deaths of at least four dogs. Money lost from visitors who stayed away from some of the state’s most ...

Study: Living in poor neighborhood can hurt health

Atlanta ? Back in the 1990s, the federal government tried an unusual social experiment: It offered thousands of poor women in big-city public housing a chance to live in more affluent neighborhoods.A decade later, the women who relocated had lower rates of diabetes and extreme obesity — ...

Medical startup to locate in KU’s biosciences incubator

A startup company that works to make painkillers have fewer side effects has signed a deal to locate in Kansas University’s biosciences incubator. Mencuro Therapeutics Inc. has agreed to move into the Bioscience and Technology Business Center Expansion Facility near Bob Billings Parkway and ...

Heartland Community Health Center secures Douglas County ‘investment’

Health Center will get $22,300 from Douglas County to help install software and train staffers on a new system for electronic health records and integrated practice management.And it could help boost the number of low-income patients the clinic can see, and increase the amount of money the ...

Survey: 80% of U.S. teenage boys use condoms the first time

A surprising 80 percent of teenage boys say they are using condoms the first time they have sex, a government survey found in a powerful sign that decades of efforts to change young people’s sexual behavior are taking hold.But another promising trend — a drop since the 1980s in the number ...

Heartland Community Health Center seeks $22,300 from Douglas County

A clinic that helps low-income patients get basic medical care, counseling and food is turning to Douglas County government for help becoming a community health center that would be assisted financially by the federal government.Heartland Community Health Center, located on the lower level of ...

ACLU amends complaint on abortion insurance

WICHITA — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed an amended complaint in its legal challenge to a new state law that restricts insurance coverage for Kansas women.The document filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas makes a one-sentence addition to its complaint stating ACLU’s ...

Pregnancy drug raised daughters’ cancer odds

A drug that millions of pregnant women took decades ago to prevent miscarriage and complications has put their daughters at higher risk for breast cancer and other health problems that are showing up now, a new federal study finds.Many of these daughters, now over 40, may not even know of their ...

Mind Matters: Tackling SAD

It’s that time of year again. Days grow shorter, and the colder weather will drive a lot of us inside. It is the time of year that many struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. What is so disturbing about SAD is its initial subtleness, slowly meandering through your experience, not ...

Kansas among states seeking health ruling

Topeka ? Kansas is among the 26 states asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quickly strike down the federal government’s overhaul of health care.The states requested Wednesday that the high court consider the overhaul’s constitutionality by summer 2012.Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said ...

E. coli scare prompts beef recall

Cincinnati ? Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef because a family in Ohio fell ill after eating meat produced by the company that was contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday.The recall involves beef sold as Kroger ...

Obama appeals health care setback to high court

Washington ? Raising prospects for a major election-year ruling, the Obama administration launched its Supreme Court defense of its landmark health care overhaul Wednesday, appealing what it called a “fundamentally flawed” appeals court decision that declared the law’s central provision ...

House-Senate Health Policy Oversight Committee to start vetting Brownback decisions

Committee meetsThe House-Senate Health Policy Oversight Committee is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today in Room 548-South in the Capitol.Topeka ? A host of controversial decisions that have been made recently by Gov. Sam Brownback will be aired before legislators today.“We need information and ...