Health

Prescription assistance program improves health, more for Lawrence’s homeless

After leaving her house because of a broken furnace and pipes she couldn’t afford to fix, Judy Saverda-Allen found it difficult to prioritize paying for maintenance medications even though she knew they were important.“There are meds that my health situation requires that I have to have,” ...

Middle school rallies behind coach fighting leukemia

De Soto ? It was shortly after a routine physical exam last October that Dave Anderson got the news nobody wants to hear: Something was wrong.“Everything checked out OK, but the doctor noticed something different or funny from my blood results,” recalled Anderson, a counselor and track ...

Couple’s medical marijuana lobbying efforts find little support in Topeka

Before making a final decision on a move that will split their family, Kathy and Ryan Reed spent two days in January speaking to Kansas lawmakers about the prospect of allowing medical marijuana use in the state.As plans now stand, Ryan will leave May 1 with the couple’s 2-year-old son, Otis, ...

Lawrence couple turns to medical marijuana as lifeline for 2-year-old son

The lower-body cast that 2-year-old Otis Reed has worn since breaking his right femur Feb. 23 is decorated the red and blue of the Kansas Jayhawks.There’s a lot of pride of place in that choice. His parents, Ryan and Kathy Reed, moved back to Kansas from New York City to be closer to their ...

Lawrence man loses 750 pounds, hopes to inspire others

CONTACTTo schedule Robert Walls as a speaker, send him an email.Robert Walls used to worry about whether he was going to wake up the next morning. But on a recent day, his main concern was how his hair looked.That's why he found himself in a barber's chair in Lawrence, getting a fade, shooting ...

Twins need $60,000 more for brain surgery as KanCare, ACA fall through

Basehor ? Blake and Lance Tranckino’s birthday, April 30, is approaching quickly, and a required reconstructive brain surgery must happen before they turn a year old.Their father, Vic Tranckino, said doctors recommend the surgery be done between 10 months to one year after birth. At 2 months ...

A day in the life of chemo: Positivity is medicine, too

About to start chemotherapy the other day, Michael Meyer was in a joking mood."It's been a treat," he said, when asked how chemo has been going so far.That lighthearted spirit has helped Meyer get through a challenging time recently. The Lawrence geologist woke up one morning in December ...

Mental health in Lawrence to be discussed at public meeting

Mental health in Lawrence will be the topic of discussion at a Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters meeting later this week. All are welcome to attend.Joe Douglas, a psychiatrist at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, will give a presentation called "Mental Health Matters: Are ...

Loving Paws program offers four-legged therapy

How to HelpFor information on volunteering with Loving Paws Animal Assisted Therapy Program, go to lovingpawstherapy.org.It’s an unseasonably warm March afternoon at Brandon Woods at Alvamar retirement community, and resident Marion Counts, 79, is in his room doling out snacks to a pair of ...

Yoga Central: Triangle pose teaches you to delete the tension from everyday tasks

Why do yoga? What benefits does it bring? And what if I’m not young and flexible — does that mean I can’t do it? These are questions people new to yoga often ask, and we'll do our best to address them in this new feature, Yoga Central. Here is one example of a benefit accessible to ...

Healthy Weight: 10 reasons you should drink more water

I’m sure you’ve heard that water is important. But do you drink enough?As you read this column, about 75 percent of Americans are dehydrated. Are you one of them? If so, go drink some water! With summer right around the corner and hot, hot temperatures just a few months away, getting enough ...

Journal-World to host Hearts of Gold Ball benefit for hospital

The Journal-World will play host to this year's Hearts of Gold Ball, which benefits the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association.The event, held every two years, raises funds for a specific project at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The 2014 gala will help pay for the renovation of the ...

Benefit Saturday for Eudora sixth-grader diagnosed with cancer

A benefit will be held Saturday for a Eudora Middle School student who was recently diagnosed with cancer.The fundraiser is for sixth-grader Carolyn Hoover, to raise money for her medical expenses but also to boost her spirits by reminding her that "No One Fights Alone" — the name of the ...

About half of eligible Kansans have enrolled in health insurance marketplace

Nearly 30,000 Kansans have selected a plan on the health insurance marketplace, part of the Affordable Care Act, through the first of this month, the Department of Health and Human Services reported this week.That means almost half of the 65,057 Kansans eligible for the marketplace enrolled ...

Former Olympian says walk breaks can make you a better runner

Former Olympian Jeff Galloway has made a career out of running. And to get others into the sport, he encourages them … to walk.Galloway, a member of the 1972 Olympic team in the 10,000 meters, stopped in Lawrence on Friday to celebrate the launch of RunWalk Lawrence, which uses Galloway's ...

Relay for Life: Lawrence teams encouraged to sign up early

With Relay For Life of Douglas County still a couple months away, teams are encouraged to join the event by signing up now.The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement unites people in communities across the globe to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ...

Red Cross: Donors needed for Lawrence Blood Drive

March is Red Cross Month and a time to thank our heroes and encourage others to join their ranks. The Red Cross has been helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies for more than 130 years. Red Cross Month is an ideal time to become part of the Red Cross by donating blood, ...

5 tips for monitoring speech development in toddlers

Learning to talk is a huge milestone for every child and an exciting time for parents and guardians. It can also be a source of frustration for children and parents when a child does not progress with language and speech.Here are five questions for parents and guardians to ask about their ...

Walk Kansas encourages Douglas County residents to get outside, be active

With spring right around the corner, many people hope to get outside, be active and enjoy the warmer weather. Walk Kansas wants to help them do just that.The statewide wellness program, which is in its 13th year, encourages Kansans to be physically active and eat a healthy diet by having them ...