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Double Take: Work toward forgiveness in relationships

Dear Dr. Wes and Kyra:I’m an eighteen-year-old girl. Two years ago I had a guy best friend. One night we were at a party and there was some drinking and we had sex. I guess I had more feelings for him than I realized because the following week I started texting him a lot and wanting to spend ...

Study: Too many infants still sleep with blankets

Chicago ? Too many U.S. infants sleep with blankets, pillows or other unsafe bedding that may lead to suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome, despite guidelines recommending against the practice. That's according to researchers who say 17 years of national data show parents need to be ...

Talk to your doctor about abdominal aortic aneurysm

If you are a man age 65 to 75 and have ever smoked, talk with your doctor about abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). If aneurysms grow large enough to burst (break open), they can cause dangerous bleeding inside the body and potentially even death. If AAA is found early, it can often be treated to ...

Autopsy reveals prescription drug overdose caused man’s death near K-10

After nearly a month of receiving help for mental illness, Nathan Dean Thurman, 37, died along the side of Kansas Highway 10 this summer of a lethal dose of prescription antipsychotic medication he'd been prescribed at Osawatomie State Hospital, according to an autopsy report.Thurman’s body ...

KU group wants campus tobacco-free by fall 2015

A Kansas University initiative aims to ban smoking and other forms of tobacco from campus by fall of 2015.As the Tobacco Free KU initiative pushes for a university policy change, it’s also working to get buy-in from students, faculty and staff.“Our ultimate goal is to create a culture ...

Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods

Washington ? Diners will soon know how many calories are in that bacon cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, the pasta salad in the supermarket salad bar and even that buttery tub of popcorn at the movie theater.The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules ...

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will offer free HIV testing Monday

To mark World AIDS Day on Monday, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will offer education and free HIV testing at the following locations:• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. • 3-5 p.m. — Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. The Health Department and ...

Pain and palliative care strives to improve quality of life

Living with a chronic illness is difficult. Patients may feel anger, sadness or grief as they struggle with daily life while suffering from a chronic illness. Additionally, patients may experience symptoms related to their chronic illness such as problems with their digestive system, difficulty ...

Double Take: Keep in mind what works, what doesn’t at holiday family get-togethers

Wes: Unless you’re headed home to Whoville for an idyllic gathering of loved ones, you’ll probably appreciate a few reminders of what works and what doesn’t at holiday family get-togethers. You’re generally bringing together people who are related in some way — by blood, marriage, or ...

Teacher of the year finalist’s health, fitness efforts impact students

There was a time when Beau Bragg wondered if teaching was right for him.The Bonner Springs Elementary School physical education teacher was in his early teaching classes at Wichita State University and had chosen a physical education focus rather than a math focus, but he was feeling a little ...

FDA strengthens warning on device linked to cancer

Trenton, N.J. ? U.S. regulators on Monday strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients.The Food and Drug Administration updated its April safety warning, ...

U.S. looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak

Washington ? The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster."It's really urgent that we address the weak links and blind spots around the world," ...

LiveWell Lawrence celebrates sixth anniversary with grants, awards

LiveWell Lawrence celebrated its sixth birthday by giving gifts to others. The wellness coalition, whose goal is to make it easier for Douglas County residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobacco free, awarded five Culture of Health Action Awards and 10 grants at a ...

KU Hospital announces major gift for expansion project

Kansas University Hospital on Wednesday announced a $10 million challenge grant for its new expansion project, the Cambridge North Tower. Philanthropist and Kansas City civic leader Annette Bloch, president of the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, is donating the $10 million to support cancer ...

Health Department encourages smokers to participate in Great American Smokeout

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages people to quit smoking as part of the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on Thursday.Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States and Kansas. Each year, nearly 3,900 adult Kansans ...

Insulin pumps worth asking about for anyone with diabetes

As technological advancement rages on, perhaps the most common form of delivering insulin for diabetics is going out of style.Pat Hohman, a diabetes educator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, says insulin pumps — those pager-like devices commonly affixed to a person's torso with a catheter ...

Get assistance and keep trying to quit tobacco use

More informationFor more information and tools to help quit tobacco use, go to:American Cancer Society: cancer.org/smokingAmerican Heart Association: heart.org/GettingHealth/QuitSmokingAmerican Lung Association: lungusa.org/stop-smokingU.S. Government: smokefree.govMark Twain once said ...

Double Take: Love and ADHD can be a rewarding mix

Wes: Maybe it’s just because I’m a couples and family psychologist, but I find that most psychotherapy involves learning how to love and be loved. Whether a teen, a young adult, or a not-so-young adult (like me), much of any client’s recovery involves connecting to and working with ...