Health

By getting active, mom reduced her risk of heart disease

Lawrence resident Mindy Morrow knows that her family has a history of heart disease — both her father and her grandfather died from heart attacks. But she also knows that she has a chance to change the pattern by changing her lifestyle. “I did not want my family’s past to be my ...

Congress’ COVID compromise will also end surprise medical bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that ...

Federal panel: People over 75, essential workers next for vaccines

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal advisory panel recommended Sunday that people 75 and older and essential workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers should be next in line for COVID-19 shots, while a second vaccine began rolling out to hospitals as the nation works to get the ...

Senior center adapts to life in limbo during pandemic

These days, we are all used to announcements of closings and changes in plans on short notice. We have all been living this dance for the last nine months. The reality of COVID-19 has reached our community and rages strong across the state. Near the beginning of the pandemic, the staff at the ...

Douglas County reports 62 new COVID-19 cases; 954 remain active

Douglas County reported 5,859 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, an increase of 62 cases since Thursday. In Douglas County, 4,905 out of the 5,859 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 954 cases are active. The county has ...

Teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccine during second phase of state’s rollout plan

Lawrence educators could begin receiving a COVID-19 vaccine sometime in the next few months as they are considered second in line in the state’s rollout plan. During a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Laura Kelly said the state’s teachers, school staff and child care workers are scheduled ...

Douglas County reports 57 new COVID-19 cases; 931 remain active

Douglas County reported 5,797 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, an increase of 57 cases since Wednesday. In Douglas County, 4,866 out of the 5,797 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 931 cases are active. The county ...

Rural Kansas getting COVID-19 vaccine; 2nd round to be short

TOPEKA — Doses from Kansas' first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine were arriving Thursday in rural Kansas for hospitals to administer to health care workers, though the state expects its second shipment to be smaller than anticipated. The state has received its full shipment of the first of ...

Douglas County reports 35 new COVID-19 cases; 912 remain active

Douglas County reported 5,632 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 70 cases since Monday. Of those 70 cases, however, only 35 are new. The other 35 are older cases from November and early December that disease investigators recently determined should have been assigned to Douglas ...