Health

Genetic testing, cancer screening ‘changed everything’ for family

Preventative cancer screening and genetic testing at LMH Health’s cancer center changed the lives of several members of one local family. Last year, Cindy Fritzel visited LMH Health for a routine 3D mammogram, and a cancerous tumor was identified. Because Fritzel’s father was also ...

Shots for hospital boards, donors sparking complaints nationwide

While millions of Americans wait for the COVID-19 vaccine, hospital board members, their trustees and donors around the country have gotten early access to the scarce drug or offers for vaccinations, raising complaints about favoritism tainting decisions about who gets inoculated and when. In ...

Photo gallery: Vaccination clinic at Douglas County Fairgrounds

Douglas County hosted a Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Friday, where 960 residents were scheduled to arrive between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dan Partridge, director of Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, said Friday afternoon that the clinic was busy ...

Free COVID-19 testing site opening in Lawrence; officials give vaccine updates

A COVID-19 testing site will open Tuesday in Lawrence for any Douglas County resident in need of a free test. Ruaa Hassaballa shared the news in a Thursday evening panel discussion put on by Unified Command to discuss COVID-19 testing, vaccines and equity. “We’re really excited that ...

The emotional strain of the pandemic is taking its toll on Kansas health care workers

Sometimes, Becky Angell doesn’t even realize she’s started crying. She’s been a nurse for seven years, and worked in an intensive care unit in Olathe for the past two. She loves her job and is used to seeing people die. But the past months of caring for one desperately ill COVID-19 ...

Douglas County reports 74 new COVID-19 cases since Friday; 890 remain active

Douglas County reported 7,892 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 74 cases since Friday. In Douglas County, 7,002 out of the 7,892 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 890 cases are active. The county has ...

During pandemic, blood donations are needed more than ever

COVID-19-related restrictions at schools, businesses, community centers and other facilities haven’t just disrupted many people’s way of life — they’ve also disrupted the supply of blood donations. Because many places that would ordinarily host blood drives are closed or unable to ...

Hospitals have made many of their prices public, but what does that mean for patients?

A skin biopsy at Lawrence’s hospital goes for anywhere from $95 to $600. It all depends on who receives the bill. Removing a skin lesion, anywhere from about $120 to $920. Now, because hospitals had to release millions of previously secret prices on Jan. 1, the public can see just how common ...

Douglas County reports 52 new COVID-19 cases; 1,063 remain active

Douglas County reported 7,791 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, an increase of 52 cases since Wednesday. In Douglas County, 6,728 out of the 7,791 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 1,063 cases are active. The county ...