Health

Lawrence Parks & Rec to offer week of free fitness demo classes

Lawrence residents will have a chance to sample several fitness classes next week, prior to the start of most of the local Parks and Recreation Department’s spring classes on March 18. The department will host free demonstration classes at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane, and ...

Lawrence doctor: Get screened for colon cancer

Dr. Stuart Thomas, with Lawrence GI Consultants, is passionate about people being aware of colorectal cancer. “Now more than ever, it is easy to get screened for colon cancer, and the screening tests are proven to be very effective,” said Thomas, whose practice is at 330 Arkansas St., ...

CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus

PORTLAND, Ore. — An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died of the bacterial illness after getting a deep laceration on his forehead while playing on a farm, according to a case study published Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

Flu may have peaked, but experts eye jump in nastier strain

NEW YORK — There's a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but health officials are watching a recent wave of illnesses from a nastier flu strain. Flu was reported to be widespread in 48 states last week, down from 49 the week before, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said ...

Free help available for pregnant women who want to quit smoking

A free program to help pregnant women stop smoking is now available through the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. SCRIPT, or Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Treatment, is designed to help pregnant women stop smoking in seven to 10 days, said Nicole Parker, public health ...

Take action against chronic pain in LMH Health’s Pain University class

Even though no one wants to experience pain, it is an essential part of life, according to LMH Health physical therapist Debbie Rico. “People have the perception that pain is bad,” Rico said. “You have to have some sort of pain to survive. People want all pain to be gone and, actually, ...

How ‘completely avoidable’ measles cases continue to climb

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has counted more measles cases in the first two months of this year than in all of 2017 — and part of the rising threat is misinformation that makes some parents balk at a crucial vaccine, federal health officials told Congress on Wednesday. Yet the vaccine is hugely ...

Officials see no link between miscarriage risk and flu shots

NEW YORK — Health officials say further research has not found a miscarriage risk for women who get annual flu shots. Two years ago, a puzzling study found women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots. So experts urged more ...

LMH Health Foundation provides record $3.5 million in support to LMH Health

The LMH Health Foundation provided a record $3.5 million of philanthropic support to LMH Health patients, programs and initiatives in 2018, according to a news release from the foundation. This record year included contributions from nearly 1,800 donors, one of the highest philanthropic ...

LMH Health care coordinator founds ostomy support group

Candice Lewis, wound and ostomy care coordinator at LMH Health, has talked with many people about their fears about having ostomy surgery. She’s seen patients who worry about what their lives will look like following surgery, and often, they have no one to talk with who truly understands what ...

Visiting Nurses Association celebrates 50 years of serving Douglas County

Since his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren relocated about six months ago, 71-year-old Jerry Barnes, a lifelong Lawrence resident, doesn’t really have any family in town. “They bought a house and moved down to Jenks, Okla., and poor ol' Grandpa, I'm here all by myself,” he said. ...

LMH Health providing free valet during construction

Construction on the LMH Health Maine Street campus means some patient parking temporarily has been eliminated. To accommodate for that, hospital officials encourage patients to take advantage of valet parking, which is available at both the Maine Street and Arkansas Street entrances to the ...

Youth smoking decline stalls in the U.S., and vaping may be to blame

NEW YORK — Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has ...

Healthy Outlook: Free online class teaches ‘science of happiness’

I’ve occasionally considered going back to school to further my education. The problem is that most graduate programs don’t offer classes that I can complete on my own schedule at home in my pajamas, that have only optional assignments and that are completely free — of cost and of ...

LMH Health Foundation to honor community members for service to hospital, health care

At its annual meeting on Feb. 28, LMH Health Foundation will honor winners of the 12th annual Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award, which celebrates people and organizations who have provided significant service to LMH Health and community health care. Honorees are community members Becky ...

Flu cases on the rise in Douglas County, but still far fewer than last season

The percentage of visits with flu-like symptoms to hospital emergency departments is on the rise for county residents, according to the latest data from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. In the first and second weeks of February 2018, that number peaked. Friday’s number, about 7 ...

Baldwin City to offer free summer meal program for kids

Baldwin City kids will have access to free healthy lunches this summer. The city qualifies for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded program this year, according to a Friday news release from K-State Research and Extension. The Baldwin City school district will sponsor the program. The ...