Health

Boot Camp for New Dads helpful for dads-to-be and veterans alike

Last year as Kevin Flanders was preparing for his wife, Miranda, to give birth to the couple’s first child, he remembers thinking often about the unknown coming his way. “I felt like I was pretty much just a blank piece of paper,” said Flanders, who grew up in Lawrence and now lives in ...

Douglas County Commission approves expansion of school-based mental health program

Kids in Eudora, Baldwin City and Perry-Lecompton schools will have some extra mental health support next year. Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday approved an expansion of the WRAP, or Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities, program, which places master’s-level mental health ...

May health code inspections: 3 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Three organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in May. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, you can ...

June is Men’s Health Month — are you due for a checkup?

Each June is designated as Men’s Health Month in the United States. This month emphasizes how important it is for men to focus on their health, wellness and self-care. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that there is a silent health crisis happening in the United States. A 2014 ...

Healthy Outlook: Who’s buying your doctor lunch?

Check, please — that is, go online to check out what small or not-so-small payments your health care providers have received from pharmaceutical companies, please. A February 2019 article in The Atlantic, “Did Free Pens Cause the Opioid Crisis?” by Ray Fisman and Michael Luca, examines ...

LMH Health Foundation celebrates 50 years, reflects on changing role in community

1969. It was a year of peace and love, tumult and change. A year of gritty determination and giant leaps for mankind. In 1969, five leaders came together in support of their community hospital: Dr. Monti Belot and Dr. Ralph Reed were internists; Dr. Phillip Godwin, an anesthesiologist and ...

Loneliness can be a major issue for aging population, but it doesn’t have to be

The golden years — those years after retirement when a person is supposed to be enjoying life — aren’t always so golden. In fact, they can be pretty dark. But they don’t have to stay that way. Megan Poindexter, executive director of the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, said ...

Less fat, more fruit may cut risk of dying of breast cancer

For the first time, a large experiment suggests that trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer. The results are notable because they come from a rigorous test involving 49,000 women over two decades rather than other studies ...

Douglas County behavioral health leaders hope to break the norm with crisis center

Just as local behavioral health leaders want to build up a crisis intervention center at the future Douglas County Recovery Campus, they want to break down some infrastructure that could stand in their way. Douglas County commissioners heard Wednesday about plans beyond the blueprint for a ...

Douglas County leaders call for further work on behavioral health, criminal justice

A message that Douglas County leaders in behavioral health and the criminal justice system shared during a Tuesday event can be boiled down simply: We’re doing well, but we can do more. The Stepping Up community recognition event, held at the Cider Gallery in East Lawrence, was planned ...

Integrated Crisis Team at LMH Health aims to help in crucial moments

Over the past 15 years, suicide rates in the United States have steadily increased. To be exact, they have increased by 24%. “This is a unique time in our history. We are seeing an alarming trend of declining life expectancies,” said Derrick Hurst, director of the Integrated Crisis Team. ...

Healthy Outlook: Is your brain due for a checkup?

Medicare beneficiaries: Even if you’re taking advantage of the annual wellness visits that Part B covers, you might not be getting all that you can out of it. A cognitive assessment — included in these annual visits, if you ask your doctor — can help you keep tabs on your brain in five ...

LMH Health accepts Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation challenge

LMH Health has accepted the American Nurse Association’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation challenge this year. The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation challenge is a social movement, designed to improve the health of the more than 4 million registered nurses in the United States. Since nurses fill ...

Douglas County Commission to vote on respite housing proposal

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will vote on a project that aims to provide respite housing and support for residents with mental illness and substance use disorders. Commissioners will consider entering into a memorandum of understanding with a Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit, ...