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 ...

Douglas County health leaders motivated to act for equity, they tell commissioners

Sonia Jordan, of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, said she has felt as though she’s had a lead weight hanging around her neck, and it’s pushing her to action. “I've seen the faces of people of various populations around our county when they read this report and they ...

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

Two drinking establishments and a school in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in January. 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 ...

Healthy Hearts Fair at LMH Health to offer low-cost labs, free screenings

February is American Heart Month. At LMH Health, we hope you will join us for this year’s Healthy Hearts Fair on Feb. 9. According to the National Department of Health and Human Services, it is important to know your cholesterol numbers. High blood cholesterol comes with no symptoms, so many ...