Health

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 ...

Nearly half of U.S. adults have heart or blood vessel disease

A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that's mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure. The American Heart Association said Thursday that more than 121 million ...

Lawrence school board member, research explain science of later school start times

Yes, teenagers may stay up late tapping away at touch screens, and they may doze off during their first classes — but there’s a scientific explanation for it. "I think sometimes people have the perception, 'Well, these are just lazy teenagers,' but no, they're not,” said Lawrence school ...

Don’t hesitate to seek help for heart problems, survivor says

During the past 10 years, Becky Schulte has learned a few things. She knows not to ignore symptoms of heart attack. She knows to call 911 immediately. And she now knows firsthand that heart problems can surface suddenly, with no warning. Becky vividly remembers that Saturday morning in June ...

Headquarters Counseling Center names new executive director

Lawrence-based Headquarters Inc. has a new executive director with more than 20 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience, the crisis center and suicide prevention hotline announced Wednesday. Steve Devore, who has lived in the Lawrence and Douglas County area for 13 years, has ...

LMH gets record-breaking donation to help build new outpatient medical center

A Kansas City foundation is providing a $2 million grant to help Lawrence Memorial Hospital build a major outpatient medical center in west Lawrence. The Sunderland Foundation of Kansas City is giving $2 million to the LMH Health Foundation to be used in the construction of an approximately ...

Study: Kansas strictest in limiting control of food policy

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Kansas goes farther than any other state in limiting state and local agencies from influencing policy about food nutrition labels and portion sizes, according to a recent study. A study published this month by New York University researcher Jennifer Pomeranz found that ...

Healthy Outlook: Tips to survive a second-shift lifestyle

I’ve spent the past few years working at the Journal-World’s copy desk, meaning I’d head to work in the afternoons and head home around midnight five days a week. Just a couple of short weeks ago, the thought of switching to days as my role with the newspaper shifted into more reporting ...

LMH Health: Strategic plan progressing as its second year begins

In early 2017, the LMH Health Board of Trustees approved a new strategic plan to map the hospital’s journey during the next three to seven years. As we enter year two of that plan, many of the great initiatives proposed from that early work now are coming to fruition. We’d like to share ...

Less beef, more beans: Experts say the world needs a new diet

NEW YORK — A hamburger a week, but no more — that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet. Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. Dairy foods ...

Healthy Outlook: Look for more education and county news in the Health section

In a somewhat unusual edition of Healthy Outlook, I wanted to give you a heads up about some changes for both the Journal-World as a whole and for the Health section. This past week, I started covering K-12 education and Douglas County government for the newspaper. I’ll still cover health, ...

New cath lab at LMH Health is close to completion

Dr. Roger Dreiling is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie who isn’t bothered when his phone rings at 2 a.m. “I still get goosebumps on my arms,” said Dreiling, an interventional cardiologist at LMH Health. “You can do a lot of good at 2 a.m. because somebody’s trying to ...

U.S. flu season poised to be milder than last year’s harsh one

NEW YORK — It's early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter's unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said. In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths as the ...

Experimental app might spot drug overdoses in time to help

WASHINGTON — Too often, people die of an opioid overdose because no one's around to notice they're in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure breathing — and summon help if it stops. The app is still experimental. But in a novel test, the ...