Health

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, ...

Connect, create, contribute: Senior Resource Center celebrates Older Americans Month

May will soon be here and with it comes a host of holidays and special occasions, including Mother’s Day, graduations and Memorial Day. May is also Older Americans Month. This annual celebration of older adults was developed in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy and the National Council of ...

Kansas Supreme Court to rule on abortion rights protections

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court is preparing to rule on whether the state constitution protects abortion rights. The court announced that it would issue a decision Friday in a lawsuit filed by two abortion providers in 2015 against a Kansas law banning a common second-trimester ...

Time is crucial if you’re having a stroke

On February 7, 2017, the day after her son’s birthday, Jennifer Anderson went to work just like every other day. Unaware of what was going on with her body, Anderson was taken to the hospital. It was ruled out that she was having a stroke because of how young she was — she was only 50. Due ...