Health

A promised move to Lawrence helped save cancer patient’s life

About the seriesThis is one in a series of stories about survivors of cancer provided by Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Endowment Association. These survivors’ stories and photographs hang in the hallway leading to LMH’s Oncology Center. These stories offer hope to patients being cared for ...

Double Take: True friendship a rare and beautiful thing

Wes: I’ve done some of my best writing at Panera. It may be the unlimited coffee, but I prefer to think it’s the people. They come for more than the panini of the month. They want to be together, to get to know each other a little better. People don’t come to my office to discuss how ...

For people with ALS, partners become primary caregivers

(Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series about what it takes to keep someone with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, living at home and other challenges that come with being severely disabled.)Hiram Salvini was always extremely driven, a type-A personality to the max. The ...

ZOMBIE Walk/Bike/Run this Saturday

A ZOMBIE is coming to Lawrence on Saturday, but this one won't attack. Its mission is actually centered on health and wellness. The second annual ZOMBIE Walk/Bike/Run, hosted by Douglas County Housing, Inc., will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Edgewood Homes, 1600 Haskell Ave. The goal ...

It takes a village to keep man with ALS living at home

(Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series about what it takes to keep someone with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, living at home and other challenges that come with being severely disabled.)Every morning, after the birds announce the start of another day, Kent Smalter has ...

After multiple diagnoses, cancer fighter never down for the count

Lawrence resident Chuck Berg has spent most of his adult life teaching others about the joys of music, film, art and philosophy.But during a trying six-year period in which he fought three types of cancer and flirted with the other side more times than he can remember, this consummate educator ...

Community tries to recruit more primary care providers

Jon Stewart has a mission: to make family medicine cool again."In the United States, we make TV shows about the emergency room," said Stewart, the CEO of Lawrence's Heartland Community Health Center. "We don't make TV shows about primary care. By comparison, it's not edge-of-your-seat ...

Brain injury support group helps sufferers, caregivers to deal with disconnect

It’s been 10 years since Lawrence resident Steve Smith was in the car accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. Smith had been battling an alcohol addiction when he decided to drive home from Kansas City after he’d been drinking on July 14, 2003. While driving his Ram 1500 ...

State leaders approve hiring more investigators to handle complaints against nurses

Topeka ? State elected leaders today approved the hiring of two people to help take care of a rapidly growing backlog of complaints against nurses."We just can't stay on top of the number of cases," said Mary Blubaugh, who is executive administrator of the Kansas State Board of Nursing. "It's a ...

Kansas company recalls ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination

Liberal ? A western Kansas company is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef products because of concerns that it could be tainted with E. coli.The U.S. Agriculture Department said that National Beef Packing Co., which is based in Liberal, produced the meat.The products carry the ...

Chiggers: A Lawrence rite of passage

The itchy bites started appearing earlier this month: on my ankles, my inner thigh, near my armpits. They were red and extremely itchy. Did I mention they were itchy?My initial thought was that I'd been feasted on by mosquitoes, but I know from experience that their bites don't itch this ...

Local organizations work to keep older residents in the home

Vance Moulton has always been one to beat the odds.Doctors once predicted that cerebral palsy would prevent him from ever walking and eventually cut his life short. Other people have told him he wouldn't be able to graduate from college or live on his own. Time and time again, the 64-year-old ...

Caregivers are also at risk

Nearly a third of adults living in Douglas County are family caregivers who could be at risk for heart disease, diabetes, depression and various other physical and emotional maladies as a result of caregiver distress, a potentially dangerous condition brought on by the pressures of caring for a ...

Sheriff’s Office making ‘Drug Take-Back Day’ a year-round program

Lawrence residents now have a safe option for getting rid of unused prescription drugs year-round, five days a week.Instead of waiting for a law enforcement-sponsored "Drug Take-Back Day" to come around twice each year, residents can take any unwanted drugs and prescription medications, no ...

KU Hospital lands nine programs in U.S. News top-50 rankings

Looking backNumber of KU Hospital top-50 specialty programs in U.S. News rankings in the last five years:2013: 92012: 102011: 62010: 62009: 3Kansas University Hospital placed nine specialty programs in the latest U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospital” rankings released today, with its ...

Office workers make a stand for better posture

Kjrsten Abel Ruch and Pam Heikes were both standing on a recent day at work. That wouldn't be out of the ordinary at a factory or warehouse, but they work at an office, where they spend most of the day looking at a computer screen.The Douglas County Extension staffers are among office employees ...

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department receives national award

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department was honored Thursday for its project "Developing Tools for Improving Compliance with Child Care Licensing Regulations."The project received the Model Practice Award from the National Association of County and Health Officials. The award is meant to ...

Lawrence clinic receives grant to help enroll residents in Affordable Care Act

The local effort to enroll uninsured Americans in the Affordable Care Act's new health care exchanges got a boost Tuesday when Lawrence's Heartland Community Health Center was awarded a federal grant to provide outreach for the new law.The clinic plans to use the $66,040 in funding to hire an ...

Local charity hopes to roll strike against cancer with bowling fundraiser

During the 2012 fiscal year, 33 children from Douglas County were treated for cancer at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics. Michelle Derusseau, founder of Rock’n Bowl, hopes to raise awareness of that number and funds for both Children’s Mercy Cancer Center and Baby Jay’s Legacy of ...