Health

Cancer fighter organizes swim-a-thon to help drown out disease

Kansas University graduate and former swim team member Tyghe Nielsen jumped in the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center pool Saturday ready to compete and with a specific opponent in mind: cancer. Tyghe was swimming in the Drown Out Cancer Swim-A-Thon, a community event he organized to raise money ...

Local leaders unveil community health plan

Local governments and health care providers in Douglas County unveiled a plan Tuesday for improving the health of the community through strategies that range from improving sidewalks and bike paths to expanding access to primary care physicians and implementing federal health reform.The Douglas ...

Stroke patients in good hands at KU Hospital

Paula Theus was at home on a recent Sunday afternoon, having just finished eating dinner, when she lost the ability to speak."What's wrong?" her 79-year-old mother, Andrewleen Hornsby, asked.She wasn't able to say.Hornsby called the paramedics. Theus started drifting in and out of ...

Lawrence teen named inaugural Douglas County Youth Health Champion

Josie Naron thought she wanted to be a doctor. But after volunteering at the local health department for the past year, she feels like she's found her true calling: in public health.And she's only 16.Through her work at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, the Free State High School ...

Assisted-living facility cited for deficiencies

An assisted-living facility in Lawrence with a history of regulatory violations was cited for five more violations in its most recent inspection by state regulators. But this time none of the violations involved actual harm to residents or conditions that placed residents in immediate ...

Experts offer tips to help runners stay healthy while training

Snow is melting and more people have been lacing up their running shoes. With the Kansas Half Marathon coming up April 21, runners have been preparing for the event, as well as other running events for the warm seasons. “Every spring, as soon as weather is nice, suddenly there are runners ...

It’s that time: Don’t let allergies limit life

Your nose has been running for almost a month. You sneeze all day long, you carry tissues with you everywhere and your eyes are constantly irritated and itchy. The doctor gave you decongestants and antibiotics a few weeks ago but you aren’t getting any better. Why can’t you kick this ...

Go-Getter: Try yoga

Work, school and children can be stressful year-round. Yoga is one of many healthy ways to relieve that stress, and it’s affordable. Whether it’s a new experience or not, yoga is a beneficial hobby for people from all walks of life. How to get startedMany yoga facilities offer beginner ...

KU, LMH partner for pilot program to decrease hospital readmissions

Being released after hospitalization doesn’t always mean the patient is back to normal health. Oftentimes patients with chronic diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure, are re-hospitalized within the same month. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, partnered with the ...

Double Take: Breaking up is hard but necessary

On the airWant to talk more about healthier ways for teens and adults to end relationships? Dr. Wes joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date at 11 a.m. Friday on 89.3 FM or KCUR.org. They’ll be taking listener calls.Dr. Wes: Last month we discussed rules for romance, the first of which was to ...

Lawrence dentists use sedation to calm, relax patients

Some people are scared of the dark, others are scared of heights and then there are people who are afraid of the dentist. Maybe it’s the odd-looking tools or the idea of having a person put their hands into another person’s mouth, but often times people don’t have much positive to say ...

Go-Getter: Try boxing

Swimsuit season is on its way, so now is the time to get in shape. Boxing is a great workout that also teaches fighting techniques, which can be useful for self-defense or fun in the boxing ring.Getting startedYou don’t have to be in great shape to start a boxing class; you just have to be ...

‘Treat yourself’ to healthy eating

With spring a few weeks away, now is a perfect time to start planning to get in shape for summer. Weight loss is healthiest when it happens over time. Ken Sarber, a health educator at Kansas University and former personal trainer, estimates weight loss should be limited to 2 pounds per week. ...

Lawrence professionals give spring break safety, health tips

Snow storms and cold weather make winter seem as though it’s never ending, but for many, spring break is only a few weeks away. That means most students who plan to take trips are preparing for a week of vacation, and the usual prepping habits aren’t always the healthiest. Crash dieting and ...

Pipefitter healing from accident that doctor couldn’t believe he survived

The Wingert household is filled with laughter as Alyson and Dennis Wingert, along with family friend Larry O’Connor, sit in the living room and talk. O’Connor and Dennis banter back and forth and Alyson chimes in with her two cents before the three chuckle and carry on.O’Connor said ...

Study touts benefits of midwife-led birth centers

Shawnee ? Cathy Gordon, a Shawnee resident and co-owner of New Birth Company in Overland Park, says a paradigm shift in the nation’s approach to childbirth is under way.More mothers are choosing midwife-led birth centers like hers over traditional hospital deliveries, Gordon said, and the ...

Shopping, cooking for one requires planning

Grocery shopping and cooking meals for a large family every night can be a difficult feat. You have to make sure there’s enough food to fill everyone’s appetite and a stocked refrigerator and pantry to keep from having to make multiple trips to the grocery store in one week.But shopping and ...