Health

Whooping cough outbreak subsides, but flu still going strong

Douglas County health officials say the latest outbreak of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, appears to have subsided.But influenza is still being reported as “widespread” in Kansas, as well as most other states outside the Deep South, according to the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Students jump into heart health education

During physical education at Langston Hughes School, P.E. teacher Reenie Stogsdill has her students jog two laps around the gym before sitting in lines. Stogsdill uses February, which is American Heart Month, to remind her students how lucky they are to be able to take that quick run at the ...

Mind Matters: Learn to manage difficult interactions

It happens all the time. Maybe it is a friend, maybe a coworker or a boss, maybe a spouse or other family member, or maybe even someone you don’t know will say or do something that feels like a personal attack. You react defensively with a retaliatory comeback or you say nothing only to feel ...

LMH endowment group celebrates healthy financial year

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association celebrated its success from last year, looked forward to this year and awarded four people and two businesses with the 2012 Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award on Thursday during its annual meeting.Members of the LMHEA board of directors, ...

‘Culture of health at work’ benefits employees and employers alike

WorkWell LawrenceEmployers interested in joining WorkWell Lawrence can attend monthly meetings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Douglas County Extension office at the Douglas County fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.Health care costs are on the rise. WorkWell Lawrence ...

Strike a pose: Yoga practices available for wide variety of interests, skill levels

OnlineFor a list of yoga studios and teachers in Lawrence, search for yoga at LawrenceMarketplace.com.Some people turn to yoga for an invigorating physical workout. Some want a spiritual experience. Some have serious physical limitations. Some want to do it with a friend.For all those people, ...

Key to fighting obesity is in small changes, not quick fix

As the first month of the year comes to an end, so do most people's new year resolutions, many of which are weight-loss related. January magazines flaunt covers promising to help readers lose weight and reach their resolution goal with diets and exercises. Television shows such as "The Biggest ...

Rain or shine, pastor’s daily devotion to running carries prayers though Lawrence

Imagine running around the block. To many of us, it sounds tough, sweaty and generally unappealing. It’s hard for a lot of people, but not for the Rev. Nate Rovenstine, pastor at Lawrence Wesleyan Church. He ran around every block and on every street in Lawrence, all the while praying for the ...

Domestic violence education workshops offered

The Willow Domestic Violence Center is offering workshops for the public to learn about what domestic violence is, how it affects victims and how to develop a safety plan.Jan. 14Domestic Violence 101 3-4 p.m.This workshop explains what domestic violence is, types of abuse, causes and patterns ...

LMH takes precautions against spreading flu

Lawrence Memorial Hospital is now requiring its staff to either get a flu vaccination or wear a surgical mask when dealing directly with patients.Hospital officials say it's a policy recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one that is based on research showing it ...

Local health department adopts Healthy Families program

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department took over operation of the Healthy Families Douglas County program on Jan. 1 to continue helping about 50 local families by preventing child abuse and neglect. According to a news release from the department, the healthy families program is designed ...

Wichita researcher moving science closer to cancer cure

By Roy WenzlThe Wichita EagleWichita (AP) — Someday in the future scientists might save millions of lives by solving the riddle of metastasis.It is the mysterious process where cancer cells begin migrating from the tumor of origin and spread the disease.If that riddle is solved it won’t be ...

After a ‘miracle,’ Gardner family will enjoy Christmas with a healthy toddler

Christian Hernandez, 18 months old, is walking briskly around his family's living room a few days before Christmas, clutching his favorite blanket with both hands as it trails behind him like a cape. At this age, he's constantly moving around, his parents say. About a month ago, as Thanksgiving ...

Number of flu cases on rise, health report says

Colds and Germs: Facts and Myths Advice from Dr. Mike Lewis, pediatrician at The University of Kansas HospitalHands only need to be washed when they get dirty.Frequent hand washing is the key to keep cold and flu germs from spreading. The right way to wash is to use antibacterial soap with hot ...

Number of Hepatitis C cases linked to hospital worker rises

Concord, N.H. — Five more people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C a former traveling hospital worker is accused of spreading through tainted needles, bringing the total to 44 in four states.David Kwiatkowski, whom prosecutors have called a “serial infector,” is ...

Building a gym: A Lawrence small business success story

As Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” segues into AD/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” the dozen or so men and women doing pushups and situps, or throwing oversized medicine balls against a wall, are getting a little sluggish.Believe it or not, they’ve all actually paid their money to ...

Hutchinson baby who swallowed feather released from hospital

Hutchinson ? A Hutchinson baby who apparently ingested a feather is home from the hospital and doing well.The nearly 7-month-old girl, Mya Whittington, was hospitalized during the weekend while doctors tried to determine why her jaw swelled. Eventually, a doctor pulled a 2-inch feather out of ...

Lawrence attorney named ombudsman under new KanCare program

Topeka ? James Bart, a Lawrence attorney, on Wednesday was named as the ombudsman who will help customers who are having any problems with the state's new Medicaid system called KanCare.Bart currently serves on the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities as a parent representative, and is ...

Baby who swallowed feather recovering at Hutchinson hospital

Hutchinson ? Mya Whittington has been a real angel during her stay this week at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, said her mother, Emma.Still, her young parents and doctors were quite surprised when the underlying cause of the nearly 7-month-old’s distress was plucked from her neck on ...

KU Hospital named Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center

Kansas University Hospital has become one of the first five facilities in the country to earn Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation from The Joint Commission, a nonprofit group that certifies and accredits healthcare programs across the country.The hospital announced the ...