Health

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 ...

Number of tick-related illnesses rises in Douglas County

Ten times the number of tick-related illnesses in the area were reported this June than in June 2012, according to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. And the hotter it gets, the more reports there are likely to be. “We are just seeing a significant number of more cases,” said ...

Breaking a sweat, not the bank

Being healthy can be costly. Between buying healthy food and paying for a gym membership, classes or workout equipment, sometimes getting in shape may seem like a major feat — not just for the mind and body but for the wallet.In Lawrence, businesses and groups are finding ways to make living ...

Local burgers gain far-flung following

Veggie burger recipesThere are more ways to eat a store-bought veggie burger than simply slapping it on a bun. Hilary's Eat Well shares recipes for the company's products online at hilaryseatwell.com/recipes. Dishes — all meat-free — include Veggie Tacos with Corn-Mango Salsa, Sloppy ...

Douglas County Dental Clinic receives $72,000 grant

Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation awarded the Douglas County Dental Clinic, located at 2210 Yale Road, with a grant for just more than $72,000. Douglas County Dental Clinic is a nonprofit that provides comprehensive dental care to low-income Douglas County residents who are uninsured or are ...

Lawrence employers lead the way in workplace wellness

The dozen or so women sat on the floor, balancing their behinds on exercise balls, shifting their hips from side to side to get loose. They then moved the balls down their spines, stopping to inhale and exhale at each vertebrae. Before long, they were lying on their backs, the balls behind ...

Health advocates pushing to put community health plan into action

Public health advocates in Douglas County recently finished putting the final touches on a long-range plan to improve the overall health of area residents.Now, they say, one of their biggest concerns is making sure the Roadmap to a Healthier Douglas County doesn't just sit on a bookshelf ...

Men also at risk for breast-cancer gene mutation

Actress Angelina Jolie's announcement in May that she had a double mastectomy to reduce her cancer risk has raised a lot awareness about testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in women. But what may have been overlooked in the recent discussion is that men can also have the mutation."Men who ...

Dad Days event offers activities for families this weekend

Just in time for Father's Day, families can celebrate fatherhood with food, fun and free film screenings this weekend at a series of events sponsored by Dads of Douglas County, a local nonprofit promoting father involvement.Dad Days will begin Friday at The Oread Hotel from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ...