Health

Hy-Vee stores to host fundraiser for cancer cure

Hy-Vee stores in Lawrence will sell lemonade and collect donations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 31 and June 1 in an effort to raise money to help nonprofit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer find a cure for childhood cancer. Hy-Vee stores in the Kansas City region will ...

Keepsake support group gives local children outlet to grieve

The three children who recently lost a father. The kid whose dad died a few years back. The child whose grandmother had just passed away.All had experienced tremendous loss. But at the new Keepsake youth grief support group in Lawrence, they came to find out they were not alone and could share ...

Midwifery 101: Options for pregnant women

When a woman is having a baby, planning begins long before the baby is due. She has to decide whether she wants pain medication when she has the baby and whether she wants to take classes to prepare for childbirth, and she has to make a birthing plan that she thinks is plausible to follow.For ...

Mortality rates down at KU trauma, burn centers

Westwood ? Mortality rates at the Kansas University Hospital trauma and burn units are among the lowest in the country, according to figures released this week.The Burnett Burn Center's mortality index is 0.58, indicating that 42 percent of patients who arrived with a great risk of death are ...

Lawrence firefighters collecting for MDA this weekend

This weekend, Lawrence firefighters will hit the streets to fill their boots — with money.Firefighters will be collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from today through Monday at several locations in town. The money collected will help MDA in its mission to provide ...

Lawrence social worker helps patients live their own lives

Felicia Shockey isn't your average social worker.She has arranged for a patient to ride on a Harley Davidson alongside the Patriot Guard. She helped another fly in a hot-air balloon, checking an item off the top of his bucket list. She lets patients drink alcohol or eat steak — if that's what ...

Doctor finds ‘A Healthier Wei’ to treat kids

Julie Wei was a pediatric otolaryngologist, or ear, nose and throat specialist, at Kansas University Medical Center for more than 10 years when she began to see a trend she didn’t like.“I realized I was seeing a lot of less healthy children who came for chronic congestion,” Wei said. “I ...

American Cancer Society to host volunteer open house

As a celebration of the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society, the organization is encouraging people to raise awareness and join the fight against cancer. It’s goal is to recruit at least 100 volunteers in Kansas during May.As a way to celebrate current volunteers and recruit new ...

Uninsured cancer patient also a victim of bad timing

Dawn Villarreal-Nutt is a victim of bad timing.She recently bought health insurance after years of going without it, even getting it for the full-time employees at Game Nut, the Lawrence video game store she owns with her husband, Gene. All she had to do was wait 90 days for the coverage to ...

5K and wellness festival to raise awareness for Lyme disease

The Hope for Healing USATF 5K Run, Walk and Wellness Festival to raise awareness for Lyme disease is schedule for Saturday at South Park in downtown Lawrence. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m., and a one-mile walk will begin at 10 a.m. A Wellness Festival with booths focusing on health, nutrition, ...

Partner exercise routines can be more fun, motivating

When the alarm goes off at 6 a.m., getting out of bed and heading to the gym may seem like an impossible task. Good news! Recent studies have found that exercising with a partner boosts motivation — and it’s more fun than doing it alone.Ivy Ingram Larson, the West Palm Beach, Fla., trainer ...

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 ...