Health

KU Hospital purchases Overland Park surgery building

Kansas University Hospital has acquired a 42,000-square-foot inpatient surgical hospital building to add to its system of services.The building, 10720 Nall Ave., Overland Park, is near the intersection of Interstate 435 and Nall and now houses Heartland Surgical Specialty Hospital.The two-story ...

The right path: Choose trails for skill, activity, safety

Link upThe buddy system is the best way to stay safe on Lawrence’s trails. Here are some of Lawrence’s organized trail-using groups: Lawrence Trail Hawks, lawrencetrailhawks.org. Groups runs on dirt trails, routes range from 5 miles or less to up to 30. Run Lawrence, runlawrence.org. Most ...

LMH employees chip in for mutual aid

Michael Van Pelt can’t thank his fellow employees enough for the help they provided during his battle with head and neck cancer.“I am still amazed at some of the things that happened,” he said. “You can imagine when a doctor tells you, ‘You have cancer,’ just everything stops, and ...

KU Medical Center says new education building vital

Kansas University Medical Center is looking for ways to build a $75 million medical education building, which administrators say is key for its future, on its Kansas City, Kan., campus.The building, as described in the campus’ long-range facilities master plan, would be 200,000 square feet ...

KU Hospital to resume heart transplants

Kansas University Hospital announced on Monday its intention to resume heart transplants, re-establishing a program that was shut down in 1995.The move is sparked by a $1.5 million donation from Dr. William Reed, chairman of the hospital’s department of cardiovascular diseases, and his wife, ...

Expo on services for those with disabilities planned

Individuals with disabilities, their families and care givers will have a chance to gather information about service providers, organizations and support groups during the annual Community Resource Expo.The expo will be held Wednesday, April 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Free State High School, ...

Supreme Court appears split by ideology over health care

Washington ? Concluding three days of fervent, public disagreement, a Supreme Court seemingly split over ideology will now wrestle in private about whether to strike down key parts or even all of President Barack Obama’s historic health care law. The justices’ decision, due this June, will ...

Clue could help predict heart attacks

Washington ? Too often, people pass a cardiac checkup only to collapse with a heart attack days later. Now scientists have found a clue that one day may help doctors determine if a heart attack is imminent, in hopes of preventing it.Most heart attacks happen when fatty deposits in an artery ...

BMI busters: Pediatrician, dietitian start children’s weight loss clinic

Sudden inspiration hit pediatrician Anne Van Garsse last year while she was strolling through a local department store.Van Garsse, who has been practicing in Lawrence for 10 years, wanted to help families struggling with obesity. She called a friend, dietitian Shannon Jones, and the two joined ...

Caregivers’ mental health may improve with short daily meditation

A yoga meditation program could reduce depression symptoms and boost mental health, a study finds, and that’s not all — it may also show benefits at the cellular level.The study, published recently in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, involved 49 caregivers ranging in age ...

KU Hospital expanding to meet demand

Westwood ? Kansas University Hospital leaders on Tuesday said patient growth is leading the hospital to add new space and new patient beds more quickly than previously planned.The hospital’s board in July 2010 approved a three-and-a-half floor expansion for its Center for Advanced Heart Care, ...

Recognize when you’re stressed

If you feel irritable, have a hard time concentrating, have low energy or a hard time sleeping, you could be showing signs of stress. In fact, it seems that most Americans are feeling stress these days.The American Psychological Association’s 2010 Stress in America survey disclosed that ...

Sheriff warns of effects from cuts

As advocates ask state legislators to spare the state’s mental health system from further cuts, they argue taxpayers will still bear the costs as more mentally ill individuals will end up in county jails or correctional facilities.“It’s like squeezing a balloon full of water,” Bert Nash ...

Out of bed: Hospitals seek to keep elderly strong

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL.— Bob Landorf walked miles during his hospital stay, dragging his IV pole along, too, on a mission to upend disturbing statistics for patients his age.At least one-third of hospital patients older than 70 leave more frail than when they arrived, and many become too weak ...

Lawrence resident Louise Krug chronicles life-changing brain injury in new book

Nearly seven years ago, at age 22, Lawrence resident Louise Krug suffered from a brain bleed that caused weakness, dizziness, headaches and difficulty with hearing and vision.“It just happened out of the blue — kind of like a stroke,” she said.She had just graduated from Kansas University ...

Statehouse Live: Mental health advocates seek funding after years of budget cuts

Topeka ? Advocates for those with mental illness on Tuesday described the state's mental health system as crumbling and urged legislators to restore funding that has been cut over the past few years."Our state's mental health system is not strong enough to meet the demands placed on it," said ...

Study: Old flu drug speeds brain injury recovery

New York ? Researchers are reporting the first treatment to speed recovery from severe brain injuries caused by falls and car crashes: a cheap flu medicine whose side benefits were discovered by accident decades ago.Severely injured patients who were given amantadine got better faster than ...

Pharmacists weigh in with advice about vitamin supplements

When it comes to understanding which vitamins are right for you, it can be tricky to know what your body needs. For some, a multivitamin can help fill in gaps in nutrition, for others, extra calcium and vitamin D are needed to help keep bones strong and healthy. While most Americans will turn ...