Health

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 ...

Whooping cough outbreak continues in Douglas County

An outbreak of pertussis is continuing in Douglas County, with 86 cases being confirmed through October, and another 46 possible cases that are still under investigation, according to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.That compares to just 17 cases that were confirmed in all of ...

Med tech in hepatitis C case pleads not guilty

Concord, N.H. ? A traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court on Monday.David Kwiatkowski, whom prosecutors describe as a “serial infector,” was indicted last ...

Health dept. offices to be closed for training

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s offices and clinic will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Dec. 26.The staff will be training for the implementation of Netsmart Technologies’ Insight system, a new electronic medical record system, in January. The ...

Whooping cough suspected in employee at Lawrence dialysis clinic

A Lawrence dialysis clinic is providing vaccines and antibiotics to its staff and patients after an employee was suspected of contracting pertussis, or whooping cough.Dr. Scott Solcher, the medical director of the DaVita Lawrence dialysis clinic, said a staff member had been sent home and ...

Restaurants to participate in Cooper’s Cause fundraiser

To celebrate Cooper Keefer's 5th birthday, Cooper's Cause Foundation is hosting a fundraiser at four local restaurants on Nov. 28. Bambino's, 1540 L Wakarusa Drive, The Salty Iguana, 4931 W. Sixth St., Johnny's West, 721 Wakarusa Drive, and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, 4801 Bauer Farm Drive will ...

Child poverty rate inching up in Douglas County

The number of children living in poverty in Douglas County has been inching up in recent years, resulting in more children qualifying for programs such as free and reduced-price lunches, Medicaid and other social services.That's one of the findings in the latest Kids Count Data Report, a ...