Health

Improving balance is important at any age

An at-home balance checkDorian Logan, physical therapist DPT at Lawrence and Baldwin Therapy Services, suggests a simple at-home test to see how you’re doing on balance.Note: Be extra cautious while testing yourself and make sure someone else is nearby, just in case your balance isn’t what ...

Study trimming super-size with half-orders, plate colors

Washington ? Call it the alter-ego of super-sizing.Researchers infiltrated a fast-food Chinese restaurant and found up to a third of diners jumped at the offer of a half-size of the usual heaping pile of rice or noodles — even when the smaller amount cost the same.Giant portion sizes are one ...

Game-time nutrition: keeping your athlete healthy and strong

More than 7 million boys and girls across the country will participate in organized sports this year, and unfortunately, injuries are a part of every season. The mistake athletes, parents and coaches often make is overlooking proper nutrition as a sports injury prevention measure. A balanced ...

Caffeine fix as easy as taking deep breath

Cambridge, Mass. ? Move over, coffee and Red Bull. A Harvard professor thinks the next big thing will be people inhaling their caffeine from a lipstick-sized tube. Critics say the novel product is not without its risks.The product, called AeroShot, went on the market late last month in ...

Study: Electric boost helps brain learn better

New York ? People learned better when a key part of their brains got mild zaps of electricity, a finding that may someday help Alzheimer’s patients keep more of their memories.In a small but tantalizing study, participants played a video game in which they learned the locations of stores in a ...

Public invited to event on Medicaid reform

The Kaw Valley Older Women’s League invites the public to a meeting about Kansas Medicaid reform.It will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Robert Doud room in the United Way Building, 2518 Ridge Court.Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration is seeking a waiver from the federal ...

Low risk of heart incidents found for marathoners

NEW YORK — It’s dramatic news when a marathon runner collapses with no pulse. Now a big study finds such calamities are rare and usually due to a pre-existing heart problem.The study also found such incidents are increasing as more runners try to go the distance.“You hear about this more ...

Proposals seek to address Kansas’ dentist shortage

Hutchinson ? Dental care is so sparse in some parts of Kansas that 13 counties have no dentists at all, and several proposals are being considered to address the issue.The most controversial plan would allow a new type of dental worker, called a registered dental practitioner, to work in ...

Experts warn of carbon monoxide leaks

When Robert Coffman began checking homes for energy efficiency, he discovered some had far more to worry about than drafty windows.In the past few years, Coffman, owner of Airtight Energy Audits, has visited between 25 to 30 homes that have had high levels of carbon monoxide, a colorless and ...

Offbeat Occupations: Yoga teacher a trainer in graceful aging

The sounds of a sitar and a pair of hand drums flow from a stereo in the corner of the room. Ten colored yoga mats are splayed across the center of the floor. On each mat is a woman, her body contorted into a crescent low lunge: one knee on the ground, both hands pressed to the mat, her heart ...

As I See Fit: Start new routine by making small changes

Do you look forward to your workouts and gym time? Are you “in shape” and enjoying the compliments that accompany a toned body? Are you thinking about amping your program up a notch? If so, save yourself some time and skip reading this column. This one is not for you. Not this time. I’m ...

Confront medical realities

Deep down inside, we all know it: It’s inevitable, this living, breathing, beautiful, multipart machine, the human body, is — at some point, somewhere — going to break down.We’ve all heard the warnings, the doctors’ admonitions to get brave and submit to any one of an array of ...

Core of health care law defended

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration defended the health care overhaul in a filing Friday with the Supreme Court that calls the law an appropriate response to a “crisis in the national health care market.”The administration filed a written submission in the high court’s biggest case ...

Kansas Department of Health and Environment promotes walking through program

Topeka ? The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is promoting a free program to help people who want to do more walking for exercise in 2012.The Walk with Ease program is a six-week offering that teaches participants how much they should walk and how to increase their pace and ...

Tricks for avoiding dry, itchy winter skin

New York ? If it’s dry and cold where you live, work or play, it’s winter skin season, but the fixes may not be as obvious as they seem.Rather than bide your time until April, The Associated Press asked dermatologists for tips on seasonal care and protection to stave off itchy, flaky and ...

Medicare debate all about the baby boomers

Washington ? Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no matter who wins the White House in 2012. You may not like it, but you might have to accept it.Dial down the partisan rhetoric and surprising similarities emerge from competing policy ...

Rural hospital lures doctors with unusual offer

ASHLAND ? The hospital had lost the last doctor in a succession of those who came to the remote Kansas town and left again. A sole physician assistant kept watch over the 24-bed facility and its adjacent nursing home. It was on the verge of closing.Then officials at the Ashland Health Center, ...

In Mexico, family faces nightmare after son’s injury

How to helpA benefit will be held for Jerod Nieder on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at The Oread, 1200 Oread Ave.The event will be a chance for people to visit with Jerod's close friends and family, watch videos of Jerod in rehab, record a message to send to Jerod, make a donation and purchase Jerod's ...

Anatomy of a hangover: Is there anything you can do?

Dry mouth, pounding headache, queasy stomach, body aches — all standard fare the morning after a heavy-drinking New Year’s Eve celebration.Ask any doctor or health care professional the best way to avoid those hangover symptoms and you’re likely to get a sarcastic answer along the lines ...

Preventive care: It’s free, except when it’s not

Chicago ? Bill Dunphy thought his colonoscopy would be free.His insurance company told him it would be covered 100 percent, with no copayment from him and no charge against his deductible. The nation's 1-year-old health law requires most insurance plans to cover all costs for preventive care ...