Health

Retired health department director honored with wall of fame

Kay Kent saw a lot of changes during her 33 years as director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.And she will continue to oversee the goings-on at the health department for the foreseeable future, though not in a literal sense. On Tuesday, to coincide with National Public Health ...

Community Wellness Festival returns Saturday to Baldwin City

Baldwin City ? Although she’s new to her position as Baker University health and counseling service coordinator, Sherri Pahcoddy is aware of the potential life-saving importance of the Community Wellness Festival she is organizing with Baldwin City Recreation Commission director Steve Friend ...

Kansas University at the frontline of autism research

With cases of autism on the rise, researchers at Kansas University are studying the disorder from several different vantage points, including how to identify it at an earlier stage and improve the social and communication skills of children who have it.From using telemedicine to work with ...

Weather smiles on 20th annual Brew to Brew run

This weekend’s 20th annual Brew to Brew run attracted thousands of entrants, who enjoyed near-perfect spring weather for the 40-plus mile Kansas City-to-Lawrence relay. The conditions “were a dream,” Free State Brewing Co. proprietor Chuck Magerl said. “We’ve seen it all ...

Lawrencian holds out hope for lung transplant, chance at new life

National Donate Life MonthApril is National Donate Life Month. For more information on organ donation and becoming a donor, visit organdonor.gov.In Lawrence, organ recipient Ray Gable will speak about organ donation from 1 to 3 p.m. April 17 in the auditorium at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 ...

Kansas Senate approves insurance for autism

TOPEKA ? A bill that would require insurance coverage for some children under the age of 12 with autism represents progress but still contains flaws, advocates for the children said after the measure was approved by the Kansas Senate and sent to Gov. Sam Brownback.The Senate on Wednesday ...

Gluten-free: ‘Confusing’ fad or matter of life and death?

For Jenna Collins, the gluten-free craze is a double-edged sword.On the one hand, it has significantly improved the gluten-free options available at stores and restaurants in Lawrence. On the other, it has sown confusion about what gluten-free really means.Collins, who was diagnosed with celiac ...

23 places to eat in Lawrence if you’re gluten-free

Here are 23 Lawrence restaurants to try if you're avoiding gluten:Mariscos, 4821 W. Sixth St. (gluten-free menu)Oh Boy! Chicken, 1006 Massachusetts St. (gluten-free fried chicken, catfish and chicken-fried steak, as well as some gluten-free sides)Minsky's Pizza, 934 Massachusetts St. ...

Kansas residents rush to meet health care deadline

TOPEKA ? Counselors dealth with a crush of late requests for help from Kansas consumers trying to navigate the federal government’s online health insurance marketplace on Monday, the deadline for signing up for coverage.But the Republican-dominated Legislature still was looking for ways to ...

Healthy Weight, Success Stories: Tonganoxie woman sheds 46 pounds

Name: Kathy MonahanAge: 53Hometown: TonganoxieWeight lost: 46 pounds!Kathy's story: "I have yo-yo’d my whole life, and couldn’t seem to keep off the weight because I didn’t have a structured plan. Then, my old eating habits crept back." So Kathy resolved to follow a strict plan of diet ...

Community Wellness Festival returns to Baldwin City

The 13th annual Community Wellness Festival, sponsored by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission and Baker University, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.A 5-kilometer run/walk will kick off the event at 8 a.m. at the Collins Center. The ...

Faces of the uninsured: five years later

In 2009, the Journal-World profiled four Douglas County residents who lacked health insurance. Since then, a lot has changed: The Affordable Care Act passed at the federal level, with the aim of expanding insurance to most of those who previously went without it. What has that meant for the ...

Lawrence Memorial Hospital to build retail pharmacy for employees

In a move designed to reduce employee health care costs, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital board of trustees approved a plan Wednesday to build a retail pharmacy at the hospital to serve employees.Prescriptions accounted for 20 percent of the total costs of the hospital's health plan in 2013, or ...

KU bans e-cigarettes from campus buildings

Electronic cigarette users at Kansas University now must go outside and get at least 20 feet away from buildings to light up on campus, just like smokers of traditional cigarettes. Evolving knowledge about e-cigarettes merited the policy change, KU human resources director Ola Faucher said. ...

Lawrence family among winners of Special Olympics awards

A Lawrence family was among the winners of the 2013 Special Olympics Kansas' Making a Difference Awards.The family of Brady Tanner of Lawrence, a member of the Douglas County Jayhawks Special Olympics team, was named Family of the Year."They have shown that people with disabilities can do great ...

Douglas County moves up a spot in county health rankings

Douglas County moved up a spot in the annual rankings of the healthiest counties in Kansas released Wednesday, from ninth to eighth.While Douglas County fared well in areas like physical activity and access to exercise opportunities, it scored poorly in measures like housing and sexually ...

Double Take: Cure for zombie relationships? Delete your ex

Dear Dr. Wes & Kendra: Is there some reason that girls feel like they need to keep talking to their ex after they break up? It's pretty much ruining my girlfriend and my relationship, and I may break up with her because of it.Wes: First off, it’s not just girls. I’ve seen just as ...

CrossFit Lawrence sends kids over boulders, up climbing walls

Kids Recess at CrossFit LawrenceWhen: Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., ages 2-10; 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., ages 10 and upWhere: CrossFit Lawrence, 815 E 12th St.Cost: $2What they’ll do: A CrossFit instructor leads a variety of warmup exercises that focus on mobility, strength and agility, and ...

Prescription assistance program improves health, more for Lawrence’s homeless

After leaving her house because of a broken furnace and pipes she couldn’t afford to fix, Judy Saverda-Allen found it difficult to prioritize paying for maintenance medications even though she knew they were important.“There are meds that my health situation requires that I have to have,” ...