Health

Whooping cough cases persist in Douglas County

Local health officials are urging residents to take precautions against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, due to a resurgence of the illness, especially in the Baldwin City area.The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department reported 23 cases of pertussis in October and is investigating ...

Abortions, births both decline in Kansas

TOPEKA— The state health department says the number of births and abortions declined last year in Kansas.Kansas Department of Health and Environment says in its annual vital statistics report that the number of abortions declined 4.6 percent from 2010 to 2011. That continued a trend of ...

Moran touts LMH’s electronic records system

When it comes to the use of electronic medical records to administer care, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., says Lawrence Memorial Hospital is a model.Moran stopped by LMH on Friday afternoon for a tour to see how the hospital’s pharmacy uses computer systems to control the ordering and the ...

As I See Fit: Open mouth, insert food

Recently one of my former clients emailed me asking for some advice and guidance. She announced that she had “officially” fallen off the exercise wagon, the nutrition wagon, and the “all-things-in-moderation wagon” and thus had decided to forgo worrying about any of those issues until ...

Ruling on damages cap pleases Kansas House speaker O’Neal

Topeka ? Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal says he's pleased by a state Supreme Court ruling that upholds a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages in personal injury lawsuits.The Hutchinson Republican said Friday that many legislators and others have seen the policy of limiting such damages as ...

Rep. Davis says damages cap should be raised

Topeka ? The top Democrat in the Kansas House says the state should increase its $250,000 limit on damages for pain and suffering in personal injury lawsuits.House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence criticized a Kansas Supreme Court ruling Friday upholding the cap as constitutional.Davis is ...

LHS student has whooping cough

Lawrence High School officials were notified Wednesday that a ninth-grade student had been diagnosed with pertussis, better known as whooping cough.The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department emailed LHS students’ parents with information about the contagious disease, and the school nurse ...

Medicinal garden open for tour

A Kansas University scientist will lead a public tour Saturday of a research garden filled with medicinal plants just north of Lawrence.Kelly Kindscher, a senior scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey and an environmental studies professor at KU, will lead a tour of the KU Native Medicinal ...

Kroger recalls spinach over Listeria risk

CINCINNATI — Kroger is recalling spinach sold at grocery stores in 15 states due to possible Listeria contamination.The Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach was sold in 10-ounze bags and had a "best if used by" date of Sept. 16. It has a universal product code, or UPC, of 011110916495. The ...

Latin American health topic of event

Latin American health topic of eventA symposium about health care in Latin America will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union on Kansas University’s campus.The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature speakers who will talk about careers ...

Statehouse Live: Officials urge commitment to reducing obesity

Topeka ? Reducing obesity in the United States is going to require a commitment similar to the Civil Rights movement or anti-drunk driving efforts, a former high ranking federal health official said Thursday."It is going to take years to reverse this epidemic," said Dr. William Dietz, past ...

61 violations found at restaurants in August

In August, the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food inspectors conducted 37 inspections of Lawrence restaurants, finding 61 critical violations, which are violations of the food code that could cause a food-borne illness.As part of a continuing Journal-World project, we’re collecting ...

A knockout workout: Boxing for fitness takes hold in Lawrence

Before you try itAs in any new workout, exercising a couple simple precautions can help you avoid injury.Phillip Vardiman, an athletic trainer and assistant professor of Health, Sport and Exercise Science at Kansas University, offered these tips for folks who want to give boxing a whirl.First, ...

Football player sets sights on new goals after paralyzing injury

Topeka ? Valerie Bollig describes her son, Matt, as someone who wanted to make his mark on the world — an individual remembered for whom he was and how he touched lives.Matt was hoping his chance to be remembered would come on the football field. Slotted to be a starting offensive player on ...

Girl’s recipe leads to lunch — and a few surprises — at White House

Rori Coyne of Shawnee generally eats her Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes — her favorite food — on a bun, or sometimes cold with a fork. But recently the Westridge Middle School seventh-grader got to enjoy the recipe she crafted about eight months ago on bread with gold silverware at a formal ...

Pack it up: Put something different in kids’ lunch boxes this year

Lunch box recipesCURRY CHICKEN SALAD2 cups cooked white-meat chicken, chopped or pulled2 tablespoons almond slivers2 tablespoons chopped dates2 tablespoons honey1 teaspoon brown sugar1/4 cup onion, diced1 tablespoon curry powderMayonnaise, as neededSalt and pepper, to tasteMix ingredients ...

Army leaders to discuss health review

The Army’s vice chief of staff is taking the best practices he’s found for mental and physical health services from Fort Riley and five other installations back to the Pentagon as he assesses the health of the force.Gen. Lloyd Austin visited Friday with Fort Riley and 1st Infantry Division ...

Free State, Lawrence High adopt new concussion tests

Student-athletes at Lawrence and Free State high schools will now have access to one of the most widely used concussion-testing systems available.With the Lawrence school district administration signing off on the plan this past week, Lawrence Memorial Hospital will provide LHS and FSHS ...

Taking a look at restaurant violations

Findings of investigationRestaurants with the most critical violations since 2010• El Mezcal, 1520 Wakarusa Drive: 76• El Mezcal, 1819 W. 23rd St.: 65• Jade Garden, 1410 Kasold Drive: 60• Zen Zero, 811 Mass.: 53• Haskell Diner, 1910 Haskell Ave.: 44• Burger Stand, 803 Mass.: 36• ...

Play therapy not just fun and games

The office of Sarah Minges is filled with stuffed animals and toys. Her bookshelves are lined with sand-tray figurines and children’s books.But for Minges’ line of work, these items aren’t for fun or decoration — they’re necessities in helping her patients.Minges is the founder of ...