Health

Air ambulances save time — and lives as result

Usage of air ambulancesNumber of transfers by air ambulance in Douglas County by year2009: 472010: 292011: 352012 to date: 14— Source: Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical (does not include transfers from Lawrence Memorial Hospital)A 4-year-old boy slips into a swimming pool, possibly ...

Puree excitement: Parents baby their little ones with homemade food

Baby food ideasHere are some suggestions for homemade baby food from local parents: Avocado: raw, cut and then mashed Banana: raw, smashed and mixed with baby cereal Chicken (when doctor OKs meats): grocery store rotisserie chicken breast meat pureed with water, breast milk or formula Oatmeal: ...

SRS aims to curb elder abuse

Topeka — State officials on Friday announced increased efforts to try to protect elderly Kansans from abuse.From July 1 through March 30, there were 11,154 reports of alleged abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services reported.“It ...

Underground prescription drugs an ‘epidemic’

Top 10 prescriptionsTop 10 medication prescriptions filled by Kansas pharmacies in 2011, followed by the condition they treat:• Vicodin with aspirin: 1.5 million, pain• Ambien: 519,542, insomnia• Xanax: 494,555, anxiety• Ultram: 380,656, pain• Percocet with aspirin: 329,585, pain• ...

Medications by the numbers

The Kansas State Board of Pharmacy provided data for prescriptions filled by pharmacies in Kansas since 2010. Here's a look at some of the numbers.

Health leader: Information ‘more secure’ under network

Laura McCrary said some people are wary of having their records available on a network because they worry the information might be shared or used inappropriately. But patient privacy would be better protected with the new system, said McCrary, chief executive of Kansas Health Information ...

New statewide digital health network to improve care, accessibility

Privacy noticesStarting June 1, patients of Kansas health care providers who are connected to the new statewide network will receive privacy notices telling them that their health records may be shared electronically, under the same legal protection that currently applies to their paper-based ...

Biking Across Kansas: Residents prepare for 475-mile trek

On a nice day a few years ago, as his wife headed out on an errand, David Brown made a decision on a whim: He’d just hop on his bike and meet her over at the shopping center.Easy, right?“I thought I was going to die,” Brown said. Later, he learned how far he’d ridden — less than a ...

Best weight loss plan: Planning ahead

But I don't have time!When it comes to managing your weight (and your kids’), cooking at home can be a big difference-maker — and planning ahead is key.Below, the U.S. Department of Agriculture highlights common stumbling blocks to cooking at home and ideas for getting over them. “I ...

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 ...