Health

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 ...

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 ...