FDA study finds little evidence of antibiotics in milk

In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.

Dying wish comes true: Dutch woman with ALS sees Rembrandts

A Dutch charity has granted a terminally ill woman's dying wish, wheeling her into Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on a special bed for a private viewing of an immensely popular exhibition of Rembrandt paintings.

Free Health Fair at Health Care Access flyer


Free Health Fair

Lawrence, Kansas – March 4th, 2015 - Health Care Access will host a Free Health Fair on Thursday, March 5th from 2 - 4 PM. ...

How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar

Health officials say people should eat less sugar. But that's easier said than done. Anyone who has tried cutting down on sugar knows to avoid cookies, sodas and candy. But sugar can be hidden in lots of other common packaged foods.

McDonald's dropping human antibiotics from chicken

McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.

Child Care Licensing Coordinator Karen Flanders, center, talks about outdoor safety during a child care orientation class June 10 at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department offering orientation class March 10 for prospective child care providers

Douglas County residents interested in learning about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s child care licensing orientation ...

Stressed at college? Schools want to help

Educators remain concerned about the pressures on students — and some worry that young people today are entering college with poorer coping skills than their predecessors. U.S. college freshmen reported record low emotional wellbeing in a fall 2014 survey conducted through UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program.

Douglas County chapter of Red Cross receives federal funds

The Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross has received federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Double Take: Senate bill stands in the way of education

This week, Dr. Wes and Kyra discuss the Kansas Senate's SB 56, which charges with a class B misdemeanor any teacher caught teaching things that lawmakers or parents consider salacious.

Step right up to healthy eating for kids

More than one third of children or adolescents in the United States were overweight or obese in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

After-school health and fitness program at Liberty Memorial continues to grow

When Michel Loomis, then a teacher at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, co-founded a physical fitness after-school program in 2009, all it had to work with was a big gym.

New FDA official inherits raft of projects, challenges

One of the nation's leading medical researchers joined the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, taking on the agency's No. 2 leadership job at a critical juncture for prescription drugs, medical devices and tobacco products.

Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines

Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests. The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of the many shots recommended for children younger than age 2. Nearly all doctors said that at least some parents had requested vaccine delays in a typical month; and 1 in 4 said those numbers had increased since the previous year.

The 2014 Douglas County Health Champions were Ellen Young, left, and Logan Brown.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department seeks nominations for Douglas County Health Champion Awards

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will recognize a youth and adult resident for their exceptional efforts to model, encourage and promote health in the community ...

Kennedy Elementary School Principal Cris Anderson reads stories titled “If I were trapped in a snow globe” written by students in December 2014. She said Kennedy students have made significant improvent in their writing and reading skills.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

High school graduation rate rising among all students in Lawrence school district

Note: This is one of five stories featured in the Community Health Plan progress report, "On the Road to a Healthier Douglas County." Collectively, agencies, ...

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Friday Evening: Dating Violence Prevention Workshop at Lawrence Public Library

One out of every three teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 will experience some form of physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, or cyber abuse ...

Meditating might help older people sleep, researchers say

Older people who have sleep problems found more relief from a mindful meditation program than from a conventional sleep education program, researchers reported.

Healthy aging: What does it take?

Much has changed to improve the odds you’ll become a centenarian, but what does it take to reach that milestone? There are many research studies that suggest a person who follows healthy habits can expect a lifespan of 86 years or more. Life insurance companies have a pretty good handle on the factors that determine whether a person dies young or old. Some of the most important factors they track are weight or body mass index, drinking, smoking, driving record and stress management.

Limitless fitness: Exercise options for seniors aim to get, keep older people moving

Seniors in Lawrence have several options for fitness classes and workouts in town, from the Parks and Recreation Lifelong Recreation programming to the classes and training offered at membership gyms. Either way, all classes are available to try out and see if it's your cup of tea.

Seniors call for action as White House starts aging forums

Amid a profound shift in America's demographics, advocates for seniors pressed Thursday for changes on long-term care, retirement security and elder abuse as the White House launched a series of forums on aging.

Successful Aging mental health program helps clients deal with losses of all kinds

It is never too late to get help. Which is why the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center offers a program geared specifically toward older adults. “I have worked with people in their 90s,” said Ruth Shadel, the Bert Nash therapist who started the Center’s Successful Aging Program in 2004. In fact, older people, knowing the clock is ticking, can tend to be more open about seeking help.

Double Take: 'Relationship' label requires agreement on behavior

Dr. Wes proposes teaching kids from preschool on that “a relationship” isn’t a label but an agreement between two people on how they will behave toward each other. Like any contract, you set your terms so everyone knows what’s to be expected.

Relay For Life of Douglas County

Relay For Life of Douglas County hosting 2015 Girlfriends Gala

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Douglas County is hosting the 2015 Girlfriends Gala - The Ultimate Ladies Night to Finish The Fight ...

Free Runner's Clinic Saturday 2/28 from 9-noon at TherapyWorks 1311 Wakarusa Drive includes video gait analysis, free chair massages, information and refreshments!

Healthy Body & Mind

Runners: Be prepared for race season

With racing season quickly approaching, it is important for all runners and walkers to be prepared. To best prepare for the season, it is important ...

Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do.

LiveWell Lawrence

‘How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work’ author will present at worksite wellness seminar

Rosie Ward, a nationally-recognized expert on employee wellness and culture change, will present at the Creating a Thriving Workplace Culture seminar, an event co-sponsored through ...

Pace of new U.S. measles cases slows a bit, officials report

The number of U.S. measles cases this year has risen to 154, with new cases scattered across five states, although the pace seems to have slowed.

Douglas County residents create a pasta dish during a "Project Strength" cooking class in May 2014. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and Heartland Community Health Center have teamed up to offer the eight-week course again, beginning March 3.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health agencies offering free 8-week cooking course that begins March 3

Douglas County AmeriCorps members will be teaching “Project Strength,” an eight-week cooking and nutrition course that starts March 3. The cooking course is free, available ...

Eudora resident Renee Mueting walks along a new half-mile trail in December 2014 with her daughters Lillian, Liz, Lydia and Lianna. Liz and Lianna use the trail to walk to and from elementary school. The family also enjoys using the trail on weekends for walking and biking.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

New Eudora trail offers safe route for schoolchildren to walk, bike

Note: This is the fourth in five stories featured in the Community Health Plan progress report, "On the Road to a Healthier Douglas County." Collectively, ...

Project LIVELY Care Coordinator Susan Ridenour, left, of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, visits with 71-year-old Bill Commings in his apartment. They talked about starting a new filing system for his paperwork, and getting him an electronic wheelchair so he could visit nearby friends.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

71-year-old Lawrence resident's health improves thanks to care coordination through Project LIVELY

During the past year, Lawrence resident Bill Commings, 71, has moved from a nursing home to an apartment with the help of Susan Ridenour, Project ...