Medicare weighs changes to controversial plan on cancer meds

Trying to salvage a controversial experiment to confront rising drug costs, the Obama administration this week hinted at modifications to an ambitious plan that would revamp Medicare payments.

Butter is neither good nor bad for you, study finds

Low-fat turkey meat, a bagel, cornflakes, margarine and soda are all worse for you than butter, according to a new study.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Young Parents Group offers opportunities for support, playtime

Young Parents Group meets twice a month in the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's clinic waiting room, 200 Maine St., to socialize, share ideas, support one ...

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Full-fat dairy makes a comeback among the health conscious

Once snubbed, whole-fat milk, yogurt and other dairy products are finding their way back into our refrigerators, thanks to a growing interest in "whole foods" diets and new evidence that full-fat dairy products can be good for us, experts say.

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After pins-and-needles wait, acupuncture finally will be regulated in Kansas

The consequences of getting acupuncture from someone who is untrained could be serious, but soon the risk of encountering that situation in Kansas soon will diminish. Lawrence acupuncturist Gina Halsey has been working since 2009 to remove Kansas from the list of five remaining states that do not license the profession. It’s been a long process with a lot of red tape, but in the recent legislative session, the Acupuncture Practice Act finally was approved.

Free program helps you learn more about Kansas while staying healthy this summer

Did you know that Dodge City is listed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the windiest city in the United States, with an average daily wind speed of 13.9 miles per hour?

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department offering free HIV testing today in conjunction with National HIV Testing Day

In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages residents to get educated about the disease and to get tested. The ...

New Kansas bicycle map available

Whether you want to see designated bike routes in 19 cities in Kansas, traffic volumes along state routes or which county routes are paved, the new 2016-17 Kansas bicycle map will help bicycle riders plan their trips.

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Using your smartphone in the dark? It might cause temporary blindness, doctors warn

Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision. Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in the dark, say doctors who are now alerting others to the unusual phenomenon.

LiveWell Lawrence

Just Food adds new commercial coolers

Just Food recently added commercial coolers through a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation. Executive Director Elizabeth Keever said larger, higher ...

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When 'boo-boos' occur: What every parent should have in their medicine cabinet

Even when parents are taking precautions against heat and proper measures to prevent sunburns, kids are bound to end up with injuries and illnesses over the summer.

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No bones about it: Making sense of osteoporosis and osteopenia

The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that 54 million people in the United States have either the disease osteoporosis or low bone mass, also known as osteopenia, which if left untreated could go on to become osteoporosis.

Double Take: Binge-drinking culture clouds sexual assault issues for youth

It’s hard to pick the ugliest debate in America these days. There are so many nominees: racial disharmony, income inequality, gun violence, wall building, Muslim banning, rich people tax cutting. I could keep on listing until Gabe and I reached our quota for the week.

Kansas offers free medications to help smokers quit

Smokers in Kansas can get free medications, such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy products in the form of gum, lozenges or patches, from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Tobacco Quitline from now until July 1, or while supplies last.

Study: 1 in 5 trauma deaths could be prevented

Up to 1 in 5 people may be dying unnecessarily from car crashes, gunshots or other injuries, a stark conclusion from government advisers who say where you live shouldn't determine if you survive. The findings take on new urgency amid the increasing threat of mass casualties like the massacre in Orlando.

Youth engaged in service and learning all while having fun during Sunrise Project's Second Week of Summer of Service.

Sunrise Project

Spending Summer Break Picking Weeds and Cleaning?

Article written by Luna Stephens and Photography by Malka Hampton, Sunrise Project's Summer Youth Interns 10 youth did just that during the second week of ...

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Community health center, dental clinic to expand services after receiving $350K grant

Heartland Community Health Center will partner with Douglas County Dental Clinic to expand integrated oral health care services, thanks to a $350,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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While coffee is no longer considered a cancer causer, 'very hot' beverages are

Go on, have another cup. Coffee is now off the list of things that could possibly cause cancer. Experts convened by the World Health Organization's cancer research arm declared Wednesday that there isn't enough proof to show that the brew is linked to cancer. But in the same report, they warned that drinking "very hot" beverages of any kind could potentially raise your risk of the disease.

The Bert Nash summer program includes lots of outdoor time and group activities.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Bert Nash summer program encourages mental, physical health

School’s out, and that means it’s time for the Bert Nash Summer Program. The program, called Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds, runs from June 7 to ...

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Stay cool for summer: Heat, dehydration pose serious risks in Lawrence

Your leftovers will last longer in the refrigerator than they will in the oven — and humans are the same way.

What lies in your gut could be the answer to 'western diseases'

We have long known that our bodies are colonized by microorganisms, but only recently are beginning to understand the central role they might play in our health and development of diseases. The microbiome consists of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa, although the main focus of attention has been on bacteria. These organisms live on our skin and inside our bodies. The largest bulk of them are in our gut, especially the large intestine, where they make up a combined weight of about 3 pounds; the same weight as the human brain. They are so numerous that in our bodies, human cells are outnumbered 10 to 1.

Double Take: Should dad dictate whether college-age daughter can get a tattoo?

I want a tattoo but my dad is so opposed to it that I’m afraid he’ll refuse to pay for college if I get it. I’m 18 and I think it’s “my body my rules.” My mom is OK with it and she suggested I write to you to ask what could I do to convince him that it’s dumb to write off your daughter just because she’s expressing herself in body art?

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Mosquitoes linked to West Nile trapped in Sedgwick County

Kansas health officials say high numbers of mosquitoes known to transmit West Nile virus have been found in traps in Sedgwick County.

Youth engage in outdoor work at Hidden Valley camp. Photography by Malka Hampton

Sunrise Project

High Temps Don't Faze Dedicated Youth

Outdoor-loving volunteers at Hidden Valley handle the temps for a rewarding experience Article written by Sunrise Project's Youth Journalist Intern, Luna Stephens Youth brave the ...

Adult Outpatient Program therapist Jason Khomsi leads the anxiety groups.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

To an anxious friend: Help is available

As the leader of anxiety therapy groups at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Jason Khomsi knows what he’s talking about. Because he’s lived ...

Would teens be slimmer if Katy Perry hawked kale and quinoa?

New research doesn't prove a link, but its authors think music stars popular with teens may be contributing to the obesity epidemic by endorsing fatty fast food, snacks and soda.

Bert Nash IT manager Paul Williams quietly goes about his business, but his greatest satisfaction is helping others.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Mr. Fix It describes Spirit Award winner

Paul Williams likes being behind the scenes. But not nearly as much as he likes helping people. Williams, the Bert Nash Mental Health Center IT ...

Most antidepressants don't work for young patients, study finds

Scientists say most antidepressants don't work for children or teenagers with major depression, some may be unsafe, and the quality of evidence about these drugs is so bad the researchers cannot be sure if any are truly effective or safe.

KU researchers awarded $2.4 million grant to study adolescents with autism-causing disorder

Kansas University researchers have been awarded a five-year, $2.4 million grant to study the effects of parenting on the development of adolescents with a disorder known as the leading genetic cause of autism.

Officer Amber Rhoden is chairwoman of the local Crisis Intervention Team Council.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Partners in mental health: Bert Nash honors local law enforcement

For as long as anyone can remember, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and law enforcement have had a working relationship. Since the early 2000s, ...