In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.
We have come out of our winter hibernation and had 7 kids finish this week. Great job kids!!
Douglas County residents are some of the healthiest in Kansas, according to the annual County Health Rankings report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. For the second year in a row, Douglas County was ranked the eighth in the state. Riley and Johnson counties were first and second. Decatur and Woodson counties were at the bottom of the list.
Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.
The global pharmaceutical industry is pouring billions of dollars into developing treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers but now point the way toward a new era of innovative therapies and big profits.
Federal authorities say Blue Bell is expanding the recall of some ice cream products because of possible exposure to the listeria bacteria.
Most Americans say they'd prefer to die at home, with treatment to free them from pain, but the prestigious Institute of Medicine says the reality too often is unwanted care and not enough comfort. One main reason: Doctors have a hard time discussing dying and patients don't know what to ask. Now the institute is recommending changes in the health system to help patients — not doctors or circumstances — dictate their care, and it all starts with some straight talk.
The Kansas Senate has approved a new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs in the state's Medicaid program.
Kyra Haas says that in 60 years, after her texts, photos and tweets have been lost to cyberspace, she and her friends can point to their wrinkled, faded tattoos as one of the few lasting expressions of who they were and where they came from.
The Lawrence City Commission is not only responsible for decisions that affect the city's bottom line, but also ones that can affect public health. And voters will have the chance to ask questions of the candidates to assess their ability to keep the city fit at a City Commission candidate forum at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium.
Whenever they inquire about colorectal cancer screening, doctors are accustomed to hearing excuses. “Not right now,” the patient may say or “I’ll think about it.” These patients may be anxious about embarrassment or perceived pain or discomfort. They may think they are at low risk because they have had no symptoms.
In five years, the polemic around Obamacare hasn't cooled much, and the permanence of the president's achievement remains in question as the nation awaits the outcome of a Supreme Court case that could jeopardize insurance for nearly 8 million people.
Join us Tuesday evening for a free presentation by local cardiologist, Dr. Elizabeth Guastello about cardiovascular health. She and physical therapy assistant, Preston Morris, a ...
Lawrence, Kansas – March 23rd, 2015 - Free State Ride & Body Boutique's first ever Spinning Ride for Charity was a success by both promoting ...
What questions do you have for candidates about health objectives in Lawrence? Let us know, and we'll ask them in our March 30 candidate forum.
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center provides important services for children. But it can be hard to get the youths physically there to take advantage of those services. This is one example of the type of hole that, for the past 15 years, the Douglas County Community Foundation has existed to fill. Whether arts or mental health, if it’s an area of the community in need, there’s a good chance it falls beneath the umbrella of the foundation. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is hosting a special preview screening of a documentary based on Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-wining book "The Emperor of All Maladies: The Biography of Cancer," officials said.
Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.
Adults in Lawrence will have the opportunity to become certified bicycle instructors in June, officials said. A partnership between the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and the City of Lawrence has made it possible to bring the League of American Bicyclists' League Certified Instructor Training to town for the first time, the department said in a release.
Major drugmakers, the British government and a top Alzheimer's research charity are pooling more than $100 million to create a global fund to accelerate efforts to find a treatment or even a cure for the mind-robbing disease within a decade.
Lawrence, Kansas – March 16th, 2015 - The 20th Annual Cosmopolitan Diabetes Golf Classic will have a 8:00 AM shotgun start on Friday, May 22nd ...
The best advice I ever received as a new parent was simple: When in doubt, just get down on the floor and roll around.
My child isn’t even in middle school, and he is identifying as gay. I think I’m a pretty accepting parent, but this seems more like a fad or something my child heard on TV rather than something heartfelt. How should I respond?
Still wanting to get a Walk Kansas team together? THERE'S STILL TIME!!! Walk Kansas is a team-based program that will help you and others lead ...
The public is invited to a Lawrence City Commission candidate forum 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 30 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. ...
Heartland Community Health Center has been distinguished as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Americorps members from Heartland Community Health Center will host a free six-week workshop focused on equipping individuals who are managing chronic conditions. The group will ...
Teens are going to have sex, and the opt-in model of sex education does not address the realities of teen behavior. Dr. Wes proposes a multi-level education model that gives teens a choice.
For the third year in a row, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has earned its place among the nation’s top 100 hospitals. As a recipient of the 2015 Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals award, the hospital is proud to to rank highly among nearly 3,000 acute care hospitals nationwide. We are in the national top 20 for organizations our size, and we are the only hospital in Kansas to achieve this distinction for the past three consecutive years.
A government advisory committee recently released a report that looks at caffeine for the first time and says coffee — in moderation — is not only OK, but there are even some benefits. But with all substances, moderation is key, and Lawrence physician Khylie McGee and other health professionals say what is important is to know what you're getting when it comes to caffeine.