LUNAFEST 2015

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LUNAFEST 2015 Celebrates Women in Short Film Festival at Lawrence Arts Center

LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted ...

Take Back the Night will take place on Thursday, April 30th to conclude Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Take Back the Night Brings the Community & Campus Together Against Sexual Assault

With sexual assault capturing the nation's and the local community's attention, there is no better time to come together to take a stand. Take Back ...

Megan Stuke's Blog

Encouraging Resilience: The most challenging job

Ballard Community Services employs a framework of 5 Protective Factors to prevent child abuse and encourage healthy families. The factors are: Enhancing Parental Resilience Strengthening ...

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What do families and children need? Grit.

I recently watched a Ted Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth about grit. It struck me that I have always had a sense that "grit" (or ...

We are grateful for the support of the community, and we are proud to serve the residents of Douglas County. And special thanks to the amazing Bert Nash staff, who carry out the Center’s mission of responding to needs, restoring lives and building a healthy community.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Courageous Voices: Bert Nash Center 2014 annual report

Thank you to all of the Courageous Voices who share their inspiring stories of hope, healing and recovery. Read our 2014 annual report online at:

FDA: Safety problems prompted review of homeopathic remedies

A top federal drug regulator says that increased safety problems with homeopathic remedies contributed to the government's decision to revisit its oversight of the products at a public hearing this week.

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Ballard Community Services works to fight child abuse

Jenkins introduces Mental Health First Aid Act

Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Mental Health First Aid Act on Monday. The bipartisan legislation would expand mental health first aid training to help the public identify, understand, and respond to mental health issues and disorders.

Hunters often overlook hearing protection

While most shooters would never walk onto an active gun range without ear plugs or muffs in place, hunters who use firearms tend to neglect precautions to protect their hearing. In the heat of the hunt, it doesn't seem to matter. Yet every shot at a bird, deer or elk erodes one of our most valuable hunting assets.

Bristol-Myers: 2 cancer drugs beat 1 against melanoma

Giving patients with advanced melanoma two Bristol-Myers drugs that work differently held the deadly skin cancer at bay far longer than just one, though the combination's considerable increase in serious side effects raises concerns about how much patients can endure.

Physician recruitment focus of LMH plan to best serve community

Recruitment of well-qualified physicians and health care providers to serve the community’s medical needs well into the future is a primary focus of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Protect your skin from sun damage with a daily sunscreen routine

The cool, rainy days of late April have us lulled into the sense that summer is far away. But it doesn't have to be summer for the sun's rays to damage skin. Lawrence dermatologist Lee Bittenbender says that using a sunscreen should be an everyday habit.

Double Take: Bring back the lost practice of dating

Young people needn’t go back to formal courting, but they might actually try going somewhere and maybe have an adventure, or sit and look into each other’s eyes and care nothing about the rest of the world (read: smartphones), or hold hands in a theater. Or look at the stars.

Free blood-pressure checks will be available at Thursday's Health Connections Health Fair at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, 200 Maine St.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Health fair Thursday, April 23 offers opportunity to learn about the Bert Nash Health Connections program

Learn about the Bert Nash Health Connections program at a health fair from 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the second-floor meeting rooms at the ...

Heartland Community Health Center

Heartland adds services, provider in 2014

Heartland's 2014 Annual Report was recently published and can be viewed here. Highlights from 2014 at Heartland include: A complete remodel of the reception area ...

Heartland Community Health Center

Heartland now accepting applications for AmeriCorps members

Interested in health care and want to give a year (or more) of service to help improve the health and lives of underserved members in ...

Standards for organic seafood coming this year, USDA says

After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon.

Report: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

A new government report shows smoking by teens hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed.

Financial incentives OK'd for workplace wellness programs

In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — which enforces laws against discrimination — also proposed some safeguards for employees.

Health Care Access' Volunteer Appreciation Party on Thursday, April 16th.

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Health Care Access to celebrate National Volunteer Week

Health Care Access will host a Volunteer Appreciation Party on Thursday to thank volunteers. The event is arranged to allow for board members and staff ...

Consumer panel investigates whether cramped airline seats could be dangerous to passengers

The shrinking space on airplanes is surely uncomfortable, but it might also be dangerous for passengers' health and safety.

Bert Nash to honor volunteers at Pioneer Celebration

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will present the Pioneer Celebration on Monday evening to honor volunteers.

KU plans Earth Day clean-up event

KU's Center for Sustainability and Watkins Health Center are planning KU "Kick Butts" Clean Up Day on April 22.

Young athletes benefit from variety, health pros say

Chances are, there's a young athlete in your neighborhood, maybe even under your roof, who wants to be the next LeBron, the next Serena — the next big name in sports. But the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many coaches and health professionals, say that focusing on intensive, single-sport training at a young age can increase the chance of injury and mental fatigue.

Celebrate National Donate Life month in April

April is the 12th annual National Donate Life Month. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants, and honors the heroes that have given the gift of life as organ, eye and tissue donors.

Daddy Rules: Play date activities sound scary but lead to real growth

At least once a week I’m glad I didn’t invite anyone over for a play date. My kids play pretty well with others, but these days things can get weird in a hurry, and I find myself presiding over activities that just wouldn’t sound right paired with an invitation.

Double Take: Looking for new teen co-author

This week we celebrate the tenth annual essay contest to find the 12th teen co-author of Double Take. If you’re keeping score, we’ve now had had six authors from Free State, four from LHS, and one from Bishop Seabury; nine girls and two boys.

FDA warns of liver injury from muscle-building supplement

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid dietary supplements sold by a Las Vegas company because they may contain anabolic steroids that can cause liver damage.

Kansas State reports increased rabies cases so far this year

A Kansas State University laboratory says it is seeing an increase in rabies cases so far this year.

With recent recalls, Q&A answers questions about listeria

Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria — listeria. Here is a look at the listeria bacteria and answers to questions that consumers may have.