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Most picky eating harmless but it can signal emotional woes

Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out.

Douglas County Visiting Nurses to take part in Medicare model

Douglas County Visiting Nurses has been selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model, announced July 20 by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

Kansas teens less likely to be vaccinated against HPV

Teenagers in Kansas are among the least likely to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, according to the Immunize Kansas Coalition.

Lawrence was the first community in Kansas to receive the "Community Supporting Breastfeeding" designation from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. Key businesses and organizations will be recognized during an event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

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Community invited to celebrate breastfeeding designation Saturday at library

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County invites the community to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Lawrence ...

Farm Fresh Challenge encourages county residents to eat local food

How do you eat local? LiveWell Lawrence, in partnership with the Douglas County Food Policy Council, is issuing a challenge to the residents of Douglas County to shop, cook, or taste local foods during the month of August.

Panel faults Kansas mental health system

A special state task force says treatment options for the mentally ill in Kansas are lacking because the state's two acute care psychiatric hospitals don't have enough space and smaller mental health facilities are underfunded.

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Recreation is a lifelong endeavor for seniors in Douglas County

Whether seniors are exercising their bodies or their brains, there are outlets throughout Lawrence get people thinking, moving and maintaining better health as they age.

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Keep your cool: Summertime's heat can lead to serious problems

It’s that time of year when people participate in more outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, fishing and gardening. But beware! Too much time spent in the hot sun can occasionally lead to heat disorders. Caleb Trent, a board-certified emergency physician at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, says the best advice for avoiding heat-related conditions is to use common sense and know your limitations.

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Mature Living: Families face tough decisions as cost of elder care soars

For the two-thirds of Americans over 65 who are expected to need some long-term care, the costs are increasingly beyond reach. The median bill for a private room in a U.S. nursing home now runs $91,000 a year, according to a report from the insurer Genworth Financial. One year of visits from home-health aides runs $45,760.

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Mature Living: Lifestyle changes may guard aging brain against memory loss

The latest Alzheimer's research has a clear theme: Change your lifestyle to protect your brain. Whatever happens on the drug front, there are generally healthy everyday steps people can take — from better sleep to handling stress to hitting the books — that research suggests just might lower the risk of Alzheimer's.

Mature Living: 5 things from annual check-up for Social Security, Medicare

Looking at the big picture, the financial health of Social Security and Medicare doesn't appear to have worsened. But despite some reassuring projections, program trustees said there's cause for concern.

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Double Take: Apology to mom will be learning experience

Don’t let a minor dispute derail a yearlong, trusting relationship. Be the bigger person and bring the people you love up with you.

Proposed label would give context to sugar in foods

Wondering if you are eating too much added sugar? The nutrition label on your food may one day help you figure it out.

Cover of Health Care Access' 2014 Annual Report.


Health Care Access Publishes 2014 Annual Report

Lawrence, Kansas – July 24th, 2015 - Health Care Access has published its Annual Report for 2014. The report can be viewed at their website. ...

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is located inside the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St.

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Health Department seeking community members to lead ‘Tools for Better Health’ workshops

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is looking for community members to lead “Tools for Better Health” workshops. The workshops help Douglas County residents who have ...


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LAWRENCE DEATH CAFE - Saturday, July 25th at the Lawrence Public Library in room C 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - open to all - ...

Don't be shy: Urinary incontinence is often treatable, expert says

Twenty-five million American adults experience some form of urinary incontinence. If you count yourself in that number, you may not be comfortable admitting it or discussing it, even with your health care provider. But Dr. Jon Heeb of Lawrence Urology offers hope and good news.

Double Take: Kansas sings along to Pink Floyd's sinister education hook

Young people still resonate with Pink Floyd in standing up to the autocracy of schools. That’s part of growing up. But today, the real threat to teens comes from state government changing the fundamental structures that fund education and thus altering for a generation to come what is delivered in the classroom and by whom.

Chris Lempa, coordinator of Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority’s Full Circle Youth Program, helps 11-year-old Jafiya Birdling adjust the straps on his bicycle helmet last week before riding around his East Lawrence neighborhood. Jafiya earned the bicycle and bicycle helmet by participating in a bicycle rodeo where he learned how to care for the bicycle and ride safely.

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11-year-old Lawrence boy living healthier lifestyle thanks to participation in bicycle rodeo

Eleven-year-old Jafiya Birdling earned a bicycle about one month ago and it has been life changing for him. He is exercising every day and spending ...

Kyle Roggenkamp knows firsthand that therapy can give people "the tools to move forward in a more healthy way."

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Acquiring the tools for life

Kyle Roggenkamp has a unique relationship with the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. In his role as human resources director for Ballard Community Services, ...

Heartland Community Health Center

Heartland welcomes its newest MD

This week Heartland welcomed Dr. A.J. Strickland to its team of providers. Dr. Strickland comes to Heartland from Red Cloud, NE. He is a graduate ...

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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. ...

Tribes push to end Affordable Care Act coverage requirement

Representatives of several American Indian tribes say they support legislation introduced by congressional Republicans this week that would exempt tribes nationwide from being classified as large employers under the federal Affordable Care Act — a designation that requires tribes to pay higher insurance costs or face federal penalties.

Report: Nearly 1 in 3 young U.S. adults too overweight for military

The nation's obesity epidemic is causing significant recruiting problems for the military, with one in three young adults nationwide too fat to enlist, according to report issued Wednesday by a group of retired military leaders.

Rough play is riskier than heading in youth soccer, study finds

Heading takes the heat in youth soccer, but limiting rough play might be a better way to prevent concussions and other injuries, a nine-year study of U.S. high school games suggests.

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9 tips to curb sugar cravings

Why do so many of us like or even crave sweet drinks and treats? There may be lots of reasons including evidence that we are wired from early infancy onward to prefer the taste of sweet over other flavors.

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Concussions can sideline young athletes and kids at play

Kids often play rough, but parents and coaches need to be aware if a hard knock to a young athlete's head results in a concussion.

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Double Take: Transitions can be difficult for kids, parents

Letting kids move into the "real world": The fundamental dilemma of parenting is how much to hold on to children and how much to push them. It’s sort of like the air/fuel mixture in an engine; it has to be optimally balanced for that particular machine.

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Concussions - What You Need to Know

Join us for a presentation about Children's Health at noon on July 22 at TherapyWorks to hear about sports injuries, concussions and other health concerns ...

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FDA: Calories on menus, menu boards delayed until 2016

Diners will have to wait until the end of 2016 to find calorie labels on all chain restaurant menus.