HJ's first Christmas 2011

Larryville Mom

How do you spread holiday cheer?

Our family is still trucking along with our whole “less is more” Christmas makeover. The girls are loving the holiday activities we’ve planned and don’t ...

Santa's fit list: Give the gift of fitness this holiday season

Don't let the holidays stand in the way of getting fit and staying active. It's the perfect time to buy the fitness buffs in your life gifts they'll love and use now and all year long.

Merck advancing breast cancer drug to mid-stage

Drugmaker Merck & Co. said that it will advance a new cancer drug into bigger patient tests, after promising findings in an early study against a very aggressive, common type of breast cancer.

Lawmakers wary of genetically modified food labels

The food industry is likely to find a receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Republicans and Democrats on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questioned Wednesday whether requiring a label on any packaged food including genetically modified organisms — or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs — would be misleading to consumers since there is little scientific evidence that such foods are unsafe. The food industry has made a similar argument.

Double Take: Prepare for college applications by preparing for the worst

Given the number of high school students I see, I didn’t need a reminder that December is the beginning of college decision season.

Patients and economy would benefit from KanCare expansion

Making a decision on expansion of KanCare is first and foremost about coverage for those individuals. But it’s also about costs and the economy.

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Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Lawrence family to host yoga fundraiser Dec. 15 to help residents pay for vaccinations

The Sheridan family is hosting a yoga session from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St., in honor ...

New court, dental programs to help mentally ill

Two new programs in Topeka will provide court and dental services to some people in Topeka who are suffering from mental illness, beginning in January.

Yoga benefit helps people get flu vaccinations — and it's not too late for your own shot

With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to receive an annual flu vaccination to protect themselves and their families. National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 7-13, serves as a reminder that the community has a responsibility to prevent the spread of influenza, or the flu, and that it’s not too late to get a vaccination.

Great work Andrew!

Bobcat Marathon Club

A rainy week

Last week we battled the cold temperatures this week we fought with the rain. Congratulations to Andrew and Owen for finishing up their marathons in ...

Claire braves the cold to finish!

Bobcat Marathon Club

Frigid Finishers

We had 10 people brave the cold last week to finish their marathons, great job kids!!!!

Heartland Community Health Center

Heartland's Fill Up. Pour Out. fundraiser this Thursday

Heartland Community Health Center's fourth annual Fill Up. Pour Out. fundraiser is this Thursday, December 11 at 7pm at Arterra Event Gallery. The program will ...

Robotic assisted surgery system benefits patients with less pain, shorter recovery

Lawrence Memorial Hospital made the investment in the da Vinci robotic surgery system, and it is benefiting many patients with speedier recoveries and less post-surgery pain.

Are women as vulnerable to heart attack as men?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in America, claiming the lives of one in three women every year. Every woman should try to learn more about this disease and also discuss her personal risk factors and screenings tests with her healthcare provider.

Newly insured struggle to find primary physicians

A survey this year by The Physicians Foundation found that 81 percent of doctors describe themselves as either over-extended or at full capacity, and 44 percent said they planned to cut back on the number of patients they see, retire, work part-time or close their practice to new patients.

Double Take: Respect students' communication boundaries

When your child goes off to college or moves out, all communication needn’t be limited to a monthly phone call or email. However, you must strike a fine balance for these interactions and the form they take.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department Public Health Nurse Shirley Grubbs, left, gives a flu shot to Elizabeth Sedita-Laufer, a breastfeeding peer counselor at the Health Department.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department: It's not too late to vaccinate against flu

With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department ...

Larryville Mom

I Broke Christmas

Please don’t be angry with me, but I have a confession: You know those crazies who go out shopping the day after Thanksgiving? The ones ...

Abbey Dvorak, KU assistant professor of music therapy, leads the adult music therapy group at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Music therapy can be a powerful emotional tool; helps clients manage how they think and feel

You don’t have to be a musician to play music. At least it’s not a requirement of music therapy. “If you have no music skill, ...

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence receives KHF grant

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence has received a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation for its Triple Play health and wellness program.

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Horse trots into hospital: It's therapy, no joke

Though it may sound like one, this is no joke: Two miniature horses trotted into a hospital. Doctors and patients did double-takes when the equine visitors ambled down long corridors in the pediatric unit at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center. Wide-eyed youngsters hooked up to IV poles stepped into hallways to get a glimpse, and kids too sick to leave their rooms beamed with delight when the little long-lashed horses showed up for some bedside nuzzling.

Brenda Hawkins, Child Care Licensing surveyor, provides orientation training to prospective home child care providers at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St. There are about 160 child care homes in Douglas County.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department offering orientation class Dec. 9 for prospective child care providers

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

B's first dentist visit

Larryville Mom

Keepin' it real: My kids have dirty mouths

It’s that time of year again. Rest assured, I’m not talking about the holidays right now. You don’t need me to tell you that they’re ...

5 steps to tackling the health insurance marketplace

There are about two and a half months between now and the Feb. 15 deadline for anyone to find health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Double Take: Work toward forgiveness in relationships

Working toward forgiveness is important in moving past any injustice. It may take many years if the injustice is grave, but ultimately forgiveness means letting go of the pain and sadness associated with the relationship and starting anew.

Study: Too many infants still sleep with blankets

Too many U.S. infants sleep with blankets, pillows or other unsafe bedding that may lead to suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome, despite guidelines recommending against the practice. That's according to researchers who say 17 years of national data show parents need to be better informed.

Talk to your doctor about abdominal aortic aneurysm

If you are a man age 65 to 75 and have ever smoked, talk with your doctor about abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). If aneurysms grow large enough to burst (break open), they can cause dangerous bleeding inside the body and potentially even death. If AAA is found early, it can often be treated to stop it from bursting.

Great job Lauren!!

Bobcat Marathon Club

Frigid Finish

We had 6 more first time finishers on Wednesday and 2 who just finished their second Marathons of the year, great job kids!!!

Health Department offering free HIV testing in community as part of World AIDS Day activities

In conjunction with World AIDS Day, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages residents to get educated about the disease and to get tested.

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Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods

The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food and beverages "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies have until a year from now to comply.