House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

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.

Andrew makes it look easy.

Bobcat Marathon Club

Back with a Bang!!

We have come out of our winter hibernation and had 7 kids finish this week. Great job kids!!

Report: Douglas County remains among healthiest in Kansas

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.

Bill would create organic-type labels for non-modified foods

Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.

Science, patients driving rare disease drug research surge

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.

FDA: Recall expanded for Blue Bell Ice Cream products

Federal authorities say Blue Bell is expanding the recall of some ice cream products because of possible exposure to the listeria bacteria.

As patients face death, doctors push straight talk on care

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.

Kansas Senate approves plan to control mental health drugs

The Kansas Senate has approved a new proposal for controlling the cost of mental health drugs in the state's Medicaid program.

Double Take: Teen tattoos are a lasting expression in a world of cyber communication

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.

Forum will pose public health questions to City Commission contenders

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.

Early detection and screening can stop colorectal cancer before it starts

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.

On fifth anniversary of health care law, no end to debate

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.

Aging Well

Healthy Heart Matters

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 ...

Elliot Johnson, Development Coordinator for Health Care Access, received the donation from Erin Hayden, Free State Ride Instructor, at Body Boutique.

Healthy Body & Mind

Spinning Ride a Success

Lawrence, Kansas – March 23rd, 2015 - Free State Ride & Body Boutique's first ever Spinning Ride for Charity was a success by both promoting ...

Send in your health questions for City Commission candidate forum

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.

Douglas County Community Foundation funds help meet needs

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 to host preview of cancer documentary

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 recalls 6.5 million boxes of mac and cheese

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.

Bicycle training certification to be offered in June

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.

UK, drugmakers establish $100M Alzheimer's venture fund

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.

The Cosmo Golf Classic in Lawrence, Kansas at Alvamar Golf Course.

Un(der)Insured

20th Annual Cosmopolitan Diabetes Golf Classic

Lawrence, Kansas – March 16th, 2015 - The 20th Annual Cosmopolitan Diabetes Golf Classic will have a 8:00 AM shotgun start on Friday, May 22nd ...

Daddy Rules: When in doubt, parents, just get down on the floor

The best advice I ever received as a new parent was simple: When in doubt, just get down on the floor and roll around.

Double Take: My young son identifies as gay; what should I do?

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?

Food & Nutrition

WALK KANSAS 2015 - Still Time To Register!!!

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 ...

Lawrence Farmers’ Market Manager Sally Sanko, left, collects Market Match tokens from Jenny Welch Buller, of Buller Family Farms, during a market in October. The tokens were used by food stamp recipients to buy food. Through the Market Match program, they doubled their benefits up to $25 per week.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Public invited to Lawrence City Commission candidate forum March 30

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 recognized by national nonprofit

Heartland Community Health Center has been distinguished as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Heartland Community Health Center

Chronic disease management workshop to begin March 24

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 ...

Double Take: Legislation would ignore reality of teen behavior and needs

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.

100 Top Hospitals award recognizes LMH progress toward operational excellence

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.

Get a caffeine kick in your diet, but keep moderation in mind

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.