Lily celebrates her first birthday Thursday in Lawrence.

Daddy Rules

Lawrence: a great place to have a baby

This, sadly, will be my last Daddy Rules column. Ironically, my writing a farewell column at this time has a lot to do with the ...

Lawrence author has full life despite having multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a neurological, autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that affects approximately 2.3 million people worldwide. A Lawrence author tells the story of how she has been able to have a full life despite the challenges of having MS for the past two decades. By Vicki Julian

Join choir to raise money for Women's Heart Health, Family Promise

Women who work in healthcare (or who are married to someone who works in healthcare) are invited to join a choir that’s forming to perform at a fundraiser for Women’s Heart Health at LMH and for Family Promise of Douglas County.

Double Take: Set your own course by voting

If you don’t vote, you’re letting somebody else drive your car. And given the astounding differences between how the over-30 and under-30 crowd polls right now, you might not like the course someone else sets for you.

Hospital + Library = a healthier community

Along with all of the great new amenities and services at the newly reopened Lawrence Public Library, there is a special area devoted to health and wellness. It is called the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Health Spot. This area is a collaborative partnership between Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Lawrence Public Library.

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Bobcat Marathon Club

This year is off to a fast start

We continue to grow as a club and so far this year we have 359 kids who are hitting the trail. We have already run ...

Task force offering a free class Nov. 8 for parents and child care providers. The class will offer new tools and tips to respond to children's challenging behaviors. Uploaded

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Learn how to respond to children's challenging behaviors during Nov. 8 class

The Douglas County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force is offering a class “Behavior and Guidance” for parents of young children and child care providers from ...

One of our Nurse Practitioners, Elizabeth Graham, posing with Health Care Access Flu Shot Literature

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Flu Shot Clinics Set for Health Care Access' Patients

Oct. 9, 2014 — Health Care Access will offer flu shots at two clinics set for the month of October at their Lawrence, Kansas location. ...

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Public invited to dedication of Sandra J. Shaw Community Health Park; space to honor longtime Bert Nash CEO

Support group helps Lawrence hoarders reclaim their living spaces

There are an estimated 600,000 to 1 million hoarders in the United States. The latest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for the first time recognized hoarding as a separate diagnosis; in the past, it had been classified as a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder or depression. Even so, hoarding is often accompanied by underlying mental-health or substance-abuse issues. By Giles Bruce

Health Mythbuster Series to begin Wednesday at Lawrence Public Library

The first installment in the Health Mythbuster Series takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

Understanding arthritis in adults

Many people believe that arthritis is one of those things you just have to suffer through as you age. The Arthritis Foundation defines arthritis as a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders. There are many forms of arthritis but there are two common types that affect adults.

Double Take: Define a relationship that may be imbalanced

How do you handle a boyfriend who says "I love you" but may not be showing it through his actions?

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Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department closely monitoring Ebola virus, answering questions

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is closely monitoring the Ebola virus and is working with partners at the national, state and local level. Although the ...

Free breast exams, mammograms being offered at event Tuesday

Come to the first-ever Pink Woman Power Lunch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Health Care Access, 330 Maine St., which is being held in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Health Department offering flu vaccine clinics in Stull, Eudora, Baldwin City

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will offer flu shots at community clinics this fall in Stull, Eudora and Baldwin City. The Health Department recommends that ...

Testing for BRCA mutations is daunting but could be lifesaving

Accounting for about 20 percent to 25 percent of hereditary breast cancers and 5 percent to 10 percent of all breast cancers, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations can have a devastating emotional impact on those who learn they have them. However, fear should not deter genetic testing.

Exercise, screening can lower cancer risk

You probably have friends and relatives who have had breast cancer. Doctors can offer no certain strategies for preventing breast cancer. But there are ways to reduce your risk factors and strengthen factors that may help protect you.

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Families encouraged to participate in Walk to School Day on Oct. 8

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages families to participate in Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 8, to promote safe walking and bicycling. Walk ...

After surviving rare, aggressive form of breast cancer, Lawrence woman warns others to be on the lookout for it

Leticia Cole is normally a private person. But she figures that if any good can come of her recent battle with cancer it will be from sharing her story with others. By Giles Bruce

Beating cancer inspires Lawrence Parks and Recreation employee to start fitness class

After Jo Ellis survived a cancer scare two years ago, she wished she had had more opportunities to be physically active during her treatment and recovery. Now she wants to make it easier for other people fighting the disease to exercise.

'Step out' against breast cancer Oct. 25

The Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer dance will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, from 8 p.m. to midnight, at Crown Toyota Pavilion, 3400 S. Iowa St. in Lawrence. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Bras Across the Kaw to be held Oct. 19

The 10th annual Bras Across the Kaw will be held Sunday, Oct. 19. Decorated and dedicated bras will be strung across U.S. Highway 40 over the Kansas River to spread the word about early detection and prevention of breast cancer. The bras will hang until Oct. 31.

KU student whose athletic career was ended by concussions tries to prevent the same from happening to others

Three years after concussions ended her athletic career, Kansas University freshman Kylee Bliss still suffers from daily headaches, frequent migraines and sensitivity to light and sound. But she's taking what she learned to try to prevent it from happening to others. Last year, Bliss started the HeadsUp Foundation, which raises awareness about the dangers of post-concussion syndrome in the hopes of stopping other athletes from returning to the court or field too soon. She is getting ready to host her second annual trail run benefit in October.

Fall is the season for choosing a health plan

Fall is here. Shorter days, cooler weather, football season, and the annual process of selecting a health insurance plan. Whether you are choosing from employer-sponsored plans or participating in the insurance exchange, this is a key decision that affects many of us. Let's discuss several aspects of the fall enrollment season to clarify some questions.

Moments like these make all the stress and hard work worthwhile.

Daddy Rules

New dads need support, too

Fatherhood has never been easy. But with all the societal pressures of today, is it more difficult now than it's ever been? Carrie Wendel-Hummell, a ...

Don’t fall forward: Maintain your hearing to reduce the risk of falls

The beauty of fall is upon us but there is another kind of fall that isn’t so pleasant. And with that, it’s important that we take time to help our loved ones and people of all ages learn ways to reduce the risk of falling.

Double Take: Deal with video game-related problems

New research and Dr. Wes's clinical experience suggest that violent content doesn’t make kids more violent or lacking in empathy. But the actual emotional experience of game play often makes them angrier and, at times, aggressive.

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Keepsake, grief support group for children, begins next week

Keepsake, the local grief support group for children, will begin its fall session next week. The group will meet Mondays from 4:45-6 p.m. from Oct. 6 through Nov. 10 at Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, 200 Maine St., third floor.

Public presentation, "Why Safe Routes to School Matters," will be 7-8 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will be using part of its $1.3 million grant to work on a Safe Routes to School project in Lawrence.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Lawrence Safe Routes to School initiative kicks off with public presentation Sept. 29

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is working in conjunction with Lawrence Public Schools, the City of Lawrence and the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization to ...