Rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease risk involve many factors

Is it true that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of heart disease? How are the two conditions related? Is there a way to lower the risk?

Why Americans die younger: It's not all poor health

The average American will die as many as two years sooner than if they lived in Western Europe or Japan. This can be attributed, in part, to three of the darker elements of life in the U.S.: gun violence, drug overdoses and death on the road.

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Eudora Middle School starts Read and Ride program

Eudora Middle School recently started a Read and Ride program through a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation and funding from ...

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Are you following the seven key steps to a healthier life?

The Roman poet Virgil said it best centuries ago: “The greatest wealth is health.” We probably know what we all should be doing to improve and maintain our health. While genetics plays a role in some health conditions, there are many simple actions you can take daily to prevent them from occurring.

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Baldwin City Masonic Lodge helps break cancer screening records

A Baldwin City Masonic Lodge, in collaboration with 21 other lodges across the state, helped break records for the number of free cancer screenings given across Kansas.

Double Take: Parents must weigh Internet, sex education carefully

If you’ve not read about the murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell in Blacksburg, Va., last week, it’s worth your time to examine. It’s a particularly disturbing case for me. Each of the teens involved — the victim, the alleged murderer and his confessed accomplice — are familiar characters.

KU students reach out to protect high school band members' hearing

When Nicole Denney was a member of the Shawnee Mission Northwest marching band prior to graduating in 2009, she saw the effects of being around up to 155 students playing their instruments.

Therapy dogs make Kansas City hospitals 'a little more like home'

Hunter makes daily rounds at Children's Mercy Hospital. Sort of like a doctor — until he jumps into a kid's bed and gets his tummy rubbed. Doctors can't do that. Another difference: When Hunter, a 2-year-old golden retriever, walks into a patient's hospital room, that child — sometimes a very sick child — usually breaks into smile.

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How to keep your skin healthy in winter

Two big factors affect your skin during the winter: colder temperatures and a lack of moisture in the air. Both can damage unprotected skin.

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54 million 'obese,' 'overweight' Americans actually healthy, study finds

Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or overweight according to their body mass index are, when you take a closer look, actually healthy.

No confirmed Zika virus cases in Kansas, official says

Health officials say Kansas has not had any confirmed cases of the Zika virus.

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Kansas confirms first cases of flu this season

Kansas health officials have confirmed the first flu cases in the state for the current flu season.

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Placenta encapsulation a growing trend for new Kansas moms

For weeks following the birth of her first son, Morgan Jones felt angry and overwhelmed. “It was very illogical,” says Jones, who lives in Lee’s Summit, Mo. “I had this beautiful baby in front of me, and I didn’t want anything to do with it.” Her symptoms were typical of postpartum depression, a serious mood disorder that affects up to one in seven mothers.


Give Kids A Smile Day Is Tomorrow

Our annual Give Kids A Smile Day event will be held tomorrow, February 5, 2016, at the Douglas County Dental Clinic. We have 50 low-income, ...

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Coffee and lung disease: CDC warns roasters

In preparation of releasing results from its first-ever testing of dangerous fumes from roasting unflavored coffee, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is highlighting ways coffee companies and workers can protect themselves from potentially deadly lung disease.

Child Care Licensing Coordinator Karen Flanders visits with a potential child care provider during an orientation training at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St.

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

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

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Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Breakfast WRAP

Charlie Kuszmaul, team leader for the Bert Nash WRAP (Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilites) in-school program, and Frances Rico, WRAP therapist at Liberty Memorial Central ...

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Skipping lunch? Your doctor wants you to think again

The lunch break at work is becoming a relic of the past — a trend some doctors warn is making us unhealthy. Just one in five Americans steps away from their desk to eat lunch, studies show. Working straight through the day without a break can lead to higher levels of stress, mental fatigue, physical exhaustion and eventually burnout.

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Know your numbers for a healthy heart

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 cause of death in America, accounting for about one in three deaths every year. Keeping your heart in tip-top shape involves several strategies, including eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping your heart numbers within healthy ranges.

Double Take: Just when we thought we weren't in Kansas anymore, sexism reared its pretty head

Last week, I dreamt I read this headline in the satirical news publication The Onion: “Kansas Senate chairman's rules block female witnesses in revealing attire.”

Free program seeks to make Douglas County vending machines healthier

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering free vending assessments to employers in Douglas County in partnership with WorkWell Lawrence, a group of community members working to improve health in the workplace.

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Zika virus world health emergency declared; 'extraordinary event and public health threat,' WHO says

The World Health Organization has declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an "extraordinary event" that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world.

Lawrence health department seeks Health Champion nominations

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is seeking nominations of Douglas County residents who encourage and promote health throughout the community.

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New dietary guidelines: What you need to know about the federal government's latest

Now that the smoke, debate and confusion has cleared over the latest update to the federal dietary guidelines, here is what you need to know.

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Hitting the gym won't save your life, but it will make your life a lot better, fitness experts say

Do you ever picture yourself, and your life, well into the future? Because at age 70 and 80, your fitness goals will probably change — a lot. Like putting on pants or bending over to tie shoes without falling over or needing to sit down. Or stepping off the curb and onto an icy street, confident that a gust of wind won’t knock you over.

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Why skipping carbs with endurance training is a bad idea

For athletes engaged in endurance sports — like running, cycling or swimming for more than two to three hours at a time — carbohydrates are a necessity to provide fuel to the muscles and are critical to go the distance. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Erica Goldstein offers a variety of tips to help athletes understand the best foods and options for carb loading during training.

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Does your workout have to be fun to work?

Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few. Exercise? Opinions vary.

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Geneticists uncover key clue to schizophrenia

Scientists say they have broken new ground in the study of schizophrenia, uncovering a potentially powerful genetic contributor to the mental disorder and helping to explain why its symptoms of confused and delusional thinking most often reach a crisis state as a person nears the cusp of adulthood.

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Zika virus 'spreading explosively' in Americas, World Health Organization warns

Declaring that the Zika virus is "spreading explosively," the World Health Organization announced it will hold an emergency meeting of independent experts Monday to decide if the outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.

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Should all adults be screened for depression? Government task force says yes

All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday.