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An eye on eclipse-watching safety

On Monday, the United States will witness the largest total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years, and the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) and its Foundation are urging Americans to take sight safety seriously when viewing the event by offering a free safety tip sheet at asrs.org/eclipse.

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Contact Lens Health Week promotes healthy wear, care

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Optometry have joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its other partners to promote Contact Lens Health Week, Aug. 21-25.

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Back-to-school season means your kids — and preteens — need vaccinations

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and get sports physicals. It’s also time to make sure your children’s vaccines are up to date.

Heartland Community Health Center

Back-to-school event provides school supplies and health services to community

Lawrence, KS - As families get ready to head back to school for the fall, the crunch is on to get all the right supplies ...

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Need for vaccines doesn't stop after childhood

Many Americans are aware they may need immunizations to protect against diseases such as typhoid or cholera before traveling to some countries outside the United States. But adults who stay put in the United States may not realize that the need for immunizations does not end when we outgrow childhood.

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Local groups to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in August

World Breastfeeding Week starts next Tuesday, and partners in the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County have planned a celebration on Aug. 5 at the Lawrence Public Library. The event is free and filled with family-friendly activities.

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Keep watch over kids at the pool

A swimming pool is one of those perfect places to be this time of year. It can be a cool and relaxing respite from the summer’s heat. But a Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency medicine physician urges parents who accompany their children to the pool never to relax

Measles case found in Kansas

Health officials confirm there’s been a case of measles in southern Kansas.

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Stay protected in the pool

Swimming pools and water parks are great places to be active, have fun and cool off. They’re also places where germs can spread. Contrary to popular belief, chlorine and other disinfectants don’t kill germs instantly. It can take minutes — and up to days — for chlorine to kill them. Swallowing just a little water that contains germs can cause illnesses.

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Is the emergency room always necessary?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) notes that annually about 20 percent of adults make at least one visit to a hospital emergency department. Of the roughly 130 million visits each year to emergency rooms, fewer than 10 percent result in an inpatient stay.

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Lawrence Memorial Hospital installing sunscreen stations at 3 area pools

Splashing at the pool or lake makes for great summer fun and memories. Although those warm rays can make us feel good in the short term, long-term exposure to the sun can accelerate skin aging — wrinkles and brown spots. And it can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

2 more plague cases reported in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday confirmed two more human cases of plague.

Heartland Community Health Center

Area organizations explore merge to improve community health care

Lawrence, Ks - Heartland Community Health Center and Health Care Access would like to announce that the two organizations have signed a non-binding Letter of ...

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Tools for a better life: Help available for managing chronic health conditions

A six-week series of workshops designed for people who are managing one or more chronic health conditions starts Thursday.

Few opioid-addicted youth get standard treatment medication

Only 1 in 4 teens and young adults with opioid addiction receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance, according to a study that suggests doctors are not keeping up with the needs of youth caught up in the worst addiction crisis in U.S. history.

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The importance of sleep, and why your health depends on getting enough of it

It’s abundantly clear to most Americans that we are a sleep-deprived nation. But few of us fully understand the negative impact that lack of sleep is having on our overall health and well-being.

Obesity rising in nations rich and poor, especially in kids

The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study.

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Alzheimer's disease: Reduce the risk

Some mild forgetfulness is normal as we age. But if you think you or a loved one is experiencing more serious cognitive function issues, including memory problems, it is important to see your doctor.

Drugs score big wins against some cancers

Drugs are scoring big wins against common cancers, setting new standards for how to treat many prostate, breast and lung tumors. There's even a "uni-drug" that may fight many forms of the disease.

Shelly Goscha, Adult Outpatient Program therapist, is part of a team of therapists that works with clients through individual and group therapy.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Client benefits from different therapy options offered at the Bert Nash Center

When he came to Bert Nash Center, the client reported feeling alone, hopeless, worthless and depressed. And he had written a suicide note. A little ...

New Bert Nash Center CEO Patrick Schmitz starts his new duties June 5.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Welcome, Patrick Schmitz, new Bert Nash Center CEO

“I am honored and excited to be joining Bert Nash on June 5 and its staff of highly dedicated, talented and professional team members. I ...

David Johnson: "The thing is that people use the skills they learn. It’s not a tool that rusts in the toolbox. It’s one that people take out and use. And, bottom line, it saves lives.” Photo: Doug Stremel.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Dave's Dream: To permanently endow Mental Health First Aid position

If he could, David Johnson, retiring CEO of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, would see to it that everyone in Douglas County received ...

“This is a really caring and supportive environment here at the Center. I said this forever, and I will say it forever, this is a great place to work.”

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Retiring Bert Nash CEO David Johnson reflects on 16-year run

When asked about the best job he ever had, David Johnson didn’t hesitate. “This job,” Johnson said. “Absolutely, this job.” This job may well be ...

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It’s important to be flexible

As we get older, it sometimes becomes more challenging to do things like bending over to pick up the newspaper from the driveway or reaching up to retrieve something from a kitchen cabinet. Being flexible enough to continue to engage in daily tasks such as these is important to maintain your independence and quality of life.

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LMH to honor National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Lawrence Memorial Hospital and community partners Lawrence Parks and Recreation and the Lawrence Public Library, are teaming up again this year to offer a day of free fitness and wellness events for older adults on Wednesday, which is National Senior Health and Fitness Day.

Study: Pot extract helps kids with epilepsy

A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot’s possible health benefits.

"The parent support we received at Bert Nash was helpful. It made us realize, oh, we’re not the worst parents in the world," Kathy Brown said.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Parents become advocates for mental health awareness

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. It used to be, ...

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Beyond ‘baby blues’

Many new moms suffer severe depression and anxiety, but there’s help

Anjali Kansal-Rill sits on the living room floor of her Lawrence home and plays with her 8-month-old daughter, Amara. “I feel good. We have fun together,” Kansal-Rill said, with a smile. Seven months earlier, that wasn’t the case. Kansal-Rill was depressed and thinking about suicide.

“I was lucky enough to have people around me, supporting me, encouraging me to get help, and I had the resources to do that, but not everybody does," LaRisa Chambers said. "So, it’s extremely important to me to bring awareness of Bert Nash and the services it provides."

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Bert Nash Center is near and dear to her heart, and mind

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. LaRisa Chambers understands the ...

“I always tell people that hope is there, that it has always been there. It’s a matter of fighting for your mental and brain health.”

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Man who survived jumping off Golden Gate Bridge bringing message of hope to Lawrence

Kevin Hines spends 300 days a year on the road, sharing his story around the world. His motivation is simple. “It’s seeing the positive reactions ...