Child Care Licensing Coordinator Karen Flanders, center, talks about outdoor safety during a child care orientation class at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department offering orientation class Oct. 13 for prospective child care providers

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

Healthy Families Douglas County receives national accreditation

Healthy Families Douglas County, an intensive parent support program offered through the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, has received national accreditation through Healthy Families America

Lawmakers question effectiveness of dietary guidelines

Lawmakers on Wednesday asked federal officials whether Americans should trust the government's dietary guidelines, which inform everything from school lunches to advice from a doctor.

Health Department to offer flu shots in Baldwin City, Eudora, Lecompton

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will offer flu shots during community clinics in Baldwin City, Eudora and Lecompton this month.

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Walk to School Day starts students off on right foot

Several agencies in Lawrence and Douglas County are encouraging students to put one foot in front of the other and walk to school on Wednesday.

Daddy Rules: Kids aren't the only ones with questions

There are so many questions that come from the minds of kids, but parents usually have a few of their own.

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Double Take: College living situation sounds like bad idea

Letting daughter live with friends in a large, off-campus house could end in financial and personal heartache, Dr. Wes advises. Consider some alternatives, including just telling her "no."

Flu season on its way

From 5 to 20 percent of the population are infected each year with influenza, and 20,000 to 50,000 die. “The best thing you can do to protect yourself is widely known,” notes Dr. Jennifer Schrimsher. “Get a flu shot.” It’s as simple, easy and important as fastening your seat belt when you get in a car. Yet only about 40 percent of Americans do so in any given year.

Survivor encourages women to do self-exams, 'talk to your doctor'

Jennie Henault’s experience began when she detected a lump on her breast, but she didn’t think or maybe want to believe it was cancerous although her great-grandmother had a double mastectomy and a great-aunt had breast cancer. That’s because her cousin had a lump that ended up being a cyst. Jennie thought that’s probably what it is, but it kept getting bigger and bigger.

Unique 'pink' fundraiser walks the walk for breast cancer awareness

A local shoe repair business is getting into the breast cancer awareness swing with a "Repair with Pink" fundraiser during October.

Sunrise Project

Sunrise Project Celebrates Farm to School Month

In 2010, Congress declared October National Farm to School Month, recognizing the important role farm to school plays in promoting well-being among children and strengthening ...

Health Care Access' New Mission Statement


Health Care Access Renews Mission Statement

Lawrence, Kansas – October 2nd, 2015 - Health Care Access has renewed its Mission Statement. The Board of Health Care Access has renewed and refreshed ...

Heartland Community Health Center

Chronic condition support workshops beginning in October

Heartland Community Health Center and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department are launching "Tools for Better Health" workshops in October. One will take place on Thursday ...

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Cancer survivor Megan Hill found the positivity to push ahead

Megan Hill was 38 in October 2013 when she received a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ breast cancer, the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer, according to During the course of her treatment at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, the communication staff reached out to Megan to ask if she would be willing to participate in the hospital’s breast cancer awareness campaign.

Double Take: Take steps as a teen to avoid skin cancer as an adult

The lie of a "healthy" summer tan doesn't help young people, who have seen a dramatic rise in melanoma diagnoses among their ranks since the 1970s.

Free State student lights the way for positivity during lymphoma treatment

Many people spend their lives hoping something out of the ordinary will happen to them, but one Lawrence family is welcoming the chance to be normal again. On Feb. 5, 2014, Gary and Shannon Bruhns’ then-15-year-old daughter, Maddi, was diagnosed with Stage 3 T-Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. The prescribed treatment was two and a half years of chemotherapy.

Light the Night 2015 raises $63,000

This year's Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was a rousing success. The walk, on Sept. 12, started at South Park in Lawrence, and about 600 people participated, said Heather Harper with the Mid-America chapter of the LLS.

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Evolving treatments allow metastatic breast cancer patients more time

“Life goes on.” Lani Nelson, 74, won’t surrender that mantra, despite her diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer. Once considered a devastating diagnosis, metastatic breast cancer is now being treated more as a chronic disease. By Mackenzie Clark

Wellsville teacher has support of entire community as she undergoes cancer treatment

Ann Unruh has received unwavering support from family members, friends and the community of Wellsville as she undergoes treatment for colon cancer.

Rock the Block fundrasier aims to 'kick cancer'

For more than two decades, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has focused its fundraising efforts in October on breast cancer. Breast cancer is a devastating disease that affects many individuals, mostly women. But because all cancers need to be kicked and all survivors rock, the LMH Endowment Association is planning a new event called Rock the Block – Kick Cancer to raise funds and awareness to fight all kinds of cancer.

New LMH oncologist joins hospital with background in research, goals for patient care

Heather Cunningham didn’t become a doctor on a whim. Cunningham, the newest medical oncologist to join the staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, has wanted to be a doctor since she was young.

LMH Breast Risk Assessment Clinic helps identify cancer risks

Knowing if you are at risk of developing breast cancer is an essential part of breast health. Discovering if risk factors are present is key to preventing or identifying the disease early.

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Breast cancer survivor advises: 'Be attentive' to your body

Thirteen years ago, Family Planning nurse practitioner Sue McDaneld said she noticed some minor changes in her breast and when she had a routine mammogram, it looked different than the year before.

American Cancer Society provides guidelines for early disease detection

Screening options can help detect cancer early on, before symptoms ever appear. The American Cancer Society has some guidelines for early detection screening.

Earliest breast cancer risky for some women, study suggests

New research shows that chances of dying from very early breast cancer are small but the disease is riskier for young women and blacks, the same disparities seen for more advanced cancer.

Diet heavy on olive oil cuts breast cancer risk by 62 percent, study says

The fight against breast cancer may begin in the kitchen. A new study suggests that women can dramatically reduce their risk of the disease by following a version of the Mediterranean diet that goes heavy on extra virgin olive oil.

Heartland Community Health Center

Heartland welcomes its newest provider

Last week Heartland welcomed Lisa Pearse-Russell, APRN, to its team of providers. Lisa is a Lawrence native who realized in high school that she had ...

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Multiple factors cause high prescription drug prices in U.S.

Sticker-shocked patients increasingly wonder why prices for prescription drugs continue to rise in the United States.

Kansas hospital getting part of $3.9M telehealth grant

The Kansas University Medical Center Research Institute is one of four entities that will get part of a $3.9 million grant over three years for providing telemedicine to underserved rural areas.

Task force to discuss pedestrian, bicycling issues with residents

The city of Lawrence Pedestrian-Bicycle Issues Task Force will have a public meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St. Residents are invited to attend and provide input to the task force on ways to encourage safe and accessible walking and bicycling for people of all ages and abilities.