Wichita hospital sees spike in patients using K2

Wichita hospitals have been reporting a recent increase in patients being treated after smoking synthetic marijuana, often called K2.

High number of rabies cases reported in Kansas

Kansas residents are being warned to be cautious around skunks during an uptick in rabies cases.

FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine used with e-cigarettes

Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.

Kyle Roggenkamp knows firsthand that therapy can give people "the tools to move forward in a more healthy way." He shares his story in the Bert Nash newsletter.

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Bert Nash Community Newsletter

Check out the latest newsletter, which is included in today's LJ World, and is available online

Heartland Community Health Center

Heartland moving, reopening in new location on Tuesday, July 7

The date is set: Heartland Community Health Center will officially make the move to the Medical Arts Building (346 Maine St.) over the weekend and ...

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Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department reminds boaters, swimmers to practice safety to prevent drownings

As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to practice safety while boating and swimming in area lakes. “The ...

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Resources mean safe riding in Lawrence

From maps to guide riders and bike repair stations to bicycle club group rides that provide safety in numbers, Lawrence has tools to help people who are new to cycling feel comfortable.

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Double Take: Same-sex marriage and relationships part of column's history

Dr. Wes and Kyra look at gay marriage, and the history of Double Take on the subject. Dr. Wes: "Double Take has covered a period of cultural change so substantial that it defies superlatives. This week as a nation we have taken a firm step into a more just future for GBLTQ people."

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Use care around fireworks for the holiday

Misusing fireworks this Fourth of July can quickly turn your summertime into bummer time.

A young girl cools off in the South Park wading pool in Lawrence.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department urges swimmers to help prevent illnesses at pools, water parks

Summer is officially under way and that means families will be hitting swimming pools and water parks more often for recreation, fun, and to simply ...

Megan Stuke's Blog

Cooking with your kids: a few simple hints

Cooking with your kids always sounds like a great idea, but in practice we often decide to skip it and just get the meal made ...

KanCare starting ombudsman volunteer program in 3 places

The state-run program that administers Medicaid is seeking volunteer ombudsman for Kansas City, Johnson County and Wichita.

New questions about why more women than men have Alzheimer's

Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it's just because they tend to live longer than men.

USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares

As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to make the meals at day cares healthier and reduce obesity.

Jury awards patient $500k after anesthesiologist mocked him

From the moment he went under, the wisecracks began. A Virginia man was awarded $500,000 in court after being mocked about his masculinity and insulted by an anesthesiologist during a colonoscopy in 2013.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department offering free HIV testing Friday at Lawrence Public Library

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will be offering free, confidential HIV testing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Lawrence Public ...

Lawrence receives breastfeeding support designation

Lawrence has received the Community Supporting Breastfeeding designation from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. It's the first community in Kansas to received the title.

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Cary Allen, right, visits with Tiara Greenwood while holding Tiara's son during a Breast Is Best Social meeting in February.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Breastfeeding support group meets tonight at Health Department

Breast Is Best Social, or B.I.B.S., meets at 6:30 p.m. today, June 24, at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St. The group is ...

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Video — Health Department working in nontraditional ways to address today's health issues

BY DAN PARTRIDGE | Director Traditionally the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has protected the public from acute diseases whose genesis are environmental or communicable in ...

Double Take: Meninists, like feminists, can take message to extreme

Dr. Wes and Kyra discuss the meninist movement. Dr. Wes says a real meninist movement might instead take a cue from the successful rise of feminism to convey to boys the critical lessons of self-sufficiency, drive, and ambition.

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Best way to get moving? Start walking

Many of us need to get in shape, but how do you start? One of the most time-effective, low-cost ways to get moving is to begin a walking program.

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Q&A: What are trans fats and why are they unhealthy?

Here are some common questions and answers about dangerous fats in our food.

What is trans fat? A look at different kinds of fats

The FDA is phasing out artificial trans fats from the food supply, but people should limit their intake of saturated fats, too, which can also cause heart disease. There are three main types of fat: unsaturated, saturated and trans fats.

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Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department urges residents to take precautions against heat

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to take extra precautions against the heat. Children, the elderly and people with chronic conditions are usually the ...

Dr. Eric Huerter in a recent running race

Healthy Body & Mind

Therapy group plans Men's Health seminar

Father's Day may be behind us, but June is Men's Health Month, and there are many opportunities to celebrate dads. Instead of the traditional grills, ...

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KDHE: Rates of skin cancer increasing in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment wants to get between you and the sun.

University of Kansas School of Pharmacy students

Healthy Body & Mind

Adult Immunization Questions

Kansas University School of Pharmacy students will answer questions about adult immunizations for Adult Health Month at the Lawrence Public Library. Students will be there ...

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Fitness trackers are hot, but do they really help?

Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday. But will the devices really help you get healthier?

Lawrence Memorial Hospital receives positive bond rating

Lawrence Memorial Hospital has received affirmation of its A1 bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service in New York.

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FDA tells food industry to phase out artificial trans fats

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will require food companies to phase out the use artificial trans fats almost entirely. Consumers aren't likely to notice much of a difference in their favorite foods, but the administration says the move will to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.