Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee to open Mother's Room

For mothers of infants, tasks as simple as going to the grocery store can be complicated, time-consuming and exhausting. That’s one reason the Hy-Vee on Clinton Parkway is opening a Mother’s Room.

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Your friends are the real key to losing weight, studies show

Being overweight or obese affects more than two-thirds of the American population. With those numbers growing, it is more important than ever to think seriously about working to get and keep your weight within a healthy range.

Double Take: The guy I thought I was dating turned out not to be monogamous

The guy I thought I was dating had me over to his house and when I showed up he was with another girl. I already know to give up on him but can you explain why anyone would do this?

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Daddy Rules: A bandana is a dad's best friend

Indiana Jones had a bullwhip, Gandalf had a staff, and I have a rumpled handkerchief. Most days I wish I had a more powerful signature tool, but then again, I’m no superhero, and a red bandana may be the most useful item available anywhere for 99 cents.

Monkey bars alert: Playground concussions are on the rise

Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved. Most injuries studied were mild, but all concussions are potentially serious and the researchers say the trend raises public health and safety concerns.

Another reason to drink wine and coffee: gut microbes

Scientists have some great news for those who love coffee, tea and wine: Drinking any of these beverages is associated with a healthier and more diverse community of microbes living in the gut. The opposite is true for consuming sugary drinks and whole milk, as well as for eating a lot of carbohydrates and indulging in frequent snacks, researchers reported this week in the journal Science.

Will pills and drinks replace cosmetics? They're trying

The makeup industry is trying to convince women that looking good on the outside starts from within — but it's unclear whether the products they're trying to hawk are safe and effective.

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Bladder, Bladder, What's the Matter?

Presentation by Dr. Jon Heeb on 4/19/2016 at TherapyWorks. 1311 Wakarusa Drive Suite 1000 Lawrence, KS 66049 Facebook

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To All Mothers of All Ages

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. It is the time of year when we celebrate the mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers in our lives. On our ...

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A good death: As end of life nears, an unexpected friendship forms in Kansas City hospice

Jen Moss took to Jody Wooton from the first moments they met. Jen, 41, the hospice nurse. Jody, her irreverent patient, all but spitting in the eyes of her doctors. "'Refuse treatment and you won't live two months,'" Jody remembers one doctor chiding her. Jody, 64 and with a wilting heart patched together with a quilt of 11 stents, glared back at him through rectangular glasses

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Represent Douglas County in National Bike Challenge

You can represent Douglas County in the National Bike Challenge! The Challenge is a logging center for you to record the miles you ride while ...

People who've suffered even just one concussion need more of this than others

At least 18 months after suffering a traumatic brain injury, first-time concussion victims continue to need more sleep and to suffer more daytime sleepiness than do healthy people, says new research. But even as they run higher risks of such injuries as vehicle crashes, sufferers routinely underestimate both their sleepiness and their increased sleep need, the study finds.

Implant seen as new weapon in fight against rampant U.S. opioid addiction

A new weapon to fight heroin and painkiller addiction could be on the way — an implant that goes in a recovering addict’s arm to deliver a drug that quells cravings for up to six months.

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Lawrence mom advises talking about organ donations before it's too late

As a mother whose son died following a motorcycle accident, Sharon Hull has lived through the indescribable emotions of a parent who can’t do anything more to save her child. In that moment, she said, the stress could render you incapable of making a decision that could save many other people’s lives if you haven’t discussed it beforehand.

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Lawrence Memorial Hospital honors volunteers for thousands of hours of service

As National Volunteer Month — a time to celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round — winds down, Lawrence Memorial Hospital recognizes the vital role volunteers have in supporting quality health care in our community.

Lawrence family 5K run is set for Saturday

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the SPL/Bobcat 5K Family Trail Run, a 5K run/walk that will be held 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the trails at Rock Chalk Park, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. The run is co-sponsored by the Langston Hughes Bobcat Marathon Club.

Double Take: Time is right for teens to take advantage of job market

There’s a surprise in store for teens who want to pad their resumes and pocketbooks with summer employment. The improving job market means that many of the positions that were filled by adults after the 2008 recession are opening back up to teens.

Worst of mild flu season over, health officials say

Flu season is winding down, and it's been a relatively mild one. It's not over — flu is still widespread in 14 states, mostly in the Northeast.

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WorkWell Lawrence 6th annual symposium set for May 4

The sixth annual WorkWell Lawrence Symposium aims to offer human resource professionals and business owners the advice and tools they need to make workplace wellness programs successful.

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WorkWell Lawrence Symposium scheduled for May 4

Worksite nutrition will be the theme of the sixth annual WorkWell Lawrence Symposium, which will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon May 4 at the ...

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Family, mental health system couldn’t help Kansas woman

Over 20 years, family members of Melinda Kavanaugh saw, like so many other families, how a community and its mental health services cannot save someone who fights those who would help her. They watched her care suffer for shortages of case managers and doctors. They tangled with health care systems and their strict interpretations of HIPAA, the medical privacy law. They couldn’t force her into treatment when she needed it until she was, by law, a verifiable and imminent threat to herself or others — which was too late to keep people from getting hurt. The end, most painful of all, came early this year.

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Join the Bike Parade to celebrate Earth Day

Grab your helmet and join the Be Active Safe Routes team in riding your bicycle in the 16th annual Lawrence Earth Day Celebration Parade on ...

Should you take low-dose aspirin? Only if you're between these ages, new guidelines say

Minnesota doctors welcomed recent federal health guidelines on daily use of low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes. The new advice — which spells out by age and risk who is likely to benefit from taking an 81 milligram-pill a day — is clear and helpful, many doctors say.

Mindblowing prices clog path for cholesterol drugs that are twice as effective as conventional ones

When a powerful pair of cholesterol-lowering drugs first hit the market last summer, initial excitement in the medical community quickly turned to panic. The new drugs promised to reduce artery-clogging cholesterol by nearly twice as much as older ones. But they came at an eye-popping price: more than $14,000 per year, compared with roughly $150 for the standard drugs.

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Can your pancreas save you from diabetes?

Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval.

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Lawrence facilities add hearing loops for T-coil hearing aid users

Not all hearing aids are created equal. If you don’t ask, there’s a chance you won’t get the features that best suit your needs.

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Babies crying, Kansas City Chiefs and KU basketball could all damage your hearing, doctors say

Like so many other medical issues, prevention is key to protecting our hearing. But how can we prevent hearing damage if we don’t know the factors that cause it in the first place?

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Douglas County child abuse champion leads with compassion, empathy

As Mandy Nestler was sitting with friends and family on a courtroom bench inside the Douglas County Courthouse, she was holding back tears.

Double Take: The simple, elegant spreadsheet approach to choosing the right college

Despite what the self-help book market tells us, there are precious few formulas for success in life. But when it comes to college selection, I’ve been experimenting with one that works amazingly well.

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Acrobats, freaky food show coming Saturday to Lawrence Public Library

Saturday in Lawrence promises to be a day of fun and learning about healthy foods for families and individuals.