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Giles Bruce

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Giles Bruce is a general assignment reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World. He joined the staff in March 2013. He covers health and other human-interest stories and writes for the weekly WellCommons section and WellCommons.com. Contact him with story ideas by phone at 785-832-7233, email at gbruce@ljworld.com or on Twitter @GilesBruce.

Recent Stories

11 things you're doing to your skin that you shouldn't be

Eleven things you're doing to your skin that you shouldn't be.

Lawrence experts: Your skin 'tells the tale' of your overall health

Skin care experts in Lawrence say the way you treat your body will show in your outward appearance, so they advise eating a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water and not consuming a lot of alcohol or caffeine. By Giles Bruce

Youth Health Champion: High school student has raised thousands of dollars for local rape crisis center

Logan Brown, a senior at Lawrence's Free State High School, has volunteered at Lawrence-based rape crisis organization GaDuGi SafeCenter for the past three-plus years, starting an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit that has raised more than $20,000. Her efforts helped earn her the 2014 Douglas County Youth Health Champion Award, given annually by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department as part of National Public Health Week. By Giles Bruce

Health Champion: Older runner has inspired many in the Lawrence community to be more active

Ellen Young saw the positive impact running had on her life. And she wanted to share those benefits with the world. Her efforts to make running as nonintimidating as possible for others helped earn her the 2014 Douglas County Health Champion Award, given annually by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department as part of National Public Health Week. By Giles Bruce Related story: Youth Health Champion: High school student has raised thousands of dollars for local rape crisis center

Kansas University at the frontline of autism research

With cases of autism on the rise, researchers at Kansas University are studying the disorder from several different vantage points, including how to identify it at an earlier stage and improving the social and communication skills of children who have it. By Giles Bruce

Gluten-free: 'Confusing' fad or matter of life and death?

Even though the rate of celiac diagnoses is on the rise, it may be surpassed by the popularity of the gluten-free diet. While the trend has provided celiac sufferers with a wider variety of culinary options, health experts note that gluten-free doesn't necessarily mean healthy. By Giles Bruce

Head-shaving fundraiser to benefit Lawrence high schooler diagnosed with cancer

Free State High School students have organized a fundraiser to benefit classmate Madison Bruhns, a freshman who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The "Shaving Heads for Madison" fundraiser will be Monday from 2 p.m. to close at the new Sports Clips, 4701 Bauer Farm Drive, across from the high school.

Douglas County moves up a spot in county health rankings

Douglas County moved up a spot in the annual rankings of the healthiest counties in Kansas released Wednesday, from ninth to eighth. By Giles Bruce

Lawrence man loses 750 pounds, hopes to inspire others

Over the past five-plus years, Robert Walls has shed more than 750 pounds, about the equivalent of four average-sized men. Now the Lawrence man wants to use his story to help others struggling with obesity. By Giles Bruce

A day in the life of chemo: Positivity is medicine, too

About to start chemotherapy the other day, Michael Meyer was in a joking mood. "It's been a treat," he said, when asked how chemo has been going so far. That lighthearted spirit has helped Meyer get through a challenging time recently. By Giles Bruce

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