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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

Community Village fundraiser to feature former KU football star

Community Village Lawrence is welcoming a former Kansas University football star back to town for a fundraiser this weekend, as the organization, which aims to keep people living in their homes as long as possible, attempts to get off the ground. The fundraiser, which is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Sunday in the Crown Toyota showroom, 3430 Iowa St., will feature Bobby Douglass, who starred at quarterback for the KU squad that played in the 1969 Orange Bowl and, later, the Chicago Bears.

Allergy season worse than usual, but more options than ever for a cure

It's been a rough spring so far for allergy sufferers, with tree pollen counts reaching abnormally high levels in the Kansas City area recently. On the bright side, allergy doctors say there are more quality treatment options available than ever before, including several than can be purchased over the counter. By Giles Bruce

5 natural remedies for treating your allergies

If you have allergies and want to avoid pharmaceutical medications, here are a few natural remedies you might try.

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.

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