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 Contact him with story ideas by phone at 785-832-7233, email at or on Twitter @GilesBruce.

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Act of vandalism totals Douglas County Senior Meals vehicle

Douglas County Senior Meals is down a vehicle after an act of vandalism earlier this month totaled a Subaru Outback the program used to deliver meals to local seniors. By Giles Bruce

Meal delivery programs serve hundreds of local homebound residents

Kristie Bowen, of Lawrence, is one of dozens of volunteers for Douglas County's two programs that deliver meals to homebound residents: Douglas County Senior Meals and Lawrence Meals on Wheels. The latter serves residents 60 and older with normal diets, while the latter delivers meals to people of all ages and those with dietary restrictions. By Giles Bruce

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KU Hospital begins offering nonsurgical pacemakers

Kansas University Hospital recently began implanting nonsurgical pacemakers that experts say cut down on procedure and recovery time, leave patients without visible scars or lumps, and reduce the risk of infection. By Giles Bruce

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Caregivers group helps spouses, parents, children through trying times

To deal with the emotional roller coaster of his wife's dementia, Lawrence resident Chuck Kelly has turned to the caregivers support group held twice a month at the Lawrence Senior Center. The group is made up of current and former caregivers who share their experiences about topics like how to take away your loved one's car keys, pick the right nursing home and deal with loneliness. By Giles Bruce

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11 ways to beat back chiggers

Summer has arrived in Lawrence, which means that chigger season is upon us. Those annoying little creatures feed on your skin and, in turn, make you itch like crazy. We asked readers and other experts for methods they use to prevent and get rid of the nasty bites. Here are a few. By Giles Bruce

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After years of misdiagnoses, Lawrence teen found to have little-known disorder; parents hope to raise awareness

Ever since 13-year-old Ben Urban was diagnosed in October with Klinefelter's syndrome, his parents, Julie and Brandon, have been educating doctors, Ben's school and, now, the public about the little-known disorder. The Lawrence family hopes it can save others from having to similarly go through years of misdiagnoses. By Giles Bruce

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Not too early to think about back-to-school immunizations

It's never too early to think about back-to-school immunizations, given that several vaccines are required for schoolchildren across the state. By Giles Bruce

Curvy yoga designed for people of all shapes and sizes

For most of her life, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg wasn't a big fan of yoga. "Whenever I did it, I felt like throwing up, to be honest," she said. But after surviving breast cancer in her 40s, the Lawrence writer and teacher decided to give it another try. She worked with a local instructor who taught her how beneficial yoga could be to the mind, body and spirit. But even after Mirriam-Goldberg started teaching yoga in 2011, at the classes she never felt like she truly belonged. A couple years ago she learned about curvy yoga — yoga for people of any body type — and last summer she became certified to teach it. By Giles Bruce

Have you tried the caveman diet? Lawrencians say 'yes' to Paleo

Thomas Thatcher, owner of CrossFit Lawrence, went on a Paleo diet four years ago, cutting out all processed foods. While he hasn't been strict about it the entire time, the health benefits haven't gone away, he says. By Giles Bruce

Popularity of midwives grows in Lawrence, nationally

Midwifery is no longer just the domain of crunchy hippie chicks. Midwives delivered 11.8 percent of all vaginal births in the U.S. in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number that has risen nearly ever year since the government began tracking that data in 1989. By Giles Bruce

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