Giles Bruce

Health Reporter

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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.

Recent Stories

Support group helps Lawrence hoarders reclaim their living spaces

There are an estimated 600,000 to 1 million hoarders in the United States. The latest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for the first time recognized hoarding as a separate diagnosis; in the past, it had been classified as a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder or depression. Even so, hoarding is often accompanied by underlying mental-health or substance-abuse issues. By Giles Bruce

After surviving rare, aggressive form of breast cancer, Lawrence woman warns others to be on the lookout for it

Leticia Cole is normally a private person. But she figures that if any good can come of her recent battle with cancer it will be from sharing her story with others. By Giles Bruce

Beating cancer inspires Lawrence Parks and Recreation employee to start fitness class

After Jo Ellis survived a cancer scare two years ago, she wished she had had more opportunities to be physically active during her treatment and recovery. Now she wants to make it easier for other people fighting the disease to exercise.

KU student whose athletic career was ended by concussions tries to prevent the same from happening to others

Three years after concussions ended her athletic career, Kansas University freshman Kylee Bliss still suffers from daily headaches, frequent migraines and sensitivity to light and sound. But she's taking what she learned to try to prevent it from happening to others. Last year, Bliss started the HeadsUp Foundation, which raises awareness about the dangers of post-concussion syndrome in the hopes of stopping other athletes from returning to the court or field too soon. She is getting ready to host her second annual trail run benefit in October.

Healthy snack options on the rise in Lawrence

KU Endowment is one of a number of places across Lawrence where the snack offerings go beyond candy bars, chips and soda in an effort to provide employees, and the public, with healthier options. Earlier this year, for instance, Lawrence Parks and Recreation implemented new nutrition standards for its vending and concession offerings, including at the new Sports Pavilion Lawrence, the city's new recreation center, set to open at Rock Chalk Park next month. At least 50 percent of the drinks and snacks sold at the department's facilities must be low in fat, sugar and sodium. The city and county recently passed similar standards that will go into effect Jan. 1 at all of their buildings.

13 things to understand about health insurance

A few facts to help you better understand your health insurance policy.

How's your health insurance literacy? Groups in Kansas are trying to improve it

The easiest way to understand health insurance is to know there's no easy way to understand health insurance. "If you've seen one insurance plan, you've seen one insurance plan," said Joe Pedley, chief financial officer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. That's why groups across the state are trying to improve residents' health insurance literacy. By Giles Bruce

For past 20 years, physical therapist has tried to make Lawrence a healthier place

Cindy Johnson approaches each of her patients like they're part of something greater. Curing their ailments, she says, will ultimately make for a healthier, happier Lawrence. This attitude has served Johnson well in her 20 years as the owner of Lawrence physical therapy clinic Therapy Works.

New Lawrence psychiatric clinic offers intensive outpatient treatment

A new psychiatric client in Lawrence says it can help relieve patients' serious mental illnesses without having them spend time in an inpatient facility. Awakenings, located in the Medical Arts Building at 346 Maine St., offers intensive inpatient therapy to treat such conditions as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. Patients in the program meet for small group therapy sessions three times a week for about a month and a half, with weekly medications checks with a psychiatrist.

Thanks to organ donors, Lawrence woman can see clearly

There are about 40,000 cornea transplants in the U.S. every year. While a lot of attention goes toward kidney, heart and liver transplants, donors are more likely to pass along their corneas than they are any of those other organs combined. Lawrence accountant Janet Mears is one beneficiary.

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