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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @GilesBruce.
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.
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.
A few facts to help you better understand your health insurance policy.
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
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.
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.
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.
The board of directors of Health Care Access, Douglas County's safety-net health clinic for the uninsured, has parted ways with its executive director, Shelly Wakeman. Kim Polson, the clinic's data and policy coordinator, has taken over as interim director. By Giles Bruce
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and other local organizations hope they can get more mothers to start, and continue, breastfeeding because of the benefits to mom and baby, which experts say include increased bonding, a stronger immune system for the newborn and the financial and environmental savings from not using formula. By Giles Bruce
If the Ebola virus reaches Lawrence, an area hospital is prepared to treat it. Since the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., has been making sure its staff is ready to care for patients stricken with the deadly disease. By Giles Bruce