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

Recent Stories

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.

Health Care Access parts ways with executive director

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

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Educators, support groups working to get more moms breastfeeding — and for longer

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

KU Hospital prepared to treat Ebola patients

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

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Lawrence man climbs steps at LMH to recover from stroke, give back to others

Rick McNabb doesn't want this story to be about him. He wants it to be about the therapists and volunteers who have helped him recover from a brain aneurysm and subsequent stroke. He wants it to be about the disadvantaged youth he works with at his basketball clinics in Lawrence. He wants it to be about the people who volunteer their time to help him put on the camps. But when you're climbing the height of Mount Everest over 100 days, four years after a stroke left you mostly paralyzed on the left side of your body, it's hard not to be the focus of attention. By Giles Bruce

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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

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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

Lawrence health advocates promoting smoke-free housing

The American Lung Association is advocating for smoke-free housing nationwide, saying that cancer-causing secondhand smoke can travel through doorways, cracks in walls, ventilation systems, electrical lines and plumbing. Locally, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has been running a public education campaign to let residents know about their options for smoke-free housing. 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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