Unprecedented 'black mold' meningitis a challenge

Alex  Parker

**By Lauran Neegaard, Associated Press** **WASHINGTON** — The black mold creeping into the spines of hundreds of people who got tainted shots for back pain marks uncharted medical territory. Never before has this particular fungus been found to cause meningitis. It's incredibly hard to diagnose, and to kill — requiring ...

Lawrence Farmers' Market to feature pumpkins; weekday markets end Thursday

Karrey Britt

The Lawrence Farmers’ Market will be celebrating pumpkins on Saturday. While there has been a nationwide pumpkin shortage, there is an abundance at the market. The market will feature pumpkin decorating for children as well as a chance to win one of several larger pumpkins. Vendors can talk about which ...

Boy with rare lung disease meets former KU basketball stars

Karrey Britt

Michael Douglas, 11, of Wellsville, met his sports hero Mario Chalmers once again. He had front-row seats to the Oct. 15 Miami Heat game at the Sprint Center. Such sporting events provide a distraction for the sixth-grader, who has a rare lung disease. After hearing about his story “A little ...

Iwig Family Dairy reports milk sales up, awaiting bank decision

Karrey Britt

Tim Iwig, owner of Tecumseh-based Iwig Family Dairy, estimates milk sales are up 10 percent to 20 percent since a story about milk farmers’ struggles appeared in the Lawrence Journal-World on Oct. 11. The increase in sales has left the dairy business scrambling for more bottles to fill orders. Iwig ...

Sporting adventures continue for boy with rare lung disease

Karrey Britt

Eleven-year-old Michael Douglas, of Wellsville, can’t wait to see his sports hero Mario Chalmers on the basketball court again. He has front-row seats to Thursday night's Miami Heat game at the Sprint Center. Such sporting events give the sixth-grader, who has a rare lung disease, something to look forward to. ...

Breast cancer expert to visit Lawrence hospital

Karrey Britt

Dr. Bruce Haffty, chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, will be visiting Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Wednesday and Thursday and offering his expertise. He will be presenting information on the utilization of radiation therapy after a mastectomy for breast cancer treatment. In addition, ...

Local MoveOn council to rally for health care reform on Wednesday

Karrey Britt

The Kaw Valley MoveOn Council is having a rally at noon Wednesday at Ninth and Massachusetts streets. The council supports health care reform with a strong public option. Members of the movement will have stamped, addressed post cards available for passersby who want to write their senators and representatives about ...

Health care critic to give presentation at KU about why the U.S. system is failing

Karrey Britt

T.R. Reid, a health care critic and commentator for National Public Radio, will discuss why he thinks the nation’s health care system is failing. He will give a presentation, “We’re Number 37! Why Other Countries Have Better, Fairer and Cheaper Health Care Than the USA,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 ...

KDHE reports two more deaths in Kansas of people infected with H1N1

Karrey Britt

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced today that there have been two deaths in Kansas of people infected with the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus. One death occurred in a 16-year-old from northeast Kansas. The teenager was hospitalized and had underlying health conditions. The death was reported to KDHE ...

Health living topic of community presentation on Oct. 6

Karrey Britt

Healthy living will be the topic of a community event Tuesday, Oct. 6. There will be two keynote speakers. They are: • Mark Fenton, who hosts the PBS series “America’s Walking” and helps communities launch public initiatives to encourage more walking and bicycling. • Sara Snow, a TV host and ...

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