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KU students step up to meet demand for educated health care workforce

Liz Marsh could complete a two-year nursing program to get the job she wants, but instead she’s working toward a four-year degree for the same position. Marsh, a sophomore from Chanute, could have the job after this year had she chosen the first route, however, the national trend shows that it’s almost inevitable she would … Continue reading

KU students face legal consequences and health risks for Adderall abuse

Awake. Focused. A group of students at the University of Kansas uses these two words to describe how they feel after taking Adderall. If KU follows national statistic trends, then more than 1,500 KU students know this feeling. According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 6.4 percent of full-time … Continue reading

Weekly Health News Updates

Last Monday was one of the most chaotic days of my semester. I worked for six hours, went straight from work to photograph the chancellor, went home to change clothes before driving around town photographing buildings for another photo assignment and, finally, headed to Kansas City to photograph the men’s basketball game. While my day … Continue reading

Weekly Health News Updates

The recent legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington has caused the benefits and risks of using the drug to receive more attention than ever. CNN reports that researchers published more than 6,000 studies on the effects of marijuana in the past three years, some of which say adolescents may be at … Continue reading

Native Americans are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than white Americans

Statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics in 2010 indicated that diabetes is more than twice as prevalent in Native Americans as it is in white Americans. Native Americans also have the highest rates of diabetes of any minority in the United States. In recent … Continue reading

Weekly Health News Updates

A new study at a university that’s buffett-style cafeteria no longer uses trays shows that students waste less food without trays. This may also mean that students who don’t use trays in cafeterias are eating less. The University of Kansas’s cafeterias did a similar study in 2008, which resulted in the elimination of trays except … Continue reading

Haskell Indian Nations University fights diabetes in Native American population

Fred Gipp pounded his feet on the bricks until his feet hurt. His performance outside the Kansas Union on Thursday attracted the attention of students and passersby. Gipp danced to promote a powwow he will perform in next year. He said he dances to stay in shape. And it’s important that Gipp stays in shape. … Continue reading

Weekly Health News Updates

A recent study by Gallup and Healthways shows that fewer 18- to 25-year-olds are uninsured in the third quarter of 2012. The decrease in uninsured college-aged students may be because of laws allowing children to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. High blood pressure and inflammation, traits associated with obesity, cause the … Continue reading

Lawrence martial artists encourage self-defense training for all

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In addition to spreading awareness of the signs of abuse throughout the month, self-defense training is encouraged. The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, KU Recreation Services, Student Senate and the Campus Safety Committee sponsor free self-defense classes for all KU students. Students who take the classes … Continue reading

Weekly Health News Updates

A review of studies by New York University professors found that rather than mothers, fathers influence the age at which their teenage children sex. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released new guidelines this week encouraging healthy women who have never tested positive for HPV to wait three to five years between Pap tests. … Continue reading