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Huck Boyd Institute to Present Leader of the Year Awards for Entrepreneurship, Diversity and Service



Outreach, innovation and service would be hallmarks of the five Kansas initiatives which are to be recognized by Kansas State University’s Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development as Leaders of the Year for 2015.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Dan Meers - KC Wolf



The stunt went horribly wrong. The team mascot was to drop 20 feet on a bungee cord above the stadium, bounce back up to a zip line, and ride down to midfield. But something must have malfunctioned, and instead of the bungee cord bouncing down 20 feet, the mascot fell 75 feet and crashed into the stadium seats below. This excruciating incident marked an important point in the life of this costumed mascot, who is making a difference in the lives of others.
3/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming ‘Full Circle…an Aging Expo’ in Colby



Although Ron Willis has met many people in his travels throughout the United States, he recalls four individuals from his childhood who taught him early on about being a person with integrity and compassion.
3/24/2015 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming ‘Aging with Attitude’ Regional Expo in Pittsburg



Those who have watched David Letterman on late-night television over the years know about his “Top Ten” lists. The lists usually cover a current event or something out of the ordinary, such as “Bigfoot’s Top Ten Peeves.”
3/24/2015 8:00:00 AM


Towels Top Kitchen Contamination Hazards List



Although only 9 percent of reported foodborne illness outbreaks occur in the home, scientists estimate the actual number of incidents is much higher. Research shows a leading cause of cross contamination within the home is actually an object associated with cleaning, the kitchen towel.


3/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


K-State Agricultural Economist Following Avian Influenza Developments



News that more than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a lethal strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a turkey flock there has now been compounded by news of confirmed cases in Missouri and Arkansas turkeys.
3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM


Nutritional Guidelines Recommendations: Less Meat, More Veggies



Despite the ability to make personal food choices, many know the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as the “gold standard” model that focuses on the foods and beverages that help maintain a healthy weight and prevent chronic disease, such as obesity.
3/11/2015 8:00:00 AM


Meat and Poultry Recalls: What Food Firms and Investors Should Know



Food safety is top-of-mind among many consumers and producers of food. It is also a continuum, because the more a food firm spends on effective technologies and protocols to ensure safe food, the greater chance the foods are protected against contamination.
3/10/2015 8:00:00 AM


Lyme Disease... and Birds... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews a new study of birds and their role in the spread of lyme disease.

3/9/2015 7:00:00 PM


HEALTH CARE TRANSITION Play Audio



During childhood, parents usually oversee a child’s medical needs – calling for appointments, filling out forms and keeping track of medications. However, as children become teenagers, parents are encouraged to relinquish some of that responsibility and help them transition to adult health care. K-State Research and Extension youth development specialist Elaine Johannes says parents can make this transition easier by starting the process early, discussing health care issues with them – especially when it’s in the news – and sitting in the waiting room while they meet privately with the doctor.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


E. coli Vaccine Effective But Seldom Used in Feedlot Cattle



When it comes to foodborne illnesses, few rival E. coli for the damaging effect it can have on humans.


3/2/2015 8:00:00 AM


Feeling Itchy? Bedbugs are Still Out There



Judging from the surge and eventual disappearance of news stories about bedbugs a couple of years ago, the tiny creatures are no longer a problem. But someone forgot to tell the bugs.



2/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


Ever Strong: Program Encourages Strength Training as Part of Overall Health



Does the expression “strength training” conjure visions of hulky guys lifting weights or women with no body fat whatsoever working out on complex equipment? The idea of strength training can be intimidating, but it shouldn’t be, according to a Kansas State University family and consumer science specialist.
2/12/2015 8:00:00 AM


In a Flash – Conditions Can Develop Quickly for Grain Dust Explosions



We’ve seen the impact they can cause – grain dust explosions sparked when certain conditions come together to create a combustible situation. And those conditions can develop much faster than many know, according to a Kansas State University grain scientist.
2/5/2015 8:00:00 AM


Parenting Against Video Game Addiction





Recent studies have shown that video gaming has surpassed watching television as teens’ favorite activity to defeat boredom, but this trade-off could have harmful consequences.


2/4/2015 8:00:00 AM


Health Care Access ‘Doctors Up’ Local Economies



Many thoughts go into choosing a place to live and work. Access to affordable housing, high-quality schools and a comprehensive health care system are among those considerations that typically rise to the top of the list.


2/2/2015 8:00:00 AM


THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE Play Audio



If you’re going to buy health insurance coverage for 2015 in a health insurance marketplace – which would be different than purchasing it through an employer plan or Medicare or Medicaid – you need to make a decision by February 15th.  According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 9.5 million people had enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces through mid-January. The HHS reports that nearly 76,000 Kansans had selected plans – up from 57,000 in 2014.  K-State Research and Extension resource management specialist, Elizabeth Kiss, and Roberta Riportella, the Kansas Health Foundation professor of Community Health at Kansas State University, co-authored a publication to assist Kansans signing up for health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
 

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM


WHAT’S NEW FOR WALK KANSAS 2015? Play Audio



Walk Kansas, based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, is a team based program that encourages participants to accomplish one of three goals: walk across Kansas, walk across Kansas and back or walk the perimeter of the state. The eight week challenge begins March 15th and runs through May 9th. This year’s theme is Walk Tall, Walk Strong, Walk Kansas. Sharolyn Jackson, state coordinator of Walk Kansas, discusses the benefits of the program and some of the new components that have been added for this year’s challenge.
 

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


U.S. Malaria Cases Increase with International Travel



MosquitoThe number of malaria cases in the United States is rising, a trend that can be linked to the increasing amount of international travel and inadequate use of prevention methods.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM


Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift



Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM


K-State Experts Address Ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Meal Costs



Thanksgiving TurkeyTurkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie—all are common Thanksgiving Day foods. The good news for consumers is that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is slightly down per person this year, compared to last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) recently released data.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM


Push Processed Trans Fats Aside



Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM


Poor Bone Health



Poor bone health is common and costly.
1/23/2009 8:00:00 AM


Bone Fractures



Caring for bone fractures due to osteoporosis costs America $18 billion yearly.
1/23/2009 8:00:00 AM