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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


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

Take Steps to Better Health: Walk Kansas Starts March 15

It’s as simple as putting one step in front of another. That’s the idea behind Walk Kansas, an eight-week K-State Research and Extension program that starts March 15, designed to promote activity and better health.
1/22/2015 8:00:00 AM


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