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Pregnant Women: Don’t Avoid Eating All Fish



For most people, eating fish and shellfish is not a health concern, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In fact, fish contains omega-3 fatty acids and healthy oils, some of which can’t be found in any other food source. Fish and seafood also are sources of lean protein, low in saturated fat and high in essential minerals, such as iron.
8/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


Expedited Beef Traceback Measures Aimed to Combat Foodborne Illness



The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has added another layer of food safety screening to the U.S. beef supply chain. A recent announcement by the agency stated that new procedures would mean quicker traceback of ground beef contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7 and removal of that ground beef from the supply chain to prevent foodborne illness.
8/21/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansans Can Sign Up Now for New Financial Challenge



Consider this scenario: You live where straight-line winds, occasional flooding, and fire are ever-present threats. Oh, wait, that’s not just a scenario. That’s reality for the almost 2.9 million people who call Kansas home.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Busting Myths About Ticks



A walk through the woods, a fishing trip, or an evening playing in the yard with your children are situations with the potential to encounter dozens, even hundreds of blood-sucking pests known as ticks. Ticks can be a problem year-round, but they pose the most threat in warmer summer months. These disease carriers could be harmful to humans and pets alike.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Sell By? Use By? What’s a Shopper to Do?



So, we’re getting pretty savvy about checking food labels for fat, calories and fiber, but labels of a different sort, such as “sell by” and “use by” can leave us guessing about whether to keep or toss food.
8/7/2014 8:00:00 AM


Could Be Something You Ate



After eating a meal at a new or one of your favorite restaurants, you immediately don’t feel well. Flu-like symptoms ensue, and understandably, you’re more worried about your achy tummy than calling the restaurant and local health department to report what could be a case of foodborne illness.
8/5/2014 8:00:00 AM


THE THREAT OF MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASE Play Audio



The number of Americans infected with the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya has increased significantly and the virus has now been found in mosquitoes in the United States.  In addition, at least 300 travel-related cases of chikungunya have been reported in 31 states. On today’s Perspective: the thoughts of one of the world’s leading researchers of the virus, who believes that many more people are at risk of becoming infected.
 

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


THE KIDS COUNT DATA BOOK... Play Audio



The Annie E. Casey Foundation has just released the 25th edition of its annual KIDS COUNT Data book.  The yearly effort uses 16 indicators in four areas to examine the trends in how kids in the United States are faring…economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.  The good news is that children continued to show improvement in the areas of education and health.  However, economic progress still lags, even after the end of the recession.
 

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


DEALING WITH PTSD Play Audio



For some time the stories of soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder have filled the news.  For one scholar those stories on P-T-S-D merely haunt the veneer of a much deeper problem for American society.  On today’s Perspective program two experts take different approaches to P-T-S-D, not just in its diagnosis and treatment, but also in what it means to our national self-image.

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


School Lunch Program Findings Indicate Success



MANHATTAN, Kan. — A waiver could allow some schools to opt out of increased nutrition standards for the upcoming school year. Proposal of the waiver prompted first lady Michelle Obama to generate an appeal and led to the development a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fact sheet outlining the benefits of the new nutrition standards.
6/30/2014 8:00:00 AM


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