Category Archives: Science

Rare tick turns up in Arkansas

This Rutgers University photo shows three Longhorned ticks: from left, a fully engorged female, a partial engorged female, and an engorged nymph.

A hardy, invasive species of tick that survived a New Jersey winter and subsequently traversed the mid-Atlantic has mysteriously arrived in Arkansas. No one is sure how the Longhorned tick, native to East Asia, arrived in the country, or how it made its way near here.   Continue reading

Bat disease spreading in Oklahoma

Surveillance for white-nose syndrome and the fungus that causes the bat disease found bats in seven counties – Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, LeFlore, Ottawa, Sequoyah, and Woodward counties – have been infected to date.

The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, was first detected in New York in the winter of 2006–2007 and had spread to Oklahoma by the winter of 2014–2015.    Continue reading

Mandates: the other side of ‘Right to Healthcare’

A “right to healthcare” is a seductive idea that many Americans accept without thinking. But we need to take a closer look at what this means. The total program being pushed by “right-to-healthcare” cheerleaders — primarily Democrats — is full of mandates. A mandate means you have NO right to opt out, except possibly through some limited exemptions. It starts with controlling the money, but increasingly involves your body — the treatments you MAY receive, the ones you may NOT have, and the ones that you MUST take, especially vaccinesContinue reading

Dinosaurs return to Kansas May 26

It’s been more than 65 million years since dinosaurs roamed the wide open spaces of Kansas and Oklahoma, but now more than 40 life-size animatronic, moving and breathing dinosaurs can be found just outside Wichita.

The park will include the massive Alamosaurus, Velociraptor and of course, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Thirty-four different types and more than 40 animatronic dinosaurs featured in the park arrive this week for final assembly.  Continue reading

National Nutrition Month for older adults

One surprising problem that arises with age is making sure you eat enough. As we grow older, a loss of appetite can occur as a side effect of many medications.

Food assistance programs tend to focus on children, and there is not enough awareness of the need for programs for older adults. Having meals prepped ahead of time and reminders to eat can make all the difference. Fuel is energy and if you don’t eat, you won’t have energy.    Continue reading