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By Robert Preidt

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Traces of Zika virus genetic material have been found in a second mosquito species, researchers report.

The main carrier of Zika is the mosquito (Aedes aegypti). But researchers have now found fragments of Zika RNA during genetic testing of Asian tiger collected in Brazil.

This doesn't prove that the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) can transmit Zika to people. But it does emphasize the need for further research into other possible carriers of Zika, according to study author Chelsea Smartt. She's an associate professor from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory at the University of Florida, in Vero Beach.

"Our results mean that Aedes albopictus may have a role in transmission and should be of concern to public health," Smartt said in a news release from the Entomological Society of America.

"This is found worldwide, has a wide range of hosts and has adapted to colder climates.

By Randy Dotinga

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When a bedside alarm goes off in a child's hospital room, anxious parents expect nurses to respond pronto.

That rarely happens, however, and a new study helps explain why.

Researchers found that nurses are usually quick to react when alarms are urgent. But, they're slower to respond at the end of the workday or when they suffer from "chronic alarm fatigue."

Also, having parents present doubled the response time on average, the study found.

But, delayed response time didn't threaten any of the 100 patients evaluated in the study, the researchers said. And just half of 1 percent of more than 11,000 alarms analyzed were deemed "actionable," or crucial.

"The nurses were overall doing a great job predicting which alarms were going to be important," said study lead author Dr. Christopher Bonafide, an assistant professor of pediatrics with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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For those who love to cook -- and for many who don't -- chef Curtis Stone whets appetites for inventive and entertaining TV. An acclaimed restaurateur who is also a regular on programs such as Take Home Chef, Top Chef Masters, and the Today Show, Stone attracts a legion of hungry fans.

Stone, 41, recently brewed up a new reality series, too, and he's ready to dish. My Kitchen Rules made its debut in January on the Fox Network. He describes the show as "a bunch of celebrity couples who host parties in their homes and try to out-cook each other." Season one features comedian Andrew Dice Clay and his wife, Valerie; Lance Bass of *NSYNC fame and his mother; and singer Brandy and her husband, music producer Ray J, among other familiar faces. Stone lays out a culinary challenge to the teams, attends the resulting party, and then provides an honest critique.

The Jackson County Aging Office will offer the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program to income-eligible seniors again this year.

If you are a citizen 60 years or older (55 if Native American) with an annual household income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, you may apply and receive a $25 voucher packet to purchase locally-grown produce at certified farmers markets and food stands. The following table describes eligible households:

Program to offer vouchers to seniors for farmers markets

Household SizeMonthly IncomeAnnual Income
1$1,860$22,311
2$2,504$30,044
3$3,149$37,777
4$3,793$45,510

*For each additional household member, add $645 monthly, $7,733 annually.

The distribution of vouchers will be as follows:

  • June 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lincolnwood Apartments in Black River Falls
  • June 5, 3–4:30 p.m.

There’s no better time to get outside and do a bit of exercise than on a beautiful, warm spring day.

The Alma Center community decided to partake in the weather and hold their second annual Lincoln 5-K Color Run/Walk.

Color Runs are essentially the same as regular 5-K’s but with a little extra flair.

That flair comes from various stations set up to douse the runners in a colored powder with a tunnel of color at the end of the race to make sure everyone finishes looking like a rainbow.

A total of 62 participants came out to the Lincoln High School track to take part in the color run.

One of those participants was Alma Center native Jimmy Castner who also participated in last year’s color run.

Nearly ten residents of the town of Millston attended the Jackson County Highway Department committee meeting Tuesday in an effort to change the route the Meteor Timber sand mine will use to truck sand to their rail loadout facility.

Currently, Meteor Timber is proposing trucking sand south on Fish Creek Road and then west on Hwy. 0. They would then turn left on Hwy. 12 to get to their rail loadout facility.

“The problem with Hwy. O is that it is a road with many homes, commercial businesses, a very narrow underpass under Hwy. 94 and as many as 280 and above ATV and snowmobilers going underneath the freeway on a single day,” town of Millston chairman Dan Smrekar said. “We all have the legal and moral obligation to make sure we mitigate and stop any unsafe conditions that we may see.

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