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The Associated Press takes a look at how candy, cookie and soda makers are shaping nutrition science. Critics say industry-funded research is marketing masquerading as science, but the findings nevertheless become a part of the scientific literature. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)

AP Exclusive: How candy makers shape nutrition science

NEW YORK – It was a startling scientific finding: Children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don’t. Less startling was how it came about. The paper, it turns out, was funded by a trade association representing the makers of Butterfingers, Hershey and Skittles.

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

CDC: Idaho leads nation in melanoma death rate

Idaho had the highest melanoma death rate nationally between 2001 and 2005, 26 percent higher than the national average with about 40 Idahoans dying of melanoma every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s skin cancer state statistics. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( skin/statistics/state.htm) show that in 2012, Idahoans developed melanoma at a rate of 26.9 per 100,000 each year.

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MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016

Zorba Paster: Smile, and you just might be healthier

If you follow my Facebook page from Wisconsin Public Radio ( OnYourHealth), you can see that I have a new granddaughter – the most beautiful grandchild in the world ever-ever-ever. They don’t live in Wisconsin, they live in Washington, D.C., ...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016

Ask Doctor K: Parents must take their children’s dental health seriously

DEAR DOCTOR K: I just took my 4-year old to the dentist, and she has three cavities! How can I better care for her teeth? And what can I do for my infant son so he doesn’t end up with cavities, too? DEAR READER: Our mouths are home to many bacteria. They live there pretty much all of our lives, taking advantage of one convenient fact: When we put food in our mouth, that’s food for bacteria, too. And while we have to work to put food in our mouths, they just sit there. Doesn’t seem fair.

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

Cannabis for back pain puts him in a pickle

Dear Dr. Zorba: I enjoy your radio show. I’m a 56-year motorcycle guy. I had an accident when I was much much younger, and the result has been years of back pain every day — some days good, some days bad. I don’t like prescription pain killers because of side effects. That’s why I’m using cannabis. It doesn’t fog me up; it doesn’t constipate me. But it’s illegal in my state. What to do? — RK from Milwaukee

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016

In a series of trial runs, the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) sutured incisions, manipulated tissue and sewed it up well enough to withstand hydraulic pressure from within. (Handout / TNS)

Dr. Robot scrubs in, and suturing may never be the same

In a series of trial runs, the new robotic system sutured incisions with deft, even strokes that surpassed those of experienced surgeons and an existing robotic system. Without any human oversight, the STAR system manipulated tissue that can stretch, twist and retract unpredictably, and sewed it up well enough to withstand a surge of hydraulic pressure from within. And by all accounts, it never complained about its hours or pay.

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016

Ask Doctor K: Pain specialist can find right combination of therapies

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have been in pain since a car accident a few years ago. My doctor is very conservative in prescribing pain medication. Why not just give me what I need to feel better? DEAR READER: I don’t know the particulars of your case, but I think you are talking about narcotic (opioid) pain medicines. And your doctor probably is reluctant to prescribe opioid medicines for chronic pain – the kind I assume you now have if your accident was a few years ago.

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MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016


Harts Pass Road blockage doesn’t stop vandals

TRAILS – Although work is still underway to clear boulders that have blocked Harts Pass Road northwest of Winthrop since November, vandals got through and vandalized Forest Service structures. Harts ...

Weekend Wild Card — July 2-4

I enjoy these three-day weekends. It gives me a chance to catch up on the honey-do's, as well as relax. Independence Day means hanging out at the parade and then ...

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