Bonnie Stevens

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Brain Food: Designing A Test To Identify H1N1 Flu Strain

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It's flu season, and of all the different strains out there H1N1 - of Swine Flu - is the most dominant and contagious.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:37 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Brain Food: The Relationship Between Pine Forests In Greece And The Southwestern U.S.

A section of coastal black pine forest in Greece
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The black pine forests of the Mediterranean are ecologically similar to the ponderosa pine forests of the Southwest...right down to their susceptibility to massive forest fires.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:12 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Brain Food: Turkey Safety For Everyone At - And Under - The Table

Millions of Americans are already in the kitchen this morning preparing Thanksgiving dinner. It's a big production that takes a lot of planning and timing to pull off gracefully. And if anything stands to mess things up, it's probably the turkey. From not being completely defrosted, to forgetting to remove the plastic pouch of giblets, mishandling the turkey can - not only delay dinner - it can also create health hazards. In this special holiday edition of KNAU's series Brain Food, Bonnie Stevens reports on the safest ways to serve Thanksgiving dinner to everyone at - and under - the table.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:31 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Brain Food: Thriving At Home After A Hospital Stay

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Very few people want to go to the hospital. Even fewer want to be readmitted after an illness or injury. Now there's a new local program designed to keep you from going back.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Brain Food: The Emotional Impact of Climate Change

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Thousands of scientists worldwide are studying the environmental impact of climate change. But now, two professors of English are studying its emotional impact. SueEllen Campbell and John Calderazzo are co-directors of a climate change outreach and discussion group at Colorado State University. And, they recently visited Northern Arizona University to share this message about the Earth’s changing climate:

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:15 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Brain Food: Ebola Safety

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After 2 healthcare workers in Texas contracted the Ebola virus, hospitals nationwide are revamping safety protocol to cut down on the potential spread of the often-deadly disease. In this special edition of KNAU's series, Brain Food, producer Bonnie Stevens reports on how those upgraded safety measures are being implemented in Coconino County.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:42 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Brain Food: Flagstaff Becomes Test Site To Track E. coli

Artistic representation of E. coli and the urinary tract
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E. coli is commonly thought of as a gut bug, but many times it presents itself in the urinary tract. Now, researchers in Flagstaff are studying how the germ gets there.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:22 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Brain Food: Endangered Black Footed Ferrets Released Near Flagstaff

A black footed ferret is released on the Babbitt Espee Ranch near Flagstaff.
Credit Bonnie Stevens/KNAU

If you've clicked on the audio link for this story, then the sound you're hearing is the chatter of one of the most endangered mammals in North American, the black footed ferret. It's a sound that hasn't been heard much in Arizona's grasslands since 1931. That's when the animals were thought to have gone extinct after a strain of plague nearly wiped out their main food source, prairie dogs.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Brain Food: Home-Centered Healthcare for Native American Patients

The town of Chinle, near Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Nation.
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The Navajo Nation spans three states and 27,000 square miles. Many homes are so remote and spread out that they don’t have addresses. And, that can make healthcare difficult, especially follow-up care after hospitalization. That’s why John Georgas is working on a computer project and mobile app to identify homes without street addresses to make healthcare access a little easier. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:52 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Brain Food: Disappearing Permafrost

Arctic permafrost
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The Arctic and Antarctic are the only places on Earth where permafrost is found. some scientists believe this frozen ground is disappearing because of climate change. Ted Schuur is an ecosystem ecologist with the Center for Ecosystems Science and Society.

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