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Ticks Becoming Active in South Dakota

The arrival of spring in South Dakota means warmer weather and more outdoor activities. However, it also brings an increase in tick activity.

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Enjoying the Outdoors Without Tick and Mosquito Bites

Outdoor activities seem extra inviting this time of year, and many people are already enjoying the long days and warmer temperatures. Ticks and mosquitoes share the outdoors with us, but there are things you can do to prevent bites from both.

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The Connection Between Diet and Acne

Acne vulgaris is one of the top skin conditions in the United States, impacting around 40 to 50 million people. Attention around the connection between diet and acne has been the focus of new research, specifically around high-glycemic diets.

Man holding his wrist, which is afflicted with arthritis.

Arthritis and Agriculture

Did you know arthritis is a leading cause of work disability in U.S. adults? Learn some tips for managing pain and reducing arthritis risk while working in agricultural production.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: What You Need to Know

Do you suffer from constant indigestion or experience symptoms such as heartburn? When this occurs frequently it may be more known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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Eat Confidently With Lactose Intolerance

February is Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month: a time to clear up confusion about the condition, and return to confidently eating the dairy foods you love.

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Know Your Mosquitoes to Protect Yourself

Mosquito trapping efforts across the state in the last seven years showed that there are over 20 species of mosquitoes occurring in South Dakota, yet only two species dominate the surveillance data: Aedes vexans and Culex tarsalis.

Tick that is dark brown to black in color with a reddish-orange abdomen.

Protecting Yourself From Ticks

During wet springs, tick populations tend to thrive in South Dakota. These parasitic arthropods require blood to fulfill their nutritional needs and commonly use humans as a host. Some ticks can also carry bacterial diseases that are a threat to human health.

Participants walking  in one of the Physical Activity Evidence-Based programs offered through SDSU Extension

Managing Joint Pain and Symptoms With Physical Activity

Physical activity is a key behavior to help manage joint symptoms and pain. Let’s review a few different types of arthritis and explore ways to increase mobility and manage pain with physical activity.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19

Parents, it is important to talk to your children about what COVID-19 is and why it is a pandemic so they understand the cancellations and changes in their daily routines. Here are some tips from the CDC to help you talk to your children and how much information to expose them to.