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Alaskans stride for solutions at annual Heart and Stroke Walk

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'Tangible' results from Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes conference

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How divorce affects kids depends on their age, personality

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Drug-resistant gonorrhea a growing threat in the U.S.

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Former heroin addict shares her story to help fight an epidemic

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    Alaskans stride for solutions at annual Heart and Stroke Walk

    by Eric Ruble on Sep 24, 18:48

    Considered a growing problem by health professionals, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Nearly 1,200 Alaskans joined the fight against it at the Anchorage Heart Walk Saturday morning. “We can think about our own families and friends that are potentially suffering from heart disease and cardiovascular disease, which is turning into an […]

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    ‘Tangible’ results from Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes conference

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Sep 24, 13:29

    On Wednesday, the conference on Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes, or WIHAH, wrapped up in Anchorage. The goal of the conference was to address the challenges of providing safe and affordable access to running water and sanitation. Panelists with different technical backgrounds presented earlier this week. One of the presenters, local Nome resident Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle, says this conference […]

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    How divorce affects kids depends on their age, personality

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 23, 9:36

    In the wake of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce announcement this week, many may be wondering how their six children will weather the split. Divorce experts say children’s responses and needs after a marriage ends vary depending on their age and personality. But how parents continue to communicate with each other is the pivotal factor in a […]

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    Drug-resistant gonorrhea a growing threat in the U.S.

    by Dennis Thompson / Healthday on Sep 22, 15:36

    Gonorrhea appears to be developing resistance to the two antibiotics that constitute the last available treatment option for the sexually transmitted bacteria, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday. Gonorrhea samples taken last spring from seven patients in Honolulu showed resistance to azithromycin at dramatically higher levels than typically seen in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

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    Former heroin addict shares her story to help fight an epidemic

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 21, 19:30

    This week, President Barack Obama is asking everyone to take action against a nationwide epidemic — heroin and opioid addiction. Alaska is no stranger to the problem. So far this year, the state says there have been 48 heroin or opioid related deaths. After hearing about an increase in crime in Southcentral Alaska and seeing it […]

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    Household dust is laced with toxic chemicals, study finds

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 21, 17:42

    Household dust does more than collect in corners and on bookshelves full of novels you haven’t gotten around to reading. A new study shows it can expose people to a wide range of potentially toxic chemicals. In what the authors are calling the first study of its kind – a meta-analysis of more than two dozen previous studies on chemicals in dust – they […]

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    Evenflo announces safety recall of some booster seats

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 21, 15:58

    Evenflo has announced a recall of some of its Evolve Booster Seats due to safety concerns about children being able to loosen their restraints. “Some children can access and activate the harness adjustment button without adult assistance, and potentially loosen the harness,” the company said in its recall alert. “This voluntary recall impacts the use […]

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    Providence to offer free prostate cancer screenings in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 20, 16:58

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and one of the most deadly. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of that, Providence Alaska Medical Center is offering free prostate screenings for men at their Anchorage cancer center. Anchorage resident Tom Knox […]

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    New study shows fitness trackers don’t improve weight loss

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 20, 13:59

    If you got a fitness tracker to keep tabs on your diet and exercise to help you lose weight, and were disappointed by the results – you’re not alone. A new study suggests the devices don’t improve weight loss for many people. In fact, overweight young adults who did not use fitness trackers during a two-year weight loss study dropped more pounds than those […]

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    Elementary school student in Kotzebue diagnosed with meningitis

    by KTVA / AP on Sep 19, 14:53

    Alaska state health officials say an elementary school student in Kotzebue was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, but they will not say if it was the same Kotzebue elementary school student who died over the weekend. Northwest Arctic Borough School District (NWABSD) officials also would not say Monday if there was any link between the meningitis […]

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    Community events announced for rural Alaska during opioid, heroin awareness week

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 16, 17:19

    Sunday kicks off National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week in the U.S. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be holding events throughout the week in rural Alaska communities to discuss the dangers of opioids and heroin addiction. On Friday, the Obama Administration announced the “week of action” as an effort […]

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    Childhood cancer deaths continue to decline

    by CBS/AP on Sep 16, 17:15

    Advances in treating childhood cancer are paying off with a continued decline in death rates. New government data shows that brain cancer is now the deadliest childhood cancer in the U.S., ahead of leukemia, a result of improved leukemia treatment and a frustrating lack of progress on brain cancer. Government statisticians reported the change in rankings Friday, […]

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    What we know about drug studies is about to change

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 16, 13:23

    Drug studies have the power to shift treatment options for life-threatening illnesses, yet the results aren’t always made available to the public. Government health officials are hoping to change that with a major policy update announced today. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health said that while clinical trials have improved over the years, […]

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    Sober people make drinkers feel drunker

    by Sara G. Miller / LIVESCIENCE.com on Sep 14, 18:22

    Many people have seen a movie in which a drunk character accuses everyone else of being drunk too. But a new study from the United Kingdom suggests that in real life, being surrounded by sober individuals may actually have a, well, sobering effect. The researchers found that people who were surrounded by other intoxicated individuals were more […]

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    Mylan CEO to testify in hearing on EpiPen price increases

    by Associated Press on Sep 14, 8:48

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of Mylan will face lawmakers’ questions at a hearing next week on steep price hikes for the company’s life-saving EpiPen injector device. Mylan CEO Heather Bresch and officials from the Food and Drug Administration will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Republican chairman of the committee […]

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    ‘Silent killer’ puts millions of Americans at risk

    by Ashley Welch / CBS News on Sep 13, 16:53

    Nearly 5 million U.S. adults aged 65 and older are not taking their blood pressure medication properly, putting them at risk for severe health complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and early death, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 70 percent of American adults 65 and older have hypertension – but […]

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    Sugar industry’s role in diet, health studies questioned

    by Associated Press on Sep 12, 15:41

    The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar’s role in heart disease – in part by pointing the finger at fat – as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents. The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the […]

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    Gov. supports growing more food inside Alaska

    by Associated Press on Sep 10, 10:55

    Alaska imports 96 percent of its food, and the governor says that should change. The Juneau Empire reports Gov. Bill Walker spoke during a conference for the National Association of Farmer’s Market Nutrition Programs. He said population growth since statehood helped reduce the percentage of locally-grown food that residents consumed from half to 4 percent. […]

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    Alaska secures nearly $3M grant to fund opioid research

    by Associated Press on Sep 08, 7:48

    The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is set to receive nearly $3 million in federal funding each year to fight opioid addiction and overdoses in the state. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that the grants announced last week are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health […]

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    YKHC speaks about growing heroin problem

    by Adrian Wagner/KYUK on Sep 03, 18:49

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission. BETHEL — In the weeks following the three tragic heroin overdoses and one death in the village of Quinhagak, communities across the Delta are asking about future treatment for overdoses in the region and heroin users in general. KYUK spoke with Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff at […]