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Climbathon raises $50k for cancer awareness

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Cancer survivors and supporters to raise awareness by climbing mountain

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Cancer survivor fights for her life while helping others

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First case of mumps reported in Alaska since '95

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Anchorage moms promote healthy living to their kids

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    Climbathon raises $50k for cancer awareness

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 15, 13:13

    Saturday’s Let Every Woman Know Climbathon raised more than $50,000 for cancer awareness. The goal of the event was to shed light specifically on gynecologic cancer, a disease doctors say too many women don’t know enough about. “G” and the Extra-Toughs Toward the back of the pack of elite mountain climbers, Gwendolyn Carlson — known as “G” […]

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    Cancer survivors and supporters to raise awareness by climbing mountain

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 12, 21:15

    Gwendolyn Carlson loves to high-five life’s successes, no matter how small they may be. “G,” as everyone calls her, is the nurse manager at Alaska Women’s Cancer Care. She brings compassion and energy to a job that, most days, is filled with breaking terrible news to terrified patients. Carlson knows what it’s like to hear […]

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    Cancer survivor fights for her life while helping others

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 12, 10:33

    Always enthusiastic and full of life, Mary Rita Ely never imagined something ugly was destroying her body. “I had a tumor the size of a grapefruit!” she said. “How the hell did I not notice that?” Ely has always been healthy and active. But by the time she figured out her stomach pain was ovarian […]

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    First case of mumps reported in Alaska since ’95

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 08, 9:20

    A case of mumps was reported in Alaska for the first time since 1995, according to Alaska health officials. On July 11, a 50-year-old woman reported a headache, jaw pain and trismus, which can involve muscle spasms or locking of the jaw. She tested positive for the viral illness. According to an Alaska Section of […]

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    Anchorage moms promote healthy living to their kids

    by Sierra Starks, Hope Miller on Sep 02, 7:33

    It’s not your typical workout session. On a Wednesday morning in mid-August, a group of Anchorage mothers meet at Chester Creek Park with their little ones in tow. The moms stretch, sing and jog around the park while they push their children in strollers or let the kids out for a supervised romp through the […]

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    Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

    by Associated Press on Sep 01, 10:05

    Safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize their marijuana laws. Researchers who have studied the issue are divided. Marijuana can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking – all those are important driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, stoned drivers […]

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    Kenai City Council ordinance bans e-cigarettes

    by Associated Press on Aug 23, 16:02

    The Kenai City Council has passed an ordinance for electronic cigarettes to be regulated the same as smoking tobacco. The Peninsula Clarion reports (http://bit.ly/1t2Xcm4 ) the ordinance was spurred by concerns over the negative health impacts of e-cigarettes. Kenai Municipal Code prohibits smoking tobacco in a restaurant, bowling alley or medical facility. Adding e-cigarettes to […]

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    Blood Bank of Alaska in critical need of O negative blood

    by Hope Miller on Aug 13, 16:37

    The Blood Bank of Alaska needs universal blood donors to get them out of the critical-need zone. Usually the blood bank is able to do OK until their drive at the Alaska State Fair, but accidents throughout the state this year have depleted their supply, said Wes Dahlgren, director of collections at the bank. Summer is […]

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    New procedure may rid patients of acid reflux disease

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Aug 08, 15:33

    Acid reflux disease, a condition commonly known as GERD, affects about one-third of Americans. It can cause pain, coughing, heartburn and can even lead to cancer.  Now, a simple procedure may fix GERD for good. For 12 years, Kathy Dickinson lived with the painful symptoms of GERD. GERD happens when the lower esophageal sphincter weakens […]

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    Possible listeria contamination spurs recall of summer fruits

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on Jul 22, 10:37

    A produce packing company in Cutler, Calif., has issued a voluntary recall of a variety of summer produce which may be contaminated with harmful listeria bacteria. Wawona Packing Company recalled orders of both organic and conventionally sold whole peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots on Saturday. The company distributes their products to Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale […]

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    Frequent cycling linked to higher risk of prostate cancer

    by Randy Dotinga / Healthday on Jul 18, 11:56

    A new study fuels the ongoing debate over the health risks of bicycle riding for men: Researchers found that cyclists who bike more may face a higher risk of prostate cancer, but not a greater chance of infertility or erectile dysfunction. The findings aren’t definitive, and they conflict with previous research on impotence and infertility. […]

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    Chicken products sold in Alaska recalled

    by Hope Miller on Jul 08, 16:36

    Check your freezers — you could be storing recalled chicken. Foster Farms raw chicken products made available in Alaska have been recalled after it was confirmed they may have been contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant salmonella strain associated with illness, health officials say. The products could be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, according to a […]

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    Two hours of sitting cancels out 20 minutes of exercise, study finds

    by Agata Blaszczak-Boxe / CBS News on Jul 08, 13:39

    We already know that a sedentary lifestyle isn’t good for our health, but can we measure just how bad it really is for us? A new study offers an answer: two hours of sitting cancels out the benefits of 20 minutes of exercise for our cardiorespiratory fitness levels. The study, published online July 8 in Mayo […]

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    California chicken linked to salmonella recalled

    by Associated Press on Jul 03, 22:02

    The first product recall has been issued for a California chicken producer since it was linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year. The U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture said Thursday night it has found evidence directly linking Foster Farms boneless-skinless […]

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    Confusion about food labels leads to waste, possible illnesses

    by Agata Blaszczak-Boxe / CBS News on Jun 24, 17:58

    Consumers often get confused by date labeling on food products, and end up either keeping spoiled food around too long, or throwing away perfectly good food unnecessarily — costing us billions of dollars, experts say. In new a survey by the public health and safety organization NSF International, researchers found that people have trouble understanding and differentiating […]

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    Arthritis drug helps hairless man regrow full head of hair

    by Agata Blaszczak-Boxe / CBS News on Jun 22, 8:28

    A novel treatment involving the use of an arthritis drug helped a 25-year-old man grow a full head of hair after a rare disease left him completely hairless. There is no known cure for alopecia universalis — the autoimmune disease that the man suffers from, which causes a loss of all body hair. Yale researchers came up […]

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    Juneau clinic gets fresh start

    by Associated Press on Jun 16, 10:20

    A Juneau clinic slated for closure last year has gotten a fresh start, with the help of community contributions and grants. The former Front Street Clinic, run by the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, is now the independently operated Front Street Community Health Center. The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1iBCa4R ) health care services for the […]

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    Whooping cough reaches epidemic level in California

    by CBS/AP on Jun 14, 10:08

    The number of whooping cough cases in the Los Angeles area and throughout California has reached epidemic proportions, state health officials said Friday. The California Department of Public Health said in a statement released Friday that more than 800 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been reported over the past two weeks. […]

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    Recession linked to more than 10,000 suicides

    by Mary Elizabeth Dallas / Healthday on Jun 12, 15:01

    The Great Recession that began in 2007 appears to have taken more than a financial toll. New research suggests that the economic downturn could be linked with more than 10,000 suicides across North America and Europe. The study found that between 2008 and 2010, rates of suicide surged in the European Union, Canada and the United States. The […]

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    Recall issued on Kirkland brand pepper sold in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 09, 16:54

    A recall has been issued on Kirkland Signature Course Ground Malabar Pepper sold at Costco stores between April 4, 2014 and June 4, 2014. The company which makes the product, Olde Thompson Inc., has issued the recall due to possible salmonella contamination. The recall applies to 12.7 ounce plastic jars with a best by date […]