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Angoon officials worry about mercury in subsistence foods

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Health official: Alaskans at low risk for Zika virus

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U.S. confirms first sexually transmitted case of Zika virus

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Airlines offer travelers 'flexible travel policy' for Zika-affected destinations

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How much exercise does your heart really need?

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    Angoon officials worry about mercury in subsistence foods

    by Associated Press on Feb 07, 9:50

    The city and tribal government of Angoon want state health officials to look into mercury levels in seals and other subsistence foods near Hawk Inlet. KTOO-FM reports Angoon officials warned residents not to gather food from west Admiralty Island. Researchers have spotted high mercury levels in a seal that was shared in the village, as […]

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    Health official: Alaskans at low risk for Zika virus

    by Associated Press on Feb 05, 18:22

    An official with the state Division of Public Health says Alaskans are not likely to contract the Zika virus unless they have contact with people who have been traveling in affected areas. Infectious disease program manager Michael Cooper says Alaskans could theoretically be infected through sexual transmission or blood transfusions, but not by the mosquitoes […]

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    U.S. confirms first sexually transmitted case of Zika virus

    by Ashley Welch / CBS News on Feb 02, 16:28

    Health officials in Dallas are reporting the first case of Zika virus acquired through sexual transmission in the continental United States. The patient’s infection was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CBS DFW reports. The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill person who recently returned from a […]

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    Airlines offer travelers ‘flexible travel policy’ for Zika-affected destinations

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 01, 16:58

    For those planning on heading south of the border to escape winter over the next few weeks, news of the spread of the Zika virus through many South and Central American countries have some changing their travel plans. If you’ve already bought tickets aboard Alaska Airlines, they are offering a “flexible travel policy” for certain […]

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    How much exercise does your heart really need?

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Feb 01, 16:55

    Getting regular exercise not only reduces a person’s risk of heart disease, it can increase the chance of survival if a heart attack does happen, compared to people who aren’t in very good shape, a new study shows. But just how much walking, jogging, swimming, or yoga does a heart need? Researchers from the Henry Ford Health […]

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    Division of Insurance says renewed Moda plans still effective

    by Liz Raines on Jan 30, 10:25

    The Division of Insurance announced Thursday that Moda Insurance is leaving Alaska, but says if you renewed your plan before that, it will still be valid through next year. “We are encouraging Moda customers that this is not a true panic, to keep paying your premiums, your policy is valid,” said Lori Wing-Heier, Director of […]

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    CDC issues travel warning to pregnant women over mosquito spread illness

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 29, 18:03

    The Centers for Disease Control is warning pregnant women not to travel to countries where the Zika virus has been spreading. That’s a geographic area that includes most of South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. The warning comes after an estimated 4000 babies in Brazil have been born with a serious birth […]

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    Mat-Su Borough addresses arsenic in Talkeetna water

    by Associated Press on Jan 26, 13:15

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has taken action to address arsenic levels in the Talkeetna water system that violated federal drinking water standards. Arsenic occurs naturally and can be picked up by groundwater. The permit for the Talkeetna system allows no more than 10 micrograms of per liter. Tests in December detected 14.8 micrograms per liter. The […]

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    What to include in an emergency kit for a natural disaster

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jan 25, 19:56

    It’s never too late to prepare for the next natural disaster, and experts say one of the tools that could save your life is an emergency kit. “Here in Alaska we can get cut off from say our air fields are damaged, our docks are broken, so we’re a lot more isolated in that respect, […]

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    What you need to know about Zika virus

    by Ashley Welch / CBS News on Jan 17, 13:31

    Last Updated Jan 15, 2016 7:56 PM EST Concerns are growing over the mosquito-borne illness known as Zika virus, which has been spreading through Central and South America and is believed to be linked to a surge in serious birth defects in Brazil. Friday evening, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel […]

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    Children’s cold syrup recall expands

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Jan 11, 17:10

    Nine over-the-counter drug retailers, including CVS, Stop & Shop and Giant, are recalling two flavors of children’s liquid cold medicine products from their shelves because of a potential overdose risk. The products are sold by distributors nationwide under a variety of brand names. They are being pulled because the dose cups have incorrect markings. Using the flawed […]

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    Common heartburn drugs linked with kidney disease

    by Dennis Thompson / Healthday on Jan 11, 13:50

    A type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors may be linked to long-term kidney damage, a new study suggests. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid belong to this class of drugs, which treat heartburn and acid reflux by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach. People who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have a 20 percent […]

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    Vaping enthusiasts say proposed e-cig regulations from FDA will ‘decimate’ Alaska industry

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 07, 19:41

    The Food and Drug Administration plans to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Alaska’s vaping industry says those proposed regulations will potentially drive them out of business. Ross Norman at Alaska Vapor Supply said the Boniface Parkway shop has 300 customers they call regulars. “Vaping is pretty big here in Anchorage,” Norman said. “There are maybe […]

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    Alaska Fred Meyer stores could start carrying anti-overdose drug

    by Associated Press on Jan 05, 7:26

    A pilot project underway in Washington state that has increased access to a drug that can counteract the effects of an overdose of opiates could expand to Alaska. KTOO-FM reports Fred Meyer pharmacies are providing customers in Washington with naloxone without requiring a prescription for the drug. Representatives of the company say the program could […]

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    Hawaii becomes first state to raise smoking age to 21

    by Associated Press on Dec 31, 14:20

    Hawaii is the first state in the nation to raise the legal smoking age 21. The new law, which includes both traditional and electronic cigarettes, goes into effect Jan. 1. Public health officials are hoping they’ll keep young people from developing an unhealthy addiction. They say one in four high school students in Hawaii try […]

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    Drug-resistant “super-gonorrhea” could be untreatable, doctors warn

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Dec 28, 21:15

      Gonorrhea – Incidence by State | HealthGrove Gonorrhea could become untreatable in the U.K., England’s top health official warns. There’s concern in the U.S., too. British media report that the country’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has written to all general practice physicians and pharmacies to warn of the rise of a drug-resistant […]

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    Alaska’s Inuit link steady food supply to environment health

    by Associated Press on Dec 27, 10:04

    A report by a group representing Alaska’s Inuit people calls for more protections for their traditional foods. The Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska says drastic changes in the Arctic brought on by climate change, pollution and other factors are a threat to Inuit food. The report says decisions on policy and research should be made in the […]

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    New norovirus strain found amid recent outbreaks

    by CBS News on Dec 26, 10:02

    The new year may be a big one for the norovirus after numerous outbreaks have infected hundreds across the United States, including one outbreak found with a new strain of the virus, which the CDC warns can increase infections by 50 percent. The Minnesota Department of Health announced that it found the new norovirus strain in connection […]

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    FDA eases blood donation ban on gay, bisexual men

    by CBS/AP on Dec 21, 16:35

    Federal health officials are lifting the nation’s 32-year-old lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but major restrictions will continue to limit who can donate. The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday it will replace the blanket ban with a new policy barring donations from men who have had sex with a man […]

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    Congress OKs bill banning plastic microbeads in skin care products

    by CBS/AP on Dec 19, 9:43

    Plastic microbeads used in soaps, body washes and other personal-care products will be phased out starting in 2017 under legislation approved by Congress and sent to the president. The Senate approved the bill Friday following House approval last week. Lawmakers said the bill was needed to protect fish and wildlife that are ingesting the tiny beads […]