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Alaska observes World AIDS Day

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Pro-choice groups challenge Alaska's 40-year-old abortion laws

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Strep bacterial strain new to Alaska causes 4 deaths

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Obama signs bill to improve veteran crisis hotline

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US House to vote on bill aimed at speeding approval of drugs

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    Alaska observes World AIDS Day

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 01, 20:31

    Thursday is World AIDS Day, a time to remember those lost and support those living with the disease and commit to preventing its spread. The Four A’s, Alaska’s AIDS support group, says it currently serves around 260 people in Alaska who live with HIV or AIDS. The group also works to educate people about prevention and the importance […]

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    Pro-choice groups challenge Alaska’s 40-year-old abortion laws

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 30, 22:13

    Reproductive rights groups are suing the state because they think Alaska law unconstitutionally prevents women from having an abortion after the first trimester. It’s a challenge to rules that have been on the books for 40 years. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights laid out their challenge […]

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    Strep bacterial strain new to Alaska causes 4 deaths

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 29, 13:24

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is keeping a close eye on a new bacterial strain in Alaska that has already killed four people. According to state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin, most of the patients have been homeless and most experienced chronic alcohol abuse. McLaughlin said the strain is a form of Group A […]

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    Obama signs bill to improve veteran crisis hotline

    by Associated Press on Nov 28, 16:09

    President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that seeks to ensure all telephone calls and other communications delivered through a Department of Veterans Affairs’ crisis line get answered in a timely manner by a qualified person. The legislation signed Monday comes after federal investigators substantiated allegations that some calls went into a voicemail […]

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    US House to vote on bill aimed at speeding approval of drugs

    by Associated Press on Nov 26, 11:51

    The House plans to vote next week on a $6.3 billion bill aimed at speeding federal approval of drugs and medical devices and boosting biomedical research. The legislation seeks to streamline how federal regulators assess the safety of new treatments and let them reach markets more quickly. It provides new money for the National Institutes […]

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    Survey shows Alaska students drinking, smoking less

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 23, 9:04

    A new state survey suggests that Alaska teens are more aware about the dangers of smoking, drinking and doing drugs. The Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey, compiled by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Education and Early Development, shows students across the state report declines in smoking, substance use, riding with an […]

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    Students jump for classmate battling heart problems

    by Joe Vigil on Nov 21, 16:30

    A true bond of friendship is seemingly growing among four boys at Bowman Elementary School in Anchorage. On a recent school day, Bronson Howard, Kael Harrod and Tristan Atherton huddled on a bench outside of the school’s gymnasium with their friend Joseph Farless-Dommek.  The boys are supporting Joseph, known by his classmates as Joe, who’ll go through a heart […]

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    FDA: Voluntary Sabra hummus recall underway

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 20, 16:42

    Sabra Dipping Co., LLC issued a voluntary recall of some its hummus products because of a potential Listeria contamination. The recall follows the discovery of Listeria monocytogenes at a manufacturing facility, the company said in its recall noticed on the Food and Drug Administration website. So far, no products have tested positive for Listeria. “Our first concern […]

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    How bagged salads can increase salmonella risk

    by CBS News on Nov 18, 16:40

    The juices from bagged chopped salad leaves can increase the risk of salmonella, a pathogen that’s one of the most common causes of food poisoning, say the authors of a new study. Researchers from the University of Leicester, in England, wanted to understand why bagged leafy greens are sometimes at the root of food poisoning […]

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    Wylie’s birth story: The strength of premature babies and their moms

    by Emily Carlson on Nov 18, 9:26

    Tabitha Voeller and her husband have a higher tolerance for mischief than most parents. They laugh as their 2-year-old son Wylie gets his hands into everything. They have seemingly endless patience for the toddler. That’s because Wylie wasn’t supposed to turn two. It’s thanks to his mom’s persistence that he was born at all. “He was […]

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    Celebrex arthritis drug safety study surprises heart experts

    by CBS News on Nov 13, 16:02

    Back in 2004, a popular arthritis drug called Vioxx was pulled off the market when studies showed daily long-term use could increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and death. “This was one of the most important safety events really in recent medical history,” Dr. Steven Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic, one of the first […]

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    Flu season in Alaska has arrived, free flu shots offered Saturday

    by Lauren Maxwell on Nov 11, 20:57

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says thousands of Americans die every year from flu complications, but according to doctors, it’s an illness that is almost completely preventable. According to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology, the state has begun to see flu cases. Between the first week of October and the first week of November, […]

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    Synthetic drug ‘pinky’ has claimed 3 lives in Alaska, state officials say

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 08, 18:24

    Three Alaskans have died after overdosing on a new synthetic opioid known as “pinky,” and state officials say they are worried there could be more. Pinky is the street name for synthetic opioid U-47700, nicknamed for some users’ habit of growing out their pinky finger nail and using that to inhale the drug. It was developed […]

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    Why aren’t doctors prescribing the cheaper EpiPen alternative?

    by CBS News on Nov 06, 18:35

    It has been available for years, it’s a fraction of the cost and doctors say it is as safe and effective as the brand name EpiPen device. So why aren’t they prescribing the generic version of the lifesaving epinephrine injector? Marketing and semantics may be to blame, CBS San Francisco consumer-investigative reporter Julie Watts reported. […]

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    CDC: Progress reducing uninsured rate threatens to stall

    by KTVA / AP on Nov 02, 21:05

    A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that progress reducing the number of Americans without health insurance is threatening to stall this year. The uninsured number dipped by only 200,000 people between 2015 and the first six months of this year, according to the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey. The […]

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    Open enrollment starts, bringing changes to Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 01, 21:14

    Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace started Tuesday, meaning big changes for some Alaskans. The marketplace offers insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Last year, one of Alaska’s two providers, Moda, pulled out of the state. Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield is now the only option in Alaska. Anyone who had a Moda plan […]

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    Teal pumpkins raise awareness about trick-or-treaters with food allergies

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 26, 20:10

    Halloween is right around the corner and doctors are urging parents to stock up on toys—in addition to candy—to give out to trick-or-treaters. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a growing effort to raise awareness about kids with food allergies. The Alaska branch of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America hosted a painting party for children […]

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    Why doctors are saying infants should share parents’ room

    by Steven Reinberg / Healthday on Oct 24, 12:46

    Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents — but not in the same bed — to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise. The recommendations call for babies to share their parents’ bedroom for at least the first 6 months of […]

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    Communities experiment with amnesty in heroin crisis

    by Associated Press on Oct 17, 15:31

    Reeling from a surge in heroin overdoses, authorities in the Cincinnati area made an offer: Hand in potentially deadly drugs and you won’t be charged. But the blanket immunity granted by a judge there over a month ago hasn’t brought in any heroin so far. Results from similar efforts elsewhere have also yielded few drugs, […]

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    Anchorage School District offers free flu shots for students

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 12, 19:51

    The Anchorage School District is offering a number of opportunities for kids to get this year’s flu vaccination for free. “Flu season is already ripping through Anchorage schools,” school officials said in a statement Wednesday. “Even healthy children and adults can get flu and give it to fragile babies and elderly people.” Parents and legal guardians will need to fill out a vaccine consent […]