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Medical Myth: Debunking the risk factors of diabetes

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Unusual concern in massive listeria-based frozen foods recall

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Hospital culinary manager balances tastes, nutrition

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Anchorage toddler hears her parents for the first time

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Here's how food nutrition labels are about to change

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    Medical Myth: Debunking the risk factors of diabetes

    by Daybreak Staff on May 25, 13:10

    On Daybreak’s Medical Myth segment, Dr. Briana Cranmer, of Medical Park Family Care, gave her take on what could cause diabetes. Being obese can be a factor, but there’s typically more to it. Other factors include; family history, ethnicity and age, Cranmer explained. While there are often no obvious signs a person has Diabetes, one red […]

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    Unusual concern in massive listeria-based frozen foods recall

    by Associated Press on May 21, 11:40

    Amid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem the listeria-linked illnesses and deaths worry it’ll be difficult to get consumers to dig through their freezers and check for products they may have bought as far […]

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    Hospital culinary manager balances tastes, nutrition

    by Sam Friedman / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on May 21, 11:16

    Fairbanks Memorial Hospital’s senior culinary manager gets to be creative with the menu. Ray Flores, 51, likes to make new recipes. Recently, he’s been thinking about adapting a chicken Margherita pasta recipe he makes at home. To see if it works at the hospital, he’ll make a small batch and see what the rest of […]

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    Anchorage toddler hears her parents for the first time

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 20, 22:48

    Friday was the day one Anchorage family has been waiting for. May and Philip Bennett’s 2-year-old daughter, Addy, doesn’t know it but her life is about to change. Her parents can’t wait. “I would really love to be able to have her turn to my voice,” said Philip. “I know if that happens on Friday […]

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    Here’s how food nutrition labels are about to change

    by CBS News on May 20, 20:26

    WASHINGTON – Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars. And serving sizes will be updated to make them more realistic – so a small bag of chips doesn’t count as two or three servings, for example. First lady Michelle […]

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    Anchorage toddler gets hearing implants, doctor hopes for the best

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 19, 22:27

    Addy Bennett is an adorable 2-year-old Anchorage girl whose parents, May and Philip Bennett, love her very much. May said when Addy was born she had no idea her daughter would face the challenges she’s experiencing now. “I envisioned the normal,” said May. “By 8 months she’s going to be doing this and I’m going […]

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    Pollen and rain don’t mix, experts say

    by Melissa Frey on May 18, 21:58

    Sniffling and sneezing are common sights in Anchorage this time of year. Dr. Jeffrey Demain, director of the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska, says the mild winter and warm spring have been rough on allergy sufferers. “I think our tree pollens have been higher this year overall, I think our pollen cycle began earlier,” Demain […]

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    Macklemore joins Obama for funding push on opioid treatment

    by Reena Flores / CBS News on May 14, 16:11

      President Obama is pushing his new $1.1 billion funding package on opioid addiction with an assist from Grammy-Award winning artist Macklemore, a hip-hop star that’s personally grappled with the consequences of opioid abuse. “I’m here with President Obama because I take this personally,” Macklemore, sitting beside the president, said in a video released Saturday. “I […]

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    Could a gluten-free diet in kids do more harm than good?

    by CBS News on May 13, 10:21

    Placing children on a gluten-free diet without consulting a physician could be damaging to their health, medical experts warn. Gluten-free diets are critical for people living with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye — leads to damage in the small intestine. There is no […]

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    An in-demand and demanding career celebrated during national nurses week

    by Bonney Bowman on May 12, 7:15

    National Nurses Week is celebrating the hard work of nurses around the country. One of those nurses is Amy King, a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s nursing program who works on the pediatric floor of the Alaska Native Medical Center. Her shift starts at 6:30 in the morning and runs at least 12 hours. […]

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    Cuts to state agency could increase risk of foodborne illness

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 10, 20:40

    When we go out to eat, most of us hope the food will be good, but how often do we wonder if the food we’re served is safe to eat? The manager of the state’s Food Safety and Sanitation program said that should be a consideration if budget cuts impact their program any further. Manager […]

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    Alaska DEC announces recalls for frozen veggies, meat, microwave meals

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 10, 16:07

    In the span of 24 hours, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced the recent recalls of a number of food items sold in Alaska, including frozen vegetables, meat and microwavable meals. All but one of the recalls are voluntary, according to the DEC, but are being conducted to prevent public health issues. Recalls Pilgrim’s […]

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    Budget cuts take a bite out of Alaska’s food safety division

    by Associated Press on May 08, 10:53

    Alaska’s food safety and sanitation inspection program could take another budget hit this year that many say could lead to more illnesses for Alaskans. The latest round of budget cuts could leave residents vulnerable to dirty restaurant kitchens, foodborne illnesses and scummy pools as the 13 inspectors tasked with overseeing thousands of facilities statewide fall […]

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    Teen birth rate steadily dropping in Alaska

    by Associated Press on May 08, 10:32

    Fewer teens are becoming mothers in Alaska as the teen birth rate continues to drop. The Peninsula Clarion reports that according to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology, Alaska’s birth rate among women 15-19 years old is still higher than the nation average, with 27.8 per 1,000 teens age 15-19 years compared to 24.2 per 1,000 […]

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    Addicts turning to anti-diarrhea medication to get high

    by CBS News on May 07, 10:48

    Some opioid addicts are turning to an over-the-counter alternative to get high — and it’s probably not one you’d expect. A growing number are taking dangerous doses of Imodium A-D, a widely available gastrointestinal medication, CBS New York reports. According to a report published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the anti-diarrhea medication has growing appeal with substance […]

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    The Clean Air Challenge and the ride for Nancy

    by Emily Carlson on May 05, 22:01

    When Nancy Ferrell found out she had lung cancer, she didn’t complain. The emergency room nurse smiled through cancer and looked classy during radiation. But nagging at the back of her mind; one fear that daughter Dana McDonald said, she just couldn’t shake. “I remember my mom wasn’t one to cry. The only one time […]

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    Teen pregnancy rates drop nationwide, Alaska still above average

    by Eric Ruble on May 05, 20:39

    In the last 10 years, the birth rate among American teenagers has dropped nearly 40 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Alaska, the teenage birth rate dropped 35 percent in just six years, according to the Department of Health and Social Services. Nationwide, there are roughly 25 births per 1,000 teens, […]

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    FDA unveils new regulations on e-cigarettes

    by CBS News on May 05, 16:57

    Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday released long-awaited rules that bring the burgeoning industry under federal oversight. […]

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    Lose weight without diet or exercise? Try freezing fat cells away

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 04, 21:05

    Most of us have a part of our bodies we don’t love — maybe a pudgy place that diet and exercise can’t seem to ever reach. One Anchorage salon says they have the answer for that. It’s a procedure called CoolSculpting. Eileen Johnson, the practice manager at Solara Skin and Laser Center, said they’ve offered […]

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    Fairbanks sets world pollen record, Anchorage levels also high

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 03, 18:56

    It’s a world record allergy sufferers may not be happy to hear about — Fairbanks set it on Monday for the highest levels of birch pollen in a single 24 hour period. Allergy doctor Jeff Demain said Monday’s count shattered the old world record that was set in Sweden several years ago. “A level of […]