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    Deadly trend among backseat passengers

    by CBS News on Jun 24, 12:42

    New concerns over backseat auto safety surfaced in May, when Nobel Prize winner John Nash and his wife died in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. They were both riding in the back and neither wore a seat belt. Experts are calling examples like that a deadly and mind-boggling mistake, reports CBS News […]

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    Premera, Moda seek insurance rate hike

    by Associated Press on Jun 02, 16:26

    A health insurer is asking state regulators for a second large rate increase for its Affordable Care Act plans. Alaska Public Radio Network reports Premera Alaska is seeking a 39 percent hike for 2016 from regulators. Last year’s increase was 37 percent. Premera has about 8,000 members of its heath care act plans in Alaska. […]

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    Cases of Syphilis in Alaska on the rise

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 09, 16:42

    Since 2009, the number of reported cases of syphilis has grown eightfold, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Only five cases were reported in 2009, but in 2014, the state’s total of reported syphilis has dramatically increased since then, rising to 40 in 2014. Two cases have been […]

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    “Very high levels of arsenic” in top-selling wines

    by CBS News on Mar 19, 9:11

    Following recent warnings about the amount of arsenic in apple juice and rice, a proposed class action lawsuit is being filed Thursday in California that claims some of the country’s top selling wines have high levels of the element: up to four and five times the maximum amount the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows for […]

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    Anchorage couple cooks up marijuana business

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 05, 23:08

    It’s hard to go wrong with a simple brownie recipe. Chelsea Deming says she grew up in the kitchen. When she got together with her boyfriend, Derek Herre, she began adding one more special ingredient to her recipes — marijuana. “He realized that would be a good way for him to medicate without having to smoke,” […]

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    Alaska health officials warn against marijuana use during pregnancy

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 25, 21:15

    State health officials are warning women they should consider staying away from marijuana if they are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant. Kathy Perham-Hester with the state Department of Health and Social Services says more studies are needed to determine the long-term health risks to developing fetuses. Perham-Hester, who works in the Maternal Child Health Epidemiology unit, […]

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    New report raises concerns about smoking

    by Lauren Maxwell on Feb 13, 10:14

    Most Alaskans know smoking is bad for your health, but a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General says smoking may be far worse than most realize. Smoking has previously been blamed for a half-million deaths in the U.S. every year, but a new study that followed a million smokers over a 10-year period found […]

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    Health officials: Pertussis vaccinations could mean lessened severity if not prevention

    by Shannon Kemp on Jan 28, 14:12

    In light of a pertussis outbreak in recent months, state epidemiologists are encouraging Alaskans to get vaccinated to not only prevent contraction of a disease, but also potentially lessen the severity of it if infected. Epidemiologists with the State of Alaska Health and Social Services reported an outbreak of pertussis — commonly known as whooping […]

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    Second test for suspected Alaska measles case comes back negative

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 28, 11:55

    Health officials confirmed Wednesday that a suspected measles case in Alaska was a false alarm. Earlier this month, an Anchorage infant tested positive for the virus. Her parents say they hadn’t been to Disneyland — where the outbreak is believed to have originated — but they had recently returned from a family trip to San Diego. […]

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    New treatments available in Alaska for Hepatitis C

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 27, 20:55

    Hepatitis C is a disease that health officials say kills more Alaskans than HIV and AIDS, but according to state health officials, most of the people who have the virus don’t know it. State Hepatitis prevention coordinator Ginger Provo says more than 16,000 Alaskans have been infected with the Hepatitis C virus since the state […]

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    Measles in Alaska? State health department waits for results

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 27, 1:32

    Health officials in Alaska say it could be several more days until they learn whether the state is experiencing its first measles case in more than 15 years. A 1-year-old girl tested positive for the virus on Friday. The child had been traveling in California with her family, a state that is experiencing a measles outbreak. […]

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    CDC: This year’s flu vaccine only 23% effective

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 16, 21:31

    This year’s flu vaccine is only 23 percent effective against fighting the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on estimates from 10 years of vaccine studies. The CDC says the vaccine is a particularly poor match for the H3N2 strain of flu that is making most people sick. In previous […]

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    Common cold hits more often in winter

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 07, 21:05

    A team of scientists at Yale University have found one answer to the question of why colds seem more prevalent in wintertime. Their recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed evidence that suggested when temperatures dropped, the body’s immune system had a harder time fighting off the virus that […]

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    New business markets ancient tea

    by John Thain on Dec 26, 21:36

    When Sarah Susook first harvested five pounds of chaga, she said, it sold out within the day. Chaga is a fungus that grows primarily on birch trees. It’s not always easy to find. “A lot of walking and rough terrain,” Susook said. But she doesn’t mind. “I enjoy being in the woods, it’s like my […]

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    Ice cream sold in Alaska recalled due to possible listeria contamination

    by Associated Press on Dec 25, 9:15

    State health officials say two illnesses have been linked to products recently recalled by Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream. Health Department spokesman Donn Moyer says two men in King County were hospitalized after eating products made by the Snohomish, Washington, company. Both are in their 50s and have underlying medical conditions. They are recovering out of […]

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    Health officials monitoring botulism outbreak in Bristol Bay

    by Dave Bendinger / KDLG on Dec 25, 8:27

    A botulism outbreak in Bristol Bay communities is being closely monitored by state and local health officials. The Department of Epidemiology said Wednesday that at least 25 individuals have so far been linked to a batch of contaminated seal oil produced in the village of Twin Hills. Of the 25, several have been hospitalized, some […]

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    Anchorage practices ‘mindfulness’ meditation

    by Dave Leval on Dec 15, 7:15

    Cellphones, tablets and other electronic devices are a part of our daily lives. Leah Levington, an instructor at Anchorage Yoga, says they can prevent you from reaching your full potential. “I think technology can become numbing, mind numbing, or, even a coping mechanism for not living in this reality as it is,” Levington said. She […]

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    Flu shot may not be enough protection this season

    by Jessica Firger / CBS News on Dec 04, 13:42

    “Get your flu shot.” It’s the most common health advice this time of year. Physicians and public health officials constantly stress the importance ofprotecting yourself from the seasonal flu, an illness that kills thousands of Americans every year. But now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year’s vaccine may not offer […]

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    Alaska sees spike in number of HIV cases

    by Lauren Maxwell on Dec 01, 19:39

    Today is World AIDS Day, an awareness day the World Health Organization established in 1988. Health officials are concerned that the number of people testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in Alaska is increasing. Seventy-one cases of HIV infection have been reported so far this year, compared to 59 cases last year. Susan […]

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    Daily aspirin may not prevent heart attacks, study finds

    by Dennis Thompson / Healthday on Nov 18, 11:43

    Daily low-dose aspirin therapy may not have significant heart-health benefits for older people, new research suggests. The study, which involved more than 14,000 Japanese people aged 60 to 85, found no major difference in heart-related deaths or non-fatal heart attacks and strokes between people who took aspirin and those who didn’t. “It indicates that primary prevention with daily […]