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Fewer U.S. teens are having babies; here's why

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Free meals for kids this summer: Locations and times

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Costco announces recall of frozen vegetables potentially contaminated with Listeria

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Night shift work may harm women's heart health

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Spring weather melts away snow, revealing needles, drug paraphernalia

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    Fewer U.S. teens are having babies; here’s why

    by CBS News on Apr 28, 13:39

    Birth rates among teens in the U.S. have dropped dramatically since 2006, according to a new report, and there are a lot of factors behind the trend, including a steep decline in births by black and Hispanic teens. Births to all American teenagers have plummeted by more than 40 percent, said Lisa Romero of the U.S. […]

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    Free meals for kids this summer: Locations and times

    by Melissa Frey on Apr 27, 16:44

    School’s out for summer break in less than a month and for thousands of Alaskan families, it means less access to healthy meals. The Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska is providing meals to children who need them all summer through the federally funded Summer Food Service Program. The meals are free and available to […]

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    Costco announces recall of frozen vegetables potentially contaminated with Listeria

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 26, 15:14

    A Washington-based company has issued a voluntary recall of its frozen vegetables, which are sold at Costco. Costco officials posted the recall on their website shortly after it was initiated on April 22. The recall notice says 15 different products by CRF Frozen Foods, LLC may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. “The Listeria was discovered […]

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    Night shift work may harm women’s heart health

    by CBS News on Apr 26, 12:28

    Rotating night shift work may take a toll on women’s hearts, new research shows. The study, published in JAMA, found that female nurses who had a history of working night shifts in conjunction with daytime shifts had a slightly higher risk of coronary heart disease than those who did not. “Overall, we found a small and modest […]

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    Spring weather melts away snow, revealing needles, drug paraphernalia

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 25, 17:39

    Spring is here, and while for some that means hitting the trails and state parks to enjoy the nice weather, for others it can be a time of caution and worry. With the melting snow, dangerous and potentially infected items are popping up at playgrounds and other public areas. Already Alaska State Troopers say they […]

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    At Alaska Heart Run, survivors race for each other

    by Eric Ruble on Apr 23, 18:07

    Once the weather gets warm, it isn’t tough to find a charity run in Anchorage. But with 6,000 runners each year, the Alaska Heart Run has a following with which few can compete. Now in its 38th year, the race benefits the American Heart Association for its heart disease-research efforts. Keli McGee, with the Alaska […]

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    U.S. suicide rates on the rise

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Apr 23, 16:13

    Suicide rates in the United States are climbing, despite efforts by health experts to shift the trend. The latest findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics Report show that from 1999 to 2014, the suicide rate in the U.S. increased 24 percent. That translates to more than 10 out […]

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    Popular drugs for colds, allergies, sleep linked to dementia

    by CBS News on Apr 21, 16:00

    Taking over-the-counter medications for colds, flu and allergies may seem harmless, but a new study warns that certain drugs are linked to an increased risk of dementia. The class of medications, called anticholinergics, are sold over-the-counter and by prescription for many chronic conditions. They include sleep aids, hay fever pills, and flu symptom relievers. Anticholinergics work by blocking a […]

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    Mouth bacteria may hold clues to pancreatic cancer risk

    by CBS News on Apr 19, 14:47

    Few survive more than five years after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, so medical researchers are eager to find ways to diagnose and treat it sooner. A new study suggests the presence of certain mouth bacteria could help identify those at higher risk for the disease. Five previous studies showed that gum disease – bleeding, swollen gums — […]

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    Greener spaces may be a sign of good health

    by CBS News on Apr 14, 14:50

    Women living in homes surrounded by lots of trees and vegetation may have a lower risk of death than those in areas with less greenery, a new study suggests. Researchers sifted through data on more than 108,000 women across the United States. The information was collected between 2000 and 2008. The researchers found that women living in […]

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    CDC confirms Zika virus causes microcephaly

    by Dr. Jon Lapook / CBS News on Apr 13, 15:56

    The CDC has confirmed what has long been suspected –that Zika virus does cause birth defects. Mosquitoes in the United States are soon likely to carry and spread the virus. There are 27 states where the particular type of mosquito thrives. The CDC confirmation that the Zika virus causes microcephaly — an underdeveloped brain at birth — […]

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    Analysis: 28 water systems in Alaska exceed EPA lead limit

    by Associated Press on Apr 09, 10:05

    The only school in one of Alaska’s most eroded communities is among 28 public and private entities in the state whose water systems recently exceeded federal lead limits during the last three years. An Associated Press analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data shows the state-owned school in the Yup’ik Eskimo village of Newtok was significantly […]

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    Eye movements may hold clues to treating children with autism

    by CBS News on Apr 08, 17:54

    New findings about where children with autism look during conversations could lead to changes in treatment programs, researchers say. The researchers used special technology to monitor the eye movements of 18 children with autism between the ages of 6 and 12, and 19 children without the developmental disorder. The researchers from the University of Vermont found that […]

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    Sleep-deprived teens at greater risk of injury

    by CBS News on Apr 07, 17:06

    Sleep-deprived high school students are more likely to sustain injuries — often due to risky behaviors – than those who are well rested, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. In a study of more than 50,000 students, researchers found that those teens who got seven hours of sleep or less on school nights were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, […]

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    Expert worries US Zika outbreak could be ‘public health equivalent of Katrina’

    by Jonathan Lapook / CBS News on Apr 06, 19:56

    President Obama announced Monday he is pumping $589 million into the battle against Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes and linked to birth defects in children. And he’s calling on Congress to provide nearly $2 billion more. More than 312 cases have been reported in 41 states, all of them linked to travel outside the U.S. But […]

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    Alaska needle exchange programs now open for federal funding

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 06, 7:26

    As part of the movement to try and stop the growing problem of heroin addiction in the U.S., the federal government has lifted a ban on using federal money to help pay for needle exchange programs. Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jay Butler said the goal is to get people to stop using injection drugs. […]

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    More of the global population now obese than underweight

    by CBS News on Apr 01, 14:43

    We now live in a world where more people are obese than underweight, new research published in The Lancet finds. The analysis draws on more than 40 years of data on global, regional, and national trends in body mass index (BMI) in adults 18 and older. “The world as a whole is getting heavier and it’s getting heavier by […]

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    Alaska allergy season starts early, expected to last longer

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 30, 19:02

    All the beautiful weather Anchorage has had lately comes with a price. Allergy season has started early, and for those who already have itchy, watery eyes and constant sneezing, it could get worse. Patrick Ryan, an education specialist for the Alaska Botanical Garden, said just about every plant appears to be a month ahead of schedule. “It’s […]

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    First HIV-positive transplants offer patients new hope

    by CBS News on Mar 30, 13:32

    Surgeons in Baltimore for the first time have transplanted organs between an HIV-positive donor and HIV-positive recipients. It’s a long-awaited new option for patients with the virus whose kidneys or livers are failing. Johns Hopkins Medicine announced Wednesday that both recipients are recovering well after one received a kidney and the other a liver from a deceased HIV-positive donor […]

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    Are spring allergies coming on early this year?

    by CBS News on Mar 26, 15:01

    Spring allergy season is blowing in early in many parts of the U.S. this year, with certain areas reporting pollen increases a good month sooner than usual. To avoid the sneezing, itching and wheezing, get a jump on treatments early, allergy experts told CBS News. Climate change is part of what’s driving more sniffles, drippy eyes and […]