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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 […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Study: Polar bears disappearing from key region

    by Associated Press on Nov 17, 13:58

    A new U.S.-Canada study says a key polar bear population fell nearly by half in the past decade, with scientists seeing a dramatic increase in young cubs dying. Researchers chiefly blame shrinking sea ice from global warming. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and Environment Canada tagged and released polar bears in the southern Beaufort […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Chevak carver makes a Byron Mallott doll

    by Rhonda McBride on Nov 17, 8:11

    Earl Atchak’s masks and carvings are usually inspired by his life as a hunter and gatherer in Chevak, a village in Southwest Alaska where you can find strips of beluga whale meat hanging on wooden racks or sealskins stretched out to dry. But politics is what prompted Atchak to make an ivory Byron Mallott doll, […]

  • Health

    A new hope for those with Alzheimer’s

    by Megan Mazurek on Nov 15, 12:19

    Alzheimer’s disease — for which there is no known cure — affects millions of Americans. KTVA 11′s Megan Mazurek shares a new drug that could help reverse the affects of Alzheimer’s.  

  • Health

    Affordable healthcare: smoother rollout expected

    by Associated Press on Nov 15, 11:21

    Officials are expecting a much smoother rollout of the federally run online insurance marketplace than during last year’s initial open enrollment. Enroll Alaska, a broker that was established to help people sign up for private health insurance, is not expecting the same technological glitches that plagued the site after it launched in October 2013. Enroll […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Hope fades for comet lander as batteries near depletion

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Nov 14, 8:49

    Trapped in rough, forbidding terrain with its solar panels draped in shadow, the Philae comet lander raced the clock Friday to carry out high-priority science operations, including an attempt to drill into the surface of the nucleus, before exhausting its on-board batteries and effectively losing consciousness. The lander was dutifully executing commands uplinked earlier in the day […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Rosetta’s Philae lander touches down on comet

    by CBS News on Nov 12, 8:31

    Last Updated Nov 12, 2014 11:45 AM EST For the first time ever, a space probe has landed on the surface of a comet. Cheering and hugs erupted at the European Space Agency Wednesday as mission controllers received a signal from the Philae landing craft confirming a successful touchdown. “Everyone’s been on the edge of […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Archaeologists unearth ice-age infant remains in Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 11, 7:32

    A discovery in Interior Alaska is helping scientists understand how people dealt with death thousands of years ago. The remains of two ice-age infants, buried more than 11,000 years ago, are the youngest human remains of that era ever found in northern North America, according to a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the […]

  • Health

    Mental health center opens in Fairbanks

    by Associated Press on Nov 10, 11:32

    A new mental health drop-in center has opened in Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/Zef1cR) reports the new facility opened Sunday at the J.P. Jones center in south Fairbanks. The Northern Hope Center serves adults with behavioral issues. It stems from the Northern Door Clubhouse, which was formerly run out of the Fairbanks Community Behavioral […]

  • Web Exclusives

    A Military Life: The Journey Home

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 09, 11:47

    Anchorage, AK - Nov. 7, 2014 The Final JBER soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are returning home to the 49th state. Follow along as KTVA brings you their emotional homecoming. Reporter Bonney Bowman and photojournalist Andy Nitchman are traveling to Bagram Air Force Base to embed with the soldiers as they make the journey. They’ll be sharing […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage celebrates a decade of Day of the Dead

    by Hope Miller on Nov 03, 8:05

    Eleven years ago, Indra Arriaga moved to Anchorage. Originally from Mexico, Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is an important holiday for her. It’s a time to pay homage to deceased loved ones so they’re not forgotten. “It’s the belief that on this day our ancestors come back and they visit with us,” she […]

  • Health

    Families in Alaska concerned over proposed Medicaid reforms

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 29, 21:05

    One year ago, Gov. Sean Parnell announced Alaska would not accept billions in federal dollars to expand the state’s Medicaid system. Instead, he set up a committee to reform it and make it sustainable and easy to use for providers and recipients. In a meeting with the committee today, dozens of Medicaid recipients and service […]

  • Health

    Self-expression through art helps student veterans at UAA

    by Hope Miller on Oct 29, 18:24

    Two counselors at the University of Alaska Anchorage are using an unconventional method to help student veterans who may be having a tough time. It’s called “Operation: Self Expression” and the mission is to use art to get student veterans to open up about their emotions. “It’s theraputic, but we’re not trying to push it […]

  • Health

    Air quality advisory issued for Palmer

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 29, 8:56

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough issued an air quality advisory for Palmer and nearby areas Wednesday at 8 a.m. The advisory is in effect until the wind dies down, the borough said in a press release. “Due to increasing winds and dry conditions the air quality in Palmer and surrounding areas may become unhealthy to hazardous,” the […]

  • Health

    Baby wipes recalled over possible bacterial contamination

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 27, 13:48

    Baby wipes sold across the country are being recalled because of possible bacterial contamination. Nutek Disposables, Inc. tested the wipes for contamination after the company received complaints from customers who noticed an unusual odor and discoloration, according to a press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), is […]

  • Photo Gallery

    Slideshow: Alaska’s youngsters show off their Halloween costumes

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 26, 18:19

    Halloween isn’t until Friday, but many people around the state are already dressing up the youngsters for holiday fun. Parents and other loved ones flooded KTVA 11′s Facebook page with photos of these cute kids in costumes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sci/Tech

    Video game with Alaska Native storyline unveiled in Anchorage

    by Hope Miller on Oct 22, 12:03

    The first of its kind, a video game rooted in Alaska Native culture is set for release next month. Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is a one- to two-player puzzle-platform game. Set in the harsh and beautiful northern Arctic, it follows a girl named Nuna and her Arctic fox companion as they try to figure out what’s causing […]

  • Health

    Anchorage conducts survey on homelessness

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 21, 14:23

    Anchorage residents can voice their opinion in a survey about homelessness in the municipality. The results of the survey will be used as an informational source as officials work toward developing a five-year plan on how to end homelessness, according to a press release. Groups involved in the plan are the Anchorage Department of Health and […]

  • Web Exclusives

    Web Extra: Digging out

    by John Thain on Oct 20, 18:59

    We knew it was coming, but today’s snowfall still felt like a surprise. Were you ready for the snow? We asked some Rabbit Creek residents how they felt about the area’s first measurable snowfall of the season.

  • Health

    Alaska mothers band together to overcome child loss

    by Hope Miller on Oct 16, 18:32

    The air was crisp and cold as a group of about a dozen parents congregated at Reflections Lake Wednesday night at sunset. One by one, they lit Chinese lanterns made of paper, allowed the flame to heat the air inside them and released them into the air. They floated upwards, like miniature hot air balloons, dancing […]