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Daily aspirin may not prevent heart attacks, study finds

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A new hope for those with Alzheimer's

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Affordable healthcare: smoother rollout expected

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Families in Alaska concerned over proposed Medicaid reforms

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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 […]

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    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.  

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    Parnell: State at low risk for Ebola

    by Associated Press on Oct 16, 12:34

    Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska is at low risk for Ebola infections but he says the risk is real and the state is taking steps to be prepared. Parnell held a news conference Thursday in Anchorage that included the state’s chief epidemiologist, Joe McLaughlin, and epidemiologist Michael Cooper. He said a task force has been […]

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    5 ways Alaska’s public health system is unique from Lower 48

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 15, 17:54

    Every state will claim to be unique in some way or another, but Alaska is proving it when it comes to public health. This month, the Alaska Division of Public Health and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium released a statewide public heath system assessment. The 47-page report is the result of the two organizations […]

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    2nd health care worker with Ebola in Dallas took plane day before symptoms showed, officials say

    by CBS/AP on Oct 15, 8:15

    Last Updated Oct 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT The second health care worker to test positive for Ebola in Dallas traveled by air the day before presenting symptoms and being isolated, the CDC announced Wednesday. The revelation has raised alarm about further spread of the disease, which is transmitted through body fluids such as blood and saliva after […]

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    Alaska Regional Hospital prepares for possible Ebola outbreak

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 13, 21:36

    Health officials are calling on hospitals across the country to ramp up efforts in protecting staff against a possible Ebola outbreak. Although the risk of the Ebola virus arriving in Alaska is low, staff at Alaska Regional Hospital aren’t taking any chances. “Alaska Regional Hospital is prepared,” said Tina Miller, a registered nurse with Alaska […]

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    Thomas Eric Duncan, Ebola victim in Texas, has died

    by CBS/AP on Oct 08, 7:36

    Last Updated Oct 8, 2014 12:06 PM EDT Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus on U.S. soil, has died, hospital officials confirm. Duncan, 42, was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he was admitted Sept. 28 and kept in isolation, according to spokesman Wendell Watson. Wendell said […]

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    Seattle hospital to take Ebola patients if needed

    by Associated Press on Oct 06, 12:06

    Harborview Medical Center in Seattle says it is willing to receive U.S. patients who are evacuated from West Africa for treatment of Ebola. The state Department of Health said Monday there are no patients with Ebola in Washington and no plans to evacuate patients to the region in the near future. The agency says the […]

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    Heroin overdose deaths double in U.S.

    by Steven Reinberg / Healthday on Oct 02, 17:44

    Deaths from heroin overdoses doubled from 2010 to 2012, U.S. federal health officials reported Thursday. The new report included data from 28 states that account for 56 percent of the U.S. population. This big increase in heroin-related deaths is directly tied to the epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

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    Alaska health officials prepared to respond to Ebola threat

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 01, 23:01

    The threat of Ebola in the United States has officials with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services gearing up should a case appear in the state. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus Tuesday. But Dr. Michael Cooper with the state’s Division of Public Health says the risk […]

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    U.S. kids exposed to Ebola case being monitored

    by CBS/AP on Oct 01, 10:47

    A handful of school-aged children who had contact with the first man diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. are being monitored. Health officials learned Wednesday that five children have been identified as having contact with the man and are being monitored at home. The man has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas since […]

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    Ebola confirmed in Texas patient; First case diagnosed in U.S.

    by CBS News on Sep 30, 14:36

    Last Updated Sep 30, 2014 7:20 PM EDT The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola virus diagnosed in the United States. The patient, still not identified, had recently flown here from Liberia to visit family, officials said. He was admitted on Monday to an isolation unit at Texas Health […]