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

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Second test for suspected Alaska measles case comes back negative

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New treatments available in Alaska for Hepatitis C

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Measles in Alaska? State health department waits for results

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

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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 […]

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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 […]