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Anchorage hospital offers free flu shots at drive-thru events

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World Health Organization: 9 out of 10 people breathing excessive air pollution

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9 out of 10 teens don't get enough exercise

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Riding a roller coaster may help pass kidney stones

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New trial over talc, cancer link: What you need to know

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    Anchorage hospital offers free flu shots at drive-thru events

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 27, 15:26

    ANCHORAGE — Alaska Regional Hospital will be providing free flu shots at drive-thru events every few days over the next month, starting on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone over the age of 13 can get vaccinated. The hospital said in a statement that the drive-thru shots are quadrivalent, meaning it […]

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    World Health Organization: 9 out of 10 people breathing excessive air pollution

    by CBS News on Sep 27, 13:12

    More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and other problems, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The U.N. health agency said in a new report that 92 percent of people live in areas where air quality exceeds WHO limits, with southeast Asia, eastern […]

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    9 out of 10 teens don’t get enough exercise

    by Amy Norton / Health Day / CBS on Sep 26, 20:17

    Over 90 percent of U.S. high school students don’t get enough exercise to stay fit and healthy, and the pattern persists after they graduate, a new study finds. The researchers followed students at 44 high schools for four years, and found that only 9 percent met current exercise recommendations throughout that time. For the most part, those […]

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    Riding a roller coaster may help pass kidney stones

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 26, 18:58

    Hundreds of thousands of people head to the emergency room every year for painful kidney stones, but new research suggests some could find relief at Walt Disney World instead. After years of hearing patients mention that they passed a kidney stone while vacationing at amusement parks, Dr. David Wartinger, a professor emeritus at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, decided it was […]

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    New trial over talc, cancer link: What you need to know

    by CBS/AP on Sep 26, 16:54

    Two lawsuits ended in jury verdicts worth $127 million. Two others were tossed out by a judge who said there wasn’t reliable evidence that the talc in Johnson & Johnson’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer. This week, yet another lawsuit is going to court, alleging that a California woman’s use of talcum powder over many years caused cancer. Her lawsuit […]

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    Why morning sickness during pregnancy may be a good sign

    by CBS News on Sep 26, 13:49

    Last Updated Sep 26, 2016 5:35 PM EDT While experiencing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is certainly unpleasant, it might very well be a sign that things are progressing smoothly. According to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, these symptoms – commonly referred to as morning sickness, though it can occur at any time […]

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    Alaskans stride for solutions at annual Heart and Stroke Walk

    by Eric Ruble on Sep 24, 18:48

    Considered a growing problem by health professionals, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Nearly 1,200 Alaskans joined the fight against it at the Anchorage Heart Walk Saturday morning. “We can think about our own families and friends that are potentially suffering from heart disease and cardiovascular disease, which is turning into an […]

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    ‘Tangible’ results from Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes conference

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Sep 24, 13:29

    On Wednesday, the conference on Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes, or WIHAH, wrapped up in Anchorage. The goal of the conference was to address the challenges of providing safe and affordable access to running water and sanitation. Panelists with different technical backgrounds presented earlier this week. One of the presenters, local Nome resident Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle, says this conference […]

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    How divorce affects kids depends on their age, personality

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 23, 9:36

    In the wake of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce announcement this week, many may be wondering how their six children will weather the split. Divorce experts say children’s responses and needs after a marriage ends vary depending on their age and personality. But how parents continue to communicate with each other is the pivotal factor in a […]

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    Drug-resistant gonorrhea a growing threat in the U.S.

    by Dennis Thompson / Healthday on Sep 22, 15:36

    Gonorrhea appears to be developing resistance to the two antibiotics that constitute the last available treatment option for the sexually transmitted bacteria, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday. Gonorrhea samples taken last spring from seven patients in Honolulu showed resistance to azithromycin at dramatically higher levels than typically seen in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

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    Former heroin addict shares her story to help fight an epidemic

    by Shannon Ballard on Sep 21, 19:30

    This week, President Barack Obama is asking everyone to take action against a nationwide epidemic — heroin and opioid addiction. Alaska is no stranger to the problem. So far this year, the state says there have been 48 heroin or opioid related deaths. After hearing about an increase in crime in Southcentral Alaska and seeing it […]

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    Household dust is laced with toxic chemicals, study finds

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 21, 17:42

    Household dust does more than collect in corners and on bookshelves full of novels you haven’t gotten around to reading. A new study shows it can expose people to a wide range of potentially toxic chemicals. In what the authors are calling the first study of its kind – a meta-analysis of more than two dozen previous studies on chemicals in dust – they […]

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    Evenflo announces safety recall of some booster seats

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 21, 15:58

    Evenflo has announced a recall of some of its Evolve Booster Seats due to safety concerns about children being able to loosen their restraints. “Some children can access and activate the harness adjustment button without adult assistance, and potentially loosen the harness,” the company said in its recall alert. “This voluntary recall impacts the use […]

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    Providence to offer free prostate cancer screenings in Anchorage

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 20, 16:58

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and one of the most deadly. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of that, Providence Alaska Medical Center is offering free prostate screenings for men at their Anchorage cancer center. Anchorage resident Tom Knox […]

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    New study shows fitness trackers don’t improve weight loss

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 20, 13:59

    If you got a fitness tracker to keep tabs on your diet and exercise to help you lose weight, and were disappointed by the results – you’re not alone. A new study suggests the devices don’t improve weight loss for many people. In fact, overweight young adults who did not use fitness trackers during a two-year weight loss study dropped more pounds than those […]

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    Elementary school student in Kotzebue diagnosed with meningitis

    by KTVA / AP on Sep 19, 14:53

    Alaska state health officials say an elementary school student in Kotzebue was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, but they will not say if it was the same Kotzebue elementary school student who died over the weekend. Northwest Arctic Borough School District (NWABSD) officials also would not say Monday if there was any link between the meningitis […]

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    Community events announced for rural Alaska during opioid, heroin awareness week

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 16, 17:19

    Sunday kicks off National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week in the U.S. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be holding events throughout the week in rural Alaska communities to discuss the dangers of opioids and heroin addiction. On Friday, the Obama Administration announced the “week of action” as an effort […]

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    Childhood cancer deaths continue to decline

    by CBS/AP on Sep 16, 17:15

    Advances in treating childhood cancer are paying off with a continued decline in death rates. New government data shows that brain cancer is now the deadliest childhood cancer in the U.S., ahead of leukemia, a result of improved leukemia treatment and a frustrating lack of progress on brain cancer. Government statisticians reported the change in rankings Friday, […]

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    What we know about drug studies is about to change

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

    Drug studies have the power to shift treatment options for life-threatening illnesses, yet the results aren’t always made available to the public. Government health officials are hoping to change that with a major policy update announced today. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health said that while clinical trials have improved over the years, […]

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    Sober people make drinkers feel drunker

    by Sara G. Miller / LIVESCIENCE.com on Sep 14, 18:22

    Many people have seen a movie in which a drunk character accuses everyone else of being drunk too. But a new study from the United Kingdom suggests that in real life, being surrounded by sober individuals may actually have a, well, sobering effect. The researchers found that people who were surrounded by other intoxicated individuals were more […]