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Fairbanks sets world pollen record, Anchorage levels also high

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New procedure glues varicose veins to get rid of them

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Nonprofit raises awareness of cancer risks and contaminants in the Bering Strait region

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Lasers replace traditional drills at local Anchorage dentist office

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Smokers & vapers: Alaska State Fair goes smoke-free

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    Fairbanks sets world pollen record, Anchorage levels also high

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 03, 18:56

    It’s a world record allergy sufferers may not be happy to hear about — Fairbanks set it on Monday for the highest levels of birch pollen in a single 24 hour period. Allergy doctor Jeff Demain said Monday’s count shattered the old world record that was set in Sweden several years ago. “A level of […]

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    New procedure glues varicose veins to get rid of them

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 03, 18:42

    When you hear the term “varicose veins,” you may think of people who hesitate to show off their legs in shorts. But Anchorage doctor Donald Ives said varicose veins can be much more serious than a simple cosmetic issue. Ives said varicose veins don’t deliver blood from the feet to the heart effectively. Pooling blood […]

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    Nonprofit raises awareness of cancer risks and contaminants in the Bering Strait region

    by Laura Kraegel/KNOM on May 03, 16:40

    Between decommissioned defense sites and contaminated currents, the Bering Strait Region is particularly vulnerable to toxic pollution. That’s why representatives from Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) were in Nome last week. The nonprofit works to educate the public on environmental health and advocate for communities affected by contamination. This visit focused on one of […]

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    Lasers replace traditional drills at local Anchorage dentist office

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 02, 20:05

    For some people, a trip to the dentist can be trauma inducing. Finding out you need a root canal or even a cavity filled isn’t fun, but what if you could have those procedures done without using needles or drills? One local dentist says it’s possible with lasers. Dr. Kirk Johnson has used lasers in […]

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    Smokers & vapers: Alaska State Fair goes smoke-free

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 02, 16:32

    A new smoke-free policy was adopted by the Alaska State Fairgrounds this year, and will be in effect for the state fair later this summer. The policy covers not only tobacco products, but electronic cigarettes as well. The new policy is the latest step the fair has taken toward joining other businesses and organizations nationwide […]

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    More U.S. kids have chronic health problems, study finds

    by Steven Reinberg / Healthday on May 02, 15:46

    The number of American kids suffering from asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the increase, with poor children being hit the hardest, researchers report. Children living in extreme poverty who had asthma and ADHD were nearly twice as likely to have at least one other chronic medical condition. These conditions included developmental delays, autism, depression, anxiety, behavioral […]

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    Federal regulations shut down Alaska’s opiate detox centers

    by Associated Press on May 01, 10:20

    Following reports that Alaska’s opioid detox facilities were closed because of changes to Food and Drug Administration regulations, Cook Inlet Tribal Council spokesman Tim Blum released a statement about the Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage: “Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage will remain open and continue to provide its critical detox services […]

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    AK Mission of Mercy offers free dental care to those in need

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 29, 20:47

    Not everyone likes to go to the dentist, but hundreds of people were feeling grateful after they got the chance to go Friday. That’s because their dental care was free at an event called AK Mission of Mercy. More than 500 people showed up at the Dena’ina Center to get everything from teeth cleanings to […]

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    First drug for delusions in Parkinson’s patients approved

    by Associated Press on Apr 29, 15:20

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials have approved an experimental drug to treat psychotic delusions and behaviors that often afflict patients with Parkinson’s disease, the debilitating movement disorder. The drug from Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. is the first drug for the condition, which affects approximately half of Parkinson’s patients. An estimated 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with […]

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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 — […]