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Calcium supplements linked to higher dementia risk in some women

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Women's risk for 4 cancers goes up the more years spent overweight

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Even if you exercise, too much sitting time is bad

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Rising cost of potentially life-saving EpiPen puts pinch on families

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Could Tylenol during pregnancy up risk of ADHD in kids?

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    Calcium supplements linked to higher dementia risk in some women

    by CBS News on Aug 19, 15:11

    Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman’s risk of dementia, a new study suggests. And that seems particularly true if a woman has already sustained an event causing poor blood flow to the brain (cerebrovascular disease), such as from astroke, researchers said. The study can’t prove cause-and-effect. However, […]

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    Women’s risk for 4 cancers goes up the more years spent overweight

    by Amy Norton / Health Day / CBS on Aug 17, 18:07

    The longer a woman is overweight, the higher her risk of several cancers, researchers report. The study, which followed nearly 74,000 U.S. women, found that the longer a woman carried excess pounds, the greater her risk of breast, endometrial, colon and kidney cancers. “We’ve known for a long time that excess weight is important in cancer risk,” said […]

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    Even if you exercise, too much sitting time is bad

    by Robert Preidt / Healthday on Aug 16, 14:07

    Even if you exercise regularly, too much sitting can still be bad for your heart, a leading cardiologists’ group warns. The American Heart Association (AHA) also says that too many people are spending far too much time on chairs and sofas, period. “Based on existing evidence, we found that U.S. adults are sedentary for about six to eight hours […]

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    Rising cost of potentially life-saving EpiPen puts pinch on families

    by CBS News on Aug 16, 7:13

    Families with severe allergies often rely on EpiPens to deliver a dose of potentially life-saving medicine if a child has a bad reaction. But the cost of the EpiPen is surging, putting the pinch on many families. The EpiPen is filled with epinephrine, which can counter the effects of a severe allergic reaction. The auto-injector’s price […]

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    Could Tylenol during pregnancy up risk of ADHD in kids?

    by Dennis Thompson / Healthday on Aug 15, 18:14

    Pregnant women who take acetaminophen — best known as Tylenol – might raise the risk that their child will develop behavioral problems such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests. Acetaminophen is generally considered safe in pregnancy — so safe, in fact, that at least two-thirds of women turn to it while expecting, according to the American Academy […]

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    New BRHS teen health clinic opens its doors

    by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK on Aug 14, 18:45

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission. BETHEL — Thursday marked the first day of classes for ninth through twelfth graders at Bethel Regional High School. It also marked the opening of the school’s new health clinic. The clinic is housed in a small building next to the school and is the […]

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    Schizophrenia symptoms may ease with exercise

    by CBS News on Aug 12, 15:12

    Schizophrenia is one of the most severe chronic mental health conditions – people hear voices, experience paranoia and struggle with concentration. A new study suggests regular exercise might help alleviate some of those symptoms. University of Manchester researchers conducted a systematic meta analysis. They combed through the extensive scientific literature on exercise and mental healthand pulled the […]

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    Olympics spark interest in cupping

    by Heather Hintze on Aug 09, 7:11

    Olympics fans can’t miss the latest medicine craze hitting the summer games in Rio — cupping. Swimmer Michael Phelps, as wells as some of the male gymnasts, are sporting circular bruises on their shoulders and backs. The technique is practiced at several places around Anchorage. As an athlete, acupuncturist Kristen Wood found relief in Oriental medicine […]

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    New FDA vaping regulations: What they mean for Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 08, 19:50

    There’s been a shake-up in the nation’s tobacco laws. Thanks to new federal regulations put out by the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, buying electronic smoking devices — like vape pens and e-cigarettes — will no longer be any different than buying traditional cigarettes. The FDA calls the news rules “a milestone” for consumer safety. Until […]

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    Surgeon General addresses Alaska opioid addiction crisis

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 04, 20:05

    U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is in Alaska to learn more about what’s been called a growing health epidemic — high rates of addiction to heroin and other opioids. On Thursday, Murthy was a speaker at a Wellness Summit on opioid abuse convened by U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan. He told the crowd that a […]

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    Common pregnancy procedure could be safer with one simple change

    by CBS News on Aug 04, 19:07

    The type of thread used in a procedure to prevent preterm labor may influence odds for stillbirth and preterm birth, researchers report. The procedure, called a cervical stitch, is performed on roughly 2 million women a year worldwide who are considered at high risk of miscarriage or premature birth. To delay labor, doctors place a stitch […]

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    NIH begins testing experimental Zika vaccine in humans

    by Ashley Welch / CBS News on Aug 03, 17:11

    Last Updated Aug 3, 2016 7:39 PM EDT Government officials are beginning to test an experimental vaccine intended to prevent Zika virus infection, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced today. The early-stage study will evaluate the vaccine’s safety and ability to generate an immune system response in at least 80 volunteers, ages 18 […]

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    Wellness Summit to tackle heroin, opioid addictions

    by Lauren Maxwell on Aug 02, 21:26

    In the next few days, Alaskans will be sharing stories about how heroin and opioid addiction has changed their lives. It’s part of a “Wellness Summit” Sen. Dan Sullivan is sponsoring that features, among other speakers, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health. Sullivan said the summit will focus […]

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    McDonald’s scrambling for healthier menu, but is it enough?

    by Rebecca Lee / CBS News on Aug 02, 16:59

    McDonald’s is nixing some ingredients from a number of its most popular menu items to try to win over healthy eaters. The fast food chain announced Monday it is removing artificial preservatives from its McNuggets and several breakfast items, and will also roll out new hamburger buns this month that no longer include high-fructose corn syrup. These changes are the […]

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    Pregnant women warned to avoid travel to Zika area in Florida

    by CBS News on Aug 02, 12:20

    The CDC has issued an advisory urging pregnant women to avoid travel to the small area of Miami-Dade County in Florida where the Zika virus is being spread by mosquitoes. The announcement comes after the Florida Department of Health confirmed Monday that 10 additional cases were transmitted through local mosquitoes in the one-mile radius just north of downtown Miami, […]

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    Lab samples from Bethel grocery store negative for Salmonella

    by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK on Aug 01, 21:14

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission. BETHEL — No source has been found for Bethel’s salmonella outbreak. Lab samples taken by the Department of Environmental Conservation from a local grocery store came back negative for the bacteria. The Alaska Section of Epidemiology has taken over the investigation. Karen Martinek with the […]

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    Omega-3 fatty acids could help heart attack survivors

    by Amy Kraft / CBS News on Aug 01, 15:43

    Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have a range of health benefits for the heart and brain. Now a new study finds that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil may help heart attack patients recover by improving heart function and reducing scarring in the heart muscle. The study involved 360 patients who received either 4 […]

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    What’s behind a big jump in trampoline injuries?

    by CBS News on Aug 01, 8:51

    Trampoline parks have increased in number and popularity in recent years, and unfortunately, so have trampoline-related injuries, according to new research. A study published today in Pediatrics found that emergency room visits in the U.S. for trampoline park-related injuries jumped more than ten-fold from 2010 to 2014. Lead study author Dr. Kathryn Kasmire, an emergency physician […]

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    2 cases of mumps confirmed in Fairbanks area

    by Associated Press on Jul 31, 11:10

    Fairbanks health officials say two cases of mumps have been confirmed in the area. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that according to a statement from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Tanana Valley Clinic, both cases are associated with overseas travel. Alaska health officials are working to prevent the virus from spreading and to contact everyone who […]

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    How to reverse the health risks of sitting all day

    by CBS News on Jul 29, 17:35

    Sitting too much can take a serious toll on your health, even raise your risk of early death. But if you’re stuck in your chair at a desk job all day, don’t despair — a new study suggests there is something you can do to reverse the damage. It comes down to fitting in an hour of […]