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Alaska officials investigate Bethel area salmonella outbreak

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State health officials investigate salmonella illnesses in Bethel area

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Hundreds sickened by salmonella from pet chickens and ducks

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How to help kids cope with violence in the media

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Florida Zika case may be first from mosquito inside U.S.

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    Alaska officials investigate Bethel area salmonella outbreak

    by Associated Press on Jul 25, 13:00

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska officials have collected samples from a Bethel facility that serves food, following a salmonella outbreak that sickened six people in the region. State health and environmental representatives were in Bethel late last week to interview the five locals and another person from an outlying village who became ill between July […]

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    State health officials investigate salmonella illnesses in Bethel area

    by Charles Enoch / KYUK on Jul 23, 9:50

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission BETHEL — The Alaska Division of Public Health is investigating salmonella infections in the Bethel area. A team is in Bethel to track down the source of the infection. Louisa Castrodale is an epidemiologist with the state’s Public Health division. “It’s not even the end […]

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    Hundreds sickened by salmonella from pet chickens and ducks

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Jul 22, 9:10

    More than 600 people have gotten sick so far this year in outbreaks of Salmonella traced to pet chickens or ducks kept in backyard flocks. And health officials are warning that as tempting as it might be to nuzzle up to a fluffy chick, owners of poultry pets should rein in the affection to protect […]

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    How to help kids cope with violence in the media

    by CBS News on Jul 21, 16:02

    Sadly, violence in the media these days isn’t limited to action movies and video games. News coverage of deadly shootings and terrorist attacks is rarely more than a click of the TV remote or a swipe of a smartphone screen away, and with the spread of new technologies, social media and gaming platforms, children may be more exposed to violent […]

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    Florida Zika case may be first from mosquito inside U.S.

    by CBS News on Jul 20, 16:23

    Florida health officials are investigating what may be the first case of Zika virus in the U.S. transmitted by a mosquito. The patient does not appear to have traveled to a region with an outbreak of the virus. The Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday evening that it is conducting an investigation into a possible non-travel related Zika […]

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    American Heart Association warns over-the-counter medications could cause or worsen heart failure

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 16, 14:41

    The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released a warning to heart failure patients alerting them to the possibility that some commonly used medications and herbal supplements can cause or worsen the condition. The alert listed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), like ibuprofen; over-the-counter heartburn medications; and cold and allergy medications with ephedra. Also listed were supplements […]

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    Cases of drug-resistant gonorrhea skyrocket nationwide

    by E.J. Mundell / Healthday on Jul 15, 13:21

    Antibiotic-resistant cases of the sexually transmitted illness gonorrhea have more than quadrupled in the United States. This new data, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should serve as a warning that “the future of current treatment options may be in jeopardy,” the agency said in a news release issued Thursday. “The confluence of […]

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    Do you know what you’re really eating?

    by Rebecca Lee / CBS News on Jul 13, 15:10

    Are you really eating what you think you’re eating? For example, is the “extra-virgin olive oil” you’re tossing with your salad really as pure as the label says, or is it diluted with cheaper soybean oil? Or is it really a steal of a deal when you get a lobster roll at a fast-food chain […]

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    Municipality of Anchorage launches community compost pilot project

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 11, 19:30

    The Municipality of Anchorage hopes to improve food security through a new community composting program. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said the idea came after he met with group of master gardeners. “At one point in our state’s history, we grew 50 percent of the food that we consumed. Now we grow 5 percent,” Berkowitz said. “We’ve […]

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    How a cardboard box could help keep Alaska infants alive

    by Shannon Ballard on Jul 08, 19:12

    Being a parent is wonderful, according to new mother Amy Weaver, but at times difficult and stressful, too. “There’s so much parenting books and information that gets thrown at you,” Amy Weaver said. She and her husband Eric are about to bring home their baby Brian Michael Weaver for the first time. “He was born […]

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    Could a chemical in pot help protect against Alzheimer’s disease?

    by CBS News on Jul 08, 18:07

    Last Updated Jul 6, 2016 4:13 PM EDT Early lab findings suggest that the same chemical in marijuana that gives people a high may be worth exploring more as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease,CBS San Francisco reports. But it’s far from ready to be used as a prevention or treatment option, experts say. Scientists at the Salk […]

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    The importance of sleep in the land of the midnight sun

    by Melissa Frey on Jul 07, 21:03

    Many people are trying to pack in as many outdoor activities as possible during these long summer days, but the season isn’t anywhere close to being over and skipping sleep could be hazardous to your health. Our longest day of the year in Anchorage was on June 20 — at over 19 hours of daylight. […]

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    Smoking during pregnancy may be a lot more common than experts thought

    by CBS News on Jul 07, 16:29

    A significantly higher percentage of American women may be smoking while pregnant than researchers have previously believed, a new study suggests. The finding is based on urine tests that can measure nicotine exposure compared to what pregnant women report about their smoking habits. “We have long suspected that smoking status during pregnancy is under-reported,” study senior author Dr. Jim […]

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    Week of Fourth of July is the riskiest time for kids in the water

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Jul 01, 12:14

    Canon balls, diving stunts, wave riding. Keeping cool in the pool, lake, ocean or water park is what summer’s all about for many kids. But emergency room physicians say summer is also when they see many water-related injuries and deaths among children. Simple safety precautions could avoid a lot of preventable tragedies. The number one rule […]

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    FDA questions effectiveness of popular hand sanitizers

    by Associated Press on Jun 29, 19:02

    Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use. The Food and Drug Administration is asking for new studies on how the antiseptic gels and rubs fight germs and get absorbed into the body, […]

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    FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C

    by Associated Press on Jun 28, 20:41

    Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus. The Food and Drug Administration approved the combination pill, Epclusa, from Gilead Sciences, for patients with and without liver damage. The new drug’s […]

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    Preventable deaths: What you can do if someone is overdosing on drugs

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 27, 21:53

    As the Anchorage Police Department tries to figure out what led up to the death of 45-year-old Darlene Kunayak, they want to encourage the public to call 911 if they see someone in a possible overdose situation. APD believes Kunayak died of a heroin overdose on May 7. Autopsy results showed no signs of foul […]

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    Nature Valley products recalled due to Listeria risk from sunflower kernels

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 27, 15:55

    General Mills has recalled Nature Valley products that contain ingredients recalled by SunOpta because of a potential Listeria contamination. “This recall only affects four flavors of Nature Valley’s nearly 40 different products,” the recall clarified. “Nature Valley’s other products are not affected by this recall.” The four products, which include sunflower kernels from SunOpta, are […]

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    Bolthouse Farms voluntarily recalls several protein shakes for spoilage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 23, 13:16

      Bolthouse Farms voluntarily recalled some of its drinks because they may be spoiled and “appear lumpy, taste unpleasant and have an off odor,” according to the Food and Drug administration’s (FDA) website. Protein PLUS shakes with dates between June 20, 2016 and Sept. 18, 2016 and Mocha Cappuccino products have been included in the […]

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    Can memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients be reversed?

    by CBS News on Jun 22, 14:01

    A cure for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a condition marked by progressive, debilitating cognitive decline that affects more than 5.4 million Americans, is the holy grail in disease research. One expert, Dr. Dale Bredesen, a professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and a professor at the Easton Laboratories for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at UCLA, […]