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Anchorage conducts survey on homelessness

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Alaska mothers band together to overcome child loss

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Parnell: State at low risk for Ebola

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5 ways Alaska's public health system is unique from Lower 48

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2nd health care worker with Ebola in Dallas took plane day before symptoms showed, officials say

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    Anchorage conducts survey on homelessness

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 21, 14:23

    Anchorage residents can voice their opinion in a survey about homelessness in the municipality. The results of the survey will be used as an informational source as officials work toward developing a five-year plan on how to end homelessness, according to a press release. Groups involved in the plan are the Anchorage Department of Health and […]

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    Alaska mothers band together to overcome child loss

    by Hope Miller on Oct 16, 18:32

    The air was crisp and cold as a group of about a dozen parents congregated at Reflections Lake Wednesday night at sunset. One by one, they lit Chinese lanterns made of paper, allowed the flame to heat the air inside them and released them into the air. They floated upwards, like miniature hot air balloons, dancing […]

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    Parnell: State at low risk for Ebola

    by Associated Press on Oct 16, 12:34

    Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska is at low risk for Ebola infections but he says the risk is real and the state is taking steps to be prepared. Parnell held a news conference Thursday in Anchorage that included the state’s chief epidemiologist, Joe McLaughlin, and epidemiologist Michael Cooper. He said a task force has been […]

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    5 ways Alaska’s public health system is unique from Lower 48

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 15, 17:54

    Every state will claim to be unique in some way or another, but Alaska is proving it when it comes to public health. This month, the Alaska Division of Public Health and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium released a statewide public heath system assessment. The 47-page report is the result of the two organizations […]

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    2nd health care worker with Ebola in Dallas took plane day before symptoms showed, officials say

    by CBS/AP on Oct 15, 8:15

    Last Updated Oct 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT The second health care worker to test positive for Ebola in Dallas traveled by air the day before presenting symptoms and being isolated, the CDC announced Wednesday. The revelation has raised alarm about further spread of the disease, which is transmitted through body fluids such as blood and saliva after […]

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    Alaska Regional Hospital prepares for possible Ebola outbreak

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 13, 21:36

    Health officials are calling on hospitals across the country to ramp up efforts in protecting staff against a possible Ebola outbreak. Although the risk of the Ebola virus arriving in Alaska is low, staff at Alaska Regional Hospital aren’t taking any chances. “Alaska Regional Hospital is prepared,” said Tina Miller, a registered nurse with Alaska […]

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    Thomas Eric Duncan, Ebola victim in Texas, has died

    by CBS/AP on Oct 08, 7:36

    Last Updated Oct 8, 2014 12:06 PM EDT Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus on U.S. soil, has died, hospital officials confirm. Duncan, 42, was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he was admitted Sept. 28 and kept in isolation, according to spokesman Wendell Watson. Wendell said […]

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    Seattle hospital to take Ebola patients if needed

    by Associated Press on Oct 06, 12:06

    Harborview Medical Center in Seattle says it is willing to receive U.S. patients who are evacuated from West Africa for treatment of Ebola. The state Department of Health said Monday there are no patients with Ebola in Washington and no plans to evacuate patients to the region in the near future. The agency says the […]

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    Heroin overdose deaths double in U.S.

    by Steven Reinberg / Healthday on Oct 02, 17:44

    Deaths from heroin overdoses doubled from 2010 to 2012, U.S. federal health officials reported Thursday. The new report included data from 28 states that account for 56 percent of the U.S. population. This big increase in heroin-related deaths is directly tied to the epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

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    Alaska health officials prepared to respond to Ebola threat

    by Alexis Fernandez on Oct 01, 23:01

    The threat of Ebola in the United States has officials with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services gearing up should a case appear in the state. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus Tuesday. But Dr. Michael Cooper with the state’s Division of Public Health says the risk […]

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    U.S. kids exposed to Ebola case being monitored

    by CBS/AP on Oct 01, 10:47

    A handful of school-aged children who had contact with the first man diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. are being monitored. Health officials learned Wednesday that five children have been identified as having contact with the man and are being monitored at home. The man has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas since […]

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    Ebola confirmed in Texas patient; First case diagnosed in U.S.

    by CBS News on Sep 30, 14:36

    Last Updated Sep 30, 2014 7:20 PM EDT The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola virus diagnosed in the United States. The patient, still not identified, had recently flown here from Liberia to visit family, officials said. He was admitted on Monday to an isolation unit at Texas Health […]

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    Suicide prevention project creator returns to Alaska with 1,000 cranes

    by Hope Miller on Sep 24, 16:32

    In 2011, tragedy struck a Western Alaska village when a young man drowned. He attempted to water-skip across a lake in his snowmachine when it stalled. Villagers tried to rescue the 23-year-old, but he did not survive. Leslie Kimiko Ward was in St. Michael as a visiting artist with the Bering Strait School District at […]

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    State receives $9.1 million to address student mental health

    by Hope Miller on Sep 23, 17:54

    The state has received millions of dollars in federal grant funds to help address mental health issues in school-age children. The $9.1 million grant — which is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) – is set to run for five years with $1.8 million to be distributed each year, according to […]

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    States with the highest and lowest rates of gun deaths

    by Mary Elizabeth Dallas / Healthday on Sep 19, 15:41

    Hawaii has the lowest rate of gun deaths in the United States, while the District of Columbia has the highest, according to new research. Over the past decade, deaths from gun-related violence — including murders, suicides and unintentional shootings — varied widely across the United States, the study revealed. Hawaii’s rate was roughly three per […]

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    Living donors make all the difference for kidney patients

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 19, 7:42

    It’s been a long fight against kidney disease for Stephanie Pickeral. She’s spent three days a week for the past 10 years going to dialysis. “It’s life-changing,” she said. “You have to plan your life. Your life is planned around being hooked up to this machine.” On Thursday she met with the Swedish Transplant Team […]

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    Climbathon raises $50k for cancer awareness

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 15, 13:13

    Saturday’s Let Every Woman Know Climbathon raised more than $50,000 for cancer awareness. The goal of the event was to shed light specifically on gynecologic cancer, a disease doctors say too many women don’t know enough about. “G” and the Extra-Toughs Toward the back of the pack of elite mountain climbers, Gwendolyn Carlson — known as “G” […]

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    Cancer survivors and supporters to raise awareness by climbing mountain

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 12, 21:15

    Gwendolyn Carlson loves to high-five life’s successes, no matter how small they may be. “G,” as everyone calls her, is the nurse manager at Alaska Women’s Cancer Care. She brings compassion and energy to a job that, most days, is filled with breaking terrible news to terrified patients. Carlson knows what it’s like to hear […]

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    Cancer survivor fights for her life while helping others

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 12, 10:33

    Always enthusiastic and full of life, Mary Rita Ely never imagined something ugly was destroying her body. “I had a tumor the size of a grapefruit!” she said. “How the hell did I not notice that?” Ely has always been healthy and active. But by the time she figured out her stomach pain was ovarian […]

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    First case of mumps reported in Alaska since ’95

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 08, 9:20

    A case of mumps was reported in Alaska for the first time since 1995, according to Alaska health officials. On July 11, a 50-year-old woman reported a headache, jaw pain and trismus, which can involve muscle spasms or locking of the jaw. She tested positive for the viral illness. According to an Alaska Section of […]