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  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Fixing lazy eye: It’s not too late for adults

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jun 24, 13:10

    CHICAGO (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Doctors call it strabismus, but most of us know it as lazy eye or wandering eye. Special glasses, eye patches and exercises are used to train the eyes to stay straight. But very few patients realize there’s a surgery that can permanently fix misaligned eyes in adults. Sixty-two-year-old Joe Ennesser loves […]

  • Fishing Report

    Alaska Fishing Report for June 23, 2016

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 23, 19:24

    Anchorage The king fishing is still great on Ship Creek. Lake fishing is OK — the evenings are best. Bird Creek is closed until July 13. Seward Halibut fishing is great and they’re getting a lot of big fish. The Seward Halibut Tournament is on and goes to the end of the month. Rockfishing is […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Everyone sees your mistakes in journalism

    by John Tracy on Jun 23, 16:06

    Imagine if everyone had a chance to witness every mistake you’ve made on your job. Journalism is like that. Over 23 years on the air, I made more than my share of mistakes. Probably the worst was when we ran a breaking story about the untimely death of an Anchorage assemblyman. I apologize to Larry […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    New approach helps knee replacement patients recover sooner

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jun 23, 12:13

    NEW YORK CITY (Ivanhoe Newswire) — More than 700,000 Americans have knee replacement surgery every year to eliminate chronic pain from worn out joints, and doctors say that number will skyrocket over the next decade. Now, a new two-pronged approach is helping patients get back on their feet faster than ever before. Fifty-six year old […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Pencil beam protons zap cancer

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jun 22, 11:47

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Radiation treatment for cancer has become as precise as the tip of a pencil. With pencil beam proton therapy, doctors can pinpoint tumors more accurately than ever before, while greatly reducing the number of treatments and the risk of damaging healthy cells. Donald Dolan is just a few weeks out […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Using Video to Kill Lung Cancer

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jun 17, 11:02

    NEW YORK CITY. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — At one time, treatment for lung cancer meant major surgery. Doctors would have to crack a patient’s ribs and remove a portion, or whole lobe of a lung. Now, a minimally invasive procedure is leaving more lung in place, making recovery a whole lot easier. For New York attorney […]

  • Fishing Report

    Alaska Fishing Report for June 16, 2016

    by Carlos Faura on Jun 16, 23:23

    Anchorage The king fishing is great on Ship Creek The Slam’n Salm’n Derby continues until Sunday Lake fishing is heating up along with the water Seward Halibut fishing is very good and they’re getting a lot of big fish The Seward Halibut Tournament is on and goes to the end of the month Rockfishing is […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Is it finally time to ban assault weapons?

    by John Tracy on Jun 16, 17:50

    Every time there’s a mass shooting in this country, the shock is a little less, the fallout a little shorter, and the reaction from politicians and the media is all too predictable. The president will condemn the shooting and offer thoughts and prayers, and the pundits on both sides of the political spectrum will retreat […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Fixing chest deformities

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jun 14, 11:31

    NEW YORK CITY. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — A condition that you’ve probably never heard of can wreck a child’s health and self-esteem. Pectus, or chest wall deformities, are fairly common. As many as one in 500 kids are born with pectus, which either causes the chest wall to appear sunken in or to protrude. When corrective […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Holding your heart in your hand

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on Jun 14, 11:30

    DALLAS. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Five million Americans have heart failure, which can lead to heart attacks. It is also the cause of death for one out of nine people. Now, a one-of-a-kind program is motivating people to engage in heart-healthy activities and helping them cherish a second chance at life. Kenneth Arnentrout could never run […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Remembering Muhammad Ali

    by John Tracy on Jun 09, 16:01

    My first memory of Muhammad Ali was his 1964 title fight against Sonny Liston. I was 6 years old and Ali was still known by his birth name, Cassius Clay. It was the fight in which the boxer exclaimed he’d, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” While I don’t remember the fight, I […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: How Alaska and Norway handled their oil revenue

    by John Tracy on Jun 02, 18:30

    Norway’s Ambassador to the United States, Samuel D. Heins, was recently in Anchorage. Inevitably, the comparisons between Alaska and Norway came up. Major oil strikes were made in both regions in the late 1960’s and production began in the 1970’s. Both Norway and Alaska decided to create long term investment funds to ensure their newfound oil wealth […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Virtual reality testing for brain fitness

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 27, 10:08

    About 17 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury every year. It can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt. But the brain can also suffer when it’s not being used effectively, and now doctors are using technology that’s behind 3-D movies and video games to find out what is going on inside the […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The real reason to observe Memorial Day

    by John Tracy on May 26, 16:48

    I don’t know what you’re doing this Memorial Day, but chances are it will bear little resemblance to the reason we observe it. Whether you consider it the official start of summer, or the time to get a great deal on an appliance, the origins of the holiday can be traced to one of the […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Cancer-Detecting Microscope: Medicine’s Next Big Thing?

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 26, 11:15

    What if doctors could diagnose suspected cancer cells without having to take a biopsy from a patient? A new project being funded by the National Institutes of Health is making that possible. As the inventor of tumor paint, a chemical that illuminates tumors during surgery, Jim Olson, M.D., an oncologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Fibromuscular dysplasia: Mysterious disease in women

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 24, 7:30

    Fibromuscular dysplasia, or FMD for short, is up to ten times more common in women than in men. But it’s often overlooked because patients and their doctors have a hard time identifying the symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about this rare and mysterious disease. Nurse Mary Lou Lucas has spent her career helping […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Why the Alaska State Fair is going smoke-free

    by John Tracy on May 19, 20:46

    Recently, the Alaska State Fair announced that this year the event is going smoke-free. No tobacco, pot or e-cigarettes will be allowed at the Palmer Fairgrounds. The policy was adopted by fair management with the approval of the Board of Directors. In the interest of total disclosure, I have been on the board for more […]

  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Live liver donation: A solution to organ shortage gains momentum

    by Ivanhoe Newswire on May 16, 15:49

    Last year, 359 liver transplants were made possible by live liver donation. It’s a number that has grown over the past three years, and experts say it may be evidence that more people are learning about what can be, for some, the only life-saving option. Ashley Ray, 21, suffered from liver disease from the age […]

  • Teacher of the Week

    Teacher of the Week: Jennifer Derks

    by Megan Mazurek on May 16, 11:04

    Jennifer Derks has her students end the school day with the same lesson, every day. “We end by doing appreciation,” she said. “The kids don’t know who they have to appreciate. We just randomly draw names and they have to find something to compliment that person on.” The purpose of the exercise is to build […]

  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: A message to the Class of 2016

    by John Tracy on May 12, 19:38

    My daughter Taylor is graduating from college this weekend. Like any proud parent, I will be there with my box of Kleenex. While others will see a confident young woman, ready to take on the world, I will see my little girl — in those halcyon days, before she discovered pop-culture, the internet and boys. […]