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    Can breakfast help keep us thin? Nutrition science is tricky.

    by Associated Press on Jan 21, 18:45

    Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea. So, does that mean breakfast is bad for you? Not that either. What it does show is how difficult it can be to sort the […]

  • Health

    Funding for opioid overdose kits offers ‘hope’ for Alaska’s drug epidemic

    by Johanna Eurich / KYUK on Jan 21, 18:30

    The state government is gearing up for a major battle against the opioid epidemic sweeping through Alaska, according to a report published by KYUK Public Media. Andy Jones, the section chief for the state Department of Health and Social Services, is heading up a new, statewide program to get the drug Naloxone, also known by […]

  • Money

    Palmer’s abandoned Matanuska Maid building to become large-scale brewery

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 20, 21:33

    Right in the heart of Downtown Palmer, the former Matanuska Maid blow mold building has sat empty for the last decade. Where some see the abandoned remnants of a once thriving diary operation, Matthew Tomter sees opportunity. “I remember drinking Mat Maid milk,” Tomter said. “I remember this place being functional back in the 90s.” Tomter […]

  • Outdoors

    Nordic skiing for newbies: What you need to get started

    by Rachael Penton on Jan 19, 12:52

    Anchorage has received more than 30 inches of snow so far this winter, and with temperatures staying below freezing this year, the snow has stuck around. This means great conditions for nordic skiers — also known as cross-country skiers — both experts and novices. If you’re a newbie who wants to get out on Anchorage’s trails […]

  • Money

    YWCA Alaska tackles pay equality between men, women

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 19, 0:02

    In Alaska, women make up 48 percent of the workforce, but only earn an average of $.67 for every dollar men make for the same work. Because of this, Alaska has been ranked 48 out of all 50 state for pay equality. The YWCA Alaska is halfway through its two-year EconEquity Initiative, which aims to […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Providence hospital first in Alaska to install NICU webcams

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jan 18, 19:40

    Parents who’ve had a baby spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a hospital often say how difficult it is to be separated from their child, even for a short period of time. That’s one of the reasons Providence Alaska Medical Center has become the first hospital in the state to install live-streaming […]

  • Sci/Tech

    For third straight time, Earth sets hottest year record

    by KTVA / AP on Jan 18, 7:08

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Government scientists say the Earth sizzled to a third straight heat record last year. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared. Last year was also the warmest year on record for Alaska, since records were first taken in the state in 1925. […]

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    Cold snap could zap your car battery

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 17, 18:16

    There’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking out into a cold parking lot to start your car and when you turn the key—nothing. Many Alaskans could face vehicle problems during the coming cold snap. AAA reports that when temperatures near zero, your car battery loses about 60 percent of its strength. That means a strong battery becomes […]

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    Businesses cash in on winter snow storms

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 16, 18:37

    As the flakes kept falling Monday, there was no business like snow business. It was all hands on deck for ASR crews as the inches accumulated. Their first priority was plowing tarmacs at the airport, a job that hasn’t been plentiful the past few winters. “We’ve been sanding quite a bit throughout the previous years,” […]

  • Health

    Can caffeine perk up heart health, too?

    by Amy Norton / Health Day / CBS on Jan 16, 13:48

    The caffeine in your morning cup of joe may do more than jolt you awake — it may also help dampen the type of inflammation that’s linked to heart disease risk factors, a new study suggests. Researchers found that an inflammatory mechanism was dialed up in certain older adults, but not others. When it was […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Bendable and foldable phones are coming. Are you ready?

    by Jessica Dolcourt / CNET on Jan 16, 10:49

    She pushed down hard on the rectangular phone and, like a slap bracelet, it cinched around her wrist. The audience gasped; the internet went wild. This articulated wraparound phone — known as the CPlus — was a concept device Lenovo used to wow the crowd as part of a larger launch last June that included the modular Moto […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’: Ringling Brothers circus to end after 146 years

    by KTVA / AP on Jan 15, 12:57

    The owners of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Saturday that they will close the 146-year-old show in May. Kenneth Feld, the chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, said declining attendance combined with high operating costs are among the reasons for closing. “There isn’t any one thing,” Feld told […]

  • Health

    With fresh snowfall, Anchorage fire officials warn of health risks for shoveling snow

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 14, 15:52

    The Anchorage Fire Department issued a warning Saturday about potential health hazards facing those thinking about shoveling their walkways and driveways after a few inches of fresh snow fell overnight. Citing research from Ohio’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital in a Nixle alert Saturday, AFD officials wrote that between 1990 and 2006, around 11,500 injuries and medical emergencies […]

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    Grocery store shelves emptier in Quinhagak after route change leads to long delays

    by Adrian Wagner/KYUK on Jan 14, 15:29

    BETHEL — The village of Quinhagak has not had a shipment of food in more than two weeks due to a damaged runway, bad weather and a change in air carriers, according to a report published by KYUK Public Media. While deliveries have been less than reliable over the last two years, people say that this is the […]

  • Health

    Wearable sensors may soon alert you to sickness before symptoms show

    by Associated Press on Jan 14, 11:14

    A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease. Geneticist Michael Snyder never had Lyme’s characteristic bulls-eye rash. But a smart watch and other sensors charted changes in Snyder’s heart rate […]

  • Health

    Southwest Alaska community sees small outbreak of HIV cases

    by Dave Bendinger / KDLG on Jan 13, 14:40

    Five new cases of HIV in one unnamed Alaska village have been reported to state health officials, according to a report released Thursday. The small outbreak, or cluster, began with one individual who tested positive in February of 2016. Two more cases were reported in October and November, and two additional people tested positive as […]

  • Health

    Possible health care law repeal causes more Alaska women to seek long-term birth control

    by Liz Raines on Jan 12, 21:16

    With Inauguration Day a week away, some Alaskans are getting nervous about Donald Trump’s vow to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, which was followed by a recent push in Congress. The day after the election, Planned Parenthood said it was flooded with calls from women in Alaska seeking appointments for long-term, reversible birth control […]

  • Health

    Rural Americans at higher risk from 5 leading causes of death

    by Ashley Welch / CBS News on Jan 12, 13:58

    Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes of death than people living in urban areas, according to a new government report. Many of these deaths are preventable, officials say, with causes including heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease. “This new study shows there […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Volcanic eruptions are changing the face of an Alaska island

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 12, 9:40

    Scientists are getting a unique look at how eruptions are changing the layout of Bogoslof Island and its volcano. Over the last month, the volcano has erupted more than a dozen times, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO). AVO geologist Chris Waythomas pointed out how the landscape has changed in a pair of photos […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Scientists: Moon over the hill at 4.51 billion years old

    by Associated Press on Jan 11, 10:58

    It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That’s the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971. A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system. Previous […]