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Can caffeine perk up heart health, too?

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

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Wearable sensors may soon alert you to sickness before symptoms show

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Southwest Alaska community sees small outbreak of HIV cases

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

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    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 […]

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    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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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    State health officials address rabies in Alaska following recent confirmed case

    by KTVA / AP on Jan 10, 19:54

    Last updated at 5:48 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11 A dog brought to Anchorage from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has tested positive for rabies, according to state health officials. Officials with the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) said in a release that the dog had been in foster homes in both Bethel and Anchorage, […]

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    Tests reveal no detectable amounts of Fukushima radiation in Alaska waters

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 09, 20:41

    Five years after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, tests of Alaska seafood continue to show no detectable amounts of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced Monday. The plant was swamped during a tsunami immediately after Japan’s 9.1-magnitude earthquake in 2011. Some of the plant’s reactors went into meltdown and […]

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    Cultural healing and resiliency current treatment for overcoming the fallout of colonization

    by Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK on Jan 03, 19:07

    The rate of death by suicide and homicide in the Kusilvak Census Area, located along the lower Yukon River, more than doubled since 1980, a rate increase higher than anywhere else in the nation, KYUK Public Media reports. That’s according to a study from the University of Washington that mapped how people in the U.S. died […]

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    Just an hour a day on social media can affect kids’ happiness

    by CBS News on Jan 03, 10:39

    Everywhere you go, you see teens and tweens obsessively checking their social media feeds on their phones. But, behind the smiling selfies, teens might not be that happy with what they see in their constant day-to-day digital streams. A new study published by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics suggests they may actually feel less […]

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    How optimism may help you live longer

    by CBS News on Jan 01, 14:18

    Having an optimistic outlook on life may do more than just boost your mood. It may actually help you live longer, according to new research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that women who were optimistic had a significantly lower risk of […]

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    Indian Valley Meats recalls smoked salmon over listeria concerns

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 30, 16:49

    Indian Valley Meats is recalling a product over concerns it could be contaminated with listeria. The company said its hickory smoked king salmon, sold exclusively out of the Indian Gift Shop, has the potential to contain listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious illnesses in children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems. […]

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    Prognosis for Rx in 2017: more painful drug-price hikes

    by CBS News on Dec 30, 13:09

    If there’s a remedy for rising drug costs, it’s not likely to be available to many Americans in 2017. Prescription drug costs for Americans under 65 years old are projected to jump 11.6 percent in 2017, or at a quicker pace than the 11.3 percent price increase in 2016, according to consulting firm Segal Consulting. […]

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    Why some women still get acne as adults

    by Amy Norton / Health Day / CBS on Dec 28, 21:03

    Why does acne still plague some women into adulthood? A new study offers some hints. Researchers from Italy who looked at 500 women uncovered some factors related to the risk of acne after the age of 25 — including a low intake of fruits and vegetables, high stress levels and a family history of adult […]

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    Your brain on alcohol, and more science fodder for New Year’s revelers

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Dec 28, 15:30

    Ever wonder what happens inside your brain when you’re toasting in the New Year? Or perhaps it’s a question you’re more likely to  ponder the day after, as you nurse a headache and try to keep your cookies down. A new video from Reaction, the YouTube channel of the American Chemical Society, helps explain what’s […]

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    Minnesota becoming first state to ban common germ-killer triclosan in soap

    by CBS/AP on Dec 28, 9:35

    Minnesota’s first-in-the nation ban on soaps containing the once ubiquitous germ-killer triclosan takes effect Jan. 1, but the people who spearheaded the law say it’s already having its desired effect on a national level. The federal government also called for a ban in September of this year, which will take effect in September 2017. Major manufacturers […]

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    New Fairbanks surgery center close to opening for patients

    by Associated Press on Dec 27, 7:49

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – The Fairbanks Memorial Hospital’s new $88 million surgery center is on track to be fully operational this spring. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that construction on the 90,000-square-foot facility began in spring 2015 and is expected to be complete by mid-April. The new center will feature seven surgery suites and many […]

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    Melanoma skin cancer diagnoses, deaths steadily climbing

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Dec 21, 22:48

    The average American’s chances of developing the most serious form of skin cancer have been steadily rising over the last seven years — and more Americans are dying from the disease. New data from 2016 shows one in 54 people will be diagnosed with invasive melanoma, compared with one in 58 in 2009, according to researchers […]

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    Anchorage man with bladder cancer sees long-term remission after experimental treatment

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 19, 9:50

    David Wight spends most weekends coaching his daughter’s soccer team at The Dome, Anchorage’s indoor recreation center. At 75 years old, he doesn’t miss a beat, calling the shots and keeping up with 11-year-old Isabella and her teammates. Isabella’s goals, tricks and major game plays — they’re milestones Wight doesn’t have to miss, something once threatened by […]

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    Mylan’s cheaper generic EpiPen for allergy emergencies hits market

    by CBS News on Dec 17, 9:17

    Drugmaker Mylan is rolling out a generic version of its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen at half the price of the brand name option. The company’s been under fire this year for its astronomical pricing of an inexpensive drug and has attracted Congressional inquiries. The EpiPen is filled with epinephrine and when injected can counter the […]