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Deaths from opioid epidemic may be underestimated

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DHSS: Alaskan, who recently traveled abroad, has confirmed case of Zika virus

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'Superbug' fungus new menace in US hospitals

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Man initially denied lung transplant for pot use dies

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At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more

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    Deaths from opioid epidemic may be underestimated

    by CBS News on Apr 29, 10:21

    America’s prescription drug abuse epidemic may be even more deadly than expected, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests. Some opioid-related deaths may be missed when people die from pneumonia and other infectious diseases spurred on by drug abuse. Their death certificates may only list the infection as the […]

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    DHSS: Alaskan, who recently traveled abroad, has confirmed case of Zika virus

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 28, 9:33

    An Alaskan who recently traveled to Central America tested positive for the Zika virus after returning to their home state, according to a Friday morning release from the Department of Health and Social Services. “Dr. Jay Butler, Director of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer for Alaska, says Alaskans can rest assured they are in […]

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    ‘Superbug’ fungus new menace in US hospitals

    by Associated Press on Apr 25, 15:59

    NEW YORK (AP) – A ‘superbug’ fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey. First identified in Japan in 2009, the fungus has spread to more than a dozen countries around the globe. The oldest of the 66 cases reported in the United States dates back […]

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    Man initially denied lung transplant for pot use dies

    by CBS News on Apr 24, 17:30

    A young man from Utah who was initially denied a life-saving transplant after he tested positive for marijuana last year has died, according to his family. Riley Hancey did eventually get a lung transplant in an operation just four weeks ago at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. But that was months after the […]

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    At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more

    by Associated Press on Apr 24, 7:09

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A new study says global warming’s milder winters will likely nudge Americans off the couch more in the future, a rare, small benefit of climate change. With less chilly winters, the study forecasts that Americans will be more likely to get outdoors, increasing their physical activity by as much as 2.5 percent […]

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    Woman overcomes obstacles to take part in Heart Run

    by Dave Leval on Apr 20, 21:01

    Phyllis Kruger is a pretty positive person. “You have to make it matter, you have to wake up every day, you have to challenge yourself every day to do something,” the Anchorage native told KTVA. “You have to make it matter, you have to wake up every day, you have to challenge yourself every day […]

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    City looks to build ‘recovery campus’

    by Lauren Maxwell on Apr 20, 20:43

    It’s located at the end of the road, but if a city plan goes through, it could become a one-stop shop for people going through drug and alcohol treatment in Anchorage. Anchorage Homeless Coordinator Nancy Burke said the City would like to tear down the old Clitheroe Center located near Point Woronzof and build a […]

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    Botox tested to help treat depression and social anxiety

    by CBS News on Apr 19, 21:37

    Army veteran Vivian Cooke has long struggled with debilitating depression. She has tried alternative therapies and medication to cope with her symptoms. “It wasn’t effective. Some side effects would be headaches or stomachache,” she told CBS News. Then three years ago, she decided to try something different after hearing about a study testing Botox to […]

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    Spring allergies make a come back in Southcentral

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 18, 20:39

    If Alaska’s weather didn’t have you sniffling and sneezing this winter, spring allergies could soon be making you miserable. Doctors at the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center of Alaska say sensitive groups of people are already experiencing increased symptoms. Mold spores tend to spike in early spring and will likely stick around for the next three […]

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    Mom shares shocking X-ray of grape stuck in 5-year-old boy’s throat

    by CBS News on Apr 16, 16:28

    A mom shared a shocking X-ray image of a large grape lodged in a 5-year-old boy’s throat to send a reminder to parents — not all kids chew their food. Angela Henderson, author of “Finlee and Me,” a popular parenting blog in Australia, shared the photo on her Facebook page earlier this month and it […]

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    Alaska Heart Run bibs ready for pickup

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Apr 15, 18:25

    The Alaska Heart Run is in just one week and preparations are well underway, according to race officials. The 5K run raises money for the American Heart Association while also bringing awareness about heart health to Alaskans. Dustin Morris, the development director for the Alaska Heart Run, says the run is a celebration of activity […]

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    Woman delivers own baby in car en route to hospital

    by CNN on Apr 12, 17:40

    A Michigan woman delivered her own baby in her car on the way to the hospital! Imagine being nine months pregnant, on the way to the hospital and not sure if your baby will wait until you get there; it’s something Sara Suchodolski says she thought would never happen to her. “I don’t know, it […]

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    Typically harmless virus may trigger celiac disease

    by Rachel Rettner / Livescience.com on Apr 10, 20:50

    A usually harmless virus may play a role in triggering celiac disease, a new study in mice suggests. The researchers found that, among mice that were genetically engineered predisposed to celiac disease, those that were infected with a virus called reovirus were more likely to have an immune response against gluten than mice not infected with […]

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    Mead Johnson accused of selling baby formula containing bugs

    by Jonathan Berr / MoneyWatch on Apr 10, 16:14

    A New York City woman is accusing Mead Johnson (MJN) of selling baby formula contaminated by dead insects, claiming that her infant daughter had to be hospitalized twice after consuming the company’s Enfamil product. In a March 7 lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn resident Paulina Rodriguez alleges […]

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    Study: Nearly half of US adults infected with genital HPV

    by Associated Press on Apr 06, 17:13

    NEW YORK (AP) – Health officials say nearly half of U.S. adults have caught HPV, a sexually-transmitted bug that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. About 45 percent of Americans ages 18 to 59 had some form of genital human papillomavirus, according to a report released Thursday that’s the most complete look at how […]

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    DHSS confirms 38 newly diagnosed HIV cases in 2016

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 05, 20:41

    While the number of HIV cases are going down nationally, in Alaska, state health officials say that’s not the case. Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) released its latest numbers. In 2016, 38 newly diagnosed cases of HIV were confirmed. “We’re not seeing a reduction in the number of cases. Each […]

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    ‘Eraser challenge’ social media game dangerous to kids

    by E.J. Mundell / Healthday on Apr 02, 17:19

    It’s spreading via social media: A “dare” where kids use erasers to rub away the skin on their arms, often while reciting the alphabet or other phrases. Players compare the resulting injuries, and the most injured player is the “winner.” The so-called “eraser challenge” has been circulating for about a year — but it’s no […]

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    Are patient satisfaction surveys fueling America’s opioid epidemic?

    by CBS News on Apr 01, 13:21

    If you’ve spent time as a hospital patient, you may recall receiving a survey about your experience. It turns out your answers can impact how much the hospital is paid and, in some cases, even what your doctor earns. The government-mandated “patient satisfaction survey” is meant to reward quality and effective care, but some doctors […]

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    Doctors say Alaska’s rural communities better prepared to fight flu outbreak

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 31, 19:52

    Two Southwest communities were hit hard by the flu this month, says State of Alaska epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin. He says the outbreaks in both Kokhanok and Iliamna are reminders that even though the state has seen a decrease in influenza cases, the season is still not over. Ed Lester, the principal of Newhalen School in Iliamna says it went […]

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    Iliamna fights several flu cases

    by Sierra Starks on Mar 30, 17:28

    Fifteen people in the rural Alaska community of Iliamna have tested positive for influenza, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin. He said that’s a substantial number, considering the village is home to only about 100 people. McLaughlin said some of those affected were students at the Newhalen School. Two elderly people who tested positive, […]