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Rise in drug-addicted babies prompts judge's controversial solution

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Major parts of healthcare bill violate Senate rule

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STDs on the rise in Alaska

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Newborn baby contracts illness and dies, likely from a visitor's kiss

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Murkowski: Can’t repeal ACA without acceptable replacement

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    Rise in drug-addicted babies prompts judge’s controversial solution

    by CBS News on Jul 21, 17:23

    America’s opioid crisis is expanding to a new class of victims—unborn children. Infants are being born with symptoms of withdrawal, also known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS. In the last decade, states like Tennessee have seen a ten-fold rise in the number of babies born with NAS. One judge in White County, Tennessee is […]

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    Major parts of healthcare bill violate Senate rule

    by CBS News on Jul 21, 15:33

    The Senate parliamentarian has determined that certain provisions of the Senate Republicans’ original plan to repeal and replace Obamacare violate the “Byrd Rule,” meaning that they don’t qualify for passage under reconciliation’s 51-vote majority. Instead, they would be subject to a 60-vote point of order during a floor vote. The list of violations was released […]

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    STDs on the rise in Alaska

    by KTVA Web Staff on Jul 19, 20:46

    New numbers from the state show sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Alaska. Alaska already has some of the highest rates in the country. Chlamydia rose half a percent from 2015 to 2016, with about 5,700 new cases reported. Of those cases, 79 percent are from people under the age of 29. Chlamydia […]

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    Newborn baby contracts illness and dies, likely from a visitor’s kiss

    by CBS News on Jul 19, 15:07

    Most parents know that babies are not born with fully developed immune systems, and as such, newborns are more susceptible to illnesses and infections than the adults around them. What many parents may not know, however, is that something as simple as a kiss can be the start of a devastating infection that can even […]

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    Murkowski: Can’t repeal ACA without acceptable replacement

    by Emily Carlson on Jul 18, 18:49

    A pivotal decision by Alaska’s senior U.S. senator against voting to repeal Obamacare has her facing questions from officials with her own party in Alaska. The Senate’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fell apart overnight Monday after three GOP senators — Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins of Maine and Shelley Moore Capito […]

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    Artificial sweeteners linked with weight gain, little health benefit

    by CBS News on Jul 18, 18:09

    Two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and those who diet sometimes turn to alternative sweeteners — including aspartame, sucralose and stevioside — to cut calories. Now, a new review of many studies suggests that doing so might not be the best idea. The scientists took a comprehensive look at more than 11,000 studies and found that, for overweight individuals or those with high […]

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    Mediterranean-style diet linked to lower risk of dementia

    by CBS News on Jul 18, 18:01

    Eating right may help protect your brain health in old age, according to four new studies. In particular, the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet lowered people’s risk of dementia, two studies concluded. The MIND diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, both of […]

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    Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman’s eye

    by CBS News/Associated Press on Jul 17, 12:54

    LONDON — Doctors intending to perform cataract surgery on a 67-year-old woman in Britain found something rather unexpected: 17 contact lenses mashed together in her right eye. In a case report published Monday in the journal BMJ, the doctors said that the woman had worn monthly disposable contact lenses for 35 years; she had “deep […]

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    Why one Ohio lawmaker wants first responders to ignore opioid overdose calls

    by CBS News on Jul 17, 12:07

    The opioid crisis sweeping the country is putting a growing financial and emotional strain on many communities. More than 4,000 people died from unintentional drug overdoses last year in Ohio alone. Many coroners in the state say the death toll will be higher this year. CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil visited Middletown, Ohio, where the […]

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    Senate health care bill on brink of collapse, vote tally shows

    by CBS News on Jul 17, 8:24

    Two Republican senators have already said they’ll oppose a second version of leadership’s health care plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and one more could kill the bill, although, with Arizona Senator John McCain’s absence, the vote has been delayed. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was expected to release a cost estimate of the […]

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    Mom warns of “Pink” drug that killed 21-year-old son

    by CBS News on Jul 16, 18:34

    A mom says her son was killed by something she had never heard of before, a drug so powerful, it’s seven times more potent than morphine. “I thought I did everything right and when this happened I asked myself, ‘What I did wrong?'” Mary Elliott, who lost her son Jeremy earlier this year, told CBS […]

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    House dust may spur growth of fat cells, study suggests

    by CBS News on Jul 16, 16:08

    Could something as simple as household dust be contributing to America’s obesity epidemic? Small amounts of household dust appear to contain many of the compounds that can spur fat cells to accumulate more fat — at least in lab settings, according to research published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The researchers […]

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    Even modest changes to diet could reduce risk of death, study finds

    by CBS News on Jul 14, 16:37

    With more than one-third of U.S. adults suffering from obesity, it’s no surprise that many Americans would benefit from healthier eating habits. Fad diets capitalize on our desire for quick results but usually fail in the long run. Now new research adds to the evidence that a more moderate approach can make a lasting difference. […]

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    CDC report shows opioid prescriptions down, but rates remain high

    by Steffi Lee on Jul 13, 21:39

    The amount of opioid prescriptions have decreased each year through 2015, but rates remain high, according to a new report this month from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Family members trying to find hope in their heartache know the opioid epidemic in Alaska is what is leading their loved ones to heroin. “It’s […]

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    FDA OKs new Johnson & Johnson treatment for psoriasis

    by Associated Press on Jul 13, 13:43

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) – People with the skin disorder psoriasis will have another treatment option after U.S. regulators approved a new drug from Johnson & Johnson. The Food and Drug Administration approved Tremfya (trehm-FEYE-eh) Thursday for people with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Johnson & Johnson said that in one patient study about seven […]

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    S​enator calls for regulation of ‘snortable chocolate​’

    by CBS News/Associated Press on Jul 11, 16:05

    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is urging federal regulators to look into a “snortable chocolate” powder, saying he’s worried that it could prove harmful and is being marketed like a drug. In a letter Saturday, the New York Democrat asked the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the use of caffeine in inhalable food products such […]

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    Measles kills 35 children in ‘unacceptable tragedy’

    by CBS News/Associated Press on Jul 11, 15:55

    LONDON — The World Health Organization says measles has killed 35 children in Europe in the last year, calling it an “unacceptable tragedy” that deaths are being caused by a vaccine-preventable disease. The figure is nearly a threefold increase since 2016, when measles killed 13 children in Europe. In 2015, it killed three. In a […]

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    Playground sandbox can be breeding ground for germs

    by CBS News on Jul 09, 18:48

    Kids love to play in sandboxes, and it helps them develop motor and social skills. But have you ever considered what kind of germs might be lurking in that communal sand? Sandboxes can be breeding grounds for bacteria, parasites and other infectious germs, whether brought in by animals using them as litter boxes or by […]

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    Alaska Men’s Run takes off to help those with prostate cancer

    by Dave Leval on Jul 09, 14:11

      Dennis Sullivan takes a stroll with friends — he’s part of the group, the “Running Gags.” Their walk starts at Anchorage Football Stadium. It’s for a good cause. “Lots of people I know have had prostate cancer and lots of people have survived it,” said Sullivan, as he included himself in that group. “15 […]

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    ‘Smart’ STD is getting even harder to treat

    by CBS News on Jul 07, 15:15

    Antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhea harder and sometimes even impossible to treat, according to a new warning from the World Health Organization (WHO). “The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” Dr. Teodora Wi, a WHO […]