Another school year means another lively season of high school sports in Midtown Anchorage and everywhere else in Alaska. Right now, most young athletes and coaches are busy on the field, eager to impress and get a chance to compete at big championships later this year. Excitement is in the air, but so is the possibility of getting injured. Read the rest of this entry »

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Enteroviruses is a family of viruses responsible for many infections in children, although some adults may also be affected. These viruses mainly survive in the intestinal tract and then spread to other parts of the body, causing different illnesses. Once a person catches these viruses, he or she will start to display symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, sneezing, mouth sores, skin rash, and body aches. In severe cases, patients may experience wheezing and difficulty breathing. Read the rest of this entry »

Alaskans have enough time and resources to prepare for this year’s flu season, considering that there are now at least 13 different kinds of flu vaccines for them to choose from. KLDG 89.9 FM talked to Rosayln Singleton, staff physician at the Department of Health and Social Services, who demonstrated the usefulness of Flu Mist, Flu Block, and other vaccines to different people. She also said that the variety ensures that the state won’t run out of vaccines any time soon, which is reassuring considering Alaska’s history with the flu:
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Alaska is abundant in natural beauty and resources; local agencies and environmental groups here make every effort to protect their environment. One such effort is the harbor project that recently began in Bethel. The KTUU.com reports further on this. Read the rest of this entry »

Cuba is one of the most respected names in the world when it comes to government healthcare. Despite its economic hardships, it still manages to maintain its outstanding healthcare. Life expectancy in Cuba is 77.5 years and the country has the highest doctor to patient ratio at 1:170, which is more than twice the per-capita U.S. average.
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If you’re returning to work after a long absence due to sickness or injury, your employer may require you to take a fitness-for-duty exam (FFDE). The only time when you’re exempt from this is if your sickness or injury is categorized as a disability by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For one police officer in 2008, the ADA hardly helped, let alone applied to him. Read the rest of this entry »

For people who want to avoid gaining weight during winter, their usual recourse is to exercise. As detailed in a recent Huffington Post article, there are different ways of doing this:
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Twelve-year-old Carly Lindner is a prime example of how primary care clinics serve to alert patients of any imminent danger. Despite a clean bill of health, Lindner was seeing “blue dots” very often, a phenomenon her mother saw as abnormal. When she was brought to a local eye care clinic, the attending eye doctor alerted both to a possible sign of brain tumor. Read the rest of this entry »