ANCHORAGE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture “Final Rule” has been issued confirming critical public health changes to the Women, Infants and ...
ANCHORAGE — Three related cases of chickenpox (varicella) in unvaccinated adolescents have been reported in the Kenai/Soldotna area since mid-February and state ...
Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014 – A new study published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine addresses the common call to action from public health experts to improve access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables. Findings from the Michigan State University (MSU) study show that canned foods deliver on nutrition, affordability and safety helping people increase their fruit and vegetable intake, regardless of geography or income level. ... Full story
Middle-aged adults who suddenly need reading glasses, patients with traumatic brain injuries, and people with visual disorders such as "lazy eye" may have one thing in common — "visual crowding," an inability to recognize individual items surrounded by multiple objects. ... Full story
A new study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago finds that Medicare Part D prescription coverage significantly reduced hospital admissions and program expenditures totaling $1.5 billion annually. ... Full story
USDA Finalizes Changes to the WIC Program, Expanding Access to Healthy Fruits and Vegetables, Whole Grains, and Low-Fat Dairy
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28, 2014 – The U. S. Department of Agriculture today finalized changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to further improve the nutrition and health of the nation's low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children. ... Full story
The Federal deadline for individuals to enroll in health insurance, file an exemption, or pay a tax penalty is March 31. That means there’s barely a month left to sign up for affordable healthcare based on income, age, and family size. This is especially important for people who are not currently insured ... but it could also be important for the many people who have current health policies that will run out at the end of the year. ... Full story
An extensive review of scientific literature indicates that depression should be added to the list of risk factors associated with heart disease. Others include obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking. ... Full story