ANCHORAGE â€” The Alaska departments of Health and Social Services and Environmental Conservation want all Alaskans to know that an article in the most current issue of Alaska Magazine (December/January), titled â€œHunting the Mighty Cockle,â€ contains incorrect information about the safety of eating recreationally harvested shellfish.
ANCHORAGE â€” Influenza activity in Alaska has increased in recent weeks and has been confirmed in most regions of the state, according to the Alaska State Virology Laboratory. Pertussis (whooping cough) cases are also still on the rise.
ANCHORAGE â€” About 36 percent of students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are overweight or obese, which is similar to the percentage reported in Anchorage, the largest school district in the state.
ANCHORAGE â€” The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has received information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the sterility of all injectable drugs produced by NECC, a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, are now of significant concern in the multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak investigation.
ANCHORAGE â€” The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium have partnered to conduct a survey of all Alaskans on their wants, needs and vision for the future of health and health care in Alaska.
ANCHORAGE â€” Alaskaâ€™s Division of Behavioral Health recently received a $1.44 million grant to strengthen the stateâ€™s youth suicide prevention program.
ANCHORAGE â€” Alaskaâ€™s student loan repayment program, SHARP (Supporting Health care Access through loan Re-Payment) is currently accepting applications from health practitioners seeking student loan reimbursement. Applications must be received by Oct. 26, 2012.
ANCHORAGE â€” A team of health officials from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Section of Epidemiology will be in Nome Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, 2012, to conduct voluntary screening of gold miners for mercury exposure.
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