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Cancer group's mammogram advice: Start later, get fewer

CHICAGO - The American Cancer Society now says women should start mammograms later in life and get fewer of them, a stance that puts the trusted group closer to an influential government task force's advice.
Nation and World
Study: Scant evidence medical marijuana helps many illnesses

CHICAGO - Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits.
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Angoon may reconsider its dry status

Angoon voters could decide this fall if their island in the rain forest will stay dry.
Lunch at JDHS: hip vs. healthy

Adults may doubt the allure of Frito pie, but when some students at Juneau-Douglas High School encounter a pile of corn chips covered with canned chili and topped with a steaming squirt of processed cheese, they find it irresistible. "I'd rather have something that tastes good than something that is healthy," said Kyle Deloach, 15, as he munched his second chili-chips-and-cheese pie in a week, washing it down with a swig from a 20-ounce orange soda during a recent lunch period.
Frito pie is part of a bigger picture

According to school nurse Barbara Walker, since Frito pie became available at Juneau-Douglas High School, students have been asking for Tums to calm the gastrointestinal storm caused by eating it. But the health cost of a diet high in sugar, fat and salt is more than a bellyache, especially for sedentary students. It is obesity, one of the country's most pervasive and expensive health concerns, according to Kathleen Wayne, dietitian and program coordinator for child nutrition with the state Department of Education and Early Child Development.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

``Many were terrified of becoming a `vegetable' or living in a coma. These participants adamantly denounced `being kept alive by a machine.' They wanted to be `allowed to die naturally' or `in peace.' '' Baby yourself Having a baby? Relax.
Man dies at center for street alcoholics

SEATTLE - A man who was slurring his speech and appeared intoxicated was found dead on New Year's Day at a controversial center in Anchorage where chronic street alcoholics are allowed to keep drinking.
Outside editorial: Effective health care begins in the home

In the debate over health-care reform, one elephant in the waiting room isn't being discussed. We have been told repeatedly that our health-care system is not only the most expensive in the world but one of the least efficient in meeting the health-care needs of the nation. So how do we solve these two problems? From my perspective as a physician, I would say we need to start by taking a hard look at the diseases we are doing such a bad job of controlling and at the individuals who suffer from them.
New view on mammograms

Everyone who knows the prevailing medical wisdom on hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women, please stand up.
Clinton's confused; so is the rest of America

Well, well. Here it is, the first anniversary of life with Monica and someone finally got fired on account of sex.


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