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Fund Alzheimer's research

In 2015, there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, including 6,400 in Alaska. In addition, there are 15.7 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia, including 33,000 caregivers in Alaska.
Response to Sen. Anna MacKinnon

In her Juneau Empire My Turn column on Friday, March 13, Senator Anna MacKinnon stated: "The negative impacts of DST (daylight saving time) has on our health is my overall concern.
Taking a bite out of 'chew'

Chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and snuff have gained popularity as an alternative to cigarettes, and the state's Tobacco Prevention and Control program is trying to do something about it.
My Turn: The serious costs of maijuana

With collectively more than 60 years of experience in the field of medicine in Alaska, we have grave concerns about and oppose the legalization and commercialization of marijuana in Alaska. When Alaskans face this critical decision Nov.
Opinion: Truth exposed: We haven't done enough for combat veterans

"Our nation has a long tradition of according honor to veterans in recognition of their service, especially for those who fought on the front lines." That's a statement made by Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, in support of HB313.
My Turn: Scientists who know say 'no' to legal pot

On Nov. 4, Alaskans will consider Ballot Measure 2, an initiative to legalize the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. And those who support that commercial trade are investing heavily in hoping you will vote "yes.
Health-care sacrifice

President Obama sometimes presents health-care reform as a pain-free proposition, as simple as choosing the red pill over the blue - one that's no more effective but costs twice as much. Asked at his news conference whether "the American people are going to have to give anything up in order for this to happen," Obama's basic answer was no. "They're going to have to give up paying for things that don't make them healthier," he said.
Support public health insurance option

Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine released the results of a nationwide survey of doctors regarding the insurance coverage dilemma; 63 percent of our doctors favor the public insurance option and an additional 10 percent back a single-payer, Canadian-style system.
Researchers seek less hospital time for heart attack victims

Hospitals could safely move toward releasing heart attack patients without complications after just three days, instead of the usual five or six, a team of researchers suggested on Thursday.
Exposure to other kids' germs can be a good thing

Early exposure to other youngsters and their germs appears to protect children from developing asthma later on, according to a study that could reassure parents feeling guilty about putting their infants in day care.


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