SHORELINE, WA - NOVEMBER 03: A firefighter prepares pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine on November 3, 2021 in Shoreline, Washington. UW Medicine held a Covid-19 vaccination clinic for children ages 5-11 as it begins to use the 5,700 pediatric doses it received the day before. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5 are rolling out in Alaska

BY: - June 21, 2022

Kids as young as 6 months old were able to get a COVID-19 vaccine from at least one vaccine clinic in Alaska on Monday, just two days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on the vaccine. Support service company Fairweather LLC is holding vaccine clinics in two different locations in Anchorage […]

This chart shows the difference between the observed number of deaths in Alaska and the number that was predicted, from 2019 to 2021. (Chart prepared by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health)

Large portion of unexpected Alaska deaths in 2020 and 2021 directly tied to COVID-19

BY: - June 16, 2022

Nearly 2,000 more people died in Alaska than was expected in 2020 and 2021, according to a new report by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. COVID-19 played a direct role in a large proportion of those. While the other unexpected deaths may not be directly related to individuals being infected with COVID, […]

Sen. Raphael Warnock speaks about his proposed cap on insulin prices in an Atlanta pharmacy, February 2022. Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder

As insulin costs soar, diabetics say a $35 cap on co-pays is not enough

BY: - June 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Lacy Mason was a 21-year-old graduate student in Atlanta when she started rationing her insulin. As a Type 1 diabetic, she needs to take insulin every day for survival. But when the cost surged to $960 a month, Mason could no longer afford it. She had aged out of Medicaid and her student […]

Each emergency opioid kit contains naloxone nasal sprays, sharps containers, gloves, CPR masks and instructions about naloxone.

State puts life-saving opioid emergency kits in fish processing plants, fleet

BY: - June 13, 2022

Denise Ewing wants an opioid emergency box to be as commonplace at a fish processing plant as a First Aid kit, an automated external defibrillator and a fire extinguisher. “If you saw somebody on the ground, you would go to help them. And as you’re grabbing, you know, the AED, as you’re grabbing the CPR […]

Bruce Snodgrass, seen hiking in the Alaska Range in 2015, was 22 when he died in October of 2021 of a fentanyl overdose. His death and others have prompted efforts to change the state's criminal code so that those delivering drugs cause fatal overdoses can be charged with second-degree murder. (Photo provided by Sandy Snodgrass)

Bruce’s Law, named for Anchorage overdose victim, seeks to increase fentanyl awareness

BY: - June 10, 2022

A bill named for fentanyl-overdose victim Bruce Snodgrass, a 22-year-old from Anchorage, aims to boost awareness about the lethality of the synthetic opioid and how other illicit drugs are often laced with it.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - NOVEMBER 12: Seven-year-old Milan Patel receives a COVID-19 vaccine at Michele Clark High School on November 12, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The city of Chicago closed all public schools today, declaring the day Vaccination Awareness Day, with the hope of getting as many students as possible vaccinated against COVID-19. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21

BY: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 in the coming weeks, likely ending months of waiting for parents and caregivers.   White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha said Thursday that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency use of […]

Red fox kits stand in the tall grass on St. Matthew Island in July of 2019. Alaska has recorded its first fox infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza, and the wildlife veterinarian with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says that young foxes and other young scavenging mammals are liley to be more susceptible to infections. (Photo by Rachel Richardson/USGS Alaska Science Center)

Red fox is first documented Alaska mammal infected with current strain of avian influenza

BY: - June 1, 2022

A dead red fox on the Aleutian Island of Unalaska was found to be infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that has spread around the world and into populations of domestic poultry and wild birds. The fox was the first Alaska mammal found infected with the current influenza strain. The infection was confirmed […]

Baby formula is offered for sale at a big box store on January 13, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Baby formula has been is short supply in many stores around the country for several months. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Infant formula stockpile for the U.S. suggested by FDA chief

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government should consider creating a stockpile of infant formula to avoid the possibility of future shortages, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told a Senate committee on Thursday.  Commissioner Robert Califf said during his third hearing on Capitol Hill about the months-long shortage that his agency and lawmakers […]

Exterior of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters is seen on Oct. 13, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

CDC expects more monkeypox cases in the U.S.

BY: - May 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it’s likely the United States will see additional cases of monkeypox in the coming weeks, but officials cautioned that it’s harder to transmit the virus than it is to spread respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.  Monkeypox, which is also spreading throughout Europe, has an incubation […]

Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, stands outside of the Alaska State Capitol on May 20, 2022, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon)

Legislature modernizes 40-year-old definition of consent in sexual assault cases

BY: - May 20, 2022

Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, is relieved her bill to modernize the definition of consent passed this year. “When I think about a policy like a massive public safety improvement, if we delay action, I know that between now and the next time I or anyone else will have the opportunity to address that, hundreds more […]

A bald eagle perched in a tree in Sitka National Historical Park on May 9 is lethargic and drooping. Sitka resident Larry Pouliot called the Alaska Raptor Center about the bird, which died a couple of hours later of highly pathogenic avian influenza. (Photo by Larry Pouliot)

Avian influenza’s arrival in Alaska signals danger for other parts of the world

BY: - May 20, 2022

When Larry Pouliot went on a morning walk in Sitka National Historical Park on May 9, he spotted a lethargic, unresponsive bald eagle perched in a tree, its eyes bloodshot and its neck drooping. “I realized he was not doing great,” said Pouliot, who got video footage and photos of the ailing bird. He called […]

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 22: A soldier in the Afghan National Army (ANA) walks past a burn pit at a command outpost recently handed over to the ANA from the United States Army on March 22, 2013 in Kandahar Province, Zhari District, Afghanistan. The United States military and its allies are in the midst of training and transitioning power to the Afghan National Security Forces in order to withdraw from the country by 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

U.S. Sens. Tester, Moran reach deal on care for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits

BY: - May 19, 2022

The two leaders of the U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Montana Democrat Jon Tester and Kansas Republican Jerry Moran, have reached a deal with House leaders to pass a bill to extend health care access to veterans for conditions related to exposure to toxic chemicals during their service, the pair announced Wednesday. The consensus bill […]