Until 1950, tuberculosis was the No. 1 cause of death in Alaska. Today, many Alaskans still carry the bacteria that can cause the disease. That helps explain why last year, the state had the highest TB rates in the nation. A small team of health workers is trying to turn that around.
The public health honchos agreed with an expert panel that recommended in January that anything greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood for kids 5 and younger should be considered dangerous. That's half the current standard and represents the first reduction since 1991.
Journalists seem to love writing about scientific studies on coffee and wine, and we're no exception. The latest is that a big new study finds people who drink two or three cups of coffee a day may cut the risk of dying from certain diseases, but scientists don't really know why.
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