In 2018, 16% of the reported fire fatalities were over 60 while 19% were reported in 2019. The numbers increased to 58% in 2020. The causes of the fires were centered around careless smoking and combustibles too close to a heat source.
Small, discrete and more aesthetically appealing, these new devices help de-stigmatize hearing disabilities. Audiologist Dr. Mariana McIlwain of Fairbanks Hearing and Balance showcases current trends in hearing aid technology.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) today announced 355 new people identified with COVID-19 in Alaska – 353 residents and two nonresidents. This represents a significant increase over yesterday’s total count of 242 new cases.
According to an email from Catholic Schools of Fairbanks that was sent out to Monroe High School volleyball parents, a player on the girls volleyball team has tested positive for COVID-19 and the team has been required to quarantine for 14 days.
Besides the obvious physical benefits, youth sports provide social interaction that also can strengthen mental health but most sports require close contact and interaction among athletes. Amid the COVID-19 setting, this poses a dilemma.
A new service that is being offered in Anchorage involves blowing ionized hydrogen peroxide through an arc of electricity. Local businesses say the disinfectant misting system has given them the confidence to continue operating despite the threat of COVID-19.
In recent weeks there has been public discussion on social media regarding ICU bed capacity at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. On some days, the Alaska COVID Dashboard shows that the ICU beds at FMH are full or near capacity. The hospital says this is because they go on a divert status to ensure they can respond to any emergencies.
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Multi-Society Task Force on colon cancer encourage patients to start screening at age 50 unless they have other risk factors like family history or inflammatory diseases that could predispose them to colon cancer.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) will distribute $750,000 of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health and address associated risk factors for suicide.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has been hard on everyone , but for senior citizens, who are at higher risk of serious illness from the virus, safety measures have taken their toll. Nursing homes are coming up with new ways to allow for social interaction.