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September 6, 2019
Vaping Can Be Dangerous
Health care providers across Alaska are watching out for possible cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with vaping and e-cigarette products. Nationally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms there are 450 potential cases of the illness in 33 states. Four people have died from the illness. So far, no cases have been reported in Alaska. However, health care providers are being asked to report possible cases to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology.
The cases of pulmonary disease associated with vaping are being investigated by the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration, and health departments across the country. On Wednesday, Michigan banned all-flavored e-cigarettes, becoming the first state in the nation to do so.
Early symptoms of vaping-associated pulmonary illness include coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pain. Some patients have reported fever, weight loss, nausea, and diarrhea. So far, all the patients reported vaping prior to being hospitalized, but no specific product or devise has been conclusively linked to the syndrome.
Facts About the Approaching Plastic Bag Ban in Anchorage
Beginning September 15 most retail businesses in Anchorage will be barred from using single-use plastic bags. The Municipality of Anchorage has put together an easy to understand factsheet that explains why a ban on plastic bags is good for the environment and how the ban will work. The bottom line is that the best way to comply is to bring a bag from home when you go shopping.
State Land for Your Remote Cabin
Alaska is blessed with natural beauty unsurpassed across the globe. You can own your own slice of Alaska through a program that lets you stake out a parcel of state land. The application period for the 2019 Remote Recreational Cabin Sites Staking Program is open until October 11. The drawing will be held on November 5. Winners can then stake a parcel of land within one of four staking areas.
The process to stake out a remote recreations cabin site includes a $75 application fee and requirements for the site to be surveyed and appraised. All the details are in the brochure available online or at the DNR Public Information Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Figure 1: Map of the staking areas for the 2019 Remote Recreational Cabin Sites Staking Program.
Disability and Aging Summit
The Alaska Disability and Aging Coalition is hosting the 5th Annual Disability and Aging Summit later this month in Anchorage. Registration is now open. The summit should be especially useful for caregivers with presentations on wellness, self-care, and disaster preparedness.
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