Health

Schick Shadel Hospital says its method of treating alcoholism is time-tested and startlingly effective, boasting a success rate of 70 percent. Detractors say Schick Shadel's claims of success have never been verified by independent research.

Michelle Theriault Boots
A Native American law firm with a big Alaska presence announced Tuesday it is launching a $3.5 million charitable program to support tribal health care.Lisa Demer
Average wait times for veterans seeking appointments at four Veterans Administration facilities in Alaska were below the national average, according to VA data for September through February.Becky Bohrer | Associated Press
More frequent visits to the sauna, and longer visits, benefit the heart health of middle-aged men, says a study by researchers in the nation that is famous for its sauna tradition.Yereth Rosen

A basic element of human life is being redefined on the edge of the Bering Sea, in one of the country’s harshest construction environments. Street by street and home by home, much of Hooper Bay slowly is being retooled into the modern era with running water and flush toilets, with sinks and showers and, in some homes, even washers and dryers.

Lisa Demer
A two-year, $400,000 study aims to determine if posters warning women against drinking while pregnant work better when stuck on pregnancy test dispensers or simply framed on the wall.Tegan Hanlon
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. on Tuesday launched an online crowd-funding effort for its “Dump the Bucket” drive. The Indiegogo campaign, with a modest goal of $15,000, might be a first.Lisa Demer
A play now on tour in Western Alaska, “The Winter Bear” uses humor and a depiction of both the good and bad of village Alaska to reach into the lives of those who see it. It's an effort intended to combat suicide through theater.Lisa Demer
As the Legislature inched toward its scheduled end Sunday, it was looking increasingly unlikely that Gov. Bill Walker's plan to expand Medicaid would pass.Nathaniel Herz
State public health centers and the Municipality of Anchorage are waiving administration fees for immunizations for all ages as part of National Infant Immunization Week, which begins Saturday and ends April 25.Associated Press