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The Little Rock School District and Arkansas Children’s Hospital are partnering to place an athletic trainer every public high school in the city. Officials say the goal of the agreement is to have adequate medical for all high school athletes.

Parkview basketball player, Morgan Brady, who will be a junior this school year, welcomes the news. In previous years, she says, her team did not get much attention.

Arkansas is ending a program that provides home health care to thousands of people, a move that will affect more than 2,300 state workers and contractors.

Arkansas Department of Health Director Nathaniel Smith told the employees and contractors working for the In Home Services program in a letter dated Monday that the agency decided the program was no longer sustainable.

Smith's letter cites financial constraints and private sector competition, and said finding private providers for those on the state program will take at least six months.

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Arkansas’s top elected officials, all Republicans, are roundly denouncing the finalized Clean Power Plan announced Monday by President Barack Obama’s administration as an expensive overreach of authority, while health and environmental advocates are praising the Environmental Protection Agency rule as a needed step to combat climate change and adverse health impacts tied to coal energy production. Meanwhile, the state's governor is calling for a plan of compliance to be developed despite his opposition to the federal rule.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas broke ground on a new $8.5 million housing facility on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.

The new facility, which houses families of sick patients at the pediatric hospital, will triple in size.

To date, roughly $7.5 million has been raised towards the $8.5 million goal. On Tuesday, Tyson Foods contributed $500,000 and announced it would stock the kitchen pantry of the House for a full year.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received initial approval for its pre-licensure nursing program from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

The school announced that enrollment in the program will be open for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year and prospective students who have completed the required prerequisite general education courses can submit applications.

School officials say the addition of the nursing program is among the recent academic improvements it has made within the past year on campus.

Baptist Health, Verizon Launch Wireless Diabetes Care Effort

May 26, 2015

A Baptist Health pilot program is assessing how mobile technology will improve diabetes patient management in Central Arkansas with help from a $427,000 grant in funds and technology from the Verizon Foundation.

The program was announced Tuesday at Baptist Health’s Hickingbotham Outpatient Center by Troy Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health; Kristi Crum, Verizon Wireless region president; and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin.

Chad Causey with Catfish Farmers of America (left) and state Rep. Michael John Gray (D-Augusta) speaking to committee members.
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More descriptive labels may be coming to catfish products in stores and restaurants after a voice vote in the House Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday easily advanced a bill to the House floor. 

World Down Syndrome Day Being Marked In Arkansas

Mar 20, 2015

World Down Syndrome Day is being observed Saturday with events in Arkansas and throughout the country.

Typically, a person has 23 pairs of chromosomes. Those with Down syndrome have an additional copy of a third chromosome, chromosome 21, according to Tim Kinnard, president of the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association. He said that’s why March 21 is a perfect day for the events.

"The purpose of the day is to let the world know what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives," Kinnard said.

Arkansas water providers would be able to opt out of providing cavity-fighting fluoride under a bill endorsed by a House panel.

The House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor voted 11-5 on Tuesday to support the move despite pushback from the state Department of Health and the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Opponents told lawmakers that allowing providers to remove fluoride would cause more cavities and increase health care costs.

A pair of researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will study how opioids are prescribed and dispensed by doctors and pharmacists.

The $538,781 grant by the National Insitute on Drug Abuse will cover three years' of study by Geoff Curran and Bradley Martin at the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

Opioids are pain relievers that include codeine, hydrocodone, morphine and oxycodone.