Arkansas Health

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5:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Medical Marijuana Item Certified For 2016 Ballot

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The Arkansas attorney general's office has approved the wording of an item for the 2016 ballot that would legalize use of medical marijuana.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday that the proposal meets state requirements to enable the sponsoring group, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, to begin gathering signatures. A similar proposal was on the 2012 ballot but was narrowly defeated.

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6:58 am
Fri August 8, 2014

ADEQ Sets Meetings On Air Pollution Controls

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
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The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has set a meeting to present the results of a recent statewide modeling analysis for air pollutants The Aug. 20 presentation at the agency's North Little Rock office is open to the public.

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6:24 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Whirlpool Testing For Toxic Chemical On Boys & Girls Club Land

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Whirlpool Corp. is seeking additional testing for toxic chemicals in Fort Smith and the area Boys & Girls Club based on new contamination findings.

The Southwest Times Record reports Whirlpool spokesman Jeff Noel told youth club directors Tuesday that the company is seeking permission to test for trichloroethylene. The chemical is linked to increased cancer risks.

Noel says monitoring equipment has discovered the chemical in local groundwater but not soil. He says further testing is needed to determine if contaminants migrated under a road and onto the club property.

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3:31 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

3-D Mammograms At UAMS Helping Detection Rates

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus in Little Rock.
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Radiologists at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences are now using 3-D Mammogram technology that they say can uncover some previously undetectable breast cancers. Dr. Sharp Malak specializes in breast imaging at UAMS. He says traditional 2-D mammography couldn’t always detect every cancer and could sometimes detect abnormalities that end up being false positives. With the 3-D technology, known as Tomosynthesis, he says that has changed.

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Local & Regional News
6:31 am
Tue July 22, 2014

University of Arkansas Gets Cancer Research Funds

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop new molecules and biopharmaceuticals that improve a patient's immune response against tumors.

The goal of the five-year grant is attack hidden metastatic tumors and prevent cancer recurrence. Metastasis is the development of a secondary malignancy away from the primary site of cancer.

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5:07 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Arkansas AG Rejects Medical Pot Measure Wording

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.

McDaniel's office on Monday rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year's ballot.

The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot.

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11:04 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Nutrition Center At Arkansas Children's Hospital To Get New Director

Arkansas Children's Hospital
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The Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital will have a new director for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The hospital says Sean Adams will serve as the center's director beginning in October. He'll also be professor and chief of the Division of Developmental Nutrition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Adams is now an associate professor at the University of California, Davis, and is a research leader with the USDA's Western Human Nutrition Research Center.

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Local & Regional News
7:11 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Legislature Looks at Implementing PT School Employee Reform, Marketplace Update

Executive Director of the Health Insurance Marketplace Cheryl Smith
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State officials are working to implement changes to health insurance for public school employees enacted in last week’s special legislative session. At a joint meeting of the Insurance and Commerce committees Tuesday Republican Representative John Burris asked about the fate of part-time workers being removed from the health plan for school employees.

The director of the Employee Benefits Division, Bob Alexander, said the state has directed districts to help part-timers find state and federally funded navigators.

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Local & Regional News
12:15 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Health Agency Warns Of Fake Restaurant Inspectors

The Arkansas Department of Health says it's received several reports of people posing as fraudulent restaurant inspectors.

The health department says some restaurants have received phone calls from entities claiming to be state inspectors who want to schedule restaurant inspections. In some cases, restaurants were asked to call a certain telephone number.

Local & Regional News
3:22 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

UA Researcher Awarded Grant To Study Regenerating Skeletal Muscle

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a three-year grant to a University of Arkansas biomedical engineering researcher and his research team.

The $437,248 grant announced Tuesday to Jeffrey Wolchock and his team is to be used to help design and test a biomaterial that can regenerate damaged skeletal muscle.

Wolchock says living cells produce proteins and gels called extracellular matrix that support cell survival and tissue strength. In severe injuries the extracellular matrix doesn't function properly and can't initiate the healing process.

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