Arkansas Health

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Arkansans are being asked to spend the week of September 26-30 feeding themselves on no more than $4 dollars per day to better understand food insecurity in the state.

What used to be known as food stamps is now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. In Arkansas, qualified low-income individuals receive an average of $3.74 per day from SNAP to help them afford groceries.

The Arkansas Department of Health says an outbreak of mumps has been confirmed in northwest Arkansas.

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Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana have asked Arkansas' highest court to dismiss an attempt to block their ballot measure, saying opponents haven't cited facts in their complaint.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to dismiss the complaint over the group's proposed initiated act, which would allow patients with certain medical conditions and a doctor's recommendation to buy marijuana from dispensaries.

Fresh 2 You
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With a lack of grocery stores in Little Rock’s poorer neighborhoods, and a lack of transportation options, many in the city have long had trouble getting fresh fruits and vegetables.

Reliance on junk food from convenience stores or fast food outlets only adds to the problems of poverty by making it harder for people to eat healthy. But the city is partnering with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other organizations to offer what’s being called a mobile farmers market.

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment for the 2018 ballot that would legalize marijuana in the state.
 
The proposal by Mary Berry of Summit would allow for the cultivation, production, distribution, sale, possession and use of the cannabis plant and all products taken from the plant, including marijuana.
 

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A team of researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received a federal grant to study the dangers of synthetic marijuana products.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a special meeting June 24 to consider adopting regulations to combat a fatal disease that is affecting 23% of deer sampled in a five-county area in north-central Arkansas.

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Public health officials in Arkansas and nationally are monitoring the spread of the Zika virus following the births of thousands of babies with microcephaly.

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A new report by the United Health Foundation shows that Arkansas is among the unhealthiest states for seniors, mainly due to the high prevalence of obesity, physical inactivity and food insecurity.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $1.6 million in grants for simulation programs targeting improved health care in the Arkansas Delta.

At a news conference Wednesday, the USDA said would give $752,832 to the Greater Delta Alliance for Health. The group will contract with UAMS and its Center for Simulation Education to run scenarios for a variety of situations, including trauma, childbirth problems, tractor accidents, diabetic complications, strokes and pediatric emergencies.

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