Arkansas Health

Bobby Ampezzan / KUAR NEWS

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.

The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a challenge to the state’s lethal injection secrecy law.

Arkansas Children's Hospital

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the Walmart Foundation say they'll donate $8 million toward the construction of an Arkansas Children's Hospital campus in the northwestern corner of the state.

Arkansas Children's Hospital announced last August it would build a campus at Springdale that includes 24 inpatient beds along with an emergency department and urgent care center with 21 exam rooms.

Monday, Wal-Mart and Walmart Foundation said they'd donate the money to help bring the additional pediatric care to the area.

The main campus of the University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

With Arkansas ranked as the most obese state in the nation, a new study out this week is getting a lot of attention.

It looked at how most former contestants on the reality TV show The Biggest Loser eventually regained much of the weight that was lost. In particular, the research showed a disproportionate reduction in metabolic rates with a drop in weight.

Arkansas has received $49.6 million in the latest annual payment from the tobacco industry as part of a 1998 settlement of a lawsuit against tobacco companies.
State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Wednesday that the money supports several programs, including tobacco cessation efforts, public health programs for minorities and older Arkansans, increased Medicaid coverage for pregnant women and increased hospital benefits for some Medicaid beneficiaries and for medical and agricultural research.



Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the wording of a proposal to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, allowing supporters to begin gathering signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

Rutledge on Monday certified the proposed constitutional amendment by Mary Berry that would legalize the cultivation, production, distribution, sale and possession of marijuana.

Center For Disease Control

The mosquito-carried Zika Virus may start spreading further into the Southern part of the United States as early as this summer, according to a leading scholar.

Daniel Lucey of the Georgetown University Medical Center spoke at the Clinton School for Public Service Monday.  

When asked how long it would take for the virus to start transmitting between humans in the U.S., he cited a possible nine-month period of gestation from the point of infection of mothers, and pointed out that one mosquito can bite multiple people. 

Hutchinson Asa Bioscience
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A research program created through Arkansas' settlement with tobacco companies is marking its receipt of more than half a billion dollars in grants since it was created more than a decade ago.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state Tobacco Settlement Commission officials on Tuesday celebrated the Arkansas Biosciences Institute receiving more than $508 million in private and public grants since its creation in 2002.

The institute is one of seven programs receiving tobacco settlement funds under a law approved by voters in 2000.