Arkansas Health

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

Arkansas Children's Hospital
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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.
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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.
 

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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.

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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
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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.

A deer in the woods.
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A third case of chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in Arkansas.

The state Game and Fish Commission said Tuesday that a white-tailed deer found at Camp Orr recently tested positive for the fatal disease.

Earlier this month, another deer found dead in Ponca tested positive for the disease. The first case was discovered in a 2 1/2-year-old elk that was killed near Pruitt during the October hunting season.

The disease affects animals such as elk, deer and moose. It's unclear how it reached northern Arkansas.

A new study shows counties in the northwest and central part of Arkansas tend to rank as the healthiest and counties in the south and east tend to rank as the least healthy. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s annual county health rankings report shows Benton County ranking number one in health and Phillips county ranking 75.

Asa Hutchinson healthcare
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Of the eight contested Republican primary races where Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s political action committee donated money in support of candidates supportive of his Arkansas Works initiative, six were winning Tuesday night, though at least two of those races were tight as of 11 p.m.

ASA PAC had contributed $5,400 to three Senate campaigns and five House races where the state’s Medicaid expansion was a central issue and where Hutchinson had supported candidates who agreed with his aims.

 

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