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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.

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.

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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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.

Executive Director of the Health Insurance Marketplace Cheryl Smith

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.

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.

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.

The University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture says there is an abundance ticks this spring in Arkansas.

The statement comes on the heels of the death in neighboring Oklahoma of a man who had a virus spread through tick bites.

Extension entomologist Kelly Loftin says lone star ticks and American dog ticks are particularly prevalent. A Delaware, Oklahoma, man died from the Heartland virus - which is linked to the lone star tick.

Other ticks in Arkansas include the blacklegged tick, the winter tick, the Gulf Coast tick and the brown dog tick.

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are getting a grant of nearly $1.5 million to look at the effects of trauma on teenage girls to see if there’s a direct connection to drug addiction later in life.

Dr. Clint Kilts is lead investigator of the study, which is being funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

“We see trauma in many forms, whether it’s childhood abuse or neglect or adolescent assault exposure," which Kilts says disrupts the normal organizational structure and function of the human brain.

The Arkansas Health Department is cautioning consumers to be aware of the dangers of e-cigarettes, which use vapor to deliver nicotine.

The agency says the practice known as 'vaping' exposes consumers to harmful chemicals. Health officials said Tuesday that e-cigarettes are unregulated and pose health risks to users and people who breathe second-hand fumes.