Findings from a newly released study show that Arkansas has some of the lowest life expectancy rates in the country and one of the largest disparities of life expectancy between white and black populations.
The report by the from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention measured life expectancy after the age of 65. Man-Huei Chang, head of the CDC's Division of Epidemiology helped compile the data. She says the study also measured healthy life expectancy across the nation.
A recent financial donation to Arkansas’s oldest and largest psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents is expected to help clients improve their lives.
Youth Home is a private non-profit psychiatric treatment center for emotionally troubled young people. A $75,000 donation to the organization has enabled officials to buy vans and make other facility upgrades.
While prescription drug abuse has declined slightly on a national scale - Arkansas officials say they're working to expand efforts improve public awareness of the danger of addiction and death that can result from such addictions.
Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener says an important element in reducing the potential for abuse is to cut into the supply of available prescription drugs through drug takeback efforts.
Arkansas's four congressmen have voted for proposals to delay implementing two key parts of the federal health care law.
Republican Reps. Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack on Wednesday voted for proposals that would delay the implementation of the employer and individual mandates of the federal health care law.
Griffin had introduced the bill on the employer mandate, which codified the Obama administration decision to delay for a year the requirement that businesses provide insurance or face a penalty.
Two health care companies have ended talks about the prospect of merging two Hot Springs hospitals.
Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tennessee and Mercy Health of Chesterfield, Missouri said Thursday that talks are no longer taking place about merging National Park Medical Center and Mercy Hot Springs.
Arkansas Business reports reports that the talks had gone on for more than a year and would have brought the facilities under Capella's ownership.