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Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

Baptist Health makes Stubblefield VP, Bowen asst. VP

Baptist Health makes Stubblefield VP, Bowen asst. VP

Little Rock, Ark. (April 24, 2013) -- Baptist Health has named Greg Stubblefield as the new vice president for clinical services with system responsibilities for radiology, laboratory, and continuous improvement objectives for Baptist Health’s emergency departments. Stubblefield was previously vice president and administrator for Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia. He will begin serving in this new role effective    May 1.

Stubblefield joined Baptist Health in 2002 as an administrative resident. Following his residency, he served as assistant vice president and night administrator for Baptist Health.

Blood donations needed in Clark County

Blood donations needed in Clark County

Celebrate Red Cross Month by getting involved

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 4, 2013) — During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to support their communities by giving blood or platelets, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation. Those involved enable the Red Cross to continue to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient needs around the clock. With the generous support of blood donors, the Red Cross can help ensure all patients have the blood products they need, no matter when or where.

Free screening and education event at State Capitol

Free screening and education event at State Capitol

A man has a one in six chance of developing prostate cancer during his lifetime. Men die at a higher rate from prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer in Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF) will host a free prostate cancer education and screening event at the State Capitol, located at 500 Woodlane Ave. in Little Rock, Ark, on January 15 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is an annual collaboration between APCF and the State Capitol.

Men between the ages of 40 and 75 are encouraged to take advantage of the free preventative-health care services, which will include a brief explanation of prostate health and a blood test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Men with a family history of prostate cancer and men that are African-American are in high-risk populations for prostate cancer and are eligible for screening at age 35.

Schools, Health Department offer flu vaccines for K-12

Schools, Health Department offer flu vaccines for K-12

(LITTLE ROCK) —The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and local school districts statewide are again offering the seasonal flu vaccine to school children in grades K-12 beginning the week of October 8. School clinics will be going on for the next several months.

Seasonal flu vaccine is not required for children to attend school, but it is highly recommended.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommend everyone aged 6 months and older receive a seasonal flu vaccine every year.  Seasonal flu causes children to miss school and their parents to miss work.   If you have insurance, the ADH will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of giving the vaccine.  If you do not have insurance or your insurance company does not pay, the shot will be no charge to you.

UAMS report: Blacks at 'significantly higher' risk of death from cancer, HIV

UAMS report: Blacks at 'significantly higher' risk of death from cancer, HIV

Health Status of African-Americans Detailed in  UAMS College of Public Health Report

LITTLE ROCK – Mortality rates of African-Americans were significantly higher than those of Caucasians for most cancers, HIV and homicide, but lower for motor vehicle crashes and suicide, according to a recent report compiled by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.

That’s just one of many findings detailed in a joint study focusing on the health status of African-Americans in Arkansas compiled by UAMS and supported by the Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC), the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities and the Arkansas Prevention Research Center. The full report can be found here: www.uams.edu/coph/reports/ or www.arminorityhealth.com/reports_updates.html.

Amputee to compete in 5k run to raise money for children’s cancer research

Amputee to compete in 5k run to raise money for children’s cancer research

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Jillian Elwart was born with a congenital anomaly that required the amputation of her right leg above-the knee when she was a toddler. Not long after the surgery, she was fit with a prosthesis and has been walking tall ever since. Throughout the years Elwart saw the difference her prosthetic clinician made in her life, and decided to pursue a career in the field so she could do the same for someone else. She is now a certified prosthetist / orthotist at Hanger Clinic in Little Rock where she helps restore mobility to those with amputations and individuals with disabilities and injuries requiring orthotic solutions.