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Today's Box Office: 'Redemption Road' is a little bumpy

If you saw It at the Little Rock Film Festival, it was under the title "Black, White, and Blues" for whatever reason, the filmmakers decided to change the name to Redemption Road possibly because it was a title that would play better in mainstream theater markets but without changing the content of the film itself, it won't make much difference. 

Vegan diet: Is it right for you?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- You may have heard the news the former President Bill Clinton has switched to a vegan diet. This marks a stark change for the former commander-in-chief, who has been haunted by health problems for years stemming from an unhealthy diet.

But how do you know if going vegan is right for you? How do you even get started?

Nutritionist JoBeth McElhannon joins us on "Today's THV" with recipe ideas and moderate steps, and how to decide if veganism is right for you.

Healthy Difference: Eye whitening procedure

UNDATED (CBS) -- A new procedure promises to whiten your eyes, but is it a good idea?

Adriana van Derhoek used to wear sunglasses during her daily walks along the ocean, not because of the glare, but to hide her red eyes. Now she doesn't have to. She says, "When I wake up in the morning and I see my beautiful eyes, I am so happy."

Van Derhoak had a procedure called iBrite. It brightened her sclera, or the white part of her eye, discolored by age and years of sun damage. Her bloodshot eyes often gave people the wrong impression.

She says, "I hate to face people because when they look at me, they think, I'm drunk, or I was late to bed last night."

Beverly Hills doctor Brian Boxer Wachler is one of two physicians in the world who perform the 30 minute operation.

He says, "We're removing the damaged membrane that has all the discolorations and letting the body regenerate a new membrane that doesn't have all the discolorations."

Battling chronic asthma

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Severe asthma can be a killer.  It's also responsible for one-quarter of all emergency room visits.

But now a new treatment is raising hopes.  It's called bronchial thermoplasty, and it's the first device-based asthma treatment approved by the FDA.

This minimally invasive procedure is already helping asthma sufferers catch their breath.  Using a bronchoscope, the doctor applies thermal energy to the airway wall. That makes the muscle around the airway dysfunctional, decreasing the ability of the airways to constrict, and that reduces the frequency of asthma attacks.

The breathing tubes have a layer of muscle around them, and it's that layer of muscle that tightens up. 

Patients in the clinical trials experienced a 32 percent reduction in asthma attacks, an 84 percent reduction in emergency room visits and a 73 percent reduction in hospitializations.

Earning high marks with bus safety

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Each school day hundreds of parents put their child's safety in the care of school bus drivers.

Even before a student boards the bus, however, it falls to the parents to ensure their child knows the rules.

Charles W. Blake is Director of Transportation for Pulaski County Special School District. He says that parents play an important role in making sure their children stay safe.

"It's important that our parents know some safety tips that can assist their students in getting to and from the bus stop safely," says Blake.

Ragweed biggest culprit in autumn

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- If you find your allergy symptoms are worse from mid-August through September, the primary culprit could be ragweed pollen.

A ragweed plant only lives one season, but it packs a powerful punch. Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, also called "hay fever," can have a major impact not just on a person's quality of life, but also their ability to function well at school and work.

Community Matters: The new anti-bullying movement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In 1996, after the tragedy at Columbine, Californian Rick Phillips saw a need to work with young people to help make sure it didn't happen again. He formed Community Matters, and in its 15 years, it has become one of the nation's premier anti-bullying programs.

Phillips was a guest on Today's THV at 6:30, and told us of how his method centers around empowerment. That instead of adults preaching down to kids, the outside in approach, he believes that kids can do it all themselves. After all, they are the ones involved.

The fact that a young person will suppress the fear, and put up with bullies, is reason enough for kids to be their own police. Phillips and his team visit schools and hold workshops for young people. The alpha kids are nominated for these events, and through them, bullying is monitored and stopped in its tracks. His success rate is pretty good, but in the case of this dreaded condition, it takes vigilance.