Category Archives: Health

$350K bonds assigned for attempted murder suspects

Charged with attempted first-degree murder and engaging in gang-related activities, Deanthony Traylor, 23, Roshune Glosson, 18, and Derrick Andrews, 25, now face $350,000 sheriff’s bonds following a session in Union County District Court this morning. The three El Dorado men … Continue reading

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On an interestingly morbid thought: State puts death certificates online

Ridding taxpayers of much of the drudgery and paperwork formerly involved in obtaining a copy of a death certificate, the Arkansas Department of Health rolled out a program today to allow users to state death certificates online. Currently the only … Continue reading

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ADOH prepares for possible meningitis outbreak

The Arkansas Department of Health is preparing for the possibility that a fungal meningitis outbreak stemming from products shipped from a Massachusetts company to several hospitals could expand into Arkansas. So far, officials say the outbreak has spread to 15 … Continue reading

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City clerk resigns amid backlogged minutes controversy

Nearly a year’s worth of struggles between El Dorado City Clerk Tony McKinnon and city officials came to a head today when McKinnon fulfilled a promise to resign if he couldn’t get a backlog of minutes completed before a November … Continue reading

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Fifth WNV death sets state record

Arkansas’ fifth West Nile Virus related death set a record for the highest number of fatalities resulting from the disease in a year, the Arkansas Department of Health told Arkansas News on Wednesday. The previous record was set in 2005 … Continue reading

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Arkansas rises in obesity ranking

Arkansas may have some benefits when it comes to battered and fried foods, but along with those delicious fares comes the seventh highest obesity rate in the county, according to Arkansas News. A recent study released today showed the state … Continue reading

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El Dorado USA Drug survives Walgreen acquisition

El Dorado’s USA Drug is one of fewer than half of all 144 USA Drug stores to survive a massive closure following Walgreen Company’s acquisition in July of Little Rock-based Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings Inc., for $438 million. According to … Continue reading

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Student group blames SouthArk teacher for lost work

South Arkansas Community College administrators received a complaint today from a group of surgical technician program students who allege their professor failed to send out the applications that would allow them to be certified to work in their field. The … Continue reading

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Advisory cautions against outdoor activity

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory until 7 p.m. tonight with expected heat index values up to 109 degrees resulting from a mixture of high heat and humidity. Residents are urged to keep indoors as much as … Continue reading

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Medical marijuana initiative challenged in lawsuit

The controversy surrounding the medical marijuana issue in Arkansas continued today with a lawsuit filed by several Christian conservative groups intent on removing the initiative from the ballot come November. Last week the secretary of state determined that petitioners had … Continue reading

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MCSA stats stack up well against state, nation

Even recent controversy involving the acceptance of a major health care insurer doesn’t overshadow the numbers the Medical Center of South Arkansas puts up against the state and nation on hospitalcompare.hhs.gov for quality of care. Hospitalcompare.hhs.gov, a hospital quality of … Continue reading

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West Nile death reported in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health announced the first West Nile Virus death in the state on Wednesday via a release that didn’t indicate the name of the deceased or where the death occurred. Only one case has been reported in … Continue reading

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West Nile on the rise in Arkansas, surrounding states

We’re surrounded! … By the West Nile Virus, that is. The West Nile Virus is on the rise, according to the Arkansas Department of Health which advises that 80 percent of the 390 cases have occurred in Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma … Continue reading

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Boatloads of debt accompany CHS’ decision to terminate BCBS contract

In light of the Community Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield contract non-negotiation debacle that essentially left much of El Dorado without hospital insurance coverage, a reader sent me this little tidbit Wednesday morning showing that CHS is approximately … Continue reading

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Hospital terminates contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas patients, break your legs now because on Sept. 1, the Medical Center of South Arkansas will no longer accept BCBS-insured patients. Kyle Swift, MSCA chief executive officer, confirmed in an email this morning that … Continue reading

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