Category Archives: Health

Health laws, tax cuts prepared for 2012

Health seems to be on the slate for the new year with a series of laws further regulating (or all together adding) programs involving abortion, morbid obesity and carbon monoxide detectors in new homes. Arkansas Online has a good wrap-up … Continue reading

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Federal board recommends full cell ban while driving

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended today a federal ban on all cell phone use, including hands-free devices, while driving — a step further than any state has yet opted to take. Citing distracted driving many drivers enjoy while idly … Continue reading

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Missouri company recalls dog food

Heads up to any pet owners who’ve recently purchased any of three dog food brands coming out of Missouri: The company just put out a recall on the products, stating they contain high levels of the fungus toxin aflatoxin. According … Continue reading

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State-run health insurance exchange dumped

Plans for a statewide health insurance exchange were dumped today after the Arkansas insurance commissioner, facing opposition from Republicans in the Legislature, said the option is no longer viable. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the state will switch to federal … Continue reading

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AIDS education helps place state ranking at 32 in reported cases

Arkansas ranks number 32 highest in the nation for reported AIDS cases, according to information garnered by the Center for Disease Control and compiled by KAIT 8 Thursday in acknowledgment of World AIDS Awareness Day. An even more frightening statistic: … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart says it won’t further medical offerings

It was speculated earlier this week, by National Public Radio and Kaiser Health News, that soon individuals would be able to stop by Walmart and not only get groceries, but a check-up, too. But, as it turns out, Wal-Mart Stores … Continue reading

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Crossett’s Georgia-Pacific targeted in recent documentary

A release from the Brave New Foundation lists “the many sins of the Koch Brothers,” who own what the foundation claims is a cancer-causing Georgia-Pacific plant in Crossett, Ark. From 15 families who live on Penn Road, along which a … Continue reading

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Dump the cantaloupes, pick up a watermelon instead

The first case of listeriosis, reportedly linked to a contaminated cantaloupe, was confirmed in Arkansas yesterday by the state health department. Officials haven’t released the location of the sick man or when the disease was discovered, but are warning Arkansans … Continue reading

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EPA rejects Murphy Mereaux permit

The Environmental Protection Agency rejected last week a permit granted to Murphy Oil Corp., for use at its Mereaux facility by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Protection, stating that the LDEQ miscalculated the company’s pollution output when handing out the … Continue reading

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J&J facing suit from Arkansas attorneys

Johnson & Johnson, the same company famous for its no more tears baby shampoo — for which it last year faced a lawsuit concerning its allegedly cancerous ingredients — will soon enter the courtroom again following a suit by Arkansas … Continue reading

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Arkansas trails Hawaii as most drug-abusing workforce

If you thought it was Arkansas, you were wrong — Hawaii leads the nation in the largest population of workplace methamphetamine use. Arkansas, however, follows in second. At 280 percent greater than the national average, Arkansas is only bested by … Continue reading

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State looks to overhaul portions of Medicaid

Facing a $60 million shortfall by July 2012, state officials announced an overhaul to Arkansas’ Medicaid program that would change the way doctors are reimbursed for certain services from on a treatment by treatment basis to one repayment for a … Continue reading

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First heat-related death confirmed

We’re reminded yet again that temperatures in the triple digits are nothing to mess around with as the Arkansas Department of Heath confirmed the first heat-related death in the state this summer on Monday. A department spokesperson wouldn’t say where … Continue reading

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Murphy to pay out for employees’ hearing loss

Murphy Oil will have to kick out more than $2 million to 41 plaintiffs who say the company improperly prepared them for the noisy rigors of working at the factory — an oversight that cost them their hearing. According to … Continue reading

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Arkansas ranks ninth fattest state

Time to put down those cheeseburgers and pick up some dumbbells, Arkansans (or fear the wrath of the Huck). Expanding waistlines are a vexing problem in the South, according to a recent study that puts Arkansas as the ninth most … Continue reading

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