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Surviving a Heat Wave; 9 Tips to Save Lives

Surviving a Heat Wave; 9 Tips to Save Lives

If it’s summer and you’re in Arkansas, you know it’s coming – a fry-an-egg-on-the-pavement heat wave. Even if it’s not an official heat wave, we have many more weeks of hot, humid weather before fall. Here are the summer’s best survival tips. Do you know the symptoms...

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Lyme Disease Is Hard to Identify; Increasing Rapidly

Lyme Disease Is Hard to Identify; Increasing Rapidly

Lyme disease is described as a “quiet plague.” It is the fastest growing infectious disease in the United States. There are an estimated 400,000 new cases of Lyme disease and related illnesses every year in this country. That’s more infections that HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis...

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13 Tips for Healthy, Beautiful Skin

13 Tips for Healthy, Beautiful Skin

We all want to have healthy, beautiful skin, especially in the summer when more of it shows. Almost every lifestyle choice you make affects your skin. From what you eat, to smoke exposure; from how much you sleep, to how you banish stress, a healthy lifestyle is...

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16 Top Firework Safety Tips

16 Top Firework Safety Tips

By Jennifer Anderson, MD, PharmD. Fireworks season is here! Everyone enjoys a beautiful fireworks display, but fireworks can be very dangerous if not handled correctly. In 2015, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported nearly 12,000 fireworks-related injuries...

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17 Tips to Manage Diabetes in Hot Weather or on Vacation

17 Tips to Manage Diabetes in Hot Weather or on Vacation

Summer brings special challenges for people with diabetes. These tips can help you safely manage diabetes in hot weather and when you’re on vacation. The effects of heat are more strongly felt by people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes for several reasons: Complications...

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Summertime … and the Kids Are Hungry

Summertime … and the Kids Are Hungry

More than 287,000 Arkansas children rely on free or reduced price school breakfast and lunch programs. However, for one in four Arkansas children, summertime means that they can no longer depend on school meals. They either don’t eat at all or make unhealthy food and...

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

If you love your Dad and want to keep him around a lot longer, here’s the perfect gift for Father’s Day, June 18. Give him the gift of health. Encourage all the fathers and grandfathers in your life to make these lifestyle improvements: Don’t smoke or use any form of...

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Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs) Increasing

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs) Increasing

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last month we posted an article specifically about the syphilis epidemic here. The following article discusses other STDs. Young people – ages 15-24 years – account for half of all new infections from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to...

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Breastfeeding Is Best for Baby … and Mom

Breastfeeding Is Best for Baby … and Mom

Breastfeeding gives all babies a better chance at a healthy start in life. And, it’s the healthiest and lowest cost way to feed a newborn. The very best gift you can give your newborn baby is to breastfeed right after giving birth and for at least the first six...

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Governor’s Quality Award Seminar June 20

Governor’s Quality Award Seminar June 20

You won’t want to miss the annual Governor’s Quality Award Healthcare Seminar on Tuesday, June 20 at the Embassy Suites, Little Rock. This year’s theme is “Engaging Arkansans for Better Healthcare Outcomes.” Glenn Crotty, MD and executive vice president and COO of the...

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