AFMC HealthSpot

Do You Routinely Screen for Diabetes?

Do You Routinely Screen for Diabetes?

Arkansas has one of the highest diabetes rates in the nation and many of these cases could be prevented. The number of Americans with type 2 diabetes has increased 217 percent in the past 10 years to about 30 million people. Diabetes causes 230,000 deaths every year...

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Start Young to Prevent Osteoporosis

Start Young to Prevent Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones to the point where they break easily. It can be a very painful, debilitating disease that is expensive to treat. It robs many people – mostly women – of their ability to live independently as they grow older. Millions...

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Hunger Can’t Wait

Hunger Can’t Wait

Hunger means a lot more than an empty belly. It means a child doesn’t live up to his or her potential in school, and is more likely to think about suicide and have mental-health problems. It means a child is more likely to get sick and have life-long health problems....

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Save the Date: Sickle Cell Symposium

Save the Date: Sickle Cell Symposium

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Annual Sickle Cell Symposium scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute, 12th floor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 W. Markham St., Little Rock. This year’s...

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Responding to Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

Responding to Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

Antibiotics can produce miracles in transplant surgery, cancer therapy and in the fight against infectious bacterial diseases. However, antibiotic usage comes with a serious and growing threat to our nation’s health and security – antibiotic resistance. Some bacteria...

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Safely Watch Aug. 21 Eclipse

Safely Watch Aug. 21 Eclipse

Are you ready for the big event? Arkansans will be able to see a solar eclipse on Mon. Aug. 21 during the midday hours. Be sure you know how to watch it without damaging your eyes. Safe viewing of the pre-eclipse, partial eclipse and post-eclipse phases must be done...

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Ready for School? Start with Vaccines

Ready for School? Start with Vaccines

The new school year will be starting soon. Among the supplies, new clothes and gadgets your child “can’t live without!” there IS something they cannot live without: vaccines to protect them from serious illness. If your child is starting pre-kindergarten up through...

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Are Your Kids First for Health Care?

Are Your Kids First for Health Care?

More than 70,000 Arkansas children are getting free or low-cost health care through an Arkansas program called ARKids First. These kids get preventive care and other services to give them a healthy start in life. Healthy children are more likely to grow into healthy,...

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Fungal Infections Are No Fun; Take the Quiz

Fungal Infections Are No Fun; Take the Quiz

‘Common but yucky’ is probably the best thing you can say about fungal infections. Fungi are everywhere – on plants, in soil, on our skin and on every surface. They include mold, yeast and other microscopic spores. Although there are well over 1.5 million types, only...

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