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Diabetes Can Be Prevented

Diabetes Can Be Prevented

Diabetes is a serious disease, with the potential to cause horrible complications, even death. Yet most cases of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are preventable. November – American Diabetes Month – is a good time to understand how serious this disease is, and how to...

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Register for AFMC’s Annual Medicaid Conference

Register for AFMC’s Annual Medicaid Conference

Registration for this event is full. If you are an Arkansas health care provider who works with Medicaid patients, it’s time to mark your calendar for Wednesday, Dec. 6, to attend the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s (AFMC) annual Medicaid Educational...

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Health Literacy Means Better Care

Health Literacy Means Better Care

Understanding a physician’s instructions is crucial for positive patient outcomes. How often do you ask your patients to repeat treatment directions to determine if they fully understand what they need to do? Observational studies report this occurs in less than 20...

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Sign Up and Save Money on Health Insurance

Sign Up and Save Money on Health Insurance

UPDATED 10-16-17 Fall means open enrollment for your 2018 health insurance coverage. During open enrollment, you can enroll for the first time, re-evaluate the prices and services of your current plan, renew or change your health insurance regardless of what type of...

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Take-Back Helps Everyone

Take-Back Helps Everyone

Prescription drugs that have expired or are no longer needed should be disposed of safely. Here’s how and why. Why safe disposal It is dangerous to get rid of medicines by throwing them into the trash, pouring down the drain or flushing them in the toilet for three...

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Why Do I Need a Flu Shot? Take the Quiz

Why Do I Need a Flu Shot? Take the Quiz

  Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious disease that causes 3,000 to 50,000 deaths a year, plus 100,000 to 500,000 hospitalizations annually due to complications of flu. Flu is largely preventable by getting a flu shot every year. However, only about half of...

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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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