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 2015 Open Enrollment: Apply today for insurance coverage  
 2015 Open Enrollment: Apply today for insurance coverage
No one should have to choose between providing food for the family and putting off a doctor’s visit. No one should have to cut back on medications because they cannot afford their monthly prescriptions, but every day, hundreds of Arkansans do just that because they do not have health insurance coverage to help with medical costs. According to the Kaiser study found that people with health insurance are generally healthier than their uninsured peers. The study precedes the second open enro....

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 AMHC announces up to $2,000 in funding for health events
AMHC announces up to $2,000 in funding for health events
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission recognizes that improving minority health in Arkansas and the nation requires collaboration across many organizations. The Commission’s intent is to cooperate with community-based organizations, schools, faith based organizations and others to address the health problems that effect minorities in Arkansas. To help develop new and innovative approaches to promote health and prevent disease in communities, the Commission is offering up to $2,000 per ....

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 Hispanic more at risk of getting gestational diabetes Hispanic more at risk of getting gestational diabetes
Did you know that certain groups of people, including Hispanic and Latino Americans, are more at risk of getting diabetes and gestational diabetes? What is diabetes and gestational diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that causes blood sugar levels to be too high. Over time high blood sugar levels can hurt many parts of your body, such as your skin, kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes, and feet. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Like other types of diabetes,....

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 Baby wearing: Find your style!  
Baby wearing: Find your style!
Have you noticed a mom or dad “wearing” their baby? Baby wearing is the custom of carrying your baby close to your body using some type of cloth “wrap” or “sling”. This custom has been a part of the world for ages! Slings and wraps only became more popular in the United States in the last ten years. The wide variety of styles and colors is new. There is no wonder baby wearing stays in style. Caregivers and babies both love baby wearing. Starla, a baby wearing new mom that works with the ....

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 Breast cancer common between Hispanic women Breast cancer common between Hispanic women
Breast cancer incidence and mortality rates for Hispanic and Latina women are lower rates of breast cancer and breast cancer death than for non-Hispanic white women and African-American women. However, breast cancer is still the most common cancer among Hispanic/Latina women. Breast cancer screening in these women is just as important as it is for African-American and Caucasian women. In 2012 the most recent data available, among Hispanic/Latina women in the U.S., estimated that 17,100....

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 How to prevent Breast Cancer  
How to prevent Breast Cancer
Among Hispanic and Latina women, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths. They are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and more likely to have aggressive cancers. Regular screening mammograms can find cancer early and save your life. Finding it early means you may have more treatment options. A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breast. It can be done in a doctor’s office, hospital or clinic. Medicare, Medicaid and most private health insurance will pay for mammograms....

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 WIC participant’s rights and responsibilities WIC participant’s rights and responsibilities
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy foods, referrals and other services to individuals who qualify. In Arkansas, almost 80,000 program participants received benefits each month. As part of the qualification process for the Program and before any benefits can be issued, the Participants Rights and Responsibilities must be read by or to the participant, or guardian of a child or inf....

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 What is the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? What is the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
October is SIDS Awareness Month. Most of us have heard of SIDS but we all still have questions about it. What is SIDS? What causes SIDS? How can I prevent or reduce my baby’s risk of SIDS? The following information should help answer some of these common questions. SIDS stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is the sudden death of a baby less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained by a health condition or injury. About 2,000 babies die each year from SIDS and it is the leading c....

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First case of virus D68 confirmed in Arkansas
KATV Channel 7 Little Rock, AR The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has received confirmation through laboratory testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first case of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) causing respiratory illness in Arkansas. The patient is a child located in the northern part of the state, according to the ADH. The state also has about a dozen additional samples being tested by the Centers for Disease Control. The virus has infected hundr....
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Improving the lives of the elderly and adults with disabilities in Arkansas
The Social Security Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act are government programs that have vastly improved the lives of the elderly and adults with disabilities throughout our country. In Arkansas, the Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), promotes the health, safety and independence for these groups. While many individuals need the assistance provided in a nursing home, others may choose to live at home or other community setting and take an....
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Being hungry is a health issue
Deborah Courson Smith Arkansas News Service A new report issued by Feeding America lends new insight into the breadth of hunger issues across the U.S., and how close hunger comes to many Americans. The report indicates one in seven Americans currently turns to a food bank for help, and of those who go to a food bank, about 40 percent have education beyond high school while one in 10 is a student working toward a higher education certification. Andrew Bell, marketing manager with the Mi....
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Growing a family garden
Gardening is a great way to have fun as a family. Children, especially, enjoy planting, caring for, and harvesting fruits and vegetables. Gardening can also be a relaxing way to be physically active. And growing fruits and vegetables can help save money at the grocery store. Children benefit from helping in a garden in many ways. Gardening teaches responsibility as children learn to care for the plants. It teaches patience as children watch the plants grow and produce fruit. Garden....
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The high cost of not breastfeeding
News reports about the high cost of health care for our nation may not mean much to you as an individual. You might be thinking that the problem is with drug companies and health care providers charging too much. You might also be thinking that you cannot possibly make a difference in lowering the cost of health care. There are many factors that play a role in why health care costs are so high. Did you know that breastfeeding is one way that families can lower their own health care costs a....
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Breastfeeding helps a baby’s brain to grow
Every parent wants their child to have a better chance in life than they had. They want them to be smarter and get a better education. A good education can lead to getting a better paying job. Parents work hard to give their children the best things they can afford to help them be smarter and achieve more in life. While many factors can affect your baby’s brain growth and development, new studies show that breastfed babies are smarter when they get older. More seems to be better when i....
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Arkansans spot the dangerous 'kissing bug'
A dangerous bug known as the "kissing bug" has been spotted in Arkansas. According to the CDC, nearly 300,000 people may be infected with the disease these bugs are known for carrying in the south. They got their name because they prefer to bite around the eyes or mouth. There are no confirmed infections yet, but one Jonesboro woman found the bug in her home and immediately posted it to social media. She said her first instinct was to kill it, but it wasn't easy. "Not knowing that wasn....
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