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 What you may not know about generic drugs  What you may not know about generic drugs
An easy step by the FDA could make taking generic drugs safer. As of now, you might not know all the generic's side effects. According to Allison Zieve, director of litigation for the watchdog group Public Citizen, that's because of old FDA rules and a 2011 Supreme Court ruling. "If the labeling on a generic drug has failed to advise you of a safety risk, the Supreme Court has held you cannot sue the manufacturer unlike a brand name company." She said the FDA is proposing a change which ....

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 Uninsured rate falls to lowest in the US Uninsured rate falls to lowest in the US
A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released has found. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provides independent validation for White House claims that the law is expanding access, particularly for working people with no coverage on the job. But the improvement, while substantial, doesn't appear as large as some of the numbers claimed by the law's supporters. Gall....

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 Middle aged?  Put down the meat 
Middle aged? Put down the meat
Eating a high-protein diet in middle age could increase your risk of diabetes and cancer, according to a study published this week in the journal Cell Metabolism. But don't stay away from meat for too long. The same study showed those over 65 needs more protein to reduce their mortality risk. Researchers analyzed survey data from 6,381 men and women aged 50 and above to understand the link between protein, certain diseases and mortality. The study participants were split into three gro....

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 More Arkansas children expected to see the dentist
More Arkansas children expected to see the dentist
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, but across Arkansas and the country new requirements could help take a bite out of kids' dental problems. Pediatric dental care is one of the essential benefits under the Affordable Care Act, meaning childhood dental care must be offered, whether it's part of a health plan or as an optional stand-alone. That should help get more children into the chair, according to Dr. Paul Reggiardo, spokesman for the American Academy of Pe....

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 Colon Cancer screening saves lives	  	Colon Cancer screening saves lives
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for Hispanic-Americans. It develops from polyps, or small outgrowths, attached to the inside of your colon. Polyps can be removed before they become cancerous, but only if you have a screening test called a colonoscopy to remove them. About 90 percent of colon cancers occur in people over 50. Risk increases with age, and if you or a close relative have a history of colon cancer or polyps. Risk also increases if you eat a diet high in ....

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 AMHC brings Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment to Springdale AMHC brings Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment to Springdale
With the rapid growth of the Arkansas Hispanic population, the Arkansas Minority Health Commission organized a Hispanic community meeting in Spanish and a health fair to offer information about the Marketplace and open enrollment on Saturday, January 18 at the Jones Center in Springdale. The event attracted hundreds of families and community leaders. Is expected that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ACA, will provide access to health insurance to an additional 250,000 citiz....

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 Flu season is causing severe illness and death in 
adults 25-50 Flu season is causing severe illness and death in adults 25-50
This year's flu season is causing severe illness and death in adults between the ages of 25 and 50, as well as multiple hospitalizations in this group have been reported. The number of flu deaths in Arkansas this season has increased to 21 as of Thursday, January 16, according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), recommended that all individuals in this age group receive a seasonal flu vaccine and promptly visit a doctor should they experience severe flu like symptoms. Dr. Dirk Has....

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 Health Insurance Marketplace topic of Springdale Hispanic Health Insurance Marketplace topic of Springdale Hispanic community meeting
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission is organizing a Hispanic community meeting to offer more information about the Marketplace and open enrollment on Saturday, January 18 at the Jones Center located at 922 E. Emma Ave, Springdale from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. "Residents of northwest Arkansas are invited to a free health fair and community meeting where they can learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how to shop for health insurance plan....

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Arkansans to benefit by private option insurance
More than 86,000 Arkansas residents have applied for health insurance under a state plan to use Medicaid expansion money to provide the coverage. The Department of Human Services said that of the 86,341 people who applied, 72,361 are eligible for the private option insurance. The program is separate from the federal health insurance program that operates through the HealthCare.gov website. State health officials say that 5,700 private option applicants will be placed in the tradit....
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Did you get your annual Flu Shot?
While getting the flu for many Americans may mean missing a few days of work because of fatigue, body aches, and other symptoms, for others the impact can be far more serious. In people with weak immune systems such as the elderly and those with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease, the flu can lead to potentially dangerous complications such as pneumonia. Medical experts recommend that people age 65 and older, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and certa....
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Nurses want add healthcare coverage to your New Year shopping list
Nurses across the nation want to make sure you get health care in the New Year 2014. Nurses are getting this important message out because they know the benefits and protections that the health care law delivers and they don't want their patients left out. Michelle Boyle is a nurse at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. She says many people are getting better coverage at a lower price in the marketplace. And she says many are relieved they will finally have affordable health care.....
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Arkansas taxpayers win under Obamacare
A financial analysis of which states will win or lose under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has found Arkansas taxpayers are set to benefit a great deal. The personal finance website and social network WalletHub projects that the state should be near the top in what it sees as some winning developments reducing the amount of uncompensated care, and covering people who were uninsured. John Kiernan, a senior analyst with WalletHub, says both will work to the advanta....
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All children have health coverage in Arkansas
Almost all Arkansas children have health care coverage but many of their parents don't, especially in low income, working families. If those parents can get insurance, it could help their children's health, too, says Anna Strong, director of health care policy at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Strong points out that the state is justifiably proud of the way ARKids First has covered nearly 80 percent of children who were uninsured. But she says it's important to cover the a....
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Families can received free help to stretch their dollars
The pressure on family food budgets is higher than it has been in decades. Increasingly, families are being forced to do more with less. Especially who those are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, benefits. Cooking Matters, one of the most popular programs offered by the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, is helping empower Arkansas families with the skills they need to stretch their food dollars and still put healthy, nutritious, great tasting meals on the table. ....
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Improvements in cholesterol drug
Little Rock, AR The updated recommendations for treating cholesterol are "a huge, huge departure" from doctors' usual procedure. Twice as many Americans will be eligible for cholesterol lowering drugs, based on controversial new heart guidelines from two of the USA's leading cardiovascular associations. The number of adults considered likely to benefit from statins will rise from about 15.5% today to 31%, according to the new criteria, developed by the American College of Cardiology a....
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