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 New scam targeting immigrants DACA recipients 
 New scam targeting immigrants DACA recipients
A new scam targeting immigrants has gotten the attention of the government, and health advocates are concerned that tax preparers have been misinforming, and some even outright scamming, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries by making them pay a penalty for not having health insurance. On Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a statement clarifying that there is no such penalty for undocumented immigrants or for DACA recipients. The IRS website now r....

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 Practice Food Safety Tips

Practice Food Safety Tips
Foodborne illness is commonly known as food poisoning. Each year, millions of foodborne illnesses can be attributed to contaminated foods. Symptoms of food poisoning include upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and dehydration with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. So what are ways you and your family can lower your risk of foodborne illness? Proper handling, preparing and storing of foods can prevent most cases of food poisoning. Here are four simple s....

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 Be prepared to stay safe and healthy in cold weather Be prepared to stay safe and healthy in cold weather
Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous, but if you plan ahead, you can stay safe and healthy. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on the older adults. Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall. Take these steps for your home. Many people prefer to remain indoors in t....

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 UAMS to host Diversity Day on February 27
 UAMS to host Diversity Day on February 27
The Center for Diversity Affairs of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will be hosting the first Annual "Diversity Day" on February 27, 2015. This event is designed to inform underrepresented and disadvantaged students about the variety of career options available on campus. Students will be exposed to the six colleges by receiving admissions information, participating in rotations through various clinical sites, touring with hands-on activities in the simulation cen....

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 February is National Children's Dental Health Month

  February is National Children's Dental Health Month
Every school year parents and students miss days for medical reasons. Rather it is an appointment or your child is sick, every parent strives to keep his or her child in school as much as possible. Your school district and officials will agree that prevention is the key to having a healthy child. Giving your child vitamins and maintaining a good diet helps to strengthen their immune system. With a strong immune system your child can better fight off viruses and bacteria. Getting your ch....

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  February is the month… To Love Your Heart!
February is the month… To Love Your Heart!
February is American Heart Month. This year, Million Hearts® is encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure and if it is high, to make control their goal. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. In fact, about 70 million Americans have high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease. High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, ....

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 Troubled boys, girls have sex earlier
Troubled boys, girls have sex earlier
Boys and girls who are unruly and aggressive from a young age were found to be more likely to start having sex before age 16, researchers reported in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics. The study also found that boys, but not girls who are socially anxious or withdrawn also tended to begin sex at a younger age. Such behavior problems in boys as young as 5 and in girls as young as 10 can be used to accurately predict early initiation of sex, the researchers said. These results ....

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 Latina women are “The Heart” of the home Latina women are “The Heart” of the home
We need all of you! Join our Go Red campaign. On February 6, commit to sharing the symbol of increasing awareness about heart disease among Latinas and all women by participating in National Wear Red Day. Latina women play a vital role in our families. They are the heart, el corazon, of the home, acting as gatekeepers for their loved ones' well-being. But it is their own hearts that are in danger. Too often, Hispanic women are struck down by heart disease, their No. 1 killer. So, as a ....

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Latinos urged to reduce historical health disparity
Just one month before the end of the sign-up period in the health insurance market for 2015, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, urged Latinos to register and thus reduce the health "disparity" that historically has faced the group. "As one of the fast growing communities in the nation, Latinos' health is vital to the overall well-being of our country," said Burwell, who along with Hispanic leaders launched the "Latino Action Week" to encourage members o....
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Influenza activity is elevated nationwide
In most U.S. states reported an influenza widespread activity, with influenza A (H3N2) viruses most common. H3N2-predominant flu seasons have been associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in older people and young children in the past. In addition, approximately two-thirds of H3N2 viruses that have been tested at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are antigenically or genetically different from the H3N2 vaccine virus. This difference suggests that vaccine effectivene....
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Detox, nourish and exercise your body, every day!
Detoxification helps to keep the body in an optimal state of health. But because of its profound effects in the body, it is always advisable to practice it under the supervision of a health professional, especially if you have any serious illness or if you are taking medications. After a detoxification program or to simply follow a healthier lifestyle, here are some tips to cleanse, nourish and exercise the body, every day. 1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-g....
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Consulate of Mexico offers flu vaccines for free
December 7-13th is National Influenza Vaccination Week. If you have not gotten your flu vaccine yet, now is the time! For this reason, the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock offers its Ventanilla de Salud program that includes flu vaccine promotion events. The program is being offered December 5, 8, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. occasionally there will be nasal vaccine in spray. That is intended to reach of local Latinos/Hispanics with the important message of develop....
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Celebrate the Holidays watching your health… and your Smile!
This the season for holiday feasts, but making smart food choices and stepping up your oral hygiene routine can help you have a healthy, holiday season and a fresh, bright smile. Oral health is a growing concern for American adults. For adults over 30, over 47 percent have serious gum problems, with almost 1 in 10 (8.5 percent) living with the most severe form of gum disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop se....
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What do you know about WIC?
What is WIC? The Arkansas Special 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. Who qualifies for WIC? You can participate in the Arkansas WIC Program if you: Are an infant, child under 5, or a pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman. Live in Arkansas. There is no waiting period to meet the residency requirement. Mee....
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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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