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Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 10:58:00

Arkansas Insurance Department releases 2015 Marketplace premium rates

The Arkansas Insurance Department today released the projected 2015 premiums for the health insurance plans on the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace, the health insurance exchange created by Obamacare. These rates are still pending federal approval, which will come within the next month. We already knew the big picture: premiums in 2015 are falling 2.2 percent as compared to 2014 (by weighted average based on 2014 market share). What we have now are individualized rates so consumers can look at individual plans.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 14:21:00

Keeping an eye on the (single) Ebola case in Dallas

There's no reason to think that the one case of Ebola in the United States is anything but contained, and health workers are now taking every precaution to prevent the spread of the disease. Still, Dallas isn't that far from Arkansas, so we'd be remiss not to follow events down there.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 13:00:00

The coming hepatitis C 'tsunami'

There's a deadly virus infecting an estimated 38,000 Arkansans (only one in four of whom realize they have the disease) that is spread largely through IV drug use and sexual contact, but also medical procedures such as blood transfusions. It's not HIV, though — it's hepatitis C.

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Today's headlines: Guns, casinos, city government

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 14:42:00

Picking apart the teachers' insurance "fix" just approved by the legislature

The crisis in the public school employee (PSE) insurance system is complicated. The politics behind it are complicated. The solutions just passed by the legislature to once again shore up the troubled fund — those are complicated, too. But the underlying reason behind the fund’s insolvency is simple: the public isn't paying enough for its share of PSE insurance.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 06:23:00

FDA plans to regulate electronic cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration will announce today proposed rules to regulate electronic cigarettes and extend coverage to pipe tobacco and cigars.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 12:24:00

Dept. of Health: skunk captured in Levy tests positive for rabies

KARK has a report with video on a skunk captured by North Little Rock Animal Control which later tested positive for rabies. 

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 06:37:00

Pharmacy chain CVS decides to stop selling cigarettes

Striking news today: CVS, the huge pharmacy chain, says it will stop selling cigarettes, a $2 billon item for the company, in October.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 14:45:00

Clinton Foundation targets Central Arkansas health

The Clinton Foundation's Health Matters Initiative has released a blueprint for action toward improved health in Central Arkansas.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 07:11:00

The benefits of birth control

Courtesy of the Washington Post, here's an important bit of scholarly research on a half-century worth of evidence of the benefits of sound family planning.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 11:39:00

The Truman Show Delusion and yesterday's death in Washington

This isn't a professional diagnosis by any stretch, but I can't help but note the concidence.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 09:53:00

Disability Rights Center protests release of student HIV tests to Pea Ridge School District

I reported yesterday that the Pea Ridge School District believed it had resolved a controversy over its decision to bar three foster children in state custodial care from attending until they had submitted HIV test results.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 10:15:00

Hog farms linked to infections

Still more news of interest in Arkansas from USA Today:

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 12:04:00

State to provide health screenings of Mayflower residents to look for oil spill-related sickness

Gov. Mike Beebe announced today that the state Department of Health, working with UAMS, will provide health assessments for Mayflower residents who believe they're suffering conditions related to the March 29 oil spill.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 17:40:00

Mayflower residents to Tim Griffin: "We need help" with oil-related illnesses

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin Monday called Gov. Mike Beebe's office to suggest the state pursue further health assessments for residents of Mayflower affected by the March 29 oil spill.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 11:40:00

Willow Springs Water Park closed because of meningitis case

Fox 16 reports that the Willow Springs Water Park has closed because a recent swimmer there was diagnosed with parasitic meningitis, a potentially fatal ailment.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 11:37:00

NTSB recommends lower threshold for DWI

The National Transportation Safety Board has voted to urge the states drop the blood alcohol level necessary for a driving while intoxicated violation from .08 to .05.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 09:15:00

Sale of morning-after pill for under 17 approved by court

A federal judge has overturned an Obama administration rule against over-the-counter sale of morning-after-sex contraceptive pills to women younger than 17.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 11:07:00

Arkansas: Red state on female mortality

The Washington Post's Wonkblog posted the map above illustrating by-county changes in female mortality rates.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:13:14

Tobacco agreement brings $22.7 million to Arkansas

Arbitration panel signs off on settlement of dispute between Arkansas and tobacco companies.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 07:02:05

Forget everything you know about losing weight

Article in New York Times touches on a subject in which I'm something of an expert.

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