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Public News Service - AR: Health Issues

Health care for children in Arkansas is ranked 44th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in a new WalletHub survey. (Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark -- This week, April 24-28, is Every Kid Healthy Week, and a new survey shows that Arkansas ranks near the bottom for the health of its children. The report, released this week by the marketing firm WalletHub, ranked Arkansas 44th among the 50 states and District of Columbia for th

By this fall, a new suicide prevention hotline will be based in Arkansas so callers can be referred to local resources. (flairimages/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – After a jump in the number of suicides in recent years, state lawmakers have approved a bill (HB 1775) to create and fund an Arkansas Suicide Prevention Hotline. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 577 suicides in Arkansas in 2015, moving it from 16th

AARP is warning people age 50 and older that they can expect to pay much higher health-insurance premiums if the proposed plan to replace Obamacare is passed. (Highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Critics of the proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act are warning that the cost of the plan would disproportionately fall on older Americans. Estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office say the American Health Care Act would increase costs for many while caus

Thousands of Arkansas residents could lose out on Medicaid coverage if state lawmakers approve a freeze on new enrollments.  (AMRImage/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – With an estimated 330,000 people enrolled in Arkansas's expanded Medicaid program, state lawmakers are now taking steps to freeze enrollment. The state adopted a plan that uses Medicaid funds to buy health care from the insurance marketplace for those eligible, and the nu

The Arkansas Legislature has passed an anti-abortion bill banning a common medical procedure and allowing family members to block a woman from having it. (mj00007/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Women's health advocates and legal experts say they don't expect a new Arkansas law blocking a certain type of abortion procedure to survive challenges in court. The new law bans a standard medical procedure used in rare, second-trimester abortions, and also allows a woma

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arkansas has the largest number of cases in the current national outbreak of mumps. (shepherd/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A major outbreak of mumps in Arkansas and several other states continues to grow at an alarming rate, according to public health agencies. Officials say there are more than 2,000 cases of the contagious viral infection in Arkansas. Mumps causes flu-like symptoms and swolle

New guidelines say parents should put infants to sleep on their backs in an uncluttered crib. (artfoliophoto/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Public health officials in Arkansas are making sure parents and caretakers know how to safely put infants to sleep so they wake up healthy and alive. The Arkansas Children's Hospital and the state Department of Health have launched a statewide campaign to educate families

The Arkansas Department of Health has 120 days to develop regulations and procedures for dispensing medical marijuana. (tvirbickis/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Now that Arkansas has approved the use of medical marijuana, state officials are scrambling to put a framework in place to accommodate the new law. Arkansans approved Issue 6, one of a wave of cannabis-related initiatives across the country on Election Day. In all, eight states

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