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Public News Service - AR: Health

PHOTO: There are Children's Advocacy Centers in every state, where kids who have been abuse victims can come for medical and mental health care services. This one is in Georgia. Courtesy of Twin Cedars Youth & Family Services.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - People who run the dozen Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Arkansas celebrated this month - but only briefly - as both the U.S. House and Senate appropriations committees kept their federal funding in the budget. It's one step in a longer process. The centers coordinate child

Walmart is installing solar power generating systems in several locations in California and Arizona. The majority of these sites will utilize thin film panels as seen on this Mountain View, Calif. store.  Image courtesy of Walmart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It isn't often that the Sierra Club and Walmart are on the same side of an environmental issue, but that is the case with President Obama's announcement to step up the nation's fight against carbon pollution and address climate change. Some Arkansas congressmen who disagree with

PHOTO: With hopes of preventing or stopping child sexual abuse, Arkansas has become the 7th state in the U.S. to adopt Erin's Law. It's named after Erin Merryn, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse turned national advocate. Courtesy of Merryn.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The task force being created under Arkansas' new "Erin's Law" is expected to be assembled soon and convene for the first time this summer. State Rep. John Baine, D-El Dorado, said the panel will look at the best ways to teach children who are being sexually abused that they need

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The timing might not have been intentional, but May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month – and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started it off with a major announcement. The agency will allow a form of women's emergency contraception, Plan B One-Step, to

PHOTO: The Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas will present Dr. Karen Farst with the 2013 Senator Percy Malone Child Protection Award during ceremonies on Tuesday. CREDIT: Karen Farst

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A pediatrician who has dedicated her life to preventing child abuse and protecting children is being honored this week by the Children's Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Executive Director Stacy Thompson said the award will go to Dr. Karen Farst for her career of service and support

PHOTO: Chris Newlin is executive director of the National Children's Advocacy Center. About 850 CACs around the U.S. handled 267,000 child abuse cases in 2012. Courtesy of National CAC.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Professionals in child abuse investigation and treatment are meeting this week in Huntsville, Alabama, including some from Arkansas. At the National Symposium on Child Abuse, they'll get the latest research on such topics as trauma-focused therapy, sex trafficking and online explo

PHOTO: Pulse oximetry is a simple, inexpensive test of a newborn's heart function  but it isn't always performed on infants in Arkansas. Courtesy of babyheartscreening.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A medical test for the state's tiniest residents is a big topic this week for an Arkansas House committee. A pulse oximeter is a simple screening device attached to a baby's hand or foot that can detect heart function problems in the first days of life. Legislation would make it

PHOTO: Gov. Mike Beebe shares his plan to cover more uninsured Arkansans with Thursday's crowd on the State Capitol steps. Photo by Anna Strong.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Hundreds of Arkansans showed up at the State Capitol on Thursday for a rally to support expanding Medicaid coverage in the state – and they may get the coverage, but in a different way. Gov. Mike Beebe's compromise with the federal government might be more palatable

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