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An apple a day may keep strokes away

An apple a day may keep strokes away

Apples and pears may keep strokes away.

That’s the conclusion of a Dutch study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association in which researchers found that eating a lot of fruits and vegetables with white flesh may protect against stroke.

While previous studies have linked high consumption of fruits and vegetables with lower stroke risk, the researchers’ prospective work is the first to examine associations of fruits and vegetable color groups with stroke.

The color of the edible portion of fruits and vegetables reflects the presence of beneficial phytochemicals such as carotenoids and flavonoids.

Researchers examined the link between fruits and vegetable color group consumption with ten-year stroke incidence in a population-based study of 20,069 adults, with an average age of 41.

Test early and often

Test early and often

High Rate of HIV Infection Among African-American Gay and Bisexual Men Fuels Drive for Earlier and More Frequent Testing

The rate of HIV infection among African-American gay and bisexual men aged 18 to 29 increased 50 percent between 2006 and 2009, according to new data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS at the CDC, said this segment of the population was the only group to experience a significant increase in new infections during that period.  Speaking at a press briefing at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta on August 16, Dr. Fenton said the rise took place even as the overall number of new HIV infections in the US held steady at 50,000 cases per year.

Furthermore, the CDC estimated that nearly half of infected African Americans may be unaware of their HIV status.  CDC researcher Dr.

Why purchase heartworm preventative from vet?

Why purchase heartworm preventative from vet?

Why should you purchase your pet's heartworm preventative from a veternarian instead of an internet pharmacy?

There is a very, very simple answer!  The pharmaceutical companies that make heartworm preventatives will guarantee their products when you purchase from your veterinarian, but will not guarantee products purchased through Internet pharmacies.  We know that nothing in life is 100%, and the same is true of heartworm preventatives.  Regular and consistent use of heartworm prevention remains our best tactic in the battle against heartworm disease, but it is possible, though rare, for a pet who is on heartworm prevention to contract the disease.

If your pet tests positive for heartworms, and your veterinary records indicate consistent use of preventatives and annual heartworm testing, then the pharmaceutical company is willing to pay toward your pet's treatment expenses, offsetting the cost significantly.  We have

Minimize your allergies this fall

Minimize your allergies this fall

Do you find your allergy symptoms are worse from mid-August through September?  The primary culprit of fall allergies is ragweed pollen.  A ragweed plant only lives one season, but it packs a powerful punch.  Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, also called “hay fever,” can have a major impact not just on a person’s quality of life, but also their ability to function well at school and work.

Proper diagnosis is the first step in managing your symptoms.  An allergist/immunologist can diagnose and treat ragweed and other allergies, enhancing quality-of-life for those who suffer, according to the Arkansas Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Little Rock.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology estimates that 36 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.

Arkansas 47th in National Child Well-Being Rankings

Arkansas 47th in National Child Well-Being Rankings

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (AP/KTHV) - High child poverty in Arkansas keeps the state pinned to the bottom of national rankings in measurements of child well-being, according to the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The state moved up one position to 47th for overall child well-being, despite substantial gains seen in the lives of Arkansas teens.

Read the full story on todaysthv.com and check out the Pulaski County rankings.

How to handle heat emergencies

How to handle heat emergencies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. While Arkansans are used to hot summers, the recent weeks of temperatures with heat indies in the triple digits, has been a stamina test for most.  Now, with the addition of air temperatures exceeding 100 degrees forecast for the week, additional attention is asked for what could be life threatening heat related concerns.

With an understanding that illness caused by too much heat or too much activity in the sun can be easily dismissed, as the person being affected may be unaware they are nearing points of concern, the following signals and care for heat conditions are as follows:

Signals of Heat Emergencies...

  • Heat exhaustion: Cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion.

Protect yourself from the threat of West Nile virus

Protect yourself from the threat of West Nile virus

Positive lab results for human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have been reported in Texas and Mississippi so far this year, and the virus is probably on its way to Arkansas, health officials say.

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has not recorded any cases of WNV infection so far this year, but ADH officials say that it is only a matter of time.

 According to James Phillips, MD, Infectious Disease Branch Chief at ADH, it is not surprising to see illness from mosquitoes at this time of year. “We are concerned that people may have forgotten that WNV is a problem in Arkansas, but the fact is, we have had the greatest number of cases in the months of August and September over the last few years,” Phillips said.

“We want people to remember to take their mosquito repellent with them when they go outside this summer,” Phillips added.

In Arkansas for 2010 there were seven cases of WNV and one fatality recorded.