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How sodium, potassium affect your health

How sodium, potassium affect your health

A new study shows that a diet high in sodium and low in potassium doubles the risk of dying from a heart attack and is associated with a 50% increased risk of death from any cause.  The study recorded the diet of 12,000 U.S.

Celebrate an injury-free Independence Day

Celebrate an injury-free Independence Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fireworks stands across the state are starting to do big business as Arkansans prepare to celebrate the Independence Day weekend.

Because Attorney General Dustin McDaniel hopes everyone has a safe and happy holiday, he issued these safety tips to remind Arkansans about state laws concerning fireworks.

Third ozone advisory issued for central Arkansas

Third ozone advisory issued for central Arkansas

What:
An Ozone Action Advisory has been declared for June 29, 2011.  The ozone forecast is orange, which means that outdoor activities may be unhealthy for sensitive groups.
 
When:
Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
 
Who:
Counties affected include: Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke and Saline. Active children and adults, as well as people with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exposure.
 
More:
Those most at risk to ozone exposure include – children, the elderly, and persons with breathing problems.  High ozone concentrations may reduce visibility, aggravate pre-existing respiratory illnesses and even cause symptoms in normally healthy persons who engage in strenuous physical activity outdoors. Symptoms of ozone exposure may include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, headaches, nausea and eye and throat irritation.

Take precautions against melanoma

Take precautions against melanoma

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – With summer heat already scorching Arkansas, there are precautions you can take to help prevent a melanoma, a dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease.

“Early detection is the key. That’s why people with a high risk need to see a dermatologist from time to time. If you detect it early, you can prevent the spreading of it,” said Dr. P.K. Reddy, medical oncologist at the Mercy Cancer Center in Hot Springs, Ark.

When people spend time in sunlight, cells called melanocytes make more of a skin pigment called melanin. This causes the skin to tan. But if the skin receives too much ultraviolet light, the melanocytes may begin to grow abnormally and become cancerous, a condition referred to as a melanoma.

Free HIV testing available around Arkansas this week

Free HIV testing available around Arkansas this week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Each year on June 27, the National Association of People with AIDS – in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), www.AIDS.gov and other national and local entities across the country – organizes National HIV Testing Day to promote HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the U.S.

The theme of this observance is “Take the Test, Take Control,” which sends a powerful message about learning one’s HIV status. There is much work to do.

The CDC estimates that 55 percent of U.S. adults (ages 18-64) and 28 percent of adults with a risk factor for HIV have not been tested. If you are infected with HIV, you can access effective life-extending treatment, avoid HIV transmission to partners and have a better quality of life.

National HIV Testing Day is a reminder that HIV testing saves lives.

Free Zumba class at Laman

Free Zumba class at Laman

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Public Library is hosting a free ZUMBA class Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. Space is limited and patrons are asked to register. Call (501) 687-1061 for more information.

NLRSD sets dates for flu clinics

NLRSD sets dates for flu clinics

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- North Heights Elementary School will have a flu clinic  November 29, 2011. Crestwood  Elementary School will have one December 6, 2011.

The time is 2 - 6 pm each day.