Possible mold concerns at Independence Co. Sheriff’s Dept.

Employees claim mold is potential cause of headaches

Tyson recalls 69,000 pounds of chicken strips over possible metal contamination

Knowledge is key when it comes to heart health

Baby cough syrup recalled due to bacteria contamination

Where you live can impact your longevity

  NYIT works to get doctors in rural areas

Helping children in the hospital enjoy playtime

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  Arkansas State University student makes it on “American Ninja Warrior”

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

Proposed E-Cigarette policy impacts fruity flavors in retail

Opioid overdose prevention project kicks off in Trumann

  Consuming three or more eggs per day increases risk of heart disease, study says

Third medical marijuana cultivator approved to start growing

Survey: Electronic forms of communications replacing face to face communication among young people

Some experts are pointing the blame at technology as to why mental health issues may be increasing among young people, a new survey shows.

Arkansas bill: Raise cigarette taxes to pay for tax cuts

State Senator Jim Hendren on Thursday unveiled a $100 million proposal to cut taxes for low-income earners and to raise the state's standard deduction.

  St. Bernards expands into Pocahontas for town’s hospital

St. Bernards has expanded into Randolph County today to now lease Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

  Program bridges the gap between disabilities and the workforce

Founder of Transitions for Life and Career Mary Broadaway said her son is the reason why she started the program in the first place.

Arkansas lawmakers send governor 18-week abortion ban

Health officials confirm measles case in eastern Missouri

Pilot program to provide veterans with free genetic testing

  Program designed to accelerate health research

“Overwhelming” attendance at St. Louis medical marijuana conference

63 Arkansans now dead due to flu

Second medical marijuana cultivation facility approved to grow product

The second of Arkansas’ medical marijuana cultivation facilities was approved to begin growing marijuana.

Arkansas physician-assisted suicide bill fails before panel

A proposal to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives has failed before an Arkansas House panel

  New treatments needed for early-onset colon cancer

After striking differences were found between colon cancer cancers that strike people over age 50 and those diagnosed in younger adults, doctors said the medical community needs to re-think early-onset colon cancer.

Doctors say shapewear isn’t good for you

Shapewear, known for its capabilities to control and shape women’s figures, could be weakening your core.It can flatten, smooth and potentially even squeeze you into a smaller size. But, is it worth it?

  Poplar Bluff school calls off class due to flu

A wave of flu related illnesses is forcing school officials at Sacred Heart School of Poplar Bluff to call off class Tuesday, March 12 through Friday, March 15.

  Health talk hosted to educate the community on diabetes

Health talk panel discussion hosted by NEA Baptist answers diabetic persons questions

Missouri medical marijuana licenses in high demand

Missouri plans to license more than 300 medical marijuana-related businesses this year, and if that's not enough, the program director says more will be approved

  Triathlete swept off her feet at competition

Region 8 woman wins unexpected proposal at triathlon.

  Take a snooze: It’s National Napping Day

Daylight Saving Time already got you feeling a bit rundown?You’re in luck. It’s National Napping Day.

Yoga helps those battling PTSD

Stretching out PTSD helps veterans relieve stress

  St. Bernards hosts program to battle Parkinson’s Disease

Boxing is involved for knocking out Parkinson’s Disease in Craighead County.

Narcan use on the rise in Little Rock

The Little Rock Police Department said that since they been keeping track, the use of the life-saving drug Narcan has increased.

  Caught on Cam: Waitress save choking customer

Swiderski was trained in the Heimlich Maneuver during her years as a flight attendant and again when she started working at Rib City.

Doctors use genetic approach to treat children with epilepsy

Doctors in Texas looked at genetic testing to find the key to treating children with epilepsy.

Osceola, Tuckerman schools among those closed Friday due to illness

Another Region 8 school district is closing due to illness.

Dentist saves 5-year-old girl by finding tumor during routine cleaning

After noticing several loose teeth, which was unusual for the girl’s age, the dentist asked for a panoramic X-ray and discovered a growing tumor in her jaw.

  Trippy ketamine-like drug approved for severe depression

A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression.

  D.O. Day celebrated at Arkansas State University

Medical students listen to professionals

“Dream BIG for Arkansas” bills signed into law

Governor Hutchinson signs multiple bills into law

Area school districts cancel classes due to illness

Walnut Ridge and Hoxie school districts closed the rest of the week.

  State requires pesticide, metal testing in medical marijuana

Arkansas is requiring facilities to test medical marijuana for pesticides, THC and CBD levels, and traces of heavy metal.

FDA: Asbestos found in Claire’s cosmetics

The FDA is warning consumers not to use three Claire’s brand cosmetic products after tests found they contained asbestos.

Arkansas bill allowing no-prescription birth control OK’d

The Arkansas House has approved legislation allowing pharmacists to dispense birth-control pills without a prescription, the day after the bill narrowly failed in the same chamber

  Program to benefit newborns and volunteers

St. Bernards has started a program to help NICU infants by allowing volunteers to come in and hold the babies. Studies prove holding and cuddling infants shortens their stay in NICUs.

ADH: 57 dead due to the flu in Arkansas

The number of deaths in Arkansas due to the flu continues to rise.

  Teen tells Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 — and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

Doctor suggests smiling to help heart health

Smiling may reduce stress and benefit our heart health, according to doctors.

  Reimbursement rates in new system concern pharmacists

A new system in place changes how Medicaid is billed for about 50,000 Arkansans that have developmental disabilities or severe mental illness.

New law is saving women’s lives

Missouri law requires health insurance cover mammograms.

  Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine not linked to autism, study says

The lead researcher said the idea that vaccines cause autism is still around and is getting a lot of attention on social media. He said they wanted to provide solid scientific answers on the issue.

  A Better Region 8: Life saving techniques taught in schools

Finding yourself in the middle of an emergency like a car crash or the immediate aftermath of a tornado can happen in a blink of an eye.

Birth control pill recall announced by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising the public about a nationwide, voluntary recall initiated by Apotex Corp. on a birth control pill.

Le Bonheur to expand Heart Institute

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital to expand Heart Institute.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

  FDA approves six-in-one vaccine for infants, young children

A new vaccine is promising one less shot and possibly fewer tears for young children.

30,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to extraneous material contamination

These products could be in your freezer.

  Program to intrigue future medical students

Structure, Function and Technology program provides students with an in-depth experience of what it's like in the life of a medical student.

  Club designed to help those with lung disease

Partnerships work together to help those with lung disease by providing education on the matter and support.

Thousands of dollars are donated to multiple organizations

$30,000 donated to deserving groups.

New technology for the NICU

Something every parent wants to do after their child is born is hold their baby. But, that has proven to be a challenge for parents of babies that are in neonatal intensive care units.Soon, that could be changing thanks to new technology being developed.

Woman’s weight loss journey inspires others

Weight and blood pressure are known to be closely associated. One woman in South Carolina quickly realized the importance of the two, and began to live a healthier lifestyle after a scary diagnosis.Her realization and new lifestyle is now inspiring many.

Arkansas Senate votes to require ‘abortion reversal’ notices

The Arkansas Senate has voted to require doctors give written notice to women undergoing drug-induced abortions that the procedure can be halted halfway, despite criticism from medical groups who say science does not back up those claims

Missouri to create center for rural students’ mental health

The University of Missouri has received a $10 million federal grant to establish a National Center for Rural School Mental Health

  End of flu season concerns

While flu season is coming to a close, some are worried about a potential uptick in cases.

  Flu cases on the rise in Region 8

Batesville School District closed recently due to high volume of students and teachers with the flu.

New parents won’t get a good night’s sleep for at least 6 years, study says

Finally, science proves what parents have been feeling since the beginning of time, having a newborn absolutely messes up your sleep cycle.

Death toll due to flu rises to 38 in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health reported seven more people are dead due to the flu this season in Arkansas.

Adults vaccinated as kids may not be protected against the measles now

If you were born between 1957 and the early 70s, you may not be protected from the measles.

Alzheimer’s treatment offers hope

Doctors in Rhode Island hope to slow or even halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease through a new experimental treatment.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

Hospital app puts doctor in patient’s hands

A Region 8 hospital wants to put doctors and nurse practitioners in the palm of a patient's hand.

High blood pressure medicine recalled due to NDEA impurity

Patients taking this medication are urged to continue taking the medication as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

Green beans and butternut squash recalled due to Listeria concerns

Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Arkansas House approves tightening abortion ban to 18 weeks

The Arkansas House has approved a proposal banning abortion 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, moving the state toward enacting what could be the strictest prohibition in the country

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

Arkansas college teams up with medical facility

Medical college partners with a medical facility to provide the best training possible to students.

Calling all “cuddlers” to hold babies

St. Bernards Medical Center is looking for volunteers to cuddle babies.