Jonesboro woman fighting deadly superbug following surgery

A Jonesboro woman who traveled to Mexico for bariatric surgery returned home with a rare and potentially deadly strain of bacteria.

  Blood test may detect Alzheimer’s disease 16 years in advance

15 flu-related deaths reported in Arkansas so far this season

ADH issues alert regarding medical surgeries in Mexico

All 5 Arkansas medical marijuana plans under construction

A Better Region 8: Arkansas General Assembly now in session

Court asked to block lawmaker testimony on LGBT rights law

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Study finds one workout can have prolonged effects on metabolism

Ketogenic diet raising concerns

Flu deaths continue to rise in Arkansas

Another 1,200 dropped from Arkansas Medicaid over work rule

Arkansas health official resigns over abortion clinic vote

Americans now more likely to die of accidental opioid overdose than in a car accident

Flu activity in Region 8 comparatively low

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it’s another bad flu season with 7.3 million people reported as sick with the flu so far this season. But how does Region 8 stack up?

GCT student suffers minor injuries after being hit by bus

A Greene County Tech student was hurt after being hit by a school bus Monday afternoon.

A Better Region 8: Drive for Life

This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is the Drive For Life blood drive.

New diet sweeps the nation for weight loss

The Keto diet is being proclaimed around the world as one of the best ways to shed pounds.

Rural Missouri seeing increase in Hepatitis C cases

One dead, 14 sickened in suspected Fentanyl mass overdose

ADH: Possible case of Hepatitis A exposure at Cheddar’s

Heartland dietitian warns against Keto diet

Man goes through drastic transformation after change in lifestyle

Study criticizes high costs of air ambulances in Missouri

  Mom who lost daughter to flu warns others

Her little girl died of respiratory failure from the flu - just a day after coming home from school with a fever.

Time for Hepatitis A Booster

The impact of Hepatitis A is still being seen in Region 8, with one possible exposure already this year.

Arkansas moves closer toward launching medical pot program

An Arkansas panel has named 32 companies it intends to license to sell medical marijuana, two years after voters approved its legalization and following a series of delays that have frustrated patients and advocates

Doctor: Genetic testing guidelines limiting number of women getting tested

A doctor in Texas said the latest guidelines for genetic testing of breast cancer have limited the number of women who get tested.

Eleven Arkansans dead due to the flu

Eleven flu-related deaths have been reporting in Arkansas since the start of the current flu season.

Health care group gives money instead of taking it

Health care employees give back to the ones they care for.

First pharmacy benefits manager licenses issued

Arkansas issues first PBM license.

The US spends twice as much on health care than other developed countries, study says

The high cost of drugs is expected to be a focus of both Congress and the Trump administration in 2019

Pediatric nurse appointed to Arkansas marijuana board

A pediatric nurse has been appointed to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission

Know the risks of DNA testing kits

DNA kits were likely one of the hottest gifts this Christmas season.

Local hospitals discuss new price transparency requirement

Local hospitals help explain the new price transparency requirement.

Arkansas won’t issue medical marijuana cards until February

Arkansas' health department has yet to issue licenses to the thousands of residents approved to buy medical marijuana in the state.

13 children dead from flu so far this season, CDC says

The CDC says 19 states now have high levels of flu activity.

Woman, who has been in a coma for 14 years, gives birth at a nursing home

Police are investigating the possible rape of the woman, who gave birth to a healthy baby boy, even though she's been in a coma for more than a decade.

Woman in her 20s finds life-threatening blood clot

A medical emergency struck a woman in her twenties from Michigan, seemingly out of the blue.

Area police department seeking donations for “Stop the Bleeding” packs

An area police department is asking for help from the public in providing something that they say can literally save a person’s life.

Man with dementia relives favorite day by remarrying wife of 54 years

Even while living with dementia, the Wisconsin man hasn’t forgotten how much he loves his wife, so he wished to relive the best day of his life: their wedding day.

Partial gov’t shutdown could affect MO families who rely on WIC

If the government shutdown continues Hill said WIC offices in Missouri have enough funding to stay open through the end of February 2019.

10th flu related death reported in Arkansas

Nearly two-thirds of Arkansas counties saw flu cases, with 40 positive PCR flu tests during the last week of the year.

Hawaii now allows terminally ill patients to take their own lives with prescription drugs

The law requires patients to obtain two, independent diagnosis that they have six months or less to live. They also must go through psychological counseling.

Mediterranean diet named the best for 2019

People near the Mediterranean sea tend to live longer and are far less likely than Americans to suffer from cancer or heart disease, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Too many sugary drinks linked to higher kidney disease risk

As you consume more sugary drinks, your risk of chronic kidney disease goes up.

Fitness apps help with new year’s resolutions

It's time for New Year's resolutions, and apps can help with reaching health eating and workout goals.

Hospital welcomes New Year’s Baby

Hospital welcomes first 2019 baby.

Aurobindo Pharma recalls 80 lots of Valsartan Tablets for blood pressure, possible impurity

Patients taking the medication are encouraged to continue using because the health risk may be higher if discontinued without an alternative.

Storm damage causes boil water order in Hayti, MO

All Hayti water customers are under a boil water order until further notice.

UPDATE: Spirit takes action after passengers fall ill on Cleveland Frontier flight; water safe to drink at airport

Officials say six passengers fell ill on a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Tampa.

Don’t start your new year with a hangover

If your New Year’s Eve plans include adult beverages, we have some tips on how to avoid that New Year's Day hangover.

FDA warns some antibiotics could cause aortic aneurysms to rupture

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that some antibiotics could cause the rupture of aortic aneurysms.

New pill helps prevent HIV infection

Around 40,000 people are diagnosed with HIV each year, but, now thanks to a recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, there may be a solution to dramatically decrease that number.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

Newborns wrapped in stockings for Christmas

Each year, Baptist Health Louisville dresses newborn babies in stockings.

Report: Pediatric flu death reported

The state has seen its first pediatric death due to the flu since October, with the number of deaths now reaching six people, state health officials said Friday.

R2Knee2 comes to Region 8

The White River Medical Center is now the only orthopedic program in the state that offers robotic technology in conjunction with a literal hands-off approach that doctors say it will allow them to perform surgery more precisely.

Central Missouri sees spike in HIV diagnoses

Missouri is seeing a dramatic uptick in HIV diagnoses, a trend that health experts say is mostly concentrated in the central part of the state.

Toxic holiday stress can lead to blue Christmas

Spending the holidays with family is supposed to be a joyful time. But some doctors say the busy season can be stressful, leading to a blue Christmas.

Blood pressure medication recalled due to ‘unexpected impurity’

According to the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling two lots of Losartan potassium tablets,

State releases scores for medical marijuana dispensaries

The state of Arkansas released the scores that will determine which companies will receive licenses to sell medical marijuana.

  A Better Region 8: Teen vaping study

A new, federally funded study out this week shows an unprecedented jump in teen vaping over the past year.

Helping a family member with Alzheimer’s this holiday

The Alzheimer Association suggests meeting in a comfortable environment that doesn’t have too many distractions.

Use stairs to test your risk of heart disease, cancer

There is a simple way to check if you need to increase your exercise routine.

Memphis among top cities for high HIV rates

According to a recent CDC report, Memphis remains in the top 10 cities for the highest HIV rates.

Missouri begins to process toward medical marijuana

Missouri has begun the move toward medical marijuana, announcing start of the process for those who want to grow, make or sell marijuana products

Town hall held for final VA update of the year

Veterans Affairs released their final update of the year regarding their investigation into potentially misdiagnosed cases in Arkansas.

Gov. Hutchinson supports changes to Medicaid

Governor Asa Hutchinson said he supports potential cuts to the state’s Medicaid program, according to Fayetteville ABC affiliate KHBS.

5th flu-related death reported in Arkansas

A fifth flu-related death has been reported in Arkansas this flu season.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission meeting delayed

Arkansas MMC meeting won't happen til first of the year.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

New report shows stunning numbers on teen vaping and drug use

Teen vaping is up nationwide.

Heart attacks more likely to occur on Christmas Eve, study says

According to the American Heart Association, someone suffers a heart attack about every 40 seconds in the U.S.

A judge struck down ‘Obamacare.’ What’s next?

A group of 16 states, including California, and the District of Columbia intervened to defend the Affordable Care Act aka 'Obamacare,' and they announced soon after the ruling they would appeal.

More than 4,600 lose Medicaid in Arkansas over work rule

Arkansas officials say more than 4,600 people were kicked off the state's Medicaid expansion for not complying with a work requirement last month

Higginbotham Family Dental to offer free dental screenings

According to a release, Higginbotham plans to offer a one-day free dental screening at their Little Rock location.

Orangetheory Fitness announces opening date

Orangetheory Fitness announced its plans for its grand opening.

Same farm where romaine E. coli outbreak may have started issues recalls for other vegetables

The farm, Adams Bros. Farming Inc., said that other harvests of vegetables, culled last month, may be contaminated with the same strain of E. coli as the romaine lettuce.

Texas judge dismantles Obamacare, ruling individual mandate unconstitutional

A federal judge in Texas ruled that the rest of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, was inextricably linked to the individual mandate, and so the whole law is unconstitutional.

Partnership to provide medical experience to students

A new partnership provides medical training for students.

Why HIPAA laws are causing concerns among parents

Most parents don't think about not being able to access their child's medical records once they turn 19.