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Arkansas man owes life to mystery organ donor

Arkansas man owes life to mystery organ donor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I was nervous, scared, apprehensive," all feelings Donovan Tucker says he experienced towards the end of 2013 upon receiving his diagnosis of liver disease and liver cirrhosis.

Dr. Frederick Bentley said, "There's medical therapy that kind of mitigates some of the symptoms and things like that but there is no other substitute therapy." Without a liver transplant people ultimately die from the illness. Fortunately for Tucker, he was only on the transplant list for about four months, before finally getting the call.

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"I know that I'm very fortunate," Tucker explained. He said he has not been able to tell his story without being overwhelmed by emotion, but as UAMS Dr. Frederick Bentley explains, it is easy to understand why. Dr. Bentley said, "To see someone who is very ill and sometimes on death's doorstep, it was truly amazing."

Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line

Wal-Mart and Wild Oats Unveil Cheaper Organic Line

Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers... Read More

Little Rock will walk toward a world free of MS on April 12

Little Rock will walk toward a world free of MS on April 12

Hundreds of residents from Little Rock and surrounding communities will join together for Walk MS: Central Arkansas 2014 on Saturday, April 12 at the Little Rock River Market to make a powerful statement and keep moving toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. Walk MS: Central Arkansas is a signature fundraising event for the National MS Society that raises funds to support MS research and provide services to individuals impacted by multiple sclerosis. The Society strives to raise $100,000 this year from Little Rock-area partners and participants to drive research for a cure and support vital programs and services that serve more than 6,800 Arkansans affected by multiple sclerosis, including more than 3,000 diagnosed with the disease.

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

Baptist Health announces opening of new community wellness center

Baptist Health announces opening of new community wellness center

LITTLE ROCK, AR (BH) – Last year Baptist Health’s community wellness centers provided screenings and health services for more than 10,600 underserved Arkansans. Now even more patients can be seen with the opening of Baptist Health’s 17th wellness center located at Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock.

This new church-based center will be open the second Monday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m. at 1215 South Schiller Street and is operated by community health nurses.

The free health services will vary at each wellness center, but some of the offerings include blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings; diabetes, prenatal, tobacco, health and weight management education classes; immunizations and flu shots; and community referrals and care coordination. The purpose of these centers is to help local residents prevent common health problems through education and screenings for early detection and treatment.

Vet lab loses accreditation

Vet lab loses accreditation

But recognition voluntary; lab making changes. by Leslie Newell Peacock

The state veterinary lab of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, which offers a wide variety of services to the state, such as testing chickens for avian influenza, cattle for brucellosis, pigs for diarrhea, various pet diseases and more, has had in the past five years or so three directors, three deputy directors and three lab directors.

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Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is giving local heroes from across the country a chance to win a custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. One of the local heroes nominated for the competition is from right here in central Arkansas.

Becky Justice, a 38-year-old from Cabot, has been proving people wrong most of her life. Affected with Spina Bifida*, Justice said she fought her school in the early 1990s to make the campus wheelchair accessible rather than giving in and finding a different school. Now, she’s trying to once again to gain her independence through a contest made possible by NMEDA.

 “I was told that I helped to start the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) because of my part in helping to make the school wheelchair accessible,” Justice wrote on her NMEDA entry.