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More protesting on Tuesday for disabled rights

More protesting on Tuesday for disabled rights


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - More demonstrations were held on Tuesday after protesters bombarded the Arkansas Health Care Association Headquarters.

On Monday, dozens gathered with a disability rights group refusing to give up the fight for their rights.

The group wants the ability to choose their support instead of being forced into nursing facilities and institutions.

Little Rock police were called to U.S. Representative Mike Ross' office on Tuesday afternoon and have made more arrests for disorderly conduct for people refusing to get out of the street.

Little Rock neighborhood supports boy with cancer

Little Rock neighborhood supports boy with cancer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- 10-year old Luke Siria was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May. Since then, he has undergone surgery and just completed 6 weeks of radiation treatment.

His neighbors want him to know he has their support around the clock. In almost every window for nearly a mile, residents of this Little Rock neighborhood have hung blue signs in their windows in support of Luke Siria.

Catherine Cole who lives on Kingwood Road says it's a tight-knit neighborhood.

"I think its a special street to live on, we all have kind of supported each other through the years."

But never has that support been so noticeable until now.

Jennifer Holman, another neighbor on Kingwood says the idea for the window signs came from Daniel Sheldon, a friend of Luke's who lives on their street.

"He walked door to door and gave them to everyone and that way at least you could do something. You could show support."

The Salvation Army needs YOU at Bacon Fest!

The Salvation Army needs YOU at Bacon Fest!
Come volunteer with us at Bacon Fest Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. As a State Fair partner, The Salvation Army has been invited to participate at this inaugural Bacon Fest event. Our presence at this event is an opportunity to promote our service opportunities like the State Fair Food Drive (which will be held October 14 this year).

UALR tackles growing issue of student suicides

UALR tackles growing issue of student suicides

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students in the United States. 80 percent of college students who attempt suicide never seek help afterward. By region, the south has the most suicides each year. In the nation, Arkansas ranks 15th in deaths by suicide.

Arkansas is the only state without a federal grant to help with suicide prevention. However, that has not deterred college campuses from taking this growing problem into their own hands. That's why the University of Arkansas at Little Rock declares this week "Suicide Prevention Week".

The number of suicides is on the rise. Already this summer, a third year student committed suicide, and another student committed suicide last spring.

Dr. Michael Kirk, director for UALR's counseling and career services, says the worst semester on record for the school was in the fall of 2012 when 11 suicide attempts were reported.

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid plan not revenue-neutral

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid plan not revenue-neutral

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Government auditors say Arkansas' private option Medicaid plan will cost taxpayers an extra $778 million over the next three years rather than being "revenue-neutral" to the federal budget.

The Department of Health and Human Services disagreed with the findings, which were released Monday. It said the federal Government Accountability Office didn't take into consideration major program changes within Arkansas' Medicaid system.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe said the report was prepared without anyone at the GAO contacting Arkansas for its input. Spokesman Matt DeCample said the state should expect higher startup costs as 200,000 people enter the health care system, but that costs eventually will be lower as the population becomes healthier.

Under the plan, Arkansas will use Medicaid funds to provide private health insurance for poor people.

Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood

Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (RedCross) — Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.

UAMS opens adult Spina Bifida clinic

UAMS opens adult Spina Bifida clinic

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UAMS) – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has opened an adult Spina Bifida Clinic, the first multidisciplinary clinic available to adult patients in Arkansas.

 

Spina bifida is a developmental disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube before a baby is born.

 

The UAMS clinic will help coordinate the patients' complex care needs with different UAMS specialists and with their primary care physicians. The clinic includes physicians and staff from urology, wound care nurses, and medical social workers who will coordinate with other UAMS medical services including physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic and reconstructive surgery, general surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedics.