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Ragweed season in full swing

Ragweed season in full swing

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Fall allergy season is already in the air. One of the most common allergens in Arkansas right now is ragweed.

"Here in Arkansas it usually begins in the second or third week of August," said Dr. Karl Sitz, Little Rock Allergy and Asthma Clinic. "And will peak in the first or second week of September, and continue until early October."

He said the plant is more recognizable that you may realize.

"It's a bush that you can look at as you're driving down the road and you'll see it growing on the side of the road in ditches," he said.

The classic symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, watery eyes and a runny nose. But with other fall pollens in the air, it's hard to know for sure if ragweed is the cause of those symptoms.

Celebrating 2nd Annual A Vintage Affair for MS

Celebrating 2nd Annual A Vintage Affair for MS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual A Vintage Affair for MS, presented by Bank of the Ozarks, will take place Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Next Level Events in the Historic Union Station in Little Rock. This annual auction and wine tasting event raises funds and awareness to support the National MS Society’s vision of creating a world free of multiple sclerosis.

Hospital reports increase in snake bites

Hospital reports increase in snake bites

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Doctors and nurses at Arkansas Children's Hospital are reporting a 50 percent increase in snake bites this summer.

Children's Hospital typically sees 20 to 25 snake bites a year, but already this year they've treated 30 cases. Donna Parnell-Beasley is the trauma coordinator at Arkansas Children's Hospital, and she says they're not really sure about the uptick, but wants parents to be aware.

"Children may have been outside playing more than when it's really, really hot."

Parnell-Beasley says 2014 is shaping up to be the summer of snakes

"The majority of the injuries we've seen this summer have been on feet where children step down next to a snake and a snake bites them."

Project Runway Alumn Korto Momolu to speak at breastfeeding education event

Project Runway Alumn Korto Momolu to speak at breastfeeding education event

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas Department of Health, Sisters United, UAMS College of Medicine, and Baptist Health are coming together to host an event for pregnant women, new moms, and breastfeeding mothers.

The free event on Sat., Aug. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is intended to discuss breastfeeding successes and challenges in addition to featuring health booths, prizes, breakfast, massages, and more.

It will be held at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on 501 West Ninth Street. Special guests include breastfeeding mom, Korto Momolu (Project Runway) and Dr. William Greenfield, OB/GYN      

UAMS Fertility Center gives new hope to Arkansans

UAMS Fertility Center gives new hope to Arkansans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Infertility issues can be devastating for couples hoping to start a family, but there's new hope in Central Arkansas now that UAMS has reinvented its women's health center.

"I think there is a lot of misconception about fertility that if you go to a fertility doctor, you're going to have 8 or 10 babies or something," said 32-year-old Shanna McKeller. "But that's not necessarily the case."

All Shanna McKeller and her husband Jason ever wanted was one baby.

"After three years of trying, we finally got pregnant and we lost that baby," McKeller said.

Two years and two miscarriages later, the couple went from doctor to doctor, looking for a solution.

"A lot of doctors don't give you answers so we just wanted answers as to what we needed to do," she said.

Department of Health unveils new non-smoking campaign

Department of Health unveils new non-smoking campaign

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Health unveils a new campaign encouraging smokers that quitting is possible.

The campaign features Alberta Faye Hires, a former smoker and Quitline graduate, who took steps towards a healthier lifestyle in 2008 and now runs marathons.

Doctor Gary Wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health believes telling positive stories like Hires's is the key to making an impact.

"We're sharing a positive story because we want people to know that they can do it, they just need to stick to it and keep seeking help and assistance and they can be successful and that's what happened with Alberta Faye," said Wheeler.

Since 2008, nearly 60,000 Arkansans have called the Quitline for help to stop smoking.

Race for the Cure scheduled for October

Race for the Cure scheduled for October

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Women united in the city on Tuesday as the Arkansas chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation made their big "Race for the Cure" announcement.

The theme for this year's race is "Move. Be Moved".

A breast cancer survivor spoke at the event today, describing her fight and what the race means to her.

"My wonderful husband Barry Marshall and my beautiful daughter Mattie Underwood were right by my side during the process giving constant, love, care, support and it's this same love that you cannot help but to experience on the race day," said survivor Celese Marshall.

The race is set for Saturday, October 4th. Their goal is set at $1.6 million for breast cancer research, education, screenings and treatments.

The Arkansas Race for the Cure is one of the largest Komen events across the country.