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Decreased risk of colorectal cancer linked with higher selenium levels

December 18, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

An essential micronutrient for human health, foods such as brazil nuts, shellfish, red meat and offal are rich in selenium. According to the National Institutes of Health, selenium plays roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism and DNA syntheses, and has protective benefits against oxidative damage and infection. Low selenium intake has been associated with increased risk […]

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Arkansas Cancer Summit XVI

December 4, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

Cancer has touched the lives of virtually every family in Arkansas.  The Arkansas Cancer Coalition (ACC) is a network of over 1,000 cancer control stakeholders from across the state working collectively to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the burden of cancer for every Arkansan.  Progress is being made.  Education, early screening and detection and improved treatment […]

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October 23, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

Red Ribbon Week is by far the largest and oldest drug prevention campaign in the country, and one of the most effective for preventing drug use among youth. The Red Ribbon Week health observance is actively celebrated in nearly all US middle schools and high schools, which have locally based campaigns for Red Ribbon Week every year. Speakers […]

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 10, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

Every person should know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer, and any time an abnormality is discovered, it should be investigated by a healthcare professional.  Most people who have breast cancer symptoms and signs will initially notice only one or two, and the presence of these symptoms and signs do not automatically mean that […]

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CVS Stops Selling Tobacco Products-Offers Quit-Smoking Programs

September 3, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

CVS Caremark plans to stop selling tobacco products in all of its stores starting Wednesday — a move health experts hope will be followed by other major drugstore chains. CVS is also launching a smoking-cessation campaign that will include an assessment of the smoker’s “readiness to quit,” education, medication support to help curb the desire to […]

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American Heart Association Issues E-Cigarette Recommendations

August 25, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

While much is still unknown about the rapidly growing electronic cigarette industry, e-cigarettes are dangerous because they target young people, can keep people hooked on nicotine, and threaten to “re-normalize” tobacco use, according to the American Heart Association’s first policy statement on these products. The American Heart Association – which over the years has actively advocated against […]

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Skin Cancer Overview

August 7, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

What are the risk factors for skin cancer? Risk factors for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers include: Unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation (sunlight or tanning booths and lamps) Pale skin (easily sunburned, doesn’t tan much or at all, natural red or blond hair) Workplace exposure to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or radium […]

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UAMS Breast Center First in Central Arkansas to Offer 3-D Mammograms

August 4, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

  LITTLE ROCK – Women in central Arkansas have new tool in the fight against breast cancer.   The Breast Center at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute announces the addition 3-D mammography technology to its full array of services. The UAMS Breast Center is the only facility in central Arkansas to offer this […]

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Study Finds Children Living With People Who Smoke Miss More School

August 4, 2014 | By Kevin Holmes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Aug. 6, 2012) – A study published by PEDIATRICS® found that children living with one or more adults who smoked in the home were absent from school more days per year than children living in a home without people who smoke.  The study also showed that children living with two or more […]

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