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How sodium, potassium affect your health

How sodium, potassium affect your health

A new study shows that a diet high in sodium and low in potassium doubles the risk of dying from a heart attack and is associated with a 50% increased risk of death from any cause.  The study recorded the diet of 12,000 U.S.

Lyon acquires AEDs for campus

Lyon acquires AEDs for campus

BATESVILLE, Ark. — On most days when he is not in class, Lyon College student Jerry Davis can often be found in Becknell Gymnasium playing basketball. It is exactly what he was doing on a cold day in February when he became winded. He took a short break to cool off and later went to the campus game room to play table tennis with a friend.

But while playing table tennis, Davis’ heart began racing and his body grew faint. He decided to go back to his dorm room and rest. On the way to his room, he collapsed. His friend caught him, helped him lie on the ground, and summoned an ambulance immediately.

Davis struggled to breathe as his heart rate continued to increase.

An ambulance arrived approximately 20 minutes later and Davis was transported to White River Medical Center for observation.

Fortunately Davis was okay, but the incident brought to light the need for automated external defibrillators (AED) on campus.

Celebrate an injury-free Independence Day

Celebrate an injury-free Independence Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fireworks stands across the state are starting to do big business as Arkansans prepare to celebrate the Independence Day weekend.

Because Attorney General Dustin McDaniel hopes everyone has a safe and happy holiday, he issued these safety tips to remind Arkansans about state laws concerning fireworks.

Take precautions against melanoma

Take precautions against melanoma

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – With summer heat already scorching Arkansas, there are precautions you can take to help prevent a melanoma, a dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease.

“Early detection is the key. That’s why people with a high risk need to see a dermatologist from time to time. If you detect it early, you can prevent the spreading of it,” said Dr. P.K. Reddy, medical oncologist at the Mercy Cancer Center in Hot Springs, Ark.

When people spend time in sunlight, cells called melanocytes make more of a skin pigment called melanin. This causes the skin to tan. But if the skin receives too much ultraviolet light, the melanocytes may begin to grow abnormally and become cancerous, a condition referred to as a melanoma.

Arkansas's first all-girls fitness camp -- Camp iRock

Arkansas's first all-girls fitness camp -- Camp iRock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC), in collaboration with Arkansas Children's Hospital and Girl Scout-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will host its first ever residential fitness camp. Camp iRock is for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades and will be held at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock on June 19-25.

The camp is a week-long program of activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and building self-confidence in young girls. Campers will be equipped with the necessary tools and support to help them achieve and maintain optimum fitness and nutrition in their daily lives. The camp is free for 40 girls from around the State of Arkansas.

Food Cravings -- Fight or Give In?

Food Cravings -- Fight or Give In?

Do you sometimes feel you must have chocolate, potato chips, or ice cream? Then you know what it's like to experience a food craving.

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Consider this: Where would you turn for advice on assisting a loved one affected by Alzheimer's? How will your basic needs be met should your child become ill with cancer? What kinds of chemicals and additives are in your food -- and how is it affecting your health?

Do you know where to go to even get these answers?

Earlier this spring I was able to attend an event at War Memorial Stadium called "Little Rock Serves," which is sponsored by Create Little Rock, an arm of the Little Rock Chamber.