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Blood Drive events for the month of Nov. in Pulaski County

Blood Drive events for the month of Nov. in Pulaski County

Nov. 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sylvan Hills High School, 484 Bear Paw Road in Sherwood, Ark.

Nov. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, 5301 Northshore Drive in North Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 401 S. Monroe in Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Red Cross, 4548 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock, Ark.

Live Salsa Music & More During Latino Food & Music Festival

Live Salsa Music & More During Latino Food & Music Festival

Saturday, September 14, 6-10pm, enjoy a night of delicious Latin food, wonderful atmosphere, live salsa music, and even better company!

Featuring food vendors from Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia, Columbia & Nicaragua. It all happens at the Argenta Farmers Market Plaza, 520 Main Street, Argenta Arts District, downtown NLR.

It takes all blood types to help save lives

It takes all blood types to help save lives

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the 2 percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a shortage.

Those with O negative, A negative and B negative are especially urged to donate, as their blood types are often in high demand because they can potentially be transfused to both Rh negative and positive patients. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient.

Vacations, activities and holidays contribute to a decrease in donations during the summer, but patients don’t get a break from needing blood. Visit the Summer of Stories campaign website, redcrossblood.org/summer, to make an appointment to donate, then share why you give blood and watch videos about people whose lives have been touched by donors.

UAMS purchases Thea Arts Festival featured painting by Matt McLeod

UAMS purchases Thea Arts Festival featured painting by Matt McLeod

Thea Foundation and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) are pleased to announce that UAMS has purchased a one-of-a-kind painting titled Art Fair by Matt McLeod, the featured artist of the second annual Thea Arts Festival held on April 27 in the Argenta Arts District, for the permanent art collection in the UAMS Medical Center.  The acquisition of this painting is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous private foundation that provided a grant for the purpose of acquiring art for the UAMS Medical Center.

This painting will join others installed in public spaces for the benefit of patients and their families and other visitors and UAMS staff. The art collection is being developed through the generosity of private donors and philanthropic foundations for the good of UAMS and for all who share in the benefits of our state-sponsored health care system and educational work.  

Matt McLeod

UALR, Kognito offers students help for with depression, anxiety

UALR, Kognito offers students help for with depression, anxiety

Kognito Interactive’s web-based, interactive training prepares students, faculty and staff to identify and help students exhibiting signs of mental distress, such as depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide.

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (May 7, 2013) – University of Arkansas at Little Rock has partnered with Kognito Interactive to offer an online, avatar-based gatekeeper training where users learn the common indicators of psychological distress and how best to approach at-risk students for referral to the university’s counseling center. UALR offers two Kognito programs, At-Risk for College Students and At-Risk for Faculty & Staff. Each training program is tailored to a specific type of user: college students and RAs, as well as administrators, faculty and staff, respectively.

Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

Event returns to Burns Park to celebrate health, raise funds for research

Event returns to Burns Park to celebrate health, raise funds for research

Central Arkansas Heart Walk April 20 encourages physical activity, supports American Heart Association

LITTLE ROCK – The annual 5K non-competitive Central Arkansas Heart Walk is designed to bring public awareness to physical activity and a heart-healthy lifestyle, while raising the critical dollars needed to fund heart disease and stroke research and educational programs in the region. Teams are made up of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages. This year’s event is supported by more than 300 local teams that will help the American Heart Association reach the $350,000 goal.