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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.

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.

Join the cause: Raise awareness for ALS

Join the cause: Raise awareness for ALS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The 3rd Annual Lester M. Vahsholtz BIKE & HIKE FOR ALS is coming up in two weeks and features an 18 mile bike ride, a 3.5 mile hike, and an 18 mile return bike trip.  

The event starts at 7am. on August 17 in North Little Rock’s Riverfront Park at MARK TWAIN Riverboat & Sandbar Lounge. You’ll ride from North Little Rock to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Hike Pinnacle Mountain (The ride will offer a transition station to hold your bike and gear while you hike), then ride back to North Little Rock! Afterward, you can cool off, or sit out on the deck of the Sandbar Lounge.

All of this is to raise awareness and funds for ALS Association of Arkansas.

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/bikehikeforals2014

Blood drives happening in August

Blood drives happening in August

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Red Cross)— The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood – the need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

Reminder of New Immunization Requirements for the 2014-15 School Year

Reminder of New Immunization Requirements for the 2014-15 School Year
 

The Arkansas State Board of Health has recently mandated some new immunizations for the 2014-2015 school year.

The law will go into effect September 1, 2014. Students will have until October 1, 2014 to show proof to their school that they have obtained the needed vaccines. If a parent cannot provide documentation that the student has received the necessary vaccines by October 1, 2014, the student will be excluded from school at that time. The student will not be allowed to enter school until the necessary documentation is provided.

PCSSD to participate in summer food service program at open sites

PCSSD to participate in summer food service program at open sites

The Pulaski County Special School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program from June 30 through July 17. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

  • Maumelle Middle School, 1000 Carnahan Drive, Maumelle
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School, 10001 Johnson Street, Sherwood
  • Fuller Middle School, 808 East Dixon Road, Little Rock

 

Breakfast start time – 7 a.m. until 7:30 a.m.

Snack time – 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

 

Dates for the program are June 30, 2014 - July 17, 2014.