Flu deaths; St. Vincent honored; cancer deaths down

Flu deaths; St. Vincent honored; cancer deaths down

The ADH says 16 Arkansans have died from the flu in the current wide-spread outbreak. St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock has become the first and only hospital to earn the magnet recognition designation. The overall death rate from cancer has dropped 20-percent from its peak in 1991
The Arkansas Department of Health says 16 Arkansans have died from the flu in the current wide-spread outbreak.

Health officials say the type of flu going around is called H3N2 which is often linked to more serious diseases compared to some other flu varieties.

CDC researchers estimate this year's flu vaccine is 60-percent effective.

We want to remind all Arkansans it's not too late to get vaccinated.

St. Vincent honored with magnet recognition

St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock has become the first and only hospital to earn the magnet recognition designation.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center honors hospitals with the designation for showing excellence in nursing leadership, practice, innovation and positive outcome.

There are only 395 magnet designated organizations throughout the entire world.

Cancer deaths down 20% since 1991

The overall death rate from cancer has dropped 20-percent from its peak in 1991, according to new statistics from the American Cancer Society.

That translates to nearly 1.2 million deaths from cancer that were avoided during that time.

According to the report, death rates continue to decline for lung, colon, breast and prostate cancers, which are responsible for the most cancer deaths.

But the report also includes grim news.

The ACS estimates 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year and more than 580,000 will die from the disease.

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