West Nile Cases
|Updated: 8/16/2012 5:48 pm
||Published: 8/16/2012 4:49 pm
Ten cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus have now been confirmed in Arkansas this year.
That's compared to only one case last year.
Today, the state health department asked doctors to keep watch for the disease and send samples for lab testing of suspected cases.
West Nile numbers are up in surrounding states too.
And the health department says the number of Arkansas cases is expected to rise.
Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or a rash.
AR Smoking Study
It seems efforts to curb tobacco use in Arkansas have paid off.
That's according to a new rand corporation study.
Cigarette use in the state has been cut by nearly one-third.
And it's reduced the incident of tobacco-related illnesses such as heart attacks and stroke.
Still, the rand study says Arkansas could take further action to become a national leader in tobacco control by raising taxes and adding smoke-free laws to more public spaces.
Eggs as bad as smoking
You might want to slow down on eating eggs.
They could be just as bad as smoking - depending on how many you eat.
A new study suggests just three egg yolks per week can accelerate heart disease almost as much as smoking.
The results show patients who ate three or more yolks each week - had significantly more plaque in their arteries than patients who ate fewer than three per week.