West Nile Deaths, Smartphones and Sleep
West Nile Deaths
|Updated: 8/29/2012 5:41 pm
||Published: 8/29/2012 4:57 pm
The Arkansas Department of Health tells FOX16 News three people have now died from the West Nile Virus, with a total of 27 cases reported in the state so far this year.
On a map updated today by the centers for disease control, Pulaski County reports seven cases of West Nile - that's more than any other county in the state.
Columbia County reports three cases.
Two people each have had the virus in saline and union counties.
The CDC totals are behind the state health department's numbers and do not include the two latest cases.
The virus, passed to humans through mosquito bites, has no cure.
Smartphones and Sleep
Keeping your smart phone or tablet by your bedside may affect your sleep.
Researchers now say the back-lit displays on these devices can cause your melatonin levels to drop making it much harder to fall asleep.
They found after two hours of exposure melatonin levels were suppressed by more than 20%.
Melatonin is a hormone involved in regulating our body clock and fluctuations can influence our desire to stay awake or go asleep.
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