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An apple a day may keep strokes away

An apple a day may keep strokes away

Apples and pears may keep strokes away.

That’s the conclusion of a Dutch study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association in which researchers found that eating a lot of fruits and vegetables with white flesh may protect against stroke.

While previous studies have linked high consumption of fruits and vegetables with lower stroke risk, the researchers’ prospective work is the first to examine associations of fruits and vegetable color groups with stroke.

The color of the edible portion of fruits and vegetables reflects the presence of beneficial phytochemicals such as carotenoids and flavonoids.

Researchers examined the link between fruits and vegetable color group consumption with ten-year stroke incidence in a population-based study of 20,069 adults, with an average age of 41.

Telestroke program in action

Telestroke program in action

When: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14

Where: Dublin Room, St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center, Hot Springs Please join us at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 14 in Hot Springs for the live demonstration of the Mercy Telestroke program.

Arkansas leads the nation in stroke mortality rates. There are other Telestroke programs in the state, but those services do not reach Garland, Hot Spring, Montgomery, Pike, Hempstead and Nevada counties.  In addition, this provides a much closer destination for those in western Saline County and southern Perry and Yell counties. Many of these communities are in the prime coverage area for our regional medical center.

Dr. Ricardo Garcia-Rivera, CEO and Medical Director of Neurocall. Also at the event will be Dr. Doug Ross, medical director of the St. Joseph's Mercy Emergency Department and Lana Lambert, RN.

Contact Jeffrey Slatton at 501-517-0365 for information.

Test early and often

Test early and often

High Rate of HIV Infection Among African-American Gay and Bisexual Men Fuels Drive for Earlier and More Frequent Testing

The rate of HIV infection among African-American gay and bisexual men aged 18 to 29 increased 50 percent between 2006 and 2009, according to new data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS at the CDC, said this segment of the population was the only group to experience a significant increase in new infections during that period.  Speaking at a press briefing at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta on August 16, Dr. Fenton said the rise took place even as the overall number of new HIV infections in the US held steady at 50,000 cases per year.

Furthermore, the CDC estimated that nearly half of infected African Americans may be unaware of their HIV status.  CDC researcher Dr.

Mercy announces $11M addition to cancer services

Mercy announces $11M addition to cancer services

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System announced an $11 million expansion to the Mercy Cancer Center on Thursday. The announcement occurred during Mercy’s community roundtable session at Hot Springs Convention Center as the follow-up to similar roundtable discussions held in 2010.

Over the next two years, Mercy will expand the Mercy Cancer Center as part of its community master plan. It will allow additional space for an Infusion Area, a patient resource area and physician offices. A new cancer navigator program will also be housed in the new space, assisting patients’ needs throughout the course of their treatment.

The Infusion Area will be designed to provide a comfortable atmosphere while patients receive chemotherapy and education about their treatment regimens.

“Tonight’s just the start. Almost immediately, we’ll start to get into the design process with the physicians,” said St. Joseph’s Mercy President Tim Johnsen.

Why purchase heartworm preventative from vet?

Why purchase heartworm preventative from vet?

Why should you purchase your pet's heartworm preventative from a veternarian instead of an internet pharmacy?

There is a very, very simple answer!  The pharmaceutical companies that make heartworm preventatives will guarantee their products when you purchase from your veterinarian, but will not guarantee products purchased through Internet pharmacies.  We know that nothing in life is 100%, and the same is true of heartworm preventatives.  Regular and consistent use of heartworm prevention remains our best tactic in the battle against heartworm disease, but it is possible, though rare, for a pet who is on heartworm prevention to contract the disease.

If your pet tests positive for heartworms, and your veterinary records indicate consistent use of preventatives and annual heartworm testing, then the pharmaceutical company is willing to pay toward your pet's treatment expenses, offsetting the cost significantly.  We have

Minimize your allergies this fall

Minimize your allergies this fall

Do you find your allergy symptoms are worse from mid-August through September?  The primary culprit of fall allergies is ragweed pollen.  A ragweed plant only lives one season, but it packs a powerful punch.  Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, also called “hay fever,” can have a major impact not just on a person’s quality of life, but also their ability to function well at school and work.

Proper diagnosis is the first step in managing your symptoms.  An allergist/immunologist can diagnose and treat ragweed and other allergies, enhancing quality-of-life for those who suffer, according to the Arkansas Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Little Rock.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology estimates that 36 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.

Doctor returns to Arkansas

Doctor returns to Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Dr. Donald Blagdon is back in Arkansas.

After spending the past eight years in Maine, Dr. Blagdon has joined St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic in Hot Springs as a family practice physician. He’s done a little bit of everything in his years as a physician.

“I’m going on 30 years in family practice. I’ve done obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency room, even house calls back in Maine,” Dr. Blagdon said. “I was always interested in Gerontology and was a nursing home director for many of those 30 years.”

This is the English Harbour East, Newfoundland, Canada native’s second tour of duty in Arkansas. He previously worked at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden.

“I was born on the island of Newfoundland in far eastern Canada, about as far east as you can get pretty much,” Dr. Blagdon said.

Dr. Blagdon attended the Medical School at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s.