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Arkansas Children’s Hospital selects child abuse specialist as chief medical officer

BY: - August 18, 2023

Arkansas Children’s Hospital chose Dr. Karen Farst, the state’s first board-certified physician to specialize in child abuse pediatrics, as senior vice president and chief medical officer, the hospital announced Friday. Farst was previously the hospital’s chief of medical staff and child maltreatment program leader. She is a professor of pediatrics and the head of the […]

Pregnancy resource centers tout their services to Arkansas lawmakers

BY: - August 10, 2023

CORRECTION: Arkansas Pregnancy Resource Center is next door to Little Rock Family Planning Services. An earlier version of this story erroneously named another organization. Some Arkansas lawmakers said Thursday that they see pregnancy resource centers as tools to help reduce infant, child and maternal mortality in the state, which has a near-total abortion ban and […]

Arkansas’ short-staffed Division of Children and Family Services manages fewer foster children

BY: - June 9, 2023

A staffing shortage in the government agency that handles Arkansas’ foster care system has led to higher caseloads and more turnover, according to the most recent quarterly report from the Division of Children and Family Services. Meanwhile, the number of Arkansas children in foster care has decreased over the past year, even with a slight […]

Arkansas Children’s Hospital plans eight-year, $318M expansion

BY: - May 5, 2023

Arkansas Children’s Hospital will begin an eight-year expansion of both its buildings and services later this year, according to a Friday press release. By 2031, the hospital system will have hundreds more employees and hundreds of thousands more square feet of space at its two facilities in Little Rock and Springdale. The expansion will add […]

UAMS, Arkansas Children’s building children’s mental health training for physicians

BY: - November 3, 2022

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will use just over $2 million in federal grant money to bolster behavioral health care for children across the state, the university announced in a Thursday news release. Children of Arkansas Mental Health in Primary Care (CHAMP) will connect primary care physicians with a three-person team of pediatric […]

A resident of a Chicago area senior center gets an influenza vaccine during an event hosted by the Chicago Department of Health. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Arkansas doctors see flu, RSV uptick in light of pandemic

BY: - November 2, 2022

Arkansas has seen an uptick in cases of influenza after only a month of the typical flu season, although so far the state has not seen as many or as severe cases as neighboring states, medical professionals say. Additionally, the prevalence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has spiked after the usual season for the virus […]

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Man sentenced to life in prison in sex trafficking of 6-year-old

BY: - October 25, 2022

A Little Rock man who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a 6-year-old child received a life sentence Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Brian Miller. DeMarcus George, 28, is one of two men charged in the case, which began in February 2018 when the 6-year-old was taken to Arkansas Children’s […]

Trial challenging gender-affirming health care ban for transgender minors resumes Friday

BY: - October 21, 2022

The legal challenge to Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming health care for transgender minors continues today in federal court, with lawyers from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office set to present a case to enact the 2021 law. Act 626, known as the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act, prohibits physicians from providing “gender transition” treatments such […]

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Transgender teen shares experience with gender-affirming care in trial against Arkansas law

BY: - October 19, 2022

Dylan Brandt finally feels proud of his yearbook pictures after more than two years of testosterone treatments, he said Wednesday in federal court. Brandt, 17, is one of the four transgender minors challenging Act 626, Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming medical care for people under 18. He was the final witness for the plaintiffs, represented by […]