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Orthopedic hand and nerve specialists Dr. Mark Tait, (left) and Dr. John Bracey use a surgical microscope as they implant tiny filament wires into the patient’s nerves. The two were part of the surgical team that successfully attached a neural-enabled prosthetic hand at UAMS in January 2023. (Photo by Evan Lewis)

Arkansan becomes second person to receive neural-enhanced prosthetic hand

BY: - May 26, 2023

Earlier this year, an Arkansas resident became only the second person in the world to receive a prosthetic hand “that restores a meaningful sense of touch and grip,” the University of Arkansas announced. The recipient, whose identity remains confidential, has been learning to use the neural-enabled prosthesis at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville with the […]

Shown here, a colored composition scanning electron micrograph of human sperm traveling through a fallopian tube. After ejaculation sperm may stay alive in the female reproductive tract for about 48 hours. Companies are testing a male contraceptive option that would filter out the sperm while allowing other fluids to pass through. (Photo by Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library via Getty Images)

Viable male birth control options could be on the horizon

BY: - April 10, 2023

Heather Vahdat has been advocating for male contraceptive options for nearly a decade, but she is the first to say it is a lonely space to occupy in the health science field. Vahdat is the executive director of the Male Contraceptive Initiative, based in Durham, North Carolina, which has been working with a single donor […]

Students at an Ohio elementary school help gather items for a food bank drive. (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Feeding America)

Studies: Gains against childhood hunger lost after child tax credit ended

BY: - November 15, 2022

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October confirmed previous research that food insecurity increased substantially after the expiration of federal monthly advanced child tax credits on Jan. 15, 2022. The study looked at the period between January and July of this year in a series of national surveys, and found […]

Study: More Republicans than Democrats likely died of COVID

BY: - October 5, 2022

It’s already known that hundreds of thousands of Americans would still be alive if every eligible person had gotten vaccinated against COVID-19. Now new research strongly suggests that many more of those “excess deaths” in Ohio and Florida were among people with Republican voter registrations. It’s perhaps unsurprising that Republicans were more reluctant to get […]

UAMS researchers track monkeypox mutation as possible spur to its spread

BY: - September 26, 2022

A team of UAMS researchers found that the recent rapid spread of the monkeypox virus may be different from previous outbreaks because of genetic mutations they identified, according to a press release from the medical school. The researchers, led by UAMS’ David Ussery, published their findings this month in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. The […]

Beagles rescued from Virginia dog-breeding facility get the star treatment in D.C.

BY: - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Now-famous beagles rescued from a breeding and research facility in Virginia were on Capitol Hill on Thursday as an animal welfare group and a California congressman pushed for legislation that would promote adoption of research animals.  “It’s unfortunate that animals are still allowed to be used in testing. That hopefully is going to […]

Biden pitches ‘moonshot’ to cut the number of cancer deaths in half

BY: - September 12, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Hoping to channel the momentum that led scientists to land Americans on the moon more than 50 years ago, President Joe Biden doubled down Monday on his quest to halve the number of cancer deaths as part of his revamped “cancer moonshot” initiative.  Speaking from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum […]

Congressional panel debates federal role in preventing youth incarceration

BY: - September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee panel on Thursday questioned experts and leaders of youth rehabilitation programs about how the federal government could invest in programs to prevent kids from becoming incarcerated. “Although the juvenile justice system is intended to rehabilitate—not punish—young offenders, data shows that the more a young […]

A virologist explains polio’s history as fears of a resurgence grow

BY: - September 8, 2022

Fears of polio gripped the U.S. in the mid-20th century. Parents were afraid to send their children to birthday parties, public pools or any place where children mingled. Children in wheelchairs served as a stark reminder of the ravages of the disease. To prevent polio outbreaks, government officials used tactics now familiar in the era […]