Health Care Notebook

State teens atop list

for drinking, driving

More teens in Arkansas than in most other states said they have driven after drinking alcohol, according to new federal data released this month.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey results from 2019 — the most recent year available — show that 6.7% of Arkansas teens who responded to the survey said they drove after drinking.

That’s down from 10.7% of Arkansas teens who said that was true in 2017, the previous survey year, but still outpaced the rate of drunken driving by teens in other states.

Only Kansas, Louisiana, Montana and New Mexico had higher rates of teens who confess to drinking and driving. The national average was 5%, according to the data.

In Arkansas, boys were more likely than girls to say they mixed alcohol and driving. That also was true for respondents nationally.

Arkansas teens also were more likely than those nationwide to say they had tried alcohol before age 13.

Dementia patients

focus of art program

A fall art program for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers begins Sept. 14, an event announcement said.

Creative Connections, hosted in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, includes a virtual conversation about a work of art led by a museum educator and an art kit for families to work on at home.

Art kits will be distributed through curbside pickup at the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education in Springdale.

The program is free, and six sessions are scheduled through Nov. 30.

Registration is available through the state Alzheimer’s Association: (800) 272-3900.

Research funding

up by 43% at UAMS

Research funding for University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and associated research centers grew by 43% in the most recent fiscal year, the academic medical center announced.

Scientists at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System were awarded more than $158 million in grants for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Altogether, 358 projects received grant funding.

Most of the funding is from the National Institutes of Health and other federal sources, a news release said.

Separately last week, UAMS said a research team has received a $10.4 million federal grant to expand its proteomics resource. Proteomics is the large-scale study of proteins to help develop new therapies for diseases including cancer.

Alan Tackett, associate director for basic science at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, leads the research team.

Raspberry Zingers

recalled over mold

Hostess Brands has recalled its Hostess Raspberry Zinger cakes because they may develop mold, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week.

The snack cakes were sold nationwide and were first recalled in July. The FDA said last week that the recall has been extended.

People shouldn’t eat the cakes, the federal agency said.

Other Hostess products weren’t included in the recall.

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