The Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program has come to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, making it the 120th airport in the country to offer expedited security screening. Participants in the program can use special screening lanes, where they don't have to remove their shoes or belts.
Public employees in Arkansas would be required to get an annual physical exam to avoid a $75 monthly hike in their insurance premiums, the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board Benefits subcommittee voted this week. Data show only 24% of employees get a yearly wellness exam, and committee members said the checkups may lead to less use of health care services and lower insurance costs.
Doctors at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., are testing an imaging technology that might be able to reduce the number of amputations caused by peripheral arterial disease. They say the ocelot catheter can help restore blood flow to patients' legs, removing the need for bypass surgery. "It's like being able to see inside the artery as opposed to ... trying to guess if you're in the right location," said interventional cardiologist Dr. Ian Cawich.
Windstream has installed an 87-mile fiber-optic network that reaches into every classroom in the Richmond, Va., Public Schools district by providing high-speed Internet service to 58 locations. "As a large school district with numerous locations, Richmond Public Schools needed a network that offers every student equal access to online state testing and other educational resources," Windstream Vice President Don Perkins said.
The new Paws for Purple Hearts program set up at military hospitals in California and Maryland recruits veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder to train service dogs. The dogs, which will eventually become working partners for veterans with physical disabilities, spend the first two years of their lives providing emotional therapy while learning service skills.