Arkansas population http://visitmyarkansas.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 08:37:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://visitmyarkansas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon.png Arkansas population http://visitmyarkansas.com/ 32 32 Bird flu kills waterfowl in Arkansas https://visitmyarkansas.com/bird-flu-kills-waterfowl-in-arkansas/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 18:41:23 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/bird-flu-kills-waterfowl-in-arkansas/ Bird flu is translating into sick and dead waterfowl from Poinsett County to Drew County, said Luke Naylor, chief of wildlife management for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. On Tuesday, a hunter contacted the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to report dead geese and ducks in a field near Clarendon and another field near the Wabbaseka Scatters. […]]]>

Bird flu is translating into sick and dead waterfowl from Poinsett County to Drew County, said Luke Naylor, chief of wildlife management for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

On Tuesday, a hunter contacted the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to report dead geese and ducks in a field near Clarendon and another field near the Wabbaseka Scatters. He said there were around 200 dead birds in the Clarendon field.

Naylor said hunters are notoriously inaccurate in estimating anything, but he confirmed the reports are true. An exceptionally virulent strain of bird flu circulates primarily among snow geese throughout the Mississippi Delta. He asked hunters to share all of their sightings, including photos and videos, by emailing them to the Game and Fish Commission at agfc.health@agfc.ar.gov.

“It’s the best thing people can do to help us,” Naylor said. “We need locations, photos, any kind of detail would be super helpful. We won’t be able to go out and collect samples from every report, but we will collect samples to confirm that what we believe is happening is happening.

Naylor said wildlife managers strongly suspect the culprit is highly pathogenic avian influenza. The young of the year seem to be the hardest hit.

“Since the opening weekend (of the duck season), we’ve been sending people out for samples,” Naylor said. “It will take time to confirm the cause, but we suspect it is avian flu.”

Naylor said the commission is preparing a frequently asked questions document for the public. In summary, he recommends that hunters be smart when handling waterfowl and avoid interacting with sick or dead waterfowl that have died of causes other than gunfire.

Although the likelihood seems low, there is evidence that the pathogen can be transmitted to mammals. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently euthanized a black bear cub that fell ill after eating a bird infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza. It was the second bear believed to have been infected with the virus. Bird flu has also killed wild foxes and bobcats in Minnesota, Michigan and Ontario.

“I don’t think there’s a huge risk to human health, but it’s always good practice not to do things that aren’t recommended, like putting birds in a vehicle and moving them or manipulate,” Naylor said. “Keep yourself and dogs away from them to avoid spreading it to the public or dogs.”

Other recommendations are to clean birds in open, ventilated areas, Naylor added. “Do not eat, drink or smoke while processing game. Wear gloves when cleaning game and practice safe cleaning procedures. Also cook all the game thoroughly.

Limited habitat accelerates disease transmission, Naylor said. Geese and ducks are currently concentrated in limited amounts of available habitat in Arkansas. Bird flu spreads through the digestive tract. The geese excrete prodigious amounts of waste that infects entire fields for the next flock of birds to arrive.

“It’s hard to say it’s inevitable, but it’s no surprise that once the birds get here, they have limited habitat, it’s relatively cold, and the birds are concentrated,” Naylor said. . “They have to work a little harder than normal in the early fall in Arkansas, so it’s no surprise. And then the hunters come out into the field, and all of a sudden we start getting reports that geese are falling from the sky and that geese are showing clinical symptoms of disease.

The commission has not received “thousands” of reports, as claimed by some social media outlets, Naylor said. On Wednesday morning, he said the commission had received 13 reports.

“Thirteen is not ‘thousands,'” Naylor said.

Sick geese really do fall from the sky, usually early in the morning after being chased from a field. This suggests that bird flu compromises the nervous system.

“They’ll just sit there, totally lethargic, like they’ve somehow lost their fear of anything,” Naylor said. “I’ve heard random reports of them getting up and flying into power poles. They land in duck decoys and stand there and stare at you. They stand there with this kind of head turn going on. This are classic signs. It seems like something is happening neurologically to cause these signs.

For nearly 20 years, wildlife managers have warned each other and the public about the possibility of a catastrophic outbreak of avian flu. They coincided with warnings about the possibility of a catastrophic H1N1-like virus breaking out among the human population. Human flu epidemics were largely mild until the coronavirus pandemic. A similar situation seems to be circulating among wild waterfowl.

“It’s a different strain of highly pathogenic avian flu,” Naylor said. “We still don’t know a lot about the disease, but like any type of flu virus, there are different strains at different times. In the past, waterfowl carried all strains, but they hardly ever experienced mortality. on a large scale. It’s almost gotten to the point where, “Yeah, stuff is going around, but it’s not having any impact. But this current strain isn’t the same. It’s having a much bigger impact on waterfowl wild in terms of actual symptoms and mortality. It’s very different from what we’ve seen in the years you and I have paid attention to it.”

Naylor said the commission will release timely information as it becomes available. Hunter’s reports, along with photo and video documentation, will greatly facilitate the flow of information to the public, he added.

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Why there are more deer on Arkansas roads https://visitmyarkansas.com/why-there-are-more-deer-on-arkansas-roads/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 20:43:57 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/why-there-are-more-deer-on-arkansas-roads/ FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) —As we begin a busy travel week, the Arkansas Game and Fisheries Commission urges you to watch out for deer on the roads. Steve Dunlap of the AGFC said right now that Arkansas’ millions of deer are chasing a mate. During mating season, deer are more active and inclined to cross roads […]]]>

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) —As we begin a busy travel week, the Arkansas Game and Fisheries Commission urges you to watch out for deer on the roads.

Steve Dunlap of the AGFC said right now that Arkansas’ millions of deer are chasing a mate. During mating season, deer are more active and inclined to cross roads that they might normally avoid.

“Their desire or need to reproduce is stronger than their need to be aware of things like vehicles,” Dunlap said.

With the deer on the move, local body shops are getting busier. Quality Collision Repair owner Roy Lovell said he receives two to three calls a day from drivers who have hit a deer.

Lovell’s team is currently repairing a car with a shattered front end, broken headlight and shattered rear windshield following an accident with a deer on the freeway. He said deer collisions usually cause the most damage when they happen on the highway.

Lovell said if a deer knocks out a driver’s rearview mirror, headlights or windshield, it becomes impossible to drive, and some of these wrecks leave behind wrecked cars.

“Many motorists swerved to avoid collisions and ended up destroying their own car and injuring themselves,” Dunlap said.

Dunlap’s best advice when dealing with a deer is to just slow down, but if you hit one he asks you to report it to the AGFC.

“We note this in our records and it actually gives us good data to understand population densities in all habitats. Then if it’s bad enough, obviously you have to call the police,” Dunlap said.

You can also use dead deer for meat if you feel inclined to according to Dunlap.

Dunlap said the deer moved around early in the morning and in the evening. He said if you see a deer, there’s probably another one following it.

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Two cities face trouble after breaking Arkansas speed camera law https://visitmyarkansas.com/two-cities-face-trouble-after-breaking-arkansas-speed-camera-law/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 04:25:58 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/two-cities-face-trouble-after-breaking-arkansas-speed-camera-law/ Two small towns in Arkansas have been in the spotlight and have been in trouble since they were caught breaking the speed camera law. ARKANSAS, USA – As many of us get into our vehicles and drive off, whether it’s for a long drive, a road trip or anywhere, some people may have found a […]]]>

Two small towns in Arkansas have been in the spotlight and have been in trouble since they were caught breaking the speed camera law.

ARKANSAS, USA – As many of us get into our vehicles and drive off, whether it’s for a long drive, a road trip or anywhere, some people may have found a city or expanse of open road space, where they know to try to slow down to avoid a speeding ticket.

These zones are more commonly referred to as speed traps, and Arkansas has several ways to protect drivers from unfair speed traps. Although problems may persist for those caught breaking the law.

Mayor Gary Green of Menifee explained that he knew this all too well.

He’s seen a lot during his tenure as mayor, but nothing like what he’s been through in recent months.

“It’s definitely a fall, and it’s going to hurt,” Green said. “It’s going to hurt us a lot.”

At the end of his term, he expected to walk out quietly, but instead he and his town were thrust into the spotlight of their own creation.

“We always had that stigma as a speed trap in the first place,” Green said. “Now we, too, have had it dabbed on us.”

In August, we first reported how Menifee, a town of less than 300 people, was caught breaking Arkansas’ speed trap law.

Under this law, no city is allowed to have more than 30% of its annual revenue from traffic tickets.

Robert Steinbuch, a professor at the Bowen School of Law, explained that it takes a lot to get close.

“Municipalities shouldn’t get most of their revenue from speeding tickets,” he said. “Speeding tickets are meant to be a method of enforcing safe driving.”

The City of Menifee raised about $120,000 in 2020, nearly half of the city’s revenue for the entire year.

“You are abusing your ability to distribute tickets and using it to increase your income,” Steinbuch said. “Guess what? Now you don’t get any income from it for a year.”

Now Menifee is not allowed to write speeding tickets for a year, which can hit small towns pretty hard.

“It’s scary because we don’t know what emergency might come up that we might need this revenue for,” Green added. “We do not know yet.”

While Menifee may be the most recent city that has been caught breaking the law, Damascus is another city that comes to mind for many in Arkansas.

“Go ahead and call me, Gary,” Damascus Mayor Terry Jones said. “It’s going to be a tough race for the next year or two.”

Jones is a new mayor with an old problem because in 2018 Damascus was caught breaking the speed trap law.

Four years later, the problems persist.

Money had to be diverted from other city departments to make ends meet, and worst of all for Jones, they had to cut services to zero.

“We went from a police force of four to zero,” he explained. “We’re back to one.”

Like Menifee, Damascus also has a busy road that runs through the city center.

Jones was quick to point out that even with that, he claimed they never meant to break the law… He said they were only trying to keep their people safe.

“You don’t have to go through a town at 65, 70 miles an hour when it says 45 miles an hour all the way through town,” Jones described.

With his town left to deal with the aftermath and having seen another town also held responsible, Jones remained hopeful for change.

“I’m not saying it’s a bad law, but it’s one of those that hurts small towns rather than big municipalities,” he said. “Maybe bringing to light things that maybe weren’t before about how this kind of isolates small communities, maybe that will help.”

Small towns tend to have smaller budgets, making them much more likely to hit that 30% threshold.

“It’s gonna hurt, it’s gonna hurt,” Green said. “We haven’t felt it yet, but we will feel it, even if we don’t feel it next year, the year after.”

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Colleges Work to Address ‘Enrollment Cliff’ Projected for 2025 | Arkansas Business News https://visitmyarkansas.com/colleges-work-to-address-enrollment-cliff-projected-for-2025-arkansas-business-news/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/colleges-work-to-address-enrollment-cliff-projected-for-2025-arkansas-business-news/ We were unable to send the item. Student enrollment numbers are causing concern at Arkansas colleges even before the “enrollment cliff” hits in 2025. Total student enrollment at Arkansas’s 11 four-year public schools and 22 two-year colleges rose 1.85% in the fall, according to preliminary figures from the Arkansas Department of Education. Arkansas. However, these […]]]>

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Student enrollment numbers are causing concern at Arkansas colleges even before the “enrollment cliff” hits in 2025.

Total student enrollment at Arkansas’s 11 four-year public schools and 22 two-year colleges rose 1.85% in the fall, according to preliminary figures from the Arkansas Department of Education. Arkansas. However, these figures are down 8.4% compared to autumn 2017.

Maria Markham

“I’ll say we’re flatter as a state than anything else,” said Maria Markham, director of Arkansas’s Division of Higher Education.

Markham said if enrollment trends continue, some smaller colleges may need to consolidate to survive or cope with the closure.

“When you look at other states of a similar size, they have far fewer institutions,” she said. “If we continue down this path, if we continue to see declining enrollment, we’re going to get to diseconomies of scale for some of these smaller institutions. And they won’t have many viable options other than to merge or shut down, or really downsize and take a more focused approach to the programs they offer.

Markham said, however, that a recession or rising unemployment rates could encourage people to enroll in colleges and universities.

Most of this year’s student enrollment increases came at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, which reported a record 30,936 students in the fall. Without Fayetteville’s increase of 1,868 students, four-year colleges in Arkansas would have seen a slight decline in enrollment between the fall and last year.

“Enrollment is going to slow down,” said Michael Moore, vice president of academic affairs at the University of Arkansas system. “It’s really just a function of demographics. We are entering a period… called the “enrollment cliff”, which is projected following a drop in birth rates after 2008 and the financial crisis and is expected to strike from 2025.

To counter this enrollment cliff, some public colleges in Arkansas are focusing on recruiting students from outside Arkansas.

Colleges and universities in Arkansas aren’t the only ones seeing enrollment declines. Undergraduate enrollment across the country continued to decline in the fall compared to fall 2021, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in Herndon, Va.

“After two consecutive years of historically significant losses, it is particularly troubling that the numbers continue to decline, especially among freshmen,” Doug Shapiro, the organization’s executive director, said in a news release dated 20. october. “While the decline has slowed and there are some bright spots, a return to pre-pandemic enrollment levels is becoming increasingly out of reach.”

4-Year College Enrollment Trend Chart

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One of the biggest student gains in the fall came at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a 6.4% increase from fall 2021.

“We’ve become very, very popular both in-state and out-of-state,” said Suzanne McCray, vice provost for enrollment management and dean of admissions at the school.

She said there were a record number of Arkansans in the freshman class. The University of Arkansas’ flagship school has also become admired in surrounding states and “as a great place to go and have a [Southeastern Conference] experience and have a great educational experience too.

The increase in enrollment was also helped by the fact that the university no longer required ACT scores for admission, a practice that ended in fall 2020, after COVID restrictions prevented students from pass the standardized test. Admission is based on the student’s GPA.

The university found that there was not much difference in its retention rates between students who took the ACT and those who did not.

“When we had minimal ACT, there were whole high schools we couldn’t get into in the state, [because] … nobody was qualified,” she said. “And now it’s opened the door for students who have GPAs of 4.0, who just aren’t doing as well as others.

“And our experience has been, as long as they do the required work, they have the courage, then their pass rates are just as strong as students with higher scores,” she said.

Arkansas State University at Jonesboro also reported an increase in fall student numbers. Its preliminary enrollment was 14,109 students, up 2.6% from the previous year.

“We grew in almost every area that was recruited to campus: first-time students, online students, graduate students, international students were up significantly,” said Bill Smith, director of communications at A-State. Arkansas State University’s Querétaro campus serves approximately 1,000 students northeast of Mexico City.

Recruiting Outside Arkansas

To attract more students to Arkansas, schools are looking outside state borders.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is hiring a recruiter who will live in Texas to recruit in that state.

Kindle Holderby

“When you look at population growth across the country, Texas is one of the few states that has grown and will continue to grow,” said Kindle Holderby, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management at UA Little. Rock.

Additionally, the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, home to approximately 6.5 million people, is just a short drive from Little Rock.

UA Little Rock recruiters used to travel to Texas several times a year, but “if we have someone in the area, it’s quicker to get there, be seen several times a year, and create some of these pipelines for us,” Holderby said.

UA Little Rock reported 8,108 students in the fall, down 2.3% from the previous year. But there were highlights. The university reported a 29% increase in freshmen this year and transfer students increased by 7.6%, he said. UA Little Rock has 10 scouts who primarily focus on Arkansas.

“Once we continue to bring in similarly sized class sizes year over year, then that overall number will not only break even, but it will start to grow and the entire population of the university going to increase,” Holderby said.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has three recruiters who live in Texas and one who lives in Louisiana. It also has recruiters that cover Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee.

To help students once they enroll, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville opened the Cordia Harrington Center of Excellence in April, a 70,000-square-foot center for academic, financial, and social support for students. students.

McCray said the center helps with recruitment and retention.

At A-State, the school is focused on increasing enrollment in all categories, from freshmen to online students, said Thilla Sivakumaran, vice chancellor of Arkansas State University. and Director of its Enrollment Management and Global Engagement Division.

To increase the number of freshmen, the university relies on recruiters to build relationships with counselors and high school students to highlight the value of coming to the flagship Jonesboro campus.

He said he wanted to bring prospective students to campus for a tour and meet with faculty and other students.

A-State also offers support for students once they arrive on campus. “One of the things we’ve seen, especially post-COVID, is that students have come back… with a lot of needs,” A-State’s Smith said. “And we’ve been working really hard to revamp some of our support systems.”

He spent $700,000 to renovate what used to be called the Wilson Advising Center, now the Wilson Counseling Center, which will open at the start of the spring semester.

The university also spends about $1 million annually advising, retaining, and supporting its students.

“The strategy we’re taking from now until 2025 when the cliff hits is we want to expand our recruiting area, not just in Arkansas,” Sivakumaran said. “We added Memphis, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas.

“Because we believe we have a great proposition for students who are, especially first-generation students, looking for a home and a bright future,” Sivakumaran said.

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A large cold front and freezing temperatures arrive in Arkansas https://visitmyarkansas.com/a-large-cold-front-and-freezing-temperatures-arrive-in-arkansas/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 16:08:38 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/a-large-cold-front-and-freezing-temperatures-arrive-in-arkansas/ Get ready for a very cold weekend this weekend where the days will be chilly and the nights will be freezing, seriously… like in freezing, sub-zero temperatures. The forecast for cold weather this weekend November 11-13 in Arkansas looks like this… Northern parts of Arkansas: Fayetteville, Mountain View, Jonesboro The cold front will move into […]]]>

Get ready for a very cold weekend this weekend where the days will be chilly and the nights will be freezing, seriously… like in freezing, sub-zero temperatures.

The forecast for cold weather this weekend November 11-13 in Arkansas looks like this…

Northern parts of Arkansas: Fayetteville, Mountain View, Jonesboro

The cold front will move into northern parts of the state from Fayetteville, Mountain View to Jonesboro tonight. With cooler temperatures on Friday and downright cold on Saturday and Sunday. With highs in the upper 40s and overnight lows in the low to mid 20s.

Middle parts of Arkansas: Fort Smith, Mena, Little Rock, Forrest City

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Midsections of the state will see cooler temperatures on Friday with highs in the low to mid-50s. The big difference in temperatures will be seen from Friday night through Saturday and the rest of the weekend. Highs will be in the upper 40s to low 50s by Saturday and overnight lows into the mid upper 20s.

Southern parts of Arkansas: From Queen, Texarkana, Eldorado, McGehee

Cooler temperatures will begin to move into the region on Friday with highs in the low to mid 60s. Weekend highs will be in the low 50s and overnight lows in the high 20s to low 30s. .

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Remember to check on your pets and bring them inside if you can or at least make sure they have a warm place to stay, bring plants or cover them and make sure your pipes outside are insulated during freezing temperatures. Next week’s forecast shows that these cooler temperatures will be here for some time. So get out the flannel shirts and boots because it’s going to be cold!

WATCH: The most extreme temperatures in every state’s history

Stacker looked to 2021 data from NOAA’s State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures on record for each state. Each slide also reveals the highest 24-hour rainfall record of all time and the highest 24-hour snowfall of all time.

Keep reading to discover individual state records in alphabetical order.

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Fordham visits Arkansas No. 10 after 22-point Council game | Sports https://visitmyarkansas.com/fordham-visits-arkansas-no-10-after-22-point-council-game-sports/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 07:22:23 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/fordham-visits-arkansas-no-10-after-22-point-council-game-sports/ Fordham Rams (1-0) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0) Fayetteville, Arkansas; Friday, 8 p.m. EST × This page requires JavaScript. Javascript is required for you to play premium content. Please enable it in your browser settings. kAmq~%%~| {x}ti }@]`_ pC #2>D 27E6C #:4 kAmpC6 5FC:?8 E96 a_a`aa D62D@?]%96 #2K@C324 6 H9:=6 D9@@E:?8 cb]cT 7C@> E96 7:6=5 2?5 […]]]>

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Shelby County DA supports marijuana legalization in Arkansas – FOX13 News Memphis https://visitmyarkansas.com/shelby-county-da-supports-marijuana-legalization-in-arkansas-fox13-news-memphis/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/shelby-county-da-supports-marijuana-legalization-in-arkansas-fox13-news-memphis/ MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On Tuesday, the people of Arkansas must vote on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana. Tennessee district attorneys gathered at 201 Poplar Monday afternoon and said they want Arkansas voters to pass it. Recreational marijuana use is illegal in Tennessee. But if that law changes across the river, it will cause […]]]>

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On Tuesday, the people of Arkansas must vote on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana.

Tennessee district attorneys gathered at 201 Poplar Monday afternoon and said they want Arkansas voters to pass it.

Recreational marijuana use is illegal in Tennessee. But if that law changes across the river, it will cause many Tennesseans to cross the border.

“It’s time to legalize marijuana. I hope the voters of Arkansas vote yes,” said Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy.

Mulroy said the state of Tennessee needs to stop wasting time prosecuting marijuana-related crimes because it takes resources away from a much bigger problem.

Mulroy said since he took office in September, about 176 marijuana cases have been dismissed in Shelby County.

“We really need to refocus on violent crime. The things that really matter and let’s stop wasting our time on things that don’t matter like marijuana law enforcement,” Mulroy said.

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said it would aim to not prosecute those who cross the border to obtain recreational marijuana if the law is passed. Republican District Attorney Frederick Agee of West Tennessee agreed.

“We encourage law enforcement if anyone has marijuana or just drug paraphernalia to summon them in court. So they don’t have to go on bail or go to jail. They just come to court and get their case settled,” Agee said.

Arkansas’ proposal, if passed, allows anyone over the age of 21 to purchase and use up to one ounce of recreational marijuana. It will also be taxed at 10%. The dispensary’s owners said legalizing the drug makes it safer.

“Marijuana is already on the streets. He’s been on the street for years. It is in the form of untested, dangerous and often deadly weeds. We are proposing number 4 on the ballot to legalize this,” said Lance Huey, COO of NEA Full Spectrum.

The DA’s office said if Arkansas voters vote yes on Number 4, the law will go into effect March 8, 2023.


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Bipolar Genetic Link, Schizophrenia, Once Considered Unrelated | Arkansas Business News https://visitmyarkansas.com/bipolar-genetic-link-schizophrenia-once-considered-unrelated-arkansas-business-news/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 16:03:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/bipolar-genetic-link-schizophrenia-once-considered-unrelated-arkansas-business-news/ We were unable to send the item. ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — When Chastity Murry had her first psychotic breakdown, she went to her bathroom and swallowed an entire bottle of pills, hoping to die. Her teenage daughter had to perform CPR to save her life. Around the same time, more than ten years ago, the […]]]>

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — When Chastity Murry had her first psychotic breakdown, she went to her bathroom and swallowed an entire bottle of pills, hoping to die. Her teenage daughter had to perform CPR to save her life.

Around the same time, more than ten years ago, the man who would become her husband, Dante Murry, also lost touch with reality and contemplated suicide.

Different illnesses have led them down similar paths – bipolar disorder in her case and schizoaffective disorder in his – conditions long considered by many to be separate and unrelated.

But a growing body of research shows that bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and the intermediate diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder share common genetic underpinnings as well as overlapping symptoms and signs.

“They can be considered part of a spectrum,” said Dr. Morgan Sheng, who co-directs a psychiatric research center at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Bipolar disorder is known to cause extreme mood swings. Schizophrenia is characterized by delusions, hallucinations and thought disorders. Schizoaffective disorder includes symptoms of both.

The theory that they exist on a continuum has gained traction as more studies have shown that variations in some of the same genes influence people’s susceptibility to these conditions. One of the latest examples is the AKAP11 gene, which scientists at Broad and elsewhere have identified as an important risk factor for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in research published in the journal Nature Genetics this year.

Experts say this information will help doctors better understand what drives diseases, how they affect the body’s most notoriously confusing organ, and what more can be done to help people. Later, experts predict that the research could help guide treatment and lead to better drugs. For now, they hope this reinforces the idea that these disorders are biological in origin and not moral failings or mysterious, unknowable conditions.

“That’s what the science gives us – a clear indication that there are genetic markers and risk factors,” said Dr. Ken Duckworth, chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The Murrys – who met through the wedding ring and married in 2020 – hope the research will provide answers for them and so many other people with mental illness they have come to know. With the help of doctors and each other, they control their disorders and have found purpose in helping others in similar situations.

Chastity Murry, 48, called them perfect partners; “He’s the peanut butter, I’m the jelly.”

“Yes,” added Dante Murry, 50, with a smile. “She’s sweeter than me.”

TRANSMIT CONDITIONS OF CONCERN

Mental illness runs in both of their families — haunting hers for at least five generations, she says.

Knowing this “helped me understand why this is happening to me,” Chastity Murry said. “That possibility has always been there.”

Sheng said genetics plays an important role in bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia. But experience and environment also play an important role, and these elements interact in subtle ways. So it’s not like everyone with risk genes is destined to get sick.

Morgan said a severe risk gene for schizophrenia, for example, can increase the risk of contracting the disease by a factor of 10. But that only brings it to 10%, since the population-wide risk of developing the disease is 1%. Given these probabilities, parents carrying the gene might not have children with the disease.

But “if you take an entire extended family that has this risk gene, there will be a number of cases that show up,” Morgan said. “It’s a roll of the dice.”

Experts say other illnesses along what some call the “psychosis continuum” are also more likely. “When you look at a family, if you have someone with schizophrenia, you’re more likely to be schizophrenic yourself, but you’re also more likely to be bipolar,” said Dr Fernando Goes, a psychiatrist at the ‘Johns Hopkins University. .

The same is true for schizoaffective disorder, studies show.

There are no tests for these conditions — which together affect about 9 million American adults — so diagnosis is based on history and sometimes overlapping symptoms. For example, psychosis can occur in all three diseases.

This can make diagnosis difficult. Sally Littlefield of Oakland, California, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, then schizoaffective disorder, after spiraling into psychosis during a work meeting in 2018. For 10 months, she was convinced that a team of psychologists had taken control of her life and were experimenting on her Against her will.

At one point during a manic episode, Littlefield roamed the streets of San Francisco, breaking into homes and cars, shoplifting, and jumping from car roof to car roof. She was eventually apprehended by the police and hospitalized. She realized she was sick when her delusions got so big she thought she was President of the United States.

She said she was fine now and was ready to tell her story to help dispel the stigma, discrimination and shame that “holds many of us back from recovery”.

A “VERY LONG JOURNEY”

People with mental illness hope the stigma will fade as doctors learn more about how these disorders arise and affect the brain.

A 2019 study found that a growing number of experts now recognize that schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder not only share common risk factors and genetic symptoms, but also resemble each other in neuroimaging and may have common treatment regimens. The mood stabilizer lithium, for example, is often used to treat bipolar and schizoaffective disorders. Recent Broad Institute research may provide clues as to how the drug works, since AKAP11 interacts with what is thought to be the target of lithium.

Other drugs also treat more than one disease. The Murrys take many of the same medications.

Experts once said that genetic knowledge could allow doctors to intervene earlier in the disease process. While few people currently undergo genetic testing – except perhaps to see how they might react to a particular drug – scientists said that may change in the future. If people knew their genetic risk and family history, Sheng said, they could seek help if something didn’t seem right, before an illness caused major problems.

Some scientists, while acknowledging the common genetic underpinnings of bipolar, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia, are skeptical of framing them as on a continuum of psychosis, particularly if it leads to changing the categories doctors use to diagnose people with each disorder. They say the current criteria are helpful in deciding treatment and care.

Scientists agree that more research is needed. The discovery of new disease risk genes, for example, is only the first step towards the development of new drugs. A broad “roadmap” says researchers also need to understand how genes work, understand disease mechanisms, and identify drug targets.

NAMI’s Duckworth said it could be “5 to 50 years” before genetic discoveries translate into changes in clinical practice. “It’s a very long journey.”

Meanwhile, many people living with mental illness rely on peer support in addition to medication and psychotherapy. The Murrys check each other daily.

“I can always tell when he’s having a bad day. He can always tell when I’m having a bad day,” said Chastity Murry, who has also been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and anxiety disorder. “If I act a little or something like that, he’ll ask me, did you take your meds today? But I’m not offended because I know he has my best interests in mind.”

Both also learned and grew by working as volunteers. Together, they lead support groups twice a week, communicate regularly with their peers by phone and have been trained to help suicidal people.

“It’s my path in life, and her path too,” Chastity Murry said. “We help them, but they also help us.”

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Prosecutors call for charges against former Arkansas senator to be dropped | app https://visitmyarkansas.com/prosecutors-call-for-charges-against-former-arkansas-senator-to-be-dropped-app/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 13:46:39 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/prosecutors-call-for-charges-against-former-arkansas-senator-to-be-dropped-app/ LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss wire fraud and bribery charges against a former Arkansas state senator who was due to stand trial next month for the second time after a stalemate. a jury last year. Gilbert Baker, who also served as a former chairman of the state’s […]]]>

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss wire fraud and bribery charges against a former Arkansas state senator who was due to stand trial next month for the second time after a stalemate. a jury last year.

Gilbert Baker, who also served as a former chairman of the state’s Republican Party, was charged with conspiring with a former state judge who admitted lowering a jury’s price in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for contributions to countryside.

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