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Are you familiar with the term adverse childhood experiences? Do you know what they mean?

The term adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, is not a particularly new term, but it is becoming a much more widely used term. It describes adversities or challenges a child may face either in their home environment or their outside environment that causes them stress and trauma.

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You may not think the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) has a whole lot to do with canoeing, kayaking, or paddling. Surprisingly, it’s a big part of what they do. While AGFC does primarily deal with hunting and fishing, they also are all for preserving our beautiful waterways. Whether you’re canoeing, paddling, or kayaking, there are some great spots to float here in Arkansas and AGFC is ready to teach you the tips and tricks you need to become a kayaking connoisseur!

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Depression is a topic that many of us may only associate with women or children, and not necessarily with men. The truth is, depression affects everyone, regardless of your gender. It's also more common in the US than you may think. Today we’re discussing the myths surrounding male depression, as well as some resources you can use to find help when you need it. 

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Heart failure (HF) doesn’t mean your heart has failed, only that it isn’t pumping as well as it should. A weakened heart cannot keep up with its workload. It’s not able to pump enough oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body. The result is fatigue and shortness of breath; some people also have coughing. HF, also called congestive heart failure, makes everyday activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or carrying groceries very difficult because of shortness of breath.

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About a third of American adults drink too much. “Too much” means they consume enough alcohol to increase their risk for physical, mental, and social problems, even death. Continuous alcohol use is linked to brain damage, high blood pressure, heart and liver disease, strokes, digestive problems, elevated cholesterol levels, depression and anxiety, reduced resistance to disease, several types of cancers, and alcohol dependence or alcoholism.

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Lyme disease is described as a “quiet plague.” It is the fastest growing infectious disease in the United States. There are an estimated 400,000 new cases of Lyme disease and related illnesses every year in this country. That’s more infections that HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, colon cancer or breast cancer. Lyme disease (LD) has the potential to affect everyone who goes outdoors.

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