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U.S. vaping-linked deaths put at 55

Fifty-five deaths related to e-cigarette or vaping use have been reported in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration reported last week. None of those deaths occurred in Arkansas, according to the agency.

The agency, as of Dec. 27, confirmed that figure for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories.

The illness called "e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury" -- known as EVALI -- was first identified in August and is now thought to be closely associated with Vitamin E acetate, an additive in some e-cigarettes that contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

People should not use vaping products that contain THC, a cannabinoid, health officials have said.

Those who use e-cigarettes should seek help if they experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, gastrointestinal problems, fever or chills.

The illness outbreak has been declining since it peaked in September, and a public health investigation is ongoing.

System acquires orthopedic center

Conway Regional Health System has acquired Conway Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, the system announced in a news release.

The center's current patients will be able to continue seeing their doctors, the announcement said.

Services at the orthopedic center include hand, foot and ankle care, some minimally invasive surgeries, joint replacements and sports medicine. The center opened in 1988 and will keep its name.

The health system has a presence in seven Arkansas counties and runs a flagship 150-bed acute care hospital in Conway.

UAMS sets class to help smokers

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will host a four-week "stop smoking" class in Little Rock this month.

The class in a small support-group format will run from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 15.

People who wish to register should call Pat Franklin at (501) 944-5934 or email There is no charge to attend.

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