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Red Cross seeking

Arkansas volunteers

The American Red Cross of Missouri and Arkansas is looking for volunteers in those states.

The organization will hold five 30-minute virtual classes July 7-Aug. 31 to discuss volunteering opportunities.

Potential duties include helping with blood drives, assisting families after disasters, public affairs, and helping military families, among other tasks.

People who wish to register can email recruitmoar@redcross.org.

Aldi bagged salads

linked to sickness

Aldi grocery stores in Arkansas recalled a salad thought to be linked to a multistate outbreak of cylosporiasis infections, the Food and Drug Administration announced last week.

Customers shouldn't eat the store's Little Salad Bar Garden Salad product with a use-by date from May 16 to July 4, the agency said in a news release.

The outbreak has sickened 122 people in seven states, including Missouri.

Cyclosporiasis is caused by the cyclospora cayetanensisparasite. It causes an illness with gastrointestinal or flu-like symptoms.

Cancer project gets

grant of $894,704

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received a four-year, $894,704 grant as part of a project to teach computers to recognize cancer.

The project will use machine learning to help computers identify cancer, see if the disease is responding to treatment and note changes to genetic patterns.

The initiative is part of EuCanImage, a $9 million effort headed by the University of Barcelona in Spain. Universities in the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania and the United Kingdom also are involved.

Fred Prior, chairman of the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Biomedical Informatics, will lead a UAMS team involved with the U.S. portion of the project.

They're joined by colleagues from Emory University.

Prior is lead investigator of the the Cancer Imaging Archive, a database that compiles anonymous images of patient cancers, data, treatments and outcomes.

Print Headline: Health care notebook

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