Ashley is a native of northeast Arkansas and grew up in the small town of Batesville, but is proud to begin her career in the place she has called home for the past four years. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, where she was on the Dean’s List and was a recipient of an Arkansas Broadcaster’s Association scholarship.
While at the U of A, Ashley worked as a reporter and producer at UATV and won a regional SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists) Mark of Excellence award for in-depth reporting on local Hurricane Katrina relief.
Before joining the 5NEWS team in April 2006 as a reporter, she worked as a summer intern at KATV-Channel 7 in Little Rock. While she’s not working, she enjoys working out, trying out new restaurants, traveling home to see her family, and watching The Amazing Race.
(CNN) – Aspirin and other commonly used painkillers not only help your aches and pains, they can also help protect against skin cancer. It’s been shown in previous studies that taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which include Aspirin, Naproxen and Ibuprofen, can decrease your likelihood of developing some types of cancer. However researchers analyzed medical records from Denmark and found that individuals who filled more than two types of pain relievers, such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen, decreased their risk for developing […]
On the Friday before Memorial Day and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention reminds you to protect your skin. May 25, has been dubbed “Don`t Fry Day.” 5NEWS sat down with a Bentonville Dermatologist to learn the biggest myths that get under her skin when it comes to protecting your skin. While skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, preventing it is simple. “Putting it by your toothbrush, or putting it as an aftershave kind […]
There’s a new opportunity for women who served in the military to get important information about their health. Starting Tuesday, May 15 the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks will hold two health fairs just for women veterans. The event which kicks off at 5 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. will be held at the Women’s Clinic located at 228 Sunbridge in Fayetteville. If you can’t make it Tuesday, the VA will host another health fair at the same […]
A Fort Smith hospital is celebrating its first procedure with the world’s smallest heart pump. On April 6, Sparks Regional Medical Center Interventional Cardiologist Nasser Adjei successfully used the Abiomed Impella 2.5 Heart Pump in an elderly patient with heart failure. “Our team can now perform cutting-edge, life-saving cardiovascular procedures in a matter of minutes,” said Sparks Health System CEO Melody Trimble. According to a hospital release, the tiny pump allows doctors to restore blood flow in people whose hearts […]
(CNN) – There is some good news for people who hate needles. A new medical device helps cut back the number of jabs you get when blood is being drawn. Courtney Rucks just had blood drawn and has the bandage to back it up. Luckily for her needles aren’t a big deal but for others there is the Vein Viewer. “But you put this under the vein viewer light and it’s just incredible how it picks up the veins in […]
(CNN) — When to get a mammogram screening? Recommendations over the past few years have been varied depending on which medical organization you look at. Now two new studies suggest that women who are at increased risk for breast cancer will benefit from mammogram screenings every other year starting at age 40. In 2009, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that women ages 50 to 74 get routine mammogram screenings every two years. The USPSTF recommended “against […]
Residents will notice a new logo at several local hospitals. It’s part of Mercy Health System’s transition to one name and logo that will unify its facilities across seven states. The new signage featuring a more contemporary Mercy cross is now up on the south end of its hospital in Rogers. To celebrate Monday, all Mercy co-workers in Arkansas wore shirts with the new logo. While all of Mercy’s clinics and hospitals have been connected electronically, officials believe the different […]
(CNN) – There is yet another reason to pile on those blueberries on your morning cereal. They aren’t just high in antioxidants, a new study says they can actually boost brain power. The study included more than 16,000 women over the age of 70. Researchers found those who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a slower rate of developing memory problem by about two and a half years. Also, it didn’t take a huge amount to see the benefits, about […]
An expansion more than 20 years in the making is officially underway at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. Wednesday, bulldozers began moving dirt for the $11 million emergency department expansion. Pontiac Coffee House was demolished earlier in April to make way for the new facility. For most patients, the emergency room serves as a front door to the hospital. The facelift will re-position the entrance to face Thompson Street and allow for more parking. The new building will also have […]
(CNN) When it comes to heart health, it pays to be happy. New research out of Harvard finds optimists less likely to have heart attacks, heart disease or strokes. Scientists reviewed more than 200 studies and found that factors such as optimism and life satisfaction could offer protection against cardiovascular disease. It held true regardless of a person’s age, education, weight, or family history of heart disease. Those who were the most optimistic had about a 50% reduced risk of […]
(CNN) – People who smoke menthol cigarettes are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke, compared to those who smoke non-menthols. The new study in the April 9th issue of Archives of Internal Medicine also found the risk of stroke was more than three times higher for women and non-African Americans who smoke menthols. Experts say it’s unclear why menthols pose a greater risk of stroke, but do not increase other smoking-related illnesses, like cardiopulmonary problems or lung […]