WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ 2 Your Health 2 Your Health en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:08:55 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Health benefit changes planned for state workers http://www.wbrz.com/news/health-benefit-changes-planned-for-state-workers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/health-benefit-changes-planned-for-state-workers/ 2 Your Health Tue, 26 Aug 2014 1:49:10 PM Melinda Deslatte Health benefit changes planned for state workers

BATON ROUGE - State employees and retirees face increased out-of-pocket costs and higher deductibles as Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration reworks state health insurance plans to keep the program from financial disaster.

Financial analysts say those in the insurance program in many instances will be paying more and getting less. Critics of the changes say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.

But the governor's top budget adviser, Kristy Nichols, says health care costs simply are going up. She says the Office of Group Benefits offered plans that were too generous to continue affording at their current price tag.

Nichols says new insurance plans are being offered that could have some employees and retirees paying less and getting coverage more in line with what they need.


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CEO named for HealthCare.gov http://www.wbrz.com/news/ceo-named-for-healthcare-gov/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ceo-named-for-healthcare-gov/ 2 Your Health Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:28:43 AM CEO named for HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds.

Kevin Counihan leads Access Health CT, a health insurance marketplace seen as a national model.

As CEO of the federal exchange, Counihan's challenge will be far bigger. Connecticut enrolled about 80,000 people, while more than 5 million signed up in the 36 states served by the federal marketplace.

Insurance exchanges offer subsidized private coverage to people who don't have workplace health plans.

The role of federal CEO is new, created by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to avoid a repeat of last year's technical meltdown. Burwell also named Lori Lodes of the Center for American Progress as communications director.


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UN health agency: E-cigarettes must be regulated http://www.wbrz.com/news/un-health-agency-e-cigarettes-must-be-regulated/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/un-health-agency-e-cigarettes-must-be-regulated/ 2 Your Health Tue, 26 Aug 2014 3:54:13 AM Hunter Robinson UN health agency: E-cigarettes must be regulated

GENEVA - The U.N. health agency says electronic cigarettes should be regulated and banned from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders.

The World Health Organization also calls for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products, and to either forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship.

In a report Tuesday, the Geneva-based agency said the "apparently booming" $3 billion global market for more than 400 brands of e-cigarettes is increasingly becoming a competition between independent companies and transnational tobacco companies aggressively muscling for market share.

The report is to be discussed at a WHO conference on controlling tobacco in October.

The American Heart Association backs the battery-powered devices that vaporize nicotine as a last resort to help smokers quit.


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Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times for teens http://www.wbrz.com/news/pediatricians-rx-for-schools-later-start-times-for-teens/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pediatricians-rx-for-schools-later-start-times-for-teens/ 2 Your Health Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:12:47 AM Hunter Robinson Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times for teens

CHICAGO, IL - Pediatricians are sending a back-to-school message: Let teenagers sleep in a bit.

In a new policy statement in the journal Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. for teens would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and even depression and suicide.

The influential group says studies have found that most U.S. students in middle school and high school don't get the recommended amount of sleep - 8½ to 9½ hours on school nights.

Kristen Amundson, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, says later start times for teens is really an issue of cost because bus drivers would have to be added and buses rerouted.

And, she says, later start times also would mean later dismissal times, affecting sports practices, games, after-school jobs and homework time.


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American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak http://www.wbrz.com/news/american-ebola-doc-urges-help-fighting-outbreak/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/american-ebola-doc-urges-help-fighting-outbreak/ 2 Your Health Fri, 22 Aug 2014 1:51:16 AM Kathleen Foody American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak

ATLANTA, GA - An American doctor who was released from an Atlanta hospital after surviving the Ebola virus says he's glad for any attention his situation brought to African countries fighting an epidemic.

Dr. Kent Brantly spoke to reporters briefly Thursday after spending three weeks in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. He called for more resources in the ongoing Ebola epidemic and requested prayers for the sick.

Brantly was working in Liberia when he became infected with Ebola, along with American aid worker Nancy Writebol. She was quietly released Tuesday.

Doctors say both could return to their medical work and expect them to be immune to one type of Ebola virus. They said the two pose no public health threat, and no one should fear being in contact with them.


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Recognizing the early signs of autism in children http://www.wbrz.com/news/recognizing-the-early-signs-of-autism-in-children/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/recognizing-the-early-signs-of-autism-in-children/ 2 Your Health Thu, 21 Aug 2014 3:02:13 PM Brock Sues Recognizing the early signs of autism in children

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Mindy Calandro, a pediatrician at The Baton Rouge Clinic, visited the station Thursday afternoon to discuss the signs, symptoms and statistics that accompany Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children.

From a statistical standpoint, 1 in 68 child have the disorder and ASD is five times more common in boys when compared to girls. Research continues to unravel the facts surrounding autism, but studies have tied the disorder to a genetic component as well as environmental factors. Many of these contributors to ASD occur in the child prior to birth. Dr. Mindy Calandro says the idea that vaccines cause autism is not true, according to extensive studies.

During her visit, the pediatrician listed some "red flags" that parents should keep an eye out for when trying to determine if their children have ASD, which usually makes itself apparent in the early years of life. Common signs and symptoms of the disorder in children include:

  • No eye contact, smiling or expression of emotion by six months of age
  • No spoken words by 16 months of age
  • Not pointing at things or looking at things others point out
  • No showing of objects to parents
  • No expressions of emotion

Awareness and diagnosis of autism have been improving in recent years, and research into the disorder is advancing every year. Much of what we know about what causes autism has only been revealed within the past five years.

Dr. Mindy Calandro says it is important to monitor your children's development closely, and increasingly accurate screening tools are becoming common every year. The pediatrician advises that your own attentiveness and regular visits to the proper medical professionals during your child's early life are also key.

 


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Keys to a healthy school year http://www.wbrz.com/news/keys-to-a-healthy-school-year/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/keys-to-a-healthy-school-year/ 2 Your Health Thu, 21 Aug 2014 7:50:50 AM Hunter Robinson Keys to a healthy school year

BATON ROUGE - Kids across the area have hit the ground running during the first few weeks of school. There are some things you can do to make sure they sustain that success and their health until the final day of school in May.

Some key factors to pay attention to are healthy meals, a regualr sleep schedule and immunization records. Dr. Stephanie Awad from Baton Rouge General visited 2une In this morning with more recommendations.

Click on the video for more information.


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WHO says Ebola has killed more than 1,200 http://www.wbrz.com/news/who-says-ebola-has-killed-more-than-1-200/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/who-says-ebola-has-killed-more-than-1-200/ 2 Your Health Tue, 19 Aug 2014 2:48:07 AM Hunter Robinson WHO says Ebola has killed more than 1,200

GENEVA - The U.N. health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people.

The World Health Organization says the death toll has risen to 1,229 from among the 2,240 reported cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The latest figures Tuesday include 84 additional deaths from 113 new cases reported between August 14 and 16.

Agency officials warned that measures to restrict travel in heavily infected areas, including quarantines of whole villages and counties, are limiting access to food in many cases.


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Miss. officials: 2 new cases of West Nile virus http://www.wbrz.com/news/miss-officials-2-new-cases-of-west-nile-virus/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miss-officials-2-new-cases-of-west-nile-virus/ 2 Your Health Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:05:58 AM Hunter Robinson Miss. officials: 2 new cases of West Nile virus

JACKSON, MI - State health officials say two more Mississippians have been infected with West Nile Virus.

The state Department of Health said Monday that a Hinds County resident and a Rankin County resident have confirmed cases.

So far this year, nine cases of West Nile have been reported, including one death in Yazoo County.

Three people overall have been infected in Rankin County and two in Hinds County. One apiece has been infected in Adams, Newton, Yazoo and Wilkinson counties.

The Department of Health only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public.

In 2013, Mississippi had 45 confirmed West Nile cases and five deaths. In 2012, the state had 247 cases and five deaths.


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4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted http://www.wbrz.com/news/4-at-slaughterhouse-behind-beef-recall-indicted/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/4-at-slaughterhouse-behind-beef-recall-indicted/ 2 Your Health Mon, 18 Aug 2014 3:43:42 PM 4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted

PETALUMA, Calif. - A federal grand jury has indicted four officials at a Northern California slaughterhouse, alleging they slaughtered diseased cows while inspectors were on their lunch breaks and distributed the cattle.

The Petaluma-based slaughterhouse was at the center of massive beef recall earlier this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said Rancho processed diseased and unhealthy animals and circumvented federal inspection rules.

Prosecutors announced the charges against Rancho Feeding Corp. co-owners Jesse Amaral Jr. and Robert Singleton and employees Eugene Corda and Felix Cabrera on Monday.

Prosecutors say Cabrera and Corda and instructions from Amaral and Singleton were involved in the slaughter of cows with diseased heads. They are accused of then concealing the heads by swapping them with healthy cow heads.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the men had attorneys.


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DHH: 8 cases of chikungunya, 1 of dengue in La. http://www.wbrz.com/news/dhh-8-cases-of-chikungunya-1-of-dengue-in-la-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dhh-8-cases-of-chikungunya-1-of-dengue-in-la-/ 2 Your Health Fri, 15 Aug 2014 4:07:30 PM DHH: 8 cases of chikungunya, 1 of dengue in La.

BATON ROUGE - State health officials report no new cases of chikungunya fever or dengue fever in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, in its weekly Arbovirus Surveillance Summary released Friday, said so far there have been eight cases of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia, and one of dengue fever.

DHH says all of the infections took place while the individuals were outside of the United States.

LSU AgCenter entomologist Kristen Healy says each of the chikungunya cases was imported into the state - three from Haiti and five from the Dominican Republic. She says the eight cases include three each in Jefferson and Orleans parishes and one each in Grant and Tangipahoa parishes.

The dengue case was in St. Martin Parish.


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Teaze Fitness teaches Pat to 'twerk-out' http://www.wbrz.com/news/teaze-fitness-teaches-pat-to-twerk-out-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/teaze-fitness-teaches-pat-to-twerk-out-/ 2 Your Health Fri, 15 Aug 2014 3:29:04 PM Teaze Fitness teaches Pat to 'twerk-out'

BATON ROUGE - Instructors from Teaze Fitness on Essen Lane dropped in to talk about new fitness dancing trends, including "twerk-outs."

We talked about "hip hop, booty-based dance fitness class" with Teaze instructors Daisy and Soy. Daisy said this type of class is a great alternative for people who don't normally like to work out because it really lets you get out of your head, embrace the rhythm and have yourself some fun.

Conveniently located at 5719 Essen Lane, Teaze Fitness offers a wide range of non-traditional fitness classes that the instructors hope can abolish the feelings of dread some people have when they lace up the sneakers and head to the gym. Among the variety of aerobic offerings are Pole Fitness, Twerk Workouts and the Hip-Hop style dancing that Soy and Daisy demonstrating in the studio this afternoon.

The instructors at Teaze Fitness are consummate professionals who are serious about combining cardio and strength training with the confidence that comes with self-expression. The staff at Teaze has adapted exotic entertainment into enjoyable exercise programs that can be just as beneficial as slightly more traditional exercise methods like yoga or Pilates.

If you've ever wanted to see Pat Shingleton break it down, please do yourself a favor and watch the attached video. You will not regret it.

The full list of classes, schedules and other information about the studio can be found at teazefitnessbr.com or you can give them a call at (225) 335-3222.

 


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Ebola centers fill faster than they can be opened http://www.wbrz.com/news/ebola-centers-fill-faster-than-they-can-be-opened/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ebola-centers-fill-faster-than-they-can-be-opened/ 2 Your Health Fri, 15 Aug 2014 4:59:31 AM Hunter Robinson Ebola centers fill faster than they can be opened

DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says beds in Ebola treatment centers in West Africa are filling up faster than they can be provided.

Spokesman Gregory Hartl said in Geneva Friday that the flood of patients to newly opened treatment centers shows that the outbreak's size is far larger than official counts show. WHO said Thursday that recorded death and case tolls may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak."

Hartl said that an 80-bed treatment center opened in Liberia's capital in recent days filled up immediately. The next day, dozens more people showed up to be treated.

According to WHO figures, the outbreak, which began in Guinea and has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, has killed more than 1,060 people and sickened nearly 2,000.


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Bone marrow registration drive underway in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/bone-marrow-registration-drive-underway-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bone-marrow-registration-drive-underway-in-baton-rouge/ 2 Your Health Thu, 14 Aug 2014 5:59:55 AM Hunter Robinson Bone marrow registration drive underway in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - The challenge has been issued and it's time to register to be a bone marrow donor.

Earlier this week, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, Be the Match and the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer joined forces to announce the start of the 90 day challenge to increase the bone marrow donor registry.

The registration drive will be held at locations throughout Baton Rouge from now until November 1st. More than 10,000 people need bone marrow transplants each year, but it is often difficult to find a match. For people like WWL TV anchor Sally Ann Roberts, the issue hits close to home. She was a perfect match for her sister, Good Morning America Robin Roberts, when she needed a transplant.

"It was a very easy process," Sally Ann explained. "People think oh my goodness it's going to be very painful, I'm going to have to go through surgery. In the vast majority of cases, if you can donate blood, you can do this."

Mayor Holden and Renea Duffin from OLOL joined us on 2une In this morning to tell you more about the challenge. Click on the video for more information.

For a list of locations for the bone marrow drive, call (225) 215-1234 or visit the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center website.

 


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Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near http://www.wbrz.com/news/deadline-to-clear-up-health-law-eligibility-near/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/deadline-to-clear-up-health-law-eligibility-near/ 2 Your Health Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:47:28 AM Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Obama administration says the clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health law.

Officials said Tuesday that letters are going out to about 310,000 people whose citizenship and information documentation doesn't match what the government has on file.

These consumers will need to upload their documentation to HealthCare.gov by Sept. 5, or mail it in.

Otherwise their coverage will end Sept. 30.

Of the 8 million people who signed up for private coverage through President Barack Obama's law, more than 2 million at one point had discrepancies of some sort that affected their eligibility.

That number has been greatly reduced - but the remaining cases are proving difficult to clear up.


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FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer http://www.wbrz.com/news/fda-approves-first-dna-based-test-for-colon-cancer/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fda-approves-first-dna-based-test-for-colon-cancer/ 2 Your Health Mon, 11 Aug 2014 2:26:40 PM Matthew Perrone FDA approves first DNA-based test for colon cancer

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patient DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths.

The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects irregular mutations in a patient's stool sample that can be an early warning sign of cancer. Patients who test positive for the mutations should undergo a colonoscopy to confirm the results.

Doctors have long used stool tests to look for hidden blood that can be a warning sign of tumors and precancerous polyps.

But company studies of Cologuard showed that it was more accurate at detecting cancerous tumors and worrisome polyps than traditional stool blood tests. The new test was less accurate at correctly ruling out cancer, as it reported more growths when none were actually present.


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Packing a healthy school lunch http://www.wbrz.com/news/packing-a-healthy-school-lunch/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/packing-a-healthy-school-lunch/ 2 Your Health Mon, 11 Aug 2014 5:53:51 AM Hunter Robinson Packing a healthy school lunch

BATON ROUGE - Kids across the area head back to school today. For many parents that means a new part of the daily ritual- packing lunch. Kristen F. Gradney, a dietitian from Our Lady of the Lake, stopped by 2une In this morning with some tips to packing a healthy and affordable school lunch.

"The first thing you want to do is make sure you have an insulated bag and lots of ice packs," Gradney explained. "That way you know what you're packing isn't just healthy but also safe."

She says every school lunch needs variety. Instead of sending plain vegetables, Gradney suggests packing individual servings of guacamole or hummus. She says you need to also make sure they have their dairy serving with either string cheese or yogurt.

Instead of making a regular sandwich, Gradney says pita pockets can liven things up. Plus, it's perfect for those kids that don't like crust.

The American Heart Association also has some recommendations. In addition to ice packs, it's also a good idea to have thermos to keep food warm. That way, you can send leftovers from the night before. The AHA also suggests letting your child help you make their lunch.

For more school lunch ideas, watch the video or visit the American Heart Association website.

 


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Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug http://www.wbrz.com/news/spanish-ebola-patient-gets-experimental-drug/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/spanish-ebola-patient-gets-experimental-drug/ 2 Your Health Mon, 11 Aug 2014 2:00:53 AM Hunter Robinson Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug

MADRID, Spain - Spain says it has imported a U.S.-made experimental drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest who was evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for Ebola.

A Health Ministry statement Monday said the ZMapp drug, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego, was obtained in Geneva this weekend and brought to Madrid to treat Miguel Pajares.

Two Americans diagnosed with Ebola in Liberia recently have been treated with the drug and are said to be improving.

There is no known cure for Ebola and more than 1,000 people have died in the current outbreak in West Africa.

Pajares, 75, was evacuated from Liberia and placed in isolation Thursday in Madrid's Carlos III hospital.


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What's scary about Ebola, reasons not to fear it http://www.wbrz.com/news/what-s-scary-about-ebola-reasons-not-to-fear-it/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/what-s-scary-about-ebola-reasons-not-to-fear-it/ 2 Your Health Sat, 9 Aug 2014 8:28:37 AM CONNIE CASS What's scary about Ebola, reasons not to fear it

WASHINGTON - The United States' top disease detective calls Ebola a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus."

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading.

That's scary. But it also cries out for context.

AIDS alone takes more than a million lives per year in Africa.

Lung infections such as pneumonia are close behind as the No. 2 killer.

Malaria and diarrhea claim hundreds of thousands of African children each year.

In the U.S., where heart attacks and cancer are the biggest killers, the risk of contracting the Ebola virus is close to zero.

Americans fretting about their health would be better off focusing on getting a flu shot this fall.

Flu is blamed for about 24,000 U.S. deaths per year.


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Second West Nile death confirmed in La. http://www.wbrz.com/news/second-west-nile-death-confirmed-in-la-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/second-west-nile-death-confirmed-in-la-/ 2 Your Health Fri, 8 Aug 2014 2:18:07 PM Russell Jones Second West Nile death confirmed in La.

BATON ROUGE - State health officials confirmed that a second person has died due to the West Nile virus in Louisiana.

The Department of Health and Hospitals said the victim was older than 75 and lived in the capital region.

DHH said 14 new cases were also reported in the state's latest surveillance report, bringing the year's total number of cases up to 29.

"The increased cases we are seeing this year are a firm reminder that West Nile Virus is a serious disease, and people need to be vigilant about protecting themselves," said Dr. Raoult Ratard, DHH State Epidemiologist. "We know from more than 10 years of surveillance that this disease is active in every corner of the state, and people are at risk of getting it regardless of whether cases or deaths occurred in their parishes. Everyone should take precautions against mosquito bites."

The new cases included neuroinvasive infections in East Baton Rouge, Livingston, and Ascension parishes. Neuroinvasive infections are the most dangerous form of the disease, which can cause brain swelling and death.

More details about West Nile virus prevention and infections can be found on DHH's website.

 


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