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. () () Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:07:51 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Insurance rate hikes sought in federal marketplace http://www.wbrz.com/news/insurance-rate-hikes-sought-in-federal-marketplace/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/insurance-rate-hikes-sought-in-federal-marketplace/ 2 Your Health Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:38:44 PM APNewsNow Insurance rate hikes sought in federal marketplace

BATON ROUGE - Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could reach double-digits.

More than 60,000 people who get health insurance through the individual marketplace - which was expanded by the federal Affordable Care Act - are in line for rate increases topping 10 percent on Jan. 1 if they keep their current policies.

That's according to paperwork filed with Louisiana's insurance department.

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the average rate increase planned in the state's individual market for health insurance next year is about 12 percent to 13 percent.

Insurance officials say the increases are larger than the type of price hikes enacted annually before the federal health care law was put in place.

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Study: Many heavy kids think they're normal weight http://www.wbrz.com/news/study-many-heavy-kids-think-they-re-normal-weight/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/study-many-heavy-kids-think-they-re-normal-weight/ 2 Your Health Wed, 23 Jul 2014 3:52:15 AM Hunter Robinson Study: Many heavy kids think they're normal weight

NEW YORK - A new government study says many kids don't have an accurate idea of their own weight, and many of them are obese young people who view themselves as normal.

The report is noteworthy because it comes from a federal survey that not only interviews kids, but weighs and measures them. Some experts say obese children who permanently settle into an unhealthy physique face diabetes and other health problems later in life.

Researchers focused on the responses of more than 6,100 young people, ages 8 through 15, who participated in the survey in 2005 through 2012.

Researchers found that about 30 percent of those surveyed misperceived their weight, with a large majority of heavier kids thinking their weight was normal.

About 34 percent of black and Mexican-American kids misperceived their weight. About 28 percent of white kids did.

That kind of misconception was more common among children in lower-income families than in households with more money.

Scientists also say the findings echo what's been seen in adults.

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Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs http://www.wbrz.com/news/agents-get-subsidized-obamacare-using-fake-ids/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/agents-get-subsidized-obamacare-using-fake-ids/ 2 Your Health Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:47:02 AM Hunter Robinson Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover operatives were able to get subsidized health care in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying premiums for the policies, even as the Obama administration attempts to verify phony documentation.

The GAO will deliver its findings at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. An advance copy of the agency's testimony was provided to The Associated Press.

The administration says it will review the testimony carefully and work with GAO to strengthen safeguards.

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Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH http://www.wbrz.com/news/survey-finds-sharp-increase-in-teen-use-of-hgh/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/survey-finds-sharp-increase-in-teen-use-of-hgh/ 2 Your Health Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:11:32 AM Hunter Robinson Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

NEW YORK - A major national survey finds disconcerting data about teen use of performance enhancing drugs.

The survey by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids finds experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year as young people strove to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks.

The large-scale survey finds 11 percent of students reported using synthetic HGH at least once - up from about 5 percent in the past four surveys. Teen use of steroids increased from 5 percent to 7 percent.

Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, says it's alarming but not surprising, given the extensive online marketing of performance-enhancing substances and lack of drug testing for high school athletes.

Partnership President Steve Pasierb says high school coaches have a key role, but while some are vigilant, perhaps a third only care about winning.

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Block out skin cancer with a free screening from Baton Rouge General http://www.wbrz.com/news/block-out-skin-cancer-with-a-free-screening-from-baton-rouge-general/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/block-out-skin-cancer-with-a-free-screening-from-baton-rouge-general/ 2 Your Health Tue, 22 Jul 2014 6:33:27 AM Hunter Robinson Block out skin cancer with a free screening from Baton Rouge General

BATON ROUGE - More than two million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, but you can block it out by getting a free screening tomorrow from Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

The best ways to detect possible areas with skin cancer are to do self-exams. It's recommended that you do them once per month and look for any abnormal skin growth or any change in the color, shape, size or appearance of a skin growth.

The best way to avoid skin cancer altogether is to take preventative measures, especially during the hot, sunny summer months.

"You can still be in the sun and do it safely," Dr. Genevieve Maronge says. "The most important thing is to wear sunscreen everyday, including on your face using a broad spectrum sunscreen that's at least SPF 30."

Dr. Maronge also says you should find shade during the hottest and brightest hours of the day and wear protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and sleeves whenever possible.

A key to beating skin cancer is early detection. That's why Baton Rouge General is hosting a free screening tomorrow from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Bluebonnet location. You can find more information on their website.

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Working out while you work http://www.wbrz.com/news/working-out-while-you-work/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/working-out-while-you-work/ 2 Your Health Tue, 22 Jul 2014 5:48:29 AM Hunter Robinson Working out while you work

BATON ROUGE - Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center are testing out the effectiveness of exercise desks. We visited Pennington this morning on 2une In to give you an inside look at the future of desk jobs.

We tried out two models this morning- the treadmill desk and the cycle desk. The concept isn't to replace your normal workout, but instead to replace the sedentary behavior of doing nothing while you sit in your desk all day.

The woman behind the research is Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke who says she uses both machines everyday. Dr. Tudor-Locke says they realized some problems during testing in a local office, but the pedal desk may be the answer.

"The idea behind the pedal desk is to have you seated like you're used to working," she explains as she pedals at her desk. "But you're still able to increase your energy expenditure in a confined space without getting distracted".

Check out the video to get an inside look at the new desks.


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HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection http://www.wbrz.com/news/hiv-pills-show-more-promise-to-prevent-infection/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hiv-pills-show-more-promise-to-prevent-infection/ 2 Your Health Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:05:33 AM Hunter Robinson HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

There is more good news about the HIV treatment pills that are used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus. Researchers say that taking these prevention pills does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses.

The results come from longer follow-up on more than 1,600 gay men in a landmark study a few years ago testing daily doses of the pill Truvada.

About three-quarters of the participants kept taking the pills for another 17 months. None who used them four or more days a week got HIV, and even taking the pills less often helped - although not as much.

The work was discussed Tuesday at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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Having a heart attack? Survive, Don't Drive http://www.wbrz.com/news/having-a-heart-attack-survive-don-t-drive/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/having-a-heart-attack-survive-don-t-drive/ 2 Your Health Fri, 18 Jul 2014 7:08:56 AM Hunter Robinson Having a heart attack? Survive, Don't Drive

BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center has a tip that could save your life in the event on a heart attack: Don't get behind the wheel.

OLOL kicked off its "Survive, Don't Drive" campaign to inform you of the dangers of getting behind the wheel if you're having a heart attack. Even if you have someone who can drive you, it's always best to dial 911.

Dr. Bryan Hathorn is the director of The Chest Pain Center at Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Institute. He says EMS can give you treatment that could save your life.

"We've had patients that have actually gotten in automobile accidents," Dr. Hathorn explained. "If you drive yourself, you put everyone at risk, including yourself, and if your family member drives you, you're not getting the therapies that you need."

Radio talk show host Bill Profita knows the danger first hand. He suffered a heart attack earlier this year and says he wouldn't be alive if he hadn't called 911.

"I don't know why I did it, but I was having some severe chest pain, and I told Karen, call 911," said Profita. "If I would have had her drive me, I know I wouldn't be here."

It's important to know the warning signs of heart attack because every minute counts. Dr. Hathorn says anything from your nose down to your belly button could be a heart-related. Woman can also feel shoulder or back pain.

Watch the video to learn more about Our Lady of the Lake's Survive, Don't Drive campaign and to hear Bill Profita's personal testimony.

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LSU tobacco-free plans announced http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tobacco-free-plans-announced/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tobacco-free-plans-announced/ 2 Your Health Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:33:55 AM Brock Sues LSU tobacco-free plans announced

BATON ROUGE - The ashtrays have been removed from LSU's campus and the Baton Rouge campus will make history on Aug. 1 by going completely smoke-free.

LSU is required to ban tobacco use on August 1 in accordance with the Louisiana Legislature's smoke-free requirement for public post-secondary institutions in the state, but administration says the campus will see benefits from the change.

"Going tobacco-free underscores our commitment to a healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff," said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. "It is also in keeping with policies in place at many universities across the country. Overall, it's simply the right thing to do for LSU."

The policy includes smoking and other tobacco based products and applies to all individuals while on LSU campus, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, contractors and visitors. E-cigarettes and similar products are also banned under the policy.

Developers of the policy said they considered the impact on the personal freedom of individuals in the LSU community, but concern about the negative health effects, facilities administration cost and student recruitment considerations took priority.

While ashtrays are no longer provided on the university grounds, early enforcement of the policy will depend on respect and cooperation from students, staff and the public, according to LSU administration.

The university intends to follow up the ban with support for students and employees who want to quit using tobacco products, including tobacco cessation counseling and resources from the LSU Student Health Center. Spokesperson Ernie Ballard said information cards explaining the policy were also being handed out to students and faculty at orientation events, and were being sent out to season ticket holders to make them aware the policies also extended to on-campus tailgating.

For more information on LSU's tobacco free movement and resources to help quit, please visit the university's We're Tobacco Free! website.


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Capital City crawling its way to fitness http://www.wbrz.com/news/capital-city-crawling-its-way-to-fitness/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/capital-city-crawling-its-way-to-fitness/ 2 Your Health Tue, 15 Jul 2014 7:13:13 AM Hunter Robinson Capital City crawling its way to fitness

BATON ROUGE - Fitness studios and gyms across the Capital City are coming together to host a two week event to whip Baton Rouge residents into shape.

OpenBarre, Studio 7, Tread BR, GymFit, Geaux Crossfit, Yoglates II, Define and Reflection Yoga are participating in the Baton Rouge Fitness Crawl. During the Crawl, residents can participate in the best and most unique fitness classes and training programs that the Baton Rouge has to offer.

The classes will also be free to new clients at each studio and gym. Participants are asked to make a small donation at each class to benefit the BREC Foundation.

2une In's Rebecca Buchanan was LIVE at Yoglates this morning to tell you how you can get moving. For more information, watch the video or visit this website.

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US Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-alzheimer-s-rate-seems-to-be-dropping/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-alzheimer-s-rate-seems-to-be-dropping/ 2 Your Health Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:08:32 AM Hunter Robinson US Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

New studies show that the rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries even though the total number of cases continues to rise because more people are living to an old age.

One study finds that an American over age 60 today has a 44 lower chance of developing dementia than a similar-aged person did roughly 30 years ago. Dementia rates also are down in Germany.

Scientists think the trend is due to better education and control health factors such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

Some poor countries are seeing the opposite trend, a rise in dementia.

The studies were discussed Tuesday at an Alzheimer's conference in Copenhagen.

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DHH reminds parents about school vaccines http://www.wbrz.com/news/dhh-reminds-parents-about-school-vaccines/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dhh-reminds-parents-about-school-vaccines/ 2 Your Health Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:46:27 AM Brock Sues DHH reminds parents about school vaccines

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reminded parents Friday that with the first day of school around the corner, it's time to make sure their kids' vaccinations are up to date in accordance with state law.

"When we don't vaccinate, we leave the door open for the return of diseases such as measles and whooping cough, which continue to be a threat to babies, children and adults in the United States," said DHH Immunization Medical Director Dr. Frank Welch. "School vaccination laws have helped eliminate major vaccine-preventable diseases. So, avoid the rush and take the time now to schedule your children for their back-to-school vaccinations."

Children who are four years of age and older and are entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten or Head Start programs this year must have proof they have received the following vaccinations:

  • a booster dose of Poliovirus vaccine (IPV)
  • two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine (MMR)
  • three doses of Hepatitis vaccine (HBV)
  • two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine (Var)
  • a booster dose of Diphtheria Tetanus Acellular Pertussis vaccine (DtaP)

Children in daycare must also be up to date with the appropriate immunizations for their age.

Children who are 11 or older and are entering sixth grade this year must have proof they have received the following age-appropriate vaccinations:

  • meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine
  • Tetanus Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis vaccine (Tdap)

Parents can have their family doctor administer the vaccines, and the physician can provide a copy of the child's immunization record as proof.

Children who have Medicaid or meet certain conditions may be eligible to receive vaccinations at Parish Health Units. DHH's interactive parish map can be used to find a convenient vaccination location and the requirements can be found on their website.

Parents who are unable to submit proof of updated vaccinations for their children will need to have them re-vaccinated in order to get an updated record.


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Six year old transplant recipient gets ready for competition http://www.wbrz.com/news/six-year-old-transplant-recipient-gets-ready-for-competition/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/six-year-old-transplant-recipient-gets-ready-for-competition/ 2 Your Health Fri, 11 Jul 2014 8:21:25 AM Rebecca Buchanan Six year old transplant recipient gets ready for competition

BATON ROUGE - A six year old liver transplant recipient is going strong, getting ready for the Transplant Games of America.

Smith McRae was diagnosed with liver failure at two months old. He wasn't expected to live past his first birthday. At six months old his parents prayers were answered, when they found out he was a match for a liver transplant. Today Smith is your average six year old who loves sports and playing with his big brother Raz. Smith's parents always remind him of the gift given to him by an organ donor.

"It's the best gift that anyone can give him, and he needs to know that, and live his life like he has that," explained Smith's mother Adriane McRae.

Smith is one of the youngest participants in this Year's Transplant Games of America in Houston. He's trained with family to get ready for the competition that starts July 12th in Houston. Smith is one of 24 athletes competing in the games from Louisiana.

""I want him to meet other adults, kids, people of different ages, sizes, shapes, all over the country, so he can see what people can actually do. Even with a transplant, you can still do anything anyone else can do," said Adriane.


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Girl hoped to have been cured of HIV has relapsed http://www.wbrz.com/news/girl-hoped-to-have-been-cured-of-hiv-has-relapsed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/girl-hoped-to-have-been-cured-of-hiv-has-relapsed/ 2 Your Health Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:32:14 AM Marilynn Marchione Girl hoped to have been cured of HIV has relapsed

JACKSON, Fla. - A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for several years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV and therefore is not cured.

The news is a setback to hopes that very early treatment with powerful HIV drugs might reverse an infection that has seemed permanent once it takes hold.

The girl is now nearly 4. As recently as March, doctors had said that she seemed free of HIV despite not having been on AIDS drugs for about two years. That was a medical first.

But on Thursday, her doctors and officials at the National Institutes of Health said new tests showed that she is no longer in remission. She is now back on treatment and is responding well, doctors said.


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Pennington announces 5K benefit run, Doc's DASH http://www.wbrz.com/news/pennington-announces-5k-benefit-run-doc-s-dash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pennington-announces-5k-benefit-run-doc-s-dash/ 2 Your Health Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:52:45 AM Russell Jones, Gabriela Chauvin Pennington announces 5K benefit run, Doc's DASH

BATON ROUGE - Pennington Biomedical Center announced plans to host a "Doc's DASH" 5K and fun run this fall in honor of "Doc" and Irene Pennington.

Organizers of the event said they want Doc's DASH to be an annual event to benefit Pennington. 

"Doc's DASH and the events planned alongside it will provide an interactive, personalized health experience featuring some of the great research underway at Pennington Biomedical," said Cefalu.

The Penningtons donated $125 million to help found the biomedical center, one of the biggest academic nutritional research institution in the world.

Organizers said the run is also an homage to the "DASH Diet," a Pennington project they said was as the No. 1 healthy diet in America for four years.

The first run will take place on Sept. 27. More information about signing up can be found on the Doc's DASH website.


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Tulane to be 100 percent smoke-free on Aug. 1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulane-to-be-100-percent-smoke-free-on-aug-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tulane-to-be-100-percent-smoke-free-on-aug-1/ 2 Your Health Wed, 9 Jul 2014 3:30:02 AM Hunter Robinson Tulane to be 100 percent smoke-free on Aug. 1

NEW ORLEANS - Tulane University says its campus will be 100 percent smoke free beginning Aug. 1.

Scott Tims, director of Tulane University Student Health Services, says the goal of the policy, passed in May 2013, is to protect non-smokers from exposure to second-hand smoke while encouraging current smokers to quit.

Tulane will join 1,372 college and university campuses in the U.S. that have adopted smoke-free policies. In going "smoke-free," Tulane will eliminate not only the smoking of cigarettes and cigars, but also the use of chewing tobacco, dips and electronic products like e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

Tims says smokers will still be able to smoke in public spaces around the campus. However, starting in January, the university will issue $25 citations for those caught using tobacco products on campus.

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Coffee may help burn more calories http://www.wbrz.com/news/coffee-may-help-burn-more-calories/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/coffee-may-help-burn-more-calories/ 2 Your Health Tue, 8 Jul 2014 5:23:37 PM Michael Marsh Coffee may help burn more calories

MADRID, SPAIN-  Drinking coffee before a workout can help you burn more calories and may lead to losing weight.

That's the conclusion of a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise.

Health.com says the study done in Spain found that trained athletes who took caffeine before working out burned about 15 percent more calories hours after exercising.

Coffee is linked to multiple health benefits such as better circulation, better memory and less post-workout pain.

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Getting fit with Miss Greater Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/getting-fit-with-miss-greater-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/getting-fit-with-miss-greater-baton-rouge/ 2 Your Health Wed, 2 Jul 2014 7:46:27 AM Hunter Robinson Getting fit with Miss Greater Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Miss Greater Baton Rouge Renee' Picou amazed judges at the Miss Louisiana Pageant last weekend, taking home the Lifestyle and Fitness Award. She met up with Rebecca Buchanan at the Spectrum Fitness and Medical Wellness Center on Perkins to tell you what she does to stay healthy and fit.

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Beat the heat: Avoiding the dangers of summer http://www.wbrz.com/news/beat-the-heat-avoiding-the-dangers-of-summer/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/beat-the-heat-avoiding-the-dangers-of-summer/ 2 Your Health Wed, 2 Jul 2014 6:33:36 AM Hunter Robinson Beat the heat: Avoiding the dangers of summer

BATON ROUGE - Between fireworks and grilling, summer can be a dangerous time of year. Dr. Tracee Short with the Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center stopped by 2une In Wednesday with some tips to avoid injury.

Check out the video for more information.


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Better check twice: Child vehicular heat stroke prevention http://www.wbrz.com/news/better-check-twice-child-vehicular-heat-stroke-prevention/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/better-check-twice-child-vehicular-heat-stroke-prevention/ 2 Your Health Tue, 1 Jul 2014 6:23:31 AM Hunter Robinson Better check twice: Child vehicular heat stroke prevention

BATON ROUGE - In 2014, 13 children have already died as a result of being left in a hot vehicle. In more than 50% of those cases, parents forgot their kids in the vehicle. You may think it will never happen to you, but it's better to be safe, than sorry.

Crystal Pichon with Lex Lee's Kids stopped by 2une In Tuesday morning with tips to keep your kids safe.

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