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 Apr 2014 22:04:47 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes http://www.wbrz.com/news/fda-proposes-first-regulations-for-e-cigarettes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fda-proposes-first-regulations-for-e-cigarettes/ 2 Your Health Thu, 24 Apr 2014 4:49:25 AM Michael Felberbaum FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government wants to prohibit sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

The proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing industry.

The agency says the proposal sets a foundation for regulating the products but the rules don't immediately ban flavors of e-cigarettes, curb marketing and online sales, or set product standards.

Once finalized, the agency could propose additional restrictions on e-cigarettes. Officials didn't provide a timetable for that action.

The move comes as members of Congress and public health groups have raised concerns over e-cigarettes and questioned their marketing tactics.

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Reduce Your Risk Pt. 5 http://www.wbrz.com/news/reduce-your-risk-pt-5-59748/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/reduce-your-risk-pt-5-59748/ 2 Your Health Wed, 23 Apr 2014 6:02:14 AM Hunter Robinson Reduce Your Risk Pt. 5

BATON ROUGE - Chances are you know someone who has had a heart attack or stroke. They are silent killers who affect thousands of Louisiana families every year. One Baton Rouge family experienced both. They shared their story in Pt. 5 of John Pastorek's Reduce Your Risk series.Check out the video to hear their story.

You can learn more about heart disease and stroke prevention at the Capital Area Heart Walk this Saturday at LSU's Old Front Nine. For more information, visit their website.

Be sure to 2une In Friday for the sixth and final edition of Reduce Your Risk.

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Officials announce Well-Ahead Louisiana Initiative http://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-announce-well-ahead-louisiana-initiative/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-announce-well-ahead-louisiana-initiative/ 2 Your Health Wed, 23 Apr 2014 5:34:53 AM Hunter Robinson Officials announce Well-Ahead Louisiana Initiative

BATON ROUGE - State officials announced the Well-Ahead Louisiana Initiative last week. Secretary of Public Health J.T. Lane dropped by 2une In Wednesday morning to talk about the goals of the program.

"We see a lot of headlines about ranked last in the country in obesity and overall health, we're now 48th," Lane explained, "so what we want to do it build on the progress that has already been made".

The plan is to build on progress by partnering with schools, businesses and other organizations to energize health and wellness in Louisiana. According to the Department of Health and Hospitals, that doesn't mean you have give up things you love like good food. Instead, it means maker smart choices to extend your life so you can enjoy those things longer.

To find out more about the Well-Ahead Louisiana Initiative, watch the video or check out this website.

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Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye' http://www.wbrz.com/news/michigan-man-among-1st-in-us-to-get-bionic-eye-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/michigan-man-among-1st-in-us-to-get-bionic-eye-/ 2 Your Health Wed, 23 Apr 2014 4:00:04 AM Mike Householder Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

ANN ARBOR, MI - A few patients who have lost their sight due to a rare disorder are regaining some vision thanks to a procedure performed at the University of Michigan.

The Ann Arbor school's Kellogg Eye Center is the first such facility in the U.S. to implant an artificial retina since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed off on it last year.

Four such surgeries have been performed at Michigan. A fifth is scheduled for next month.

Patients get the "bionic eye" system. It includes a small video camera and transmitter mounted on a pair of glasses. Images from the camera are processed into electronic data that are wirelessly transmitted to electrodes implanted into the patient's retina.

The surgery gives those with retinitis pigmentosa the ability to see shadows and shapes.

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Reduce Your Risk Pt. 4 http://www.wbrz.com/news/reduce-your-risk-pt-4/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/reduce-your-risk-pt-4/ 2 Your Health Mon, 21 Apr 2014 5:40:23 AM Hunter Robinson Reduce Your Risk Pt. 4

BATON ROUGE - In Pt. 4 of John Pastorek's Reduce Your Risk series, he sits down with the CEO of Lane Regional Medical Center.

His message is not to ignore the symptoms of heart disease. He says he did, and it almost cost him his life. He's sharing his story to help others Reduce their Risk.

Check out the video for more information, and 2une In Wednesday for Pt. 5 of Reduce Your Risk.

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Reduce Your Risk Pt. 3 http://www.wbrz.com/news/reduce-your-risk-pt-3/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/reduce-your-risk-pt-3/ 2 Your Health Fri, 18 Apr 2014 6:53:26 AM Hunter Robinson Reduce Your Risk Pt. 3

BATON ROUGE - The best way to Reduce your Risk of heart disease is with annual check-ups.

John Pastorek continued a "Reduce Your Risk" tradition, became the guinea pig and went through one himself.

Check out the video to see his results!

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State announces "Well-Ahead Louisiana" initiative http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-announces-well-ahead-louisiana-initiative/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-announces-well-ahead-louisiana-initiative/ 2 Your Health Mon, 14 Apr 2014 1:37:30 PM Russell Jones State announces

BATON ROUGE - State health officials and Governor Bobby Jindal announced a new initiative Monday to call attention to schools, businesses and other groups around the state that help people live healthier.

The "Well-Ahead Louisiana" initiative would give a special designation, called a "WellSpot", to organizations that have policies which promote wellness. Those policies include tobacco-free environments, employee wellness plans, breastfeeding-friendly policies, and consistent healthy food offerings.

Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert said the initiative would help encourage people to make smart choices at the places they spend the most of their time, such as work and school.

"Approximately 1.6 million or one in three Louisiana residents are obese. We must raise awareness on how Louisianians can improve their wellbeing. Together we can shape a future for our citizens where we are all able to live longer, better lives because we've made the choice to change," Kliebert said.

Businesses or organizations can seek WellSpot designation through DHH. More information about WellSpot criteria can be found on their website.

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Fight Type 1 Diabetes with Derby after Dark http://www.wbrz.com/news/fight-type-1-diabetes-with-derby-after-dark/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fight-type-1-diabetes-with-derby-after-dark/ 2 Your Health Mon, 14 Apr 2014 7:41:32 AM Hunter Robinson Fight Type 1 Diabetes with Derby after Dark

BATON ROUGE - 3 million people live with Type 1 Diabetes. Kristy Andries and Tamara Palmer stopped by 2une In Monday to tell you how you can join in the search for a cure.

The 13th annual Denim & Diamonds "Derby After Dark" Gala and Auction is on Saturday, April 26th. Everything kicks-off at 6:00 p.m. at Property of Dan & Carolyn Heard (18850 Perkinds Road East.

For more information on "Derby after Dark" watch the video or visit this website.

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4 years after spill, questions on long-term health http://www.wbrz.com/news/4-years-after-spill-questions-on-long-term-health/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/4-years-after-spill-questions-on-long-term-health/ 2 Your Health Fri, 11 Apr 2014 6:25:23 AM Kevin McGill 4 years after spill, questions on long-term health

CHALMETTE - A government researcher who hopes to track the long-term health effects of the 2010 BP oil spill says there are early indications that cleanup workers were 30 percent more likely to suffer from depression than others living in areas affected by the spill.

Dr. Dale Sandler of the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences said Friday it's too early to know whether exposure to oil or dispersants would account for higher levels of depression.

Sandler heads up a study in which nearly 33,000 people - cleanup workers or those who applied for cleanup work - are being surveyed on health matters. She said about 4,000 are being asked to undergo a new round of physical exams planned at universities in Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans.

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Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post http://www.wbrz.com/news/kathleen-sebelius-resigning-from-top-hhs-post/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kathleen-sebelius-resigning-from-top-hhs-post/ 2 Your Health Thu, 10 Apr 2014 3:56:08 PM Julie Pace Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

WASHINGTON - A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration.

The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for President Barack Obama's health care law. Website failures marred the opening weeks of the six-month enrollment period, but the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling more than 7 million people in health insurance plans.

Sebelius' resignation could set the stage for a contentious election-year confirmation hearing for whomever Obama nominates to replace her. Sebelius has served as HHS secretary since the start of the Obama administration.

The official was not authorized to discuss Sebelius' resignation ahead of the formal announcement and requested anonymity.

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Banning e-cig sales to minors wins more support http://www.wbrz.com/news/banning-e-cig-sales-to-minors-wins-more-support/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/banning-e-cig-sales-to-minors-wins-more-support/ 2 Your Health Thu, 10 Apr 2014 3:15:10 PM Banning e-cig sales to minors wins more support

BATON ROUGE - A proposal to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors in Louisiana continues to win support from state lawmakers.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill (House Bill 208) by Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, without objection Thursday, sending it to the full House for debate. A similar measure (Senate Bill 12) already has received the unanimous backing of the Senate.

The bills would add e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other alternative nicotine products to the list of items that, like cigarettes, cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18 in the state.

E-cigarettes and vaporizers are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine, and sometimes flavorings like fruit, mint or chocolate. Users get their nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.

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Heart walk heads to Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/heart-walk-heads-to-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/heart-walk-heads-to-baton-rouge/ 2 Your Health Wed, 9 Apr 2014 2:57:04 PM Zach Correa Heart walk heads to Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - One of the largest walks in the Baton Rouge area will be hitting LSU in a couple of weekends.

The Capital Area Heart Walk is coming to the area on April 26 at LSU's Old Front Nine. Head of The Capital Area Heart Walk Terrie Sterling said the event attracts around 25,000 people.

In addition, Dr. Terry Rehn, a cardiologist, stressed that people with heart issues should not drive themselves to the hospital. He said driving could hurt more than it helps.

For more information about the Capital Area Heart Walk, click here.


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Bill requires mental health info before abortion http://www.wbrz.com/news/bill-requires-mental-health-info-before-abortion/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bill-requires-mental-health-info-before-abortion/ 2 Your Health Wed, 9 Apr 2014 9:51:28 AM Melinda Deslatte Bill requires mental health info before abortion

BATON ROUGE - Anti-abortion lawmakers want women seeking the procedure in Louisiana to get pamphlets describing possible psychological effects, the illegality of coerced abortions and services available to human trafficking victims.

The House Health and Welfare Committee backed a bill that would require clinics to provide that information to women at the start of their 24-hour waiting period before they can have an abortion.

Supporters of the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Barry Ivey say it would provide useful information to women.

Opponents of the proposal say it would add unnecessary costs for clinics and was designed to create another obstacle for women seeking to get a legal procedure.

No committee member objected to sending the bill to the full House for debate.

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Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs http://www.wbrz.com/news/electrical-device-helps-paralyzed-men-move-legs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/electrical-device-helps-paralyzed-men-move-legs/ 2 Your Health Tue, 8 Apr 2014 4:36:29 AM Maria Cheng Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

LONDON - Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke.

Experts say it's a promising development but warn that the experimental treatment isn't a cure. When the implanted device is activated, the men can wiggle their toes, lift their legs and stand briefly. But they aren't able to walk and still use wheelchairs to get around.

"There is no miracle cure on the way," said Peter Ellaway, an emeritus professor of physiology at Imperial College London, who had no role in the study. "But this could certainly give paralyzed people more independence and it could still be a life-changer for them."

In a new study published Tuesday in the British journal Brain, researchers gave an update on Rob Summers, of Portland, Oregon, the first to try the treatment, and described successful results for all three of the other men who have tried it. All had been paralyzed from below the neck or chest for at least two years from a spinal cord injury.

The study's lead author, Claudia Angeli of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Research Center at the University of Louisville, said she believes the device's zapping of the spinal cord helps it to receive simple commands from the brain, through circuitry that some doctors had assumed was beyond repair after severe paralysis.

Dustin Shillcox, 29, of Green River, Wyoming, was seriously injured in a car crash in 2010. Last year, he had the electrical device surgically implanted in his lower back in Kentucky. Five days later, he wiggled his toes and moved one of his feet for the first time.

"It was very exciting and emotional," said Shillcox. "It brought me a lot of hope."

Shillcox now practices moving his legs for about an hour a day at home in addition to therapy sessions in the lab, sometimes wearing a Superman T-shirt for inspiration. He said it has given him more confidence and he feels more comfortable going out.

"The future is very exciting for people with spinal cord injuries," he said.

The study's other two participants - Kent Stephenson of Mount Pleasant, Texas and Andrew Meas of Louisville, Kentucky - have had similar results.

"I'm able to (make) these voluntary movements and it really changed my life," Stephenson said. He said the electrical device lets him ride on an off-road utility vehicle all day with his friends and get out of the wheelchair.

"I've seen some benefits of (the device) training even when it's turned off," he added. "There have been huge improvements in bowel, bladder and sexual function."

The new study was paid for by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and others.

Experts said refining the use of electrical stimulators for people with paralysis might eventually prove more effective than standard approaches, including medicines and physical therapy.

"In the next five to 10 years, we may have one of the first therapies that can improve the quality of life for people with a spinal cord injury," said Gregoire Courtine, a paralysis expert at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, who was not part of the study.

Ellaway said it was unrealistic to think that paralyzed people would be able to walk after such treatment but it was feasible they might eventually be able to stand unaided or take a few steps.

"The next step will be to see how long this improvement persists or if they will need this implant for the rest of their lives," he said.

The National Institutes of Health is investing in more advanced stimulators that would better target the spinal cord as well as devices that might work on people who are paralyzed in their upper limbs.

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Health care bill helps add 3 million to Medicaid http://www.wbrz.com/news/health-care-bill-helps-add-3-million-to-medicaid/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/health-care-bill-helps-add-3-million-to-medicaid/ 2 Your Health Fri, 4 Apr 2014 9:00:31 AM Erica Werner Health care bill helps add 3 million to Medicaid

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says 3 million Americans signed up for Medicaid under the new health care law as of the end of February, offering its first accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.

Many were newly eligible because of the law's Medicaid expansion.

The number is significantly lower than how many people the administration previously said were, quote, "determined eligible" for Medicaid under the law. But the new number sifts out duplicate applications to arrive at a solid figure.

The total is incomplete because a handful of states didn't report their numbers, and it doesn't include March sign-ups.

About half the states have accepted a Medicaid expansion in the health law. Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal rejected an expansion in the state.

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Walking and running for Oral Cancer Awareness Month http://www.wbrz.com/news/walking-and-running-for-oral-cancer-awareness-month/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/walking-and-running-for-oral-cancer-awareness-month/ 2 Your Health Fri, 4 Apr 2014 6:02:54 AM Hunter Robinson Walking and running for Oral Cancer Awareness Month

BATON ROUGE- April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The Oral Cancer Foundation is hosting a walk/run in Baton Rouge to help.

Jessica Smith and Dr. Lauren Thurmon, DDS visited 2une In Thursday to talk about the Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run for Awareness. It's coming up on Saturday, April 12th. Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at 6400 Perkins Rd.

Watch the video for more information.

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Seize the Day, fight epilepsy http://www.wbrz.com/news/seize-the-day-fight-epilepsy/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/seize-the-day-fight-epilepsy/ 2 Your Health Fri, 4 Apr 2014 5:43:18 AM Hunter Robinson Seize the Day, fight epilepsy

BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people will gather at LSU Saturday to Seize the Day and join the fight again epilepsy and seizures.

News Two's Brittany Weiss sat down with an 8th grader in Baton Rouge who is in the fight. She is living with epilepsy and sharing her story to give others hope.

Watch the video to hear her inspirational story.

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Treatment for a rising mental illness trend http://www.wbrz.com/news/treatment-for-a-rising-mental-illness-trend/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/treatment-for-a-rising-mental-illness-trend/ 2 Your Health Thu, 3 Apr 2014 4:35:26 PM Rebecca Buchanan BATON ROUGE - Health care leaders are responding as the number of people committed for mental illness is on the rise.

Baton Rouge Police said they spend a lot of time with diagnosed patients who stop taking their medications. The Coroners Office ordered 6,000 patients be involuntarily committed for treatment in 2013.

"When they don't take the medication, it takes it to the next level, and that's when we step in and we take them to that medical facility they can receive the treatment, which we hope will put them back on the right track," explained Cpl. L'Jean McKneely.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness said they're working to keep patients insured and on their medication. They say people go off their meds for many reasons, such as cost, treatment availability, and a lack of social acceptance.

To learn more about mental illness, and what's being done here NAMI's State Conference is Friday 8:30am-4:30pm and Saturday 9am-1:30pm at the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators on Florida Blvd.


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Doctor eases concerns for new moms http://www.wbrz.com/news/doctor-eases-concerns-for-new-moms/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/doctor-eases-concerns-for-new-moms/ 2 Your Health Thu, 3 Apr 2014 3:15:34 PM Zach Correa Doctor eases concerns for new moms

BATON ROUGE - According to Dr. Mindy Calandro, a baby's sleep habits and diet are some of the major concerns for new mothers.

Dr. Calandro recommended that mother's feed their newborns every two to three hours, no matter what. In addition, she said babies can sleep up to 16 hours a day with most of their naps coming in short spurts.

Dr. Calandro is a pediatrician at The Baton Rouge Clinic.


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Obama lauds health care sign-ups of over 7 million http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-lauds-health-care-sign-ups-of-over-7-million/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-lauds-health-care-sign-ups-of-over-7-million/ 2 Your Health Tue, 1 Apr 2014 1:37:49 PM Nedra Pickler Obama lauds health care sign-ups of over 7 million

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says 7.1 million Americans enrolled for health care coverage by Monday's midnight deadline. He's praising the achievement of overcoming lost weeks at the start of sign-ups last fall.

Obama says the law has not fixed the health care system but it has made it a lot better. He says there is no reason to go back, in an apparent reference to Republican efforts to repeal the law.

Obama made his remarks in the White House Rose Garden Tuesday after his administration announced the key milestone in the 4-year-old law. The total surpasses a threshold that had once been in doubt because of computer setbacks at the start of sign-ups in the fall.

IMAGE: ABC News / White House Pool

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