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, 30 Oct 2014 18:10:13 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 La. firm to provide Ebola-resistant suits to feds http://www.wbrz.com/news/la-firm-to-provide-ebola-resistant-suits-to-feds/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/la-firm-to-provide-ebola-resistant-suits-to-feds/ 2 Your Health Thu, 30 Oct 2014 7:36:32 AM Hunter Robinson La. firm to provide Ebola-resistant suits to feds

BATON ROUGE - Convergence Equity LLC of Baton Rouge will provide around 350,000 Ebola-resistant protective suits and gear to federal departments and agencies.

Under an agreement announced Thursday, Convergence is teaming with medical supplier TrillaMed LLC to provide the protective gear to federal agencies, as well as domestic and foreign health providers.

Convergence Equity's current inventory includes more than 3 million suits, gloves, booties and protective gear supplies. The company said it also has millions more products in its development pipeline.

Under the agreement, Convergence will supply TrillaMed with more than 1,000 Personal Protective Equipment kits. Convergence will also fill additional orders for protective domestically and internationally as needed.


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Google joins battle against cancer, other diseases http://www.wbrz.com/news/google-joins-battle-against-cancer-other-diseases/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/google-joins-battle-against-cancer-other-diseases/ 2 Your Health Thu, 30 Oct 2014 7:15:25 AM Hunter Robinson Google joins battle against cancer, other diseases

BATON ROUGE - The world's top search database is joining the search for a cure to cancer.

Google is working on a device that could detect the arrival of cancer and other deadly diseases before you even have them. According to the company, you would wear the device that could detect minor swings in tumor cells and alert you to potential threats.

No word on when the device will be ready for use.


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Kitchen makeover leads to weight loss http://www.wbrz.com/news/kitchen-makeover-leads-to-weight-loss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kitchen-makeover-leads-to-weight-loss/ 2 Your Health Thu, 30 Oct 2014 7:07:20 AM Hunter Robinson Kitchen makeover leads to weight loss

BATON ROUGE - If you've been working out and exercising but aren't seeing results, your kitchen could be the problem. Experts say decluttering your kitchen can help you cutdown on snacking.

First, move healthier foods to lower shelves and put unhealthy snacks in hard to reach places. That increases the liikelihood you'll reach for something healthy when you get hungry.

You should also buy snacks in smaller portions. Research shows the bigger the package, the more your're likely to eat in a single sitting. For example, choosing smaller bags of potato chips will help you consume less.

When you cook food, eat your meals on smaller dishes. According to experts, even if you're trying to eat healthy, a bigger plate leads to bigger portions. Eating off smaller dishes can help you feel like you're eating more. Also, don't serve yourself from the kitchen table. Leaving food on the stove or counter makes you less apt to go back for seconds or thirds.

Finally, avoid doing other activities while eating. When you multitask, it's harder to pay attention to how much you're actually consuming.


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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine http://www.wbrz.com/news/nurse-defies-ebola-quarantine-in-maine/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nurse-defies-ebola-quarantine-in-maine/ 2 Your Health Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:12:57 AM Robert F. Bukaty Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine

FORT KENT, Maine - All but daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

It was the second time in two days that she left her home in remote northern Maine, along the Canadian border. On Wednesday evening, Hickox came out and briefly spoke to reporters, even shaking a hand that was offered to her.

State officials planned to go to court Thursday to have her confined against her will in what is shaping up as the nation's biggest test case yet in the struggle to balance public health and fear of Ebola against personal freedom.

Hickox, 33, told reporters that she hoped for a compromise with health officials, but her actions indicated she had no intention of remaining in isolation for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.

"I really hope that we can work things out amicably and continue to negotiate," she said as she and her boyfriend rode on a dirt path in this town of 4,300 people.

A state police cruiser followed Hickox on her hour-long bike ride, but police could not take action to detain her without a court order signed by a judge.

After returning from Africa, where she treated Ebola victims in Sierra Leone, Hickox stepped into the media glare last week when she became subject to a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey.

After being released from a hospital there, she returned to this small town, where she was placed under what Maine authorities called a voluntary quarantine.

She said she is following the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation of daily monitoring for fever and other signs of the disease. But she said she is no threat to others because she has no symptoms.

"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," she said Wednesday evening.

States have broad authority under long-established law to quarantine people to prevent the spread of disease. But legal experts said there are differences here that could work in Hickox's favor in court: People infected with Ebola are not contagious until they have symptoms, and the virus is not spread through casual contact.

In Hickox's case, she has tested negative for Ebola so far. But it can take days for the virus to reach detectable levels.

In other developments:

- Ebola fears infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical-diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.

- Liberia is making some progress in containing the outbreak, while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.

- The World Bank announced it will give an additional $100 million to help bring in more foreign health workers. That raises the money it has given to the fight to $500 million.

Some states like Maine are going above and beyond the CDC guidelines to require quarantines. So is the U.S military.

President Barack Obama, the nation's top infectious-disease expert and humanitarian groups have warned that overly restrictive measures could cripple the fight against the disease at its source by discouraging volunteers like Hickox from going to West Africa, where the outbreak has sickened more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000 of them.

"These kinds of restrictions could dissuade hundreds, if not thousands, of skilled volunteers from helping stop Ebola's spread, which is in the national interest of every one of our countries," Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Thursday in Brussels.

She added: "The volunteers are heroes to the people they help, and they are heroes to our own countries. They should be treated like heroes when they return."

In Maine, state law allows a judge to confine someone if health officials demonstrate "a clear and immediate public health threat."

If a judge grants the request, Hickox will appeal on constitutional grounds, said Norman Siegel, one of her attorneys.

Siegel said the nurse hopes her fight against the quarantine will help bring an end to misinformation about how Ebola is spread.

"She wants to have her voice in the debate about how America handles the Ebola crisis. She has an important voice and perspective," he said.

Word spread quickly around the town about Hickox.

Priscilla Staples said that some are fearful of Hickox's presence, but Hickox "has done nothing wrong, and she has every right in the world to go for a bike ride."


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Get up, get moving with the Consistency Club http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-up-get-moving-with-the-consistency-club/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-up-get-moving-with-the-consistency-club/ 2 Your Health Thu, 30 Oct 2014 4:46:41 AM Hunter Robinson Get up, get moving with the Consistency Club

BATON ROUGE - The average person sits between 8-15 hours/day. Health professionals say that number is too high. That's why the Consistency Club wants to get you up and moving.

"We have so many technological advances that we have become a sedentary people," Nettye Johnson told Kylie Dixon this morning on 2une In. "It has such a detrimental impact on our health that experts are calling sitting the new smoking."

That led to the creation of the Consistency Club. The group is based out of Denham Springs but communicates nationally with similar groups across the country. The goal is for all members to move 100 miles/month. How you reach that number is up to you.

"So often people try to get active by doing what everyone else does," Johnson explained. "What we really want people to do is look at their own health, so that 100 miles can be whatever is the best fit for you."

For more information, click on the video link or visit the Consistency Club website.

 


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Study: Young people more likely to survive Ebola http://www.wbrz.com/news/study-young-people-more-likely-to-survive-ebola/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/study-young-people-more-likely-to-survive-ebola/ 2 Your Health Wed, 29 Oct 2014 2:14:43 PM Marilynn Marchione Study: Young people more likely to survive Ebola

SIERRA LEONE - A new study gives fresh knowledge about who survives Ebola and why. The report by 47 health workers treating patients in Sierra Leone in West Africa is the most detailed description yet of the medical aspects of the current epidemic.

It reveals that young people are much less likely to perish, fever is the most common symptom when victims first seek care, and early help is crucial.

Ebola victims who were under age 21 were almost twice as likely to survive as those who were over 45.

The report was published online by the New England Journal of Medicine. Seven of the 47 authors died during the study, six of them from Ebola.


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Palliative care for cancer patients the theme of forum in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/palliative-care-for-cancer-patients-the-theme-of-forum-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/palliative-care-for-cancer-patients-the-theme-of-forum-in-baton-rouge/ 2 Your Health Wed, 29 Oct 2014 5:37:29 AM Hunter Robinson Palliative care for cancer patients the theme of forum in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - The American Cancer Society has helped millions of people battle cancer over the years. One way they do that is helping patient's quality of life during their struggle.

David Woodmansee is one of many speakers talking at a forum about awareness and understanding of palliative care. He says palliative care is about treating more than just cancer cells.

"It's extra, coordinated care that really treats the whole person- the stress, the anxiety, nausea and insomnia that comes with dealing with a serious, life-threatening disease," he told Kylie Dixon this morning on 2une In.

Palliative care has garnered more attention over the last few years as experts how vital it can be when it comes to quality of life, survival rates and even saving money.

You can learn more about palliative care today from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. Watch the video for more information.


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Google working on pill to search for illnesses http://www.wbrz.com/news/google-working-on-pill-to-search-for-illnesses/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/google-working-on-pill-to-search-for-illnesses/ 2 Your Health Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:26:07 PM Brandon Bailey Google working on pill to search for illnesses

LAGUNA BEACH, CA - Google's latest "moon shot" project: A pill that would test for cancer and other illnesses.

The company says it's working a pill that contains microscopic particles, which can travel through the bloodstream and search for malignant cells. The particles could then report their findings to a sensor device that you wear.

The project is in the early stages. It's the latest effort undertaken by the Internet giant's X division, which tries to apply new technology to solving big problems. The division's other "moon shot" efforts include self-driving cars and contact lenses that can measure glucose in tears.

Google says the microscopic particles can be magnetized and coated with antibodies that bind with specific proteins or cells associated with various maladies. A wearable sensor could track the particles' magnetic fields.

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Quarantined nurse expected to arrive at Maine home http://www.wbrz.com/news/quarantined-nurse-expected-to-arrive-at-maine-home/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/quarantined-nurse-expected-to-arrive-at-maine-home/ 2 Your Health Tue, 28 Oct 2014 2:18:28 AM Hunter Robinson Quarantined nurse expected to arrive at Maine home

FORT KENT, ME - A nurse who over the weekend was forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after helping Ebola patients in West Africa is expected to arrive at her home in Maine today.

Nurse Kaci Hickox became the first person forced into New Jersey's mandatory quarantine for people arriving at Newark's international airport from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, the Ebola hot spots.

Hickox didn't show Ebola symptoms after volunteering with Doctors Without Borders, and called her forced isolation in a hospital tent "inhumane." She was released yesterday afternoon.

Now officials in Maine want Hickox to stay quarantined in her home until the 21 days after her last possible exposure to Ebola have passed.

Hickox and her attorney say states instead should follow federal health guidelines, which in her case would mean requiring only monitoring, not quarantine.

 


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Feds vs. states: Who decides on Ebola quarantines http://www.wbrz.com/news/feds-vs-states-who-decides-on-ebola-quarantines/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/feds-vs-states-who-decides-on-ebola-quarantines/ 2 Your Health Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:14:39 AM Josh Lederman Feds vs. states: Who decides on Ebola quarantines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House says the Constitution prevents President Barack Obama from forcing all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients.

A hodgepodge of state policies is sowing confusion about what's really needed to stop Ebola from spreading in the United States. While public health advocates denounce state quarantines as draconian and scientifically baseless, anxious citizens in non-quarantine states are asking whether they're at greater risk because their governors and Obama have adopted a lesser level of caution.

The Constitution empowers the federal government to isolate sick people entering the U.S. or traveling between states. But the states have the bulk of the authority to regulate public health, including the decision to enforce quarantines within their borders.


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Free flu vaccines offered at EBR school http://www.wbrz.com/news/free-flu-vaccines-offered-at-ebr-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/free-flu-vaccines-offered-at-ebr-school/ 2 Your Health Mon, 27 Oct 2014 2:59:37 PM Ariana Triggs Free flu vaccines offered at EBR school

BATON ROUGE- Officials announced Monday that students, teachers, and community members can get free flu vaccinations starting this week.

Health Centers in Schools, a part of Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, prepared vaccinations for all students in the East Baton Rouge school district that ECS serves. The first vaccines clinic will be Tuesday at Park Forest Middle School.

Health officials said people can receive either the nasal spray or the traditional injection vaccination. Students have to get their parent's permission before receiving a flu vaccine, according to HCS.

For more information, please click here.


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Governors back home quarantine for Ebola workers http://www.wbrz.com/news/governors-back-home-quarantine-for-ebola-workers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/governors-back-home-quarantine-for-ebola-workers/ 2 Your Health Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:03:15 AM Frank Eltman Governors back home quarantine for Ebola workers

NEW YORK - The governors of New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as they back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa.

The two governors late Sunday night emphasized separately that their policies permit home confinement for medical workers who've had contact with Ebola patients if the workers show no symptoms. They'll receive twice-daily monitoring from health officials.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, warns that such restrictions are unnecessary and could discourage medical volunteers.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says the best way to protect Americans is to stop the epidemic in Africa and that health care workers are needed there.

Cuomo says he's willing to be criticized for being cautious.


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Feds issue counterfeit costume contact lens warning http://www.wbrz.com/news/feds-issue-counterfeit-costume-contact-lens-warning/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/feds-issue-counterfeit-costume-contact-lens-warning/ 2 Your Health Thu, 23 Oct 2014 9:44:04 AM Brock Sues Feds issue counterfeit costume contact lens warning

WASHINGTON - As the weather cools and people begin to finalize their Halloween costume choices, federal officials released an official warning to the public about the dangers of novelty contact lenses, not approved by the FDA, and sold by many retailers throughout the nation.

Federal agents are engaged in an ongoing effort, dubbed "Operation Double Vision", to crack down on the illegal importation of the counterfeit decorative contact lenses, and said they want the public to know about the medical risks associated with the contraband lenses.

As a result of Operation Double Vision, federal agents reported 74 seizures with a total of more than 20,000 pairs of the potentially harmful contact lenses taken off the streets.

Beyonnd the health risks, the sale of contact lenses without a prescription is illegal in the United States. Officials warn consumers to never buy contact lenses from retailers such as costume shops, gas stations, beauty supply stores or online if the seller does not require a prescription.

Medical experts tell consumers who are interested in modifying their eye color with decorative lenses to get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor, get a valid prescsription and only purchase lenses that include the brand names, lens measurement and an expiration date. They also warned consumers about the risks of circle lenses, or anime lenses, that give the wearer a wide-eyed, doll-like look. The lenses have not been approved by the FDA and can not be prescribed by optometrists as they carry risks to eye health.

"You'd never buy a heart valve at a gas station and you should never buy a medical device like contact lenses at one either," said Dr. Jeffrey Hackleman, president of the Georgia Optometric Association. "You only get one pair of eyes and risking a lifetime of vision for a quick thrill is quite frankly not being vision smart. Contact lenses are like sponges that can absorb bacteria and cause an infection if not handled properly. A lifetime of good vision is so much more important than a cheap Halloween accessory."

 


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Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola http://www.wbrz.com/news/many-doubt-hospitals-can-handle-ebola/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/many-doubt-hospitals-can-handle-ebola/ 2 Your Health Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:18:51 AM Lauran Neergard Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they're not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient.

The Associated Press poll also finds that most Americans say the U.S. should be doing more to stop Ebola in West Africa. Health authorities have been clear that until that epidemic ends, travelers could unknowingly carry the virus anywhere.

Nearly a quarter of Americans are very confident the U.S. health care system can prevent Ebola from spreading widely, and 40 percent are moderately confident.

But nearly half don't think their local hospital can safely treat an Ebola case, and 31 percent are only moderately confident that it can.

The poll was conducted Oct. 16-20.


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CDC: Monitoring for all coming from Ebola nations http://www.wbrz.com/news/cdc-monitoring-for-all-coming-from-ebola-nations/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cdc-monitoring-for-all-coming-from-ebola-nations/ 2 Your Health Wed, 22 Oct 2014 8:59:25 AM Connie Cass CDC: Monitoring for all coming from Ebola nations

WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are significantly expanding the breadth of vigilance for Ebola, saying that all travelers who come into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for symptoms of illness for 21 days.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the program will begin Monday and cover visitors as well as aid workers, journalists and other Americans returning from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.

The program will start in six states: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia.

CDC Director Tom Frieden says state and local health officials will check daily for fever or other Ebola symptoms.

Passengers will get kits to help them track their temperature and will be told to inform health officials daily of their status.


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Doctors: Rehydration key in ridding Nigeria of Ebola http://www.wbrz.com/news/doctors-rehydration-key-in-ridding-nigeria-of-ebola/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/doctors-rehydration-key-in-ridding-nigeria-of-ebola/ 2 Your Health Mon, 20 Oct 2014 2:30:27 PM Doctors: Rehydration key in ridding Nigeria of Ebola

ABUJA, Nigeria - Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria are crediting heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives.

The World Health Organization today declared Nigeria to be free of Ebola -- a rare victory against the disease that is ravaging West Africa.

The disease had come to Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, through an airline passenger who had carried Ebola from Liberia. But health workers quickly tracked the progress of everyone who had come in contact with the disease. In the end, Africa's most populous country had just 20 Ebola cases, including eight deaths.

Officials say the success is due to strong tracking and isolation of people exposed to the virus -- along with aggressive rehydration of infected patients to counter the effects of vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms.

One doctor who survived with Ebola says the treatment wasn't easy to take. It involved drinking at least 1.3 gallons of a solution of water laced with salt and sugar every day for five or six days -- even when she had mouth sores and a sore throat.

One expert says rehydration is a low-tech approach that has been neglected by a medical system focused on groundbreaking research.


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Dallas officials: 120 still on Ebola monitoring http://www.wbrz.com/news/dallas-officials-120-still-on-ebola-monitoring/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dallas-officials-120-still-on-ebola-monitoring/ 2 Your Health Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:32:26 AM Dallas officials: 120 still on Ebola monitoring

DALLAS - Texas health officials say 120 people are still being monitored for possible infection with Ebola because they may have had contact with one of the three people who got the disease in Dallas.

Officials said Monday that 43 of 48 people on an original watch list had passed the 21-day incubation period for the viral disease and are now in the clear.

But others who cared for a Liberian man who died Oct. 8 at a Dallas hospital remain at risk, along with two nurses he infected there. Nov. 7 is when the wait period will end for all of those being monitored.

Health officials also say they were unaware that federal officials had allowed one of the nurses to fly the day before she was diagnosed with the deadly virus.


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Health department seeks end to billing rape victims http://www.wbrz.com/news/health-department-seeks-end-to-billing-rape-victims/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/health-department-seeks-end-to-billing-rape-victims/ 2 Your Health Mon, 20 Oct 2014 8:22:57 AM Health department seeks end to billing rape victims

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.

The announcement Monday from the Department of Health and Hospitals was a response to criticism from victims' advocacy groups and lawmakers, when they learned that women who have been raped were being billed for treatment.

The law changes will be proposed in the legislative session that begins in April.

The health department's plan will ban billing of treatment charges to the victim and let hospitals directly seek reimbursement from the Crime Victim's Reparation Board.

Currently, the board can't accept bills from directly from the medical provider for treatment of rape and sexual assault victims, and victims who don't file a police report have been deemed ineligible for reimbursement.


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Local pediatrician discusses the world of viruses http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-pediatrician-discusses-the-world-of-viruses/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-pediatrician-discusses-the-world-of-viruses/ 2 Your Health Thu, 16 Oct 2014 3:32:21 PM Brock Sues Local pediatrician discusses the world of viruses

BATON ROUGE - Pediatrician Dr. Mindy Calandro visited the studio this afternoon to talk about the topic that is unavoidable this week: viruses.

With the national news filled with near wall-to-wall coverage of the Ebola virus developments in Texas and West Africa, viruses are on the minds of everyone, and Dr. Calandro says understanding viruses is important when living in a world where communicable illnesses of the type exist.

According to her definition, viruses are infective agents that are smaller than bacteria. So tiny, in fact, that they can't be seen under a regular light microscope. They require a live host to survive and replicate.

Viruses can be tricky in that they readily mutate, or change their structure, to sneak past the body's defense systems. This is why you can catch the cold or flu multiple times in the same season as they are able to "disguise" themselves.

Dr. Calandro says the two big viruses on everyone's radar at the moment are the Ebola virus and Enterovirus D68, but there are numerous other viruses that affect people throughout the year like warts, the common cold or the flu. These are all viruses despite the different ways they are transmitted and infect hosts.

With the advent of modern medicine, however, we have developed a way to fight back against viruses through vaccination. The flu shot vaccine gets more attention in this country than ever before, and Calandro highly recommends viewers to educate themselves about the vaccine and get it as soon as they can. Check out the related articles to see more video of Dr. Calandro talking about the flu.

Medicine has also brought about the development of anti-viral medications that can shorten the lifespan and eliminate viruses. An example of this would be recent developments in the capability of doctors to prolong the lives of AIDS patients.

Unfortunately, science has yet to get the number of every virus, and the recent media attention is partly because we are still working on ways to vaccinate or treat every virus. With Ebola and Enterovirus D68, we have medications that will help with the progression, but the viruses still must run their course.

While Dr. Calandro says people should be aware of the Ebola threat, it's important to talk to understand and be vaccinated for more likely viral threats like the flu. As always, she recommends the basic hygiene steps of frequent handwashing, but information is your best defense against a viral threat.


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DHH paying for new breast cancer services http://www.wbrz.com/news/dhh-paying-for-new-breast-cancer-services/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dhh-paying-for-new-breast-cancer-services/ 2 Your Health Thu, 16 Oct 2014 3:26:21 PM Ariana Triggs DHH paying for new breast cancer services

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced that they will pay for two new services for Medicaid recipients battling cancer to help improve outcomes.

DHH said Medicaid will now cover a genetic screening called Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay that can tell if women with certain types of early-stage, invasive breast cancer would benefit from chemotherapy. Over a third of women experiencing this type of cancer can now receive better care as a result of the screening's availability, they said.

Custom-fit compression garments and supplies such as compression pumps, are also covered by the medicaid program now in order to ease the symptoms of lymphedema, a condition that can cause severe swelling and is commonly experienced by those who have undergone certain cancer treatments, according to DHH.

DHH started refunding medicaid recipients who received the Oncotype DX screening and for custom-fit compression garments and supplies for lymphedema at the beginning of July this year, according to a press release.

DHH said the new treatment options are a part of Medicaid's effort to give patients treatments specific to their individual condition and gives doctors evidence-based options when considering which treatment plans are best for patients.

 


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