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, 18 Sep 2014 09:09:47 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security http://www.wbrz.com/news/probe-healthcare-gov-website-must-boost-security/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/probe-healthcare-gov-website-must-boost-security/ 2 Your Health Tue, 16 Sep 2014 1:01:01 PM Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

WASHINGTON - Nonpartisan congressional investigators say the HealthCare.gov website has significant security weaknesses that could put Americans' personal information at risk.

The Government Accountability Office said Tuesday that the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues related to who can get into the online system, who can make changes in it and what to do in case the complex network fails.

The GAO, which is the investigative arm of Congress, found that the administration took a risk going live with HealthCare.gov last fall when it was still not fully tested. Some testing was incomplete as of June.

Investigators said in testimony for a House committee hearing that the administration agreed with most of their recommendations.

HealthCare.gov was hacked last month, but no consumer information was stolen.

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Blame it on the sugar http://www.wbrz.com/news/blame-it-on-the-sugar/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/blame-it-on-the-sugar/ 2 Your Health Mon, 15 Sep 2014 2:55:26 PM Zach Correa Blame it on the sugar

BATON ROUGE - A local dietitian blames sugary drinks for the major spike in childhood obesity in the last few decades.

One in three children are obese or overweight in the United States. This rate of childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years.

Dietitians Angelina Stratton Leblanc said sugary drinks are a major contributor to childhood obesity in this country. In particular, Leblanc labeled sports drinks and sodas as some of the greatest contributors.

According to Leblanc, water is always the best option for you and your children.

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month.


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12 new West Nile virus infections in Louisiana http://www.wbrz.com/news/12-new-west-nile-virus-infections-in-louisiana/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/12-new-west-nile-virus-infections-in-louisiana/ 2 Your Health Fri, 12 Sep 2014 4:35:30 PM 12 new West Nile virus infections in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says 12 new West Nile virus infections in the state bring the year's total to 92.

Three of the cases diagnosed this week are dangerous infections of the nervous system, bringing that total to 41. The state already had surpassed last year's total of 34.

All three of those neuroinvasive infections are in East Baton Rouge Parish, where two patients diagnosed with flu-like West Nile fever and one without symptoms are located.

A health department news release says Caddo Parish also has two cases of West Nile fever, while Livingston, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes have one each. A second infection without symptoms was diagnosed in Iberville Parish.

A total of 36 fever cases and 15 without symptoms have been diagnosed this year.

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St. John schools seek bottled water amid amoeba crisis http://www.wbrz.com/news/st-john-schools-seek-bottled-water-amid-amoeba-crisis/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/st-john-schools-seek-bottled-water-amid-amoeba-crisis/ 2 Your Health Fri, 12 Sep 2014 1:22:18 AM Hunter Robinson St. John schools seek bottled water amid amoeba crisis

EDGARD, LA - As the St. John the Baptist Parish government continues trying to eradicate a potentially fatal brain-damaging amoeba from a portion of its water system, the St. John School Board has declared a state of emergency.

The declaration allows the school system to bypass public bid laws to buy bottled water for students at six schools.

School officials estimate they will spend $17,500 for dispensers at the schools for 60 days.

State health officials said the amoeba is dangerous only if the infected water gets into the nasal cavity and reaches the brain. They ordered St. John to elevate chlorine flushing on Aug. 27, after samples taken Aug. 12 indicated there was no chlorine in a system that serves more than 12,000 people in Reserve.

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Local experts warn Louisianians of virus http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-experts-warn-louisianians-of-virus/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-experts-warn-louisianians-of-virus/ 2 Your Health Wed, 10 Sep 2014 3:12:01 PM Jessica LeBlanc Local experts warn Louisianians of virus

BATON ROUGE - State experts said Wednesday that even though a respiratory virus that's hit other states hard hasn't appeared in Louisiana yet, people should still be on the look out.

The Enterovirus D68 has hit 12 states already and some fear Louisiana will be next. Doctors have some tips for people to make sure they don't fall victim to the sickness.

"Scrubbing in between {fingers} and getting a good rinse after. The other thing is wiping off any surfaces {daily} that kids might touch... or any compromised folks may touch. And especially daycare settings, physician's offices, schools and even at home," said Dr. Brian Despinasse, a pediatrician in Baton Rouge.

The illness causes respiratory issues that can range from mild to severe. Health officials said enteroviruses normally pop up around September each year, acting like a summer cold.

According to The Center for Disease Control there is currently no vaccine for the enterovirus.

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Keep your kids healthy at St. Elizabeth Kidsfest http://www.wbrz.com/news/keep-your-kids-healthy-at-st-elizabeth-kidsfest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/keep-your-kids-healthy-at-st-elizabeth-kidsfest/ 2 Your Health Wed, 10 Sep 2014 6:13:25 AM Hunter Robinson Keep your kids healthy at St. Elizabeth Kidsfest

GONZALES - St. Elizabeth Physicians is making it easy to make sure your kids are healthy.

They are hosting St. Elizabeth Kidsfest on Saturday, September 13th at the Lamar Dixon Gym Building from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The event is free to attend and includes healthy kid screenings, a bike rodeo, high school mascots and more.

For more information on St. Elizabeth Kidsfest, watch our interview with Pediatrician Dr. Lisa Le or visit the St. Elizabeth Physician website.

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Another US citizen with Ebola to be treated in Atlanta http://www.wbrz.com/news/another-us-citizen-with-ebola-to-be-treated-in-atlanta/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/another-us-citizen-with-ebola-to-be-treated-in-atlanta/ 2 Your Health Tue, 9 Sep 2014 12:06:12 AM Hunter Robinson Another US citizen with Ebola to be treated in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA - A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to treat its third Ebola patient.

Emory University Hospital said in a news release that a person who had contracted the disease was expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday. The hospital said the patient would be treated in its isolation unit.

Last month, two aid workers who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia were treated successfully at Emory. Another patient, an American doctor, is being treated in Nebraska.

Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson said the latest patient would be flown into Dobbins Air Reserve Base outside Atlanta.

The World Health Organization said Monday that one of its doctors working in an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone had tested positive for the disease and was to be evacuated. The patient's identity has not been released.

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Thyroid, kidney cancers linked to childhood obesity http://www.wbrz.com/news/thyroid-kidney-cancers-linked-to-childhood-obesity/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/thyroid-kidney-cancers-linked-to-childhood-obesity/ 2 Your Health Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:14:01 AM Hunter Robinson Thyroid, kidney cancers linked to childhood obesity

CHICAGO, IL - Federal researchers say childhood kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years. And although the diseases are rare, researchers are wondering if the rising rates could be related to obesity.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say from 2000 to 2009, the rate for all childhood cancers combined - 171 cases per million children - remained stable. There were slight increases in blacks and adolescents.

During that period there were about 120,000 new cancer diagnoses among infants and children ages 1 through 19.

Researchers say for thyroid cancer, the rate of diagnosis climbed from nearly six cases per million children to eight per million children in 2009. And for kidney cancer, the rate climbed from 0.5 cases per million to 0.7 cases per million.

Studies showing increases in both kinds of cancer in adults have suggested causes might include rising obesity rates. Childhood obesity also has increased in recent years.

September is American Heart Association's Childhood Obesity Month. Kristen Gradney from Our Lady of the Lake stopped by 2une In this morning for tips on battling childhood obesity.

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Children's hospital-linked infections fall sharply http://www.wbrz.com/news/children-s-hospital-linked-infections-fall-sharply/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/children-s-hospital-linked-infections-fall-sharply/ 2 Your Health Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:09:57 AM Hunter Robinson Children's hospital-linked infections fall sharply

CHICAGO, IL - A new study suggests efforts to improve patient safety and reduce preventable health care linked infections in hospitals are meeting with success, especially for children.

The study of 174 U.S. hospitals in 39 states finds steep declines in dangerous infections sometimes transmitted through treatments in intensive care units.

The study published in Pediatrics involved infections spread through breathing machines and central lines - intravenous catheters used long-term to deliver medicine or fluids deep into the bloodstream. The devices can be contaminated with bacteria and other germs through various lax hygiene practices like not washing hands.

The study found declines between 2007 and 2012. For central line infections, the rate dropped from just under five infections per 1,000 days of use to about one. For ventilator infections, it fell from just under two per 1,000 days to less than one.

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US doctor infected with Ebola arrives in Nebraska http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-doctor-infected-with-ebola-arrives-in-nebraska/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-doctor-infected-with-ebola-arrives-in-nebraska/ 2 Your Health Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:14:55 AM Margery A. Beck US doctor infected with Ebola arrives in Nebraska

OMAHA, NE - A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital for treatment.

Dr. Rick Sacra was driven by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after landing a little after 6 a.m. Friday at Offutt Air Force Base just south of Omaha. His ambulance went into a hospital receiving bay and vanished from public view at 6:38 a.m. He will begin treatment in the hospital's 10-bed special isolation unit, the largest of four such units in the U.S.

Sacra, from the Boston area, went to Liberia even after hearing that two American missionaries had become infected. He served with the North Carolina-based charity SIM. Sacra didn't treat Ebola patients but delivered babies, so it's unclear how he got infected.

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Spotting the signs and symptoms of concussions http://www.wbrz.com/news/spotting-the-signs-and-symptoms-of-concussions/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/spotting-the-signs-and-symptoms-of-concussions/ 2 Your Health Thu, 4 Sep 2014 2:56:12 PM Brock Sues Spotting the signs and symptoms of concussions

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Mindy Calandro visited News 2 at 4 Thursday to discuss the facts about concussions and what to look for if your child suffers the injury while playing sports.

Dr. Calandro says concussions, at their most basic level, are mild traumatic injuries to the brain. They most commonly occur during contact sports, but can occur with any impact to the head.

While concussions are generally associated with high impact sports like football or hockey, Dr. Calandro reminds parents that concussions can result from any head injury. Parents and coaches should be able to determine if a child has been concussed by looking for the following common, immediate symptoms:


  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Blurry vision
  • Feeling Dazed


Dr. Calandro said the above immediate symptoms of concussions are frequently followed by some symptoms that have a delayed onset. Symptoms that could occur in the hours or days after a concussion include:


  • Feeling "in a fog"
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Change in mood


If the symptoms are observed in children, the doctor advises parents to approach the injury with seriousness. First and foremost, children should be removed from play if the head trauma happens during a sporting event. Dr. Calandro points out that removal from play in instances where a concussion may have occur is now part of Louisiana law. Concussion victims need to seek professional medical evaluation as soon as possible following the injury.

In the days and weeks following the injury, the pediatrician advises parents to take the recovery process slow and limit physical and mental activities after the diagnosis of concussion by a health professional. The same goes for reintroducing the child to sports. Dr. Calandro recommends a stepwise approach to getting your kid back in the game and keeping medical advice at the forefront as they return to the field of play.


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Acadian Ambulance membership drive ends tomorrow http://www.wbrz.com/news/acadian-ambulance-membership-drive-ends-tomorrow/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/acadian-ambulance-membership-drive-ends-tomorrow/ 2 Your Health Thu, 4 Sep 2014 7:10:33 AM Hunter Robinson Acadian Ambulance membership drive ends tomorrow

BATON ROUGE - Acadian Ambulance Service's 2014 Membership Drive ends tomorrow. Porter Taylor stopped by 2une In this morning to tell you why you should join before it's too late.

The annual membership drive allows Acadian to extend its standby services for high school sporting events, fairs and festivals, as well as ensure that it has the latest life-saving technology. Membership also gives you a 30% discount on all billed ambulance charges and access to a 24/7/365 nurse advice line.

Membership cost $79/year and covers all family members living in your household. If you'd like to join, visit the Acadian Ambulance website or call 800-256-JOIN. Watch the video for more information.

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Could the blood of Ebola survivors help patients? http://www.wbrz.com/news/could-the-blood-of-ebola-survivors-help-patients-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/could-the-blood-of-ebola-survivors-help-patients-/ 2 Your Health Thu, 4 Sep 2014 2:49:32 AM Maria Cheng Could the blood of Ebola survivors help patients?

LONDON, England - As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors.

The evidence is mixed for using infection-fighting antibodies from survivors' blood for Ebola, but without any licensed drugs or vaccines for the deadly disease, some say it's worth a shot.

Using blood of survivors is one of the experimental Ebola treatments under discussion at a two-day meeting that began Thursday in Geneva. The more than 200 experts are looking at issues of safety and effectiveness and considering which treatments should be prioritized for testing.

There are about a half dozen medicines and vaccines in development. None has been rigorously tested in humans. Early testing of one vaccine began this week in the United States.

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Free prostate cancer screenings offered Sept. 13 http://www.wbrz.com/news/free-prostate-cancer-screenings-offered-sept-13/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/free-prostate-cancer-screenings-offered-sept-13/ 2 Your Health Tue, 2 Sep 2014 9:02:24 AM Brock Sues Free prostate cancer screenings offered Sept. 13

BATON ROUGE - With September designated as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is holding its annual barbershop screening event to increase awareness and promote early detection of the disease.

The cancer center encourages men to take advantage of the free screenings which will be available at Webb's Barber Shop, located at 414 Eddie Robinson Drive, on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The screenings are for men age 50 and older who do not have a doctor or have not been screened in the past 12 months. Those at higher risk for the disease such as African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should consider being screened starting at age 45. The prostate cancer screening is performed by a doctor and includes a PSA blood test and physical exam.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men in Louisiana and early detection screening remains the best way to catch cancer and beat it.

For information about additional upcoming cancer screenings, call (225) 215-1234 or visit the Mary Bird Perkins prostate cancer website.

Image: marybird.org


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Food prices rising in Ebola-hit countries http://www.wbrz.com/news/food-prices-rising-in-ebola-hit-countries/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/food-prices-rising-in-ebola-hit-countries/ 2 Your Health Tue, 2 Sep 2014 3:44:24 AM Hunter Robinson Food prices rising in Ebola-hit countries

DAKAR, Senegal - The U.N. is warning that food prices are rising in countries hit by Ebola and that it'll get worse because many farmers won't be able to access fields during the upcoming harvests of rice and corn.

An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,500 people, and authorities have cordoned off entire towns in an effort to prevent the virus' spread. Many airlines have suspended flights to and from the affected countries, and seaports are seeing less traffic.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Tuesday that those measures drove up food prices as much as 150 percent in one market.

The U.N. has said 1.3 million people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will need help feeding themselves in coming months.

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More Ebola cases in past week than any other http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-ebola-cases-in-past-week-than-any-other/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-ebola-cases-in-past-week-than-any-other/ 2 Your Health Fri, 29 Aug 2014 3:31:28 AM Hunter Robinson More Ebola cases in past week than any other

DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says the past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak began, more evidence that the crisis is worsening.

In an update Friday, the U.N. health agency said more than 500 cases were recorded over the past week, by far the worst toll of any week so far. The vast majority of the cases were in Liberia, but the agency said it was also the highest number of cases in one week for Guinea and Sierra Leone.

WHO warned Thursday that the outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could eventually infect 20,000 people.

So far, it has killed more than 1,500 of the 3,000 people it has sickened. Nigeria has also recorded a small number of cases.

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UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000 http://www.wbrz.com/news/un-ebola-cases-could-eventually-reach-20-000/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/un-ebola-cases-could-eventually-reach-20-000/ 2 Your Health Thu, 28 Aug 2014 3:58:42 AM John Hielprin UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

GENEVA - The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than 6 times as many as now.

A new study by the U.N. health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported.

The agency on Thursday published new figures saying that 1,552 people have now died from the Ebola virus from among 3,069 cases reported so far.

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Parents uncomfortable with youth football http://www.wbrz.com/news/parents-uncomfortable-with-youth-football/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/parents-uncomfortable-with-youth-football/ 2 Your Health Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:43:16 AM Kurt Voigt Parents uncomfortable with youth football

Nearly half of parents say they're not comfortable letting their child play football amid growing uncertainty about the long-term impact of concussions, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

A majority, however, say they haven't prevented their child from playing the game they love.

In the poll, 44 percent of parents weren't comfortable with their child playing football. Only five percent, though, said they have discouraged their child from playing in the last two years as concern over head injuries has increased in all levels of the game.

The AP-GfK poll was conducted from July 24-28. It included interviews with 1,044 adults and has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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St. John purging water system after amoeba found http://www.wbrz.com/news/st-john-purging-water-system-after-amoeba-found/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/st-john-purging-water-system-after-amoeba-found/ 2 Your Health Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:02:33 AM APNewsNow St. John purging water system after amoeba found

BATON ROUGE - St. John the Baptist is using chlorine to flush a water system on the east bank of the Mississippi River after tests showed the presence of a dangerous amoeba.

The state Department of Health and Hospitals said the Naegleria fowleri amoeba was found in the water system serving more than 12,500 people in the Reserve, Garyville and Mount Airy communities.

No illnesses or deaths have been attributed to the amoeba.

The water system began a two-month chlorination purge on Thursday. State and parish officials say the water is safe to drink.

The water system was sampled as part of a state surveillance program launched earlier this month.

State officials say swimming or diving in freshwater lakes and rivers is the most common way to contract the amoeba.

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'Undercover' nail polish protects against date rape http://www.wbrz.com/news/undercover-nail-polish-protects-against-date-rape/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/undercover-nail-polish-protects-against-date-rape/ 2 Your Health Wed, 27 Aug 2014 8:20:03 AM Hunter Robinson 'Undercover' nail polish protects against date rape

Women have a new weapon to protect themselves from date rape: nail polish.

Four North Carolina State University students are developing a polish that can detect drugs associated with date rape. When dipped in a drink, the polish will change colors if the drink is laced. Once the product is released, experts believe it will play a vital role in protecting women from date.

"Date rape is more likely to happen at parties when there's not a controlled bar," relationship expert Donna Barnes explains. "They could have spiked the whole bottle and you would have no idea, but by simply painting your nails, you can be protected."

The undercover nail polish is not available yet. The inventors want to perfect the formula before it hits store shelves.

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