Updated: 4:06 PM 10/31/2014WASHINGTON - Medicare is asking for public comment on whether it should pay doctors for counseling patients about their options for end-of-life care. Friday's announcement came in a voluminous regulation on physician payment. Spokesman Aaron Albright says it will "give the public ample opportunity to weigh in on the topic."... (More)
Updated: 2:26 AM 10/31/2014WASHINGTON, D.C. - A government watchdog agency says Medicare's prescription drug program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem apparently started with a bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look. A report coming out Friday from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general... (More)
Updated: 2:05 AM 10/31/2014FORT KENT, ME - The nurse who's become the public face of health care volunteers who're being scrutinized upon returning from West Africa is doing cleaning and laundry while she waits to learn whether she'll be quarantined until the 21-day incubation period ends on Nov. 10. Kaci Hickox, who returned... (More)
Updated: 5:14 PM 10/30/2014BATON ROUGE - According to pediatrician, Dr. Mindy Calandro, there are many easy safety tips parents can use to make Halloween a safe and fun night for kids. For Halloween costumes, Dr. Calandro recommended that parents to buy reflective tape from a local hardware store for costumes or to... (More)
Updated: 2:57 PM 10/30/2014NEW ORLEANS - Ebola fears have infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state 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... (More)
Updated: 11:24 AM 10/30/2014FORT 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... (More)
Updated: 9:36 AM 10/30/2014BATON 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... (More)
Updated: 9:15 AM 10/30/2014
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.
Updated: 9:07 AM 10/30/2014BATON 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... (More)
Updated: 6:46 AM 10/30/2014BATON 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... (More)