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  • Surgeon general: 'Desperate need of clarity' on e-cigarettes

    Surgeon general: 'Desperate need of clarity' on e-cigarettes

    Updated: 1:58 PM 1/27/2015

    RICHMOND, VA - The U.S. surgeon general says officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide public health policies. Dr. Vivek Murthy, the country's senior public health official, addressed the battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine during a stop Tuesday in Richmond. The newly-appointed Murthy... (More)
  • Obama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

    Obama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

    Updated: 2:18 AM 1/27/2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to invest much more in fighting antibiotic-resistant germs to prevent re-emergence of diseases conquered long ago. The White House said Tuesday that Obama will ask Congress to nearly double its funding to fight antibiotic resistance to $1.2 billion. The Centers for... (More)
  • Dr. Z follows up on a relaxant procedure in studio

    Updated: 4:59 PM 1/26/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Dermatologist Dr. Ann Zedlitz and her patient Tom returned to the set of WBRZ News 2 at 4 on Monday afternoon to review the results of a "relaxant" that Dr. Z applied to her patient on one of our broadcasts two weeks ago. Dr. Z applied... (More)
  • Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs

    Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs

    Updated: 5:29 AM 1/26/2015

    CHICAGO, IL - The nation's leading pediatricians have concluded that medical marijuana is generally not for kids, but they also support more research. The American Academy of Pediatrics' revised policy statement says that with virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm... (More)
  • Lafayette may consider smoking ban in bars

    Lafayette may consider smoking ban in bars

    Updated: 10:46 AM 1/23/2015

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette City-Parish Council may soon consider a ban on smoking in bars, similar to a measure approved in New Orleans. New Orleans joined a short list of cities in Louisiana Thursday to ban smoking in bars, and City-Parish Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux said he wants to add... (More)
  • Doctors develop new way to test brain cancer drugs

    Doctors develop new way to test brain cancer drugs

    Updated: 12:12 PM 1/22/2015

    PHOENIX, AZ - One of the nation's most unusual cancer experiments is underway at a Phoenix hospital, aimed at finding new treatments for deadly brain tumors. With special permission from the Food and Drug Administration and multiple drug companies, doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute are testing drugs Tso early in... (More)
  • BRG offering free vascular screenings

    Updated: 8:05 AM 1/21/2015

    BATON ROUGE - A simple check-up at your doctor's office can go a long way to preventing serious issues like heart attack and stroke. That's why Baton Rouge General is offering free vascular screenings to help catch warning signs before it's too late. "Heart disease is the #1 killer... (More)
  • Dr. Stephens on surgery to remove breast implants

    Updated: 5:36 PM 1/15/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Anthony Stephens joined us on News 2 at 4 Thursday to talk about options for women who may want to remove their breast implants. Dr. Stephens says it is not uncommon for women to ask to remove or reshape their breasts after... (More)
  • More than 126,000 La. residents enrolled for health coverage

    More than 126,000 La. residents enrolled for health coverage

    Updated: 3:46 PM 1/14/2015

    BATON ROUGE - Federal health officials say more than 126,000 Louisiana residents have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, saying 126,454 people in the state had selected an insurance plan by last week.... (More)
  • FDA approves appetite-zapping implant for obese patients

    FDA approves appetite-zapping implant for obese patients

    Updated: 11:01 AM 1/14/2015

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant designed to treat obesity by zapping nerves that connect the stomach and the brain. The Maestro Rechargeable System uses electrodes implanted in the abdomen to stimulate the vagus nerve, which signals to the brain that the stomach is empty or full.... (More)