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  • Report: Brain disease seen in most football players

    July 25, 2017 5:38 PM

    CHICAGO - Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL down to high school. It's the biggest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The disease has been linked with repeated head blows and... more »
  • Horse infected with lethal mosquito-transmitted virus in Iberville Parish

    July 25, 2017 1:13 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says an unvaccinated horse in Iberville Parish has been infected with a potentially deadly mosquito-transmitted disease. According to LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, the horse tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a severe virus that can infect both pets and... more »
  • One beetle may have brought lethal tree disease now across SE

    July 8, 2017 2:07 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Researchers from Mississippi and Florida say a single female fungus-farming beetle could have been the source of a disease that has killed an estimated 300 million redbay trees and threatens Florida's avocado groves. The beetle and her fungus arrived in Georgia in 2002, and their... more »
  • First cases of Zika virus reported in India

    May 28, 2017 5:52 PM

    INDIA - India has reported its first three cases of the Zika virus, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies. On Sunday, Health Ministry officials said the three patients have recovered since being diagnosed with the infection. They also emphasized that the country's citizens should remain calm. ... more »
  • Minnesota teen's dying wish to go to prom is granted

    April 16, 2017 4:51 PM

    HOREVIEW, Minn. - A 13-year-old Minnesota boy who's been battling brain cancer wanted to go to prom. Jeremy Kohlberg got his wish, thanks to family, friends and classmates. The Shoreview teen has been fighting the disease for about five years. He's undergone several treatments and surgeries. Recently, doctors told his... more »
  • Syphilis far more common in gay man in US South

    April 6, 2017 2:46 PM

    NEW YORK - A new U.S. report shows the spread of syphilis is far worse in gay men in Southern states. North Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana have the highest rates. In North Carolina, as many as 1 in 134 gay and bisexual men were diagnosed with the most contagious forms... more »
  • LSU offers free mumps vaccines to students, faculty and staff Play Video

    March 20, 2017 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Student Health Center will partner with the Louisiana Office of Public Health to provide the Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccine for all students, faculty and staff starting Wednesday. The vaccinations will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 22, and Thursday, Mar. 23... more »
  • Scientists looking to alter genes to fight disease

    February 14, 2017 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Altering human heredity sounds sci-fi, but a major new ethics report is leaving open the possibility that one day scientists might try that to fight some serious genetic diseases. Powerful technology is allowing scientists to precisely edit genes inside living cells in the quest for new therapies. The... more »
  • Virus found at New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack

    December 29, 2016 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State agriculture officials say they've confirmed a case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy, an often deadly neurological disease spread by horse-to-horse contact, at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, in a news release Wednesday, said a 2-year-old thoroughbred gelding reportedly developed... more »
  • Bacterial disease that plagues citrus found in Plaquemines

    October 4, 2016 8:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter says a bacterial disease that has plagued Florida's citrus groves has now been found throughout Plaquemines Parish, the heart of Louisiana's $11.4 million citrus business. Part of the parish already was under quarantine for citrus canker. So were part or all of five other... more »
  • CDC Director: Just a few weeks' of Zika funding remain

    September 9, 2016 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the government's fight against the Zika virus says that "we are now essentially out of money" and warns that the country is "about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly" in the coming months. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden... more »
  • Obama urges Congress to pass Zika prevention bill

    July 1, 2016 11:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a vaccine for the Zika virus could be developed in "fairly short order" if Congress acts quickly to pass a bill to prevent the spread of the disease. Obama says researchers are beginning to develop and test a vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus. He... more »
  • Health officials preparing for any locally transmitted Zika

    June 29, 2016 1:12 PM

    HOUSTON - Public health officials in Texas have spent months preparing for what they are certain will be at least some locally transmitted cases of mosquito-borne Zika. Major Texas cities have sophisticated mosquito screening programs and years of dealing with other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue and West Nile virus. But... more »
  • CDC: Puerto Rico may see hundreds of Zika birth defects

    June 17, 2016 11:50 AM

    NEW YORK - A top U.S. health official is warning that dozens or hundreds of babies in Puerto Rico could develop severe birth defects because of Zika, based on how an outbreak is playing out there. Screening of blood donations in the island territory has indicated a rapid increase in... more »
  • Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo

    May 21, 2016 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Beg, borrow and steal: Zika preparation involves a bit of all three as federal, state and local health officials try to get a jump on the mosquito-borne virus while Congress haggles over how much money they really need. With federal financing in limbo, health officials are shifting resources... more »
  • Life-changing treatment making a difference for Parkinson's patients Play Video

    May 12, 2016 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parkinson's can take over a person's life and there is no cure. Thousands of people are diagnosed with the disease everyday. There is breakthrough technology available in Baton Rouge to reverse the effects of Parkinson's. Ed Richardson never thought he'd be able to be sit nearly... more »
  • Health official: Zika not worry now for pregnant women in US

    April 17, 2016 3:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A top public health official says there's been no local transmission of the Zika virus in the United States, so any talk about women in the country delaying pregnancy "is not even an issue for discussion at this point." Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health... more »
  • La steps up program after deer disease found in Texas, Ark

    April 7, 2016 4:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is stepping up its program to test deer for a lethal, incurable brain disease that's been found in neighboring states. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries veterinarian Jim LaCour told the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday in Baton Rouge that the state should be on guard... more »
  • Officials confirm two new Zika Virus cases in La.

    April 6, 2016 1:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials notified the Center for Disease Control Wednesday of two new cases of Zika virus in Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, two Louisiana residents who recently traveled to the Caribbean and South America were found to have the virus. Both... more »
  • White House to transfer Ebola funds to combat Zika virus

    April 6, 2016 6:37 AM

    WASHINGTON- Congressional officials say the Obama administration is about to announce it will transfer leftover money from the largely successful fight against Ebola to combat the growing threat of the Zika virus. The officials say roughly 75 percent of the $600 million or so would be devoted to the Centers... more »
  • FDA grants use of experimental blood test for Zika screening

    March 30, 2016 1:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental blood test to screen blood for Zika virus, an emergency step that will help protect local blood supplies from the mosquito-borne virus. The action means U.S. territories with active Zika infections, primarily Puerto Rico, will be able to resume... more »
  • Chipotle store in Mass. closed on norovirus fears

    March 9, 2016 4:08 PM

    NEW YORY - Chipotle says one of its stores in Massachusetts is closed after four employees said they were feeling ill. The closure comes as Chipotle fights to win back customers following a series of food scares that sickened customers around the country. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has said it's... more »
  • CDC confirms 2 cases of Zika virus in Louisiana

    February 26, 2016 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells state health officials that the two suspected cases of Zika virus Louisiana reported earlier this month have been confirmed. The state Department of Health and Hospitals announced Feb. 11 that officials were investigating two cases of the suspected... more »
  • CDC: 14 more US reports of possible Zika spread through sex

    February 23, 2016 3:04 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. health officials are investigating more than a dozen possible Zika infections that may have been spread through sex. The 14 cases all involve men who visited areas with Zika outbreaks, and who many have infected their female sex partners, who had not traveled. Zika virus is... more »
  • Republicans urge Obama to use Ebola funds to fight Zika

    February 18, 2016 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Top House Republicans say the fastest way for President Barack Obama to obtain money to combat the spread of the Zika virus is to tap leftover funding from the 2014 battle against Ebola. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and other senior panel members told White House budget... more »
  • Babies' eye damage and Zika? Brazil study suggests a link

    February 10, 2016 3:26 PM

    CHICAGO - A small study in Brazil says the Zika virus might cause eye damage in small-headed infants born to women infected during pregnancy. The study lacks hard proof of any link with Zika and vision abnormalities. But as a precaution, the authors recommend routine vision testing in infants born... more »
  • Alabama health agency confirms first Zika case in state

    February 10, 2016 1:15 PM

    MONTGOMERY - Alabama health officials say they've confirmed the first travel-related case of the Zika virus in the state. The Alabama Department of Public Health issued a statement Wednesday saying a resident of Morgan County in the Tennessee Valley tested positive for the virus. Acting State Health Officer Tom Miller... more »
  • Florida, vulnerable to Zika virus, gets ready for fight

    February 4, 2016 2:40 PM

    MIAMI - Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state has three new cases of Zika and he's adding a fifth county to his health emergency declaration. Scott said Thursday at a news conference in Tampa that the 12 cases in Florida are all from people who became infected with the... more »
  • Florida governor declares Zika emergency

    February 3, 2016 3:22 PM

    TAMPA - Gov. Rick Scott has declared a health emergency in four counties due to the Zika virus. At least nine cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease while traveling to affected countries.... more »
  • Higher temperatures makes Zika mosquito spread disease more

    February 3, 2016 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The mosquito behind the Zika virus seems to operate like a heat-driven missile of disease. Scientists say the hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting a variety of dangerous illnesses. Although it's too early to say for this outbreak, past outbreaks... more »
  • Louisiana: 55 West Nile cases this year, 4 deaths

    October 9, 2015 9:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says one newly reported case of West Nile virus and two additional deaths from the disease have been reported this week. That brings the total number of cases to 55 and the number of deaths to four. Thirty-four of the reported cases... more »
  • LSU AgCenter gets $1.25M for project to improve rural health

    October 2, 2015 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU AgCenter and three partners have a two-year, $1.25 million federal grant for research and outreach to reduce obesity and chronic diseases in three rural Louisiana parishes: Madison, St. Helena and Tensas. AgCenter dietitian Denise Holston-West says those parishes have some of Louisiana's highest rates of poverty... more »
  • Pennington Biomedical: Caregiving for an Individual with Dementia Play Video

    September 9, 2015 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Alzheimer's is a disease that can't be prevented, cured or slowed down. But, while scientists continue to learn more about the heart-breaking illness, there are things we can do to make its victims as comfortable as possible. Dr. Jeff Keller from Pennington Biomedical's Institute for Dementia Research and... more »
  • Dreams Come True golf tournament Play Video

    May 14, 2015 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Dreams Come True of Louisiana has granted over 900 "dreams" to local children with life-threatening illnesses. The organization has made dreams like a new tree house, going to a baseball game, and even whale watching, a reality for sick kids. Dreams Come True is putting on their... more »
  • Study: Brain scans may identify concussion-related disease

    April 6, 2015 2:19 PM

    NEW YORK - A brain-scanning technique might one day help identify people with a disease linked to concussions in football and other sports. The illness, called CTE, is now diagnosed only after death. In a new study, scans of retired football players showed deposits of abnormal protein in a pattern... more »
  • Reduce Your Risk: Hollis' close call Play Video

    March 16, 2015 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Someone in the U.S. is killed by a heart attack every 34 seconds. A South Louisiana school superintendent almost found this out the hard way , in an experience that he says "has changed his life." Last October, 42-year-old Hollis Milton was driving from Baton Rouge to... more »
  • Reduce Your Risk: Randy's Ride Play Video

    March 9, 2015 8:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Someone in the United States is killed by heart disease every 39 seconds. A Clinton man and his wife are dreaming of a great retirement adventure, but it almost turned into a great tragedy when he had a brush with heart disease. Randy Russell has a... more »
  • CDC: Nasty flu season has peaked, is retreating

    February 13, 2015 12:10 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A new report shows this winter's nasty flu season has peaked and is clearly retreating. The flu reached its highest levels around the beginning of January, and stayed there for weeks. The government report out Friday shows flu has become less widespread and less intense in... more »
  • Go Red for Women's heart health this month Play Video

    February 5, 2015 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Even though this is purple and gold, blue and gold, and green and gold country, it's time to drag the red out of the back of your closet. Friday is "Go Red for Women" Day. "Every minute in this country, a woman dies of heart-related disease,"... more »
  • Conference focuses on understanding the feelings of Alzheimer's patients Play Video

    February 4, 2015 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Living with Alzherimer's Disease presents many challenges for patients, their families and caregivers. You can meet those challenges at a conference next week at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Dana Territo with Alzheimer's Services visited 2une In this morning with more information about the conference. The... more »
  • Tulane med school joins network fighting a lung disease

    January 29, 2015 3:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tulane University School of Medicine has been selected to join an expanding network of medical centers caring for patients with a progressive lung disease. The university said in a Wednesday news release that it is joining the care network of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. The move means... more »
  • Obama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

    January 27, 2015 2:18 AM

    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 »
  • Millions of mosquitos could be released to stop viral diseases

    January 25, 2015 4:29 PM

    KEY WEST, Fla. - Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow them... more »
  • New Measles Outbreaks Errupts at Disneyland

    January 24, 2015 10:31 AM

    California - Approximately 15 years ago, measles had practically been eliminated from the United States. Beginning in 2000, almost all new measles cases found in the U.S. came from international travelers, who had brought the disease back from adventures abroad. However, more than 60 people have managed to contract measles... more »
  • The uphill battle to survive pancreatic cancer Play Video

    November 19, 2014 8:31 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society predicts more than 46,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and less than 7,000 will survive. 2une In's Rebecca Buchanan caught up with Shara Rusk, a Denham Springs woman living with the deadly disease.... more »
  • Ebola workers ask Congress for help

    November 12, 2014 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Health workers on the front line of the Ebola crisis say the need for urgent help isn't letting up. They are making that pitch as Congress begins considering President Barack Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight the disease. Despite reports that the number of infections... more »
  • Obama seeks $6.2 billion to fight Ebola

    November 5, 2014 12:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to fight Ebola. The request covers spending to confront the disease at its source in West Africa and to secure the United States against any possible spread. Administration officials say the money would be apportioned into... more »
  • Scientists try to predict number of US Ebola cases

    November 1, 2014 10:34 AM

    STANFORD, Calif. - Medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say the American public should expect more people infected with the disease to arrive here from West Africa before the end of the year. Scientists have made educated guesses about future U.S. infections based on data models that weigh hundreds... more »
  • Google joins battle against cancer, other diseases Play Video

    October 30, 2014 9:15 AM

    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... more »
  • Google working on pill to search for illnesses

    October 28, 2014 2:26 PM

    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... more »
  • Officials fear Ebola's on AIDS path; some disagree

    October 18, 2014 10:37 AM

    NEW YORK - Is Ebola the world's worst infectious disease threat since AIDS? Comparisons between the two deadly diseases have surfaced in the last few months as the Ebola outbreak has escalated. Both emerged from Africa and erupted into an international health crisis. And both have been a shocking reminder... more »
  • La. leaders meet as Ebola and immigration loom Play Video

    October 16, 2014 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers and local leaders met Thursday to discuss solutions to hot button issues affecting Louisiana On the agenda was immigration along the U.S. - Mexico border and Ebola. After three hours of discussion, though, no hard and fast solutions materialized. Lawmakers say the border issue... more »
  • Federal officials cast doubt on Ebola travel ban

    October 5, 2014 5:18 PM

    Top government health officials say they are opposed to placing a ban on travelers from Ebola-infected countries, warning that shutting down borders could impede efforts to stop the deadly virus. The idea of a ban gained currency last week after the first U.S. case was diagnosed in Dallas. Proponents have... more »
  • Ebola in US: People scared, but outbreak unlikely

    October 5, 2014 10:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - Ebola has arrived in the United States and people are scared. The nation's top infectious diseases expert says it's normal to feel anxious about a disease that kills so fast and is ravaging parts of West Africa. But Dr. Anthony Fauci (FOW'-chee) of the National Institutes of Health... more »
  • US doctor exposed to Ebola virus admitted to NIH

    September 28, 2014 4:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone has been admitted for observation at The National Institutes of Health near the nation's capital. NIH confirmed in a news release on its website that the physician arrived Sunday. NIH had said previously... more »
  • Capital region has most of new West Nile cases

    September 26, 2014 8:55 PM

    GONZALES- A new case of West Nile in Ascension Parish is among the 15 total new cases state-wide the health department released Friday. The additional cases bring the year's total to 118 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the new infections include five of the more... more »
  • Report: ship's crew member has malaria

    September 17, 2014 6:03 PM

    MARRERO - Four crew members of a Liberian-flagged cargo ship are being treated at a hospital here after becoming ill Wednesday. A few hours after one crew member arrived at the hospital, WWL TV reported a Jefferson Parish government official said federal health officials informed leaders that the patient... more »
  • Thyroid, kidney cancers linked to childhood obesity Play Video

    September 8, 2014 2:14 AM

    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... more »
  • Source of soybean root rot stumps scientists

    August 11, 2014 3:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Trey Price says soybean growers are finding a fungal disease called black root rot in their crops. At Mississippi State University, extension plant pathologist Tom Allen says it makes leaves turn yellow, orange-brown or mottled even though their veins remain green. He says... more »
  • What's scary about Ebola, reasons not to fear it

    August 9, 2014 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - The United States' top disease detective calls Ebola a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus." The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading. That's scary. But it also cries out for context. AIDS alone takes more than... more »
  • Expensive pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice

    July 29, 2014 6:06 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. According to new research, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis C pills combined in less than... more »

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