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  • 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 »
  • Blood drive benefits those living with genetic disorder Play Video

    June 24, 2014 8:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LifeShare Blood Center is hosting a series of blood drives to benefit people living with Hereditary Hemorrhhagic Telangiectasia. HHT is a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 5,000 people. It's sometimes referred to as Osler-Weber-Rendu (OWR). The disorder is characterized by abnormal blood vessels. A... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "A Rough Gofor the Pilgrim's"

    November 27, 2013 12:56 AM

    It was a difficult crossing for the Pilgrims. The winter of 1620-1621 was "a calm winter, such as was never seen here" wrote Thomas Dudley of Massachusetts Bay. Details as to subsequent winters at Plymouth are sketchy. Journals that were returned to England may have been slanted toward favorable weather... more »
  • 3 new West Nile infections in La.

    October 11, 2013 7:54 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says three new cases of West Nile virus reported this week bring the state's total this year to 48. Of the three new cases, one, in Lafayette, involves a serious brain and spinal cord infection. Two others involve less serious West Nile fever -... more »
  • Steve Gleason to be honored by MDA

    September 18, 2013 1:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Saints safety Steve Gleason will be honored at a Wall Street benefit to raise money for research into cures and treatment for muscular dystrophy and ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's Disease. Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, will receive the 2013 Spirit Award.... more »
  • Wilt disease suspected in Madison corn crop

    July 5, 2013 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Growers are waiting for confirmation that Goss' wilt disease has been found in some corn fields in Madison Parish. LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Clayton Hollier says that, if confirmed, it would be the first case of the disease in Louisiana. Samples taken in June from corn fields... more »
  • No cases of West Nile reported in Louisiana Play Video

    June 21, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's good news for people in Louisiana fighting the bite; fewer mosquitoes are testing positive for West Nile Virus. This is normally the time of year when mosquitoes would test positive for the deadly disease. Mosquito control has 33 traps throughout East Baton Rouge Parish... more »
  • Area doctors agree obesity is a disease

    June 19, 2013 9:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The American Medical Association is classifying obesity as a disease, and doctors around the capital city are backing the move. Tuesday, top doctors said they made the change in an effort to reduce heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which are often linked to obesity. ... more »
  • Lou Gehrig's disease clinic at LSU in New Orleans

    June 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Muscular Dystrophy Association has designated the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine as Louisiana's first specialized MDA clinic for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The association operates 200 medical clinics across the county. LSU's is the 44th specifically... more »
  • Know your numbers to help reduce your risk Play Video

    April 5, 2013 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - "Know Your Numbers" is a battle cry that's recently appeared in the fight against heart disease. Doctors say it's important for people to know their blood pressure, cholesterol, and calcium score. All of them give indicators about the state of your heart, and what needs to... more »
  • Shedding light on HIV and AIDS in Louisiana Play Video

    April 4, 2013 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today the director of the HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, or HAART, helped shed some light on the disease. Executive Director Timothy Young talked about why Baton Rouge leads the country in cases per capita. He says one reason why it's high is because these... more »
  • Family history and heart disease Play Video

    April 3, 2013 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Family history is a major risk factor when it comes to heart disease, and not paying attention to it led to tragedy for one family. Toja Myles' grandmother, mother, and aunt all have a history of heart disease. So when she started having strange symptoms in... more »
  • Junior Seau had brain disease CTE

    January 10, 2013 10:51 AM

    UNDATED - An examination of Junior Seau's brain has revealed that the former linebacker had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May. The National Institutes of Health tells The Associated Press that an NIH study found abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition linked to... more »
  • Study: Even fit baby boomers won't escape heart problems Play Video

    November 5, 2012 12:25 PM

    CHICAGO - New research shows that even many healthy baby boomers will get heart disease as they get old. But the good news is that will happen much later for them than for their less healthy peers. The findings come in an analysis of five major studies involving nearly 50,000... more »
  • Dr. Z discusses treatments for Seborrheic Dermatitis Play Video

    October 29, 2012 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today Dr. Z talked with News 2's Rosa Flores about treatments for the skin disease "Seborrheic Dermatitis". The condition, also called 'Seb Dem', affects about one percent of the population. In patients with light skin, it looks like yellow or white scales. Patients with darker skin... more »
  • Actor Hoskins diagnosed with Parkinson's, retiring

    August 8, 2012 11:22 AM

    LONDON - British actor Bob Hoskins says he is retiring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In a statement released Wednesday through his agent, the 69-year-old performer thanked his fans and said he had had a "wonderful career." The statement said Hoskins was diagnosed with the degenerative nerve condition last... more »
  • Feds: Hospital tech could have spread Hep C

    July 20, 2012 9:26 AM

    CONCORD, N.H. - Authorities in at least six states are investigating whether a traveling hospital technician accused of infecting 30 people with hepatitis C in New Hampshire exposed earlier patients to the liver-destroying disease. David Kwiatkowski, a former technician at Exeter Hospital, was arrested Thursday at a Massachusetts hospital... more »
  • More mosquitoes with West Nile in Ascension Parish

    July 17, 2012 11:28 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials are warning residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes. David Matassa, director of the Ascension Parish Mosquito Control Department, said the number of mosquitoes with the West Nile virus in the parish is higher than last year at this time. There have been no... more »
  • Last drugs standing: Key Alzheimer results coming

    July 11, 2012 10:23 AM

    Study results for three experimental drugs for Alzheimer's are expected in the coming months after more than a decade of failed attempts to find a way to slow down the disease. There is no known cure for Alzheimer's. Current medicines just temporarily ease symptoms of the mind-robbing disease. Results are... more »
  • New fungicide aids with resistant rice disease

    May 25, 2012 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Agriculture experts say a new fungicide could help rice growers fight a plant disease known as sheath blight. The LSU AgCenter says the new fungicide's brand name is Sercadis. It is sold by BASF. A news release from the AgCenter says the use of Sercadis has... more »
  • National strategy to fight Alzheimer's

    May 15, 2012 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Obama administration is declaring Alzheimer's one of the country's biggest health challenges. It's adopting a national strategy that sets the clock ticking toward better treatments by 2025 -- while offering help for suffering families today. A new website will provide families with information about dementia and where to... more »
  • Drought brings outbreak of horse disease

    April 17, 2012 6:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Agriculture officials in Arkansas and Louisiana are warning veterinarians to watch for signs of a potentially fatal horse disease if there's another drought this year. The disease is often called pigeon fever because basketball-sized abscesses in the chest and abdomen can give horses a pigeon-breasted look. It's... more »
  • Thousands show up to walk for heart health

    March 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 25,000 people came out Saturday for this year's Capital Area Heart Walk. The three mile route started at LSU's Old Front Nine, and went through the southeast corner Nicholson Extension and Nicholson Drive. According to the American Heart Association, the Baton Rouge Heart Walk is... more »
  • Heart disease, one family's journey Play Video

    March 14, 2012 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Reduce Your Risk, a series of reports on the dangers heart disease, continues today on News2. Tonight, find out how heart disease suddenly changed one family's world forever. Sadness, and then inpiration; one family's journey to beat heart disease. News2 Anchor John Pastorek has their story tonight... more »
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease Play Video

    March 12, 2012 10:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. News2 wants to help you Reduce Your Risk with a series of reports this month on heart disease. News2's John Pastorek gets answers on what it takes... more »
  • Trend: Teen suicide increasing

    March 5, 2012 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults, and the trend is on the rise. The CDC says 149,000 young people will attempt suicide in a year, and 44,000 will carry the act to completion.... more »
  • Woman in Ascension Parish raises money for Alzheimer's

    September 24, 2010 4:40 PM

    Families affected by a loved one with Alzheimer’s live day to day battling the disease. Doctors don’t know what causes the brain disorder, but a woman in Ascension Parish is on a mission to fight it. News 2’s Sylvia Weatherspoon found out why Iva Tullier is stepping up... more »
  • Scientists find drugs that may fight bat disease

    September 12, 2010 2:50 PM

    Scientists at a meeting in Massachusetts say they may have found some ways to help the nation's bats, which are being wiped out by a novel fungal disease. Lab tests show several drugs can fight the germ and some antiseptics might help decontaminate areas where bats live or the shoes... more »
  • Citrus disease has been found in Louisiana

    August 25, 2010 6:18 AM

    Sweet orange scab, a citrus disease recently discovered in Texas, has made its way to Louisiana. The disease was confirmed by LSU AgCenter on samples from a residential lime tree in New Orleans. Scientists say fruits are only susceptible to the disease for the first six to eight weeks of... more »
  • Surge seen in kids hospitalized with MRSA

    May 17, 2010 6:27 AM

    The number of children hospitalized with dangerous drug-resistant staph infections is on the rise. A new study in the journal Pediatrics found disease incidence increased from two cases to 21 cases per 1,000 hospital admissions from 1999 to 2008. That's a 10-fold increase. Most infections were caught in the community,... more »
  • Easing bone marrow transplants to widen their use

    May 11, 2010 6:57 AM

    Scientists are seeking a new approach in the use of bone marrow transplants as the procedure undergoes a quiet revolution. Research is under way to ease the risks so they can target more people with diseases from sickle cell to deadly metabolic disorders. Scientists also want to learn if such... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Oct. 1

    October 1, 2009 5:37 PM

    A delay in seasonal flu vaccine deliveries, preventing stroke and heart attacks, the blood thinner Heparin and weight are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • Thousands walk for Alzheimer's awareness

    September 26, 2009 3:15 PM

    Van Chancellor, coach of the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team, chaired a 5k walk-a-thon and race on Saturday to benefit Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area.The organization provides educational and support services to families dealing with Alzheimer's. Thousands of people showed up to raise awareness about the impact of... more »

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