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  • Already hurting for doctors, Louisiana could lose even more

    May 31, 2016 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's deep, persistent budget troubles are endangering the future of state medical training programs. Proposed cuts to safety net hospitals could damage the stream of new doctors for a generation, in a state that has chronic shortages of health care workers and some of the worst health... more »
  • A step forward for measuring health care quality

    February 16, 2016 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government, doctors' groups, insurers and patient advocates say they're coming together on a common set of measurements for what constitutes quality health care. A collaborative representing the various players Tuesday released quality measures for seven broad areas: primary care, cardiology, digestive system, HIV and hepatitis C,... more »
  • Planned Parenthood: Video latest in 10 years' harassment

    July 20, 2015 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood says a secret video released last week by an anti-abortion group is a fraud and part of a decade long pattern of illegal harassment aimed at prohibiting abortion and intimidating women and doctors. The video was released last week by the Center for Medical Progress. It... more »
  • An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

    March 30, 2015 10:18 AM

    CHICAGO - An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to new research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples. The findings underscore that it takes more than just one kind of food to... more »
  • Congressional Budget Office: Medicare doc bill cost $214B

    March 25, 2015 1:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the bipartisan House deal protecting doctors from steep cuts in Medicare fees would cost $214 billion over the coming decade. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the budget office says $141 billion of those costs would come from increasing federal... more »
  • Former NFL player shares message of hope in Baton Rouge Play Video

    February 1, 2015 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A message of hope and perseverance was the focal point at Hearts of Ease Family Life Church on Sunday. Former defensive and defensive tackle for the New York Jets, Dennis Byrd, talked about the day that put his life on a different course. In November... more »
  • The truth about testosterone Play Video

    January 29, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Men showing similar symptoms to depression may actually have low testosterone levels. It's natural for men's testosterone levels to decline over time, but sometimes it can cause extreme fatigue, the inability to sleep and low libido. "I just had no energy at all, I was just... more »
  • Doctors warn parents to get kids vaccinated for measles

    January 22, 2015 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While there may not have been a reported case of measles in Louisiana since 2008, local doctors warn that keeping kids up-to-date with vaccines is just as important as the country is seeing a rise in cases. Mesles is booming this year in the U.S. as... more »
  • Boxer on the way to recovery after shooting Play Video

    December 11, 2014 6:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Boxer Emanuel Augustus is on the road to recovery at a New Orleans hospital. After being shot in the back of the neck two months ago, the boxer went into a coma. Just recently, Augustus awakened and is up and talking. Augustus was walking one... more »
  • Newly insured struggle to find primary physicians

    December 7, 2014 10:25 AM

    MIAMI - Primary care doctors might be working longer hours, hiring more staff and relying on nurse practitioners, but the majority seem to be finding a way to keep up with the 6.7 million new patients under the Affordable Care Act. One of the purposes of the new health law... more »
  • Health officials urge Congress for Ebola help

    November 12, 2014 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. health officials are telling Congress that they have trained 250,000 American nurses, doctors and other health workers on how to safely handle any Ebola patients who arrive in this country. Beefing up the U.S. response is a key part of President Barack Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid... more »
  • Police ID suspect in shooting that left boxer in a coma

    October 15, 2014 9:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 21-year-old connected to the shooting that left a popular boxer in a coma. Emanuel Augustus, 39, was found shot near his boxing gloves and a gym bag Monday on Louisiana Avenue near South 17th Street. He was taken to... more »
  • Family of wounded boxer asks shooter to surrender Play Video

    October 15, 2014 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Relatives of a Baton Rouge boxer called for the person who shot him to come forward and turn themselves in to authorities Wednesday. The family of Emanuel Augustus, 39, said he remains in a coma after Monday's shooting. Doctors told them it's a waiting game at... more »
  • The time to get the flu vaccine is now Play Video

    September 24, 2014 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With fall rapidly approaching, it is once again time for children and adults to line up for flu vaccines. Local doctors are advocating for people to get vaccinated now before the season is expected to peak so that the odds of more people getting sick can... more »
  • Local experts warn Louisianians of virus Play Video

    September 10, 2014 5:12 PM

    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... more »
  • Louisiana following judge's order on abortion law

    September 1, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana health department says it will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles issued a temporary restraining order late Sunday, blocking enforcement of a new law that... more »
  • Hospital to discuss discharge of Ebola patients

    August 21, 2014 5:12 AM

    ATLANTA, GA - The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge. Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who one of the aid workers had been working for, says Dr. Kent Brantly... more »
  • Ticks and meat allergy

    August 7, 2014 7:55 PM

    NEW YORK- Doctors are seeing an unusual reaction from people bitten by Lone Star ticks, sudden meat allergies. Those ticks are found in the Southwest and eastern half of the U.S. The reaction was discovered just a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread to... more »
  • New law requires life-support for pregnant women

    June 24, 2014 3:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Doctors in Louisiana will be required to use life support in most cases to keep a brain-dead pregnant woman alive until the birth of her child - if the woman doesn't have a living will. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the bill by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon,... more »
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

    April 24, 2014 10:26 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan officials say one of the three American doctors who were shot and killed today by an Afghan security guard at a hospital in Kabul was with Cure International, and had worked with children in the Afghan capital for seven years. The other two were a father... more »
  • Flu fight continues in Louisiana Play Video

    January 3, 2014 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is one of 25 states experiencing widespread flu activity as the season nears its peak. Only ten states, including Louisiana, had widespread activity last week. "Typically the flu season peaks in January or February, so we're still early on, and we're seeing a significant increase... more »
  • BR hospital treating family after deadly Christmas fire Play Video

    December 25, 2013 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Burn surgeons are working to keep a mother and father alive after a house fire where three children died. Doctors said a special team is working on treating their injuries. "They're being cared for by a multidisciplinary team," said Dr. Tracee Short of Baton Rouge General.... more »
  • Docs advised to talk about sex

    July 29, 2013 7:28 PM

    CHICAGO- Doctors are now advised to bring up the topic of sex after their patients have a heart attack. Both the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology say address everything from when and how to resume sex and what position might be best for some conditions or... 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 »
  • 89 charged in Medicare fraud busts in 8 cities

    May 14, 2013 1:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nearly 100 people, including 11 in Louisiana, are being charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges spanning eight cities. Tuesday's announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder marks... more »
  • Getting athletes back on the field after concussions

    May 8, 2013 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- New technology is changing the way physical therapist and doctors treat and track concussions for student athletes. Using cognitive tests and balance measurements, Certified Athletic Trainers can get hard data on patients who have suffered a concussion and that can help doctors make a better decision on... more »
  • Doctors in BR gain cutting-edge surgical tool

    January 18, 2013 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Doctors at Baton Rouge General are some of a select few trained in a new procedure to unblock arteries in the leg. They are using the Ocelot Catheter, a device approved by the FDA just six weeks ago. It has a camera built into the catheter which... more »

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