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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Doctors: Blood clot located in Clinton's head

    December 31, 2012 4:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for a blood clot say the clot formed in her head but they stress that they are confident she will make a full recovery. In an update Monday on Clinton's condition, her doctors say the blood clot did not result... more »
  • Former President George H.W. Bush still hospitalized

    December 23, 2012 10:18 AM

    HOUSTON - Doctors say former President George H.W. Bush needs to "build up his energy" before he can be released from a Houston hospital. Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said in an email statement Sunday that doctors are still optimistic that the 88-year-old Bush will make a full recovery. He... more »
  • Louisiana's doctors worry about LSU hospital cuts

    October 30, 2012 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's doctors are complaining about a lack of detail and preparation as LSU slashes spending in cuts that affect training programs for the state's future physicians. Andy Blalock, president of the Louisiana State Medical Society, told The Advocate the cuts mean the state's "best and brightest" medical... more »
  • Doctors to discuss youth football safety

    October 29, 2012 10:34 AM

    ZURICH - American and international doctors will discuss the safest ages to being playing tackle football at the Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport this week. More than 100 medical experts from around the world, including leading U.S. doctors Stanley Herring and Robert Cantu, will take part Thursday and Friday.... more »
  • FDA Workers Sue over Spying

    January 30, 2012 7:42 PM

    Some current and former members of the FDA sued saying the agency secretly monitored their private email after they raised concerns that approved medical devices might be a risk to public safety. The doctors and scientists went to members of Congress and the incoming Obama Administration to express alarm the... more »
  • Doctor says staying sanitary is best bet for staying well

    January 12, 2012 8:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- With the constant flip-flop in temperature, from shorts-appropriate to hard freeze warning, many people in and around the Baton Rouge area say the weather is also changing their health. Lots of people are complaining of sniffles and sneezes and say the cold and hot combo is to... more »
  • Medicare Cuts to Doctors Loom in January

    December 20, 2011 7:23 PM

    Medicare sent an alert to some 650,000 doctors telling them it will hold claims for the first ten business days of 2012 unless Congress acts on the payroll tax legislation, which contains a provision waving a scheduled 27.4 percent cut in physician reimbursement. On Tuesday, the House adjourned without reaching... more »
  • Doctors still licensed after felony convictions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 22, 2011 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three Louisiana doctors wrote hundreds of bogus prescriptions that powered multimillion-dollar health-care frauds in the Baton Rouge area. Three physicians remain licensed to practice medicine, including two who pleaded guilty and a third convicted at a jury trial in August. A fourth doctor, who had previous... more »
  • Doctors continue to work while under investigation

    November 21, 2011 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Evidence amassed by the nearly two-year-old Medicare Fraud Strike Force finds four Louisiana physicians wrote hundreds of bogus prescriptions that powered multimillion-dollar health-care frauds in the Baton Rouge area. The Advocate reports all four physicians remain licensed to practice medicine, including two who pleaded guilty and... more »
  • Parents, doctors scrambling to get kids ready for school

    July 22, 2011 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Doctors and health officials are encouraging parents to schedule appointments to get their children's medical needs taken care of, and avoid the usual back-to-school rush. Pediatricians say the two weeks before school starts are always booked full with children getting vaccinations, physicals or just routine checkups... more »
  • Doctors replace Giffords' breathing tube

    January 15, 2011 3:25 PM

    TUCSON, Ariz.- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords no longer needs a ventilator after doctors replaced her breathing tube with a different one. Hospital officials say that Giffords underwent a procedure Saturday morning to have a tracheotomy tube inserted in her windpipe to protect her airways, freeing her from the ventilator. She... more »
  • Doctor Medicare Cuts put off for a Month

    November 29, 2010 7:26 PM

    Congress put off cuts in Medicare payments to doctors for a month, giving a slight reprieve to a looming crisis over treatment of the nation's elderly. It postpones a 23 percent cut in doctor's pay that was scheduled to take effect this Wednesday. It gives lawmakers a month to come... more »
  • 2-day free clinic in N.O. for uninsured

    August 20, 2010 5:10 AM

    A doctors' group that examined more than 1,000 uninsured patients in one day last year at the New Orleans convention center is coming back for two days of free clinics. The National Association of Free Clinics is sponsoring the event Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux says it's not... more »
  • Amid deficit worries, Dems trim unemployment bill

    June 16, 2010 7:24 AM

    Faced with a losing showdown vote Wednesday, Senate Democrats trying to extend unemployment benefits and help for doctors facing Medicare payment cuts are scaling back a catchall tax and spending bill. Anxiety over record budget deficits is fueling the moves, which include rolling back last year's $25 a week increase... more »
  • Back pain widely overtreated

    June 8, 2010 5:30 AM

    A recent estimate has Americans spending a staggering $86 billion a year to care for aching backs. The money covers MRIs, pain pills, nerve blocks, even acupuncture. However, research finds little evidence that the population got better as the medical bills soared over the past decade. The reality is that... more »
  • Swim lessons for toddlers get doctors' approval

    May 24, 2010 5:30 AM

    The American Academy of Pediatrics is relaxing its stance against swimming lessons for children younger than 4. A few small studies now suggest toddlers may be less likely to drown if they've had swim lessons. The group says it's fine to enroll children as young as 1 in classes, but... more »
  • Owners of medical staffing firm arrested for fraud

    May 19, 2010 5:22 AM

    The owners of First Choice Medical Staffing in Ville Platte have been arrested on a fraud charge. Brett McElwee and Daniel Fuselier surrendered at the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Investigators say McElwee and Fuselier under-reported their company's payroll and number of employees in order to cut the cost... more »
  • Health overhaul likely to strain doctor shortage

    March 29, 2010 5:22 AM

    Primary care physicians already are in short supply in parts of the country, and with the new health overhaul law, newly insured patients will put an extra strain on the supply. Only 30 percent of U.S. doctors currently practice primary care, and 65 million people live in areas designated as... more »
  • Group returns home from Haiti

    March 8, 2010 11:33 AM

    A group of doctors and volunteers returned to Louisiana after treating hundreds of patients at an orphanage near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. On average they treated 100 people a day with injuries, infections, and malnutrition. The Baton Rouge Neuromedical Center Surgical Hospital donated $5,000 in medical supplies for the trip. Dr. Martin... more »
  • Medicine running out at Haiti hospitals, clinics

    January 29, 2010 6:06 AM

    The post-earthquake aid effort in Haiti is taking its toll on medical supplies. Basic medical supplies such as antibiotics and painkillers are running dangerously low at some quake-devastated hospitals and clinics. It's alarming to doctors who are struggling to keep up with demand. The deputy head of the U.N. peacekeeping... more »
  • 2 Your Health for Nov. 25

    November 25, 2009 5:36 PM

    Drugs that put seniors at risk for dangerous falls, a new strain of a drug-resistant bacteria, and why some doctors are no longer wearing neckties is discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • Doctors expect vaccinations to increase

    October 26, 2009 5:37 PM

    Doctors have only administered about eight percent of the nearly 190,000 swine flu vaccinations that Louisiana has on hand. Some clinics are calling patients to let them know the vaccine is available and will now be offered to a wider age group. "We anticipate giving out twice as... more »
  • Registration needed to give H1N1 vaccine

    September 30, 2009 5:49 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals wants to remind doctors, hospitals, health departments and certified pharmacists that if they want to give swine flu vaccines, they must register with the state by 5 p.m. Friday. Louisiana expects to get the first shipment of H1N1 vaccine in mid-October. You can... more »

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