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  • Ethics law rules health chief's husband can't take promotion

    April 18, 2015 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ethics considerations are preventing a promotion for the husband of a member of Gov. Bobby Jindal's cabinet. Louisiana's Ethics Board says Kathy Kliebert's position as chief of the state health department will prevent a job promotion for her husband, Lynn Kliebert. Lynn Kliebert is assistant chief financial... more »
  • FDA panel wants heart failure risk on AstraZeneca drugs

    April 14, 2015 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health advisers say labels on AstraZeneca's Onglyza and another related diabetes drug should carry new information about a possible association with heart failure and death. The Food and Drug Administration's panel of diabetes experts voiced concern about data suggesting patients taking Onglyza and Kombiglize are at greater... more »
  • Obama says climate change is harming Americans' health

    April 7, 2015 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says climate change isn't just affecting the nation's weather, it's harming Americans' health. Obama says, for example, that increasing wildfires are putting more pollution in the air, allergy season is growing longer and insect-borne diseases are on the rise. Obama spoke Tuesday at Howard University... more »
  • Baton Rouge General ER closing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 31, 2015 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid-City closed its doors this morning. In anticipation of this event, Baton Rouge General has added services to their Bluebonnet emergency room and hospital. Since it was announced that the hospital would be closing, Baton Rouge General reported seeing a... more »
  • Illness outbreak cancels school for early spring break

    March 30, 2015 10:17 PM

    CLINTON - Classes were canceled for the next two days, effectively starting spring break earlier than usual for students at Silliman Institute. As many as 18 students are exhibiting symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting and could have E. coli. This weekend , state health leaders said at least one... 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 »
  • DHH investigating illness outbreak at school, possibly E. coli

    March 27, 2015 11:03 PM

    CLINTON - Silliman canceled school Friday and it was still unclear as to if school will resume Monday after an outbreak of an illness this week. The Department of Health and Hospitals told WBRZ as many as 18 students are exhibiting symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. The department is... more »
  • Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot

    March 26, 2015 12:28 PM

    NEW YORK - Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday. An annual report by the industry tracker Beverage Digest found that overall soda volume slipped 0.9 percent last year, moderating from... 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 »
  • With ER closing soon, urgent care facilities expand hours Play Video

    March 23, 2015 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge General Emergency Room is closing it's doors next week. In an effort to treat as many patients as possible, urgent care facilities have officially started taking on extra hours and services . Starting Monday, the urgent care center on North Foster Drive will... more »
  • Poll: Many see negative impact if court nixes health law aid

    March 19, 2015 2:52 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds that most Americans are totally unaware of a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law. When the potential fallout is explained, though, most say it would hurt the country. Thursday's poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation is... more »
  • Louisiana-based management company touts success

    March 18, 2015 2:52 PM

    NATCHITOCHES - A central Louisiana-based pharmacy benefit management company announced it's entering its fifth year of business in a news release Wednesday. Southern Script is the only Louisiana-owned business of its kind, owners said. For four years it has helped government and non profit groups manage pharmaceutical solutions. ... more »
  • Experimental cholesterol drugs could reduce heart risk

    March 15, 2015 1:45 PM

    SAN DIEGO - New research is boosting hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. Studies presented at a cardiology conference in San Diego today suggest that people taking one of these drugs had... more »
  • Obama to visit VA hospital, check progress on veterans care

    March 13, 2015 2:53 AM

    PHOENIX, AZ - President Barack Obama is making a first-time visit to the Arizona veterans' hospital that triggered a national examination into how the government cares for its former service members. The president will get an appraisal on the health system's progress and its lingering needs. Obama is traveling to... more »
  • Healthy alternatives to your unhealthy breakfast Play Video

    March 12, 2015 8:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It is the third month of 2015, and many people have already forgotten their New Year's Resolutions. March is National Nutrition Month, which makes it the perfect time to get back on track. Courtney Brock, the Director of Pennington Biomedical's Research Kitchen and research dietitian Renee... more »
  • Dieting dachshund goes from obese to svelte

    March 11, 2015 12:57 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Once so morbidly obese he could hardly walk, Dennis the dachshund is now a shadow of his former self. Less than two years ago, Dennis weighed in at a whopping 56 pounds and could walk only a few feet without stopping, out of breath. That's about four... more »
  • Leaders to host forum on community's desire for EKL site

    March 9, 2015 10:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City and state leaders want to hear what people would like to see replace the shuttered Earl K. Long Hospital. Thursday, there is a forum to discuss what people might envision. The meting is hosted by State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, State Representative Regina Barrow and... more »
  • DASH your way to a healthier lifestyle check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 27, 2015 7:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you have tried diet after diet without success, the professionals at Pennington Biomedical Research Center don't want you to give up hope. The DASH diet was designed to prevent the development of high blood pressure, but also is proven to improve lipid profiles and reduce... more »
  • Get free dental treatment in Baton Rouge this weekend Play Video

    February 27, 2015 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly half of American Adults don't have dental insurance of any kind. The Louisiana Dental Association hopes to improve that statistic in our area with the event they're hosting this weekend. The Mission of Mercy Free Two-Day Clinic began Friday morning. There are no income or... more »
  • The Fitness Expert: Track your Success Play Video

    February 26, 2015 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - This week on 2une In, fitness guru Tanesha Craig has given you tips to tone your arms without a gym membership, ways to perfect your abs before beach season and methods to spice up your water . This morning, she discussed how to ensure you have sustained... more »
  • The Fitness Expert: Spice up your H2O check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 25, 2015 8:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - While temperatures are chilly this week, things will start heating up before you know it. When exercising in the heat, it's important to stay hydrated. Fitness Expert Tanesha Craig joined us on 2une in this morning for tips to make water more interesting . It's no... more »
  • Frequent saunas may boost survival, Finnish study suggests

    February 23, 2015 11:32 AM

    CHICAGO - A study in Finnish men suggests frequent sauna baths might help you live longer. That's welcome news if proven true - not just in Finland where saunas are commonplace, but also for Americans shivering in a snowy Nordic-like winter. Previous research suggested that saunas might improve blood vessel... more »
  • Tobacco companies fighting over claims on smoking's effects

    February 23, 2015 2:27 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - America's biggest tobacco companies say they're ready and willing to pass along factual public health information about cigarettes. But they say they won't go along with being forced to underwrite an ad campaign that would have the companies brand themselves as liars. In 2006, a federal judge... more »
  • Grandma and the mouse cold

    February 19, 2015 10:11 AM

    Studies say cold weather can make you sick. Studies say cold weather can be good for you. So which is it, doc? I'm freezing over here! As it turns out, doctors and the old wives tales may both have some legitimacy. Let me explain. In a... more »
  • Feds say Wal-Mart was biased against lesbians

    February 18, 2015 6:01 PM

    BOSTON - A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the retail giant to work with Jacqueline Cote of New Bedford, Massachusetts,... more »
  • Health care services threatened with deep cuts next year

    February 13, 2015 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration looks to balance next year's budget, Louisiana's health care programs are threatened with even steeper cuts than the higher education slashing that has caused such worry. Cuts for services that take care of the poor, elderly and disabled could reach up to... more »
  • Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

    February 10, 2015 3:19 PM

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Mississippi and West Virginia are known for their struggles with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don't mess around. A recent measles outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people has brought attention to policies in 48 states that allow parents... more »
  • Governor's Mansion going red for heart health month

    February 10, 2015 3:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's first lady, Supriya Jindal, says the Governor's Mansion is going red as part of Heart Health Month. In recognition, the Mansion will be lit red through Sunday to highlight the impact of cardiovascular disease on all citizens. It's the seventh straight year the Mansion has been... more »
  • Deadline to get health care without a penalty less than a week away Play Video

    February 9, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The open enrollment period for health insurance under the affordable care act ends on February 15th. Brian Keller from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana stopped by 2une In this morning to explain what happens if you miss that deadline. "You may be out of luck... more »
  • Go Red for Women's heart health this month check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • 148,000 sign up for coverage through federal marketplace

    February 5, 2015 3:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 148,500 Louisiana residents have enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace, as the sign-up deadline nears. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, covering insurance plan selections through the end of January. The numbers exceed last year,... more »
  • Free mammograms being offered in Lafayette

    February 5, 2015 3:25 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program is offering free mammograms. Low-income women between the ages of 40 and 64 who have no health insurance are eligible for the screenings. They are available at the Clifton Chenier Center on West Willow in Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 11. For... more »
  • GOP lawmakers: Scrap Obama health law, use tax credits

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... 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 »
  • Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs

    January 26, 2015 5:29 AM

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

    January 14, 2015 3:46 PM

    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 »
  • Pennington targets diabetes in African American men Play Video

    January 7, 2015 8:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A study is now underway to determine if exercising can help lower the risk of diabetes in African American men. The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking for volunteers. It's estimated that between 15-20% of African Americans have diabetes. The disease has been linked to other... more »
  • BRG offers free healthcare enrollment help Play Video

    January 6, 2015 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you're still uninsured, you're running out of time to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. The Baton Rouge General wants to help by offering free help to enroll. Mid-City Campus Administrator George Bell joined us on 2une In Tuesday morning with all the... more »
  • Deadline closes in on penalties for the uninsured Play Video

    January 5, 2015 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents without health insurance have about a month to sign up in order avoid penalties as tax season and deadlines loom. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or "Obamacare"), all citizens are required to be insured or pay the price. With deadlines... more »
  • US medical worker exposed to Ebola overseas heads to Omaha

    January 4, 2015 10:23 AM

    OMAHA, Neb. - An American health care worker who experienced high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone is being transported to a Nebraska hospital for observation. The Nebraska Medical Center says the patient should arrive in Omaha around 2 p.m. CST Sunday. Dr. Phil Smith, who... more »
  • New diet guidelines might pull back from meat

    January 2, 2015 12:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - Where's the beef? A panel that advises the Agriculture Department appears set to recommend that you be told not only what foods are better for your own health, but also for the environment. That means that when the latest version of the government's dietary guidelines comes out, it... more »
  • No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

    December 30, 2014 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year. It's a requirement under President Barack Obama's... more »
  • State workers could be paying higher premiums

    December 29, 2014 7:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State workers could have to pay more money for health insurance and lose some coverage at the same time under the Governor's plan to help save the state money. A public hearing was held Monday about the proposed changes to insurance plans for state workers. Many... more »
  • Feds: La. must repay $190M from LSU hospital deals

    December 23, 2014 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal Medicaid agency has approved financing plans for contracts that turn six LSU hospitals over to private companies. That ends questions about whether care for Louisiana's uninsured could be in jeopardy. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also ordered Louisiana to repay $190 million... more »
  • Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest

    December 19, 2014 2:39 PM

    NEW YORK - Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported cases were widespread in 29 states last week. If the trend continues, it could bring another early peak... more »
  • Pennington tackles family health, childhood obesity Play Video

    December 15, 2014 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Pennington Biomedical Research Center is helping make the community healthier, one family at a time. They're working on a new study aimed at making the whole family healthier. Mandy Crowley joined us on 2une In this morning to tell you how you can get involved. ... more »
  • Inside the 'Earl' Play Video

    December 2, 2014 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The charity hospital along Airline Highway will soon be gone as the state works on securing a contract to begin demolition of Earl K. Long. The hospital was closed in April 2013, when the state dismantled its charity hospital system. It will cost about $2... more »
  • Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits

    November 19, 2014 1:55 PM

    CHICAGO - Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life. The news comes from 20-year follow-up of a study in Scotland that was the... more »
  • What you need to know when enrolling for healthcare Play Video

    November 18, 2014 7:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Open enrollment has begun for those wanting to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. There are some changes this year, including increased fines for being uninsured and a shorter enrollment period. "The biggest single change is that the fines have tripled," Louisiana Healthcare Education... more »
  • Keeping your health law plan may mean premium hike

    November 14, 2014 12:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - Many of the 7 million consumers who got insurance under the president's health care law will see premiums go up next year, unless they're willing to switch to another plan. That was the assessment of independent analysts as the Health and Human Services department released a massive computer... more »
  • Mosquito money still a problem in Livingston Play Video

    November 11, 2014 9:55 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- As the end of the Mosquito Abatement program nears in Livingston Parish, current director Jeanine Tessmer is working hard to secure funding that could keep the program alive. "We will not be spraying in 2015 and that's going to allow the mosquitoes to grow in the numbers... more »
  • VA vows focus on customer service

    November 10, 2014 12:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department is announcing a reorganization designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its many websites. VA Secretary Robert McDonald calls the reorganization the largest in the department's history and says it... more »
  • Admin. dials back goal for health law sign-ups

    November 10, 2014 12:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The administration is dialing back expectations for health insurance sign-ups in the second year of President Barack Obama's big push to cover uninsured Americans. A report released Monday by the Health and Human Services department estimates that 9 million to 9.9 million paying customers will enroll for 2015.... more »
  • LA Health and Rehab Center celebrates 20 yrs. with fundraiser Play Video

    November 6, 2014 7:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Health and Rehab Center in Baton Rouge is celebrating 20 years of helping people reach their dreams and potential. There is a special fundraising dinner scheduled next week to celebrate. Soundra Temple and Shawne Langston joined 2une In Thursday with all the details. They... more »
  • 2 sentenced in $258 million Medicare fraud scheme

    November 1, 2014 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The U.S. Justice Department says the operator of community health centers in Baton Rouge and a patient recruiter for a community mental health center in Houston have been sentenced in a $258 million Medicare fraud scheme. The sentences were handed down Friday in federal court in... more »
  • Get up, get moving with the Consistency Club check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 30, 2014 6:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The average person sits between 8-15 hours/day. Health professionals say that number is too high. That's why the Consistency Club wants to get you up and moving. "We have so many technological advances that we have become a sedentary people," Nettye Johnson told Kylie Dixon this... 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 »
  • NYC doctor has Ebola

    October 23, 2014 8:13 PM

    NEW YORK- A new case of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in a patient who recently returned to the city following a stint with Doctors Without Borders. The tests confirmed the doctor was sick with the illness Thursday. He had recently returned from work in West Africa. ... more »
  • AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November

    October 21, 2014 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate. And by a 47 to 39 percent margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, Republicans hold... 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 »
  • Health officials defend their response to Ebola

    October 16, 2014 1:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican lawmakers are criticizing the government response to the arrival of Ebola on U.S. shores. The criticism came at a House hearing where top public health officials have been defending their actions. Republican Fred Upton of Michigan, who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, said Americans are "scared."... more »
  • US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low

    October 16, 2014 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest signal that companies are cutting few workers and hiring could remain healthy. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000,... more »
  • Following return from Africa, LSU employee volunteers for quarantine

    October 15, 2014 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An LSU employee will be in voluntary quarantine and his temperature will be checked twice a day, the Department of Health and Hospitals said late Wednesday. The worker, in LSU's National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, returned from Liberia Tuesday. LSU asked him not to return... more »
  • Health officials: US well-equipped to stop Ebola

    October 4, 2014 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is seeking to allay fear about the single confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, saying that despite some initial missteps the health care system is doing what needs to be done to prevent an outbreak. The chief of infectious diseases at the National... more »
  • All clear after man causes evacuation, quarantine

    October 3, 2014 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hospital officials say a man suffering from dementia caused the evacuation of a police department and forced the quarantine of fire crews inside their station Friday night. Sometime during the evening, a man was brought into the Baton Rouge Police Department's 2nd Precinct claiming to be... more »
  • Jaguars get in shape for homecoming Play Video

    October 3, 2014 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Jaguar Nation spent the end of homecoming week working to get fit and healthy. Students at Southern University participated in workout sessions organized as part of the two weeks of celebrations for the school's centennial at Scott's Bluff. Students said they're happy... more »
  • United contacting those who flew with Ebola victim

    October 2, 2014 6:36 PM

    DALLAS - United Airlines says it is notifying passengers who were on flights with a man later diagnosed with Ebola and telling them how to contact federal health officials. United said Thursday it was also telling passengers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the man could not... 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 »
  • WHO: 21,000 Ebola cases by November if no changes

    September 23, 2014 1:51 AM

    LONDON, England - The World Health Organization is warning that without an accelerated effort to contain the outbreak, the number of Ebola cases could explode in coming weeks. West Africa has an estimated 5,800 illnesses, but WHO says that number could balloon to 21,000 in six weeks. WHO officials say... more »
  • Southern University hosts 5k run/walk

    September 21, 2014 8:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University kicked off their centennial and homecoming celebrations with the first "Jags Get Fit 5k Run/Walk Sunday afternoon." The university hosted the event to promote healthy lifestyles among students and employees, all while kicking off the festivities for the coming days. University Officials say... more »
  • Hundreds show up to mini makers faire Play Video

    September 20, 2014 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Inventors and compaines got their first chance to show off their products at the Mini Makers Faire at the Library at Goodwood Satuday. Everything from 3-D printing to fashion to ice cream making bicycles were on display. Robb Perkins with Acadian Robotics, a company that... more »
  • Asian Crunch with the Twinatics Play Video

    September 19, 2014 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health-conscious twins and LSU grads, Christina and Catherine Mahtook, joined us in the kitchen Friday with recipes from their online cookbook of healthy recipes inspired by their mother's battle with breast cancer. The duo hopped on board a plant-based diet with their mother and are now sharing... more »
  • Children's hospital-linked infections fall sharply

    September 8, 2014 2:09 AM

    CHICAGO, IL - A new study suggests efforts to improve patient safety and reduce preventable health care linked infections in hospitals are meeting with success, especially for children. The study of 174 U.S. hospitals in 39 states finds steep declines in dangerous infections sometimes transmitted through treatments in intensive care... more »
  • Google's health startup forges venture with AbbVie

    September 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google's ambitious health startup is teaming up with biotechnology drugmaker AbbVie in a $500 million joint venture that will try to develop new ways to treat cancer and other diseases such as Alzheimer's. The alliance announced Wednesday calls for Google Inc. and AbbVie Inc. to each invest... more »
  • CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales early

    September 3, 2014 10:46 AM

    As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned. CVS Caremark will now be known as CVS Health. The signs on its roughly 7,700 drugstores won't change, so the... more »
  • 'Undercover' nail polish protects against date rape check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 27, 2014 10:20 AM

    Women have a new weapon to protect themselves from date rape: nail polish. Four North Carolina State University students are developing a polish that can detect drugs associated with date rape. When dipped in a drink, the polish will change colors if the drink is laced. Once the product... more »
  • Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times for teens

    August 25, 2014 2:12 AM

    CHICAGO, IL - Pediatricians are sending a back-to-school message: Let teenagers sleep in a bit. In a new policy statement in the journal Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. for teens would help curb their lack of... more »
  • Keys to a healthy school year Play Video

    August 21, 2014 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Kids across the area have hit the ground running during the first few weeks of school. There are some things you can do to make sure they sustain that success and their health until the final day of school in May. Some key factors to pay... more »
  • Miss. officials: 2 new cases of West Nile virus

    August 19, 2014 2:05 AM

    JACKSON, MI - State health officials say two more Mississippians have been infected with West Nile Virus. The state Department of Health said Monday that a Hinds County resident and a Rankin County resident have confirmed cases. So far this year, nine cases of West Nile have been reported, including... more »
  • Years after massive raid, schemer ordered to pay $43 million

    August 18, 2014 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 54-year-old woman was sentenced to 102 months in prison and was ordered to pay $43,528, 584 in restitution for being part of one of the largest Medicare fraud schemes. Hoor Naz Jafri owned Shifa Community Mental Health Center of Baton Rouge, Serenity Center of Baton Rouge,... more »
  • Baton Rouge local lives with parkinson's disease

    August 16, 2014 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In light of the recent death of Robin Williams, a lot of attention has be brought to Parkinson's disease. The wife of the celebrity made a statement saying that the comedian/actor was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and didn't tell anyone before he took his own life.... more »
  • School board votes to send back sex-ed textbook check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 14, 2014 2:24 AM

    FREMONT, CA - The Fremont school board is sending back to the publisher a sex-education textbook after complaints from parents that it is too graphic for ninth-graders. The board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to return "Your Health Today" to publisher McGraw-Hill and use last year's sex education textbook. But the... more »
  • WHO: Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 8, 2014 2:05 AM

    LONDON - The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. On Friday, WHO announced the Ebola outbreak - the largest and longest in history - is worrying enough to merit... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 3:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see Veterans Affairs doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering... more »
  • Study ties new gene to major breast cancer risk

    August 7, 2014 2:02 AM

    Scientists are linking a newly identified gene to breast cancer. It's long been known that faulty BRCA (BRAK'-uh) genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say another gene that's less common can do the same. The newly-discovered gene is called PALB2, and genetics expert Dr. Jeffrey Weitzel... more »
  • House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

    July 30, 2014 3:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is moving quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. The House could vote on the $17 billion bill as early as Wednesday, with a Senate... more »
  • LSU enrolling patients in new kind of drug test

    July 25, 2014 3:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster. Patients with advanced squamous cell lung cancer can enroll at LSU cancer centers in New Orleans, Houma, Covington and Baton Rouge. Most such... more »
  • Tips to keep kids germ free at school Play Video

    July 24, 2014 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With August upon us and school just around the corner, Dr. Mindy Calandro stopped by News 2 at 4 to provide parents with some tips to keep your kids in the classroom and avoid taking early sick days in the coming school year. The doctor said... more »
  • Nonprofits' contraceptive cases next for justices

    July 6, 2014 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - Faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals are leading the next legal dispute over religion, birth control and the health law that's likely to be resolved by the Supreme Court. The issue in more than four dozen lawsuits from religious nonprofit groups that oppose some or all contraception as immoral... more »
  • Check your list twice during Men's Health Month check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 23, 2014 8:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - June is Men's Health Month, and it's the perfect time to inventory of your well-being. Dr. Joseph Griffin with Vascular Specialty Center and People's Health stopped by 2une In Monday to talk about what questions you need to ask next time you visit the doctor. Check... more »
  • Ag Center reports concerns about gluten-free diets

    June 17, 2014 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Going "gluten-free"? Your diet may not be as healthy as you think, according to recent research at LSU. LSU AgCenter registered dietician Denise Holston-West said gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale. People with a condition called celiac disease have a toxic... more »
  • Men's Health Month with the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 16, 2014 7:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - June is Men's Health Month. In accordance, the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge is hosting a pair of events focusing on men's health. John F. Smith and Kathy Victorian stopped by 2une In Monday to talk about the events. The first is a prostate... more »

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