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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 »
  • Audit: Over 57,000 awaiting initial VA visits

    June 9, 2014 11:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the VA health care system over the past 10 years have never had appointments.... more »
  • DHH designates first WellSpot businesses

    June 3, 2014 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal named three Baton Rouge locations that were chosen as inaugural Louisiana WellSpots, officially kicking off his Well-Ahead Louisiana initiative. Mestizo Restaurant, Mid-City Market, and AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana all received level two WellSpot designations, recognitions for their contribution to health and wellness. ... more »
  • Former NFL players file suit

    May 21, 2014 6:12 AM

    ATLANTA - Tuesday was supposed to be a day of celebration for the NFL, as the league announced Minneapolis, Minnesota as the host city of the 2018 Super Bowl. Instead, the league is now addressing concerns following a new lawsuit. Former players accuse the league of putting profits ahead... more »
  • House refuses to allow surveying teen sex health

    May 20, 2014 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have killed a measure that would have allowed public high school students to be surveyed about sex-related risk behaviors. The House voted 55-38 against the proposal by Baton Rouge Rep. Pat Smith, a Democrat, after raising concerns about children being corrupted by the questions. Under the... more »
  • House GOP bill would roll back school lunch rules

    May 19, 2014 10:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans are proposing to let some schools opt out of healthier school lunch and breakfast programs if they are losing money. A GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs released Monday would allow schools to apply for waivers if they are losing money on school lunch... more »
  • Measles comeback caused by people not getting vaccinated

    May 15, 2014 8:09 AM

    TENNESSEE - U.S. health officials are worried about a recent outbreak of measles. The disease was eradicated in the United States in 2000, but it's now making a comeback. The outbreak has spread across 17 states. Dr. William Schaffner works for Vanderbilt Infectious Disease. He believes this problem could... more »
  • GOP: Health insurance signups lagging

    April 30, 2014 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - A report by House Republicans says that one-third of people who signed up for health insurance through new federal exchanges hadn't paid their first month's premium as of mid-April. But administration officials, outside experts and the insurance industry questioned the conclusions. The report by Energy and... more »
  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    April 17, 2014 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says 8 million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges. That's 1 million more than congressional scorekeepers had initially projected. Obama also says 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of 35. Enrolling substantial numbers of younger, healthier... more »
  • Governor to announce health initiative

    April 14, 2014 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal will announce a statewide health initiative Monday afternoon in Baton Rouge. The announcement will take place 1:10 p.m. at Dufroq Elementary. more »
  • Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

    April 11, 2014 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's nominating his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary. The Cabinet shuffle lets Obama put a new face on his new health care law. The move comes more than a week after the... more »
  • Heart walk heads to Baton Rouge Play Video

    April 9, 2014 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One of the largest walks in the Baton Rouge area will be hitting LSU in a couple of weekends. The Capital Area Heart Walk is coming to the area on April 26 at LSU's Old Front Nine. Head of The Capital Area Heart Walk Terrie Sterling... more »
  • Bill requiring mental health info before abortion passes

    April 9, 2014 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Anti-abortion lawmakers want women seeking the procedure in Louisiana to get pamphlets describing possible psychological effects, the illegality of coerced abortions and services available to human trafficking victims. The House Health and Welfare Committee backed a bill that would require clinics to provide that information to women at... more »
  • March with a purpose, March for Babies Play Video

    April 1, 2014 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - March for Dimes will host the March for Babies on Saturday, May 10th. March for Dimes Capital Area Division Dir. Clayton Forbes and 2014 Ambassador Jasmine Lombrage visited 2une In Tuesday to talk about the event. You can register for the walk by visiting this... more »
  • Health and Wellness Expo Play Video

    March 31, 2014 8:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Quarters Endless Entertainment is hosting its first Health and Wellness Expo. Darryl Hurst and Antione Weatherspoon sat down with Whitney on 2une In Monday to talk about the event. The goal of the expo is to fight childhood obesity and promote healthy living. "Quarters" is partnered... more »
  • Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

    March 27, 2014 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul. That's a milestone, fulfilling a goal set by Congressional Budget Office and embraced by the White House. The president made the announcement during an international... more »
  • Health insurance deadline looms Play Video

    March 24, 2014 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan is fast approaching and already insurance agents are seeing a boom in the number of people rushing to sign up. "Right now I'm working seven days a week, and the thing that's really frustrating about that is... more »
  • School ads to reflect nutritional values Play Video

    February 25, 2014 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New regulations came today for healthier advertisements on school campuses. The next step in First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to fight obesity is to make advertisements at schools follow the school nutrition standards. The new regulations prohibit ads for what's considered unhealthy foods on... more »
  • Get your heart checked for American Heart Month Play Video

    February 18, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Febraury is American Heart Month, and doctors are taking this opportunity to warn people about heart disease. Dr. Garland Green was on the set of News 2 at 4 today, talking about heart issues amongst women. Dr. Green said that some common symptoms are tightness... more »
  • Insurance Dept.: 62,000 face canceled health plans

    February 18, 2014 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's office says the number of people in Louisiana who won't be able to keep their current insurance coverage because of the federal health overhaul has dropped to 62,000. President Barack Obama allowed insurance companies the option for one year to keep offering consumers plans... more »
  • OSHA cites Oakdale company for health violations

    February 10, 2014 2:12 PM

    OAKDALE- A flavoring manufacturer in Oakdale has been cited by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a fire last year severely burned a worker. OSHA cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious violations at the facility, totaling $91,000 in proposed penalties. ... more »
  • Preventing whooping cough Play Video

    February 6, 2014 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pertussis, also known as "whooping cough," is steady increasing its presence in Louisiana. In 2010 50 cases were reported, but by 2013 there were 182 cases according to health officials. The highly contagious disease is caused by a bacteria, and gets the "whooping cough" nickname... more »
  • Some in La. lost in new health care gap Play Video

    February 5, 2014 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Louisiana man says he's lost in the gap between government assistance and private insurance, despite claims by the state that he should be covered. Robert Reed says despite visits to numerous hospitals and attempts to get advice or help from several health care providers, he still... more »
  • Fitness app for a healthy lifestyle Play Video

    January 30, 2014 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fitness app creators Drew Langhart and Justin Waller stopped by the set of News 2 at Four to provide details about their app "Fitnotix." The two co-founders of "Fitnotix" said their app is the first running app to have GPS directions. Also, Langhart and Waller... more »
  • Smoke and mirrors: both sides put on a show about La. legal high

    January 21, 2014 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People who want to legalize marijuana made their pitch to state lawmakers Tuesday. They told a special panel discussing the possibility of legalization, marijuana could generate tax dollars, provide a new agricultural crop, shrink the jail population and lessen pain for people with medical issues. But,... 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 »
  • Big part of health care overhaul to go into effect

    December 31, 2013 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - Many of the major features of the federal health care overhaul go into effect on January 1. They include new benefits, an insurance mandate, and the risk of more coverage disruptions. Almost all Americans will be required to have health insurance. Insurers can no longer... more »
  • Health overhaul- small business delay

    November 28, 2013 6:07 AM

    CHICAGO (AP) - Small businesses interested in buying marketplace health insurance plans for their workers will have to purchase them from agents, brokers or insurance companies for the next year, rather than through the government website. The Obama administration is delaying the launch of its online portal to the health... more »
  • Supreme Court to hear cases on birth control mandate

    November 26, 2013 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the dispute over a birth control mandate in President Obama's health care law. The issue has seen different rulings in lower courts over whether employers should be required to cover birth control for their employees or they can opt out due... more »
  • DHH making changes in nutritional program

    November 25, 2013 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals is making major changes to how it runs its supplemental nutrition program that provides food to poor women and children. It's in response to a new audit showing Louisiana's public health office has done a poor job in monitoring the... more »
  • Few in La. use Obamacare site to get insurance

    November 13, 2013 9:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The problem-plagued Obamacare website has assisted fewer than 400 people in Louisiana in signing up for health insurance. The online marketplace is part of the president's health care revamp. The site has problems and left many people unable to enroll for coverage despite numerous attempts. Fewer... more »
  • Fewer than 400 in La. sign up for insurance

    November 13, 2013 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON- The administration says fewer than 27,000 people managed to enroll for health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on the problem-filled federal website for President Barack Obama's overhaul. In Louisiana, the number was 387 people. More than 7,700 people in the state have filled out applications... more »
  • Health department begins flu vaccine campaign

    November 13, 2013 8:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state health department kicked off its annual "Fight the Flu" campaign today, urging people to get vaccinated. The Department of Health and Hospitals held events Wednesday at health centers around the state, and at a state police office in Lafayette along with the Alexandria Museum of... more »
  • Appeals court rules against birth control mandate

    November 1, 2013 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate in the new federal health care law have won a ruling in an appeals court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia says the mandate limits the right to free exercise of religion. ... more »
  • Parishes with whooping cough cases

    October 29, 2013 11:12 PM

    GONZALES- Doctors are warning people with cold-like symptoms to take extra precautions around babies right now. Louisiana has an increasing number of whooping cough cases. Ascension Parish has the most reported cases in the area with 12. The number of illnesses has set a post-1960s record in Louisiana.... 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 »
  • La. residents slowly signing up for health insurance

    October 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance companies say they're seeing a slow increase of people in Louisiana signing up for health insurance plans through the federally-run marketplace. But people are still having trouble accessing the website, and the numbers of insurance enrollees in the state remain low. Vantage Health Plan is one... more »
  • Brain-eating amoeba found in another La. water system

    October 8, 2013 10:33 PM

    MANSFIELD- Brain-eating amoeba has been found in five locations of DeSoto Parish Waterworks District No. 1. Wednesday, the system will flush lines with additional chlorine to kill the amoeba. There are no known current cases of illness related to the discover state health leaders said Tuesday night. The... more »
  • Former DHH Secretary deposition not delayed

    September 30, 2013 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An attempt to stall the deposition of the former Health and Hospitals Secretary in Louisiana has been refused by a Baton Rouge judge. Lawyers for the Jindal Administration wanted to push back the deposition of Bruce Greenstein in a wrongful termination lawsuit, but Judge Tim Kelley... more »
  • Feds issue recall for ready-to-eat products

    September 25, 2013 8:46 PM

    WASHINGTON- Nearly 20,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products have been recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes federal food testers said Wednesday. Included in the recall are: UPC, Pack/Size, Product, Product Code, Code Date 0 85239 24103, 5 12 oz, Market Pantry All White Meat... more »
  • Four-strain flu shot available for first time Play Video

    September 25, 2013 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For the first time, a four-strain flu shot is available. Doctors suggest getting the flu shot as soon as possible with flu season nearly here in October. Health professionals say the flu virus is very contagious. "Just by being in the room with somebody who... more »
  • NCAA trainers make mental health recommendations

    September 25, 2013 10:53 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS- The National Athletic Trainers Association wants universities to treat the mental health of athletes every bit as seriously as their physical well-being. On Wednesday at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, the organization offered a set of guidelines it wants all schools to adopt. The recommendations include plans for early detection,... more »

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