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  • 2-year-old hospitalized following crash on Hwy. 19

    April 26, 2017 8:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 2-year-old is among those transferred to the hospital following a crash on Hwy. 19. According to Baton Rouge Police Department officials, the crash happened on Hwy. 19 near Thomas Road. BRPD officials say a 2-year-old female inside one of the vehicles was transferred to... more »
  • Louisiana to receive $8.1M to help combat opioid addiction

    April 21, 2017 7:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is slated to receive 8.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help combat the opioid epidemic. News outlets report the grant is part of $485 million the federal government has set aside to help states with prevention, treatment and recovery services.... more »
  • Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets

    April 19, 2017 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has signed a bill extending a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector. The extension will give Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin time to develop a more comprehensive plan to allow veterans to more easily go outside the VA health... more »
  • Two arrested for pretending to be police to rob home

    April 7, 2017 10:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say two men robbed a home, forcing their way in by pretending to be police officers. Louisiana State Police officers arrested 32-year-old Chad Phillips and 21-year-old Davante Brooks. According to officers, the pair went to a home and knocked on the door, showing a... more »
  • Senate agrees to extend VA's program of private-sector care

    April 3, 2017 9:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved legislation that would extend a program aimed at widening veterans' access to private-sector health care. The bill passed by voice vote. It would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue operating its Choice program until its money runs out, expected early next year.... more »
  • Anti-allergy medicine EpiPen recall expands to US

    March 31, 2017 10:23 PM

    A recall of the emergency anti-allergy medicine EpiPen is expanding to the U.S. and other markets in North America, Europe, Asia and South America because the allergy shots may not work. The notice issued Friday by Mylan N.V. expands upon warnings made earlier this month after two reports of the... more »
  • Trump says he expects a health care deal soon

    March 28, 2017 9:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he expects to make a deal on health care, even though his first attempt failed just a few days ago. Trump is hosting a reception for senators and their spouses at the White House. It attracted both Republicans and Democrats. He says the bipartisan... more »
  • Louisiana drinking water systems get near failing grade Play Video

    March 27, 2017 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana drinking water systems received a collective grade of "D+" according to a state audit published Monday. The grade reflects infrastructure that is either "poor" or "crumbling." Individually, large and medium sized systems scored high but smaller systems dragged the grade down. The smaller systems serve at... more »
  • White House tells House GOP, 'Let's vote'

    March 23, 2017 8:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump wants the House to vote on the health care bill, and Republicans say a vote will occur Friday. White House officials had a simple message to a divided House Republican caucus on the bill: "Let's vote." Republicans emerging from the closed-door meeting Thursday said they... more »
  • CBO: 14 million to lose coverage under GOP health bill

    March 13, 2017 4:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nonpartisan analysts project that 14 million people would lose coverage next year under the House bill dismantling former President Barack Obama's health care law. The estimate is a blow to Republicans. Monday's estimate by the Congressional Budget Office says the number of uninsured would grow to 24 million... more »
  • GOP acts fast on health care, aims to avoid ire Dems faced

    March 11, 2017 12:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - It took former President Barack Obama and his Democrats more than a year to pass the Affordable Care Act. That slow and painstaking process allowed plenty of time for a fierce backlash to take hold, undermining the law from the start. Republicans are trying to avoid that pitfall... more »
  • House GOP releases bill replacing Obama health care overhaul

    March 6, 2017 8:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government's health care role and is expected to result in fewer people having insurance coverage. House committees planned votes on the legislation Wednesday. That will... more »
  • Report: Injured sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier is learning to live again Play Video

    February 28, 2017 5:02 PM

    HOUSTON – The days are long and the improvements are coming slowly, but there's never a lack of hope and thankfulness among family and medical staff working with injured sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier. “You can see there are miracles happening here,” Tullier's father, James, told WBRZ's affiliate in Texas... more »
  • Pediatricians warn against pot use: Not your dad's marijuana

    February 27, 2017 7:41 AM

    CHICAGO - An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana's potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think it's OK for their kids, but "we would rather not mess around with the developing brain," said Dr.... more »
  • Teen shot in hand in Plaquemine

    February 22, 2017 11:02 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A teenager has been shot in the hand and wrist in Plaquemine, according to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Department. Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi confirms a teenage victim was shot in the hand and wrist on James Street Wednesday evening before 10 p.m. IPSO is now... more »
  • BRPD responding to shooting on Evangeline Street

    February 16, 2017 11:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BRPD is responding to a shooting on Evangeline Street. According to BRPD officials, it happened after 10:30 p.m. on Evangeline Street near Plank Road. According to sources on scene, a female victim was shot while inside a car after an altercation. Sources on scene... more »
  • 2 people shot in car on Finch Street

    February 16, 2017 11:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two people are being taken to the hospital after a shooting on Finch Street in North Baton Rouge. According to a BRPD spokesperson, the shooting happened around 9 p.m. in the 2500 block of Finch Street. Officers say a male and a female victim suffered... more »
  • Neighbors want answers after finding dead dog floating in apartment complex lake Play Video

    February 16, 2017 11:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A normal walk through his apartment complex turned terrifying when a man noticed the body of a dead dog in a nearby lake. Donald Morrison said he was walking his dog at the Lakeside Villas apartments off Millerville Road when he made the gruesome discovery. "I kind... more »
  • Student body presidents express concern over threats to higher education

    February 16, 2017 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a plea to the governor, the Council of Student Body Presidents expressed their concern over "constant cuts" to higher education. More than 30 student body presidents from Louisiana schools, including Louisiana State University and Southern University, issued a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards and... more »
  • Man hurt in shooting after possible robbery on Runnymede Ave.

    February 15, 2017 11:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say one person was hurt after a shooting during a possible robbery at a home near Highway 61 Wednesday night. According to Baton Rouge Police, the shooting happened around 10 p.m. in the 10000 block of Runnymede Avenue and Magna Carta Place. One man was... more »
  • Biker hurt after plunging into ravine off Plank Road

    February 15, 2017 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency responders responded to a biker that plunged off the road into a shallow ravine off Plank Road Wednesday night. According to Baton Rouge Police, the man drove off the roadway just before a bridge in the 9600 block of Plank Road around 8:30 p.m. Police,... more »
  • No tackling? NY Lawmaker seeks tackle football ban for kids

    February 4, 2017 6:51 PM

    ALBANY, N.Y. - A New York lawmaker wants to ban tackle football for kids under 14, citing growing evidence of the link between hard football hits and brain damage. Assemblyman Michael Benedetto's proposed ban is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. Similar bills by the... more »
  • Firefighters respond to trash fire near L'Auberge Casino Play Video

    February 3, 2017 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters responded to a fire on River Road right outside of Baton Rouge city limits. The fire occurred at a recycling center on the 12000 block of River Road, close to the L'Auberge Hotel & Casino. Here's another shot of the fire on River... more »
  • BRPD squad car involved in accident on Airline Highway Play Video

    February 3, 2017 8:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge Police officer was involved in an accident on Airline Highway. #BREAKING @BRPD officer involved in a crash on Airline Hwy near Coursey Blvd. @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/YFSkVDuoaP — Brett Buffington (@BrettBuffington) February 4, 2017 The crash happened on Airline Highway... more »
  • Crash on North Foster Drive sends four to the hospital

    February 2, 2017 9:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews are treating multiple crash victims following an accident on North Foster Drive. Sources say four people are being transported for various non-life threatening injuries. The crash occurred on North Foster Drive and Fairfield Avenue. Stay tuned for updates. more »
  • Senate panel to vote on Trump's pick for health secretary

    January 29, 2017 12:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have scheduled a Tuesday vote by the Senate Finance Committee on President Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary. Trump's pick is GOP Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, and the Republican-run committee is expected to back Price along party lines. In his new post, Price will help lead... more »
  • John Hurt, Oscar nominated for "The Elephant Man" dies at 77

    January 27, 2017 10:56 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The Oscar-nominated actor Sir John Hurt has died. He was 77. Hurt's agent Charles McDonald says the actor, who battled pancreatic cancer, died Friday in London. The actor received Academy Award nominations for playing a heroin addict in "Midnight Express" and the tortured John Merrick in David... more »
  • Trooper injured by passing driver during traffic stop

    January 27, 2017 10:37 PM

    GREENSBURG - A Louisiana State Police Trooper has been injured after being hit during a traffic stop by a passing driver. Police say the crash happened Friday afternoon. The trooper stopped a driver on Highway 449 south of Highway 37 in St. Helena Parish for a traffic violation. The... more »
  • Unhinged man escapes ambulance, causes disturbance at school Wednesday Play Video

    January 25, 2017 11:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police and paramedics had to deal with a patient that caused a disturbance near a school and then escaped from an ambulance Wednesday evening. A state trooper at St. Thomas More Catholic School was on the scene by coincidence at a time when some parents were picking... more »
  • Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group reopens pre-flood location

    January 16, 2017 12:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Group in Baker reopens it location at 6516 E. Myrtle Ave. Monday. The clinic took on roughly 10 inches of water and closed for five months after the Baton Rouge area experienced major flooding in August. The... more »
  • $10K grant for LSU Health student program to help homeless

    January 13, 2017 10:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans human services nonprofit is giving $10,000 to a program run by medical students to help homeless women and children get health care and education. LSU Health New Orleans says the grant comes from La Societe des Dames Hospitalieres. Students from five of the six... more »
  • Edwards defends Medicaid expansion, as GOP works on repeal

    January 12, 2017 10:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. John Bel Edwards laid out his defense for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion by having some of the program's patients describe the medical services they've received. Twenty-three-year-old Monika Calderon spoke of severe headaches that were diagnosed as a brain tumor. Medicaid expansion covered the cost of her surgery,... more »
  • Ochsner buys urgent and occupational health care company

    January 12, 2017 10:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner Health System says it has bought a company that owns 12 urgent care and four occupational health clinics in the greater New Orleans area. It says all 14 Millennium Healthcare Management Inc. locations will become part of Ochsner Health System. A news release Tuesday announced the... more »
  • Lead found in 20-plus percent of St Joseph homes

    January 2, 2017 10:15 AM

    ST. JOSEPH - State health officials say nearly 22 percent of the homes in a small northeast Louisiana town have unsafe levels of lead in the drinking water. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an emergency order Dec. 16 when two routine samples showed similar conditions and two more showed high... more »
  • Statewide fee hike for drinking water begins January Play Video

    December 29, 2016 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Next year water systems across the state will increase fees by about seventy-five cents per month to pay for increased state inspections. Customers will pick up the tab but Louisiana health inspectors say it's badly needed since funding was slashed back in 2012. "What we witnessed was... more »
  • Report: Many mentally ill people needlessly in nursing homes

    December 28, 2016 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal investigation has found that Louisiana unnecessarily isolates and segregates thousands of mentally ill people in costly nursing facilities instead of providing them with community-based services. In a 30-page letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards last week, the Justice Department says its civil rights division concluded... more »
  • One injured in shooting on Heidel Avenue

    December 24, 2016 11:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person has been transported to the hospital after a shooting on Heidel Avenue. Officials say it happened around 9:30 in the 6000 block of Heidel Avenue near E. Brookstown Drive. The victim was transported to the hospital to be treated for undisclosed injuries. Officials... more »
  • LSU Health: $6.4M contract to clean vacant Charity Hospital

    December 24, 2016 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Early next year, crews will begin cleaning out the art deco public hospital abandoned after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans tells WDSU-TV (http://bit.ly/2hQRQe4 ) that it has awarded a $6.4 million contract to clean Charity Hospital. Spokeswoman Leslie... more »
  • Edwin Edwards released from hospital

    December 15, 2016 11:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Edwin Edwards has been released from the hospital after battling pneumonia, according to the former governor's wife. In a post on her facebook page, Trina Scott Edwards wrote "We're missing the Governor's Christmas party and Eli's first school Christmas program tonight, but we're home from the... more »
  • Separated conjoined twins meet for first time since surgery

    December 14, 2016 11:33 PM

    PALO ALTO, Calif. - The conjoined California twins that were separated last week following a 17-hour marathon surgery have been reunited for the first time since the operation. Eva and Erika Sandoval have been recovering in separate beds in the same room, but they could not see each other well.... more »
  • Doctors say Deputy Tullier is "fully conscious" Play Video

    December 14, 2016 4:46 PM

    HOUSTON - Doctors said that injured East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Nick Tullier is "fully conscious" at a press conference on Thursday to discuss his recovery. Tullier was moved from Our Lady of the Lake to the TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital in Houston last month to help in... more »
  • Edwin Edwards hospitalized, WBRZ has learned Play Video

    December 13, 2016 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Edwin Edwards has once again been admitted into an area hospital, WBRZ learned Tuesday morning. Edwards, 89, has been admitted for pneumonia. It's a recurring illness he suffers from, sources said. They added he would likely be hospitalized for another week. About a year ago... more »
  • A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US

    December 8, 2016 7:01 PM

    NEW YORK - Health officials say more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. The new numbers were part of the... more »
  • GOP lawmakers criticize boost in health spending

    December 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican lawmakers on the House budget committee are bristling at the spending increases in the state health department, saying the agency can't keep growing every year. Rep. Rick Edmonds, a Baton Rouge Republican, called the growth in health care spending "astonishing." Rep. Tony Bacala, a Republican from... more »
  • Proposed tax on Dec. ballot could allow for mental health facility in BR Play Video

    November 29, 2016 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As voters head to the polls, one item they will be asked to approve is a property tax that would generate nearly $6 million for a mental health facility in Baton Rouge. People suffering from behavioral health issues in need of treatment are behind bars. Only one... more »
  • Trump to tap Ga. Rep. Price for health secretary

    November 28, 2016 10:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump has selected Georgia Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. That's according to a person familiar with the decision, which is expected to be announced Tuesday morning. Price has been a leading critic of President Barack Obama's signature health care... more »
  • Insurance program CEO ousted by Jindal rehired by Edwards

    November 26, 2016 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The office that oversees Louisiana's health insurance program for state workers and retirees is getting a new leader - and he's a familiar face for the agency. Tommy Teague will again work as chief executive officer of the Office of Group Benefits, beginning Dec. 12. Teague was... more »
  • East Baton Rouge prison to get private health care company

    November 23, 2016 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A private company will start running the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison's health care operations next year. The Advocate reports the possibility of privatizing the prison's medical operations has been on the table for months now, but a group of prison health care workers helped to stall... more »
  • Mississippi's 1st flu case confirmed for 2016-17 season

    November 10, 2016 9:04 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi health officials are confirming the state's first case of the flu for the 2016-17 season. A state Department of Health news release says Thursday that the patient is from the central part of the state, but it did not mention which city or county. Individual flu... more »
  • Louisiana's 1st West Nile death of 2016 reported

    October 31, 2016 5:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting the state's first death this year from West Nile virus, and says six cases have been reported to the state since Oct. 14. That brings the total number of cases to 36, including 21 dangerous infections of the nervous system.... more »
  • Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes

    October 24, 2016 8:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is confirming that premiums will go up sharply next year for health insurance sold to millions of consumers through HealthCare.gov. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across states served by the federally run online market.... more »
  • Woman's abdominal pain turns into surprise baby

    October 22, 2016 9:01 PM

    STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Abdominal pain sent Stephanie Jaegers to the hospital. She told her husband, Michael, she believed it was due to kidney stones. When they arrived at the hospital in Stockbridge, Georgia, on Tuesday, doctors asked if she might be pregnant. She said no, and doctors began preparing her... more »
  • More than 30 cases of Zika and West Nile virus in Louisiana

    October 17, 2016 12:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Department of Health has reported more than 30 cases of the Zika and West Nile virus in the state of Louisiana. According to state health officials, there are 34 confirmed cases of Zika virus, each of which are travel-related. Once a travel-related case is identified,... more »
  • $2.7M in refunds going to some retirees in insurance program

    October 15, 2016 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than $2.7 million in refunds have been going out to people in Louisiana's health insurance program for state workers and public school employees who were overcharged for coverage. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says nearly 1,200 retirees enrolled in both Office of Group Benefits coverage and... more »
  • Jay Dardenne hospitalized following chest pains this weekend Play Video

    October 10, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's budget czar was hospitalized with chest pains this weekend, WBRZ learned Monday. Jay Dardenne, the Commissioner of Administration, said in a statement he was taken to the hospital Saturday. Doctors found he had blockages. Dardenne said when he woke up Saturday, he felt... more »
  • Ghali named permanent chancellor at LSU med in Shreveport

    October 9, 2016 11:37 AM

    SHREVEPORT - LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport has made interim chancellor G.E. Ghali the center's permanent chancellor. The university announced its choice Friday. Ghali had been interim chancellor since February. The Times reports LSU President F. King Alexander also named Ghali dean of the school of medicine. Ghali has... more »
  • Experts say beware of "black water" Play Video

    October 5, 2016 11:51 PM

    Central- Housing and health experts warn homeowners to be vigilant against mold and bacteria even two months after the flood. The toxic flood water is categorized as "black water" because it's full of bacteria. State Epidemiologist Raoult Ratard told a group of homeowners in Central Wednesday any surface that... more »
  • Family moves out of flooded apartment complex, management says they owe Play Video

    October 4, 2016 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family is at odds with their landlord since they don't feel it's safe to live in their second floor apartment after the ones below flooded. Right now, the Ole London Town Apartments off O'Neal near I-12 is holding the family to the lease agreement, which... more »
  • Residents concerned over debris-related health issues

    September 15, 2016 9:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents say they are getting frustrated at possible health risks created by flood debris. "You can taste it, you can smell it," auto body shop owner Timothy Matthews said. Matthews' shop is located near the intersection of Sherwood Forrest Blvd. and Choctaw Drive, right across... more »
  • Trump says he'll release new health information

    September 13, 2016 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump says he's planning to release detailed health information from a new physical exam in the coming days. The Republican nominee told "Fox and Friends" that he had a physical examination last week. He said he expects a report this week and he'll "be releasing very, very... more »
  • Tullier family selects Texas hospital for rehabilitation

    September 12, 2016 9:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eventually, injured East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier will be admitted into a Texas rehab facility, his father told WBRZ News 2 Monday. The family just learned the news earlier in the evening. Tullier's transfer from Our Lady of the Lake hospital in Baton... more »
  • Hillary Clinton's health re-emerges as issue in '16 campaign

    September 11, 2016 4:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton's stumbling as she left Sunday's 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City has put her health at the forefront of the presidential campaign. Clinton -who's 68 - and Republican rival Donald Trump - who's 70 - are among the oldest major party nominees ever. And they've... more »
  • CDC Director: Just a few weeks' of Zika funding remain

    September 9, 2016 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the government's fight against the Zika virus says that "we are now essentially out of money" and warns that the country is "about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly" in the coming months. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden... more »
  • LSU seeks new hospitals to train doctors in north Louisiana

    September 2, 2016 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is shopping around for new health care deals in north Louisiana. The university system wants to move some of its doctors-in-training to more hospitals in the region because its relationship with the operator of the state-owned hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe continues to deteriorate. University System... more »
  • Louisiana retains worst adult obesity rate in 2015

    September 2, 2016 9:38 AM

    It was another year of too much jambalaya and crawfish pie for Louisianans, with new government data showing they remain the nation's fattest. More than 36 percent of Louisiana's adults were obese in 2015, higher than any other state. Louisiana's rate didn't change from 2014. An advocacy group, the Trust... more »
  • Family says Nick Tullier responding to doctor's commands

    August 30, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In what may be the largest proof of a miracle yet, family members of injured sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier reported he is responding to some verbal commands. The news comes just a few days after Tullier's father, James, discussed his son's condition in an exclusive interview... more »
  • Officials: Zika spread through sex by man with no symptoms

    August 26, 2016 3:02 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. health officials are reporting the first case of Zika spread through sex by a man with no symptoms of the disease. In earlier cases of sexual transmission, the virus was spread by someone who at some point had symptoms. Zika is mainly spread by mosquitoes, and... more »
  • Blue Cross, Blue Shield eases some restrictions

    August 25, 2016 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, has relaxed some restrictions to ensure that customers affected by the recent flooding can get health care, medicine and medical supplies. The company said in a news release Blue Cross is expanding its more extensive Preferred Care PPO... more »
  • Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

    August 11, 2016 9:57 AM

    HOLMDEL, N.J. - It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there's little proof that flossing works. Still, the federal government, dental organizations and manufacturers of floss have pushed the practice for decades. Dentists provide samples to... more »
  • Florida Blvd health unit reopens Wednesday

    August 10, 2016 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Health officials announced Wednesday that services at the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit on Florida Blvd. have resumed. According to the Department of Health, the unit was closed on July 7 after receiving a report of mold throughout the building. Regional Medical Director Mr.... more »
  • Americans to drink more bottled water than soda this year

    August 5, 2016 9:56 AM

    Perhaps it's a sign of Americans' increasing concern with health, a growing laziness about filling a water bottle at the tap, or even a fear of tap water contamination. But Americans are this year for the first time expected to purchase more bottled water than traditional carbonated sodas. ... more »
  • Parks behind big jump in trampoline injuries, study says

    August 1, 2016 7:44 PM

    Injuries at trampoline parks have soared in recent years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Trampoline injuries lead to nearly 100,000 emergency room visits a year, according to estimates from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. The majority of the injuries... more »
  • Refunds due to 1,500 retirees in state insurance program

    August 1, 2016 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 1,500 people in Louisiana's health insurance program for state workers, public school employees and retirees have been overcharged for their coverage and are due refunds. That's the word from Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, which has released the preliminary findings of an audit of the Office... more »
  • 5 new Zika cases announced in Louisiana

    July 27, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of Zika virus cases in Louisiana is growing with health officials reporting five new cases in the state. All of the people infected reported they got the virus while traveling. Now, they're being treated in Louisiana. The newly announced cases bring the total... more »
  • Man hospitalized with flesh-eating bacteria shows signs of recovery Play Video

    June 29, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man from East Baton Rouge hospitalized after getting sick from potential bacteria in the water off the coast of Mississippi is breathing on his own, family members told WBRZ Thursday morning. WBRZ.com was first to report about Dick Empson and the flesh-eating bacteria illness that... more »
  • Health officials preparing for any locally transmitted Zika

    June 29, 2016 1:12 PM

    HOUSTON - Public health officials in Texas have spent months preparing for what they are certain will be at least some locally transmitted cases of mosquito-borne Zika. Major Texas cities have sophisticated mosquito screening programs and years of dealing with other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue and West Nile virus. But... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: inside look of LSU fire Play Video

    June 10, 2016 7:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Clean-up crews will work through the weekend at the LSU Student Health Center. A fire ruined the front half of the building Thursday night. The blaze started in an office and spread to the main lobby where a large clock on the wall was melted. The clock... more »

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