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  • BR man in ICU, sick with flesh-eating bacteria Play Video

    June 29, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Family members are praying for a miracle after a man in his 60's contracted flesh-eating bacteria while vacationing in Mississippi last week. Family members created an internet fundraising campaign for Dick Empson after he was admitted to the hospital Monday. Empson's niece, Elizabeth Daggett, told WBRZ... 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 »
  • Advisers urge easier access to treatment for hearing loss

    June 2, 2016 12:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hearing loss is a growing public health problem that can leave older adults socially isolated and even increase the risk of dementia. Now, a prestigious government advisory group is calling for changes to make getting treated less of pricey hassle. One proposal would allow some simple... more »
  • FDA pressuring food industry to make foods less salty

    June 1, 2016 9:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty. It is proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The proposed guidelines are voluntary, so the industry won't... more »
  • Senate gives final OK to patient caregiver bill

    May 25, 2016 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to give people more information about how to properly care for patients who are discharged from the hospital has received final legislative passage. The Senate sent the measure to the governor's desk with a 37-0 vote Wednesday. Gov. John Bel Edwards supports the bill and... more »
  • Health department withdraws ethics request on Medicaid plan

    May 18, 2016 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health department is withdrawing a request for the ethics board to determine if donations helping to pay for the roll-out of Gov. John Bel Edwards' Medicaid expansion comply with state ethics laws. A private foundation is collecting donations from health providers to help cover the health... more »
  • Louisiana lawmakers boost wait for an abortion to 72 hours

    May 11, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will become the sixth state to make women wait three days before they can have an abortion after meeting with the doctor. Lawmakers in the House gave final passage Wednesday to the mandatory 72-hour waiting period. The 83-0 vote sends the bill to Gov. John Bel... more »
  • McDonald's plans to introduce new 'clean-label' McNuggets

    April 27, 2016 9:54 AM

    PORTLAND, Ore. - McDonald’s says they’re testing a new “cleaner-label” version of its long-standing menu favorite, the Chicken McNugget. The revamped nugs, which contain 32 individual ingredients, are expected to roll out nationwide ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics. So far, the McNuggets have been tested since early... more »
  • Health department revamps Medicaid expansion hiring plan

    April 11, 2016 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is reworking its approach to hiring the staff needed to handle his Medicaid expansion effort after getting pushback from lawmakers. The agency initially proposed adding nearly 250 new workers to handle enrollment of the thousands of people expected to qualify for Medicaid... more »
  • Grand Isle sunbather struck by police truck on beach

    April 8, 2016 7:10 AM

    GRAND ISLE- A woman sunbathing on a beach in Grand Isle has been hospitalized after authorities say she was run over by a police officer in a marked patrol truck. Multiple media outlets report that two women were sunbathing on the beach on Thursday afternoon when a Grand Isle officer... more »
  • Officials confirm two new Zika Virus cases in La.

    April 6, 2016 1:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials notified the Center for Disease Control Wednesday of two new cases of Zika virus in Louisiana. According to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, two Louisiana residents who recently traveled to the Caribbean and South America were found to have the virus. Both... more »
  • DHH: Donaldsonville residents shouldn't drink water until further notice

    March 22, 2016 9:03 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals notified the Peoples Water System in Donaldsonville that it must immediately alter how it treats drinking water. The directive comes after an inspection revealed elevated levels of chlorine dioxide in the system. Residents are also warned NOT to drink the... more »
  • Establishing good dental health for infants Play Video

    February 25, 2016 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local pediatrician Dr. Mindy Calandro stopped by News 2 at 4 Thursday with some general guidelines for parents who wish to establish good dental health for their infants. Fluoride and Your Child : Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in many foods, and... more »
  • CDC confirms presumption Zika virus is in La.

    February 25, 2016 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Centers for Disease Control confirmed the presumption that two people ill in Louisiana were infected with the Zika virus. Earlier this month , the state health department announced two people were ill and they were believed to have Zika. The individuals, who were not named,... more »
  • Foundation to build Devon Gales, family a new home Play Video

    February 25, 2016 10:03 AM

    ATHENS, Georgia - In his last public appearance before returning to Baton Rouge next week, Southern University football player Devon Gales met with the opposing team from the game that changed his life. ( LIVE STREAM HAS ENDED; WATCH REPORTS ON NEWS 2 BROADCASTS TODAY ) The... more »
  • Flu vaccine more effective this year; milder season so far

    February 24, 2016 3:14 PM

    NEW YORK - The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year. Preliminary data suggest it is 59 percent effective. That's a big improvement from last winter's nasty flu season when the vaccine was less than 20 percent effective. Unlike last year's vaccine, this year's is a... more »
  • Town hall to address north Baton Rouge issues Play Video

    February 18, 2016 11:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks hosted a town hall meeting Thursday to talk about improving the economic well-being of north Baton Rouge. The meeting was moderated by Gary Chambers, co-owner of The Rouge Collection. Town hall panelists include Sen. Regina Barrow, Adam Knapp of the Baton Rouge... more »
  • Republicans urge Obama to use Ebola funds to fight Zika

    February 18, 2016 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Top House Republicans say the fastest way for President Barack Obama to obtain money to combat the spread of the Zika virus is to tap leftover funding from the 2014 battle against Ebola. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and other senior panel members told White House budget... more »
  • Study: Right gut bacteria may protect against malnutrition

    February 18, 2016 1:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - New research suggests manipulating what kinds of bacteria live in the gut might lead to a new way to treat children suffering chronic malnutrition. The right bugs appear to help in getting the most out of a poor diet. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis... more »
  • Sleep deprivation, the lasting effects on your body Play Video

    February 11, 2016 9:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Considering the average person sleeps one third of their life, it's safe to say sleep plays an important role in one's daily activities. Sleep is a way to recharge and heal the body at the end of a busy day. Continuous sleep deprivation is linked to... more »
  • Drop-off old, unwanted prescriptions at newly installed disposal boxes Play Video

    February 10, 2016 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Secure boxes have been installed at area police and sheriff headquarters in an effort to curb prescription drug abuse. "T here is a misconception that just because it's prescribed by a doctor, that makes it safe," Kandyce Cowart, the manager of federal investigations at Blue Cross/Blue... more »
  • Tips to getting the sleep you need

    February 10, 2016 5:52 PM

  • Alabama health agency confirms first Zika case in state

    February 10, 2016 1:15 PM

    MONTGOMERY - Alabama health officials say they've confirmed the first travel-related case of the Zika virus in the state. The Alabama Department of Public Health issued a statement Wednesday saying a resident of Morgan County in the Tennessee Valley tested positive for the virus. Acting State Health Officer Tom Miller... more »
  • Local health providers address Zika concern Play Video

    February 2, 2016 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local health providers say their phones have been ringing off the hook as word about the Zika virus spreads. "We have gotten a lot of questions from our clients, pregnant women and families in Baton Rouge regarding the Zika virus," said Dana Brewer, a certified nurse... more »
  • Gov: health dept working with St Joseph on murky tap water

    February 1, 2016 7:34 PM

    ST. JOSEPH - Gov. John Bel Edwards says he's told Louisiana's health department to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fix whatever is making tap water a murky brown in the town of St. Joseph. He says the Department of Health and Hospitals is helping the city... more »
  • Thousands of disabled children could lose health services Play Video

    January 28, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kodi Wilson has a special way of talking to her son Braden. She runs her fingers through his blonde curls while he hums back at her. Braden can't talk or sit up or even grasp his mother's hand. He has a rare disorder known as Leigh's Disease... more »
  • DHH says cuts could be 'catastrophic' to Medicaid patients Play Video

    January 27, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals said on Wednesday that $131 million in cuts which could come from midyear budget negotiations could be "catastrophic" for those who rely on Medicaid. DHH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee said they submitted their plan Wednesday for how to spread the... more »
  • Zika case detected in Arkansas traveler

    January 26, 2016 2:06 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The Arkansas Department of Health says a person who recently traveled out of the United States has tested positive for the Zika virus. The department says that the person has a mild case of Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes and is suspected of causing a... more »
  • Bipartisan bill revises healthier meal standards in schools

    January 18, 2016 3:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Senate bill released Monday would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in what they serve. School nutrition directors and first lady Michelle Obama could be headed for a truce on healthier meal standards for the... more »
  • Though Medicaid expansion likely, Jindal calls it bad idea

    December 14, 2015 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says his health department leaders aren't readying the agency for a Medicaid expansion, though his successor has made that one of his top priorities. The Republican governor said Monday he continues to think expanding the Medicaid program to provide government-funded insurance coverage to... more »
  • Trump's doctor declares GOP candidate is in excellent health

    December 14, 2015 2:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has released a letter from his physician declaring the Republican presidential candidate is in excellent health. The letter form Dr. Jacob Bornstein of Lenox Hill Hospital states that Trump has suffered no significant medical problems over the last 39 years. It claims his only surgery was... more »
  • Chemist claims new coffee offers heart benefit of red wine

    December 14, 2015 1:51 PM

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - A University of New Hampshire chemist says he's developed a coffee that provides the same benefits to the heart as red wine. The Portsmouth Herald reports Glen Miller infused Arabica coffee beans with resveratrol, the natural antioxidant found in the skins of grapes used to make... more »
  • Former city leader experienced heart attack at fire station

    December 11, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former metro councilman and mayoral candidate Mike Walker is recovering from heart surgery, a spokesperson said in a statement. Walker attributed his recovery to the quick response of first responders at the East Side Fire Department on Old Hammond Highway. In November, Walker was driving near... more »
  • Report: La. spends fraction on anti-smoking initiatives

    December 9, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new report finds Louisiana is doing a poor job of funding tobacco cessation and prevention programs. According to a national report issued Tuesday by a coalition of public health organizations, found that tobacco companies spend $32 promoting use of their product for every $1 Louisiana spends to... more »
  • Senators seek plan to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program

    December 7, 2015 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State senators are asking Louisiana's health department to draw up a Medicaid expansion proposal within weeks, as they ready for a new governor who wants to tap into that provision of the federal health care law. Lawmakers have repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion plans, siding with Republican Gov.... more »
  • Edwin Edwards admitted to hospital with pneumonia

    November 25, 2015 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's most infamous politician was admitted into an area hospital for pneumonia, a source close to the family revealed Wednesday. Doctors were treating Edwin Edwards with antibiotics. Edwards' condition quickly improved, WBRZ learned. Sources said the former governor has already returned to his witty self, asking... more »
  • St. Vincent de Paul expecting to help more homeless this year

    November 18, 2015 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. Vincent de Paul is expecting to have to help a larger number of people this year as the weather gets cooler. "When those cold nights take off in the coming weeks, I really think our numbers are going to surpass what we served last year. And... more »
  • FDA clears first new tobacco products under federal pathway

    November 10, 2015 2:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first new tobacco products for the U.S. market, under a system authorized more than 5 years ago. The agency says it cleared the sale of eight snus, or teabag-like pouches of loose tobacco, from Swedish Match. Snus are popular... more »
  • No source found for E. coli; Chipotle could reopen midweek

    November 10, 2015 3:47 AM

    SEATTLE- Washington state health officials say they have found no source for the E. coli outbreak related to Chipotle and the chain's Pacific Northwest restaurants could reopen later this week. Washington state epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist says all the tests of food from Chipotle stores in Washington and Oregon came... more »
  • Study: Even the normal-weight should watch that apple shape

    November 9, 2015 2:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - A pot belly can be a bad thing - even if you're not considered overweight. New research suggests normal-weight people who carry their fat at their waistlines may be at higher risk of death over the years than overweight or obese people whose fat is more concentrated... more »
  • 'Happiness advantage' over age 39 is vanishing, study finds

    November 5, 2015 4:54 PM

    Are you happy? Very happy? If you're in your 30s or older, a new study has found that you're less likely to answer "yes" than your parents were. The findings, published online today in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, come on the heels of another recent... more »
  • Tulane looking for flu shot study participants

    November 4, 2015 3:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Researchers at Tulane University in New Orleans are looking for volunteers to study why certain flu vaccines do not work well for some people. Researchers announced Wednesday that Tulane University’s School of Medicine will study some local residents to determine how inflammation can affect the way... more »
  • More cases of E. coli in Washington, Oregon expected

    November 1, 2015 2:49 PM

    SEATTLE - Health officials expect the number of people sickened by an E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon to grow while they investigate the cause of the infection. As of Friday, three people in the Portland area and 19 people in western Washington had... more »
  • Sanofi recalls all pen injectors used for allergic reactions

    October 28, 2015 6:23 PM

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - Sanofi is recalling hundreds of thousands of epinephrine injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions because they may not deliver the correct amount of the life-saving drug. The recall includes all Auvi-Q injections currently on the U.S. market, or roughly 490,000 packs of the devices, the company... more »
  • American Cancer Society says start mammograms at 45, not 40

    October 20, 2015 11:14 AM

    CHICAGO - The American Cancer Society is revising its advice on when women should start getting mammograms and how often. The updated guidelines recommend annual breast cancer screenings at age 45 instead of 40 and switching to every other year at age 55. The update moves the society... more »
  • Parents warned truant kids could lead to jail Play Video

    October 6, 2015 12:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Truancy officials will start warning parents about children missing too many school days. Monday, the sheriff's office truancy division announced parents and guardians of students who have missed at least ten days of school will need to meet with a truancy officer. Parents who ignore the... more »
  • Clinton area water system issues boil advisory

    October 5, 2015 11:29 PM

    CLINTON - Water officials issued a boil order late Monday night. The order is for people in Water District 7 and includes Highway 961 between Highway 10 and Rist Road, all of McConnell Lane and Cox Lane. The order only impacts a few dozen homes in the area. ... more »
  • Clinton calls for repeal of health care law's 'Cadillac tax'

    September 29, 2015 6:30 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for the repeal of part of President Barack Obama's health care law, the so-called "Cadillac tax" on health insurance that's unpopular with large corporations and unions alike. Critics say it will raise costs for consumers, while supporters see it as a... more »
  • Study: Breast cancer detection not better with computer aid

    September 28, 2015 12:48 PM

    CHICAGO - New research says computer-assisted detection used in most U.S. mammograms adds no benefit to women. The technique uses special software to highlight suspicious areas on mammogram images that radiologists reading the scans may have missed. Doctors take another look before making a determination. Screening mammograms are... more »
  • Program designed to help with new health cooperatives fails

    September 28, 2015 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal program designed to aid federally created health plans such as the Louisiana Health Cooperative Inc. instead became the final nail in the ailing nonprofit's coffin. Louisiana Health - taken over by state regulators on Sept. 1 - was one of 23 plans created nationally under the... more »
  • Clinton aims to tackle out-of-pocket health care costs

    September 23, 2015 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton is proposing ways to lessen the burden of surprise medical bills for Americans covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. The Democratic presidential candidate says she would require plans to provide three sick visits a year without counting toward a patient's annual deductible.... more »
  • First rain, now heat as Tigers try to play at home this season

    September 19, 2015 12:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The hottest ticket in town Saturday will be to the LSU vs. Auburn match in Tiger Stadium – literally. WBRZ weather experts predict air temperatures to be between 92 and 94 degrees from the start of the game to halftime. That could push temperatures in the... more »
  • Laptop with children's information stolen from LSU Health professor

    September 15, 2015 4:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - LSU officials said Tuesday that a laptop with 5,000 children's personal health information on it was stolen this past July from a professor at the New Orleans School of Medicine. LSU Health Science Center New Orleans said the laptop was taken from a car belonging to... more »
  • Heart screenings can save young athletes' lives Play Video

    August 20, 2015 6:07 PM

    B ATON ROUGE - Local pediatrician Dr. Mindy Calandro dropped by the station Thursday to bring a quick reminder to parents about the continued importance of getting check-ups for kids ahead of yet another new school year. The doctor says these physical examinations are especially important for kids that... more »
  • Men and women now have their own blue and pink pills

    August 18, 2015 8:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - The FDA approved the first-of-its kind drug for women that rivals Viagra Tuesday. But, the safety restrictions associated with the new drug Addyi might keep it from being used as widespread as the "little blue pill." The Associated Press reported, the new drug's label will carry a... more »
  • Mercury, PCBs prompt warning about Devil's Bayou Play Video

    August 13, 2015 4:53 PM

    Ed. note - As is said and shown in the story, the fish in Billy Whetstone's market do not and never have come from Devil's Swamp. BATON ROUGE - Louisiana agencies say nobody should eat fish or crawfish from Devil's Swamp and Bayou Baton Rouge, or swim or boat... more »
  • Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

    August 13, 2015 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under the health care law even after the official enrollment season ended. That helped push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscored how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the... more »
  • BESE approves plan to make childcare more affordable Play Video

    August 12, 2015 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some federal dollars will now be used in Louisiana to help parents in need save hundreds of dollars on child care each year. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved additional federal funding for child care assistance this week. The money will be used to... more »
  • Officials talk water quality after amoeba scare Play Video

    August 12, 2015 12:00 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A crowded room of people learned more about the brain-eating amoeba that was found in their water system two weeks ago. Water system officials and scientists from the Department of Health and Hospitals talked about the process to eradicate the amoeba from the system. They reiterated, the... more »
  • Number of vaccinations up in La., still below average Play Video

    August 11, 2015 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of vaccinated 2-year-olds has gone up in Louisiana, but the state still remains under the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2009, 56.9 percent of 2-year-olds were vaccinated in Louisiana. That percentage grew to more than 71 percent in 2013. However,... more »
  • Strep's evolution may provide clues for developing a vaccine

    August 10, 2015 4:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have increased. Now researchers have uncovered how some strains of this bug evolved to become more aggressive. The bacterial sleuthing may offer clues for developing... more »
  • Appeals court upholds charges against former health chief

    August 7, 2015 12:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state appeals court has ruled the grand jury testimony of former state health secretary Bruce Greenstein should not have been made public. But the court upheld a judge's decision against throwing out part of Greenstein's perjury indictment. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal said Thursday... more »
  • Hepatitis increasingly goes hand in hand with heroin abuse

    August 7, 2015 11:40 AM

    MACHIAS, Maine - Public health agencies and drug treatment centers nationwide are scrambling to catch up with a dramatic rise in hepatitis C they believe stems, at least in part, from growing heroin use. Hepatitis C affects about 3 million Americans. The number of acute cases grew by more than... more »
  • FDA lays out extra steps to clean scopes linked to outbreaks

    August 4, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are laying out extra safety measures that hospitals can take to clean specialized medical scopes that have been linked to sometimes deadly bacterial outbreaks across the U.S. However, Food and Drug Administration officials acknowledge that not all hospitals have the staff, expertise and resources to... more »
  • Dr. Mindy Calandro on brain-eating amoeba Play Video

    July 29, 2015 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Health officials recently identified a brain-eating amoeba in Ascension Parish’s water supply. Now, a lot of Louisiana residents are wondering how it’s going to affect them. This morning, Dr. Mindy Calandro from the Baton Rouge Clinic stopped by 2une In to give us more information on the... more »
  • Chlorine burn set to start Wednesday night to combat amoeba Play Video

    July 28, 2015 6:11 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Parish officials said a chlorine burn will begin in the evening hours of Wednesday to combat a brain-eating amoeba found in a portion of Ascension Parish's water supply. Officials said chlorine pumps would be set up Wednesday morning at Ascension Consolidated Utility District 1, which serves around... more »
  • Theater shooting: No red flags reported at time of gun sale

    July 28, 2015 11:42 AM

    CARROLLTON - John Russell Houser's mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean, the pawn shop said, with no red flags raised... more »
  • Ozone alert declared in the Baton Rouge region

    July 28, 2015 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state Department of Environmental Quality has declared an ozone action day because air pollution could get high enough in the afternoon to cause health problems for some people in the Baton Rouge region. Parishes involved in the Tuesday's alert include East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville,... more »
  • Houser never involuntarily committed or blocked from buying gun

    July 27, 2015 10:15 PM

    ATLANTA - Monday night, it became clear why Lafayette movie theater shooter John Houser was able to buy the gun used to kill two people and wound nine others: he was never involuntarily committed to a mental institution, thus making him eligible to purchase a firearm. Yahoo! posted through... more »
  • Added sugar: Proposed food label would say how much to eat

    July 24, 2015 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - Are you eating too much added sugar? The nutrition facts label may one day help figure that out. The government is proposing that food labels include the percentage of your recommended daily intake of added sugars - the "percent daily value." The Food and Drug Administration proposed an... more »
  • Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water

    July 23, 2015 9:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State health officials say a potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba has been discovered in the St. Bernard Parish Water System at the site of a leaking sampling station that serves more than 44,000 people. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals notified the water system and parish officials Wednesday... more »
  • Studies: Better sleep may be important for Alzheimer's risk

    July 20, 2015 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - New research suggests poor sleep may increase people's risk of Alzheimer's disease, by spurring a brain-clogging gunk that in turn further interrupts shut-eye. Enough sleep is important for good health generally, but a series of studies presented Monday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference suggests another reason to... more »
  • One sick in Capital Region with West Nile

    July 17, 2015 9:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Someone living in the Capital Region is one of two people ill with neuroinvasive West Nile. The Department of Health and Hospitals released generic information about the patient Friday. The state never provides specific information about a sick person's location, only the health region where they... more »
  • DHH asks parents to ensure vaccinations are current

    July 16, 2015 6:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- With the beginning of a new school year quickly approaching, state health regulators are urging parents to make sure their children have received all required vaccinations. State officials say Louisiana law requires children, ages 4 or older and entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten or Head Start programs, to have proof... more »
  • Colorado rejects PTSD as ailment eligible for medical pot

    July 15, 2015 3:38 PM

    DENVER - Colorado's Board of Health has voted against adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with medical marijuana. The 6-2 vote Wednesday came despite the backing of the state's chief medical officer. The board has voted at least three times against adding PTSD to... more »
  • Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling

    July 8, 2015 4:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Medicare says it plans to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care. That's a turnabout for the idea that sparked accusations of "death panels" and fanned a political furor over President Barack Obama's health care law six years ago. The policy change, effective Jan. 1, was part... more »
  • Appeals court says no A/C needed on La. death row

    July 8, 2015 3:41 PM

    ANGOLA - A federal appeals court said the state prison here does not need to air-condition cells on Death Row, although the state penitentiary needs to provide some relief from the heat for three inmates. The three inmates have high blood pressure and other illnesses, the Associated Press reported... more »
  • Bacteria found in water at most La. beaches, advisories posted

    July 2, 2015 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The most recent sampling of water off Louisiana's coast has found enough bacteria to post advisories at almost every beach along the shoreline. Only eight had no advisory Thursday. Almost twenty were posted with a warning after scientists found some sort of bacteria. When an advisory is... more »
  • 138,000 Louisianians could lose health insurance Play Video

    June 18, 2015 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling on the Affordable Care Act that could leave almost 138,000 people in the Louisiana without health insurance. The conflict is over federal subsidies that help low and middle income people pay for their health insurance. In the... more »
  • Obama administration cracking down on trans fats

    June 16, 2015 7:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is cracking down on artificial trans fats, calling them a threat to public health. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will require food companies to phase them out almost entirely. Consumers aren't likely to notice much of a difference in their favorite... more »
  • La. Senate approves $24.5B budget proposal for next year Play Video

    June 8, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the legislative session in its final days, lawmakers are trying to cobble together a deal on budget and taxes that would protect colleges and public health services. The Senate on Monday approved its version of next year's $24.5 billion budget, which contains at least $200 million... more »
  • Some bracing themselves for health insurance hikes Play Video

    June 3, 2015 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents who buy insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace may see those rates go up. Eight insurance companies which serve the state's individuals and small groups filed proposals for rate increases. Of the 14 plans filed with the state , only one asks... more »
  • Health insurers to increases Affordable Care Act rates

    June 3, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Health insurers covering more than 155,000 Louisiana residents under the Affordable Care Act are planning rate increases ranging from 12 percent to 24 percent in 2016. In records filed with the state Insurance Department, insurers say a number of factors played a role in the higher rates. Humana... more »
  • Health care services sought from senators working on budget

    May 30, 2015 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health care topped the list of requests from people who asked senators to include their needs in Louisiana's $24 billion budget for next year. With money tight and cuts on the horizon, the wants far outweigh the dollars available as the Senate Finance Committee held public testimony... more »
  • Trend of free-standing ER's hitting Baton Rouge region Play Video

    May 20, 2015 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's a new trend nationwide of emergency rooms which aren't connected to larger hospitals, and the only two in Louisiana are both in the Baton Rouge region. The free-standing emergency rooms are open around the clock and have emergency physicians on-site at all times. The first... more »

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