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  • Heart screenings can save young athletes' lives check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Women's Health Day and Retreat check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 12, 2015 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- This week is national Women's Health Week and Senator Sharon Weston Broome and the Louisiana Center for Health Equity are hosting a rally and health summit in recognition of women everywhere. The rally is being held on the steps of the State Capitol and will include women... more »
  • $3.5 million in federal funds given to 6 La. health centers

    May 6, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Six Louisiana health centers have been awarded $3.5 million in federal funds. The centers will use the funding from the Affordable Care Act to provide primary health care services in needy communities. Two community health centers in New Orleans and one in Clinton are among the six... more »
  • New health clinic to help those affected by oil spill

    May 3, 2015 4:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A pediatrics clinic and a general care clinic in eastern New Orleans are joining in a new $2.3 million building with a goal of serving communities hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Project coordinator Julie Hoang says many people in the area lost shrimp... more »
  • Blues legend B.B. King reports he's in hospice at Vegas home

    May 1, 2015 5:40 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Blues legend B.B. King is telling fans he's in hospice care at home in Las Vegas. The 89-year-old musician posted thanks to fans on his official website Friday for well-wishes and prayers. Las Vegas police Officer Jesse Roybal says an ambulance was summoned Thursday to King's address... more »
  • 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 30, 2015 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE- There are four major elements that the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge want to see in our community: mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic development. Next week, the organization will be honoring individuals who embody all of that. This morning, Donna Saurage and John Smith... more »
  • Senate and House health committees reject Medicaid expansion check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2015 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program so the working poor could get government-funded health insurance. The Senate health care committee voted 5-3 Wednesday against a coverage expansion bill proposed by Bogalusa Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat. A few hours later, the House health care... more »
  • Ethics law rules health chief's husband can't take promotion

    April 18, 2015 5:49 PM

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

    April 14, 2015 12:25 PM

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

    April 7, 2015 3:21 PM

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

    March 31, 2015 7:48 AM

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

    March 30, 2015 10:17 PM

    CLINTON - Classes were canceled for the next two days, effectively starting spring break earlier than usual for students at Silliman Institute. As many as 18 students are exhibiting symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting and could have E. coli. This weekend , state health leaders said at least one... more »
  • An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says

    March 30, 2015 10:18 AM

    CHICAGO - An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to new research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples. The findings underscore that it takes more than just one kind of food to... more »
  • DHH investigating illness outbreak at school, possibly E. coli

    March 27, 2015 11:03 PM

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

    March 26, 2015 12:28 PM

    NEW YORK - Americans bought less soda for the tenth straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday. An annual report by the industry tracker Beverage Digest found that overall soda volume slipped 0.9 percent last year, moderating from... more »
  • Congressional Budget Office: Medicare doc bill cost $214B

    March 25, 2015 1:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the bipartisan House deal protecting doctors from steep cuts in Medicare fees would cost $214 billion over the coming decade. In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the budget office says $141 billion of those costs would come from increasing federal... more »
  • With ER closing soon, urgent care facilities expand hours check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 23, 2015 7:36 AM

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

    March 19, 2015 2:52 AM

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

    March 18, 2015 2:52 PM

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

    March 15, 2015 1:45 PM

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

    March 13, 2015 2:53 AM

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

    March 12, 2015 8:11 AM

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

    March 11, 2015 12:57 PM

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

    March 9, 2015 10:55 PM

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

    February 27, 2015 7:58 AM

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

    February 27, 2015 7:40 AM

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

    February 26, 2015 8:19 AM

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

    February 25, 2015 8:22 AM

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

    February 23, 2015 11:32 AM

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

    February 23, 2015 2:27 AM

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

    February 19, 2015 10:11 AM

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

    February 18, 2015 6:01 PM

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

    February 13, 2015 11:25 AM

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

    February 10, 2015 3:19 PM

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

    February 10, 2015 3:44 AM

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

    February 9, 2015 7:43 AM

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

    February 5, 2015 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Even though this is purple and gold, blue and gold, and green and gold country, it's time to drag the red out of the back of your closet. Friday is "Go Red for Women" Day. "Every minute in this country, a woman dies of heart-related disease,"... more »
  • 148,000 sign up for coverage through federal marketplace

    February 5, 2015 3:27 AM

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

    February 5, 2015 3:25 AM

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

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... more »
  • The truth about testosterone check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 29, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Men showing similar symptoms to depression may actually have low testosterone levels. It's natural for men's testosterone levels to decline over time, but sometimes it can cause extreme fatigue, the inability to sleep and low libido. "I just had no energy at all, I was just... more »
  • Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs

    January 26, 2015 5:29 AM

    CHICAGO, IL - The nation's leading pediatricians have concluded that medical marijuana is generally not for kids, but they also support more research. The American Academy of Pediatrics' revised policy statement says that with virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm... more »
  • More than 126,000 La. residents enrolled for health coverage

    January 14, 2015 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal health officials say more than 126,000 Louisiana residents have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, saying 126,454 people in the state had selected an insurance plan by last week.... more »
  • Pennington targets diabetes in African American men Play Video

    January 7, 2015 8:20 AM

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

    January 6, 2015 7:54 AM

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

    January 5, 2015 6:28 PM

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

    January 4, 2015 10:23 AM

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

    January 2, 2015 12:48 PM

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

    December 30, 2014 2:25 AM

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

    December 29, 2014 7:17 PM

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

    December 23, 2014 5:15 PM

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

    December 19, 2014 2:39 PM

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

    December 15, 2014 7:36 AM

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

    December 2, 2014 7:32 PM

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

    November 19, 2014 1:55 PM

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

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