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  • Baton Rouge researcher recognized for obesity studies

    November 1, 2017 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A researcher at one of the country's premiere research facilities based in Baton Rouge has been recognized for his contribution to the study of obesity and ways to fight the health crisis. Dr. Eric Ravussin, Ph.D., received a Lifetime Achievement honor from the Friends of Albert... more »
  • 'Mass illness' sickens hundreds after jambalaya fundraiser Play Video

    October 19, 2017 12:42 PM

    COLUMBIA, Louisiana – Some 200 people are ill in this small community south of Monroe and health officials are trying to figure out what caused everyone to get sick. The situation has been described as a “mass illness” by local news. People started feeling ill Monday, authorities said. ... more »
  • Southern hires Lafayette-based company for marijuana grow operation

    September 22, 2017 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern University selected Lafayette-based Advanced Biomedics, LLC, to handle its marijuana cultivation and production. Southern and LSU were assigned the state's marijuana grow operation. “...We are excited about the opportunity to enter into this venture that has the potential to bring health benefits to improve... more »
  • Entire town of Greensburg under boil order for water

    August 16, 2017 1:29 PM

    GREENSBURG – This entire St. Helena Parish town is under a boil order as of lunchtime Wednesday. There was a water failure along the water system earlier in the day, prompting the boil order once the water service was restored. The cause of the failure was still being investigated... more »
  • UPDATE: Like a new car, school buildings smelled funny but now cleared for class

    August 8, 2017 11:50 AM

    ST. AMANT – School officials believe an odor in some unused temporary classroom structures was caused by summer heat exacerbating the release of smells associated with new materials. In a note to parents this weekend, the school district said odors smelled inside what's called “T-buildings” at Galvez Middle, Galvez... more »
  • Completing your child's back-to-school health checklist Play Video

    August 3, 2017 8:42 PM

    There are only a few days left before kids go back to school and it's important to make sure they have all they need — including a clean bill of health. Students may need vaccinations or necessary physicals for extra-curricular activities, but little thing such as getting them in... more »
  • 2 ill in both EBR, Livingston with West Nile

    August 3, 2017 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – There are two people sick with the West Nile virus in East Baton Rouge. The state released its most recent count of people ill. In all, 14 people across Louisiana are sick with some form of West Nile. In addition to EBR, there are two... more »
  • McCain to come back to Senate Tuesday

    July 24, 2017 9:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. John McCain is returning to the Senate on Tuesday to vote on GOP health care legislation just days after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. McCain's office made the dramatic announcement late Monday in a brief statement saying he looks forward "to continue... more »
  • Trump jokes about firing Price over Senate vote

    July 24, 2017 9:17 PM

    GLEN JEAN, W.Va. - President Donald Trump has jokingly threatened to fire his health secretary if a crucial vote to repeal "Obamacare" fails. Trump told thousands of Boy Scouts at a national gathering in West Virginia that Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price "better get" the... more »
  • Senate 'Obamacare' repeal vote coming next week

    July 18, 2017 10:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote early next week on trying to move ahead on a straight-up repeal of Barack Obama's health care law. McConnell made the announcement Tuesday night. He says the vote was at the request of President Donald Trump and... more »
  • Mississippi reports 3rd West Nile virus case in human

    July 18, 2017 12:20 PM

    JACKSON - Mississippi health officials report the third human case of West Nile virus this year. The Mississippi State Department of Health says the reported case is in Forrest County, where the state's first confirmed case was located. The other case was in Rankin County. The department... more »
  • Report: Louisiana Congressman Scalise out of ICU

    July 12, 2017 10:27 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise has left the intensive care unit at the hospital where he's been receiving care since he was shot in June. ABC News confirmed his condition Wednesday. Scalise remains hospitalized, though. Rep. Scalise, of New Orleans, was shot on June 14 at... more »
  • Friends, family mourn murdered 18-year-old mother; suspect still at large Play Video

    June 30, 2017 9:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police detectives are investigating the shooting death of an 18-year-old mother that occurred on Scenic Highway Friday night. BRPD said Ananya Crawford, 18, of Baton Rouge was shot multiple times in the upper torso. Family members first confirmed Crawford... more »
  • Driving drunk is not just an issue on the road

    June 30, 2017 8:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Driving drunk is not just an issue on the road. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says agents will look for impaired boat operators as part of Operation Dry Water from Friday through Sunday. Officials say alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction... more »
  • Man dead in shooting on E. Polk Street Play Video

    June 29, 2017 10:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency crews responded to a fatal shooting on E. Polk Street. Baton Rouge Police Department officials say the shooting happened at 620 E. Polk Street near Thomas H. Delpit Drive just after 9 p.m. Police say 37-year-old Donald Ely was shot multiple times and found... more »
  • Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water system

    June 29, 2017 8:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana health officials say a potentially deadly amoeba has been detected in a Terrebonne Parish water system. The Louisiana Department of Health says the presence of Naegleria fowleri has been found in the Schriever Water System. Officials said Thursday the tap water is safe to drink but... more »
  • Smoking ban snuffed out... for now; Council delays making anti-smoking decision Play Video

    June 28, 2017 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A bizarre conversation about banning smoking in bars and restaurants in Baton Rouge was deferred – meaning, it was not decided Wednesday and will instead be discussed later. Casinos expressed issues over the proposal since it was set to ban smoking in gaming facilities, too. Opponents... more »
  • Moldy MHU ruins flood victim's belongings Play Video

    June 23, 2017 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another blow for a flood victim who's manufactured housing unit has become a haven for mold. Monique Commodore says the mold has been festering for a couple weeks. She's watched as the mold has taken over her personal belongings. "More and more mold, everywhere," she... more »
  • Rep. Scalise out of ICU, remains hospitalized after shooting

    June 23, 2017 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Louisiana U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise is out of the intensive care unit at the hospital where he's been since he was shot last week. ABC News confirmed he was out of ICU but still in the hospital. Friday, he was listed in “fair condition.” Scalise,... more »
  • Home health firm to pay investors $43.8M in lawsuit

    June 17, 2017 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A nationwide home health firm has agreed to pay $43.8 million to settle a lawsuit by investors who claim it used Medicare fraud to inflate its bottom line. Shareholders filed the federal lawsuit in 2010 against Amedisys Inc. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and some senior... more »
  • Louisiana rated 48th among states in Kids Count rankings

    June 13, 2017 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana ranked 48th in an annual national assessment of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access. The Kids Count report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization that had Louisiana ranked in the same spot in... more »
  • Louisiana criminal justice revamp edges closer to passage

    May 31, 2017 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards' goal of significantly reducing Louisiana's incarceration rate is closer to reality after some of the package's more controversial proposals passed a tough test. The House criminal justice committee approved three Senate-backed bills Wednesday to expand probation and parole opportunities and shrink sentences for... more »
  • Cassidy receives pushback on health care at town hall

    May 31, 2017 1:14 PM

    COVINGTON - Sen. Bill Cassidy is getting pushback on health care and other issues at a town hall in Louisiana. More than 200 people jammed a meeting hall in Covington, north of New Orleans, on Wednesday to question Cassidy. Dozens more had to wait outside. Cassidy had supporters who applauded... more »
  • Tulane unveiling $1.1M clinic for former pro athletes

    May 22, 2017 1:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tulane Health System has a new $1.1 million clinic for former pro athletes. A news release says its focus is supporting former athletes' health and safety both on and off the field. Former New Orleans Saint Jabari Greer is among people scheduled to speak at Monday's opening... more »
  • Department of Agriculture lifts moratorium on Louisiana's WIC program

    May 16, 2017 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards has announced that the Department of Agriculture has lifted the federal moratorium on the authorization of new vendors in the Louisiana Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. In a statement released Tuesday, the governor said he received a letter... more »
  • UK: 1 in 5 health trusts affected by cyberattack

    May 13, 2017 1:53 PM

    LONDON - Britain's home secretary says about one in five National Health Service trusts have been hit by the international ransomware cyberattack, and that all but six are now back to normal. Speaking Saturday after an emergency government meeting in London, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said 48 out of 248... more »
  • 12-year-old girl first to receive life-changing treatment in Baton Rouge area Play Video

    May 10, 2017 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 12-year-old girl from Central will be the first person in the capitol area to receive a new treatment for her rare disorder. Sydney Donovan suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). It's similar to muscular dystrophy in that it degrades... more »
  • 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 »

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