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  • Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group reopens pre-flood location

    January 16, 2017 12:27 PM

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

    January 13, 2017 10:27 AM

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

    January 12, 2017 10:33 AM

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

    January 12, 2017 10:28 AM

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

    January 2, 2017 10:15 AM

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

    December 29, 2016 6:21 PM

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

    December 28, 2016 4:03 PM

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

    December 24, 2016 11:41 PM

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

    December 24, 2016 11:29 AM

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

    December 15, 2016 11:42 PM

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

    December 14, 2016 11:33 PM

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

    December 14, 2016 4:46 PM

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

    December 13, 2016 11:19 AM

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

    December 8, 2016 7:01 PM

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

    December 7, 2016 3:06 PM

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

    November 29, 2016 6:22 PM

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

    November 28, 2016 10:05 PM

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

    November 26, 2016 1:39 PM

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

    November 23, 2016 9:21 AM

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

    November 10, 2016 9:04 PM

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

    October 31, 2016 5:05 PM

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

    October 24, 2016 8:21 PM

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

    October 22, 2016 9:01 PM

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

    October 17, 2016 12:49 PM

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

    October 15, 2016 11:28 AM

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

    October 10, 2016 11:39 AM

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

    October 9, 2016 11:37 AM

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

    October 5, 2016 11:51 PM

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

    October 4, 2016 6:07 PM

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

    September 15, 2016 9:46 PM

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

    September 13, 2016 11:33 AM

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

    September 12, 2016 9:59 PM

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

    September 11, 2016 4:50 PM

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

    September 9, 2016 11:33 AM

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

    September 2, 2016 9:49 AM

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

    September 2, 2016 9:38 AM

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

    August 30, 2016 4:35 PM

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

    August 26, 2016 3:02 PM

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

    August 25, 2016 10:59 AM

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

    August 11, 2016 9:57 AM

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

    August 10, 2016 4:37 PM

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

    August 5, 2016 9:56 AM

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

    August 1, 2016 7:44 PM

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

    August 1, 2016 12:33 PM

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

    July 27, 2016 4:46 PM

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

    June 29, 2016 4:53 PM

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

    June 29, 2016 1:12 PM

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

    June 10, 2016 7:13 PM

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

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