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  • Quickly reporting cancer complications may boost survival

    June 4, 2017 1:20 PM

    CHICAGO - A study finds that having cancer patients use home computers to report problems like nausea and fatigue surprisingly improved survival, by almost half a year. That's longer than many new cancer drugs do. The online tool was intended as a way for people to regularly report symptoms rather... more »
  • Study: Bullying persists in school, reports of sex crime up

    May 18, 2017 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new study shows that 1 out of every 5 of middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school. And the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade. The study by the National Center... more »
  • Woman burned by bible camp heater awarded $1.4 million

    May 7, 2017 9:22 PM

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - A woman who was severely burned by a propane heater at a Connecticut bible camp has been awarded $1.4 million in a negligence lawsuit. Nicole Andrew was visiting her boyfriend at the Mountain Lake Bible Camp in Warren in January 2014 when her flannel shirt caught... more »
  • Massive Google health study seeks volunteers to give up medical secrets

    April 19, 2017 2:56 PM

    Google's health spinout, Verily, is asking 10,000 Americans for intimate knowledge about their bodies. On Wednesday, Verily published a website announcing the launch of the Baseline Project, a multi-year study expected to cost more than $100 million. Verily says the project will search for clues to predicting heart disease... more »
  • LSU researchers take aim at weather messages on social media

    April 4, 2017 11:18 AM

    The Geography and Anthropology Department at Louisiana State University is conducting research about the use of weather information on social media. This study will collect data from willing survey participants on a state by state basis, around the United States. By taking the time to fill-out a brief survey... more »
  • Study: Baton Rouge drivers spent 36 hours in traffic in 2016

    February 20, 2017 7:46 AM

    DETROIT - When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world. Transportation analytics firm Inrix says drivers in the car-crazy California metropolis spent 104 hours last year in congestion. That beat second-place Moscow at 91 hours and third-place New... more »
  • $700 million yearly boost in road, bridge money proposed to Edwards

    December 13, 2016 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A study group created by Gov. John Bel Edwards is recommending the state spend $700 million more annually on road and bridge work, primarily through tax and fee hikes. The Advocate reports the panel co-chaired by state transportation secretary Shawn Wilson did not specify how much money... more »
  • Study: taking a lot of selfies could be sign of mental health issues

    October 7, 2016 3:11 PM

    ATLANTA - If you are addicted to taking selfie photos, researchers in Thailand say it may mean you are lonely or have mental health problems. Researchers at the National Institute of Development Administration asked 300 students, the majority being between the ages of 21 to 24, to see why... 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 »
  • Phone surveys on hurricane preparedness to begin

    August 1, 2016 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is conducting a study on Hurricane Preparedness. LSU's Stephenson Disaster Management Institute will be conducting a phone survey on individual preparedness actions. The survey will be conducted during August, September and October. The average phone survey will... more »
  • Study: Louisiana has worst school system in America

    August 1, 2016 3:43 PM

    In light of back-to-school season, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016's States with the Best & Worst School Systems. In order to identify the best school systems in America, WalletHub ’s analysts compared the quality of education in the 50 states and the District of... more »
  • LSU law students safe in France after Nice attacks

    July 15, 2016 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All of the 45 LSU Law students that were participating in the study abroad program in France are safe after a truck drove into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations, killing 84 people and injuring many more. Five LSU Law students were in Nice at... more »
  • Transportation study group created by governor begins work

    July 12, 2016 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards told a study group considering ways to tackle Louisiana's more than $12 billion road and bridge work backlog that its work is vitally important to the future of the state. Edwards spoke to the transportation task force, which he created last month, as... more »
  • Report: NFL sought to improperly influence study on brain injuries

    May 23, 2016 1:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - A senior House Democrat has found that National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease. The report by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone says the league tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking the... more »
  • Study: Disciplinary spanking increases childhood defiance, mental health issues

    April 26, 2016 12:43 PM

    Researchers at the Universities of Texas and Michigan have found that spanking as a form of punishment only makes children more likely to be defiant and aggressive. The results of extensive analysis were published in the April edition of the Journal of Family Psychology. It was based on five... more »
  • Report: Hawaii leads nation in getting too little sleep

    February 18, 2016 6:36 PM

    NEW YORK - Tired of hearing that more than a third of U.S. adults don't get enough sleep? Here's something new: a government report about which states get the most sack time. It says South Dakota has the largest proportion of residents who get at least seven hours of... more »
  • State to study Iberia Parish railroad crossing where 5 died

    February 4, 2016 11:20 AM

    NEW IBERIA - State officials are reviewing an Iberia Parish railroad crossing where five people were killed almost two months ago. The La. 88 railroad intersection study is expected to take about two months, and will help determine if any additional traffic measures are needed for the area, according... more »
  • Tulane looking for flu shot study participants

    November 4, 2015 3:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Researchers at Tulane University in New Orleans are looking for volunteers to study why certain flu vaccines do not work well for some people. Researchers announced Wednesday that Tulane University’s School of Medicine will study some local residents to determine how inflammation can affect the way... more »
  • Study: 6 in 10 fliers around BTR not using airport

    November 3, 2015 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An impact study commissioned by the Baton Rouge Regional Airport found that 60 out of every 100 fliers living near it are going elsewhere to catch their flights. The study by Baton Rouge-based consulting firm Emergent Method found those passengers, called "leakage" in the air travel... more »
  • Study: 1 in 4 college women report unwanted sexual contact

    September 21, 2015 4:27 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - At a time when colleges and universities are under pressure to combat sexual assault, a new survey offers a sharper picture of just how widespread the problem is. Of the 150,000 female students who responded to a survey of undergraduate woman, nearly a quarter said they had... more »
  • LSU: Feral hogs cause at least $30M damage to La. farms

    July 13, 2015 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A study by the LSU AgCenter finds feral hogs have caused at least $30 million in damage to crops on Louisiana farms in 2013. AgCenter economist Shaun Tanger has been gathering data for more than a year from Louisiana farmers about hog activity and damage, which ranges... more »
  • Address errors slowing emergency response Play Video

    May 20, 2015 7:11 PM

    NEW ROADS - Nearly half the people in Pointe Coupee Parish don't have their address properly labeled, according to a recent study conducted by LSU. Emergency responders say it slows their response times and puts lives in danger. "In our line of work the seconds add up to... more »
  • Another DOTD study to generate I-10 corridor solutions Play Video

    April 22, 2015 9:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Transportation and Development has re-opened discussion to find a solution to traffic issues along the I-10 corridor. The state is asking drivers to take part in a study to help determine the feasibility of improvements to I-10 in the Baton Rouge area. The... more »
  • Film industry pushing its own study of La. tax break program

    April 6, 2015 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fighting to keep its tax break program from being gutted, the film industry is circulating a rosier economic analysis of the program's impact in Louisiana than a state-financed study. The study released Monday by the Motion Picture Association of America suggests Louisiana's film tax breaks generated 33,500... 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 »
  • College freshmen partied less in high school than their parents

    February 5, 2015 2:03 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A new survey of the nation's college freshmen shows that teenagers across the United States are spending much less time partying and socializing with friends during their last year of high school than their parents' generation did. The annual survey released Wednesday, conducted by the Higher... more »
  • Anonymous credit card data isn't that anonymous, study shows

    January 29, 2015 1:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new study says credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included - and this is after companies wiped... more »
  • NFL players who started young show more thinking problems

    January 28, 2015 3:04 PM

    BOSTON - A study published in the journal Neurology says NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers. The study published Wednesday says researchers tested 42 former players on their short-term memory, mental flexibility and problem... more »
  • BESE delays action on teacher retirement study

    January 14, 2015 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a turnaround, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has delayed action on a study of Louisiana's $12 billion teachers' retirement debt. A $143,000 study to do the review cleared a BESE committee Tuesday 8-2. But final action was delayed Wednesday until the board's March... more »
  • DOTD says changes could be coming to deadly curve

    January 14, 2015 1:19 PM

    WALKER - State traffic officials said Wednesday they have no plans to reduce speed along a stretch of road where several deadly wrecks have happened in Livingston Parish, including a wreck on New Year's Eve which killed three people. However, the Department of Transportation and Development said they would... more »
  • Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

    November 27, 2014 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects. Reading that section of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's... more »
  • Pennington looking for volunteers for dementia, Alzheimer's research Play Video

    November 17, 2014 7:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The month of November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, with more than five million Americans living with the disease. Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge is working on groundbreaking research in an attempt to lower those numbers across the country. "It's no surprise that November is... more »
  • Traffic calming test leaves residents undecided Play Video

    November 6, 2014 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A plan that some people are hoping will lessen traffic and make streets safer has kicked into full gear. It's called the Traffic Calming Test, and the city started it Tuesday by putting one way street signs and lowered speed limits in certain areas. They plan... more »
  • Study: Young people more likely to survive Ebola

    October 29, 2014 4:14 PM

    SIERRA LEONE - A new study gives fresh knowledge about who survives Ebola and why. The report by 47 health workers treating patients in Sierra Leone in West Africa is the most detailed description yet of the medical aspects of the current epidemic. It reveals that young people are much... more »
  • IBM experts present results of BR traffic study

    October 17, 2014 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A team of IBM experts presented the results of their three week study of traffic in Baton Rouge as part of the corporation's Smarter Cities initiative. The international group of technology experts spoke to over 80 stakeholders across the city during their stay and emerged with... more »
  • IBM consultants begin BR transportation study today

    September 29, 2014 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Consultants from IBM arrive in Baton Rouge today to begin three weeks of study that will hopefully emerge with solutions to the city's constant issues with transportation. The panel of experts from the technology giant meet in the Metro Council Chamber with Mayor-President "Kip" Holden and... more »
  • IBM experts to tackle BR's transportation pains

    September 25, 2014 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Transportation headaches have long been as much a part of life in the Capital City as LSU tailgating and Pat Shingleton's weather forecasts. On Monday, a team of IBM experts will come together to kick off a study that could produce a solution to one of Baton... more »
  • Study: Want lower gas prices? Ship more oil abroad

    September 9, 2014 1:31 PM

    NEW YORK - Exporting more U.S. oil around the world would lower the price of gasoline for U.S. drivers and benefit the nation's economy, according to a new study. While the conclusion may be counter-intuitive, the reasoning is straightforward: It would encourage more U.S. oil production and put that crude... more »
  • Drones to study parking in downtown Play Video

    August 28, 2014 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Drones will be used to study parking in downtown Baton Rouge during peak traffic hours. The drones will be buzzing around Thursday during the morning and afternoon rush times, as well as during lunch. A parking study has not been conducted since 2004. In the past... more »
  • Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

    August 26, 2014 12:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view... more »
  • Meeting with engineer first step of considering new river bridge

    August 20, 2014 10:19 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Parish leaders met with an engineer to discuss a study that would investigate the feasibility of a new bridge across the Mississippi River Wednesday. The bridge would connect Iberville and Ascension parishes and help ease traffic congestion on the I-10 bridge in Baton Rouge. Tuesday, the parish... more »
  • Study finds 100% increase in marijuana related fatal crashes

    August 19, 2014 10:22 PM

    DENVER - A study found the number of people killed in marijuana-related accidents increased 100 percent over five years where the state legalized marijuana in various forms. There were 78 fatalities where a driver, bike rider or pedestrian tested positive for marijuana. In 2007, the number was 39. The... more »
  • Sights set on new Mississippi River bridge Play Video

    August 19, 2014 9:39 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Two parishes have now signed a cooperative endeavor agreement to perform a study for a new Mississippi River bridge. Iberville and Ascension Parishes have set aside a combined $300,000 for a study to assist the Department of Transportation and Development with investigating the feasibility of constructing... more »
  • Shreveport Amtrak study finally under way

    July 29, 2014 11:02 AM

    SHREVEPORT - A 12-month study is finally underway to examine the feasibility of re-establishing Amtrak Passenger Rail Service from Shreveport-Bossier City to Vicksburg, Mississippi. Kent Rodgers, North Louisiana Council of Governments executive director, says the study will look at the condition of existing railroad tracks between the cities, potential stops,... more »
  • NCAA settles head injury lawsuit

    July 29, 2014 8:09 AM

    CHICAGO, IL - The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit. A federal court filing obtained by The Associated Press says the NCAA will create a $70 million fund to test current and former college athletes for brain injuries. Players can use the results later as grounds... more »
  • Ascension, Iberville could put up money for new bridge study Play Video

    July 25, 2014 10:08 PM

    GONZALES - The Baton Rouge area is a step closer to getting a little traffic relief. Thursday, the Ascension Parish Council approved a resolution to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Iberville Parish to share some of the cost of a traffic study. Based on what Iberville... more »

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