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  • Former President still teaching Sunday School during cancer treatments

    August 23, 2015 11:24 AM

    PLAINS, Ga. - A bigger-than-usual crowd is gathering at a church in Plains, Georgia, where former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to teach a Sunday School class. It is the first class Carter has taught at the Maranatha Baptist Church since Carter disclosed details of his cancer diagnosis and treatment... more »
  • Jimmy Carter says his cancer spread to liver and brain

    August 20, 2015 12:15 PM

    ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter says his cancer has shown up in his liver and on his brain and that he will undergo radiation treatment. Carter said Thursday in his first public remarks since his diagnosis that the cancer was first discovered as a tumor on his liver. On... more »
  • Police department offers heroin addicts amnesty, treatment

    August 14, 2015 5:38 AM

    GLOUCESTER, MASS.- Police in the Massachusetts city of Gloucester are taking a novel approach to the war on drugs. They're making the police station a first stop for addicts on the road to recovery. Under a policy launched in June, heroin and opioid addicts who voluntarily turn themselves in are... 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 approves new drug for anthrax poisoning

    March 25, 2015 9:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials say they have approved an infusible drug to treat patients who have been exposed to anthrax. The Food and Drug Administration approved Anthrasil for use in combination with older antibiotics to treat inhalation anthrax, which can cause serious injury and death. The condition occurs when... more »
  • FDA approves new treatment for varicose veins

    February 20, 2015 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new technique for treating varicose veins by sealing them with a clear liquid that turns into a solid adhesive. The VenaSeal system is approved for patients with varicose veins of the legs that cause pain, blood clots or other symptoms.... more »
  • Pennington Biomedical takes aim at childhood obesity check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 4, 2015 8:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Pennington Biomedical Research Center recently launched a new program aimed at reducing childhood obesity in kids in our area. The new "Childhood Obesity Treatment Toolkit" made its debut last week. It features information for pediatricians to evaluate obesity in children, as well as approaches for... more »
  • FDA approves new melanoma drug from Bristol-Myers

    December 22, 2014 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer. The agency approved Opdivo for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma that cannot be removed through surgery or has spread throughout the body. The approval was based on preliminary... more »
  • Journalist with Ebola arrives at Nebraska hospital check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 6, 2014 8:57 AM

    OMAHA, NE - An American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital where he will be treated. The ambulance carrying 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo pulled up to a receiving bay at the Nebraska Medical Center's on Monday. The area isn't visible from the... more »
  • NBC cameraman tests positive for Ebola in Liberia

    October 3, 2014 5:58 AM

    NEW YORK - An American cameraman helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment. NBC News President Deborah Turness said Thursday the rest of the NBC News crew including medical... more »
  • Dallas ER sent Ebola-infected patient home

    October 2, 2014 2:01 AM

    DALLAS, TX - Officials at a Dallas hospital are reviewing protocols after its emergency room sent a man with Ebola home after he told a nurse he had recently arrived from West Africa. The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the patient, who had just arrived from Liberia,... more »
  • WHO: 21,000 Ebola cases by November if no changes

    September 23, 2014 1:51 AM

    LONDON, England - The World Health Organization is warning that without an accelerated effort to contain the outbreak, the number of Ebola cases could explode in coming weeks. West Africa has an estimated 5,800 illnesses, but WHO says that number could balloon to 21,000 in six weeks. WHO officials say... more »
  • La. lags in at-home services for disabled people

    September 22, 2014 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The legislative auditor says Louisiana ranks behind most of the nation in using home- and community-based services to treat people who are developmentally disabled. A new report released Monday says Louisiana has the sixth-highest number of people around the country who are developmentally disabled and living in... more »
  • Another US citizen with Ebola to be treated in Atlanta check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 9, 2014 2:06 AM

    ATLANTA, GA - A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to treat its third Ebola patient. Emory University Hospital said in a news release that a person who had contracted the disease was expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday. The hospital said the patient would be treated in its isolation... more »
  • US doctor infected with Ebola arrives in Nebraska check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 5, 2014 2:14 AM

    OMAHA, NE - A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital for treatment. Dr. Rick Sacra was driven by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after landing a little after 6 a.m. Friday at Offutt Air Force Base just... more »
  • Could the blood of Ebola survivors help patients?

    September 4, 2014 4:49 AM

    LONDON, England - As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors. The evidence is mixed for using infection-fighting antibodies from survivors' blood for Ebola, but without any licensed drugs or vaccines for... more »
  • NFL, FIFA, other officials meet about concussions

    August 25, 2014 4:50 PM

    NEW YORK - Medical officials from the NFL, FIFA and other sports organizations are banding together to look into better ways to identify, manage and treat concussions. The "think tank," funded by an educational grant from the NFL, was held Sunday and Monday at league headquarters in New York. Dozens... more »
  • Hospital to discuss discharge of Ebola patients

    August 21, 2014 5:12 AM

    ATLANTA, GA - The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge. Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who one of the aid workers had been working for, says Dr. Kent Brantly... more »
  • Ebola centers fill faster than they can be opened

    August 15, 2014 6:59 AM

    DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says beds in Ebola treatment centers in West Africa are filling up faster than they can be provided. Spokesman Gregory Hartl said in Geneva Friday that the flood of patients to newly opened treatment centers shows that the outbreak's size is far larger... more »
  • Aid group: American with Ebola weak but improving

    August 5, 2014 11:12 AM

    ATLANTA - The husband of the second American aid worker recently diagnosed with Ebola says the patient is weak but showing signs of improvement. The president of the aid group SIM USA said Tuesday that Nancy Writebol's husband described the woman as progressing. Bruce Johnson says he spoke with David... more »
  • US doctor with Ebola arrives in Atlanta

    August 2, 2014 11:05 AM

    ATLANTA - A doctor infected with Ebola in Africa has arrived in Atlanta for treatment. Dobbins Air Reserve Base spokesman Lt. Col. James Wilson says a plane carrying the patient landed Saturday morning at the base. An ambulance from Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital left the base shortly afterward. Samaritan's Purse... more »
  • 2 Ebola victims to be treated at Atlanta hospital

    August 1, 2014 3:09 PM

    ATLANTA - Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialized unit of an Atlanta hospital. Dr. Bruce Ribner said Friday the patients will receive care at Emory University Hospital. Ribner said he had no personal safety concerns over treating the patients... more »
  • Expensive pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice

    July 29, 2014 6:06 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. According to new research, prescriptions for Sovaldi have eclipsed all other hepatitis C pills combined in less than... more »
  • HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

    July 22, 2014 2:05 AM

    There is more good news about the HIV treatment pills that are used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus. Researchers say that taking these prevention pills does not encourage risky sex and is effective even if people skip some doses. The results come... more »
  • Pistorius: Prosecutor counters witness objectivity

    July 7, 2014 3:52 AM

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has challenged the credibility of a physician who testified that the athlete has an anxious nature linked to his disability. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Monday that the defense witness, physician Wayne Derman, could not be objective... more »
  • Latest treatment for hepatitis C is $1,000-a-pill

    June 17, 2014 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The latest pill for hepatitis C sounds like a your-money-or-your-life choice. Sovaldi cures the liver-wasting illness in 9 of 10 patients, but treatment can cost more than $90,000. Leading medical societies recommend Sovaldi. Patients clamor for it. But insurance companies and state Medicaid programs are gagging on the... more »
  • Veterans waiting years for benefits check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 3, 2014 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Veterans in Louisiana told News 2 they are waiting for years in some cases for the VA to pay them back for denied health care claims. Volunteer Veterans Service Officer Charles Battiste says he works with about 40 veterans a week to help them with denied... more »
  • Jindal signs alternative treatment bill into law

    May 30, 2014 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill signed into law on Friday by Bobby Jindal allows terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs or treatments that are still awaiting FDA approval as long as they have physician approval for the interventions. Representative Julie Stokes sponsored the bill and said it gives... more »
  • CDC confirms two cases of MERS Virus in U.S.

    May 14, 2014 10:36 AM

    NEWARK, N.J. - The Center for Disease Control is warning people traveling outside of the United States to be careful after two reported cases of the MERS Virus. A pair of doctors who have recently treated patients abroad tested positive for the virus in Indiana and Florida. As a... more »
  • Several treatments to get rid of scars check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 8, 2014 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A local dermatologist recommends addressing scars when they first appear to keep your skin looking normal. Dr. Z urged people to have a plan of attack when they first get a scar, so it can be addressed early. Dr. Z said a number of treatments from... more »
  • Treatment for a rising mental illness trend check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 3, 2014 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health care leaders are responding as the number of people committed for mental illness is on the rise. Baton Rouge Police said they spend a lot of time with diagnosed patients who stop taking their medications. The Coroners Office ordered 6,000 patients be involuntarily committed for... more »
  • St. Jude Dream Home tickets on sale today

    March 21, 2014 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The annual St. Jude Dream Home Give Away kicked off in WBRZ's Studio C Friday. Tickets to win the family-sized $400,000 home in Carriagewood Estates are $100. But, if you can purchase the ticket before the end of March, you'll be buying a chance at a $5,000... more »
  • Professionals, caregivers, loved ones cope with Alzheimer's check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 17, 2014 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Alzheimer's Services Capital Area Director Dana Territo dropped by 2une in Monday morning to talk about the 21st Annual Education Conference on Alzheimer's Disease. The goal of the conference is to help medical professionals, caregivers and loved ones learn more about the disease and how to... more »
  • Ascension may borrow to build sewer system

    September 22, 2013 11:31 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish government will apply for a $60 million loan through a fund overseen by the state Department of Environmental Quality to jump start plans to build a regional sewer system. Parish officials say the loan would pay for a phase of sewage treatment systems in a heavily... more »
  • Audit: Mental health privatization increased costs

    August 19, 2013 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of behavioral health and addictive disorder treatment programs has created confusion and added costs for the local human services districts that provide the care. The review by the Legislative Auditor's Office was released Monday. It looked at the first... more »
  • Area doctors agree obesity is a disease

    June 19, 2013 9:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The American Medical Association is classifying obesity as a disease, and doctors around the capital city are backing the move. Tuesday, top doctors said they made the change in an effort to reduce heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which are often linked to obesity. ... more »
  • Tele-medicine service to increase for La. prisons check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Corrections plans to increase over the Internet diagnosis and treatment by nearly 600 percent. Corrections is rushing to sign a state contract to provide 17,000 annual tele-med check-ups to thousands of inmates. Deputy Secretary Thomas Bickham said the department was caught... more »
  • Tips for treating, preventing rosacea check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 8, 2013 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Z discussed tips on treating and preventing skin redness associated with rosacea. She said rosacea can cause both severe or mild redness and irritation, and that certain perfumes or foods can trigger it or make it worse. Dr. Z said people are usually in... more »
  • Health stories for March 22, 2013 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 22, 2013 6:25 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 22, 2013 - An experimental treatment may help fight cancer. Doctors altered several patient's white blood cells to turn them into cancer fighters. A 7 year old girl who got the treatment is now in remission.... more »
  • Health stories for March 6, 2013 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 6, 2013 6:30 PM

    UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 6, 2013 - Keeping the alcohol sealed may help reduce your risk of cancer. A report found a strong link between alcohol and cancer. Heavy drinkers face the biggest risk, but even a drink a day... more »
  • Treating acne through facial infusions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 25, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dr. Z continues her series on acne by explaining the process of facial infusion treatment. The procedure uses micro-needles to infuse skin with chemicals to treat acne and improve complexion. Dr. Z compared the feeling of the micro-needling to getting licked by a cat's tongue. ... more »
  • Clinton leaves hospital after treatment for clot

    January 2, 2013 5:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been released from a New York hospital where she was treated for a blood clot in her head. Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors advised her that she has been making progress on all fronts and are confident she will... more »
  • Breast cancer information for women and men check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 18, 2012 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - October is national breast cancer awareness month. According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics 9,197 people died from all kinds of cancer in Louisiana in 2008. Dr. Anthony Stephens talks to WBRZ's Rosa Flores about diagnosis and treatment options for all genders.... more »
  • Mental hospital closing could affect BR region check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 3, 2012 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A controversial plan to close Southeast Louisiana Hospital could affect drug and alcohol treatment available to people in several parishes, including Livingston. The privately-operated Florida Parishes Human Services Authority operates a 64-bed treatment center on the mental hospital grounds. FPHSA directors say they will not be... more »
  • Police alleges unfair treatment of officers

    July 4, 2012 2:10 PM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - A federal judge denied two Houma Police officers' request for protection from adverse job treatment while they sue their department. Capt. Milton Wolfe Jr. and Sgt. Kyle Faulk filed suit last week, alleging mistreatment after disagreeing with legislation that continued to keep the police chief position... more »
  • African Americans have difficulty finding bone marrow donors

    June 17, 2012 11:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Robin Roberts fight against a rare blood disease is just getting started.. The Louisiana native announced earlier this month that part of her treatment will include a bone marrow transplant from her sister. Doctors say it will greatly improve her chances to beat the disease. But... more »
  • Drug treatment for Redmond O'Neal

    March 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A judge says the son of Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett is making excellent progress in a drug treatment program and he appears to be making the right decisions. The judge delayed O'Neal's sentencing for a probation violation as long as the 27-year-old keeps doing... more »
  • Bed bugs bugging BR retirement complex check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2012 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Bed bugs are biting at a retirement complex downtown. Operators of Catholic-Presbyterian Apartments say they've been bugged by the insects for a year. Twelve cases were handled at the 195-unit building last year, five so far this year. Residents tell News 2 the bugs are crawling... more »
  • Cat jogger ticketed

    March 15, 2012 11:01 AM

    LAFAYETTE, CO. - Police in Lafayette, Colorado have ticketed a man who is accused of tying his cat to a rock after his pet refused to go jogging wih him. According to police, 19-year-old Seth Franco brought his cat on a leash to a park. Franco jogged with the cat,... more »
  • Shooting victims seek treatment at Woman's Hospital

    February 9, 2012 5:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police roped off a section of Woman's Hospital early this morning after victims of a nearby shooting turned up on the premises. The victims arrived at the hospital just before 1 a.m. Officials say police were responding to a shots fired call at the intersection... more »
  • Baton Rouge women use Brazilian Blowout treatment despite controversy

    February 4, 2012 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The maker of the Brazilian Blowout has been ordered to warn consumers they could be breathing in a cancer causing gas. But some are willing to take the risk to look good. Nona Robillard is co -owner at Va Venetto. It an upscale Baton Rouge salon. She... more »
  • Brain injury victims: Giffords recovery will be tough, long

    January 24, 2011 5:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - You don't have to go to Houston to get care for a brain injury like Representative Gabrielle Giffords. In Baton Rouge, Rehab Boulevard provides care for patients with acute or other brain injuries, helping them learn how to do everyday tasks like step up on a... more »
  • ULL student recovering from mumps

    October 22, 2010 5:17 PM

    The University of Louisiana at Lafayette says a student is recovering from mumps. Anyone who's been in contact with the student is advised to check immunization records. The state Office of Public Health says two MMR vaccinations - measles, mumps and rubella - are needed for protection. After puberty, mumps... more »
  • CIO accused of bypassing bid laws for EBR crime cameras

    September 30, 2010 6:30 PM

    The parish chief information officer is accused of bypassing contract bid laws and giving preferential treatment to certain companies that installed and maintain the city’s crime surveillance camera system. Donald Evans has been added to a lawsuit challenging the cameras. Millions of dollars have been spent on the surveillance equipment,... more »
  • Ex-sheriff pleads guilty to Clean Water violation

    September 23, 2010 5:32 AM

    Former Iberia Parish sheriff Sidney Hebert has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act by negligently operating a water treatment facility. Hebert was part-owner and president of Environmental Compliance Solutions LLC when state regulators inspected a company facility in 2009 and found wastewater bypassing the filtration system and flowing... more »
  • Doctor: Accused teacher mentally ill

    July 8, 2010 7:25 AM

    A psychiatrist says a former private-school counselor accused of a federal sex crime, is mentally ill and in need of treatment. Allison Hargrave is accused of using e-mail to entice a 14-year-old girl at Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette to engage in sexual activity. Dr. Frank Ochberg, an expert in... more »
  • FDA concerned about too much medical radiation

    June 14, 2010 6:00 AM

    The Food and Drug Administration is taking a look at radiation treatment because of evidence that Americans get too much of it from tests. The average American's dose has grown sixfold in the past few decades. Americans get the most medical radiation in the world, accounting for half of the... more »
  • Surgery no longer needed for sex change on passports

    June 10, 2010 6:32 AM

    Surgery is no longer needed to change the gender on a U.S. passport when previously it required definitive proof. Now, all that's required is a doctor's certification that the applicant has undergone treatment for gender transition. The National Center for Transgender Equality says that could mean surgery for some and... more »
  • Back pain widely overtreated

    June 8, 2010 5:30 AM

    A recent estimate has Americans spending a staggering $86 billion a year to care for aching backs. The money covers MRIs, pain pills, nerve blocks, even acupuncture. However, research finds little evidence that the population got better as the medical bills soared over the past decade. The reality is that... more »
  • American Cancer Society - 2 Make A Difference

    May 13, 2010 10:28 PM

    Proper treatment for cancer patients can save their lives, and a lot of people are driven to help. Tonight, how volunteers with the American Cancer Society in Baton Rouge are giving patients the pick-up they need to make a difference. more »
  • Study: US cancer costs nearly doubled in 20 years

    May 10, 2010 5:30 AM

    A new study says the cost of treating cancer in the United States nearly doubled over the past two decades, but expensive cancer drugs may not be the main reason. The study found that rising costs may have been driven more by the growing number of cancer patients than by... more »
  • 2 Your Health for March 17

    March 17, 2010 4:44 PM

    A new, less invasive treatment could improve the lives of patients with lung cancer and one clinic looks to take advantage of March Madness while promoting an operation. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Feb. 10

    February 10, 2010 5:36 PM

    Shorter courses of radiation treatment for breast cancer, risks associated with the antidepressant Paxil, and the benefits of drinking milk during pregnancy are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Feb. 5

    February 5, 2010 5:47 PM

    The Give Kids a Smile program, childhood development and COPD are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Jan. 7

    January 7, 2010 5:42 PM

    Discrepancies on menus and food labels when it comes to counting calories, and a combination treatment that may help Alzheimer's patients are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Dec. 9

    December 9, 2009 5:34 PM

    The effectiveness of a popular flu medication and a new treatment for headaches are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Nov. 2

    November 2, 2009 5:39 PM

    A combination of treatments that may help smokers kick the habit, using epilepsy medication to treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and collagen skin grafts are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Oct. 28

    October 28, 2009 5:36 PM

    A web site that lets you keep tabs on food safety, a new treatment for asthma and how fish oil helps inflammation are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • 2 Your Health for Sept. 23

    September 23, 2009 5:46 PM

    How sugar and a popular cancer treatment can raise your risk of heart disease, and how brain patterns play a role in weight loss are all discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
  • Botox may help migraines

    September 10, 2009 7:57 PM

    Patients treated with Botox for migraines experienced fewer total hours of headaches per month, researchers say. In a study, patients were treated for migraines with two Botox injections or placebo injections over the course of 24 weeks. Researchers gave the injections in certain muscle groups thought to aggravate migraines.... more »
  • Possible progress in herpes treatment

    August 11, 2009 1:19 PM

    A homegrown breakthrough could change the treatment of herpes and be a big payoff for LSU. News 2's Dana Hackett gets answers on how the drugs would work. more »

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