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  • 911 dispatchers always on duty

    911 dispatchers always on duty

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:01:47 GMT
    Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year a 911 dispatcher is by the phone, ready to act when emergency strikes. In the East Baton Rouge Parish dispatch center, 911 operators take 1,100More >>
    Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year a 911 dispatcher is by the phone, ready to act when emergency strikes. In the East Baton Rouge Parish dispatch center, 911 operators take 1,100More >>
  • Keeping "baby weight" increases health risk for moms

    Keeping "baby weight" increases health risk for moms

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:53:18 GMT
    Faced with the challenges of raising an infant, many new mothers often put their own health on the backburner. That includes working to lose any weight gained during pregnancy. However, a new study thatMore >>
    For new moms, losing baby weight is not just about appearances.  A new study shows keeping that extra weight after giving birth can hurt your long term health.More >>
  • House Bill would require hands on CPR training for graduation

    House Bill would require hands on CPR training for graduation

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-04-17 01:25:56 GMT
    According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in U.S. When someone's heart gives out for any reason, every second after can be the difference between life andMore >>

    Lawmakers are considering a house bill that would require every Louisiana student to have hands on CPR training in order to graduate. More >>

  • Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

    Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

    In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.More >>
    In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.More >>
  • New advanced melanoma treatment on the horizon

    New advanced melanoma treatment on the horizon

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:30 AM EDT2014-04-16 09:30:10 GMT
    Federal health officials expect more than 76,000 new cases of melanoma, or skin cancer, this year. Of those, a small percentage of patients will unfortunately see the cancer spread to other organs, advancingMore >>
    Currently, doctors have very few affective ways to treat advanced cancer, but a new class of drugs could soon change that.More >>
  • Top-paid Medicare doctors say they have reasons

    Top-paid Medicare doctors say they have reasons

    Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million.More >>
    How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare?More >>
  • LSU students prove health benefits of cocoa powder

    LSU students prove health benefits of cocoa powder

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-04-02 22:16:33 GMT
    You've probably heard it said that dark chocolate is good for you. Have you ever wondered why? "How your body reacts to the cocoa powders in your digestive system, I thought was fascinating," said undergraduateMore >>
    Chocolate lovers can rejoice. LSU researchers have proven how cocoa powder benefits the body.More >>
  • Warmer temperatures shorten dairy shelf life

    Warmer temperatures shorten dairy shelf life

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-04-01 21:25:00 GMT
    A cold glass of fresh milk can be a great start to the day, unless that milk has spoiled unexpectedly. As the seasons change, sour milk is a common complaint to dairy companies. "Typically, it's becauseMore >>
    A cold glass of fresh milk can be a great start to the day, unless that milk has spoiled unexpectedly. As the seasons change, sour milk is a common complaint to dairy companies. "Typically, it's becauseMore >>
  • Officials seeing surge in overdoses from heroin and synthetic marijuana

    Officials seeing surge in overdoses from heroin and synthetic marijuana

    Friday, March 28 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-03-28 22:49:55 GMT
    Baton Rouge Police and health officials are seeing an alarming surge of overdoses from both heroin and synthetic marijuana. For the second time in two weeks, police are warning the community about syntheticMore >>
    Baton Rouge Police and health officials are seeing an alarming surge of overdoses from both heroin and synthetic marijuana.More >>
  • CDC Survey hosts open house in Baton Rouge

    CDC Survey hosts open house in Baton Rouge

    Thursday, March 20 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-03-21 03:00:30 GMT
    When a doctor advises a patient how high or low cholesterol should be, or determines if a child's growth is normal, they rely on national data meticulously collected by researchers for guidance. However,More >>
    When a doctor advises a patient how high or low cholesterol should be, or determines if a child's growth is normal, they rely on national data meticulously collected by researchers for guidance.
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  • March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Monday, March 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-03-18 00:10:23 GMT
    There is probably no other medical procedure that makes patients as squeamish as a colonoscopy. "There's a taboo about colonoscopy, it's a very invasive test so people are afraid of that," said gastroenterologistMore >>
    Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer, and according to the National Cancer Institute it affects more than a million people in the U.S. However, it can be prevented with a little pro-active screening.

     
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  • E-Cigarette trend more than blowing smoke

    E-Cigarette trend more than blowing smoke

    Sunday, March 16 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-03-16 19:55:15 GMT
    If you ask him, Cameron Kelly will tell you that he is not a smoker even as he blows a white cloud from his nose and mouth. But, as the cloud wafts above him there is no hot, bitter smell of tobacco.More >>
    For smokers trying to make a change, electronic cigarettes have emerged as a more crowd friendly alternative.  But, how do they work and are they truly a healthy replacement?More >>
  • Denham Springs woman fights for life after getting flu

    Denham Springs woman fights for life after getting flu

    March 13, 2014 10:00 PM 2014-03-14 09:03:49 GMT
    When flu season hit in South Louisiana, 30-year-old Stephanie Johnston didn't think too much about it. Pregnant at the time with her son Aiden, getting a flu shot was the last thing on her mind. PulmonologyMore >>
    While flu season in Louisiana may be winding down, it is leaving behind a deadly legacy.
    In our state health officials believe hundreds of death could have been caused by the flu since October.
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  • Training facility focuses on injury prevention

    Training facility focuses on injury prevention

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-03-12 23:20:09 GMT
    More and more the focus of the game isn't on the points or the performance, it's on the health of the athlete. "We want to reduce the injuries. We want to give these kids, athletes, every chance toMore >>
    More and more the focus of the game isn't on the points or the performance, it's on the health of the athlete. "We want to reduce the injuries. We want to give these kids, athletes, every chance toMore >>
  • 4.2 million enroll in Obamacare; 20 days remain

    4.2 million enroll in Obamacare; 20 days remain

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-03-11 23:08:52 GMT
    What began as a rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov is turning into a last minute rush to buy health insurance. "It's kind of coming to a crescendo," said Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana State DirectorMore >>
    For individuals without health insurance,  time is running out to enroll.  The federal marketplace closes at the end of the month.More >>
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield agrees to continue HIV coverage until Nov.

    Blue Cross Blue Shield agrees to continue HIV coverage until Nov.

    March 10, 2014 06:10 PM 2014-03-11 09:40:09 GMT
    BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana (BCBS) and two other Louisiana insurers agreed to continue to accept federally-funded third party premium payments on behalf of lower-income Louisianans living with HIVMore >>
    BCBS and two other Louisiana insurers agreed to continue to accept federally-funded payments on behalf of lower-income Louisianans living with HIV through Nov. 15.More >>
  • New cancer prevention study needs participants

    New cancer prevention study needs participants

    Friday, March 7 2014 6:54 PM EST2014-03-07 23:54:51 GMT
    Aspirin has long been used to relieve pain and reduce fevers, but could this pill also hold a key to preventing cancer as we age? It's an idea that appeals greatly to 77-year-old cancer survivor RogerMore >>
    Can an aspirin a day keep cancer away? That's the question at the heart of a new study at the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.More >>
  • Eat Healthy BR encourages healthy restaurant menus

    Eat Healthy BR encourages healthy restaurant menus

    Thursday, March 6 2014 11:08 PM EST2014-03-07 04:08:26 GMT
    At the restaurant Mestizo, you'll find plenty of good food with Louisiana flair. What you won't find are dishes drowning in fat, salt and butter. Owner and Chef Jim Urdiales says he's been working forMore >>
     Finding south Louisiana cuisine that is tasty and healthy may seem like an impossible task, but it's a challenge that many Baton Rouge restaurants are tackling head on.More >>
  • A diet heavy on meat and cheese may be shortening your life

    A diet heavy on meat and cheese may be shortening your life

    Thursday, March 6 2014 4:26 PM EST2014-03-06 21:26:45 GMT
    People ages 50 to 65 who ate a diet high in animal proteins were more likely to die at an earlier age than those who ate a low-protein diet.More >>
    People ages 50 to 65 who ate a diet high in animal proteins were more likely to die at an earlier age than those who ate a low-protein diet.More >>
  • American Academy of Pediatrics releases new guidelines

    American Academy of Pediatrics releases new guidelines

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 6:48 PM EST2014-02-26 23:48:10 GMT
    The next time your child is due for a checkup, there could be some new screenings and questions. The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines on what pediatricians should be looking forMore >>
    The next time your child is due for a checkup, there could be some new screenings and questions. The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines on what pediatricians should be looking forMore >>
  • CDC conducting health survey in EBR Parish

    CDC conducting health survey in EBR Parish

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 6:37 PM EST2014-02-26 23:37:06 GMT
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the authority on health information in the United States. Its resources and information provide the basis for countless studies, not to mention news reports.More >>
    Starting Wednesday, some residents could be getting a visit from the Centers for Disease Control.  Don't worry, there's no outbreak.  Instead, researchers are here conducting a kind of health census, painting a comprehensive picture of health in the U.S.More >>
  • Waiting for the Emergency Room

    Waiting for the Emergency Room

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 11:00 PM EST2014-02-26 04:00:26 GMT
    It's a place you never want to end up, but if you find yourself inside an emergency room chances are you'll have to wait. In Louisiana E.R.s, the average time from door to doctor is 27 minutes, justMore >>
    When a medical emergency strikes, every second can be the difference between life or death. Healthline reporter Elizabeth Vowell goes inside our city's emergency rooms to find out how long you'll have to wait and why.More >>
  • New procedure gives high risk heart patients more options

    New procedure gives high risk heart patients more options

    Friday, February 21 2014 7:12 PM EST2014-02-22 00:12:16 GMT
    Just like the gunk that can clog up an engine over time, calcium can clog up your heart. As you age, calcium deposits can build up on one of the four valves in the heart. This is especially true theMore >>
    Just like the gunk that can clog up an engine over time, calcium can clog up your heart. As you age, calcium deposits can build up on one of the four valves in the heart. This is especially true theMore >>
  • Tips for making healthy groceries

    Tips for making healthy groceries

    Friday, February 21 2014 6:35 PM EST2014-02-21 23:35:49 GMT
    While grocery shopping can seem like a chore at times, it can actually be one of the best tools to keep your family on track for healthy living. The key, says registered dietician Kristen Gradney, isMore >>
    A nutritionist gives tips on healthy grocery shopping.More >>
  • Babies go red at BR General for the hearts of the women in their lives

    Babies go red at BR General for the hearts of the women in their lives

    Friday, February 14 2014 5:43 PM EST2014-02-14 22:43:50 GMT
    News release from Baton Rouge GeneralBATON ROUGE, LA - Babies at Baton Rouge General Medical Center are dressed in red hats in support of women and the fight against heart disease throughout the monthMore >>
    Babies at Baton Rouge General Medical Center are dressed in red hats in support of women and the fight against heart disease throughout the month of February. By wearing red, the babies are sending a lifesaving message to their mothers and all of the women in their lives: Love Your Heart.More >>
  • Healthline: Heroin in the Home

    Healthline: Heroin in the Home

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 10:28 AM EST2014-02-11 15:28:55 GMT
    It is a drug that does not discriminate, and it's popping up in quiet neighborhoods. Heroin is tearing mothers and daughters apart. If you don't think heroin can reach your family……think again.Watch theMore >>
    In this rare look inside the struggle against heroin, a mother and daughter are fighting to keep a killer that comes tucked inside a small baggy and a syringe out of their family.More >>
  • Heart disease survivor urges women to be proactive

    Heart disease survivor urges women to be proactive

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 6:56 PM EST2014-02-05 23:56:07 GMT
    Mary Leah Coco is a wife, a mother and works full time as a training and education director.  But inside, her body is waging a quiet battle against heart disease. "I always hear, well you don't look likeMore >>
    Mary Leah Coco is a wife, a mother and works full time as a training and education director.  But inside, her body is waging a quiet battle against heart disease. "I always hear, well you don't look likeMore >>
  • FDA launches new anti-smoking campaign targeting teens

    FDA launches new anti-smoking campaign targeting teens

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 7:51 PM EST2014-02-05 00:51:19 GMT
    On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration launched a brand new anti-smoking campaign focusing on teenagers.  FDA officials say it is the first of its kind and with good reason. According to the FDA,More >>
    On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration launched a brand new anti-smoking campaign focusing on teenagers.  FDA officials say it is the first of its kind and with good reason. According to the FDA,More >>
  • Widow urges others to sign up for Be the Match

    Widow urges others to sign up for Be the Match

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 10:05 PM EST2014-01-23 03:05:29 GMT
    Surrounded by her four children, all under the age of 13, Nikita Allen talks about some her family's favorite pastimes.  They include watching football, cooking and imitating the cooking show "Chopped." "JustMore >>
    Surrounded by her four children, all under the age of 13, Nikita Allen talks about some her family's favorite pastimes.  They include watching football, cooking and imitating the cooking show "Chopped." "JustMore >>
  • FAQ: What is Obamacare?

    FAQ: What is Obamacare?

    Friday, January 17 2014 2:39 PM EST2014-01-17 19:39:13 GMT
    Several major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, are taking effect in the coming months. Here are some details on what's happening, how it will work, and what it means for you.More >>
    Several major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, are taking effect in the coming months. Here are some details on what's happening, how it will work, and what it means for you.More >>
  • January marks 50th anniversary of smoking report

    January marks 50th anniversary of smoking report

    Thursday, January 16 2014 9:59 PM EST2014-01-17 02:59:11 GMT
    It was 50 years ago that the US Surgeon General first declared smoking a hazard to the public's health. "The strongest relationship between cigarette smoking and health was in the field of lung cancer,"More >>
    It was 50 years ago that the US Surgeon General first declared smoking a hazard to the public's health. "The strongest relationship between cigarette smoking and health was in the field of lung cancer,"More >>
  • Klub Kinect study to look at video games and health

    Klub Kinect study to look at video games and health

    Monday, January 13 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-01-14 00:28:00 GMT
    Getting a teenage girl to get more exercise probably never starts with the words "turn on the T.V. and video game console."   However, that's exactly what researchers at Pennington Biomedical ResearchMore >>
    Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking for participants in a new study that will look at dancing video games as ways to stay healthy and active.More >>
  • LA women to climb Empire State Building for good cause

    LA women to climb Empire State Building for good cause

    Thursday, January 9 2014 6:38 PM EST2014-01-09 23:38:42 GMT
    Her legs pumping up and down on the frustratingly stationary stair machine, Susan Templet is training for possibly the hardest race of her life. "We do weights and cardio to keep our muscle enduranceMore >>
    Her legs pumping up and down on the frustratingly stationary stair machine, Susan Templet is training for possibly the hardest race of her life. "We do weights and cardio to keep our muscle enduranceMore >>
  • Doctors urge pregnant women to get flu shot

    Doctors urge pregnant women to get flu shot

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 10:55 PM EST2014-01-08 03:55:18 GMT
    When it comes to the flu, mommy's-to-be are especially vulnerable to infection.  With so many changes going on inside the body, doctors say a woman's immune system isn't as strong during pregnancy. "ForMore >>
    When it comes to the flu, mommy's-to-be are especially vulnerable to infection.  With so many changes going on inside the body, doctors say a woman's immune system isn't as strong during pregnancy. "ForMore >>
  • Flu activity on the rise; officials urge flu shots

    Flu activity on the rise; officials urge flu shots

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 4:56 PM EST2014-01-07 21:56:32 GMT
    In the final week of 2013, flu season across the nation continued to rise with 20 states experiencing high activity. "We typically see our peak somewhere in the months of January and February. ComparingMore >>
    In the final week of 2013, flu season across the nation continued to rise with 20 states experiencing high activity. "We typically see our peak somewhere in the months of January and February. ComparingMore >>
  • Benefits of having a personal trainer

    Benefits of having a personal trainer

    Friday, December 27 2013 8:05 PM EST2013-12-28 01:05:25 GMT
    More and more people are turning to personal trainers as guides through the journey of improving health. "Your personal trainer can track your progress. They can reassess on the regular to make sure thatMore >>
    More and more people are turning to personal trainers as guides through the journey of improving health. "Your personal trainer can track your progress. They can reassess on the regular to make sure thatMore >>
  • Beating the Holiday Blues

    Beating the Holiday Blues

    Thursday, December 26 2013 7:29 PM EST2013-12-27 00:29:03 GMT
    It's not just the King of Rock and Roll that has a blue Christmas every once in a while.  This time of year can be as full of stress as it is holiday cheer, so it's no wonder that some people feel aMore >>
    It's not just the King of Rock and Roll that has a blue Christmas every once in a while.  This time of year can be as full of stress as it is holiday cheer, so it's no wonder that some people feel aMore >>
  • Split liver transplant recipients meet

    Split liver transplant recipients meet

    Thursday, December 19 2013 1:12 PM EST2013-12-19 18:12:27 GMT
    Sitting in a wheelchair in the enclosed visitor's garden at Oschner's Hospital in New Orleans, 70-year-old Karen Torrey holds a bouncing, cooing toddler in her arms.  Physically, Torrey seems to be a frail figure,More >>
    During the holidays it's easy to focus on finding that perfect gift, but there is probably nothing more precious than the gift of life. Last month a split liver transplant saved two lives.
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  • Challenges of tackling heroin problems

    Challenges of tackling heroin problems

    Wednesday, December 18 2013 3:29 PM EST2013-12-18 20:29:37 GMT
    As we approach the end of 2013, East Baton Rouge Parish officials report that while the number of homicides is down there is a new killer on the streets: heroin.  "I think we're down almost 30 homicidesMore >>
    As we approach the end of 2013, East Baton Rouge Parish officials report that while the number of homicides is down there is a new killer on the streets: heroin.  "I think we're down almost 30 homicidesMore >>
  • Louisiana among the unhealthiest states in the nation

    Louisiana among the unhealthiest states in the nation

    Thursday, December 12 2013 8:22 PM EST2013-12-13 01:22:21 GMT
    A high number of smokers, a low rate of physical activity and high obesity rates all added up, to weigh Louisiana down on the list of America's Health Rankings.  The Bayou State is 48th in the annual report whichMore >>
    The numbers are in, and Louisiana is one of the unhealthiest states in the nation.  This comes from an annual report released by the United Health Foundation.
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  • Common seasonal illnesses and their symptoms

    Common seasonal illnesses and their symptoms

    Friday, December 6 2013 7:15 PM EST2013-12-07 00:15:05 GMT
    When the weather turns cooler, doctors say there are a few things that become more common like seasonal allergies, the common cold and the flu.  However, because all have similar symptoms, like coughingMore >>
    While this time of year is bright and cheery with the holidays, it can also be stuffy and achy.  Between wild weather, winter allergens and flu season, there are plenty of things to make you reach for a tissue. Here's a survival guide to get you through.More >>
  • BREC on the Geaux bringing play back to kids

    BREC on the Geaux bringing play back to kids

    Thursday, December 5 2013 6:54 PM EST2013-12-05 23:54:29 GMT
    Recess for the kids at Buchanan Elementary School is getting an extra boost thanks to BREC on the Geaux.  BREC on the Geaux is a mobile recreation program that brings all the tools of a playground to kidsMore >>
    Recess for the kids at Buchanan Elementary School is getting an extra boost thanks to BREC on the Geaux.  BREC on the Geaux is a mobile recreation program that brings all the tools of a playground to kidsMore >>
  • Elizabeth Vowell receives award for arthritis reporting

    Elizabeth Vowell receives award for arthritis reporting

    Thursday, December 5 2013 9:47 AM EST2013-12-05 14:47:48 GMT
    We would like the public to join us in congratulating Elizabeth Vowell. She received the Laurie Smith Anderson Excellence in Health Care Reporting Award from the Arthritis Association of Louisiana. ThisMore >>
    We would like the public to join us in congratulating Elizabeth Vowell on receiving the Laurie Smith Anderson Excellence in Health Care Reporting Award.More >>
  • Low flu activity reported in Louisiana

    Low flu activity reported in Louisiana

    The holidays are a time for family and travel, But there may be a hazard lurking as you head out of state.  No, It isn't heavy traffic or even bad weather.  It is the flu. "Flu does tend to peak inMore >>
    The holidays are a time for family and travel, But there may be a hazard lurking as you head out of state.  No, It isn't heavy traffic or even bad weather.  It is the flu.More >>
  • Baton Rouge celebrates World AIDs Day with prevention advocacy

    Baton Rouge celebrates World AIDs Day with prevention advocacy

    Friday, November 22 2013 9:43 PM EST2013-11-23 02:43:41 GMT
    There is an epidemic running through our city, and while it is completely preventable, the number of new cases still continues to grow. Baton Rouge has some of the highest numbers of HIV and AIDs casesMore >>
    There is an epidemic running through our city, and while it is completely preventable, the number of new cases still continues to grow. Baton Rouge has some of the highest numbers of HIV and AIDs casesMore >>
  • Local doctor sounds off on new heart disease guidelines

    Local doctor sounds off on new heart disease guidelines

    Wednesday, November 20 2013 6:24 PM EST2013-11-20 23:24:51 GMT
    Heart disease remains the number one killer for men and women, and now doctors have new guidelines to help lower their patient's risks.  The guidelines were released last week by the American CollegeMore >>
    Heart disease remains the number one killer for men and women, and now doctors have new guidelines to help lower their patient's risks.  The guidelines were released last week by the American CollegeMore >>
  • Training key to healthy running

    Training key to healthy running

    For a runner, nothing can beat the feel of the pavement under the feet, or the rush of crossing the finish line. "They can't imagine a regular day to day life without that kind of stuff," said long timeMore >>
    For a runner, nothing can beat the feel of the pavement under the feet, or the rush of crossing the finish line.
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  • Lung cancer awareness highlights needs for screenings

    Lung cancer awareness highlights needs for screenings

    Tuesday, November 12 2013 8:37 PM EST2013-11-13 01:37:04 GMT
    Each year lung cancer kills more people than colon, prostate and breast cancer combined nationwide. However, if the cancer is found early enough it is very treatable.  That is why Mary Bird Perkins OurMore >>
    Each year lung cancer kills more people than colon, prostate and breast cancer combined nationwide. However, if the cancer is found early enough it is very treatable.  That is why Mary Bird Perkins OurMore >>
  • Brotox? More men using cosmetic procedures

    Brotox? More men using cosmetic procedures

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:27 PM EST2013-11-08 04:27:20 GMT
    Women have long embraced Botox and other minimally invasive procedures as ways to smooth their wrinkles, but now Botox is getting a "bro" make over. "In the past it was considered non-macho to have theseMore >>
    Women have long embraced Botox and other minimally invasive procedures as ways to smooth their wrinkles, but now Botox is getting a "bro" make over. "In the past it was considered non-macho to have theseMore >>
  • What is your Flu IQ? Take the quick quiz here

    What is your Flu IQ? Take the quick quiz here

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 12:29 PM EST2013-11-05 17:29:37 GMT
    The Flu I.Q. is an interactive quiz to test your flu knowledge. Don't worry if you don't know all the answers at first, the Flu I.Q. is an easy and fun way to learn what's true about flu.CDC recommendsMore >>
    The Flu I.Q. is an interactive quiz to test your flu knowledge. Don't worry if you don't know all the answers at first, the Flu I.Q. is an easy and fun way to learn what's true about flu.More >>
  • More women choosing to freeze their eggs

    More women choosing to freeze their eggs

    After a walk down the aisle ended in divorce, 34-year-old Melanie Bradshaw walked into a fertility clinic.  "I didn't want to give up that dream of still having that family and having the kids and everything,"More >>
    No longer labeled ‘experimental,' egg freezing has gone mainstream. Fertility experts across the country report a surge in healthy women choosing to put their eggs on ice, hoping to preserve their fertility for the future.More >>
  • Elizabeth's Blog: I ran, I ran so far away

    Elizabeth's Blog: I ran, I ran so far away

    Wednesday, October 30 2013 7:18 PM EDT2013-10-30 23:18:34 GMT
    In just 11 weeks, I will strike one more goal off of my bucket list.  I will run a half marathon.  I actually made this decision back in the summer, but considering that I was running two miles at theMore >>
    In just 11 weeks, I will strike one more goal off of my bucket list.  I will run a half marathon.  I actually made this decision back in the summer, but considering that I was running two miles at theMore >>
  • Breast cancer survivor Donna Britt of WAFB shares her story

    Breast cancer survivor Donna Britt of WAFB shares her story

    Saturday, October 26 2013 5:41 PM EDT2013-10-26 21:41:35 GMT
    Across the country, pink was the color of the day on Friday, October 25th.  Even at 9News, staff members showed their support for breast cancer awareness.More >>
    Across the country, pink was the color of the day on Friday, October 25th.  Even at 9News, staff members showed their support for breast cancer awareness.More >>
  • Kids learn healthy eating with local chefs

    Kids learn healthy eating with local chefs

    During Healthy Baton Rouge Food Week, citizens are getting a taste of just how good healthy living can be.  One of those initiatives included a chef outreach program where local chefs introduced studentsMore >>
    During Healthy Baton Rouge Food Week, citizens are getting a taste of just how good healthy living can be.  One of those initiatives included a chef outreach program where local chefs introduced studentsMore >>
  • Benefit for hemophilia patients held Thursday

    Benefit for hemophilia patients held Thursday

    Thursday, October 17 2013 11:59 AM EDT2013-10-17 15:59:58 GMT
    Jonathan James is one of 18,000 people nationwide who suffer from hemophilia.  It's an inherited bleeding disorder where the body lacks the ability to properly clot blood, which leads to internal hemorrhagingMore >>
    Jonathan James is one of 18,000 people nationwide who suffer from hemophilia.  It's an inherited bleeding disorder where the body lacks the ability to properly clot blood, which leads to internal hemorrhagingMore >>
  • 2014 Medicare open enrollment begins

    2014 Medicare open enrollment begins

    Tuesday, October 15 2013 11:10 PM EDT2013-10-16 03:10:14 GMT
    Starting Tuesday October 15, citizens can sign up for Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D, the government's prescription drug plan.   This open enrollment period goes through December 7, and comesMore >>
    Starting Tuesday October 15, citizens can sign up for Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D, the government's prescription drug plan.   This open enrollment period goes through December 7.More >>
  • Athletes encouraged to get regular cardiac screening

    Athletes encouraged to get regular cardiac screening

    Tuesday, October 15 2013 1:54 PM EDT2013-10-15 17:54:13 GMT
    Few things can be so exciting, so demanding, so heart racing than Friday night on the gridiron, especially for the players themselves. While young athletes seem to be the picture of health, some may haveMore >>
    Few things can be so exciting, so demanding, so heart racing than Friday night on the gridiron, especially for the players themselves. While young athletes seem to be the picture of health, some may haveMore >>
  • Insurance experts worry bigger problem looming with ACA

    Insurance experts worry bigger problem looming with ACA

    Monday, October 14 2013 9:19 PM EDT2013-10-15 01:19:15 GMT
    With the Affordable Care Act or ACA, came sweeping reforms for both healthcare and health insurance. Something experts with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition say is good for residents. FromMore >>
    With the Affordable Care Act or ACA, came sweeping reforms for both healthcare and health insurance.Experts with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition say it's good for residents.More >>
  • Training helps law enforcement better handle mental health issues

    Training helps law enforcement better handle mental health issues

    Wednesday, October 9 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-10-10 00:51:20 GMT
    This week is mental health awareness week, and it is also the time of year officers from Baton Rouge Police Department undergo Crisis Intervention Training, or CIT.  After Hurricane Katrina the city wasMore >>
    This week is mental health awareness week, and it is also the time of year officers from Baton Rouge
    Police Department undergo Crisis Intervention Training, or CIT.
    More >>
  • One week in, consumers still struggle with Healthcare Exchange

    One week in, consumers still struggle with Healthcare Exchange

    It's 10 AM on Monday, and veterinarian Dr. Rob Braquet is in between patients.  In these rare spare minutes, he is going to attempt to enroll in the Federal Healthcare Exchange, for the fourth time sinceMore >>
    It's 10 a.m. on Monday, and veterinarian Dr. Rob Braquet is in between patients.  In these rare spare minutes, he is going to attempt to enroll in the Federal Healthcare Exchange, for the fourth time since it opened.More >>
  • Doctor promotes controversial treatment for melanoma

    Doctor promotes controversial treatment for melanoma

    Friday, October 4 2013 10:14 AM EDT2013-10-04 14:14:25 GMT
    In 2008, pharmacist Kevin Tomb was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer.  Doctors removed his kidney and treated the cancer.  But a few years later, a follow up exam revealed badMore >>
    Advanced kidney and skin cancers often do not respond to treatment in their later stages, but one doctor says there is an older treatment that can actually stop those diseases.More >>
  • Woman's Hospital to host cancer conference Saturday

    Woman's Hospital to host cancer conference Saturday

    Wednesday, October 2 2013 6:50 PM EDT2013-10-02 22:50:04 GMT
    Beyond the surgery, chemo or radiation, cancer can alter every part of a woman's life. " As much as we try to help patients keep their old schedule and old routine we want them to know that once you hearMore >>
    Beyond the surgery, chemo or radiation, cancer can alter every part of a woman's life. " As much as we try to help patients keep their old schedule and old routine we want them to know that once you hearMore >>
  • Glitches plague first day of Healthcare Exchange

    Glitches plague first day of Healthcare Exchange

    Day one on the federal healthcare exchange, www.healthcare.gov was overwhelmed with users, many of whom were met with this message when they attempted to log on: "We have a lot of visitors on our siteMore >>
    The Federal Healthcare Exchange was overwhelmed with users on its first day in operation. 
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  • How ACA open enrollment affects Louisiana

    How ACA open enrollment affects Louisiana

    We've heard about it for months, but now that the starting time is here many still have questions about the Affordable Care Act, known as the ACA or Obamacare.  So, what happens in Louisiana when the healthcareMore >>
    We've heard about it for months, but now that the starting time is here many still have questions about the Affordable Care Act, known as the ACA or Obamacare.  So, what happens in Louisiana when the healthcare exchange opens on Tuesday, October 1?More >>
  • St. Amant woman reunited with paramedic who saved her life

    St. Amant woman reunited with paramedic who saved her life

    May 16, 2013, is the day that Kathleen LeBlanc died. She had just returned home from the hospital after a routine surgery on her wrist.  However, at dinner with her husband she began to feel nauseous and faint.More >>
    May 16, 2013, is the day that Kathleen LeBlanc nearly died. She had just returned home from the hospital after a routine surgery on her wrist.  However, at dinner with her husband she began to feel nauseous and faint.More >>
  • Cancer Center: Sun protection needed even in cooler months

    Cancer Center: Sun protection needed even in cooler months

    When it's a hot sunny day by the pool, it's natural to reach for the sun block.  But, what about when you're tailgating on a fall day, or out running errands? "Because our climate is so mild, ultra violetMore >>
    When it's a hot sunny day by the pool, it's natural to reach for the sun block.  But, what about when you're tailgating on a fall day, or out running errands? "Because our climate is so mild, ultra violetMore >>
  • Dept. of Health issues 'Myth vs. Fact' about brain-eating amoeba

    Dept. of Health issues 'Myth vs. Fact' about brain-eating amoeba

    Friday, September 20 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-09-20 15:51:47 GMT
    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is trying to put to rest myths and rumors associated with the recent news of a brain-eating amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish water system. DHH has releasedMore >>
    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is trying to put to rest myths and rumors related to recent news of a brain-eating amoeba in a Louisiana water system.More >>
  • Family talks on girl's struggle with Batten disease

    Family talks on girl's struggle with Batten disease

    Sep 19, 2013 11:00 PM 2013-09-20 15:05:11 GMT
    At age three, Olivia Lewis was running and dancing around her Denham Springs home as active and healthy as any girl her age.  "Very active. Very active, very talkative. She never met a stranger," saidMore >>
    At three years old, Olivia Lewis was running and dancing around her home, but now at seven, she suffers from Batten Disease, a fatal disorder of the nervous system.More >>
  • Healthline: Meet Molly

    Healthline: Meet Molly

    "Molly" caused 22,000 emergency room visits nationwide in 2011, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network.  It's the latest dangerous drug trend, and it's been blamed for the death of two concertgoersMore >>
    "Molly" caused 22,000 emergency room visits nationwide in 2011, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network.  It's the latest dangerous drug trend, and it's been blamed for the death of two concertgoers in New York.More >>
  • September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    While it isn't the most common cancer, ovarian cancer's subtle symptoms make it deadly.Clad in teal, woman are dressed to celebrate a special tea in the Governor's Mansion.  But the brightly-colored dressesMore >>
    While it isn't the most common cancer, ovarian cancer's subtle symptoms make it deadly.More >>
  • Free health services to honor vets on September 12

    Free health services to honor vets on September 12

    Wednesday, September 11 2013 9:39 PM EDT2013-09-12 01:39:49 GMT
    While he did not serve, Dr. Nelson Daly, sees it as his mission to give back to the military. 
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    While he did not serve, Dr. Nelson Daly, sees it as his mission to give back to the military.
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  • AIDS vaccine created at OHSU may clear virus from body

    AIDS vaccine created at OHSU may clear virus from body

    Wednesday, September 11 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-09-11 22:04:49 GMT
    An HIV vaccine created by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University may be able to completely wipe out the AIDS-causing virus from the body, the university announced Wednesday. The vaccine, underMore >>
    An HIV vaccine created by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University may be able to completely wipe out the AIDS-causing virus from the body, the university announced Wednesday.More >>
  • Free prostate cancer screenings for September

    Free prostate cancer screenings for September

    Wednesday, September 11 2013 2:28 AM EDT2013-09-11 06:28:14 GMT
    Inside Webb's Barbershop, you'll hear the buzz of clippers, the chuckle of barbers or the latest news and sports from the TV.  What you won't hear usually, is mention of prostate cancer. "Men are a lotMore >>
    The CDC says Louisiana leads the nation in the number of men, per 100,000, diagnosed with prostate cancer. Free screenings are available this month.More >>
  • New blood test can help doctors better diagnose heart disease

    New blood test can help doctors better diagnose heart disease

    Monday, September 9 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-09-09 22:48:30 GMT
    Kim Johnson has a family history ravaged with fatal heart disease and heart attacks.  While she's in good health at 57, Johnson began to worry her genes had caught up with her when fatigue suddenly overwhelmedMore >>
    Kim Johnson has a family history ravaged with fatal heart disease and heart attacks.  While she's in good health at 57, Johnson began to worry her genes had caught up with her when fatigue suddenly overwhelmedMore >>
  • EBR Schools use new, high tech vision screeners

    EBR Schools use new, high tech vision screeners

    Thursday was a big test day for the kids at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet.  The results play a big role in how well they learn. "Vision is the most important things that we do because it is directlyMore >>
    Thursday was a big test day for the kids at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet.  The results play a big role in how well they learn.More >>
  • Could kids still be affected by Katrina?

    Could kids still be affected by Katrina?

    One of the most traumatic events in recent history for our state was Hurricane Katrina. It's biggest impact could be on the youngest residents. "The situation is amplified knowing that children are aMore >>
    One of the most traumatic events in recent history for our state was Hurricane Katrina. It's biggest impact could be on the youngest residents.
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  • Food safety tips for Labor Day

    Food safety tips for Labor Day

    Break out the grill and all the "fixin's".  Summer may be ending, but tailgating has just begun.  Before you serve up your favorite feast, you may need a crash course in food safety. "There's such aMore >>
    Break out the grill and all the "fixins".  Summer may be ending, but tailgating has just begun.  Before you serve up your favorite feast, you may need a crash course in food safety.
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  • Recovering mentally from disaster

    Recovering mentally from disaster

    Name a storm or disaster and any survivor can probably tell you where they were and the damage they experienced. Each year on the anniversary of major storms, stories of tragedy and triumph come pouringMore >>
    Name a storm or disaster and any survivor can probably tell you where they were and the damage they experienced. Each year on the anniversary of major storms, stories of tragedy and triumph come pouring out.More >>
  • Elizabeth's Blog: Rise of the Robots

    Elizabeth's Blog: Rise of the Robots

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-08-28 22:44:17 GMT
    You know what? I'm tired. I'm tired of all the ranting, the criticizing, the "Miley Cyrus is carrying our culture to Hades in a hand basket dragging our youth, gyrating, behind her." I'm tired of the emailsMore >>
    After a week overloaded with social media silliness, Elizabeth talks technology burn out.
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  • Many not in relationship with the love of their life

    Many not in relationship with the love of their life

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 12:40 PM EDT2013-08-28 16:40:40 GMT
    In his 1970 hit, singer Stephen Stills belted out advice for the love sick everywhere with the line "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with." A new study shows many people have takenMore >>
    In his 1970 hit, singer Stephen Stills belted out advice for the love sick everywhere with the line "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with." A new study shows many people have taken that advice to heart.More >>
  • Sunglasses important in eye protection

    Sunglasses important in eye protection

    Monday, August 26 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-08-26 22:56:55 GMT
    Just like your skin needs sunscreen to protect from damaging UV rays, your eyes need some screening of their own. "There are cancers of the eye, cancers of the surface of the eye as well as inside theMore >>
    Just like your skin needs sunscreen to protect from damaging UV rays, your eyes need some screening of their own. "There are cancers of the eye, cancers of the surface of the eye as well as inside theMore >>
  • Wounded Warrior strives to help fellow veterans

    Wounded Warrior strives to help fellow veterans

    Friday, August 23 2013 11:56 AM EDT2013-08-23 15:56:28 GMT
    It was just after noon when Salvador Gonzales- known as Sal to his friends- walked into Gracie United Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Denham Springs.  A scruffy beard on his face and square glasses framing hisMore >>
    A retired Marine wounded in Iraq works with the Wounded Warriors Project, hoping to reach out to members of the military who are struggling after being wounded while serving.More >>
  • Extracurricular activities benefit kids beyond school

    Extracurricular activities benefit kids beyond school

    For most kids, when the last school bell rings the day is far from over thanks extracurricular activities Extracurricular activities help students round out their education outside of the classroom withMore >>
    For most kids, when the last school bell rings the day is far from over, thanks to extracurricular activities.  Extracurricular activities help students round out their education outside of the classroom with lessons like teamwork, leadership and time management. More >>
  • Autism conference to be held Saturday

    Autism conference to be held Saturday

    Sandra Trammell remembers when her daughter Mila was diagnosed with autism at 19 months old. "She wasn't making eye contact. She was hand flapping. She was walking on her tippy toes; definitely didMore >>
    Sandra Trammell remembers when her daughter Mila was diagnosed with autism at 19 months old. Even though she worked as a nurse, Sandra knew little about autism at the time. Finding help for her family was extremely difficult.More >>
  • Preview of the 2013 LA Men's Health Conference

    Preview the 2013 LA Men's Health Conference

    Monday, August 19 2013 6:26 PM EDT2013-08-19 22:26:52 GMT
    This Saturday, the Louisiana Men's Health Organization will take over Pennington Biomedical Research Center, celebrating 12 years of helping men take charge of their well being with the 2013 Men'sMore >>
    This Saturday, the Louisiana Men's Health Organization will take over Pennington Biomedical Research Center, celebrating 12 years of helping men take charge of their well being with the 2013 Men'sMore >>
  • Breastfeeding awareness urges community support for moms

    Breastfeeding awareness urges community support for moms

    Wednesday, August 14 2013 7:07 PM EDT2013-08-14 23:07:40 GMT
    Nationwide, there is a movement to urge more mothers to breastfeed. For baby, breast milk provides important nutrients and antibodies to boost overall health both immediately after birth and in the longMore >>
    Nationwide, there is a movement to urge more mothers to breastfeed. For baby, breast milk provides important nutrients and antibodies to boost overall health both immediately after birth and in the longMore >>
  • New recommendations could come for lung cancer screenings

    New recommendations could come for lung cancer screenings

    Tuesday, August 13 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-08-13 22:45:04 GMT
    Baton Rouge resident Carol Brown was diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2005.  Early screening and chemotherapy helped her beat the disease, and she has been cancer free for more than six years.  However,More >>
    Baton Rouge resident Carol Brown was diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2005.  Early screening and chemotherapy helped her beat the disease, and she has been cancer free for more than six years.
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  • Overloaded book sacks can lead to back problems

    Overloaded book sacks can lead to back problems

    Wednesday, August 7 2013 6:16 PM EDT2013-08-07 22:16:54 GMT
    Soon Angele Lockhart will begin her senior year at Central High School, a demanding year with a full schedule and an even fuller back pack. "I usually have up to two binders, three notebooks at most.More >>
    Physical Therapists say backpack back pain is a very common complaint from students at the start of the school. Symptoms include muscle spasms, shoulder and back strains and any kind of back pain.More >>
  • New technology makes pharmacy more secure, efficient

    New technology makes pharmacy more secure, efficient

    Each month, around 260,000 doses of medicine come out of the pharmacy at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.  That's hundreds of thousands of physician orders that have to be sorted, processed and distributedMore >>
    Each month, around 260,000 doses of medicine come out of the pharmacy at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.  That's hundreds of thousands of physician orders that have to be sorted, processed and distributedMore >>
  • Cardiac Life Vest saves Baton Rouge woman

    Cardiac Life Vest saves Baton Rouge woman

    Wednesday, July 31 2013 8:15 PM EDT2013-08-01 00:15:47 GMT
    Linda Chesterfield can clearly remember the moment her cousin, Brenda Burkins, essentially died.  "Brenda had passed out. All I saw was her head back and her eyes were all white," said Chesterfield. Burkins,More >>
    Linda Chesterfield can clearly remember the moment her cousin, Brenda Burkins, essentially died.  "Brenda had passed out. All I saw was her head back and her eyes were all white," said Chesterfield.
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  • Getting a healthy start to a new school year

    Getting a healthy start to a new school year

    Monday, July 29 2013 7:44 PM EDT2013-07-29 23:44:51 GMT
    Summer vacation is fast coming to a close and many parents are checking off the back to school supply lists. However, your child's success depends on more than just having paper and number two pencils.More >>
    Summer vacation is fast coming to a close and many parents are checking off the back to school supply lists. However, your child's success depends on more than just having paper and number two pencils.More >>
  • Actor's death highlights rising addiction trend

    Actor's death highlights rising addiction trend

    Thursday, July 25 2013 8:37 PM EDT2013-07-26 00:37:27 GMT
    It's been just over a week since fans everywhere were shocked by the sudden death of TV actor Corey Monteith.  The 31 year old star of Glee was found dead in a hotel room.  An autopsy would reveal heMore >>
    Before his overdose death, Glee actor Corey Monteith had been public about his long time struggle with addiction, and had been to rehab several times.  His death highlights a rising national problem.More >>
  • Paired kidney exchange unites couples, saves two lives

    Paired kidney exchange unites couples, saves two lives

    Thursday, July 25 2013 10:57 AM EDT2013-07-25 14:57:49 GMT
    John Mayers and his wife April have been residents of Baker with their family for eight years.  John was a pastor and April is an account managers.  They both worked together at a substance abuse facilityMore >>
    Two couples living in two different towns were in the same situation.  One of their spouses needed a kidney transplant.  Together, they were able to do a life saving swap. More >>
  • Stress, guilt can overwhelm caregivers

    Stress, guilt can overwhelm caregivers

    Tuesday, July 23 2013 6:05 PM EDT2013-07-23 22:05:27 GMT
    Baton Rouge resident Dana Barton is the primary care giver for her 93 year old father, Harry.  She took on that role when her mother passed away a few years ago. "He's just precious. He is amazing," saidMore >>
    Caregiver distress can cause emotional and physical harm through anxiety, depression and even high blood pressure.  Research shows women are more likely to succumb to caregiver distress.More >>
  • Women needed for Pennington studies

    Women needed for Pennington studies

    Monday, July 22 2013 7:12 PM EDT2013-07-22 23:12:00 GMT
    When she was a young teen, Grace Pickering was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS.  According to researchers, it's a condition that affects one out of fourteen women worldwide.  It causesMore >>
    A study from LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center is tackling one of the most common problems for women when it comes to fertility. It's a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome that causes hormone imbalances and can lead to infertility.More >>
  • Warm temperatures can cause water bacteria levels to rise

    Warm temperatures can cause water bacteria levels to rise

    Thursday, July 18 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-07-19 02:55:14 GMT
    On a hot summer day, diving into the nearest lake or river is a quick and fun way to cool off. Unfortunately the excessive heat can cause bacteria levels in water to rise.  That is especially trueMore >>
    On a hot summer day, diving into the nearest lake or river is a quick and fun way to cool off. Unfortunately the excessive heat can cause bacteria levels in water to rise.  That is especially trueMore >>
  • First case of West Nile Virus in Louisiana reported

    First case of West Nile Virus in Louisiana reported

    July 17, 2013 08:17 PM 2013-07-18 09:06:26 GMT
    It is 29 weeks into the Center for Disease Control's disease calendar, and only 23 human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported nationwide.  Mississippi leads with six total case: extremely lowMore >>
    The first case of West Nile virus in Louisiana this year was identified Wednesday in a horse in Livingston Parish.More >>
  • Let sleeping dogs lie, just not on your bed

    Let sleeping dogs lie,just not on your bed

    July 11, 2013 09:00 PM 2013-07-12 13:24:03 GMT
    There's nothing that warms the heart quite like a fluffy, four legged companion snuggling up close.  Be it canine or feline or something else entirely, the benefits of owning a pet are well known. "IMore >>
    There's an old saying, "If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas." Turns out, this can be quite literal and fleas may not be the only thing you get up with.More >>
  • Americans living longer, less healthier lives

    Americans living longer, less healthier lives

    Thursday, July 11 2013 1:32 PM EDT2013-07-11 17:32:25 GMT
    In an ambitious study, University of Washington researches led a global effort to look at quality of health in Americans compared to 34 other countries.  The results, published in the latest edition ofMore >>
    In an ambitious study, University of Washington researches led a global effort to look at quality of health in Americans compared to 34 other countries.  The results, published in the latest edition ofMore >>
  • Ohio victims speaking out gives courage to local survivors

    Ohio victims speaking out gives courage to local survivors

    Thursday, July 11 2013 1:32 PM EDT2013-07-11 17:32:02 GMT
    With strength and gratitude Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight spoke out after nearly a decade of captivity.  "I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends,"More >>
    With strength and gratitude Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight spoke out after nearly a decade of captivity.  "I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends."More >>
  • High heels can be a real headache

    High heels can be a real headache

    Sometimes, the price you pay for fashion goes well beyond dollar signs. High heels or poorly fitted flats can wreak havoc on your feet. "If your toes are being crammed into improperly fitting shoesMore >>
    Sometimes, the price you pay for fashion goes well beyond dollar signs. High heels or poorly fitted flats can wreak havoc on your feet.
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  • Be Fit camp helps kids with nutrition, self esteem

    Be Fit camp helps kids with nutrition, self esteem

    Monday, July 1 2013 9:16 PM EDT2013-07-02 01:16:36 GMT
    Primary Care Providers in East Feliciana is holding a different kind of summer camp for kids in Clinton. "This is something we reach out to the community because it is such a big epidemic, childhood obesity,"More >>
    At 35 percent, the obesity rate in East Feliciana is well above the national average. One health provider is stepping up to drop that number, and it's starting with the area's youngest residents.More >>
  • Distribution, Medicaid acceptance credited with dentist shortage in LA

    Distribution, Medicaid acceptance credited with dentist shortage in LA

    Friday, June 28 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-06-28 21:58:57 GMT
    Biggio Dental Care located in the heart of Baton Rouge has kept up a steady stream of patients since it opened.  Dr. Chad Biggio is an LSU grad, and decided to open his practice here after falling in loveMore >>
    The distribution of dentists is one of the reasons a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found Louisiana to be lacking in access to dental care.  The other reason, has to do with the number of dentists who accept medicaid patients.More >>
  • Using video conferencing to save lives

    Using video conferencing to save lives

    Wednesday, June 26 2013 9:23 PM EDT2013-06-27 01:23:01 GMT
    Video chatting with family and friends has become pretty common with today's technology.  Now, doctors at Our Lady of the Lake are using the same technology to connect with patients when they most needMore >>
    Video chatting with family and friends has become pretty common with today's technology.  Now, doctors at Our Lady of the Lake are using the same technology to connect with patients when they most needMore >>
  • Choosing the right vitamin supplement

    Choosing the right vitamin supplement

    Tuesday, June 25 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-06-25 22:04:14 GMT
    Vitamin D is good for your bone health, but how much milk do you need each day to get enough? "You'd have to drink four glasses of vitamin D enriched milk to meet your daily needs," explained registeredMore >>
    Vitamin D is good for your bone health, but how much milk do you need each day to get enough? "You'd have to drink four glasses of vitamin D enriched milk to meet your daily needs," explained registeredMore >>
  • Primary care key to preventative healthcare

    Primary care key to preventative healthcare

    Thursday, June 20 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-06-21 02:55:15 GMT
    Chrissy Dupuy, 29, never gave too much thought about doctor visits.  After all, the Baton Rouge resident is in good health and rarely gets sick.  However, an online health tool from the Baton Rouge GeneralMore >>
    Chrissy Dupuy, 29, never gave too much thought about doctor visits.  After all, the Baton Rouge resident is in good health and rarely gets sick.
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  • A look at healing burns in the Regional Burn Center

    A look at healing burns in the Regional Burn Center

    Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:37:27 GMT
    When it opened its doors forty years ago, the Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center was just one of 14 nationwide.  Today, it still stands as one of the best. "Most of these patients have accidents.More >>
    When it opened its doors forty years ago, the Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center was just one of 14 nationwide.  Today, it still stands as one of the best. More >>
  • Trauma nurse shares experiences treating Geismar patients

    Trauma nurse shares experiences treating Geismar patients

    More than 24 hours after the Geismar plant explosion, the Our Lady of the Lake Trauma Center sits eerily quiet.  However the scene just hours after a chemical fire caused mass injuries, was vastly different. "EveryMore >>
    More than 24 hours after the Geismar plant explosion, the Our Lady of the Lake Trauma Center sits eerily quiet.  However the scene just hours after a chemical fire caused mass injuries, was vastly different. "EveryMore >>
  • Early hearing aids help speech development

    Early hearing aids help speech development

    Talk just a few minutes with 11 year old Makenzie, and you'll see the she's full of spunk.  She chatters endlessly about school activities which include everything from softball to Beta Club.  NotMore >>
    Talk just a few minutes with 11 year old Makenzie, and you'll see the she's full of spunk.  She chatters endlessly about school activities which include everything from softball to Beta Club.  NotMore >>
  • Summer temps mean heat dangers

    Summer temps mean heat dangers

    The oppressive heat that rolls over the city each summer is as tangible as the heat waves rising up from the concrete.  "The big influence during the summer months is the moisture that comes in off theMore >>
    It's no surprise that it's hot outside.  However, each summer people still succumb to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
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  • Preventing the silent killer with swimming safety

    Preventing the silent killer with swimming safety

    On a hot summer day, nothing feels better than a dip in the pool.  However the dangers lurking in the water's surface are often overlooked or underestimated. According to the CDC, drowning is the leadingMore >>
    On a hot summer day, nothing feels better than a dip in the pool.  However the dangers lurking in the water's surface are often overlooked or underestimated.
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  • Soft drinks may erode teeth as badly as drugs

    Soft drinks may erode teeth as badly as drugs

    Extreme damage to your teeth is expected from abuse of illegal drugs like methamphetamine or crack cocaine.  However, there is another substance out there that even the most innocent child uses and itMore >>
    A new study suggests soda can erode teeth as badly as illegal drugs.More >>
  • New diabetes study looking for applicants

    New diabetes study looking for applicants

    Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and it's a disease that runs rampant in our deep fried, fully buttered southern state.  "Unless diabetes is controlled it will lead to complication.More >>
    A new study from Pennington hopes to take the guess work out of treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.
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  • Officials urge hurricane preparedness early

    Officials urge hurricane preparedness early

    Friday, May 31 2013 6:01 PM EDT2013-05-31 22:01:27 GMT
    While the weather is calm now, we know in South Louisiana that can change at any time.   With hurricane season, comes a looming threat of storms that could deprive you of power or drive you from your home.More >>
    While the weather is calm now, we know in South Louisiana that can change at any time.   With hurricane season, comes a looming threat of storms that could deprive you of power or drive you from your home.More >>
  • Dermatologist urge sun protection on "No Fry" Friday

    Dermatologist urge sun protection on "No Fry" Friday

    With beautiful weekend weather expected for the unofficial start of summer, there will be plenty of families spending time outside.  Before you break out the grill, hit the beach or board the boats,More >>
    With beautiful weekend weather expected for the unofficial start of summer, there will be plenty of families spending time outside.  Before you break out the grill, hit the beach or board the boats,More >>
  • Madison's story: From two pounds to graduation

    Madison's story: From two pounds to graduation

    Thursday, May 23 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:15:06 GMT
    April 3, 1999 should have been one of the happiest days in the lives of Jeff and Stephanie Hasenkampf.  It was the day their first daughter was born.  Instead, it was a time of fear and uncertainty.More >>
    April 3, 1999 should have been one of the happiest days in the lives of Jeff and Stephanie Hasenkampf.  It was the day their first daughter was born.  Instead, it was a time of fear and uncertainty.More >>
  • American Cancer Society celebrates 100 years

    American Cancer Society celebrates 100 years

    Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:38:55 GMT
    The American Cancer Society, the official sponsor of birthdays, is celebrating its own.  For 100 years, the organization has been fighting cancer.  Probably known best for its relay for life, the ACSMore >>
    The American Cancer Society, the official sponsor of birthdays, is celebrating its own.  For 100 years, the organization has been fighting cancer.
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  • Media saturation can lead to anxiety

    Media saturation can lead to anxiety

    Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:32 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:32:23 GMT
    Like horror movies come to life shootings, bombings and mother nature's fury all play out on a big screen.  While you may wish it was fiction, the live coverage" stamp assures it is very real. "When youMore >>
    Like horror movies come to life shootings, bombings and mother nature's fury all play out on a big screen.  While you may wish it was fiction, the "live coverage" stamp assures it is very real.More >>
  • Pennington: 480 daily steps could be key to fighting dementia

    Pennington: 480 daily steps could be key to fighting dementia

    Friday, May 17 2013 11:47 AM EDT2013-05-17 15:47:23 GMT
    Baton Rouge resident Beverly Smiley doesn't meet a stranger easily.  She immediately introduces herself to anyone new, and will chat about her children now located in Texas and Hawaii.  The 70-year-oldMore >>
    A woman whose mother and aunt were both ravaged by dementia in their later years did not hesitate to volunteer for a dimentia study at Pennington Biomedical.More >>
  • Pediatrician, OB-GYN sound off on breast feeding study

    Pediatrician, OB-GYN sound off on breast feeding study

    Thursday, May 16 2013 8:08 PM EDT2013-05-17 00:08:39 GMT
    The benefits of breast feeding for mom and baby are well established. "That colostrum which is the first milk that the mom makes in the first few days," explained pediatrician Dr. Ashley Lucas.  "It's chockMore >>
    A new study suggests giving babies a limited amount of formula in the first few days of life can actually help mothers breast feed longer.  It's a small study, but it's already stirring up controversy.
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  • Elizabeth's Blog: Skinny vs Healthy

    Elizabeth's Blog: Skinny vs Healthy

    Monday, May 13 2013 1:48 PM EDT2013-05-13 17:48:47 GMT
    This week I did a story entitled, "Skinny by summer." In it, I took a look at this season's fad diets and health fitness trends in order to help our viewers get started on that beach body.  Folks, I haveMore >>
    What is skinny? What is healthy? And are they the same thing?  Elizabeth takes a look in her blog.More >>
  • Dietician sounds off on caffeine consumption

    Dietician sounds off on caffeine consumption

    For any coffee drinker, nothing beats that first cup in the morning, except maybe the second cup.  But, getting your caffeine fix is no longer limited to that bitter brew.  "It's being added to so manyMore >>
    For any coffee drinker, nothing beats that first cup in the morning, except maybe the second cup.  But, getting your caffeine fix is no longer limited to that bitter brew.More >>
  • Skinny by Summer

    Skinny by Summer

    Summertime means it's time to lose the winter coat and slip into your swimsuit. Unfortunately, the extra layers of clothes may not be the only thing you need to lose.  If you need to shape up before youMore >>
    The warmer weather means it's time to shed those winter layers, but you may need to shed some extra winter pounds as well.More >>
  • Class helps smokers quit for good

    Class helps smokers quit for good

    Thursday, May 2 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-03 02:55:19 GMT
    The devastating effects of smoking on your health are well known. "Smoking is linked to most of the top ten deaths in America. Not just cardiovascular disease but cancers as well," said cardiovascularMore >>
    The devastating effects of smoking on your health are well known. "Smoking is linked to most of the top ten deaths in America. Not just cardiovascular disease but cancers as well," said cardiovascularMore >>
  • Coworkers share friendship, office, cancer survival

    Coworkers share friendship, office, cancer survival

    Friday, April 26 2013 7:49 PM EDT2013-04-26 23:49:47 GMT
    Julie Aillet and Cyndi Jones have worked side by side at the West Baton Rouge Library for 17 years. "In our library we have a family atmosphere," said Jones. Almost five years ago, Cyndi was diagnosedMore >>
    Julie Aillet and Cyndi Jones have worked side by side at the West Baton Rouge Library for 17 years. "In our library we have a family atmosphere," said Jones.More >>
  • Woman's health before pregnancy important to baby's health

    Woman's health before pregnancy important to baby's health

    Wednesday, April 24 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-04-24 22:15:23 GMT
    Along with getting a few practice laps in around the hospital before March for Babies, staff at Woman's Hospital is also trying to educate women as early as possible about prenatal and preconception care.More >>
    Along with getting a few practice laps in around the hospital before March for Babies, staff at Woman's Hospital is also trying to educate women as early as possible about prenatal and preconception care.More >>
  • Artificial heart transplant patient shares experience

    Artificial heart transplant patient shares experience

    A steady clicking rhythm coming from the machine attached to his chest is the sound of life pumping through the veins of 41 year old Alfred Williams.  "I'm more excited to get it than I think they areMore >>
    A steady clicking rhythm coming from the machine attached to his chest is the sound of life pumping through the veins of 41 year old Alfred Williams.
    More >>
  • Some doctors pushing for no elective labor inductions

    Some doctors pushing for no elective labor inductions

    The Associates in Women's Health physician group located inside Woman's Hospital, is taking the stance that nature knows best.  The group announced this week that its OB-GYNs will not perform scheduled,More >>
    The Associates in Women's Health physician group located inside Woman's Hospital, is taking the stance that nature knows best.  The group announced this week that its OB-GYNs will not perform scheduled,More >>
  • Elizabeth's Blog: Calling for re-do

    Elizabeth's Blog: Calling for re-do

    A funny thing happens in a newsroom when breaking news hits.  Everyone is in motion. You're checking sources; you have an ear on the national news; you're watching the news feeds, checking Facebook, searchingMore >>
    After what has been a trying week for many in the nation, Elizabeth calls for a re-do and talks about how we can be a healthy, positive force. More >>
  • Bill would allow patients to seek physical therapy without referral

    Bill would allow patients to seek physical therapy without referral

    Thursday, April 18 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-04-19 02:55:14 GMT
    Currently in the state of Louisiana, if you need physical therapy you have to first see a doctor, surgeon, dentist, podiatrist or a chiropractor for a referral. "We can perform and evaluation and we canMore >>
    Currently in the state of Louisiana, if you need physical therapy you have to first see a doctor, surgeon, dentist, podiatrist or a chiropractor for a referral. "We can perform and evaluation and we canMore >>
  • Talking to kids about the Boston Marathon bombing

    Talking to kids about the Boston Marathon bombing

    Tuesday, April 16 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-04-16 21:35:20 GMT
    When the unimaginable happens, and it unfolds in High Definition on your television or computer screen, it can be difficult for anyone to process. "We see this, but it's hard to separate the trauma. SometimesMore >>
    When the unimaginable happens, and it unfolds in High Definition on your television or computer screen, it can be difficult for anyone to process. "We see this, but it's hard to separate the trauma. SometimesMore >>
  • What Earl K. Long patients will face Monday

    What Earl K. Long patients will face Monday

    After more than 40 years of busy halls and full patient rooms, Earl K. Long Hospital sits all but empty and eerily quiet. "A lot of us loved it. It's been very special to a lot of us because of theMore >>
    After more than 40 years of busy halls and full patient rooms, Earl K. Long Hospital sits all but empty and eerily quiet.More >>
  • House bill would require additional newborn test

    House bill would require additional newborn test

    Newborns go through many screenings and test, but the American Heart Association has recommended that one more be added to the list and a new bill would require it in every birthing center in the state.More >>
    Newborns go through many screenings and test, but the American Heart Association has recommended that one more be added to the list and a new bill would require it in every birthing center in the state.More >>
  • Man receives first artificial heart in Gulf South Region

    Man receives first artificial heart in Gulf South Region

    Friday, March 29 2013 5:56 PM EDT2013-03-29 21:56:03 GMT
    Part man, part machine is something that sounds like fantasy, but it's much closer to reality than you can believe. "We're very excited as a group that we had the opportunity to help a patient withMore >>
    Part man, part machine is something that sounds like fantasy, but it's much closer to reality than you can believe.More >>
  • Hospital uses the arts to heal

    Hospital uses the arts to heal

    Wednesday, March 27 2013 12:43 PM EDT2013-03-27 16:43:47 GMT
    Inside the waiting rooms at Baton Rouge General Hospital, you'll find the usual items to keep patients and their families occupied.  Old magazines are stacked on coffee and end tables; a few folded newspapersMore >>
    Inside the waiting rooms at Baton Rouge General Hospital, you'll find the usual items to keep patients and their families occupied.  Old magazines are stacked on coffee and end tables; a few folded newspapersMore >>
  • Unique school helps parents, kids overcome challenges

    Unique school helps parents, kids overcome challenges

    Friday, March 22 2013 7:21 PM EDT2013-03-22 23:21:27 GMT
    Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy is a unique school that is helping parents as much as it is children. "GBRHA is a nonprofit school. We serve children with learning challenges.  We have students agesMore >>
    Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy is a unique school that is helping parents as much as it is children. "GBRHA is a nonprofit school. We serve children with learning challenges. We have students agesMore >>
  • Elizabeth's Blog: Talkin' in my sleep

    Elizabeth's Blog: Talkin' in my sleep

    Friday, March 22 2013 11:42 AM EDT2013-03-22 15:42:15 GMT
    I'll tell you what, folks, I love my sleep.  More than that, I need my sleep.  As my friends and coworkers can attest to, I do not function without my seven to eight hours a night.  In college, I may haveMore >>
    When the going gets chaotic, the first thing to go is sleep. But, is that doing more harm than good?More >>
  • Health App launches pilot program in BR

    Health App launches pilot program in BR

    Thursday, March 21 2013 2:43 PM EDT2013-03-21 18:43:43 GMT
    If there's one thing we love to do in the capital city, it's eat.  But, what exactly is in that food you're putting in your body? "One of the problems we run into in Louisiana is we love our food," saidMore >>
    If there's one thing we love to do in the capital city, it's eat.  But, what exactly is in that food you're putting in your body? "One of the problems we run into in Louisiana is we love our food," saidMore >>
  • Osteoporosis study looking for participants

    Osteoporosis study looking for participants

    Thursday, March 21 2013 2:38 PM EDT2013-03-21 18:38:09 GMT
    Baton Rouge resident Tamara Jackson had one thought on her mind heading into a clinic.  "How my bone density is, and if there's things I can do to keep it from worsening and if I'm on the right path toMore >>
    The Louisiana Osteoporosis Study is being conducted through Tulane University, and it's looking for about 20,000 male and female participants to look at the risk factors for the disease.  Participants receive free health screenings.
    More >>
  • The birds and the bees leave you sniffing

    The birds and the bees leave you sniffing

    Spring is here, and love is in the air- quite literally if you're an oak tree. "Pollen is the male portion of the sexual transfer of material between two flowers," said Clegg's Nursery owner Scott Ricca. That'sMore >>
    Spring is here, and love is in the air - quite literally if you're an oak tree.  The pollen floating through the air, falling on your car and getting in your nose is all part of, well, the birds and the bees.More >>
  • Elizabeth's Blog: The new plague

    Elizabeth's Blog: The new plague

    Baton Rouge leads the nation in new AIDS cases. For the second time in the row.   According to HAART, the Capitol City is also second for HIV and Louisiana is fourth in the nation for estimated AIDS cases. (AllMore >>
    Baton Rouge leads the nation in new AIDS cases. So, what aren't we doing right?
    More >>
  • Better tests lead to better concussion treatment

    Better tests lead to better concussion treatment

    Friday, March 15 2013 9:22 PM EDT2013-03-16 01:22:06 GMT
    Central Private School Senior Mason Jordan starting playing football as a kid in a peewee league.  As a running back and linebacker in High School, he got hit a lot. "Every play," laughed Jordan. "TheMore >>
    Some new tests allow doctors and trainers to better diagnose concussions and treat the athletes.
    More >>
  • Woman runs her way through extreme health problems

    Woman runs her way through extreme health problems

    "Running is my stress relief," said 33 year old Kristin McKinley as she laced up her gray running shoes, getting ready for a group run. "I could be a ball of tense and frustration and going and pushingMore >>
    "Running is my stress relief," said 33 year old Kristin McKinley as she laced up her gray running shoes, getting ready for a group run. "I could be a ball of tense and frustration and going and pushingMore >>
  • Forum addressing substance abuse to be held Thursday

    Forum addressing substance abuse to be held Thursday

    Inside the Capital City, there is a wealth of resources to help with substance abuse, a problem that's effects all age groups, and every ethnicity. "Our culture and the norms that surround substance abuseMore >>
    Inside the Capital City, there are a wealth of resources to help with substance abuse, a problem that affects all age groups, and every ethnicity.More >>
  • Attorneys General push for tamper-proof drugs

    Attorneys General push for tamper-proof drugs

    Used correctly, prescription pain killers can provide much needed relief to people who are in pain.  However, abuse them and the consequences can be deadly. "Once they get hooked on it they can't stopMore >>
    Used correctly, prescription pain killers can provide much needed relief to people who are in pain.  However, abuse them and the consequences can be deadly.
    More >>
  • Cancer survivor advocates for colonoscopies

    Cancer survivor advocates for colonoscopies

    Colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer among adults, and it's also one of the deadliest. "The high death rate is because of a failure to diagnose it early enough," said gastroenterologist Dr. GregMore >>
    Colon cancer is the fourth most-common cancer among adults, and it's also one of the deadliest.More >>
  • "Cured" HIV baby gives hope to local doctors

    "Cured" HIV baby gives hope to local doctors

    It was news that rocked the medical world; a baby diagnosed with HIV at birth was functionally cured. "To know that- in the case that was reported- even in a situation where mom presents and the diagnosisMore >>
    It was news that rocked the medical world; a baby diagnosed with HIV at birth was functionally cured.
    More >>
  • Goggles hold key to early stroke detection

    Goggles hold key to early stroke detection

    According to the American Stroke Association, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. "A stroke would be best described as a lack of blood flow or an infarction of a portion of the brain," said vascularMore >>
    According to the American Stroke Association, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. "A stroke would be best described as a lack of blood flow or an infarction of a portion of the brain," said vascularMore >>
  • Support building for rare disease

    Support building for rare disease

    Watching four year old Kelli Guillory zoom by on a bike, it's hard to imagine that since the day she was born her tiny body has struggled to keep going. "Kelli was born in 2009," said her mother JenniferMore >>
    Watching four year old Kelli Guillory zoom by on a bike, it's hard to imagine that since the day she was born her tiny body has struggled to keep going. "Kelli was born in 2009," said her mother JenniferMore >>
  • Refuge for sex trafficking victims opening soon

    Refuge for sex trafficking victims opening soon

    Human sex trafficking: a frightening world of horrible crimes against young girls and it's happening right here in the Capital City. "Most people are really surprised to learn that human trafficking existsMore >>
    Human sex trafficking: a frightening world of horrible crimes against young girls and it's happening right here in the Capital City. "Most people are really surprised to learn that human trafficking existsMore >>
  • Class attacking all sides of obesity

    Class attacking all sides of obesity

    Teaching kids to fight obesity takes more than getting them to heat their veggies.  "Trying to change behavior for kids and their families to help them develop healthy lifestyles for forever," said PediatricMore >>
    Teaching kids to fight obesity takes more than getting them to heat their veggies.  "Trying to change behavior for kids and their families to help them develop healthy lifestyles for forever," said PediatricMore >>
  • 1 in 3 Louisianans suffer from arthritis

    1 in 3 Louisianans suffer from arthritis

    Friday, March 1 2013 7:36 AM EST2013-03-01 12:36:43 GMT
    Imagine your body turning on itself, attacking the very joints that keep you moving. "It just felt like my joints had broken glass in them. They were crunchy, hot, painful. Any kind of movement they hurt,"More >>
    More than a million Louisianans suffer from some form of arthritis, that's one in three people.  It's a condition that's hard to diagnose, and harder to treat. Heathline reporter Elizabeth Vowell shows us that this disorder can strike anyone.More >>
  • Sinus balloon helps patients breath easier

    Sinus balloon helps patients breath easier

    Wednesday, February 27 2013 7:02 PM EST2013-02-28 00:02:03 GMT
    Nikki Nadkarni arrived at her ENT's office with terrible sinus symptoms like coughing and painful pressure, problems she's had for years.  By the end of her visit however, she would leave with a lot ofMore >>
    In South LA, many people spend the winter months sniffing and coughing with that awful sinus pressure building up in your head.  Treatment for sinus issues varies from taking medication, to surgery. But, for the people who fall somewhere in between, there is another option that can give relief for years.More >>
  • Technology can be a pain in the neck

    Technology can be a pain in the neck

    A smart phone or a computer can be a wonderful thing. They keep you connected, keep you entertained and even keep you busy.  However, they can also be a pain, quite literally. "The problems were headaches.More >>
    Are you slumped over while reading this? Well time to straighten up.  Physical therapists are reporting more cases of neck and back pain, and guess what: they're blaming technology. More >>
  • Elizabeth's Blog: The devil is in the details

    Elizabeth's Blog: The devil is in the details

    Monday, February 25 2013 12:54 PM EST2013-02-25 17:54:15 GMT
    For the past few weeks, I've had to adjust my exercise routine.  It's not due to an injury or illness, but because of a potential side effect.  My doctor recently gave me medicine to treat a pesky andMore >>
    The thing about medicine and health in general is that the devil is in the details, and when you don't read the fine print, the results could be disastrous.More >>
  • Cooking, heart healthy and delicious

    Cooking, heart healthy and delicious

    The words "healthy eating" often conjure up images of endless vegetables, flavorless chicken or even rubbery tofu.   While that may be true, doctors will agree that healthy eating is one of the basic building blocksMore >>
    The words "healthy eating" often conjure up images of endless vegetables, flavorless chicken or even rubbery tofu.   While that may be true, doctors will agree that healthy eating is one of the basic building blocksMore >>
  • Psychosocial Oncology changing cancer treatment

    Psychosocial Oncology changing cancer treatment

    "You have cancer," just three words with the power to change everything. "Once the doctor says the C word, the patient's life isn't their own. It's go here, take this test, take this treatment," saidMore >>
    "You have cancer," just three words with the power to change everything. "Once the doctor says the C word, the patient's life isn't their own. It's go here, take this test, take this treatment," saidMore >>
  • Leaders push for community support of mental health care

    Leaders push for community support of mental health care

    In the months since the sandy hook shooting, the heartbreaking images of tearful vigils have faded into a frightening look into the mind of the shooter who was by all accounts an unstable young man, bringingMore >>
    In the months since the Sandy Hook shooting, the heartbreaking images of tearful vigils have faded into a frightening look into the mind of the shooter who was by all accounts an unstable young man, bringing more attention to the need for mental health care.More >>
  • Can a cell phone cause acne?

    Can a cell phone cause acne?

    Tuesday, February 19 2013 10:55 PM EST2013-02-20 03:55:12 GMT
    It's the one accessory you never leave home without: your cell phone.  Sometimes it may seem like a cell phone is more like an extension of our hand, going everywhere and anywhere. "I carry my cell phone around.More >>
    It's the one accessory you never leave home without: your cell phone.  That means some nasty little organisms may be hitch-hiking from one surface to the phone's surface, which is then applied directly to your face.More >>
  • Self-denial good for the soul and the body

    Self-denial good for the soul and the body

    Wednesday, February 13 2013 6:18 PM EST2013-02-13 23:18:26 GMT
    As Mardi Gras beads give way to ashen crosses, so a time of celebration turns to a time of sacrifice, as many Christians observe lent. "Christ took 40 days in the desert before he began his public ministry.More >>
    As Mardi Gras beads give way to ashen crosses, so a time of celebration turns to a time of sacrifice, as many Christians observe lent. "Christ took 40 days in the desert before he began his public ministry.More >>
  • Elizabeth's Blog: Listen to your heart

    Elizabeth's Blog: Listen to your heart

    Monday, February 11 2013 2:38 PM EST2013-02-11 19:38:01 GMT
    It's February and aside from the purple, green and gold of Mardi Gras, you've probably noticed another predominant color hanging about: red.  No, this is not a promotion for Valentine's Day.  However,More >>
    Elizabeth talks about why February is near and dear to her heart.  And no, it has nothing to do with Cupid. More >>
  • "Tooth Fairy" takes over lessons for EBR students

    "Tooth Fairy" takes over lessons for EBR students

    Each Friday in February, elementary kids from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System are trading their ABCs, for just "ah." That's because the kids are getting a lesson in dental hygiene.  It's aMore >>
    Each Friday in February, elementary kids from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System are trading their ABCs, for just "ah."More >>
  • Obesity myths hinder fight against epidemic

    Obesity myths hinder fight against epidemic

    Thursday, February 7 2013 6:52 PM EST2013-02-07 23:52:55 GMT
    True or false: PE classes in schools will irradiate childhood obesity. "Well in fact, they don't. They're important and physical exercise and education is important, but simply implementing classes inMore >>
    True or false: PE classes in schools will irradiate childhood obesity. "Well in fact, they don't. They're important and physical exercise and education is important, but simply implementing classes inMore >>
  • Robin Roberts' health struggle inspire hundreds to donate bone marrow

    Robin Roberts' health struggle inspire hundreds to donate bone marrow

    Wednesday, February 6 2013 6:32 PM EST2013-02-06 23:32:15 GMT
    A quick questionnaire, a few cheek swabs and these students and staff at Southeastern Louisiana University have taken the first steps to save lives. "Be the match is a nonprofit organization. We actuallyMore >>
    A quick questionnaire, a few cheek swabs and these students and staff at Southeastern Louisiana University have taken the first steps to save lives. "Be the match is a nonprofit organization. We actuallyMore >>
  • Snoezelen machine helps calm sick children

    Snoezelen machine helps calm sick children

    Wednesday, February 6 2013 6:27 PM EST2013-02-06 23:27:54 GMT
    For kid who is hurting, or sick the hospital that is meant to be a place of healing can be scary and alien. But, with a few lights and effects, a cold hospital room can become warm and soothing. "TheyMore >>
    For kid who is hurting, or sick the hospital that is meant to be a place of healing can be scary and alien. But, with a few lights and effects, a cold hospital room can become warm and soothing. "TheyMore >>
  • Women hope fashion leads to good heart health

    Women hope fashion leads to good heart health

    Monday, February 4 2013 11:14 PM EST2013-02-05 04:14:03 GMT
    Picking the right outfit can be a challenge for any woman, and when the dress is spreading a message of health, the pressure is on. "You put a bunch of beautiful women on a catwalk, you're going to stopMore >>
    Picking the right outfit can be a challenge for any woman, and when the dress is spreading a message of health, the pressure is on.
    More >>
  • Binge drinking hidden danger among women

    Binge drinking hidden danger among women

    Thursday, January 31 2013 11:10 PM EST2013-02-01 04:10:08 GMT
    Whether it's drinking to celebrate, drinking to relax or drinking to socialize alcohol is a big part of Louisiana culture.  "Baton Rouge, LSU, New Orleans, Mardi Gras. We celebrate with alcohol everything,"More >>
    Whether it's drinking to celebrate, drinking to relax or drinking to socialize - alcohol is a big part of Louisiana culture.  "Baton Rouge, LSU, New Orleans, Mardi Gras. We celebrate with alcohol everything,"More >>
  • Medicaid cuts felt by all healthcare providers

    Medicaid cuts felt by all healthcare providers

    Monday, January 28 2013 6:22 PM EST2013-01-28 23:22:44 GMT
    Woman's Hospital prides itself on the Newborn and Infant Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. However, constant cuts in Medicaid reimbursement mean that Woman's must now cut down on its NICU home care servicesMore >>
    Woman's Hospital prides itself on the Newborn and Infant Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. However, constant cuts in Medicaid reimbursement mean that Woman's must now cut down on its NICU home care servicesMore >>
  • Elizabeth's Blog: Dealing with Grief

    Elizabeth's Blog: Dealing with Grief

    Friday, January 25 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-01-25 23:21:48 GMT
    My mother described grief as if it were ocean waves.  They hit you hard, sometimes knocking you down.  Just when you think you will drown, it will roll out.  The pressure releases and air fills your lungsMore >>
    Grief and sadness are emotions we've all felt, but how do we deal with it? Elizabeth gives a personal perspective on coping with grief. More >>
  • Elizabeth's Blog: We're all a little mad here, aren't we?

    Elizabeth's Blog: We're all a little mad here, aren't we?

    Jan 21, 2013 11:00 PM 2013-01-25 23:14:43 GMT
    This week, I took at trip to the movies to watch Silver Linings Playbook.  The plot follows Pat, played by Bradley Cooper, a man diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  Throughout the movie, you watch Pat attemptMore >>
    Most people have known someone who has struggled with depression, addiction or other mental issues. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of conversation in how to handle these situations.More >>
  • EMS preps for Mardi Gras and Super Bowl crowds

    EMS preps for Mardi Gras and Super Bowl crowds

    Thursday, January 24 2013 11:20 PM EST2013-01-25 04:20:02 GMT
    When you gather thousands of your closest friends for a good time, chances are something will go wrong. "We're geared up, ready to go. All the equipment is shined up ready to go," said PIO for Baton RougeMore >>
    When you gather thousands of your closest friends for a good time, chances are something will go wrong.
    More >>
  • Shingles virus up in all age groups

    Shingles virus up in all age groups

    Wednesday, January 23 2013 9:16 PM EST2013-01-24 02:16:22 GMT
    College life for Caroline Radaj was fun but stressful; and that was before she ended up with a painful case of shingles.  "It felt like either I had a pinched nerve or that just someone was constantlyMore >>
    College life for Caroline Radaj was fun but stressful; and that was before she ended up with a painful case of shingles. 
    More >>
  • Bourbon-infused ice cream said to help with flu

    Bourbon-infused ice cream said to help with flu

    Tuesday, January 22 2013 7:45 AM EST2013-01-22 12:45:15 GMT
    If you're having a rough go of it trying to beat the flu and its nasty symptoms, an ice cream company may have just the ticket.
    More >>
    If you're having a rough go of it trying to beat the flu and its nasty symptoms, an ice cream company may have just the ticket.
    More >>
  • HIV/AIDS Advocate: We're not doing enough to solve the problem

    HIV/AIDS Advocate: We're not doing enough to solve the problem

    Saturday, January 19 2013 9:32 AM EST2013-01-19 14:32:54 GMT
    It's a number two ranking no city wants, but Baton Rouge has become accustomed to. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the city has the second most new HIV cases per 500,000 people.  When itMore >>
    "We're not doing enough education, we're not doing enough testing, and we're not doing enough awareness," said one HIV/AIDS advocate.
    More >>
  • New, advanced catheter used for first time in Louisiana

    New, advanced catheter used for first time in Louisiana

    Wednesday, January 16 2013 6:40 PM EST2013-01-16 23:40:54 GMT
    Navigating the complex circulatory roadways of the human veins and arteries is not an easy task.  However it is necessary for patients who have blockages. "There's no flow going down through the mainMore >>
    Navigating the complex circulatory roadways of the human veins and arteries is not an easy task.  However it is necessary for patients who have blockages. "There's no flow going down through the mainMore >>
  • Rainy days, depression linked

    Rainy days, depression linked

    Tuesday, January 15 2013 11:15 PM EST2013-01-16 04:15:05 GMT
    The misty, cold scene outside is not what South Louisiana is accustomed to.  Instead of sunshine and mild winters, folks are bundled up and huddling under umbrellas. Not surprisingly, as the temperatureMore >>
    The misty, cold scene outside is not what South Louisiana is accustomed to.  Instead of sunshine and mild winters, folks are bundled up and huddling under umbrellas. Not surprisingly, as the temperatureMore >>
  • Elizabeth's Blog: Meet the medical correspondent

    Elizabeth's Blog: Meet the medical correspondent

    With my first week as WAFB's medical correspondent successfully behind me, I thought now would be an appropriate time to introduce myself. Hello, my name is Elizabeth Vowell, and I am not a medical professional.More >>
    With my first week as WAFB's medical correspondent successfully behind me, I thought now would be an appropriate time to introduce myself. Hello, my name is Elizabeth Vowell, and I am not a medical professional. I just play one on TV.More >>
  • Rainy weather could help spread flu

    Rainy weather could help spread flu

    Friday, January 11 2013 9:29 PM EST2013-01-12 02:29:01 GMT
    Over the past week we've seen one thing: rain, rain and more rain. In many areas flooding has caused school cancellations, and forced people indoors for days.  While there's nothing wrong with a littleMore >>
    Over the past week we've seen one thing: rain, rain and more rain. In many areas flooding has caused school cancellations, and forced people indoors for days. 
    More >>
  • Dreams Come True in need of donations

    Dreams Come True in need of donations

    Thursday, January 10 2013 11:25 PM EST2013-01-11 04:25:05 GMT
    Looking at Blane Smith, he seems like your typical ten-year-old kid, bright and in motion. You would never know that this little guy faces more health challenges than most adults. "Nothing stops him.More >>
    Looking at Blane Smith, he seems like your typical 10-year-old, bright and in motion. You would never know that this little guy faces more health challenges than most adults.
    More >>
  • Bacteria and debris could be lurking in rain water

    Bacteria and debris could be lurking in rain water

    Wednesday, January 9 2013 7:15 PM EST2013-01-10 00:15:28 GMT
    A rainy day, while gray and dreary, can be a playground of puddles and fun for the young, but what's lurking in those temporary ponds may not be so friendly. "Pesticides, oil and gas, bacteria, it'sMore >>
    With flood watches in effect, if you don't have standing water in your yard already, chances are you will soon.  But, before you trudge through the puddles, there are a few health precautions to take.More >>
  • Pregnancy weight study looking for BR women

    Pregnancy weight study looking for BR women

    Tuesday, January 8 2013 6:03 PM EST2013-01-08 23:03:10 GMT
    Doctors in Baton Rouge are looking for 306 overweight, pregnant women to participate in a study of whether getting advice by smartphone can help them control weight gain as well as meeting with a coachMore >>
    Doctors are looking for overweight, pregnant women to participate in a study of whether getting advice by smartphone can help them control weight gain.More >>
  • CDC: Louisiana among states with high flu activity

    CDC: Louisiana among states with high flu activity

    Monday, January 7 2013 6:24 PM EST2013-01-07 23:24:53 GMT
    Behind a bright orange bio-hazard sign at our lady of the lake hospital, sits the people who are most exposed to the flu virus: lab workers who test thousands of patient samples. "We've had about 2.000 testMore >>
    Behind a bright orange bio-hazard sign at our lady of the lake hospital, sits the people who are most exposed to the flu virus: lab workers who test thousands of patient samples. "We've had about 2.000 testMore >>
  • Louisiana receives poor grade for premature births

    Louisiana receives poor grade for premature births

    Tuesday, November 13 2012 9:43 PM EST2012-11-14 02:43:11 GMT
    Louisiana fails when it comes to having healthy newborn babies, says the March of Dimes when it comes to babies who are premature.Louisiana got the F grade because 15.6 percent of babies born last yearMore >>
    Louisiana fails when it comes to having healthy newborn babies, says the March of Dimes when it comes to babies who are premature.More >>
  • A kinder, gentler form of weight-loss surgery?

    A kinder, gentler form of weight-loss surgery?

    Wednesday, September 26 2012 2:40 PM EDT2012-09-26 18:40:45 GMT
    No matter how you cut it, weight loss surgery is a major operation. A device that looks a little bit like a spider could make it a lot easier for some patients. Surgeon Andrew Harrier is pleased withMore >>
    For people who are severely obese, weight loss surgery is becoming an increasingly attractive option. It's still a complicated operation with the potential for serious complications. Now one Baton Rouge surgeon says there's a kinder, gentler alternative.More >>
  • OLOL Livy ER represents a trend

    OLOL Livy ER represents a trend

    Friday, September 14 2012 12:25 PM EDT2012-09-14 16:25:40 GMT
    Our Lady of the Lake's decision to build what amounts to a hospital without beds in Livingston Parish represents a major expansion. One CEO Scott Wester says was long overdue. "After hurricane KatrinaMore >>
    Our Lady of the Lake's decision to build what amounts to a hospital without beds in Livingston Parish represents a major expansion, but it also mirrors a nationwide trend.More >>
  • Grant creates first-ever Louisiana research alliance that could save lives

    Grant creates first-ever Louisiana research alliance that could save lives

    They didn't win the lottery, but they kind'a did. Today Baton Rouge's Pennington Biomedical Research Center announced it and seven other Louisiana research institutions are getting $20 million dollarsMore >>
    They didn't win the lottery, but they kind-of did. Today Baton Rouge's Pennington Biomedical Research Center announced it and seven other Louisiana research institutions are getting $20 million to collaborate on what could be groundbreaking new discoveries--the kind the save lives.  More >>
  • Avoiding injuries after the storm

    Avoiding injuries after the storm

    Wednesday, September 5 2012 7:49 PM EDT2012-09-05 23:49:08 GMT
    When you see heavy equipment on your street after a storm, you know the clean-up has begun. For the average homeowner, that means getting the debris they want hauled away, picked up, cut up and to theMore >>
    When you see heavy equipment on your street after a storm, you know the clean-up has begun.  For the average homeowner, that means getting the debris they want hauled away, picked up, cut up and to the curb.  It's also when injuries occur.  There are simple steps you can take to keep them from happening.More >>
  • Track loved ones in Red Cross shelters

    Track loved ones in Red Cross shelters

    One of the biggest causes of anxiety in the wake of a hurricane is tracking loved ones evacuated because of a storm. The American Red Cross staffs most evacuation centers and has set up a web site it saysMore >>
    One of the biggest causes of anxiety in the wake of a hurricane is tracking loved ones evacuated because of a storm. The American Red Cross has set up a website to help.More >>
  • Baton Rouge family has 3 kids with the same birthday, each a year apart

    Baton Rouge family has three kids, a year apart, on the same date

    Thursday, August 23 2012 11:01 PM EDT2012-08-24 03:01:00 GMT
    What are the odds of having three babies on the same date three years in a row? One in 48 million. Meet the Klar family, Baton Rouge's 1 in 48 million. Roland Francis Klar was born August 17th. The sameMore >>
    What are the odds of having three babies on the same date three years in a row? One in 48 million. This Baton Rouge family knows firsthand.More >>
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