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  • Health summit focuses on how to 'Advance Policy for a Healthy Louisiana'

    Health summit focuses on how to 'Advance Policy for a Healthy Louisiana'

    Friday, March 24 2017 5:36 PM EDT2017-03-24 21:36:05 GMT

    Health leaders and advocates gathered Friday to discuss how to "Advance Policy for a Healthy Louisiana." That was the theme of this year's health summit. Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke about the state's success of expanding Medicaid.

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    Health leaders and advocates gathered Friday to discuss how to "Advance Policy for a Healthy Louisiana." That was the theme of this year's health summit. Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke about the state's success of expanding Medicaid.

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  • Ascension Parish president declares it 'Paint the Parish Purple Day'

    Ascension Parish president declares it 'Paint the Parish Purple Day'

    Friday, March 24 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-03-24 21:14:28 GMT

    You may have noticed more people than usual wearing purple Friday, especially in Ascension Parish. That's because Parish President Kenny Matassa declared it "Paint the Parish Purple Day" to raise awareness for cancer research.

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    You may have noticed more people than usual wearing purple Friday, especially in Ascension Parish. That's because Parish President Kenny Matassa declared it "Paint the Parish Purple Day" to raise awareness for cancer research.

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  • Two weekend health events in Baton Rouge

    Two weekend health events in Baton Rouge

    Healthcare (Source: WAFB)Healthcare (Source: WAFB)

    Two events will be held in Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 25 that will give you the tools you need to make your goal a reality.   

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    Two events will be held in Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 25 that will give you the tools you need to make your goal a reality.   

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  • Baton Rouge General offers comprehensive heart screening event

    Baton Rouge General offers comprehensive heart screening event

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 8:13 PM EDT2017-03-23 00:13:28 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    Baton Rouge General will be offering a special $25 Love Your Heart Day event to help people understand individual risk factors, and create personal prevention plans.

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    Baton Rouge General will be offering a special $25 Love Your Heart Day event to help people understand individual risk factors, and create personal prevention plans.

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  • Pennington holding free event to answer questions about breast cancer

    Pennington holding free event to answer questions about breast cancer

    Pennington Biomedical Research Center is hosting a symposium that will cover the importance of staying on top of mammograms and screenings. "About one in eight women are going to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and unfortunately Louisiana has one of the highest mortality rates for breast cancer (so the risk that you would die from your breast cancer diagnosis)," said Dr. Anne Gilmore, LSU PBRC cancer and metabolism researcher. The free event will cover a...More >>
    Pennington Biomedical Research Center is hosting a symposium that will cover the importance of staying on top of mammograms and screenings. "About one in eight women are going to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and unfortunately Louisiana has one of the highest mortality rates for breast cancer (so the risk that you would die from your breast cancer diagnosis)," said Dr. Anne Gilmore, LSU PBRC cancer and metabolism researcher. The free event will cover a...More >>
  • Snuff out your bad habit on National Kick Butts Day

    Snuff out your bad habit on National Kick Butts Day

    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    Wednesday, March 15 is National Kick Butts Day. 

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    Wednesday, March 15 is National Kick Butts Day. 

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  • La. Gov. urges congressional leaders to protect medicaid expansion

    La. Gov. urges congressional leaders to protect medicaid expansion

    Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards' websiteSource: Gov. John Bel Edwards' website

    Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to congressional leaders, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, urging them to protect Medicaid expansion as they consider a replacement to the Affordable Care Act.  

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    Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to congressional leaders, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, urging them to protect Medicaid expansion as they consider a replacement to the Affordable Care Act.  

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  • Pennington Biomedical Research Center conducting study to combat childhood obesity

    Pennington Biomedical Research Center conducting study to combat childhood obesity

    (Source: Liz Koh/WAFB)(Source: Liz Koh/WAFB)

    In an effort to keep Louisiana kids healthy, researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center is conducting studies to find out how to combat childhood obesity.

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    In an effort to keep Louisiana kids healthy, researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center is conducting studies to find out how to combat childhood obesity.

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  • Humana offering free health education classes

    Humana offering free health education classes

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    If you want to improve your health, Humana is offering free health education classes in Baton Rouge throughout March.   

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    If you want to improve your health, Humana is offering free health education classes in Baton Rouge throughout March.   

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  • Recalled Vulto Creamery cheeses linked to 2 deaths, 6 hospitalizations

    Recalled Vulto Creamery cheeses linked to 2 deaths, 6 hospitalizations

    The Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes which they say is linked to soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery.  Two deaths and six hospitalizations have been reported since multi-state outbreak started in September.  

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    The Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes which they say is linked to soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery.  Two deaths and six hospitalizations have been reported since multi-state outbreak started in September.  

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  • BRCC seeks volunteers to receive free ultrasound exams

    BRCC seeks volunteers to receive free ultrasound exams

    (Source: WAFB)(Source: WAFB)

    The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) program at Baton Rouge Coummunity College (BRCC) is seeking volunteers for ultrasound exams. 

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    The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) program at Baton Rouge Coummunity College (BRCC) is seeking volunteers for ultrasound exams. 

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  • Going green with chlorophyll water

    Going green with chlorophyll water

    First there was vitamin water, then alkaline water and now people are going “green” with their H2O. Literally. “Chlorophyll water” is hot. If you need a refresher,

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    First there was vitamin water, then alkaline water and now people are going “green” with their H2O. Literally. “Chlorophyll water” is hot. If you need a refresher, Chlorophyll is the pigment in green plants that helps them grow.

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  • HEALTHLINE: Boxing class fights back against Parkinson's

    HEALTHLINE: Boxing class fights back against Parkinson's

    A group of Baton Rouge boxers is taking on a scary opponent – Parkinson’s disease.   Rock Steady Boxing is a nonprofit with affiliates around the country. The Baton Rouge

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    A group of Baton Rouge boxers is taking on a scary opponent – Parkinson’s disease. Rock Steady Boxing is a nonprofit with affiliates around the country.

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  • Healthline: The 'Remission' ballet

    Healthline: The 'Remission' ballet

    It takes a special person to find beauty in something as ugly as cancer. A Baton Rouge dance company is rehearsing for a one-night-only show called Remission.   “I get to make something

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    It takes a special person to find beauty in something as ugly as cancer. A Baton Rouge dance company is rehearsing for a one-night-only show called Remission.

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  • Support group launches for families of addicts

    Support group launches for families of addicts

    The words of a grieving mother touched thousands of people around the world last year. Now Gwen Knox is turning her pain into action. Knox is launching the first Louisiana chapter of a support

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    The words of a grieving mother touched thousands of people around the world last year. Now Gwen Knox is turning her pain into action. Knox is launching the first Louisiana chapter of a support group called PAL – Parents of Addicted Love Ones.

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  • Healthline: Alzheimer's risk reduction study

    Healthline: Alzheimer's risk reduction study

    “Running from the wolf.” That's how one person described her fear of developing Alzheimer's disease. Pennington Biomedical recently launched a first-of-its-kind study that hopes

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    “Running from the wolf.” That's how one person described her fear of developing Alzheimer's disease. Pennington Biomedical recently launched a first-of-its-kind study that hopes to identify strategies to reduce the risk of getting that dreaded diagnosis.

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  • Healthline: The trouble with resolutions

    Healthline: The trouble with resolutions

    Now that we're a few days into 2017, how are those resolutions going? Did you even make any? Some counselors say they may not be the best idea if you want to make a lasting change.  

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    Now that we're a few days into 2017, how are those resolutions going? Did you even make any? Some counselors say they may not be the best idea if you want to make a lasting change.

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  • Healthline: Broken Heart Syndrome

    Healthline: Broken Heart Syndrome

    The shocking death of Debbie Reynolds just one day after her daughter's passing has many wondering if she died from a broken heart. It is possible, although family members said the legendary actress died from a stroke. 

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    The shocking death of Debbie Reynolds just one day after her daughter's passing has many wondering if she died from a broken heart. It is possible, although family members said the legendary actress died from a stroke. 

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  • Healthline: Immunotherapy

    Healthline: Immunotherapy

    The secret to fighting cancer could be hiding inside our own bodies. Immunotherapy has changed the way doctors approach some hard-to-treat forms of the disease.   It was a simple sinus

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    The secret to fighting cancer could be hiding inside our own bodies. Immunotherapy has changed the way doctors approach some hard-to-treat forms of the disease.

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  • Healthline: Operation Walk

    Healthline: Operation Walk

    A Baton Rouge man recently got the Christmas gift of a lifetime. Jason Bradford is taking steps on his own again thanks to a program called Operation Walk that's changing lives around the

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    A Baton Rouge man recently got the Christmas gift of a lifetime. Jason Bradford is taking steps on his own again thanks to a program called Operation Walk that's changing lives around the world.

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  • Healthline: Cancer cookbook celebrates 15 years

    Healthline: Cancer cookbook celebrates 15 years

    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    One of the biggest factors in cancer treatment has nothing to do with a doctor or medication. The food a patient eats during treatment can affect their outcome, but patients' appetites during chemo are usually less than healthy.

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    One of the biggest factors in cancer treatment has nothing to do with a doctor or medication. The food a patient eats during treatment can affect their outcome, but patients' appetites during chemo are usually less than healthy.

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  • Healthline: The pain of online shopping

    Healthline: The pain of online shopping

    Hopefully you didn’t do too much damage to your wallet on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about your wrists? Sorting through all those online deals can literally be painful if

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    Hopefully you didn’t do too much damage to your wallet on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about your wrists? Sorting through all those online deals can literally be painful if you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

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  • Healthline: LA gets another 'F' for premature births

    Healthline: LA gets another 'F' for premature births

    It’s another failing grade for Louisiana in the latest March of Dimes report card, and the nationwide preterm birth rate got worse for the first time in eight years. The grades and

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    It’s another failing grade for Louisiana in the latest March of Dimes report card, and the nationwide preterm birth rate got worse for the first time in eight years.

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  • Healthline: The runner's doctor

    Healthline: The runner's doctor

    The cool weather signals the start of running season in South Louisiana. The Louisiana Marathon is just around the corner on January 15th. To help runners prepare, a Baton Rouge doctor offers

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    The cool weather signals the start of running season in south Louisiana. To help runners prepare, a Baton Rouge doctor offers a unique analysis that can reduce injuries and improve personal bests.

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  • Healthline: Cancer screenings come to businesses

    Healthline: Cancer screenings come to businesses

    To have a fighting chance against cancer, the disease must be caught early. Regular screenings are the best defense, but not everyone takes those recommended preventative measures. In an effort

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    To have a fighting chance against cancer, the disease must be caught early. In an effort to get more people screened, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center recently launched a pilot program that brings doctors to businesses.

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  • Healthline: Understanding breast density

    Healthline: Understanding breast density

    Wednesday, October 26 2016 9:22 AM EDT2016-10-26 13:22:10 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    When doctors analyze a mammogram, one thing they consider is the density of the breast. It not only affects a woman’s risk of developing cancer but can also affect the doctor’s ability to catch it.

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    When doctors analyze a mammogram, one thing they consider is the density of the breast. It not only affects a woman’s risk of developing cancer but can also affect the doctor’s ability to catch it.

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  • New clinic opens in Mid-City Baton Rouge

    New clinic opens in Mid-City Baton Rouge

    Monday, October 24 2016 10:36 PM EDT2016-10-25 02:36:53 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    It's just what the doctor ordered for Mid-City Baton Rouge. A new clinic opened its doors Monday on North Blvd. with expanded options to keep people healthy and out of expensive hospitals. 

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    It's just what the doctor ordered for Mid-City Baton Rouge. A new clinic opened its doors Monday on North Blvd. with expanded options to keep people healthy and out of expensive hospitals. 

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  • DEA warns about Fentanyl, opioid overdoses

    DEA warns about Fentanyl, opioid overdoses

    Wednesday, October 19 2016 12:40 AM EDT2016-10-19 04:40:51 GMT
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    One synthetic opioid is fast growing to become one of the most dangerous drug on the streets. 

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    One synthetic opioid is fast growing to become one of the most dangerous drug on the streets. 

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  • Healthline: Free hearing aids and other deaf services

    Healthline: Free hearing aids and other deaf services

    Tuesday, October 18 2016 11:32 PM EDT2016-10-19 03:32:44 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    Living with hearing loss can be a real challenge, but new technology makes it easier than ever. Several Louisiana organizations offer free or subsidized hearing aids for adults and children. 

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    Living with hearing loss can be a real challenge, but new technology makes it easier than ever. Several Louisiana organizations offer free or subsidized hearing aids for adults and children. 

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  • Healthline: Reducing diabetic amputations

    Healthline: Reducing diabetic amputations

    A Baton Rouge doctor is on a mission to lower the amputation rate for diabetics in Louisiana. Orthopedic surgeon Meredith Warner, M.D. thinks better coordination of care between doctors could

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    A Baton Rouge doctor is on a mission to lower the amputation rate for diabetics in Louisiana. Orthopedic surgeon Meredith Warner, M.D. thinks better coordination of care between doctors could save limbs and money.

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  • Healthline: OPS study recruiting young men

    Healthline: OPS study recruiting young men

    Wednesday, September 28 2016 12:02 AM EDT2016-09-28 04:02:33 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    A Baton Rouge clinic is on the frontlines of the battle to keep U.S. soldiers strong and healthy. Pennington Biomedical Research Center is recruiting young men for a study aimed at optimizing military performance. 

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    A Baton Rouge clinic is on the frontlines of the battle to keep U.S. soldiers strong and healthy. Pennington Biomedical Research Center is recruiting young men for a study aimed at optimizing military performance. 

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  • Healthline: New moms cope with disaster

    Healthline: New moms cope with disaster

    Tuesday, September 20 2016 10:48 PM EDT2016-09-21 02:48:59 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    Everyone affected by August's historic flooding has their own unique story of recovery, but it is especially challenging for new and expectant mothers. 

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    Everyone affected by August's historic flooding has their own unique story of recovery, but it is especially challenging for new and expectant mothers. 

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  • Healthline: Flu shots available, FluMist axed

    Healthline: Flu shots available, FluMist axed

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 1:29 AM EDT2016-09-14 05:29:48 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    As south Louisiana cleans up from a disaster, the last thing you want is the flu. This year’s vaccine is now available, but the popular nasal mist is not recommended this season. 

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    As south Louisiana cleans up from a disaster, the last thing you want is the flu. This year’s vaccine is now available, but the popular nasal mist is not recommended this season. 

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  • Healthline: Bitter truth about added sugar

    Healthline: Bitter truth about added sugar

    Friday, September 9 2016 11:12 AM EDT2016-09-09 15:12:50 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    Navigating the aisles at the grocery store can be tricky, especially when looking for healthy options for children. 

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    Navigating the aisles at the grocery store can be tricky, especially when looking for healthy options for children. 

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  • Healthline: Trauma clinic for flood victims

    Healthline: Trauma clinic for flood victims

    Overcoming the stress caused by August’s historic flooding will take months for many people – or even longer. The extent of emotional trauma depends on each victim’s individual

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    Overcoming the stress caused by August’s historic flooding will take months for many people – or even longer. The extent of emotional trauma depends on each victim’s individual circumstances.

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  • Healthline: Laser spine surgery

    Healthline: Laser spine surgery

    Wednesday, August 10 2016 1:17 AM EDT2016-08-10 05:17:23 GMT
    Source: WAFBSource: WAFB

    A laser is being used for delicate spine surgery for the first time in Louisiana. The technology has been around in medicine for decades but has just recently been adapted for spine surgery. It's best used on patients with back and leg pain due to a bulging disk.

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    A laser is being used for delicate spine surgery for the first time in Louisiana. The technology has been around in medicine for decades but has just recently been adapted for spine surgery. It's best used on patients with back and leg pain due to a bulging disk.

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  • Healthline: LA Pediatric Cardiology Foundation

    Healthline: LA Pediatric Cardiology Foundation

    The smallest hearts often need the most specialized care. 6-year-old Ryleigh Hughes has already had more surgeries than many adults. Born with a rare and complex heart defect, her first surgery

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    The smallest hearts often need the most specialized care. 6-year-old Ryleigh Hughes has already had more surgeries than many adults.

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  • Healthline: Telemedicine comes to Pointe Coupee

    Healthline: Telemedicine comes to Pointe Coupee

    Technology has revolutionized the way doctors practice medicine, especially in smaller communities. Live video streams give specialists the chance to reach more patients and make faster,

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    Technology has revolutionized the way doctors practice medicine, especially in smaller communities. Live video streams give specialists the chance to reach more patients and make faster, more accurate diagnoses.

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  • Healthline: Counselors offer free sessions to help cope with tragedy

    Healthline: Counselors offer free sessions to help cope with tragedy

    Wednesday, July 20 2016 1:22 PM EDT2016-07-20 17:22:04 GMT

    Capital Area Human Services (CAHS) is offering three free discussion sessions with mental health professionals to help the public process the recent violent events in Baton Rouge.

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    Capital Area Human Services (CAHS) is offering three free discussion sessions with mental health professionals to help the public process the recent violent events in Baton Rouge.

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  • Healthline: Meniscus implant now available in Baton Rouge

    Healthline: Meniscus implant now available in Baton Rouge

    Monday, July 11 2016 11:15 PM EDT2016-07-12 03:15:19 GMT
    (Source: WAFB)(Source: WAFB)

    It’s one of the most common knee problems in the world. As many as 700,000 procedures are done in the U.S. every year to repair a torn meniscus, and oftentimes the patient walks away with the same amount of pain.

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    It’s one of the most common knee problems in the world. As many as 700,000 procedures are done in the U.S. every year to repair a torn meniscus, and oftentimes the patient walks away with the same amount of pain.

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  • Healthline: Free 'Water Watcher' tags

    Healthline: Free 'Water Watcher' tags

    Thursday, June 30 2016 11:28 PM EDT2016-07-01 03:28:35 GMT
    (Source: WAFB)(Source: WAFB)

    It only takes a few seconds for a fun pool party to turn tragic, but there’s a new way to keep kids safe. ‘Water Watcher’ tags are now available in Baton Rouge through a drowning prevention program sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and Crawfish Aquatics. 

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    It only takes a few seconds for a fun pool party to turn tragic, but there’s a new way to keep kids safe. ‘Water Watcher’ tags are now available in Baton Rouge through a drowning prevention program sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and Crawfish Aquatics. 

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  • Healthline: Stretta offers relief from GERD

    Healthline: Stretta offers relief from GERD

    We all experience occasional heartburn, but when it happens every day there may be a bigger problem. Some south Louisiana patients swear by a procedure called Stretta for relief from chronic

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    We all experience occasional heartburn, but when it happens every day there may be a bigger problem. Some south Louisiana patients swear by a procedure called Stretta for relief from chronic heartburn.

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  • Healthline: Gamma Knife Icon coming to Baton Rouge

    Healthline: Gamma Knife Icon coming to Baton Rouge

    A powerful new cancer-fighting tool is headed to Baton Rouge, and doctors at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center are eager to use it. “To do things better

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    A powerful new cancer-fighting tool is headed to Baton Rouge, and doctors at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center are eager to use it.

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  • Healthline: Bogalusa hospital braces for cuts

    Healthline: Bogalusa hospital braces for cuts

    Friday, June 17 2016 1:17 PM EDT2016-06-17 17:17:58 GMT

    The state's safety net hospitals remain in limbo as Louisiana lawmakers try to solve the budget crisis. Four face closure if legislators cannot find enough money to completely plug the $600

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    The state's safety net hospitals remain in limbo as Louisiana lawmakers try to solve the budget crisis. Four face closure if legislators cannot find enough money to completely plug the $600 million hole.

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  • Healthline: Baton Rouge hosts European doctors

    Healthline: Baton Rouge hosts European doctors

    A group of European doctors wants to know what's going on in Baton Rouge. The vascular surgeons made the trip across the Atlantic to learn more about a device that’s being used to save

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    A group of European doctors wants to know what's going on in Baton Rouge. The vascular surgeons made the trip across the Atlantic to learn more about a device that’s being used to save limbs from amputation.

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  • Healthline: Pelvic floor clinic offers specialized therapy

    Healthline: Pelvic floor clinic offers specialized therapy

    It’s a common condition that many people don't like to talk about, but help for pelvic floor issues may be easier than you think. Baton Rouge is home to a specialty clinic dedicated

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    It’s a common condition that many people don't like to talk about, but help for pelvic floor issues may be easier than you think.

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  • Healthline: Sleep diabetes study enrolling now

    Healthline: Sleep diabetes study enrolling now

    Tuesday, May 31 2016 11:10 PM EDT2016-06-01 03:10:34 GMT
    (Source: WAFB)(Source: WAFB)

    Researchers at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center think sleeping in a tent could help people with type 2 diabetes better control their blood sugar. The key is the oxygen level inside the tent. 

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    Researchers at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center think sleeping in a tent could help people with type 2 diabetes better control their blood sugar. The key is the oxygen level inside the tent. 

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  • Healthline: Gastric balloon available for weight loss

    Healthline: Gastric balloon available for weight loss

    Tuesday, May 31 2016 11:05 PM EDT2016-06-01 03:05:07 GMT

    A specialized balloon is becoming a popular option for weight loss. The device is now available in Baton Rouge, and the non-surgical outpatient procedure takes less than 15 minutes.

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    A specialized balloon is becoming a popular option for weight loss. The device is now available in Baton Rouge, and the non-surgical outpatient procedure takes less than 15 minutes.

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  • Healthline: Baton Rouge doctor first to perform surgery with new hernia mesh

    Healthline: Baton Rouge doctor first to perform surgery with new hernia mesh

    Wednesday, May 4 2016 10:24 AM EDT2016-05-04 14:24:09 GMT
    Monday, May 16 2016 10:27 AM EDT2016-05-16 14:27:40 GMT

    A doctor at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge is changing the face of hernia surgery around the world with a new product which he was the first to use in surgery. 

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    A doctor at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge is changing the face of hernia surgery around the world with a new product which he was the first to use in surgery. 

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  • Healthline: Mom loses son to 'huffing'

    Healthline: Mom loses son to 'huffing'

    Friday, May 13 2016 11:37 AM EDT2016-05-13 15:37:58 GMT

    It’s a chemical combination that can kill with just one breath, and it could be sitting on a shelf in your home. A St. Amant mother wants others to know the risks involved with huffing

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    It’s a chemical combination that can kill with just one breath, and it could be sitting on a shelf in your home. A St. Amant mother wants others to know the risks involved with huffing – the term for inhaling household cleaners through the nose or mouth.

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  • Healthline: Beating the Odds

    Healthline: Beating the Odds

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 10:52 AM EDT2016-05-10 14:52:04 GMT

    Next time you open your mouth to complain or think about how tough your life is, remember the story of Katie Hughes. It’s a story of survival, determination and deep faith. It’s

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    Next time you open your mouth to complain or think about how tough your life is, remember the story of Katie Hughes. It’s a story of survival, determination and deep faith.

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  • Healthline: 'Fostering Hope' matches dogs with survivors

    Healthline: 'Fostering Hope' matches dogs with survivors

    Monday, May 2 2016 9:59 AM EDT2016-05-02 13:59:06 GMT

    Treating the mind of cancer patient is often just as important as the chemo and radiation, experts say. One local cancer center is piloting a new Survivorship program that helps animals and

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    Treating the mind of cancer patient is often just as important as the chemo and radiation, experts say. One local cancer center is piloting a new Survivorship program that helps animals and humans heal each other.

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  • Healthline: Stuck on dry needling

    Healthline: Stuck on dry needling

    Friday, April 22 2016 12:54 PM EDT2016-04-22 16:54:39 GMT

    More and more chronic pain sufferers are turning to needles to feel better. Dry needling has been around for several years, but there’s a new surge in popularity as more physical therapy

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    More and more chronic pain sufferers are turning to needles to feel better. Dry needling has been around for several years, but there’s a new surge in popularity as more physical therapy clinics add it to their suite of treatments.

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  • Healthline: Star in a Blue Cross commercial

    Healthline: Star in a Blue Cross commercial

    Wednesday, April 20 2016 12:18 PM EDT2016-04-20 16:18:51 GMT

    Learning CPR is not as hard as you may think. Louisiana high schoolers are now required by law to know the technique before they graduate. You can help get training kits into schools by starring

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    Learning CPR is not as hard as you may think. Louisiana high schoolers are now required by law to know the technique before they graduate. You can help get training kits into schools by starring in your very own Blue Cross commercial.

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  • Healthline: Camp Dynamics enrolling now

    Healthline: Camp Dynamics enrolling now

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 11:41 AM EDT2016-04-05 15:41:52 GMT
    Tuesday, April 5 2016 11:49 PM EDT2016-04-06 03:49:34 GMT
    Campers paint bird houses at Camp Dynamics (Source: WAFB)Campers paint bird houses at Camp Dynamics (Source: WAFB)

    The only local full-summer, day-long camp for kids with learning challenges is enrolling for 2016. Camp Dynamics is an innovative experience with a unique philosophy. 

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    The only local full-summer, day-long camp for kids with learning challenges is enrolling for 2016. Camp Dynamics is an innovative experience with a unique philosophy. 

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  • Healthline: The traveling doctor

    Healthline: The traveling doctor

    Thursday, March 24 2016 11:22 AM EDT2016-03-24 15:22:53 GMT

    Getting an appointment at a doctor's office can take weeks, and the actual visit can eat hours from your day, but what if the doctor came to you? House calls are making a comeback. Nurse

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    Getting an appointment at a doctor's office can take weeks, and the actual visit can eat hours from your day, but what if the doctor came to you? House calls are making a comeback.

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  • CDC changes guidelines for opioid prescription

    CDC changes guidelines for opioid prescription

    Thursday, March 17 2016 4:30 PM EDT2016-03-17 20:30:25 GMT
    Thursday, March 17 2016 4:30 PM EDT2016-03-17 20:30:26 GMT
    (Source: WAFB)(Source: WAFB)

    Federal health officials are hoping to stem the tide of opioid drug abuse by changing how the medication is prescribed. On Tuesday, the CDC recommending new guidelines for primary care doctors prescribing opioids for chronic pain. 

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    Federal health officials are hoping to stem the tide of opioid drug abuse by changing how the medication is prescribed. On Tuesday, the CDC recommending new guidelines for primary care doctors prescribing opioids for chronic pain. 

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  • Healthline: Camera takes surgeons inside arteries

    Healthline: Camera takes surgeons inside arteries

    Wednesday, March 16 2016 10:36 AM EDT2016-03-16 14:36:48 GMT

    Clearing plaque from clogged arteries is a common procedure that saves lives. It just got even easier thanks to a new, high-tech catheter that lets surgeons see inside those arteries for

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    Clearing plaque from clogged arteries is a common procedure that saves lives. It just got even easier thanks to a new, high-tech catheter that lets surgeons see inside those arteries for the first time.

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  • Healthline: Adult ADHD support group

    Healthline: Adult ADHD support group

    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often associated with children, but the condition often lasts well into adulthood. One Louisiana group is learning to cope together.  

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    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often associated with children, but the condition often lasts well into adulthood. One Louisiana group is learning to cope together.

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  • Healthline: Infants needed for metabolism study

    Healthline: Infants needed for metabolism study

    Tuesday, March 8 2016 5:09 PM EST2016-03-08 22:09:43 GMT
    Tuesday, March 8 2016 11:00 PM EST2016-03-09 04:00:14 GMT
    Could the key to controlling your metabolism lie in the first few weeks of your life? A new study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center hopes to answer that question.  More >>

    Could the key to controlling your metabolism lie in the first few weeks of your life? A new study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center hopes to answer that question. 

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  • Healthline: Super glue for varicose veins

    Healthline: Super glue for varicose veins

    Thursday, March 3 2016 4:57 PM EST2016-03-03 21:57:11 GMT
    Thursday, March 3 2016 11:00 PM EST2016-03-04 04:00:16 GMT
    (Source: The VenaSeal system)(Source: The VenaSeal system)
    The latest treatment for unsightly and painful varicose veins is a super glue of sorts, and it is now available in Baton Rouge. The VenaSeal system closes off the veins by injecting them with a powerful adhesive.  More >>

    The latest treatment for unsightly and painful varicose veins is a super glue of sorts, and it is now available in Baton Rouge. The VenaSeal system closes off the veins by injecting them with a powerful adhesive. 

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  • Healthline: 'Fleauxt' away your stress

    Healthline: 'Fleauxt' away your stress

    Doctors often say, “Avoid the salt.” Unless you’re floating on top of it. Its healing powers have attracted visitors to the Dead Sea for thousands of years, and now the

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    Doctors often say, “Avoid the salt.” Unless you’re floating on top of it. Its healing powers have attracted visitors to the Dead Sea for thousands of years, and now the wellness trend has a home in Baton Rouge.

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  • Healthline: Rethink the Ink

    Healthline: Rethink the Ink

    Tuesday, February 16 2016 6:09 PM EST2016-02-16 23:09:44 GMT
    Tuesday, February 16 2016 11:03 PM EST2016-02-17 04:03:10 GMT
    It is estimated that 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo, and 17 percent reportedly have some regret after getting inked. There’s a new laser in Baton Rouge that’s letting those people rethink their ink. It’s called the PicoWay, and there’s only one machine like it in Louisiana. More >>

    It is estimated that 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo, and 17 percent reportedly have some regret after getting inked. There’s a new laser in Baton Rouge that’s letting those people rethink their ink. It’s called the PicoWay, and there’s only one machine like it in Louisiana.

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  • Healthline: Drug take-back boxes

    Healthline: Drug take-back boxes

    Thursday, February 11 2016 4:16 PM EST2016-02-11 21:16:25 GMT
    Tuesday, February 16 2016 6:29 AM EST2016-02-16 11:29:11 GMT

    Do you know what's in your medicine cabinet? Those pill bottles can pile up pretty quickly, and there’s a new push to dispose of medications before they fall into the wrong hands.

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    Do you know what's in your medicine cabinet? Those pill bottles can pile up pretty quickly, and there’s a new push to dispose of medications before they fall into the wrong hands.

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  • Healthline: Barbie's new body

    Healthline: Barbie's new body

    Thursday, February 11 2016 6:10 PM EST2016-02-11 23:10:36 GMT
    Thursday, February 11 2016 10:43 PM EST2016-02-12 03:43:39 GMT
    For the first time in 57 years Barbie has several new looks, including a curvy body. Many are praising the updated dolls, but was Mattel’s move socially-conscious or just savvy marketing? 9News sat down with a local mom and an LSU psychology professor to get their take.  More >>

    For the first time in 57 years Barbie has several new looks, including a curvy body. Many are praising the updated dolls, but was Mattel’s move socially-conscious or just savvy marketing? 9News sat down with a local mom and an LSU psychology professor to get their take. 

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  • Healthline: Alzheimer's art exhibition

    Healthline: Alzheimer's art exhibition

    Around five million Americans currently live with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. It’s a disease that can't be prevented, cured or even slowed down with certainty. A pair of

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    Around five million Americans currently live with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. It’s a disease that can't be prevented, cured or even slowed down with certainty. A pair of Louisiana artists is helping to raise awareness through a powerful exhibition.

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  • Touching obituary goes viral after son's overdose

    Touching obituary goes viral after son's overdose

    It's not very often an obituary goes viral. A Baton Rouge mother is overwhelmed by the response to her words after getting hundreds of emails from around the country. The first two weeks

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    It's not very often an obituary goes viral. A Baton Rouge mother is overwhelmed by the response to her words after getting hundreds of emails from around the country.

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  • Healthline: Cryoablation for A-Fib

    Healthline: Cryoablation for A-Fib

    Tuesday, January 12 2016 5:27 PM EST2016-01-12 22:27:42 GMT
    Tuesday, January 12 2016 10:53 PM EST2016-01-13 03:53:59 GMT
    A medical procedure new to Baton Rouge proves that it’s not always a bad thing to be cold-hearted. This treatment for atrial fibrillation uses extreme cold to make the common cardiac condition disappear.  More >>

    A medical procedure new to Baton Rouge proves that it’s not always a bad thing to be cold-hearted. This treatment for atrial fibrillation uses extreme cold to make the common cardiac condition disappear. 

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  • Healthline: The Healing Sole

    Healthline: The Healing Sole

    Thursday, January 7 2016 6:51 PM EST2016-01-07 23:51:45 GMT
    Thursday, January 7 2016 11:10 PM EST2016-01-08 04:10:33 GMT
    Anyone who spends all day on their feet knows how excruciating the pain can get, especially in the heel. The condition is called plantar fasciitis, and a Baton Rouge doctor recently launched a flip flop that she says works wonders in treating it.  More >>

    Anyone who spends all day on their feet knows how excruciating the pain can get, especially in the heel. The condition is called plantar fasciitis, and a Baton Rouge doctor recently launched a flip flop that she says works wonders in treating it. 

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  • Healthline: Personal trainers suggest strategy to reach fitness goals

    Healthline: Personal trainers suggest strategy to reach fitness goals

    Tuesday, January 5 2016 5:17 PM EST2016-01-05 22:17:02 GMT
    Tuesday, January 5 2016 10:57 PM EST2016-01-06 03:57:48 GMT
    Many people set goals to feel and look better in the new year, but sticking to a plan can be a challenge. Fitness experts have some suggestions for those who find it hard to overcome common hurdles on the path to success.  More >>

    Many people set goals to feel and look better in the new year, but sticking to a plan can be a challenge. Fitness experts have some suggestions for those who find it hard to overcome common hurdles on the path to success. 

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  • Healthline: Spike in hoverboard injuries

    Healthline: Spike in hoverboard injuries

    Wednesday, December 30 2015 10:16 AM EST2015-12-30 15:16:57 GMT

    The hottest gift of 2015 is also one of the most dangerous. Besides several reports of fires, hoverboards have another problem. Local doctors report a spike in injuries related to the scooters.

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    The hottest gift of 2015 is also one of the most dangerous. Besides several reports of fires, hoverboards have another problem. Local doctors report a spike in injuries related to the scooters.

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  • Healthline: Baton Rouge doctors disagree with mammogram guidelines

    Healthline: Baton Rouge doctors disagree with mammogram guidelines

    Tuesday, December 15 2015 2:58 PM EST2015-12-15 19:58:06 GMT
    Tuesday, December 15 2015 11:35 PM EST2015-12-16 04:35:21 GMT
    (Source: WAFB)(Source: WAFB)
    Here's a question for women: Do you know the age at which you're supposed to begin annual mammograms? There are now three different sets of guidelines, and some local doctors say many patients are as confused as ever. More >>

    Here's a question for women: Do you know the age at which you're supposed to begin annual mammograms? There are now three different sets of guidelines, and some local doctors say many patients are as confused as ever. 

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  • Healthline: Obamacare deadlines approaching

    Healthline: Obamacare deadlines approaching

    Friday, December 11 2015 10:01 AM EST2015-12-11 15:01:30 GMT

    Time is running out to get health insurance that takes effect January 1st under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Here’s a look at the important dates for this enrollment

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    Time is running out to get health insurance that takes effect January 1st under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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  • Healthline: GameSquad study gets kids moving

    Healthline: GameSquad study gets kids moving

    Tuesday, December 1 2015 4:33 PM EST2015-12-01 21:33:10 GMT
    Tuesday, December 1 2015 11:59 PM EST2015-12-02 04:59:00 GMT
    Can putting kids in front of a TV actually help them lose weight? Some local researchers think so, but it all depends what’s on the screen. More >>

    Can putting kids in front of a TV actually help them lose weight? Some local researchers think so, but it all depends what’s on the screen. 

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  • Healthline: A DNA test for weight loss?

    Healthline: A DNA test for weight loss?

    Tuesday, November 24 2015 6:56 PM EST2015-11-24 23:56:37 GMT
    Wednesday, November 25 2015 6:29 AM EST2015-11-25 11:29:14 GMT
    It’s a powerful claim the secret to losing weight and staying fit is hidden in your DNA. A lab housed on the campus of Louisiana State University offers a test that promises to reveal those secrets.More >>

    It’s a powerful claim the secret to losing weight and staying fit is hidden in your DNA. A lab housed on the campus of Louisiana State University offers a test that promises to reveal those secrets.

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