Baton Rouge General named ‘Center of Excellence’ for new stroke prevention procedure

Baton Rouge General (BRG) has been named a Center of Excellence by the developer of a new stroke prevention procedure.

  Doctors across La. urge everyone to get their flu shot

More fat in your midsection could increase your risk for breast cancer, study says

BlueCross BlueShield bringing nationwide health initiative to Baton Rouge

Free flu shots planned at Louisiana’s parish health units

U by Kotex Tampons voluntarily recalled after reports of pieces getting stuck inside women’s bodies

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

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UpTown Climbing offering chance to win prizes for food donations

Do you have questions about federal health insurance?

Spread cheer, not germs: Blue Cross shares tips to avoid seasonal illnesses

7 tips to stay healthy during the holidays

OLOL Children’s Hospital to hold Deck the Halls Holiday Donation Drive

La. receives grant to study patients with Type 2 diabetes

  8-year-old battling cancer given free trip to see LSU play in Fiesta Bowl

Drake had two Christmas wishes - to hunt a deer, and see LSU football play

Breast cancer testing guidelines out of date, study says

According to the American Cancer Society, 330,000 patients are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the United States.

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era guidelines for school lunches

The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.

Louisiana launches website to help first responders facing trauma

The First Responders Emergency Media Outlet (FREMO), is a private website where firefighters, police officers, EMS, etc. can talk to each other or licensed professionals about their experiences. Only first responders can log into and use the site.

CDC says check your pantry, throw away recalled and expired goods before the holiday season

LDH to give free flu shots next Thursday, Dec. 13

LDH launches new Medicaid enrollment software

Pennington Foundation pledges $2M match gift to BRG

Is it safe to eat romaine lettuce again?

Infants' liquid ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart, Family Dollar recalled

Valsartan recall expanded to include all of one company’s products

The expanded recall has been issued by the FDA because of an impurity found in the drugs known as NDEA.

Child in south Mississippi dies from flu

The death happened in a child from south Mississippi with underlying health conditions.

8-year-old boy with terminal brain tumor only wants you to send him cards for Christmas

The season of giving is upon us, and one woman is proving that to be true as she asks the Southwest Louisiana community and beyond to send Christmas cards to a Vinton boy with a terminal brain tumor.

Cancer patients learn to find blessings in brokenness

Nervous hands dip tiny brushes into gobs of paint. Delicate strokes dab colors onto a canvas that is anything but pretty.

CDC, Department of Health investigating disease outbreak at La. camp; Boy Scouts hospitalized

The Istrouma Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, along with the Louisiana Department of Health, have closed a campsite on Avondale Scout Reservation to investigate cases of a disease that hospitalized two campers, sparking the involvement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pennington seeking early Alzheimer’s patients to participate in drug study

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, this study with Pennington Biomedical Research Center may be for you.

  Many supplements have unapproved drug ingredients

Nearly 800 dietary supplements sold over the counter from 2007 through 2016 contained unapproved drug ingredients, according tot he U.S. Food and Drug Administration data.

Study reveals new harmful chemicals present in children’s car seats

You might want to check this list to see where you child’s car seat ranks after a new study revealed the presence of new flame retardants in some car seats.

Kelli’s Kloset collecting donations for children of cancer patients, kids fighting cancer

In the middle of the fight for her life against ovarian cancer, Kelli Richmond saw a need. Cancer treatment often transforms a patient’s body, but not everyone can afford to buy new clothes as their weight goes up and down.

Rise in addiction one reason for drop in life expectancy in U.S.

Rise in opioid overdoses one of leading cause for drop in life expectancy.

Two new products affected by blood pressure drug recall

The recall has been linked to an impurity known as NDEA present in the drugs. According to the FDA, the compound “has been classified as a probable human carcinogen.”

New review confirms food cravings can be reduced

Food craving, the intense desire to eat certain foods, can sabotage efforts to maintain healthy eating habits and body weight, no matter the time of year.

Santa to attend Vitalant’s annual Day of Giving Blood

The holiday season is a time of giving and this year, Vitalant is hoping you’ll consider giving blood to help ensure patients are able to spend the holiday with their family and friends.

Birth Center of Baton Rouge welcomes first baby at new location

Less than a week after the Birth Center of Baton Rouge relocated, Lydia Pullman and her husband Andrew welcomed their newborn baby Otto Rolland Pullman.

Pregnant woman battling cancer finds perfect bone marrow match

Almost 40,000 people registered to help the soon-to-be mother of five find her 100 percent bone marrow donor match.

Doctors encourage vaccinations ahead of flu season peak

The runny noses, coughs, and sneezes are ramping up as the flu season takes hold in south Louisiana.

FDA approves groundbreaking cancer drug Vitrakvi

The FDA approved Vitrakvi for adult and pediatric patients to fight a specific genetic mutation in some forms of cancer.

Baton Rouge couple to participate in annual LipSync Battle benefiting the American Cancer Society

One Baton Rouge couple has been practicing hard to participate in this year’s Relay for Life LipSync Battle.

Baton Rouge General opens express clinic near LSU campus

Baton Rouge General (BRG) is celebrating the grand opening of its latest Express Care clinic near the south gates of LSU.

Cancer Services helps kids deal with grief at weekend camp

Cancer Services hosts bereavement camp for teens who have experienced the death of a loved one.

American Red Cross encourages gifting donations on Giving Tuesday

During the holidays, the American Red Cross hopes you’ll consider bringing comfort and hope to people in need by making donations during their 2018 Holiday Giving Campaign.

Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana to be crowned in Baton Rouge Dec. 1

The Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana competition will be held in Baton Rouge Saturday, December 1 at the Rehabilitation Hospital.

  Babies survive twin to twin transfusion at just 16 weeks in utero

Maternal fetal surgeon at Woman's Hospital successfully performs twin to twin transfusion at gestational age of 16 weeks.

Managing an eating disorder during Thanksgiving

The holidays can be the toughest time of the year for people struggling with eating disorders, according to one expert.

Ochsner dietician shares healthy Thanksgiving recipes

If you’re wanting to show thanks to your family this year, be sure to include healthier side dishes during your Thanksgiving dinner. Ochsner’s Eat Fit BR makes finding healthy recipes easy using their free mobile app.

Emergency center in north Baton Rouge celebrating a year of saving lives

For nearly five years, patients in need of emergency care in north Baton Rouge could expect long rides to get to the nearest hospital for treatment. That was until the 2017 opening of Our Lady of the Lake’s emergency center on Airline Highway.

SU Nursing Program selected to participate in national research program

Southern University College of Nursing and Allied Health was selected as one of nine institutions to receive a mini-grant to educate diverse communities about the All of Us Research Program.

Woman’s Hospital celebrates 50th birthday

Woman’s Hospital is celebrating 50 years since opening in Baton Rouge.

Oncology infusion services available for Zachary-area cancer patients

Lane Regional Medical Center and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center are now offering infusion therapy services at Lane Cancer Center.

Researchers release study on new treatment that helps fight peanut allergies

For the study, researchers gave the participants small doses of peanut flour in vials.

APSO shares appreciation for successful health fair

The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office is sharing appreciation to the community for coming together for a well attended health fair.

Spine Hospital of LA wins national patient satisfaction award

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana was awarded the “Guardian of Excellence” award.

LSU School of Social Work alongside partners establish National Suicidology Training Center

The LSU School of Social Work in partnership with the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center announced the establishment of a new program, the National Suicidology Training Center.

Baton Rouge General earns ‘A’ for patient safety

Baton Rouge General (BRG) again received an ‘A’ for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group.

Living with and controlling diabetes

One in eight Louisiana adults live with diabetes, and it's among the leading causes of death in our state.

Alabama women’s prison opens first-of-its-kind lactation room

Women incarcerated at Tutwiler prison now have a place to express breast milk.

FDA calls for new e-cigarette regulations after teen use increases

The Food and Drug Administration proposed tougher regulations on flavored e-cigarette products after a dramatic rise in use among teenagers.

Study: One energy drink can harm our blood vessels

Caffeine packed energy drinks are popular. You've heard the health risks about drinking them before, but you may want to pay attention to a new study.

  OLOL nurse shares personal story about Children’s Hospital

When little Hadley Smith started coughing one afternoon, her mom knew by the sound this was more than just a tickle.

Free community health fair

Affordable Pharmacy is partnering with New Hope Baptist Church to host a free Community Health Fair.

Ochsner Baton Rouge earns ‘A’ for patient safety

Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge (OMCBR) was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.

Spine Hospital of Louisiana launches robotic spine surgery program

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center announced the launch of its robotic spine surgery program.

New weight loss drug trial for obese women with PCOS

Fertility Answers announced a new drug trial to test the benefits for obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Make today ‘Day 1’ of a tobacco-free life

Thursday, November 15 is the Great American Smokeout, an annual event the American Cancer Society sponsors to encourage people to quit smoking and using tobacco products.

Cancer Center recognizes infusion nurse for courage and compassion

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center named Jeanette Moore, RN, BSN, OCN, an infusion nurse, as winner of the 2018 Sister Linda Constantin Courage and Compassion Award.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center announces new volunteer leadership appointees

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center announced the new volunteer leaders elected to its board of directors.

‘Batkid’ is cancer free 5 years after ‘saving San Francisco’

Five years ago, as part of 5-year-old Miles Scott’s wish, he became Batkid for a day - even fighting crime just like a superhero, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

GRAPHIC: Mom warns against vape pen after one explodes, leaving son with shattered jaw

A mother's warning tonight against vape pens. This after one exploded in her son's mouth, breaking his jaw in three places, knocking out many of his teeth.

Family shares life saving efforts of staff at OLOL Children’s Hospital

Atticus Southall is your typical 7-year-old, with a love of books and reading. However, his story could be very different today.

Medicaid fraud cost Louisiana as much as $85 million

Louisiana spent between $60 and $85 million providing Medicaid coverage to recipients who were ineligible for the program because they made too much money since the program’s expansion in 2016, according to a new report from the legislative auditor.

Baton Rouge General is Louisiana’s only verified burn center

Baton Rouge General has announced its Regional Burn Center has earned re-certification from the American Burn Association and American College of Surgeons, retaining its designation as the only verified burn center in the State of Louisiana, and the only one between Florida and Texas.

Fighting Fit offers boxing and self-defense lessons

Fighting Fit Fitness Club offers boxing lessons to keep you fit and strengthen your self-defense skills.

EBRCOA celebrates grand opening of nutritional site

East Baton Rouge Council on Aging hosted the grand opening of their nutritional meal site at Our Lady of the Lake Calais House.

Health Records on iPhone now available to OLOL patients

Our Lady of the Lake patients can now access their medical data through Health Records on iPhone.

Blue Cross Foundation announces $2M in grant awards

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has announced more than $2 million in grants over the last month.

Free turkey giveaway to celebrate ’Family Medical History Awareness Day’

Ralph’s Pharmacy is giving away free turkeys in honor of Thanksgiving also being “Family Medical History Awareness Day.”

Construction underway on ‘Dijon Extension’ for Essen Lane

Officials broke ground on Tuesday for the new “Dijon Extension,” a road that will eventually connect Essen Lane and Bluebonnet Boulevard.

Ochsner: “Don’t blame the turkey”

For years, turkey has taken the blame for all those Thanksgiving naps, but according to an Ochsner nutritionist, it’s not fair to blame the turkey.