Blood pressure medication recalled for trace amounts of cancer-causing material

NDEA is a substance that occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes and has been classified as a probable human carcinogen, the company’s website states. (Source: FDA/CNN)

Woman’s limbs amputated after pneumonia diagnosis

OLOL in need of blood donations

The Louisiana Marathon weekend kicks off Friday with fitness expo

OLOL recognized for treating atrial fibrillation

New diet cuts meats and sugars, adds fruits, nuts and veggies in bid to save the planet

La. Dept. of Health issues administrative order to Clinton over water issues

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Health facility for medically needy children moving to new location in north Baton Rouge

Regulators vote to eliminate THC limit in medical marijuana

BBB: The ‘skinny’ on weight-loss scams

Lack of sleep linked to cardiovascular disease, study says

Americans now more likely to die of accidental opioid overdose than in a car accident

LSU nursing program ranked No. 10 in top nursing schools in nation

  Knock Knock Museum forms partnership to encourage healthy eating among kids

A new partnership was formed Saturday between Healthy BR, the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The 'Watchman’ gives local heart patients new chance at life

There is a new option for Baton Rouge residents who are dependent on blood thinners due to atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Chocolates, candy pulled from shelves due to possible Hepatitis A contamination

Bauer’s Candies Inc. issued a voluntary recall Wednesday on its well-known product named Modjeskas, an individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel.

Mom who lost daughter to flu warns others

Her little girl died of respiratory failure from the flu - just a day after coming home from school with a fever.

Excessive body fat around the waist linked to smaller brain

Anna’s Grace Foundation plans Quarter Marathon kickoff celebration

Walmart to host ‘New Year - New You’ wellness event

US officials declare end to outbreak from romaine lettuce

Louisiana blood bank caught in federal shutdown crisis

First look at new Ochsner Medical Complex

New ‘smart cane’ helps visually impaired people navigate above chest obstacles

Creators say the cane detects obstacles higher than chest level and integrates with smart phones to help visually impaired people navigate without having to carry the smartphone in the hand. (Source: WEWALK/CNN)

New Year’s resolution: Lose weight, eat (king) cake

Ochsner Eat Fit has launched a new dietitian-approved Eat Fit King Cake.

Heroin overdose deaths in EBR Parish coming down, but those from fentanyl rising

With the New Year now here, the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office is looking at the number of deaths, and there are a few disturbing trends.

Bike share in Baton Rouge should be ready to launch by March

The bikes should be expected to be up and ready to ride by March, according to Downtown Development District Executive Director Davis Rhorer at January’s DDD meeting.

Blood drive underway for former LSU football player injured in hunting accident

A blood donation drive is being held Tuesday for a former LSU football player who was seriously injured in a hunting accident in Mississippi.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals recalls injections due to visual gray material

If injected, the drug could cause vein irritation/phlebitis or pulmonary embolic events that could result in permanent impairment of body function or damage to body structures, such as the lungs and vascular system.

US to train state workers in finding jobs for mentally ill

Louisiana's Office of Behavioral Health is getting training and technical assistance to help people with serious mental illness find jobs

Losartan potassium tablet recall expands from 2 lots to 10

The drug is used to control high blood pressure and to treat kidney disease in diabetics.

Grower sets new target date for medical marijuana product

Louisiana’s only medical marijuana grower has set a new target date for product to be on the shelves after repeated delays due to procedural issues.

Resolutions to results: Gold’s Gym shares HIIT exercise you can do at home

Personal trainers at Gold’s Gym in Prairieville say you have to get in the right mindset if you want your resolutions to stick.

LifeShare Blood Center reaches critical blood supply level

LifeShare Blood Center announced on Friday that their blood supply has reached a critical level.

Baton Rouge eye surgeon recognized in national magazine for surgical developments

A Baton Rouge eye surgeon is in the spotlight after making the list of top surgical videos in the nation posted in 2018 on the ophthalmic surgical video site, Eyetube.

Councilwoman hosts New Year’s community bike ride to promote healthy living

In an effort to promote healthy living, as well as to teach bike safety, Councilwoman Erika Green is hosting the District 5 Community Bike Ride Jan. 4.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Foundation elects 2019 board member

The Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation announced their recently elected board members for 2019,

High schoolers explore career options in EMS field

Thursday night, a group of high school students signed up to potentially be among the people who save lives.

Louisiana one of nine states with high number of flu cases

Since the start of the flu season in October, more people are getting sick in Louisiana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Air of Uncertainty: Government shutdown impacts EPA air monitoring around Denka plant

With the government shutdown, the EPA is not taking air monitoring samples around the Denka plant.

Hawaii now allows terminally ill patients to take their own lives with prescription drugs

The law requires patients to obtain two, independent diagnosis that they have six months or less to live. They also must go through psychological counseling.

Diet researched in Baton Rouge named second-best for overall health in 2019

Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center recommend an eating pattern that they helped develop.

Aurobindo Pharma recalls 80 lots of Valsartan Tablets for blood pressure, possible impurity

Patients taking the medication are encouraged to continue using because the health risk may be higher if discontinued without an alternative.

GRAPHIC: Teen returns from cruise with ‘terrifying’ mystery illness that’s left her permanently blind

The mystery illness first appeared after 15-year-old Jordyn Walker returned from a cruise, leaving her face swollen and bloody.

Baton Rouge hospitals post prices so patients can ‘shop’ for cost effective treatment options; critics issue warning

Patients will now have the option to compare prices before choosing the hospital where they receive treatment.

FDA warns some antibiotics could cause aortic aneurysms to rupture

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that some antibiotics could cause the rupture of aortic aneurysms.

Number of Hepatitis A cases in La. up to 49

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) announced Tuesday, December 18 that the Louisiana Office of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections.

Flu numbers on the rise in the US

Flu cases are on the rise, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New rule will force all U.S. hospitals to post prices for common procedures

This will allow patients to compare prices for medical procedures.

The secret to a long life: alcohol and coffee, study says

If your New Year’s resolution is to give up caffeine or alcohol, you might want to think again!

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

First Christmas: Coping with three decades of memory loss

A Baton Rouge woman is learning to cope after she was struck with sudden and extensive amnesia, wiping away more than three decades of her memory.

Report: Louisiana ranked most unhealthy state in 2018

Louisiana comes in dead last in a new report looking at the healthiest states. The report from the United Health Foundation looked at factors such as obesity, tobacco use, and inactivity.

Jennie-O issues nationwide recall of some ground turkey products

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc. is recalling approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

CDC: Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in the country

According to the CDC’s report, the rate of drug overdoes involving fentanyl skyrocketed by about 113 percent each year from 2013 to 2016.

Blood pressure medication recalled due to ‘unexpected impurity’

According to the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling two lots of Losartan potassium tablets,

Hawaii is the healthiest state, while Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana are least healthy in the US, study says

Despite the rankings, researchers say the states that are in the top five on the list have areas where they could improve. The states that are in the bottom five have areas that they have done well

Making healthy food choices during the holidays

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. and stroke continues to rank fifth. But taking care of your heart health doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the holidays if you learn to make healthy, festive choices.

Where is your DNA going? The pros and cons of purchasing DNA kits

Many are surprised to learn companies like and 23andMe don’t keep DNA private if you give consent for the companies to share it.

Gr8 Neighbor gives the gift of life

A Laplace woman woman takes the words love thy neighbor literally.

Tanger Outlets Gonzales presents donation check to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Tanger Outlets Gonzales recently gave thousands in donations to help with local breast cancer screenings and services.

Holiday party planned for Children’s Hospital patients

Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center of Baton Rouge is hosting its tenth annual Christmas party at the American Legion Hall.

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health announces new president

Trey Dunbar, MD, has been named President of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, Louisiana’s largest provider of pediatric services.

OLOL recognized nationally for quality patient care

Our Lady of the Lake has been named in the top 10 percent in the nation for Medical Excellence and Patient Safety in 17 clinical categories.

Cancer Center opens first clinic in region to treat disease of the skin, bones, soft tissue

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center announced today the opening of a new clinic focused exclusively on treating patients with tumors of the soft tissue, muscles, and bones.

AG Landry joins nationwide litigation against generic drug price fixing

Local drugstore customers say they welcome a new push to try and bring spiraling generic drug costs under control. The Louisiana attorney general has joined 45 of his counterparts from across the country in a major crackdown.

BRG offers state’s first non-surgical procedure for dialysis access

Vascular surgeon Dr. Joseph Griffin was the first physician in Louisiana and the second in the country to perform a new endovascular procedure for patients with chronic kidney disease.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

New Year, New You: Join the American Heart Association’s First CycleNation Relay

Start your New Year off right by joining the American Heart Association on January 5, 2019, 11 am – 3 pm, for the first CycleNation event in the Capital Area.

Louisiana leaders exchange barbs over health care ruling

Louisiana's governor and attorney general are trading criticism in the wake of a Texas federal judge's ruling that, if upheld, will jettison the entire federal health care overhaul

9-year-old collecting toys for Children’s Hospital patients

A Belle Chasse leukemia out of patient is working to get kids at Children’s Hospital the Christmas they deserve.

The Big Squeezy to add hemp-infused juices next month

The Big Squeezy is adding CBD- and hemp-infused cold press juices to it menu, according to the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report.

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak traced to California farm, CDC reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an E. coli strain linked to romaine lettuce has been traced to an irrigation reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara County, CA.

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.

Cancer Center celebrates spirit of volunteerism

Three prestigious awards, named after individuals who have supported cancer patients through volunteer leadership, were recently presented to several exemplary community members and an outstanding physician.

Vitalant celebrates ‘Season of Awe’

Blood donations drop more than 20 percent during the holiday season.

Doctors across La. urge everyone to get their flu shot

Doctors are urging patients to add the flu shot to their “to do” list this holiday season. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) made them available Thursday for free to make sure everyone is protected before winter.

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

According to researchers, postmenopausal women who carried more weight, were at double the risk of developing estrogen-dependent breast cancer

BlueCross BlueShield bringing nationwide health initiative to Baton Rouge

BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana is partnering up with the National Institute of Health to bring a new nationwide health initiative to Baton Rouge.

Free flu shots planned at Louisiana’s parish health units

Louisiana has among the highest levels of flu activity so far this season.

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

Kimberly-Clark, the tampon’s manufacturer, says retailers have been alerted to remove the recalled product from shelves and post a notification in their stores.