Medical providers say don’t stop taking blood pressure medicine

For the past several weeks, popular blood pressure medications have been recalled and just days ago, another batch was added to the list, but experts say don’t make any sudden changes to your health plan just yet.

Another hypertension tablet recalled due to impurity

FDA approves first drug for treating postpartum depression

Free outdoor activities help spring interest in new healthy activities

  LifeShare Blood Center critically low on Type O and B blood; asks community to donate

BRG hosting free kids’ nutrition class

Woman’s Hospital honors 260 nurses on Certified Nurses Day

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Shreveport pediatrician writes children’s book tackling mental health

Injection used in combination chemotherapy recalled, possible copper salt presence

  La. Smoking Cessation Trust encourages adults to quit, teens to not start for National Kick Butts Day

  Another 43 lots of medication used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure recalled

  Daily aspirin no longer recommended as heart attack preventative for healthy older adults

Police remind parents, coaches of warning signs for sports-related concussion

CDC: Whooping cough vaccine not as effective as it once was

CDC researchers say whooping cough bacteria mutated, making the vaccine less effective.

Apple Watch might be able to detect aFib, study shows

Researchers looked at pulse data collected by the watch's heart rate monitor from 400,000 participants, and about a third of them turned out to have atrial fibrillation.

  Man biking through U.S. to raise awareness for suicide prevention

A Navy veteran is biking his way across America to try to change the stigma of depression.

Study from Pennington Biomedical suggests citrus fruits could help burn calories

According to a recent study by LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, naringenin, a chemical found in oranges and other citrus fruits, could be helpful in controlling blood glucose levels and increasing the amount of calories people burn.

  Love Heals hosts free clinic offering eye exams, dental work

  Coroner’s annual report finds increased suicides and fentanyl-related deaths

  90-year-old woman survives traumatic brain injury, works back towards a normal life

Abortion numbers in Louisiana hit 10-year low

  Do thin people have faster metabolisms than big people? No

St. Patrick’s Day blood drive being held Mar. 16

Vaccination debate intensifies after child almost dies from tetanus infection

The Centers for Disease Control recently released a report on the boy, who contracted a tetanus infection and was hospitalized for weeks.

BRG, Rouses team up to teach people about healthy food

Baton Rouge General is teaming up with Rouses Markets to offer monthly Grocery Store Tours, which they hope will help people learn to choose healthy food and gain a better understanding of nutrition labels.

  Amid opioid crisis, Iberville Parish files suit against pharmaceutical companies

The Iberville Parish Council has filed suit against a number of pharmaceutical companies and their executives in federal court, accusing them of enabling an opioid problem in the region.

  Woman who lost hands, feet to septic shock learning how to dance again

For one Livingston Parish woman, her brush with septic shock has been life-changing, in more ways than one.

Community health fair in north Baton Rouge scheduled for Mar. 16

Mission Possible is partnering with numerous local organizations for a free health fair in north Baton Rouge.

Boy with rare brain cancer passes after gifted birthday weekend in Disney

Friends, family, and teachers describe 17-year-old Noble Amadi as being kind, brave, and full of life.

Gotcha to roll out 500 e-bikes early May after launch delay

Gotcha bikes will launch the bike share system at downtown locations in early May.

3 Caddo Parish public schools closed Tuesday due to flu, flu-like illnesses

Caddo School District is encouraging parents to clean their children's personal items such as backpacks, lunchboxes and outerwear.

At least 228 measles cases in US this year, CDC says

The disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but it’s common in many other countries, which is how the current outbreaks started.

BRG brings music therapy to babies in NICU

Baton Rouge General (BRG) is now bringing music therapy to its smallest patients as part of an expansion of its Arts in Medicine program.

New contact lenses could correct color blindness

A Canadian woman is working to help colorblind people see the world in all its vivid colors.

Teen raises cancer funds that could now help save her own life

The teen never could have known the money she was raising for several weeks with other students, would end up helping to treat her.

  New depression drug has ‘profound impact,’ doctor says

Depression affects millions of Americans each day. This week the Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug some say will be life changing.

As severe flu strain becomes predominant, doctors keep eye out for possible second wave

The severe flu strain that's now predominant may mean a second wave of outbreak is coming.

LSU AgCenter responds after accusations they violated medical marijuana law

LSU’s AgCenter has released a statement after allegations were made by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) that they’re violated the state’s medical marijuana law.

Prescriptions to Geaux to open second pharmacy in April

Local pharmacists are preparing to open their second Red Stick location in the coming weeks.

How to avoid losing an hour of sleep for Daylight Savings

Unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii, people in the United States will lose a precious hour of sleep this Sunday for Daylight Savings.

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

The company intends to provide users with authoritative information on the controversial topic.

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

This is the third recall in one week.

Potentially deadly bacteria found in drinking water additive leads to recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Thursday, Mar. 7 a worldwide recall on all lots of Life-Line Water. According to the FDA the product was found to be contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a potentially deadly bacteria.

  Mary Bird Perkins researching patients with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

In 2019, more than 55,000 cases of pancreatic adenocarcinoma will be discovered. That’s according to Dr. Vince Cataldo, board certified medical oncologist and hematologist at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

  Trippy ketamine-like drug approved for severe depression

A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression.

Louisiana officials: LSU, medical pot firm illegally expand

The LSU Agricultural Center and its medical marijuana growing partner is accused of illegally expanding their operation.

  How Orangetheory can help melt away king cake gains

Get ready to feel the burn! Liz Koh takes a look at Orangetheory Fitness to find out why it wants you to feel the "splat burn."

  Asbestos found in some Claire’s makeup, FDA says

Claire's does not believe that affected products are still available for sale.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

  Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine not linked to autism, study says

The lead researcher said the idea that vaccines cause autism is still around and is getting a lot of attention on social media. He said they wanted to provide solid scientific answers on the issue.

Preexisting medical conditions can become aggravated by colder weather

Preexisting medical conditions can worsen during times of extreme temperature changes.

Second man seems to be free of AIDS virus after transplant

The latest case "shows the cure of Timothy Brown was not a fluke and can be recreated," said Dr. Keith Jerome of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle who had no role. He added that it could lead to a simpler approach that could be used more widely.

Birth control pill recall announced by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising the public about a nationwide, voluntary recall initiated by Apotex Corp. on a birth control pill.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

  SWLA Mardi Gras to incorporate ‘quiet zone’ for those with autism

From big floats to festive beads, and all the things that make Mardi Gras a good time but have you ever thought about the challenges that the bright lights and loud music can create for those with autism or other sensory restraints?

FDA approves six-in-one vaccine for infants, young children

A new vaccine is promising one less shot and possibly fewer tears for young children.

30,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to extraneous material contamination

These products could be in your freezer.

Louisiana joins program to rate addiction treatment programs

Louisiana will be part of a national pilot project to create a rating system to judge the quality of the state's addiction treatment programs

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales becomes part of Our Lady of the Lake

Our Lady of the Lake, or OLOL, is expanding its reach in Ascension Parish after the hospital announced it acquired St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales.

Lane Medical Center announces $50 million expansion

The project is expected to break ground in the summer of 2020.

Students at Catholic High can now practice CPR thanks to donation

Students at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge can now practice life-saving CPR techniques thanks to a donation from several community organizations.

Secondhand Smoke Still Damaging Lives in Louisiana; Contributing Factor to Louisianians Least Healthy in America

“Louisiana ranks dead last in overall health of its citizens, and the lack of a comprehensive smoke-free law is in great part to blame,” according to testimony during a health commission hearing at the State Capitol today.

Hepatitis A spikes in Louisiana

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease caused by the HAV. The numbers of those infected have spiked in Louisiana.

Pennington Biomedical calling for participants to learn about potential treatment for liver damage

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is studying non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and is asking for participants in their study.

New digital tool helps BlueCross and BlueShield of Louisiana members save on prescription drugs

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has launched a new no-cost tool that provides its members with the best deals on their prescription drugs.

Sen. Bill Cassidy questions Big Pharma execs over rising drug prices

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana took part in a highly anticipated congressional hearing that brought top executives of several pharmaceutical companies to Capitol Hill over rising prescription drug prices.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

High blood pressure medicine recalled due to NDEA impurity

Patients taking this medication are urged to continue taking the medication as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

CDC: Tips to avoid the flu

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is offering some tips to keep you and your family safe from the flu.

FDA: Golean Detox capsules recalled, found to be tainted with unsafe chemicals

Golean Detox is voluntarily recalling all lots of Golean DETOX capsules after FDA analysis found the capsules were tainted with sibutramine and phenolphthalein, according to the FDA.

  37,000 Louisiana residents receive Medicaid denial letter

A local 2-year-old is one of several thousand people across the state who’ve just learned they’ll no longer receive health coverage through Medicaid.

  Ascension Parish president encourages residents to wear purple Mar. 1 for cancer awareness

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has declared Mar. 1 as Paint the Parish Purple Day.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

Louisiana shopping for new Medicaid managed-care contracts

Louisiana is searching for private companies to manage the care of 1.5 million Medicaid patients, as the existing contracts expire at the end of this year

  Bill Franques, ‘Voice of Alex Box Stadium,’ reveals he has cancer, undergoes surgery

Bill Franques, the “Voice of Alex Box Stadium,” revealed Tuesday that he has prostate cancer.

Gulf Coast Brotherhood Ride trains to honor fallen heroes

The Gulf Coast Brotherhood Ride is preparing for their annual bike ride to honor men and women lost their lives in the line of duty.

Wellness Day for Women happening Saturday at Pennington

The 19th annual Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women is happening Saturday, February 23 at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Local cheerleaders to host fundraiser, ‘Cheering for Breanna’

A local tumble and cheer company is cheering on kids fighting cancer.

  Woman’s offers Louisiana’s only CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program

Registration is underway for Woman’s Hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program, a one year course to help women who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes

BRG hosting free lunch to discuss cardiovascular disease in women

Registration is open for Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) next Lunch and Learn event focusing on cardiovascular disease in women.

Botanical symposium includes native plant exhibits and free health screening

A world-renowned expert the study of how people of a particular culture and region make use of native plants will be the featured speaker at the Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center’s community symposium.