Louisiana launches new digital tool to enhance fight against opioid crisis

Louisiana launches new digital tool in battle against opioid deaths.

  Nearly $2 million in grant funds hope to fill food gap

It may not have sand, but for residents in area code 70805, it's a desert, a food desert.

NIH brings electronic health record research project to Pennington

The National Institute of Health (NIH) is taking their latest resarch program on a cross country tour, including a stop at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Lamar Advertising to celebrate National Mammography Day with ‘Pink Takeover’

Lamar Advertising Company will celebrate National Mammography Day with a “Pink Takeover.”

3 possible cases of polio-like illness in Alabama

A mysterious polio-like disease has parents worried across the nation and in Alabama.

Ochsner receives 2018 Innovator Award

Ochsner Health System is being honored with a 2018 Innovator Award by the Association of Community Cancer Centers.

’Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy’ screening includes free health tests

The NKFL will be hosting a Pam Sanchez Memorial “Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy” screening at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Baton Rouge on Friday, October 26, 2018.

BRG opens first outpatient surgery center in Mid City

Baton Rouge General (BRG) celebrated the opening of the new Mid City Specialty Center (MCSC), the Mid City area’s first outpatient surgery center.

Healthy BR and partners address ‘food insecurity’

A new community-based project will be launched this week in Baton Rouge to address food insecurity and social isolation, along with other social determinants for health.

Medical marijuana crop harvested; final product could be delayed

Researchers at GB Sciences and the LSU AgCenter finished harvesting the state’s first medical marijuana crop Tuesday, but procedural issues could again prevent Louisiana patients from getting access to the medicine in a timely fashion.

‘Vaccinate B4U Graduate’ program launches

First Lady Donna Edwards and other state health leaders launched the new Vaccinate B4U Graduate program Wednesday.

New self-lubricating condoms could boost their use and prevent STDs, researchers say

Food and Drug Administration will have to grant permission for real life action testing of the product. (Source: BOSTON UNIVERSITY/ROYAL SOCIETY OPEN SCIENCE)

Pregnant women who get the flu shot have a lower risk of hospitalization, CDC says

The CDC says an estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter.

Retailers offer gift cards to get flu shots

'Tis the season to get your flu vaccine, but did you know you could get paid to get one?

Louisiana Coalition of African American Breast Cancer Survivors to host matinee

The Louisiana Coalition of African American Breast Cancer Survivors (LCAABCS) will host their annual musical matinee to celebrate survivors.

School helps provide adaptive bikes for children with special needs

A Baton Rouge private school is donating thousands raised in recent fundraisers to give a local child a bike made uniquely for their specific needs.

Mary Bird Perkins COO and physics chief earns prestigious fellowship

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center announced their chief operating officer and chief of physics is the first medical physicist selected by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) to receive the ASTRO Health Policy Fellowship designation.

Ochsner Baton Rouge to offer non-opioid, non-surgical treatment for chronic pain

As the opioid epidemic remains prevalent across the nation, Oschsner Baton Rouge announced its offering a non-opioid procedure for treating chronic pain.

North Iberville team stands up to cancer with Relay for Life walk

The North Iberville Cancer Fighters hosted their 8th annual Relay for Life walk Saturday.

Senior Lifestyle Expo kicks off in Baton Rouge

The Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge was alive with chefs, musicians, and more Thursday night for the kickoff event to this year’s Senior Lifestyle Expo.

Detecting the breast cancer gene with a smartphone

An LSU professor, along with his team of researchers have created an accessible way for women and men to test for the “BReast CAncer gene one," more commonly known as BRCA1.

Annual suicide prevention walk scheduled with new location

The 2018 Out of The Darkness Walk for suicide prevention is scheduled for October 20. This year’s event will be held in a new location at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge.

BRG to host free lunch teaching breast cancer risks

Baton Rouge General (BRG) is hosting a lunch event to help women understand their risks for breast cancer.

Brain-eating amoeba detected in Bossier City water system

Bossier City's water system has one site that has tested positive for the brain-eating amoeba, the Louisiana health department reports.

SU Ag Center hosting health workshop focusing on bone and joint health

Southern University Aricultural Land-Grant Campus is hosting a Personal Health History Workshop which will include topics such as eating healthy for bones and joints, as well as emergency preparedness.

Raising the ‘Barre’ with low impact strength training

Pure Barre borrows from ballet to help you burn calories, sculpt muscles, and improve balance and coordination.

Health department to hold one-day flu shot clinics throughout Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Health announced the locations of one-day vaccination clinics ahead of flu season.

Ochsner Health System awarded $1.6M grant for fight against opioid epidemic

Ochsner Health System was recently awarded a $1.6 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for its Opioid Treatment and Recovery through Safe Pain Management Program.

Parents testing out new furniture at OLOL Children’s Hospital

It’s not often that patients and families test out furniture at a hospital, but that’s just what happened Monday at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

Louisianans look for spiritual awakening at new fair

The first ever SunMoon Spiritual and Healing Fair was held at the Santa Maria Golf Course on Sunday. Dozens of people from across Louisiana gathered to share their love of spiritual items and teachings.

Seasonal, barometric change can cause increased headaches

Stuffy noses and allergies aren’t the only ailments that come with fall. It’s also a prime time for something else that is a pain, headaches.

Health resource fair aims to help families connect with service providers; free flu shots available

The Family Road Healthy Start Program Community Action Network (CAN) will host an “Event In A Box” Community Resource Fair at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center on Saturday.

La. Dept. of Health holds open public forum on combating opioid epidemic

Louisiana is taking a grassroots approach to fighting the opioid epidemic.

Walk to Remember scheduled for Sunday

Anna's Grace Foundation is hosting a walk to remember and celebrate babies that didn't make it.

’Beat the Odds’ fundraiser announced to raise money for mental health services

9th Annual Beat the Odds Fundraiser announced to raise money for the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge.

‘Spot it Workshop’ helps hair dressers detect skin cancer

Hair dressers are invited to a free training to help them detect skin cancer when cutting their client's hair.

BRG offers beauty boost workshop for women with cancer

Look Good Feel Better workshop is dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-esteem of people undergoing cancer treatment.

Download Louisiana’s opioid refusal form

It’s now easier to tell your doctor you don’t want opioid prescriptions. The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) recently released its Voluntary Non-Opioid Directive Form as a new tool in the fight against opioid abuse. The idea is to keep more of the medications out of homes and off the streets.

Registration open for 2019 Race for the Cure

2019 Susan G. Komen Race Baton Rouge Race for the Cure event planning is underway and registration is now open.

OLOL announces a dozen new providers

Our Lady of the Lake welcomed twelve new providers in September.

Shenandoah Shuffle: Mayor Broome to join another community social ride

Mayor Broome announces another Move with the Mayor event, joining Capitol Cyclery for a social ride in Shenandoah.