Medical marijuana program looking for employees

The need for medicinal marijuana isn’t going away. In fact, the industry is literally growing and the once hazy hesitation to jump into the business could be changing for good.

Climate change raises risk of more Ebola outbreaks, study finds

After CDC report, Office of Public Health shows where Louisiana’s STD rates stand

Health experts warn those who vape could possibly be more prone to getting flu

  The time is now to get your flu shot

Medicare open enrollment starts Oct. 15, check your coverage plans here

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

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  Woman’s Hospital offers mobile mammograms

  CDC urges expectant mothers to get flu shot

  Louisiana reports new cases of hepatitis A, bringing total number to 577

Growing concern over high cost of medical marijuana

  Dietitians aim to cut out carbs, increase fruits and vegetables with grocery store tour

  CDC says STD rates continue to rise; La. Dept. of Health says healthcare improving locally

Kroger, Walgreens to stop selling e-cigarettes in US

Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the U.S. amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping.

  HEALTHLINE: OLOL doctor using herpes virus to treat melanoma

There's a new treatment for certain types of melanoma, and it works in an unusual way. Doctors inject the herpes virus directly into cancer cells.

  Baton Rouge school back in session following flu scare

A school in Baton Rouge will remain closed through Friday, Oct. 4 in order to safeguard students and staff from the flu.

  Walk held in Baton Rouge for families of babies that passed in pregnancy or infancy

Woman’s Hospital has partnered with The Anna’s Grace Foundation in putting on "The Walk to Remember.” It’s a walk around the Independence park area of Baton Rouge for families of children that died during pregnancy or infancy.

Baton Rouge General program boosts confidence for women with cancer

  Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital opens its doors to patients

Supreme to hear case involving Louisiana’s abortion law, pro-life and pro-choice advocates react

Baton Rouge bishop blesses new OLOL Children’s Hospital before grand opening

U.S. Supreme Court to consider La. abortion case

  BEHIND THE SCENES: OLOL Children’s Hospital team simulates patient transfer

  New OLOL Children’s Hospital features advanced pneumatic tube system to make facility more efficient

The new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital officially opens Saturday, Oct. 5. The state-of-the-art facility has the latest technology to make patient care more efficient. One system in particular is mutually beneficial for its staff and patients.

  OLOL Children’s Hospital creates special space for end of life care

Tucked away inside the brand new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is a facility dedicated to the healing of the smallest patients. It’s also a place to say goodbye when medicine and miracles fall short. That space has occupied the minds and hearts of Kim and Trey Bowman for nearly a decade.

  Medicare Fraud Strike Force commemorates 10-year anniversary of ongoing fight against crime

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the state and feds took an opportunity to flaunt their recent success in fighting Medicare fraud.

  Study ranks Louisiana in top 20 states for fentanyl-related deaths

An alarming new study shows Louisiana ranks number 18 for the most deaths from fentanyl in the entire country.

  SPECIAL REPORT: The cost of death

Losing a loved one is hard enough, but for many families, the pain gets even worse when they see the price tag for the funeral.

How risky is eating red meat? New papers provoke controversy

An international team of researchers is questioning the advice to limit red and processed meats, saying the link to cancer and heart disease is weak.

Baton Rouge hospital one of the first in south Louisiana to provide new treatment for postpartum depression

New mothers in south Louisiana will have more access to a new treatment for postpartum depression.

FDA approves first treatment for children with diseases that cause inflammation of blood vessels

A first-of-its-kind treatment that would help treat children with rare diseases that cause inflammation of small red blood vessels was approved.

  Heartburn drugs sold at Walmart, Walgreens recalled over presence of probable carcinogen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, Sept. 25 announced a nationwide recall on Ranitidine Tablets, a medication used to relieve and prevent heartburn associated with acid indigestion and sour stomach brought on by eating or drinking certain foods and beverages.

  BRG to hold free health screenings at Rouses in Denham Springs

A Denham Springs grocery store will be hosting free health screenings this month.

  Two men charged in Louisiana for alleged connection to $1.7 billion Medicare scheme

Two Louisiana men have been charged for their alleged connection to a Medicare scheme that cost the federal government over $1.7 billion.

CDC: Deer with TB can transmit bacteria to humans

The report, which was issued Sept. 20, stems from a case in Michigan where a man who had no exposure to people with endemic tuberculosis was diagnosed with the disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis.

  SNEAK PEEK: Opening day for OLOL Children’s Hospital quickly approaching

On Saturday, Oct. 5, patients will be rolling into the new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. It has been a long process to get the facility open, and on Wednesday, Sept. 25, WAFB took a trip down every floor.

  Gov. Edwards, Department of Health release Louisiana’s opioid response plan

Officials have released a plan aimed at tackling the opioid epidemic in Louisiana, saying the plan is the first of its kind for the state.

Health department cites 20 La. restaurants under new seafood labeling law

The Louisiana Health Department is cracking down on restaurants and eateries that don't post where their imported seafood came from.

  Veteran’s group launches fundraising campaign to cover medical marijuana costs for Louisiana heroes

A local nonprofit aims to raise $20,000 to cover a year of medical marijuana costs for a handful of Louisiana veterans and first responders.

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

Walmart's decision is the latest blow to the vaping industry, which has tried to position its products as healthier alternatives to smoking cigarettes, which are responsible for 480,000 deaths a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Online portal offers training for teachers to help troubled teens

A video making the rounds on social media by Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization, tackles the issue of school shootings head-on. Those shootings have prompted serious conversations about keeping students safe.

12 human cases of West Nile Virus in La. reported for 2019

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has reported the first human cases of West Nile Virus in Louisiana for 2019.

Statewide alert issued after cases of severe lung disease due to vaping reported in Louisiana; 20 cases so far

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says 13 cases of pulmonary illness linked to vaping have been reported in Louisiana. A statewide alert was first issued Thursday, Sept. 5 when 9 cases were reported.

US vaping illnesses top 500, Missouri man is 8th death

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 530 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory, up from 380 a week ago.

Baton Rouge police to host 5K fundraiser for suicide awareness, prevention

The Baton Rouge Police Department is hosting its first 5K to honor a former officer and to raise money for suicide awareness and prevention.

Free wellness event Saturday at Walmart in Baton Rouge

Customers can get free health services and resources, including information on better heart health.

EBR, Livingston Parish among areas where gummies tainted with synthetic marijuana found

A spokesperson for the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control says gummy products marketed as containing CBD but instead containing synthetic marijuana were found in several parishes across Louisiana.

Grand opening held Tuesday for new LifeShare Blood Center

A blood donation center is hosting a grand opening for a new facility in Baton Rouge.

Laughing gas available as pain management alternative to epidural for moms in labor

Nitrous oxide, described as a less invasive alternative to an epidural, is making a comeback as a pain management alternative during childbirth at Baton Rouge General (BRG).

Mary Bird Perkins receives grant to address transportation needs of Baton Rouge cancer patients

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center received a grant from the American Cancer Society to address the transportation needs of cancer patients living in Baton Rouge.

Free pain management workshop helps attendees find alternatives to opioids

Capital Area Human Services will sponsor an upcoming workshop to help members of the public identify alternative pain management techniques to help replace opioid usage.

Free health screenings, flu shots during ‘Game Plan for Health’ event in Baton Rouge

Ochsner announces a fun family event coming to Baton Rouge on Saturday, September 21st called Game Plan for Health.

  Pennington Biomedical encouraging people to eat healthier

On Thursday, Sept. 12, workers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center tried to show easy, cheap ways to get more fruits and veggies to improve health.

  Trump administration looks to ban flavored e-cigarettes

After six deaths from vaping related illnesses, President Donald Trump has announced he’s seeking a ban on flavored e-cigarettes.

La. to receive $10.7M maternal and child health grant

Louisiana is set to receive nearly $11 million from the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Award Program, Senator Dr. Bill Cassidy announced Thursday, Sept. 12.

  New OLOL interventional cardiologist performs first heart condition procedure using alcohol at The Lake

Common sense will tell you alcohol is not good for the heart. However, did you know it’s being injected into the heart to improve a specific heart condition?

Suicide on the farm: How one man is trying to save lives

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide touches all sorts of people – including farmers. Jacqueline Policastro travels to Harlan, Iowa to speak to Dr. Michael Rosmann, a farmer and psychologist. He’s the one struggling farmers go to for help, and he says more people are reaching out than ever

  Cancer survivor shares advice to women during GYN Cancer Awareness Month

It’s been nearly a year to the day since doctors told Ann Watts she had cancer.

Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health?

Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity.

$13.6M for cancer clinical trials in Louisiana, Mississippi

The National Cancer Institute is providing $13.6 million to combine and expand two clinical trials networks focusing on minority and underserved patients in Louisiana and Mississippi

  After one month, how are Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients doing?

When medical marijuana became available on Aug. 6, Alex Domino said he had no expectations. For him, the medicine was simply a remedy for a myriad of serious ailments that he had not tried.

  OLOL Children’s Hospital to host community open house day for public to tour new facility

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, which is set to open Oct. 5, is now hosting a community open house event for the public to tour the new facility.

  Training, preparation keeps hospitals, first responders prepared for the worst

Leaders in the healthcare field say you perform as you train and that makes responding to serious situations, like the evacuation of Dutchtown High School Thursday morning, second nature.

Our Lady of the Lake reaches new milestone of life-changing heart procedure

Irvin Schexnayder is among 400 Our Lady of the Lake patients to receive a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, a procedure that allows medical staff to perform a minimally invasive heart surgery. Schexnayder says he would recommend the procedure to anyone, as long as they go through OLOL.

  Ribbon cutting held for new road leading to OLOL Children’s Hospital

Constantin Boulevard will connect new facilities in the health district, including the state-of-the-art children’s hospital.

President Trump, state officials announce efforts to combat opioid crisis

President Donald Trump announced the Department of Health is awarding $1.8 billion towards substance abuse and mental health.

Board considering 3 locations for long-anticipated Bridge Center mental health facility

The board of directors for the new Bridge Center is eyeing three locations to place the long-talked about mental health facility.

Interventional Pain Institute opens in BRG’s Center for Health

The Interventional Pain Institute (IPI) has opened its new facility inside Baton Rouge General’s Center for Health at 9001 Summa Ave., Suite 346.

Celebrate ‘National Grandparents Day’ during Sesame Street health event in Baton Rouge

National Grandparents Day is right around the corner, and a free event aiming to get families healthy is coming up.

Cases in Salmonella outbreak linked to pet chicks, ducklings exceeds 1,000; slight rise in La. cases

The number of Salmonella cases linked to backyard poultry in Louisiana has slightly risen from 2 cases to 6 cases between June and August, states a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Across the nation, the number of cases linked to the outbreak now exceeds 1,000.

The Latest: Louisiana Medicaid to use emergency contracts

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is working on emergency contracting plans to maintain health services for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid patients, while a legal dispute rages over new deals for the work

Baton Rouge Rehab launches class to manage pain and its emotional impact

Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital (BRRH) has launched a free pain management education class, providing education and techniques to manage pain outside of traditional medical management, and with a focus on the emotional aspect of pain.

  Woman’s Hospital expanding GRACE program to help expecting mothers dealing with opioid addiction

The number of babies in Louisiana born addicted to opioids has doubled since 2013, but an innovative program is helping to bring those numbers back down. It’s now expanding to help more moms and babies.

Mosquito spraying Monday in EBR where mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found

The East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control agency plans to host an aerial mission tonight over an area of south Baton Rouge where West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes were collected.

Doctors: How much you weigh can change effectiveness of ‘Plan B’ pill

Though many doctors see the accessibility of the pill as a positive, many also acknowledge most women do not end up talking with a doctor before buying.

USDA: Washing raw chicken puts you at risk of foodborne illness

The government has a new warning out about raw poultry that has some people skeptical.

  KIRAN: La. Dept. of Health releases inspection results on Iberville Oaks nursing facility

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) released its latest investigative report on Iberville Oaks Nursing & Rehab.

Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge unveils new outdoor fitness center

The Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge has unveiled its recently renovated indoor gym and the addition of an outdoor fitness center.

  Mobile learning lab rolls onto Baton Rouge General campus

Baton Rouge General (BRG) clinicians will learn about new ways to fight complex heart disease, courtesy of an 18-wheeler turned mobile laboratory rolling onto the Bluebonnet campus Wednesday, Aug. 21.

  Bluebonnet Dental Care hosting free dentistry day Aug. 24

Bluebonnet Dental Care is hosting a free dentistry day for Baton Rouge residents on Saturday, Aug. 24.

  Gov. Blanco’s fight with ocular melanoma brings attention to rare disease

During Governor Kathleen Blanco’s address to the graduates of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December of 2017, she said she was praying for a miracle.