Oceans Behavioral Hospital expansion expected to create 80 new jobs

Oceans Behavioral Health Hospital will expand after the metro council unanimously approved a performance-based incentive grant for the facility on Dec. 11.

  OLOL, NeuroMedical Center to open new ICU

  Organization uses mobile pantry to give food to those who need it the most

  UK officials may soon add activity labels to certain foods

  How to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder

  Louisiana health department announces free hepatitis C screenings at Walmart stores

  Chipotle offers workers paid sick leave, but you likely won’t get away with faking it

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  US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

  Mary Bird Perkins - OLOL Cancer Center launches new pancreatic cancer screening program for high-risk patients

  More La. residents able to get live-saving hep C treatment thanks to state’s new payment model

  How essential oils can make your pet sick

Free availability for HIV prevention drug expanded in East Baton Rouge Parish

Health program offers free HIV prevention drug to uninsured

  HEALTHLINE: Vaping illness, or the flu? Doctors say both present similar symptoms

As researchers are learning more about the chemical compound behind the national outbreak of vaping illnesses, health care officials are facing seasonal problems associated with the industry.

Blood donations needed for holiday season

With the holiday season in full swing, Vitalant is asking for blood donations to make sure everyone’s holiday is bright.

New health facility coming to Plank Road

Elifin Realty announced Wednesday, Nov. 27 that is has sold a property on Plank Road where a new health facility will be built.

  Avoiding holiday heartburn: Is Zantac safe to take?

Many were caught off guard by the recent recall of the popular over-the-counter drug Zantac, so we asked an acid reflux surgeon for his recommendations.

Foods to avoid feeding man’s best friend on Thanksgiving

Dietician shares healthy Thanksgiving recipes

  Deep scrub underway at area schools due to flu

New option offers tighter skin without surgery

  HIV, AIDS diagnosis rates in Baton Rouge ‘significantly lower,’ CDC reports

  Tips to keep you and your family safe from the flu ahead of holiday season

  Denham Springs elementary school raising money for new adaptive playground in memory of student

Some kids in Denham Srpings are working hard raising money so every child can play on a new inclusive playground at Gray’s Creek Elementary in Denham Springs.

Louisiana Department of Health reports second death related to vaping

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting that a second person has died from complications related to vaping.

  LDH hosting free flu shot clinic Friday in Baton Rouge

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is holding a one-day free flu shot clinic Friday, Nov. 22.

  Stop asking your doctors for antibiotics

Doctors across the country are sounding the alarm about antibiotics. They’re lifesavers when used correctly, but there’s a danger too. Overprescribing antibiotics puts the entire population at risk, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calls it one of the biggest risks to public health.

  Experts warn parents in Ascension Parish about the dangers of teens vaping

Leaders on the Ascension Parish School Board are partnering with doctors at Our Lady of the Lake and deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office to warn both parents and teens across the parish about the dangerous health effects of vaping.

Louisiana Marathon and Louisiana Farm Bureau partner for corporate wellness challenge

The Louisiana Marathon is partnering with Louisiana Farm Bureau to kick off the Louisiana Farm Bureau Corporate Wellness Challenge.

  Robotic surgery expands treatment options for lung cancer

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and doctors at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center say there’s hope in the form of early detection and expanded treatment options.

N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

Pennington Biomedical will pay you up to $200 to replace meat in your diet

LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research center is looking for people to participate in a study about replacing meat in their diets.

  Louisiana reports first vaping death

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) confirmed on Monday, Nov. 18 the first death linked to a vaping-associated lung injury, or EVALI, in the state. LDH was unable to provide specifics about the deceased individual due to privacy concerns.

Louisiana has highest number of flu-like related illnesses in United States

Doctors at the Mid-City Ochsner urgent care say right now they’re seeing five to 15 patients come in daily with symptoms.

  World Prematurity Awareness Day this Sunday

Two-year-old Bryson Milburn is all smiles.

  Silver Bullet male enhancement capsules recalled

The FDA announced the recall of a male enhancement capsule after laboratory analysis revealed the presence of an ingredient that could have a potentially harmful interaction with other medications.

  One family shares why they support OLOL Children’s Hospital

A mother shares why she supports OLOL Children’s Hospital.

  Inside the new Endocrinology Clinic at Woman’s Hosptial

In August, Woman’s Hospital opened a new endocrinology clinic, one of the few in the region to focus solely on conditions of the endocrine system, like diabetes and thyroid disorders.

  Opioid-related deaths up, but key silver lining in state-approved report

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, a panel of experts approved a report combining local and statewide data that shows key improvements in the fight against the opioid epidemic, though opioids killed more people in 2018 than in years prior.

Third-annual Tiger 10k set for Dec. 8

Registration is now open for the 3rd annual Tiger 10K!

  Free flu shot clinics across Louisiana scheduled during November

Have you had your flu shot yet?

US officials identify ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illnesses

A government lab found the same chemical compound in lung fluid from 29 patients. The compound — vitamin E acetate — was previously found in vaping fluid used by many of those who got sick.

Flu cases continue to rise, doctors say kids are hit the hardest

Doctors say most patients reporting flu-like illnesses are kids.

Over 630 cases of hepatitis A now reported in Louisiana outbreak, but numbers trending downwards

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reports that as of Friday, Nov. 8, the state has 631 cases of hepatitis A, five of which are not linked to the current outbreak.

10 hospitalized in Okla. after receiving insulin instead of flu shots, police say

Several residents and staff members from a group home in Oklahoma were hospitalized after an apparent medication error.

  Teen has two hip surgeries, finds his way back to the field

It’s not uncommon for teens to have growing pains. That sounds like an easy answer to Thomas Walker’s hip troubles.

La. collects more than 4,000 lbs of drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held Saturday, Oct. 26, and in Louisiana, more than 4,000 lbs of unwanted or expired drugs were collected.

  Public warned about counterfeit prescription pills laced with fentanyl coming from Mexico

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the public about mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that is lethal in minute doses, being manufactured by Mexican drug cartels and distributed in North America.

Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

The study found teens who experiment with vaping are more likely to try cigarettes but vaping first does not increase their odds of becoming smokers.

OLOL needs all blood type donations during ‘Just Our Type’ campaign

Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) Blood Donor Services relies heavily on volunteer donors for their blood supply.

  When should you donate blood? NOW

If you are in good health, you can donate blood. So what are you waiting for?

  Top 10 reasons to donate blood

Are you nervous or the fence about heading to a local blood donation drive and giving blood? Here are the top 10 reasons to get over your fear and donate blood.

Can I donate blood?

WAFB is proud to partner with Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) Blood Donor Services for the upcoming Beat Bama Blood Drive. If you are healthy you can donate blood. You may even be eligible to donate despite certain medical conditions.

Google buys Fitbit for $2.1B, stepping back into wearables

Fitbit makes a range of devices, from basic trackers that mostly count steps to smartwatches that can display messages and notifications from phones.

Free cancer screenings Saturday in Gonzales

Detecting cancer early is the most effective way to treat the disease, doctors agree.

  Breast cancer patient finds ’meaning to life’ after diagnosis 10 days before wedding

Surrounded by friends and family on April 27, 2019, Megan Badon went from a Ms. to a Mrs. However, days before that big day, she felt something strange.

Opening of Ward’s Creek Bridge marks milestone for Health Loop project

The completion of the new bridge is a key part of BREC's planned 13-mile network of trails.

6 apple varieties recalled for possible listeria contamination

North Bay Produce issued a voluntary recall of Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonamac, Jonathan, McIntosh and Red Delicious apples sold after Oct. 16 in 2-pound or 3-pound bags and 600-pound bins.

REGYMEN Fitness opens new Baton Rouge location

Baton Rouge residents looking to get in shape, stay in shape, or just get active have a new hot spot to check out.

  Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

  THE HEART OF A TIGER: LSU and Auburn fans meet to honor heart donation

When LSU and Auburn take the field Saturday, Oct. 26, in the stands will be two families that are tied together through a tragic, yet amazing story of sacrifice and life.

Two unlikely friends support each other through breast cancer journey

Two unlikely friends support each other through breast cancer journey.

As end of hurricane season approaches, preparations at hospitals get underway

As the end of the Atlantic hurricane season draws near, the next round of storm preparedness is just beginning for Baton Rouge General’s emergency coordinator, Alyson Hughes.

Ochsner reports two cases of Legionnaire’s Disease

Ochsner Medical Center says two patients have been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease.

  Louisiana seeing highest number of flu cases in the nation, according to CDC

The CDC says Louisiana is reporting the most flu cases in the country with a particularly high concentration in New Orleans.

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

  For first time, La. residents can safely dispose of vaping products during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

For the first time ever, Louisianans can safely dispose of vaping products at this year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

  Pennington hires world-renowned surgeon to head new bariatric/metabolic surgery program

Louisiana is poised to change the understanding and treatment of obesity.

  East Baton Rouge EMS has shortage in workers; unnecessary 911 calls partially to blame

There are about 200 paramedics on the East Baton Rouge EMS staff, but the organization says it has plenty of positions that need to be filled.

  Cooking class helps diabetes patients eat healthier without sacrificing flavor

More than half a million people in Louisiana have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Another million are considered pre-diabetic. Doctors say the biggest way to stop the disease is a healthier diet.

Bridge Center opening moves forward, selects executive director

The Bridge Center is one step closer to helping patients with mental illnesses.

More choices and stable premiums for ‘Obamacare’ next year

The administration is simultaneously asking a federal appeals court in New Orleans to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional, an overhang of uncertainty that looms over the program.

  SU hosts medical marijuana job fair

Many people got the chance Monday, Oct. 21 to apply for a job in the medical marijuana industry.

  CDC says Louisiana leading region with flu-like patient visits

We’re not even halfway into flu season and Louisiana has found a way to lead in the numbers.

  Hemp growth can start in spring if feds keep current pace

Farmers could begin growing industrial hemp by the spring of 2020 if the state and federal departments of agriculture continue to hammer out logistics at their current pace, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain said Monday, Oct. 21.

  Woman’s Hospital launches ‘Hope Notes’ for anyone to send electronic letters to cancer patients

Woman’s Hospital has a program where you can submit notes of encouragement online to breast and GYN cancer patients.

  Wear pink during ‘Pink N’ Pearl’ breast cancer awareness event in Baton Rouge

"Pink N' Pearls" will celebrate cancer survivors and supporters in the Baton Rouge area.

  Over 1,000 Louisiana businesses permitted to sell CBD products

Over 1000 Louisiana businesses are permitted to sell CBD products, an updated list from Louisiana’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) shows.

Cancer screenings and more at Friday Health Fair

The 7th Annual Health Fair will be held Friday at CATS

  More than $2 million headed to La. from settlement with Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc., are paying out nearly $117 million in settlement money to multiple states, and more than $2 million of that is headed to Louisiana.

  Edwards, Rispone spar over Medicaid

Governor John Bel Edwards slammed Eddie Rispone’s plan to “freeze” Medicaid enrollment during a press conference Thursday, Oct. 17.