La. health department will track all results of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C tests

Louisiana’s health department says its Office of Public Health will now track all HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C test results. That includes cases where tests come back negative.

  Dept. of Health monitoring hep A outbreak in Livingston Parish

Doctor to pay $118K to settle claims of improper Medicare billing practices

Louisiana’s ‘Obamacare’ replacement bill sparks arguments

Gov. Edwards launches task force to protect Louisianans with preexisting conditions

Official: Technical issues caused Medicaid claim ID issue

Louisiana House seeking to cover more children in Medicaid

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  New medical marijuana clinic opens in Baton Rouge

  Eat well, exercise more: New guidelines to reduce risk of dementia

Federal government wants women to know more about a breast characteristic cancer risk

Color Run to make a vibrant splash in Baton Rouge

Whooping cough cases reported at Jefferson Parish school

  Women bringing attention to health issues for National Women’s Health Week

  Bipartisan group of senators introduces bill to protect patients from surprise medical bills

A bipartisan group of senators, including Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, has introduced a bill to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

Louisiana House agrees to medical marijuana inhaler bill

Louisiana's medical marijuana patients would be able to inhale cannabis, if senators agree to a proposal that won overwhelming support from lawmakers in the House

  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.

  Pennington launches new program to help low-income women maintain healthy weight during pregnancy

Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge have announced a new program they hope will help low-income moms during pregnancy.

Louisiana AG joins lawsuit against major generic drug companies for price fixing

  Mineral sunscreens touted as healthier, more environmentally friendly alternatives to typical sunscreens

Canton, Ohio high school student loses over 100 pounds by walking to school each day

  US measles cases still climbing, topping 800 for year

  Latest round of Medicaid eligibility letters sent out; recipients must respond by early June

  Pack these healthy travel snacks to get through summer trips

Pools at Louisiana’s state parks opening later this month

Louisiana's state parks system is opening its public swimming pools later this month, to kick off Memorial Day weekend

  Local OBGYN talks stresses and health concerns surrounding motherhood

With Mother’s Day this weekend, it’s important to remember the stress that can come with motherhood.

  Hepatitis A infections in US increased by nearly 300 percent over 2 years, CDC reports

The highly contagious virus of the liver, which is also a vaccine-preventable illness, has made a resurgence among adults in the United States.

  Inside Look: Capitol Wellness Solutions preparing for medical marijuana roll-out

Patients waiting to receive medical marijuana may not know when those products will hit the shelves, but those shelves will be ready.

Three runners will represent Louisiana in world’s toughest ultramarathon

On July 15, Walker Higgins, 37, Derek Dowell, 36, and Jean Aponte, 35, will represent Louisiana as they take on the most challenging race in the world.

  Senate kills bills that would exempt feminine hygiene products from taxes, ratify equal rights amendment

The Louisiana Senate killed a bill Wednesday, May 8 that would have allowed voters to decide if feminine hygiene products and diapers should be exempt from state sales tax.

Lock design delays launch of Gotcha bike sharing program in Baton Rouge

The company that’s been planning to launch e-bikes into the Red Stick has announced it’ll launch the program in June.

  Sunscreen: How to protect your kids from the sun

Use at least SPF 15 and make sure it covers both UVA and UVB rays.

  CBD spa massages could resolve stress, anxiety, other health problems

Several spas around the country are adding CBD to massages.

Louisiana House approves regulatory framework for CBD sales

Lawmakers have broadened a proposal to legalize the growing of industrial hemp in Louisiana to also create a regulatory framework for CBD product sales

Louisiana tests unapproved anti-addiction implant on inmates

Some Louisiana inmates struggling with opioid addictions may soon find themselves sporting addiction fighting implants that haven't yet been approved by federal regulators

Medical marijuana tensions spill into Louisiana Legislature

A simmering feud between one of Louisiana's medical marijuana growers and the program's regulator has spilled into the Legislature

Bill backed by vaccine critics shelved by House committee

A proposal backed by vaccine critics that would require providers to give patients a list of information about vaccines before administering them was rejected by a House committee

  Chemicals in sunscreen enter your body after just one day of use, study says

The four chemicals studied, avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene, are part of a dozen that the FDA recently said needed to be researched by manufacturers before they could be considered “generally regarded as safe and effective.

Death of nurse at hands of patient renewing focus on workplace violence

The death of a nurse at Baton Rouge General is renewing the focus on workplace violence that nurses experience nearly every day.

Impending release of child rapist ignites firestorm on social media

He has threatened to "... rape the first woman he sees,” authorities warn

Louisiana Senate backs abortion ban, tied to Mississippi law

A proposal to enact tougher abortion prohibitions in Louisiana, banning the procedure as early as five or six weeks of pregnancy, has won the support of state senators

  La. public health official: There is no link between measles vaccine and autism

“There is not now, nor has there ever been, a legitimate link between MMR, the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine or any vaccination and autism,” said Dr. Billioux.

Save a mom this Mother’s Day with your blood donation

This Mother’s Day, Vitalant is inviting people to honor their moms in a unique way... by donating blood.

  US measles count rises to 764, driven by New York outbreaks

Officials on Monday said 764 cases have been reported as of last Thursday. It's the most in the U.S. since 1994, when 963 were reported.

  Number of Hepatitis A cases in La. up to 176

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.

  Proposed mosquito abatement program in Livingston Parish fails vote

To spray or not to spray... the heated debate over mosquito control in parts of Livingston Parish ended when the proposal failed in the May 4 election.

Mississippi helicopter to help fight West Nile in Louisiana

A Louisiana parish is bringing in a helicopter from Mississippi to fight West Nile virus this year.

Ten-week course for aspiring residential contractors accepting applications

The program will feature two-hour sessions twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Enrollment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a $350 fee.

Mississippi helicopter to help fight West Nile in Louisiana

A Louisiana parish is bringing in a helicopter from Mississippi to fight West Nile virus this year

  KSLA Salutes the 2019 AF Female Athlete of the Year: “All you really need is a good pair of running shoes”

The 2019 Air Force Female Athlete of the Year award was presented Maj. Amy Natalini, director of headquarters 8th Air Force's commander's action group at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

No mid-May Louisiana release of medical marijuana products

Louisiana's first batch of medical marijuana won't reach the shelves by the mid-May deadline demanded by pharmacists and patients, but June could be a possibility

Financial impacts of emergency room visits

A new study finds a single ER visit is the number one financial fear for most people.

  Program needs volunteers to drive cancer patients to appointments

One car ride seven years ago changed Damare’s life. While driving a loved one home, he heard a commercial about a need for volunteers with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program.

‘It’s important to do tick checks’: Lone star tick bite causes allergy to red meat

A Goochland woman is making changes to her diet after a tick bite. Weeks after being bitten by a lone star tick, she developed an allergy to red meat.

  With summer near, it’s time to prepare for those pesky mosquitoes

If you step outside, you can start to hear the slight, annoying buzzing of those pesky mosquitoes that seemingly show up everywhere when it gets warm outside.

  Can eating more rice help prevent obesity? One study says so

Good news for rice lovers!

  Collagen Craze: Health or Hype?

Collagen is one of the top selling supplements in the country, with some doctors even recommending it for joint pain and hair loss. But is it worth the money and does it work?

  Medical marijuana inhalers could become treatment option for Louisiana’s sickest patients

The Louisiana House’s health committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 1 that would loosen regulations on the state’s medical marijuana program so certain patients could use medical marijuana inhalers.

FDA strengthening warnings for some popular sleep aids

There have been reports of rare, but serious, injuries and deaths resulting from sleepwalking, sleep-driving and other complex behaviors by people who took the popular drugs. (Source: CNN)

YMCA of the Capital Area offers free cancer recovery program

The YMCA of the Capital Area is now offering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week recovery program for adult cancer patients and survivors.

  State senator’s vaccine comments prompt strong reaction

A state senator’s controversial comments linking vaccines to abortion fetuses and autism had medical professionals reassuring the public that vaccines are safe.

  Orleans District Attorney’s Office proposes new tool for opioid crisis

Representatives with Orleans District Attorney's Office propose implementing ODMAP to proactively address rise in opioid overdoses.

  Antibiotics no match for superbugs, UN report says

Researchers said the growing threat is increasing the risk of life-saving medical procedures and making common diseases like tuberculosis nearly impossible to beat because of “alarming levels” of resistance to the drugs created to treat them.

Louisiana abortion ban proposal wins support from senators

Louisiana would follow other conservative states in seeking to ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically around the sixth week of pregnancy, under a bill that took its first steps in the Senate

ER doctors say they are dealing with more patient assaults

Most emergency room doctors believe violence is increasing

2 cases of HIV confirmed from possible ‘vampire facials’ at NM spa

The aesthetician running the spa was using unsafe practices that could spread infections like HIV and hepatitis B and C, according to health department officials.

  Measles cases climb to 704 for the year, highest since 1994, CDC says

The number of confirmed cases across the country is 704, up 78 over the last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SC family advocating for bill that would ban the sale of energy drinks to minors

A Midlands family is advocating for legislation to ban stores from selling energy drinks to minors.

Officials watching out for the blood-sucking ‘kissing bug’ in Louisiana

While the idea of a stealthy bug literally spreading the kiss of death may be the thing of nightmares, specialists say it the bug’s feeding process that’s more worrisome than it’s bite.

  Louisiana reports first death related to Hepatitis A outbreak

The Louisiana Department of Health reported the first death related to an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak across the state. East Baton Rouge Parish and Livingston Parish reported the highest number of cases for surrounding parishes.

Tax data to be included for Medicaid eligibility verification starting in May

LDH says it will begin receiving the tax information in May of 2019.

  Confusion over CBD laws after raid on Lafayette store

A police raid on Cajun Cannabis in Lafayette sent a wave of anxiety through Louisiana’s growing CBD industry this week, but it appears the raid was an isolated incident.

Lake Wellness Center opens 7 addiction treatment clinics in Louisiana

Lafayette based Lake Wellness Center has opened seven locations throughout south Louisiana as the opioid crisis threatens Louisiana.

How to get started with obstacle course racing

Every year, millions of people attempt to compete in an obstacle course race (OCR), but what is it and is it for you?

  New sleep, physical activity and screen time guidelines for children under 5 recommended by World Health Organization

The World Health Organization, the United Nations’ public health agency, has released its first set of guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep for children under the age of 5.

Pennington asking for participants in study on how exercise affects fat tissue in women

Can exercise affect your body’s fat tissue?

Walmart hosting free health screening event Apr. 27

Walmart is hoping to help Baton Rouge residents get their spring off to a healthier start by hosting a free health screening event.

  Advocates push for medical marijuana to be available to patients in La. as soon as possible

A number of advocates for medical marijuana celebrated Cannabis Day on Monday, April 22 by asking lawmakers to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

  Part of Generation X? You might need an MMR booster shot

Nearly two decades ago, the measles was declared eliminated in the United States, but there has been a recent upsurge of cases – including adults who thought they were already protected.

Baton Rouge General hires surgeon to expand cardiothoracic surgery services

The Bluebonnet campus of Baton Rouge General is expanding its services in cardiothoracic surgery with a new clinic.

  AL dad designs truck to raise awareness for autism

A local dad in Tuscaloosa is using a truck to raise awareness about autism. And the timing is just right because April is World autism awareness month.

FDA gives final approval for first generic nasal spray to treat opioid overdose

The FDA announced Friday it approved the first generic nasal spray meant to treat opioid overdoses.