Inside the new Endocrinology Clinic at Woman’s Hosptial

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

Third-annual Tiger 10k set for Dec. 8

Southern University to host cannabis education symposium

  Free flu shot clinics across Louisiana scheduled during November

US officials identify ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illnesses

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

Over 630 cases of hep A now reported in La. outbreak, but numbers trending downwards

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

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

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

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

  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?

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

Free cancer screenings Saturday in Gonzales

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

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

6 apple varieties recalled for possible listeria contamination

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.

  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.

Stubborn sinus infections? Might be time for the next step

Baton Rouge General will host an event on sinusitis, or sinus infections, which affect more than 30 million adults in the U.S., especially in the South.

Climate change raises risk of more Ebola outbreaks, study finds

A new study suggests climate change could bring Ebola outbreaks to areas previously unaffected by the virus.

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

Just last week, the CDC’s report showed increases in the three most commonly reported STDs from 2017 to 2018. It showed cases of gonorrhea increased five percent, primary and secondary syphilis was up 14 percent and chlamydia rose three percent. But — Louisiana, often among the top three states for

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

As vaping illnesses and deaths climb across the country, health officials warn vaping could make flu season worse.

  The time is now to get your flu shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to get their flu vaccine by the end of October.

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

Medicare has made it easy to figure out which plans fits your needs.

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.

  Woman’s Hospital offers mobile mammograms

Woman’s Hospital offers mammograms at the main hospital in Baton Rouge, at West Feliciana Hospital and on traveling mobile coaches so patients can find a time and location that is convenient for them.

  CDC urges expectant mothers to get flu shot

It’s flu season and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is urging expecting mothers to take precautions and get vaccinated.

Growing concern over high cost of medical marijuana

Suffering with chronic pain after some major surgeries, Jackie Hyer was excited for some relief from her new medical marijuana prescription, and she says it worked. What she didn't anticipate was the price.

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

What’s for dinner is most likely on every shopper’s mind as they roll down the grocery aisle.

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

Findings from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that from 2017 to 2018 there were increases in the rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis across the United States.

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

Baton Rouge General will host a free national public service program for women who are undergoing cancer treatment in October.

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

The highly anticipated new children’s hospital in Baton Rouge officially opened its doors early Saturday morning.

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

The Supreme Court is getting involved in the abortion debate after agreeing to hear a Louisiana case.

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

The grand opening of the new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is set to take place Saturday, Oct. 5.

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

The Supreme Court is adding an abortion case to its busy election-year docket. The justices have agreed to take up a Louisiana law that could leave the state with just one clinic.

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

Have you ever wondered what it takes to move an entire hospital?

  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

Updates issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Wednesday, Oct. 23 show more products used to relieve and prevent heartburn are being recalled due to the potential presence of the same probable cancer-causing impurity that prompted a July recall of several blood pressure medications.

  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.