La. health officials address spread of new strain of coronavirus

It has certainly been a headline grabber that a new strain of coronavirus has made its way to the states.

La. Senator John Kennedy introduces pro-life legislation to protect mothers, unborn children

  Bridge Center chooses location; no word yet on specific opening date for long-anticipated mental health facility

  How a hug can help your child

Louisiana monitoring Chinese Coronavirus after confirmed US case

Mayor’s free Fitness Stroll now rescheduled after being canceled due to severe weather

  Louisana Marathon runners finish strong

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  All of Us Research Program makes stops in Baton Rouge

Study says Americans wait too long to get knee replacement

  Cancer death rate sees largest single-year drop, report says

FREE CLASS: Grace Yoga giving you a free class for first-time students until January 19

First CBD shop in Denham Springs opens for business

Louisiana reports over 700 cases of hepatitis A amid ongoing outbreak

  Tips for LSU fans to prevent vocal problems before National Championship

LSU fans are sure to be cheering loudly at Monday’s (Jan. 13) National Championship game against Clemson, so health experts are offering some tips on how to prevent vocal problems before they even start.

Baton Rouge mother offers tips to cope with a ‘deathiversary’

After losing her son to a drug overdose, a Baton Rouge mother is determined to help other families through their pain.

  Still no word on location for anticipated Bridge Center

On Thursday, Jan. 9, a new model of the highly anticipated Bridge Center was introduced to the public.

  National Championship, Carnival season brings worry about spread of flu

Doctors say that many people coming together could also make Louisiana even more vulnerable to a second peak in what has already been an early and bad flu season here.

More kids needing glasses at earlier age

  Dr. Rebekah Gee resigns as secretary of Louisiana’s health department

  Health experts rank the top diets for 2020

  Unusual flu season strikes in Louisiana; second peak to come

Bridge Center, Capital Area Human Services to host meeting to update public on available mental health, opioid services

  Eating disorder support group to launch in Baton Rouge

Stick to your New Year’s diet even during Mardi Gras season with this low carb, gluten free, dairy free king cake

Do you love eating king cake during Mardi Gras, but made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier? This king cake from Ochsner may be just the thing you need.

  Registered nurse turned medical tattoo artist gives back to breast cancer survivors

After working as a registered nurse for 15 years and six years as a surgery nurse, a local woman found a new meaning.

Elderberry syrup gaining popularity in fight against cold and flu

Some people are turning to a centuries-old home remedy to protect themselves from the cold and flu this year, and nutritionists say it works.

U-Haul to stop hiring nicotine users in 21 states

If you’re a nicotine user, U-Haul won’t hire you for a job with the company in 21 states.

  DASH diet ranks among best for healthy eating in 2020

Recent studies show that blood pressure can be lowered by following the DASH eating plan.

FDA approves UVA-developed artificial pancreas

The FDA has approved an artificial pancreas system – based on technology from the UVA Center for Diabetes Technology – that automatically monitors and regulates blood glucose levels.

Will you conquer your New Year’s resolution or let it go?

45% of Americans make a resolution; and says only 8% of those will stick with it all year long

  ALERT: Depression medication recalled due to labeling error

A particular depression medication is being recalled due to a labeling error related to the dosage strength of the medicine.

Tips for getting over that New Year’s Eve hangover

It’s almost time to ring in the new year, and if you’re like many around the world, you may be planning to imbibe in several toasts. Here are some tips to get over that holiday hangover.

Woman arrested for forging prescription of opioids

Tiara Lee told deputies she got prescription paper off of Amazon and copied information from a legitimate order.

  La. becomes first state to get approval from USDA for industrial hemp program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has now approved Louisiana’s hemp plan, making it the first of three states to get approval as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain made the announcement Friday, Dec. 27.

Fireworks: fun for you, not so much for your pet

Holidays that involve shooting off fireworks may be fun for us, but for pets, they can be frightening and even dangerous.

Looking to quit smoking in 2020? Here are five quit tips

If you want to quit smoking, here are five tips that will help you on your path.

  OLOL cardiologist performs the first rare, lifesaving procedure on heart attack patient in La.

A cardiologist at Our Lady of the Lake performs a rare, lifesaving procedure on a heart attack patient in Louisiana.

Depression and anxiety can feel worse during the holidays

Most people look forward to the holiday season, but it can be a stressful time for others.

Holiday temptations, stress could create negative consequences

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep your weight in check and your stress levels low.

Avoid the holiday bulge by picking up new healthy habits

To avoid the holiday bulge, here are a few recaps of some of local health and exercise trends we’ve discussed this year.

Donate blood to save lives and feed the hungry

For every blood donation they get on Friday LifeShare will donate approximately three meals to St. Vincent de Paul.

  Furry visitors bring healing, happiness to cancer patients for the holidays

The holidays can get especially lonely for patients stuck in hospitals. These four-legged furry visits are making things a little easier.

  BR surgeon launches line of CBD products to help patients experiencing pain

A Baton Rouge surgeon is on a mission to get her patients feeling better with the help of natural medicine. The legalization of CBD helped launch her new brand.

1,300 flu deaths in US so far this season, CDC estimates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there have at least 1,300 deaths, 23,000 hospitalizations and 2.6 million illnesses from the flu.

This holiday season, give the gift of blood

This holiday season, give a gift that will truly matter: blood donation.

  Louisiana reports second death related to Hepatitis A outbreak

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported the second death related to an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak across the state.

  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.

  Born at 26 weeks, baby Brayden finally gets to go home after 3 months at Baton Rouge General

Christmas has come a little early for one family. They're getting one of the greatest gifts they could ask for.

  Southern University to host cannabis education symposium

Southern University will host a cannabis education symposium in December.

  OLOL, NeuroMedical Center to open new ICU

Officials say the new unit expands the hospital’s footprint as a center for comprehensive stroke and neurological care in the region.

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

There is a new effort to make sure every child has access to the healthy food they need it, even before birth.

  UK officials may soon add activity labels to certain foods

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK hopes to make that decision easier by introducing activity labels to help people think before they eat.

  How to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder

It can sometimes be dismissed as just “winter blues,” but Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is much more serious than just being sad.

  Louisiana health department announces free hepatitis C screenings at Walmart stores

The screenings will be available at the pharmacies of 10 Walmart stores.

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

Chipotle is taking steps to ensure a healthier workforce, but you won't be able to get away with faking sick.

  US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.

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

Pancreatic cancer is often described as the most-feared form of the disease. It’s notorious for bad outcomes in a very short amount of time. A new program in Baton Rouge is trying to change that.

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

Many Louisiana residents living with hepatitis C have now been able to get life-saving treatment thanks to the state’s new, innovative payment model for the medication used to cure the illness.

  How essential oils can make your pet sick

Essential oil diffusers are popular Christmas presents but they can make your pet sick!

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

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Sevices launched a program Tuesday, Dec. 3 which expands free access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is a “highly effective” medication that significantly lowers a person’s chance of a person getting HIV if used daily.

Health program offers free HIV prevention drug to uninsured

Taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day dramatically reduces the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes infected through sex or injection drug use.

  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

Are table scraps toxic for your pup?

Dietician shares healthy Thanksgiving recipes

If you’re wanting to show thanks to your family this year, be sure to include healthier side dishes during your Thanksgiving dinner. Ochsner’s Eat Fit BR makes finding healthy recipes easy using their free mobile app.

  Deep scrub underway at area schools due to flu

While your kids are at home for the Thanksgiving break, some schools are using the time to make sure classrooms are free of germs and the flu virus.

New option offers tighter skin without surgery

If you're considering a face lift, but don't want surgery, there's a new way to get similar results. Accutite can be used for smaller areas of the face, such as under-eyes and lines around the mouth.

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

City leaders will gather Monday to tout a major public health improvement.

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

It seems like everybody knows at least one person who’s sick right now, and with the holidays fast approaching, WAFB has got some tips to make sure you don’t get sick yourself, or pass those germs on to your loved ones.

  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.