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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.