Volleyball tournament held to benefit Cystic Fibrosis research

Afternoon rains didn’t stop dozens of community members from competing in an outdoor volleyball tournament organized in hopes of raising money to benefit research to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

FDA warns restaurants and retailers in Texas and Louisiana about possible raw seafood contamination

Louisiana runners return home after competing in world’s toughest ultra-marathon

  Louisiana 'weeks’ away from medical marijuana rollout

Woman’s Hospital’s ‘Life Among Women’ blog honored as one of the best women’s health blogs in the country

Pediatric burn survivors share their stories, create new friendships at free summer camp

Vaccine guidance issued for Barry aftermath, hurricane season

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Efforts to end HIV epidemic receive $1.5 million grant

  LDH rolls out new treatment program for Medicaid patients, inmates in La. with hep C

CDC: E. coli outbreak over, recalled flour may still be in pantries

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

Some areas still under boil water advisories

Preparing for severe weather events while pregnant

How cancer patients can prepare for severe weather events

Severe weather events can prove to be especially dangerous for cancer patients. Here are tips to help you prepare for the storm.

Tips for parents on how to talk to kids about severe tropical weather

As Tropical Storm Barry crawls its way toward the Gulf Coast and Louisiana in particular, Save the Children urges parents and caregivers to take immediate steps to keep kids safe in anticipated flooding and high winds produced by the storm.

  Lifeshare, OLOL in desperate need of blood donors ahead of severe tropical weather

The Our Lady of the Lake Blood Donor Center says its in urgent need for Type O positive and negative blood donors to donate immediately.

Gravy sold at Popeyes in Louisiana recalled due to possible contamination

Over 35,000 pounds of gravy shipped to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants in Louisiana has been recalled.

  Holly Clegg shares new mission inspired by terminal diagnosis

Latest ‘Obamacare’ court battle plays out in New Orleans

Researchers study the brains of altruistic kidney donors

Seventeen new physicians graduate Baton Rouge General’s residency programs

Toxic algae growth forces closure of all coastal Mississippi beaches

Eye drops and other ointments recalled over sterility concerns

UPDATE: All South Mississippi beaches now under algae-related water warnings

The entire shoreline of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is now under the same water warning tied to the blue-green algae bloom. Pascagoula’s two beach testing sites joined the list Sunday morning.

Eye drops sold at Walgreens recalled

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. voluntarily recalled eye drops sold at Walgreens after concerns were raised about nonsterility.

La. Dept. of Health: Oyster beds closed due to low salinity levels

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has announced the closure of several oyster beds due to low salinity levels negatively affecting the health of the oysters.

Woman’s Hospital distinguished as one of Becker’s ‘150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare’

For the sixth year in a row, Woman’s Hospital has been distinguished as one of the 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review.

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

Independence Day may be fun for us, but for pets it can be frightening and even dangerous.

  Experts offer ways to cope with PTSD during Fourth of July fireworks

Pyrotechnics can trigger anxiety, panic attack or flashback in combat veterans who have PTSD

Gotcha bike share program comes to LSU campus

Louisiana State University students will have a new way of getting around campus this fall. Gotcha will be introducing its fleet of pedal assist bicycles to Baton Rouge July 11 with about 50 locations around the city.

Listeria scare leads to recall of vegetables from Green Giant, Trader Joe’s

The recall is for packaged vegetables, not frozen or canned.

HIV cases in La. drop to lowest level in 10+ years

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is reporting the number of people in the state being diagnosed with HIV is the lowest it has been in the past year and the previous decade.

Free health screenings, blood drive at BRG Tuesday

Screenings will include cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, and body mass index testing.

  Sen. Kennedy pushing to make generic drugs more accessible

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are working on a couple of ideas that could change your trip to the doctor’s office.

  Safe to Swim? LDH monitoring beaches for harmful bacteria

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is testing Louisiana’s 24 coastal beaches for harmful bacteria each week this summer.

Another 11,500 people removed from Louisiana Medicaid rolls

Nearly 11,500 people were kicked out of Louisiana's Medicaid program at the end of June because they didn't prove they qualified for the government health insurance coverage

  CDC warns about a parasite in pools that is making people sick

The parasite can be worse for kids, pregnant women and anyone who has a compromised immune system.

  Experts working to determine if algae in Lake Pontchartrain is harmful

To an untrained eye, aerial photos showing Lake Pontchartrain’s waters tinted green may appear more alarming than they actually are

Backyard poultry linked to multistate Salmonella outbreaks largely impacting children including in La.

Louisiana is among 41 states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says reported cases of Salmonella infections caused by exposure to backyard poultry.

Toddler dies after STEC exposure at petting zoo; parents reminded to watch for warning signs

After a toddler died and three other pediatric cases of Shiga-toxin-producing E. Coli (STEC) exposure were linked to a petting zoo at the San Diego County Fair, health officials are reminding parents nationwide of warning signs and symptoms associated with the disease.

  More new hep A cases reported in La. this week than typically seen in whole year

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is reporting 26 new cases of hepatitis A since Friday, June 21.

  La. to receive $4M grant for childhood immunizations

Louisiana is set to receive a $4 million grant to provide childhood immunizations, Senator John Kennedy announced Thursday, June 27.

Public urged to donate blood ahead of anticipated holiday shortfall

Vitalant is asking members of the public to schedule appointments at its Baton Rouge donation center or mobile blood drive ahead of an expected shortfall of nearly 8,500 blood donations nationwide the week of July 1.

Free STD testing at 43 locations across La., multiple in Baton Rouge

Louisiana residents can get free screenings for HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis starting June 24 through June 27, leading up to National HIV Testing Day.

Louisiana launches payment model to eliminate Hepatitis C

Another effort has been launched to eliminate Hepatitis C among some of the state’s most at-risk populations in Louisiana.

Pediatric cancer research campaign pedals into Baton Rouge

The Cannonballs Across America campaign is raising money for pediatric cancer research.

  Charity bike ride planned to honor late Baton Rouge Councilman ‘Buddy’ Amoroso

The late Councilman's family is remembering him through The Buddy Ride.

  Legal sale of CBD products begins in Louisiana

On Monday, June 24, the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) issued its first permits to allow the legal sale of hemp-derived CBD products. Multiple temporary permits were issued, the office says, including five in the Baton Rouge area.

Standards tightened to protect infants and children from lead-contaminated dust exposure

New inspection standards in housing built before 1978, certain schools, child care facilities, and hospitals across the country will include a lower tolerance for lead found in dust left on floors and window sills from chipped or peeling lead-based paint.

Baby formula sold at Walmart recalled nationwide for potentially containing metal

A baby formula sold exclusively at Walmart is being recalled nationwide “because of the potential presence of metal foreign matter.”

  103-year-old Baton Rouge woman sets new record

On Monday, June 17, 103-year-old Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins a Baton Rouge native set a new record for the Senior Games in the 50 meter dash in the Women’s 100 plus division.

Louisiana governor signs law on health insurance coverage

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation that could eventually lead to health insurance coverage for some residents if the federal Affordable Care Act is overturned

Rising algae bloom in Lake Pontchartrain, health department warns to avoid the water

Water in Lake Pontchartrain is potentially developing large algae bloom, and Louisiana health officials are asking people to avoid the water because of this.

  Would you know if your pet was having a heatstroke?

Pets cannot tell you when they are experiencing signs of heat exposure, so it’s important for you to know the symptoms.

  Over 300 cases of Hepatitis A confirmed in Louisiana, LDH says

On Friday, June 21, LDH reported 302 cases of Hepatitis A since the start of 2019.

LSU swimmer to stop in Baton Rouge on nationwide bike ride fundraiser

The Cannonballs Across America team has been raising money for pediatric cancer research.

  Top Box Foods launch the latest effort to provide healthy food in neighborhoods lacking grocery options

Efforts to increase access to healthy groceries in food deserts seem to be blossoming in the Red Stick. In Louisiana, 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger, according to information provided by HealthyBR.

  Mothers of sons who died from drug overdoses advocate for grief support groups

Two mothers forced to bury their sons have a powerful message. They’re taking their painful experiences and sharing them among strangers. It’s all thanks to a support group they saw featured on WAFB. Now, they want other families to share their stories.

  OLOL Children’s Hospital hosting job fair Thursday

The new, state-of-the-art Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital is slated to open on October 5, but before they can open the doors, they need staff members.

Acadian Ambulance offers summer safety tips for parents

"Dark rubber equipment could come into 180 degrees, slides can reach 140 degrees, all of this can cause burns within seconds..."

  More resources for those with sickle cell coming to Baton Rouge

The Sickle Cell Association of South Louisiana is now partnering up with Louisiana Healthcare Connections.

Marathon running pushes Baton Rouge couple to physical limits, milestones

When it comes to their marriage, Derek and Danielle Dowell have found a common bond that goes beyond the typical limits of a relationship.

New warning for parents of babies on how they sleep

New Warning for Parents of Babies on How They Sleep

Free fitness apps aid in summer health

If you’ve sidelined your fitness over the winter, your phone and some great free, fitness apps could help change that.

Louisiana life expectancy rating among the worst in the U.S.

Arkansas is ranked 44th in the country

Free Lunch & Learn: Normal Aging or Signs of Heart Valve Disease?

Baton Rouge General will host a June 26 Lunch and Learn event on heart valve disease. More than five million Americans are diagnosed with some form of the disease each year.

Louisiana stuck at No. 49 in ‘Kids Count’ ranking

Louisiana remained at number 49 in an annual national assessment of child well-being.

  RECALL: Lay’s potato chips pulled from shelves

Consumers with milk allergies could end up having a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction after eating certain bags of Lay’s potato chips.

Louisiana governor signs food labeling restrictions into law

Vegan bacon, broccoli rice and other veggie foods will need new names to stay on Louisiana's grocery store shelves next year, under a new law signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards

American Heart Association in Baton Rouge hosting free art therapy classes for stroke survivors

Survivors of stroke have opportunities to creatively express themselves while also healing with free art therapy classes in the Red Stick.

Measles: 1,044 cases reported so far this year

The Centers for Disease Control reported the latest count as of Friday. This marks the largest number reported in the U.S. since 1992.

CBD retailer applications available in Louisiana

Starting Monday, June 17, the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will issue applications for permits for retailers wanting to sell hemp and CBD products

  CDC: How to know if your measles vaccine is keeping you safe

A simple blood test can determine whether or not your measles vaccinations are still protecting you.

  Jefferson Parish testing new app to combat opioid addiction

Emocha serves as an online portal for patients to communicate with care team and be held accountable for taking treatment as prescribed.

  Still no availability date on medical marijuana in La., but new batch being harvested

State officials say they are closer than ever to finally making medical marijuana available to Louisiana patients.

  Nearly 300 hepatitis A cases reported in Louisiana since Jan. 2018

At least 281 Louisianans have been diagnosed with hepatitis A in the last 18 months, according to Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) records.

  Leading by example: Mayor Broome talks about her fitness journey

EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome talks with Johnny Ahysen on Java Talk about her fitness journey.

Flour sold at Target, Walmart nationwide being recalled due to E. coli

E. coli can cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools.

  Flesh-eating bacteria: What you need to know

Already this year, there have been reports of people picking up flesh eating bacteria in Gulf waters.

  Silent hero honored for lifesaving organ donation

Todd Schroeder’s life was literally handed to him. On February 28, 2018 doctors told Schroeder he was near death. He needed a new liver, but a stranger made sure he had a second chance.

  Medicaid projected to cost Louisiana $400 million less than expected

Louisiana will spend around $400 million less on Medicaid than expected in 2019, according to new Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) projections.