EBR, Livingston Parish among areas where gummies tainted with synthetic marijuana found

A spokesperson for the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control says gummy products marketed as containing CBD but instead containing synthetic marijuana were found in several parishes across Louisiana.

Mary Bird Perkins receives grant to address transportation needs of Baton Rouge cancer patients

Free pain management workshop helps attendees find alternatives to opioids

  Statewide alert issued after cases of severe lung disease due to vaping reported in Louisiana; 13 cases so far

Free health screenings, flu shots during ‘Game Plan for Health’ event in Baton Rouge

  Louisiana has over 530 cases of hepatitis A as part of ongoing outbreak

  Pennington Biomedical encouraging people to eat healthier

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  Trump administration looks to ban flavored e-cigarettes

La. to receive $10.7M maternal and child health grant

  New OLOL interventional cardiologist performs first heart condition procedure using alcohol at The Lake

Suicide on the farm: How one man is trying to save lives

  Cancer survivor shares advice to women during GYN Cancer Awareness Month

Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health?

$13.6M for cancer clinical trials in Louisiana, Mississippi

The National Cancer Institute is providing $13.6 million to combine and expand two clinical trials networks focusing on minority and underserved patients in Louisiana and Mississippi

  After one month, how are Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients doing?

When medical marijuana became available on Aug. 6, Alex Domino said he had no expectations. For him, the medicine was simply a remedy for a myriad of serious ailments that he had not tried.

  OLOL Children’s Hospital to host community open house day for public to tour new facility

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, which is set to open Oct. 5, is now hosting a community open house event for the public to tour the new facility.

  Training, preparation keeps hospitals, first responders prepared for the worst

Leaders in the healthcare field say you perform as you train and that makes responding to serious situations, like the evacuation of Dutchtown High School Thursday morning, second nature.

Our Lady of the Lake reaches new milestone of life-changing heart procedure

  Ribbon cutting held for new road leading to OLOL Children’s Hospital

President Trump, state officials announce efforts to combat opioid crisis

Board considering 3 locations for long-anticipated Bridge Center mental health facility

Interventional Pain Institute opens in BRG’s Center for Health

Celebrate ‘National Grandparents Day’ during Sesame Street health event in Baton Rouge

Cases in Salmonella outbreak linked to pet chicks, ducklings exceeds 1,000; slight rise in La. cases

The number of Salmonella cases linked to backyard poultry in Louisiana has slightly risen from 2 cases to 6 cases between June and August, states a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Across the nation, the number of cases linked to the outbreak now exceeds 1,000.

The Latest: Louisiana Medicaid to use emergency contracts

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is working on emergency contracting plans to maintain health services for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid patients, while a legal dispute rages over new deals for the work

Baton Rouge Rehab launches class to manage pain and its emotional impact

Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital (BRRH) has launched a free pain management education class, providing education and techniques to manage pain outside of traditional medical management, and with a focus on the emotional aspect of pain.

Baton Rouge police to host 5K fundraiser for suicide awareness, prevention

The Baton Rouge Police Department is hosting its first 5K to honor a former officer and to raise money for suicide awareness and prevention.

  Woman’s Hospital expanding GRACE program to help expecting mothers dealing with opioid addiction

The number of babies in Louisiana born addicted to opioids has doubled since 2013, but an innovative program is helping to bring those numbers back down. It’s now expanding to help more moms and babies.

Mosquito spraying Monday in EBR where mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found

The East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control agency plans to host an aerial mission tonight over an area of south Baton Rouge where West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes were collected.

Doctors: How much you weigh can change effectiveness of ‘Plan B’ pill

Though many doctors see the accessibility of the pill as a positive, many also acknowledge most women do not end up talking with a doctor before buying.

USDA: Washing raw chicken puts you at risk of foodborne illness

The government has a new warning out about raw poultry that has some people skeptical.

  KIRAN: La. Dept. of Health releases inspection results on Iberville Oaks nursing facility

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) released its latest investigative report on Iberville Oaks Nursing & Rehab.

Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge unveils new outdoor fitness center

The Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge has unveiled its recently renovated indoor gym and the addition of an outdoor fitness center.

  Eight human cases of West Nile Virus in La. reported for 2019

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has reported the first human cases of West Nile Virus in Louisiana for 2019.

  Mobile learning lab rolls onto Baton Rouge General campus

Baton Rouge General (BRG) clinicians will learn about new ways to fight complex heart disease, courtesy of an 18-wheeler turned mobile laboratory rolling onto the Bluebonnet campus Wednesday, Aug. 21.

  Bluebonnet Dental Care hosting free dentistry day Aug. 24

Bluebonnet Dental Care is hosting a free dentistry day for Baton Rouge residents on Saturday, Aug. 24.

  Gov. Blanco’s fight with ocular melanoma brings attention to rare disease

During Governor Kathleen Blanco’s address to the graduates of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December of 2017, she said she was praying for a miracle.

  Third brand of animal treats recalled over Salmonella amid outbreak spanning 33 states

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a third brand of pets treats are being removed from stores because of their potential contamination with Salmonella.

  Horses in La. test positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced Monday, Aug. 19 that since June 5, sixteen horses have texted positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and one has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far

Louisiana became the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana.

Woman’s Hospital selects Dr. Barbara Griffith as new CEO

The Woman’s Hospital announced Monday that it selected its new CEO.

  Positive West Nile Virus sample collected in West Baton Rouge

A mosquito sample in West Baton Rouge has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Portions of Lake Pontchartrain turn green as algae bloom

Scientists say it will take time for the lake to return to normal, but gauging when exactly that might happen is difficult as the algae thrive in the heat of a Louisiana summer.

  Over 460 cases of hepatitis A confirmed in Louisiana outbreak

More than 460 cases of Hepatitis A were confirmed as part of an ongoing outbreak in Louisiana, data provided by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) showed Friday, Aug. 16.

  Migraine medicine could lead to life-threatening infection; recall announced

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday, August 15 that a medication used to treat migraines was being pulled from shelves because continued use could lead to serious, life threatening infections.

  Louisiana law passed this summer could ban Kratom

A law in Louisiana that passed this summer that will make Kratom illegal in the state if the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug.

  New eye clinic opens in Old South Baton Rouge

For the first time in decades, people in Old South Baton Rouge can walk to their next eye exam.

  Algae in Lake Pontchartrain, Gulf Coast beaches can be fatal to pets

Lake experts and veterinarian warn pet owners to keep animals away from lakes, ponds and beaches with potentially toxic algae.

Woman’s Hospital puts year-round emphasis on breastfeeding awareness

World Breastfeeding Week has come and gone, but Woman’s Hospital is continuing its efforts to encourage communities to support mothers who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding.

Pet owners on alert for toxic algae after NC dog deaths

Three dogs died after exposure to a toxic blue green algae bloom in North Carolina.

Patients who recently experienced heart failure wanted for clinical trial

Ochsner is currently enrolling patients 18 years of age or older with Class II, III, or IV heart failure to participate in what hospital officials say may be one of the largest heart failure medical device trials in the U.S.

HHS awards La. medical facilities part of $400 million to combat opioid crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday, August 8 awarded 31 medicals facilities in Louisiana part of $400 million to combat an ongoing opioid crisis plaguing the nation.

Louisiana congressman questions Medicaid contract awards

Gov. John Bel Edwards is facing questions about his administration's multibillion-dollar Medicaid contracting decisions from a fellow Democrat, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond

OLOL in need of Type O blood from Louisiana residents

Our Lady of the Lake’s Blood Donor Center is seeking donors who can provide O-positive and O-negative blood.

Immunization records for Louisiana residents available online

Representatives from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) are reminding residents about LA.MyIR.net, a website where they can access immunization records online at no cost.

Grants awarded to 31 mental health, behavioral centers across La.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, Senator John Kennedy announced that 31 health centers across the state will receive Health and Human Services grants, totaling $5.1 million.

Woman’s therapy program helps kids with picky eating, eating disorders

When your child’s food selection is more than picky eating, Woman’s Hospital can help by recommending its Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach.

LSU Health increases class to meet shortage of physicians in Louisiana

LSU Health Sciences Center is growing - and at an unprecedented rate.

  National program taught in Baton Rouge on how to Stop the Bleed in emergency situations

In the aftermath of tragedies, there’s something you can do to help and potentially save a life.

CDC: Opioid overdoses stabilize nationwide, but continue to rise in La.

The CDC reports no growth in national rates of fatal opioid overdoses for the first time in almost three decades. However, state data does not reflect the same trend.

First medical marijuana pharmacy in Lake Charles opens its doors

Medicis Pharmacy, the first medical marijuana pharmacy in Lake Charles, opened it’s doors for the first time Wednesday morning.

  Louisiana’s first medical marijuana patient checks out in Baton Rouge

Patients will start receiving the first legal doses of medical marijuana Tuesday.

Which conditions qualify for medical marijuana treatment in La.

Certain physicians in Louisiana will soon be able to recommend medical marijuana as a treatment option for patients who qualify. Here’s what residents hoping to seek products need to know.

  Louisiana pharmacies prepare for medical marijuana debut

The first shipments of legal medical marijuana will be available to approved pharmacies in Louisiana Tuesday (Aug. 6),

  ‘School Prayer Zone’ road signs popping up around Richland Co., SC ahead of new school year

As students and teachers around the state gear up for another school year, a Columbia non-profit is reminding people to say a prayer for those within the state’s public school system with new roadway signs.

Gotcha temporarily offering free bike rides in Baton Rouge

If you haven’t had the chance to test drive the new Gotcha bikes, now is your chance to do it at no charge.

Louisiana picks companies for Medicaid managed care deals

Four companies have been chosen to manage the care of 1.7 million Louisiana Medicaid patients

Health, financial reminders for parents before school starts

The beginning of the school year is always hectic, and experts are urging parents not to let their child’s physical and financial health take a backseat to the added responsibilities that are sure to come.

Now is the time to get your child immunized before school starts, health officials say

Now is a good time for your child to see his or her pediatrician for immunizations and well visits.

  Medical marijuana available in La. next week, but advocates worry over accessibility

After months of testing, medical marijuana is expected to be available to Louisiana patients on Tuesday (Aug. 6), according to the state’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry. But, getting it might not be easy.

  Baton Rouge Residents donate blood in aftermath of El Paso and Dayton shootings

Hospitals in El Paso, Texas are preparing to receive multiple patients injured in a mass shooting at a popular shopping mall. The El Paso police department is asking members of the public in surrounding areas and states schedule a blood donation.

  First Louisiana veteran to receive approved marijuana treatment on Tuesday

For the first time since the legislature approved the idea in 2015, Louisianans will have access to marijuana medicine on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

  The changing face of heart disease includes younger people, doctors say

In decades past, heart disease seemed to have a vendetta against a classic type of patient, quietly eating away at its victims as they indulged in their habits. The illness was a serial killer, and the victim was clear: older, male smokers with high cholesterol.

  Medical marijuana set to hit shelves next week; doctor goes over process to receive recommendation

After several years of waiting, medical marijuana testing is complete and all that’s left is for it to hit the shelves for patients to pick up.

  First mosquito sample in EBR Parish for 2019 tests positive for West Nile Virus

East Baton Rouge Parish officials announced Friday, Aug. 2 they’ve received the first mosquito sample for 2019 that has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

  LDAF: Medical marijuana cleared for release

On Thursday, Aug. 1, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced it has completed testing on the first batch of medical marijuana produced by LSU’s sub-contractor, GB Sciences.

Pennington Biomedical invents pet food that can help animals lose weight, live longer

A new pet food that uses technology invented and patented by LSU’s Penning Biomedical Research Center promises to speed metabolism in cats and dogs in order to help them lose weight and live longer lives.

  Holly Clegg shares new mission inspired by terminal diagnosis

If you’ve every picked up one of Holly Clegg’s cookbooks, her passion for food, for making it good and making it good for you, shines through every recipe and notation.

  ‘Prevention on the Go’ brings cancer screening to local businesses

Getting screened for cancer can be as easy as showing up for work. A popular program from Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Caner Center takes doctors on the road to local businesses.

Edwards: Study shows Medicaid expansion improved care access

Gov. John Bel Edwards marked the third anniversary of Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program with a new study showing people eligible for the coverage are seeing doctors more and using emergency rooms less

  Bridge Center leaders offer new timeline, aiming for March open

The Bridge Center’s board of directors is aiming to have the mental health facility open in March of 2020, Chairwoman Kathy Kliebert told WAFB Tuesday, July 30.