ULL student diagnosed with mumps

A student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been diagnosed with mumps, according to a report from KATC citing university and state health officials.

Fall in love with the new heART Trail

Special box, app designed by doctor at Our Lady of the Lake helps heart failure patients live their best lives

Medics discuss safety measures for Carnival, first aid stations along routes

  Number of LSU mumps cases now at 12

  Pennington Biomedical hosts free wellness day for women

Mayor Broome addresses deaths in EBR prison as group promises to ‘demand answers’ at metro council meeting

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  Special surgery helps boy with cerebral palsy continue to exceed expectations

  HEALTHLINE: Working through workout injuries

  Chancellor-dean of SU Ag Center says university to start harvesting medical marijuana soon

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

Chat line to assist those with Alzheimer’s now offering services in 90 languages

  Third death linked to Louisiana Hepatitis A outbreak

  Lease signed for long-anticipated Bridge Center mental health facility

The 30-bed clinic could end up treating as many as 5,000 residents a year who are facing a mental health or substance abuse crisis.

La. senators introduce bill to make mail-order chemical abortions illegal

Sens. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy have introduced legislation to prohibit chemical abortions from being performed without the supervision of a healthcare provider.

Department of Health says norovirus to blame for illnesses at L’auberge

The Department of Health confirmed Thursday that the illnesses reported at L’auberge last weekend were from norovirus.

  Louisiana doctor explains what mumps is and how it spreads

The symptoms of mumps normally appear 2-3 weeks after the patient has been infected. However, almost 20 percent of people with the virus do not suffer any symptoms at all.

Department of Health investigating after dozens report stomach-related illness after attending ball at L’auberge

  Doctor: Louisiana residents should worry about the flu, not coronavirus

  Woman’s GRACE program gets federal boost to help mothers addicted to opioids

  Firefighters climb steps of La. capitol to raise awareness about cancer

  CAHS introduces Opioid Mobile Outreach Team

Carnival Cruise Line announces restrictions amid Coronavirus outbreak

  Step up to a healthy challenge for American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and we want to challenge you to step up to a healthier lifestyle. Will you take the challenge?

La. Dept. of Health: No confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Louisiana

Thus far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed five patients in the US that have been diagnosed with 2019 novel coronavirus (2019–nCoV), however, there are currently no confirmed cases in Louisiana.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announces interim secretary of Louisiana Department of Health

Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced that Stephen Russo will be the interim secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health on Friday, Jan. 31.

  2nd Annual Gumbo Run brings fun to Scotlandville

Proceeds from the race go towards supporting the Academies of Finance, Health Science and Information Technology. The money goes towards professional development for teachers, supplies for students, and work-based learning initiatives inclusive of internships.

  Southern Univ. becomes first HBCU to launch hemp product line to hit shelves by March

Southern University has become the first Historically Black College University (HBCU) to launch a hemp product line. The school’s agricultural research and extension center in Baton Rouge has partnered with Ilera Holistic Healthcare to deliver CBD to dispensaries in Louisiana.

  Sen. Cassidy joins Trump administration in revealing new Medicaid funding model

Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-La.) has joined health officials in President Donald Trump’s administration in unveiling the new Healthy Adult Opportunity (HAO) program, which will allow states to create specific policies to provide better care for able-bodied adults who are eligible for Medicaid.

You’re at greater risk of flu than coronavirus, officials say

Everyone is talking about the deadly coronavirus strain, but experts say the flu is the bigger concern in Louisiana.

  Baton Rouge General, Baton Rouge Clinic join Mayo Clinic Care Network

The Baton Rouge General and the Baton Rouge Clinic are the first health care organizations in Louisiana to join the Mayo Clinic Health Care Network.

  Baton Rouge family unable to check on loved ones in China amidst coronavirus outbreak

Families are stuck in the U.S. unable to go home to China for the Chinese New Year. It's all because of the coronavirus that has swept through China.

How to stay on track with you fitness goals during Super Bowl Sunday

Healthy options to stay on track of your goals this Super Bowl Sunday

Alexandria residents desperate to evacuate China following coronavirus outbreak

Several people are waiting in the city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak, waiting to board a plane back to the U.S.

Baton Rouge EMS launches defibrillator registry to help bystanders save lives

Time is of the essence in any cardiac emergency, and EBR EMS says studies show a victim’s chance of surviving a cardiac episode is reduced by 10% with every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation.

  Colorectal cancer spikes in young adults; Mary Bird Perkins OLOL Cancer Center gets national accreditation

Tavia Crumpler is not shy about her journey through colorectal cancer.

Louisiana reports third vaping death

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) tracked the third death in the state from complications related to vaping-associated lung injury.

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.

Sunscreen study raises eyebrows; doctors say keep using it

A new study finds that seven chemicals commonly found in sunscreens can be absorbed into the bloodstream at levels exceeding safety thresholds, but experts say just because an ingredient is absorbed does not mean it’s unsafe.

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

Senator John Kennedy, R-La., has now introduced the Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act of 2020 in order to “protect the health of women and children," a release from his office states.

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

Chair of the Bridge Center’s board, Kathy Kliebert, has confirmed to WAFB that a building has now been chosen for the long-awaited mental health facility.

  How a hug can help your child

Jan. 21 is National Hugging Day.

Louisiana monitoring Chinese Coronavirus after confirmed US case

United States health officials are now cautioning travelers about a mysterious coronavirus. The respiratory virus first appeared in the Chinese province of Wuhan, but doctors confirmed a case of coronavirus in Washington state.

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

The mayor’s community-wide, free Fitness Stroll event, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 11, but was canceled due to severe weather, has now been rescheduled.

  Louisana Marathon runners finish strong

Thousands of runners will participate in the Louisiana Marathon, which will be held Friday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 19.

  All of Us Research Program makes stops in Baton Rouge

There’s no doubt that medical research saves lives, but there’s a problem with much of the data that scientists use: it doesn’t include enough information from minorities.

Study says Americans wait too long to get knee replacement

Most Americans wait too long to get much-needed knee replacement surgeries, and those delays could lead to other health problems.

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

Researchers credit reductions in smoking and improvements in treatment for the decline as well as early detection for some cancers.

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

The yoga studio is open seven days a week and teaches a variety of classes.

First CBD shop in Denham Springs opens for business

Denham Springs now has its first CBD business.

Louisiana reports over 700 cases of hepatitis A amid ongoing outbreak

Over 700 cases of hepatitis A were confirmed as part of an ongoing outbreak in Louisiana, numbers provided by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) show.

  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

Eye doctors are seeing more kids needing glasses earlier in their lives. The likely reason? Ophthalmologists think it’s something they are doing both at school and at home.

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

Dr. Rebekah Gee announced her resignation as secretary of the state’s health department effective January 31.

Health experts rank the top diets for 2020

A report by U.S. News and World Report ranked 35 different diets.

  Unusual flu season strikes in Louisiana; second peak to come

The Centers for Disease Control estimates so far this season at least 6.4 million people have had the flu. As we approach the second peak of flu season it’s important to take extra precaution to avoid the illness.

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

The Capital Area Behavioral Health Collaborative is hosting a meeting Thursday, Jan. 9 to give the community information about mental health and opioid services available in the region, as well as information on the Bridge Center for Hope.

  Eating disorder support group to launch in Baton Rouge

A free, clinician-led eating support group will launch in Baton Rouge in the coming months. It will be funded with $14,000 raised in 2019 by Southern Smash, a program under The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness.

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 Creditdonkey.com 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.