Health

August 12, 2017 - 9:09 am
An Alexandria man has died after contracting the West Nile Virus, and health officials are urging the public to protect themselves against mosquitos. Dr. David Holcombe with the Office of Public Health says the virus is transmitted by household mosquitos that are common in Louisiana. But there are...
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before a security briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 10, 2017 - 7:38 pm
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. "The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it's...
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Chris Miller
August 09, 2017 - 6:54 am
Cholesterol-lowering prescription drugs known as statins are considered lifesavers, and many Americans are told by their doctors to take them regularly. But according to new research, a lot of patients just give up on the regimen. It's not like patients ignoring doctor's advice is a new phenomenon...
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August 04, 2017 - 9:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around “Obamacare” all but guarantees you’ll still be able to do that. Ask Walt Rowen, whose business is etching glass but whose experience managing century-old, family-owned Susquehanna Glass makes him...
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August 03, 2017 - 12:52 pm
(WWL.com) An expecting mom’s diet can have huge impacts on the health of her baby. Dr. Nick Broskey with the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center says a mom’s lifestyle can impact their baby’s metabolism and lifelong risk for obesity and other chronic diseases. “Early on in pregnancy, more so...
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Chris Miller
August 01, 2017 - 11:58 am
Today the city of Lafayette becomes the 12th city in Louisiana to go smoke-free in bars. It follows the lead of other Louisiana cities, including New Orleans. The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living says even though this is the 12th locality to ban smoking in bars (smoking in restaurants is...
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July 31, 2017 - 9:30 am
(WWL.com) Research from LSU Health New Orleans suggests walnuts may promote health by helping good bacteria grow in your gut. Lead researcher Dr. Lauri Byerley says walnuts can help promote good bacteria growth in your digestive organs. “Probably it’s the fiber that’s getting into the colon, and...
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