Health

January 18, 2018 - 12:49 pm
(WWL.com) Louisiana is suffering its worst flu season on record, with nearly 10 in 100 doctors visits in the last month being for flu related symptoms. Louisiana Department of Health Immunization Director Frank Welch says in his 20 years doing this, he's never seen so many cases... “We are almost...
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Don Ames
January 12, 2018 - 9:40 am
Germ-zapping robots deployed last year at Ochsner Medical Center have proven themselves as effective tools in the fight against healthcare-associated infections. The mechanical, high-tech crew has been yielding substantial results, significantly reducing hospital-related infections. Recognizing the...
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January 09, 2018 - 3:16 pm
(WWL.com) -- Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to President Trump asking him to defend Louisiana's ability to offer medical marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has requested a federal mandate that protects a state's legal medical marijuana activity to be reversed. Senator...
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January 06, 2018 - 11:59 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' dictate on federal marijuana prosecutions isn't slowing Louisiana plans to have medical marijuana available to patients by the summer. Sessions announced the end to Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on...
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FILE - This Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 photo shows jars of medical marijuana on display on the counter of Western Caregivers Medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutors to pursue violators of federal marijuana laws, not only states that legalized recreational pot are at risk of a crackdown, but so is most of the rest of America. All but four states allow some form of medical marijuana, even Sessions' home state of Alabama. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
January 05, 2018 - 6:28 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk of a crackdown and are warily watching developments. Forty-six states...
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January 02, 2018 - 8:58 am
(WWL.com) Many people make quitting smoking one of their New Year’s resolutions. Louisiana is 47th out of 50 states for tobacco use, with over 22-percent of adults light up, one of the highest percentages in the nation. Smoking Cessation Trust CEO Mike Rogers says one of the main reasons people don...
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David Blake
December 22, 2017 - 1:11 pm
The flu bug is hitting early and hard across Southeast Louisiana and doctors are seeing more patients each day. Dr. Brobson Lutz, with the Orleans Parish Medical Society, says this is historically early for the flu, as the season usually cranks up after Christmas, with the most cases in January and...
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David Blake
December 21, 2017 - 3:14 pm
As we get even deeper into the holiday season, the so called happiest time of the year can be full of disappointment, stress and even depression. Some experts say expectations are often way too high. UNO Psychology Professor Laura Scaramella offers some advice. How do you avoid feeling down around...
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Chris Miller
December 19, 2017 - 10:13 am
Why pay for the expense of an ambulance when you can just punch up an Uber to take you to the hospital? A university study out of Kansas finds growing use of the ride-hailing app to get to the ER. The University of Kansas study finds ambulance use per capita dropped an average of seven percent in...
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December 18, 2017 - 6:41 pm
By MELINDA DESLATTE | Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Fifteen years after its creation, a cancer center in New Orleans has received $237 million in state financing but still hasn't achieved a critical federal designation for research and training, according to an audit released Monday...
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