Health

State steps up Hep-C fight
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Associated Press
December 11, 2019 - 7:27 am
(AP) - Louisiana is broadening its efforts to combat hepatitis C in hopes of largely eliminating the deadly viral infection. The health department announced Tuesday that 10 Walmart locations around Louisiana will offer free screenings for the liver-damaging disease. Walmart will offer the no-cost...
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Sewerage & Water Board
Don Ames
December 08, 2019 - 5:45 am
A S&WB spokesperson says repairs were completed on the water main break near Yulman Stadium late Saturday night. Crews were reopening valves that were shut off to make the repairs, returning water and higher water pressure levels to Uptown residents. Any residents still without running water...
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Don Ames
December 07, 2019 - 9:23 am
The area under the boil water advisory Uptown has been expanded multiple blocks after crews working to fix a burst pipe found a broken valve as well, officials say. The areas under the boil water advisory originally included: Properties along Calhoun and Palmer Avenue between South Claiborne Avenue...
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Don Ames
December 06, 2019 - 2:31 pm
While responding to a water main break near South Johnson and Calhoun streets by closing valves Friday, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans detected low water pressure. Because of that, the utility has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for several blocks Uptown out of an...
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December 04, 2019 - 11:51 am
The use of hair dye and hair straighteners may be associated with a higher risk of breast cancer, according to a new study. Women who use permanent hair dye or straighteners, or applied straighteners to others, have a higher risk of getting breast cancer than women who don’t use those products,...
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Thousands kicked off Medicare rolls
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Associated Press
November 26, 2019 - 6:19 am
(AP) — More than 46,000 people lost their Medicaid coverage this month, because they didn’t respond to letters warning they didn’t appear eligible for the government-financed insurance. The removals came as the state health department resumed a process that automatically kicks people off Medicaid...
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Don Ames
November 23, 2019 - 8:53 am
If you’re feeling like you’ve got the flu, you’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control says Louisiana ranks among the top three states reporting flu activity. Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas lead the nation in flu activity, according to a Walgreen's survey that ended last week. Lafayette...
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Don Ames
November 22, 2019 - 12:48 pm
Shortly after a report earlier this week of the first vaping-related death in Louisiana, officials from the Department of Health now say a second person from the state has died from a vaping-related illness. It's one of more than 47 deaths reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
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Don Ames
November 21, 2019 - 8:17 pm
The U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration is being called to investigate a short-lived pilot program that sought to treat inmates with anti-addiction implants never approved by federal regulators. According to The Advocate, the group, Public Citizen, sent a letter to the U.S. Food and...
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Chris Miller
November 18, 2019 - 1:50 pm
The Louisiana Department of Health says a patient has died of vaping-related illness, the first such death in the state. Officials did not say where in the state this happened, citing medical privacy laws. "One death is one too many. We urge people to recognize the dangers of vaping and to stop...
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