Health

July 18, 2018 - 1:25 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six people in Louisiana have been infected by the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, including three who developed life-threatening brain and spinal cord disease, the state health department said Wednesday. They are the state's first reported West Nile cases of the year. The...
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This 1975 microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a cluster of smallpox viruses. On Friday, July 13, 2018, U.S. regulators announced the approval of the first treatment for smallpox _ a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago _ in case the virus is used in a terror attack. (Fred Murphy/CDC via AP)
July 13, 2018 - 4:37 pm
U.S. regulators have approved the first treatment for smallpox — a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago — in case the virus is used in a terror attack. Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign. But people born since then...
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July 13, 2018 - 2:20 pm
(WWL.com) - If you are searching for a place to retire, Bankrate says you may not want to be looking at the Bayou State. Their survey determined Louisiana was the fourth worst retirement destination in the country, joined by surprise picks California and New York in the bottom 5. Bankrate analyst...
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Don Ames
July 12, 2018 - 4:47 pm
The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board says it will soon begin to shut off water for customers with outstanding balances in an effort to reduce a backlog of 7,000 disputed bills worth nearly $14 million. The agency says trained analysts will review every disputed bill to decide if it is...
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July 11, 2018 - 5:51 pm
(WWL.com) - Louisiana U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy will chair a hearing on paid family leave after meeting with Ivanka Trump, who’s been pushing the idea in DC. The United States is one of only eight countries worldwide, and the only developed nation on earth not to have guaranteed leave for newly...
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CORRECTS DATE SECOND REFERENCE TO FRIDAY INSTEAD OF TUESDAY Nailah Winkfield, the mother of Jahi McMath, center, cries as she leaves funeral services for McMath with husband Martin Winkfield, left, McMath's uncle Omari Sealey, second from left, and attorney Christopher Dolan, right, at Acts Full Gospel Church in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 6, 2018. Dozens of family members, friends and other mourners filed into a Northern California church Friday for the funeral of a teenage girl at the center of a medical and religious debate over brain death. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 06, 2018 - 4:53 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After battling for more than four years to keep a comatose daughter declared brain dead from being issued a California death certificate, Nailah Winkfield forcefully told mourners at her daughter's funeral service Friday to stop letting doctors "pull the plug on your people...
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Chris Miller
July 05, 2018 - 5:05 pm
It's National Fried Chicken Day, and if just hearing that makes you hungry, you can satisfy your cravings with an event tonight at Lakefront Arena and help raise money for cancer treatment. It has been ten years since Popeye's Fried Chicken founder Al Copeland died from Merkel cell carcinoma, a...
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June 28, 2018 - 8:20 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state senator says Louisiana's health department should press harder to correct problems found by auditors who say the agency does a poor job overseeing billions in Medicaid payments. Senate health committee chairman Fred Mills, a St. Martin Parish Republican, was...
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FILE - This May 23, 2017 file photo shows GW Pharmaceuticals' Epidiolex, a medicine made from the marijuana plant but without THC. U.S. health regulators on Monday, June 25, 2018, approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. (AP Photo/Kathy Young, File)
June 25, 2018 - 8:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. The Food and Drug Administration...
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Chris Miller
June 21, 2018 - 8:39 am
You've probably seen the CDC's ads to encourage people to not smoke, featuring people who have been horribly disfigured by smoking-related illnesses. Data from groups that help people kick the habit indicate they work. Video of CDC: Tips From Former Smokers - Terrie's Tip Ad The ads are...
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