Health

December 14, 2018 - 8:27 am
(WWL.com) - For the 13th time since 1990, Louisiana has been ranked 50th in America’s health rankings. The state has never been higher than 47. Thirty-five different areas of health are factored in to determine the overall ranking. Dr. Rhonda Randall with the United Health Foundation said among the...
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December 11, 2018 - 10:05 pm
(WWL.com) -- According to a report by the Commonwealth Fund workers and their families in Louisiana are spending the largest share of their income on health care compared to the rest of America. Vice President for Healthcare Coverage and Access at the Commonwealth Fund Sara Collins says… “Premium...
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Don Ames
December 10, 2018 - 7:20 am
Up to 80 percent of Americans lie to their doctors, according to a new study at the University of Utah. The most common thing people don't tell their doctor is that they don't agree with the physician's recommended course of treatment. "They may or may not have had agreement about what the best...
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December 08, 2018 - 11:49 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana health officials want more people to get a flu shot in a state that has among the highest levels of flu activity so far this season. The state health department says free flu shots will be available Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at parish health units across...
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December 07, 2018 - 8:37 am
(WWL.com) - Advanced cancer patients are a lot better off receiving palliative care, where treating symptoms is the focus, than traditional treatments, according to a new study by Tulane. Graduate student Laura Perry says the research, led by Tulane Assistant Professor Michael Hoerger, could...
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December 06, 2018 - 7:28 pm
(WWL.com) - With the holiday season in effect, the state has seen an uptick in flu cases. This news comes after a horrible flu season last year, with triple the number of hospitalizations and deaths than normal. Flu Bug expert for Louisiana Department of Health Frank Welch said if you have not...
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United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams, right, addresses an audience as Arlington, Mass., Police Chief Frederick Ryan, left, looks on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Boston, during a national summit focused on police efforts to address the opioid epidemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
December 06, 2018 - 1:32 pm
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has told police officers from across the country that he believes the federal drug classification system should be revisited. But he says he's not supportive of an "across-the-board" decriminalization of illegal drugs. Adams spoke Thursday morning to...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 29, 2018 - 6:57 am
On average, Americans are living shorter lives in a trend not seen in a century. "In 2017, life expectancy at birth was 78.6 years for the total U.S. population—a decrease from 78.7 years in 2016," according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics. The government says suicides...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2018, file photo Lisa Dennis selects a head of green lettuce from the vegetable shelves at the East End Food Co-op Federal Credit Union in Pittsburgh. Health officials on Monday, Nov. 26, said it's OK to eat some romaine lettuce again. The Food and Drug Administration is narrowing last week’s alert warning people not to eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency hasn’t identified a source of contamination. But it says it's OK to eat romaine from parts of California and Arizona that were not harvesting when the illnesses began in October. (Jessie Wardarski/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)
November 26, 2018 - 8:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's OK to eat some romaine lettuce again, U.S. health officials said. Just check the label. The Food and Drug Administration narrowed its blanket warning from last week, when it said people shouldn't eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday the romaine...
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Don Ames
November 22, 2018 - 10:43 am
Today is America's feast day...a day when diets go out the window. Thanksgiving is, perhaps, the country's biggest day of indulgence...a holiday celebration that seems to be centered on food. And, it's also not a day to beat yourself up for breaking a diet, either. Molly Kimball, Registered...
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