Health

January 23, 2018 - 6:42 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Louisiana is ending its preparations for cuts to a health insurance program for low-income children after Congress renewed the program for six years. Andrew Tuozzolo, with Louisiana's health department, said Tuesday the state already was in the process of rescinding...
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January 21, 2018 - 12:23 pm
All remaining water advisories for areas surrounding New Orleans have now been lifted. The boil water advisories in St. John Parish for Edgard, Reserve and Garyville were lifted Sunday. So, all advisories have been lifted parishwide in St. John. Investigative samples analyzed Sunday by the...
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January 20, 2018 - 12:15 pm
(WWL.com) Jefferson Parish President Michael Yenni, in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Jefferson Parish Water Department, lifted the Boil Water Advisory for the East Bank of Jefferson Parish early Saturday afternoon. Based on the restoration of pressure...
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USA TODAY
January 20, 2018 - 10:48 am
(WWL.com) Saturday morning, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the government shutdown and its impact on the state of Louisiana. Gov. Edwards called on Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, Ana Martinez, a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center, gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle. This year’s U.S. flu season got off to an early start, and it’s been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
January 20, 2018 - 5:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. "This is a season that has a lot...
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January 19, 2018 - 8:48 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy. The diocese announced Thursday that it's suspending the sharing of consecrated wine during communion and holding hands during the Lord'...
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January 18, 2018 - 9:08 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Louisiana's governor and attorney general have been unable to reach an agreement on who should handle the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. So, they're heading to court. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, and Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, both...
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January 18, 2018 - 2:46 pm
Michelle Southern reporting. Water pressure has become a concern across Louisiana in the wake of the recent arctic blast, which has prompted some parishes to issue boil water advisories. So why does this happen? Louisiana Department of Health Chief Engineer Amanda Laughlin says when a hard freeze...
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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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