Health

December 16, 2017 - 3:26 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The number of doctors who have applied for permission to dispense medical marijuana is edging upward, as the estimated summer start of the program gets closer. In October, only two doctors had submitted applications for the permit required to offer medical-grade pot to...
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December 15, 2017 - 5:03 pm
(WWL.com) The flu season is ramping up in the Deep South with the highest number of cases in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. State Health Department Flu Bug Expert Dr. Frank Welch says it’s rare to see this many flu cases in December. “One in 20 visits to doctors, hospitals, emergency...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about healthcare in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. California and the Trump administration will square off at a key federal court hearing in Oakland to help a judge decide whether to block new rules allowing more employers to opt out of birth control coverage for women. U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam is not expected to immediately issue a ruling at the hearing Tuesday, Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 15, 2017 - 4:40 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction, temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy...
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David Blake
December 04, 2017 - 1:55 pm
There are increasing arguments that legalizing marijuana could be of tremendous help fighting the opioid epidemic in America. One group called the Law Enforcement Action Partnership believes pot could be used to fight addiction and wean addicts off of opioid pain pills and heroin. Spokesman Gerald...
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This undated shows the campus of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, a sex addiction rehab center in Hattiesburg, Miss. High-profile sex-related accusations against celebrities, politicians and media members have put a spotlight on sex addiction. Skeptics question whether it’s a true addiction or a made-up condition used by misbehaving VIPs to deflect blame. Treatment at Pine Grove and other high-profile residential rehab centers can cost tens of thousands of dollars and despite country club-like settings, there's nothing cushy or indulgent about sex addiction therapy, said Robert Weiss, a California-based sex addiction therapist. (Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services via AP)
December 03, 2017 - 9:43 am
Is sex addiction a true addiction, a crime, or a made-up condition used by misbehaving VIPs to deflect blame or repair tarnished images? A tide of high-profile sexual misconduct accusations against celebrities, politicians and media members has raised these questions — and sowed confusion. Sex...
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Chris Miller
November 30, 2017 - 7:48 am
STD rates rise and perhaps not coincidentally, surveys show condom use dropping. In the most recent National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, compiled by Indiana University, 65 percent of men say they don't regularly use condoms and 30 percent say they never use them. Dr. Stephanie Taylor,...
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November 24, 2017 - 9:13 am
(WWL.com) Almost half of U.S. adults are considered to have high blood pressure as a result updated guidelines for what constitutes hypertension. Tulane epidemiology professor Dr. Paul Whelton led the team that redefined the blood pressure guidelines and his hope is that leads lifestyle changes for...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, file photo, with two Ikea dressers displayed at right, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Ikea is relaunching a recall of 29 million chests and dressers after the death of a seventh child attributed to one of the dressers tipping over. Ikea CEO Lars Petersson said the company wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign, first announced in June 2016, for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
November 21, 2017 - 12:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ikea relaunched a recall of 17.3 million chests and dressers Tuesday after the death of an eighth child. CEO Lars Petersson said Ikea wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, a person uses a smart phone in Chicago. A new analysis suggests that increased social media use could be one factor contributing to a rise in teen suicide. (AP Photo)
November 14, 2017 - 4:43 am
CHICAGO (AP) — An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link. Suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 after they had declined for nearly two decades, according to data from the federal...
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Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 13, 2017 - 10:27 am
So it appears that woman are dying from heart attacks because men are afraid to touch their chests. Research at University of Pennsylvania found fears of a woman's frailty and about touching her breasts keep bystanders from administering CPR more often on women than men. Instead the people scared...
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