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  • Lipomassage tightens skin, reduces cellulite

    Lipomassage tightens skin, reduces cellulite

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:37:12 GMT
    A DeRidder OB/GYN is redirecting her focus from women's health to combating obesity for women and men, bringing in the state's first lipomassage program. Dr. Jenny McCann got into medicine to treat women'sMore >>
    A DeRidder OB/GYN is redirecting her focus from women's health to combating obesity for women and men, bringing in the state's first lipomassage program as KPLC's Britney Glaser reports.More >>
  • What's Going Around: cold vs. allergies, sinusitis, Type A flu

    What's Going Around: cold vs. allergies, sinusitis, Type A flu

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:00:43 GMT
    Common cold versus allergy confusion, chronic sinusitis and Type A flu: that is what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana. There is an increased number of complaints of nasal congestion, stuffyMore >>
    Common cold versus allergy confusion, chronic sinusitis and Type A flu: KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that is what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana.More >>
  • Age is just a number for young cancer doctor

    Age is just a number for young cancer doctor

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:10:11 GMT
    A young cancer doctor in Lake Charles is proving age truly is just a number. The now 29-year-old never graduated high school, because he was accepted to Purdue University at the age of 11. Dr. DavidMore >>
    A 29-year-old cancer doctor is proving age is just a number!  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports Dr. David Chang never graduated high school, because he was accepted to Purdue University at age 11.More >>
  • What's Going Around: stomach bug, allergies, Vitamin D deficiency

    What's Going Around: stomach bug, allergies, Vitamin D deficiency

    Thursday, April 10 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-04-10 12:32:16 GMT
    Stomach bugs, spring allergens and a lack of Vitamin D - that is what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana.   Another week has brought with it another surge in the number of people with complaintsMore >>
    Stomach bugs, spring allergens and a lack of Vitamin D: KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that is what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana.More >>
  • Homes for adults with autism giving families peace of mind

    Homes for adults with autism giving families peace of mind

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-04-09 14:47:05 GMT
    Fifty years ago, autism was only diagnosed in one out of every 10,000 children. Now, the Centers for Disease Control says one in 68 children has the developmental disorder. That creates a big concernMore >>
    The Centers for Disease Control says one in 68 children has autism.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that creates a big concern for aging parents as they ask themselves "what's next" for their child with autism.More >>
  • Custom inserts reducing injuries in athletes

    Custom inserts reducing injuries in athletes

    Friday, April 4 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-04-04 15:39:32 GMT
    In athletics, the feet are the foundation that keep athletes on their toes. Every foot is unique, but oftentimes athletes squeeze their feet into shoes that do not give them surrounding support, causingMore >>
    When athletes squeeze their feet into shoes that do not give them surrounding support, that can cause game-ending injuries. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains how custom inserts are now changing the playing field.More >>
  • What's Going Around: strep, RSV and shingles

    What's Going Around: strep, RSV and shingles

    Thursday, April 3 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-04-03 12:53:40 GMT
    You have probably heard the term, "spring fever." The allergens floating around in the air are proving that coupling to be truthful. Plus, more cases of a dangerous respiratory infection in children andMore >>
    KPLC's Britney Glaser reports what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana: strep infections, more cases of a dangerous respiratory infection in children and a rise in shingles.More >>
  • Lake Charles man with cancer shares Obamacare experience

    Lake Charles man with cancer shares Obamacare experience

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-04-02 14:39:31 GMT
    President Obama celebrates 7.1 million people signing up for healthcare before the March 31 deadline. If you missed the health insurance enrollment deadline, your next chance to sign up for coverage isMore >>
    If you missed the March 31 deadline to sign up for Obamacare, your next chance is not until November.  KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a Lake Charles man who says he signed up in a critical time as he prepares for cancer surgery.More >>
  • Young at Heart: Betty Storer Mount

    Young at Heart: Betty Storer Mount

    Friday, March 28 2014 8:55 AM EDT2014-03-28 12:55:14 GMT
    The smell of homemade cookies fills 89-year-old Betty Mount's kitchen in Lake Charles. This is one of the sweet tasks on Betty's plate for the day, baking and delivering cookies to...well, just aboutMore >>
    Exercise, activity, cookies and lots of laughter: that is 89-year-old Betty Mount's recipe for staying "Young at Heart."  KPLC's Britney Glaser follows Betty around for a day to see how she's thriving into the next decade of life.More >>
  • What's Going Around: respiratory infections, Hep C, C. diff.

    What's Going Around: respiratory infections, Hep C, C. diff.

    Thursday, March 27 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-03-27 12:46:32 GMT
    The pollen forecast has been extremely high in Southwest Louisiana and that is leading more allergy sufferers to the doctor with some of the same complaints of those with upper respiratory infections:More >>
    Upper respiratory infections, more cases of Hepatitis C and a condition called "C. diff" that is the result of taking too many antibiotics: that's what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana.More >>
  • What's Going Around: lice, stomach bug, strep throat

    What's Going Around: lice, stomach bug, strep throat

    Thursday, March 20 2014 8:37 AM EDT2014-03-20 12:37:29 GMT
    A creepy, crawly insect is nesting on children's heads, there is no end in sight for a stomach virus and more cases of a highly contagious illness: that is what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana.More >>
    A creepy, crawly insect is nesting on children's heads, there is no end in sight for a stomach virus and more cases of a highly contagious illness: that is what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana.More >>
  • Cancer nurse says early detection prevented her disease

    Cancer nurse says early detection prevented her disease

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-03-19 20:34:35 GMT
    If there were a screening that could prevent you from developing a deadly form of cancer, wouldn't you sign up? Unfortunately, about thirty percent of adults are not up-to-date on colorectal cancer screeningsMore >>
    Michele Hurley is an oncology nurse that truly practices what she preaches about disease prevention. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to her after she underwent a routine screening that caught her pre-cancerous polyps before they spread.More >>
  • A mother's fight for fetal intervention

    A mother's fight for fetal intervention

    Friday, March 14 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-03-14 13:09:23 GMT
    What was once only a dream in the medical field is now a reality in modern medicine: performing life-saving procedures to babies while they are still in a mother's belly. A Moss Bluff couples opens upMore >>
    Life-saving procedures can now be performed on babies while they are still in a mother's belly.  KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a Moss Bluff couples about their fight for fetal intervention after the death of their first son.More >>
  • What's Going Around: stomach bug, cold and allergies

    What's Going Around: stomach bug, cold and allergies

    Thursday, March 13 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-03-13 23:35:55 GMT
    Spring plants are starting to bloom, setting off allergic reactions. Plus, more nasty stomach viruses and upper respiratory problems are being treated this week. For this week's What's Going Around,More >>
    Spring plants are starting to bloom, setting off allergic reactions. Plus, more nasty stomach viruses and upper respiratory problems are being treated this week.More >>
  • CT scans recommended for early lung cancer detection

    CT scans recommended for early lung cancer detection

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-03-12 20:02:01 GMT
    There is a new recommendation that long-time smokers get annual CT scans to screen for lung cancer, even if they do not have symptoms. One Lake Arthur woman says she is thankful for the early screeningMore >>
    There is a new recommendation that long-time smokers get annual CT scans to screen for lung cancer, even if they do not have symptoms. One Lake Arthur woman says she is thankful for the early screening that found her cancer before it spread.More >>
  • Moss Bluff girl saves brother, named "Safe Sitter Hero"

    Moss Bluff girl saves brother, named "Safe Sitter Hero"

    Monday, March 10 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-03-10 17:24:37 GMT
    A big sister in Moss Bluff can now add "hero" to her list of accomplishments after saving her little brother from choking to death. Now, the national Safe Sitter program is recognizing 12-year-old JuliaMore >>
    When 12-year-old Julia Istre's little brother began choking, she put the skills she learned in a Safe Sitter class to save his life.  As KPLC's Britney Glaser reports, Julia has now been named a "National Safe Sitter Hero."More >>
  • Springing forward: effects of sleep deprivation

    Springing forward: effects of sleep deprivation

    Friday, March 7 2014 11:35 AM EST2014-03-07 16:35:03 GMT
    The Centers for Disease Control says America is in the midst of a sleep deprivation epidemic. Half of all adults say they are not getting enough sleep. Springing forward this weekend will mean the automaticMore >>
    Get ready to spring forward in the wee hours Sunday morning!  KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a sleep expert and a truck driver about the impact of sleep deprivation.More >>
  • What's Going Around: Type B flu, RSV in children, more stomach bug

    What's Going Around: Type B flu, RSV in children, more stomach bug

    Thursday, March 6 2014 8:09 AM EST2014-03-06 13:09:23 GMT
    A rarer form of the flu is on the rise, along with a respiratory virus in children and more cases of the stomach bug. That is what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana. Flu cases are on theMore >>
    In this week's What's Going Around, KPLC's Britney Glaser reports it is a rarer form of the flu, a respiratory virus in children and more cases of the stomach bug.More >>
  • Endometriosis causes pain and infertility

    Endometriosis causes pain and infertility

    Friday, February 28 2014 9:42 AM EST2014-02-28 14:42:46 GMT
    Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of infertility and also the culprit behind painful menstrual cramps. Dr. Stanley Kordisch, a gynecologist with Lake Area OB/GYN Associates, explains howMore >>
    Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of infertility and also the culprit behind painful menstrual cramps. Dr. Stanley Kordisch explains how this health problem is detected and treated.More >>
  • What's Going Around: stomach bug, herpes encephalitis, flu

    What's Going Around: stomach bug, herpes encephalitis, flu

    Thursday, February 27 2014 8:35 AM EST2014-02-27 13:35:40 GMT
    Do you ever hear that a friend or family member is sick, followed by a statement like, "Yep, that's going around!" That conversation is what led us to launch a new weekly health segment you will seeMore >>
    KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Dr. Timothy Haman about what's going around this week: stomach bugs, herpes encephalitis and the flu.More >>
  • Constant hunger plagues those with Prader-Willi Syndrome

    Constant hunger plagues those with Prader-Willi Syndrome

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 8:55 AM EST2014-02-26 13:55:32 GMT
    Can you imagine eating and eating, but never feeling full? The part of our brain that controls hunger and fullness does not work like it is supposed to in people with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). OneMore >>
    Prader-Willi Syndrome causes a person to never feel full after eating.  Children can eat until their stomach ruptures and as they age, be at a dangerous risk for obesity.  KPLC's Britney Glaser shares Ryan Orgeron's story.More >>
  • Faces of Rare Disease: CFC Syndrome

    Faces of Rare Disease: CFC Syndrome

    Thursday, February 20 2014 2:06 PM EST2014-02-20 19:06:35 GMT
    There are 300 documented cases of people living with a condition called CFC syndrome. One-year-old Myli Miller of Lacassine has this rare disease, but does not let it take away her spirit and smile.
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    There are only 300 documented cases in the world of people living with a condition called CFC syndrome. One-year-old Myli Miller of Lacassine has this rare disease, but does not let it take away her spirit and smile, even on her sickest days.
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  • Seeing double: fertility docs working to reduce multiple births

    Seeing double: fertility docs working to reduce multiple births

    Thursday, February 20 2014 8:53 AM EST2014-02-20 13:53:23 GMT
    Nearly half of all babies born with fertility help are multiples, so many that it is being called a "twin epidemic." Fertility doctors are working to reduce the number of multiple births and the medicalMore >>
    Nearly half of all babies born with fertility help are multiples, so many that it is being called a "twin epidemic." KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the steps fertility doctors are taking to reduce the number of multiple births and high risk pregnancies.More >>
  • Gift of Hope growing families struggling with infertility

    Gift of Hope growing families struggling with infertility

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 7:41 AM EST2014-02-19 12:41:03 GMT
    Hopelessness, heartache, emptiness - those are all feelings shared by couples struggling with infertility. The "Gift of Hope" is helping to grow families that will not give up on the dream for a child.More >>
    Shawna and Colby Cormier tried for eight years to have a baby.  KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to them in an emotional interview about infertility and explains how the Gift of Hope finally helped them conceive Layla.More >>
  • The Business of Blood Banks: paying a premium

    The Business of Blood Banks: paying a premium

    Friday, February 14 2014 10:57 AM EST2014-02-14 15:57:03 GMT
    The National Blood Collection Report shows that blood banking is a multi-billion dollar industry, starting with a free donation. The demand for blood products has hospitals paying a premium to blood centersMore >>
    The demand for blood products has hospitals paying a premium to blood centers and that means a hefty cost to you on the receiving end.  KPLC's Britney Glaser breaks down the money involved in the business of blood banks.More >>
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