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  • High demand for healthcare jobs

    High demand for healthcare jobs

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:56 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:56:00 GMT
    HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with in-demand healthcare jobs. (Source: KPLC)HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with in-demand healthcare jobs. (Source: KPLC)

    HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with hundreds of local healthcare-related jobs in Southwest Louisiana. 

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    HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with hundreds of local healthcare-related jobs in Southwest Louisiana. 

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  • What's Going Around: shigella

    What's Going Around: shigella

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:03 AM EDT2017-05-25 12:03:15 GMT
    People with shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. (Source: KPLC)People with shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. (Source: KPLC)

    A contagious infectious disease that might make you think you have an extreme stomach bug is what's going around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Dr. Anatole Karpovs, who has been treating young patients with shigella.

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    A contagious infectious disease that might make you think you have an extreme stomach bug is what's going around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Dr. Anatole Karpovs, who has been treating young patients with shigella.

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  • Blood supply at critical level

    Blood supply at critical level

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 1:09 PM EDT2017-05-23 17:09:39 GMT
    LifeShare Blood Centers in Lake Charles only has a two day supply of blood components this week and several storage drawers sit empty. (Source: KPLC)LifeShare Blood Centers in Lake Charles only has a two day supply of blood components this week and several storage drawers sit empty. (Source: KPLC)

    Blood supply is at a critically low level in Southwest Louisiana and as we head into a holiday weekend, there is growing concern it could further deplete.

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    Blood supply is at a critically low level in Southwest Louisiana and as we head into a holiday weekend, there is growing concern it could further deplete.

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  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis common in contact lens wearers

    Giant papillary conjunctivitis common in contact lens wearers

    Friday, May 19 2017 8:09 AM EDT2017-05-19 12:09:37 GMT
    Vision Source associate optometrist, Dr. Madison Wall-Hayes, says she is seeing more cases of giant papillary conjunctivitis, or GPC, which you can see on the inside of the upper eyelid. (Source: KPLC)Vision Source associate optometrist, Dr. Madison Wall-Hayes, says she is seeing more cases of giant papillary conjunctivitis, or GPC, which you can see on the inside of the upper eyelid. (Source: KPLC)

    If you wear contact lenses or suffer from seasonal allergies, you will want to pay special attention to this Healthcast. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains the irritating eye condition called giant papillary conjunctivitis. 

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    If you wear contact lenses or suffer from seasonal allergies, you will want to pay special attention to this Healthcast. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains the irritating eye condition called giant papillary conjunctivitis. 

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  • What's Going Around: sore throats

    What's Going Around: sore throats

    Thursday, May 18 2017 8:11 AM EDT2017-05-18 12:11:10 GMT
    Viral sore throats and strep throat are what's going around this week, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care. (Source: KPLC)Viral sore throats and strep throat are what's going around this week, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care. (Source: KPLC)

    If your throat is feeling sore or you are feeling pain swallowing, you might have what's going around this week. Viral sore throats and strep throat are the main culprits, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care.

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    If your throat is feeling sore or you are feeling pain swallowing, you might have what's going around this week. Viral sore throats and strep throat are the main culprits, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care.

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  • Loaner Closet ready to lend medical equipment

    Loaner Closet ready to lend medical equipment

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 8:19 AM EDT2017-05-17 12:19:07 GMT
    The community Loaner Closet at the Southwest Louisiana Independence center is open to people in need of medical equipment and with gently-used items to donate. (Source: KPLC)The community Loaner Closet at the Southwest Louisiana Independence center is open to people in need of medical equipment and with gently-used items to donate. (Source: KPLC)

    From wheelchairs to walkers, hospital beds and crutches, medical equipment is something most of us will need one day or have already used. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's why the SLIC Loaner Closet exists. 
     

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    From wheelchairs to walkers, hospital beds and crutches, medical equipment is something most of us will need one day or have already used. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's why the SLIC Loaner Closet exists. 
     

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  • Warning about animal bites after raccoon bites toddler

    Warning about animal bites after raccoon bites toddler

    Thursday, May 11 2017 8:09 AM EDT2017-05-11 12:09:34 GMT
    This is the time of year pediatricians are reporting more animal bites in children. (Source: KPLC)This is the time of year pediatricians are reporting more animal bites in children. (Source: KPLC)

    A warning about animal bites and your children after a local toddler was recently bitten by a raccoon. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a pediatrician about how best to treat animal bites.

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    A warning about animal bites and your children after a local toddler was recently bitten by a raccoon. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a pediatrician about how best to treat animal bites.

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  • High bacteria levels at three SWLA beaches

    High bacteria levels at three SWLA beaches

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 10:04 PM EDT2017-05-10 02:04:18 GMT
    Three beaches in Southwest Louisiana are under advisories this week because of high bacteria levels. (Source: KPLC)Three beaches in Southwest Louisiana are under advisories this week because of high bacteria levels. (Source: KPLC)

    After big rain events like we saw last week, agricultural run-off can lead to high bacteria levels at recreational beaches. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports three area beaches are under advisories this week.

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    After big rain events like we saw last week, agricultural run-off can lead to high bacteria levels at recreational beaches. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports three area beaches are under advisories this week.

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  • Seasonal allergies in pets

    Seasonal allergies in pets

    Friday, May 5 2017 10:08 AM EDT2017-05-05 14:08:51 GMT
    Seasonal allergies in cats and dogs are seen through excessive scratching and recurring ear infections. (Source: KPLC)Seasonal allergies in cats and dogs are seen through excessive scratching and recurring ear infections. (Source: KPLC)

    Seasonal allergies can certainly make people feel miserable this time of year, but did you know your pet could also be feeling under the weather? KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the symptoms are different in animals and there are specific treatments to give relief.

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    Seasonal allergies can certainly make people feel miserable this time of year, but did you know your pet could also be feeling under the weather? KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the symptoms are different in animals and there are specific treatments to give relief.

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  • What's Going Around: pneumonia and strep throat

    What's Going Around: pneumonia and strep throat

    Thursday, April 27 2017 11:56 AM EDT2017-04-27 15:56:17 GMT
    Pneumonia is typically a more common illness in the winter months, but it's being seen now, in the heart of spring. (Source: KPLC)Pneumonia is typically a more common illness in the winter months, but it's being seen now, in the heart of spring. (Source: KPLC)

    You might think of pneumonia as a cold weather bug, but it's what's going around this week, in the heart of spring. KPLC's Britney Glaser takes you inside an ER, where numbers are up for pneumonia.

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    You might think of pneumonia as a cold weather bug, but it's what's going around this week, in the heart of spring. KPLC's Britney Glaser takes you inside an ER, where numbers are up for pneumonia.

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  • Anti-glare lens coating helps minimize eye strain

    Anti-glare lens coating helps minimize eye strain

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 2:41 PM EDT2017-04-26 18:41:23 GMT
    Anti-glare lens coatings can minimize distracting glares on eyeglasses. (Source: KPLC)Anti-glare lens coatings can minimize distracting glares on eyeglasses. (Source: KPLC)

    10 hours a day: that's how long most of us spend in front of a computer or phone screen each day. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that time can do numbers on your eyes, particularly for eyeglasses wearers.

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    10 hours a day: that's how long most of us spend in front of a computer or phone screen each day. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that time can do numbers on your eyes, particularly for eyeglasses wearers.

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  • Clinical trials underway for lung, colon, and breast cancer patients

    Clinical trials underway for lung, colon, and breast cancer patients

    Friday, April 21 2017 8:36 AM EDT2017-04-21 12:36:42 GMT
    Three clinical trials are currently open at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital to some patients with lung, colon, or breast cancer. (Source: KPLC)Three clinical trials are currently open at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital to some patients with lung, colon, or breast cancer. (Source: KPLC)

    New weapons in the arsenal to fight cancer: three clinical trials are now open in Lake Charles for some patients with lung, colon, or breast cancer. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains how each trial works.

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    New weapons in the arsenal to fight cancer: three clinical trials are now open in Lake Charles for some patients with lung, colon, or breast cancer. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains how each trial works.

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  • What's Going Around: spring allergies

    What's Going Around: spring allergies

    Thursday, April 20 2017 8:01 AM EDT2017-04-20 12:01:15 GMT
    Spring allergies are making many people feel miserable, but there are some over-the-counter treatment options that can minimize your symptoms, according to Dr. Ben Palombo with Lake Area Family Physicians. (Source: KPLC)Spring allergies are making many people feel miserable, but there are some over-the-counter treatment options that can minimize your symptoms, according to Dr. Ben Palombo with Lake Area Family Physicians. (Source: KPLC)

    Nothing takes the spring out of your enjoyment of springtime weather faster than seasonal allergies. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out some of the best over-the-counter treatments to minimize symptoms.

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    Nothing takes the spring out of your enjoyment of springtime weather faster than seasonal allergies. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out some of the best over-the-counter treatments to minimize symptoms.

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  • Paid time off to volunteer

    Paid time off to volunteer

    Friday, April 14 2017 6:30 AM EDT2017-04-14 10:30:36 GMT
    Lake Charles Urgent Care has piloted a program for its employees to take advantage of paid time off to volunteer, or VTO. (Source: KPLC)Lake Charles Urgent Care has piloted a program for its employees to take advantage of paid time off to volunteer, or VTO. (Source: KPLC)

    No doubt you are familiar with paid time off, or PTO, but have you ever heard of VTO? KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on the trend of volunteer time off to connect with communities and attract the best employees.

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    No doubt you are familiar with paid time off, or PTO, but have you ever heard of VTO? KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on the trend of volunteer time off to connect with communities and attract the best employees.

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  • What's Going Around: C. diff

    What's Going Around: C. diff

    Thursday, April 13 2017 7:37 AM EDT2017-04-13 11:37:12 GMT
    Inflammation of the colon known as C. diff is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)Inflammation of the colon known as C. diff is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    If you have recently taken antibiotics, you are at a much greater risk of catching What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports C. diff, which causes inflammation of the colon, is making more people sick.

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    If you have recently taken antibiotics, you are at a much greater risk of catching What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports C. diff, which causes inflammation of the colon, is making more people sick.

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  • Extreme shortage of sign language interpreters

    Extreme shortage of sign language interpreters

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 8:13 AM EDT2017-04-12 12:13:42 GMT
    800 deaf or hard of hearing people in Southwest Louisiana are serviced by just three sign language interpreters. (Source: KPLC)800 deaf or hard of hearing people in Southwest Louisiana are serviced by just three sign language interpreters. (Source: KPLC)

    There are 800 deaf or hard of hearing people in Southwest Louisiana and only three sign language interpreters to bridge the communication gap. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on the struggles of scheduling an interpreter for critical medical appointments and legal settings.

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    There are 800 deaf or hard of hearing people in Southwest Louisiana and only three sign language interpreters to bridge the communication gap. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on the struggles of scheduling an interpreter for critical medical appointments and legal settings.

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  • Docs across U.S. shadow Lake Charles cardiologist for vein training

    Docs across U.S. shadow Lake Charles cardiologist for vein training

    Friday, March 31 2017 8:01 AM EDT2017-03-31 12:01:06 GMT
    Dr. Carl Fastabend performs an IVUS procedure in the Cardiovascular Outpatient Center of Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Carl Fastabend performs an IVUS procedure in the Cardiovascular Outpatient Center of Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)

    Doctors from across the United States are traveling to Lake Charles to watch interventional cardiologist, Dr. Carl Fastabend, in action. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports he's become a leading expert in a specialized vein procedure.

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    Doctors from across the United States are traveling to Lake Charles to watch interventional cardiologist, Dr. Carl Fastabend, in action. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports he's become a leading expert in a specialized vein procedure.

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  • Warning about snake bites

    Warning about snake bites

    Thursday, March 30 2017 3:39 PM EDT2017-03-30 19:39:51 GMT
    Snakes are on the move across Southwest Louisiana after a warm, wet winter and a springlike pattern now. (Source: KPLC)Snakes are on the move across Southwest Louisiana after a warm, wet winter and a springlike pattern now. (Source: KPLC)

    A warning in this week's What's Going Around: snakes are on the move in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a snake bite brought a patient to an area emergency room over the weekend.

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    A warning in this week's What's Going Around: snakes are on the move in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a snake bite brought a patient to an area emergency room over the weekend.

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  • 'Buddy Dance' offers special dance classes

    'Buddy Dance' offers special dance classes

    Friday, March 24 2017 8:01 AM EDT2017-03-24 12:01:38 GMT
    Buddy Dance is an inclusive dance class at Premier Dance Center in Lake Charles for boys and girls of all ages who have special needs. (Source: KPLC)Buddy Dance is an inclusive dance class at Premier Dance Center in Lake Charles for boys and girls of all ages who have special needs. (Source: KPLC)

    Dance is a fantastic form of creativity and expression, but some kids and teens can be left out dance classes because of developmental or behavioral disorders. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports one dance center launched "Buddy Dance" as an inclusive dance class for those with special needs. 

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    Dance is a fantastic form of creativity and expression, but some kids and teens can be left out dance classes because of developmental or behavioral disorders. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports one dance center launched "Buddy Dance" as an inclusive dance class for those with special needs. 

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  • Robot-assisted total knee replacements

    Robot-assisted total knee replacements

    Friday, March 17 2017 8:05 AM EDT2017-03-17 12:05:37 GMT
    Robot-assisted total knee replacements are now available in Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)Robot-assisted total knee replacements are now available in Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)

    An innovative alternative to conventional knee replacements is now available in Lake Charles, tapping into the smarts of a robot. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on this surgical breakthrough.

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    An innovative alternative to conventional knee replacements is now available in Lake Charles, tapping into the smarts of a robot. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on this surgical breakthrough.

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  • What's Going Around: upper respiratory infections

    What's Going Around: upper respiratory infections

    Thursday, March 16 2017 7:48 AM EDT2017-03-16 11:48:54 GMT
    Upper respiratory infections, or the common cold, is what's going around this week, according to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital infection preventionist, Bridget Redlich. (Source: KPLC)Upper respiratory infections, or the common cold, is what's going around this week, according to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital infection preventionist, Bridget Redlich. (Source: KPLC)

    A common viral infection that affects the nose, throat, and airways is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports upper respiratory infections are up.

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    A common viral infection that affects the nose, throat, and airways is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports upper respiratory infections are up.

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  • WCCH reports 23 percent increase in breastfeeding rate

    WCCH reports 23 percent increase in breastfeeding rate

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 8:30 AM EDT2017-03-15 12:30:35 GMT
    West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has seen its breastfeeding rate go from 49 percent in 2014 to nearly 72 percent today, since launching The Gift initiative. (Source: KPLC)West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has seen its breastfeeding rate go from 49 percent in 2014 to nearly 72 percent today, since launching The Gift initiative. (Source: KPLC)

    The Gift is an evidence-based program for Louisiana birthing facilities to increase breastfeeding rates and maternal care. KPLC's Britney Glaser goes inside WCCH to see how the initiative has made a huge impact on breastfeeding rates.

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    The Gift is an evidence-based program for Louisiana birthing facilities to increase breastfeeding rates and maternal care. KPLC's Britney Glaser goes inside WCCH to see how the initiative has made a huge impact on breastfeeding rates.

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  • 'Gift of Hope' applications open for free IVF

    'Gift of Hope' applications open for free IVF

    Friday, March 10 2017 5:48 AM EST2017-03-10 10:48:18 GMT
    Two Louisiana couples will be selected for this year's "Gift of Hope," awarding grants to cover a cycle of in vitro fertilization. (Source: KPLC)Two Louisiana couples will be selected for this year's "Gift of Hope," awarding grants to cover a cycle of in vitro fertilization. (Source: KPLC)

    Two couples facing medical and financial roadblocks to having a baby are eligible to receive grants for a free cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) through a program called the "Gift of Hope."

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    Two couples facing medical and financial roadblocks to having a baby are eligible to receive grants for a free cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) through a program called the "Gift of Hope."

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  • What's Going Around: strep throat

    What's Going Around: strep throat

    Thursday, March 9 2017 7:51 AM EST2017-03-09 12:51:31 GMT
    Dr. Bruce Thompson at The Children's Clinic in Lake Charles says strep throat is What's Going Around this week. (Source: CDC)Dr. Bruce Thompson at The Children's Clinic in Lake Charles says strep throat is What's Going Around this week. (Source: CDC)

    A contagious bacterial infection that causes a sore throat and fever is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser goes inside The Children's Clinic in Lake Charles, where pediatrician, Dr. Bruce Thompson, says strep throat is being spread more among school-aged kids.

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    A contagious bacterial infection that causes a sore throat and fever is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser goes inside The Children's Clinic in Lake Charles, where pediatrician, Dr. Bruce Thompson, says strep throat is being spread more among school-aged kids.

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  • Can weather changes make you sick?

    Can weather changes make you sick?

    Friday, March 3 2017 6:23 AM EST2017-03-03 11:23:19 GMT
    Can the weather truly make you feel under the weather? Dr. Michael Robinson with Memorial/LSUHSC answers that question in Healthcast. (Source: KPLC)Can the weather truly make you feel under the weather? Dr. Michael Robinson with Memorial/LSUHSC answers that question in Healthcast. (Source: KPLC)

    From 80 degree, humid weather, to windy, dry temperatures in the 40s, we are seeing quite the shift in seasons this week in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out if the weather truly be to blame when you "feel under the weather?" 

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    From 80 degree, humid weather, to windy, dry temperatures in the 40s, we are seeing quite the shift in seasons this week in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out if the weather truly be to blame when you "feel under the weather?" 

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  • What's Going Around: Norovirus and C. diff

    What's Going Around: Norovirus and C. diff

    Thursday, March 2 2017 6:29 AM EST2017-03-02 11:29:35 GMT
    Dr. Kevin Schlamp, a family medicine physician in Sulphur, says norovirus and C. diff are What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Kevin Schlamp, a family medicine physician in Sulphur, says norovirus and C. diff are What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    Another wave of the stomach bug is making people sick this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports it's Norovirus this time, and C. diff is also making the rounds. 

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    Another wave of the stomach bug is making people sick this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports it's Norovirus this time, and C. diff is also making the rounds. 

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  • Paralyzed coach making a difference

    Paralyzed coach making a difference

    Friday, February 24 2017 7:23 AM EST2017-02-24 12:23:23 GMT
    David Buller coaches his Upward basketball team from his wheelchair. (Source: KPLC)David Buller coaches his Upward basketball team from his wheelchair. (Source: KPLC)

    When a terrible hunting accident nearly killed 68-year-old David Buller, his recovery was nothing short of a miracle. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports in spite of tremendous challenges, he has been able to return to one of his first loves: the basketball court. 

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    When a terrible hunting accident nearly killed 68-year-old David Buller, his recovery was nothing short of a miracle. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports in spite of tremendous challenges, he has been able to return to one of his first loves: the basketball court. 

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  • What's Going Around: flu and RSV

    What's Going Around: flu and RSV

    Thursday, February 23 2017 7:29 AM EST2017-02-23 12:29:30 GMT
    Dr. Robert Anderson with Calcasieu Urgent Care says flu and RSV are What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Robert Anderson with Calcasieu Urgent Care says flu and RSV are What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    There is no sign of slowing down with rapidly spreading flu in Southwest Louisiana this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's What's Going Around this week, along with RSV.  

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    There is no sign of slowing down with rapidly spreading flu in Southwest Louisiana this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's What's Going Around this week, along with RSV.  

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  • Mobile learning lab training heart teams

    Mobile learning lab training heart teams

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 8:36 AM EST2017-02-22 13:36:21 GMT
    CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital interventional cardiologist, Dr. Thomas Mulhearn, practices using the Impella device on a model inside the Mobile Learning Lab. (Source: KPLC)CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital interventional cardiologist, Dr. Thomas Mulhearn, practices using the Impella device on a model inside the Mobile Learning Lab. (Source: KPLC)

    A show and tell of sorts for cardiac care staff in Lake Charles brings them aboard a giant 18-wheeler. Abiomed's Impella Mobile Learning Lab made a stop at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, giving clinicians hands-on training for the world's smallest heart pump.

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    A show and tell of sorts for cardiac care staff in Lake Charles brings them aboard a giant 18-wheeler. Abiomed's Impella Mobile Learning Lab made a stop at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, giving clinicians hands-on training for the world's smallest heart pump.

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  • What's Going Around: flu and strep throat

    What's Going Around: flu and strep throat

    Thursday, February 16 2017 11:39 AM EST2017-02-16 16:39:23 GMT
    Louisiana is now experiencing the highest measurable flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: CDC)Louisiana is now experiencing the highest measurable flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: CDC)

    Louisiana is now in the "red," meaning we are experiencing the highest measurable flu activity this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the flu and strep throat have been so prevalent over the past week that one area school canceled classes. 

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    Louisiana is now in the "red," meaning we are experiencing the highest measurable flu activity this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the flu and strep throat have been so prevalent over the past week that one area school canceled classes. 

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  • Early detection key in slowing eye disease progression

    Early detection key in slowing eye disease progression

    Wednesday, February 15 2017 3:51 PM EST2017-02-15 20:51:16 GMT
    This OCT machine is used to help detect eye disease at their earliest stages. (Source: KPLC)This OCT machine is used to help detect eye disease at their earliest stages. (Source: KPLC)

    Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss and it is considered an incurable eye disease today. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports if caught early, there are therapies that can dramatically slow its progression. 

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    Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss and it is considered an incurable eye disease today. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports if caught early, there are therapies that can dramatically slow its progression. 

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  • What's Going Around: pneumonia

    What's Going Around: pneumonia

    Thursday, February 9 2017 8:27 AM EST2017-02-09 13:27:18 GMT
    Dr. Robert Bernauer with Lake Area Medical Center says he is treating more patients in the emergency room for pneumonia. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Robert Bernauer with Lake Area Medical Center says he is treating more patients in the emergency room for pneumonia. (Source: KPLC)

    Flu numbers continue to soar in Southwest Louisiana this week and one of the most common flu-related complications is also on the rise. Pneumonia is What's Going Around this week.

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    Flu numbers continue to soar in Southwest Louisiana this week and one of the most common flu-related complications is also on the rise. Pneumonia is What's Going Around this week.

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  • Free mammograms available to eligible Louisiana women

    Free mammograms available to eligible Louisiana women

    Thursday, February 2 2017 10:26 PM EST2017-02-03 03:26:35 GMT
    Mammograms are now being offered at no cost to Louisiana women who qualify. (Source: KPLC)Mammograms are now being offered at no cost to Louisiana women who qualify. (Source: KPLC)

    It is a first-of-its kind effort to change the state's mortality rate connected to breast cancer. The cost of critical screenings will no longer be a hindrance for uninsured or underinsured women, thanks to a new partnership offering free mammograms to eligible women.

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    It is a first-of-its kind effort to change the state's mortality rate connected to breast cancer. The cost of critical screenings will no longer be a hindrance for uninsured or underinsured women, thanks to a new partnership offering free mammograms to eligible women.

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  • Widespread flu outbreak, Tamiflu tough to find

    Widespread flu outbreak, Tamiflu tough to find

    Thursday, February 2 2017 7:02 AM EST2017-02-02 12:02:39 GMT
    Louisiana is one of 37 states dealing with a widespread flu outbreak. (Source: CDC)Louisiana is one of 37 states dealing with a widespread flu outbreak. (Source: CDC)

    The flu is approaching epidemic levels in parts of the United States this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports Louisiana is one of 37 states reporting a widespread flu outbreak.

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    The flu is approaching epidemic levels in parts of the United States this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports Louisiana is one of 37 states reporting a widespread flu outbreak.

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  • Doctor creates new pain relief cream

    Doctor creates new pain relief cream

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 8:34 AM EST2017-02-01 13:34:33 GMT
    Dr. Craig Morton with Center for Orthopedics created a new pain relief cream that he says has fewer side effects than others on the market. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Craig Morton with Center for Orthopedics created a new pain relief cream that he says has fewer side effects than others on the market. (Source: KPLC)

    When a Lake Charles doctor couldn't find the exact fix for his patients in pain, he decided to invent his own solution. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports Dr. Craig Morton created a pain relief cream that promises more benefits, with fewer side effects.

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    When a Lake Charles doctor couldn't find the exact fix for his patients in pain, he decided to invent his own solution. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports Dr. Craig Morton created a pain relief cream that promises more benefits, with fewer side effects.

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  • Five year mortality linked to loss of smell

    Five year mortality linked to loss of smell

    Friday, January 27 2017 7:56 AM EST2017-01-27 12:56:41 GMT
    Dr. Samuel Sprehe, ENT and allergist with Memorial Medical Group, says losing the sense of smell could be a sign of a much bigger health problem. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Samuel Sprehe, ENT and allergist with Memorial Medical Group, says losing the sense of smell could be a sign of a much bigger health problem. (Source: KPLC)

    How is your sense of smell? The findings of a study on people who have lost the ability to smell might shock you. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports there is a strong link between sense of smell and death.

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    How is your sense of smell? The findings of a study on people who have lost the ability to smell might shock you. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports there is a strong link between sense of smell and death.

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  • What's Going Around: RSV

    What's Going Around: RSV

    Thursday, January 26 2017 7:48 AM EST2017-01-26 12:48:47 GMT
    Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is what's going around this week. (Source: KPLC)Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is what's going around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    Three letters can send fear into any parent of a young child: RSV. It is a very contagious respiratory infection and is what's going around this week. 

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    Three letters can send fear into any parent of a young child: RSV. It is a very contagious respiratory infection and is what's going around this week. 

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  • John Bridges shares 105 pound weight loss

    John Bridges shares 105 pound weight loss

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 7:07 AM EST2017-01-25 12:07:13 GMT
    KPLC's John Bridges has lost 105 pounds since January 2014. (Source: KPLC)KPLC's John Bridges has lost 105 pounds since January 2014. (Source: KPLC)

    KPLC's John Bridges has dramatically transformed his health and just surpassed the 100 pound weight loss milestone.  

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    KPLC's John Bridges has dramatically transformed his health and just surpassed the 100 pound weight loss milestone.  

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  • What's Going Around: pink eye

    What's Going Around: pink eye

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 6:12 AM EST2017-01-24 11:12:02 GMT
    Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    If your eyes are feeling itchy, burning, irritated or looking red, there is a good chance you have what's going around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports highly contagious pink eye is making the rounds in childcare and school settings again.

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    If your eyes are feeling itchy, burning, irritated or looking red, there is a good chance you have what's going around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports highly contagious pink eye is making the rounds in childcare and school settings again.

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  • Mumps outbreak has Louisiana health officials on alert

    Mumps outbreak has Louisiana health officials on alert

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 8:06 AM EST2017-01-18 13:06:07 GMT
    A nationwide mumps outbreak has Louisiana health officials on alert. (Source: KPLC)A nationwide mumps outbreak has Louisiana health officials on alert. (Source: KPLC)

    The nation is in the midst of a mumps outbreak. Louisiana has remained isolated from the contagious virus, but KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that does not mean we are in the clear.  

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    The nation is in the midst of a mumps outbreak. Louisiana has remained isolated from the contagious virus, but KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that does not mean we are in the clear.  

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  • Teen moving to Olympic Training Center with Tokyo 2020 dreams

    Teen moving to Olympic Training Center with Tokyo 2020 dreams

    Friday, January 13 2017 7:19 AM EST2017-01-13 12:19:14 GMT
    16-year-old Jacob Waters of Ragley has been selected to the residency program at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. (Source: KPLC)16-year-old Jacob Waters of Ragley has been selected to the residency program at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. (Source: KPLC)

    A Ragley teen who has dreamed of competing in the Olympics is one huge step closer to seeing that become his reality! KPLC's Britney Glaser reports 16-year-old cyclist, Jacob Waters, is moving to the  Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

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    A Ragley teen who has dreamed of competing in the Olympics is one huge step closer to seeing that become his reality! KPLC's Britney Glaser reports 16-year-old cyclist, Jacob Waters, is moving to the  Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

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  • Flu death in Lake Charles, virus spikes in Louisiana

    Flu death in Lake Charles, virus spikes in Louisiana

    Thursday, January 12 2017 6:54 AM EST2017-01-12 11:54:07 GMT
    The influenza virus has turned deadly in Lake Charles after the death this week of a patient from flu-related complications. (Source: KPLC)The influenza virus has turned deadly in Lake Charles after the death this week of a patient from flu-related complications. (Source: KPLC)

    A warning this week about just how serious the flu virus can be, after the death of a patient in Lake Charles from flu complications. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the flu is What's Going Around.

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    A warning this week about just how serious the flu virus can be, after the death of a patient in Lake Charles from flu complications. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the flu is What's Going Around.

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  • Deadline to enroll in Affordable Care Act is January 31

    Deadline to enroll in Affordable Care Act is January 31

    Thursday, January 12 2017 5:48 AM EST2017-01-12 10:48:26 GMT
    The deadline to enroll in or change a plan with the Affordable Care Act is January 31. (Source: KPLC)The deadline to enroll in or change a plan with the Affordable Care Act is January 31. (Source: KPLC)

    The fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a top priority on Capitol Hill. Still, it is the law of the land today and a deadline to choose a 2017 health plan is fast approaching, as KPLC's Britney Glaser reports.

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    The fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a top priority on Capitol Hill. Still, it is the law of the land today and a deadline to choose a 2017 health plan is fast approaching, as KPLC's Britney Glaser reports.

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  • Innovative diabetes treatment introduced at Trina Health

    Innovative diabetes treatment introduced at Trina Health

    Wednesday, November 16 2016 7:44 AM EST2016-11-16 12:44:01 GMT
    (Source: RNN)(Source: RNN)

    The effects of diabethes differ patient to patient, requiring specialized treatment for everyone. Trina Health in Lake Charles is offering one of the newest treatment options that creators hope will be the unique diabetes management that patients have been looking for. "I was diagnosed at age 3," said Kristen Orndoff who's lived with Type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years. She's had to face some of the many complications the disease brings on. "I've had 6 eye surgeri...

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    The effects of diabethes differ patient to patient, requiring specialized treatment for everyone. Trina Health in Lake Charles is offering one of the newest treatment options that creators hope will be the unique diabetes management that patients have been looking for. "I was diagnosed at age 3," said Kristen Orndoff who's lived with Type 1 diabetes for more than 30 years. She's had to face some of the many complications the disease brings on. "I've had 6 eye surgeri...

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  • What's Going Around: shingles

    What's Going Around: shingles

    Thursday, October 27 2016 7:46 AM EDT2016-10-27 11:46:05 GMT
    Dr. Tim Haman, infectious disease physician at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, says shingles is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Tim Haman, infectious disease physician at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, says shingles is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    If you have ever had chickenpox, you are at risk of developing a very painful rash from the reactivation of that virus, even decades after it first made you sick. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports shingles is What's Going Around. 

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    If you have ever had chickenpox, you are at risk of developing a very painful rash from the reactivation of that virus, even decades after it first made you sick. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports shingles is What's Going Around. 

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  • New lens implant for cataract patients

    New lens implant for cataract patients

    Wednesday, October 26 2016 8:16 AM EDT2016-10-26 12:16:31 GMT
    A new lens implant for cataract patients that provides both near and distance focus is now available. (Source: KPLC)A new lens implant for cataract patients that provides both near and distance focus is now available. (Source: KPLC)

    A breakthrough in vision technology is changing the way people with cataracts can see. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a new lens implant now offers cataract patients both near and distance focus, something that had been limited with other implants on the market.  

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    A breakthrough in vision technology is changing the way people with cataracts can see. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a new lens implant now offers cataract patients both near and distance focus, something that had been limited with other implants on the market.  

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  • Cardiovascular outpatient cath lab opens in Lake Charles

    Cardiovascular outpatient cath lab opens in Lake Charles

    Friday, October 21 2016 8:08 AM EDT2016-10-21 12:08:16 GMT
    A newly opened cardiovascular outpatient clinic in Lake Charles is connecting highly specialized heart doctors with non-emergency heart patients. (Source: KPLC)A newly opened cardiovascular outpatient clinic in Lake Charles is connecting highly specialized heart doctors with non-emergency heart patients. (Source: KPLC)

    KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a newly opened cardiovascular outpatient clinic in Lake Charles is connecting highly specialized heart doctors with non-emergency patients. 

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    KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a newly opened cardiovascular outpatient clinic in Lake Charles is connecting highly specialized heart doctors with non-emergency patients. 

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  • What's Going Around: strep throat

    What's Going Around: strep throat

    Thursday, October 20 2016 7:50 AM EDT2016-10-20 11:50:22 GMT
    Every day this week, Dr. Jay Marque at Lake Charles Urgent Care is treating patients with strep throat. (Source: KPLC)Every day this week, Dr. Jay Marque at Lake Charles Urgent Care is treating patients with strep throat. (Source: KPLC)

    Every day this week, Dr. Jay Marque at Lake Charles Urgent Care is treating patients with strep throat. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains how this contagious bacterial infection is spread in What's Going Around.

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    Every day this week, Dr. Jay Marque at Lake Charles Urgent Care is treating patients with strep throat. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains how this contagious bacterial infection is spread in What's Going Around.

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  • Deer hunter survives terrible fall

    Deer hunter survives terrible fall

    Wednesday, October 19 2016 7:03 AM EDT2016-10-19 11:03:49 GMT
    Justin Lanclos of Sulphur shows how high up he was in a deer stand when he fell from the tree. (Source: KPLC)Justin Lanclos of Sulphur shows how high up he was in a deer stand when he fell from the tree. (Source: KPLC)

    Deer hunting is an obsession for one Sulphur man who is having to sit this season out after a terrible injury. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports one mistake grounded him and taught him a huge lesson in hunter's safety.

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    Deer hunting is an obsession for one Sulphur man who is having to sit this season out after a terrible injury. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports one mistake grounded him and taught him a huge lesson in hunter's safety.

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  • 3-D mammography now available in Lake Charles

    3-D mammography now available in Lake Charles

    Wednesday, October 12 2016 7:32 AM EDT2016-10-12 11:32:36 GMT
    CHRISTUS St. Patrick Women's Health Center radiologist, Dr. Charles Brdlik, compares 2-D mammography to 3-D images. (Source: KPLC)CHRISTUS St. Patrick Women's Health Center radiologist, Dr. Charles Brdlik, compares 2-D mammography to 3-D images. (Source: KPLC)

    The latest weapon in the arsenal to identify breast cancer at an earlier stage is now available in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports 3-D mammography is now being offered in Lake Charles, giving a more accurate view of the breast.

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    The latest weapon in the arsenal to identify breast cancer at an earlier stage is now available in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports 3-D mammography is now being offered in Lake Charles, giving a more accurate view of the breast.

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  • What's Going Around: early flu

    What's Going Around: early flu

    Thursday, October 6 2016 7:34 AM EDT2016-10-06 11:34:41 GMT
    Early flu numbers are rising in Southwest Louisiana, according to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital infection preventionist, Bridget Redlich. (Source: KPLC)Early flu numbers are rising in Southwest Louisiana, according to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital infection preventionist, Bridget Redlich. (Source: KPLC)

    Flu activity is up in Southwest Louisiana, an earlier than usual start to the season. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports in What's Going Around. 

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    Flu activity is up in Southwest Louisiana, an earlier than usual start to the season. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports in What's Going Around. 

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  • CDC says no to FluMist, kids need flu shots

    CDC says no to FluMist, kids need flu shots

    Friday, September 30 2016 8:12 AM EDT2016-09-30 12:12:35 GMT
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says FluMist should not be used this year, due to it not being effective. (Source: KPLC)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says FluMist should not be used this year, due to it not being effective. (Source: KPLC)

    It has been the "go-to" for parents wanting flu protection for their children: the nasal spray FluMist. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports this year the CDC says children need flu shots, because the FluMist isn't working. 

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    It has been the "go-to" for parents wanting flu protection for their children: the nasal spray FluMist. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports this year the CDC says children need flu shots, because the FluMist isn't working. 

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  • What's Going Around: head lice

    What's Going Around: head lice

    Thursday, September 29 2016 7:25 AM EDT2016-09-29 11:25:29 GMT
    Dr. Albert Richert, Jr. with The Pediatric Center says he's seeing more children with head lice. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Albert Richert, Jr. with The Pediatric Center says he's seeing more children with head lice. (Source: KPLC)

    What's Going Around this week will have you scratching your head. Kids are being seen in higher numbers for head lice and some of these bugs are resistant to over-the-counter treatments.

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    What's Going Around this week will have you scratching your head. Kids are being seen in higher numbers for head lice and some of these bugs are resistant to over-the-counter treatments.

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  • Donor blood screenings for Zika virus

    Donor blood screenings for Zika virus

    Friday, September 23 2016 8:23 AM EDT2016-09-23 12:23:51 GMT
    Starting September 23, blood donated at LifeShare Blood Centers will be tested for the Zika virus. (Source: KPLC)Starting September 23, blood donated at LifeShare Blood Centers will be tested for the Zika virus. (Source: KPLC)

    Starting today, blood donated at LifeShare Blood Centers will be tested for the Zika virus. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the changes are in line with a nationwide directive from the FDA.

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    Starting today, blood donated at LifeShare Blood Centers will be tested for the Zika virus. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the changes are in line with a nationwide directive from the FDA.

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  • What's Going Around: viral gastroenteritis

    What's Going Around: viral gastroenteritis

    Thursday, September 22 2016 8:05 AM EDT2016-09-22 12:05:24 GMT
    Viral gastroenteritis is what's going around this week. (Source: KPLC)Viral gastroenteritis is what's going around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    Norovirus, rotavirus, and adenovirus: those are the main culprits behind the illness that is making people sick this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Dr. Tammy Mitchell about viral gastroenteritis or the "stomach bug."

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    Norovirus, rotavirus, and adenovirus: those are the main culprits behind the illness that is making people sick this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Dr. Tammy Mitchell about viral gastroenteritis or the "stomach bug."

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  • Hiking club for ladies explodes with popularity

    Hiking club for ladies explodes with popularity

    Wednesday, September 21 2016 8:28 AM EDT2016-09-21 12:28:57 GMT
    The No. 1 Ladies Hiking Society meets at Central Library in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)The No. 1 Ladies Hiking Society meets at Central Library in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)

    The terrain of Southwest Louisiana does not exactly set itself apart as a hiker's paradise, yet a newly-formed hiking club for women is exploding, just one month into its existence.

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    The terrain of Southwest Louisiana does not exactly set itself apart as a hiker's paradise, yet a newly-formed hiking club for women is exploding, just one month into its existence.

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  • Two brothers with sickle cell disease await transplants

    Two brothers with sickle cell disease await transplants

    Friday, September 16 2016 6:50 AM EDT2016-09-16 10:50:56 GMT
    Kevin and Jayven Francis have sickle cell disease and are awaiting stem cell transplants from another brother. (Source: KPLC)Kevin and Jayven Francis have sickle cell disease and are awaiting stem cell transplants from another brother. (Source: KPLC)

    Two brothers in Lake Charles are in a desperate waiting game for stem cell transplants from another brother. Kevin and Jayven Francis have sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that can cause intense pain and organ damage. 

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    Two brothers in Lake Charles are in a desperate waiting game for stem cell transplants from another brother. Kevin and Jayven Francis have sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that can cause intense pain and organ damage. 

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  • What's Going Around: strep throat and sinusitis

    What's Going Around: strep throat and sinusitis

    Thursday, September 15 2016 6:44 AM EDT2016-09-15 10:44:53 GMT
    Strep throat and sinusitis are what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)Strep throat and sinusitis are what's going around this week in Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)

    Sore throats, stuffy noses, and fever have some people feeling under the weather. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports strep throat and sinusitis are What's Going Around. 

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    Sore throats, stuffy noses, and fever have some people feeling under the weather. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports strep throat and sinusitis are What's Going Around. 

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  • Saturday sports injury clinic open during football season

    Saturday sports injury clinic open during football season

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 7:49 AM EDT2016-09-14 11:49:43 GMT
    The Saturday sports injury clinic at Memorial Urgent Care treats injured student athletes, band members, and referees during football season. (Source: KPLC)The Saturday sports injury clinic at Memorial Urgent Care treats injured student athletes, band members, and referees during football season. (Source: KPLC)

    Friday nights in the fall are synonymous with high school football, but after the stadium lights are turned off, some student athletes are left with an unexpected game plan adjustment. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's why a Saturday sports injury clinic is open during football season.

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    Friday nights in the fall are synonymous with high school football, but after the stadium lights are turned off, some student athletes are left with an unexpected game plan adjustment. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's why a Saturday sports injury clinic is open during football season.

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  • Preventing ACL tears in female athletes

    Preventing ACL tears in female athletes

    Friday, September 9 2016 7:39 AM EDT2016-09-09 11:39:41 GMT
    An ACL injury prevention program is in effect for Calcasieu Parish high schools, targeting female athletes most at risk for these tears. (Source: KPLC)An ACL injury prevention program is in effect for Calcasieu Parish high schools, targeting female athletes most at risk for these tears. (Source: KPLC)

    Female athletes are eight times more likely than males to tear their ACLs. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's why an aggressive prevention program is in the works in Calcasieu Parish schools.

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    Female athletes are eight times more likely than males to tear their ACLs. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's why an aggressive prevention program is in the works in Calcasieu Parish schools.

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  • What's Going Around: hand, foot, and mouth disease

    What's Going Around: hand, foot, and mouth disease

    Thursday, September 8 2016 7:57 AM EDT2016-09-08 11:57:29 GMT

    A contagious viral illness most common in children is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease are hard to miss with the virus's distinguishable sores and rash.

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    A contagious viral illness most common in children is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease are hard to miss with the virus's distinguishable sores and rash.

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  • Robotic technology improving knee surgeries

    Robotic technology improving knee surgeries

    Friday, September 2 2016 7:01 AM EDT2016-09-02 11:01:37 GMT
    The Mako robotic arm assists orthopedic surgeons with joint replacement surgeries. (Source: KPLC)The Mako robotic arm assists orthopedic surgeons with joint replacement surgeries. (Source: KPLC)

    Knee procedures top the list of orthopedic operations today. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports robots are now able to help in the operating room, with the exact placement of implants for joint replacements. 

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    Knee procedures top the list of orthopedic operations today. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports robots are now able to help in the operating room, with the exact placement of implants for joint replacements. 

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  • What's Going Around: West Nile virus, Zika concerns, no more FluMist

    What's Going Around: West Nile virus, Zika concerns, no more FluMist

    Thursday, September 1 2016 8:05 AM EDT2016-09-01 12:05:31 GMT
    West Nile virus cases are being reported at their highest level since 2009 in Calcasieu Parish. (Source: KPLC)West Nile virus cases are being reported at their highest level since 2009 in Calcasieu Parish. (Source: KPLC)

    West Nile virus is What's Going Around and concerns grow about the spread of Zika. Infectious disease physician, Dr. Tim Haman, explains how to protect yourself, plus changes to flu vaccines for children.

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    West Nile virus is What's Going Around and concerns grow about the spread of Zika. Infectious disease physician, Dr. Tim Haman, explains how to protect yourself, plus changes to flu vaccines for children.

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  • Volunteers create "Angel Gowns" for babies

    Volunteers create "Angel Gowns" for babies

    Wednesday, August 31 2016 8:02 AM EDT2016-08-31 12:02:45 GMT
    Volunteers with "Angel Gowns of SWLA" create resting gowns for babies. (Source: KPLC)Volunteers with "Angel Gowns of SWLA" create resting gowns for babies. (Source: KPLC)

    A wedding dress symbolizes one of the happiest days in a bride's life, a cherished possession that oftentimes ends up being stored away in a closet for years. Now, these dresses are serving a second purpose, in a family's toughest time. 

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    A wedding dress symbolizes one of the happiest days in a bride's life, a cherished possession that oftentimes ends up being stored away in a closet for years. Now, these dresses are serving a second purpose, in a family's toughest time. 

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  • EpiPen price hike hitting parents hard

    EpiPen price hike hitting parents hard

    Friday, August 26 2016 8:40 AM EDT2016-08-26 12:40:12 GMT
    Outrage is growing over the price surge of EpiPens, affecting many parents of children with severe allergies in Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)Outrage is growing over the price surge of EpiPens, affecting many parents of children with severe allergies in Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)

    Outrage is growing over the soaring price of EpiPens, a life-saving medication used in the event of a potentially fatal allergic reaction. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports many parents have already had to shell out $600 for their children's EpiPens as a new school year is underway.

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    Outrage is growing over the soaring price of EpiPens, a life-saving medication used in the event of a potentially fatal allergic reaction. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports many parents have already had to shell out $600 for their children's EpiPens as a new school year is underway.

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  • What's Going Around: flood-related illnesses

    What's Going Around: flood-related illnesses

    Thursday, August 25 2016 7:45 AM EDT2016-08-25 11:45:36 GMT
    Family nurse practitioner, Tina Monlezun, gives a tetanus booster to one of her patients at the Lake Arthur Health Clinic of Jennings American Legion Hospital. (Source: KPLC)Family nurse practitioner, Tina Monlezun, gives a tetanus booster to one of her patients at the Lake Arthur Health Clinic of Jennings American Legion Hospital. (Source: KPLC)

    Now that the floodwaters have receded in most of South Louisiana, the focus is on clean-up. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that poses a risk of mold exposure, cuts, scrapes, and soft tissue infections.

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    Now that the floodwaters have receded in most of South Louisiana, the focus is on clean-up. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that poses a risk of mold exposure, cuts, scrapes, and soft tissue infections.

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  • Concerns over blood shortage in wake of flooding

    Concerns over blood shortage in wake of flooding

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 8:27 AM EDT2016-08-24 12:27:35 GMT
    There are concerns about a blood shortage in the wake of recent flooding across Southern Louisiana, limiting access to donation sites and cancelling blood drives. (Source: KPLC)There are concerns about a blood shortage in the wake of recent flooding across Southern Louisiana, limiting access to donation sites and cancelling blood drives. (Source: KPLC)

    The impact of the devastating flooding in Louisiana is causing concern about a blood shortage. The constant demand for blood components has not changed, but the number of donors has dropped.

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    The impact of the devastating flooding in Louisiana is causing concern about a blood shortage. The constant demand for blood components has not changed, but the number of donors has dropped.

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  • Deputy Sheriff's brain surgery recovery

    Deputy Sheriff's brain surgery recovery

    Friday, August 19 2016 8:34 AM EDT2016-08-19 12:34:53 GMT
    Sean and Alyson Doyle are happy to be back in their Lake Charles home after three months at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston. (Source: KPLC)Sean and Alyson Doyle are happy to be back in their Lake Charles home after three months at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston. (Source: KPLC)

    A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Deputy is eager to get back on the job after three months in the hospital and grueling therapy sessions. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the effects of childhood cancer caught up with Sean Doyle, long after he thought that battle was over. 

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    A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Deputy is eager to get back on the job after three months in the hospital and grueling therapy sessions. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the effects of childhood cancer caught up with Sean Doyle, long after he thought that battle was over. 

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  • What's Going Around: pink eye

    What's Going Around: pink eye

    Thursday, August 18 2016 7:00 AM EDT2016-08-18 11:00:30 GMT
    Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    It is a sign kids are definitely back in the classroom: pink eye is What's Going Around this week. 

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    It is a sign kids are definitely back in the classroom: pink eye is What's Going Around this week. 

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  • Lexi's fight for ovarian cancer treatment

    Lexi's fight for ovarian cancer treatment

    Wednesday, August 17 2016 7:02 AM EDT2016-08-17 11:02:18 GMT

    Lexi Holland has stage IV ovarian cancer.  Her doctors have said there's nothing else they can do, but that isn't stopping her from finding someone who will treat her, even if it means leaving the U.S.

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    Lexi Holland has stage IV ovarian cancer.  Her doctors have said there's nothing else they can do, but that isn't stopping her from finding someone who will treat her, even if it means leaving the U.S.

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  • Cancer-free after robot-assisted surgery

    Cancer-free after robot-assisted surgery

    Friday, August 12 2016 8:05 AM EDT2016-08-12 12:05:01 GMT
    Daniel Ieyoub of Lake Charles is cancer-free after undergoing a robot-assisted procedure. (Source: KPLC)Daniel Ieyoub of Lake Charles is cancer-free after undergoing a robot-assisted procedure. (Source: KPLC)

    A Lake Charles man is cancer-free today with no chemotherapy or radiation needed. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a robot-assisted procedure helped a surgeon remove two feet of his colon and within two days, he was back to his active life. 

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    A Lake Charles man is cancer-free today with no chemotherapy or radiation needed. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a robot-assisted procedure helped a surgeon remove two feet of his colon and within two days, he was back to his active life. 

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  • What's Going Around: upper respiratory infections

    What's Going Around: upper respiratory infections

    Thursday, August 11 2016 6:36 AM EDT2016-08-11 10:36:16 GMT
    Upper respiratory infections are going around in Southwest Louisiana this week. (Source: KPLC)Upper respiratory infections are going around in Southwest Louisiana this week. (Source: KPLC)

    Stuffy noses, sneezing, congestion, and coughing are not just hallmark signs of a winter cold, they can hit you in the heat of summer. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports upper respiratory infections are What's Going Around this week.

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    Stuffy noses, sneezing, congestion, and coughing are not just hallmark signs of a winter cold, they can hit you in the heat of summer. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports upper respiratory infections are What's Going Around this week.

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  • Children and probiotics: how do they work?

    Children and probiotics: how do they work?

    Tuesday, August 9 2016 11:51 AM EDT2016-08-09 15:51:08 GMT
    A probiotic is a dairy food or supplement containing live bacteria that replace or add to the beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. (Source: KPLC)A probiotic is a dairy food or supplement containing live bacteria that replace or add to the beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. (Source: KPLC)

    In the disinfecting and antibiotic-heavy society we live in, some doctors say we are killing good bacteria. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's where probiotics come into play, touted to coat our guts with the good stuff.  

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    In the disinfecting and antibiotic-heavy society we live in, some doctors say we are killing good bacteria. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's where probiotics come into play, touted to coat our guts with the good stuff.  

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  • SWLA couple shares Olympic experiences

    SWLA couple shares Olympic experiences

    Friday, August 5 2016 6:02 PM EDT2016-08-05 22:02:40 GMT
    Joyce and Brian Gamborg played with the world's most elite athletes in volleyball. (Source: KPLC)Joyce and Brian Gamborg played with the world's most elite athletes in volleyball. (Source: KPLC)

    When the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games kick off, a Sulphur couple will be watching it with a unique perspective. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports Brian and Joyce Gamborg have made it to the top in their sports and know what it is like to compete with the world's most elite athletes.

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    When the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games kick off, a Sulphur couple will be watching it with a unique perspective. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports Brian and Joyce Gamborg have made it to the top in their sports and know what it is like to compete with the world's most elite athletes.

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  • What's Going Around: canine distemper

    What's Going Around: canine distemper

    Thursday, August 4 2016 9:08 AM EDT2016-08-04 13:08:27 GMT
    A canine distemper outbreak has forced the indefinite suspension of dog adoptions at Calcasieu Parish Animal Services. (Source: KPLC)A canine distemper outbreak has forced the indefinite suspension of dog adoptions at Calcasieu Parish Animal Services. (Source: KPLC)

    An outbreak of a highly contagious virus in dogs is forcing an indefinite suspension of dog adoptions at Calcasieu Parish Animal Services. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports it's also raising questions from dog owners about health risks to their pets.

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    An outbreak of a highly contagious virus in dogs is forcing an indefinite suspension of dog adoptions at Calcasieu Parish Animal Services. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports it's also raising questions from dog owners about health risks to their pets.

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  • Bringing color to the color blind

    Bringing color to the color blind

    Friday, July 29 2016 7:09 AM EDT2016-07-29 11:09:19 GMT

    People with color deficiencies, typically labeled "color blind," now have access to a world of vibrant color. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports it's thanks to new high-tech optics.

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    People with color deficiencies, typically labeled "color blind," now have access to a world of vibrant color. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports it's thanks to new high-tech optics.

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  • What's Going Around: H. pylori bacteria

    What's Going Around: H. pylori bacteria

    Thursday, July 28 2016 8:15 AM EDT2016-07-28 12:15:24 GMT
    H. pylori is a bacteria that infects the stomach. (Source: KPLC)H. pylori is a bacteria that infects the stomach. (Source: KPLC)

    A bacteria that causes infection in the stomach is What's Going Around. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports H. pylori is a common bacteria that can cause symptoms similar to acid reflux or heartburn, but if left untreated, can do more damage.

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    A bacteria that causes infection in the stomach is What's Going Around. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports H. pylori is a common bacteria that can cause symptoms similar to acid reflux or heartburn, but if left untreated, can do more damage.

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  • Lake Charles region leads state in Medicaid expansion

    Lake Charles region leads state in Medicaid expansion

    Wednesday, July 27 2016 6:33 AM EDT2016-07-27 10:33:07 GMT
    Louisiana Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Rebekah Gee, explains the Lake Charles region leads the state in enrollment with the Medicaid expansion. (Source: KPLC)Louisiana Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Rebekah Gee, explains the Lake Charles region leads the state in enrollment with the Medicaid expansion. (Source: KPLC)

    It's been three weeks since Louisiana's Medicaid expansion took effect and in that time, the Lake Charles region has become a stand-out in the state. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the Lake Charles region is leading the state in Medicaid enrollment.

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    It's been three weeks since Louisiana's Medicaid expansion took effect and in that time, the Lake Charles region has become a stand-out in the state. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the Lake Charles region is leading the state in Medicaid enrollment.

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  • Add eye exams to your back-to-school list of musts

    Add eye exams to your back-to-school list of musts

    Friday, July 22 2016 8:10 AM EDT2016-07-22 12:10:17 GMT
    Add eye exams to your back-to-school list of mustsAdd eye exams to your back-to-school list of musts

    During the back-to-school shopping hustle and bustle, don't let your child's health take a back seat. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports eye exams need to be done before that first day of school.     

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    During the back-to-school shopping hustle and bustle, don't let your child's health take a back seat. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports eye exams need to be done before that first day of school.     

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  • What's Going Around: impetigo and boils

    What's Going Around: impetigo and boils

    Thursday, July 21 2016 8:06 AM EDT2016-07-21 12:06:05 GMT
    Impetigo and boils are being seen in children at The Pediatric Center. (Source: medicinenet.com)Impetigo and boils are being seen in children at The Pediatric Center. (Source: medicinenet.com)

    Two contagious skin infections are What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Dr. Lyle Stephenson with The Pediatric Center about impetigo and boils in children.

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    Two contagious skin infections are What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Dr. Lyle Stephenson with The Pediatric Center about impetigo and boils in children.

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  • Medical rides for seniors and disabled in Calcasieu Parish

    Medical rides for seniors and disabled in Calcasieu Parish

    Wednesday, July 20 2016 7:43 AM EDT2016-07-20 11:43:37 GMT
    The Calcasieu Council on Aging offers free rides to doctor's appointments for people 60 and older or those with a disability in the parish. (Source: KPLC)The Calcasieu Council on Aging offers free rides to doctor's appointments for people 60 and older or those with a disability in the parish. (Source: KPLC)

    Seniors and people with disabilities can be stuck with tough choices when their income or mobility is limited. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a free medical transportation service in Calcasieu Parish is ensuring this population makes it to doctor's appointments.

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    Seniors and people with disabilities can be stuck with tough choices when their income or mobility is limited. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a free medical transportation service in Calcasieu Parish is ensuring this population makes it to doctor's appointments.

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  • No cost hearing aids for aging adults available through state program

    No cost hearing aids for aging adults available through state program

    Thursday, July 14 2016 3:10 PM EDT2016-07-14 19:10:51 GMT
    Hearing aids are available at no cost to people who qualify for a hearing program at SLIC.  (Source: KPLC)Hearing aids are available at no cost to people who qualify for a hearing program at SLIC. (Source: KPLC)

    The high price connected to hearing aids can leave many settling for a life with lower sound and less independence.  Now, a state-funded program is connecting aging adults with hearing aids at no cost. 

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    The high price connected to hearing aids can leave many settling for a life with lower sound and less independence.  Now, a state-funded program is connecting aging adults with hearing aids at no cost. 

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  • Smoking Treatment Center offering free cessation program

    Smoking Treatment Center offering free cessation program

    Tuesday, July 12 2016 11:11 AM EDT2016-07-12 15:11:42 GMT
    The Smoking Treatment Center is located inside the Imperial Health complex on Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive in Lake Charles.  (Source: KPLC)The Smoking Treatment Center is located inside the Imperial Health complex on Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)

    A class action lawsuit is paving the way for 200,000 people in Louisiana to stop smoking for free.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports it's also funding the first of its kind Smoking Treatment Center in Southwest Louisiana.

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    A class action lawsuit is paving the way for 200,000 people in Louisiana to stop smoking for free.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports it's also funding the first of its kind Smoking Treatment Center in Southwest Louisiana.

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  • Should pelvic exams still be recommended by OB/GYNs?

    Should pelvic exams still be recommended by OB/GYNs?

    Thursday, July 7 2016 2:31 PM EDT2016-07-07 18:31:23 GMT
    New concerns are being raised about the reliability of pelvic exams. (Source: KPLC)New concerns are being raised about the reliability of pelvic exams. (Source: KPLC)

    60 million women get pelvic exams every year with the purpose of detecting cancers, infections, or sexually-transmitted diseases.  Now, a new report is raising concerns about whether or not these exams are reliable.

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    60 million women get pelvic exams every year with the purpose of detecting cancers, infections, or sexually-transmitted diseases.  Now, a new report is raising concerns about whether or not these exams are reliable.

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  • What's Going Around: urinary tract infections

    What's Going Around: urinary tract infections

    Thursday, July 7 2016 8:27 AM EDT2016-07-07 12:27:51 GMT
    E. coli bacteria is the main culprit in urinary tract infections.  (Source: CDC)E. coli bacteria is the main culprit in urinary tract infections. (Source: CDC)

    Urinary tract infections peak in the summer months, connected to dehydration in the heat. At Lake Area Medical Center's emergency department, Dr. John Digiglia says that is What's Going Around this week. 

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    Urinary tract infections peak in the summer months, connected to dehydration in the heat. At Lake Area Medical Center's emergency department, Dr. John Digiglia says that is What's Going Around this week. 

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  • Injections can stop progression of diabetic retinopathy

    Injections can stop progression of diabetic retinopathy

    Friday, July 1 2016 6:26 AM EDT2016-07-01 10:26:36 GMT
    Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in people with diabetes. (Source: KPLC)Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in people with diabetes. (Source: KPLC)

    One of the most devastating complications of diabetes is vision loss. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports diabetic retinopathy affects almost half of diabetics and without keeping it under control, your days with sight are numbered.

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    One of the most devastating complications of diabetes is vision loss. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports diabetic retinopathy affects almost half of diabetics and without keeping it under control, your days with sight are numbered.

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  • What's Going Around: upper respiratory infections

    What's Going Around: upper respiratory infections

    Thursday, June 30 2016 8:21 AM EDT2016-06-30 12:21:23 GMT
    Upper respiratory infections are going around this week, according to Dr. Robert Anderson with Calcasieu Urgent Care. (Source: KPLC)Upper respiratory infections are going around this week, according to Dr. Robert Anderson with Calcasieu Urgent Care. (Source: KPLC)

    It is rare during the dog days of summer to talk about respiratory infections making more people sick, but that is What's Going Around this week.

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    It is rare during the dog days of summer to talk about respiratory infections making more people sick, but that is What's Going Around this week.

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  • 1,500 percent increase in children poisoned by liquid nicotine

    1,500 percent increase in children poisoned by liquid nicotine

    Wednesday, June 29 2016 4:40 PM EDT2016-06-29 20:40:17 GMT
    Calls the the National Poison Data System about liquid nicotine have increased by 1,500 percent in children. (Source: KPLC)Calls the the National Poison Data System about liquid nicotine have increased by 1,500 percent in children. (Source: KPLC)

    The popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping has led to an enormous increase in children being poisoned by liquid nicotine. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a pediatrician who says the alarming spike in calls needs to serve as a wake-up call to parents. 

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    The popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping has led to an enormous increase in children being poisoned by liquid nicotine. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a pediatrician who says the alarming spike in calls needs to serve as a wake-up call to parents. 

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  • Veteran's leg saved from amputation

    Veteran's leg saved from amputation

    Friday, June 24 2016 7:28 AM EDT2016-06-24 11:28:25 GMT
    John Butler meets with Dr. Tyson Green at the CHRISTUS Wound Care Center to follow up on his dramatic leg healing.  (Source: KPLC)John Butler meets with Dr. Tyson Green at the CHRISTUS Wound Care Center to follow up on his dramatic leg healing. (Source: KPLC)

    When a Lake Charles Army veteran was told he needed a leg amputation, he did not settle for one or two medical opinions, KPLC's Britney Glaser reports he fought to save his leg and found someone willing to treat a wound he was told could not be healed.

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    When a Lake Charles Army veteran was told he needed a leg amputation, he did not settle for one or two medical opinions, KPLC's Britney Glaser reports he fought to save his leg and found someone willing to treat a wound he was told could not be healed.

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  • What's Going Around: heat-related illnesses

    What's Going Around: heat-related illnesses

    Thursday, June 23 2016 8:01 AM EDT2016-06-23 12:01:15 GMT
    Heat-related illnesses are on the rise in local emergency departments. (Source: KPLC)Heat-related illnesses are on the rise in local emergency departments. (Source: KPLC)

    Heat-related illnesses are on the rise this week as the heat index soars into the triple digits.  KPLC's Britney Glaser goes inside a local emergency department in this week's What's Going Around.

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    Heat-related illnesses are on the rise this week as the heat index soars into the triple digits.  KPLC's Britney Glaser goes inside a local emergency department in this week's What's Going Around.

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  • "AHEC of a Summer" connects students with medical careers

    "AHEC of a Summer" connects students with medical careers

    Friday, June 17 2016 7:29 AM EDT2016-06-17 11:29:04 GMT
    14 area students are part of the "AHEC of a Summer" program, learning the ins and outs of working in medicine. (Source: KPLC)14 area students are part of the "AHEC of a Summer" program, learning the ins and outs of working in medicine. (Source: KPLC)

    School is out for the summer, but 14 area students are not taking a break from learning!  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports they're part of an intense, hands-on program showing them the ropes of working in healthcare.

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    School is out for the summer, but 14 area students are not taking a break from learning!  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports they're part of an intense, hands-on program showing them the ropes of working in healthcare.

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  • What's Going Around: bacteria count advisories at three SWLA beaches

    What's Going Around: bacteria count advisories at three SWLA beaches

    Thursday, June 16 2016 8:21 AM EDT2016-06-16 12:21:00 GMT
    Three Southwest Louisiana beaches are under advisories for high bacteria levels. (Source: KPLC)Three Southwest Louisiana beaches are under advisories for high bacteria levels. (Source: KPLC)

    Half of Louisiana's beaches are under an advisory this week for high bacteria levels. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports three Southwest Louisiana beaches make that list in What's Going Around.

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    Half of Louisiana's beaches are under an advisory this week for high bacteria levels. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports three Southwest Louisiana beaches make that list in What's Going Around.

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  • Blood platelet donors needed for cancer patients

    Blood platelet donors needed for cancer patients

    Wednesday, June 15 2016 6:33 AM EDT2016-06-15 10:33:28 GMT
    Platelet donors are needed to help cancer patients dealing with side effects of treatments. (Source: KPLC)Platelet donors are needed to help cancer patients dealing with side effects of treatments. (Source: KPLC)

    There is always a need for blood donors and those with the greatest need of donated blood components in our community are those in their cancer fights. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the need has grown so much that LifeShare Blood Centers in Lake Charles is taking some dramatic steps to recruit more donors.

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    There is always a need for blood donors and those with the greatest need of donated blood components in our community are those in their cancer fights. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the need has grown so much that LifeShare Blood Centers in Lake Charles is taking some dramatic steps to recruit more donors.

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  • Governor Edwards signs laws on abortion, medical marijuana

    Governor Edwards signs laws on abortion, medical marijuana

    Friday, June 10 2016 8:03 AM EDT2016-06-10 12:03:17 GMT
    Governor John Bel Edwards signs the landmark medical marijuana law. (Source: WAFB)Governor John Bel Edwards signs the landmark medical marijuana law. (Source: WAFB)

    Abortion restrictions, medical marijuana, and a moratorium on daycares for medically fragile children. KPLC's Britney Glaser dives into some of the most controversial new health laws on the books in Louisiana.

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    Abortion restrictions, medical marijuana, and a moratorium on daycares for medically fragile children. KPLC's Britney Glaser dives into some of the most controversial new health laws on the books in Louisiana.

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  • What's Going Around: swimmer's ear

    What's Going Around: swimmer's ear

    Thursday, June 9 2016 6:53 AM EDT2016-06-09 10:53:46 GMT
    Dr. Brad LeBert with ENT & Allergy Clinic says the incidence of swimmer's ear rises in the summer months.  (Source: KPLC)Dr. Brad LeBert with ENT & Allergy Clinic says the incidence of swimmer's ear rises in the summer months. (Source: KPLC)

    A painful ear infection most common in the summer months is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the best ways to find quick relief from swimmer's ear.

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    A painful ear infection most common in the summer months is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the best ways to find quick relief from swimmer's ear.

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  • TeleStroke Program quickly connects stroke patients with specialists

    TeleStroke Program quickly connects stroke patients with specialists

    Friday, June 3 2016 7:22 AM EDT2016-06-03 11:22:45 GMT
    Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director, Dr. Jon Gray, explains the InTouch TeleStroke system. (Source: KPLC)Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director, Dr. Jon Gray, explains the InTouch TeleStroke system. (Source: KPLC)

    When a patient has a stroke, getting fast treatment drastically improves the outcome. KPLC's Britney Glaser goes inside an emergency department where TeleStroke is changing the way stroke patients are treated.

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    When a patient has a stroke, getting fast treatment drastically improves the outcome. KPLC's Britney Glaser goes inside an emergency department where TeleStroke is changing the way stroke patients are treated.

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  • What's Going Around: LA Zika fight and superbug concerns

    What's Going Around: LA Zika fight and superbug concerns

    Thursday, June 2 2016 6:28 AM EDT2016-06-02 10:28:01 GMT
    A mosquito seen under the microscope. (Source: KPLC)A mosquito seen under the microscope. (Source: KPLC)

    The Zika fight in Louisiana reaches the nation's capitol, plus, a superbug is resistant to the drug of last resort. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a local infectious disease about the health threats behind these headlines in What's Going Around.

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    The Zika fight in Louisiana reaches the nation's capitol, plus, a superbug is resistant to the drug of last resort. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a local infectious disease about the health threats behind these headlines in What's Going Around.

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  • Louisiana Medicaid expansion starts June 1

    Louisiana Medicaid expansion starts June 1

    Wednesday, June 1 2016 7:47 AM EDT2016-06-01 11:47:08 GMT
    Healthy Louisiana is the name of newly expanded Medicaid in Louisiana. (Source: healthy.la.gov)Healthy Louisiana is the name of newly expanded Medicaid in Louisiana. (Source: healthy.la.gov)

    June 1 is the day some 375,000 people in Louisiana can start enrolling in the state's newly expanded Medicaid called Healthy Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains what you need to do if you want coverage to begin July 1.

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    June 1 is the day some 375,000 people in Louisiana can start enrolling in the state's newly expanded Medicaid called Healthy Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains what you need to do if you want coverage to begin July 1.

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  • Healthline: SCID screening in Louisiana

    Healthline: SCID screening in Louisiana

    Thursday, June 25 2015 6:37 PM EDT2015-06-25 22:37:41 GMT
    Thursday, June 25 2015 10:49 PM EDT2015-06-26 02:49:55 GMT
    For children with SCID, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, the common cold can be a death sentence. A screening test can catch the disorder at birth, but it's not offered in Louisiana. A Baton Rouge family is trying to change that.More >>
    For children with SCID, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, the common cold can be a death sentence. A screening test can catch the disorder at birth, but it's not offered in Louisiana. A Baton Rouge family is trying to change that.More >>

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