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  • Lake Charles Memorial Residency program helping interns become better doctors

    Lake Charles Memorial Residency program helping interns become better doctors

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:54 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:54:56 GMT

    The road to residency isn’t easy. “I round the morning see my patients,” said first year Lake Charles Memorial Residential Intern Christian LeBlanc. “I look at labs, evaluate, making sure they’re giving the right treatment, making sure we address any concerns they have overnight then we round with our attending that supervises us and making sure we’re doing everything appropriate to support our patient.”

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    The road to residency isn’t easy. “I round the morning see my patients,” said first year Lake Charles Memorial Residential Intern Christian LeBlanc. “I look at labs, evaluate, making sure they’re giving the right treatment, making sure we address any concerns they have overnight then we round with our attending that supervises us and making sure we’re doing everything appropriate to support our patient.”

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  • Pets suffering from arthritis

    Pets suffering from arthritis

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-05-23 15:22:26 GMT

    Arthritis causes pain and inflammation in the joints and can be hard to live with, especially for animals. "Pets get it for a variety of reasons, we see a lot in older dogs where it's a result of age, or younger dogs where they have a history of trauma,” said Veterinarian Adam McMahan from Lake Area Animal Hospital.

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    Arthritis causes pain and inflammation in the joints and can be hard to live with, especially for animals. "Pets get it for a variety of reasons, we see a lot in older dogs where it's a result of age, or younger dogs where they have a history of trauma,” said Veterinarian Adam McMahan from Lake Area Animal Hospital.

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  • Protecting your eyes from the sun's UV rays

    Protecting your eyes from the sun's UV rays

    Friday, May 18 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-05-18 16:02:58 GMT

    We can see how sun affects the skin when sunburn occurs. But what about the eyes? "You can actually get a burn of the cornea,” said Optometrist Doctor Jeffrey Hankin. 

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    We can see how sun affects the skin when sunburn occurs. But what about the eyes? "You can actually get a burn of the cornea,” said Optometrist Doctor Jeffrey Hankin. 

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  • Psychologist: Hurricanes can cause PTSD

    Psychologist: Hurricanes can cause PTSD

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 8:56 PM EDT2018-05-17 00:56:17 GMT
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    While many continue to repaint their homes, tear out carpeting and fix their missing shingles, another hurricane season is quickly approaching, which can put stress on those who are still working to fix last year's mess. "Stress is a normal human reaction to feelings of threat,” said Psychologist, Dr. Jerry Whiteman. “And it’s not uncommon for people to have a fight or flight response." Many times, these types of stressers can lead to PTSD or post-traumat...

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    While many continue to repaint their homes, tear out carpeting and fix their missing shingles, another hurricane season is quickly approaching, which can put stress on those who are still working to fix last year's mess. "Stress is a normal human reaction to feelings of threat,” said Psychologist, Dr. Jerry Whiteman. “And it’s not uncommon for people to have a fight or flight response." Many times, these types of stressers can lead to PTSD or post-traumat...

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  • A boy's battle with an inoperable terminal brain tumor

    A boy's battle with an inoperable terminal brain tumor

    Friday, May 11 2018 1:11 PM EDT2018-05-11 17:11:26 GMT

    Drake Quibodeaux was living life like a 7-year-old in Louisiana. “On March 11 Drake was driving a boat, running up and down the dock being a normal kid," said mom Danielle Quibodeaux. "Within six hours he had had two seizures lost every ability to walk, talk, function he was paralyzed completely on his right side” His parents rushed him to a local hospital and when nothing turned up, he was airlifted to New Orleans where doctors found an answer. “The doc...

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    Drake Quibodeaux was living life like a 7-year-old in Louisiana. “On March 11 Drake was driving a boat, running up and down the dock being a normal kid," said mom Danielle Quibodeaux. "Within six hours he had had two seizures lost every ability to walk, talk, function he was paralyzed completely on his right side” His parents rushed him to a local hospital and when nothing turned up, he was airlifted to New Orleans where doctors found an answer. “The doc...

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  • Risks of over wearing contact lenses

    Risks of over wearing contact lenses

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 12:12 PM EDT2018-05-08 16:12:44 GMT

    Many contact lens wearers are guilty of over wearing their contacts. "There's a reason those FDA standards are there, if there daily disposables, they're supposed to be disposed of every day, that's going to be what's heathiest for the eye." Optometrist, Madison Wall-Hayes says over wearing contacts can actually deprive your eyes of the oxygen they need to help you see. "Reducing the amount of oxygen that gets to the cornea, the cornea has to get the oxygen from the ...

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    Many contact lens wearers are guilty of over wearing their contacts. "There's a reason those FDA standards are there, if there daily disposables, they're supposed to be disposed of every day, that's going to be what's heathiest for the eye." Optometrist, Madison Wall-Hayes says over wearing contacts can actually deprive your eyes of the oxygen they need to help you see. "Reducing the amount of oxygen that gets to the cornea, the cornea has to get the oxygen from the ...

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  • Louisiana budget deficit puts state funded health care at risk in the Lake Area

    Louisiana budget deficit puts state funded health care at risk in the Lake Area

    Friday, May 4 2018 3:42 PM EDT2018-05-04 19:42:10 GMT
    (Source: MGN Online)(Source: MGN Online)

    As the state works to fill a $650,000,000 budget deficit, medical care is on the line. "Without it there's a lot of people around here that would die,” said Kathlene Edigo, a patient at Moss Memorial. “This is the only help, I can't survive without it. It's at the place now that you either choose am I going to eat or am I going to buy medicine" For David and Kathlene Edigo, state paid health care, wasn't in their plan. "I worked up until two years ago wh...

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    As the state works to fill a $650,000,000 budget deficit, medical care is on the line. "Without it there's a lot of people around here that would die,” said Kathlene Edigo, a patient at Moss Memorial. “This is the only help, I can't survive without it. It's at the place now that you either choose am I going to eat or am I going to buy medicine" For David and Kathlene Edigo, state paid health care, wasn't in their plan. "I worked up until two years ago wh...

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  • Certain foods and sunscreen are the key to avoiding a future with skin cancer

    Certain foods and sunscreen are the key to avoiding a future with skin cancer

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 1:13 PM EDT2018-05-02 17:13:42 GMT

    It's starting to feel like summertime outside and as the rays shine down, the risk for sunburn rises. Which is why pediatrician, Doctor Anatole Karpovs stresses the importance of sunscreen. Although shade is a good alternative to avoiding sunburn, Karpovs says between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm are when people are most prone to skin damage.

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    It's starting to feel like summertime outside and as the rays shine down, the risk for sunburn rises. Which is why pediatrician, Doctor Anatole Karpovs stresses the importance of sunscreen. Although shade is a good alternative to avoiding sunburn, Karpovs says between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm are when people are most prone to skin damage.

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  • Gracie Johnson: Life with an inoperable brain tumor

    Gracie Johnson: Life with an inoperable brain tumor

    Friday, April 27 2018 3:56 PM EDT2018-04-27 19:56:41 GMT

    Gracie Johnson had a bright future ahead of her.  The high school senior is described by her teachers as a ray of sunshine. She had cancer at the age of three and at the age of five.  She was treated with cranial radiation at the time, but she thought all of that was behind her….until one day, she had a seizure. "I am in the very rare percent of getting a secondary cancer from that radiation," Gracie said. 

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    Gracie Johnson had a bright future ahead of her.  The high school senior is described by her teachers as a ray of sunshine. She had cancer at the age of three and at the age of five.  She was treated with cranial radiation at the time, but she thought all of that was behind her….until one day, she had a seizure. "I am in the very rare percent of getting a secondary cancer from that radiation," Gracie said. 

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  • Jamie McGee: Life with Tourette's

    Jamie McGee: Life with Tourette's

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:42 PM EDT2018-04-24 16:42:00 GMT

    You may remember him as sports person of the week, or an All-American football player. “It's like an itch that you want to scratch,” said Jamie McGee. “It's like an urge you just if you don't do it you just get so tense.” What many people don't know is Jamie McGee suffers from Tourette’s. “He was diagnosed at seven years old,” said Jamie’s father, James. “He has not let it affect, him he is the poster child for turning a disabil...

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    You may remember him as sports person of the week, or an All-American football player. “It's like an itch that you want to scratch,” said Jamie McGee. “It's like an urge you just if you don't do it you just get so tense.” What many people don't know is Jamie McGee suffers from Tourette’s. “He was diagnosed at seven years old,” said Jamie’s father, James. “He has not let it affect, him he is the poster child for turning a disabil...

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  • New pill could slow down eye loss in diabetics

    New pill could slow down eye loss in diabetics

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:29 AM EDT2018-04-20 15:29:48 GMT

    Being a diabetic means more than just checking  your blood sugar, it can actually cause major issues in your eyes. "What happens in the eye, the retina, the sensitive lining of the eye, has tiny blood vessels in the eye," says Dr. Rob Janot. "And they get leaking in diabetes and that sets up a series of events that can lead to blindness." A new product on the market, may slow down the progression of diabetics losing their vision. It's called Nureten. "...

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    Being a diabetic means more than just checking  your blood sugar, it can actually cause major issues in your eyes. "What happens in the eye, the retina, the sensitive lining of the eye, has tiny blood vessels in the eye," says Dr. Rob Janot. "And they get leaking in diabetes and that sets up a series of events that can lead to blindness." A new product on the market, may slow down the progression of diabetics losing their vision. It's called Nureten. "...

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  • Not uncommon for vision to change during pregnancy

    Not uncommon for vision to change during pregnancy

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:56 AM EDT2018-04-19 09:56:37 GMT

    As new medication and technology enables people to live longer, they now have more issues to deal with when it comes to their eyes such as cataracts, glaucoma and even age-related macular degeneration. It's also no secret that women typically put their family first before their own health. "A lot of things are time sensitive. Now for just a young healthy woman, if you don't have diabetes, high blood pressure, every two to three year exam is fine," Doctor Margaret Carter wi...

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    As new medication and technology enables people to live longer, they now have more issues to deal with when it comes to their eyes such as cataracts, glaucoma and even age-related macular degeneration. It's also no secret that women typically put their family first before their own health. "A lot of things are time sensitive. Now for just a young healthy woman, if you don't have diabetes, high blood pressure, every two to three year exam is fine," Doctor Margaret Carter wi...

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  • A coach's ultimate gratitude

    A coach's ultimate gratitude

    Friday, November 24 2017 11:18 AM EST2017-11-24 16:18:35 GMT
    Elton Lady Indians basketball coaches, Roland LaComb and Kim Captain, on their kidney transplant day. (Source: KPLC)Elton Lady Indians basketball coaches, Roland LaComb and Kim Captain, on their kidney transplant day. (Source: KPLC)

    On this Thanksgiving: a story of the ultimate gratitude. A life saved, thanks to a selfless act that starts on a high school basketball court in Elton, as KPLC's Britney Glaser reports. 

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    On this Thanksgiving: a story of the ultimate gratitude. A life saved, thanks to a selfless act that starts on a high school basketball court in Elton, as KPLC's Britney Glaser reports. 

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  • Spider veins: innocent or dangerous?

    Spider veins: innocent or dangerous?

    Thursday, March 29 2018 11:25 AM EDT2018-03-29 15:25:08 GMT

    You've most likely seen them on your legs or on someone elses. "Those squiggly ugly small veins that appear out of the blue," said Cardiologist Dr. Carl Fastabend. They're called spider veins and they just so happen to be pretty common among women. 

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    You've most likely seen them on your legs or on someone elses. "Those squiggly ugly small veins that appear out of the blue," said Cardiologist Dr. Carl Fastabend. They're called spider veins and they just so happen to be pretty common among women. 

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  • Free colon cancer screening kits

    Free colon cancer screening kits

    Wednesday, March 14 2018 11:28 AM EDT2018-03-14 15:28:19 GMT

    Dr. Sapreet Basra, a Gastroenterologist from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital says with colon cancer being the second leading cause of cancer death, the issue isn't a fast moving cancer, it's the lack of detection. 

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    Dr. Sapreet Basra, a Gastroenterologist from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital says with colon cancer being the second leading cause of cancer death, the issue isn't a fast moving cancer, it's the lack of detection. 

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  • New mom says isolette helped save her premature baby's life

    New mom says isolette helped save her premature baby's life

    Friday, February 23 2018 6:37 PM EST2018-02-23 23:37:20 GMT

    For moms-to-be, pregnancy is a time for preparing for the new addition. But, for Sulphur native, Jillian Person, she was living the life of a normal college student with no idea she was expecting. “I went into the hospital, I thought my appendix ruptured and the er doctor said I had kidney stones and then my water broke and I had a baby," Peterson said. If being thrust into motherhood wasn't enough, baby Oliver was born at 32 weeks gestation. Weighing three pounds, the ...

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    For moms-to-be, pregnancy is a time for preparing for the new addition. But, for Sulphur native, Jillian Person, she was living the life of a normal college student with no idea she was expecting. “I went into the hospital, I thought my appendix ruptured and the er doctor said I had kidney stones and then my water broke and I had a baby," Peterson said. If being thrust into motherhood wasn't enough, baby Oliver was born at 32 weeks gestation. Weighing three pounds, the ...

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  • Transaortic Valve Replacement giving patients a second chance at life

    Transaortic Valve Replacement giving patients a second chance at life

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:05 PM EST2018-02-19 17:05:46 GMT

    Bonnie Faulk Works at WalMart, but her quality of life began going down hill as she got older. "I couldn't breath," Faulk said. Diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis, Faulk needed to have a valve in her heart replaced.

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    Bonnie Faulk Works at WalMart, but her quality of life began going down hill as she got older. "I couldn't breath," Faulk said. Diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis, Faulk needed to have a valve in her heart replaced.

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  • Lake Charles Memorial earning trauma program designation

    Lake Charles Memorial earning trauma program designation

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 12:07 PM EST2018-02-13 17:07:06 GMT

    It's a huge step forward for trauma patients to receive trauma care in their own community, rather than being rushed out of town to designated trauma centers. 

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    It's a huge step forward for trauma patients to receive trauma care in their own community, rather than being rushed out of town to designated trauma centers. 

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  • Woman births baby in front seat of car

    Woman births baby in front seat of car

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 9:17 AM EST2018-02-07 14:17:46 GMT

    It's a story her family will never forget. Five day old Octavia Mullen entered into the world in an unforgettable fashion. Victoria Mullen woke up on February first at three in the morning with her normal pregnancy pain.  She had no idea her day would turn out the way it did. "I felt a pop and I thought it might have been my water, but every time she moved, I thought I had to go to the bathroom anyway," said Mullen. She put off calling her husband home from work un...

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    It's a story her family will never forget. Five day old Octavia Mullen entered into the world in an unforgettable fashion. Victoria Mullen woke up on February first at three in the morning with her normal pregnancy pain.  She had no idea her day would turn out the way it did. "I felt a pop and I thought it might have been my water, but every time she moved, I thought I had to go to the bathroom anyway," said Mullen. She put off calling her husband home from work un...

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  • Two-year-old to undergo third surgery after coding during last one

    Two-year-old to undergo third surgery after coding during last one

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:57 AM EST2018-01-16 16:57:05 GMT
    Two  year old Colton Bruce has been through more in his life than most could ever imagine experiencing. "His left lung is enlarged so much it's pushing everything to the right," said Rebecca Robison, Colton's mother. His first surgery took place when he was just 10 days old. During his surgery in October, doctors nearly lost him. "They gave him anesthesia, and he coded," Robison said. "They spend 18 minutes doing CPR to get his heart to beat again on ...More >>
    Two  year old Colton Bruce has been through more in his life than most could ever imagine experiencing. "His left lung is enlarged so much it's pushing everything to the right," said Rebecca Robison, Colton's mother. His first surgery took place when he was just 10 days old. During his surgery in October, doctors nearly lost him. "They gave him anesthesia, and he coded," Robison said. "They spend 18 minutes doing CPR to get his heart to beat again on ...More >>
  • 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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  • Chiropractors adjusting women who are expecting

    Chiropractors adjusting women who are expecting

    Saturday, December 2 2017 12:24 AM EST2017-12-02 05:24:18 GMT
    (Source : KPLC)(Source : KPLC)

    Pregnancy can come with a lot of aches and pains, but Doctor of Chiropractic Laurie Baynard with Lake Charles Chiropractic says, it's not normal. 

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    Pregnancy can come with a lot of aches and pains, but Doctor of Chiropractic Laurie Baynard with Lake Charles Chiropractic says, it's not normal. 

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  • Breastfeeding vs. formula for newborns

    Breastfeeding vs. formula for newborns

    Saturday, November 25 2017 10:34 AM EST2017-11-25 15:34:56 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    New moms have the right to choose whether they breastfeed their babies. Lake Area doctors are urging moms to consider the benefits that breastfeeding has on their children and how it could impact their future. Dr. Anatole Karpovs of the Children's Clinic says he urges all new moms to at least try to breastfeed for two months after birth.

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    New moms have the right to choose whether they breastfeed their babies. Lake Area doctors are urging moms to consider the benefits that breastfeeding has on their children and how it could impact their future. Dr. Anatole Karpovs of the Children's Clinic says he urges all new moms to at least try to breastfeed for two months after birth.

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  • KPLC anchor undergoes state of the art knee replacement surgery

    KPLC anchor undergoes state of the art knee replacement surgery

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 11:59 AM EST2017-11-14 16:59:21 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    You've watched our beloved Agnes Derouen for years on KPLC. But what you don't see is what goes on behind the scenes. 

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    You've watched our beloved Agnes Derouen for years on KPLC. But what you don't see is what goes on behind the scenes. 

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  • Poor dental hygiene leads to more than bad breath

    Poor dental hygiene leads to more than bad breath

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 9:28 AM EST2017-11-07 14:28:00 GMT

    Dentists can find out a lot about a person by looking in their mouth including their diet, medications, smoking habits and more.

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    Dentists can find out a lot about a person by looking in their mouth including their diet, medications, smoking habits and more.

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  • Pediatrician warns of Halloween hazards

    Pediatrician warns of Halloween hazards

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 12:50 PM EDT2017-10-31 16:50:16 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    It takes a lot of time and energy to get the perfect costume before heading out for trick or treating and although kids are told time and time again about the dangers of Halloween, a Lake Area pediatrician says, kids need to be aware of more than just stranger danger. 

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    It takes a lot of time and energy to get the perfect costume before heading out for trick or treating and although kids are told time and time again about the dangers of Halloween, a Lake Area pediatrician says, kids need to be aware of more than just stranger danger. 

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  • Doctors warn of pumpkin carving injuries this time of year

    Doctors warn of pumpkin carving injuries this time of year

    Tuesday, October 24 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-10-24 16:38:59 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    This time of year, Foret sees an increase in hand injuries that can be devastating, resulting in surgery and months of rehabilitation.

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    This time of year, Foret sees an increase in hand injuries that can be devastating, resulting in surgery and months of rehabilitation.

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  • Restless leg syndrome, easily diagnosed and treated

    Restless leg syndrome, easily diagnosed and treated

    Friday, September 29 2017 11:38 AM EDT2017-09-29 15:38:25 GMT
    Home sleep studies are now being offered as an initial screening tool for patients at risk of sleep apnea. (Source: KPLC)Home sleep studies are now being offered as an initial screening tool for patients at risk of sleep apnea. (Source: KPLC)

    According to the Sleep Center of Louisiana, seven to 10 percent of people in the country suffer from restless leg syndrome. 

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    According to the Sleep Center of Louisiana, seven to 10 percent of people in the country suffer from restless leg syndrome. 

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  • American Cancer Society assisting patients in getting rides to treatment

    American Cancer Society assisting patients in getting rides to treatment

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 6:19 AM EDT2017-09-20 10:19:14 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    A million things run through a patients head when they hear the word 'cancer'. 

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    A million things run through a patients head when they hear the word 'cancer'. 

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  • Community Pregnancy Center in need of donated breast pumps

    Community Pregnancy Center in need of donated breast pumps

    Friday, August 4 2017 6:04 AM EDT2017-08-04 10:04:45 GMT

    If you have a breast pump that you no longer need, there's a big demand for them with the Community Pregnancy Center in DeRidder.     

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    If you have a breast pump that you no longer need, there's a big demand for them with the Community Pregnancy Center in DeRidder.     

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  • Secure medical image sharing for faster, better care

    Secure medical image sharing for faster, better care

    Thursday, July 27 2017 2:01 PM EDT2017-07-27 18:01:27 GMT
    Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Director of Radiology, Scott Daigle, shows how the Nuance PowerShare App works, a cloud-based platform to securely view and share medical images. (Source: KPLC)Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Director of Radiology, Scott Daigle, shows how the Nuance PowerShare App works, a cloud-based platform to securely view and share medical images. (Source: KPLC)

    If you have ever had imaging done at a medical office or hospital, then had to go to another office for follow-up, chances are, you have had to go with a CD of your file or paper copy. That is changing thanks to a medical image sharing network.

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    If you have ever had imaging done at a medical office or hospital, then had to go to another office for follow-up, chances are, you have had to go with a CD of your file or paper copy. That is changing thanks to a medical image sharing network.

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  • Telesitter system keeping patients safe

    Telesitter system keeping patients safe

    Monday, July 24 2017 6:26 AM EDT2017-07-24 10:26:02 GMT
    Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is now using the Telesitter system on its critical care unit to keep the most at-risk patients safe with constant remote viewing by skilled staff. (Source: KPLC)Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is now using the Telesitter system on its critical care unit to keep the most at-risk patients safe with constant remote viewing by skilled staff. (Source: KPLC)

    Patient safety is paramount in hospital settings and traditionally, it has taken one-to-one care 24/7 for some of the most at-risk patients. KPLC's Britney Glaser shows how a new video monitoring system is keeping patients safe and freeing up nursing staff for other duties.

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    Patient safety is paramount in hospital settings and traditionally, it has taken one-to-one care 24/7 for some of the most at-risk patients. KPLC's Britney Glaser shows how a new video monitoring system is keeping patients safe and freeing up nursing staff for other duties.

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  • What's Going Around: roseola

    What's Going Around: roseola

    Thursday, July 20 2017 6:56 AM EDT2017-07-20 10:56:57 GMT
    Roseola is a generally mild infection caused by two strains of herpes virus. (Source: KPLC)Roseola is a generally mild infection caused by two strains of herpes virus. (Source: KPLC)

    A common strain of the herpes virus is causing What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports almost every child will contract roseola at some point, and there is no treatment for the infection. 

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    A common strain of the herpes virus is causing What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports almost every child will contract roseola at some point, and there is no treatment for the infection. 

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  • Pediatric specialty clinic opens in Lake Charles

    Pediatric specialty clinic opens in Lake Charles

    Friday, July 14 2017 7:52 AM EDT2017-07-14 11:52:00 GMT
    The Women’s & Children’s Specialty Center - Lake Charles recently opened at 1890 W. Gauthier Road, Suite 115 in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)The Women’s & Children’s Specialty Center - Lake Charles recently opened at 1890 W. Gauthier Road, Suite 115 in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)

    If you have a child with special medical needs, no doubt you have spent hours traveling to specialist appointments out of town.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a new pediatric specialty clinic is now open in Lake Charles, relieving the burden of traveling a long distance.

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    If you have a child with special medical needs, no doubt you have spent hours traveling to specialist appointments out of town.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a new pediatric specialty clinic is now open in Lake Charles, relieving the burden of traveling a long distance.

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  • What's Going Around: athlete's foot

    What's Going Around: athlete's foot

    Thursday, July 13 2017 7:07 AM EDT2017-07-13 11:07:04 GMT
    Athlete's foot is a contagious fungal infection and Dr. Tyson Green at Center for Orthopaedics says he's seeing a lot of infections this summer. (Source: CDC)Athlete's foot is a contagious fungal infection and Dr. Tyson Green at Center for Orthopaedics says he's seeing a lot of infections this summer. (Source: CDC)

    A contagious fungal infection that affects the feet is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports athlete's foot is typically not serious, but it can be challenging to treat.

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    A contagious fungal infection that affects the feet is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports athlete's foot is typically not serious, but it can be challenging to treat.

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  • Swimming advisories at 11 SWLA beaches

    Swimming advisories at 11 SWLA beaches

    Friday, July 7 2017 8:20 AM EDT2017-07-07 12:20:35 GMT
    The Louisiana Beach Monitoring Program has posted swim advisories at 11 of the 14 Southwest Louisiana beaches this week, due to high bacteria levels. (Source: KPLC)The Louisiana Beach Monitoring Program has posted swim advisories at 11 of the 14 Southwest Louisiana beaches this week, due to high bacteria levels. (Source: KPLC)

    Nearly every beach in Southwest Louisiana is under a health advisory for high bacteria levels this week, but does that mean you should avoid them altogether? KPLC's Britney Glaser takes that question to a public health officer to see the magnitude of the threat.

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    Nearly every beach in Southwest Louisiana is under a health advisory for high bacteria levels this week, but does that mean you should avoid them altogether? KPLC's Britney Glaser takes that question to a public health officer to see the magnitude of the threat.

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  • Swimmer's red eyes: chlorine or something else?

    Swimmer's red eyes: chlorine or something else?

    Friday, June 30 2017 7:30 AM EDT2017-06-30 11:30:41 GMT
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a public campaign through the healthy swimming program to alert swimmers about some of the health risks in the water. (Source: CDC)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a public campaign through the healthy swimming program to alert swimmers about some of the health risks in the water. (Source: CDC)

    Do your eyes turn red after swimming in a pool or water park? When the head of the CDC's healthy swimming program shared some insight into swimming pools, he opened a lot of eyes about the culprit behind the red eyes.

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    Do your eyes turn red after swimming in a pool or water park? When the head of the CDC's healthy swimming program shared some insight into swimming pools, he opened a lot of eyes about the culprit behind the red eyes.

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  • What's Going Around: water-borne sickness, swimmer's ear

    What's Going Around: water-borne sickness, swimmer's ear

    Thursday, June 29 2017 7:58 AM EDT2017-06-29 11:58:34 GMT
    Swimmer's ear is one of the summer-related sicknesses bringing more people in to the WCCH emergency department this week. (Source: KPLC)Swimmer's ear is one of the summer-related sicknesses bringing more people in to the WCCH emergency department this week. (Source: KPLC)

    Before you take a dip in the pool or head to the beach, listen up about What's Going Around this week.There is an uptick in water-related bugs, swimmer's ear infections and summer rashes. 

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    Before you take a dip in the pool or head to the beach, listen up about What's Going Around this week.There is an uptick in water-related bugs, swimmer's ear infections and summer rashes. 

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  • Erasing spider veins

    Erasing spider veins

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 6:49 AM EDT2017-06-28 10:49:07 GMT
    Liquid sclerotherapy can make spider veins disappear before your eyes, by scarring down these tiny veins. (Source: KPLC)Liquid sclerotherapy can make spider veins disappear before your eyes, by scarring down these tiny veins. (Source: KPLC)

    Summertime is the season of shorts and swimsuits, and for many women, their dreaded spider veins on bigger display. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports sclerotherapy can make them disappear.

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    Summertime is the season of shorts and swimsuits, and for many women, their dreaded spider veins on bigger display. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports sclerotherapy can make them disappear.

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  • What's Going Around: dermatitis

    What's Going Around: dermatitis

    Thursday, June 22 2017 7:55 AM EDT2017-06-22 11:55:41 GMT
    Dermatitis, associated with poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)Dermatitis, associated with poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    The strong winds associated with Tropical Storm Cindy likely have leaves or tree branches blown into your yard.  Before you start the clean-up process, you need to be vigilant against What's Going Around this week.

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    The strong winds associated with Tropical Storm Cindy likely have leaves or tree branches blown into your yard.  Before you start the clean-up process, you need to be vigilant against What's Going Around this week.

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  • St. Jude Affiliate Clinic gives cancer care closer to home

    St. Jude Affiliate Clinic gives cancer care closer to home

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 8:34 AM EDT2017-06-21 12:34:16 GMT
    Six-year-old Hadlee Henry and her mom, Corren, await Hadlee's weekly chemo treatment at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in Baton Rouge. (Source: KPLC)Six-year-old Hadlee Henry and her mom, Corren, await Hadlee's weekly chemo treatment at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in Baton Rouge. (Source: KPLC)

    Pediatric cancer care closer to home: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an eight-hour drive or plane ride away for families in Southwest Louisiana, but an affiliate clinic in Baton Rouge is offering a seamless transition in care.

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    Pediatric cancer care closer to home: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an eight-hour drive or plane ride away for families in Southwest Louisiana, but an affiliate clinic in Baton Rouge is offering a seamless transition in care.

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  • Community garden in the works in North Lake Charles

    Community garden in the works in North Lake Charles

    Friday, June 16 2017 7:29 AM EDT2017-06-16 11:29:45 GMT
    Volunteers are working to get the ground tilled for the Mill St. community garden in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)Volunteers are working to get the ground tilled for the Mill St. community garden in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)

    Ground is being tilled on a big piece of property in North Lake Charles to bring the first of its kind community garden to the entire city. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports for it to be successful, lots of volunteers are needed to get involved!

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    Ground is being tilled on a big piece of property in North Lake Charles to bring the first of its kind community garden to the entire city. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports for it to be successful, lots of volunteers are needed to get involved!

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  • What's Going Around: staph infections

    What's Going Around: staph infections

    Thursday, June 15 2017 7:37 AM EDT2017-06-15 11:37:45 GMT
    Dr. Tim Haman, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital infectious disease physician, says he is seeing staph infections every day in the hospital and clinic setting. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Tim Haman, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital infectious disease physician, says he is seeing staph infections every day in the hospital and clinic setting. (Source: KPLC)

    One of the most common germs found on people's skin and in their noses is creeping into the body and causing infections. Staph infections are what's going around this week.

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    One of the most common germs found on people's skin and in their noses is creeping into the body and causing infections. Staph infections are what's going around this week.

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  • C. diff vaccine trial fast-tracked by FDA

    C. diff vaccine trial fast-tracked by FDA

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 2:28 PM EDT2017-06-13 18:28:40 GMT
    A clinical trial is underway to develop a C. diff vaccine. (Source: Cdiffense)A clinical trial is underway to develop a C. diff vaccine. (Source: Cdiffense)

    A clinical trial for a C. diff vaccine has been fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration to get protection to people most at risk as quickly, and safely, as possible.

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    A clinical trial for a C. diff vaccine has been fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration to get protection to people most at risk as quickly, and safely, as possible.

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  • What's Going Around: Salmonella

    What's Going Around: Salmonella

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 8:55 AM EDT2017-06-07 12:55:23 GMT
    The CDC is currently investigating eight different Salmonella outbreaks in 47 states, connected to backyard chickens. (Source: CDC)The CDC is currently investigating eight different Salmonella outbreaks in 47 states, connected to backyard chickens. (Source: CDC)

    Nearly 400 people have been sickened in salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the CDC is investigating eight different outbreaks in 47 states, including Louisiana. 

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    Nearly 400 people have been sickened in salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the CDC is investigating eight different outbreaks in 47 states, including Louisiana. 

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  • Catching up with former KPLC senior reporter Flora Roberts

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:21 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:21:37 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    For 16 year viewers learned the ins and outs of seniors here in Southwest Louisiana thanks to our stations very own senior reporters.  A few weeks ago, we caught up with one of them, but where are the rest?  7News  found Flora Roberts, and discovered just what's keeping her busy these days.  "They always tell me they recognize the voice," said Roberts. The voice behind the stories of Southwest Louisiana seniors belonged to that of Flora Roberts.&...More >>
    For 16 year viewers learned the ins and outs of seniors here in Southwest Louisiana thanks to our stations very own senior reporters.  A few weeks ago, we caught up with one of them, but where are the rest?  7News  found Flora Roberts, and discovered just what's keeping her busy these days.  "They always tell me they recognize the voice," said Roberts. The voice behind the stories of Southwest Louisiana seniors belonged to that of Flora Roberts.&...More >>
  • Time capsule buried to mark end of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Time capsule buried to mark end of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:55 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:55:05 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The city buried a time capsule at the final event of the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration in Lake Charles. A time capsule was buried on the grounds of 1911 Historic City Hall. The items buried include letters from various officials, a video message and highlight video, a McNeese football mini-helmet, and several books on the city's history. The capsule is slated for opening at the city's bicentennial celebration in 2067.  The burial of the time capsule official...More >>
    The city buried a time capsule at the final event of the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration in Lake Charles. A time capsule was buried on the grounds of 1911 Historic City Hall. The items buried include letters from various officials, a video message and highlight video, a McNeese football mini-helmet, and several books on the city's history. The capsule is slated for opening at the city's bicentennial celebration in 2067.  The burial of the time capsule official...More >>
  • Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:41:00 GMT
    (Source History.com)(Source History.com)

    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

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    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

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