Denial letters: Thousands could lose La. Medicaid coverage

Louisiana's health department has notified tens of thousands of Medicaid patients they could be booted from the program

Study: Giant surge in LA anaphylaxis medical claims

Woman’s Hospital offers classes teaching babysitting skills

Christus Ochsner St. Patrick’s hospital gets new physical therapy device

Bagged chicken recalled due to undeclared allergens

Online map: don’t eat fish caught here; don’t swim there

Summit to address cost of health care, prescription drugs

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Frito-Lay recalls bags of pita chips nationwide

People with Flu symptoms urged to stay home

With the measles wave, how are parents in SWLA reacting?

2018 worst year for AFM, according to CDC

New study warns that antibiotics are overprescribed

STUDY: More U.S. teens vaping, using e-cigarettes

Authorities: La. doctor calls in fake report of shooting threat to health facility

A doctor is accused of calling in a fake report of a shooting at a health facility.

Diet researched in Baton Rouge named second-best for overall health in 2019

Researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center recommend an eating pattern that they helped develop.

  Understanding your Medicare

What does your Medicare Part B cover during your wellness exam?

Number of Hepatitis A cases in La. up to 58

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) announced Tuesday, December 18 that the Louisiana Office of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

Pedialyte touts hangover help this holiday season

Local baby diagnosed with Dent’s Disease

Where is your DNA going? The pros and cons of purchasing DNA kits

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

The dangers of weight loss surgery in other countries

  Baby born 14 weeks early lives up to her name

Baby Faith was born at 26 weeks and is thriving in the NICU.

Dementia patients receive baby dolls and stuffed dogs for Christmas

“We’re really hoping this gives them a little sense of stability,” said President of Serve Outdoors Bayou State, Robert Hewitt. “They live in their own little world and they may not know anything about it but I guarantee they are going to hug these babies.”

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

7 tips to stay healthy during the holidays

The CDC encourages you to take some time out of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to consider these healthy habits that help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Diabetes and the eyes

People with diabetes are at a higher risk for issues in the eye than those without the disease.

TrueTear helping patients with dry eye see better

A handheld device uses electrical pulses to help the eyes create natural tears.

New review confirms food cravings can be reduced

Food craving, the intense desire to eat certain foods, can sabotage efforts to maintain healthy eating habits and body weight, no matter the time of year.

Christus Ochsner Wellness Screening and Genetics Center opens in Lake Charles

Doctors across the lake area are working to identify and prevent eight different types of cancers through a new wellness center.

The dangers surrounding energy drink consumption

The amount of caffeine and sugar in energy drinks can cause problems for consumers.

Cornea transplants saving patients lives

People who die from cancer can be cornea donors even if their organs and tissue can’t be donated.

Smart Helmets: How did they work this football season?

At the beginning of the football season, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital donated “smart helmets” to every public and private high school football team in Calcasieu Parish.

Dealing with depression

Recognizing the signs of depression is the first step to getting better.

Audit: Louisiana may have misspent $85M in Medicaid program

A new audit says Louisiana's health department may have paid as much as $85 million for Medicaid enrollees who didn't qualify for coverage

Colored contacts can become hazardous for consumers

Optometrist says people wearing colored contacts coming in with infections in the eye.

First Medical Marijuana Health Clinic in Lake Charles

Total Health Clinic is Lake Charles' first medical marijuana health clinic.

LifeShare says it has a blood shortage

LifeShare says its facing a critical blood shortage

Four year old living with Rett syndrome

Ellas Gaspard was misdiagnosed with Autism before doctors told her family she had Rett Syndrome.

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital introduces new technology for patients with breast cancer

Align-R-T detects differences in breathing and movement during treatment to ensure radiation is stopped until the patient is positioned correctly.

Woman claiming to be the victim of Medicare fraud warns others

A Lake Charles woman is warning others to be careful after a fraudulent phone call from someone claiming to be with Medicare.

After eight years of searching, teenager diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

For eight years, a family searched for answers as to why J'Anna was constantly in pain, they recently got a diagnosis.

Local teen meets Colts through Make-A-Wish after cancer diagnosis

Local teen meets Colts through Make-A-Wish after cancer diagnosis

Oculoplastic surgery and the conditions it treats

Oculoplastics is a specialized area of care that focuses on aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, orbits, eyelids and lacrimal system.

  New technology helping patients with cataracts

Cataracts, the clouding of the natural lense of the eye, are predominately caused by aging, according to Ophthalmologist Charlie Thompson.

Calcasieu mosquito pools test positive for Saint Louis Encephalitis

Two mosquito pools in Calcasieu Parish have tested positive for Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus, according to information from the parish.

Baby boomers are encouraged to get moving

Those born between 1946 and 1964 are encouraged to find something active they love doing.

TAKE THE QUIZ: Is that snake venomous?

Is that snake venomous?

La. Board of Medical Examiners votes to eliminate patient limit for licensed medical marijuana doctors

The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners voted 8 to 1 Monday to begin eliminating the limit on the number of patients for which doctors can recommend therapeutic marijuana.

Low-dose aspirin increases risk of bleeding, study says

According to the studies, healthy people appear to be wasting their money by taking aspirin every day.

Parish offiicals: Mosquito outbreak in Calcasieu worst in three years

Calcasieu Parish is in the midst of the worst mosquito outbreak it has seen in three years, according to Calcasieu Parish Mosquito Control officials.

Father, McNeese student, diagnosed with fast-growing brain tumor

A perfectly healthy father of four, diagnosed with a devastating form of cancer.

DeQuincy woman contracts West Nile Virus

Most people who get West Nile Virus never know they have it, according to medical professionals.Not so for 62-year-old Katherine Mounce, who says she’s never been so sick. She keeps the light dim because it hurts her eyes.

Vinton comes together for police officer with stage 4 cancer

The town of Vinton is coming together for a police officer who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Just three months ago, Officer Jason McGee received the news he had been diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer.

GRAPHIC: ‘Black, hairy tongue’: Yes, this really happens

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine said a 55-year-old woman developed the tongue condition as a side-effect to treatment of a wound infection she developed after sustaining severe leg injuries in an auto accident.

Remote Area Medical clinic needs volunteers

RAM needs volunteers to help with their free medical clinic

Sulphur mother raising awareness about Bartonella after son’s diagnosis

It's also sometimes called the "cat-scratch" disease.

US sets record high STD rates in 2017, CDC says

The CDC released its data at the National STD Prevention conference in Washington, D.C. It analyzed STD cases reported for 2013 and preliminary data for 2017.

GRAPHIC: Woman suffers second-degree burns after walking on Cameron beach

Most people would consider a walk on the beach relaxing, even romantic, which is what Natasha Naquin was after as she and her husband walked down Holly Beach on their 13th anniversary. "It was hot, but it's been awhile since I felt the sand in my feet so as we started going, it started getting hotter and hotter," Naquin said. "I burned my feet, second degree burns on both of my feet." Naquin said she tried walking into the grass, but had to go back to the ca...

19 nurses at LCMH pregnant at the same time

"There were sometimes tears," said baby Luke's mom, Ashley Fontenot. "But usually we were all happy and if we weren't getting cranky, we would just tell each other to go eat."

  Cryotherapy in Lake Charles

Freezing temperatures in the middle of summer in Louisiana are far from normal... but the brief exposure to sub zero temperatures inside a cryo chamber can help people with sore muscles or pain. "The cryotherapy itself is very very tolerable and it has tremendous benefits for you." cryotherapy treatment was originally created in japan in the 1970's to help treat rheumatoid arthritis.  its since been found to help with other problems like migraines, skin conditions, an...

Back-to-school eye exams are important for school-aged kids

"Sometimes kids that are school aged they can grow quite a bit and with big growth spurts, their prescriptions can change quite a bit so the summer is the perfect time to bring them in and get them up to speed for the school year,"

Woman with stage 4 lung cancer said she had no symptoms after smoking for 39 years

Pitre was dumbfounded, she had no symptoms. "A lot of times they call it the silent killer because you don't know and had she not had that stent put in, we probably wouldn't have known."

Local attorney speaks out on how he overcame addiction

Sean Corcoran, a successful divorce and custody attorney in Lake Charles didn't always have success in his life. Twelve years ago, he struggled with drug addiction, saying that he was killing himself every day. Corcoran wrote a heartfelt post on Facebook about his personal demons and the battle he encountered as he worked to overcome it. "... and it was very difficult, it's very difficult to say 'here are my imperfections, here are my defects of character, here are the most sha...

Man with unknown disease finally gets some answers

"So, I went to the doctor about a week and a half before all this went down, didn't get any better," said Tony Rougeau.

Doctors say medical marijuana is not a good treatment for glaucoma

Louisiana lawmakers passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana for a number of conditions including glaucoma. But optometrists and ophthalmologists are saying medicinal marijuana isn't practical for people with glaucoma. "Because of the short duration of action and because of the and the only route of administration is smoking marijuana cigarettes and we know the affects of that." Doctor Jon Yokubitis with the Eye Clinic says the bill is good for the future of medicine fo...

Woman stung by sea lice at Holly Beach

The Anson family was at Holly Beach and everything was fine until Kira, the mother, got into the water. "I went in the water maybe 10 minutes I started getting stinging sensations.

Endometriosis causes pain and infertility

Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of infertility and also the culprit behind painful menstrual cramps. Dr. Stanley Kordisch explains how this health problem is detected and treated.


"People that have keratoconus their corneas start to take on an abnormal shape that gives them a very high level of astigmatism," said Ophthalmologist Doctor Charles Thompson. But unlike many people with bad eyes or astigmatism, glasses can't help people with Keratoconus.

Summertime pet dangers

It's the first day of summer which means the weather will continue to heat up, but when it comes to your pets, the Louisiana heat can easily be life-threatening. "Dogs can't sweat like humans so they cool themselves down by panting and drinking water," Jae Chang, a veterinarian from Prien Lake Animal Hospital said. "And keeping themselves in a cool environment." Symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion in animals are heavy panting, purple gums, and vomiting ...

Life with a traumatic brain injury: The Ty Griffen story

From the outside, Ty Griffen looks like a normal 26-year-old. He graduated from McNeese State University and was a pitcher on the baseball team. But for the last year, Ty's life is a blur. Waters were high in a Cameron Marsh where Ty was boating a year ago.

A Feather for Evelyn

"It's about a little girl named Evelyn with cancer and she prays to God to help her get through this and there's a special surprise at the end with the friend and they go on imaginary adventures when she goes through chemo to keep her mind off of everything," said author Kelly Bourque.

Hurricanes and hospitals: how do they prepare?

When it comes to hurricanes, evacuations are always possible…but what about patients in hospitals who don't have the ability to leave? "You want to keep your most critical patients in  your hospital, it's better for their overall health." Regional Manager of Safety and Emergency Management at Christus St. Patrick Hospital, Scott Kyle says in situations like these, they try to discharge patients who are able to be discharged, but they've learned from past experi...

Pain cream helps patients eliminate oral medication

Marie Gentry was diagnosed with osteoporosis, neuropathy, scoliosis and was living a life full of pain. Until, she read a story on KPLC and met doctor Craig Morton and his creation of Accuplus. "My husband had to take care of me and take me to all the appointments and everything after 8 1/2 months and I got on the appointment I got in that car and I've been driving since," Gentry said. Now with torn rotator cuffs, and a continuation of her other painful diagnoses, Gentry r...

A woman's life with Lupus and Fibromyalgia

It's an invisible illness that many people believe doesn't exist. "Lupus is an auto immune disease which basically your cells in your body are attacking themselves," said patient Miranda Gradnigo. She was diagnosed with Lupus 8 years ago and on top of that, doctors told her she had fibromyalgia. "Basically it's a pain that you're living with every day," Gradnigo said.

Lake Charles Memorial Residency program helping interns become better doctors

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."

Pets suffering from arthritis

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.

Protecting your eyes from the sun's UV rays

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.

Psychologist: Hurricanes can cause PTSD

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...

A boy's battle with an inoperable terminal brain tumor

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...