Louisiana reports first human West Nile virus cases for 2019

In comparison, the department reported 53 West Nile virus cases at this time last year.

Migraine medicine could lead to life-threatening infection; recall announced

HHS awards La. medical facilities part of $400 million to combat opioid crisis

FDA warns restaurants and retailers in Texas and Louisiana about possible raw seafood contamination

Local Doctor says vaccination is key in preventing HPV infections

Over 300 cases of Hepatitis A confirmed in Louisiana, LDH says

Commissioner of Insurance warns of genetic testing scheme targeting Medicare beneficiaries

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Summertime Safety: Protecting yourself from the sun

Number of cases continues to rise in La. Hepatitis A outbreak

  Local doctor shares son’s story to highlight importance of routine well visits

State senator’s vaccine comments prompt strong reaction

Local doctor discusses rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria

FDA gives final approval for first generic nasal spray to treat opioid overdose

Frozen tuna from Houma-based company recalled amid salmonella outbreak

Thirteen people in seven states have been sickened with salmonella since January, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday, adding the source of this outbreak is believed to be Jensen Tuna Inc.'s frozen raw ground tuna.

  Sulphur mother wants to see adaptive swings come to local parks

A Sulphur mom says there is no handicap accessible playground equipment in any of the city’s parks.

TAKE THE QUIZ: Is that snake venomous?

Is that snake venomous?

50,000 pounds of stuffed sandwiches recalled due to possible foreign matter contamination

The contamination could specifically be semi-transparent plastic, says USDA.

Hunt’s Tomato Paste recalled over potential presence of mold

Louisiana close to groundbreaking model to treat, cure Hepatitis C patients

Yelp adds health scores for Louisiana restaurants

Hepatitis C medication to be made available to Medicaid patients in Louisiana

CHRISTUS Hospitals in Texas and Louisiana no longer taking Cigna insurance

Tulane researchers discover technique to help detect pregnancy disorder

Sabine Parish school closed due to flu

Another ArkLaTex school system has announced school closures due to flu.

DG infant cough syrup recalled, can cause vomiting and diarrhea

The syrup has the potential to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/Bacillus circulans.

Medical providers say don’t stop taking blood pressure medicine

For the past several weeks, popular blood pressure medications have been recalled and just days ago, another batch was added to the list, but experts say don’t make any sudden changes to your health plan just yet.

Five arrests made across La. for Medicaid welfare fraud

Five Medicaid recipients in Louisiana have been arrested on charges related to welfare fraud, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Wednesday, Mar. 20.

Another hypertension tablet recalled due to impurity

This is the eighth recall.

Lawsuit: Vanderbilt hospital operated on wrong kidney

A Tennessee woman says Vanderbilt University Medical Center operated on the wrong kidney during her surgery in what federal officials call a "never event"

Injection used in combination chemotherapy recalled, possible copper salt presence

Some patients with advanced metastatic colorectal cancer may be affected.

  Free colon cancer screening kits available at Lake Charles Memorial

"It’s a very slow growing cancer, it’s the second leading cancer that causes death in the U.S."

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

43 lots in total have been recalled.

H.E.B. pan recalled due to laceration hazard

The store has received eight reports of the glass lid cracking or shattering, including one report of an eye injury.

78,000 pounds of ground turkey recalled due to Salmonella Schwarzengrund concerns

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.

Mumps outbreak prompts SWAR school district closures

Students in a Southwest Arkansas school district will not return to school until March 25.

As severe flu strain becomes predominant, doctors keep eye out for possible second wave

The severe flu strain that's now predominant may mean a second wave of outbreak is coming.

LSU AgCenter responds after accusations they violated medical marijuana law

LSU’s AgCenter has released a statement after allegations were made by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) that they’re violated the state’s medical marijuana law.

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

This is the third recall in one week.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

30,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to extraneous material contamination

These products could be in your freezer.

Pollen season expected to be aggressive this year

Pollen season is expected to be aggressive in 2019.

New parents won’t get a good night’s sleep for at least 6 years, study says

Finally, science proves what parents have been feeling since the beginning of time, having a newborn absolutely messes up your sleep cycle.

Sen. Bill Cassidy questions Big Pharma execs over rising drug prices

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana took part in a highly anticipated congressional hearing that brought top executives of several pharmaceutical companies to Capitol Hill over rising prescription drug prices.

Adults vaccinated as kids may not be protected against the measles now

If you were born between 1957 and the early 70s, you may not be protected from the measles.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

High blood pressure medicine recalled due to NDEA impurity

Patients taking this medication are urged to continue taking the medication as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

FDA: Golean Detox capsules recalled, found to be tainted with unsafe chemicals

Golean Detox is voluntarily recalling all lots of Golean DETOX capsules after FDA analysis found the capsules were tainted with sibutramine and phenolphthalein, according to the FDA.

  Senator Cassidy addresses Louisiana’s high prescription drug costs

The cost of some prescription drugs continue to rise.Thankfully, the need for those in Louisiana to find affordable care hasn’t gone unnoticed. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy addressed the issue.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

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

  Tips for living a heart healthy life

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in both men and women; With February being heart health month, experts weigh in on how you can make simple changes to live a heart healthy life.

  CDC says flu season could get worse, what should you look out for

The flu season is far from over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Feb. 2, the flu has reached 47 states, with 24 of those experiencing high levels of the disease. Louisiana has moderate flu activity, but our neighbors in Texas are seeing high rates of the virus, acc

Study: Giant surge in LA anaphylaxis medical claims

New research shows a massive jump for medical claims in Louisiana related to severe, potentially deadly anaphylactic reactions. And there are several theories to explain that jump.

Woman’s Hospital offers classes teaching babysitting skills

Woman’s Hospital has been named a Gold Level provider of Safe Sitter® classes for teaching more than 125 students in 2018.

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

A new device at Christus Ochsner St. Patrick’s Rehabilitation facility is easing the physical therapy journey many patients have to go through.

Bagged chicken recalled due to undeclared allergens

According to the recall, the happi foodi products contain eggs, a known allergen, that is not declared on the product label.

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

A recently created interactive map lets people know if pollution has made a Louisiana waterway unsafe for swimmers, and tells anglers whether it's safe to eat their catch

Summit to address cost of health care, prescription drugs

Leaders in the health field will meet for a yearly summit in New Orleans Wednesday.

Frito-Lay recalls bags of pita chips nationwide

The product was distributed nationwide.

People with Flu symptoms urged to stay home

Many people associate flu season with November and December, but few realize that the peak of flu season isn’t until February or March.

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

With a growing number of measles cases across the country, how are parents in southwest Louisiana reacting?

  2018 worst year for AFM, according to CDC

Over 200 people across the United States were diagnosed with AFM, a nervous system condition, in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 90% of those cases, in children 18 years or younger.

  New study warns that antibiotics are overprescribed

Of course, no one wants to feel sick, so in most cases, you make a trip to the doctor and they’ll prescribe you some form of drug, usually an antibiotic. However, could those drugs be doing more harm than good?

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

More teenagers are vaping, according to a University of Michigan study, while their use of alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs like heroin and ecstasy are down.

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?

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

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

Pedialyte touts hangover help this holiday season

Going to have a drink or two at a holiday party? Pedialyte has been used for years to help ease hangovers, but now comes in a convenient powder pack for adults.

  Local baby diagnosed with Dent’s Disease

Nathaniel was diagnosed with Dent's Disease, a rare, chronic kidney disorder that occurs almost exclusively in males and causes large amounts of protein and calcium in the urine.

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

Many are surprised to learn companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe don’t keep DNA private if you give consent for the companies to share it.

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

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

  The dangers of weight loss surgery in other countries

Sulphur woman says she went to Tijuana, Mexico for a gastric sleeve. She says she lost 150 pounds in three months.

  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.