N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

Daylight saving time potentially affects your sleep and overall health

  Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

CDC says Louisiana leading region with flu-like patient visits

Baby with priceless reaction to getting hearing aids releases first book

Over 1,000 Louisiana businesses permitted to sell CBD products

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  5-year-old Ella diagnosed with Rett Syndrome

New device helps prevent infant hot car deaths

  Representative Higgins tours CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital, discusses early access to healthcare

Ochsner LSU Health breaks ground on $60 million medical facility

Recall: Gluten-free muffin mix could contain gluten

After one month, how are Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients doing?

RECALL ALERT: Beauty products recalled due to presence of asbestos

Several Beauty Plus makeup products are being recalled after testing positive for asbestos, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday, Sept. 6.

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.

Horses in La. test positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced Monday, Aug. 19 that since June 5, sixteen horses have texted positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and one has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far

Louisiana became the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana.

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

Summertime Safety: Protecting yourself from the sun

Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which causes premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, cataracts, and skin cancer.

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

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.

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

Well visits are beneficial at any age. When you see your doctor regularly, they are able to spot potential health issues before they become a problem. These routine well visits should start as soon as 2 to 5 days after birth according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

State senator’s vaccine comments prompt strong reaction

A state senator’s controversial comments linking vaccines to abortion fetuses and autism had medical professionals reassuring the public that vaccines are safe.

Local doctor discusses rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria

While drug-resistant bacteria are on the rise across the globe, one SWLA doctor said it isn't a big issue in the Lake Area.

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

The FDA announced Friday it approved the first generic nasal spray meant to treat opioid overdoses.

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is sounding the alarm about a recall of Hunt’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added six ounce cans due to the potential presence of mold.

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

Louisiana plans to launch a new program to give more Medicaid patients access to a life saving Hepatitis C treatment they could not previously afford.

Yelp adds health scores for Louisiana restaurants

Yelp launched a new health feature so users can not only eat well, but ensure their food safety in Louisiana.

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

The Dept. of Health announced a new partner that aims to provide unrestricted access to the antiviral medication.

CHRISTUS Hospitals in Texas and Louisiana no longer taking Cigna insurance

CHRISTUS Health announced that hospitals in Texas and Louisiana is not accepting Cigna commercial insurance after the hospital group and the insurance company failed to come to terms on financial compensation.

Tulane researchers discover technique to help detect pregnancy disorder

Tulane researchers study photoacoustic imaging to identify preeclampsia.

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.