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Updates on healthcare, nutrition, and medical research in Louisiana.

Warner Orthopedics & Wellness

Plantar fasciitis is a common problem – about one in ten people have the sharp pain under their heel that’s caused by small tears in the plantar fascia, which is "a really strong, thin piece of fascia, which is almost like gristle, and it supports the foot arch. So it's sort of a tie-rod to the arch," says Dr. Meredith Warner, an orthopedic surgeon in Baton Rouge. She adds, "Over time it degenerates, and when it degenerates it can create pain through the accretion of painful proteins," and though plantar fasciitis usually heals itself within eighteen months, most people seek treatment before then.


LSU Genetics Lab Contributes to 1000 Genome Project

Oct 12, 2015

When you think "mutant," you probably think of Magneto from the X-Men. But if you ask Dr. Mark Batzer, a biology professor at LSU, he might start talking about Barbara McClintock, who discovered transposons in 1953. She won a Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery.


Joseph A. Marcus / www.wildflower.org

Modern medicine was born out of folk medicine. Today, though, modern medicine feels pretty distant from whatever folk traditions have stuck around, and it's easy to assume they don't have much in common. Travis Lux tells us about a collaborative study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center investigating the healing potential of native Louisiana plants.


Peter Gallagher

The Mamou, sometimes called the Coral Bean, is a large shrub that grows here in Louisiana. Maybe you’ve seen one: it produces bright, scarlet flowers and distinctive bean pods.

“When the bean pod splits open,” says botanist Larry Allain, “the beans are brilliant red. And the Indians would drill ‘em and use ‘em as jewelry. But the Cajuns used them to make cough medicine and blood thinner.”

 

Jack Hua is a third year medical school student at Tulane University.  "It's such an enormous feat to get into medical school.  We've been working hard for a really long time.  The specialties make so much more money.  Obviously, someone making $150,000 a year is going to be well-off, it's just that when you compare that to $450,000..." he says.


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