Health

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

Making Streets Safe for Play in North Baton Rouge

Jul 20, 2015
Wallis Watkins

It’s a Saturday afternoon in North Baton Rouge. While cars drive down busy Evangeline Street, there are none to be seen on two blocks in the Brookstown neighborhood. Instead, kids are in the street, running, playing basketball, and jumping rope. 

Lightning strikes have killed at least 20 people in the U.S. so far this year, according to the National Weather Service. That's higher than the average for recent years, the service says.

Most people who are injured or killed by lightning, it turns out, are not struck directly — instead, the bolt lands nearby.

That's what happened to Steve Marshburn in 1969. He was working inside a bank and says lightning somehow made its way through an ungrounded speaker at the drive-through window to the stool where he was sitting.

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An undercover video shot by an activist group that was released Tuesday apparently shows a Planned Parenthood official discussing how her group provides researchers with parts from aborted fetuses.

The activist group says the video is evidence that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue, which is illegal.

Might people with diabetes someday be able to brew their own insulin for free at home, just as with beer? The answer may be yes, but whether it's a good idea is another question.

The home-brewed insulin concept is among the latest to emerge from the bio-hacking movement, in which people meet to tinker with biology in inexpensive do-it-yourself laboratories that have popped up in California, New York and a few other places in the United States and Europe.

Wallis Watkins

Maritza-Smith Romero was planning to study veterinary medicine. But that all changed in 1998, when she was paralyzed in a car accident. Ever since then, she’s been adapting to a new way of life -- and to a new career. 


Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs, a study finds. But the amount of those savings and the speed with which the savings accrued surprised researchers.

Even if you're not counting your calories, date night at that restaurant down the street is still a more healthful choice than McDonald's, right?

Don't count on it.

Dining out at a sit-down restaurant can mean far more sodium in your diet-- and nearly as much saturated fat — as eating at a fast-food joint, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. What's more, people consumed more calories when they sat down for their meal at a full-service place rather than taking it to go, the study found.

Court Hands Down Healthcare Sentences

Jul 6, 2015

Inside the 22nd Judicial District Court in Covington, 20 Behavioral Health Court clients await their turn in front of Judge Peter Garcia and his team. The one thing missing: lawyers. 

Once court is in session, a young man walks through the swinging doors, approaches the team. There’s the judge, two case managers, two probation officers, a mental health clinician and a peer support specialist.

Louisianians Keep Their Health Insurance Subsidies

Jun 29, 2015

138,000 people in Louisiana are still receiving subsidies for health insurance through the federal government.  For them, the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act last week was good news. 

The U.S. Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a sweeping victory on Thursday, upholding the nationwide subsidies that are crucial to the president's health care law. By a 6-3 vote, the high court ruled that Congress meant all three major provisions of the law to apply to all states and to work in tandem.

The ruling was the court's second decision upholding the Affordable Care Act — three years ago, it upheld the law as constitutional.

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