Low bone mass is the most important risk factor for a fragility fracture. Dr. Reese Newsome, a musculoskeletal radiologist with the Baton Rouge Radiology Group, says anyone older than 55 should be screened.
In the final hours of the legislative session, lawmakers have passed a $25.4 billion budget compromise to finance the state for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
The Senate approved the deal with a 38-1 vote. The House voted 104-0 Thursday and the deal has Gov. Bobby Jindal’s backing.
The budget includes a $69 million increase for local school districts and teachers sought by House Democrats. To address concerns of House Republicans, lawmakers cut down the use of one-time financing for recurring expenses.
Guest host Bob Mann analyzes the last day of the 2013 Louisiana session with two close observers of the legislature, Jan Moller of the Louisiana Budget Project and journalist Tyler Bridges of The Lens.