Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Dr. Neil Johannsen
LSU

Dr. Neil Johannsen of Pennington Biomedical Research Center speaks with us about the impact of exercise on chronic disease and the influence of Louisiana heat on summer workouts.


Exergaming Helps With Bone Density

Mar 28, 2016
Frank Barnett, WRKF

A study at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge was conducted to determine what impact, if any, “exergaming” had on weight loss – and the focus was on adolescent girls.

Exergaming, if you don’t already know, is video gaming that requires physical activity – kind of like the Nintendo Wii. However, this study used the Kinect for Xbox, which has no remote.

Sue Lincoln

Baton Rouge is the state capital, the home of LSU football, a hub for the petrochemical industry. But what does Baton Rouge want to be when it grows up?

Baton Rouge Area Chamber CEO Adam Knapp says for the region to continue to grow, it’s got to grow up – and fast.

“We know that companies and talent are going to choose to live in a place that they find attractive, and they find contemporary to what they see around the rest of the country.”

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.”

 

When things are working normally, your pancreas produces insulin and releases it to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood.  Pancreatic beta cells are the only cells in the body that make insulin, but in Type 1 diabetes, those beta cells are damaged and destroyed by the immune system. That’s been understood for decades now, but we didn’t understand why the immune system attacks them. That’s the question Dr. Jason Collier, Director of Islet Biology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, is answering.

Dr. William Cefalu, the Executive Director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., joins us in studio to discuss what's new and what's happening at Pennington. He discusses the latest research funding, diabetes treatments, obesity and nutritional updates, and more.

Also, Republican Strategist and author Roger Stone closes out the show to promote his latest book Nixon's Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon


Second Annual Conference Focuses on Parkinson's

Jul 14, 2013

Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge presents physicians and researchers investigating Parkinson's on Saturday, July 27. Carol Harrison, a researcher who has Parkinson's herself, has been instrumental in coming up with the line-up for the Parkinson's Disease Conference in its first two years.

More information is available at www.pbrc.edu/events/parkinsons.


Dr. Jeffrey Keller, with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, talks about Alzheimers and dementia research.

Local blues music producer and aficionado Johnny Pallazzotto on the upcoming Slim Harpo Music Awards

Author Marcus Cox on his book, "Segregated Soldiers"


Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Executive Director the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, discusses the health of Baton Rouge and Louisiana in general.

Political blogger Stephen Sabludowsky talks about the health of Governor Jindal's tax reforms proposal.

Award winning author Amy Stewart on her new book, "The Drunken Botanist"