Louisiana ranked poorly among states in overall health, according to United Health Foundation's 2013 America's Health Rankings.
The Advocate reports that Louisiana came in at No. 48 in the annual rankings, moving up one spot from last year.
The state's strengths included high-immunization coverage among adolescents; low incidences of pertussis, or whooping cough, infections; and little disparity in health status despite differences in education levels.
I first visited New Orleans in the 1970s as a teenager with my father. He and four of his friends coordinated their business trips to meet here several times a year. They did not bring their wives. They wound up their various meetings by late afternoon and drifted into the courtyard at the Hotel Richelieu one by one. Loosening ties and dropping jackets on the backs of chairs, they ordered double bourbons. By dusk, they were blearily intoxicated and ready for dinner.
When injured veterans returning to their homes from Iraq and Afghanistan weren’t finding the help they needed, one Northshore resident set out to correct the problem.
When Northshore resident Suzy McDaniel went on vacation with her husband, neither of them expected that she would be in a horseback riding accident. Nor did they imagine that the rehab from that incident would lead to the creation of an organization which would help men and women serving our country thousands of miles away.
An international design competition is offering $400,000 for ideas about how to improve Louisiana's waterways. The "Changing Course" design contest is reviewing proposals from around the world to rebuild the sinking basins south of New Orleans, while at the same time maintaining enough water for navigation and commerce.
Lens Reporter Bob Marshall says that the state can learn a lot from other areas that are facing the same challenges.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines of $99,000 against Williams Olefins for a June explosion that killed two workers and injured 80.
OSHA on Wednesday cited the company for six process safety management standard violations, including one willful. OSHA says a willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with indifference to worker safety.
One can hear all kinds of music in New Orleans. There’s blues and Bartók; soul and Sibelius. There is not, however, a whole lot of Baroque being played. Mattea Musso, a newcomer to the city, plans to change all that.
In this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to her about this centuries-old musical form.
This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Photo Alliance kicks off four days of citywide activities with the eighth annual PhotoNOLA Photography Festival. We travel Uptown as private homes in the Garden District spruce up for the Preservation Resource Center's Holiday Home Tour.
And finally, the New Orleans Ballet Association brings together a unique group of dancers in its annual production of The Nutcracker Suite.