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5:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

New Orleans Children's Hospital Says Fungus Did Not Cause Any Deaths

The New Orleans Childrens' Hospital said Thursday that a deadly fungus was not the cause of death for five child patients at the facility.
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Doctors and officials at New Orleans Children’s Hospital held a press conference Thursday afternoon to address questions related to the deaths of five children who died after contracting a deadly fungus transferred to them through contaminated linens.

The Medical Director for Children's Hospital, Dr. John Heaton, acknowledged that a fungal outbreak was detected at the hospital in 2008 and 2009, and he said “an alarm went off” when lesions were detected on at least two of the young patients who later died.

WRKF
4:22 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Colorectal Cancer Is The Second Leading Cause of Cancer Death In Louisiana

Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable of all the cancer diseases if caught early.


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Science & Health
4:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why The Doctor's Always Late

Dr. Gearhart and Catrena Drake update the day's appointments, marking which patients have arrived and which patients are still waiting to be seen. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 1:51 pm

Patients wait an average of about 20 minutes at doctors’ offices, according to national data from healthcare consultants. It’s a major annoyance for patients who are stuck leafing through dated magazines, and worrying about work piling up on their desks.

What’s the hold-up? What’s happening behind that waiting room door?

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Affordable Care Act
5:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Last-Minute Surge Of Signups For Affordable Care Act In Louisiana

Louisiana health advocates reported a surge in interest in signing up for the Affordable Care Act before the deadline.
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Increased last-hour interest and problems with the healthcare.gov website slowed the process of signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act in Louisiana.

Website problems led staffers at the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation to start using the telephone to sign up applicants. That organization serves the Vietnamese community in New Orleans East.

That was also time-consuming, with calls lasting up to two hours.

Louisiana News
3:03 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Affordable Care Act's Open Enrollment Deadline Is March 31

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline Looms

The window is fast closing on the open enrollment period to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to purchase insurance through the federal Healthcare Marketplace is Monday, March 31.

WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with Doug Wilkinson, state coordinator with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, LHEC, about the approaching deadline.

Federal site to sign up and purchase healthcare coverage — www.healthcare.gov

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WRKF
4:01 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Forced Charity: LSU Hospital System Makeover

Baton Rouge General Mid City

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 12:25 pm

It’s been nearly a year since the state started implementing public-private partnerships for the LSU Hospital System, formerly known as Louisiana’s Charity Hospitals. The plan was pushed as a cost-saver for the state. How is it working out? Good for some and not so good for others—with patients and hospital caregivers caught in the middle.

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Science & Health
2:58 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Colon Health Fair At WJMC Focused On Education And Prevention

Kelly McDermott, GI/Endoscopy nurse at West Jefferson Medical Center, guided visitors through an interactive colon cancer exhibit on Monday.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

A giant inflatable colon took over a conference room at West Jefferson Medical Center on Monday, the centerpiece of the hospital’s annual Colon Health Fair — an event dedicated to providing information on the risks and causes of, and treatments for, colon cancer.

Kelly McDermott, a GI/Endoscopy nurse at West Jeff for 27 years, guided me through the mockup, which detailed the various stages of a healthy colon’s progression into full-blown cancer.

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Science & Health
7:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Tulane Study Finds Heart Attacks Still Rising After Hurricane Katrina

Researchers at Tulane University have found a three-fold increase in heart attacks six years after Hurricane Katrina. The findings link stress from the storm and several other factors to the increase.

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Affordable Care Act
4:24 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Tips On Navigating The Health Insurance Marketplace

If you are among the thousands of uninsured residents in the metro area, here's a heads up: the deadline to sign up for health insurance and receive coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching.

Susan Todd, executive director of 504HealthNet, which provides support to a network of healthcare providers in the greater New Orleans area, has tips on how to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace and info on why you should sign up sooner rather than later.

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