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Louisiana's legislature passed a law in 2013 prompting all state colleges and universities to go tobacco-free by Aug. 1 of this year. It's been almost two months now since tobacco products have officially been banned on LSU's Baton Rouge campus. 

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Fourteen researchers from a coalition of universities in Louisiana and Mississippi have been awarded $6 million from the National Science Foundation.

The scientists are part of a consortium of universities working on developing smart polymers.

Smart polymers are materials that can react to the environment — like a self-healing artificial joint, or a heart valve that can resist bacterial growth.

The Louisiana health department says it will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles issued a temporary restraining order late Sunday, blocking enforcement of a new law that took effect yesterday.

The law requires doctors at all five abortion clinics in Louisiana to obtain privileges to admit patients to a local hospital.

A federal judge has blocked a restrictive abortion law from taking effect in Louisiana. At issue is the requirement that doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at area hospitals.

Researchers at LSU Health Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston are in the early stages of developing a new way to deliver antibiotics and other medicine via customized, implantable devices created using a 3-D printer. 

LSU Medical School student Jeffery Weisman is also pursuing his doctorate in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech. He presented his research in collaboration with LSU Health Shreveport. It intensified over the past three months when he experimented with making plastic medical prototypes from a consumer-grade 3-D printer.

The University of New Orleans.
UNO

Adam Norris, the Director of Communications at the University of New Orleans, tells us UNO became a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 1.

The state legislature mandated all public colleges and universities become smoke-free on that date, but UNO took it a step further and banned all types of tobacco. Norris says there are smoking-cessation resources in place for faculty, staff and students.

Farm to Table Symposium

Michel Nischan grew up spending time on his grandfather’s farm, so the thought of eating fresh food was second nature to him.

As he got older, he worked in kitchens and found out most of his customers weren’t too keen on the idea. He had to lie to them about where he was getting their food. 

But as people's attitudes toward food changed, Michel's ideas gained in popularity. He's often cited as on the most influential food policy makers in the past decade.

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the high rate of HIV infection in Louisiana.

Life support is now required in Louisiana to keep pregnant women alive until after the birth of the child.

A new bill takes effect for those women who do not have a living will. Governor Bobby Jindal signed the bill into law Monday.

It was written by Democratic state Representative Austin Badon of New Orleans, and it takes effect immediately.

The bill requires doctors to use life-sustaining measures if the woman has been pregnant for 20 weeks or more. Also, an obstetrician must determine the woman's life "can reasonably be maintained" to permit the birth.

Eve Abrams

The mission of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is to ensure the right and ability of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing health services, education and advocacy. 

 

“This is the minimum things that happen when a woman comes in to a Planned Parenthood clinic for a family planning visit,” begins Sharon Howard, a consultant for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast who worked in the state Office of Public Health for 30 years.

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