health

WRKF
4:37 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Why Cocoa is Good Medicine

Cocoa has been used as a health elixir for centuries, going back to the Incas. Dr. John Finley discusses the LSU AgCenter's study that revealed some of the compounds that make cocoa so beneficial.


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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
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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WRKF
6:52 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Louisiana May Lighten Up on Marijuana Laws

Louisiana patients may soon have a new medicine option, if one state lawmaker has his way.

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:38 am

With some of the nation’s harshest punishments for marijuana possession and an ultra-conservative Republican governor at the helm, few would expect Louisiana might be the next state to allow folks to light up a joint. Yet one state lawmaker is planning to push to lighten up some pot laws during the upcoming legislative session.

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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Animal Life: Protect Against A Broken Heart

Heartworm disease is most common in dogs, but can also affect cats. Heartworms are difficult and expensive to treat, but easy and affordable to prevent with a monthly pill.
Credit O.Guero / Shutterstock

Valentine's Day means candy hearts, heart shaped cards and... heartworms?

Infected mosquitos transmit these parasites to your pet's bloodstream. Heartworm disease is most common in dogs, but can also affect cats. It causes coughing, fatigue, weight loss, and, if left untreated, is fatal. Heartworms are difficult and expensive to treat, but easy and affordable to prevent with a monthly pill. If you're a dog or cat owner, make sure to protect your pet.

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Louisiana Eats!
11:45 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Finding New Ways To Stay Healthy And Boost Energy

Raw Republic wants to offer cleaner, healthier ways of living for the New Orleans food community. Their new business specializes is cold-pressed juices, tonics and smoothies.
Credit Thomas Walsh

Staying healthy is a challenge for us all, particularly in Louisiana, where food-obsession is a way of life. But being food-obsessed doesn't mean you have to have a penchant for heavy cream and butter. This week on Louisiana Eats! we'll speak from the owners of a new wellness boutique in New Orleans to hear about the foods and philosophies that guide their approach to living well. 

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WRKF
12:07 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Medications for Multiple Sclerosis Aimed at Preventing Worsening of Disease

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 2:03 pm

Neurologists, who treat patients with Multiple Sclerosis, are excited to have many more FDA approved Multiple Sclerosis therapies on the market. Several more are in clinical trials or awaiting approval. Dr. April Erwin, a neurologist with Neuromedical Center in Baton Rouge, is optimistic that a cure is on the horizon. For more information about Multiple Sclerosis and treatment, please visit www.theneuromedicalcenter.com.


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Notes from New Orleans
2:19 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Is Recess Going Extinct In New Orleans?

Students at Edgar P. Harney elementary school play Duck Duck Goose during one of their supervised recess breaks, organized by Playworks.
Credit Thomas Walsh

It’s probably been a few years since you last attended recess, but you’ll quickly recall it was a welcomed period to escape the four walls of your classroom and just hang out. So it may surprise you to learn about Playworks: a national non-profit that actually organizes recess for kids.

Their New Orleans branch is the subject of this week’s Notes from New Orleans

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WRKF
11:45 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Exercise is Medicine Without the Negative Side Effects

Very few people exercise and almost everyone has a reason for not exercising. Bill Gvoich, Medical Wellness Program Director of Spectrum Fitness & Wellness, discusses the strong evidence between physical activity and health, and overall quality of life. For more information on Gvoich's health and exercise program, please visit www.gvoich.com.


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Health
11:23 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Louisiana Ranked 48th In Annual Health Survey

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.

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