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Science & Health
7:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Louisiana Obesity Problem Has More Roots Than Local Rich Food

Adult obesity rates in Louisiana over time, and compared to the rest of the country.
Credit Trust for America's Health

Local fitness expert and study author discuss reasons Louisiana rates first in the nation for obesity.

A national study shows Louisiana is the most obese state in the country. Findings show the cause is more complicated than simply blaming the rich cooking.

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Red River Radio
11:40 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Louisiana tops the nation on number of obese adults

Louisiana is tied for the fattest state in the nation, with an adult obesity rate of almost 35 percent. Mississippi falls behind by a fraction of a percentage, and Arkansas is very close behind. (Arkansas was the only state this year where obesity had a statistical increase.)

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WRKF
1:40 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Treatments for Blood Cancers Proliferate

Dr. Robert Emmons of the Ochsner Blood Cancers and Stem Cell Transplant Program says it's an exciting time for blood cancer treatment, with many new drugs and sources for stem cells.


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WRKF
4:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

DHH Secretary: Disability Services Still A Priority, Despite Funding Veto

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 6:15 pm

At the close of the recent legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed additional funding to pay for services for the developmentally disabled.

Two weeks ago, an effort to override the veto failed.

The $3.9 million would have covered a partial year of comprehensive at-home disability services for an additional 200 people through what are called "New Opportunity Waivers".

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Latest News
7:22 am
Wed July 24, 2013

First Lady Addresses La Raza Convention In New Orleans

First Lady Michelle Obama brought her signature message about reducing childhood obesity to New Orleans. The First Lady also mentioned immigration and health care matters occupying her husband’s agenda.

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Red River Radio
10:08 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport builds region's first proton facility

Willis-Knighton Health System is building a $40 million Proton Therapy Center that will offer a high-tech, state-of-the-art radiation treatment for cancer. The 55,000 square-foot expansion of its cancer center is expected to create about 15 new jobs. There are 11 such proton beam centers nationwide. Dr.

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Red River Radio
9:19 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Northwest Louisiana mobile medical clinic improves access to health care

A mobile medical clinic is steadily gaining traction in rural and urban areas of northwest Louisiana after receiving its nonprofit status and serving 1,400 people last year. St. Luke’s Episcopal Mobile Medical Ministry is an RV set up just like a doctor’s office. Its volunteers regularly visit 10 communities and provide primary care and health screenings.

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Red River Radio
10:17 am
Tue July 16, 2013

American Cancer Society in Shreveport seeks hundreds of study participants

The American Cancer Society aims to recruit 500 people from the Ark-La-Tex to participate in the third generation of a cancer prevention study that first began in the 1960s. The organization has partnered with the YMCA in Shreveport and two other organizations to host sign-up events for the study. It involves taking an initial waist measurement and drawing a small blood sample. 

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WRKF
5:32 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Why Finding Oil in Fish Organs Isn't as Bad as it Looks

Kelly Connelly, WRKF

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:26 am

Environmental remediation scientists at LSU’s School of the Coast and Environment have found remnants of crude oil in the hearts of pogy that live off Grand Isle.

Pogy, a baitfish more officially called menhaden, make up the second largest commercial catch in the United States. They’re not only resold as baitfish, but they’re also processed into fish oil and fish meal, making their way into vitamins, cosmetics and livestock feeds.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Sun Salutations & Supplements

Peter Ricchiuti, Jessica Blanchard and Mackie Shilstone.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

In a city known for decadence, fitness guru Mackie Shilstone and international finance consultant turned yoga instructor promote healthy living.

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