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8:06 am
Tue June 24, 2014

New Law Requires Life Support For Pregnant Women Without Living Wills

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.

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Community Impact
7:38 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Helps Women, Men And Young People Lead Healthy Lives

Planned Parenthood has a robust sexual health education program
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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Listening Post NOLA
6:45 am
Thu June 19, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What Did You Eat Yesterday?

Mark Richardson

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 food and nutrition.

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of obesity in the U.S. Around 34% of adults in the state are overweight.

Healthy food options are increasing around New Orleans, but many residents still struggle to access them.

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Latest News
4:39 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

New State Law Bans Tanning Beds For Minors

A new law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning facilities.
EvilErin

Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to ban Louisiana's minors from using tanning beds.

The governor's office announced Friday that Jindal signed into law the bill by New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno, prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning facilities.

Supporters say the prohibition will lower risks of skin cancer associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds. At least five other states have similar prohibitions.

Green Minute
8:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

The Green Minute: Got Allergies?

Bee Pollen is many man's enemy.
Credit ForestWander / wikimedia commons

Spring is in the air and so are the allergens! Yes, it’s allergy season. While it might seem counterintuitive, most experts agree that as we spend more and more time indoors, our allergic reactions increase. And while allergens typically trigger cold-like symptoms such as sniffling and sneezing, they can also trigger asthma attacks.

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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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