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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.

Animal Life: Protect Against A Broken Heart

Feb 14, 2014
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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.

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. 

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.


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

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.


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.

Dr. Stephanie Frederick, a dermatologist with the Baton Rouge Clinic, says the Sciton laser can be used to treat a multitude of skin conditions from acne to wrinkles.


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Dillard University's Office of Community Relations is helping people in Gentilly stay healthy. Eve Abrams explores the university's efforts to combat obesity, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits throughout the neighborhood.

Chrisean Mitchell shows me around the community garden in back of her Gentilly school.

Leon Kraft, an interventional cardiologist with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South, says it's okay to splurge, so long as you don't make it a routine.


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