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A 4-year-old child who died of a rare brain infection in early August has led Louisiana health officials to discover that the cause is lurking in the water pipes of St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans.

The average person with Alzheimer's has three to 10 caregivers over the course of the disease.

Barbara Auten, executive director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, explains the services the organization offers to families taking care of those who've been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

If you've had problems sleeping and have taken a pill to help, you're not alone.

About 9 million American adults had taken sleeping pills in the past month, according to findings from a detailed nationwide survey conducted between 2005 and 2010.

Overall, about 4 percent of people 20 and older had taken sleeping pills in the last 30 days, says the report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Questions from his estate planning clients prompted attorney Paul Rabalais to investigate organ donation. Now Rabalais sponsors an annual 5K run/walk to support the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA). For more information about the 5K run/walk, go to www.lopa.org.


Trust for America's Health

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.

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.)

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.


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".

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.

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. Lane Rosen, Willis-Knighton’s director of radiation oncology, said during a press briefing yesterday that Willis-Knighton will offer the first compact proton therapy system.

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