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Health
9:10 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Shreveport Lawmaker Draws Attention to Health Care Bill

Flanked by supporters, Louisiana District 3 Rep. Barbara Norton of Shreveport explained her motivations yesterday for filing a bill that would require the state to sign on to an expansion of the Medicaid program and participate in the Affordable Care Act. Estimates are that up to 400,000 more Louisianans could be eligible for Medicaid next year and thereafter if the state chose to expand the program, with the federal government picking up most of the tab. Gov. Bobby Jindal has criticized such a move, calling Medicaid an inefficient and poorly managed program.

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Community
9:51 am
Wed March 13, 2013

New Orleans Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize

The Fit NOLA program strives to make New Orleans one of the fittest cities in America by its 300th anniversary in 2018.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

New Orleans is one of six cities in the United States to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Road Maps to Health Prize, a $25,000 award dedicated to improving health at the population level.

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Science & Health
2:33 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Louisiana Has The Highest Rate Of Diabetes In The U.S.

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 7:40 pm

Diabetes has multiple complications. Among them are kidney failure, lower limb amputation, blindness and it is a major cause of Heart Disease & Stroke. Dr. Andriette Martin Fitch, with Ochsner on Harding Blvd in Baton Rouge, is personally involved in the areas of Diabetes & Hypertension. She sees patients daily who are not maintaining a healthy lifestyle and spends a great deal of her day sending out the message to both parents & children. Her message to parents, "If you don't want your children, your spouse or your family members to die of Hypertension or Diabetes, make a change in your diet and exercise daily."


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Politics
9:57 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tobacco Tax Could Nearly Close Budget Gap

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:10 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax reform proposals may include raising the tobacco excise tax. Health officials have suggested raising the tax by a dollar per pack. A study shows raising the tax by that much would raise $223 million a year – that’s almost enough to have closed this year’s $240 million budget gap. 

Jindal has said his tax reforms would be revenue neutral, replacing the income tax with higher sales tax.


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Sports
2:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Brain Injuries And The NFL: A Fan's 5 Stages Of Grief

Mark Stahl iStockphoto.com

A few years ago, before "CTE" was as much a part of football conversations as "quarterback rating" or "wild card spot," I had a conversation with some friends about unsettling news stories that linked the sport to brain injury.

As we spoke, an avowed hater of sports piped up. "Football, as it's currently played, is completely indefensible," she said.

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Science & Health
11:02 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Are NFL Football Hits Getting Harder And More Dangerous?

Adam Cole NPR, Getty Images, AP Images

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 6:56 am

Super Bowl XLVII will kick off Sunday with its typical bombastic fanfare: Beyonce will wow us with her live halftime show, and "space baby" commercials will overload us with cuteness.

But this year, there's a gray cloud hanging over the Super Bowl: the mounting anger about devastating injuries to players' brains and bodies.

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Super Bowl XLVII
9:45 am
Tue January 29, 2013

49ers Respond to President's Concerns

Several San Francisco 49ers say they would have no problem if their sons played football, even though President Obama has questioned the safety of the game.

During an interview Monday at the Super Bowl, All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith responded to a question about the president's comments by saying anyone involved in the sport knows the requirements. Smith says, "It's not like we signed up and thought we were going to play tennis."

Guard Alex Boone says football has to be "physical," and that if his children want to play, they can.

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NFL
1:31 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Congressmen Write NFLPA's Smith About HGH Testing

Chastising the NFL Players Association for "remarkable recalcitrance" on testing for human growth hormone, two members of Congress have pledged "to take a more active role" on the issue and say they could ask players to testify before their committee.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland tell NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith in a letter sent Monday that the union "has prevented meaningful progress on this issue."

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Science & Health
10:34 am
Mon January 28, 2013

UNO Researcher Tackles Testosterone

A University of New Orleans faculty member has been awarded a state grant to develop a device to test testosterone levels in real time.

Elizabeth Shirtcliff was awarded the grant by the Louisiana Board of Regents. She is an early research professor of psychology at UNO ad the principal investigator on the project. Shirtcliff is partnering with researchers from at Oasis Diagnostic Corp. in Canada.

Monitoring testosterone levels is important, Shirtclif said, because rapid imbalances can signal changes in behavior.

Team Gleason
7:53 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Gleason, Brees Accept Technology Donation

Saints quarterback Drew Brees joined former teammate Steve Gleason in accepting a donation for technology that can help people living with ALS and multiple sclerosis. Gleason showed off the technology that he says will help other patients live richer lives.

Gleason says when he was diagnosed two years ago with ALS, he didn’t know how to cope with the condition that’s left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak. But his wheelchair now has equipment that allows him to talk, as directed by his eyes.

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