health

Political Fight Jeopardizes Medicaid In Mississippi

Jun 22, 2013

Medicaid and controversy seem inseparable in many states lately. For the most part, the wrangling is about a new wrinkle in Medicaid — the expansion of the health program for the poor and disabled under Obamacare.

Mississippi, though, is raising the stakes. Democrats and Republicans in the state are in a fight, and the outcome could threaten the very existence of the entire Medicaid program there.

A Shreveport pediatrician who wrote the reference book on genetic disorders will turn 80 this summer. Dr. Harold Chen can barely carry his 2,200-page "Atlas of Genetic Diagnosis and Counseling." The second edition was published last year, divided into three volumes. Chen drops it on a desk with a thud.

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You’ve likely heard the expression “beauty is only skin deep”, but with the estimated 11,000 unique chemical ingredients we are exposed to through our personal care products every single day, the results go way deeper than that. 

Dr. Hector Ventura leads the Ochsner team that implanted the "Total Artificial Heart" for the first time in February. Their patient, a father of five now awaiting a matching donor heart, was the first in the Gulf Coast region to receive the device.


Jim chats with noted write Rod Dreher, about his return to Louisiana and his book, "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming"

Community activist John Hightower discusses some of the many philanthropic ventures he's involved with, including an upcoming summit on diabetes at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, hosted by the Environment and Health Council of Louisiana, of which Hightower is a member.


Dr. Beau Kilmer, with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, with what everyone needs to know about legalizing marijuana.

Jim talks with civil rights activist Dr. Dorothy Cotton, who was a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Dr. Karen Elkind-Hirsch is part of a group of researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Woman's Hospital who will be following 306 pregnant women with smartphones.


A Shreveport community health provider is getting marketing and brand consulting from a group of Centenary College students who are part of a living learning community called Santé. It’s the French word for “health.” Since August, the students have immersed themselves in the work done by MLK Health Center. Scott Myers, a biochemistry major from Monroe, La., said they were able to produce marketing materials through a grant.

Dr. Steven Heymsfield, Executive Director the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, discusses the health of Baton Rouge and Louisiana in general.

Political blogger Stephen Sabludowsky talks about the health of Governor Jindal's tax reforms proposal.

Award winning author Amy Stewart on her new book, "The Drunken Botanist"

Dr. April Erwin, with the Neuromedical Center, explains the latest drug therapies and clinical trials that may give Multiple Sclerosis patients hope for a more normal lifestyle.


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