Researchers in Baton Rouge were part of a major discovery last week concerning genetics and obesity.
Scientists at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center have helped to identify 97 new genetic factors that contribute to obesity and 49 genetic markers that determine where fat is stored in the body. With more than 125 studies conducted around the world — involving about 300,000 participants in all — it was the biggest study of the genetics of obesity that has ever been conducted.
New Orleans police started accepting applications Monday from former officers interested in working in the reserve unit. The move is aimed at backing up the department while it adds more full-time officers to the force depleted since Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be signing an ordinance today that will ban smoking in city bars and casinos.
Nola.com reports his signature means the ban will take effect in 90 days.
The law also includes electronic cigarettes. The City Council had been asked by several speakers at public hearings not to treat the vapor cigarettes the same as regular tobacco. But others argued there isn’t enough information yet about the health effects of e-cigarettes.
Governor Bobby Jindal says his budget cut proposal for next year will be presented to lawmakers with a list of "options."
The state faces a $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jindal administration is considering state financing cuts up to $400 million for public colleges, and $300 million to health care services.
Jindal's budget proposal is due to lawmakers at the end of next month.
Jindal says his budget proposal will be paired with "suggested solutions" that could reduce some cuts, but would require legislative approval.