public health

Terrebonne Parish Health Unit
9:40 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Vote Could Mean Money for Terrebonne Health Unit

HOUMA — Terrebonne Parish voters will be asked this fall for permission to use taxpayer money to build a new Terrebonne Parish Health Unit. The Parish Council has unanimously agreed to add the measure to the Nov. 6 ballot. 

West Nile
10:02 am
Fri June 29, 2012

New Orleans Detects West Nile in Mosquitoes

New Orleans officials say West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected in the city.

No human West Nile cases have been reported in New Orleans so far this year, although one human case has been reported in St. Bernard Parish.

Most people infected do not get sick. However some develop flu-like symptoms and a few will develop serious illness.

Science & Health
6:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

New Orleans Pushes Toward Healthier Living

Mayor Mitch Landrieu joins youngsters in Re-Think program at New Orleans Charter Math and Science High School demonstate fun fitness options.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu

The city of New Orleans is stepping up efforts to help residents get fit. The plan calls for more movement and less junk food.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Petitions Delivered To Federal Court For Keeping Corexit Maker in BP Lawsuit

A federal judge in New Orleans will accept materials through a deadline next week on whether Nalco, the maker of chemical dispersants used in the BP oil spill, can remain in litigation. Hundreds of signatures have been submitted to keep the chemical maker included. 

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New Orleans Mosquitoes
10:28 am
Tue June 12, 2012

New Orleans Steps Up Mosquito Fight

New Orleans officials say the city's Mosquito and Termite Control Board has detected higher numbers of mosquitoes in the city.

That includes the variety known as the Southern house mosquito, identified as a carrier of West Nile virus.

The city said Monday in a news release that the board has responded by using insecticides targeting mosquito larvae and adults. Also, adult mosquitoes are being treated by fog trucks and by airplane.

Community Health
6:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Tulane Opens New Community Health Center

Front dek at the Tulane University clinic on North Broad Street.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Tulane University has opened a new health center inside the former Ruth’s Chris Steak House on North Broad Street. Up to 1,500 patients can receive care at the center every month — with or without insurance.

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Beach Advisories
9:59 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Beach Bacteria Warnings Up From Last Year in Mississippi

BILOXI, Miss. — Mississippi's Department of Environmental Quality has posted more warnings of high bacteria levels along Mississippi beaches so far this year than in all of 2011. But the head of the Harrison County Sand Beach Authority says there have been fewer sewer-related problems in the past few years than there used to be. 

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