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8:45 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Will All New Orleans Bars Soon Be Smoke-Free?

Carrollton Station owner Mike Miller, speaking about how his bar went non-smoking at Smoke-Free Week's town hall meeting.
Credit Malorie Marshall / WWNO

Smoking in bars might become a thing of the past in New Orleans. City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and other organizations recently brought a smoke-free week to the city. That’s meant to raise support for a ban on smoking in bars.

New Orleans is known as a place where people like to unwind. Go-cups, ice-cold daiquiris, rich food, music and good times.

One aspect of this experience might be about to change.

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Latest News
4:02 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

First West Nile Death Of The Year Reported In Caddo Parish

Caddo Parish reports the first death in Louisiana this year from the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.
James Jordan Flickr

Louisiana health officials say a Caddo Parish resident has died from the West Nile virus.

The individual who died was between 60 and 74 years old. Martha Whyte, public health chief in northwest Louisiana, told the Shreveport Times she could not provide other information, citing confidentiality rules.

Latest News
7:06 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Drive To Ban Smoking Kicks Off In New Orleans

A drive kicks off this week to ban smoking in New Orleans bars.

Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell is backing the idea. She says the change would benefit local businesses.

“This has been going on across the country for over a decade now," she said. "And so we have real facts that it is not a negative impact on our businesses. Actually revenues increase. And it’s cheaper to maintain a bar or lounge that is smoke free than one that is not.”  

Cantrell says the effort will begin at various venues this week that are now voluntarily smoke-free. 

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Latest News
7:27 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Free HIV Testing Offered In New Orleans

It’s National HIV Testing day on Friday — and there are several options available for a free test.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports federal health officials rank Baton Rouge and New Orleans second and third nationally in the rate of new HIV infections.

Walgreens is offering free screenings at several locations Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also look for free testing during Essence Festival weekend.

There will be a mobile unit outside Walgreens at 900 Canal Street on July 3, and at the Morial Convention Center July 4-6.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: Have You Been Tested For HIV?

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day

Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week's topic is the high rate of HIV infection in Louisiana.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Health Care Insurance Help Available With Pen And Paper

Problems with the website set up for the Affordable Care Act doesn’t mean people can’t sign up for health insurance. Applications can still be made on paper.

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Community Impact
3:56 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Schweitzer Fellows Make Underserved Communities Healthier

Medical students use colored blocks to try and teach young students about the proteins, carbohydrates and fats on their lunch plates.
Kate Howe

It’s lunchtime at the Renew Cultural Arts Academy, and that means a group of medical students from Louisiana State University are sitting down with kindergarden, first and second graders to talk about the food that’s on their plates.

“So what do you use your protein for?”

“Makes you strong!” 

“Makes you strong. Got to have big muscles, huh? Can you show me your muscle? All right, there you go.”

About a dozen medical students are equipped with colored building blocks: red for protein, green for carbohydrates, and yellow for fat.

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Tropical Storm Karen
8:28 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Some Oyster Beds Re-Opened As Tropical Storm Karen Threat Lessens

Louisiana health officials say they are reopening some oyster harvest areas where the threat of flooding from Tropical Storm Karen has diminished.

Louisiana harvest areas 13 to 23 will open Sunday morning. They were among the areas ordered closed because of the possibility of contamination from flood waters.

Saturday's announcement said a precautionary closure of oyster harvest areas one through 12 would remain in effect until health officials determine the waters meet standards set by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.

The Salt
2:16 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Just What The Doctor Ordered: Med Students Team With Chefs

Fourth year Tulane medical school student Neha Solanki (far right) preps a Greek frittata during a class at Johnson & Wales.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 8:26 am

For the past few weeks, the culinary arts students at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., have been working with some less-than-seasoned sous chefs.

One of them, Clinton Piper, may look like a pro in his chef's whites, but he's struggling to work a whisk through some batter. "I know nothing about baking," he says.

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Science & Health
7:02 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Deadly Amoeba Found For First Time In Municipal Water Supply

Kali Hardig, 12, was released from a hospital in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 11 after surviving a brain infection caused by amoebas.
Danny Johnston Associated Press

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 9:32 am

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.

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