public health

AIDS: A Turning Point
2:06 am
Thu July 12, 2012

'Treatment As Prevention' Rises As Cry In HIV Fight

While Kenya Jackson (right) is on his thrice-weekly dialysis treatment, community health worker Greg Jules talks to him about taking his medication.
Richard Knox NPR

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 11:21 am

AIDS researchers, policymakers and advocates are increasingly convinced that treating HIV is one of the best ways of preventing its spread.

The rallying cry is "treatment as prevention," and it's the overarching theme of this month's International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Louisiana Healthcare
4:44 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Hospitals facing fewer dollars for uninsured care

Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision against expanding the state's Medicaid program under the federal health law, combined with a provision that shrinks uninsured care dollars, could leave Louisiana hospitals with far less money to care for those not on private insurance.

Hospital leaders say the situation could leave some LSU-run public hospitals and small rural hospitals teetering on the edge of closure and give them little way to recoup money they spend to care for uninsured patients.

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Budget Cuts
10:58 am
Wed July 11, 2012

State health secretary says cuts expected by Friday

Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says he expects to announce by Friday how he'll divvy up $859 million in cuts to Louisiana's Medicaid program.

The cut is tied to a congressional reduction in Louisiana's federal Medicaid financing rate.

Greenstein didn't offer details Tuesday about what will be slashed. But hospitals, doctors and other health providers are bracing for cuts that could shrink the money they receive for taking care of Medicaid patients and the uninsured.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:21 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Will Medicaid Bring The Uninsured Out Of The Woodwork?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the latest state executive to say no to an expansion of Medicaid.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 3:54 pm

Ever since the Supreme Court decided last month that an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act should be optional, quite a few Republican governors have been vowing to take a pass.

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West Nile Virus
5:10 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

3 new Louisiana West Nile cases, 1 serious

Louisiana's health department says three new cases of West Nile virus infection have been confirmed in the state — including a potentially fatal case in Vernon Parish.

Two of the people who tested positive for the infection showed no symptoms. They were in Tangipahoa Parish.

But the Vernon Parish case involves what officials call "neuro-invasive" disease — the first such case in the state this year.

A neuroinvasive illness is severe and typically results in a swelling of the brain or spinal cord. It can cause brain damage or death.

Beaches
7:16 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

La. beaches fare badly in groups survey

An environmental group's annual look at water quality at the nation's vacation beaches rates Louisiana's among the most contaminated.

The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council says 29 percent of water samples taken at Louisiana beaches showed elevated bacterial levels.

The national average is 8 percent.

An analysis of the report by The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/Ok1i3C) shows high bacteria levels were found in 44 percent of water samples collected at five Cameron Parish beaches.

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Medicaid Cuts
12:34 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

La. Medicaid Funding Unexpectedly Slashed by $859M

BATON ROUGE — Officials at Louisiana's health department are looking for ways to cut $859 million from the state's Medicaid program for the poor and uninsured. It would strip 11 percent of the funding for health services. 

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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