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Red River Radio
9:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Health study: Arkansas and Louisiana lack defenses against 'superbugs'

Arkansas and Louisiana are ill-prepared to detect, diagnose and respond to threats like Ebola and outbreaks of infectious diseases, according to a report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases,” found that Arkansas scored the lowest of all, two out of 10 on key indicators related to preventing and responding to antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

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Red River Radio
8:58 am
Wed December 10, 2014

National conservation coalition brings unified vision to Louisiana coastal restoration

A coalition of national environmental groups says the billions of dollars expected from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill penalties should go toward rapidly rebuilding Louisiana’s coastline.

During a teleconference Tuesday, the conservation groups outlined 19 priority projects detailed in their two new reports. David Muth, Gulf Program director for the National Wildlife Federation, says these projects are critical.

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WRKF
3:19 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Xavier University Wins Grant to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Research

Courtesy of flickr.com

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:59 am

Xavier university is looking to triple the number of their minority alumni who go on to receive PhDs in the life sciences in the next decade, with help from an NIH grant. The first obstacle is getting undergraduates to stick with those fields.


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Science & Health
7:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Xavier University Gets $19.6 Million Grant

Xavier University has received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The money is from an NIH initiative called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity.

It will be used to expand biomedical programs at the historically black university.

Xavier says the award is part of a $240 million NIH investment involving more than 10 institutions. It’s aimed at developing new approaches to engage student researchers, including those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Latest News
4:33 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

'Blood Moon' Rises In Rare Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse Wednesday morning will cause the moon to glow blood red.
S Vivek Flickr

Amateur astronomers and sky-watchers are in for a treat Wednesday morning.

A rare total lunar eclipse will happen at 5:27 a.m.

Louisiana Tech astronomer Lee Sawyer tells WWL that viewers in New Orleans will have a prime viewing experience.

Sawyer says the moon will glow blood red during the early morning event.

He also says this eclipse is unique because the sun will be rising in the east at the same time, giving viewers between 2-9 minutes to simultaneously see the sun rising in the east, and the eclipsed moon setting in the west.

Coastal Desk
7:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Report On U.S. Freshwater Crisis Released At Water Conference

The Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference.
Credit WEFTEC

The Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference kicked off this past Saturday in New Orleans, and continues through Wednesday, October 1. On Monday afternoon, a new report called "Navigating to New Shores: Seizing the Future for Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources" was released at the Morial Convention Center.

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Science & Health
11:13 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Astronaut Captures New Orleans From The International Space Station

New Orleans from the International Space Station.
Credit G. Reid Wiseman / NASA

G. Reid Wiseman, a NASA astronaut currently serving aboard the International Space Station as the mission's flight engineer, is known for his frequent Twitter photo posts of the Earth below.

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Red River Radio
9:16 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Researchers show off early work on 3-D printer-made implants

Louisiana Tech biomedical engineering doctoral student Karthik Patta shows a specimen for how a plastic filament could dispense antibiotics in the case of joint surgery. Jeffery Weisman holds a plastic implant in the background.

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 10:23 am

Researchers at LSU Health Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston are in the early stages of developing a new way to deliver antibiotics and other medicine via customized, implantable devices created using a 3-D printer. 

LSU Medical School student Jeffery Weisman is also pursuing his doctorate in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech. He presented his research in collaboration with LSU Health Shreveport. It intensified over the past three months when he experimented with making plastic medical prototypes from a consumer-grade 3-D printer.

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Latest News
7:37 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Tulane Ebola Expert Says It Is Time To Step Up Experimental Treatments

Signage in the Congo informing visitors of an Ebola infected area, September 2013.
Credit Sergey Uryadnikov / Shutterstock.com

A Tulane expert in viral epidemics raging in West Africa says it’s time to expand experimental treatments. Some are showing promise.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Plaquemines Parish Joins With Army Corps To Turn Dredged Sediment Into Marshland

Louisiana Coastal Area Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Program
Credit Plaquemines Parish

Plaquemines Parish officials are partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers on a new coastal dredging initiative.

The plan is to use sediment dredged from the Mississippi River shipping channel to create 300 to 600 acres of marsh habitat. This will help create a natural buffer against storm surge.

Colonel Rick Hansen is commander of the New Orleans District office of the Army Corps of Engineers.

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