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Animal Life
7:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Animal Life: The Benefits Of Ear-Tipped Feral Cats

Ear-tipped cats have been sterilized and released to help stabilize wild cat populations.
Credit Robert Lowe / Flickr

When I step out my front door, the first thing I usually see is a feral cat soaking up the sun. Some may view community cats as a nuisance, but these unique felines actually play an important role in the city.

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Science & Health
7:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Tulane Study Finds Heart Attacks Still Rising After Hurricane Katrina

Senior study author Dr. Anand Irimpen

Researchers at Tulane University have found a three-fold increase in heart attacks six years after Hurricane Katrina. The findings link stress from the storm and several other factors to the increase.

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Red River Radio
8:50 am
Tue March 4, 2014

SFA cancer research lab focuses attention on giant salvinia

Dr. Shiyou Li is research professor and director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Crops at Stephen F. Austin State University.

This winter’s hard freezes are helpful in fighting the spread of the invasive aquatic weed giant salvinia that continues to choke area waterways. 

Researchers at Stephen F. Austin State University are working on a new control. Turns out, a compound found in the plant could be lethal to itself. That compound was discovered in an SFA pharmaceutical research lab that investigates anti-cancer agents found in native and invasive plants, according to Steve Bullard, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

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7:14 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Science Friday: Your Brain On Jazz

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Science Friday host Ira Flatow speaks with researcher Charles Limb about jazz music, improvisation, and how the human brain makes sense of music — and what it reveals about the creativity process.
Researcher and musician Charles Limb created an fMRI-safe keyboard to study the effects of jazz on the brain.
WRKF
6:52 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Louisiana May Lighten Up on Marijuana Laws

Louisiana patients may soon have a new medicine option, if one state lawmaker has his way.

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:38 am

With some of the nation’s harshest punishments for marijuana possession and an ultra-conservative Republican governor at the helm, few would expect Louisiana might be the next state to allow folks to light up a joint. Yet one state lawmaker is planning to push to lighten up some pot laws during the upcoming legislative session.

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WRKF
12:07 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Medications for Multiple Sclerosis Aimed at Prevent Worsening of Disease

Neurologists, who treat patients with Multiple Sclerosis, are excited to have many more FDA approved Multiple Sclerosis therapies on the market. Several more are in clinical trials or awaiting approval. Dr. April Erwin, a neurologist with Neuromedical Center in Baton Rouge, is optimistic that a cure is on the horizon. For more information about Multiple Sclerosis and treatment, please visit www.theneuromedicalcenter.com.

Dr. April Erwin, Neurologist

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WRKF
11:45 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Exercise is Medicine Without the Negative Side Effects

Very few people exercise and almost everyone has a reason for not exercising. Bill Gvoich, Medical Wellness Program Director of Spectrum Fitness & Wellness, discusses the strong evidence between physical activity and health, and overall quality of life. For more information on Gvoich's health and exercise program, please visit www.gvoich.com.

Bill Gvoich, Personal Trainer with Spectrum Fitness Centers

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WRKF
9:10 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Dermatologist Adds New Laser to Arsenal

Dr. Stephanie Frederick, a dermatologist with the Baton Rouge Clinic, says the Sciton laser can be used to treat a multitude of skin conditions from acne to wrinkles.

Dr. Stephanie Frederick, Dermatologist with Baton Rouge Clinic

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Environment
12:28 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — What's Next?

Jeff Adelson of The New Orleans Advocate, and Mark Schleifstein of Nola.com | The Times-Picayune.

Talk to anyone in South Louisiana and they know that the future is clouded by sea level rise and subsidence. They also know that if the Master Plan for the Coast is not implemented on time, as scheduled, Southeast Louisiana has very little chance of staying above that sea level rise.

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Science
7:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Tulane Researchers Focusing On Urban Rats

Michael Blum, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Tulane.
Paula Burch-Celentano Tulane University

Tulane University researcher Michael Blum explains the rat research project.

Tulane University researchers are joining a national project to study how rebuilding after a disaster affects people and the environment. They’ll be starting with a close look at the common rat.

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