science

Red River Radio
9:06 am
Thu April 3, 2014

LSU Health Shreveport hosts top scientists from across Louisiana

The first LA CaTS Day was held Wednesday at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center.

Top research scientists from across Louisiana met at LSU Health Shreveport Wednesday to work on improving collaboration across their institutions. 

They’re doing it with the help of LA CaTS, the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center in Baton Rouge. It’s funded by a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The aim is to promote more unified research. Dr. William Cefalu, executive director of Pennington Biomedical Research Center where LA CaTS is based, led the conference.

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NolaVie
4:50 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Managing Menhaden: A New Plan For 'The Most Important Fish In The Sea'

A school of Menhaden fish.
Crabby Taxonomist flickr.com

They’re called bunker up north, and Pogies here in the South, and are sometimes referred to as “The Most Important Fish In the Sea”. These are the Menhaden.

Since it’s not a fish you eat, you’ve probably never heard of it. But the annual Menhaden Advisory Committee meeting was a big deal this year due to a new Menhaden management plan.

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Science & Health
2:58 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Colon Health Fair At WJMC Focused On Education And Prevention

Kelly McDermott, GI/Endoscopy nurse at West Jefferson Medical Center, guided visitors through an interactive colon cancer exhibit on Monday.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

A giant inflatable colon took over a conference room at West Jefferson Medical Center on Monday, the centerpiece of the hospital’s annual Colon Health Fair — an event dedicated to providing information on the risks and causes of, and treatments for, colon cancer.

Kelly McDermott, a GI/Endoscopy nurse at West Jeff for 27 years, guided me through the mockup, which detailed the various stages of a healthy colon’s progression into full-blown cancer.

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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

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

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 Preventing Worsening of Disease

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 2:03 pm

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.


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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.


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