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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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Latest News
8:11 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Gulf Dead Zone Remains The Size of Connecticut

The area of low oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico, commonly known as the "Dead Zone," measured 5,052 square miles as of Aug. 1, 2014.
Credit Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

A scientist who has studied the low-oxygen dead zone off the Louisiana coast for 30 years says it’s still about the size of Connecticut.

Nancy Rabalais of Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium says it covers just over 5,000 square miles.

That’s triple the goal set by federal officials for next year. 

“The average size is now three times larger than the goal," she said. "And the goal was to reach that size by 2015, and it’s 2014. So that should tell us something about progress.”  

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Environment
5:07 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

New Orleans Plays Host To Conference On Environmental Restoration

2014 Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration.

Top academics and practitioners in the field of environmental restoration are in New Orleans this week, meeting as part of the 2014 Conference of Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration.

Experts will be sharing coastal restoration examples from the Gulf of Mexico to the Persian Gulf, from Southeast Asia's Mekong Delta to the Mississippi Delta.

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Science & Health
9:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Fishermen And Retailers Go High-Tech For Authentic Gulf Seafood

Fishermen, seafood processers and retailers use the Gulf Seafood Trace software package to compile data on wild-caught seafood.
Allen Shimada Wikimedia

Some studies have found a one in three chance that the fish on our restaurant plates or in the seafood case at the supermarket is mislabeled. A cheaper fish like tilapia may be sold as red snapper, for example.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Out To Lunch: It’s In Our DNA (No, Really)

Victor Castellon, Kory Krista and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Cheryl delPozzal / It's New Orleans

New Orleans DNA research companies Renaissance RX and GenoVive are changing our concept of dieting and medication.

GenoVive founder Victor Castellon joins Peter Ricchiuti on Out to Lunch to explain how specific DNA-based diet and exercise programs can target your unique metabolism to be effective from the very first day you start your personal weight loss and health improvement program.

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WRKF
6:44 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

In Clinical Trials, Minorities More Likely to Feel Like Guinea Pigs

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 6:18 pm

Dr. Charles Wood, now a radiation oncologist at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, thought he was communicating well with all his patients while in training in Philadelphia a decade ago. But he found that twice as many non-white than white patients there believed they'd been treated in a clinical trial unknowingly.


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Latest News
7:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

UNO Receives Grant To Improve Device Protecting Sea Turtles

The University of New Orleans has been awarded an 18-month $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to improve a device used aboard shrimp boats intended to protect sea turtles.
Credit University of New Orleans

The University of New Orleans has been awarded an 18-month $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to protect sea turtles.

The project is aimed at improving a device used on shrimp boats.

That device is called an “excluder.”

It allows a captured sea turtle to escape when it’s caught up in a net.

Since 1978, all sea turtles in U.S. coastal waters have been classified as either threatened or endangered.

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