Science & Health

Animal Life
9:13 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Animal Life: Raising Awareness Of Endangered Species

Newly-hatched Loggerhead Sea Turtles making their way to the ocean.
Credit foryouinf / Shutterstock.com

Did you know that Louisiana is home to a variety of rare animals? There are about 1,300 endangered species in the United States. More than 30 of them are native to Louisiana. Animals such as the Red Wolf and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle thrive in Louisiana’s subtropical climate.

Unfortunately, some of these species are almost extinct. The Louisiana Black Bear and the Gulf Sturgeon, for example, are now struggling to survive because humans have disrupted their habitats.

Raising awareness about native endangered species is the first step to ensuring their survival.

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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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Green Minute
8:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

The Green Minute: Got Allergies?

Bee Pollen is many man's enemy.
Credit ForestWander / wikimedia commons

Spring is in the air and so are the allergens! Yes, it’s allergy season. While it might seem counterintuitive, most experts agree that as we spend more and more time indoors, our allergic reactions increase. And while allergens typically trigger cold-like symptoms such as sniffling and sneezing, they can also trigger asthma attacks.

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Science & Health
4:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why The Doctor's Always Late

Dr. Gearhart and Catrena Drake update the day's appointments, marking which patients have arrived and which patients are still waiting to be seen. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 1:51 pm

Patients wait an average of about 20 minutes at doctors’ offices, according to national data from healthcare consultants. It’s a major annoyance for patients who are stuck leafing through dated magazines, and worrying about work piling up on their desks.

What’s the hold-up? What’s happening behind that waiting room door?

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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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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.
Affordable Care Act
4:24 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Tips On Navigating The Health Insurance Marketplace

If you are among the thousands of uninsured residents in the metro area, here's a heads up: the deadline to sign up for health insurance and receive coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching.

Susan Todd, executive director of 504HealthNet, which provides support to a network of healthcare providers in the greater New Orleans area, has tips on how to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace and info on why you should sign up sooner rather than later.

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Affordable Care Act
5:28 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act

NPR’s guide to the dozens of common questions about the new health care law known as Obamacare. Did we miss something? Send us your questions, and read our latest news stories on the issue.

Science & Health
7:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

As Health Care Deadline Draws Near, Navigators Get Creative

Cam Nguyen and Sean Murray prepare to talk to cab drivers about the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Mallory Falk

Monday marks the first deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Throughout the country, health care navigators are helping people with the enrollment process. In New Orleans, they're working hard to reach as many people as possible, spending time outside shopping malls, corner stores... even the airport.

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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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