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11:27 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Rapid Ebola Test Developed At Tulane University Gains FDA Approval

Tulane University researchers helped discover a new rapid diagnostic test for the Ebola virus. The test gained FDA approval this week.
UNMEER Flickr

This week, the Food and Drug Administration gave its stamp of approval to a new rapid test to detect the Ebola virus. The test is based on technology originally discovered at Tulane University.

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Science & Health
12:07 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Triple Degree Program At LSU Serves The Growing Biomedical Industry In Louisiana

A new triple degree program launches in the fall at LSU, for students who want to fast-track undergraduate education, medical school and PhD study.
dullhunk Flickr

A new triple degree program launches in the fall at LSU, for students who want to fast-track undergraduate education, medical school and PhD study. 

LSU is partnering with the Health Sciences Center in New Orleans to launch the program. It’s called “Fast Path” because students would receive three degrees  - a bachelor of science, an MD, and a PhD — in one-to-three years less than the traditional path.

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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.

Science & Health
10:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Federal Appeals Court In New Orleans Considering Review Of Restrictive Texas Abortion Laws

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is considering an appeal of Texas laws restricting access to abortions.

Covering the story for Houston Public Radio is health and science reporter Carrie Feibel.

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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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Science & Health
1:05 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

UNO's Adam Norris: We're Now A Smoke-Free Campus

The University of New Orleans.

Adam Norris, the Director of Communications at the University of New Orleans, tells us UNO became a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 1.

The state legislature mandated all public colleges and universities become smoke-free on that date, but UNO took it a step further and banned all types of tobacco. Norris says there are smoking-cessation resources in place for faculty, staff and students.

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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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