December 4th, 2013
America might be the bread basket of the world, but many Americans are hungry. Many families are coping with food insecurity, which means they are unable to acquire or are uncertain of having enough food to meet their needs because of insufficient money or other resources. The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on household food security paints a sobering picture. Click here to read the full story, and find out how you can help.
October 24th, 2013
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.
Click here to view the PDF 3-brief.
October 11th, 2013
There’s some great news in the Cities of Monroe, West Monroe and all of Ouachita Parish! The City Councils and Police Jury recently passed a smoke-free workplaces ordinance that is leading the movement to adopt similar policies throughout Louisiana in the years to come. Check out this great letter to the editor recently published in the News Star, titled “Time to Pass Smoke-Free Laws.“
Additionally, click here for more information about the ordinances, when they will be effective, along with other important details.
September 6th, 2013
A new law passed during the legislative session requires all public colleges in Louisiana to develop a smoke-free policy that will be effective as of 2014. The law also bans cigars, pipes, hookah-smoked products, and oral tobacco products on campuses.
August 15th, 2013
“State health officials are reporting seven new West Nile cases, bringing this year’s total to eight.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says there were two neuroinvasive disease cases reported this week, with one each from Calcasieu and Ouachita parishes. That’s the most serious type of the virus, infecting the brain and spinal cord and can lead to death, paralysis and brain damage.
DHH also reports four West Nile fever cases, milder viral infections, with one each in Ascension and St. Tammany parishes and two cases in Lafayette Parish.
In addition, there was one asymptomatic case reported in St. Tammany Parish. The majority of people who contract West Nile will be asymptomatic, meaning they show no symptoms. Those cases are typically detected through blood donations or routine medical tests.”
Full story reported from AP/WWL-TV. Click here.
August 2nd, 2013
“Supermarket chains Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo are recalling some ground beef because of the risk that the meat has been contaminated with E. coli.
The chains announced the recall Thursday as part of a larger ground beef recall issued by the National Beef Packing Company.
E. coli can cause diarrhea, dehydration and potentially kidney failure.
Winn-Dixie is immediately recalling the affected Fresh 93 Percent Lean Ground Beef from all stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. The product was shipped to stores around July 18.
Bi-Lo is recalling the same product from its shelves in all stores in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Neither has received reports of any related illnesses.
Consumers can bring the product to the store for a refund.”
Story Credit: Associated Press. Click here to view it on WVUE-TV’s website.
Louisiana has recorded its first case of the West Nile virus in a human for 2013, according to the state Department of Health and Hospitals. The case was confirmed in Caldwell Parish in the north central part of the state on July 22, and was determined to be a neuroinvasive case, the most dangerous form.
West Nile infections are characterized as neuroinvasive, West Nile fever or as asymptomatic. The neuroinvasive form occurs when the virus attacks nerve cells, and in older people may be very severe, with some cases resulting in brain damage or death, according to a health department news release.
Click here to read the full story from the Times-Picayune.
Are you giving your kids medicines that shouldn’t be used? It turns out that a lot of parents are. According to the latest University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, more than 40 percents of parents give young kids (under the age of four) medicine that they shouldn’t. Click here to read more.
June 17th, 2013
Residents of Louisiana and other Delta states face significant health challenges, particularly with obesity and diabetes, according to new data compiled by the Delta Regional Authority.
The authority recently introduced an online tool that allows residents and public health leaders to track regional health data to develop health solutions for the region served by the authority — Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missuori and Tennessee.
The authority’s Healthy Delta Research Database provides reports of health and other major community indicators broken down by state and parish or county.
June 4th, 2013
Several doctors wrote in to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the growing epidemic of gun violence and its threat to the health & safety to children – calling it a public health crisis. While they may be located in St. Louis, this epidemic is most certainly here in Louisiana, and nationwide. Its a poignant letter worth reading. Below is an excerpt, but you can click here to read the letter in full.
“We are writing today as pediatric emergency and trauma physicians to share our concern about the epidemic of gun violence that threatens the safety, health, and well-being of our children in St. Louis and in the United States.
In 2010, seven American children age 19 and younger were killed every day. This is twice the number of children who die from cancer, five times the number from heart disease, and 15 times the number from infections. This is also the equivalent of 128 Newtown shootings.
It has been estimated at least 38 percent of American households have a gun. In homes with children younger than 18, 22 percent store the gun loaded, 32 percent unlocked, and 8 percent unlocked and loaded. The children in these homes know the gun is present, and many handle the gun in the absence of their parents. . . .”