Hepatitis A Outbreak - Could I Be At Risk?
July 16, 2019

The numbers are alarming. In just one week, there were 73% more new cases of hepatitis A than in an entire non-outbreak year in Louisiana. Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parishes have the two highest counts out of the 352 cases statewide. What is Hepatitis A? Hepatitis A is a ...

In Case of Emergency - Medical Care When Traveling Abroad
July 9, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) less than 20% of travelers who visit foreign countries sought medical advice before visiting their destination. And lately, social media is full of reports of tourists getting fatally ill while abroad. So what can ...

Crypto Fast Facts
July 5, 2019

Heading to the pool or water park? You may want to read up on “Crypto” -- it’s caused by a parasite found in water that can make you pretty sick. The worst? Chlorine can’t get rid of it! Dr. Amanda Watts, a family medicine physician, fills you in on what ...

On a scale of 1 to 10, how concerned should you be about flesh eating bacteria?
July 2, 2019

As millions of people flock to the beach for summer vacation, our newsfeeds will fill with reported cases of flesh eating bacteria. Also known as necrotizing fasciitis, the bacteria occurs naturally in warm, salt water like those closest to us along the Gulf Coast. The condition ...

5 Common Reasons for Summer ER Visits
June 26, 2019

The lazy days of summer have been known to leave people in the last place they want to be – the emergency room. Here are a few of the top injuries and ailments we see during summer months, and guess what? They are all avoidable! Sunburns Always wear sunscreen (with an SPF ...

Processed versus Ultra-Processed Foods
June 5, 2019

Processed foods have been under scrutiny for years, linking the ready-to-eat foods with higher rates of cancer and higher mortality rates. And if that wasn’t enough to make you think twice about that vending machine honey bun, a new study from the National Institutes of ...

Check Your Sunscreen's Active Ingredients List
May 28, 2019

Are the active ingredients in your over-the-counter sunscreen safe? A new proposed regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for the testing of 12 out of 16 currently approved active ingredients found in sunscreen, among other provisions like SPF levels, ...

Hydration Hacks
May 14, 2019

Staying well-hydrated has a ton of benefits for your body, including better digestion, overall skin health, circulation and more. But drinking the right amount of fluids every day can seem like a daunting task. The Institute of Medicine recommends 2.7 liters (91 ounces) for women ...

New Treatment for AFib Reduces Stroke Risk
May 9, 2019

If you have AFib, the Watchman TM Device may allow you to stop taking blood thinners for the rest of your life. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke, blood clots, heart failure and other heart-related complications. It occurs when the upper ...

Why Does Your Back Hurt?
May 9, 2019

These are some of the imaging tests you may need to find the source of your back pain. Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and it is estimated that about 80% of the population will experience it at some point in their lives. In many instances, pain in your back ...

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