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Back to School Health Guide

Help your kids start the new school year off on the right foot. From exercise and nutrition, to back packs and sports physcials, here's how you can help: Sleep A good night’s sleep can make all the difference. Children under 13 ...

Hepatitis A Outbreak - Could I Be At Risk?

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. ...

Why Does Your Back Hurt?

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 ...

What Your Fingernails Say about Your Health

Like hair, the appearance of your nails can reveal clues about your health. While it’s rarely the first clue that something is off, when you notice the color, shape or texture of your fingernail(s) change and aren’t sure why, ...

Do I Have Strep or Just a Sore Throat?

Strep throat has joined the flu in news headlines, with schools nationwide reporting widespread cases of both illnesses. So, you wake up with a sore throat. Is it from a night of “sawing logs,” a symptom of a cold or allergies, ...

Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs and How to Deal

NEWSFLASH: Work can be stressful. Okay, not so newsworthy, but are you doing everything you can to make sure the tight deadlines, long hours, difficult people and tough decisions aren’t leading to poor lifestyle choices? According to ...

How Long Does a Cold Last?

An upper respiratory infection (URI), also known as the common cold, is caused by a virus that inflames the membranes in the lining of the nose and throat. There are more than 200 different viruses that can result in a cold. The normal ...

Osteoarthritis ... 'Wear and Tear' on the Knees

Knee problems are a common sign of aging, and the number of knee replacement surgeries is increasing. Last year, about 700,000 knee replacements were performed in the U.S. For most patients, the cause is osteoarthritis, often called ...

4 Major Types of Headaches and Where They Hurt

Just about everyone has a headache now and then. Most are fairly easy to manage with over-the-counter medications, and we tend to blame them on stress, eye strain or lack of sleep. But some people have chronic or severe headaches with very ...

Flu Answers

Treatment Prevention Diagnosis Think you have the flu? While most cases of the flu and non-emergent, in some situations you may need to go the ER. If you are experiencing severe flu symptoms or are pregnant, over the age of 65, or under the ...

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