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  Foods you may want to avoid during the shutdown

The Food and Drug Administration, the agency in charge of making sure food is safe, stopped some routine food safety inspections when the shutdown began. It also was forced to furlough thousands of workers.

Rhino 5K male enhancement pills recalled

Watermain break at OBVAMC, no affect on patient care.

Owner fighting to keep daycare open

New Year’s resolution: A gym membership at a bargain price

Chipotle introduces new Lifestyle Bowls for healthier options in 2019

Blood drive to help LA Tech student diagnosed with lymphoma

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  Flu activity surging across U.S.

GRAPHIC: Teen returns from cruise with ‘terrifying’ mystery illness that’s left her permanently blind

Active-duty serviceman home from South Korea killed on New Year’s Eve

2019 New Year’s Resolutions now underway

New year and new gym goals

New regulation will increase hospital billing transparency

FDA warns some antibiotics could cause aortic aneurysms to rupture

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that some antibiotics could cause the rupture of aortic aneurysms.

Number of Hepatitis A cases in La. up to 49

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) announced Tuesday, December 18 that the Louisiana Office of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

Wash avocados? The FDA says do it

While the recommendation may seem odd, the FDA says it's the only sure way to prevent bacteria and dirt from transferring from the peel to your knife to the part we eat.

Report: Louisiana ranked most unhealthy state in 2018

CBS News correspondent and former KSLA reporter discusses battle with Tourette Syndrome

Shreveport hospital introduces revolutionary x-ray technology

Where is your DNA going? The pros and cons of purchasing DNA kits

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Free flu shots planned at Louisiana’s parish health units

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

CDC says check your pantry, throw away recalled and expired goods before the holiday season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking folks to “say no” to raw cookie dough as we head into the holiday season.

Ochsner Health System raising minimum wage by nearly $4 in January

Ochsner Health System announced Thursday it will increase minimum wage payments from $8.10 per hour to $12 per hour, increasing the overall annual pay for more than 1,200 people employed by the system.

Major hurdle cleared for new LSU Medical School facility in Shreveport

A major hurdle has been cleared in efforts to bring a new LSU medical education building to Shreveport. The LSU Board of Supervisors gave unanimous approval to the $56 million project. Next step: State legislative approval.

Man says he urinated on Kellogg’s cereal conveyor belt

A Tennessee man faces up to three years in prison for urinating on a Kellogg's cereal conveyor belt at a Memphis facility.

Certain birth months are linked to higher rates of ADHD, study says

The study looked at 407,846 US children born between 2007 and 2009 to see how many diagnoses of ADHD occurred in relation to the child's month of birth, CNN reports

  Shreveport discusses peak in AFM cases

Symptoms of AFM are difficulty moving the eyes or drooping eyelids, facial droop or sudden arm or leg weakness and difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech.

Recall expands for potentially toxic dog food

Excess vitamin D in the diet can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Pet owners whose dogs have been eating the recalled brands and are showing these symptoms should contact their veterinarians.

Kids treated after being served Pine-Sol instead of apple juice at preschool

The Health Department investigated the facility following the incident.

Free Kidney Health Screening Dec. 1 in Shreveport

The event will take place at St. Mary of the Pines Catholic Church.

Millions of diabetics could be left without insulin by 2030

Millions of people with diabetes could be left without insulin by 2030, a study predicts.

Experts: Thanksgiving dinner does not have to be a diet killer

For many it’s a food bonanza - while for others it’s the ‘death knell’ of their diet.

Lunches delivered to Natchitoches sheriff’s deputies

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies will have a plate of food on Thanksgiving thanks to members of an ArkLaTex Church.

The Good Stuff: The perfect timing for cancer

Bossier Parish 17-year-old Gavin Roe had a busy 2018. He competed for a national championship with the Bucs fishing team, and helped lead the Bucs football team into the playoffs. But more impressive, is the team he formed in late October to help him mother in her fight against cancer.

Spine Hospital of Louisiana launches robotic spine surgery program

The Spine Hospital of Louisiana at The NeuroMedical Center announced the launch of its robotic spine surgery program.

Local professor discovers new species of kissing bug

Kissing bug carries deadly parasite mostly found in Latin America, but also found in the U.S.

Boil Advisory issued for Sarepta residents

A Boil Advisory has been issued for the residents of Sarepta, Louisiana.

Shreveport startup using olive oil to treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Nearly 6 million Americans wake up each day and forget who or where they are.Those people have Alzheimer’s and battle the simple things most of us take for granted according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Frito-Lay recalls popcorn bags filled with cheese-flavored tortilla chips

Frito-Lay issues a popcorn recall for some products.

Ochsner, Walmart team up to reduce healthcare costs

The plan will be available January 1, 2019, and OHN is working with Walmart as the organization seeks solutions to improve quality, patient outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare services.

Teal Pumpkin Project helps kids with food allergies enjoy Halloween

At least two children in every classroom are believed to have food allergies, according to the Food Allergy Research and Education organization.

6-year-old battling disorder that begins after strep throat

A 6-year-old girl from Mechanicsville is battling a fairly unknown disorder called PANDAS or Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection.

Jenny Craig chicken wraps recalled due to potential listeria and salmonella

The vegetables used to make the chicken wraps are under recall due to concerns about listeria and salmonella.

Boil advisory lifted for parts of west Shreveport

The boil advisory issued Friday for some residents of west Shreveport has been lifted, the city announced Sunday evening.

Bossier Parish woman walks to honor cancer victims, daughter

A Bossier Parish woman is working to unite Northwest Louisiana by honoring and remembering cancer victims. Her daughter is one of them.Bridget Forbes of Princeton, lost her daughter, Shawnee Lewis, to cervical cancer this past February after fighting the disease for six years.

Community health care started from the heart

For the last three decades, the MLK Health Center and Pharmacy has provided a safety net to give members in our community access to care to help them live more fruitful lives. It all came together, from a simple observation.

City of N.O. sues drug companies over opioid crisis

“The opioid epidemic has taken more from our people than even gun violence has. We are taking this step and pursuing litigation because our people have been harmed,” the mayor said.

Louisiana launches new digital tool to enhance fight against opioid crisis

Louisiana launches new digital tool in battle against opioid deaths.

Brain-eating amoeba: Know the facts

KSLA News 12 has received several questions about Bossier City water and whether it’s safe to use and drink. Doug Warner sat down with Dr. Martha Whyte with the Louisiana Department of Health to separate myth from fact when it comes to Bossier City’s water.

Maranda at Work: Crafting and creating prosthetics, improving lives

There are only around 5,000 certified prosthetists in the United States — and Maranda Whittington had the chance to work with one of them.

Bossier City woman shares breast cancer survival story

An ArkLaTex woman’s self-examination led her on a journey she’d never imagine — her own battle with cancer.

Willis-Knighton using wire-free technology to treat breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in Louisiana, but new technology is out there helping doctors treat it and reduce those numbers.

Bossier City working to learn how brain-eating amoeba got in water system

With a chlorine burn well underway in Bossier City, city officials say they've scheduled double the testing and are working to figure out how a brain-eating amoeba got into the water system in south Bossier City.

Bossier City issues water boil advisory

Bossier City has issued a boil advisory as a result of low water pressure due to repairs to a main pipeline.

Louisiana orders chlorine burn for Benton-based water system

CBB Water says its water is safe to drink. But during the burn, the water will have the strong smell and taste of chlorine.

Brain-eating amoeba detected in Bossier City water system

Bossier City's water system has one site that has tested positive for the brain-eating amoeba, the Louisiana health department reports.

Seasonal, barometric change can cause increased headaches

Stuffy noses and allergies aren’t the only ailments that come with fall. It’s also a prime time for something else that is a pain, headaches.

Ochsner takes the reigns of North Louisiana’s charity hospitals

With Ochsner at the helm, plans are in place to renovate portions of Shreveport’s charity hospital, including enhancing facilities and equipment.

  Flu season is here! Here’s what you should know

Flu season is officially upon us in the United States. Last year the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated over 80,000 people died of the flu or flu-related complications.

More than 1 in 3 US adults eat fast food daily, study finds

The study found, the more money someone has, the more likely they are to eat fast food on a given day.

Pain medicine recalled for packaging issue

Some of the ingredients in Uber Numb are poisonous if swallowed. The spray and cream are being recalled because the packaging isn't child resistant as required.

New details on brain-eating amoeba found in south Bossier Parish water system

A portion of the 400 water customers affected by this amoeba scare live in the Plantation Acres Mobile Home Park, just off Sligo Road in south Bossier Parish.

Congenital syphilis cases in newborns at 20-year high CDC says

Cases have more than doubled in the United States since 2013

Bossier City addresses concerns over Sligo test results

They city says they’ve taken precautionary measures to ensure that the recent presence of Naegleria fowleri found in the Sligo Water System does not affect Bossier City water customers.

FDA approves drug used to prevent migraines in adults

The United States Food and Drug Administration approved a drug that is used to prevent migraines in adults Thursday.

Veterinarians warn of mushroom dangers to dogs in damp weather

Our wet, damp CTX weather has created the perfect environment for wild mushrooms to grow in just about any patch of grass.

Target, Sam’s Club, Aldi and more affected by beef recall

The USDA announced a recall of more than 130,00 pounds of Cargill Meat Solutions ground chuck products last week, and released an expanded list of affected retailers on Wednesday.

About 30,000 fitness trackers recalled due to burn risk

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the activity tracker wristbands can overheat while the user is wearing it or when charging, posing a burn hazard.

Alcohol blamed for 3 million deaths yearly, according to WHO

The World Health Organization reported that 75 percent of the deaths were men.

Woman goes to emergency room, doctors find dead turtle in her vagina

The woman complained of pain in her lower abdomen. Doctors found a small dead turtle inside her genitals.

Macadamia nut products recalled over E. coli contamination concerns

A variety of Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company products produced on the Big Island earlier this month have been voluntarily recalled due to potential E. coli contamination, according to the state Department of Health.

VA hospital to hold mental health summit at museum

The emphasis will be suicide prevention, transitional care management and homelessness. But information about other topics also will be available.

Breast-feeding could help babies maintain healthy weight, study says

New research out of Canada shows that breast-feeding could help babies maintain a healthy weight as they grow into their toddler years.

Flu shots available at the drive-thru this week

Doctors all over the ArkLaTex are encouraging people to get the flu shot ahead of the flu season, and they are making it easier than ever for you to protect yourself.

Louisiana man creates new hospital tool for nurses

There are many tools in the medical field that help doctors and patients and now, a new tool shows promise to help nurses.

Ground beef recall: 130,000 pounds possibly contaminated with E. coli

The beef products are being recalled by Cargill Meat Solutions, which produced and packaged the items on June 21, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.

Shreveport Prosthetics looking for shoes for local amputees

Shoes might not seem like a big deal to many — but to amputees it’s something many struggle to find.

Police: Man accused of rubbing produce on buttocks at grocery store

Manassas City police said Michael Dwayne Johnson, 27, was seen by an employee picking up produce, pulling down his pants, rubbing the produce on his buttocks and returning it to the shelf.