Health

Louisiana reports first human West Nile virus cases for 2019

In comparison, the department reported 53 West Nile virus cases at this time last year.

  IN STUDIO: MLK Health Center holding Fall Health Fest

  Ochsner LSU Health has only Level II pediatric trauma program in Louisiana

Boil orders and advisories in the ArkLaTex

Frozen, raw pet food recalled due to salmonella, listeria risk

Valliant schools hope to hold classes Monday, regardless

  No school again Wednesday, Thursday in Valliant

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  Athlete glides through unique diagnosis

  Water issue idles schools, some businesses

Actual vs. ‘feels-like’ temperatures: a difference that matters

Bossier asks parents to help students stay hydrated

  E. coli found in an ArkLaTex water system

Oak Park Elementary unveils new school-based health center

City of Marshall water deemed safe, boil notice ended

The notice, issued Thursday, August 8, was due to a water main break

  Brentwood adds 60 beds with unveiling of new wing

Hospital officials said they could begin moving patients into that area as early as next week

Some living, working in Marshall advised to boil water

Impacted are those who were affected by a break in a water main on Sedberry Street

  Bossier water system severs ties with its backup supplier

Sligo Water System now on its own in battle to meet summertime demand

Cincinnati area girl, 5, diagnosed with rare tick paralysis

  Sligo Water System’s struggles could go from bad to worse

  Pharmacy specializing in medicinal marijuana to open in Shreveport

Louisiana pharmacies prepare for medical marijuana debut

Louisiana picks companies for Medicaid managed care deals

  Child immunization schedules & free vaccination dates

  KSLA Salutes: Barksdale trains new dentists in advanced program

"Residency blew my expectations out of the water,” one new dentist says

  Homeless camp residents feel pressured to leave

There’s concern about the potential health threat of a place that lacks running water

CBD producer says certain CBD products may cause positive drug screening results

with all of the potential benefits of taking the product, there is one possible draw back.

  Haunting drug overdose photo shows opioid epidemic in Mississippi

One picture taken in Jackson over the weekend and then posted to Facebook may sum up the problem in one snapshot.

Free dance camp for kids to be held in Homer

Starting today, the Homer Recreation Department will host the Just Dance camp.

Village of Clarence water main break forces water shut off, boil advisory issued

The boil advisory will remain until further notice.

Boil advisory issued for Bossier water system

The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Taco seasoning sold at H-E-B, Walmart recalled due to possible Salmonella

Williams Foods LLC is recalling taco seasoning mix sold at H-E-B and Walmart that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Ex-school official warns about internet pharmacies

"See a doctor. That's important. And that's one of the things that I failed to do."

LDH to begin enforcement of new crawfish and shrimp labeling law

Restaurants and distributors that offer cooked or prepared crawfish or shrimp must notify their customers if these seafood items came from outside the United States.

  Ochsner-LSU hosting 5th annual Back to School Health Fair

The event is free to all students and there will be free lunch offered while supplies last.

  LA starts drawing down Lake Bistineau to fight salvinia

This year's drawdown is underway at lake Bistineau to once again fight off the invasion of giant salvinia.

Bayer recalls 990 vials of drug that treats serious bleeding

Bayer is voluntarily recalling nearly 1,000 vials of a biological drug used to help prevent and control serious bleeding in patients with hemophilia A.

  Fighting back against dangerous Summer heat

There are several ways to stay safe during the Summer months and enjoy the outdoors.

Free car seat fittings to be held in Bossier City

Starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 19, parents can make sure their car seats are up to code before new laws go into effect.

  Missing DeSoto Parish man has been found

Authorities previously said he had last been seen July 2 in Bossier City

  Project Celebration hosts domestic violence training for advocates

The coalition taught an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence, including the prevalence and effective advocacy skills.

  Raw sewage spills into Shreveport’s iconic duck pond

2 spills within 3 days lead to part of area being cordoned off from the public

South Claiborne Water System issues boil advisory

A select group of customers in the South Claiborne Water System are under a boil advisory.

Atlanta hotel closed after 3 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease

The Georgia Department of Health is investigating three confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease that may have come from a downtown Atlanta hotel.

7 Investigates: Health officials confirm three cases of infant botulism in East Texas

Health officials have now confirmed three cases of infant botulism in East Texas, and a possible fourth case is under investigation.

VA MISSION Act allows veterans to access urgent cares

The VA MISSION Act allows vets to go to any urgent care or walk-in care provider in the VA's network.

Southern Louisiana nursing home patients evacuated to Shreveport ahead of Tropical Storm Barry

EMTs and paramedics from the ambulance service assisted with unloading residents and performed simple triage.

  Texas Mission of Mercy offers free dental clinic

Services include basic pain relief, dental cleaning, fillings and extractions.

  Air conditioning repair business booms during heatwave

Heat-related deaths have dropped by 80 percent in the past 60 years

Company recalls hamburger, hot dog buns sold in multiple states

The company says there is a potential presence of small pieces of hard plastic that may have been introduced during production.

  Food Bank of NWLA in need of donations this summer

The summer is typically when the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana usually start to struggle with donations.

Hot weather has Meals On Wheels drivers checking on senior citizens

“You have to, you have to. You never know what they’re going through"

Natural gas safety tips for potentially severe weather

CenterPoint Energy is closely monitoring the forecasts as potentially severe weather heads toward the Gulf of Mexico.

  IN STUDIO: 42nd Annual Sickle Cell Softball Tournament

This year’s Sickle Cell Softball Tournament will be held this weekend.

Toxic algae growth forces closure of all coastal Mississippi beaches

Officials believe the growth is due to fresh water coming from the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

Boil advisory issued for some DeRidder residents

A boil advisory has been issued by Waterworks District No. 3 of Beauregard Parish

UPDATE: All South Mississippi beaches now under algae-related water warnings

The entire shoreline of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is now under the same water warning tied to the blue-green algae bloom. Pascagoula’s two beach testing sites joined the list Sunday morning.

  13-year-old stepsisters celebrate remission after battling the same type of cancer

Olivia Barlow and Natalie Harvey have a few things in common. They are both 13, they are stepsisters, and they both have the same type of bone cancer.

  ‘Abortion is Freedom’ billboards cause controversy in Waskom, city declared the act illegal

Two Austin based non-profits have put up back-to-back billboards on Interstate 20, to challenge Waskom City Council’s decision to ban abortions in the city.

  DeSoto Parish man goes missing

Authorities say he last was seen July 2 in Bossier City

LifeShare offering free movie tickets for blood donors

It's always a good time to give blood — but LifeShare Blood Center is making it worth while for donors.

  Experts offer ways to cope with PTSD during Fourth of July fireworks

Pyrotechnics can trigger anxiety, panic attack or flashback in combat veterans who have PTSD

Hot Dog Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts during Fourth of July holiday

July is National Hot Dog Month.

HIV cases in La. drop to lowest level in 10+ years

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is reporting the number of people in the state being diagnosed with HIV is the lowest it has been in the past year and the previous decade.

  MLK Health Center’s free pharmacy helps close to two thousand

Each year, MLK gives away around $2 million worth of medications.

Boil advisory lifted in Claiborne Parish

A boil advisory has been lifted in south Claiborne Parish.

CDC warns about a parasite in pools that is making people sick

The parasite can be worse for kids, pregnant women and anyone who has a compromised immune system.

Boil Advisory issued in Claiborne Parish

It has not been announced how long the boil advisory will last.

Boil advisory issued for Little River County

The advisory was issued as a precautionary act due to the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system.

ETX veterinarian sees increase in heartworm disease

A parasite is causing some concern for an East Texas veterinarian. Brennon Gurley finds out what pet owners should do to make sure they furry friends are protected.

  Coushatta family credits working smoke alarms for saving their lives

Fire Marshals advise people to replace all smoke alarm batteries once a year and check to make sure the device is working.

Fisher-Price recalls over 70k infant sleepers due to risk of death

The company's newest recall marks its exit from selling inclined sleep products completely.

Free testing available on Nat’l HIV Testing Day

Do you know your status?

OBVAMC to observe PTSD Awareness Day

On Thursday, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center plans to recognize June 27 as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day.

Legal sale of CBD products begins in Louisiana

On Monday, June 24, the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) issued its first permits to allow the legal sale of hemp-derived CBD products. Multiple temporary permits were issued, the office says, including five in the Baton Rouge area.

Baby formula sold at Walmart recalled nationwide for potentially containing metal

A baby formula sold exclusively at Walmart is being recalled nationwide “because of the potential presence of metal foreign matter.”

Would you know if your pet was having a heatstroke?

Pets cannot tell you when they are experiencing signs of heat exposure, so it’s important for you to know the symptoms.

  CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier names new CEO

Trawick has been with the local health system in Shreveport since 2005.

Over 300 cases of Hepatitis A confirmed in Louisiana, LDH says

On Friday, June 21, LDH reported 302 cases of Hepatitis A since the start of 2019.

  3-day United We Give blood drive off to a strong start

Hospitals rationing blood; "it’s not a joke; it’s for real”

Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission announces 42nd Annual Sickle Cell Softball Tournament

Tournament play will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14.

Commissioner of Insurance warns of genetic testing scheme targeting Medicare beneficiaries

A genetic testing fraud scheme is targeting Medicare beneficiaries, James Donelon with The Louisiana Department of Insurance said.