Health

Shreveport police work to combat accidental shootings

Lethal ‘gray death’ found in another La. parish; DEA ‘very concerned’ about potential of trafficking across state lines

At least 200 infected with Norovirus after visiting casino in Louisiana

“An organic option for the rich”: Medical marijuana price concerns remain after pharmacy slashes prices

Louisiana doctor explains what mumps is and how it spreads

  Illness closes Vivian school for 2nd time in 6 days

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  Flu closes 2 Southwest Arkansas schools for 2 days

LSU confirms five students have mumps

  Investigation launched after alleged sexual assault of Many High School student

  The Good Stuff: Hearing the cheers

Illness closes North Caddo Middle/Elementary for a day

How to stay on track with you fitness goals during Super Bowl Sunday

  Children’s Miracle Network names ArkLaTex hospital’s ‘champion’

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier surprises Benton’s Hunter Briery with a special honor he earned

BU student tests negative for novel coronavirus

A Baylor student who fell ill after recently travelling to China tested negative for the 2019 novel coronavirus, the university announced Monday.

Courier Labs seek to become first hemp processor in Louisiana

The news presses inside the Houma Courier building have fallen quiet but a new noise is coming from the building. Construction crews have started work to turn the old building in Houma, Louisiana into the first hemp processing lab in the state.

La. health officials address spread of new strain of coronavirus

It has certainly been a headline grabber that a new strain of coronavirus has made its way to the states.

Louisiana first lady, congressman Scalise speak at March for Life rally in Washington D.C.

  US flu deaths climb to 8,200: Most cases in children, young adults

  March for Life in Shreveport lead by U.S Congressman Mike Johnson

  Suspected coronavirus case in Texas; China expands lockdowns to 25M people

McLeod ISD disinfects schools to help combat illnesses

Louisiana monitoring Chinese Coronavirus after confirmed US case

Illnesses close some East Texas schools Jan. 21-22

3 ballgames still on for Tuesday evening; parents asked to consider not allowing younger children to attend

  Forecast for economic growth in Shreveport is bright

And this month, Louisiana becomes the first state to get federal approval of industrial hemp

  ETX mother with very rare disease hopes to find kidney donor

“We’re making it, but it’s a struggle."

Farmers to begin growing hemp in La. in spring, but must jump through some hoops first

We’re just a couple months away from the first round of a brand new crop being planted in Louisiana in several decades.

Marshall hospital unveils new memorial prayer garden

It will be a place to patients, families and associates to reflect and seek solace.

Boil Advisory issued for South Claiborne

South Claiborne Water System has issued a boil advisory for all customers from Highway 518 South to Arcadia down to Highway 519 and all residence below Highway 518 South.

Boil advisory issued for parts of Benton

Maintenance crews are working to restore water Saturday afternoon or early evening.

  Flu season starts early, and it’s more severe this year

This flu season started early, with Louisiana ranked worst in the country by mid-October

Protect your New Year’s Resolution Beyond Quitter’s Day

Dr. Michael Gomez, Ph.D., a physchologist and Texas Tech Physician, says we often set goals but are not really focused on that goal. So, it’s easy to relapse. Mindfulness, he says, is a way to remember what is truly important so the effort is more likely to stick.

  Mysterious smell lingers across Northwest Louisiana

Some say it smells like rotten eggs, sewer water or a natural gas leak

Celebrating the ‘code:’ January is Braille Literacy Month

Braille and new technology are now merging to create more opportunities for those who read braille in the 21st century.

KSLA Cafe': New Year, New You!

Watch as the ladies open up about their challenges, plus what it takes to stay consistent.

  SPAR’s chair aerobics classes for senior citizens to continue uninterrupted, Shreveport official confirms

City hopes to iron out contract with current instructor Friday, or it will find a new one, she says

More kids needing glasses at earlier age

Eye doctors are seeing more kids needing glasses earlier in their lives. The likely reason? Ophthalmologists think it’s something they are doing both at school and at home.

La. ATC warns while state law has not changed, federal agencies may enforce change in smoking age

While it’s now against the law to sell tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and other vaping products to those under 21, Louisiana’s law has not been amended to reflect this change.

  Coyotes prompt warning from Marshall, Texas, police

Their message specifically is directed at pet owners and parents of small children; supervision, they say, could be critical

Unusual flu season strikes in Louisiana; second peak to come

The Centers for Disease Control estimates so far this season at least 6.4 million people have had the flu. As we approach the second peak of flu season it’s important to take extra precaution to avoid the illness.

  Residents want city to address abandoned properties

These eyesores lessen their property values and make their neighborhoods unattractive for future development, they say

Christian non-profit group throws support behind 80 La. legislators who voted for a law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges

Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) have filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 80 current, former, and incoming La. legislators who voted for or support a law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

89-year-old Lufkin resident works out three times a week to keep independence

The 89-year-old's trainer said that happiness is healthiness, and you’ve got to stop making excuses, and do it.

  Will you conquer your New Year’s resolution or let it go?

45% of Americans make a resolution; and Creditdonkey.com says only 8% of those will stick with it all year long

ALERT: Depression medication recalled due to labeling error

A particular depression medication is being recalled due to a labeling error related to the dosage strength of the medicine.

  Days after well blowout, people still waiting to get home

For some of the dozen households forced out of their homes early Christmas Morning because of a gas well blowout emotions are running high while patience is wearing thin.

Civil rights icon, Ga. representative John Lewis diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer

A prominent figure in the House of Representatives has announced that he has received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Troopers running checkpoint Saturday night in Bossier

The fight against drunken and otherwise impaired driving already is underway well before New Year’s Eve

  Disability community wages

The disabled community is making a push for equal pay.

  45 or so away from home a day after gas well blowout

Residents say it sounded more like being on top of a jet engine Christmas morning

ALERT: Egg salad sandwiches recalled due to possible listeria contamination

Great American Deli, based out of Ooltewah, Tenn., is recalling its Egg Salad Sandwich due to possible listeria contamination.

The best days to travel after Christmas

According to AAA more Americans than ever on record – 115.6 million – will travel this holiday season, from Saturday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 1.

  Minimum age soon to be 21 to smoke, vape in U.S.

This was a huge week in the world of tobacco and vaping as Congress approved raising the age limit to 21

Holiday temptations, stress could create negative consequences

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep your weight in check and your stress levels low.

Bossier Council on Aging providing free medical transportation to senior citizens

The Bossier Council on Aging recently was awarded a grant from the CHRISTUS Foundation that will allow the agency to provide free medical transportation.

Louisiana reports second death related to Hepatitis A outbreak

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported the second death related to an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak across the state.

  Gunfire compels mother to ask city for counseling

"... Think about the children who don’t deserve this type of tragedy. ..."

  Tree of Life celebrates organ donors’ lifesaving choices

“But to be able to have our loved ones remembered in this way is very special"

  Tips to help fight the flu

With an increased flu activity we have tips for you to steer clear of catching the flu.

Louisiana health department announces free hepatitis C screenings at Walmart stores

The screenings will be available at the pharmacies of 10 Walmart stores.

Integration of UT Tyler, UT Health Science Center to include 200 new graduate medical slots

Just weeks after The University of Texas System Board of Regents invested $95 million in new educational and clinical facilities for UT Tyler and UT Health Science Center at Tyler, the Board doubled down on its commitment to East Texas by unanimously authorizing on Monday a new arrangement so that t

Cat food recalled for potential health concerns

A recall of Special Kitty cat food is being issued due to health concerns potentially linked to ingredients in the food that are believed to not meet the company quality and safety standards.

More La. residents able to get live-saving hep C treatment thanks to state’s new payment model

Many Louisiana residents living with hepatitis C have now been able to get life-saving treatment thanks to the state’s new, innovative payment model for the medication used to cure the illness.

Lawmaker takes issue with where clinics are located

Ochsner LSU Health not fulfilling its role as safety net, Tarver contends

  Mudbugs set to Paint the Ice for cancer awareness

Anyone can head to George’s Pond on Wednesday and have the name of someone special painted onto the ice

  Wall of Heroes honors those who gave the gift of life

"I think it’s a precious gift to be able to give to someone else,” an organ donor’s widow says

Tips to keep you and your family safe from the flu ahead of holiday season

It seems like everybody knows at least one person who’s sick right now, and with the holidays fast approaching, WAFB has got some tips to make sure you don’t get sick yourself, or pass those germs on to your loved ones.

Louisiana Department of Health reports second death related to vaping

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting that a second person has died from complications related to vaping.

STUDY: Louisiana drivers 7th most distracted in country

A new study shows Louisiana has seen an average of 132 distracted driving deaths in a 5 year stretch starting in 2013.

Baton Rouge woman crowned Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2020

A 37-year-old woman from Baton Rouge has been crowned Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2020.

Boil orders and advisories in the ArkLaTex

Here are current boil orders and advisories in the ArkLaTex and what to do when one is issued.

N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

  Efforts underway to get the homeless out of brutal cold

With nightfall comes colder temperatures that are particularly dangerous, maybe even deadly, to the homeless.

  Assessing veterans’ needs on this Veterans Day

Many veterans fall through the cracks with high rates of everything from substance abuse to suicide

Key pizza toppings being recalled

Some key pizza toppings are being recalled nationwide.

  Specialists ease young patients minds before surgery

These specialists are used to help comfort and educate patients like seven-year-old Anne-belle Chatelain. The shy but always smiling second grader found out she would need a procedure for swollen lymph nodes in July.

Free flu shot clinics across Louisiana scheduled during November

Have you had your flu shot yet?

  Overton Brooks VA holds early Veterans Day observance

Some Veterans Day observances got underway early this year. That included one such event at the V-A Medical Center in Shreveport.

KSLA anchor recognized with statewide award for Miracle Monday reports

Adria Goins was awarded the Louisana Hospital Association’s Golden Pelican Award

Over 630 cases of hepatitis A now reported in Louisiana outbreak, but numbers trending downwards

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reports that as of Friday, Nov. 8, the state has 631 cases of hepatitis A, five of which are not linked to the current outbreak.

  Students recieve first braille ‘UNO’ cards

Mattel, the company that owns Uno, released the braille version last month.