Health

  Discovering herbal medicine in South Mississippi

South Mississippi’s Blue Boy Herbs makes and sends herbal medicines all over the world.

Louisiana could ban most new freestanding emergency rooms

  State waiting to complete testing before distributing medical marijuana

Absent Parenting: Harm lingers for years

  New program to be launched to combat the opioid crisis in New Orleans

The secret to communicating with your teen

Louisiana holds top three spots in nation for some of most common STDs

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Are Boys and Girls Born Equal When it Comes to Math?

Medicaid controls questioned after hundreds are stripped from the rolls

  Surprise baby: Young couple doesn’t know they’re pregnant until wife goes into labor

Rabid skunk chases people, attacks dog

What’s next for LA residents booted from Medicaid

Measles cases hitting record numbers

30K removed from Louisiana Medicaid rolls, deemed ineligible

A new state computer check combed through the rolls and determined they earn too much to receive the taxpayer-financed health insurance.

The age of belonging: Making new friends

Making new friends after a move is critical to your child’s happiness, but what about when kids have problems adjusting

Louisiana close to groundbreaking model to treat, cure Hepatitis C patients

Louisiana plans to launch a new program to give more Medicaid patients access to a life saving Hepatitis C treatment they could not previously afford.

Disciplining your ’tween and teen

What do you do when your teen or ‘tween lets you down?

  Dueling bills aim to protect La. residents with pre-existing illnesses

Lawmakers push for a smoke-free Louisiana

Doctors say pale is the new tan

  Public meeting on Waggaman cyanide plant expansion leaves some residents frustrated

  State Health Department says it has plan to help eliminate hepatitis C in Louisiana

The Big Sneezy: New Orleans comes in at #7 on top 100 worst cities for spring allergies

Hepatitis C medication to be made available to Medicaid patients in Louisiana

The Dept. of Health announced a new partner that aims to provide unrestricted access to the antiviral medication.

Two male enhancement supplements recalled due to presence of sildenafil

The active ingredients in both supplements may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

Louisiana marijuana pharmacists demand final product by May 15

A group of Louisiana marijuana pharmacists demanded the state have final medicinal product available by May 15 at a stakeholder’s meeting Monday, Mar. 25.

Louisiana medical marijuana backers demand product by May 15

GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, said Monday it hopes to have a "limited release of product" by mid-May.

  JP Coroner: Fentanyl deaths on the rise, addiction a growing epidemic

A CDC report shows a large increase in the number of overdose deaths involving fentanyl in recent years.

GB Sciences approved to grow medical marijuana at LSU facility

A company has been approved to grow medical marijuana at Louisiana State University facility.

  Tulane researchers discover technique to help detect pregnancy disorder

Tulane researchers study photoacoustic imaging to identify preeclampsia.

Governor signs fetal heartbeat bill into law

The law will prohibit most abortions once a fetal heartbeat

Baby cough syrup recalled due to bacteria contamination

Those at risk for more severe forms of the illness include infants, young children and those with weakened immune systems.

DG infant cough syrup recalled, can cause vomiting and diarrhea

The syrup has the potential to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/Bacillus circulans.

  Lethal Libido: FDA warns the public of dangerous over-the-counter male enhancement pills

You see them on convenience store shelves with names like “Rhino” “Black Stallion” and “Libidomax” boasting some big claims, promising male enhancement and better results in the bedroom.

Five arrests made across La. for Medicaid welfare fraud

Five Medicaid recipients in Louisiana have been arrested on charges related to welfare fraud, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Wednesday, Mar. 20.

Bill banning abortions when fetal heartbeat detected heads to Governor

Senate Bill 2116 provides an exemption for cases of medical emergencies.

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

43 lots in total have been recalled.

  CDC: Whooping cough vaccine not as effective as it once was

CDC researchers say whooping cough bacteria mutated, making the vaccine less effective.

  Senate vote against the president’s emergency declaration happens amid budget battle

Louisiana’s two U.S. senators did not join some of their fellow Republicans in voting in favor of a resolution to terminate President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration related to border security funding.

78,000 pounds of ground turkey recalled due to Salmonella Schwarzengrund concerns

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.

  Vaccination debate intensifies after child almost dies from tetanus infection

The Centers for Disease Control recently released a report on the boy, who contracted a tetanus infection and was hospitalized for weeks.

  Win a home in Lakeview while raising money for St. Jude Hospital

Tickets for the 2019 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway go on sale March 14.

  FDA proposes limiting flavored e-cigarette products

In an effort to fight a surge in youth e-cigarette use, the FDA is proposing new guidelines that would remove some flavors from store shelves.

  Medical marijuana delayed after LSU accused of illegally moving into growing facility

Louisiana's medical marijuana program is facing yet another delay.

  Tulane study focuses on the hearts of former NFL players

Researchers said the study is the first to examine how an athlete’s body type and training style - strength versus endurance - may influence changes in the shape of the heart years later.

  As severe flu strain becomes predominant, doctors keep eye out for possible second wave

The severe flu strain that's now predominant may mean a second wave of outbreak is coming.

LSU AgCenter responds after accusations they violated medical marijuana law

LSU’s AgCenter has released a statement after allegations were made by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) that they’re violated the state’s medical marijuana law.

  South Mississippi pastor has 30 days to find a kidney donor

Thirty days: that’s the time frame doctors gave Tony Guerin to find a live kidney donor. As his family is on the hunt for a match, he said his faith helps him push forward.

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

The company intends to provide users with authoritative information on the controversial topic.

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

This is the third recall in one week.

Potentially deadly bacteria found in drinking water additive leads to recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Thursday, Mar. 7 a worldwide recall on all lots of Life-Line Water. According to the FDA the product was found to be contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a potentially deadly bacteria.

Louisiana officials: LSU, medical pot firm illegally expand

The LSU Agricultural Center and its medical marijuana growing partner is accused of illegally expanding their operation.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

30,000 pounds of ground beef recalled due to extraneous material contamination

These products could be in your freezer.

  JP council holding hearing on controversial cyanide plant

Two council-members will introduce a resolution that would rescind a 2018 vote that allowed Cornerstone Chemical Plant to move forward with expansion.

  Sen. Bill Cassidy questions Big Pharma execs over rising drug prices

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana took part in a highly anticipated congressional hearing that brought top executives of several pharmaceutical companies to Capitol Hill over rising prescription drug prices.

Adults vaccinated as kids may not be protected against the measles now

If you were born between 1957 and the early 70s, you may not be protected from the measles.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

High blood pressure medicine recalled due to NDEA impurity

Patients taking this medication are urged to continue taking the medication as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

Green beans and butternut squash recalled due to Listeria concerns

Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

FDA: Golean Detox capsules recalled, found to be tainted with unsafe chemicals

Golean Detox is voluntarily recalling all lots of Golean DETOX capsules after FDA analysis found the capsules were tainted with sibutramine and phenolphthalein, according to the FDA.

37,000 Louisiana residents receive Medicaid denial letter

A local 2-year-old is one of several thousand people across the state who’ve just learned they’ll no longer receive health coverage through Medicaid.

Should drug dealers be charged with murder? States ponder

About 20 states now have "drug-induced homicide" laws that carry the same sentences as murder and manslaughter.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

Boil Water Advisory for West Bank lifted

Parish officials say customers on the West Bank may now use the water without boiling or disinfecting.

  Regulators eliminate THC restrictions for medical marijuana, first batch passes state lab tests

Louisiana Board of Pharmacy eliminates THC concentration limits for medical marijuana and the first batch of medical marijuana passes state testing.

Chick-fil-A offering keto-friendly menu options

The restaurant’s keto-friendly option allows you to eat on the go while sticking to the popular diet trend.

Nature’s Path Foods recalls more than 400,000 boxes of cereal

The voluntary recall is for more than 400,000 boxes in the EnviroKidz line – Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch.

  Businesses near the river complain of mysterious white dust in the air, covering surfaces

Businesses are concerned about a white powdery substance that blew into their establishments, covering everything in its path.

Gripe water for infants, adults sold at Dollar General recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced is advising the public about recalls on a Gripe water product for infants and adults. The product was distributed throughout the United States by Dollar General Corporation.

  Cases, deaths from skin cancer are rising

The American Cancer Society says new cases of melanoma,the rarest, but deadliest form doubled in the last ten years. Fox 8 takes a deeper looks at the alarming trend and the small things you can do to change it.

Stomach bug sends over 100 kids home from North Shore school

According to a spokeswoman for Varnado High School, of the school’s 368 kids, over 100 were out on Tuesday, and 73 on Wednesday.

  Kenner mother has warning for other after near-death post-pregnancy experience

The birth of a new baby, much less twins should be one of the happiest times for a mother and family. But one woman says that happy time turned into a near-nightmare.

  Flu spikes in the state, especially in New Orleans area

People reporting flu-like illness more than doubles from last month.

Allergy season is year-round in the South

Doctors say it's time to get ready for the long allergy season ahead.

Louisiana seeing high number of flu cases

According to the State Health Department, the most cases are in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes.

First medical marijuana crop passes state inspection

Louisiana has cleared another major hurdle in the race to get its medical marijuana program running.

  Measles vaccination rates lower in Orleans metro area than surrounding parishes

Vaccination rates for kindergarten and sixth grade students 2017 and 2018 ranked lower in the Jefferson and Orleans parishes than in some surrounding parishes.

  Health officials say e-cigarette use among teens rising

The CDC and FDA released a report noting an alarming surge in youth e-cigarette use Monday (Feb. 11).

Bagged chicken recalled due to undeclared allergens

According to the recall, the happi foodi products contain eggs, a known allergen, that is not declared on the product label.