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LDH launches new Medicaid enrollment software

KY woman seeking organ donation for baby daughter in need of heart

Ohio lawmakers poised to remove sales tax from tampons

TrueTear helping patients with dry eye see better

8-year-old says he ‘feels amazing’ after beating stage 4 cancer

RECALL: ThermaCare HeatWraps could leak material and cause skin injuries

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Managing an eating disorder during Thanksgiving

Louisiana’s 15-week abortion ban remains unenforceable

S&WB says it had adequate staff, Entergy investigating outage

Living with and controlling diabetes

Study: One energy drink can harm our blood vessels

9-year-old girl’s suicide prompts parents to talk

Medicaid fraud cost Louisiana as much as $85 million

Louisiana spent between $60 and $85 million providing Medicaid coverage to recipients who were ineligible for the program because they made too much money since the program’s expansion in 2016, according to a new report from the legislative auditor.

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

The FDA advises consumers to continue using the medication until their pharmacist provides a replacement or their doctor provides an alternative treatment option.

Tulane awarded $8.5 million to develop better vaccine for whooping cough

Tulane will develop a better vaccine to protect against whooping cough.

Southern University inks new deal, rolls on with medical marijuana operation

After more than a year of delays, members of the Southern University Board of Supervisors got down right blunt about a medical marijuana deal they say went sour. They also chose to move ahead with a new firm to manage their growing operations.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) often mistaken for flu in babies

Pediatrician group advises against spanking

Activated Charcoal: Healthy or Hype?

Local doctors warn of early flu season

Family Focus: What parents need to know about RSV

21-year-old lifelong migraine sufferer finally finds relief

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.

Local elementary school closes for cleaning after scabies cases discovered

Students are out for the week at both locations of one local elementary school after a teacher and student got scabies.

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.

West Nile detected in St. Charles Parish

West Nile has been detected in parts of St. Charles Parish, according to parish officials.

FDA: 38 ill in egg-based salmonella outbreak affecting AL, GA, TN

The farm where the outbreak began, Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman County, in northern Alabama, began the recall last month.

No heightened levels of lead found in school drinking water

The tests were designed to determine if older schools with aging pipes and fixtures had lead present in drinking water. All 12 elementary schools that participated in the pilot program were constructed prior to 1986, according to the report.

Boy Scouts of America neckerchief slides recalled due to high levels of lead

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the colored enamel on the neckerchief slides contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.

New Ochsner facility to provide first-of-its-kind care to special needs children in region

Ochsner Hospital for Children is opening a new center for child development that will be the first in the region to offer care for developmental delays and special needs like Autism, ADHD, Spina Bifida and Cerebral Palsy.

DIET: When you eat might be as important as what you eat

Here’s how changes to breakfast and dinner times can help reduce body fat

JP councilman sues maker of popular weed killer

Roberts says the chemicals in The Monsanto product gave him non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

GRAPHIC: ‘Black, hairy tongue’: Yes, this really happens

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine said a 55-year-old woman developed the tongue condition as a side-effect to treatment of a wound infection she developed after sustaining severe leg injuries in an auto accident.

CDC issues reminder to not eat Honey Smacks after more reported illnesses

Don’t eat Honey Smacks. That’s the message from the CDC after it has continued to receive reports of illnesses linked to the cereal, which was recalled in June.

Sulphur mother raising awareness about Bartonella after son’s diagnosis

It's also sometimes called the "cat-scratch" disease.

Some Raceland residents under boil water advisory

The Lafourche Parish Water District said a mainline leak forced the advisory.

JP conducting aerial mosquito spraying

Low level sprays are set for Thursday night from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Some Hammond residents under boil water advisory

The City of Hammond’s water system lost pressure due to a mainline break in the Green Acres Subdivision.

JP Parish President against closing landfill

According to a report by our partners NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, administration officials told the council Wednesday that the parish could face legal and financial trouble.

Hydrochlorothiazide recall due to potentially dangerous mixup

A 100-count bottle of Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP 12.5 mg has been mislabeled and contains another medication. The individual lot is labeled PW05264.

US sets record high STD rates in 2017, CDC says

The CDC released its data at the National STD Prevention conference in Washington, D.C. It analyzed STD cases reported for 2013 and preliminary data for 2017.

OPSB: Work complete at old McDonogh 35, asbestos abatement complete

Asbestos work at an Orleans Parish school has been completed, according to the district.

Over 200 St. Tammany residents without water today

Tammany utilities will turn off water starting at 9 a.m. for residents in Covington.

Classes offered on how to respond to opiod overdose

The course will teach participants how to respond to an opiod addiction.

  Some Lafayette Academy students starting classes on campus with asbestos

The Choice Foundation sent parents a letter last week telling them that one of the campuses where students will attend class this year also has asbestos. School is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

Health Department: Louisiana has highest rate of West Nile

The State Health Department said Louisiana has the highest rates of West Nile Virus in the country.

JP landfill progress reports available online

The reports will detail the work taking place on the landfill as contractors work to make improvements.

JP landfill progress reports now available online

Jefferson Parish leaders have now made progress reports on the landfill available online.

City ramps up mosquito abatement

The city is ramping up efforts to get rid of mosquitoes that could carry the West Nile Virus.

Governor to discuss state's Medicaid expansion

The governor of Louisiana is expected to discuss the state's Medicaid expansion Monday.

Medical marijuana in Louisiana expected to be planted Friday

Louisiana's first legal crop of medical marijuana can be planted this week.

Businesses evacuated after natural gas leak in JP

The Jefferson Parish Fire Department responded to the scene of a natural gas leak Wednesday.

Aerial mosquito spraying scheduled for Jefferson Parish

Low-level aerial spraying is scheduled for the East and West bank Tuesday night.

More documents filed over Denka plant health impacts

Plaintiffs suing over an area plant's emissions filed more documents to make their case.

RECALL: CVS nasal spray may have bacterial contamination

A CVS pharmacy nasal spray has been recalled due to the presence of pseudomonas aeruginosa, a micobacterial contamination.

Doctor addresses air quality concerns at Lafayette Academy

A doctor will address air quality concerns to parents of Lafayette Academy at a meeting on Thursday.

Federal judge orders more information on Denka plant health impacts

A federal judge wants more information by Thursday on how the Denka Plant in LaPlace has impacted the health of residents.

Report warns of plastic food container dangers

A new report warns of the dangers of using plastic food containers The American Academy of Pediatrics wants parents to avoid using plastic containers for their children's food.

Mosquitoes test positive for encephalitis in Thibodaux

Mosquitoes carrying encephalitis were found in Thibodaux, according to the city's Facebook page.

City providing new West Nile information

The City of New Orleans is holding a news conference Friday with the Health Department to update the public on the latest West Nile findings.

  Officials offer media tour of landfill causing foul odor in JP

FOX 8 will get a better look at the Jefferson Parish landfill that is causing foul odors for some parts of Jefferson Parish Waggaman, Harahan and River Ridge residents say they have been plagued by the smell for weeks.

Northshore Beach closed due to safety concerns

The Northshore Beach in Slidell has closed due to safety concerns, according to St. Tammany Parish Government.

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in St. John

St. John the Baptist Parish has collected mosquitoes who tested positive for West Nile.

Kraft-Heinz recalls Taco Bell cheese dip for botulism risk

Kraft-Heinz is voluntarily recalling a cheese dip for a botulism risk.

JP leaders take up emergency plans for first responders

Jefferson Parish leaders will take up emergency plans to help first responders Wednesday.

Utility companies cannot turn off services during heat waves

The Louisiana Public Service Commission said resident's utility companies cannot turn off services while heat warnings are in effect.

Yenni: Contract related to odor in JP breached, employee resigns

Jefferson parish officials will address potential solutions for getting rid of a foul odor affecting River Ridge and Harahan residents.

Mosquitoes found on these Orleans Parish streets tested positive for West Nile

The New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board has collected mosquitoes from streets in Orleans Parish that tested positive for West Nile.

JP officials postpone meeting on foul odors from landfill

The Jefferson Parish President along with other parish officials have postponed a previously scheduled news conference addressing the smells coming from landfill areas. 

Coast Guard searching for missing boaters near Pensacola

The Coast Guard is looking for three boaters near Pensacola, Florida, Thursday, July 19th.

Some Slidell residents under boil water notice

Some on the North Shore need to boil their water. A boil water advisory has been issued for Tammany Utilities customers in Slidell's landings subdivision.

S&WB announces it will clear backlog of disputed bills

The Sewerage and Water Board will launch its plan to clear the backlog of disputed customer bills and improve its billing process in advance of resuming its normal methods for collecting outstanding balances this month.

Boil water advisory for neighborhoods in Oak Harbor lifted

The boil water advisory has been lifted for parts of Oak Harbor in Slidell.

Construction worker injured in Warehouse District

A construction worker was injured in the Warehouse District Thursday.

'Heavenly honey' flows two years after floods

North Shore beekeepers are calling their Summer haul one of their sweetest harvests in years.

First responders administer more Narcan to save lives in New Orleans

Tens of thousands of lives were lost last year across the U.S. to an opioid overdose.

Jefferson Parish to spray for mosquito activity Monday evening

Jefferson Parish will use aerial spraying in response to nuisance mosquito activity on Monday night.

Tips for staying safe this 4th of July

The 4th of July and the days surrounding the holiday are often some of the busiest days of the year for emergency departments, eye surgeons and others who treat victims of accidental trauma.

Stung by a beach critter? Here's what you do

What should you do if you get bit by beach critters, like sea lice, sculpins and stingrays?

Report: Headed to the beach? Watch out for lurking sea lice

Lifeguards at a Florida Panhandle beach have warned beachgoers of stinging sea lice lurking in the water.