Health

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

Five arrests made across La. for Medicaid welfare fraud

Bill banning abortions when fetal heartbeat detected heads to Governor

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

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

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

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

  Vaccination debate intensifies after child almost dies from tetanus infection

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

  FDA proposes limiting flavored e-cigarette products

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

  Tulane study focuses on the hearts of former NFL players

  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

Potentially deadly bacteria found in drinking water additive leads to recall

Louisiana officials: LSU, medical pot firm illegally expand

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

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

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

  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.

Online map: Don’t eat fish caught here; Don’t swim there

A new interactive map lets people know if pollution has made a Louisiana waterway unsafe for swimming, and tells fishers whether it's safe to eat their catch.

Schools closed in northern Mississippi because of flu

Two public school districts and one private school in northern Mississippi were closed Friday because of an increase in flu cases

  Health officials urge vaccinations as measles cases reported nationwide

Cases of measles have been reported in ten states, including Texas and Georgia.

Summit to address cost of health care, prescription drugs

Leaders in the health field will meet for a yearly summit in New Orleans Wednesday.

Coroner urges vaccinations as news of outbreaks continue

Preston said a 2015 study that is being recirculated online showed that measles vaccinations reduce the risk of other childhood disease.

Frito-Lay recalls bags of pita chips nationwide

The product was distributed nationwide.

Willie Nelson launches CBD-infused coffee called ‘Willie’s Remedy’

Now you can brew a pot of Willie Nelson's CBD-infused coffee.

  Supreme Court puts Louisiana abortion regulation law on hold for now

The law was set to take effect Monday (Feb. 4).

  Over 100 students out sick from same Marrero school

A school on the west bank experienced over 100 absences Monday (Jan. 28) and is now taking action to stop the spread of an illness infecting hordes of students.

Plan to redevelop Charity Hospital expected to move forward

The LSU Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the proposal.

New law could close some abortion clinics in Louisiana

A 2014 law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals is set to take effect Jan. 28 after years of legal hangups.

Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited expands recall of Losartan potassium tablets again

Six more lots have been added.

Regulators vote to eliminate THC limit in medical marijuana

The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy will discuss the amount of THC allowable in a single prescription for medical marijuana, which will determine the price.

  Jefferson Parish residents still wanting answers after public meeting on odor issue

Hundreds attended the public meeting Tuesday, hopeful they would get some answers to why their homes and neighborhoods have continued to smell. Instead, many left furious.

Odds of dying from an opioid overdose surpass traffic accidents

The National Safety Council places the odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose at 1 in 96.

Terrebonne Parish subdivision under boil water advisory

A boil water advisory was issued for Allemand Subdivision in Gray, La. Saturday (Jan. 12).

Chocolates, candy pulled from shelves due to possible Hepatitis A contamination

Bauer’s Candies Inc. issued a voluntary recall Wednesday on its well-known product named Modjeskas, an individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel.

Louisiana blood bank caught in federal shutdown crisis

The partial federal government shutdown is causing problems for a New Orleans blood bank that serves more than two dozen hospitals in Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals recalls injections due to visual gray material

If injected, the drug could cause vein irritation/phlebitis or pulmonary embolic events that could result in permanent impairment of body function or damage to body structures, such as the lungs and vascular system.

Parts of Lafourche Parish under boil water advisory

All residents of Des Allemands and Gheens, as well as some living along Highways 1 and 308 from Raceland to Port Fourchon are included in the advisory.

  Medical marijuana may not be available for months as final tests are performed

The inspection process and background checks could take weeks, and then the growing process will take even longer.

Grand Isle residents may notice change to water

According to a news release issued by Jefferson Parish, starting Monday the Grand Isle distribution system will conduct a conversion from chloramine to free Chlorine.

  Louisiana one of nine states with high number of flu cases

Since the start of the flu season in October, more people are getting sick in Louisiana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Air of Uncertainty: Government shutdown impacts EPA air monitoring around Denka plant

With the government shutdown, the EPA is not taking air monitoring samples around the Denka plant.

  Hawaii now allows terminally ill patients to take their own lives with prescription drugs

The law requires patients to obtain two, independent diagnosis that they have six months or less to live. They also must go through psychological counseling.

Aurobindo Pharma recalls 80 lots of Valsartan Tablets for blood pressure, possible impurity

Patients taking the medication are encouraged to continue using because the health risk may be higher if discontinued without an alternative.

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

The mystery illness first appeared after 15-year-old Jordyn Walker returned from a cruise, leaving her face swollen and bloody.

  Local health care economist and others react to a new rule for hospitals

The arrival of 2019 triggered a new federal rule that requires hospitals to post prices for medical services online, and while some people applaud the move, others say consumers will not benefit as much as some thought.

Precautionary boil advisory issued for some St. Tammany subdivisions

A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for Countryside, Eagle Landing, Northridge Estates, Spring Lakes, and Goodbee Square subdivisions.

  Air of Uncertainty: Residents, environmental leaders push for change

A town of 30,000 people, Laplace sits in the shadow of major oil and gas plants.

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.

Over 11,000 pounds of chicken and sausage recalled due to possible metal contamination

Consumers are urged to dispose of the products or return them to the place of purchase.