Health

  Local medical marijuana pharmacy is up and running

Nine pharmacies are allowed to sell medical marijuana in Louisiana.

Over 460 cases of hepatitis A confirmed in Louisiana outbreak

Crash causes boil water advisory in parts of New Orleans East

Miss. man files lawsuit against Roundup, claims it gave him lymphatic cancer

  Algae in Lake Pontchartrain, Gulf Coast beaches can be fatal to pets

  State Police: Medical marijuana no excuse when driving

RECALL ALERT: Dole baby spinach recalled over salmonella risk

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HHS awards La. medical facilities part of $400 million to combat opioid crisis

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in St. Bernard Parish

  CDC: Opioid overdoses stabilize nationwide, but continue to rise in La.

  Hurricane prep should include mental health services, experts say

More Gulf Coast beaches flagged for toxic algal bloom

  Medical marijuana now available in Louisiana

  Louisiana pharmacies prepare for medical marijuana debut

The first shipments of legal medical marijuana will be available to approved pharmacies in Louisiana Tuesday (Aug. 6),

Louisiana picks companies for Medicaid managed care deals

Four companies have been chosen to manage the care of 1.7 million Louisiana Medicaid patients.

  Medical marijuana available in La. next week, but advocates worry over accessibility

After months of testing, medical marijuana is expected to be available to Louisiana patients on Tuesday (Aug. 6), according to the state’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry. But, getting it might not be easy.

  World’s first voice box reconstruction performed in Memphis

A team of doctors at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital are making history.

What you need to know about the Hepatitis A outbreak in Mississippi

  New study says Medicaid expansion improves health care access in Louisiana

  Concerns increase over swimming and brain-eating parasites

  Are service member’s brains different?

  Local study examines impact of lullabies on infants

  Medical marijuana may be available in La. dispensaries as early as next week

LSU students save professor after sudden cardiac arrest

A group of LSU students are responsible for saving the life of an LSU faculty member.

  Louisiana hepatitis A cases reach all-time high in 20 years

Hepatitis A has jumped from an annual average of 10 cases a year, to 357 so far in Louisiana

  Some popular local swimming spots make ‘dirty beach’ list

Deep in the height of beach season, a new study has been released showing unsafe levels of fecal bacteria found in some favorite local swimming spots.

  EXCLUSIVE: Gert Town residents possibly exposed to dangerous levels of radium, EPA memo shows

Gert Town residents faced exposure to high levels of radiation due to material lying underneath their street, according to an EPA memo uncovered by FOX 8.

  Mosquito control takes action to prevent population raise in flooded areas

Mosquito control experts have started spraying low-lying areas of Jefferson Parish that flooded from recent rains.

Family: Ala. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria after kayaking on Tenn. River

A Lauderdale County man has been fighting for his life in the hospital after his wife says a day kayaking with their kids left him with a terrifying infection.

Gravy sold at Popeyes in Louisiana recalled due to possible contamination

Over 35,000 pounds of gravy shipped to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants in Louisiana has been recalled.

  New Orleans court hearing on healthcare reform law attracted an overflow crowd

A lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act was heard in a New Orleans federal appeals court Tuesday (July 9).

  JPSO: Spike in heat-related calls straining emergency resources

Jefferson Parish officials are warning people to stay inside and hydrated in extreme heat.

La. delegation files request for disaster aid to seafood industry

State leaders are concerned about Louisiana's seafood industry and asking for federal disaster aid.

  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.

Summer campers tour Ochsner helicopter Tuesday

Members of the Ochsner Flight Care Team will give children a hands-on learning experience at the University of New Orleans on Tuesday.

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.

  Gert Town radium detected at 100 times the normal level, documents show

Crews removed the last bin Wednesday (July 3), but the city said they expected it to happen weeks ago.

  Toxic algal blooms close Miss. beaches ahead of holiday weekend

Algae blooms forces closings of several Mississippi beaches.

  Opinions conflicted on health risk of Gert Town radioactive waste, documents show

The Dept. of Health received two different documents regarding the safety risk of the radioactive material. One reported it posed a hazard to the public, the other said it did not.

Algae bloom is not as bad, but Mississippi Sound is far from healthy

Scientists with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality are testing about 30 samples a day for salinity and two types of bacteria blooms.

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.

Hancock County supervisors approve new beach flag warning system

Hancock County is taking steps to ensure that beachgoers know when there’s a possible threat to their health and safety lurking offshore.

Safe to Swim? LDH monitoring beaches for harmful bacteria

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is testing Louisiana’s 24 coastal beaches for harmful bacteria each week this summer.

La. to receive $4M grant for childhood immunizations

Louisiana is set to receive a $4 million grant to provide childhood immunizations, Senator John Kennedy announced Thursday, June 27.

  Gert Town radioactive bins may be moved while lawsuit heads to federal court

A group of concerned Gert Town residents will now see the city of New Orleans in federal court, as more than 200 residents are suing the city in a class for failing to notify them of radioactive waste by their homes.

  Louisiana reaches an agreement designed to end hepatitis c infection

Health officials said hepatitis kills more people than all other infectious diseases combined in the U.S.

Louisiana launches payment model to eliminate Hepatitis C

Another effort has been launched to eliminate Hepatitis C among some of the state’s most at-risk populations in Louisiana.

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.

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.

Louisiana life expectancy rating among the worst in the U.S.

Arkansas is ranked 44th in the country

Louisiana governor: Abortion ban decision wasn’t political

The governor said his decision on the legislation wasn’t a political one, but that he was “being true” to himself and consistent with how he ran for the governor’s job, as an anti-abortion candidate.

Louisiana stuck at No. 49 in ‘Kids Count’ ranking

Louisiana remained at number 49 in an annual national assessment of child well-being.

  CDC: How to know if your measles vaccine is keeping you safe

A simple blood test can determine whether or not your measles vaccinations are still protecting you.

  Jefferson Parish testing new app to combat opioid addiction

Emocha serves as an online portal for patients to communicate with care team and be held accountable for taking treatment as prescribed.

  LSU Health study finds changes in breast milk of women who were overweight or obese at the time of conception

A new study by LSU Health researchers highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy weight before you conceive.

East Texas city declares itself as a sanctuary for the unborn

Council members also have banned abortions

La. Dept. of Health to begin issuing permits for hemp, CBD manufacturers

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has announced it will start to begin issuing permits to CBD manufacturers after the sale of such products was made legal with the passage of House Bill 491.

When too many toys are too much of a good thing

Play is a critical part of a young child’s development. Toys can be terrific learning tools, and of course, they are a lot of fun for kids, their friends and their parents.

How La. lawmakers voted on the fetal heartbeat bill

WAFB reached out to each lawmaker requesting they elaborate on their decision to either support or oppose the law.

'Zoodles’ officially on the Olive Garden menu

Olive Garden is adding a healthier, and greener option for those who want to enjoy the pasta experience, but not the carbs.

Several abortion bills passed by Louisiana lawmakers

House and Senate lawmakers passed several abortion bills Wednesday (June 5), less than a week after Louisiana’s governor signed the strict ‘fetal heartbeat’ ban into law.

Louisiana voters asked to support anti-abortion amendment

Louisiana voters will decide whether to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it doesn't offer protections for abortion rights, but not until the November 2020 presidential election.

  Locals react to government ending medical research using fetal tissue

Locals react to new restrictions on fetal tissue and government research.

Louisiana’s medical marijuana inhalation bill wins passage

Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients will be allowed to inhale cannabis, under a bill headed to the governor’s desk.

  Councilwoman: East Jefferson General Hospital looking into deal with LCMC Health

East Jefferson Hospital's board of directors approves a memorandum of understanding with LCMC Health aimed at exploring a possible partnership, according to a Jefferson Parish councilwoman.

Louisiana lawmakers add new regulations for abortion clinics

After passing one of the nation's strictest abortion bans, Louisiana lawmakers also passed new abortion clinic regulations that critics said would create additional hurdles to access.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus discovered in St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish officials have captured mosquitoes that have tested positive for infection with West Nile virus for the first time this year.

  Nation’s Drug Czar in Louisiana to address opioid epidemic

The Nation's Drug Czar was in Louisiana Thursday to address the opioid epidemic. He and Senator John Kennedy met with those on the front lines of the addiction crisis.

  Local family reunites with German bone marrow donor who saved their daughter’s life

Christian Erdwich’s bone marrow changed the life of a 16-year-old Belle Chasse girl five years ago. Since then, the families have been related – literally by blood.

  La. lawmakers debate for hours before passing controversial abortion bill

Hours' worth of debate pitted pro-life legislators against pro-choice legislators.

  Governor Edwards to sign heartbeat bill after House gives final approval

Gov. John Bel Edwards released a statement after the House approved the "fetal heartbeat bill," saying he is ready to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood to convene on La. capitol to take action against ‘extreme abortion bans’

On Thursday, May 30, hundreds of supporters of Planned Parenthood from across Louisiana plan to meet at the capitol to voice their support for Planned Parenthood, meet with legislators, and take action against the “extreme abortion bans” being passed across the country, including in Louisiana.

Governor releases statement after federal judge temporarily blocks Mississippi abortion law

In issuing a preliminary injunction, Judge Carlton Reeves said the law “threatens immediate harm to women’s rights, especially considering most women do not seek abortions services until after six weeks.”

ACLU, Planned Parenthood file lawsuit challenging Ala. near-total abortion ban

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood are asking a federal judge to block an Alabama law banning nearly all abortions across the state.

Company with Kentucky distilleries rolls out generous maternity, paternity plan

The parent company of Bulleit Bourbon is rolling out an innovative new plan to give new parents more than six months of fully-paid leave.

  New body contouring procedure offers surgical results without scars

Doctors are touting a revolutionary new treatment for anyone looking to remove fat and tighten skin without going under the knife.

Dept. of Health monitoring hep A outbreak in Livingston Parish

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) confirms they are monitoring an outbreak of hepatitis A in Livingston Parish.

  Used needles litter French Quarter streets, residents say

Residents said the sight of a used syringe is almost as common as seeing cigarette butts on the ground.

Those for and against abortion speak out as Senate passes bill to ban procedure in La.

Democrat State Representative Katrina Jackson spoke at the capitol Tuesday, May 21 about why she stands with the Senate as they passed House Bill 425, also known as the Love Life Amendment. The amendment would remove language from the state’s constitution securing the right to abortion.

  Opioid epidemic hits hard on the North Shore

Washington Parish has three times the number of opioid-related deaths per capita than anywhere else in the country.