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  Mother raises awareness after son dies from one pill laced with fentanyl

Drug Enforcement Administration cracks down on illicit pressed pills mixed with fentanyl, mother shares tragic story.

8 tips to stay fit and healthy through the holiday season

Louisiana Department of Health reports second death related to vaping

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

  Louisiana reports first vape-related death

  Louisiana leads country in flu-related activities, CDC reports

  Flu cases continue to rise, doctors say kids are hit the hardest

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Teen has two hip surgeries, finds his way back to the field

Public warned about counterfeit prescription pills laced with fentanyl coming from Mexico

Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

Over 1,000 Louisiana businesses permitted to sell CBD products

Health experts warn those who vape could possibly be more prone to getting flu

Which state has the highest infection rate of gonorrhea? Mississippi.

STDs are on the rise nationally and Mississippi is near the top of several of those lists.

  “I can no longer see my kids’ faces”: Woman details her fight with neuroinvasive West Nile disease

So far for 2019, the Louisiana Department of Health says 5 people were diagnosed with the most serious form of West Nile virus neuro-invasive disease.

  Family of opioid overdose victim hopes her story will help others

“She was the oldest of three of us. She was the oldest and I was the youngest but I always wanted to be like her. She was my role model in everything,” says Laura Mizell.

CDC says STD rates continue to rise; La. Dept. of Health says healthcare improving locally

Findings from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that from 2017 to 2018 there were increases in the rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis across the United States.

Gov. Edwards, Department of Health release Louisiana’s opioid response plan

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

30 cases of severe lung disease due to vaping reported in Louisiana

Ochsner opens state-of-the-art orthopedics and sports medicine hospital

Laughing gas available as pain management alternative to epidural for moms in labor

New Orleans launches forgivable loan program for home health and safety improvements

  Brees’ recovery could take 4 weeks, local orthopedic surgeons say

Two doctors weigh in on Brees Injury

  New Orleans’ first Youth Summit will address opioid crisis

Drug Enforcement Agency will host its first Youth Summit in New Orleans to address opioid epidemic.

Families, caregivers on front lines of opioid crisis hope federal money will help

Drug abuse is killing people and ripping families apart. Now, the Trump administration is targeting more than $19 million to Mississippi over three years to help fight the problem.

After one month, how are Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients doing?

When medical marijuana became available on Aug. 6, Alex Domino said he had no expectations. For him, the medicine was simply a remedy for a myriad of serious ailments that he had not tried.

  More cases of vaping-related lung diseases reported in Louisiana

The CDC reports nationwide cases of lung illnesses potentially related to black market marijuana vaping products increased from 215 to 450, including 11 in Louisiana.

  President Trump, state officials announce efforts to combat opioid crisis

President Donald Trump announced the Department of Health is awarding $1.8 billion towards substance abuse and mental health.

Mississippi getting more than $19M to combat the opioid crisis

Mississippi is getting more than $19 million over the next three years to combat the ever-growing opioid crisis in America. The money will help expand access to treatment and support near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis.

  Local medical marijuana pharmacy is up and running

Nine pharmacies are allowed to sell medical marijuana in Louisiana.

  Sharp decline in human West Nile cases, but still work to be done

Nine cases of West Nile have been reported in Louisiana this year, down from 53 in 2017.

  Louisiana reports first human West Nile virus cases for 2019

In comparison, the department reported 53 West Nile virus cases at this time last year.

Over 460 cases of hepatitis A confirmed in Louisiana outbreak

More than 460 cases of Hepatitis A were confirmed as part of an ongoing outbreak in Louisiana, data provided by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) showed Friday, Aug. 16.

Crash causes boil water advisory in parts of New Orleans East

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans issued a precautionary boil water advisory for a limited area of NOLA East along Chef Highway, beginning at the intersection of Industrial Parkway and Chef Highway, through and including Venetian Isles.

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

The popular weed-killer, Roundup, is the number one selling herbicide in the world.

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

Lake experts and veterinarian warn pet owners to keep animals away from lakes, ponds and beaches with potentially toxic algae.

  State Police: Medical marijuana no excuse when driving

While medical marijuana is now legal in Louisiana, experts warn patients will not be exempt from driving under its influence. And, some employers might not tolerate the treatment.

RECALL ALERT: Dole baby spinach recalled over salmonella risk

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of baby spinach due to a possible salmonella risk, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday, August 8 awarded 31 medicals facilities in Louisiana part of $400 million to combat an ongoing opioid crisis plaguing the nation.

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in St. Bernard Parish

Mosquitos in Meraux tested positives for West Nile Encephaltis, according to the St. Bernard Parish government.

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

The CDC reports no growth in national rates of fatal opioid overdoses for the first time in almost three decades. However, state data does not reflect the same trend.

  Hurricane prep should include mental health services, experts say

Mental health experts and community leaders are hosting a free seminar at the Corpus Christi Community Center on Friday (Aug. 9), to discuss ways to better prepared before a storm.

More Gulf Coast beaches flagged for toxic algal bloom

Four more beaches on the Gulf Coast have been flagged due to harmful blue-green algal bloom, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality said Tuesday (Aug. 6).

  Medical marijuana now available in Louisiana

The medical marijuana will be available in a liquid form

  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

The Mississippi State Department of Health is joining other states across the country to fight the spread of Hepatitis A.

  New study says Medicaid expansion improves health care access in Louisiana

Nearly 500,000 people are enrolled in the state's expanded Medicaid program.

  Concerns increase over swimming and brain-eating parasites

Local medical professionals warn the public to be careful when swimming in freshwater.

  Are service member’s brains different?

Research shows 19 percent of veterans may have a traumatic brain injury. And, 20 percent have depression or PTSD.

  Local study examines impact of lullabies on infants

Tulane researches whether music therapy impacts infants' nervous systems.

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

The Agriculture and Forestry commissioner said they are testing final medical marijuana product from LSU and it should be ready Aug. 7.

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.