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  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.

Gravy sold at Popeyes in Louisiana recalled due to possible contamination

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

  JPSO: Spike in heat-related calls straining emergency resources

La. delegation files request for disaster aid to seafood industry

  Toxic algae growth forces closure of all coastal Mississippi beaches

Summer campers tour Ochsner helicopter Tuesday

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UPDATE: All South Mississippi beaches now under algae-related water warnings

  13-year-old stepsisters celebrate remission after battling the same type of cancer

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

  Toxic algal blooms close Miss. beaches ahead of holiday weekend

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

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

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

  Louisiana reaches an agreement designed to end hepatitis c infection

Louisiana launches payment model to eliminate Hepatitis C

Legal sale of CBD products begins in Louisiana

Over 300 cases of Hepatitis A confirmed in Louisiana, LDH says

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

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.

Sibling rivalry or a bully in the family?

Jealousy, competition, and fighting are a part of growing up with brothers and sisters. But in some cases, conflict between siblings is aggressive and can be harmful.

  Debates intensify as La. abortion bills near final passage

As two bills restriction abortions in Louisiana near the end of the legislative process, both sides of the debate are ramping up efforts for their cause.

  Used needles in Garden District park raise concern

While some longtime Garden District residents said they park has improved in the last 10 years, others say it is not enough.

  Federal government wants women to know more about a breast characteristic cancer risk

While major strides have been made in fighting cancer, a federal agency wants to ensure that women have important information about a breast characteristic that could increase cancer risk.

Whooping cough cases reported at Jefferson Parish school

At least five cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, have struck students at Metairie Park Country Day School

Planet Fitness locations to open doors to teens for free all summer long

Planet Fitness is inviting teenagers ages 15 – 18 to work out for free at any of its more than 1,700 Planet Fitness locations from May 15 through Sept. 1 as part of the nationwide Teen Summer Challenge initiative.

Protesters pour fake blood in Capital Building as La. lawmakers debate Fetal Heartbeat Bill

A bill banning abortions in Louisiana after a heartbeat can be detected is one step closer to becoming law.

Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

After hours of debate, the Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that outlaws nearly all abortions in the state.

Inside Look: Capitol Wellness Solutions preparing for medical marijuana roll-out

Patients waiting to receive medical marijuana may not know when those products will hit the shelves, but those shelves will be ready.

  Emergency rules for medical marijuana opposed by legislative panel

As state lawmakers grow frustrated with delays in getting medical marijuana on the market, a state House committee rejected emergency regulations adopted by the Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture related to the substance.

  Bill to ensure La. constitution doesn’t protect abortion rights advances in the legislature

Louisiana’s legislature is one step closer to amending the state constitution not to protect abortion rights in the event Roe vs. Wade is overturned.

Louisiana Senate backs abortion ban, tied to Mississippi law

A proposal to enact tougher abortion prohibitions in Louisiana, banning the procedure as early as five or six weeks of pregnancy, has won the support of state senators.

Death of nurse at hands of patient renewing focus on workplace violence

The death of a nurse at Baton Rouge General is renewing the focus on workplace violence that nurses experience nearly every day.

Number of cases continues to rise in La. Hepatitis A outbreak

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) announced Tuesday, December 18 that the Louisiana Office of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections.

  Could an ancient spice be nature’s remedy?

For centuries, turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine, which is said to have originated in India, and Western civilization is taking notice.

  Bill to allow medical marijuana to be inhaled moves forward in La. House

Medical marijuana patients testified that smoking medical marijuana is more effective than other methods.

With summer near, it’s time to prepare for those pesky mosquitoes

If you step outside, you can start to hear the slight, annoying buzzing of those pesky mosquitoes that seemingly show up everywhere when it gets warm outside.

  Collagen Craze: Health or Hype?

Collagen is one of the top selling supplements in the country, with some doctors even recommending it for joint pain and hair loss. But is it worth the money and does it work?

  State senator’s vaccine comments prompt strong reaction

A state senator’s controversial comments linking vaccines to abortion fetuses and autism had medical professionals reassuring the public that vaccines are safe.

SC family advocating for bill that would ban the sale of energy drinks to minors

A Midlands family is advocating for legislation to ban stores from selling energy drinks to minors.

Louisiana reports first death related to Hepatitis A outbreak

The Louisiana Department of Health reported the first death related to an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak across the state. East Baton Rouge Parish and Livingston Parish reported the highest number of cases for surrounding parishes.

Lawyers: Mississippi making abortion ‘virtually unavailable’

Reproductive rights attorneys say a Mississippi law banning most abortions at about six weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional and will make the procedure "virtually unavailable" in the state.

  Weeding it out: Are those trucks in New Orleans really selling marijuana?

The bright green vans plastered with colorful images of marijuana and iconic cartoon characters, like Shaggy and Scooby-Doo with blood shot eyes, and signage boasting, “Over a Million Stoned,” may seem out of place in a state where recreational marijuana is illegal.

  Governor pushes plan to make sure pre-existing conditions are covered

Gov. John Bel Edwards traveled from Baton Rouge to St. Bernard Wednesday, speaking out on a bill designed to keep health insurance coverage intact for thousands of people in case a court rules to shut down Obamacare.

TV in a kid’s room: A bad idea

Kids between ages two and five spend on average 32 hours a week in front of a TV.

Louisiana Senate backs requiring doctor info before abortion

Some say the bill a health safety measure for women, but opponents during a committee debate said the proposal aims to create difficulties for abortion access.

Discovering herbal medicine in South Mississippi

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

FDA gives final approval for first generic nasal spray to treat opioid overdose

The FDA announced Friday it approved the first generic nasal spray meant to treat opioid overdoses.