Study: Exercise may slow mental decline in older people
Mentally, we all slow down a little bit as we age. It gets harder to recall names, or we forget where we put our keys, or the car for that matter. Physically, an older brain doesn't work as fast as it used to. But scientists think there might be one ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prevent back pain like a pro athlete
Whether you're a corporate desk jockey or a major league baseball player, chances are you've experienced back pain that impacted job performance. It's one of the most common reasons for missing work, and according to a report recently published in JA... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preventing deaths focus on World Tuberculosis Day
Each year, March 24 marks World Tuberculosis Day. One day in the year when the world's lens will focus on the fact that almost 4,000 people globally die every day as a result of this preventable, curable disease. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lawsuit brings 'I'm sorry' medical laws to forefront
Last May, surgeons at Yale New Haven Hospital removed the wrong body part from Deborah Craven. Now she's suing -- but, her lawyer says, not because of the mistake. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coroner calls rising number of opiate drug overdoses a crisis
The number of people dying from heroin overdose in New Orleans has tripled from 2010 to 2014, and the numbers are trending even higher in the first quarter of 2016 (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supreme Court hears challenge to Obamacare contraceptive mandate
The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has seen its fair share of challenges from likely suspects such as GOP political opponents, conservative think tanks and closely held for-profit businesses like Hobby Lobby. On Wednesday, however, t... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. hospitals are getting hit by hackers
Last week, yet another American hospital was tossed into chaos after its computers were infected by hackers. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Donaldsonville residents urged to not drink water until further notice by DHH
Donaldsonville residents have been advised to not drink any of the town's water after routine inspection found possible elevated levels of chlorine dioxide in the treatment system. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drinking to your health may not be best plan after all
Now here's some news that may have you crying into your beer. Alcohol, when consumed in moderation, may not improve your health after all. Over the years we've all seen the studies that show a glass of wine a day may help protect you from developing h... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors removed wrong body part, patient says
A patient has filed a lawsuit against Yale New Haven Hospital for allegedly removing part of the wrong rib during surgery and then trying to cover up the mistake. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Danger of some flooring was underestimated, report says
Everyone exposed to formaldehyde in some laminate flooring could experience adverse health effects, according to a revised report issued by several government agencies. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA requires 'black box' warning on opioids
In an attempt to help slow the prescription drug epidemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that immediate-release opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and fentanyl will now have to carry a "black box" warning about the risk of... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers want 100,000 moms for postpartum study
If you have ever suffered from postpartum depression or anxiety or know somebody who has, you no doubt have wondered what causes the destructive disorders that impact as many as one in five women. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The secret Soviet origins of Sharapova's drug
The origins of meldonium, the banned drug used by Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, are shrouded in Soviet-era secrecy. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rarely seen blood infection outbreak continues
The rarely seen bloodstream infection Elizabethkingiam, which has sickened dozens in Wisconsin since November, has been identified in a Michigan resident, the Michigan health department said. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Michigan's Legionnaires' death toll rises to 10
The death toll in one of the worst outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in U.S. history has risen to 10, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinton knocks Republicans over Zika
Hillary Clinton knocked congressional Republicans on Friday for taking a scheduled two-week break without approving President Barack Obama's requested $1.8 billion to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Raw milk from Pennsylvania linked to 2 listeria cases, 1 death
Two cases of listeria from two years ago have been traced to raw milk from an organic farm in Pennsylvania, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Yellow fever outbreak kills 146 people in Angola
An outbreak of yellow fever has killed at least 146 people in Angola since December, according to the World Health Organization. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 tips for a good night's sleep
With over 100 types of sleep disorders to contend with, and around 40-50% of us experiencing insomnia at some point in our lives, it's vital to keep an eye on your sleep habits and seek help if you need it, according to Antonio Culebras, organizer of... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women live longer but not as well as men, study finds
Although women continue to have a longer life expectancy than men, they are now living worse and suffering more disabilities in their golden years, a new study finds. Researchers compared data from studies of people 65 and older and enrolled in Medica... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lassa fever death rates higher than expected
More than 130 people are suspected to have died from a Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria, according to statistics from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smokeless tobacco gets banned at baseball games - even for players
Smokeless tobacco, long seen stuffed in the cheeks of major league baseball players, will soon be illegal at a growing number of ballparks. Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco all passed laws recently due to take effect before opening day this seaso... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

St. Patrick's Day poll: Americans drink more when happy
As countless revelers will prove on St. Patrick's Day, drinking and being merry go hand in hand. Now, a poll is backing up that truism. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fayetteville hospital fights Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
An Arkansas hospital shut down its operating rooms and sterilized surgical equipment after a possible diagnosis of a rare brain disease, state health officials said. The disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, was detected in a patient at Washington Regional Medi... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children set to be tested for lead in Newark
Voluntary blood testing will begin Thursday for Newark public school students, a day after officials announced that lead levels in the district's water have been elevated since at least 2012. The Newark Public School system's early childhood programs... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospitals in 4 states warn of possible hepatitis, HIV exposure
The investigation started when someone allegedly saw a surgical tech slip a syringe filled with a powerful pain medication off a cart in a Colorado operating room. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Moms to Congress: Protect kids in contact sports
Karen Zegel and Kimberly Archie's sons suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fish-mercury study urges stronger guidelines
An environmental research organization is urging the federal government to strengthen its proposed advice about what types of fish pregnant women should eat, over concerns about potential exposure to mercury. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New dengue vaccine protects against virus
A new type of dengue vaccine called TV003 seems to protect people against at least one type of the virus, according to a small study. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK to charge soda tax on sugary drinks
Soda tax is coming to Britain. The U.K. government announced a new tax on sugary drinks Wednesday, in an attempt to tackle childhood obesity. Drinks with total sugar content above 5 grams per 100 milliliters will be affected by the levy, with a highe... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Affordable Care Act plans see 102,000 new Louisiana customers
The Department of Health and Human Services said roughly 102,000 of the more than 214,000 Louisiana residents who bought health coverage for 2016 through the federal marketplace are new customers. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC issues new guidelines for opioids
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new voluntary guidelines for primary care doctors on the use of opioids for chronic pain, Fox News and USA Today reported. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Making vaccines work better in developing countries
For many families living in a crowded, developing cities like Dhaka, Bangladesh, open sewage and poor sanitation increase the spread of diarrhea-causing viruses and bacteria. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cold turkey is best way to quit smoking, study says
Just the thought of quitting cold turkey is probably enough to make any smoker uneasy. But a new study adds support to the notion that people who give up cigarettes all at once are more likely to be successful than those who wean themselves off gradually. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NFL acknowledges CTE link with football. Now what?
For the first time, the National Football League has publicly acknowledged a connection between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disorder better known as CTE. Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior vice president of health and safety po... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Here's what you should know to stay healthy in, around floodwaters
Floodwaters can produce more than just strong currents. They can also be the source of health problems. A simple shot may be the key to staying healthy. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: High body fat, not BMI, linked to higher death rate
Many health experts will tell you that being skinny is not necessarily healthy. Lending support to that argument, a new study finds that the thinnest people, similar to those who have the most body fat, have higher rates of death. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DHH reminds residents to get flu vaccines with cases on the rise
As the number of flu cases continues to rise in Louisiana, health officials want to remind residents that it isn't too late to get a flu vaccine. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GMO mosquito likely OK to fight Florida Zika
The U.S. came one step closer to getting its first genetically modified mosquito to fight the Zika virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

American with suspected Lassa fever coming to US
An American physician assistant suspected of having Lassa fever is being transported from West Africa to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment, the hospital said Friday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Double mastectomy rate tripled in 10 years
The number of women who have a double mastectomy for breast cancer has tripled in the last decade, according to new research, even though this aggressive surgery has not been associated with a survival benefit. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why daylight saving time can be bad for your health
Daylight saving time is Sunday, and losing sleep after clocks "spring forward" an hour could be more than just an annoyance. This small time shift can significantly raise the risk of health-related issues. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts: Don't sleep in your underwear
When it comes to sleepwear, the question "boxers or briefs" has become "underwear or commando?" (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Some carbs as bad as cigarettes for lung cancer
Carb lovers among us could be at higher risk of developing lung cancer, even if they have never smoked, according to a new study. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Luke and Jedi: A boy and his dog fight diabetes
For 7-year-old Luke Nuttall, his dog Jedi is his real-life guardian. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Salmonella outbreak linked to pistachios
At least 11 people in nine states have been infected in a salmonella outbreak linked to pistachios, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NO city officials to lay out plan to prevent Zika in the metro area
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials will lay out a plan to be prepared for cases of the Zika virus in New Orleans during a news conference Thursday afternoon. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Historic uterus recipient has organ removed
The first patient in the United States to receive a uterus transplant had to have the organ removed because of a complication, the Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday. The 26-year-old woman received the womb from a deceased donor during a nine-hour ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is it time for football to reconsider marijuana?
The NFL and the NFL Players Association have a staunch policy prohibiting marijuana use, but some players are asking them to reconsider it, saying pot can be used for pain relief, and possibly as concussion prevention. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news