Meldonium: Drug gets Maria Sharapova suspended
Suspended Russian tennis champ Maria Sharapova admits she made a "huge mistake" by taking a banned performance-enhancing drug called meldonium. But what is it? For what medical reasons would an athlete take it? And why is it banned? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NORDC gears up to offer summer camps to children across New Orleans
There's still a few months left until the school year wraps up, but many children are already dreaming of summer vacation. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Who should avoid traveling because of Zika?
The U.S. is in the midst of spring break season, but a former top public health official is warning a certain group of people to stay home from popular vacation hot spots. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Occasional fasting could help you live longer
How much -- or how little -- you eat could influence how long you live. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Short men, fat women earn less; DNA to blame
Men who have more genetic variants that would make them short, and women who have more genetic variants that would lead them to have a higher body mass index, tend to earn less money, according to a study published in BMJ. This phenomenon has been doc... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chipotle store closes for 'full sanitation' amid norovirus fears
A Chipotle store in Massachusetts was temporarily closed due to concerns that several employees may have contracted the norovirus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Recall Alert: GoGo Squeez applesauce
GoGo Squeez non-organic applesauce is the subject of a recent voluntary recall. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Few consumers shop around for health care services
A new study throws cold water on the popular idea that consumers can save themselves and the nation loads of money if they become savvier health care shoppers. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Starbucks sandwiches recalled in 3 states due to Listeria fears
Starbucks breakfast sandwiches in 250 stores were recalled last week for fear the products may have been contaminated with listeria. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flint families: Officials guilty of negligence
Another lawsuit has been filed in the Flint water crisis, this one by seven families that accuse city and state officials of downplaying the situation while residents suffered. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother of 3 gets first U.S. uterus transplant
A 26-year-old mother of three adopted children is the first uterus transplant patient in the United States. Lindsey, who is only revealing her first name, received a uterus from an unidentified deceased donor on February 24 at the Cleveland Clinic. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Studies strengthen link between Zika virus, birth defects
Scientists have long thought the Zika virus caused birth defects such as microcephaly. That belief was bolstered Friday by two studies published in medical journals. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lena Dunham hospitalized, will undergo surgery
Lena Dunham has been hospitalized and will undergo surgery for a ruptured ovarian cyst, her spokeswoman said. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jimmy Carter no longer needs cancer treatment
Former president reveals he no longer needs cancer treatment after fight with melanoma. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Astronaut Scott Kelly: Mars mission is possible
If NASA had allowed it, astronaut Scott Kelly would have loved to climb out of the Soyuz capsule after landing on Tuesday and walked on his own, Kelly's brother, Mark, said during a news conference on Friday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer research could spawn new treatment
A new breakthrough in cancer research could lead to a novel form of cancer treatment -- one that is highly specialized for each patient. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UMC braces for the worst as budget cuts loom
Dr. Peter Deblieux, the medical director for University Medical Center, spared the bedside manner and painted a grim picture for the hospital with the state's proposed budget cuts. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unintended pregnancy rate is high but falling
The high rate of unintended pregnancies in the United States could be on the decline for the first time in decades, according to a new study. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Audit: Mayor of town with brown water kept $19k
The mayor of a small Louisiana town plagued with murky brown tap water is accused of mismanaging and misappropriating funds, according to a new investigative audit. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 easy ways to avoid food poisoning
Most people have experienced that unfortunate feeling in their gut making them run in search of the nearest bathroom. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women sue to block New York's 'Tampon Tax'
Five New York women are fighting to expel the state's "Tampon Tax." (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Soccer icon Brandi Chastain donating brain
U.S. soccer icon Brandi Chastain has promised to donate her brain to Boston University for research into Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health officials warn about rare blood infection
Wisconsin health officials are warning residents about an outbreak of Elizabethkingia, a rare blood infection that has sickened dozens in the state. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why cancer drugs worth $3B are wasted
Most shoppers wouldn't buy a gallon of milk if they thought they could only drink a pint's worth. So why are hospitals and clinics buying larger amounts of cancer therapies than they can use, forcing them to throw these expensive drugs in the trash? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flint families bear scars of water crisis
Nakiya Wakes had dreams of making a new start with her two children when she moved to Flint, Michigan, in June 2014. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Google wants to help map Zika outbreaks
Google is throwing its weight behind efforts to combat the Zika virus, with new tools, grant money, and some help from the Latin American Sesame Street. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How far north is the Zika-spreading mosquito?
In fall 2012, mosquito biologist Andy Lima received a call from an old college friend desperate for help. His Washington apartment had become infested. Could Lima come over? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

8 jobs that hurt your heart (and make you fat)
Some people blame their sweet tooth, some blame their couch potato lifestyle, but now something else may be to blame for what's hurting your heart (and/or making you fat): your job. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jackson rejects state of emergency declaration over high levels of lead in water
Jackson officials have declined to declare a state of emergency over high levels of lead discovered in the city's tap water. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA mandates new warnings, data on Essure
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will require a new "black box warning" label for Essure, an implantable permanent contraceptive device. A black box warning in the labeling of products is "designed to call attention to serious or life-th... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vermont's Middlebury College stops selling energy drinks
It's time for college students to find another way to gain energy --- at least the students at Middlebury College. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One bottle at a time: New Orleans students step up to help Flint residents
By now you've heard about the ongoing situation involving the Flint, Michigan, drinking water. One local high school is stepping up to help residents and families affected. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The cure for your junk food cravings? Sleep
If you crave chocolate or Cheetos after a hectic day, it may be because you're sleep-deprived, a new study suggests. Researchers have found that lack of sleep may lead to increased appetite and an affinity for unhealthy foods. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First gray hair gene found, plucked from research
Just like those first silvery strands that stubbornly start cropping up in an otherwise pleasantly pigmented head of hair, the genes responsible for gray hair have been evading science's grasp. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aetna CEO says he supports Obamacare amid losses
The head of Aetna said he supports Obamacare insurance exchanges, even though he recently questioned their sustainability. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study links Zika virus, Guillain-Barre syndrome
A new study lends support to one of the biggest fears about Zika virus: It might increase the risk of the rare neurological syndrome Guillain-Barre. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Female Viagra' gets mixed reviews
A new review of the "little pink pill" for women with low sexual desire says the drug doesn't work very well -- but some doctors and patients who've been using the treatment disagree. The drug, Addyi, or flibanserin, has been on the market since Octo... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feeling healthy? Health officials say Louisiana flu season expected to spike
Louisiana has seen a mild start to this flu season, but doctors and national experts say that may be about to change. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC update: 147 Zika cases in US
There have been 107 cases of Zika virus among U.S. travelers returning from Zika-infected areas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC confirms 2 cases of Zika virus in Louisiana
Two cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Louisiana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctor working on alternative to chemotherapy
Chemotherapy takes a huge toll on a cancer patient's body. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surgeons perform first US uterus transplant
A team of surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic performed the first uterus transplant in the United States this week. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts
Nine people in Minnesota and Wisconsin have become ill from E. Coli, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Two of the individuals have been hospitalized. Alfalfa sprouts from Jack & The Green Sprouts in River Falls, Wiscons... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

King penguins filmed on treadmills
Down in the chilly waters of the sub-Antarctic Crozet Islands, it's only natural to develop an extra layer or two of winter fat. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical marijuana legalized in Australia
The Australian Parliament passed a measure Wednesday legalizing medical marijuana. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

35-pound tumor removed from Peruvian woman
Peruvian doctors have removed what was described by health officials as a "giant" 16-kilogram (35.3-pound) tumor from the abdomen of a woman in Lima, the capital of Peru. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3 pregnant women test positive for Zika
The state of Florida announced Wednesday that three pregnant women who had traveled outside the United States tested positive for Zika virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC hunts Zika-birth defect connection in Brazil
In her career as a pediatrician, Dr. Erin Staples has seen only the occasional case of microcephaly, the birth defect where babies are born with small heads and underdeveloped brains. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Colorado visitors are using pot and ending up in the ER
Weed-related emergency room visits are on the rise in Colorado since voters approved the legalization of retail marijuana in 2012 and sales began in 2014. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

St. Charles Parish gears up for another Trash Bash with food, entertainment
With plenty of food drinks and music planned, organizers are putting the finishing touches on the annual Trash Bash in St. Charles Parish. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news