Navy surprises ailing WWII veteran at his home
Standing tall on his front porch and saluting, Ernest Thompson beamed with pride. Yards away in the middle of his residential street in Gardena, CA members of the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center were singing the Navy's official song "Anc... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

St. Jude: Pacemaker hacking claims 'absolutely untrue'
St. Jude Medical rejected claims made by a famous short seller on Thursday that the company's pacemakers and other lifesaving devices are vulnerable to cyber attacks. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Here's what happened to AIDS drug that spiked 5,000%
Outrage over the massive EpiPen price hike feels like deja vu. A year ago, America was in shock when a drug called Daraprim that's used by some AIDS and transplant patients skyrocketed overnight from $13.50 to $750 a pill. Hillary Clinton tweeted that... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer hits the streets
The American heroin epidemic has become more dangerous, as reports of heroin laced with carfentanil are being reported throughout the country. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mylan pledges to make EpiPen more affordable
Mylan announced a series of steps Thursday it says will make its EpiPen more affordable for some patients. The drugmaker is caught at the center of a firestorm over the rising price of prescription drugs. Mylan had raised a standard two-pack of EpiPen... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Orlando hospitals won't bill survivors of Pulse nightclub shooting
After a gunman killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub in June, survivors of the massacre faced a new nightmare: mounting medical bills. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Firefighter describes life after historic face transplant
Patrick Hardison can now drive his children to school in the morning. He can swim in a pool, run his fingers through his hair and blink his eyes. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Maternal deaths down globally, up in US
The good news is that maternal mortality rates are declining worldwide. The bad news? The situation for women in the United States is a glaring exception. And in Texas, where clinics serving women have shuttered and their health interests have been b... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Virus hunters in search of the next outbreak
It is a slow and cumbersome descent hindered by head-to-toe protective suits. A wooden ladder dips down the side, as two researchers in white suits and respirators make their way into Grootboom cave in South Africa. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Miami Beach mayor: We need a Zika bill
With the number of Zika cases in the United States growing, the mayor of Miami Beach, Florida, says he's frustrated that Congress still hasn't passed a bill to help combat the virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cost of EpiPen: Senators' daughters call for action
The incredible increase in the cost of EpiPens, auto-injectors that can stop life-threatening emergencies caused by allergic reactions, has hit home on Capitol Hill, where one Democratic senator whose daughter has allergies has called for action and ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How should you talk to loved ones about their weight?
What are the magic words to use when a loved one's weight is rising dangerously high? Unfortunately, there are none. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zion Harvey's transplanted hands are 'amazing'
Zion Harvey sometimes puts on baseball glove or swings a bat -- just like many 9-year-olds. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Several water quality warnings in effect along Mississippi coast
The state has a total of nine water quality warnings in effect along the Mississippi Coast, warning swimmers that they are at an increased risk of getting sick from the water. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No. 1 killer: Cancer catching up to heart disease
More Americans die from heart disease, but cancer is rapidly gaining ground as the No. 1 killer. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Long commute could hurt your health, add to your waistline
If someone told you their journey to work took them one hour, how would you react? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Orleans considers facility to treat mental health based off model in St. Tammany Parish
City officials are considering a different approach to treat mental health, and the new model aims to decriminalize mental illness. The model is called Safe Haven and the city is basing it off a concept that's already being developed in St. Tammany Parish. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For kids, no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day
Mary Poppins may need to find a new tactic to make the medicine go down. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Crews repair ruptured water main; boil-water advisory remains in effect in Covington
Covington leaders said test results for water samples are pending as the entire city remains under a boil-water advisory. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ochsner to offer free cancer, wellness screenings at Clearview Mall
Ochsner Health System will offer free cancer and wellness screenings Friday and Saturday at Clearview Mall in Metairie. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinton's health is fine, but what about Trump?
As Donald Trump and his allies attempt to raise dubious questions over Hillary Clinton's health, the Republican nominee has invited new scrutiny into his own medical history. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

EpiPen cost soars, but it's not only drug to see rise
On a hot and sticky summer day in Manhattan, Nicole Levin was leaving a dentist appointment when it happened. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby born in US with Zika-related complications
Throughout her pregnancy, Maria Mendoza, who currently lives in Miami, anguished about her baby's health. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal fitness trackers
McDonald's Step-It activity wristbands are being recalled due to risks of skin irritation or burns, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

St. Tammany leaders to share 'safe haven' mental health treatment concept with NO City Council
St. Tammany Parish leaders will present the safe haven concept -- an effort to provide help to people suffering from mental illness -- to New Orleans city officials on Tuesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Bagpipe lung' fungi kills piper, doctors say
Whether playing a wind instrument is your hobby or your job, you may want to watch out for "bagpipe lung." (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika concerns hit home for expecting Miami Ob-Gyn
On a sunny Saturday morning, Dr. Karla Maguire helps her mother-in-law get her son's stroller out of their house in Surfside, Florida, and then goes back inside while Rafael and his grandmother walk to the beach alone. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sanders to Pfizer: Lower 'unconscionable' drug prices
Sen. Bernie Sanders has a message for Pfizer: Make your new prostate cancer drug cheaper. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors remove 40 knives from man's stomach
A man in India spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed from his stomach, according to the doctor who led the operation. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer buys cancer drug maker Medivation for $14 billion
Pfizer announced a $14 billion deal for Medivation, a biotech company that makes an important cancer drug. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report: Pills found in Prince's home contained fentanyl
Pills seized inside Prince's Paisley Park compound by investigators were labeled as hydrocodone but actually contained fentanyl -- the drug that killed the singer -- according to a source with knowledge of the investigation who revealed the informati... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Irish women live-tweet abortion journey
An Irish woman live-tweeted her journey to the United Kingdom to have an abortion this weekend. The woman, and a friend who accompanied her, began posting early Saturday morning from the Twitter account Two Women Travel. Abortion is illegal in the Re... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Swimming pool parasite spreads near Phoenix
Health officials in metropolitan Phoenix are working to stop a parasite outbreak at several swimming pools in Maricopa County that causes diarrhea. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Bad pregnancy diet linked to ADHD in kids
Everybody knows that a high-fat, high-sugar diet is not a good idea. It can have a wave of negative consequences on your health, including greater risks of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC to pregnant women: Avoid another part of Miami
Pregnant women should not travel to an area of Miami Beach where local Zika virus transmission has been confirmed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Clinton and Trump would do about Obamacare
President Barack Obama may have won the battle to create Obamacare, but it will be up to the next president to fix it. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Local Zika cases on the rise in Florida
Florida Department of Health Investigators said Thursday that there are two new non-travel-related cases of the Zika virus in their state, bringing the total number of non-travel-related cases to 35. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is knuckle-cracking actually good for you?
For the past 15 years, Tanya Johnson has been driving her boss nuts. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

McDonald's removes fitness tracker from Happy Meals
McDonald's is removing Step-It activity trackers from Happy Meals due to concerns over skin irritations, according to a statement sent to CNN on Wednesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fourth brain-eating amoeba case of the year being treated
An unidentified patient in Florida is being treated after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba last week, according to the Florida Department of Health. It is the fourth known case this year of infection by the parasite Naegleria fowleri. "We be... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Former Smoker' Shane Todd dies
Shane Todd, a familiar face in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's well-known "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign, has died from complications of cancer. He was 49. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Party drug ketamine closer to treating depression
The Food and Drug Administration put the experimental drug esketamine (also known as ketamine) on the fast track to official approval for use in treating major depression, Janssen Pharmaceutical announced Tuesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IBM wants to stop E. coli outbreaks before people die
Five years ago in Germany, a bland vegetable caused one of the more devastating outbreaks of food-born illness in recent years. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Will Affordable Care Act survive as insurers pull out?
If three of the nation's largest insurers can't make it on the Affordable Care Act exchanges, can anyone? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

W.Va. city has 27 heroin overdoses in 4 hours
There were 27 heroin overdoses within four hours, including one death, in Huntington, West Virginia on Monday. Officials believe the drug may be laced with something making it particularly dangerous. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Santiago Lange beats cancer -- then wins Olympic sailing gold
At 54, he has overcome cancer and the loss of half a lung -- now Santiago Lange is proving once again that nothing can stop him after winning Olympic gold at Rio 2016. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Strollers, car carriers send thousands of kids to ERs
Every hour, two children 5 or younger are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to strollers or car carriers, according to researchers. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

14 million to be vaccinated against yellow fever
Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo began an emergency vaccination campaign this week to curtail a yellow fever outbreak that has sickened thousands of people and killed more than 400, the World Health Organization said. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How much a decade of obesity raises your cancer risk
The longer a woman is overweight or obese, the more her risk of cancer may increase along with the time. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health care will cost you $260,000 in retirement
Saving for retirement might be easier if you know how much money you'll actually need. It's a tough number to nail down, but a new report estimates how much you'll spend on what's likely to be your biggest expense: health care. A couple retiring this... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news