5,400 diagnosed with cancers linked to 9/11
Next month will mark 15 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but thousands of people across the country continue to feel its effects on their health. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your parents and longevity are linked, study says
Your parents may have a significant influence on how likely you are to stay healthy later in life. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Acetaminophen during pregnancy linked to ADHD
Women who take acetaminophen during pregnancy are more likely to have a hyperactive child, according to a new study. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ochsner Medical Center in BR transferring critically ill patients to other facilities
Several critically ill patients at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge are being transferred to other Ochsner facilities because of flooding in the capitol city. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika in Puerto Rico now a health emergency
Puerto Rico has recorded 10,690 Zika cases, including those of 1,035 pregnant women, prompting the declaration of a public health emergency in the commonweath by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Two people have died from complication... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Residents, businesses in Tangipahoa Parish advised to boil water
Parish officials are advising some residents and businesses in Tangipahoa Parish to boil their water until further notice. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Paraplegics moving again years after spinal cord injuries   
Researchers have just witnessed something that they say has never before been seen in the field of medicine: Patients who have been severely paralyzed for more than a decade have regained some sensation and neurological control in key muscles. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Banking sperm to fight male biological clock
William Hudson has yet to meet the future Mrs. William Hudson, and so he's not taking any chances: When he was 28, he froze his sperm. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DEA declines to loosen restrictions on medical marijuana
Marijuana will remain a Schedule l controlled substance, which declares it has "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse," the Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday. This keeps the drug in the same category as heroin, ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

US fertility rate falls to lowest on record
The US fertility rate fell to the lowest point since record keeping started more than a century ago, according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1909, the government began keeping track of what's called the ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surgeon accused of removing kidney from wrong patient
Massachusetts health authorities are investigating an allegation that a surgeon removed a kidney from the wrong patient. "We are aware of this serious allegation, and are investigating in line with our state and federal authority," according to a stat... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sheriff to create crisis intervention team
As the St. Tammany parish Safe Haven project takes shape, those dealing with the mental health crisis are calling for a change in strategy for dealing with the mentally ill. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Local doctor explains benefits of the ancient cupping therapy
It was the burning question on social media all across the country.  (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Millions of Americans drink unsafe water, study says
Millions of Americans may be drinking water with unsafe levels of industrial chemicals, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science& Technology Letters. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinton: Congress must return to fund Zika fight
Hillary Clinton called on Congress to return to Washington and pass a funding measure to fight Zika during a visit Tuesday to Miami -- the Florida city that has become the one of the country's most affected areas for the mosquito borne virus. On Day ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Injuries occurring at the Olympics
A wave of devastating injuries has already occurred at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and only four days have passed since the Games commenced. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infant is Texas' first Zika-related death
A newborn girl has become Texas' first death related to the Zika virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rats and roaches spotted in your home? Here are a few tips from NOLA experts
It's no surprise. New Orleans, like any urban area, has rats and roaches that call its alleyways and streets home. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Marijuana candy sickens 19 at quincea ñera
Edible marijuana offered at a quinceañera celebration is suspected of sickening 19 people Saturday night in San Francisco's Mission District, according to the city's Department of Public Health. Preliminary lab tests showed that gummy ring candy from... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy: Stop calling Trump 'crazy'
Patrick Kennedy, a mental health advocate and former Rhode Island congressman, penned an op-ed Monday calling on Americans to stop calling Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump "crazy" because it demeans those who suffer from real mental healt... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 in 8 US adults says they smoke marijuana, poll says
The percentage of American adults who say they smoke weed has nearly doubled in three years, according to a new Gallup poll. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your genes play a role in when you lose your virginity
How old were you when you lost your virginity? Or maybe you haven't reached that point yet. Either way, whether you're 16 or 40 when you decide to have sex for the first time, you may think the choice comes down to your partner, the people around you ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rubio opposes abortions for Zika-infected women
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he opposes abortions for women infected with Zika, as the health crisis sweeps his home state. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parents retreat: New Orleans agency pampers moms, teaches parenting skills
A New Orleans agency that helps families and people battling emotional and mental health issues is reminding mothers not to neglect their own mental health, and one mother who enjoyed a free day of pampering said it was a much-needed stress reliever. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Olympics in bright red spots: What is cupping?
Those dark red, spots dotting Olympians' shoulders and backs are not cigar burns. They're not perfectly circular hickeys either. Viewers watching the Olympics this weekend may have spotted the pepperoni-like bruises on athletes and wondered: What is ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Pokemon Go' helps kids with autism, Asperger's
The moment 12-year-old Ian Thayer asked his mom to go outside for Pokemon hunting, Stephanie Barnhill was struck with wonder and excitement. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feds open talks on growing human organs in animals
Scientists may be a step closer to growing human organs in animals. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is considering lifting a moratorium that blocked funding for experimentation involving human stem cells and animal embryos. The agency propose... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika-fighting GMO mosquito wins FDA approval for trial
It's another win for the GMO mosquito. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Four new cases of travel-related Zika confirmed in Louisiana
Louisiana health officials said four new cases of travel-related Zika virus infections were confirmed this week in the state. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Family dog detects cancer in toddler
A dog in England sniffed out that its owner's daughter has an aggressive form of cancer. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Louisiana Medicare to cover mosquito repellant for pregnant women
Louisiana's Medicaid program will pay for mosquito repellent for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, in order to help prevent cases of Zika virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What are mosquito-control workers spraying in Miami?
After the first locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus were identified in a small area north of downtown Miami, officials began to spray an insecticide over a 10-square-mile portion of Miami-Dade County on Thursday morning. But what was in the i... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What exempts people from military service?
On the heels of Donald Trump facing scrutiny over his multiple U.S. military deferments during the Vietnam War, many Americans are questioning what exactly qualifies as a draft exemption -- especially from a medical perspective. The New York Times repor... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cities, counties scramble to take on Zika
Zika was worrying local health officials long before Florida announced the nation's first local transmission from an infected mosquito in late July. Previously, the virus had already hit US territories, Puerto Rico in particular, and there were almost... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boil-water advisory lifted for Water District No. 1 customers in St. John the Baptist Parish
A boil-water advisory was lifted Thursday for affected residents in St. John the Baptist Parish. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Planning a family in the age of Zika
Ana Cássia has always wanted to be a mother. She and her childhood sweetheart, Alberto, knew from the get-go that they wanted a big family. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More money allocated to fight growing Zika concerns in Greater New Orleans
At a press conference in New Orleans, Dr. Jeff Elder with the New Orleans Health Department confirmed there are still no locally-transmitted cases of the Zika virus in Louisiana. In Miami-Dade County, Florida, 15 people have been infected by mosquitoes in one neighborhood there. Elder said there are 17 cases of the virus confirmed in the state of Louisiana. All were infected out of state. In Orleans Parish, there are two travel-related cases and seven more in the metropolitan area. But New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said he is operating with the mindset that it is just a matter of time before the virus is transmitted l...
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Now 41 US military members have contracted Zika
CNN has learned there are now 41 members of the military who have been diagnosed with the Zika virus since testing began earlier this year. Eight new cases have been recorded in the last week, a Pentagon official told CNN. One of the military service m... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Human trials begin for Zika vaccines
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has injected two human volunteers with an experimental DNA-based Zika vaccine, Director Anthony Fauci announced today, a month ahead of its projected schedule for vaccine development. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

City allocates additional $500K in fight against Zika-carrying mosquitoes
Mayor Mitch Landrieu said an additional $500,000 will be allocated to the city's mosquito control board to help target two species of mosquitoes that are known to spread Zika virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sales spike for mosquito control company amid Zika concerns
With Zika and West Nile viruses being a big concern for many in the Gulf Coast, one local mosquito control company said sales for its services have spiked. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boil-water advisory issued for Water District No.1 customers in St. John the Baptist Parish
A boil-water advisory has been issued for residents in Reserve, Garyville and Mt. Airy, St. John the Baptist Parish leaders said. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poll: Most Americans aren't worried about contracting Zika
A new poll finds most Americans aren't worried about someone in their family contracting a case of Zika, even as a growing number of mosquito-borne cases of the disease in a Florida neighborhood prompted a historic travel warning from the Centers for... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Millennials are having less sex than Gen Xers
Today's 20-year-olds are having less sex than the previous generation. About 15 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 24 reported having no sexual partners since they turned 18, according to new research published today in the journal Archives of Sex... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The science of distracted driving: Why can't we stop?
Most people will admit that texting, checking social media or playing a video game while driving isn't safe, and yet, some still do it. Why? David Greenfield, founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, says it has to do with the addi... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Miami battles Zika with mosquito spraying
As the Zika scare ramps up in south Florida, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said authorities will target 10 square miles north of downtown Miami to combat the virus. Citing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention --... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do we really need to floss?
Is flossing overrated? In a statement issued Tuesday, the American Academy of Periodontology acknowledged that most current evidence for flossing maybe flawed, The New York Times reported. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aetna latest insurer to question Obamacare's future
Aetna is reconsidering its participation in Obamacare, making it the latest large insurer to cast doubts on the future of the individual exchanges. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parks behind big jump in trampoline injuries, study says
Injuries at trampoline parks have soared in recent years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC issues historic travel warning over Zika in Miami
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning Monday, advising pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a small community just north of downtown Miami, where Zika is actively circulating. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - August 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news