Puerto Rico's Zika birth defects could increase
Puerto Rico could see dozens, if not hundreds, of babies with microcephaly in the coming months, Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Friday while announcing the results of blood screenings underway in the U.S. territory. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dunkin' Donuts' menu, as curated by a nutritionist
Is it possible to eat something healthy at a fast food chain such as Dunkin' Donuts? It's challenging but doable. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A 'magical' camp for children whose parents have cancer
More than 3,000 college students will be volunteering their time and energy to provide unique, life-changing experiences for children whose parents have been touched by cancer. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Botulism outbreak suspected at federal prison
Botulism is believed to be the cause of an outbreak of severe illness that has affected 20 inmates at a federal prison in Mississippi, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Thursday. More than a dozen inmates remain hospitalized. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How a video game can help people grieve
When his 1-year-old son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ryan Green turned to video games. It was in part an escape, but also a way to share the the ups and downs of his family's experiences. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boy with kidney disease organizes toy drive
When a child is in the hospital for an indefinite stay, the one thing that might ease the pain of being there is a toy. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Second Harvest invites community to health fair June 25 in Lower Garden District
Free food, health screenings and car seat safety are just a few of the services that will be offered next weekend at a community health fair in the Lower Garden District. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Orleans Track Club hosts annual Father's Day race at Audubon Park
If you're still planning a Father's Day event with your family and loved ones, the New Orleans Track Club suggests attending a race in Audubon Park. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors urge caution, give tips to stay cool as dangerous heat sticks around
Dangerous heat this week is prompting doctors and state and local leaders to remind residents to stay safe and hydrated and to check on neighbors and pets. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Congressman calls for overturn blood donation ban
As Congress grapples with gun legislation and national security debates in the fallout from Sunday's terrorist attack at an LGBT night club in Orlando, one lawmaker is looking at the repercussions of a policy that hit close to home. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Without Borders rejects EU funds
Medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders says it will no longer accept funds from the European Union because of its "dangerous migration policies." (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: 6 birth defect cases in US linked to Zika
At least six babies have developed birth defects linked to the Zika virus in the United States, MSNBC and The Washington Post reported. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Was shooter's ex-wife right about 'bipolar'?
Bipolar is how the ex-wife of Omar Mateen described the Florida man who shot to death 49 people early Sunday in a gay nightclub in Orlando. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

State officials urge caution, offer tips to stay cool during dangerous heat
State officials are urging residents to take proper safety precautions as dangerous heat levels continue across Louisiana. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Community rallies behind child with rare terminal disorder
People from Picayune to New Orleans are rallying behind a little boy born with an extremely rare terminal disorder. Blake Grice, 15 months old, and his family have been accepted into clinical trials beginning soon in Delaware.  (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can green tea boost your brainpower?
The images that come to mind when thinking of green tea are likely associated with calmness, purity and relaxation. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oprah Winfrey is writing a cookbook, puts memoir 'on hold'
Oprah Winfrey is writing her first cookbook, "Food, Health and Happiness: 'On Point' Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life." "In the past several months on Weight Watchers, I have worked with wonderful chefs to make healthier versions of my favor... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Insurers want to hike Obamacare premiums 10%
You may have heard that insurers are hiking Obamacare premiums by 30%, 40% or even more next year. Certainly, some companies have requested hefty rate increases for certain policies. But that doesn't mean that everyone will be writing a much bigger m... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Community rallies behind child with rare terminal disorder
People from Picayune to New Orleans are rallying behind a little boy born with an extremely rare terminal disorder. Blake Grice, 15 months old, and his family have been accepted into clinical trials beginning soon in Delaware.  (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts say Zika isn't a worry for Olympics
So it's final: the World Health Organization has confirmed that the 2016 Olympics do not need to be postponed or moved from Rio because there is a "very low risk" that the Games will further spread the Zika virus. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kellogg recalls snacks in peanut scare
Kellogg Co. joined competitors on Tuesday in recalling a variety of cookies and brownies because of fears of peanut-residue contamination with no warning on the label. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Very hot drinks are 'probably carcinogenic'
Anyone who likes to curl up with a steaming hot drink should consider letting some of that warmth subside; drinking it could increase their risk of developing cancer. In a review published today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kellogg recalls some snacks because of peanut residue
The Kellogg Company said it is voluntarily recalling certain snacks because they could contain undeclared peanut residue. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood Center of New Orleans makes plea for donations on World Blood Donor Day
The Blood Center of New Orleans is asking people to donate blood Tuesday on World Blood Donor Day to help restore critically low supplies. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whole Foods gets warning letter from FDA
The Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb about what the FDA called "serious violations" it found after inspecting a Whole Foods food preparation facility in Everett, Massachusetts, in February. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood Center of New Orleans makes plea to public to donate blood on World Blood Donor Day
The Blood Center of New Orleans officials are asking people to give blood on World Blood Donor Day to combat critically low supply in bank. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

China faces sperm shortage, offers incentives
China is facing a shortage at its sperm banks and is asking me between the ages of 25 to 45 to donate, offering some incentives for donors. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are you addicted to work?
The difference between enthusiasm for work and addiction to it can sometimes be difficult to discern, especially when it's so easy to take work home on a smart phone or laptop. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Here's how long children should sleep every day
Every parent knows that children need sufficient sleep to stay healthy and do well in school. But exactly how many hours of sleep do children of different ages need per day? The latest recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine: Babie... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inside the Orlando trauma center: All hands put to work
The trauma surgeon on duty had just gone up to the call room, where he was hoping to catch some sleep, when his pager went off. One gunshot wound coming in turned into a few. Then 20. Then more. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gays outraged over continued blood donation ban
Of the hundreds of people lining up around the block to donate blood to the victims of the Orlando shooting, one group was not required. Gay or bisexual men who have had sex with another man in the past 12 months are not allowed to donate blood, accor... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gay community outraged over continued blood donation ban
Of the hundreds of people lining up around the block to donate blood to the victims of the Orlando shooting, one group was not required. Gay or bisexual men who have had sex with another man in the past 12 months are not allowed to donate blood, accor... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Walgreens ends relationship with Theranos
Walgreens has ended its relationship with embattled biotech company Theranos. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood donors rush to help in Orlando
After the worst mass shooting in history, there was an immediate and urgent call for blood donors to help the hospitals working with the massive influx of injured. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to help after Orlando mass shooting
There's one way you can help victims of the Orlando, Florida, terror attack, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO clarifies Zika zone and pregnancy guidance
Are you considering getting pregnant and live in an area where Zika is actively circulating? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FAA wants to better identify commercial pilots who have mental illnesses
Federal regulators announced Thursday they will take specific steps to better detect commercial airline pilots who have mental illnesses. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HIV-positive congressional hopeful wants to help others with illness
A Florida congressional hopeful who disclosed this week that he is HIV-positive hopes he can help others with the illness. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Man lives 555 days without a heart
While waiting for a human heart transplant, Stan Larkin lived 555 days without the organ at all. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kratom: Natural painkiller or addictive drug?
The Drug Enforcement Administration says there is "no legitimate medical use in the U.S." There are concerns that it could be addictive and have other risks that aren't well-known. But the opioid-like substance is still sought out by users to boost energy and manage pain. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika risk during Olympics is 'almost zero,' Brazilian official says
Brazil's new health minister stepped up the offensive to convince tourists and athletes that the risk of catching the Zika virus during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is "almost zero." (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New stem cell treatment 'halts' effects of MS
Chemotherapy, combined with stem cell transplants, could halt the onslaught of multiple sclerosis in people suffering from the disease, according to a new study. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boil-water advisory lifted for portion of St. Bernard Parish
A precautionary boil-water advisory that was issued Wednesday was lifted Friday for the affected area in St. Bernard Parish. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researcher accidentally gives herself Zika
A researcher at the University of Pittsburgh accidentally infected herself with the Zika virus while working in a lab, the university said. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deaths in hot cars nearly triple
Summer is not yet here, but so far nearly three times as many children have died after being left in hot cars this year compared to this time last year, the National Safety Council said Thursday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO: Delay pregnancy in Zika-affected areas
If you and your partner live where in a country where the Zika virus is actively spreading via the bite of an infected mosquito, the World Health Organization wants you to consider delaying pregnancy to avoid having a baby with brain damage. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could human-pig hybrid organs help patients?
There's a worldwide shortage of donor organs. Some people spend years on a transplant list, and others lose their lives while waiting. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deepak Chopra launches a wellness app
Deepak Chopra is going full-on into the digital health space. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nature Made vitamins recalled
Several types of Nature Made vitamins are being recalled due to possible salmonella or Staphylococcus aureus contamination, according to a Tuesday announcement from Pharmavite LLC. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why women are way more likely than men to suffer anxiety
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness affecting Americans, costing the United States some $42 billion a year. But who is most likely to experience the excessive worry, fear and isolation that's often associated with such disorders? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news