Pet therapy program helps bring smiles, eases patients at Ochsner Medical Center
Pets hold a special place in our homes. They bring us joy and comfort when we're happy or sad. Ochsner Medical Center has been bringing that same level of interaction to its patients for the past 24 years. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sharapova banned two years for meldonium use
Maria Sharapova received a two-year suspension from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after testing positive for banned drug meldonium, which may end the career of the richest female athlete of the past decade. The ITF made the announcement W... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fearing Zika, Olympic athlete freezes sperm
Defending Olympic long jumping champion Greg Rutherford is freezing a sample of his sperm before heading to the Rio 2016 Games as a precautionary measure against Zika. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Productivity improves by standing up at work
By now, you have probably heard about the possible benefits of a standing desk: It could help you burn more calories during the day and reduce back and neck pain. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One-third of American adults never floss, study says
Do you floss your pearly whites every day? A recent study found that nearly one-third of American adults never do. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika and Olympics: Rio organizers say Games are safe
Rio's Olympic organizers went on the offensive Tuesday, trying to drown out the voices that insist the Zika virus poses a health risk for the 2016 Summer Games. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rash alert: 'Sea lice' actually baby jellyfish
Sea lice. Beach lice. Seabather's eruption. Pika-pika. Ocean itch. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity increases in US women, study finds
There doesn't appear to be much headway being made in the battle to curb obesity in the United States, according to a pair of studies released Tuesday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood Center in 'urgent need' of donors
Officials with The Blood Center said in a press release Monday that the center is in “urgent need” of all RH-negative blood types. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Pop stars endorsing mostly junk food
A study released Monday shows that many music stars do a lot of unhealthy endorsements, which may be contributing to the country's epidemic of childhood obesity. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How dangerous are parasites lurking in cat poop?
Pregnant women are advised to avoid many things, including alcohol, smoking and even their cat's litter box. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brazil's Zika babies face uncertain future
Maria Vitoria is eight months old, but her fragile frame has already seen so much suffering. She was born with microcephaly, likely as a result of the Zika virus, and her family abandoned her at birth. Now she is growing, but the development of her bra... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Police make arrests in Delhi hospital kidney racket
Police in New Delhi have made a number of arrests in connection with a suspected organ harvesting scheme operating out of one of the city's most prestigious private hospitals. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parkinson's disease, the illness that hit Ali back
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali died Friday at age 74 after a lengthy battle against Parkinson's disease. Ali was diagnosed with the disease in 1984, three years after he retired. In the following years, Parkinson's began to take away Ali's motor skills an... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Precautionary boil-water advisory issued for Lower Ninth Ward lifted
A precautionary boil-water advisory was lifted Friday for the Lower Ninth Ward by the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oprah Winfrey's weight loss secret
Oprah Winfrey has a new secret weapon when it comes to the weight loss battle. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Americans dying at highest rate since 2005
Americans died at a higher rate in 2015, news that comes as a surprise to experts who are used to seeing a decline in the number of deaths. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

324 salmonella infections linked to chicks, ducklings
Seven outbreaks of salmonella linked to live poultry in backyard flocks have caused 324 cases of illness in 35 states since January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feds seek answers on how Prince got fentanyl
A medical examination has concluded that Prince died of an accidental overdose of pain medication, ending weeks of speculation on how the singer died. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Portland schools use bottled water after lead scare
Public schools in eco-friendly Portland, Oregon, have now joined Flint, Michigan, and other U.S. cities in facing concerns over lead in their drinking water -- and that officials have been slow to acknowledge the problem. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Precautionary boil-water advisory issued for Lower Ninth Ward
A precautionary boil-water advisory was issued Thursday for the Lower Ninth Ward by the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fewer U.S. teens are giving birth, CDC finds
Fewer teens than ever are giving birth in the United States, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The finding is part of a larger trend of women having babies later in life, as birth rates continue to increase among women in their 30s and 40s. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India buyers club: The new way for Americans to buy cheap drugs
A growing number of sick Americans are traveling thousands of miles to India. Why? For huge discounts on prescription drugs. Scores of life-saving medicines are sold for much lower prices in India. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Therapists biased against black, poor patients, study finds
Minorities and lower-income individuals can face numerous challenges in getting treatment for depression and other mental health problems. A new study finds that these groups face yet another barrier to mental health care: Therapists may be less likely to see them. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

McIlroy set for Rio after Zika fears eased
Rory McIlroy is set to compete at the Olympics after taking medical advice over the Zika virus which has spread through Brazil. The world No.3, who will be competing for gold as golf returns to the Games after a 112-year absence. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Indicted surgical tech tests positive for HIV
A former surgical tech indicted on charges of stealing liquid pain medication by swapping syringes at a hospital near Denver has tested positive for HIV, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Colorado. Rocky Allen, whose indictment in February l... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India buyers club: The new way for Americans to buy cheap drug
A growing number of sick Americans are traveling thousands of miles to India. Why? For huge discounts on prescription drugs. Scores of life-saving medicines are sold for much lower prices in India. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fired Phoenix VA director could return to job
The former head of the Veterans Affairs office in Phoenix, who was fired in the wake of the VA wait-time scandal, could find an easier path back to her old job because of a decision by Attorney General Loretta Lynch. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bracelet detects stress, love
What if a device could track your physical and emotional well-being? (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Governor urges lawmakers to approve federal funding for Zika preparedness
Aedes albopictus, one of the mosquitoes know to transmit the Zika virus, has been detected in high numbers in southeast Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gov. Edwards signs into law ban on second-trimester abortion procedure
Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a ban on the second-trimester abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation, making Louisiana the sixth state to prohibit the commonly used method. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby with Zika-related microcephaly born in NJ
A baby with Zika virus-related microcephaly was born in New Jersey on Tuesday, hospital officials said. The baby and mother are stable and doing well following the cesarean delivery, said Dr. Abdulla Al-Kahan. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO revises sex guidelines for Zika prevention
If you've traveled to any country with a current outbreak of Zika, you should wait a full eight weeks to have unprotected sex or attempt to conceive a baby, even if you have no symptoms of the disease, the World Health Organization said today. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nestle's million-dollar bet on milk allergy tests
Nestle committed to pay up to €100 million ($112 million) to develop a milk allergy test for babies to determine whether they suffer from an allergy or intolerance to cow's milk. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asus wants new robot to help with elderly
As the average life expectancy continues to climb, elder care will become a bigger global issue. Companies like ASUS are anxious to position home robots as a potential solution. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Basic -- but often ignored -- rules of zoo safety
The killing of 17-year-old Western lowland gorilla Harambe to protect a 3-year-old boy who had slipped away from his mother and entered the gorilla habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has galvanized social media and left many wondering... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman gets flesh-eating bacteria while fishing near Grand Isle
Health officials offer a word of caution about flesh-eating bacteria for those planning to head to the water this Memorial Day. It is often found in warm, salty-brackish waters and in shellfish during the summer months. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Georgia abortion ruling no one knew about
For nearly seven months, it has been illegal for physicians in Georgia to provide abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy -- but almost no one knew it. Now, everyone is on the same page and lawyers for three obstetricians are appealing a ruling upholdin... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Look for this on steak labels
A new label on some of the steaks in your grocery store highlights a production process you may have never heard of: mechanical tenderizing. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman gets flesh-eating bacteria while fishing in the gulf
Health officials offer a word of caution about flesh-eating bacteria for those planning to head to the water this Memorial Day. It is often found in warm, salty-brackish waters and in shellfish during the summer months. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

College football coach dies after Parkinson's battle
After a decade of battling Parkinson's disease, beloved college football coach Don Horton died Saturday morning, according to his wife. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Postpone or move Olympics, doctors urge
The summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved "in the name of public health" due to the widening Zika outbreak in Brazil, more than 100 prominent doctors and professors said Friday in an open letter to the World Health Organ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cell phone related cancer for rats raises alarm
The issue of whether cell phone use could cause cancer has been mired in confusion, with some studies failing to find an increased risk of brain tumors among cell phone users, while others suggest greater risk among the most frequent of users. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Henry Heimlich, 96, uses his maneuver to save woman
Dr. Henry Heimlich reached his arms around the gagging woman's body and did what he does best: grasped his left fist in his right hand and thrusted quickly and upward. It was 1974 when he created the lifesaving maneuver and the American Medical Assoc... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3.1 million Tommee Tippee Sippee cups recalled
Mayborn USA has issued a voluntary recall of 3.1 million Tommee Tippee Sippee children's spill-proof cups because of mold, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A dreaded superbug found in a U.S. woman
A 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman showed the presence of a rare kind of E. coli infection, the first known case of its kind in the United States. It is a superbug that is resistant to many antibiotics, even Colistin, which doctors use as a last resort... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GOP leaves for holiday without passing Zika funds
Democrats on Thursday blasted Republicans for departing Washington for the Memorial Day recess -- the traditional start of summer -- without approving funds to respond to the mosquito-borne Zika virus and other pressing needs. "Public health officials... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A dreaded superbug found for the first time in a U.S. woman
The United States' first known case of a superbug that cannot be killed by a last resort-style kind of antibiotic was detailed in a report by the U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Fried... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wildlife and Fisheries reminds people of boating safety laws, regulations ahead of Memorial Day weekend
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents have a few safety tips for people to remember before they hit the waterways for Memorial Day weekend. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CVS to offer opioid drug over the counter in Louisiana
CVS Pharmacy will soon offer an opioid drug over the counter in Lousiana. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - May 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news