|Posted on 12/21/2017 11:08:00 AM.|
Nearly 64,000 Americans died last year from drug overdoses, leading to a decline in life expectancy for the second year in a row, according to the CDC. Health officials say the decrease is a result of the exploding opioid epidemic, and President and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum, Jessica Hulsey Nickel, says the number of addicted Americans is growing.
|Health, Opioid crisis, CDC|
|Posted on 10/11/2017 2:18:00 PM.|
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds Louisiana is ranked second in the country when it comes to the high rates of STDs for the third year in a row. Deputy Director for the Louisiana STD/HIV Program Chaquetta Johnson says chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are the sexually transmitted diseases measured. She credits this increase to a few factors.
|CDC, HIV, STD, Chaquetta Johnson|
|Posted on 7/14/2017 12:55:00 PM.|
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid prescription rates are dropping in Louisiana, but former FBI Director Louis Freeh warns federal loopholes could threaten that progress. A report from the Freeh Group suggests policy proposals would loosen restrictions on imported drugs.
|Louis Freeh, opioids, opioid epidemic, CDC, prescriptions|
|Posted on 5/30/2017 10:48:00 AM.|
Alzheimer’s disease deaths have increased 55 percent in the last 15 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
|Patrick Gahan, Alzheimer's disease, Pennington Research Center, CDC|
|Posted on 5/27/2017 2:03:00 AM.|
With the summer in full swing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns the public about bacteria in public pools. Michele Hlvasa with the CDC's Healthy Swimming Program, says there’s a germ called cryptosporidium that’s causing a lot of outbreaks linked to swimming. She says they’re seeing an uptick in the number of infections.
|Michele Hlvasa, CDC, cryptosporidium, pool, swimming, summer|
|Posted on 3/9/2017 4:33:00 AM.|
The rate of babies born with syphilis is rising in Louisiana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found the rate of congenital syphilis rose by 6% nationwide between 2014 and 2015. Director of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases for the Office of Public Health, Dr. DeAnn Gruber, says the problem is even worse in Louisiana.
|Dr. DeAnn Gruber, CDC, Office of Public Heath, congenital syphilis|
|Posted on 10/31/2016 3:34:00 AM.|
The HPV vaccine is a great way to limit a child’s chance of future cancer. That’s according to CDC Director of Immunization Services Dr. Melinda Wharton who says during the ages of 11 and 12, children should be receiving the two shot vaccine.
|HBP, vaccine, Melinda Wharton, CDC|
|Posted on 8/3/2016 12:04:00 PM.|
Louisiana has received $400,000 from the Centers for Disease Control to fight the Zika virus. Dr. Frank Welch with the Department of Health says this money is targeted specifically for pregnant women, who are most at risk. He says the money will be used to educate both OBGYNs and women about the virus, as well as for medical care if a woman gets Zika.
|Dr. Frank Welch, Zika virus, CDC, mosquito|
|Posted on 5/26/2016 2:47:00 AM.|
An LSU AgCenter scientist has discovered a new way to reduce the sodium content in food. Marvin Moncada developed nanosalt, which is salt in a powder form that is about one-thousand times smaller than kosher salt.
|nanosalt, LSU AgCenter, Marvin Moncada, salt, CDC|
|Posted on 7/22/2015 12:54:00 PM.|
A survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more teenage girls are using the morning after pill. The report indicates about 1 in 5 teens girls have used the morning after pill, when ten years ago it was 1 in 12. Dr. Valerie Williams, Assistant professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Health, says more teens are taking the pill now because it’s easier to get over the counter.
|CDC, Valerie Williams, morning after pill, LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology|
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