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We’ve all experienced sticker shock. It’s one thing to gasp over the cost of a new dishwasher, but sticker shock for those who need to purchase medications for a chronic disease such as diabetes is a serious issue.

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Vaping has come of age in the most perfect of social conditions. Smoking cigarettes is falling out of favor socially and even among nicotine users, and is wholly rejected by many young people today. To get their fix they're turning to what is marketed as a cleaner and safer method of ingestion. Enticing flavors, edgy technology and social media are empowering the tobacco industry to ensnare a new generation with nicotine addiction
by way of vaping. And it’s working. In 2016, 43.8% of high schoolers in New York state tried vaping, more than double the total two years prior. This trend has Ontario County officials deeply concerned.

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Commonly known as ALS, the condition is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and it is always fatal. The affected motor neurons deteriorate and the brain and spinal cord lose their ability to send signals to muscles, which begin to atrophy. As muscles lose nourishment, those affected lose their ability to speak, move, eat and breathe. The average life expectancy of those afflicted with ALS is two to five years, and there is no cure.

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Project Fit America is a charity that works alongside educators to create opportunities for kids to stay active and healthy. It offers fitness grants and programs to help fund resources such as equipment, teacher training and curriculum. The goal is not only to get students involved physically, but also nurture an environment in which children enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. For the past five years at Homer-Center Elementary, in Homer City, Pennsylvania, that opportunity to stay active has been the Lub Dub Run Club.

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Not waiting for the Trump administration's proposed ban of flavored e-cigarettes, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency executive action to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in the state. The move is tied to two public health crises in youth and teen vaping. CNN's Dr. S…

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In the wake of the deaths by suicide of two mental health advocates, CNN's Michael Smerconish speaks with Peggy Wehmeyer about living with the shame and stigma of having a loved one die by suicide.

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Pre-teen girls experience many rapid changes in their minds and bodies. Sorting those out and knowing what is normal can be difficult while combatting the messages they receive from a media invested in convincing them that they need to buy products to make them better.

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VINTON — When retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Goodwin got an email earlier this month from his Wing Commander, Col. Samantha Weeks, asking that Christmas cards be sent to a sick child in Vinton, he decided he could do more.

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Audrey Hepburn once said, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Volunteering time and talent not only helps others; it also helps the one giving back.  

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Though mosquito season in Louisiana typically runs through October or November, increasingly warmer winters are enticing the pesky critters to overstay their welcome.

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WESTLAKE — Sadness and grief are a part of the human condition. But when those feelings remain, despite every attempt to relieve them, medical intervention may be necessary.

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LAKE CHARLES — The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana has hired Bantam Strategy Group in partnership with Toole Design Group, two experienced bikeshare firms, to study the feasibility and implementation of a multi-city bikeshare system serving the City of Lake Charles and City of Sulphur.

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WESTLAKE — September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. In recognition, representatives with the Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corps and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Health and Human Services taught seniors how to address some medical emergencies at the Westlake Senior Center Monday.

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Immunizations don’t stop once you leave school, according to Christa O’Neal, immunization specialist with West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. In fact, they never stop from birth to death.

CHICAGO (AP) — Lowering blood pressure more than usually recommended not only helps prevent heart problems, it also cuts the risk of mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer's disease, a major study finds.

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The Sulphur City Council authorized Mayor Mike Danahay to join other entities in Calcasieu Parish in conducting a feasibility study concerning a bike sharing program at a special City Council meeting Monday following a public hearing on an ordinance approved at the regular meeting earlier th…

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LifeShare Blood Center is calling on the local community to help alleviate a blood supply crisis this week.

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Occasional memory loss is a normal part of the aging process. And that may make it difficult to differentiate between what is to be expected as we get older, and what is a sign of dementia.

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The Louisiana Department of Health announces a new, interactive and user-friendly website for the Louisiana Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC), louisianawic.org. Stocked with healthy living tips, the new website provides easy-to-use information about applying for WIC and for…

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Later this month, voters in Calcasieu Parish Wards 4 and 7 and Cameron Parish Ward 6, Precincts 3 and 4,  will be asked to renew a tax supporting the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital.

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According to Audiologist Dr. Jake Cavanaugh, who spoke to the Sulphur Rotary Club Wednesday, certain noises contribute to hearing loss.

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Question: I’m a third grade teacher. I love being with my students, but I often feel frazzled at the end of the day. My friend said exercising regularly would help calm me, but it seems like an energetic exercise routine would only make me more keyed up. Who is right?

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When a patient receives bad medical news, it can be a paralyzing moment. It’s easy to see how any serious diagnosis can shatter someone’s life into a million pieces, but we often overlook what’s happening to the caregiver who’s devoting their time and energy to provide care. On top of the ph…