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Twenty-year-old Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce died from a fatal seizure, according to his family. While the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has yet to determine Boyce's official cause of death, the tragedy has shined a light on a rare but devastating reality: Ea…

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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…

CHICAGO (AP) — Are poinsettias really poisonous? Are snowflakes really pure as the driven snow? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here's what science says about some of them:

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The body is a complex system that is usually capable of healing itself when injured, but there are times when wounds simply won’t heal. This can lead to serious complications, including extensive infection and even amputation.

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Nutritionist Sharnet Nixson spoke to seniors at the Sulphur Senior Center Wednesday about eating balanced meals.

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West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s top executive spoke of significant investment in capital improvement and services, and growing recognition for the facility’s operational excellence to members of the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce last Thursday.


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VINTON — West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s CEO Janie Frugé, FACHE, told members of the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce Thursday that the hospital conducts Community Health Needs Assessment every three years.

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Question: My daughter recently had a baby and the nursing staff were quite helpful with encouraging the baby to breast feed soon after birth. I don’t recall this happening when I had babies years ago. Is this a new approach?

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Social media is here to stay. Parents will do themselves a favor if they learn more about it so that their children can gain the positive influences it brings, and avoid or at least minimize the negative influences.

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Mohammad Khan, MD, with Hematology and Oncology with Memorial Medical Group, spoke to Sulphur Rotarians Wednesday about lung cancer.

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BATON ROUGE — The new school year is almost here, but will your child be ready? Besides shopping for supplies, the back-to-school checklist should include making sure your child has an up-to-date immunization record.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Altering human heredity? In a first, researchers safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos, targeting a heart defect best known for killing young athletes — a big step toward one day preventing a list of inherited diseases.

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.

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When the temperatures rise, we all feel uncomfortably hot when outdoors, especially in Southwest Louisiana. Perspiration and a slight increase in heart rate are to be expected, but when exposed to high temperatures for an extended amount of time, more severe symptoms could indicate a heat-re…

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Portable. Delicious. Healthy. With various combinations of fruits, vegetables, and juice blended together result in delicious flavors, smoothies are ideal choices for people on the go and those who are trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet; which includes most of us.