People are increasingly making the switch to a plant-based diet because of the health and environmental benefits. Research has shown that a plant-based way of eating can help you maintain a healthy weight, as well as reduce your risk of certain heart diseases.
More Americans than ever before in are legally taking prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical prices are increasing about 8 percent per year – more than four times the rate of wage growth and inflation. Consequently, if you want the top brand name pharmaceuticals, you may, depending on what your health plan covers, be paying a hefty chunk of change to get them.
You feel healthy. You have good energy levels, feel happy and are engaged in life’s activities. Don’t get lulled into complacency! Taking time to get your preventative screenings when you are healthy and symptom-free is the best way to safeguard your vitality.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses the importance of the chickenpox vaccine after Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said he made sure all his nine children were exposed to chickenpox and caught the disease instead of giving them a vaccine.
Two-year-old Jude McGee died of the flu. But anti-vaxers told his mom she murdered him and made up a story about the flu to cover up her crime. She isn't the only mother under attack by anti-vaxers.
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.
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.
Though mosquito season in Louisiana typically runs through October or November, increasingly warmer winters are enticing the pesky critters to overstay their welcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With school just around the corner, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Director of its Shots for Tots program and immunization specialist, Christa O’Neal, is expecting a full office this next week.
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.
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…
While LifeShare Blood Centers are no longer in the blood shortage crisis that created an urgent need last week, the Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner — requiring a stocked blood bank.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are cracking down on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators.
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…
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.
Those in attendance at the Green Cleaning program held at the Sulphur Regional Library Friday received a history lesson along with tips on mixing and using non-toxic, cost effective cleaning solutions.
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?
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:
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.
Hunting in Southwest Louisiana is a passionate pastime. While firearm safety precautions are top of mind, ear protection might not be.
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.
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.
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?
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.
About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year; that’s one in every four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
Whether you’re a professional athlete, a fitness buff or totally unplugged from a regular exercise program, knowing how to protect your knees from injury can mean the difference between a fulfilling lifestyle and years of painful, limited mobility.
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.
CHICAGO (AP) — A study suggests many surgery patients often end up with leftover opioid painkillers and store the remaining pills improperly at home.
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.