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nThe New Orleans Saints, Ochsner’s Elmwood Fitness Center and Centerplate have collaborated to revamp the Superdome’s game-day menu. Turkey dogs on whole wheat buns, grilled Portobello mushrooms, chicken kebobs and pan-seared tuna are just a few examples of Ochsner’s new “Eat Fit” snacks, available at the Dome (the program started Sept. 7).
Rita Benson LeBlanc, quoted from an Ochsner press release, said, “the traditional, favorite game-day foods will still be available but alternatives such as blackened turkey sandwiches on whole wheat and grilled vegetables are a healthy addition to our menus.” 
nLouisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Nursing received $100,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for scholarships for (quoted from a Sept. 2008 LSUHSC press release) “individuals under-represented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds in an accelerated nursing degree program.” 
The money will fund 10 scholarships for LSUHSC’s Career Alternative RN Education Program, which offers an accelerated (less than two years) BSN/RN training program “designed for those who already have a degree in another discipline but would like to change careers to become a nurse,” the press release states.
nLakeview Regional Medical Center has begun offering women more comfortable mammograms. The BioLucent MammoPad, a single-use cushion, promises greater comfort and warmth during the scan, as well as clearer images. The Senographe DS full-field digital mammography system, which Lakeview has used for several years, also offers imaging more accurate than is possible with traditional film, in addition to a curtailed exam length of only 10-15 minutes.
nBloomberg News recently reported that flu shots protect both mom and baby against potentially deadly influenza infections. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine online, tracked the health of more than 300 pregnant moms in Bangladesh. Results indicated that the babies of vaccinated moms were 63 percent less likely to be stricken with ‘lab-confirmed’ influenza (when compared to babies of non-vaccinated moms). The study also suggested babies who have had flu shots are less likely to develop respiratory illnesses. 
– Leigh Ann Stuart

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