Health Features

Louisiana’s Top Hospitals

We take our health care coverage quite seriously. Whether it is presenting lists of doctors, dentists, nursing homes or hospitals, we look for companies with a creditable methodology. We concede that no selection method is perfect, yet we know that…

Top 10 Cardio Exercises

All these numbers are approximates based on an average 145-pound person. However, these numbers provide a helpful guide. Accurate calorie-burning is best measured with a heart rate monitor.•    Step Aerobics: This targets mainly your legs, hips and glutes; 30 minutes…

Health Bytes, Nov. 10

Bits and bytes of local and national health, wellness and scientific news:Autism SpeaksAccording to a recent study, the rate of vaccinations among children with health insurance has dropped in recent years, most likely as a result of fears about a…

Cancer Warriors

Two profiles of adversity, courage and, ultimately, the importance of having a positive attitude.

Health Bytes, Sept. 29

Bits and bytes of local and national health, wellness and scientific news:•    According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, with births falling 2.7 percent, possibly due…

Shine a Light: In the Pink

Most of us will remain faithful to black and gold, but pink takes center stage in October. It’s the color of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that campaign is celebrating 25 years of awareness. There’ll be pink ribbons and…

Health Bytes: Mid-September

Bits and bytes of local and national health, wellness and scientific news:•    The New Orleans CARE Clinic opened on Aug. 31, providing health care to more than 530 uninsured Gulf Coast patients on its first day alone. The National Association…

Health Beat

• According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, half of all Americans with high blood pressure now have the condition under control. These results show significant improvement over the past decade, with one-quarter of…

Health Bytes

Here are a few of the latest developments in health, medicine and science, locally and nationally:•    New Orleanian Kirk Kellogg was awarded the 2010 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award for Louisiana on Aug. 10 by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Kellogg,…

OF DOCTORS AND KATRINA

On Halloween night 2005, we were heading for a party along the city’s bumpy streets. We had come in for the weekend to work on our drenched house, so the party gave us an opportunity to get away from the…

Health Beat

• According to a study published in Applied Nursing Research, nurses and health care providers only complied with hand hygiene guidelines – such as hand-washing – before medical procedures less than half of the time. Hand-washing compliance showed a much…