Health

HUMMING FOR YOUR SENSES

Sinus problems? Need to decrease congestion and stamp out unwanted inflammation? Try humming away your sinus problems. Repetitive humming might be Mother Nature’s ticket to healthier and clearer sinuses. Unless they become plugged up by allergies or infection, sinuses are…

A Lifeline to Help

This is Lifeline. We have a medical alert call from Emma Fallo. She is having chest pains. We are dispatching an ambulance,” said the voice on the other end of the line. The call came from Philips Lifeline, a nationwide…

WHEN THE NEW YORK TIMES INVESTIGATES

Media waves from the levee failures and subsequent flooding that ruined New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina regularly ripple our city. But in late August, just in time for Katrina’s fourth anniversary, a journalistic tsunami of biblical proportions rolled in from…

Healthbeat

Ochsner Endocrinologist Dr. Lawrence Blonde has been awarded the Louisiana Laureate Award for his accomplished career in medicine. The award, issued by the American College of Physicians, honors Dr. Blonde’s contributions to medicine, which include extensive diabetes research and scholarly…

Is Chocolate Good for you?

 One shop doesn’t transform a recovering metropolis into a chocolate city. But last year a small chocolate paradise arose out of the receded flood waters on Canal Boulevard.A few blocks past the cemeteries, located between a Helm Paint Store and…

New Year's List

Consistency may be the hobgoblin of little minds but pick a single breakfast and eat it every day. Save variety for later meals as early morning is no time for creative preparations. Stalk your grocery store aisle for John McCann’s…

A Scentless Christmas

It was my Christmas with no smells. I decorated a Christmas tree and couldn’t smell a thing. I cooked a Christmas dinner that had no aroma,” says Patty Huntsinger, who owns Liberty Lumber Yard Uptown with her husband Thomas.“Three weeks…

Hospices and Hurricanes

John Fuchs, a hospice patient, left New Orleans in the back of his sister’s SUV during that mandatory evacuation before Hurricane Gustav. His remains returned to New Orleans in an urn.  Fuchs was diagnosed with colon cancer just before his…

Health Beat

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…

On Leadership

Louisiana medicine is fertile breeding ground for the American Medical Association, a 161-year-old organization dedicated to the art and science of medicine. In the last 12 years, both Dr. Daniel “Stormy” Johnson and Dr. Donald J. Palmisano skyrocketed from leadership…

Health Beat

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have reported that Medicare Part D drug plans will get more expensive in 2009, up roughly $3 per month from ’08. Payments will now be $28 a month for beneficiaries – a 12…

Testosterone

A sexist short-course in sexual hormones has estrogen as the hormone of beauty and sensitivity and testosterone as the hormone of aggression and war. Research published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences fuels this debate…

MSG

Ikeeled over after one bite of my salad at Ruth’s Chris. I came to on the floor and Dr. Frank Minyard was giving me CPR. The coroner saved my life. MSG in that salad dressing almost killed me,” said Frank…

Performers vs. Anxiety

Fats Domino has classic performance anxiety,” says a local physician who asked to remain nameless. “I have never treated Fats Domino and have never talked to anyone who has. My diagnosis is based on newspaper accounts of Domino’s failure to…