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Newsweek reports some ‘Katrina kids’ are amongst the sickest children in the U.S. In Newsweek, Children’s Health Fund president and Columbia University professor Irwin Redlener described children who spent extended periods of time in Baton Rouge FEMA trailer parks as…

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The Louisiana Board of Regents has agreed to match funds for endowed chairs and professorships at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Officials presented LSUHSC with $1,440,000 in matching funds from the Louisiana Educational Quality Support Fund (fiscal year…

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Thirty-nine Ochsner Health System nurses have been honored in the annual “100 Great Nurses of Louisiana” list. Patients and fellow nurses select honorees based on the individual’s humanity, community and professional contributions. In an effort to boost the number of…

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Research by Imperial College London scientists suggests that by testing breath and phlegm, doctors can better treat children with severe asthma. Ten percent of children have asthma, which is often treated with oral steroids; unfortunately, when overused, “rescue steroids” can…

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A story published June 30 on NewScientist.com reports that scientists at Sangamo BioSciences, a biotechnology company in Duarte, Calif., have made a remarkable leap forward with AIDS/HIV research, having successfully created HIV-resistant mice. Scientists discovered that by sabotaging the gene…

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A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates an alarmingly low number of people know the warning signs of an impending stroke. CDC researchers analyzed data from 2005, from a survey of 71,000 adults, and found only…

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A recent study by the National Cancer Institute indicates a possible correlation between alcohol consumption and breast cancer in postmenopausal women. The study, comprised of data from more than 184,000 females, found that two small,alcoholic drinks per day raised breast…

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In a recent Center for Disease Control study, the first of its kind examining national adolescent sexually transmitted disease prevalence, reports 26 percent of female American teens have an STD. The study’s findings have led researchers to estimate that ratio…

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Research from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans may provide a new way to fight cancer. Dr. Augusto Ochoa, director of the LSU Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, along with his brother, Dr. Juan Ochoa of…

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Ochsner Health System has announced the release of a series of online video-casts called “Ochsner Healthlinks” that will be available on their Web site, www.ochsner.org. The three- to five-minute-long videos are intended to educate and inform patients on subjects such…