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 translates to 3.2 million infected teenage girls.

The study also showed a disturbing disparity between races; the disease rate for young black women, nearly half of whom had at least one STD, was significantly higher than the rate for white and Mexican-American women (roughly 20 percent).
Ochsner Medical Center obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Ellen Kruger, quoted in a recent Huffington Post article, said, “Teens need to hear the dual message that STDs can be prevented by abstinence and condoms.”

East Jefferson General Hospital has announced the opening of The Pain Management Institute at EJGH in Metairie. The PMI will offer comprehensive treatment for chronic pain, including physical and cognitive therapy, medications and injections. PMI will focus on treatment of lower back pain, neuropathic pain and pain associated with cancer and other chronic conditions.   

Eric D. Lonseth, M.D., M.P.H., Tulane University School of Medicine graduate, will serve as Clinical and Hospital Director for the institute. 

“EJGH recognizes the importance pain management plays in a patient’s overall treatment,” a recent press release quotes Lonseth. “I’m very excited to be part of promoting a wide range of new advancements in interventional therapies we can now offer to the community, including the aggressive treatment of cancer pain.”

A Primary Care Access and Stabilization Grant from the Louisiana Public Health Institute has granted funds to aid the growth of a local medical center, the LSU Behavioral Sciences Center Outpatient Clinic (3450 Chestnut St.).

In addition to architectural expansion – two new floors added to the facility – the health center will now treat children and adolescents. The grant also allowed expansion of services for adult and elderly patients. The center’s services include medication management and family, group and behavioral therapy.

Ochsner Baptist Medical Center has opened a new Urology Clinic at their on Napoleon Avenue site. The clinic will house two new urologists, Drs. Satish Karnic and Melissa Montgomery.