• 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 articles on the subject. Blonde has served as Associate Internal Medicine Program Director since 1978.
  • The Cardiovascular Institute of the South has moved to a new location in Zachary.

A CIS press release states: “The new facility will increase efficiency and enhance CIS’ ability to provide quality care to patients. Among the new features are additional, larger exam rooms that will offer more comfort and less wait time for patients.”
The institute’s new location is in the Lane Medical Plaza, 6550 Main St., Suite 1000. Additional information is available by calling (800) 425-2565 or by visiting

  • In partnership with the Recovery School District, Tulane University School of Medicine’s Pediatrics Department has opened a health center based out of Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades St. According to a Tulane press release, the center will “provide high-quality medical and behavioral health services to high school students without regard to their ability to pay.”

The health center has four exam rooms, a counseling area, and a lab and will offer physicals, immunizations, hearing and vision tests, and primary care for minor illnesses.

  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s Liwei Chen has authored a paper linking weight gain and obesity to consumption of liquid calories – more so than intake of calories from solid foods.

“To our knowledge, this is the first study to document the relative effects of calories from liquids compared with those of calories from solid food on weight loss in adults over an extended period,” an LSU press release states.

The paper, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reports, amongst other findings, that reducing liquid calorie intake significantly improves weight-loss and that “the weight-loss effect of a reduction in liquid calorie intake was stronger than that of a reduction in solid calorie intake.”

Chen is an assistant professor of Epidemiology at the LSUHSC School of Public Health in New Orleans.

Also, LSUHSC’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program has been recognized by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Diversity Interest Group for “continuous service to the underserved and medically indigent during Hurricane Katrina and throughout response and recovery,” an LSU press release states.

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