• 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 better rate (72 percent) for post-procedure hygiene; however, such measures primarily protect the health and […]
Willie Mae’s: It’s about the chicken Restaurant manager Kerry Ceaton doesn’t have to brag about the quality of Willie Mae’s fried chicken – the restaurant’s numerous awards and recognition speak for themselves. Willie Mae’s Scotch House has received rave reviews from locals and tourists alike, and has been featured on the Food Network and the […]
78.8 millionThe number of people – from preschool to college students – enrolled in schools in a year. 7.1 billionThe average amount of money spent on back-to-school clothes in August; only sales during the holiday shopping season are higher. 15The percentage of college students who are 35 years old and older. 1812The year the first […]
Scott Ferguson, our company’s financial officer, was sitting behind a desk in a small room located toward the back of a Port Allen printing company office. In those early days after Hurricane Katrina, while New Orleans was still legally off limits, the West Baton Rouge Parish town was the headquarters of our operations. As we […]
On the surface, Angela Daliet could look like a typical mother of multiple children: stressed, sleep deprived and edgy. Mother of three boys 13 and under, she deals with school buses arriving at dawn, homework and sporting events scheduled 200 miles away, just like all parents who juggle work and parental responsibilities. But Daliet’s brand […]
They are worlds apart; in fact, it’s a 2.5-hour drive and a 15-minute boat ride from the white-shirted commanders of the New Orleans Police Department meeting at 118 City Park Ave., to the oil-injured brown pelicans struggling to fly at Queen Bess Island off Grand Isle. “[The island] is the worst-hit area in the state […]
Let us talk appreciation. No, not that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when somebody does something nice for you. I am talking about dollars growing into bigger dollars – like when your house (you hope) appreciates in value from year to year. But we’re not really interested in your house. Let us talk about the […]
Since this magazine began offering editorials in 1989 we have always provided our own commentary. On this, the occasion of the Katrina disaster’s fifth anniversary, we break from practice and present these dramatic words as seen from the street. This sign, created through the efforts of the property owner and Levees.Org, stands on Bellaire Drive […]
Motorists hurried over the old Interstate 10 Twin Span Bridge for years on their commutes and travels. But now some anglers are taking their time over the same bridge, or at least its crumbled debris. Through a plan advocated by the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana (CCA), the state is now repurposing large portions of […]
The lovely Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue soothe and please us with Set Two; it’s a toe-tapping album with 13 tracks, two of which were penned by the Gal (Vanessa Niemann) and Honky Tonkers Dave Brouillette and Dave James. The gang does country rockabilly the right way – with soul and whiskey. Set […]
To loyal readers of this column I must confide that my soundtrack has turned to Danny Barker since the beginning of the disaster in thg Gulf. Everyone needs an uplifting moment in this heat with threatening ecological dread. The balladeer who did a peerless version of “My Indian Red” – the first Mardi Gras Indian […]
When the landmark restaurant Galatoire’s was purchased by new owners late last year, the new investors took pains to assure their clientele they had no intention of changing anything. But one significant change in how Galatoire’s does business was already well underway by the time of the purchase, and these new owners, led by local […]
In some parts of the U.S., August represents the tail end of the summer heat. Not here, of course, where we can expect high temperatures and humidity for a couple of months to come. What is a man to do? Sweat, mainly, and go out to eat. At least that’s my solution. A branch of […]
Lakeview was one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the levee breaks, and commercial establishments were relatively slow to return. For a long time, homeowners rebuilding there were akin to homesteaders, having little in the way of supporting infrastructure. The neighborhood has been recovering one slow step at a time, and now that balance has […]
I spent my early years in Memphis where we didn’t have fresh shrimp, crabs or oysters. That is why I loved nothing better than visiting my grandmother, who lived 20 miles from New Orleans. One night at her house we went to bed, leaving a basket of live crabs in the kitchen to cook the […]
As the tally of losses from the BP oil disaster keeps running – and as the related lawsuits and insurance claims continue to mount – one group has released a unique new study that seeks to fix a monetary value to the entire ecosystem of coastal Louisiana now under such dire threat. The Washington, D.C.-based […]
For someone who just retired, former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister is a busy man. While imminently accessible (I have his cell phone number; no, you can’t have it), it was ironically difficult trying to pin down a day and time to interview him. I figured it might be because I was so […]
August ain’t what it used to be. It used to be hot and boring. It ain’t boring no more; it’s the exciting climax of hurricane season. My mother-in-law Ms. Larda decides to buy a GPS for her car, so if Bob Breck and them weatherologists tell us to leave, she’ll know which way to run. […]
• 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 better rate (72 percent) for post-procedure hygiene; however, such measures primarily protect the health and safety of the healthcare providers themselves rather than the safety of patients, which pre-procedure guidelines are meant to protect. Such lax hygiene standards contribute to the 2.5 million healthcare-associated infections developed by patients in the U.S. each year, which lead to around 90,000 deaths and $4.5 to $5.7 billion in costs to the health care system.
• New Orleans’ own Dr. Howard J. Osofsky, professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at LSUHSC New Orleans School of Medicine, has been honored with the Humanitarian Award, which recognizes service and advocacy for mental illness, at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry in New Orleans. Previous recipients include former first lady Rosalynn Carter as well as Tipper Gore and CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace. Dr. Osofsky also received the Special Presidential Commendation from the President of the American Psychiatric Association. He is co-chair of the Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center and of the Harris Program for Infant Mental Health.
• Dr. Liwei Chen, Assistant Professor of Public Health at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, found a link between high-sugar drinks and blood pressure; cutting daily consumption of such drinks by one serving a day could significantly lower blood pressure. This research subverts the popular belief that caffeine, not sugar, is a leading culprit to high blood pressure. The study of 810 adults over an 18-month period actually found no connection between caffeine or diet beverage consumption and high blood pressure. People with the condition are more likely to experience stroke, cardiovascular disease and shortened life expectancy. One in three people age 20 and older have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.
• A study by University of Rochester Medical Center’s Dr. Karen Mustian determined that hatha yoga, a slow-moving version of the popular practice, drastically improved the quality of life for cancer survivors. During a four-week program, Dr. Mustian observed 410 participants who were divided into two groups: one experienced traditional follow-up care and the other practiced hatha yoga twice a week for 75 minutes. Participants in the latter group recorded almost double the improvement in fatigue and sleep quality and reported better overall quality of life than the other group. The study was presented in a paper at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in June.