–According to a seven-year-long survey, researchers found that 13 percent of the 994 pregnant women surveyed were active smokers, compared to 30 percent for the 3,203 nonpregnant women. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of the pregnant smokers denied the habit. The authors of the study could prove whether the women were smokers based on the blood […]
Outdoor dining is back for the spring season at Ralph’s on the Park, where New Orleans native chef Chip Flanagan draws from international tastes to put a spin on local cuisine. Diners can experience array of seafood specials while taking in a panoramic view of City Park. The City Park Salad or the Disgruntled Shrimp […]
The Guerlain skincare brand is famous for its innovations in beauty. The Guerlain Spa’s third location in the United States opened at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans in 2009. It offers facial and body therapies, hand and foot therapies, hair removal services, makeup application, harmonizing massages and customized therapies for men. A full-service hair […]
Editor’s note: Last month this column waxed on about the parallels between the founding of the Rex organization in New Orleans and the first performance, in Cairo, of the opera Aida whose moving grand march is performed during the Rex/Comus balls. Besides both cities being on the same latitude, 30 degrees, the respective debuts were […]
Promising young singers, actors and writers recently took turns at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to get a taste of what it’s like to have an audience. In front of a packed hall of students and staff, Vivian Buchanan, a striking redhead from Destrehan High School, sang “Der Nussbaum,” composed by Robert Schumann. Creative […]
The Senate should reopen its investigation into the events that followed Hurricane Katrina and strengthen national disaster plans to protect against police abuse during calamities. U.S. Department of Justice prosecutions of New Orleans police officers charged in the disparate, storm-related shootings of at least eight unarmed civilians have already resulted in eight convictions of officers […]
During its long existence Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré has experienced many personal plot twists; unfortunately they’ve been all drama and few laughs. Once again the theater, whose facility is one of the best community stages in the country, is in deep financial trouble. Founded in 1916 by a group of neighbors who called […]
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 personal emergency response system provided locally to persons of all faiths by Jewish Family Service […]
For generations of kids in New Orleans, the acronym NORD (New Orleans Recreation Department) was synonymous with healthy fun, creative expression and valuable life lessons. Unfortunately, more recent generations may likely associate NORD with overgrown ballparks, empty swimming pools and the city’s void of organized youth activities. Though once acclaimed as a national model of […]
CD – North Carolina native Seth Kauffman made his way onto the radar of New Orleans record label Park the Van with his first album, Research, released under his own name, before adopting the pseudonym Floating Action for a self-titled 2009 album. His newest endeavor is Desert Etiquette, a stripped-down collection of warm pseudo-folk songs […]
Given its vulnerability to flooding, it’s no surprise that the New Orleans area is accustomed to viewing water as a threat. But a new program called the Water Venture Development Challenge (or the Water Challenge) suggests that threat may be a potential gold mine for the region, too. Created by the Greater New Orleans Foundation […]
Oasis Specialty Foods (541 Oaklawn Drive), right, has opened in Metairie and features a small market that stocks Middle Eastern standards such as dried herbs, beans, nuts, cheese, yogurt and olive oils, as well as imported canned goods and frozen prepared foods. A bakery turns out breads and doughnuts, and a full-service butcher offers half […]
Bicycle lanes are an increasingly common sight along New Orleans streets these days, and a new study from Tulane University shows that where these lanes appear, more cyclists follow; it’s an elementary formula that carries the promise of fewer cars and healthier people around the city. The study examined St. Claude Avenue, the first street […]
The scene in early February: The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club on North Broad Street. What’s going on: The clubhouse, normally a place for Zulu members to meet and socialize, has now become the site of a photo shoot for King Zulu 2011. The photographer’s lights are positioned just so, and the King is […]
My daughter Gladiola says she is getting a bikini wax. “Wax it? I wouldn’t even starch it,” says my mother-in-law, Ms. Larda. “How are you going to swim in it?” Gladiola explains this has nothing to do with swimming. “Don’t tell me you’re going to wear it for Mardi Gras,” says Ms. Larda. Ms. Larda […]
–According to a seven-year-long survey, researchers found that 13 percent of the 994 pregnant women surveyed were active smokers, compared to 30 percent for the 3,203 nonpregnant women. Furthermore, nearly a quarter of the pregnant smokers denied the habit. The authors of the study could prove whether the women were smokers based on the blood levels of cotinine, a biological indicator of tobacco exposure.
–Researchers at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center show that even a single exposure to acute stress can affect the way information is processed in the cerebellum, the part of the brain associated with motor control, coordination, learning and memory formation. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, found that a five-minute exposure in the brains of mice to the odor of a predator changed the electrical currents and increased activity in the cerebellum. The discoveries could lead to further understanding of neurological disorders such as motor dysfunction, drug addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and stroke.
–A study by researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center has led to the discovery of the mechanism that leads to an inflammatory response in obesity. The significance of the study lies in the fact that inflammation compromises insulin sensitivity, which is a major factor leading to type 2 diabetes, plus the risk of cancers, heart disease and dementia. By blocking the activity of the mechanism and reducing inflammation, an improvement in insulin action in obese individuals is likely.
–Asthma rates in the United States seem to be increasing, according to a study by federal health officials. Around 8.2 percent of Americans claim to suffer from the respiratory disease – nearly one in 12 people – which means a total of 25 million people. Though more people are diagnosed with the disease, treatment for asthma is more effective now than in recent years; only 52 percent of patients say they’ve suffered an attack in the past year, as opposed to the rate of 60 percent in recent years.
–Sat., March 26, is the 26th Annual Ochsner Fun Run, featuring a 1-mile fun run/walk and a 5K run/walk, plus an after-party featuring The Top Cats. All proceeds benefit Ochsner Pediatrics, the Nursing Educational Grant Fund and competitive sports teams at Elmwood Fitness Center.