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Yet another reason to quit smoking

Smokers have scores of reasons to give up the habit. In addition to contributing to cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and other lung ailments, cancers elsewhere in the body, wrinkled skin, and diseases of the eyes, nose and mouth, smoking may also contribute to cognitive decline. There’s growing evidence suggesting that using cigarettes can affect the […]

More parents saving more money for college

The number of parents saving for college and the amounts they are saving are both at four-year highs, according to “How America Saves for College 2016,” a recent national study by Sallie Mae and conducted by Ipsos. The new report reveals that 57 percent of today’s parents are saving for college, up from 48 percent […]

Safe ways to trick-or-treat

What would Halloween be without trick-or-treating? For youngsters, so much of the fun of Halloween involves scouring the neighborhood with friends in search of candy. While children may have their eyes on the sweet prize, parents may be concerned about their little ones’ safety. The United States Census Bureau says that an average of 41 […]

Make your election day run smoothly

Election Day gives voters throughout the United States a chance to participate in their government. The right to vote is something to cherish, as many people across the globe do not get a chance to elect the officials who govern their countries. Luckily, if you don’t feel like waiting in a line on Nov. 8, […]

Open enrollment approaching

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is advising Louisiana families that the Open Enrollment period for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. During the enrollment period individuals and families who do not receive healthcare through their employers can sign up through the online Health Insurance Marketplace and purchase individual […]

Donate smart and avoid charity scams

Nonprofit organizations and charities do extensive work to help people and fulfill their missions. When commercials, emails or direct mail pamphlets tug at the heartstrings, it’s understandable to want to help as quickly as possible. But just as there are scores of legitimate organizations banking on the generosity of willing donors, so, too, are there […]

LDH urges continued efforts to prevent mosquito bites

The Department of Health continues to get reports of newly confirmed Zika and West Nile virus cases. Details of these cases are updated on the Department of Health’s website, Arboviral Surveillance Reports, and can be found here. State health officials have now confirmed 34 cases of Zika virus in Louisiana. Each of these cases are […]

Media, public both have agendas

News media as a whole has not done itself many favors in proving its impartiality or dedication to presenting facts. Consider NBC News and its purposeful mishandling of archived recordings of a Donald Trump interview from 2005. Everyone has heard (or heard of) the recording by now, in which Trump bragged about physically doing to […]

Will MACRA be a mess?

MACRA will be hitting Medicare soon and if a report on the overhaul is any indication of how the program will work, it will negatively affect medical providers and patients. An Associated Press report released Friday stated compensation for medical professionals will start taking into account the quality of service, not just quantity. MACRA creates […]

Down Syndrome myths debunked

October is a month that serves as the national awareness month for many issues, diseases and conditions, and one of the most misunderstood disorders in the US is Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that is caused by an error in cell division. When a person has Down syndrome, he or she has […]

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