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Rare Amoeba Found in DeSoto Parish Water System

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a rare amoeba that caused the August death of a child in south Louisiana has been found in five locations in a north Louisiana water system.

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Joshua Black with Miss Louisiana 3rd runner-up Mallory Cox (Courtesy of CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier Facebook page)
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Captain Shreve High School Freshman Heads to Florida, D.C., as Louisiana Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

 

A 14-year-old Captain Shreve High School freshman and his family will travel to Orlando, Florida, and Washington, D.C., today to illustrate the charitable need of children's hospitals and share their inspiring story with supporters and lawmakers.  They'll also be honored at a Medal Ceremony.

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Biomedical Research Foundation Takes Over LSU Health Shreveport

Today is October 1st and today is the first day of Biomedical Research Foundation's operation of LSU Health Shreveport under a new name, University Health.

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Obamacare Exchanges Open Tomorrow, Here’s What You Need to Know

October 1 is a big date for many Americans. It's when the health care exchanges that are part of Obamacare open to the public.

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Louisiana Records Second West Nile Death

Louisiana has recorded its second West Nile virus death this year. The Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed the death this week in Ouachita Parish.

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Five New West Nile Cases Confirmed in Louisiana

State health officials confirmed five more cases of West Nile virus in Louisiana this week. The Department of Health and Hospitals says that brings this year's total number of cases to 39.

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John Boehner, John Fleming + More React to House Voting to Defund Obamacare

Following the House's passage of a measure to keep the government open through mid-December if Congress strips funding from ObamaCare, John Fleming (R-LA), John Boehner (R-OH), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) celebrated the victory on Twitter.

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What Is the Naegleria Fowleri Amoeba and What Are the Symptoms?

Naegleria fowleri, sometimes referred to as the brain-eating amoeba or brain-eating ameba, is a single-celled, living organism that can cause a rare, but devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM.

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Former Louisiana U.S. Congressman Billy Tauzin Urges Americans to Say ‘No’ to Medicare Home Health Funding Cuts

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing to cut Medicare home health funding by 3.5% each year from 2014 to 2017. Former Louisiana U.S. Congressman Billy Tauzin, who's part of the Senior Council at the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, says that would be catastrophic.

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Brain Eating Amoeba Strikes in Louisiana

A "brain-eating amoeba" has claimed another victim in Louisiana. The latest victim is a 4-year-old child in St. Bernard Parish near New Orleans.

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