CDC: Louisiana suicide rate up 29% since 1999
Posted on 6/8/2018 11:29:00 AM.

Louisiana's suicide rate is up 29% since 1999 according to the CDC. Twenty-five states have seen a 30% or more increase in suicides, and Louisiana Health Department  Suicide Prevention Coordinator Danita Leblanc says there’s a disturbing statistic in the report.

“More than half of individuals who die by suicide in that time period had no known mental illness.”
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CDC warns of pool linked illnesses
Posted on 5/26/2018 5:58:00 AM.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to remind folks who are gearing up for some summer pool time that if you’re not careful, you can pick up a pretty nasty bug from a pool that hasn’t been treated properly. 

“We saw 500 outbreaks reported to CDC and these outbreaks were linked to pools, outdoors spas, and water playgrounds,” said Chief of the CDC Healthy Swimming Program Michele Hlavsa. 
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American life expectancy drops for second year
Posted on 12/21/2017 11:08:00 AM.

Nearly 64,000 Americans died last year from drug overdoses, leading to a decline in life expectancy for the second year in a row, according to the CDC. Health officials say the decrease is a result of the exploding opioid epidemic, and President and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum, Jessica Hulsey Nickel, says the number of addicted Americans is growing.

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CDC: Louisiana number 2 in the nation for high STD rates
Posted on 10/11/2017 2:18:00 PM.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds Louisiana is ranked second in the country when it comes to the high rates of STDs for the third year in a row. Deputy Director for the Louisiana STD/HIV Program Chaquetta Johnson says chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are the sexually transmitted diseases measured. She credits this increase to a few factors.
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Former FBI Director warns federal loopholes could worsen opioid epidemic
Posted on 7/14/2017 12:55:00 PM.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid prescription rates are dropping in Louisiana, but former FBI Director Louis Freeh warns federal loopholes could threaten that progress. A report from the Freeh Group suggests policy proposals would loosen restrictions on imported drugs.
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CDC: Alzheimer's deaths increased 55 percent in 15 years
Posted on 5/30/2017 10:48:00 AM.

Alzheimer’s disease deaths have increased 55 percent in the last 15 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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CDC warns public about bacteria in pools
Posted on 5/27/2017 2:03:00 AM.

With the summer in full swing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns the public about bacteria in public pools. Michele Hlvasa with the CDC's Healthy Swimming Program, says there’s a germ called cryptosporidium that’s causing a lot of outbreaks linked to swimming. She says they’re seeing an uptick in the number of infections.
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CDC finds syphilis rates rising among newborn babies
Posted on 3/9/2017 4:33:00 AM.

The rate of babies born with syphilis is rising in Louisiana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found the rate of congenital syphilis rose by 6% nationwide between 2014 and 2015. Director of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases for the Office of Public Health, Dr. DeAnn Gruber, says the problem is even worse in Louisiana.
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Many children in the U.S. not being vaccinated with HPV vaccine
Posted on 10/31/2016 3:34:00 AM.

The HPV vaccine is a great way to limit a child’s chance of future cancer. That’s according to CDC Director of Immunization Services Dr. Melinda Wharton who says during the ages of 11 and 12, children should be receiving the two shot vaccine.
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Louisiana receives $400,000 from CDC to fight Zika
Posted on 8/3/2016 12:04:00 PM.

Louisiana has received $400,000 from the Centers for Disease Control to fight the Zika virus. Dr. Frank Welch with the Department of Health says this money is targeted specifically for pregnant women, who are most at risk. He says the money will be used to educate both OBGYNs and women about the virus, as well as for medical care if a woman gets Zika.
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