Category Archives: Health & Medical

St. Jude Hero Pledges to Raise Money for the Hospital

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Evan Sanders never imagined his life’s journey could inspire others.  As a St. Jude hero, he pledges to raise money for the hospital while doing something he loves: running.  Evan is a Louisiana Tech student from Alexandria.
In this special report, ABC 31′s Lauren Partain finds out how Sanders considers his journey a blessing.

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Rapides Regional hosts Diabetes Screening Day March 25

[ March 25, 2014; 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] ALEXANDRIA, La – There are approximately seven million Americans who have diabetes and don’t know it. The American Diabetic Association estimates another 79 million are pre-diabetic.
Are you one?
The Community Education department at Rapides Regional Medical Center is holding Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday, March 25 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Alexandria Mall near [...]

Boil Advisory for Oak Grove

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2/28/14 – ***UPDATE***  The boil order for the Oak Grove community in Natchitoches water works district one has been lifted.  It was imposed after a drop in pressure caused by repairs.
KLAX ABC 31 News 2/28/14
A boil advisory has been issued for customers in the Oak Grove area of the Natchitoches Water Works Number One system.  [...]

Learn the Risk Factors for Kidney Disease During National Kidney Month

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[ March 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014. ] Knowing risk factors could help you prevent kidney disease.
New Orleans, LA – Kidney disease kills more people each year than breast and prostate cancer combined. In addition, there are more than 8,700 patients on dialysis and over 460,000 people living with chronic kidney disease in Louisiana. But while the majority can recite the common tests [...]

State Health Officials Hold Public Forum

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State health officials meet with providers and families to talk about long term managed care.  The state is transitioning patients from long-term care paid for my Medicaid to what is being called a new model for this service.

Louisiana is among the states rejecting expanded Medicaid through Obamacare.
KLAX ABC 31 News 2/25/14

NSU To Go Smoke-Free

Another Central Louisiana university will go smoke-free.  Northwestern says it will rid itself of tobacco by August 1st.  LSU of Alexandria made the announcement last week to do the same.
It will cover all interior spaces at NSU and branch campuses, all vehicles, moving or parked, and apply to faculty, staff, students and visitors.
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Cellular One Customers’ Newest Feature Offers Low-Cost Medical Care

Cellular One customers in Texas and Louisiana can enjoy real-time access to advice from licensed, board-certified physicians for a wide range of non-emergency medical issues.
Using their wireless device, with iSelectMD Mobile, Cellular One customers can speak with a Board-Certified Physician via voice or video services like Skype or FaceTime to resolve everyday illnesses or consult [...]

Baton Rouge Man Struggles to Get Medical Coverage For His Family

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Louisiana Health and Hospitals says it has a safety net to help people who are uninsured in the state.
Rebecca Buchanan spoke with a man who says he can’t find those options.  His bills are piling-up as his health is declining.

The Reeds say they’ve written letters to several state officials, but have yet to receive a [...]

Rapides Regional Medical Center goes ‘Red’

[ February 7, 2014; ] Hospital invites Central Louisiana to wear red, promote women’s heart health
ALEXANDRIA, LA – Join Rapides Regional Medical Center employees as they promote women’s heart health on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 7.

This one-day event will take place nationwide – and include millions of women, companies, community organizations and cities. Everyone can participate. All you [...]

Rapides Regional Medical Center department closings

ALEXANDRIA, La., Jan. 28 – Due to today’s wintry weather, several Rapides Regional Medical Center departments are closed or are closing early today.
Those that are closed:
Rapides Cancer Center
Rapides Wound Healing Center, which is also closed Wednesday
Rapides Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, which is also closed Wednesday
Rapides Regional Physician Group primary care offices in Pineville and Lecompte
Rapides [...]