Plaquemine’s Harold Guerin honored for 50 years in martial arts

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- 'I was a skinny kid with asthma,' says Harold Guerin, who went on to spend 50 years in martial arts, earning seven black belts along the way.

When it comes to martial arts, it wasn’t love at first sight for Harold Guerin. In 1964, he was a Plaquemine teenager whose asthma kept him from enjoying outdoor sports like football. When he saw an ad for a karate school opening in Baton Rouge, he got his dad to take him to the introductory class. His dad paid the fee and signed him up. That was the last they saw of the school’s owner.… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 28, 2014

WHAT: Diabetes and Foot Care with Dr. Alex J. Davis, a podiatrists WHEN: Noon Wednesday, July 30. Registration starts at 11 a.m. LOCATION: Lake House Reception Center, 12323 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: Call (866) 220-0418 or by visit WHAT: HopeKeepers of BatonRouge support group WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 WHERE: St.… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 28, 2014

My father has had Alzheimer’s disease for about six years and lately I have noticed he is experiencing more falls and loss of balance. Is this a part of the disease process? According to the National Institute of Health, one out of three adults aged 65 and older falls each year. And, more than 1.6 million aging Americans go to emergency rooms each year for fall-related injuries. Individuals with… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 28 2014

How can you tell if a cancer cure that is advertised is real or not? A cancer diagnosis can be a frightening thing, and it is true that many of the treatments can also inspire fear. In many cases, patients and their families might look for alternative treatments. However, it is unfortunate that there are people who take advantage of this fear by selling fake cancer “cures,” mostly online. Not only are… Continue reading →

Strides in joint replacement techniques are helping more to improve their lives

Photo provided by ROBERT DUTRUCH -- Robert Dutruch spent years in pain before hip replacement surgery allowed him to again lead an active life.

Over his eight-year career as a rodeo clown, Robert Dutruch took a lot of hard hits. After retiring, Dutruch’s left hip constantly reminded him of the regular contact he made with bulls in the arena. “I was literally dragging my left leg almost behind me,” says Dutruch, now a 59-year-old medical salesman and photographer in Covington. A degenerative hip condition had caused so much damage doctors told him his only option was… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 21, 2014

Alzheimer’s session WHAT: Lunch-N-Learn Session on “Medication and Alzheimer’s,” presented by Dr. William Day WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 23 WHERE: Alzheimer’s Services, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION: Visit DETAILS: The program and lunch are free, but registration is required and seating is limited. Medicare session WHAT: ABCs of Medicare WHEN: 1 p.m. Monday, July 28. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. WHERE: A.C. Lewis YMCA, 350 South Foster Drive, Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS:… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 21, 2014

My niece is getting married in another state and I would like to take my mother, her grandmother, to the ceremony. What are some tips and strategies in traveling with someone who has Alzheimer’s? Though we all enjoy a change of scenery and a break from our schedules, it is often not the case for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Travel for these individuals means interrupted routines, new environments and new people, which can… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 21, 2014

Is there any link between obesity and cancer? Research suggests that certain lifestyle behaviors and being overweight or obese may contribute to around 20 or 30 percent of cancers in America today. It is also estimated that 14 percent of cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of cancer deaths in women can be attributed to obesity. According to the National Cancer Institute, the exact biological link from obesity… Continue reading →

High diagnosis rates on par with obesity in U.S.

FOX photo by MICHAEL BECKER -- Veteran 'American Idol' judge Randy Jackson, a Baton Rouge native, suffers from Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is one of America’s greatest public health battles. And Louisiana is on the front lines, with 49 of 64 parishes included in the “diabetes belt,” a string of counties and parishes in the Southeast with high occurrences of the disease. The state ranks fourth in the nation in the rate of diabetes diagnoses, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 10 percent of adults living with the disease. The national… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 14, 2014

WHAT: Lunch-N-Learn Session: “Medication and Alzheimer’s,” presented by Dr. William Day WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 16 WHERE: Alzheimer’s Services, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION: Visit DETAILS: The program and lunch are free, but registration is required and seating is limited. WHAT: Meeting of the Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Group WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursday, July 17 WHERE: Bluebonnet Regional Library,… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 14, 2014

My young children do not understand why their grandmother no longer recognizes them or knows their name. How can I explain to them about Alzheimer’s disease and how to relate to their grandmother? Just as Alzheimer’s disease is unique in each affected individual, so are your children when it comes to discussions about the illness. What you say to them and how you explain the disease process to them depends on their age, their level of… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 14, 2014

What is brachytherapy? Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy where energy waves or particles can be used to fight cancer. Radiation can damage and kill the cancer cells in the body, but it can also damage healthy cells. Though healthy cells can usually recover from the treatment, unlike the cancer cells, doctors will often try and shield the healthy cells from the radiation. Brachytherapy is performed with the radiation sources placed inside the… Continue reading →

Activity gets a new queen: Miss Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by John Ballance  Lacey Sanchez, of Baton Rouge, crowned Miss Louisiana 2014

Newly crowned Miss Louisiana Lacey Sanchez wants kids to become physically active. It’s a platform she is uniquely qualified to push. When Sanchez, a Baton Rouge resident, was crowned on June 28 in Monroe, she became the first collegiate varsity athlete to become Miss Louisiana, according to the pageant’s executive director, Dewana Little. Sanchez was a pole-vaulter at St. Michael High School in Baton Rouge, then at Southeastern Louisiana University and LSU. At Southeastern, she won… Continue reading →

Ideal Protein plan is called 'nutrition on autopilot'

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON -- In the initial phases, followers of the Ideal Protein program eat the company's foods, which can cost $80 to $90 per week.

Lately, it seems everyone is talking about Ideal Protein, the weight-loss plan du jour. It’s so popular you can even find Ideal Protein items on the menus of several area restaurants. So, exactly what is this diet protocol and what makes it so popular? “Ideal Protein is a weight-loss program that’s about losing weight and keeping it off,” says Melissa Martin, a registered dietitian and nutrition services manager at Woman’s Center for Wellness.… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, July 7, 2014

WHAT: Baton Rouge Chapter Scleroderma Support Group meeting WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 WHERE: Latte E Miele Gelateria and Coffeehouse, 7809 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge INFORMATION: Del Anselmo at (225) 756-2452 or (225) 324-3666. WHAT: Diabetes Education & Awareness group meeting WHEN: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 WHERE: First-floor auditorium, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., Baton Rouge ADMISSION/INFO: Free. No registration… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, July 7, 2014

How do I keep my father from driving? This is a common dilemma with someone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. You certainly want to keep your dad’s pride in tact and let him have control as long as possible; however, eventually anyone with this brain disorder will become unsafe to drive because of the degenerative nature of the disease. A diagnosis of dementia does not automatically mean that an individual will not… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, July 7, 2014

What types of treatments are considered adjuvant therapies? According to the National Cancer Institute, adjuvant therapy is additional treatment given after the primary cancer treatment concludes. Adjuvant therapy is used to improve the chances of a cure or decrease the chances of a recurrence. Different types of adjuvant therapy include chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy or biological therapy. Adjuvant therapy is commonly administered after surgery, even if the… Continue reading →

Fusing cardio and pilates, new 'Pound' regimen offers exercise while beating out frustrations

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Maryam Diaab leads a 'Pound' class, which uses lightly weighted drumsticks to give participants a good workout, that includes 45 minutes of rhythm, cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and isometric poses.

A workout routine has hit Baton Rouge that promises to be fun, yet intense. You can’t beat that with a stick. Actually, it takes two sticks. “Pound,” a workout that started making waves in national media a year ago, began this month at OpenBarre, a studio behind the Mall of Louisiana that specializes in out-of-the-ordinary exercise regimens. Pound certainly qualifies. Rather than heavy weights, participants use lightly weighted drumsticks — drumming the air,… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, June 30, 2014

What is a cancer genome? According to the National Cancer Institute, a genome is the complete genetic material of a living organism. Packaged sets of chromosomes that make up the genes of a cell make up a genome. A cancer genome is the DNA from a cancer cell. Small changes or mutations in the genes of healthy cells are what lead the cells to become cancer cells. The study of cancer genomes,… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, June 30, 2014

My father has had Alzheimer’s disease for over 10 years. When is it time to consider hospice care? Hospice care is a type and philosophy of care that centers on the palliation of a terminally or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms and also attending to that patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. At end-stage Alzheimer’s disease, the goal of hospice is to keep that individual as comfortable as possible Hospice care is provided by a… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 30, 2014

WHAT: HIV and syphilis testing. WHEN & WHERE: Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St., offers HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and syphilis testing from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesdays; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave., offers testing from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 23, 2014

WHAT: Deafblind Awareness Symposium, hosted by the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Human Development Center’s Louisiana Deafblind Project. WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 WHERE: Louisiana Department of Education Claiborne Building, 1201 North Third St., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION/INFO: Free and open to the public with registration. Register by emailing Cassondra Glausier, coordinator of LSUHSC’s LA Deafblind Project, at or call (504) 534-8511. DETAILS: Topics include an update on… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, June 23, 2014

What are the parts of a clinical trial? According to the National Cancer Institute, clinical trials are research studies that test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose or treat cancer and other diseases. While there are several different types of research involved in clinical trials, such as prevention research, screening research and survivorship research, most people are referring to treatment research when they ask about clinical trials. Treatment trials test new treatments, such as cancer… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, June 23, 2014

As a health care professional caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s on a daily basis, I have been experiencing some sleep difficulties and changes in my mood and appetite. It seems I just don’t have the energy to care for these individuals and my patience is wearing very thin. Is this depression? Caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s is highly stressful at times, and, in all likelihood, you may be experiencing some symptoms of depression. However, these signs… Continue reading →

How to make healthier groceries

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Registered dietition Kristen Gradney advises those looking for healthier foods to shop around the perimeter of grocery stores and to read nutrition labels carefully when buying from the aisles. She is shown at Calandro's Supermarket on Perkins Road.

You want to eat better. You really do. But you show up at the grocery store, and none of the aisle signs say “Healthy Food.” Kristen Gradney has a strategy for you. A registered dietitian with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Gradney says you just have to know where to look. Here’s a hint: Avoid the aisles. Concentrate your shopping on the four walls of the store. “The refrigerated items are… Continue reading →

Pennington center comfy with website’s healthy satire

Pennington Biomedical Research Center made headlines a few days ago for a study that finds “People Who Sit For At Least 5 Hours Each Day Are Comfier.” And, while those of us kicked back in our La-Z-Boys know it’s true, the story, alas, was not. The headline came from the satirical news website The Onion. With a dateline of Baton Rouge, the humor publication’s article detailed a nonexistent study by Pennington researchers that found… Continue reading →

Pennington plans Parkinson’s Conference

As many as 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease and about 60,000 more are diagnosed each year. In Louisiana, Parkinson’s affects more than 65,000 individuals — one of the higher incidence rates in the nation. According to the American Journal of Managed Care, the annual economic impact of Parkinson’s disease in the U.S. is roughly $10.8 billion, including both direct medical expenses and indirect costs such as lost income, disability payments and medical costs.… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, June 16, 2014

WHAT: Fitness 101 WHEN: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 WHERE: Baton Rouge General Mid City, Wellness Center (entrance 4, fourth floor of the Medical Office Building) COST: Free DETAILS: Learn about the basic components and benefits of physical fitness, tips on how to get started and move forward with a fitness plan and how little things can make a big difference when sticking to a new program.… Continue reading →