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Baton Rouge’s Pennington Research Center needs Alzheimer’s patients for memory study

A nationwide study seeking a treatment to slow memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease is underway at Baton Rouge’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and researchers are seeking volunteers diagnosed with the disease. Researchers need participants who have the early changes in the brain associated with the disease but do not yet have symptoms and have not been… Continue reading →

Health experts say pretty much anything can kill you, depending on the dose

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Potentially poisonous substances are everywhere — in the air, the water and even inside our own bodies. But don’t panic. “Everything is poisonous,” said Martin Ronis, a professor at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans “The only thing that matters is the dose.” From water to alcohol, everyday substances can be… Continue reading →

Health calendar for June 20, 2016: International Yoga Day; health session on marijuana effects

WHAT: Session on the effects of marijuana WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 WHERE: Capital Area Human Services District, 4615 Government St., Building 2 Room 200, Baton Rouge DETAILS: Free; no registration required. Social worker Scott Thomas, program manager of CAHS-Addiction Recovery Services, will facilitate a discussion about the effects of… Continue reading →

Replacement for knee replacement? Trial surgery on Baton Rouge woman may help sufferers of torn meniscus

Photo provided by DEBRA TONGUE -- A year ago, Debra Tongue was ready to go skating with husband, Reggie Tongue, and granddaughters Heaven Hulstrom, left, and Halo Morris. Then she tore her meniscus last summer, and surgery didn't cure her pain. Now Tongue has received a new plastic implant that she hopes will soon have her back to running five days a week.

The radio ad seeking participants for an innovative new surgery seemed like fate. Debra Tongue, 46, of Baton Rouge, was suffering knee pain after an operation on torn cartilage last year, stopping her in her previously active tracks. “The pain was not going away, and it wasn’t lessening,” she said. “I knew… Continue reading →

Health calendar for June 6, 2016: Grief sessions available; drivers needed for American Cancer Society program

WHAT: The Hospice of Baton Rouge offers 6-week support group sessions WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Mondays, June 6 through July 18 (no class July 4) WHERE: Ochsner Medical Center Chapel, first floor, 17000 Medical Center Drive, Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS/INFO: Denise Domingue at The Hospice of Baton Rouge, (225) 767-4673 DETAILS: The sessions,… Continue reading →

Noted speaker sets free retreat in Baton Rouge for cancer survivors

Pasha Hogan

A noted motivational speaker and cancer survivor will present a free retreat for Baton Rouge-area cancer survivors this week in conjunction with Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and The Red Shoes, a spiritual and personal growth nonprofit. Pasha Hogan, a psychotherapist and yoga and meditation instructor, is a three-time breast cancer survivor.… Continue reading →

Manage stress, manage health: Baton Rouge General official offers tips to handle stress

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It’s not the stress that’s killing you, it’s how you handle the stress. “Stress is actually our individual reaction to change,” says Ann Wilder, the executive director of behavioral health services at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. “It isn’t necessarily a good thing or a bad thing. It just is.” Many Americans — about… Continue reading →

Prebiotic created by LSU researchers helps feed good bacteria

Photo provided by ISOThriveISOThrive is a prebiotic nectar based on technology created by LSU AgCenter scientists.

Good bacteria in your gut are the talk of the medical world. Doctors have found that these helpful microorganisms — called probiotics — create a barrier against harmful substances and can help prevent some diseases. But to stay healthy, probiotics need a food source — certain carbohydrates that researchers have named prebiotics. “The probiotics… Continue reading →

Health calendar for May 23, 2016: Baton Rouge General hosts stress management program; health testing available

WHAT: Baton Rouge General program on stress management WHEN: Noon Thursday, May 26 WHERE: Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet campus, Conference Room 1 & 2, 8585 Picardy Ave., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION/INFO: Free. or (225) 387-7904 DETAILS: The seminar will explore how to tell the difference between bad and good reactions to… Continue reading →

Health calendar for May 9, 2016: Gluten intolerance group meets; adventure trail run set in St. Francisville

WHAT: A gluten intolerance support group for adult patients and parents of children who cannot eat wheat, barley, and cross-contaminated oats WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 WHERE: East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. INFORMATION: (225) 766-8872 DETAILS: The second quarterly meeting will cover “Accidental Gluten Exposure — What… Continue reading →

Colon cancer survivor pushes prevention, screenings

Photo provided by Cohn & WolfeA 20-foot giant inflatable colon will be at the Baton Rouge Get Your Rear In Gear 5k as a part of the 2016 Big Colon Tour sponsored by Bayer.

Colon cancer caught Diane McAdams by surprise in 2012. The Farmerville business consultant thought she was having a heart attack, but the pain in her chest was caused by intestinal distress. She had no family history of colon or rectal cancer and had not had a colonoscopy to screen for the disease. “It shows… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's question, answer: Visiting mom on Mother’s Day ... what are some suggestions for gifts for her?

I live out of town and will be visiting my mom who has Alzheimer’s on Mother’s Day. What are some suggestions for gifts for her? The gift of your time is obviously the best gift to ever give your mom. Just visiting her and providing companionship can do a world of good for her.… Continue reading →

The Healing Sole, born in Baton Rouge, a brand new way of easing plantar fasciitis

Photos provided by NATALIE NOEL -- The Healing Sole, created by Dr. Meredith Warner, can help relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis, which affects about 10 percent of the population.

The stinging heel pain and tight tendons caused by plantar fasciitis have few good fixes. Surgeries and injections for the foot disorder can temporarily ease pain, said Dr. Meredith Warner, 42, a Baton Rouge orthopedic surgeon, but they can lead to long-term complications, and physical therapy often doesn’t last. Seeing patients struggle with… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge man says he's better equipped at 68 to tackle challenging Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Photo provided by DAVE TULLIER -- Dave Tullier, a 68-year-old Baton Rouge bike mechanic, will be riding the lower half of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route this summer. Last summer, he started from Helena, Montana, and rode 988 miles of the trail's nothern route.

The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is one of America’s best big adventures, traversing thousands of miles of remote dirt roads and high-altitude trails through the Rocky Mountains. And 68-year-old Dave Tullier is tackling it alone. A Baton Rouge bicycle mechanic, Tullier rode 988 miles of the route’s northern half last summer and is training… Continue reading →

Health calendar for April 18, 2016: YMCA hosts healthy meals demo; grief group meets

Photo provided by Every Mother Counts -- Lissette, a single woman in New York, was followed during her pregnancy for the 'Giving Birth in America' documentary series, which was shown at the Louisiana International Film Festival here.

WHAT: The Hospice of Baton Rouge H.O.P.E. Grief Support Group meeting WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 18 WHERE: Ochsner Medical Center Chapel, 17000 Medical Center Drive, Baton Rouge REGISTER/INFO: Denise Domingue at (225) 767-4673 DETAILS: This free support group provides a safe place for sharing and growth. Group facilitator is social worker Christine Brasseaux.… Continue reading →

Monkey see, monkey do? Pennington research suggests children eat better if they watch children eat better

What if watching a video could lead to better nutrition for kids? It just might if the video shows youngsters eating vegetables. That’s right: watching kids snacking on bell peppers had more preschoolers trying it themselves, according to a study from researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The finding… Continue reading →

Birth documentary series to focus on Louisiana next

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns' film, 'Giving Birth in America,' shown at the  Louisiana International Film Festival here, explores maternal health. Her nonprofit Every Mother Counts is creating a short documentary about pregnancy-related health in Louisiana with a grant from the Irene and C.W. Pennington Family Foundation. It will be the next installment in the 'Giving Birth in America' series.

In her world travels as an advocate for mothers, Christy Turlington Burns has seen a wide expanse of birth experiences, from home births in undeveloped countries to deliveries in urban New York hospitals. Through her nonprofit organization Every Mother Counts, the former supermodel has spoken up for the health of mothers and their babies in a series… Continue reading →

Cancer researchers set to give talk on Saturday in New Orleans

Associated Press file photoModel Christy Turlington Burns will appear at the Louisiana International Film Festival on Wednesday.

Cancer researchers set to give talk on Saturday America’s top cancer researchers will let the public know about their latest treatments and prevention options this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in New Orleans. During a public discussion from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Louisiana Cancer… Continue reading →

Health calendar for April 4, 2016: Blood donations, autism run, March of Dimes

WHAT: COPD overview WHEN: Noon Wednesday, April 13. Registration starts at 11 a.m. WHERE: Baton Rouge General Physicians-Family Health Center, second floor Gehringer Conference Room, 3801 North Blvd., Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: (800) 561-4127 or at Deadline is April 12. DETAILS: Dr. Wayne D. Gravois will speak at this Peoples Health event, which is… Continue reading →

Is your colon healthy? With serious health issues at stake, ask a doctor, not Google

Photo provided by Fotolia -- One of the top questions gastroenterologist Neelima Reddy gets from patients is about color cancer, a malignancy that occurs in the colon or rectum and is a leading cause of cancer deaths

Nobody really wants to see a gastroenterologist. Colon cancer, constipation and irritable bowels are all potential medical problems most people would like to ignore. The answers aren’t on the Internet, says Dr. Neelima Reddy, a gastroenterologist at the Digestive Health Center of Louisiana. “If you just Google abdominal pain and it gives you… Continue reading →

Health briefs through April 16, 2016

WHAT: Depression and Bipolar Support Group meeting WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 WHERE: La Madeleine’s, 7619 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge WHAT: Go Mobile Mammography Center screenings WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 WHERE: Belk, Juban Crossing, Denham Springs INFO/APPOINTMENT: (855) 655-2662 or Continue reading →

Louisiana woman’s book recounts ravages of Alzheimer’s: 'He was not who he had been before'

Photo provided by JORDAN WILSON SANDERS -- At age 55, Steve Wilson was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, and cared for by his daughter,  Jordan Wilson Sanders, here holding her son, Bray. She wrote 'Days with my Father’s Ghost!,' a book about her experiences.

On day one, Jordan Wilson Sanders answered an urgent call from her father’s boss. After 30 years doing electrical work on barges, her father’s work had become shoddy. In the days that followed, her 55-year-old father, Steve Wilson, would be diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In her journal, Sanders would document 2,000… Continue reading →

Xavier Alumni group sets brunch, auction

The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Xavier University Alumni Association will hold its annual Frank Hayden Memorial Scholarship Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction Sunday, April 3. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. The John Gray Quintet will provide the music. Tickets are $50 and can be… Continue reading →

Walk with a Doc program lets walkers chat with doctors without an appointment

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Family medicine Dr. Akayla Robinson, left, talks to Jane Matt as they are trailed by Gwen Wilcox, Mollie Anderson and BREC Superintendent. Carolyn McKnight Saturday in BREC's Perkins Road Community Park during the Walk with a Doc event.

Walking regularly helps keep Linda Fredericks active and healthy. But this morning, the 68-year-old is gaining peace of mind, too, while she strolls the paved paths at BREC’s Perkins Road Community Park. Fredericks’ walking partner is Dr. Rebecca Treuil, a local internist who can discuss all the health-related questions that have popped up since… Continue reading →

Health calendar for March 14, 2016

WHAT: Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursday, March 17 WHERE: East Baton Rouge Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge INFORMATION: Call Sally at (225) 756-2645 or Sharilyn at (225) 933-0542 DETAILS: A therapist from Sage Rehabilitation Hospital will speak.… Continue reading →

Health calendar through March 12, 2016

WHAT: Meeting of HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge, a support group for anyone affected by chronic illness or pain, physical, mental or emotional, visible or invisible WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12 WHERE: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge INFORMATION: or (225) 337-1633 DETAILS: The… Continue reading →

Health calendar for Feb. 29, 2016

WHAT: Depression and Bipolar Support Group meeting WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 WHERE: La Madeleine Restaurant, 7619 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge DETAILS: Group meets each Tuesday. WHAT: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren’s quarterly Legal Workshop WHEN: 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 2 WHERE: East Baton… Continue reading →

Health briefs for Feb. 22, 2016: Race for the Cure registration open; bins set up for Fill a Prescription for the Needy

WHAT: How to Love Your Heart (Cholesterol and Triglycerides) WHEN: Noon Friday, Feb. 26. Registration starts at 11 a.m. WHERE: A.C. Lewis YMCA, 350 S. Foster Drive, Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS/INFO: 1 (800) 561-4127 or Reservation deadline is Feb. 25. DETAILS: Dr. Garland G. Green will speak. This Peoples Health event is… Continue reading →

'We can still be grounded': Standup paddleboard yoga deepens practitioner focus, intensifies workout

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Practicing yoga on a paddleboard, as Erin Zeringue does in this SUPyoga class, deepens a practioner's focus and intensifies a workout.

To build flexibility and strength, Erin Zeringue regularly practices yoga. The 39-year-old also loves cruising lakes and rivers on her standup paddleboard, a good workout on its own. Combining the two seemed like a match made in exercise heaven. “Both of these are great workouts for stability, so the two together would be great,”… Continue reading →

Health briefs for Feb. 15, 2016: Parkinson’s support group meets, free kidney screenings available

WHAT: Capital Area Human Services’ free discussion on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder WHEN: Noon Tuesday, Feb. 16 WHERE: CAHS’s main clinic sites — Capital Area Center for Adult Behavioral Health, 4615 Government St., Room 200, Baton Rouge; Margaret Dumas Mental Health Center, 3843 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge; Gonzales Mental Health Center, 1112 SE… Continue reading →


WHAT: Meeting of Celiacs of Baton Rouge, a gluten intolerance support group WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 WHERE: EBR Main Library, 1st floor conference room, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge INFORMATION: (225) 766-8872 DETAILS: Meeting is for adult patients and parents of children who cannot eat wheat, rye, barley and contaminated oats.… Continue reading →

Garden news: Hedges offer beauty, privacy

Photo by ALLEN OWINGS, LSU AgCenter  Tall-growing sasanquas can be planted close together to form an attractive hedge.

Hedges can be attractive and functional additions to landscapes. From only a few feet to as much as 15 feet tall, they may be clipped for a formal look, pruned to control size and shape or allowed to grow into their natural form. Winter is a great time to plant a hedge, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A: What is Binswanger disease?

What is Binswanger disease? Binswanger disease is a type of dementia caused by extensive, microscopic areas of damage to the deep layers of white matter in the brain. White matter atrophy also can be caused by many circumstances, including chronic hypertension, as well as age. This damage results in the thickening and narrowing of arteries… Continue reading →