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Snack on the go: Baton Rouge entrepreneur hopes 'Iconic' builds new genre

Photo provided by Be Well Nutrition Inc.Billy Bosch, a Baton Rouge native, markets the

A new protein drink now on the shelves in New Orleans could help establish an entirely new genre of beverage.
The Louisiana-born co-founder of the Iconic healthy “lifestyle beverage” promotes his product as a “snack drink.”
“It’s a whole new realm of drink, and one that we think is on the rise,” said Billy Bosch, a 31-year-old LSU alumnus.
Iconic is… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Oct. 20, 2014

WHAT: Healthcare Empowerment Assembly by the Campaign for Healthcare for Everyone – Louisiana WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 WHERE: Unitarian CHurch, 8470 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge DETAILS: Campaign for Healthcare for Everyone – Louisiana partner organizations and the Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana will provide the latest information on how and when to… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Oct. 20, 2014

I am worried about my mom who has been caring for my dad who has Alzheimer’s for a couple of years. What are some signs of caregiver stress or burnout? If you pointed out to your mom that you feel she is overwhelmingly stressed or suffering from caregiver burnout, she would most likely deny it, which… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Oct. 20, 2014

Are there any known benefits to yoga for cancer survivors? There are ongoing studies exploring the benefits of yoga for cancer patients. MD Anderson recently released results that demonstrated yoga regulated stress hormones in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation. Those practicing yoga also reported less fatigue and better general health after their… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Oct. 13, 2014

Bryan Batt

WHAT: Free breast cancer screening WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 WHERE: LSU Mid City Clinic, 1401 N. Foster Drive, Baton Rouge APPOINTMENT/INFO: (225) 215-1234 WHAT: Diabetes education and awareness group meeting on “Trick or Treat (me well)” WHEN: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Oct. 13, 2014

My partner, who is 65, has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Do most agencies support LGBT families? In January 2011, the first Baby Boomers turned 65. The vast expansion of this aging population — the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — will put tremendous, unaffordable strains on government programs, such as Medicare and… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Oct. 13, 2014

How likely is a man to get breast cancer? Breast cancer in men is rare, making up less than 1 percent of cases. Although men have less breast tissue than women, cancer can still occur in the breast cells. Breast cancer in men is more commonly seen in those ages… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Oct. 6, 2014

WHAT: Two classes dealing with women and cancer WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 9 — 6-7 p.m. “Sexuality and Intimacy During Cancer Treatment”; 7:15-8:15 p.m. “Makeup 101 During Cancer Treatment” WHERE: Women’s Center for Wellness, 9637 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge REGISTRATION/INFO: womans.org DETAILS: The first session deals with how cancer treatments… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Oct. 6, 2014

What is frontotemporal dementia? Frontotemporal dementia, sometimes called Pick’s disease or FTD (frontotemporal degneration), is a rare form of dementia that causes death of brain cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. This type of dementia significantly changes an individual’s personality, before memory and speech problems. FTD differs from other… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Oct. 6, 2014

What is a breast cancer screening? The two most common types of breast cancer screenings are clinical breast exams (CBE) and mammograms. Other tests, such as MRI, might be used in screening high-risk individuals, but this is not common. CBE’s are generally performed on women of all ages every one to three years… Continue reading →

Reducing diabetes through YMCA

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Wayne Wallace is taking part in the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. He is changing his diet, attending informational classes and working out. He has lost 7 percent of his body weight, which is one of his goals. Cycling and working out have been a big part of it.

This February, Wayne Wallace got a little help keeping his New Year’s resolution. Wallace, 64, had recently retired when his insurance company called to recommend he join a diabetes prevention program the YMCA of Greater New Orleans was starting. “It was a time when we all have those New Year’s resolutions in the… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Sept. 29, 2014

Is there a link between getting concussions and developing Alzheimer’s? A concussion is traumatic brain injury that changes the way your brain functions. When the skull is jolted or impacted by a hard surface, the brain shifts, slamming against the skull, causing damage and swelling to the brain. If treated correctly, the brain will heal. If… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Sept. 29, 2014

WHAT: Zombie Bash, a 5K run/walk WHEN: Friday, Oct. 3. The Creepy Crawler 1 miler starts at 6:30 p.m. and the 5K at 6:45 p.m. On-site registration and packet pickup starts at 5 p.m. WHERE: Brickyard South (across the street from the 13th Gate), 174 South Blvd., Baton Rouge REGISTRATION: http://bit.ly/zombiebash.… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 29, 2014

How does HPV relate to cancer? Human Papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. While there are many different strains of HPV, according to the National Cancer Institute, only 16 are considered high-risk and account for approximately 5 percent of all cancers worldwide. Virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused… Continue reading →

Is DNA key to your diet?: New weight-loss concept tests DNA to tailor diet to metabolism

With its well-earned reputation for culinary — and other — excess, New Orleans seems an unlikely base for a cutting-edge weight-loss business. “Or,” said GenoVive founder Vic Castellon, “maybe that makes it the perfect place.” Or, maybe it doesn’t matter. Ever heard that some people stay trim because of good genes? Castellon’s company puts a… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Sept. 22, 2014

WHAT: Two sessions for caring for those with Alzheimer’s — Care Training and Help for the Holidays. WHEN: Care session 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23; holidays session 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 WHERE: Home Instead Senior Care, 5055 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge RESERVATIONS: (225) 819-8338 DETAILS: The free workshops are designed to… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Sept. 22, 2014

What can I expect as my mom now experiences the later stages of Alzheimer’s? The later stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be very distressing for you and your family, and a time you should enlist support from others, complete advance directives and make decisions on hospice and palliative care. Because each individual… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 22, 2014

What can you tell me about Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma? Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of a group of cancers called lymphomas. Lymphoma is a general term for cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkin’s disease accounts for the majority of lymphomas and is subdivided into about 60 other subtypes. The two major subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas… Continue reading →

Bales to speak at O’Brien breakfast

Susan Ford Bales

Susan Ford Bales was 25 years old, the baby of the family, when her father, former President Gerald Ford, and three older brothers — Steven, John and Michael — asked her to orchestrate an intervention with mom, Betty. The family had become alarmed with the former First Lady’s drinking, addiction to prescription drugs and erratic behavior.… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Sept. 15, 2014

WHAT: Meeting of the Baton Rouge Area Parkinson’s Disease Group. WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. WHERE: Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. DETAILS: Speaker will be physical therapist Philippe Veeters, of Dutch Physical Therapy.… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Sept. 15, 2014

My friend’s dad has developed alcohol-related dementia that is caused by Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Can you tell me about this syndrome? Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is a neurological disorder that is typically associated with chronic alcoholism, yet could also be associated with malnutrition, a B vitamin deficiency or other nutritional deficiencies. The syndrome is often under-reported and… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 15, 2014

What is Hodgkin’s lymphoma? Hodgkin’s lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin’s disease, is one of a group of cancers called lymphomas. Lymphoma is a general term for cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. Hodgkin’s disease accounts for around 11 to 12 percent of lymphomas and is the most curable type of lymphoma. Other cancers… Continue reading →

Women! honors council’s 20 years

Holly Clegg

Women! A Week-Long Celebration marks the 20th year of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge on Friday, Sept. 19, with a celebratory luncheon and kickoff to the dozens of activities scheduled Sept. 19-28. At the luncheon, Holly Clegg, best-selling cookbook author, will speak on “Eating Healthy for Life: Secrets to Sizzle in Your Kitchen.” Doors… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Sept. 8, 2014

WHAT: “Cooking Tips for Healthy Living” WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 WHERE: Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-floor auditorium INFORMATION: (225) 765-8020. Registration not required. DETAILS: Free. Learn ways to decrease fat, sugar and sodium in your favorite recipes. Speaker is registered dietician Marcy… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 8, 2014

What is gynecologic cancer? Gynecologic or gynecological cancer is actually a group of several different cancers. According to the National Cancer Institute, a gynecological cancer is any cancer of the female reproductive tract. Gynecological cancers include: cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, fallopian tube cancer, gestational trophoblastic tumor, ovarian epithelial cancer, ovarian germ cell tumor, ovarian… Continue reading →

Alzheimer’s Q&A, Sept. 8, 2014

Does vitamin E assist in slowing down cognitive decline? No treatment will delay, prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Antioxidants may protect brain cells and other body tissues from certain kinds of chemical wear and tear. In the January issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers announced results… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Sept. 1, 2014

My brother was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer but is not on any treatment regimen other than what is considered “watchful waiting.” What exactly is that? According to the National Cancer Institute, “watchful waiting” is closely monitoring a patient’s condition but withholding treatment until symptoms appear or change. Watchful waiting can also be… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Sept. 1, 2014

If I suspect I have some kind of memory impairment, possibly Alzheimer’s disease, what kind of evaluation or assessments should I expect when I visit my physician? An early and accurate diagnosis can ensure you get appropriate treatment and care, and that you can access educational resources and support. The first step is to make… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Aug. 25. 2014

WHAT: Seminar on youngsters’ health WHEN: Noon Tuesday, Aug. 26 WHERE: Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge DETAILS: Pediatrician Dr. Chirine Turk will give tips on how to treat insect bites, sunscreen use, fever, allergies and asthma. Refreshments will be served. WHAT: “Cracking the Weight Loss Code” with… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Aug. 25, 2014

What is normal pressure hydrocephalus? Hydrocephalus is a condition in which the cerebrospinal fluid that encases and cushions the brain doesn’t absorb again into the bloodstream as it should. This causes the ventricles to enlarge, which, in turn, causes more pressure on the brain. The enlargement compresses brain… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Aug. 25, 2014

What are some different types of complementary therapies? According to the National Library of Medicine, “Complementary and alternative medicine is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard care.” When these therapies are performed at the same time as standard treatments as prescribed by doctors and… Continue reading →

Bone marrow donors needed

Advocate staff photo by KYLE PEVETO -- Sally-Ann Roberts, an anchor at WWL-TV in New Orleans, says more bone marrow donors are needed nationwide. Roberts gave life-saving bone marrow to her sister, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.

Learning that she could help save the life of her sister was one of Sally-Ann Roberts’ proudest moments. Her sister, Good Morning America co-host and television personality Robin Roberts, needed a bone marrow transplant in 2012. Luckily, Sally-Ann Roberts was a match. “It was the most exhilarating, rewarding experience of my life,” said Sally-Ann Roberts,… Continue reading →

Health Calendar, Aug. 18, 2014

WHAT: Group meeting of the Sarcoidosis Awareness Support Group of Greater Baton Rouge WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Deadline to register is Monday, Aug. 18. WHERE: Ochsner Health Center, 9001 Summa Ave., Baton Rouge, fourth-floor conference room. REGISTRATION/INFO: (225) 773-0985 WHAT: High blood pressure lecture WHEN: Noon… Continue reading →

Alzheimer's Q&A, Aug. 18, 2014

Does a urinary tract infection (UTI) cause changes in behavior or personality in someone with Alzheimer’s? Yes, if an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia suddenly and without reason exhibits sudden changes in his/her behavior such as agitation, confusion, hallucinations or withdrawal, it might be caused by a UTI. The individual might not have the ability to… Continue reading →

Cancer Q&A, Aug. 18, 2014

What are some tips for improving my memory now that I’m finished with my chemotherapy? Memory and concentration problems can begin soon after treatment ends, or they may not appear until much later. If a person is older, it can be hard to tell whether these changes in memory and concentration are a result of treatment… Continue reading →

Start your day with a workout and burn up more calories

They are shadowy figures moving in the dark while other people are sleeping. And they are everywhere — in parks, on the streets, even in stairwells. If you are one of those who rises before dawn to burn calories, these are your people.
Dorothy Mann is a full-time mother of three small children, ages 2, 3 and 5. She… Continue reading →