A caring message can come from 10 or 10,000 miles away, but the hope and motivation it inspires remains a powerful tool in the healing process for cancer patients. This is the impetus behind Hope Notes, a new movement developed by Woman’s Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center for patients at its Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is making a comeback for use in labor and delivery and is now available at Baton Rouge General’s Birth Center. A less invasive alternative to an epidural, nitrous oxide can reduce anxiety and ease the pain of childbirth, empowering patients to help manage discomfort while staying in control.
While Louisiana is famous for its rich food, the same can’t be said for the health of its residents. Many families struggle to incorporate enough fruits and vegetables into their diets. One study shows less than six percent of Louisiana’s children eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. Scientists at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center hope a new program called The Rolling Store can help change that for residents of a dozen Baton Rouge-area neighborhoods.
Stephanie Coleman, MD, joined Baton Rouge General Physicians (BRGP) as a board-certified family medicine physician.
Coleman graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, then completed a family medicine residency at Baton Rouge General. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians.
Recent testing of waters from Lake Pontchartrain shows a toxin produced by cyanobacteria, sometimes referred to as blue-green algae, is below the limit recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the protection of swimmers.
In June, health officials warned swimmers and other users of Lake Pontchartrain that toxins associated with the algal bloom could cause gastrointestinal symptoms, skin irritation, and/or breathing problems. Currently, measurements of this toxin are within acceptable limits.