April 20, 2017

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), celebrated as a week-long event this year from April 16-22, encourages all adults with decision-making capacity in the U.S. to educate themselves, as well as communicate and document their healthcare wishes and decisions.

Resources to help start advanced healthcare planning conversations, and links to planning documents for Louisiana can be found at www.nhdd.org<http://www.nhdd.org>.

April 21, 2017

Weight loss surgery is a complex decision that involves deliberation between you, your family, friends and surgeon. Medical advice is instrumental in deciding if it is right for you, and if so, which option is best. 

All patients need to keep in mind, however, that weight loss surgery is not a sprint; rather, it is much like a marathon. Surgery is not the ultimate solution for your weight and health related problems or a short term fix. It is simply one element in solving obesity-related health issues.

April 20, 2017

On April 19, the LSO Foundation spoke in support of a bill going before the Louisiana House of Representative’s Education Committee that would allow a student to possess and apply sunscreen at Louisiana public schools without a note from a parent and a doctor.

Present law provides for requirements and restrictions applying to the administration of medication to public school students and defines “medication” to mean all prescription and nonprescription drugs, including sunscreen.

April 21, 2017

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day--a nationwide effort to rid homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs--is slated for April 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.at Louisiana State Police Troop A headquarters, 17801 Highland Rd. in Baton Rouge.

The drugs will be properly and safely disposed of by law enforcement. Drug Take Back Day is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Visit dea.gov or call (800) 882-9539 to find a nearby collection site for other areas in Louisiana.

April 20, 2017

Lafayette, the fourth largest city in Louisiana, today became the 11th municipality in the state to pass a city-wide smoke-free ordinance.

The Healthier Air For All Campaign, a campaign of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), applaud and thank the Lafayette City-Parish Council for their votes in favor of protecting the health of all Lafayette employees by making all workplaces, including bars and bingo halls, smoke-free.