Cold vs. Flu: Learn the Difference

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Oftentimes the flu can be mistaken for a cold (or vice versa). It’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of the flu, so that you can recognize when it’s time to contact your doctor. Flu season is here, but you don’t have to suffer. Flu shots are in, so set up an appointment with […]

How weight loss surgery is making his kidney transplant possible

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Todd Gomez is in need of a kidney transplant. The Denham Springs native has lived with chronic renal failure for more than four years, a diagnosis that keeps him on daily dialysis treatments. His doctors told him he wasn’t eligible for a life-altering kidney transplant because of his weight. At that time, the 53-year-old weighed […]

Can wearable fitness trackers improve your health?

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More than one in five Americans owns a wearable fitness tracker, such as a Fitbit or Apple Watch, and at least one in 10 wears the tracker every day. But do they work, and can they really help to improve your health? The short answer is yes — these devices can help you to improve […]

Dealing with Grief and Stress from a Katrina Survivor

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Editor’s Note: As communities in Texas and South Louisiana continue to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, this blog post that was written in wake of the August 2016 floods offers useful information for anyone impacted by a disaster. Dealing with the grief and stress caused by natural disasters is hard, and healing […]

Take a 5-Minute Fit Break

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As parents, we can sometimes forget the importance of health education in our children’s lives. From teaching them healthy eating habits, to the importance of going to the doctor for checkups, to being physically active for at least 60 minutes each day. Physical activity is as important for children as it is for adults. Did […]