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7 health news briefs for the Greater New Orleans area 

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A state-of-the-art neurology center opened recently in Metairie.
Spectrum Neurology Center (4213 Teuton St., Metairie, 504-454-7246) opened in February. Helmed by neurologist Dr. Troy Beaucoudray, offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating, diagnosing and evaluating neurological disorders.

LSUHSC seeks study participants
LSU Health Sciences Center seeks 50 participants for a hyperbaric oxygen treatment study for mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Participants must have persistent symptoms from TBI that occurred six months to 10 years ago. Patients will undergo tests and receive eight weeks of hyperbaric treatment. To learn more, contact Cara at (504) 427-5632, email or visit

Ochsner partners with innovators for health care solutions
At the Health Innovation Summit at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), Ochsner Health System ( announced the start of innovationOchsner, or iO, an entity that will allow Ochsner to partner with innovators outside the health care industry to create new, high-tech ways to care for patients. Ochsner also will partner with GE Healthcare and The Idea Village for a three-year challenge to foster innovation in health care.

March of Dimes holds annual walk
The March of Dimes Foundation's annual March for Babies ( walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at City Park (1 Palm Drive). The event includes celebrity appearances, music, games and more. Funds benefit prenatal wellness programs, research grants, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy for healthy babies.

Louisianans save money on drugs
Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, Louisianans with Medicare have saved more than $214 million on prescription drugs, according to information released by The Department of Health and Human Services. Use of preventative services has increased, with an estimated 553,761 Medicare recipients using at least one preventative service in 2014.

Get ready for baby
Touro Infirmary (1401 Foucher St., 504-897-7319; offers a free four-week childbirth education series covering topics ranging from stages of labor to car seat installation and safety. The classes, which take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays starting April 7, are held on the second floor in the President's Room. Call or email to register.

National spike in heroin deaths
According to a survey by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of people dependent on heroin rose 10.7 percent in 2012, from 467,000 to 517,000. Deaths from heroin rose 34.8 percent, from 4,397 to 5,927, according to data collected by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while deaths from prescription medications decreased. This correlation suggests addicts are using heroin more frequently now that state and federal restrictions make prescription narcotics harder to get.

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