Health & Wellness

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nancy Pelosi to join Landrieu in New Orleans April 1

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 6:44 PM

A 2009 file photo of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi at a press conference regarding health care.
  • A 2009 file photo of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi at a press conference regarding health care.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will join Mayor Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans on Saturday to tour the Daughters of Charity Health Center, Landrieu's office has announced.

Pelosi and Landrieu will hold a roundtable discussion in the morning with local residents who have benefited from the expansion of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), along with area health care providers.

Like Landrieu, Pelosi has been a staunch supporter of the ACA.
Location Details Daughters of Charity
Daughters of Charity
3201 S. Carrollton Ave.
Carrollton/Riverbend/University
New Orleans, LA
Community Center

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Women, wine and heart disease — Dr. Meredith Maxwell of Touro Hospital and everyone’s favorite wine myth

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Conventional wisdom says that red wine is heart-healthy, but does science agree? - STEPHAN KRAUSE/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • STEPHAN KRAUSE/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • Conventional wisdom says that red wine is heart-healthy, but does science agree?

The nomenclature can be confusing.

Heart disease, coronary artery disease, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease — and don’t get started on the acronyms (CAD, CVD, CHD, etc.) — it’s hard to know if you’re sick or eating alphabet soup. Each of these terms refer to a condition that falls under the umbrella of heart disease. Some of these specific diseases are derivatives, or the result of worsening heart disease, but they all point to the same underlying problem, and the same outcome if untreated.

In the 1940s, heart disease was responsible for half of all U.S. deaths, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As of 2014, that number had been reduced to 614,348 deaths — down to about 4 percent of all deaths nationwide. Even though heart disease is often thought of as a “man’s disease,” the truth is that it kills just as many women as it does men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 4 male and female deaths were caused by heart disease in 2013.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

WBOK-AM hosts panel on addiction issues March 23

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:49 AM

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A panel
 at Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market tonight covers addiction issues, including myths regarding people struggling with addiction and services offered by Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD). MHSD executive and medical director Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham and radio host Oliver "OT" Thomas are the panelists; Gentilly-based radio station WBOK-AM hosts.

Addiction is on the minds of public health officials statewide as Louisiana and New Orleans succumb to the national crisis related to opioid addiction and abuse. Deaths in New Orleans related to opioid overdoses kept pace with the murder rate through much of last year, even as naloxone (a drug that can combat opiate overdoses) became available over-the-counter to help reduce fatalities linked to the epidemic.

The panel is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It's free to attend.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

THINX founder Miki Agrawal removed from NOEW women's summit lineup

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 2:42 PM

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The Idea Village, one of the organizing groups behind New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), has released a statement regarding the cancellation of THINX founder Miki Agrawal's appearance at a women's summit at the conference.

Agrawal originally was scheduled to give a "fireside chat" at the summit, which highlights issues women face in the workplace. The high-profile founder of THINX, which makes underwear designed to disrupt the lucrative menstrual pad and tampon market, was known for her colorful interviews and quirky (some might say eccentric) behavior.

But this week, news broke of sexual harassment allegations against Agrawal from a former employee — a serious charge for anyone, but especially for a figurehead who espouses feminist ideals and women's empowerment. The allegations follow a flurry of criticism from current and former employees about poor working conditions for the company's women, including inadequate maternity leave, a toxic office culture and low pay.

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Inaugural Disability Pride Festival March 25 is for and by people with disabilities

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:41 AM

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New Orleans often has lagged behind other cities when it comes to anticipating and accommodating the needs of people with disabilities. In more recent incidents, bus stops failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a renovation to New Orleans Public Library's Nix branch overlooked a ramp for for people who use wheelchairs.

But a new festival has the potential to shine a greater light on people with disabilities, who make up as much as 19 percent of the American population. At Saturday's all-ages Disability Pride Festival, people with disabilities, their friends, families and allies will gather for New Orleans' first celebration of disability pride — a key aspect of the growing disability rights movement.

The festival is divided into two parts. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Advocacy Center of Louisiana (8325 Oak St.), there's a resource fair featuring food, art and social service vendors. Afternoon entertainment follows and includes performances from Irwin Royes (the "world's smallest magician") and an exhibition game from the Rollin' Pelicans wheelchair basketball team. Events are designed to help community members connect and encourage conversations about what it means to be a person with disabilities.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Gambit TV: CUE turns 10

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Gambit special sections editor Katherine Johnson stops into WWL-TV to talk CUE magazine's big 10th anniversary issue, on newsstands now.


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Saturday, March 18, 2017

At second line for health care, doctors and nurses speak out for Affordable Care Act

Posted By on Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 4:38 PM

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Who fears the loss of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? The previously uninsured, of course, including the more than 300,000 Louisianans who gained coverage under last year's expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

But at a rally and second line held March 18 in support of the act sometimes known as Obamacare, another key constituency spoke out in the program's defense. One after another, health care providers took the mic in front of City Hall to describe the ACA's positive effect on their patients.

"Before the expansion, my patients were often uninsured and lived in fear of a new medical diagnosis," Jason Halperin, a doctor who works with CrescentCare, said. "I see the Medicaid expansion as much more than a card or number. ... Most of all, it upholds dignity."

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Friday, March 17, 2017

With vigil to save the Affordable Care Act, protesters send message to Sen. Bill Cassidy

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Gambit editor Kevin Allman last photographed this 6-year-old at Cassidy's recent, disastrous town hall. His family wants answers from the senator on prospective health care cuts.
  • Gambit editor Kevin Allman last photographed this 6-year-old at Cassidy's recent, disastrous town hall. His family wants answers from the senator on prospective health care cuts.

The Causeway Boulevard building that houses Senator Bill Cassidy's office is private property. Or it's private property, unless you have an appointment. Or it's only people with appointments who can park in the parking lot. Or the problem is a small pile of signs, which needed to be moved from the sidewalk.

With increasing irritation that erupted into a testy exchange with protestors, a blue-shirted representative who seemed to work for building management company Select Properties tried out these potential deterrents. He was doing his best to shoo off a small group of activists attending a two-day "vigil" outside Cassidy's office in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (Apparently, his efforts had been repeated throughout the day, to limited success.)

Around 2 p.m. Friday, about 10 people stood outside the Metairie high rise as traffic sped past them, making their signs whip in the wind. There was retired educator Mary Ryan and 12-year-old Journey Wills, who had come on a field trip of sorts; in a recent homeschool unit on the Constitution, Wills became a big fan of the First Amendment. There was the actor and artist Todd d'Amour, who rattled off a startling number of objections to individual Trump cabinet officials while praising the way "Obamacare" has helped him pursue his art; and Anne Davis, whose attendance at today's protest was her first appearance at a demonstration since protesting the Vietnam War at age 12.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Editorial: 'Obamacare sucks'? No, what really sucks is ...

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 12:01 PM

At a town hall in Metairie last month, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy attempted to explain his proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act, which he called the "Patient Freedom Act." This week, he expressed disappointment with the GOP's proposed American Health Care Act, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 14 million next year. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • At a town hall in Metairie last month, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy attempted to explain his proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act, which he called the "Patient Freedom Act." This week, he expressed disappointment with the GOP's proposed American Health Care Act, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 14 million next year.


“I don’t mean any disrespect, but Obamacare sucks,” said U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy last fall, back when he was making folksy commercials to promote his Senate candidacy.

Of course, not having health insurance sucks, too. Receiving health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Medicaid expansion, only to have it snatched away? Sucks. Massive premium hikes for the elderly? Sucks. Not getting the health care you need, being forced to use emergency rooms for basic treatment, and having to choose bankruptcy if you want to stay alive? Sucks. Sucks. Sucks.

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Women's summit March 23 features THINX founder Miki Agrawal, STAR talk on sexual harassment in business

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 10:16 AM

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Miki Agrawal, the colorful founder and self-described "she-e-o" of THINX "period underwear" — you might remember a controversy in which the New York City subway system objected to her company's ads, which used creative visuals to allude to menstruation — will participate in a women's summit and fireside chat during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) next week.

Other speakers include Rebecca Marchiafava, vice president of Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR), who will discuss navigating "gray area" behavior in the workplace (such as inappropriate touching, or an invitation that seems a bit too friendly); Lisa Chow, who co-hosts the StartUp podcast; and local entrepreneur Lelia Gowland.

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