July 11, 2017

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Tulane University more than $12 million to test a promising drug treatment against Lassa fever, and to develop a vaccine against the deadly disease endemic in parts of West Africa.
  

July 11, 2017

West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) has been designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

July 11, 2017

For the 11th consecutive year, Ochsner Health System has been named as a Most Wired Advanced Hospital in the 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine. The Most Wired Advanced designation primarily focuses on four core areas--infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration. 

Only 22 hospitals in the nation have been recognized as an Advanced Hospital, and Ochsner is the only hospital in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama appointed to this list.

July 11, 2017

If you’re like a lot of shoppers, you comb through circulars to compare grocery store prices. You check prices online to make sure you buy your product at the right price. You know many stores offer the exact same products at varying prices, so smart shopping can add up to big savings.

Now, patients can compare prices online to shop for their healthcare services: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana have launched SmartShopperTM, which lets the insurer’s customers see and compare cost ranges for procedures in more than 300 categories.

July 11, 2017

An NAACP initiative, called The Black Church & HIV, is hosting a Day of Unity on Sunday, July 23.

Day of Unity brings together New Orleans pastors to preach about HIV as a social justice issue, in conjunction with the first Sunday of the NAACP Annual Convention. These pastors will work to inspire action and stop the social injustices that have led to the unequal impact of HIV on Black America, which comprises 12 percent of the U.S. population, but 41 percent of all people living with HIV.