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    State hopes to trace source of intestinal parasite

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    State health officials are trying to trace the origin of an intestinal parasite that has infected 77 Texans so far this year.
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    Insurance rate hikes sought in federal marketplace

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    Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could reach double-digits.
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    Arkansas continues defending 12-week abortion ban

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    Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is continuing to defend the state's 12-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court, arguing the state has a legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point in a woman's pregnancy.
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    Texan gets measles after softball event in Kansas

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    A Texan has been diagnosed with measles after attending a softball tournament in Kansas where health officials later warned of possible exposure to the virus.
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    New study shows steroid shots less effective

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    Epidural steroid shots for the back are becoming more prevalent as a form of pain relief for chronic back problems. More>>

    What's going around? Mosquito-borne illnesses

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    Mosquitoes are out in full force. Their bites can transmit a variety of viral illnesses. These viruses have been creating epidemics in some countries, and travelers are now bringing them closer to home. More>>

    TRENDING NOW - Fruit recall: What you should know

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    As you pack a lunch for today, keep this in mind. If you plan to eat peaches, nectarines, or plums, they may not be safe. There's a major fruit recall due to fears of a foodborne illness that is affecting some major grocery stores. More>>

    Center at LSU Health Shreveport pulls in $4.82 million to mentor young scientists, continue molecular research

    Dennis O'Callaghan Dennis O'Callaghan
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    The Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology has received $22.9 million totalLSU Health Shreveport's largest program grant ever is getting even bigger.  More>>

    Federal appeals court deals blow to health law

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    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies. More>>

    Arkansas AG rejects medical pot measure wording

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    Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.
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    Benton cancer survivor receives Heroes award

    Jan Elkins with Kami Chauncey and Senator Robert Adley. Jan Elkins with Kami Chauncey and Senator Robert Adley.
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    Cancer survivor Kami Chauncy, 14, is the proud recipient of the 2014 Young Louisiana Heroes Award.  More>>

    KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home opens for public tours

    KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home photos courtesy of Courtney Avery. KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home photos courtesy of Courtney Avery.
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    The 2014 KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home is now open for weekend tours. More>>

    Local residents represented Louisiana at the 2014 SO USA Games

    Ryan Bryd wins gold in singles bocce. Ryan Bryd wins gold in singles bocce.
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    Special Olympics Louisiana selected 5 athletes, 3 unified partners and 2 coaches from the Northwest Area to attend the third Special Olympics USA Games. More>>

    Web forums designed to improve health of Shreveport Video included

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    In August, KTBS 3 News is taking our Healthy Green into the Outdoors campaign online. We're reaching out to you through social media and two web forums, shining the spotlight on healthy living. More>>

    KTBS marketing director tested for West Nile vaccine Video included

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    Summer is quickly approaching and so are swarms of mosquitoes. Some carry the potentially deadly West Nile virus. More>>

    Local children with low vision impairment to receive life-changing high-tech vision aids Video included

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    Shreveport, LA - On Thursday, July 17th, local children who are visually impaired will receive life-changing vision assistive technology thanks to grants from the Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation, The Community Foundation of North Louisiana, and The Grayson Foundation. The children were referred to Sight Savers America's 'I Can See Now' program by local schools and Louisiana Association for the Blind. All of the children receiving equipment have eye conditions causing severe... More>>

    University Health saved Louisiana $42 million, according to DHH

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    Louisiana spent $52 million less than expected for Gov. Bobby Jindal's hospital privatization deals and $42 million of the savings has come from Shreveport and Monroe's University Health system, which is now managed by the Biomedical Research Foundation. More>>

    LSU hospital deals cost less than expected

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    Louisiana spent $52 million less than was budgeted for Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization deals for the LSU hospitals that provide care to the uninsured in the recently-ended fiscal year. Data provided by the state health department shows the deals cost the state just over $1 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30. Jindal's health secretary, Kathy Kliebert, says the hospital's new managers are improving care while running more efficient operations. Lawmakers in areas with the privatiza... More>>

    Girl hoped to have been cured of HIV has relapsed

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    A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for several years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbors HIV and therefore is not cured.
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    Groups say 12-week ban should remain struck down

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    Opponents of Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban say a federal appeals court should rule the law unconstitutional, arguing the state is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent by seeking to reinstate the prohibition.
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    Yellville woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

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    A Marion County woman has been sentenced to probation, a fine and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud.
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    Motivational: Toddler amputee keeps pushing saying "I got it!" Video included

    Kayden Kinickle learns to walk with an assisted device. Kayden Kinickle learns to walk with an assisted device.
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    Get ready to empty your tear ducts, because this video is truly inspiring. More>>

    Vitamin E may slow Alzheimer's disease progression

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    Researchers say that vitamin E might help slow the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. More>>

    Bedtime Blues: The sleep epidemic

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    According to the CDC, 40 million people in the U.S. have a chronic sleep disorder, causing more than $18 billion in lost productivity every year. More>>

    Bedtime Blues: Sleeping routine

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    How you feel during your waking hours hinges greatly on how well you sleep. The cure for sleep difficulties can often be found in your daily routine. More>>

    DHH improves food inspection program

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    Officials say state health sanitarians are up-to-date in their inspections of restaurants and other establishments that serve food. More>>

    Child hears for the first time

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    A 3-year-old boy who was born deaf is hearing for the first time thanks to a special device. More>>

    Cuffs and Hoses Blood Drive

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    The Cuffs and Hoses Blood drive started Wednesday. More>>

    "God Gave Me Cancer to Save Me from Cancer"

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    Most people wouldn't say having cancer is a gift. Adam Long is not one of them.He's been diagnosed with cancer five times in the last 13 years, and says it's been a blessing.The 24 year old from Bossier More>>

    Audit: $42M in layoff costs for LSU privatization

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    A new audit says Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to privatize all but one of the LSU-run hospitals across south Louisiana would cost the state $42 million for layoff costs.
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    • EU regulator: Morning-after pill OK for all women

      EU regulator: Morning-after pill OK for all women

      Thursday, July 24 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:53:27 GMT
      The European Medicines Agency says a commonly used morning-after pill is suitable for use by heavier women after reviewing the evidence, sparked by a French pharmaceutical company's declaration last year that...
      A commonly used morning-after pill is suitable for use by heavier women, the European Medicines Agency said Thursday after a review of the evidence sparked by the French manufacturer's declaration that the drugs...
    • GSK asks European regulator to OK malaria shot

      GSK asks European regulator to OK malaria shot

      Thursday, July 24 2014 7:02 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:02:01 GMT
      Pharma giant GSK said Thursday it is submitting its malaria vaccine for regulatory approval to the European Medicines Agency.
      Pharma giant GSK said Thursday it is submitting its malaria vaccine for regulatory approval to the European Medicines Agency.
    • Judges in health care rulings vote party line

      Judges in health care rulings vote party line

      Thursday, July 24 2014 7:01 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:01:58 GMT
      Six federal judges on two appeals courts have weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
      In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
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