Shots - Health News
4:10 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Second Thoughts On Medicaid From Oregon's Unique Experiment

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:48 pm

Two years ago, a landmark study found that having Medicaid health insurance makes a positive difference in people's lives.

Backers of the program have pointed to that study time and again in their push to encourage states to expand the program as part of the federal health law.

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Shots - Health News
4:10 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

A Sleep Gene Has A Surprising Role In Migraines

Bates experienced migraines as a child. She made this painting to depict how they felt to her.
Courtesy of Emily Bates

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 9:33 am

Mutations on a single gene appear to increase the risk for both an unusual sleep disorder and migraines, a team reports in Science Translational Medicine.

The finding could help explain the links between sleep problems and migraines. It also should make it easier to find new drugs to treat migraines, researchers say.

And for one member of the research team, Emily Bates, the discovery represents a personal victory.

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The Two-Way
3:36 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Justice: Prison Compassionate Release Programs Inconsistent

Inmates file by a guard tower at California's Chino State Prison in 2010.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 8:18 pm

"Compassionate release" programs that free inmates with terminal illnesses and limited life expectancies are poorly run and lack clear standards, the Department of Justice's inspector general said on Wednesday.

The Associated Press reports:

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World
3:32 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Why Chemical Weapons Have Been A Red Line Since World War I

Soldiers with the British Machine Gun Corps wear gas masks in 1916 during World War I's first Battle of the Somme.
General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:48 pm

President Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons could change the U.S. response to the Syrian civil war. But why this focus on chemical weapons when conventional weapons have killed tens of thousands in Syria?

The answer can be traced back to the early uses of poison gas nearly a century ago.

In World War I, trench warfare led to stalemates — and to new weapons meant to break through the lines.

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KRVS Local
3:26 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Stress Takes A Toll On College Students

UL's student health services building.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. And the number one cause of suicide of college student suicides is untreated depression. Students at the University of Louisiana At Lafayette are no strangers to stress. Counseling and Testing intern Ryan Winters explains that there are different techniques that students can use to relieve stress on a daily basis such as breathing exercises and organizing. The UL Counseling and Testing Center located within the Saucier Wellness Center provides professional counseling services for students and University employees.

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KRVS Local
3:20 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Cougars Capture the Championship

The Cougars’ home court

The Saint Thomas More Cougars defeated the Northside High Vikings to win the 4-A State Championship. The cougars were led by their six seniors who also set a record for fewest points allowed per game.  Senior players, Matt Roberts, MVP of the game, and Charlie Padgett were two seniors that helped the cougars capture the state championship.  Head Coach of the cougars, Danny Broussard, knows that it will be tough to replace the six seniors, but winning the state championship this year will motivate his team next year to do the same. Story by Thomas  Babin.

 

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It's All Politics
3:19 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

The Federal Deficit Is Actually Shrinking

The Treasury Department announced this week it will pay down some of its debt for the first time in six years.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 12:33 pm

During the housing bust, taxpayers were forced to bail out mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But thanks to the real estate recovery, Fannie Mae could end up paying tens of billions of dollars back to the Treasury this summer.

That's just one of the factors behind a better bottom line for the federal government. This week, the Treasury Department announced it will pay down some of its debt for the first time in six years.

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KRVS Local
3:16 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Increase in domestic violence vs. decreases in budget

Operations Manager of Faith House of Acadiana, Jessica Frazier, pins a flyer on the news board in support of one of the many fundraisers Faith House of Acadiana hosts.

Faith House is a vital program in Acadiana and is considered home to many battered women and their children.  It is estimated that one in three women will be affected by domestic violence at some point in their life.  Recently, domestic violence programs like Faith House of Acadiana have suffered a huge decrease in their budget. The amount of $124,000 has been cut from their total $998,000 budget.  Faith House helps women to recover, but with more than 12 percent of its budget cut, the program will need help to continue this vital assistance. Story by Lillian Brown.

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KRVS Local
3:13 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Medicaid patients threatened by budget cuts

A fighter of breast cancer for ten years, Brenda Fontenot, reads a text message that brings a smile to her face.

Most Medicaid patients in Louisiana will no longer receive hospice care as long as the state refuses the Medicaid expansion available under the Affordable Care Act.  Since the end of 2012, local hospices have banned together to lobby against recent state budget cuts, and so far Hospice of Acadiana has been lucky.

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KRVS Local
3:05 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Women Allowed in Military Combat Causes Controversy

Memorabilia from both Sgt. McDowell and Specialist Courville’s military careers.

In February, a ban was lifted allowing female soldiers to participate in U.S. military combat. On a national level, this change is being well-received, having numbers higher than 60 percent in some polls.  But two local soldiers believe this change could have drastic negative effects. They argue that while physically women can carry their weight, the mental toll that combat has on soldiers could be emotionally destructive, both for the females at war and the men serving with them.  Story by Katie Mendoza 

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