Ochsner Health System seeks improved access to clinical trials

Ochsner Health is partnering with Pfizer in a multi-year program to develop innovative models for clinical trials. Working with Pfizer, the delivery system with 40 owned and affiliated hospitals and more than 100 health centers and urgent care facilities, as well as its innovationOchsner lab, will look for ways to enhance the clinical trial experience… Read More »

Six Health-Focused Fixes for SNAP

By CHRISTINA BADARACCO The $ 867 billion Farm Bill squeaked through our polarized Congress at the end of last year, though it was nearly derailed by arguments over work requirements for SNAP recipients. That debate was tabled after the USDA crafted a compromise, but it is sure to continue at the state level and in… Read More »

Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Reproductive eAge Women: Valproic Acid and Topiramate Common

There have long been concerns regarding the safety of the anticonvulsant valproic acid (Depakote) during pregnancy.  Back in 2009, the American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society recommended against the use of valproic acid in women of childbearing age because of the various risks associated with prenatal exposure, citing significantly increased risk of congenital… Read More »

When doctors are poor explainers

Christopher Johnson, MD | Physician | April 10, 2019 A physician, like anyone, can be a poor explainer of things for several reasons, but foremost among these is the tendency to use medical jargon. This is not a problem unique to doctors. When I take my car in for repairs, I often must ask the… Read More »

10 facts about your gut

Stock photo The microorganisms that reside in your gut have a big impact on your overall health 10 facts about your gut Independent.ie It is now known that microorganisms that reside in your gut, your microbiota, have a big impact on your overall health by training your immune system, fending off bad bacteria and playing… Read More »