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What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer your questions on the coronavirus.

As coronavirus deaths surged in Louisiana, more people died of other things, too, studies say

Prior to COVID-19, a couple of calls like that would come in per day, said Aiken, an associate professor at LSU Health Sciences Center who also works in the ER at University Medical Center. A month and a half into the pandemic, they were getting nine or 10 daily.

Doctor says health providers have no agenda other than wearing a mask protects people

“We, and the public health community, and the scientific community are trying to protect as many people as possible, which is our job,” said Dr. Figueroa.

Researchers Find Alternatives for Acetaminophen Without Liver, Kidney Effects

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic presents a new challenge: patients have severe flu-like symptoms, but the virus can also cause renal failure, so acetaminophen is not the best choice. Doctors and patients need analgesics that go easy on the liver and kidneys but are not addictive, and this week, researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence announced they have discovered a new class of drugs that can do the job.

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer your questions on the coronavirus.

What if Louisiana doesn't change its coronavirus course? It'll be like Houston or Florida soon

Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, an associate professor of epidemiology at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, noted on Thursday that the prevalence of coronavirus in the state now means it is riskier for people to go out to a bar or the like.

A key piece of the coronavirus vaccine is made in Mandeville

While not a vaccinologist and no connection to MECO, Dr. Diaz knows the importance of pure water across the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest on the coronavirus.

Americans gaining weight since pandemic started, blame it on increased snacking

LSU Health New Orleans Professor of Public Health Melinda Sothern says that’s not surprising because there’s a lot of scientific literature explaining why we’re snacking more often now, and she’s seeing it come up as a frequent issue in her zoom meetings with patients.

“They were not in their routine and whenever your routine is upset you tend to adopt behaviors that may not be healthy for you,” says Sothern.

What autopsies reveal about COVID-19's effects on the heart

Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans reported preliminary findings from 10 autopsies, and one researcher told the Post that in a couple of the patients who had cardiac arrest in the hospital, the damage was primarily in the lungs and not the heart.

Americans gaining weight since pandemic started, blame it on increased snacking

LSU Health New Orleans Professor of Public Health Melinda Sothern says that’s not surprising because there’s a lot of scientific literature explaining why we’re snacking more often now, and she’s seeing it come up as a frequent issue in her zoom meetings with patients.

How Is Covid-19 Impacting The Social Development Of Children?

Michelle Moore joins Tommy to talk about kids going back to school and how coronavirus will impact them.

Spain’s study on herd immunity - Dr. Lucio Miele

A new study out of Spain strengthens evidence that a so-called herd immunity to COVID-19 is unachievable. The study, which looked at samples of more than 61,000 people in Spain, found that just five percent of people developed antibodies.

What's Going On With The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer the latest questions on the coronavirus.

Researchers Developing Safer Version of Acetaminophen

Researchers at Louisiana State University have created a new type of analgesic that is similar to acetaminophen but can relieve pain and reduce fever without the risk of liver or kidney damage.

Team Synthesizes Safer Nonaddictive Analgesics

Senior author Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence says, “The new chemical entities reduced pain in two in models without the liver and kidney toxicity associated with current over-the-counter analgesics that are commonly used to treat pain -- acetaminophen and NSAIDs.

LSU Health’s Sugarman Chosen for National Health Equity Fellowship

Meredith K. Sugarman, MPH, Associate Director of the Louisiana Community Health Worker Institute in the Center for Healthcare Value and Equity at LSU Health New Orleans, has been selected as a Fellow in Families USA’s Health Equity Academy in System Transformation.

What's Going on with The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer the latest questions on the coronavirus.

Safer Class of Painkillers Identified

A new class of pain medication has been identified which has a lower risk for addiction or to cause damage to internal organs. This discovery was reported by researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and published online. The hope is that they will be safer than opioids and more effective.

Novel class of non-addictive analgesics demonstrate safety in animals

Researchers at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and colleagues set out to establish the cause of the liver damage associated with acetaminophen and then create a drug structurally similar enough to acetaminophen to be as effective, but with limited hepatotoxicity.

Team Synthesizes Safer Nonaddictive Analgesics

Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and colleagues have discovered a new class of pipeline drugs to relieve pain and reduce fever without the danger of addiction or damage to the liver or kidneys. The research is published online in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

First day of free COVID-19 testing at Dillard University attracts a crowd

The free testing will continue at Dillard, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., on Tuesday and Wednesday. The noninvasive nasal-swab tests are provided through LCMC Health, LSU Medical Center and the New Orleans Health Department.

New class of safer analgesics discovered

Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and colleagues have discovered a new class of pipeline drugs to relieve pain and reduce fever without the danger of addiction or damage to the liver or kidneys. The research is published online in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

Are more young people in Louisiana catching coronavirus? The answer is complicated.

People wait in line during the first day of free walk-up COVID-19 testing at the parking lot of Xavier University's Convocation Center in New Orleans, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The mobile coronavirus testing by LCMC Health, the City of New Orleans Health Department and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) will continue through Friday before they move to the next neighborhood. They plan to visit at least six different underserved neighborhoods.

Autopsy: Hoping To Solve Mysteries Of Coronavirus

One of the first American investigations to be made public was that of a 44 year old man who was treated in LSU Health; Richard Vander Heide who has been performing autopsies since 1994 remembers discovering what was probably hundreds or thousands of microclots in the lungs. This was something that was unusual that he has never seen before, but as he moved to the next patient and the next he saw the same pattern. He was so shocked and alarmed that he shared a paper online before submitting to a journal to get this information out immediately to all doctors; and his findings have influenced many hospitals to give blood thinners to some COVID-19 patients, and it is now a common practice. Subsequently the final peer reviewed version has been published in the Lancet.

New class of safer analgesics discovered

Senior author Nicolas Bazan, MD, PhD, Boyd Professor and Director of LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence says, “The new chemical entities reduced pain in two in models without the liver and kidney toxicity associated with current over-the-counter analgesics that are commonly used to treat pain — acetaminophen and NSAIDs. They also reduced fever in a pyretic model. This is particularly important in the search for an antipyretic with a safer profile in the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated kidney and liver disease in critically ill SARS-CoV-2 patients.”

LSU Health New Orleans discovers new class of safer analgesics

“Given the widespread use of acetaminophen, the risk of hepatotoxicity with overuse, and the ongoing opioid epidemic, these new chemical entities represent novel, non-narcotic analgesics that exclude hepatotoxicity, for which development may lead to safer treatment of acute and chronic pain and fever,” adds Dr. Nicolas Bazan.

LSU Health New Orleans Discovers New Class of Safer Analgesics

Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and colleagues have discovered a new class of pipeline drugs to relieve pain and reduce fever without the danger of addiction or damage to the liver or kidneys. The research is published online in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

What's Going on with The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer your latest questions on the coronavirus.

LSU Health New Orleans discovers new class of safer analgesics

“Given the widespread use of acetaminophen, the risk of hepatotoxicity with overuse, and the ongoing opioid epidemic, these new chemical entities represent novel, non-narcotic analgesics that exclude hepatotoxicity, for which development may lead to safer treatment of acute and chronic pain and fever,” adds Dr. Nicolas Bazan.

Researchers discover new class of safer analgesics

Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and colleagues have discovered a new class of pipeline drugs to relieve pain and reduce fever without the danger of addiction or damage to the liver or kidneys. The research is published online in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

What's Going on with The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer your latest questions on the coronavirus.

Coronavirus autopsies: A story of 38 brains, 87 lungs and 42 hearts

One of the first American investigations to be made public, on April 10, was out of New Orleans. The patient was a 44-year-old man who had been treated at LSU Health. Richard Vander Heide remembers cutting the lung and discovering what was probably hundreds or thousands of microclots.

LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing administrator adds leadership role, and more community news

NURSING LEADERSHIP: Kendra M. Barrier, assistant dean for student services at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, became president of the New Orleans District Nurses Association on June 1.

What's Going on with The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer your latest questions on the coronavirus.

MMR vaccine could prevent worst symptoms of COVID-19

“Live attenuated vaccines seemingly have some nonspecific benefits as well as immunity to the target pathogen,” explains co-author of the new paper Dr. Paul Fidel, Jr., Associate Dean for Research at Louisiana State University Health School of Dentistry in New Orleans.

Coronavirus autopsies: A story of 38 brains, 87 lungs and 42 hearts

One of the first American investigations to be made public, on April 10, was out of New Orleans. The patient was a 44-year-old male who had been treated at LSU Health. Richard Vander Heide remembers cutting the lung and discovering what was likely hundreds or thousands of microclots.

Common MMR Vaccine May Help Prevent Severe COVID-19 Complications

"The use of childhood live attenuated vaccines such as MMR given to adults to induce bystander cells that can dampen or reduce severe complications associated with COVID-19 infection is a low risk - high reward preventive measure during a critical period of the pandemic," study author Paul Fidel Jr., director of the Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology and associate dean for research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, said in a statement.

What's Going on with The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer your latest questions on the coronavirus.

What Is Going On With The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest questions on the coronavirus.

Some blood banks say need for convalescent plasma donors drops as patients recover

Dr. Lucio Miele with LSU Health says while most infected patients develop antibodies, the devil is in the details.

Rising rate of coronavirus cases raises concerns in Baton Rouge; some say more data needed

Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, an epidemiologist with the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, pointed out that she recently learned the state's test counts can include those of the same person tested more than once during isolation or contact tracing efforts.

Yale researchers ID test that detects injury, predicts survival in COVID-19

Autopsy reports from two dozen Black patients who died from COVID-19 at LSU Health found that all had blood clots in the lungs

Common Childhood Vaccines May Help Lessen the Severity of COVID-19

The paper, published in by Paul Fidel, Jr., PhD, associate dean for research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, and Mairi Noverr, PhD, professor of microbiology & immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, says that live vaccines, such as the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), may help prevent the severe lung inflammation and sepsis that has been associated with COVID-19.

Letters: Public health professionals need support in fight against coronavirus

In recent weeks, many of our nation’s top health officials have been physically threatened or verbally attacked. Protective details are now an unfortunate necessity for experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Georgia’s commissioner of the Department of Public Health.

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest questions on the coronavirus.

Mutated Covid-19 Strain

Mutated Covid-19 Strain

Could a vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella help prevent the most severe complications of COVID-19?

A common childhood vaccine might help prevent severe lung inflammation and sepsis if a person is infected with COVID-19. LSU Health New Orleans researcher Dr. Paul Fidel suggests that live attenuated vaccines such as MMR can help boost an adult’s immune system to mount a more effective defense.

Coronavirus isolation can have 'profound' impact on mental health, chronic disease, doctors say

Dr. Lauren Davis, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, said patients who have never before reported mental health concerns have experienced anxiety about their current situation and, in turn, many have an increase in blood sugar and blood pressure, weight gain resulting from a disruption in routine, or exacerbation of chronic conditions.

Walk-up COVID-19 testing held this week in Broadmoor, Lower Garden District

These tests are offered through a partnership with LCMC Health, LSU and the New Orleans Health Department and are performed with a noninvasive nasal swab. Results are expected to be online or delivered within two to three days.

Autopsy Rates Differ Among Black, White Patients

The idea of altruism and helping others understand diseases "definitely is present," observed Sharon Fox, MD, a pathologist at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, who wasn't involved with the study.

Coronavirus case numbers spike in several states

"Florida, Texas, Arizona all appear they may be the new epicenter of this pandemic," said Dr. Fred Lopez, LSU Health Infectious Disease.

Could a vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella help prevent the most severe complications of COVID-19?

A common childhood vaccine might help prevent severe lung inflammation and sepsis if a person is infected with COVID-19. LSU Health New Orleans researcher Dr. Paul Fidel suggests that live attenuated vaccines such as MMR can help boost an adult’s immune system to mount a more effective defense.

Common childhood immunization may forestall extreme inconveniences of COVID-19, researchers state

The utilization of youth live constricted antibodies, for example, MMR given to grown-ups to prompt onlooker cells that can hose or lessen serious entanglements related with COVID-19 contamination is an okay – high prize preventive measure during a basic time of the pandemic,” said Paul Fidel, study co-creator from LSU.

Common childhood vaccine might prevent severe complications of Covid-19, say scientists

"The use of childhood live attenuated vaccines such as MMR given to adults to induce bystander cells that can dampen or reduce severe complications associated with Covid-19 infection is a low risk -- high reward preventive measure during a critical p...

LSU administration, epidemiologists at odds over fan attendance in Tiger Stadium

Edward Trapido, a professor of epidemiology at the LSU School of Public Health, said he would not approve the return at this point.

Report: LSU School of Public Health professor says Tiger Stadium should be empty this fall

According to our media partners at The Advocate, a report from The Reveille says professor Edward Trapido is assisting the university in identifying apps that can track and trace positive cases in the community.

Report: Tiger Stadium should be empty this fall, LSU School of Public Health professor says

A professor of epidemiology at the LSU School of Public Health says if it were up to him he would not support a return of college football at this point, according to a report from The Reveille.

Common Childhood Vaccine Might Prevent Severe Complications of COVID-19

A paper published by Paul Fidel, Jr., PhD, Professor and Director of the Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology and Mairi Noverr, PhD, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, suggests that live attenuated vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) may prevent the severe lung inflammation and sepsis associated with COVID-19 infection. The paper was published online in mBio.

As virus cases spike, Louisiana struggles with tracking work

“If contact tracing is effective, that will bring the number of cases and number of hospitalizations down over time,” said Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, an epidemiology professor at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.

As virus cases spike, Louisiana struggles with tracking work

“If contact tracing is effective, that will bring the number of cases and number of hospitalizations down over time,” said Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, an epidemiology professor at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.

Common Childhood Vaccine Might Prevent Severe Complications of COVID-19

A paper published by Paul Fidel, Jr., PhD, Professor and Director of the Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology and Associate Dean for Research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry, and Mairi Noverr, PhD, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, suggests that live attenuated vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) may prevent the severe lung inflammation and sepsis associated with COVID-19 infection.

What's Going on with the Coronavirus?!?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer the latest questions you have on the coronavirus.

Saharan dust hits Louisiana: Here's what to expect as air quality alerts triggered

Earlier this week, Dr. James Diaz, director of the environmental and occupational health sciences program at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, warned that past dust plumes have resulted in an increase in the treatment of patients for asthma and allergy conditions, especially among children.

More young people contract and spread COVID-19: Data

Nguyen, a soon to be second-year LSU medical student, was diagnosed back in mid-March. As restrictions loosen across the state, it’s people her age who have Dr. Jennifer Avegno, director of the New Orleans Health Department, sending off a warning about community spreading.

Local doctors say hospitals can handle spike in COVID-19 cases

Dr. Julio Figueroa with LSU Health says metro areas peaked with cases in the beginning. Now, other areas are being hit.

Researchers suggest MMR vaccine could help protect against COVID-19 symptoms

While the race to develop a safe coronavirus vaccine is on, there's new evidence other vaccines could help people survive the virus.

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest questions on the coronavirus.

Potential new treatment for Coronavirus

LSU Health New Orleans’ Dr. Fred Lopez discusses a possible new treatment for COVID-19.

What's Going on with the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest questions on the coronavirus.

'So...there isn't a bubble': Players, medical experts have concerns about NBA's campus

Dr. Fred Lopez, a professor and infectious diseases expert at LSU Health Sciences Center, said it was "concerning" that the Disney support staff will be allowed to enter and exit the campus, even if they are taking special precautions not to interact with players.

Eyeing a 2nd coronavirus surge, here’s what Louisiana doctors learned from the 1st 'tsunami'

“When we were hit with the tsunami, we were just trying to stay afloat,” said Dr. Julio Figueroa, the chief of infectious diseases at LSU Health Sciences Center.

“The biggest difference is now you have a health care manpower that is used to caring for a novel viral pandemic,” said Dr. Kyle Happel, a pulmonologist and critical care medicine specialist at LSU Health Sciences Center. “Doctors and therapists and nurses are much more comfortable in dealing with a disease that in mid-March was a complete unknown.”

Could Louisiana enter Phase 3 if we all wear masks? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Fred Lopez, an infectious disease specialist with LSU Health Sciences Center, answers the latest questions after Louisiana had its Phase 3 reopening pushed back.

What's Going on with The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer the latest questions on the coronavirus.

Saharan dust cloud is crossing the Atlantic and is set to arrive in Louisiana by Wednesday

A cloud of Saharan dust is crossing the Atlantic and is set to arrive in Louisiana by Wednesday bringing with it more COVID-19 concerns.  The dust consists of tiny mineral rock particles from Africa. While it can produce vivid sunsets, the head of environmental sciences at LSU Health New Orleans, Dr. James Diaz, says it poses a risk to those with underlying health conditions.

'No one is coming to help you': How hospitals can prepare for natural disasters amid Covid-19

Jeffrey Elder, MD—emergency medicine physician at  University Medical Center , Clinical Associate Professor at  Louisiana State University  School of Medicine, and former Administrative Director and Medical Director of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services—recently spoke with Advisory Board's Alice Thornton Bell, APRN, senior director, and Rebecca Soistmann, analyst, about how hospitals should proactively prepare to manage hurricane response amid Covid-19.

Young people and COVID-19: Why they may think they are invincible?

Richard Costa, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in LSU Health New Orleans’ Department of Psychiatry.

He is not shocked by rising numbers of young people contracting the virus.

Saharan dust cloud is crossing the Atlantic and is set to arrive in Louisiana by Wednesday

A cloud of Saharan dust is crossing the Atlantic and is set to arrive in Louisiana by Wednesday bringing with it more COVID-19 concerns.  The dust consists of tiny mineral rock particles from Africa. While it can produce vivid sunsets, the head of environmental sciences at LSU Health New Orleans, Dr. James Diaz, says it poses a risk to those with underlying health conditions.

Skin irritation from mask-wearing

LSU Health dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Grieshaber with tips to manage skin problems from wearing masks all day.

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez joins Tommy to talk about the latest questions on the coronavirus.

Coronavirus vaccine update: MMR shot, favipiravir drug in India, and more

"A clinical trial with MMR in high-risk populations may provide a low-risk-high-reward preventive measure in saving lives during the Covid-19 pandemic," said Dr Paul Fidel, Associate Dean for Research at Louisiana State University Health School of Dentistry.

Coronavirus pandemic brings importance of immunisation to the fore; MMR or BCG vaccine may protect against severe COVID-19

The latest research by the American Society for Microbiology also suggested the idea of non-specific immunity as the protective factor in septic inflammation in COVID-19 patients. In their paper published in the British Medical Journal, Dr Paul Fidel, Jr, Department Chair at the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Biology, and Associate Dean for Research, Louisiana State University Health School of Dentistry, wrote that live attenuated vaccines train the precursors of white blood cells (myeloid-derived suppressor cells) in the bone marrow to work against a wide variety of pathogens. The myeloid-derived suppressor cells are long-lived cells that have the ability to inhibit inflammation.

Can MMR Vaccination Protect Against COVID-19 Disease?

Dr. Paul Fidel, Associate Dean for Research at Louisiana State University Health School of Dentistry, commented in a press statement: "I don't think it's going to hurt anybody to have an MMR vaccine that would protect against the measles, mumps, and rubella with this potential added benefit of helping against COVID-19 disease."

Childhood vaccines may help protect against COVID-19 mortality

"Live attenuated vaccines seemingly have some nonspecific benefits as well as immunity to the target pathogen. A clinical trial with MMR in high-risk populations may provide a low-risk/high-reward preventive measure in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Paul Fidel, PhD, department chair of oral and craniofacial biology at Louisiana State University (LSU) and associate dean for research at the LSU Health School of Dentistry.

Could an everyday childhood vaccine help against coronavirus?

Their thinking: The MMR vaccine is known to protect kids against infections that go far beyond the three viruses targeted by the vaccine. The theory is that the vaccine boosts general immunity, in addition to training the body to recognize specific viruses.

What's Going on with the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer the latest questions on the coronavirus.

Deep cleanings may be toxic, ineffective; atmosphere greater transmitter of coronavirus than surfaces

Some health experts said they're concerned, saying the chemicals used by crews to disinfect businesses may be toxic to people and ineffective. Dr. Jim Diaz, professor of public health and head of environmental and occupational health at LSU Health Sciences Center, agrees.

LSU: Study shows mutated strain of COVID-19 is more infectious

A new study says a mutated strain of COVID-19 may be more infectious than the original strain that originated in China.

LCMC Health, LSUHSC Partner to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing, Support to First Responders

(Healthcare Journal of New Orleans) LCMC Health and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) is offering free testing for COVID-19 and antibody testing to Region 1 First Responders. This includes police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel from Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes.

What's Going on with the Coronavirus?

(WWL Radio) Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer the latest questions about the coronavirus.

Virus roundup …

(Greater Baton Rouge Business Report) A geneticist at LSU Health says a mutated strain of coronavirus now circulating in the U.S. may be more infectious, WDSU reports. Dr. Lucio Miele, professor and head of genetics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, says the mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 may be a “new and improved” virus that is better at infecting human cells than the original strain from Wuhan, China.

U.S. coronavirus strain more infectious than Wuhan strain

(WWL Radio) LSU Health New Orleans molecular geneticist Dr. Lucio Miele says viruses that contain a mutated protein are approximately ten times more infectious.

Why some 'breakthrough' coronavirus treatments aren't standing the test of time

(MSN.com) LSU Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Fred Lopez says another reason is early sharing of preliminary data.

New Orleans homicides increase this year compared to last despite quarantine

(WVUE-TV Fox 8) "We've had nine murders in nine days. This is not good," LSU Health Criminologist Peter Scharf said.

LSU: Study shows mutated strain of COVID-19 is more infectious

(MSN.com) Lucio Miele, MD, PhD, Professor and Head of Genetics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, says the mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 now circulating in the United States may be a “new and improved” virus that is better at infecting human cells than the original strain from Wuhan, China.

Why some 'breakthrough' coronavirus treatments aren't standing the test of time

(WWL-TV) "There’s a lot of results of trials that’s being disseminated before they’ve undergone the rigorous scientific evaluation,"  Dr. Lopez explained.

Coronavirus mutation appears to make strain spreading across the US ten times more infectious than Wuhan

(Louisiana Radio Network) A study from Scripps Research Institute indicates the strain of coronavirus circulating the United States appears to show mutations making the virus more stable and abundant than the original strain from Wuhan, China.  LSU Health New Orleans molecular geneticist Dr. Lucio Miele says viruses that contain a mutated protein are approximately ten times more infectious.

COVID-19 Leads To 50 Percent Fewer ED Encounters At Major Hospitals In New Orleans

(Health Affairs.org) It will take years to unpack the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but clinicians in many places are seeing an alarming trend right now - fewer visits to the Emergency Department (ED). According to the authors’ analysis of the Epic electronic medical records at University Medical Center (UMC) within the Louisiana Children’s Medical Center (LCMC) network in New Orleans, Louisiana, all ED encounters were down by over 50 percent in April, 2020 when compared to ED visits reported in April 2019.

White House Left States On Their Own To Buy Ventilators. Inside Their Mad Scramble.

(Physicians Weekly) Against that backdrop, Dr. Rebekah Gee, CEO of Louisiana State University’s Health Care Services Division and the state’s former health secretary, said she spent weeks “chasing every rabbit hole” to secure ventilators at the peak of Louisiana’s outbreak.

LSU Health New Orleans geneticist Dr Lucio Miele on Covid 19 Mutation

(WDSU) Dr. Lucio Miele, Professor and Head of Genetics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, says the mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 may be a "new and improved" virus that is better at infecting human cells than the original strain from Wuhan, China.

LSU Health geneticist says study shows mutated strain of coronavirus may be more infectious

(BR Proud) Dr. Lucio Miele, Professor and Head of Genetics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, says the mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 may be a “new and improved” virus that is better at infecting human cells than the original strain from Wuhan, China.

LSU: Study shows mutated strain of COVID-19 is more infectious

(WTVY) Dr. Miele, who is a molecular geneticist, notes this has several important implications. “It explains, at least in part, why Europe and the U.S. are having a much harder time containing transmission. The virus here is much more infectious.”

LSU Health Geneticist Says New Study Shows Mutated SARS-CoV-2 More Infectious

Lucio Miele, MD, PhD, Professor and Head of Genetics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, says the mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 now circulating in the United States may be a “new and improved” virus that is better at infecting human cells than the original strain from Wuhan, China.

LSU Health geneticist says study shows mutated strain of coronavirus may be more infectious

Dr. Lucio Miele, Professor and Head of Genetics at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, says the mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 may be a "new and improved" virus that is better at infecting human cells than the original strain from Wuhan, China.

LSU Health geneticist says study shows mutated strain of coronavirus may be more infectious

A geneticist at LSU Health says a mutated strain of coronavirus now circulating in the United States may be more infectious.

LSU researcher: Mutation made coronavirus more infectious in U.S.

Researchers at Louisiana State University say the strain of the novella coronavirus infecting the United States and Europe may be a “new and improved” virus that mutated from an original strain from Wuhan, China.

LSU: Study shows mutated strain of COVID-19 is more infectious

A new study says a mutated strain of COVID-19 may be more infectious than the original strain that originated in China.

What's Going on with the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer the latest questions about the coronavirus.

Dr. Lopez: Virus protection and masks

Dr. Fred Lopez answers questions about conflicting info on COVID-19.

What's Going on with the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health Sciences joins Tommy to answer your latest questions on the coronavirus.

White House Left States On Their Own To Buy Ventilators. Inside Their Mad Scramble.

Against that backdrop, Dr. Rebekah Gee, CEO of Louisiana State University’s Health Care Services Division and the state’s former health secretary, said she spent weeks “chasing every rabbit hole” to secure ventilators at the peak of Louisiana’s outbreak.

'My deepest fear': What happens if hospitals, state face dual threat of hurricanes and coronavirus?

But the steady stream of coronavirus patients that flooded University Medical Center at the peak of the pandemic has given Aiken, a professor of emergency medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center, cause for extra concern this hurricane season.

Anthony Fauci optimistic about NBA's return-to-play plan: 'I think it's a very safe plan'

“The bottom line is that they’re in close contact,” Dr. Fred Lopez, a professor and infectious diseases expert at LSU Health Sciences Center, told NOLA.com earlier this week. “This is not safe physical distancing. They’re not 6 feet apart. They’re often within 1 foot of one another. If someone is infected who hasn’t been diagnosed yet, if they cough or sneeze or scream or talk loudly, they’re emitting respiratory droplets. You can see how the transmission of infection could begin in a setting like that.”

Should Louisiana limit travel with surrounding states as their COVID-19 surges?

LSU infectious disease expert, Dr. Fred Lopez agrees that Louisiana must monitor what is happening across state lines.

What's Going on with the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the questions on the coronavirus.

'What if a whole bunch of players on the same team got infected?' What we still don't know about NBA's return to play

“I think the question would be: What if a whole bunch of players on the same team got infected?” said Dr. Fred Lopez, a professor and infectious diseases expert at LSU Health Sciences Center. “Or a whole bunch of players on campus got infected. What would they do? Would they rethink the plan? And what does a lot of people mean? Those are the kinds of things I’ll be interested in knowing.”

COVID-19 TESTING

The McNulty Foundation, in partnership with the Aspen Global Leadership Network, has donated $7,500 to LSU Health New Orleans to support its community COVID-19 testing effort. LSU Health New Orleans has partnered with LCMC Health and the New Orleans Health Department to bring free walk-up testing to thousands of high-risk people in vulnerable neighborhoods throughout metropolitan New Orleans.

Coronavirus updates in Louisiana: COVID-19 cases in state now at 43,612; deaths reported at 2,844

Cantrell said the city has partnered with various groups and organizations to boost COVID-19 testing, including LCMC Health, Ochsner Health, CORE response and LSU Health.

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health Sciences joins Tommy to talk about the latest on the coronavirus as we prepare for Phase Two.

Donation to Support LSU Health New Orleans’ COVID-19 Testing

The McNulty Foundation, in partnership with the Aspen Global Leadership Network, has donated $7,500 to LSU Health New Orleans to support its community COVID-19 testing effort.

Protests could lead to spike in COVID-19 cases, local doctor says

That’s why now there is increased concern of infection with protestors who don’t wear masks or social distance. Professor of public health and head of Environmental and Occupational Health at the LSU Health and Sciences Center, Dr. Jim Diaz said the close proximity of people and what they are doing as they protest makes them more likely to get infected.

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer your latest answers on the coronavirus.

What's Going On With The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about how the crowds over the weekend could impact the coronavirus in the state.

New Orleanians will deal with trauma from the coronavirus pandemic long after the city reopens

So did the LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) Department of Psychiatry. The department provides most of the mental health services at LSU Medical Center and the child psychiatry components at Children’s Hospital. It also works closely with the Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD), which offers a variety of remote services including a virtual support chat line.

Should Louisiana move into Phase 2 of reopening this week? It might be too soon

“It’s only two weeks at that point, and looking at the data, I do not know how the governor decides at that point,” said Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, an associate professor at the LSU Health Sciences School of Public Health and an expert in pandemics who has been consulting with the Edwards’ team.

Drug hyped as viable treatment for COVID-19 makes its way to Louisiana hospitals, but experts remain unsure about effectiveness

“Although we were hoping this drug would be used on the sickest people, because those are the ones we want to impact. When the study was finally released, the biggest bang for your buck came when treating those in the intermediate phase of the disease — not at the earliest symptoms, but not on a ventilator — those that were having trouble breathing with low oxygen saturation, but not in critical distress,” explained Dr. Julio Figueroa, chief of infectious disease, LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.  “It’s difficult to know upon admission exactly what stage a patient might be in, but when one sees a patient 10-12 days after they’ve been infected, the horse has more than likely left the barn.”

Blood clots clogged lungs of African American COVID-19 victims, study says

The autopsies were performed at University Medical Center in New Orleans by a team of pathologists from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. It's believed to be the first autopsy series on African Americans whose cause of death was attributed to COVID-19, according to the study, which was published Wednesday in monthly scientific journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Study identifies cardiopulmonary contributors to death in COVID-19

“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” Richard Vander Heide, MD, PhD, professor and director of pathology research at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, said in a press release.

LSU Health Pathologists release new COVID-19 cardiopulmonary findings

LSU Health New Orleans Pathologists released new findings Wednesday related to COVID-19 from a series of autopsies performed on African Americans who died from COVID-19 in New Orleans.

Coronavirus: lo que revelan las autopsias de los pacientes con covid-19

Cada día, los científicos conocen un poco más al covid-19. Muestra de ello son los hallazgos de un equipo de patólogos del Centro de Ciencias de la Salud de la Universidad Estatal de Louisiana (LSU Health New Orleans), que realizaron una serie de autopsias a personas que murieron por el coronavirus en Estados Unidos.

LSU researchers find blood clots in the lungs of African American patients who died from COVID-19

“The key implications of our study include the discovery of a mechanism for severe pathology within the African American population, likely extendable to all persons with severe disease, and possibly a target for immediate therapeutic management,” said Dr. Vander Heide. “The results may also be applicable to a broader demographic experiencing severe COVID-19 disease. Management of these patients should include therapy to target those pathologic mechanisms.”

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to answer the latest questions you have on the coronavirus.

LSU Health Physician and astronaut speaks about time at International Space Station

There’s plenty of excitement around the upcoming SpaceX launch. For the first time since 2011, two NASA astronauts will launch from American soil and head to the International Space Station. For one LSU Health physician, the journey is extra meaningful, because not only does she know the astronauts, she’s experienced the trip firsthand.

Study identifies cardiopulmonary contributors to death in COVID-19

“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” Richard Vander Heide, MD, PhD, professor and director of pathology research at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, said in a press release. “We also found elevated levels of D-dimers — fragments of proteins involved in breaking down blood clots. What we did not see was myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, that early reports suggested significantly contributes to death from COVID-19.”

LSU researchers find blood clots in the lungs of African American patients who died from COVID-19

Autopsies on African American COVID-19 victims by LSU researchers identify blood clots as a key factor in deaths. LSU Health New Orleans head of Pathology Research Dr. Richard Vander Heide says they performed 26 autopsies and examined the victims’ lungs.

“When we started to do a microscopic analysis of tissue, we noticed there were small vessels that had blood clots,” said Dr. Vander Heide.

1ST COVID autopsy series by LSUHealthNO pathologists reveals new cardiopulmonary findings

While the LSU Health New Orleans pathologists also found the same widespread damage in the lung structures involved in gas exchange seen in the first SARS epidemic, the small vessel clotting is a new finding that appears to be specific to COVID caused by SARS-CoV-2.

Coronavirus updates: Blood clots clogged lungs of black COVID-19 victims, study says

"We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients," Dr. Richard Vander Heide, head of pathology research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, said in a statement. "We also found elevated levels of D-dimers -- fragments of proteins involved in breaking down blood clots. What we did not see was myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, that early reports suggested significantly contributes to death from COVID-19."

Blood of Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients Found to Be Thicker Than Normal in Small Study

Senior author Dr. Richard Vander Heide, professor and director of Pathology Research at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Medicine, said in a statement: "We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients.

Blood Clots a Revealing Factor in COVID-19

All 10 patients had underlying conditions that have been shown to worsen the infection, including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. But genetic factors could also be at play, the team at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine said.

Coronavirus testing push in East Baton Rouge aims to better reveal extent of pandemic

"They have to be ready if there's an outbreak," said Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, associate professor of epidemiology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.  

LSU pathologists find evidence that blood clots play key role in COVID-19 deaths

According to ABC News, the LSU Health New Orleans pathologists performed a series of autopsies on ten African Americans from 44 to 78 years of age who died from COVID-19 in New Orleans.

Blood clots clogged lungs of African American COVID-19 victims, study says

The autopsies were performed at University Medical Center in New Orleans by a team of pathologists from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. It’s believed to be the first autopsy series on African Americans whose cause of death was attributed to COVID-19, according to the study, which was published Wednesday in monthly scientific journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Autopsies find black COVID-19 victims’ lungs filled with blood clots

A team at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine performed autopsies on 10 African Americans who died from COVID-19. The decedents were men and women ages 44–78, “with cause of death attributed to COVID-19, reflective of the dominant demographic of deaths following COVID-19 diagnosis in New Orleans,” the researchers wrote in their study, which was published in the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

COVID-19 autopsies reveal critical cardiopulmonary findings

Pathologists with LSU Health are learning more about why COVID-19 can be deadly. As part of a study just released, they performed autopsies on 10 African American people who died from the virus. The findings provide new and critical information to help treat others.

Blood clots clogged lungs of African American COVID-19 victims, study says

“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” Dr. Richard Vander Heide, head of pathology research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, said in a statement. “We also found elevated levels of D-dimers — fragments of proteins involved in breaking down blood clots. What we did not see was myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, that early reports suggested significantly contributes to death from COVID-19.”

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First COVID-19 autopsy series reveals new cardiopulmonary findings

LSU Health New Orleans pathologists performed the first series of autopsies on African Americans who died from COVID-19 in New Orleans, and their findings provide new and critical information to guide patient management. The findings are published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

LSU Health releases results of COVID-19 death autopsies on local African American patients

“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” says Dr. Richard Vander Heide, senior author in the study Director of Pathology Research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. “We also found elevated levels of D-dimers — fragments of proteins involved in breaking down blood clots. What we did not see was myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, that early reports suggested significantly contributes to death from COVID-19.”

Blood Clots Fill Lungs of Blacks With COVID-19: Study

“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” said Dr. Richard Vander Heide, head of pathology at the school, CNN reported.

Study: Blood clots fill lungs of Black coronavirus victims

All 10 patients had underlying conditions that have been shown to worsen infection, including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. But genetic factors could also be at play, the team at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine said.

BREAKING! Coronavirus Latest: Louisiana State University Pathologists’ First COVID-19 Autopsy Series Reveals Cardiopulmonary Anomalies

Dr Richard Vander Heide, a Professor and Director of Pathology Research at Loiusiana State University’s Health New Orleans School of Medicine and senior author of the research study told Thailand Medical News, "Our team of researchers found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients."

Coronavirus updates: Blood clots clogged lungs of African American COVID-19 victims, study says

“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” Dr. Richard Vander Heide, head of pathology research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, said in a statement. “We also found elevated levels of D-dimers — fragments of proteins involved in breaking down blood clots. What we did not see was myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, that early reports suggested significantly contributes to death from COVID-19.”

Coronavirus updates: Blood clots clogged lungs of black COVID-19 victims, study says

"We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients," Dr. Richard Vander Heide, head of pathology research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, said in a statement. "We also found elevated levels of D-dimers -- fragments of proteins involved in breaking down blood clots. What we did not see was myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, that early reports suggested significantly contributes to death from COVID-19."

1ST COVID Autopsy Series by LSUHealthNO Pathologists Reveals New Cardiopulmonary Findings

LSU Health New Orleans pathologists performed the first series of autopsies on African Americans who died from COVID-19 in New Orleans, and their findings provide new and critical information to guide patient management. The findings are published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

LSU researchers identify blood clots as key factor in coronavirus deaths

Researchers from LSU Health Sciences began carefully examining victims of coronavirus in mid-March, less than a week after the first death in New Orleans. At University Medical Center, which was built after Hurricane Katrina equipped with a morgue designed to contain and study infectious diseases, the researchers focused on sections of patient lungs because the virus was believed at the time to be primarily a respiratory illness.

Coronavirus updates: Blood clots clogged lungs of African American COVID-19 victims, study says

Autopsies on 10 African American patients who died from COVID-19 show their lungs were filled with blood clots, according to a new study.

The autopsies were performed at University Medical Center in New Orleans by a team of pathologists from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. It's believed to be the first autopsy series on African Americans whose cause of death was attributed to COVID-19, according to the study, which was published Wednesday in monthly scientific journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Autopsies of African American COVID-19 patients show blood clots in lungs

"The key implications of our study include the discovery of a mechanism for severe pathology within the African American population, likely extendable to all persons with severe disease, and possibly a target for immediate therapeutic management," said senior author Richard Vander Heide, MD, PhD, director of pathology research at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Medicine, in a press release. "The results may also be applicable to a broader demographic experiencing severe COVID-19 disease. Management of these patients should include therapy to target these pathologic mechanisms."

Blood clots fill lungs of black coronavirus victims, study finds

"I think obesity is important in our population," Vander Heide told CNN. Fat tissue activates inflammatory chemicals -- one of the mechanisms that underlies obesity's link to a variety of disease. Covid-19 infection generates even more inflammation, which doctors believe is involved in the damage caused by Covid-19 and, perhaps, the generation of blood clots.

LSU Health releases findings of COVID-19 death autopsies on local patients; small vessels in lungs found to have blood clots

LSU Health New Orleans released its findings on a series of autopsies it performed on local patients who died from COVID-19, the majority being African American. LSU believes it was the first in the U.S. to conduct a series of autopsies on blacks that discovered blood clots contributed to the patients’ deaths.

Blood clots fill lungs of black coronavirus victims, study finds

“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” Dr. Richard Vander Heide, head of pathology at the medical school, said in a statement.

LSU pathologists find evidence that blood clots play key role in COVID-19 deaths

According to ABC News, the LSU Health New Orleans pathologists performed a series of autopsies on ten African Americans from 44 to 78 years of age who died from COVID-19 in New Orleans.

New Orleans pathologists find evidence that blood clots play key role in deaths

“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” senior author Richard Vander Heide, a physician, professor and director of pathology research at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Medicine, said in a statement.

Coronavirus updates: Blood clots clogged lungs of African American COVID-19 victims, study says

The autopsies were performed at University Medical Center in New Orleans by a team of pathologists from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. It’s believed to be the first autopsy series on African Americans whose cause of death was attributed to COVID-19, according to the study, which was published Wednesday in monthly scientific journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

LSU Health releases results of COVID-19 death autopsies on local African American patients

“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” says Dr. Richard Vander Heide, senior author in the study Director of Pathology Research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. “We also found elevated levels of D-dimers -- fragments of proteins involved in breaking down blood clots. What we did not see was myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, that early reports suggested significantly contributes to death from COVID-19.”

Coronavirus pandemic: Updates from around the world

Careful autopsies of 10 African-American coronavirus victims show their lungs were clogged with blood clots, researchers reported Wednesday.

Local doctor, astronaut discusses importance of SpaceX Launch

While she's been back on Earth, she has been working at the LSU Health Sciences Center here in Baton Rouge--most recently, helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Autopsies show lungs of African-American Covid-19 victims clogged with blood clots

“I think obesity is important in our population,” Vander Heide told CNN. Fat tissue activates inflammatory chemicals – one of the mechanisms that underlies obesity’s link to a variety of disease. Covid-19 infection generates even more inflammation, which doctors believe is involved in the damage caused by Covid-19 and, perhaps, the generation of blood clots.

Black Patients of Coronavirus Suffer From Blood Clots in Lungs, Finds Study Amid Surge in Afro-American COVID-19 Patients in US

Days after a New England Journal study revealed that over 70 percent of COVID-19 patients in Louisiana are Afro-Americans, a fresh research found that black coronavirus victim end up suffering from blood clots in the lungs. The finding was part of a survey conducted team at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. The researchers had analysed the autopsy reports of 10 Americans of African-descent, who died of COVID-19.

LSU Health releases findings of COVID-19 death autopsies on patients; small vessels in lungs found to have blood clots

LSU Health New Orleans released its findings on a series of autopsies it performed on local patients who died from COVID-19, the majority being African American. LSU believes it was the first in the U.S. to conduct a series of autopsies on blacks that discovered blood clots contributed to the patients’ deaths.

What's the Latest on the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest questions on the coronavirus.

Here's How the Pandemic Is Changing America's Plans for Its Newest Spaceship

Even a minor illness on Earth has the potential to cause big problems in space, says Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a NASA astronaut and associate professor of internal medicine at Louisiana State University Health in Baton Rouge. "Those common cold symptoms, you don't want to bring to the space station, they're not fun to deal with up there."

From the Space Station to the COVID Ward

For Serena Auñón-Chancellor M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine’s branch campus in Baton Rouge, the NASA/SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission brings memories rushing back. Memories of experiences that few human beings have ever had – or ever will. Memories of her own 2018 launch into space.

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the coronavirus and your questions about covid-19.

Here's How the Pandemic Is Changing America's Plans for Its Newest Spaceship

Even a minor illness on Earth has the potential to cause big problems in space, says Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a NASA astronaut and associate professor of internal medicine at Louisiana State University Health in Baton Rouge. "Those common cold symptoms, you don't want to bring to the space station, they're not fun to deal with up there."

Mother and Daughter To Start Medical Residencies At LSU Health

This is exactly what happened to doctors Cynthia and Jasmine Kudji. Cynthia, the mom, lives in Alabama. She told us about the day they got the news that they would both be completing their residencies at the same hospital, Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

Here's How the Pandemic Is Changing America's Plans for Its Newest Spaceship

Auñón-Chancellor herself was quarantined for 18 days in Kazakhstan before her 2018 mission to the station. "Some people we would see from behind glass," she recalls.

Live in Louisiana and at a Florida beach? You're probably not supposed to be; here's why

LSU Health New Orleans epidemiologist Dr. Edward Trapido said being out in the fresh air is "certainly a good thing, as long as you are not so close to each other." He cautioned travelers to bring disinfectant supplies, use gloves at the gas pump and wash their hands before and after using public restrooms.

Remdesivir, the newest scarcity of coronavirus, now at Louisiana hospitals. How will it be used?

"Right now, we've been very lucky in terms of the numbers," said Dr. Julio Figueroa, the chief of infectious diseases at LSU Health Sciences Center. "If we start getting 100 patients per week with this, we would run out pretty quickly."

There are 11 Louisiana cases of the pediatric inflammatory condition that's linked to coronavirus

"We've seen kids 2 months to 15 years old," said Dr. Nihal Godiwala, an LSU Health pediatric critical care pulmonologist who sees patients at Children's. "But presentations are similar with a constellation of symptoms including fever, rash and some form of abdominal symptoms."

What's Going on with The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the coronavirus and testing. Should you get tested even though you may not think you have the infection?

Hoops for Hope

Two LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine residents, along with a medical student at Brown University, founded the Drive and Dish Foundation. It’s a non-profit raising funds to buy and deliver basketballs and goals to New Orleans youth to encourage safe recreation and play during COVID-19.

Medical experts offer advice on the risks of common activities in phase one

“This can be tricky,” said Dr. Benjamin Springgate, chief of community and population at LSU Health, New Orleans School of Medicine. “Backyard barbecues which involve children automatically mean it becomes riskier.  And after a beer or two, the next thing you know, people are no longer social distancing, and if they are eating and drinking, most likely not wearing masks.”

Louisiana sees spike in new positive cases after additional labs send in first reports

The New Orleans Health Department, LCMC Health, and LSU Health Sciences offer free coronavirus disease walk-up testing at the Treme Recreation Center in New Orleans, on May 12. Kathleen Flynn/Reuters

What Is Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about preventions to keeping you safe. Plus, do mask help or hurt you?

Despite encouraging COVID 19 numbers, a warning against relaxing social distancing habits

“This is all part of the plan that’s so far has been working very effectively it’s a real credit to the communities,” LSU Infectious Diseases Dr. Fred Lopez said.

Number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients drops below 1,000

Close working quarters have fueled outbreaks at slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants across the country, noted Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, an associate professor of epidemiology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and a former epidemiologist for the state health department.

LSU Health New Orleans Graduates Honored at Virtual Ceremonies

Hundreds of graduating students in LSU Health New Orleans Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health Professions, Public Health and Dentistry were honored during virtual pre-commencement ceremonies. Faculty, students, and their families were invited to participate in the Zoom ceremonies.

COVID-19 SURVIVORS' PLASMA SOUGHT

LSU Health New Orleans infectious diseases physicians have put out a call for plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19.

'Elbow to elbow': Coronavirus outbreaks at crawfish plants highlight migrants' working conditions

Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, an associate professor of epidemiology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and a former epidemiologist for the state health department, noted that slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants across the U.S. have seen severe outbreaks largely because workers are laboring in such close quarters. With crawfish facilities, she said, “the problem is they’re living together.”

What's Going on with the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about possible vaccines for covid-19. Plus, we talk about antibody testing.

'An incredible man': LSU Dental School dean Dr. Henry Gremillion dies at 68

Gremillion, a member of the Class of 1977, was the school’s first graduate to be named dean and was widely praised for adding the first new building to campus since its inception and for diversifying the student body.

LSU honors life of late Dr. Gremillion

The LSU School of Dentistry released the following review of the life of longtime Avoyelles dentist Dr. Henry A. Gremillion, DDS, MAGD

The feature includes many photos of his life in and around Cottonport.

Dr. Henry Gremillion, Dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry and Former ADEA Board Chair, Dies

Henry A. Gremillion, D.D.S., MAGD, who started life in a Louisiana orphanage and soared to the pinnacles of his profession in dental education, died Monday after a brief illness. He was 68.

Our Views: Medicaid expansion is helping Louisiana weather the coronavirus crisis, in more ways than one

“Imagine having the situation we have with COVID, and having emergency rooms flooded with primary care complaints other than COVID,” said Rebekah Gee, the former state health secretary who oversaw the expansion and who now heads LSU’s Health Care Services Division.

Dr. Henry Gremillion, dean of LSU school of dentistry, dies

Dr. Henry Gremilllion, formerly of Cottonport, died May 18, according to the LSU Health School of Dentistry. Dr. Gremillion was the dean of the school.

Can you get coronavirus through your eyes? Doctors say it's possible

He had a mask and gloves on. So LSU Health infectious disease expert Dr. Fred Lopez explained the science behind this.

'Pandemic shaming' happens whether you're wearing masks or not

We asked Dr. Rick Costa, clinical psychologist with LSU Health, if pandemic shaming is effective.

CYMI: COVID-19 Week in Review (May 9-May 16)

The New Orleans Health Department, LCMC Health, and LSU Health Sciences continued to offer free COVID-19 testing at walk-up sites in New Orleans neighborhoods this past week.

Doctors urge caution as state enters phase one of reopening

“We don’t know exactly how many particles it takes to become infected, but we do know that one infected person can spread it to a lot of people,” explained Angela Amedee, professor of microbiology, immunology and parasitology at LSU Health, New Orleans School of Medicine.  “I’m sure you’ve heard about the choir outbreak in Washington state where one individual ended up infecting 52 others.  It was an unusual event because many people in one room were all singing together.  It probably wasn’t droplets in this case which were the culprit, but rather aerosolized particles.  Our data doesn’t bear out that one person can infect this many others, but perhaps this person was a super-shedder.”

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest on the coronavirus and the reopening of the state.

'Immunity passports' for safe travel? medical experts say it's too soon

“One of the issues with this virus that makes it difficult to deal with, is there’s so much asymptomatic carriage,” said LSU Health Infectious Disease Director, Julio Figueroa.

Figueroa says there’s still much to learn with COVID-19, including what immunity looks like after infection.

Medical task force guides SEC preparation for return to Athletics Activity

A task force comprised of medical professionals representing the 14 universities of the Southeastern Conference is guiding the SEC as it prepares for membership decisions related to the return of athletics activities, including team gatherings, practices, conditioning and competition.

Dr. Catherine O’Neal, LSUHSC Assistant Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases

New Orleans colleges hosting virtual commencements this spring

LSU Health Sciences Center is holding a virtual pre-commencement ceremony this week via Zoom to present awards to students who have received them. A traditional ceremony will be rescheduled “once it is safe to hold large gatherings again,” a news release said.

La. Farm Bureau president recovering from COVID-19 with help of convalescent plasma

“He was very, very sick, requiring paralysis to be able to oxygenate him. He was about as sick as they could get,” said Dr. Michael Sanchez, assistant professor of clinical medicine at LSU Health Sciences.

Vitamin D Deficiency Associated with COVID-19 Severity, Mortality

A third small study out of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center dated April 24th, examined Vitamin D insufficiency (VDI) in severe COVID-19 patients and discussed possible Vitamin D-related mechanisms for the coagulopathy and immune responses that are being seen.  It stated that, “Among ICU subjects, 11 (84.6%) had VDI, vs. 4 (57.1%) of floor subjects.  Strikingly, 100% of ICU patients less than 75 years old had VDI.”  The study is limited by its small sample size but is consistent with the above studies.

'Mask Up' for the new normal as Louisiana reopens

“If you can get a mask, wear it. Cover your face as much as possible, particularly if you’re going to be in closed spaces,” Julio Figueroa, MD, an infectious disease expert from the LSU Health Science Center said.

Med students form ‘La Resistance’ and donate masks to protect the homeless from coronavirus

A duo of medical students, facing an altered academic trajectory due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are using their free time to create masks which they sell online and distribute (for free) to New Orleans’ homeless population.

How Can We Improve the Underlying Health of Louisiana?

Dr Angela McClean of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about how underlying conditions have played a factor in the coronavirus pandemic.

CDC reports 1,342,594 coronavirus cases, 80,820 deaths

The New Orleans Health Department, LCMC Health, and LSU Health Sciences offer free coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk-up testing at the Treme Recreation Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.,

What's Going On With The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest numbers on the coronavirus. Are we close to opening up to Phase 1?

Vitamin D could help in fighting COVID 19- New Study Suggests

In Louisiana State University clinical surgery department, an associate professor, Dr. Frank Lau had said that according to his research there is a difference with Vitamin D. Those patients who have lower immune to coronavirus having lower Vitamin D in their bodies. It helps the body to make antibodies to fight with a virus. The patients who are affected trials have been started on them.

What's Going on with the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest numbers on the coronavirus. Are we close to opening up to Phase 1?

Young Filipino heart patient and mother wait out the pandemic with Covington host family

The precaution was requested by Children’s Hospital New Orleans, where HeartGift surgeries are performed, Berault said. Rieannah then underwent dental procedures — done free by the LSU Pediatric Dental Team — a necessary step before any operation.

Scientists race for vaccine, but still struggle to understand how new virus works

As America begins to reopen its parks, beaches, and restaurants, while COVID-19 cases continue to grow in some places, The Lens was presented with this cautionary tale, recounted by the chair of genetics and director of precision medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.

Where to go for free COVID-19 testing in New Orleans

The New Orleans Health Department, LCMC Health and LSU Health Sciences will offer testing at walk-up sites in New Orleans neighborhoods.

Louisianans staying home less since Easter, less than U.S. average

Despite extension of a stay-home order by Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana residents appear to be leaving their homes more in recent days, which experts say could result in greater spread of the coronavirus and more deaths.

The powerful sedatives necessary to save coronavirus patients may also lead to a difficult recovery

After a well-earned break following six weeks treating coronavirus patients in the University Medical Center ICU, Dr. Kyle Happel, a pulmonologist and critical care medicine specialist at LSU Health Sciences Center, can't help but "chart-stalk" some of his former charges.

What's Going on With the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk abou the latest on the coronavirus and what we should expect when the reopening of the state happens.

Louisiana COVID-19 virtual town hall with health and political leaders

Nexstar stations across Louisiana hosted a live virtual town hall Thursday with state leaders to discuss the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Senator Bill Cassidy, other congressional representatives, and health officials spoke about the state’s response to the pandemic, plans to “reopen” the economy, and answer viewer-submitted questions.

LSU poll shows support for anti-virus measures

“The survey results are very encouraging, demonstrating that respondents understood the importance of inconvenient public health measures during the peak of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Louisiana,” notes Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor in Epidemiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health.

Healthy Vitamin D Levels Could Be Linked to COVID-19 Survival

Meanwhile, Dr. Frank Lau, an associate professor of clinical surgery at Louisiana State University, said his research clearly shows that vitamin D can make a difference.

State committee set to recommend youth sports reopen, but a doctor says not so fast

Kids sports may be one of the first group activities back online when Louisiana enters phase one of reopening. Some organizations and leagues are just waiting for the go-ahead, but at least one doctor thinks that will be too soon.

What's Going on With The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk abou the latest on the coronavirus and what we should expect when the reopening of the state happens.

LSU poll shows support for anti-virus measures

Researchers at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication found that most Louisiana residents report they are complying with state and federal stay-at-home orders, express anxieties about the pandemic and the economy, but support continued efforts to slow the spread.

LSU poll shows support for anti-virus measures

“The survey results are very encouraging, demonstrating that respondents understood the importance of inconvenient public health measures during the peak of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Louisiana,” notes Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor in Epidemiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health. “Louisiana residents complying with measures such as shelter in place helped to ‘flatten the curve’ as data from the Louisiana Health Department indicate so that we can hopefully soon move to Phase 1 of re-opening the State of Louisiana.”

Compliance with Stay-at-Home Order & Significant Gaps, Coronavirus Anxieties, Support for Measures to Stem Pandemic

"The survey results are very encouraging, demonstrating that respondents understood the importance of inconvenient public health measures during the peak of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Louisiana," notes Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, Ph.D., MPH, MS, Associate Professor in Epidemiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health. "Louisiana residents complying with measures such as shelter in place helped to 'flatten the curve' as data from the Louisiana Health Department indicate so that we can hopefully soon move to Phase 1 of re-opening the State of Louisiana."

America’s Crowded Prisons Are About to Create a Coronavirus Crisis in Rural America

For the past several decades, rural America’s economic lifeline has been the construction and operation of prisons and immigrant detention centers, both public and for-profit. The 1980s saw the collapse of American manufacturing and a farm crisis that ripped through the countryside. Mass incarceration was well-timed to fill the gap, producing jobs where they were needed.

Leveraging COVID-19 Data to Eliminate Healthcare Disparities

May 07, 2020 - COVID-19 data gathered during the pandemic has shed light on significant healthcare disparities, revealing poorer outcomes in minority and underserved communities.

Addicts Are Finding Support Online, But Experts Fear More Fatal Overdoses During the Pandemic

It takes months for coroner’s offices to report fatal overdoses. The number is expected to rise during the pandemic because people are not getting the help they need. That’s according Dr. Benjamin Springgate, chief of community and population medicine at the Louisiana State University Healthcare Network.

St. Charles Parish mask distribution, and more community news

COVID-19 SURVIVORS' PLASMA SOUGHT: LSU Health New Orleans infectious diseases physicians have put out a call for plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19. LSU Health New Orleans is participating in a protocol developed by the Mayo Clinic to expand access to investigational convalescent plasma therapy and to evaluate its safety.

New study: COVID-19 is mutating, making antibody immunity and a vaccine more problematic (updated)

I happened to catch this segment of The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell last night about the “uncertainty” of the current state of COVID-19 research. Dr. Naji Masri from Louisiana State University Medical School has been “keeping a video diary of life and death in New Orleans” for the show.

LSU Survey Shows Compliance with Stay-at-Home Order & Significant Gaps, Coronavirus Anxieties, Support for Measures to Stem Pandemic

“The survey results are very encouraging, demonstrating that respondents understood the importance of inconvenient public health measures during the peak of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Louisiana,” notes Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Professor in Epidemiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health. “Louisiana residents complying with measures such as shelter in place helped to ‘flatten the curve’ as data from the Louisiana Health Department indicate so that we can hopefully soon move to Phase 1 of re-opening the State of Louisiana.”

11 Free E-Books for Kids About The COVID-19 Crisis

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus by NPR

This cute and quirky comic was created by the smart folks at NPR after they interviewed experts including Tara Powell at the University of Illinois School of Social Work, Joy Osofsky at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Krystal Lewis at the National Institute of Mental Health.

How Are Emergency Rooms Affected by Covid-19?

Dr James Aiken joins Tommy to talk about how hospitals are continuing to deal with the coronvirus.

What's the Latest On The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the possibility of reopening in Louisiana. How will the amount of cases impact that?

Letters: We'll get past this, but will Louisiana be prepped for progress?

Obtaining the pharmaceutical plants may prove to be difficult given the neglectful way our Legislature has treated the science departments at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the state research universities, the health science centers and the medical schools. Of course, this neglect could be rectified by better funding making our state more attractive to the medical industry.

Study suggests nicotine exposure alone leads to pulmonary hypertension

A study conducted by a team of researchers at LSU Health New Orleans has shown for the first time that chronic exposure to inhaled nicotine alone increases blood pressure (hypertension), in both the body's general circulation and in the lungs that can lead to pulmonary hypertension. The study also found that nicotine-induced pulmonary hypertension is accompanied by changes in the size, shape and function (remodeling) of the blood vessels in the lung and the right lower chamber of the heart.

COVID-19 Killing African Americans at Shocking Rates

Public health interventions must involve members of these at-risk communities so that they are tailored to meet their needs, said Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, a member of the Louisiana task force and CEO of Louisiana State University Health Care Services in New Orleans.

LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Diseases Specialists Cautiously Optimistic About Investigational Drug They're Using

LSU Health New Orleans physicians who have been treating COVID-19 patients on the front lines for months secured approval of a protocol for Expanded Access use of the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir in their hospitalized patients with severe manifestations of the disease.

Dr. Julio Figueroa, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, expressed cautious optimism at the results just announced by Gilead Sciences, Inc. of a clinical trial investigating the drug.

LSU Health Study Suggests Nicotine Exposure Alone Leads to Pulmonary Hypertension

A study conducted by a team of researchers at LSU Health New Orleans has shown for the first time that chronic exposure to inhaled nicotine alone increases blood pressure (hypertension), in both the body’s general circulation and in the lungs that can lead to pulmonary hypertension. The study also found that nicotine-induced pulmonary hypertension is accompanied by changes in the size, shape and function (remodeling) of the blood vessels in the lung and the right lower chamber of the heart.

LSU Health New Orleans infectious diseases specialists cautiously optimistic about Remdesivir on COVID-19 patients

LSU Health New Orleans infectious disease experts say studies show antiviral treatment Remdesivir has promise for treating COVID-19 patients.

What's the Latest on the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest numbers and impact of the coronavirus

Newlyweds nearing med school graduation surprised by neighborhood second line

First, meet Shannon McDuff and Patrick Johnson. She is a Baton Rouge native and he is from Rayville, La. They met while attending LSU medical school in New Orleans.

Drug trials, fewer ventilators: here's how Louisiana’s coronavirus treatments have evolved

Dr. Stephen Brierre, an LSU Health Sciences pulmonologist and critical care doctor, warned against becoming overly hopeful about remdesivir based on the clinical trial that Fauci trumpeted.

In the Deep South, COVID-19 reveals systemic issues hurting vulnerable black communities

“With these marginalized communities those things weren’t considered. It took six weeks of quarantine for this to happen,” said Dr. Angela McLean, the professor of clinical medicine at LSU Health Sciences in New Orleans. “Sometimes it takes these horrific events to bring this to light.”

For sports, coronavirus testing remains a major hurdle

Dr. Rebekah Gee, Louisiana’s former health secretary and CEO of Louisiana State University’s health services division, said reopening of sports should not be considered until the country gets a handle on the sickest people through testing and contact tracing.

“I’m a huge (New Orleans) Saints fan and I want to go to the Superdome too,” Gee said. “But am I willing to risk my life for this? No, I’m not. We’ve got to be smart and shouldn’t be giving people false reassurances.”

LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Diseases Specialists Cautiously Optimistic About Investigational Drug They're Using

LSU Health New Orleans physicians who have been treating COVID-19 patients on the front lines for months secured approval of a protocol for Expanded Access use of the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir in their hospitalized patients with severe manifestations of the disease.

What's the Latest On The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest numbers and impact of the coronavirus.

Should Louisiana relax social distancing? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Fred Lopez, an infectious disease specialist with LSU Health Sciences Center, answers your questions about the coronavirus, like if distancing is necessary.

Decision tough, but wise one

The governor consulted with medical experts at the LSU health science centers in New Orleans and Shreveport, at Tulane University and in Baton Rouge and he said they and Vice President Mike Pence all agreed on extending the stay-at-home and social distancing order until May 15.

Current Health partners with the Mayo Clinic for remote coronavirus patient monitoring

Companies and providers elsewhere are experimenting with similar models. In Washington, Providence deployed remote monitoring from Twistle to care for confirmed and suspected coronavirus patients. In New York and New Orleans, LSU Healthcare Network are leveraging AI to remotely monitor cardiac patients vulnerable to coronavirus.

Low levels of vitamin D may be linked to severe COVID-19

A new observational study from the United States indicates that vitamin D insufficiency may play a significant role in the progression of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The research titled 'Vitamin D Insufficiency is Prevalent in Severe COVID-19' is available on the preprint server medRxiv.

A Double Risk: On the Coronavirus Front Line, and Older

A veteran emergency-medicine physician, James Aiken stands gown-to-gown with the residents he teaches as they perform intubations, risking exposure from patients that may have Covid-19.

Do we really need to wear masks? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Ben Springgate, Chief of Community and Population Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans Health Sciences Center, answers your coronavirus questions.

Scoot: I recommend you wear a mask in public - here comes the science

Scoot talks to Dr. Fred Lopez, a Professor and Infectious Diseases specialist at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, about why we should be wearing masks in public, and how that recommendation has evolved since the pandemic began.

Drive-thru eye care at LSU Healthcare, and more community news

DRIVE-THRU EYE CARE: The LSU Healthcare Network has begun drive-thru eye pressure checks, by appointment only, behind the LSU Healthcare Network clinic at 3700 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The checks are especially valuable for glaucoma patients. The tests not only aid in the diagnosis of glaucoma but also help show how well treatments are working. Call the LSU Eye Center at (504) 412-1200.

What’s the Latest on the Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest on the coronavirus in New Orleans.

As elective procedures return to Louisiana hospitals, here's what patients can expect

In what will be a carefully monitored return to a new normal, health care facilities in Louisiana resumed some non-emergency medical procedures this week for the first time since mid-March.

Takeaways from coronavirus antibody tests: Infections might be more widespread than cases suggest

Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, a former assistant state epidemiologist and current assistant professor at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, said this kind of testing will eventually help answer how far the disease has spread — but that testing will need to be much more widespread. She said the cases currently reported are only the tip of the iceberg.

Mass coronavirus testing at Louisiana nursing homes, prisons could come soon; here's why

In the meantime, the state should also be boosting its cache of personal protective equipment for health care workers and first responders, said Straif-Bourgeois, a former official at the Louisiana Department of Health who is now at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.

Current Health partners with the Mayo Clinic for remote coronavirus patient monitoring

In New York and New Orleans, LSU Healthcare Network are leveraging AI to remotely monitor cardiac patients vulnerable to coronavirus. Elsewhere, a clinical team used a device developed by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) — Emerald — to remotely monitor a patient’s breathing, movement, and sleep patterns.

What are COVID Toes? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Fred Lopez, an infectious disease specialist with LSU Health Sciences Center, answers your questions about the coronavirus, like new symptoms being discovered.

Community testing for COVID-19 at First Grace church next week

The city’s Health Department, LCMC Health and LSU Health Sciences Centerare conducting a mobile testing campaign for COVID-19 across the metro area over the coming weeks, with two stops in Mid-City neighborhoods

A Double Risk: On the Coronavirus Front Line, and Older

A veteran emergency-medicine physician, James Aiken stands gown-to-gown with the residents he teaches as they perform intubations, risking exposure from patients that may have Covid-19.

At 67 years old, Dr. Aiken is at higher risk if he contracts the disease. “I’m healthy; I do not take any medicines,” says Dr. Aiken, an associate professor of emergency medicine and public health at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. “That doesn’t take away from me being 67.”

As officials consider plans for reopening, many unanswered questions remain

“Let’s face it, at this point we have only been measuring symptomatic people, and we in the infectious disease community have often surmised that perhaps a much higher percentage of people are asymptomatic and therefore aren’t showing up in current data,” explained Dr. Fred Lopez, infectious disease specialist at LSU Health New Orleans. “But now that we see sero-surveillance with results from antibody tests in L.A. County, and Santa Clara County in California [where we now think the first U.S. death actually appeared based on an autopsy], and in New York City [where 21% had antibodies] these studies and others may indicate that 25% of people or even more may be asymptomatic, but have been exposed.”

What's the Latest on The Coronavirus?

Dr. Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest on the coronavirus in New Orleans.

Parishes reversing course to re-open after Gov. Edwards extends stay-at-home order

While people may recognize parish and city boundaries, according to infectious disease specialist, Dr. Fred Lopez, the virus does not.

“We live in close proximity to other regions within the state of Louisiana, once the virus gets anywhere around humans we can see hotspots that can develop,” said Lopez.

Coronavirus tracing could be the key to re-opening the economy

The road home from the coronavirus crisis is expected to be long, with potential detours along the way.

Public health experts said to reopen safely, we need to find out sooner when someone has COVID-19, then trace and isolate the people they've come into contact with.

Louisiana coronavirus stay-at-home order extended but less restrictions for restaurants, malls

On Sunday, Edwards consulted with Dr. Catherine O’Neal, of Our Lady of the Lake; Dean Smith, of LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport; Dr. Susan Hassig, of Tulane University; and Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, about the latest data on cases, hospitalizations and the symptomatic. The governor said all agreed on the extension. He added that Vice President Mike Pence supported the move in a call with governors Monday.

City of New Orleans, LCMC Health and LSUHSC Announce Future Dates and Sites for COVID-19 Community Testing

The City of New Orleans Health Department, LCMC Health and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) will continue conducting a mobile testing campaign for COVID-19 across the metro area over the coming weeks. The mobile campaign is bringing walk-up testing to neighborhoods that have been heavily affected by COVID-19, with the goal of identifying early cases that are showing little if any symptoms. A person must be 18 years of age, have been exposed to COVID-19, or think he or she may have had or has symptoms.

Stress physically alters communication in the brain

“The experience of traumatic events can lead to neuropsychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, and drug addiction,” says Dr. Si-Qiong June Liu of LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.

City of New Orleans announces new coronavirus test sites

The New Orleans Health Department, along with LSU Health New Orleans and LCMC Health, announced today where residents can find walk-up coronavirus testing in the month of May.

7 Tips to Save Your Back When Working at Home

One of the challenges we face working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic is lower back and shoulder pain from hunching over laptops and sitting on anything but ergonomic office chairs.

LSU Health New Orleans Expertise Tapped to Improve Health Equity and Outcomes

Six members of the faculty of LSU Health New Orleans have been appointed to Governor John Bel Edwards’ Health Equity Task Force and subcommittees.

Caroline Conquers the World!

A children’s coping and coloring book written and illustrated by three counselors at LSU Health New Orleans to help children deal with the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic has garnered attention and acclaim from far and wide.

Studies indicate that a larger proportion of the population had coronavirus; what that means for Louisiana | Corona virus

LCMC Health, the City of New Orleans Health Department, and Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) begin testing on the first day of COVID-19 testing in the parking lot of Xavier University’s Convocation Center in New Orleans on Tuesday, 21 April 2020. Mobile corona virus testing will continue until Friday before moving to the next neighborhood. You plan to visit at least 6 different underserved neighborhoods.

COVID-19 testing comes to Marrero Community Center next week

New Orleans’ Health Department partnered with LCMC Health and LSU Health Sciences Center to bring COVID testing to communities that for too long, didn’t have much access to health care.

Local authors created books that are helping children across the globe through the pandemic

A children’s coping and coloring book written and illustrated by three counselors at LSU Health New Orleans to help children deal with the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic has garnered attention and acclaim from far and wide.

Coronavirus has killed more than Hurricane Katrina -- but there's reason for hope

“It’s much more difficult to adhere to shelter-in-place there,” said Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, an associate professor at LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health who studies pandemics.

See where walk-up coronavirus testing will be offered in New Orleans, Jefferson

LCMC Health, New Orleans' Health Department and LSU Health Sciences Center have been conducting the free testing, which was funded through a private donor secured through U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond's office.

Pandemic: A snapshot of life in New Orleans

Keeping a safe distance, Jennifer Crockett (right), with WDSU, holds a long boom mic toward Dr. Augusto Acho with the LSU Cancer Center, as he and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto (left) discuss blood donations, at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office administration building in Harvey, April 8, 2020. Several JPSO deputies who have recovered from COVID-19 donated blood samples to assist with ongoing research in coordination with the National Cancer Institute.

In doomsday coronavirus scenario, Louisiana hospitals would prioritize patients. See how it’d work.

Just writing them was painful for Brierre, an LSU Health Sciences pulmonary and critical care specialist. The idea of having to use them seemed to go against his mission to save the sickest of the sick; Brierre often treats patients who are on life support and has been working in coronavirus intensive care units at Baton Rouge General.

Photos: Free community COVID-19 testing begins on Xavier University campus as coronavirus pandemic continues

LCMC Health, the City of New Orleans’ Health Department and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) are offering free COVID-19 tests and resources at Xavier University's Convocation Center parking lot from 8am to 4pm through Friday. They plan to do mobile testing in about 6 different neighborhoods. The New Orleans Health Department is working with community leaders, churches, drive-through testing information and the mayor's office to figure out which underserved neighborhoods they will visit over the coming weeks.

New Orleans opens walk-up coronavirus test site at Xavier, first of several planned

So, after the government shifted its focus to other parishes in Louisiana, the city, LCMC Health and LSU Health Sciences Center worked to open a walk-up testing program in areas deeply affected by the disease.

LSU Healthcare Networks debuts drive-through eye pressure checks

LSU Healthcare Network achieved an adaptive medical first in New Orleans this week by providing drive-through eye pressure checks.

At-home COVID-19 testing coming to a doorstep near you

“We definitely need more testing capacity, but we also need accurate testing,” said Dr. Lucio Miele, Chair of the Department of Genetics at LSU Health Sciences Center.

LSU Health needs plasma donations from those who have recovered from COVID-19

Doctors at LSU Health New Orleans have put out a call for plasma donations from people who had the coronavirus disease and have recovered.

“We are looking for donors who have recovered from COVID-19 to provide blood plasma for potential use as therapy in patients with severe and life-threatening COVID-19 at University Medical Center,”  says Yussef Bennani, MD, Assistant Professor in the Section of Infectious Diseases at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.

Louisiana Coronavirus Updates: State surpasses 25,000 cases

The city partnered with LCMC Health, Xavier University, and LSU Health Sciences to bring COVID testing to communities that for too long, didn’t have much access to health care.

Study says malaria drug isn't a 'miracle drug' for COVID-19 patients

Dr. Meredith Clement is an infectious disease specialist with LSU Health New Orleans. She said findings in this particular hydroxychloroquine study should be interpreted with caution.

'I ain't ready to die': Walk-up coronavirus testing site in New Orleans attracts dozens

The city's health department partnered with LCMC and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center to offer the walk-up testing.

LSU Health’s O’Neal Appointed to Economic Recovery Task Force

Catherine O’Neal, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine’s Branch Campus in Baton Rouge, has been appointed to the Louisiana Legislative Advisory Task Force on Economic Recovery.

Walk up testing sites to move around New Orleans

Unlike the federal testing site, this site is a walk-up. That is deliberate. The city partnered with LCMC Health, Xavier University, and LSU Health Sciences to bring COVID testing to communities that for too long, didn’t have much access to health care.

How sick will coronavirus make you? Baton Rouge researchers look to sepsis for warnings

“We can identify those patients who are highest risk and admit them to the hospital, versus those who are lowest risk and send them home,” said O’Neal, who is also a critical care and pulmonology specialist and LSU Health Sciences professor who’s been treating intensive care coronavirus patients.

Why having diabetes may increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness: LSU doctor explains

In Louisiana, diabetes is second only to hypertension on the list of underlying conditions among those who have died from the novel coronavirus, according to data released this week by the Louisiana Department of Health.

New Orleans starts walk-up testing for COVID-19 in high-risk communities

The city's department of health partnered with LSU Health Sciences and LCMC Health, which operates five hospitals in Orleans Parish, to develop the walk up testing sites. The testing sites will also provide on-site counseling for test results and other social services.

Why don't trucks drive around spraying disinfectant? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Ben Springgate, Chief of Community and Population Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans Health Sciences Center answers your coronavirus questions.

When will testing become available to everyone? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Fred Lopez, infectious disease specialist with LSU Health Sciences Center, explains how to properly wear a medical masks and the future of testing in the state.

Mobile COVID-19 testing sites start at Xavier University

LCMC Health, the New Orleans Health Department, and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center will be conducting a mobile testing campaign for COVID-19 across the metro area over the coming weeks.

The first tests will be administered at Xavier University, Tuesday (April 21) through Friday (April 24) from

LSU Health doctor involved in COVID-19 study on hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Dr. Keith Van Meter, LSU Health New Orleans Chief of Emergency Medicine, discussed how the study will work.

LSU Health’s Johnson Leads American College of Physicians’ La. Chapter

Angela Johnson, MD, FACP, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine’s Branch Campus in Baton Rouge, has been elected Governor of the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. She will take office April 25, 2020.

Second wave feared as state eyes lightening coronavirus restrictions

“As soon as we loosen these restrictions, we will see a second wave,” said Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, a former assistant state epidemiologist and current assistant professor at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. “There’s no doubt about it. It will go up again.”

The goal, she said, should be to minimize that second wave of cases and, perhaps most importantly, protect those who are most vulnerable to make sure it doesn’t cause a spike in deaths.

Contact tracers: Workers vital to prevent virus resurgence

The state attempted wholesale contact tracing for “a couple weeks” after the first coronavirus case was confirmed on March 9, said Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, an assistant professor at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans who spent years as the assistant state epidemiologist.

LSU leaders: A 'New Deal' focused on research is vital to avoid future crises

In addition to the research conducted at LSU’s campuses around the state, the LSU System has four major research-focused institutions: the LSU AgCenter, Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the LSU Health Science Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport. These institutions have an opportunity during and after this crisis to address the current and future needs of Louisiana residents, the country and the world. They provide cutting-edge solutions for health, medicine, biomedical, public safety, agriculture, food safety and security, water resources, and economic and social well-being.

Letters: Medical community witnesses its own 'greatest generation'

As physicians who care for the critically ill, we are privileged to witness courage and determination that, we believe, have not been seen on such a scale since the Greatest Generation stormed the beaches of France. We watch our front lines — nurses, nurse assistants, respiratory therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and environmental services technicians — face their fears countless times each day as they don protective equipment and care for our critically ill.

Why having diabetes may increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness: LSU doctor explains

Dr. Lauren Davis is an LSU Health Internal Medicine physician who detailed the disease and how it works.

"Diabetes is a condition that is very serious in that it could lead to a lot of other complications. Some of those complications are kidney disease and that's the one that's most concerning because that's also a risk factor for COVID-19 and a lot of other complications,” Davis said.

New Orleans starts walk-up testing for COVID-19 in high-risk communities

The city's department of health partnered with LSU Health Sciences and LCMC Health, which operates five hospitals in Orleans Parish, to develop the walk up testing sites. The testing sites will also provide on-site counseling for test results and other social services.

COVID-19: Protecting healthcare personnel with 3D-printed masks and face shields

In response to the crisis, many universities and dental schools, such as the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry in the US, too have started producing 3D-printed protective gear that is generally reusable, for donation to healthcare professionals.

Cytovale Receives Additional BARDA Funding to Evaluate Rapid Sepsis Diagnostic in Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19

Cytovale, Inc., a medical technology company dedicated to revolutionizing diagnostics using cell mechanics and machine learning, announced today the expansion of a partnership with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to conduct a pilot study for Cytovale’s Rapid Sepsis Diagnostic System for patients with potential respiratory infections, including those with SARS-CoV-2, responsible for COVID-19.

Gov. Edwards announces funds for the Health Equity Task Force

Governor John Bel Edwards announced the creation of the Health Equity Task Force Friday, April 10 during his daily COVID-19 media briefing.

Gov. Edwards Announces Co-Chairs, Members of COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and Subcommittees

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced two co-chairs and appointed members to the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and several subcommittees.

LSU Health’s O’Neal Appointed to Economic Recovery Task Force

Catherine O’Neal, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine’s Branch Campus in Baton Rouge, has been appointed to the Louisiana Legislative Advisory Task Force on Economic Recovery.

Legislative task force meets Thursday to discuss reopening La. Economy

An economic task force made up of private business leaders spoke with state legislators Thursday to discuss the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

How can I test myself for COVID-19 at home? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Ben Springgate, Chief of Community and Population Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans Health Sciences Center answers your coronavirus questions.

How much testing do America’s doctors want?

Dr. Fred Lopez, an infectious disease specialist with LSU Health Sciences Center, answers your questions about the coronavirus and everything surrounding it.

Louisiana Coronavirus Updates: More than 1,500 in state have died from COVID-19

Doctors at LSU Health New Orleans have put out a call for plasma donations from people who had the coronavirus disease and have recovered.

LSU Healthcare Network Debuts Drive-Through Eye Pressure Checks

LSU Healthcare Network achieved an adaptive medical first in New Orleans this week by providing drive-through eye pressure checks. Patients, by appointment only, drive to the back of the LSU Healthcare Network clinic at 3700 St. Charles Avenue where they are met by techs in full personal protection equipment (PPE.) After verifying patient information, the techs conduct the eye pressure checks, and the patients are on their way in minutes. LSU Healthcare Network is the first in the area to provide the service.

LSU Health New Orleans Seeking Plasma Donations from Recovered COVID-19 Patients

LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Diseases physicians and staff have put out a call for plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19. LSU Health New Orleans is participating in a protocol developed by the Mayo Clinic to expand access to investigational Convalescent Plasma Therapy and to evaluate its safety.

LSU Health needs plasma donations from those who have recovered from COVID-19

Doctors at LSU Health New Orleans have put out a call for plasma donations from people who had the coronavirus disease and have recovered.

Why having diabetes may increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness: LSU doctor explains

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - One in 10 people in the U.S. have diabetes and 1 in 3 adults are pre-diabetic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the CDC says having diabetes, including Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes may put people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

New Orleans starts walk-up testing for COVID-19 in high-risk communities

As the average number of new COVID-19 cases in New Orleans continues to drop, health officials will be redirecting testing to neighborhoods that have been heavily affected by the virus.

LSU Healthcare Networks debuts drive-through eye pressure checks

LSU Healthcare Network achieved an adaptive medical first in New Orleans this week by providing drive-through eye pressure checks.

Gov. Edwards announces co-chairs, members of COVID-19 task force

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced two co-chairs and appointed members to the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and several subcommittees.

LSU Health’s Johnson Leads American College of Physicians’ LA Chapter

Angela Johnson, MD, FACP, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine’s Branch Campus in Baton Rouge, has been elected Governor of the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. She will take office April 25, 2020.

LSU Health doctor involved in COVID-19 study on hyperbaric oxygen therapy

An LSU doctor who is an expert in hyperbaric medicine is part of a team launching a study that will use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help coronavirus patients.

It is well-established that COVID-19 attacks the lungs and causes shortness of breath.

Dr. Keith Van Meter, LSU Health New Orleans Chief of Emergency Medicine, discussed how the study will work.

Sporting events without crowds? There are countless hurdles before it can happen

“It is a concept that is in its nascent stages, at best,” said Dr. Fred Lopez, a professor and infectious diseases expert at LSU Health Sciences Center. “There just would be so many details that would have to be worked out if you were going to reintroduce sports, particularly those that bring (participants) within six feet of one another.”

Coronavirus hammered Louisiana earlier than neighboring states, but will it reopen sooner?

Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, a viral epidemiologist at LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health, said easing some restrictions will almost certainly drive “a small peak” of infections. But holding off on big gatherings such as festivals or packed sporting events could be critical to keeping infections under control.

Contact tracers: Workers vital to prevent virus resurgence

The state attempted wholesale contact tracing for “a couple weeks” after the first coronavirus case was confirmed on March 9, said Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, an assistant professor at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans who spent years as the assistant state epidemiologist.

Pandemic: A snapshot of life in New Orleans

Keeping a safe distance, Jennifer Crockett (right), with WDSU, holds a long boom mic toward Dr. Augusto Acho with the LSU Cancer Center, as he and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto (left) discuss blood donations, at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office administration building in Harvey, April 8, 2020.

What's the Latest On The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest numbers on the covid-19. How has social distancing impacted the recovery process?

Giving birth during coronavirus pandemic: Fact vs. fiction for expectant mothers

Dr. Robert Maupin, an OB GYN with LSU Health and specialist in maternal and fetal medicine obstetrics and gynecology, dispels rumors about coronavirus and birthing.

Should I wash my money? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Fred Lopez, a infectious disease expert with LSU Health Sciences Center, answers your questions about the coronavirus and its spread.

Did our mild winter make COVID-19 worse? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Ben Springgate, Chief of Community and Population Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans Health Sciences Center answers your coronavirus 

Juzar Ali's New Book "The Perpetual Migrant: Finding My Way from Abundance in Poverty to Poverty of Abundance" Is a Personal Memoir of an Eventful Life Across the Globe

Juzar Ali is an Indian-born physician and married father and grandfather who grew up in Pakistan and now lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he serves as an academic clinician, clinical educator, and clinical researcher at the LSU Health Sciences Center. He has published his latest book "The Perpetual Migrant: Finding My Way from Abundance in Poverty to Poverty of Abundance": a gripping autobiography that follows his journey from Pakistan as the son of a poor shopkeeper determined to provide his only son with the best education available to medical school and a coveted residency in the United States.

LSU Health New Orleans Research Shows How Stress Remodels the Brain

Research led by Si-Qiong June Liu, MD, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has shown how stress changes the structure of the brain and reveals a potential therapeutic target to the prevent or reverse it.

LSU medical school involved in hydroxychloroquine trial

LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine has enrolled its first patient in a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine alone, and in combination, as a treatment for COVID-19.

FEMA’s ‘Air Bridge’ to Coronavirus Hot Spots Leaves Other Regions on Their Own

Dr. Lisa Moreno, a professor of emergency medicine at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, said she had gained hope that infection rates in her devastated region had plateaued. But she added that when she was not working in an emergency room, she had faced “astronomical” costs for protective gear in the private market.

JPSO Volunteers for LSU Health NO/National Cancer Institute COVID-19 Research

Ten Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies volunteered to participate in COVID-19 research at LSU Health New Orleans and the National institutes of Health by donating blood samples. The deputies have recovered from infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

LSU Health NO Enrolls First Patient in COVID-19 Clinical Trial

LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine has enrolled its first patient in a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine alone, and in combination, as a treatment for COVID-19.

LSU Health New Orleans Pollen Data Contributing to Potential COVID Association Study

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reached out to LSU Health New Orleans on behalf of researchers at Technical University of Munich (TUM) for its year-to-date pollen count data. The data are being used in an analysis of COVID-19 and a potential association of the co-exposure to pollen and the cumulative health effects.

Should I wash my money? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Fred Lopez, a infectious disease expert with LSU Health Sciences Center, answers your questions about the coronavirus and its spread.

LSU Health New Orleans begins coronavirus treatment trial

LSU Health New Orleans enrolls its first patient in a clinical trial testing the safety and effectiveness of giving COVID-19 patients hydroxychloroquine alone or with azithromycin.

LSU Health New Orleans Research Shows How Stress Remodels the Brain

Research led by Si-Qiong June Liu, MD, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has shown how stress changes the structure of the brain and reveals a potential therapeutic target to the prevent or reverse it. The findings are published in JNeurosci, the Journal of Neuroscience.

Stress Can Impact More Than Just Your Mood According To LSU Health New Orleans

In a recent press release from the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, researchers are finding that stress – which is in abundant supply with the recent coronavirus pandemic plaguing the world – can ultimately change the structure of a person’s brain.

Research shows how stress remodels the brain

Research led by Si-Qiong June Liu, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has shown how stress changes the structure of the brain and reveals a potential therapeutic target to the prevent or reverse it. The findings are published in JNeurosci, the Journal of Neuroscience.

What's the Latest On The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest numbers on the coronavirus in New Orleans.

Longtime Louisiana state health official dies

He taught infectious disease epidemiology at the University of South Florida School of Public Health in Tampa, Florida and served as adjunct faculty at the Louisiana State University School of Public Health in New Orleans.

What you need to know about ACE inhibitors and a higher risk for severe COVID-19

The paper was written by James Diaz, Professor and Head of Environmental Health Sciences at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health. According to Diaz, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) binds to angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors in the lower respiratory tract to get into the lungs.

Stress causes physical changes in the brains of mice, and it may help us design medicine to fight it

The team shows that stress can physically alter the structures of mouse brains, with long-lasting effects. They also identify a molecular pathway that could be used to prevent or reverse such changes.

Despite Promises, Testing Delays Leave Americans ‘Flying Blind’

Dr. Julio E. Figueroa, chief of infectious diseases at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, said drive-through and tent-testing sites had helped ease a backlog.

LSU Health New Orleans Enrolls 1st Patient in COVID-19 Clinical Trial

LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine has enrolled its first patient in a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine alone, and in combination, as a treatment for COVID-19.

How to Neutralize a Potential Coronavirus Culprit

One of the preventive measures health experts recommend to prevent coronavirus infection is to not touch your face. Research indicates that some of us touch our cellphones up to thousands of times each day, and when we take or make calls, we hold our phones up to our faces.

Good Morning.... News For Wednesday April 15, 2020

LSU Health New Orleans has enrolled its first patient in a clinical trial that will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine alone or with Azithromycin as a treatment for COVID-19. The study may enroll up to 600 at University Medical Center, if they have enough patients eligible.

What's the Latest On The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest coronavirus numbers and what we can expect going forward.

LSU Health New Orleans enrolls first patient in COVID-19 clinical trial

LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine has enrolled its first patient in a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine alone, and in combination, as a treatment for COVID-19.

People with lung disease including asthma at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

COVID-19 likes to attack the lungs, including in life-threatening ways which can prompt severe shortness of breath, inflammation and fluid buildup in the lungs.

Dr. Kyle Happel is part of the LSU Health Pulmonary Care/Critical Medicine team.

Health experts say it is important to keep up healthy habits during pandemic

As more people make their own food while restaurants are closed, living under quarantine could be healthier for some.

"Depending on what they're buying, and preparing at home, it can be healthier. I mean, they definitely can have more control over what they're eating and more importantly, what is added into it," Dr. Henry Nuss, with LSU Health New Orleans Nutritional Science said.

New Orleans doctors hope hyperbaric chambers could save COVID-19 patients

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers have been used for decades to heal. They pump many times the oxygen under pressure into a patient. And recently Dr. Paul Harch, emergency medicine and hyperbaric oxygen specialist at LSU Health, came across information from the deadly 1918 Spanish flu outbreak.

People with lung disease including asthma at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

Dr. Kyle Happel is part of the LSU Health Pulmonary Care/Critical Medicine team.

"The underlying problem that COVID-pneumonia causes and that is probably easiest thought of as lung flooding,” he said.

How do I find out if I already had COVID-19? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Ben Springgate with LSU Health Sciences explains what antibody testing is and how it works with the coronavirus, as well as other viewer questions.

Find ways to interact with others while in isolation to stay mentally fit, doctor says

LSU Clinical Psychologist Dr. Joy Osofsky said isolation may change the way people live their day to day lives, disrupting their mental health.

Should I spray my clothes with disinfectant spray? | Your Coronavirus Questions

LSU Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Fred Lopez explains the latest coronavirus time frame and how Louisiana is now fairing in the pandemic.

New Orleans doctors pioneering ventilator alternatives for coronavirus patients

New Orleans is about to make national headlines again because of the coronavirus, but this time it’s because of a creation by local doctors, that is helping patients with COVID-19.

LSU Health starting hydroxychloroquine study to treat coronavirus in New Orleans

Dr. Meredith Clement, an expert with LSU Health Infectious Diseases, talks about hydroxychloroquine and how doctors in New Orleans are using it against COVID-19.

Do I need to clean food going into the freezer? | Your Coronavirus Questions

Dr. Ben Springgate with LSU Health Sciences answers the top questions that viewers have about the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

Disability rights group says state has remedied concerns about care rationing

“LCMC and Ochsner have big footprints, so there’s a lot of moving supplies around,” explained Dr. Ben deBoisblanc, Professor of Medicine and Physiology at LSU Health Sciences Center, and a pulmonologist who treats patients at University Medical Center, which is publicly owned but managed by LCMC Health.

LSU doctors use a non-invasive ventilation method to help COVID-19 patients breathe

COVID-19 has proven it can be lethal and traditional ventilators are a critical weapon in keeping many patients alive. But some LSU doctors are pressing the pause button on immediately turning to ventilators to treat seriously ill coronavirus patients and they are seeing good results.

Dr. Kyle Happel is part of the LSU Health Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine team.

Photos: Living with the coronavirus pandemic around the New Orleans area

Nurse Holli Martin with the LSU Cancer Center grabs gloves as she gets ready to take a blood sample from JPSO Deputy Sean Lee while at the Jefferson Parish SheriffÕs Office administration building in Harvey on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Several JPSO deputies, including Lee, who have recovered from COVID-19 donated blood samples to assist with ongoing research in coordination with the National Cancer Institute.

Photos: Living with the coronavirus pandemic around the New Orleans area

Dr. Augusto Acho with the LSU Cancer Center talks about the importance of the blood donations at the Jefferson Parish SheriffÕs Office administration building in Harvey on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Several JPSO deputies who have recovered from COVID-19 donated blood samples to assist with ongoing research in coordination with the National Cancer Institute.

The LSU Health Network Partners With Ninety One Inc. to Bring Artificial Intelligence and Precision Medicine to Cardiology in the Fight Against Covid-19

In response to Covid-19, the LSU Health Network will be the first healthcare system in the southeast to bring Ninety One’s advanced algorithms and technologies to assist with analysis of complex medical data for cardiology patients. “The primary aim of the partnership between LSU Health Network and Ninety One is to apply advanced technologies and AI-driven applications in analyzing relationships between treatment techniques, patient outcomes, and prevention, in an effort to bring the highest level of cardiac care to Louisiana, despite the challenges presented by Covid-19. At the same time, this will help us reduce costs and the overall burden on the state and federal systems,” said Dr. Frank Smart, Chief of the Section of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at LSU School of Medicine.

Politics mixes with science as states turn to virus models

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat whose state has had one of the deadliest outbreaks of COVID-19, has said his administration is doing its own modeling. It’s a collaboration between the state health department, Louisiana State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a medical system and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

ICU doctors already know how to get covid-19 patients off ventilators faster

Covid-19 is “the story of dissemination of anecdotal medicine in a disease you don’t know, and the walk away from evidence-based medicine,” Christopher Thomas, a critical care physician at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Baton Rouge, told us. “And it’s driven by fear and anxiety.”

LSU Health in New Orleans enrolls first patient in hydroxychloroquine COVID-19 clinical trial

LSU Health New Orleans' School of Medicine has begun its hydroxychloroquine study for COVID-19 treatment.

How big of a factor were commuters in spreading coronavirus in Louisiana?

The commuter statistics indicate the virus would have blossomed out across the state from Baton Rouge, but for the governor’s “stay at home order” issued after seeing what was happening in the New Orleans metro area, said Dr. Catherine O’Neal, who teaches infectious diseases at the LSU medical school and is chief medical officer at the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge.

Why testing for coronavirus immunity a 'critically important' step for Louisiana's recovery

LSU Health Sciences Center’s Cancer Center, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, is collecting samples from up to 50 coronavirus patients for antibody testing, said Dr. Augusto Ochoa, the center's director.

"Right now, we are working with patients who know they have it and have tested positive for it,” though that could change, Ochoa said.

Trauma surgeons battle gun violence, alcohol-fueled accidents alongside coronavirus

Surgeons like Greiffenstein, who is trained in ventilator use, are taking care of COVID-19 patients and their usual trauma patients. And in recent days, Gov. John Bel Edwards and other officials have seen signs of hope that shelter-in-place orders are slowing the spread and the state will have enough ventilators and hospital beds.

Testing for immunity is next step in Louisiana coronavirus response

LSU Health Sciences Center’s Cancer Center, in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, is collecting samples from up to 50 coronavirus patients for antibody testing, said Dr. Augusto Ochoa, the center's director.

Ochsner nurse anesthetist contracts coronavirus, heals, and charges back to the front lines

A healthy, muscular man, Wheatley knew his odds of survival were good. He had been a champion swimmer at Jesuit High School. And he had stayed in shape through college and nursing school at LSU, competing in grueling Ironman competitions over the years.

JPSO Volunteers for LSU Health New Orleans/National Cancer Institute COVID Research

Ten Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies volunteered to participate in COVID-19 research at LSU Health New Orleans and the National institutes of Health by donating blood samples today. The deputies have recovered from infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

LSU Health Faculty Leads Section at Covid-19 Convention Center Medical Monitoring Station

Dr. Meghan Maslanka, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Emergency Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has been appointed Medical Manager/ Operations Section Leader at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Medical Monitoring Station, which opened to COVID-19 patients this morning. After completing LSU Health New Orleans’ Emergency Medicine Residency Program, she was accepted into a Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Harvard/Beth Israel Deaconess before coming home to join the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine faculty.

LSU Health Dental Schools Aims to Produce PPE for Providers

The project also includes printing visors of the same polymers to which a comfortable foam band is attached as the framework for face shields. These provide a barrier against aerosol and respiratory droplets. They too can be disinfected and reused and are needed for LSU Health New Orleans dentists and oral surgeons who are treating dental emergencies, as well as those working in the hospitals.

LSU Health New Orleans Nursing Students Resume Clinical Education

“The academic practice partnership with West Jefferson Medical Center uses a model endorsed by several professional organizations,” noted Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, ANEF, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN, professor and dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. “This innovative academic practice model places the students’ educational experience and expected clinical competencies at the center of their patient care experience. Nursing is a practice discipline that requires human to human care.”

LSU Health Faculty Leads Section at COVID-19 Convention Center Medical Monitoring Station

Dr. Meghan Maslanka, clinical assistant professor of medicine in the Section of Emergency Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has been appointed medical manager/ operations section leader at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Medical Monitoring Station, which opened to COVID-19 patients.

Respiratory therapists play a critical role in helping coronavirus patients

John Zamjahn, PHD, RRT, is a Professor of Clinical Cardiopulmonary Science and Program Director of Advanced Respiratory Therapy at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

What The Latest On The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest numbers on the coronvirus in the New Orleans area.

Psychologist offers tips on how to deal with coronavirus anxiety

We spoke local clinical psychologist, Dr. Michelle Moore, about how to best cope with that stress.

She says number one: breathe. And, take it day by day. Also, Moore says find acceptance that this is something out of your control. Moore also recommends listening to music, fighting negative thoughts by looking at happy pictures or videos on your phone, exercising and even taking up a new hobby.

Covid-19 is disproportionately taking black lives

“Louisiana is already being hit hard by [Covid-19] since there are a lot of comorbidities associated with negative outcomes for the virus,” Paula Seal, an associate professor at Louisiana State University School of Medicine’s infectious diseases division in New Orleans, tells Vox. On the clinical side, Seal works in the HIV outpatient clinic at the University Medical Center and does inpatient counsel for general infectious diseases patients. Seal has been present since her facility, one of New Orleans’ key safety net hospitals, began seeing Covid-19 patients in the second week of March.

Delays and shortages exacerbate coronavirus testing gaps in the U.S.

Dr. Julio E. Figueroa, chief of infectious diseases at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, said drive-thru and tent testing sites had helped ease a backlog.

Governor says COVID-19 hits black people the hardest, hopes to ‘flatten the curve’ of infections

Attorney General Jeff Landry announced a donation of an additional 75,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine sulfate as well as 8,000 packs of azithromycin for use in treating COVID-19 patients. The state last week announced a pharmaceutical company had donated 400,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine for use in clinical trials being conducted by LSU Medical School.

LSU Health Dental School developing PPE for health care workers

LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry is working on a project to develop reusable personal protective equipment for health care workers treating coronavirus patients.

Universities and colleges pitch in supplies, time and expertise to aid coronavirus battle

In the meantime, LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry officials were getting creative by making new N95 masks with a 3D printer normally used to make models, splints and dentures.

Robert Laughlin, chairman of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the school, said the collaboration came as hospitals were in dire need of the highest level of protection, amid a nationwide shortage.

What's The Latest On The Coronavirus?

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest numbers on the coronavirus in the New Orleans area.

Detroit auto show schedule change likely avoided earlier coronavirus outbreak, experts say

“By that point, it already had like two or three weeks to really go through the community, through the population, and therefore infect other people as well," Louisiana State University professor of epidemiology Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois told the Lafayette, Louisiana, Daily Advertiser.

Gov. Edwards: more compliance is necessary to flatten the curve

An LSU doctor who helped with the modeling says there is plenty of room for improvement.

"It does not seem like we are really doing a great job with shelter-in-place," Dr. Susanne Straif-Bourgeois said. "However, keep in mind, it might take a couple of weeks [until] we really see a difference of a strict shelter-in-place."

Louisiana officials report 68 more coronavirus-linked deaths

“Our whole country is at war with this virus,” she said. “There’s only a certain number of ventilators in the world. This needs a coordinated approach and right now that’s not happening.”

400,000 tablets of anti-malarial medication donated to Louisiana for coronavirus trials

They will be used in two separate trials conducted by the LSU School of Medicine: One that prescribes hydroxycholorquine to COVID-19 patients with severe conditions and another that gives it to healthcare workers to test if it prevents catching the virus. 

Amneal Pharmaceuticals donate 400,000 hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets for COVID-19 La. Patients

The Louisiana State University School of Medicine is working to launch two different clinical trials using hydroxychloroquine in relation to COVID-19. One trial will utilize hydroxychloroquine on those who have significant COVID-19 disease. The other trial protocol will use and test the drug as a preventative measure for those healthcare workers on the front lines battling the epidemic. Trials will be conducted at the University Medical Center in New Orleans and at the LSU Medical School locations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

Common Heart Drugs' Risk With COVID-19 Unproven, Experts Say

That analysis found COVID-19 patients with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or chronic kidney disease often required treatment in an intensive care unit, were placed on ventilators or died. Diaz wrote these patients all had conditions that probably were treated with ACE inhibitors or ARBs and called for studies to see if these drugs were at least partially responsible for the severe outcomes.

Still, Diaz urged against anyone suddenly stopping their heart medications.

Essential Science: Why some medications make COVID-19 worse

It is very important that if anyone has been prescribed a medication by a qualified medical doctor that they do not discontinue using the prescribed medication before seeking further medical advice.

Chronic use of heart disease medications may increase the risk of severe COVID-19

Dr Diaz stated that further case-control studies in patients with COVID-19 infections would be needed to confirm that chronic therapy with ACEIs or ARBs may raise the risk of severe respiratory outcomes.

For the meantime he cautioned: “Patients treated with ACEIs and ARBs for cardiovascular diseases should not stop taking their medicine, but should avoid crowds, mass events, ocean cruises, prolonged air travel and all persons with respiratory illnesses during the current COVID-19 outbreak in order to reduce their risks of infection.”

Can one ventilator be hooked up to 2 or more patients?

Dr. Springgate said it would be an unusual maneuver, brought about by unusual circumstances.

LSU Health New Orleans Nursing Students Resume Clinical Education

Students in the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing will resume their clinical education next week, initially at West Jefferson Medical Center.

Why is New Orleans' coronavirus death rate twice New York's? Obesity is a factor

Dr. Kyle Happel is a critical care physician at LSU Health New Orleans.

LSU to Host Free Webinar on The Relationship Between the Environment and the Coronavirus on April 2

"First SARS-CoV, then MERS, and now SARS-CoV-2: The Pandemic Potentials of Beta Coronaviruses" by Jim Diaz, professor and program director, Environmental/Occupational Health Sciences MPH, LSU School of Public Health.

LSU Health New Orleans Medical Students Volunteer to Collect PPE for COVID-19 Front Line Health Care Workers

A student at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine has organized an effort to solicit area businesses for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE.) The project supports faculty and residents working on the front lines of health care delivery to patients with COVID-19. About 30 LSU Health New Orleans medical students representing all four classes have collected masks – surgical, N95, face shields and homemade masks – safety glasses/goggles, gloves, gowns and hazmat suits. They are also seeking donations of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and industrial cleaning supplies.

Why New Orleans coronavirus death rate is leaping? Diabetes, obesity a reason

"I think it's a very good question whether or not just having that phenotype, those conditions, simply render you unable to control the viral replication and whether there's something in the immune response in those individuals that is either insufficient or even perhaps excessive, causing too much inflammation. We think that a lot of the organ dysfunction that we see in this COVID syndrome is the result of excessive systemic inflammation. We know that folks that are obese a lot of times have markers in their blood and a lot of times systemic inflammation," LSU Health New Orleans critical care doctor Kyle Happel said.

Updating You On The Coronavirus with Dr Fred Lopez

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest numbers on the coronavirus.

LSU Health New Orleans has free coloring book for children to download, learn about COVID-19

LSU Health in New Orleans is doing its part to help children cope with the COVID-19 crisis.

Three members of LSU Health New Orleans' rehabilitation and counseling colleagues alongside registered play therapists developed a coloring book for kids, which follows a young girl named Caroline trying to figure out the world in the midst of a pandemic.

Tulane Medical Center Lab processes coronavirus tests in four hours

The project is a joint venture by Tulane, LSU School of Medicine, Children’s Medical Center, and UMC, with the equipment provided by Roche.

Company donates pills for COVID-19 trials

“This donation will allow us to conduct clinical trials examining how hydroxychloroquine may help clear the virus from the lungs of infected patients and to potentially help shield healthcare workers who are on the front lines treating patients,” Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement.

One trial will give hydroxychloroquine to people who have COVID-19. The other trial will test the drug as a preventive measure for health care workers. Trials will be conducted at the University Medical Center in New Orleans and at the LSU Medical School locations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, the statement says.

LSU Assists Local Health Organizations with Creation of Coronavirus Test Lab

As COVID-19 began to spread in Baton Rouge, researchers at the LSU System, including LSU, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, and the LSU Health Sciences Center, began working with physicians and administrators from local healthcare organizations to support Louisiana in its COVID-19 response.

Caroline Conquers her Corona Fears

A trio of LSU Health New Orleans Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling colleagues who are counselors and Registered Play Therapists, have developed a creative and innovative resource for parents and caregivers to help children cope with the stress and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic. And it is helping children not only in New Orleans, but all over the United States.

"On the Bleeding Edge of a Global Health Crisis"

LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing faculty received the following message from one of their students who, along with about a dozen others, is responding to the COVID-19 crisis in Louisiana. Since their clinical education was put on hold because of the outbreak, they have been working as nurse techs in hospitals hit hard by rapidly increasing numbers of patients with or suspected of having COVID-19.

LSU Health New Orleans on Front Lines of COVID-19 Care

LSU Health New Orleans faculty and residents continue to save lives of patients with severe COVID-19 at its partner teaching hospitals in New Orleans, Metairie, Slidell, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Bogalusa, Lake Charles, Houma and Independence, Louisiana.

LSU Health Expertise Helping Chinese Parents Support Children Isolated Due to COVID-19

Joy Osofsky, PhD, Professor and Paul Ramsay Chair of Psychiatry, and Howard Osofsky, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, have developed a guide to Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) with a Chinese translation.

Q&A: LSU Dean Talks Drug Trials For COVID-19 Treatment

The Louisiana State University School of Medicine will use some of those pills in a clinical trial to further study the drug. We spoke about the study with Dr. Steve Nelson, dean of LSU’s School of Medicine in New Orleans.

AARP Louisiana answering seniors' coronavirus questions

AARP Louisiana is holding a Telephone Town Hall Meeting today to answer seniors’ concerns about the coronavirus. State Director Denise Bottcher says Dr. Benjamin Springgate with LSU Health New Orleans will be on the call to answer health-related questions.

“He will be on to give us the latest guidance from the CDC, to go over some of those practical things but important things that we all need to be doing,” says Bottcher.

How Has Crime Been Impacted By The Coronavirus In New Orleans?

Peter Scharf, Adjunct Professor and Criminologist at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, joins Tommy to talk about crime in the City of New Orleans.

What we know about the coronavirus outbreak in New Orleans: March 31

Tulane Medical Center, LSU School of Medicine and LCMC Health announced on Tuesday that they have developed a test that will be able to run up to nearly 200 tests a day on patients. Test results would be available within four hours.

LSU School of Medicine to begin testing potential COVID-19 medicine

With a recent donation of 400,000 hydroxychloroquine tablets, a drug with the potential to be vital in the treatment of COVID-19 patients and healthcare workers, testing of the medication will soon begin in Louisiana.  Dean of LSU Health Sciences School of Medicine Dr. Steve Nelson says the drug has been shown in a test tube to kill coronavirus, but there has only been a small number of clinical trials.

LSU Health Sciences School of Medicine to begin testing of potential COVID-19 medication

Dean of LSU Health Sciences School of Medicine Dr. Steve Nelson says the drug has been shown in a test tube to kill coronavirus, but there has only been a small number of clinical trials.

“The most popular one that was done was done in France by a distinguished investigator there saying it accelerated the clearance of the virus from the lung and that these patients improved, but it was a small number,” said Nelson.

Dr. Lopez: Still a lot of unknowns in fight against coronavirus

Scoot talks to Dr. Fred Lopez, an infectious disease specialist at LSU Health, about what he is worried about as the coronavirus pandemic progresses

Louisiana to get 400,000 pills that might help fight against COVID-19

“This donation will allow us to conduct clinical trials examining how hydroxychloroquine may help clear the virus from the lungs of infected patients and to potentially help shield healthcare workers who are on the front lines treating patients,” Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement.

Louisiana receives drug donation to research COVID-19 treatment and prevention

The Louisiana State University School of Medicine is launching two clinical trials testing the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in relation to COVID-19. One will give the drug to people who have significant symptoms of COVID-19 to see if it is useful in killing the virus. The other will test whether hydroxychloroquine given to healthy subjects can protect them from contracting the disease. This protocol would involve health care workers.

Coronavirus pandemic likely to trigger more post-traumatic stress cases, LSU researcher says

Associate professor Ariane Rung bases that conclusion in part on a 2019 study she co-authored that found that women in mostly rural areas of seven southeastern Louisiana parishes continued to experience symptoms of trauma and PTSD for years after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill at levels greater than the national average.

Amneal To Donate Medicine To Louisiana

The School of Medicine at Louisiana State University will be working with the drug hydroxychloroquine sulfate for clinical trials in an effort to try to find a remedy and possible prevention for Covid-19.

AG Landry, Sen. Mills announce donation of 400,000 hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets

The Louisiana State University School of Medicine is working to launch two different clinical trials using hydroxychloroquine in relation to COVID-19. One trial will utilize hydroxychloroquine on those who have significant COVID-19 disease. The other trial protocol will use and test the drug as a preventative measure for those healthcare workers on the front lines battling the epidemic. Trials will be conducted at the University Medical Center in New Orleans and at the LSU Medical School locations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

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The tablets will be shipped to University Medical Center in New Orleans and the LSU Medical School wings in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

Common Heart Drugs' Risk With COVID-19 Unproven, Experts Say

Dr. James Diaz, a professor at Louisiana State University's School of Public Health in New Orleans, warned of the possible risk in a letter to the editor published online March 24 in the Journal of Travel Medicine, based on an analysis of nearly 1,100 COVID-19 patients by Chinese researchers.

That analysis found COVID-19 patients with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or chronic kidney disease often required treatment in an intensive care unit, were placed on ventilators or died. Diaz wrote these patients all had conditions that probably were treated with ACE inhibitors or ARBs and called for studies to see if these drugs were at least partially responsible for the severe outcomes.

Still, Diaz urged against anyone suddenly stopping their heart medications.

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An LSU resident emergency room physician picked up prototype ventilator pieces from the LSU team on Saturday for inspection and evaluation.

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A Fox 8 (New Orleans) report found that, “according to the state health department, a number of people in Louisiana who have died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions. Forty-one percent had diabetes, 31 percent had chronic kidney disease and 28 percent were obese.”

“Because of the demographics of our unhealthy population and in New Orleans, in particular, we do have a large number of patients who have these conditions and that is what puts the patients in a higher risk category even if they are of a younger age,” Dr. James Diaz with LSU Health School of Public Health told Fox 8. “You don’t necessarily have to be older than 65 for example, you could be younger and have one of these coexisting medical conditions.”

AARP La. hosts statewide telephone town hall

The scheduled guests include Dr. Benjamin Springgate with the LSU Health Sciences Center and LaVonda Dobbs, who runs the Louisiana 2-1-1 hotline.

400,000 Hydroxychloroquine tablets donated to benefit COVID-19 patients in Louisiana

The Louisiana State University School of Medicine is working to launch two different clinical trials using hydroxychloroquine in relation to COVID-19. One trial will utilize hydroxychloroquine on those who have significant COVID-19 disease.

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The tablets will be shipped to University Medical Center in New Orleans and the LSU Medical School wings in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

AARP La. hosts statewide telephone town hall

The scheduled guests include Dr. Benjamin Springgate with the LSU Health Sciences Center and LaVonda Dobbs, who runs the Louisiana 2-1-1 hotline.

Pharmaceutical company donates drug to Louisiana for COVID-19 patients

The attorney general's office says the Louisiana State University School of Medicine is working to launch two different clinical trials using hydroxychloroquine in relation to COVID-19.

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A new theory suggests the coronavirus could be binding to angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors in the lower respiratory tracts. Commonly used drugs like ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) are often used to control heart failure and blood pressure. But animal research suggests these drugs may increase the number of ACE2 receptors in the entire body -- possibly making human patients more susceptible to severe COVID-19.

In Louisiana's coronavirus fight, everyone from doctors to crafters needed as volunteers

As Louisiana hospitals and first responders reel from a surge in coronavirus infections and equipment shortages, medical experts, universities and politicians have put out a clarion call for volunteers ranging from doctors to crafters.

LSU Health nursing student shares experience of working “on the bleeding edge of a global health crisis”

LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing faculty received a message from one of their students who, along with about a dozen others, is responding to the COVID-19 crisis in Louisiana.

Since their clinical education was put on hold because of the outbreak, they have been working as nurse techs in hospitals hit hard by rapidly increasing numbers of patients with or suspected of having COVID-19.

He wrote the message because he wanted the school to see what he sees in his classmates. He asked that his name not be used because he said this isn’t about him --he feels like he is standing on the shoulders of giants -- so we’ll just call him “Nate.”

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As a senior nursing student at LSU Health New Orleans, Kristina Rigterink was having a hard time sitting by while her friends and co-workers were on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. Normally, Rigterink works as a nurse tech in the emergency department.

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“Unfortunately, we’re a very unhealthy population,” Dr. James Diaz, professor of public health and preventive medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, said.

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Meanwhile, a New Orleans doctor on the coronavirus frontlines had this to say about his experience so far treating the virus:

"It's like watching a train crash in slow motion," explained Dr. Julio Figueroa, LSUHSC Chief of Infectious Diseases. "You know it's going to happen, but there's not much that you can do about it."

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"Unfortunately, we're a very unhealthy population," Dr. James Diaz, professor of public health and preventive medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, said.

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LSU Health New Orleans said Friday its nursing students also are working to treat COVID-19 patients.

“A number of our students are working as nurse techs at area hospitals, and our nurse anesthesia students are poised to begin working as well,” Demetrius Porche, dean of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, said.

New Orleans leaders bristle over Mardi Gras criticism, point to lack of coronavirus warning

Straif-Bourgeois said it’s possible the coronavirus was already present in New Orleans before Carnival festivities kicked into high gear — or that a few infected travelers among the hordes of tourists flooding the city brought it.

New Orleans and Jefferson Parish have the highest COVID-19 death rates in the country

“Because of the demographics of our unhealthy population and in New Orleans, in particular, we do have a large number of patients who have these conditions and that is what puts the patients in a higher risk category even if they are of a younger age,” James Diaz, M.D., with LSU Health School of Public Health said. “You don’t necessarily have to be older than 65 for example, you could be younger and have one of these coexisting medical conditions.”

Louisiana governor urges residents to isolate as cases surge

The number of coronavirus cases is growing in high density cities, like New Orleans. The governor of Louisiana has told residents to stay at home to reduce the number of cases. Louisiana State University Assistant Professor Dr. Corey Hebert joins Yasmin Vossoughian to discuss.

How LSU researchers, hospital leaders created a new coronavirus test lab in a week

And when LSU Health Sciences professor Dr. Hollis “Bud” O’Neal Jr. was trying to figure out how to alleviate the bottleneck of coronavirus tests waiting for labs to run them, he reached out to the vet school virologists, hoping they might be able to help provide much-needed viral transport medium — the material used to transport samples to the lab. O’Neal, Our Lady of the Lake’s medical director of research and a pulmonary provider for Baton Rouge General, got more than he bargained for.

Coronavirus: New Orleans could run out of hospital beds in weeks

Additionally, the city has also reached out to the medical schools at Tulane University and LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, to see if medical students can become available to help in hospitals.

Nursing school supplements clinicals with simulations to graduate seniors

Students set to graduate from LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing are unable to finish their real-world, hospital training. Now, leaders believe they have a virtual solution to get these new nurses where they're needed most.

Patients who Take ACEIs and ARBs May Be at Increased Risk of Severe COVID-19

ACEIs and ARBs are highly recommended medications for patients with cardiovascular diseases, such as refractory hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and post-myocardial infarction status.

Effects of COVID-19 could be severe in patients under medication for cardiovascular diseases

As the deadly COVID-19 continues to infect more people across the world, a cure or a vaccine appears to be elusive. Therefore, a deeper understanding of the factors that can exacerbate the outcome of the disease can enable in its better treatment. A letter to the editor published in the Journal of Travel Medicine suggests that patients who are on prescription drugs for common cardiovascular conditions could experience worse outcomes.

Blood pressure meds might increase COVID-19 infection risk, studies say

"Patients treated with ACEIs and ARBs for cardiovascular diseases should not stop taking their medicine, but should avoid crowds, mass events, ocean cruises, prolonged air travel and all persons with respiratory illnesses during the current COVID-19 outbreak in order to reduce their risks of infection," Dr. James Diaz, professor of environmental health sciences at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, said in a press release.

New Orleans emerges as next coronavirus epicenter, threatening rest of South

“Mardi Gras was the perfect storm, it provided the perfect conditions for the spread of this virus,” said Dr. Rebekah Gee, who until January was the Health Secretary for Louisiana and now heads up Louisiana State University’s health care services division.

Answering Questions on the Coronavirus

Dr Fred Lopez of LSU Health New Orleans joins Tommy to talk about the latest numbers on the coronavirus. What should we expect going forward?

Coronavirus shutdowns have gone nationwide. Many police departments aren’t enforcing them.

With furious speed and growing alarm, the nation’s governors and mayors have closed down much of American life in recent days.

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As a senior nursing student at LSU Health New Orleans, Kristina Rigterink was having a hard time sitting by while her friends and co-workers were on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. Normally, Rigterink works as a nurse tech in the emergency department.

'I can't not help right now': Soon-to-be doctors consider their role in COVID-19 fight

In New Orleans, Ashley Duhon, 25, would likely have joined hundreds of her fellow students from the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, along with their families and friends, in a large banquet hall in the Superdome to celebrate Match Day.

Louisiana, aleady a hotspot for HIV, faces coronavirus

And more than 80,000 people in the South are living with HIV and don’t know it -- more than in any other region in the country. That means they’re not receiving treatment and could face potentially devastating outcomes if they contract COVID-19, said Dr. David Welsh, a pulmonologist at LSU.

How to manage COVID-19 stress, anxiety

It’s easy to be glued into social media feeds and the 24-hour news cycle but it could be doing more harm than good.

Dr. Kathleen Crapanzano, is the Program Director of LSU and OLOL’s Psychiatry Residency. She’s also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry.

Coronavirus Concerns Answered

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But computer games, watching TV and jigsaw puzzles have only so much appeal. Is there a way to cure cabin fever without catching or spreading something worse?

Yes, says Dr. Benjamin Springgate, chief of community and population medicine at LSU Health New Orleans.

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