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Ochsner and H&R Block Celebrate the Last Baby, a.k.a. Tax Break 2009

Added on Jan 05, 2009 | Filed Under: General News

Last Baby of the Year Yields Biggest Tax Savings in a Struggling Economy01-05-09_Last_Baby__New_Years_Babies-1.doc

It’s always the first baby of the New Year that grabs media headlines, but as our nation faces financial challenges, a Gretna, LA, family is celebrating their last tax break of 2008.

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Advice For New Year’s Revelers Who Plan to Imbibe

Added on Dec 31, 2008 | Filed Under: General News

The holidays are a time for celebration, but Ochsner Health System has some serious advice for revelers who plan to indulge in spirits this New Year’s Eve.

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‘Tis the Season for Stress!

Added on Dec 15, 2008 | Filed Under: Press Release

Ochsner Psychiatrist Offers Tips to Overcome Holiday Stress Reactions

NEW ORLEANS - Do you have control over stress, or does it control you?  With the holidays around the corner, many New Orleanians may be feeling ovewhelmed. Ochsner Medical Center Chairman of Psychiatry Dr. Alvin Rouchell, MD, offers advice to cope with the hustle and bustle this season. "Stress and feelings of being overwhelmed are your body's warning signs and you should take them seriously," explains Dr. Rouchell.  "Sit down with a partner or friend and have a heart-to-heart discussion about what's going on in…

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Elmwood Fitness Center Spins to Fight Pediatric Obesity

Added on Oct 28, 2008 | Filed Under: Press Release

"I Can Do It" Fundraiser Helps Combat Growing Epidemic

WHAT: Elmwood Fitness Center, a service of Ochsner, will host its 4th Annual Youth Fitness Rock & Ride Event, a fun-filled family event to benefit the "I Can Do It" Program. Each participant can attend a 45- minute spin class outdoors with live music by 5 Finger Discount, and enjoy food and drinks before and after the class. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Spin classes will be taught by Elmwood instructors while the band plays live music for all ages to enjoy. WHEN:…

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Elmwood Fitness Center Offers Tips for Healthy Halloween

Added on Oct 28, 2008 | Filed Under:

NEW ORLEANS -Halloween is looming and the food guide pyramid only allows 10% of calories for most kids to come from extra treats like candy.  So, what is a parent to do?  One thing could be to give out toys instead of candy,” suggests Elesha Kelleher, RD, MPH, at Elmwood Fitness Center.  Parents may also try giving out stickers, pencils, Play-Doh or glow sticks instead of food, suggests Kelleher, a mother of three.

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Ochsner Hosts Family Fundraiser

Added on Oct 28, 2008 | Filed Under: Press Release

Party-4-Peds to Benefit Pediatrics

NEW ORLEANS - On Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 4pm-7pm, Ochsner will host an event for local families as it transforms its Children’s Health Center at 1315 Jefferson Highway into a fun-filled, family fundraiser for Ochsner Pediatrics and the Ochsner Pediatric Family Assistance Fund.

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Ochsner “Cools” NICU Baby Using Hypothermia Treatment, First in Louisiana

Added on Oct 28, 2008 | Filed Under: Press Release

NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner’s multi-disciplinary NICU team of high-risk obstetricians and neonatologists became the first in Louisiana to utilize a hypothermia program, or, “cooling” treatment on a newborn. Baby Nia’Keyia Williams was delivered October 5th via Caesarean section at Ochsner Medical Center, after her mother, Lashawn Williams, 23, developed a premature placental abruption, a serious complication that leaves the baby inside the womb without oxygen (asphyxia). Ms. Williams is a New Orleans resident and Nia’Keyia is her second child.

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Early Detection of Colon Cancer Saves Lives

Added on Oct 27, 2008 | Filed Under:

"Hello Health" Community Event at Red Maple in Gretna

NEW ORLEANS – As with most cancers, the best chance for surviving colon cancer is by detecting it early. Each year, around 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer in the form of a colorectal tumor. Annual screenings can save lives as there is nearly a 90 percent chance for a cure when it is found in early stages. To educate patients on colon cancer and the importance of regular screenings, Ochsner will host a Hello Health seminar on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at 12:00…

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Ochsner St. Anne Offers Digital Mammography

Added on Oct 24, 2008 | Filed Under:

Screenings take half the time of traditional mammography with faster, more detailed results

RACELAND, LA – October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital in Raceland is proud to announce its new digital mammography system: Selenia™ digital mammography from Hologic.® It’s well recognized that routine mammograms are the single most important steps that a woman can take in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer, however; digital mammography takes less than half the time of traditional film-based exams, enables radiologists to review images immediately, while patients wait, and more closely inspects suspicious areas,…

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Ochsner Baptist Adds Digital Mammography

Added on Oct 08, 2008 | Filed Under:

Screenings take half the time of traditional mammography with faster, more detailed results

NEW ORLEANS - October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month and Ochsner Baptist Medical Center is proud to announce an expansion of women's services with the addition of a new digital mammography system: Seleniaâ„¢ digital mammography from Hologic®. It's well recognized that routine mammograms are the single most important steps that a women can take in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer, however; digital mammography takes less than half the time of traditional film-based exams, enables radiologists to review images immediately, while patients wait,…

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