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Play It Cool - Prepare for heat-related illnesses during the hottest time of the year Print E-mail
Written by Katie Kidder Crosbie   
Friday, September 21, 2012 11:01 AM

The summer of 2012 has been a scorcher, with temperature breaking record highs all over the country. In New Orleans as everyone knows it's not just the heat; it's also the humidity. The combination can become dangerous or even deadly for outdoor workers, the elderly, children and anyone else who lingers in the sun too long.

Heat-related illnesses are connected to the body's inability to release heat. By drinking fluids and sweating, most people are able to cool themselves sufficiently. However, when conditions become so humid that sweat cannot evaporate, heat stays trapped in the body. Because dehydration is also a concern, prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause illness even for those who are able to sweat effectively.

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Isaac finds same couple at Metairie hospital -- just like during Katrina Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 07:10 PM

Click here to watch a video of Kim Avocato during Hurricane Isaac at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Seven years ago Kim and Michael Avocato spent Hurricane Katrina in East Jefferson General Hospital. They were caring for his ailing parents, both patients there.

This week they're back again for Isaac, Michael with a stubborn lung infection and Kim looking after him, renewing old acquaintances on the staff and pitching in to help. Sure they'd rather be at their house, but Kim Avocato, who hugs the nurses and laughs easily with them, considers East Jefferson General almost a home away from home.

"They've been wonderful to both of us," she said. "This hospital is the next best thing to being with God."

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Feed Your Face: The right foods can keep you looking youthful longer Print E-mail
Written by Katie Kidder Crosbie   
Thursday, August 16, 2012 08:50 AM

Even as the candles on your birthday cake increase in number, good health keeps you looking and feeling young. Modern medicine can revive the look of aging skin, but a diet with the right nutrients can prevent these concerns before they start and improve age-related issues without the cost and side effects of medication. Here are ways to maintain a radiant complexion from the inside out.

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Fitness trainer Mackie Shilstone helps Serena Williams regain Wimbledon glory Print E-mail
Written by Dominic Massa / WWL Eyewitness News   
Saturday, July 07, 2012 07:33 PM

Local fitness guru Mackie Shilstone was once again one of Serena Williams' weapons in her fight to reclaim a singles title at Wimbledon Saturday, helping her train for this comeback as he has for many years.

The renowned fitness trainer, who has worked with Williams since 2008, said that in light of Williams' health issues in recent years, her victory Saturday was even more exciting.

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