New Orleans officials are aware that the city’s tap water has an “unusual odor,” but it is safe to drink and possibly related only to algae in the Mississippi River, they announced Wednesday afternoon.
The fourth session in Home Care Solutions and Poydras Home’s six-part free lecture series on elder care will discuss long-term care insurance on Thursday evening.
As New Orleans continues to recover from the devastation that followed Hurricane Katrina nine years ago, the city should pass a law preventing any schools or daycare centers from being built on top of toxic soil — including the proposed rebuilding of the Booker T. Washington High School over the old Silver City dump site in Central City, retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore and local allies said Saturday morning.
“We’re the oldest city in this part of the country, and we ought to be the first to make a stand,” Honore said. “We’re not going to put a school on a dump.”
After residents complained that an initial sweep of a homeless encampment under the Pontchartrain Expressway simply moved the collection of tents and panhandlers from one side of St. Charles to the other, New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell is requesting city officials to return and clean out the area closer to the river as well.
Cantrell is also introducing a change to the city law that more specifically prohibits camping on public property, but said she is still looking to residents for answers to the larger question of how to get homeless people off the streets instead of moving them from one spot to another.
Sweeps by New Orleans city officials of a homeless encampment under the Pontchartrain Expressway ultimately moved the collection of tents and people closer to the river on the other side of St. Charles Avenue, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. City officials called the first camp a health hazard and said they were helping the people there get into shelters, but residents say the problem merely moved: “Clearly, if the garbage and human waste is a ‘public health concern’ on one side of St. Charles, it has to be considered a ‘public health concern’ on the other side of St. Charles,” nearby resident Jeff Keiser told The Advocate.
What trait did actor/comedian Robin Williams and many of New Orleans homeless share? Mental illness. Like a majority of the homeless in New Orleans, Williams battled periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression until he finally “silenced the demons that relentlessly targeted him” earlier this week, as the Associate Press put it.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the rate of mental illness increases as boomers age. According to the Center for Disease Control, the suicide rate for adults - aged 45 to 64 – increased 40% from 1999 to 2011. An analysis by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention found that the suicide rate for middle- to late-middle-aged adults is higher than any other age group.
A ban on smoking in bars and casinos in the City of New Orleans is beginning to appear increasingly inevitable. Although a concerted campaign to enact a statewide ban has failed repeatedly in past years, the insidious anti-smoking forces are now focusing on smaller-scale efforts.
In New Orleans, these forces have found a political surrogate in District B City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, who plans to introduce a smoking ban this fall.
“This is not an attack, this is about healthier environments for all people: those who work in these environments, musicians, employees,” Cantrell said recently. ”But the majority of the people now within our city and even state, close to 80 percent are non-smokers.”
Cantrell attempts an artful dodge, but the truth is that this is an attack — an attack on a market choice.
Kara Lynn Morgan died of melanoma July 15, the day before her 41st birthday, but the tireless neighborhood leader is far from finished with her battle against skin cancer.
She is still fighting it — she and her many allies in New Orleans and beyond — on the fields in the park of her beloved Irish Channel.
Based on concerns about a possible bacterial contamination, the federal Food and Drug Administration is issuing a recall of peaches and nectarines that were likely sold at Costco’s New Orleans store and other locations across the country.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued an official welcome this week to Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization that interrupted an Uptown church’s prayer service with its protests on Sunday and had plans to parade the alleged remains of a fetus around Jackson Square in the French Quarter.
An array of Uptown bars including Barrel Proof, the Maple Leaf and Tracey’s will be hosting events and participating in Smoke-Free Week this week, and City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will host a town-hall meeting on the subject Wednesday at Carrollton Station.
Children’s Hospital has completed its $29 million purchase of the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital from the state, and is beginning to plan a phased redevelopment that will preserve many of its historic buildings, according to a report by Paul Murphy of our partners at WWL-TV.
The South Broad Health Clinic in the renovated pharmacy at Washington and Broad will be operated by Access Health Louisiana, a 20-site network of community health centers across the state, when it opens later this year, officials announced Thursday.
A healthcare fair Saturday morning at the Rosa F. Keller library in Broadmoor will provide screenings and info on various aspects of health, such as blood pressure checks, dental and vision screenings, and BMI readings.
What does it take to be the healthiest possible for your age? Gain a new view of wellness Saturday morning during the Lambeth House free Fitness Expo (for adults age 55 and older), with massage therapy demonstrations, physical activities, free physical health screenings and much more.
If you are a performer, a musician, sound engineer, club manager, DJ or even simply a music fan, you at risk of sustaining a hearing disorder from your activities, so the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation is hosting Save New Orleans Sounds, a free series of events to inform you on preventable injuries from today (Sunday, April 6) through Tuesday.
Wine, burgers, desserts, tacos and more will be provided during the outdoor garden party at the Samuel J. Green Charter School in the Freret neighborhood from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 27). For those party goers arriving or staying late, for the first time in five years the party will go until 10 p.m., a “Late Wave” party with Company Burger and Cure.
By Tobias Arturi
In a state in which abstinence-only sex education is the norm, and locally accessible reproductive health services are scarce, and often demonized, Planned Parenthood has always remained a stalwart voice for the practice of safe sex and a resource for those who need real answers about sex other than “Don’t Have It”.
A panel of leaders from different congregations across New Orleans — including Temple Sinai, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church — will convene next week to discuss issues of sexuality and family planning during an interfaith perspective forum at Trinity Episcopal Church on (Monday) March 10.
Get personal assistance from local organizations to help you enroll for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, by attending events by the new Health Insurance Marketplace through the end of March.
The St. Thomas Community Health Center will host information sessions and offer one-on-one assistance on Friday (Feb. 28) and twice more in March, and the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center will host an event on March 8.