Jul 302015
 

By Social Work Students United for Reproductive Freedom at Tulane University

As Social Work students, we are concerned about the deceitful attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides vital health care services to 2.7 million Americans each year. In Louisiana alone, Planned Parenthood annually provides 16,000 visits in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans for services that include birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and treatment, and other preventative healthcare such as much-needed sexual health education. Continue reading »

Jul 222015
 

By Brendan Valentine, David Brown and Kevin Caldwell

According to Dr. Ken Roy, the passage of Louisiana’s Senate Bill 143 is “a sad day for science, a sad day for medicine and a sad day for the State of Louisiana.” Dr. Roy is concerned that it isn’t currently feasible to expect physicians to prescribe a Schedule I substance, due to FDA regulations. He also strongly implies that there are no legitimate therapeutic uses for marijuana in a natural form. Continue reading »

Jul 212015
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell listens to a question during a panel discussion in late May at Tulane Hillel. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell listens to a question during a panel discussion in late May at Tulane Hillel. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Amid statistics showing that mental illness goes untreated at far higher rates in minority populations than among whites, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will host a forum this evening with a panel featuring Coroner Jeffrey Rouse and other experts to discuss ways of finding more ways of addressing the issue before it turns to tragedy. Continue reading »

Jul 032015
 

Dr. Ken Roy

Dr. Ken Roy

By Ken Roy, M.D.

The Louisiana legislature, in its wisdom, passed Senate Bill 143 “Medical Marijuana” in both houses of the legislature, and that bill has now received the signature of the governor. This is a sad day for science, a sad day for medicine and a sad day for the State of Louisiana.

At issue is an end run effort to introduce legal “medical marijuana” into the State of Louisiana without addressing the question of legalization for recreational use. Although government has the right to legalize the recreational use of harmful substances, as with alcohol and tobacco, the current legislation skirts that question and proposes to introduce marijuana for use in a small number of medical conditions. Every time that has happened in other states, the initial legislation has been a “foot in the door,” and subsequent legislation, rules and practice has virtually legalized the recreational use, and massively increased the availability. Continue reading »

Jun 122015
 
The Children's Hospital master plan, with buildings to be saved marked in blue, and new buildings in orange. (via City of New Orleans)

The Children’s Hospital master plan, with buildings to be saved marked in blue, and new buildings in orange. (via City of New Orleans)

The collection of nine former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital buildings acquired by Children’s Hospital will receive landmark protection, but the rest of the 17-acre site will not, a city panel ruled Thursday — effectively allowing the demolition of six dilapidated NOAH buildings in the near future and defining the path ahead for the expansion of Children’s Hospital. Continue reading »

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Jun 052015
 
Residential structures from the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital along Henry Clay Avenue will be torn down as part of the Children's Hospital expansion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Residential structures from the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital along Henry Clay Avenue were approved for demolition as part of the Children’s Hospital expansion. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Children’s Hospital won permission Thursday to tear down six buildings on the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus along Henry Clay Avenue, but has agreed to participate beforehand in a federal process to determine whether their loss can be minimized or mitigated. Continue reading »

Jun 032015
 
An artist's rendition of the expansion of Children's Hospital onto the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site. (image by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple architects, courtesy of Children's Hospital)

An artist’s rendition of the expansion of Children’s Hospital onto the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site. (image by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple architects, courtesy of Children’s Hospital)

Children’s Hospital faces two key hearings before city officials this week as it prepares to tear down a cluster of dilapidated structures at the edge of the former site of the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital in anticipation of building a new parking garage and clinic space there, and shared more details about the development plans with neighbors on Tuesday night. Continue reading »

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May 052015
 
Children's Hospital's proposed master plan for the redevelopment of the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site. (via nola.gov -- click to enlarge)

Children’s Hospital’s proposed master plan for the redevelopment of the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site. (via nola.gov — click to enlarge)

City officials gave an initial endorsement Monday to Children’s Hospital’s plan to tear down a handful of long-dilapidated residential structures along the edge of the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus and replace them with a new parking structure intended to unify the two medical campuses into one. Continue reading »

Mar 122015
 
Immigration papers for the author's mother, Vera Columbus. (submitted photo)

Naturalization papers from 1944 for the author’s mother, Vera Columbus. (submitted photo)

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

My mother Vera was a scientist, a University of Pennsylvania-trained microbiologist to be exact, who integrated the miracles of science into her everyday life as a wife and mother. Unfortunately, all the recent advances in medicine could not protect her from the ravages of dementia which eventually robbed Mother of the ability to walk, talk or even feed herself. At 88, Mother succumbed to that often misunderstood disease last Saturday. Continue reading »

Feb 192015
 
Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free during a town-hall session on the issue in July 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free during a town-hall session on the issue in July 2014. Miller said at the time that many bar owners privately looked forward to a ban. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

By Lawson Box

While bar patrons have mixed feelings about the new citywide ban on smoking indoors, some university area bar owners say they are happy about the ordinance as they expect even more students to frequent local watering holes. Continue reading »

Feb 092015
 

Owen Courreges

Stacy Head did not appear happy this past week with her colleague on the city council, LaToya Cantrell.  Without any real warning, Cantrell announced vague plans to rapidly introduce an ordinance to create a rental inspection bureaucracy with regular inspections and a comprehensive online database.

“I reiterate my position that this ordinance is not ready for introduction next week,” Head frustratedly wrote in an email to the council. “The lightning speed with which this is moving as well as the apparent insular nature of the discussion is disconcerting.” Continue reading »

Jan 262015
 
The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The loup garou-style Swamp Monster at Audubon Zoo is decked out for Mardi Gras. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

Kara Lynn Morgan (submitted photo)

As Irish Channel Neighborhood Association leader Kara Morgan fought her battle with a deadly form of skin cancer, she counted her victories by the number of Mardi Gras parades she was able to attend.

Now, members of the association are carrying her legacy forward, marrying that love of parades with her quest to build shade structures in the neighborhood’s park by creating a new “Mystic Krewe of Loup Garou” that plans to roll through the Irish Channel starting in 2016. Continue reading »

Jan 222015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Every reader of this column probably knows a woman who has used abortion as a powerful tool to help guide her body and her life choices.  National statistics consistently show that three out of 10 women have had an abortion — that’s all women, young , old, black, white, Asian and Hispanic.

We’re not sure any woman makes the decision to terminate a pregnancy easily. But it is a decision that millions of women around the world make each year and often pay the consequences emotionally for decades to come. Still, there are no medical, ethical or moral reasons strong enough to ban abortions entirely. Continue reading »