Mar 152018
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Covington clinical psychologist Dr. Raphael Salcedo and his wife Beth don’t have much free time on their hands. They spend day and night working with girls at the state-licensed Free Indeed Home where victims of child sex trafficking come to rebuild their lives. As founders of the Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking (LCAHT), the Salcedos created a state-wide advocacy program that provides information and referrals as well as training for local social service providers including police and social workers. Continue reading »

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Mar 132018
 


New Orleans is a place of indulgence, but that doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. With all the running routes from the St. Charles streetcar line to Audubon Park, not to mention the many races and marathons throughout the year, New Orleanians love to run just as much as we love beignets.

Whether you’re new to running or trying to reach a specific running goal, All Inclusive Health can help. We can increase your speed and endurance, improve your form, make sure you avoid injuries, and even train you to run a race! Continue reading »

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Mar 082018
 

Paramedics treat an overdose victim at a Mid-City car wash. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

A quick visit to a Mid-City car wash recently became an unexpected lesson for me in the deadly prevalence of our nation’s opioid epidemic when two quick-thinking customers realized that an unresponsive couple whose car was still running had just overdosed. Within minutes of placing 911 calls, a plethora of police, fire and EMS personnel arrived to administer the live-saving drug Naloxone, an antidote medication that reverses opiate overdoses.

The NOPD began carrying Naloxone in October 2016 after the City of New Orleans received a $300,000 federal grant and Mayor Landrieu introduced a new “sweeping plan” to address the crisis. In 2016 Louisiana was one of 8 states that had more opioid prescriptions than people. That same year, over 1,000 Louisiana residents died from an overdose of opioids, surpassing the number of deaths from motor vehicles accidents, homicides or suicides. While many cancer and terminally ill patients are regularly prescribed such medication, they account for only 20 percent of patients who receive it. Continue reading »

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Feb 272018
 

Gert Town’s Low Cost Animal Medical Center will celebrate its “One Year Pawty” this Sunday with an afternoon featuring adoptable pets, music, raffles, food from Bonafried Truck, and cold beer from Brieux Carré Brewing Company.

Low Cost Animal Medical Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit veterinary hospital that opened its doors last March. Located at 4300 Washington Ave., the hospital is “dedicated to providing quality affordable veterinary care to the pets of Greater New Orleans.” Continue reading »

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Feb 192018
 

Congressman Cedric Richmond, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell and Gov. John Bel Edwards speak Monday morning about the renovation of the Bohn Ford building on Broad Street for Odyssey House. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The renovation of the landmark Bohn Ford building on Broad Street for use by the Odyssey House was hailed Monday morning not only as another major step forward in the revitalization of Broadmoor’s commercial corridor, but also the city’s fight against opioid addiction.

A construction worker crosses a scaffolding Monday morning in front of the Bohn Ford building as construction begins on the renovation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jan 182018
 

The Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire East Bank of New Orleans due to a further drop in water pressure Thursday morning, Jan. 18.

This is an expansion of the advisory issued Wednesday for areas east of the Industrial Canal, including Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine and Irish Bayou. Neither advisory applies to the West Bank.

Boil Water Advisory map (via S&WB)

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Nov 102017
 

Dwight Norton, mobility coordinator for the City of New Orleans, demonstrates a social bicycle at the Peoples Health Jazz Market on April 5, 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The City of New Orleans has released the final 70 bike share station locations for Phase 1 of its upcoming bike share system, and Uptown gets ten stations across the Lower Garden District and Central City areas. Continue reading »

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Aug 242017
 

Coroner Jeffrey Rouse (center) confers with NOPD Homicide detectives after the discovery of a body in November 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Incumbent Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse has withdrawn his re-election campaign to return to private psychiatric practice, greeting the election of Dwight McKenna as the city’s first African-American coroner as the “logical next step” for the evolution of the office. Continue reading »

Aug 072017
 

(image via Entergy New Orleans)

The three candidates seeking to succeed Stacy Head as the new At-Large member of the New Orleans City Council all expressed doubts Saturday about the need for a new gas-fired Entergy power station in New Orleans East in the face of residents’ opposition there. Continue reading »

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Jul 262017
 

Unity Church

On Sunday, August 6, Margaret Nicolson, a certified Jin Shin Jitshu practitioner, will give a free presentation and demonstration of this ancient healing art at Unity of New Orleans Spiritual Center, as part of the Bob Tucker Wellness Forum.

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Jan 032017
 

(via St. Thomas Community Health Center)

St. Thomas Community Health Center (CHC) recently announced the addition of their St. Thomas Heart & Vascular Center, where a full-range of cardiovascular services will be available five days a week. The new center, located at 1936 Magazine Street, will offer specialized diagnostic and interventional care including echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, stress testing, and ambulatory ECG monitoring. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 

by Stephanie Standige

Ronald Reagan designated the month of October as the national month of remembrance of infant loss, stillborn and miscarriage. October 15th is reserved as the National Day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL). This acknowledgement aims to raise awareness of the prominence of infant death and pregnancy loss and to support those who have experienced the ultimate type of bereavement. Continue reading »

Oct 212016
 

The woman who drowned in Audubon Park had left her family behind in Massachusetts a year ago and suffered untreated mental illness, said the Orleans Parish Coroner. Meanwhile, the woman who was fatally shot last weekend on Jackson Avenue has yet to be identified, officials said. Continue reading »

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