Friday, September 29, 2017

How Louisiana is Responding to the Needs of Puerto Rico

Author: Rosanne Prats, Executive Director, Emergency Response

If there is one thing Louisiana knows how to handle, it’s a hurricane.  And I guess you can add floods, tornadoes, and other various natural disasters to the list.  Although our southern location provides many jobs and vital resources, it also makes us vulnerable to the elements.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Exposure to lead at indoor shooting ranges poses a health risk

Author: Anna Reilly, PhD, MPH and Jocelyn Lewis, PhD, MSPH; Office of Public Health, Occupational Health Program 

Across the nation and in Louisiana, target shooting is growing in popularity. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, more than 20 million Americans enjoy target shooting. And if you think the popularity is limited to older men, you’d miss the mark. In fact, competitive shooting is one of the fastest growing high school and community-based sports in the country.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Following the Flood: Safely Returning Home

Author: Parham Jaberi, MD, Assistant State Health Officer, Assistant Secretary for Office of Public Health

Mold. Snakes and other reptiles. Sharp objects. Deep water, and possibly contaminated drinking water.

These are all hazards that people face when returning home to a flooded house or structure. The Louisiana Department of Health advises all residents to be aware of the dangers flood waters pose and to take all appropriate precautions.