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LSUHS awarded contract for K-12 COVID testing in 32 parishes

KTAL/KMSS - LSUHS was awarded one of three contracts in Louisiana to deliver FREE COVID-19 testing in kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) for the 2021-2022 school year. The agreement is in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) with funding provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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LSUHS is involved in training Shreveport first responders in crisis intervention

KTBS 3 - The Shreveport Police Department and Fire Department leaders detailed the 40 hour mental health training that some first responders have completed so far with LSU Health Shreveport and Seedlinks Behavior Management. The goal is to prepare first responders to handle situations with people who are undergoing a mental health crisis.

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Dehydration puts people at risk for heat-related illness

KTBS 3 - Dr. Peter Seidenberg, professor of family medicine at LSU Health Shreveport, said it is important for those who will be in the heat for an extended time to stay hydrated. “With how much people use energy drinks nowadays, that increases the risk for heat stroke, as well. Any stimulant type medication, including ADD medicines, will also increase your risk. And also certain blood pressure medications increase your risk for heatstroke.”

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Shreveport man goes from paralyzed to walking with treatment at LSU Health Shreveport

KTAL News - Shane Sumlin was stricken by a rare syndrome called Guillain-Barre which requires extensive physical therapy in order to use one’s arms and hands again. Dr. Suzanne Tinsley, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement at LSUHS, with 3+ decades of experience in dealing with neurological injuries was able to help Shane walk again.

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Summertime heat can cause heat exhaustion, heat stroke

KTBS News - Dr. Peter Seidenberg, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport, explains: “The difference between heat exhaustion and heatstroke is actually your body starts to shut down. When you start adding altered mental status to that, that's when it becomes heatstroke. And it's extremely dangerous.”

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COVID vaccination efforts continue into summer months

KSLA 12 - Across Louisiana, more than 3 million doses of the vaccine have been placed in arms, while 1.4 million Louisianans are fully vaccinated — about 32% of the state. “The faster we can vaccinate ... the more difficult it is for these variants to emerge across the world, and we are seeing it,” LSUHS Dr. John Vanchiere said.

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