Lane Health Blog

Managing Day-to-Day Life with Diabetes
August 23, 2016

A diagnosis of diabetes is overwhelming.  It is also increasingly common.  According to the American Diabetes Association , over nine percent of the population lived with some form of the disease as of 2012, and it is presumable that those numbers have continued to rise.  With each new diagnosis comes a new patient with a new set of challenges, questions, and fears.  Fortunately, diabetes is largely manageable, but understanding just how to keep it in check is a huge learning experience for patients. Read More

Coping with Disaster
August 18, 2016

Recent flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster in US since Hurricane Sandy.  Experts say we cope with unexpected, sudden changes such as disasters in our lives in the same way we cope with grief.  Read More

Treating Addiction in Baton Rouge: Lane Recovery Solutions
August 15, 2016

Sometimes, we call them vices.  Those habits we have that we can’t seem to get away from.  Sure, they’re not great for us.  But, really, what’s the harm?  For millions, the harm comes when a simple vice crosses the line into addiction.  When a substance or behavior goes from an occasional comfort to interfering with day-to-day life and responsibilities, it is officially in addiction territory, a frightening place that has the capability to wreck health, tear apart families, and destroy careers.  Read More

What You Need to Know About Zika Virus
August 11, 2016

What is Zika virus? Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is currently causing a large outbreak primarily in Central and South America. In addition, the Florida Department of Health has identified an area in one neighborhood of Miami where Zika is being spread by mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for people who live in or have traveled to this area any time after June 15. What are the symptoms of Zika virus? Only about 1 in 5 people with Zika virus will get symptoms of illness; because of this, many people may not… Read More

Home Health or Nursing Home: Making the Right Choice
July 29, 2016

The phases of life seem to pass so quickly.  Not long ago, you were the child, being cared for by young, fit parents.  Now you’re the one with children depending on you, and suddenly, the parents who once seemed so invincible appear frail.  Balancing the demands of day-to-day life is challenging enough, but when you are also caring for an aging parent or loved one, they can feel insurmountable.  The options begin to run through your mind.  You need help. But how can you ensure quality care for your loved one while also maintaining… Read More

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
July 19, 2016

Serious wounds require serious care.  Often arising from complications associated with another medical condition, wounds that are suitable for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) are yet another hurdle on the path to health.  The body is overwhelmed, tissue is damaged, and the healing process may be compromised.  In such a scenario, utilizing the most effective possible treatment method quickly goes from important to imperative. Read More

Mosquito-Borne Illnesses - More Than Just Itchy Bumps!
July 14, 2016

Mosquitoes can quickly ruin a nice day or evening outdoors with their itchy bites.  However, mosquito bites can also cause illnesses, some of which can be quite serious. Read More

The Importance of Immunizations for Baton Rouge Area Children
July 13, 2016

Immunizations have become a hot button issue over the past several years, as concerns grow over the potential side effects, particularly the development of autism.  Fortunately, research has largely disproven these claims, and most parents understand that the benefit of immunizations to both their own children and society as a whole outweigh any potential risk. Read More

Preventing Foodborne Illness
June 30, 2016

It's grilling season.  Proper handling and preparation of food are important to prevent and avoid foodborne illnesses (food poisoning).  Before you fire up the grill for summertime cookouts, picnics, and holiday celebrations, here is important information about foodborne illness. Read More

The 3 Most Important Steps to Protect Men's Health
June 28, 2016

In the month that we celebrate Father’s Day, it is only fitting that we also focus on National Men’s Health Month.  While in October, we seem to float in a sea of pink as we raise awareness and research funds for breast cancer, health concerns that primarily target men are less commonly acknowledged.  Perhaps this lack of awareness plays a role in the fact that women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit a doctor and live an average of five years longer.  Read More

Tips to Keep You Safe this Summer
June 17, 2016

Is there any better memory than summer vacations or long days spent wading in the pool?  Ice cold drinks, popsicles, fireworks, and beach trips are hallmarks of a time when life feels a bit more carefree.  Unfortunately, it also marks a time when injuries are on the rise.  Hospitals frequently refer to these next couple of months as “trauma season.”  It’s no surprise that as the weather lends itself to more frequent outdoor activities that accidents also tend to spike, but the reality is that many of these are avoidable.  Read More

Managing Stress
June 14, 2016

Stress can hit you when you least expect it-before a test, after an accident or during conflict in a relationship. While everyone experiences stress at times, a prolonged bout of it can affect your health and ability to cope with life. That's why social support and self-care are important. They can help you see your problems in perspective...and the stressful feelings ease up. Read More

Cataract Risk and Treatment Options in Baton Rouge
June 8, 2016

June marks Cataract Awareness Month, a time that brings into focus the condition that may be doing just the opposite to your vision.  Cataracts are among the leading causes of blindness worldwide, and are a common affliction of patients over the age of 60. Read More

Baton Rouge Stroke Rehabilitation
May 27, 2016

When it comes to catastrophic health events, stroke is near the top of the list.  Sure, some are minor, so much so that they may be completely undetected by the patient.  However, 2/3 of stroke survivors will recover from their stroke with some form of lingering disability.  The type and severity of these disabilities depends on the size and location of the stroke within the brain, and treatment hinges on this fact as well.  It is often a long and arduous process, but with proper rehabilitation, many patients can maintain or achieve their… Read More

Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Treatment in Baton Rouge
May 23, 2016

Science has been telling us for years to get plenty of rest.  It’s so important that May has even been deemed Better Sleep Month in an attempt to emphasize the role that sleep plays in leading a healthy and productive life.  You’ve likely heard the old standard of 8 hours per night as an ideal evening’s rest.  But what if you are one of millions who always seem groggy no matter how much sleep you get?  If this is the case, there is a possibility that a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea is involved.  Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Depression and Anxiety
May 18, 2016

During May, Mental Health Month, all too common mental health disorders take center stage.  We’ve often heard how our society overlooks mental illness, even treating it as a weakness.  This month represents the opportunity to change that and reflect on some of our most common mental health disorders for what they are – an uncontrollable illness that should be addressed and treated. Read More

4 Steps you can Take Now to Prevent Skin Cancer
May 13, 2016

Cancer is a scary word.  When you hear it, you may think cancers that affect internal organs such as the lungs, pancreas, or colon.  But what about your body’s largest organ?  Our skin is our first line of defense against environmental pollutants and the elements.  It also happens to be our largest organ.  Read More

Transradial Catheterization Benefits
May 2, 2016

Cardiac catheterization may be performed by your physician in order to detect a heart problem or to help treat a known problem.  Some of the uses of catheterization are identifying narrow or blocked blood vessels, removing a tissue sample, measuring oxygen levels within the heart, angioplasty, valve replacement, or heart arrhythmia treatment. Read More

What is Transradial Cardiac Catheterization?
April 27, 2016

If your physician needs to get some insight into how your heart is working, he or she may want to perform a heart cath.  There are a number of uses for the procedure, from diagnostic to preventative, and it can give your healthcare team a robust picture of what your overall heart health looks like.   Read More

3 Reasons Your OB is at Lane
April 6, 2016

From the moment we are born, milestones in our lives are largely influenced by doctors.  From vaccinations to braces in middle school, a physician is there.  For women of childbearing age, the relationship with their OB physician becomes exceptionally important.  Read More

Why Begin Your Baton Rouge Nursing Career at Lane?
March 11, 2016

There are few milestones as exciting, nerve-racking, or rewarding as finally beginning the new career that you've worked so hard for. As a new nurse, you've invested hours upon hours into study and practice in order to make yourself the very best, the most qualified, and the most deserving of such a noble profession. Yet, you may feel panic in this moment. Will you be able to find the job you've been dreaming of all this time? Will you like your co-workers? Will it be rewarding? The questions swirl in your mind, and your concern is founded. It can be difficult to… Read More

Fight the Flu with Good Habits
February 15, 2016

FAST Lane of Zachary Urgent Care, 19900 Old Scenic Highway, is now offering flu vaccinations for patients ages four and older. Read More

Summer Safety Tips for Food
December 28, 2015

Summer is in full swing and Americans are outside and on the move. To keep food poisoning, heat exhaustion and other summer woes from spoiling the fun, follow some basic safety tips to avoid illness and injury that could even become life-threatening. Read More

What to Do if Your Loved One Refuses to See a Doctor
September 23, 2015

When it comes to our aging loved ones, the last words we want to hear are "I don't want to go to the doctor." Yet, we've all been there, or know someone who's going through the problem right now. Although there are no solid stats, it's safe to assume that many of the elderly who would benefit from medical care (and who may have access to free medical care) have deep-seated inhibitions against seeing doctors. This is as much a result of an overly complex medical system (with reams of paperwork that the elderly may not have the capacity to fill out) as it… Read More

3 Ways to Fight Pre-Diabetes
April 14, 2015

Pre-diabetes is a warning signal that there's trouble ahead - unless you make some significant lifestyle changes. Untreated, it can eventually lead to Type 2 Diabetes, which is closely associated with heart disease, blindness, stroke and kidney failure. Read More

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March 18, 2015

Healthy food provides your body with the necessary nutrition to function optimally, without negative side effects. Unfortunately, there are a few foods out there that we commonly believe are good for us (or better than others), which simply are not. Read More

8 Foods for a Healthy Brain
March 9, 2015

You've heard of heart-healthy foods-- but what about brain-healthy? Luckily, there are many foods out there that can help your brain, by improving focus and concentration or keeping your grey matter from deteriorating. Read More

Do Something Nice for Your Heart This Valentine's Day: Take These Five Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
February 11, 2015

With Valentine's Day approaching, our attention turns to matters of the heart. One area where women take the lead in this regard is heart disease. Read More

5 Tips to Have Everyone Seeing Red During Heart Month
February 11, 2015

Seeing red typically refers to someone who gets so angry that they become enraged. However, having people see red during Heart Month is not a bad idea, especially if it leads them to take steps to prevent heart disease. Read More

5 Easy Ways to Introduce Cooking to your Kids
February 10, 2015

WebMD research indicates that children who eat home-cooked meals are less likely to be overweight. Home-cooked meals are typically more balanced and include more fruits and vegetables and have less trans-fat. It was also reported that kids who enjoy home-cooked meals are generally happier and less disposed to eating disorders as they get older. Read More

The Super Green Smoothie that kids love!
February 9, 2015

If you think that getting your kids to eat raw vegetables like spinach or kale is impossible, think again. This brain boosting, vitamin packed green smoothie recipe is just what you need. It is so good that they'll think it's a special treat. Read More

The Burger Diet
February 7, 2015

So maybe we wouldn't recommend a diet of just burgers, but this smoky sweet potato burger certainly tops the list of heart healthy burgers that your heart doctor could easily recommend.  In addition to being sweet and savory, these sweet potato burgers are full of essential vitamins, antioxidants and healthy plant based protein. Read More

What to Do When Wounds Won't Heal
February 2, 2015

There are several factors that contribute to a breakdown in the wound healing process. These include infection, tissue ischemia/hypoxia, inadequate local wound responsiveness, and unrelieved pressure. Read More

10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
February 2, 2015

Whether you call it the winter blues or use the clinical term "Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)," the result is still the same - we feel more anxious, lack energy, and are generally more "blah" than normal. It is a problem faced by many. According to WebMD, one in four of us will manifest the doldrums during the winter months. If that describes you, here are ten ways to overcome the seasonal slump. Read More

7 Key Facts About Flu Season That You Need to Know
December 29, 2014

People in South Louisiana get excited about several seasons - football, basketball, and baseball to name three. Hunters are excited about deer and dove season. The holiday season, coming to a close, brought with it lots of excitement, too Read More

Water Safety: A Key to Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe This Summer
June 27, 2014

Summer is in full swing and families throughout the community are seizing the opportunity to hit the pool, beach, lake or water park to cool off and soak up some sun. Whether your next outing calls for snorkeling gear or an inflatable raft, don't forget to make water safety a priority, especially in areas where certified lifeguards are not present. Read More

Avoid Summer Bummers: Summer Safety Tips
June 20, 2014

Summer is in full swing and Americans are outside and on the move. To keep food poisoning, heat exhaustion and other summer woes from spoiling the fun, follow some basic safety tips to avoid illness and injury that could even become life-threatening. Read More

This Summer, Make Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention a Priority
May 30, 2014

National Skin Cancer Awareness Month is observed nationwide each May in an effort to educate the public about the dangers of skin cancer. Despite widespread warnings of the risks associated with unprotected sun exposure, approximately two million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year. About 68,000 of these cases will be melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Read More

Tips for Stopping the Cycle of Depression
May 9, 2014

The 3 parts of Depression are: Negative or Self Critical Thoughts Physical Symptoms of Fatigue, Poor Concentration, Irritability, Nervousness Behavioral Isolation or Passivity or Inactivity Read More

One of the Most Important Things You Can Do for Your Child: Get Them Vaccinated!
April 25, 2014

Every spring, National Infant Immunization Week is observed to promote the benefits of childhood immunization. Read More

Autistic Disorders Becoming More Common, Need Early Intervention
April 18, 2014

Some parents know right away that something is wrong. Others won't suspect until their toddler suddenly stops babbling or making eye contact. Either way, learning that your child is autistic can be life-changing. Read More

What to Know About Colorectal Cancer and How to Prevent It
March 5, 2014

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. Read More

Back to School Health Tips from Lane's Baton Rouge Family Practice
August 14, 2013

As the school year begins, make sure you are sending your kids off to school with more than just a kiss. Children who succeed in school begin with healthy home habits. Read More

Nodding Off -- You May Need More Than a Nap
February 26, 2013

Humans spend about one-third of their lives doing it, yet sleep remains misunderstood and underappreciated for its role in keeping us healthy and productive. Read More