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Nurse Killed at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview Tx

It happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
According to KYTX, the stabbing happened in the ambulatory building which is across the street from the hospital. During a press conference, Good Shepherd Medical Center CEO Steve Atmiller said that one employee, a nurse, had died as a result of the stabbing, one person is in critical condition and three visitors are in good condition. Family members confirm that the nurse who was killed during a stabbing at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas is identified as Gail Sandidge. .
Police say that the suspect is in custody but his name is not being released at this time.
Steve Altmiller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Good Shepherd Health System issued the following statement:
“The Good Shepherd family tragically lost a member of our team this morning. At approximately 7 a.m., there was a stabbing incident that occurred at our Ambulatory Surgical Center located across the street from the main Medical Center that injured two employees and three visitors. At this time, of the remaining patients, one is in critical condition and three are in good condition. The Longview Police are currently investigating the incident.
All victims were taken to the emergency center for assement and treatment. This was an isolated incident that was diligently handled by the Longview Police Department and our Good Shepherd response team.
We are unable to answer any additional questions until the police complete their investigation. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected and our team who responded to today’s events.”
 
KTBS News

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    9 year old attempts suicide : Family Sues Caddo Schools over Alleged Bullying

9 year old attempts suicide : Family Sues Caddo Schools over Alleged Bullying

The parents of a nine-year-old boy are suing the Caddo Parish School Board after they say their son tried to kill himself because he was being bullied at a local school. Education Reporter Eric James sat down with the parents of the boy in an exclusive interview.
Due to the sensitive nature of this story KTBS has chosen not to reveal the name of the family or the school where the alleged bullying took place.
“He was seven and it’s very hard to watch your child grab a knife and try and kill himself,” said the mother of the boy.
It is an ordeal the family has been dealing with for nearly two years. In that time they say their son has tried to commit suicide twice.
The family told James they believe their nightmare started following an alleged sexual assault against their son; an assault the mother says she walked in on at their home in 2011.
“My daughter and me saw my son pinned down to the ground with his pants pulled down and the other child was on top of my child and I pulled the other child off of my child,” said the mother.
Question (James): Did you call police?
Answer (Mother):  At that point we contacted his parents (the parents of the other boy) first.
Question (James): Did you ever call police?
Answer (Mother) Yes
Question (James) And what was you told?
Answer (Mother) We were told because of his age there was nothing they could do about it.
The couple says when they then went to the school to enroll their son and; that is when they found out the two boys were set to be in the same class, so they made an appointment with the principal and told her what they […]

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Texas health officials warns against whooping cough

Texas health officials say the number of people sick with whooping cough statewide is on track to reach the highest level in more than 50 years.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging people to make sure they are vaccinated against the highly contagious disease that causes a severe cough.
There have been almost 2,000 cases reported so far this year, with the annual total likely to surpass the recent high of 3,358 cases in 2009.
Two infants have died from whooping cough this year.
Both were too young to be vaccinated.
Ten cases have been reported in East Texas.
At least one case has been confirmed in bowie County, where health officials say their main concern is the low number of people receiving immunizations.
Whooping cough spreads easily through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes.
While infants are most at risk, people of all ages can get whooping cough.
KTBS – Julie Parr

Christus Schumpert St. Mary ER Closing Friday

The emergency room at CHRISTUS Schumpert St. Mary in Shreveport will close at midnight on Friday as part of the hospital system’s change in strategic direction announced in May, but other services will remain for at least another 18 to 24 months.
The changes include a $55 million dollar expansion of the health system’s Highland campus and the transfer of all acute care services from the Schumpert St. Mary campus to Highland. The closure of the St. Mary campus includes the ER, as well as the Sutton Children’s Medical Center.
The Grace Home will remain at the St. Mary campus, but neonatal intensive care services, the birth center, cancer treatment center, inpatient rehabilitation, wound care and breast centers will all be moved to the Highland campus once construction work is complete. That’s expected to take another 18 to 24 months. Until then, they will remain open at St. Mary.
The expansion at the Highland campus will include a new comprehensive cancer center, a new neonatal intensive care unit and expanded OB, ER and radiology services, and a new inpatient rehabilitation center.
It will also expand the number of beds at Highland and remodel all existing patient rooms.
The plan also calls for the expansion of outpatient and ambulatory services with new facilities in Shreveport and Bossier City.
A consulting firm has been hired to find alternative uses for the facilities on the Schumpert St. Mary Campus, but the hospital says the results of the firm’s study have not yet been received.
KSLA – Carolyn Roy

Blood Supply Critically Low;Please Go Donate

LifeShare Blood Centers reports the local O negative blood supply is critically low and requests that all eligible type O negative donors give blood as soon as possible.
 “Often we struggle to find donors during the summer months, and the holiday weekend has worsened the situation. The O negative demand is higher than donations, resulting in less than a one-and-a-half-day supply available,” said LifeShare spokesperson Tina Hooper.
 It takes at least 24 hours after someone gives blood before it is available for use. There is no manufactured substitute for human blood, it must come from blood donors. LifeShare is the provider of blood and blood to local and regional hospitals and medical facilities.
 The following LifeShare Blood Centers’ locations are open for blood donations along with several mobile blood drives in the area.

Shreveport
8910 Linwood Ave.
318.673.1471
8:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. M, W, F
8:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. T, Th
8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. Sat.

Bossier City
1523 Doctors Dr.
318.742.4636
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. M, W, F
11:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. T, Th

Texarkana
1321 College Dr.
903.794.3173
8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. M, W, F
10:00a.m. – 5:30p.m. T, Th
8:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. Sat.

To locate a mobile blood drive, make an appointment, or for more information call your nearest center or go to www.lifeshare.org 
KTBS News

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    Toddler chokes to death with no medical care available in Center, Texas

Toddler chokes to death with no medical care available in Center, Texas

An 18-month-old girl died Monday night after apparently choking to death in Center.

San Augustine County Justice of the Peace Adris Mosby pronounced Edith Gonzales dead at a San Augustine hospital.

Center resident Charles Bush posted on his Facebook page that he was at CVS in Center around 9 p.m. when he watched Edith’s grandfather springing from his car and seeking help for his choking granddaughter in the vehicle outside.

“The grandfather pulled in, and he was absolutely frantic, so I knew something was wrong,” Bush said.

Even though Bush could not understand the Spanish-speaking man, he jumped into action to help him. After a short conversation, he realized that the man was concerned about his granddaughter, Edith Gonzales.

“She was bleeding from her mouth and choking,” Bush said. “We found out later that it was a grape.”

Bush said he dialed 911 but was told there was not an ambulance available; the four units on duty were all on calls. He said a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and officers with Center police arrived at CVS and attempted to help her breathe.

The deputy took Edith in his car and met an ambulance in town around 9:05 p.m. The ambulance arrived at a San Augustine hospital around 9:45 p.m. and Edith was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.

Bush posted his message on Facebook because he was concerned that if there was a hospital in Center, Edith may still be alive.

Three ambulances were on call Monday night and and all were on calls when the 911 call came in, said ACE EMS director Jessie Griffith.

Griffith said that not having a medical center in Center makes response times on calls even longer than before.

“You make patient contact. You do some treatment on scene,” Griffith said. “You transport to say Nacogdoches. You get […]

Q&A on the science of growing hamburger meat in the lab

By MARIA CHENG
AP Medical Writer
 At a public tasting in London on Monday, Dutch scientists served a single hamburger made from cow stem cells. Some questions and answers about the science behind the revolutionary patty, how it could help combat climate change and what it actually tastes like.
Q: What are stem cells?
A: Stem cells are an organism’s master cells and can be turned into any other cell type in the body, i.e. blood, tissue, muscle, etc. Adult stem cells are found in small numbers in most human tissues, including bone marrow, fat and muscle.
Q: Why is the meat so expensive to produce?
A: The technology is new and scientists are making very small quantities of meat. There are no economies of scale to offset the initial high costs. If more scientists or companies start using the technology to produce more meat products, that could drop the price substantially and speed up its production.
Q: When could this meat be in stores?
A: Probably not for another 10 to 20 years. It would take years to refine the technology, encourage other producers and scientists to get involved, and overcome any regulatory issues.
Q: Who paid for the research?
A: Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, underwrote the 250,000-euro ($330,000) project, which began in 2006. The Dutch government previously donated 2 million euros to the research.
Q: How is this better for the environment?
A: It could reduce the number of animals needed for the meat industry. Raising cows, pigs, chickens, etc., contributes substantially to climate change through the production of methane gas. Growing meat in the laboratory could reduce the impact on agricultural land, water and resources.
Q: How long does it take to grow a burger?
A: At the moment, a long time. It has […]

Dog put down after eating paralyzed man’s testicle

An Arkansas man, who is paralyzed from the waist down, is being treated at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center after a stray dog he picked up reportedly ate one of his testicles.
The man, who was not identified in the police report, told Trumann police that he woke up to a “burning pain in his mid-section. “He told the responding officer that he sleeps in the nude and when he woke up, he noticed the dog between his legs. He said there was blood on the dog’s muzzle and front paws. When he investigated further, he noticed the dog had eaten one of his testicles.
The dog was a stray that the man had taken in about three weeks prior to the incident. Until this, he said the dog had been “completely docile while it had been in his home.”
The dog, which is described as small, white, and fluffy, was taken to the Trumann Animal Clinic where it was euthanized. The dog’s head was sent to the Arkansas Department of Health to be tested for rabies.
KSLA

Does Cooking Strip Red Wine’s Benefits?

 Are the health benefits of red wine still available if the wine is reduced by half through cooking and then consumed with the food?
The short answer is probably yes: You can drink your wine and cook it too.
Red wine essentially has two properties that make it good for health when consumed in moderation. One is its alcohol content, which is known to increase “good” HDL cholesterol and reduce levels of fibrinogen, a precursor of blood clots. The other is its abundance of polyphenols, natural compounds like resveratrol that, according to some studies, can protect blood vessels and help reduce inflammation.
Although it is widely assumed that alcohol in food burns off completely during cooking, that is not always the case. According to research by the Agriculture Department, the amount of alcohol that remains varies widely, depending on the cooking method. A sauce that is made with wine and simmered and stirred for 30 minutes, for example, can retain as much as a third of its alcohol content.
A red wine reduction requires a fairly lengthy cooking period, so it is likely that much of the alcohol evaporates along with water during the cooking process. But red wine without alcohol still appears to have some health benefits.
In a small randomized clinical trial published in the journal Circulation Research last year, Spanish researchers found that men who were assigned to drink 10 ounces of nonalcoholic red wine daily experienced a decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure after four weeks. “There is growing evidence,” an accompanying editorial pointed out, “that chemical constituents present in red wine confer health benefits beyond alcohol and independent of potential confounding factors.”
In another study published in 2011 in The Journal of Cardiovascular […]