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Airs Thursday, July 13, 2017. LSU Health in Shreveport now has a Center for Voice, Airway and Swallowing, the only one of its kind in the region. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. when Dr. John Patrick Lavo will be joined by Laryngologist Dr. Paul Weinberger to talk about Voice Disorders, Dysphagia, and Complex Airway Disorders. Calls will be taken during the show at 1-800-552-8502

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Congress returns to work today,  after the July 4th break and the number one topic  is the  U.S. Senate health care bill,  a large focus of the  GOP-driven version of the bill was aimed at reducing spending on Medicaid,  the health insurance program for the poor paid for with state and federal dollars.  If passed,  the bill would roll back federal funds for Medicaid expansion and eventually put caps on how much each state will receive for the traditional  Medicaid program  based on  a  per-capita formula.


BEACH-RELATED INFECTION:   As people flock to beaches this month, some unseen threats to their health are living in the water. There’s a Flesh-Eating Bacteria that’s infected a  South Texas man who was fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.    He is hospitalized for the Vibrio Vulnificus infection.   That’s a germ that lurks in the warm waters of the Gulf.  He’s being treated at a hospital in Galveston and may have to have his arm amputated.   Healthcare experts recommend beachgoers with broken skin, cuts, and scratches to avoid going into the water.