LSU Health Shreveport

Kate Archer Kent

A new 66-page comic book imagined by two medical librarians at LSU Health Shreveport will help kindergarteners and first graders better understand obesity.

Talicia Tarver’s “The Amazing Captain Fit” is a story about a boy who wants to be a superhero but lacks healthy eating habits. The comic book, published today, will be distributed through the Department of Pediatrics’ Reach Out and Read program. Tarver wanted to embed the message in something that kids and parents would both enjoy.

Kate Archer Kent

For a decade, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center in Shreveport has hosted Science Academy, bussing dozens of elementary school students to the science museum for seven weeks. They get an extra boost of science and math skills, according to Sci-Port’s education coordinator Kim Solice.

“I think it’s a bonus for these students. These are students who I think have real interest in science, and they will continue that interest in their middle and high school years. Eventually, what we hope is it will become a career for them,” Solice said.

Kate Archer Kent

Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy should receive radiation treatment if the cancer has spread to four or more nearby lymph nodes. That’s standard care. But only 65 percent of women get post-mastectomy radiation therapy, according to a new study released Tuesday by the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Quyen Chu, a surgery professor at LSU Health Shreveport, analyzed almost 57,000 cases of locally advanced breast cancer occurring between 1998 and 2011, housed in the National Cancer Data Base.

Aired Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m. The one-hour community forum was held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center in Shreveport. The forum featured Dr. Martha Whyte, director of the Region 7 Office of Public Health, Dr. Gerald Capraro, director of the clinical microbiology laboratory at LSU Health Shreveport, and Dr. John Vanchiere, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at LSU Health Shreveport. The experts answered questions from the audience in Sci-Port's IMAX Dome Theatre. The free public forum is a collaboration of Sci-Port, LSU Health Shreveport and Red River Radio.

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. With the first case on American soil emerging in Dallas, Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center is partnering with LSU Health Shreveport and Red River Radio to present a free public forum on Ebola at Sci-Port's IMAX Dome Theatre. The one-hour Ebola 101 Forum is set for Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m.

Red River Radio's Kate Archer Kent will moderate  a panel of experts featuring Dr. Martha M. Whyte, director of Region 7 Office of Public Health; Gerald A. Capraro, Ph.D., director of the clinical microbiology and diagnostic virology laboratory at LSU Health Shreveport; and Dr. John A. Vanchiere, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at LSU Health Shreveport.

Sci-Port is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, La., 71101. More information is at 318-424-3466.