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Health Update (1988)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-01-31

Duration: 00:24:01

Subjects: Health | AIDS (Disease) | Hepatitis B | Lupus | Asthma


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • McFarland, Louise Interviewee
  • Dawson, Peter Interviewee


This segment from the January 31, 1988, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s report on the health issues affecting people in Louisiana. She interviews Dr. Louise McFarland, the director of the Preventive and Public Health Service for the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Resources. She discusses: her office’s work in tracking the infectious diseases in Louisiana; the similar transmission routes for AIDS and Hepatitis B; the effectiveness of the Hepatitis B vaccine; their concerns about the flu; and the current research into developing an AIDS vaccine. Masingale also interviews Dr. Peter Dawson, a family physician in Plaquemine. He discusses: guarding against Hepatitis B and AIDS; lupus, an autoimmune disease; asthma; recent research into the connection between cholesterol and heart disease; and his advice for maintaining good health.