AM Newscall January 2,2017

Do you struggle with keeping up with your New Year’s fitness resolutions? Halen Doughty has some tips…

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Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge participated in a nationwide study that’s made a major breakthrough in leukemia treatment. Halen Doughty has more…

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Many people set new fitness resolutions for the New Year, but how do you make sure to keep up with them? Director of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Rudy Macklin says it’s always a good idea to get a workout partner. He says many people stop trying by the time February comes around…

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Macklin says a good way to become more active is to do more physical things around the home, like mowing the grass. He says starting a diet or workout regimen with another person helps to keep up the motivation.

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Macklin advises people who are older or haven’t been active in a while to start out slow…

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Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge contributed to a major breakthrough for leukemia treatments. Dr. Jay Brooks with Ochsner says the study looked into the effects of a new pill on patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He says they tested the effects of Ibrutinib because not all patients benefit from chemotherapy, which also comes with side effects like hair loss.

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Brooks says CLL is the most common type of blood and bone marrow cancer. He says the results from the nationwide study with the National Cancer Institute were promising. He says patients will now have direct access to this new drug.

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Brooks says some patients benefit more from chemotherapy, while others do better with the new pill. But he says the pill, which is taken once daily, is expensive, and patients will have to take it for life.

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The Allstate Sugar Bowl kicks off tonight in the Mercedes Benz Superdome at 7:30 as the Auburn Tigers take on the Oklahoma Sooners. Chief Operating Officer for the bowl, Jeff Hundley, says originally there were some struggles selling tickets but he still expects a big crowd to be in attendance. He says they were lucky to get such great teams to play in New Orleans.

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Hundley says ticket sales were lower than they have been in the past.. He says attention is shifting away from bowl games…

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Oklahoma heads into the competition with a 10-2 record and Auburn with an 8-4. Hundley says both teams have huge followings and they are thrilled to have two college powerhouses competing in the 2016 Sugar Bowl.

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Now that the Saints season is over and they’ve once again failed to make the playoffs for a third straight year, can we expect to see many changes in the off season? NFL Analyst Mike Detillier says he doesn’t see many things that need shaking up on the offense…:

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Detillier says the biggest off season money decision has to be made on Nick Fairly. The defensive tackle, who is facing free agency now that the season is over, has started all 15 games for the Saints in 2016, and has recorded 40 total tackles and 5.5 sacks…:

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Detililer says what the Saints really need to do in this off season is go out and find a top pass rusher. He also says there has got to be a new special teams coach…:

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