I’ve got a video (2:34) for you today. This is an interview filmed earlier this year. In it, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Chief Data Officer Somesh Nigam talks about his work identifying early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in Louisiana. Read more
I have to admit… I don’t know too many people who are looking back fondly on 2020. It was a hard year, and COVID-19 — and our responses to it – caused an unimaginable amount of damage. In looking back through my files, I was shocked at the challenges the virus created and the damage it did. Read more
We are, as a state, at a critical point in our battle with COVID-19. After a brutal year where we lost more than 10,000 fellow Louisianians, saw hundreds of thousands of businesses close or downsize and nearly half a million people lose their jobs, we now have a way out of this COVID mess. Read more
As strange as it seems, I got bullied a lot when I was a kid.
I could hardly blame the other kids; I was a prime target for bullying. By the time I was 11, I was overweight, wore glasses and those old metal braces, and had a really bad complexion. With five kids, money was tight, and my mom, God love her, made a lot of my clothes herself. And cut my hair herself. Read more
My Mom has a wonderful way of dispelling fear, anxiety and trouble with just a few words. I guess when you make it to 82 (don’t tell her I told you how old she is!), you pick up a few things along the way.
About things in the future that could be problematic: “Don’t borrow trouble! Today has enough!” Read more
Gene therapy is the new moon shot. And the space race of the 60s is a lot like the race for new vaccines, medicines and prescription drugs of today. Developing these new treatments and in some cases, outright cures, that the U.S. is known for takes a lot of work, a lot of risk and a lot of money. Read more