Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic, itchy, inflammatory skin condition that usually affects the face, neck, arms and legs, but usually spares the groin region. It usually starts in early infancy, but also affects some adults. Extreme weather events due to climate change, including floods and wildfires are implicated in cutaneous injuries, skin infections and Read More

The Developing Brain

New Orleans Coroner, Dr. Dwight McKenna, has new information about the developing brain. The brain and nervous system grow at a remarkable rate, achieving about 30% of adult brain weight at birth and 80% by age 2. Expert say this rapid growth necessitates high levels of energy. Nutrition support during these periods can confer lifelong, Read More


Dr. Dwight McKenna, New Orleans Coroner, says there are some things you should know about obesity. Obesity is a major factor affecting the health of many Americans. It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 41% of adults and 19.7% of children now meet the criteria for being obese. Experts say Read More

Sleep Apnea–What You Need to Know

If you are like many of Americans, you may have wondered about Sleep Apnea. What is it? It’s the absence of breathing during sleep associated with frequent awakening and often with daytime sleepiness resulting from failure of the respiratory center to stimulate adequate respiration during sleep. New Orleans Coroner, Dr. Dwight McKenna, says sleep apnea Read More

Gout – What is it? What you need to know!

If you are like many Americans, you may have wondered about Gout. What is it? Gout is precipitation of mono sodium urate crystals into tissue, usually in and around joints, most often causing recurrent auto or chronic arthritis. New Orleans Coroner, Dr. Dwight McKenna, says acute arthritis often involves the first metatarsophalangeal (joint pain) to Read More

Fatty Liver Disease

If you are like many of Americans, you may have wondered about Fatty Liver Disease. There are two types: 1. Non-Alcoholic (NAFLD), which is the most common. Causes range from diabetes, high blood pressure, increased cholesterol, increased triglycerides, obesity and some medications. 2. Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (AFLD). A root cause of this is increased Read More

Who Benefits from Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

New Orleans Coroner, Dr. Dwight McKenna points to a recent study that shows platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections have become a popular treatment option in a variety of specialties including sports medicine, maxilla facial surgery, dermatology, cosmetology and reproductive medicine. PRP is an autologous blood product derived from whole blood, using a centrifuge to isolate a Read More

Statement regarding the ID of Justin Smith

In case of Justin Smith, fingerprints were done by NOPD homicide detective David Trahan within days of autopsy and submitted on June 25th, as per their policy, to NOPD. We were notified by NOPD fingerprinting machine was out of order and we were forced to wait for it be repaired. In the process of trying Read More