<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Health News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usTue, 25 Oct 2016 01:26:56 -0700Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:26:56 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Infants, Parents Should Share Room: New Guidelines]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:35:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated guidelines for new parents on infant sleep safety. Experts say room sharing could reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half and...]]>
<![CDATA[Pediatrics Group Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:32:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-135280995.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for parents with infants and young children in regard to screen usage.Children under 18 months should avoid screens, with the exception of...

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<![CDATA[New Advice: Parents Should Share Screentime with Kids]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:46:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_mediakids1020_1920x1080.jpg
Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun. Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids' media usage represents a shift to making moms...

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<![CDATA[Woman With Cancer: '#JuJuOnThatChemo']]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:21:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/chemo-dance-101916.PNG
A Texas woman is not letting cancer and chemo get her down. Ana-Alecia Ayala, who’s battling a rare form of uterine sarcoma, has joined the viral dance craze — and has a heartwarming message to share.

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<![CDATA[Mom's Update on Conjoined Twins]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:12:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/conjoined+twins+gofundme+thumb.png
Nicole McDonald has reluctantly documented her family's experience as her twin sons who were attached at the head faced their most difficult surgery yet last week. But if supporters of her family read anything...
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<![CDATA[Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Rates, Report Finds]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:42:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/strides6-PIC_0.jpg
Despite innovative technology for detection and treatment of breast cancer, black women continue to have the highest rate of mortality, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[Moms Find Worms in Baby Formula]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:04:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_maggotformula1011_1500x845.jpg
A first-time mom says she found worms in a bottle of Similac baby formula that she fed her son. "Two ounces down I noticed the worms," said Taylor Seyler from Missouri. "Took it from his mouth, went and put...]]>
<![CDATA[4 Qualities Explain Why Big Cities Are Healthier: Survey]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:48:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/StretchMcDonalds.jpg
The American cities with the healthiest, happiest residents are Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., according to a new survey that scored communities on important health measures, NBC...

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<![CDATA[College Students Say 'Drunkorexia' Is More Than Buzzword]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:36:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-113218959beer.jpg
Despite attempts to curb students’ consumption of alcohol, binge-drinking is becoming the norm on college campuses, NBC News reported.A group of young people spoke about the trend, called “drunkorexia,"...

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<![CDATA[Cartels Selling Deadly Fentanyl Disguised as Other Drugs]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:50:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fentanyl+10-09.PNG
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are warning people who illegally buy drugs and painkillers on the street or in Tijuana that drug cartels are selling lethal doses of...

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<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Treatment Costs Vary Wildly, Study Finds]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:51:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2092862-cancer-treatment-generic.jpg
A new study has found that breast cancer patients, insurance companies and government health plans are needlessly paying $1 billion to treat the disease, NBC News reported.The cost of cancer treatment...

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<![CDATA[Kid-Friendly Cannabis?]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:18:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-10-10-at-11.37.36-AM.jpg
Tampa, Florida's, first Family Medical Cannabis Clinic is now offering a non-euphoric strain of marijuana as a treatment option for children and adults with chronic seizures and muscle spasms.

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<![CDATA['Lunchables' Recalled in 2 States Due to Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:18:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lunchables-recall.jpg
The Kraft Heinz Company is recalling 959 pounds of some "Lunchables" packaged lunch products in two states due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...

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<![CDATA[Study Says No, You Can't Live Forever]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:11:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_95101701406Jeanne-Calment.jpg
If you wanted to live until, say, the year 2140, don't get your hopes up. A new study from the Einstein College of Medicine found that human beings' maximum lifespan is about 115 years, NBC News reported.Jan...

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<![CDATA[Did Hospital Charge Couple for Holding Their Baby?]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:01:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SKIN-TO-SKIN-4P-VO---00-00-39-15_21059698.jpg
A Utah couple was confused after receiving a $39.95 charge for "skin-to-skin contact" on a bill from their hospital after the birth of their child. Though it first seemed like a charge for holding the baby, the...

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<![CDATA[Foods to Avoid Before Bed]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:04:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_nightfoods1004_1920x1080.jpg
Having these late-night snacks can have a huge impact on sleep quality.]]>
<![CDATA[Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Paralyzing US Kids]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:36:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/carter_4_d469880f8dc2035fcfb6cdc6b59d3b54.nbcnews-ux-600-480.jpg
Three-year-old Carter Roberts was playful, healthy and active until he became one of over four dozen people in the United States diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[CDC Warns Against Traveling to Asia as Zika Spreads There]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2016 03:49:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/184*120/Mosquito+Illnesses+Fort+Worth.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning pregnant women to stay away from 11 Southeast Asian countries where Zika is spreading, NBC News reported.Thailand has been included on the list, where...

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<![CDATA[Experts Looked Inside Mylan's Upgraded EpiPen]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:34:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/epipen-julie-brown-injectors-nbc-news.jpg
With Congress trying to figure out Mylan's business model for the EpiPen, a medical technologies expert and a Seattle doctor have been physically taking apart the auto-injectors to find out exactly how...

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<![CDATA[Doctors Warn Zika Could Spread in Sweat and Tears]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:27:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16201766112052-zika-utah-mosquito.jpg
Doctors who treated a strange case of Zika say sweat and tears may be able to transmit the virus, NBC News reports.A team at the University of Utah School of Medicine said their case, of a man who infected his...

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<![CDATA[Over 600K Vets May Be Uninsured in 2017]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:55:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DOC_GettyImages-539738467.jpg
More than 600,000 U.S. military veterans will go without health insurance in 2017 if 19 states fail to expand their Medicaid programs, according to the Urban Institute.The report found that many veterans fall...

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<![CDATA[3D-Printed Artificial Bones Could Help Heal Injuries]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:49:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3d-skull-H.jpg
A new type of artificial bone shaped with a 3-D printer can repair deformed bones and help heal some spine, skull and jaw injuries, researchers say in a new report printed in the journal Science Translational...

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<![CDATA[Wearable Tech Improves Cancer Treatment]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:29:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/wearable-cancer-tech.JPG
Researchers are using off-the-shelf technology like smartphones and wristbands to help cancer patients fight the disease. Mekahlo Medina reports for the NBC4 News at 5 on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.

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<![CDATA[9 Out of 10 People Breathe Polluted Air: WHO]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:43:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_484690709547.jpg
Nine out of ten people worldwide live in areas where air pollution exceeds guidelines, the World Health Organization said. The pollution puts these people at higher risk for heart disease, strokes and cancer.

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<![CDATA[Aetna to Subsidize Apple Watch]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:46:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg
Aetna announced that it will be making Apple Watches available for large employers and individual customers during open enrollment season.The health care services company said the new initiative will...

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<![CDATA[Plastic Bits Prompt Tyson Chicken Nugget Recall]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:16:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Chicken-Nugget-Recall-Panko.jpg
Consumers complaining of finding bits of plastic in some packages of Tyson chicken nuggets led Tyson Foods to recall over 100,000 pounds of the product, the USDA's food safety division announced Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[A Rare Bipartisan Agreement Reached, Briefly, on Abortion]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:45:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CONGRESS_GettyImages-2062515.jpg
Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding.

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<![CDATA[Drug-Resistant Superbugs a 'Fundamental Threat': WHO]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:06:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
While antibiotics were once hailed as miracle drugs, they've been abused and overused so much that they are now often useless against fast-evolving bacteria. And that bacterial evolution is far outpacing humans’...

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<![CDATA[Fitness Trackers No Guarantee for Weight Loss]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:13:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_fitnesstrackers0920_1920x1080.jpg
A new study suggests wearing a fitness tracker to tally the number of steps you take in a day doesn't necessarily mean the numbers on the scale will come down. The University of Pittsburgh recruited more...

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<![CDATA[Smoking Leaves DNA Damage Years After Quitting: Study]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:13:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Most — but not all — DNA damage from smoking fades over time, and the genetic changes occur in clear patterns, researchers reported in an American Heart Association journal Tuesday, according to NBC News.The...

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<![CDATA[Listeria Fears Spur Whole Wheat Eggo Recall]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:18:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kellogg-eggo-recall-.jpg
Kellogg is recalling about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain whole wheat waffles over the possibility they were contaminated with Listeria bacteria.No illnesses have been reported in connection with the...

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