<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Health News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:17:12 -0800 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:17:12 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Doctors Use New 3-D Tech to Prepare for Brain Surgery]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:07:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/generic-brain2.jpg
For the first time, brain surgeons at UCLA’s Neurosurgery Center can look inside the heads of their patients before they go under the knife.

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<![CDATA[New App Lets Patients Receive Diagnosis Through Phone]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:57:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Liberty11P0228_1200x675_406144067928.jpg
Patients can video call with a licensed doctor in their area with a few quick taps of their fingers.]]>
<![CDATA[Family Sues Scope Maker After UCLA "Superbug" Outbreak]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:25:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lafile-ronald-reagan-ucla-medical-center.jpg
The family of a woman who believes she died in connection to the UCLA "superbug" outbreak has sued a medical device company for wrongful death.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Body Bags Are Getting Bigger]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:56:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/NC_bigbodybags.jpg
With more than one third of U.S. adults overweight, coroners are having problems with standard body bags sizes being too small.]]>
<![CDATA[Congresswoman Cracks Down on Liquid Detergent Pods]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:02:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Consumer-Reports-Pods.jpg
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) is set to introduce the tougher laws surrounding the packaging of liquid laundry detergent pods after a child ended up in intensive care...]]>
<![CDATA[Alternatives to Statins]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:16:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/225*120/2-25-15_Dr_Bruce_Pic.JPG
Cholesterol-lowering medication use is on the rise.]]>
<![CDATA[Hand Washing Dishes May Prevent Allergies: Study]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:24:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dishwashingAllergy-529008409.jpg
Washing dishes might be the best chore for a kid. Doing dishes by hand instead of using a dishwasher might prevent or reduce allergies in children, according to a Swedish study published in the journal...

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<![CDATA[Study Finds Obesity, Diabetes Link]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:26:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/UC-San-Diego-generic_6.jpg
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, believe they have discovered the "root cause" of Type 2 diabetes — a molecular link between obesity and diabetes that may lead to new...

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<![CDATA[Study Links Peanut Exposure to Allergy]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:45:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/peanut+butter+recall.jpg
A new study argues that the key to preventing peanut allergies in children may lie in early and regular exposure to the food, The Associated Press reported. Researchers tracked 640 children under age 1 who were...]]>
<![CDATA[Suicide Prevention: Helpful Resources, Links]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:58:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc4-generic-open-nbcla.jpg
Use these links to find more information about suicide prevention and agencies that provide crisis intervention.]]>
<![CDATA[Breakthrough Device Could Help Sleep Apnea]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:32:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/174*120/02-20-15-Sleep-Apnea-Device.JPG
If you snore or have sleep apnea, there is a breakthrough treatment that may help, without the awkward masks typically used by chronic sufferers.]]>
<![CDATA[New Sterilization Rules Combat "Superbug" Infections]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:35:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/web_superbug_gordon_5p_1200x675_401693763890.jpg
Doctors and administrators at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center said Thursday that new procedures for cleaning a medical device used in some exams will prevent the "superbug" that led to two deaths and...]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Testing "Superbug" Vaccine]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:19:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/2-19-15-Superbug_Vaccine.JPG
Researchers at LA BioMed, a nonprofit independent lab, are on the cutting edge. They're in the final stages of developing a vaccine against MRSA - another hospital based infection.]]>
<![CDATA[Lab Tests New "Superbug" Vaccine]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:38:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SUPERBUGVACCINECROUCHDIAZ_1200x675_401707075539.jpg
A Torrance lab is using cutting edge technology to help develop a life-saving "superbug" vaccine. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.]]>
<![CDATA[Q&A: What The "Superbug" Infections Mean For You]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:13:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/alerta-bacteria-hospital-ucla-2.jpg
What you need to know. A Q&A with NBC4’s Dr. Bruce Hensel about the "superbug" bacteria that led to two deaths and several infections at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Warning: Traces of Peanuts Found in Cumin]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:52:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cumin-86069470.jpg
Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.

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<![CDATA[One Diet Change Can Improve Health, Study Finds: Health Headlines]]> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:26:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/web_hensel_headlines_5p_1200x675_400175171552.jpg
A single diet change can improve health, a new study finds. Women may experience hot flashes for more of life than previously thought and report suggests women may not have to work out a lot to reduce risk...]]>
<![CDATA[Severe Loss Could Lead to a Real "Broken Heart"]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:45:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/170*120/02-13-15_Hensel-Heart-Broken.JPG
Although Valentine’s Day is a happy day for many people, it is sad and lonely for some who feel broken-hearted. Well, as it turns out, a severe loss can cause a real medical condition known as a "broken heart."]]>
<![CDATA[What to Know for the Obamacare Deadline]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:19:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Signup.jpg
If you're not insured, there's still time to sign up for health coverage this year under Obamacare before the Feb. 15 deadline.

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<![CDATA[Device Helps Treat Migraines Without Medication]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:38:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/2-11-15-cefaly+migraine.JPG
For the first time, a new device is helping to treat and prevent migraines without medication.]]>
<![CDATA[Heart Disease Warnings For Women]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:12:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_HeartAttack0210_722x406_2195153815.jpg
Many people think heart disease mainly affects men, but the fact is that it’s the number one killer of women.]]>
<![CDATA[UC System to Require Measles Shots]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:30:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/new+measles+photo.jpg
University of California students will have to be vaccinated against measles and other diseases under new rules that take effect in 2017.

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<![CDATA[NBC4 Anchors Featured in PSA about Heart Health]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:56:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/220*120/02-06-20015-go-red-heart.jpg
In honor of Heart Month in February, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women encourages everyone to follow “Life’s Simple 7” to improve your heart health, and make one change for a healthy start.]]>
<![CDATA[Suspected Measles in NJ]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:36:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Measles_Generic_722x406_19018080101.jpg
The Jersey City Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Health are investigating a suspected case of measles in a 1-year-old baby who has not yet been vaccinated. The baby has recovered, but out of]]>
<![CDATA[Dangerous Designer Drugs on the Rise With Teens]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 11:43:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagenerics-genericsla-nbc4-logo.jpg
Dangerous synthetic forms of illegal drugs or concoctions teens mix up on their own with household supplies are on the rise.]]>
<![CDATA[Smartphone Attachment Tests for HIV in 15 Minutes]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:34:22 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Samiksha+Nayak+1+copy.jpg
A team at Columbia University has created a smartphone attachment that is capable of testing blood for HIV and syphilis.
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<![CDATA[Dr. Bruce: Vaccinating Your Baby ]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 22:08:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/462420478.jpg
In the wake of the current measles outbreak, many parents are concerned about when to get their babies the MMR vaccine. NBC4’s Dr. Bruce Hensel has answers and advice.

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Urge Residents to Get Measles Vaccinations]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 18:43:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2-4-15_Measles.JPG
Los Angeles County's interim health officer urged residents on Wednesday to ensure they are vaccinated for measles, and assured parents that vaccinating their children is safe.]]>
<![CDATA[Stress in U.S. Proportional to Income: Study]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 23:39:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/donated+money.jpg
Money can’t buy you happiness, but the lack of it can buy you stress. A new survey released by the American Psychological Association shows that Americans living in lower-income household have higher levels...]]>
<![CDATA[Feds Issue New Warning About Secondhand Smoke]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 21:19:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150203-5pm-second-hand-smoke_1200x675_393444419845.jpg
Federal health officials issued an urgent warning about secondhand smoke, saying there is no safe level of exposure when it comes to second hand smoke. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m.]]>
<![CDATA[Herbal Supplements Pulled From Shelves After Investigation]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:14:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150203-5pm-herbal-supplements_1200x675_393440835742.jpg
An investigation of herbal supplements sold in New York state suggests the products may not always contain the active ingredients on the label. Several nationwide retailers are pulling numerous herbal brands...]]>
<![CDATA[Chef Heads to SoCal Schools to Teach Healthy Eating ]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 20:13:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/2-2-15-cooking+healthy+meals+children+school.JPG
Parents are still having a difficult time picking healthy foods for their children even when they want to make the right choices, and a move to send a chef to Southern California schools might help solve...]]>
<![CDATA[Preventing Winter Allergies]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 08:18:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_winterallergies0130001_1500x845.jpg
Winter season offers a break from pollen, but there are other allergens that can still cause suffering.]]>
<![CDATA[Amtrak Traveler Has Measles: DOH]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:26:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/measles+vaccination.jpg
New York state health officials say an upstate college student who took an Amtrak train out of Penn Station earlier this week has been diagnosed with the highly contagious measles.

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<![CDATA[How to Protect Your Family From Measles]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:43:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MEASLESHENSEL_1200x675_391714371727.jpg
State health records show there are now 91 confirmed cases of measles in California, this for a disease that was considered eliminated 15 years ago. Dr. Bruce Hensel tells you how you can protect your family on...]]>