<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Health News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:38:30 -0800 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:38:30 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Getting Joy of Holiday Toys Without the Dangers]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:04:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/12-22-14-Toys.JPG
Many of us are still buying presents, especially for kids. But although many parents know toys can be dangerous, they don't realize many of the dangers are subtle.]]>
<![CDATA[LA County Reports Season's First Flu-Related Death]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:29:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/l_l_flu-shot.jpg
The first flu-related death of the season in Los Angeles County has been reported to health officials.

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<![CDATA[Autism Linked to Pollution Levels, Study Finds]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:43:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+health+medical+doctor+01.jpg
A groundbreaking new study shows an unborn baby’s risk of autism increases significantly if the child’s mom lives in an area high in air pollution while she is pregnant.]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Bruce Hensel Health Update]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:22:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MEDICALUPDATEHENSEL_1200x675_374319171589.jpg
When you lose weight, where does the fat go? New research may have the answer. And a ground-breaking study shows the right treatment for a stroke may save your life. Dr. Bruce Hensel reports for the NBC4 News at...]]>
<![CDATA[Hearing Loss Detected Earlier Due to Earbuds]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:20:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/EARBUDSHEARINGLOSSVARA_1200x675_374316099763.jpg
Doctors talk about how to find signs and help prevent ear loss at earlier ages. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.]]>
<![CDATA[Drug Overdose Deaths in U.S. Double: CDC]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 12:16:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/185590966.jpg
Drug overdose deaths more than doubled over the past decade, U.S. health officials announced in a report released Tuesday. Heroin-related deaths, in particular, more than tripled.

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<![CDATA[Internet Privacy: Online "Medical Detectives"]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:01:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/223*120/11-25-14-online+health+detectives+dr+bruce.JPG
Internet users who search for symptoms of various ailments should be aware of how to protect their privacy when looking for information.

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<![CDATA[3-D Printing Gives Chance to Little Girl Born With Heart Defect ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:31:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/11-24-14_Heart-Defect-Surgery-Hensel.JPG
Esther Perez was born with heart defects that could have taken her young life, but thanks to a series of breakthrough procedures at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the now-14-month-old little girl is...]]>
<![CDATA[Nerve Freezing Procedure Offers Alternative Pain Relief]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:20:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+health+medical+doctor+01.jpg
New nerve-freezing procedure offers an alternative for long-term pain relief.]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Clinics Opened Inside Target]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:16:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/target+clinic.jpg
Kaiser Permanente is opening medical clinics inside Target stores.

Photo Credit: Consumer Bob]]>
<![CDATA[Study Shows Promise in Treating Heart Disease Associated With Muscular Dystrophy]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:38:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+health+medical+doctor+01.jpg
Doctors at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions announced a potential breakthrough Monday, asserting that stem cells used to treat heart attacks may also help kids with muscular dystrophy.]]>
<![CDATA[Affordable Care Act Re-Enrollment Begins]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:23:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141115-5pm-affordable-care_1200x675_359294019515.jpg
The second open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act began Saturday morning. Melissa Etezadi reports from East Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at 5 on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.]]>
<![CDATA[All Ebola Patients in America Cleared]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:54:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Hensel_Ebola_Latest_Web_1200x675_356691011510.jpg
All patients diagnosed with Ebola in America have been cleared of the virus, bringing the US to a total of those with Ebola to zero. Dr. Bruce Hensel reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014.]]>
<![CDATA[Nerve-Burning Promises Longer Pain Relief]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 20:24:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/11-06-14_Nerve-Burning-Device.JPG
For those living with chronic pain, every day is a struggle. Medications can help. But patients can become addicted and the drugs don’t always eliminate the discomfort. Now, a new minimally invasive procedure...]]>
<![CDATA[Record Number of Booster Seats Are "Best Bets": IIHS]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:44:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/%5BNECN%5DB16x9N_PY-08MO_NS_HEALTH_MINUTE_BOOSTER_SEATS_CNNWS_NECN1500kMP4_640x416_2191472863.jpg
A record number of booster seats have earned the highest rating for safety belt fit from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Out of the 41 models the agency tested, 27 earned the "best bet"...]]>
<![CDATA[Unused Flu Vaccines Cost CA Millions]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:54:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Flu+Vaccine+0101414.jpg
The California Department of Public Health provides thousands of free flu vaccines to local county health departments every year in an effort to limit the impact of the virus, which killed 300 people in...

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Study: Too Frequent Baths Could Be Bad for Babies' Skin]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 04:08:33 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/baby-bath-eczema.jpg
A recent study suggests that too many baths and lack of emollient therapy on newborns heightens the chance for babies of getting the disease eczema.

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<![CDATA[Study Suggests Milk May Not Be Good For You After All]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:38:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/holidaze11.jpg
New study suggests that drinking too much milk could actually increase the risk of bone fractures, despite earlier claims.]]>
<![CDATA[Importance of Evaluating Breast Cancer Gene]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:51:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N6PKG_DR_BRUCE_BREAST_CANCER_2_1200x675_350779459838.jpg
With the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many people are wondering about the value in evaluating the breast cancer gene with a family history of the disease. Dr. Bruce looks into the topic on the NBC4 News...]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Bruce on Ebola Quarantine Debate]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:36:22 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N6_PKG_DR_BRUCE_1200x675_350293059993.jpg
Dr. Bruce weighs in on whether healthcare professionals who worked with Ebola patients should self-quarantine on the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 30, 2014.]]>
<![CDATA[Nurse Steps Out, Slams Quarantine]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:01:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kaci-Hickox.jpg
Nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned from treating Ebola victims in West Africa and has challenged the legality of a quarantine, spoke outside of her Maine home after health officials announced they...]]>
<![CDATA[Nurses Claim UC Hospitals Unprepared for Ebola]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:17:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Ronald+Reagan+UCLA+Medical+Center.jpg
An event to highlight a purported lack of preparedness at the UCLA Medical Center to deal with Ebola is being held on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Local Doc Defends NY Ebola Patient's Actions ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:19:18 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/craig+spencer+bellevue.jpg
A San Diego doctor is defending the actions of Dr. Craig Spencer, the man hospitalized for Ebola in New York City.]]>
<![CDATA[Nurses Union: UC Hospitals Not Ready for Ebola Patients]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:18:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nurse-PPE-ebola-uc-san-dieg.jpg
California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which represents 12,000 RNs at the five UC medical center, organized "speak out" events.]]>
<![CDATA[Breakthrough Technology Treats Heart Failure]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:33:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_doctor_paciente.jpg
A potentially life-saving medical breakthrough could treat heart failure without the patient ever having to go to a doctor’s office.

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<![CDATA[Beverly Hills Mom Drives Marijuana Venture]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:44:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/6086cece1b1849ee9e44a75c6187d8ae.jpg
Beverly Hills mom Cheryl Shuman may not look like the stereotypical stoner, but she’s hoping her new crowdfunding website will be a driving force to help bring medical marijuana to the masses.]]>
<![CDATA[Race and Breast Cancer Mortality]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:15:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/10-27-14_Breast_Cancer.JPG
A new study finds in Los Angeles a black woman with breast cancer is about 70 percent more likely to die from the disease than a white woman, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.]]>
<![CDATA[More than 31,000 Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:55:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bell-evans-chicken.jpg
Food may be contaminated with Staphylococcal bacteria, which may cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

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<![CDATA[NYC Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:37:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11p_kovacik_ebola_1200x675_347225155712.jpg
A doctor who recently returned from West Africa on an Ebola for Doctors Without Borders tested positive for the virus at a New York City hospital after reporting fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, health...]]>
<![CDATA["Miracle Oil" Cures Girl's Seizures]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:03:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Glut+1+medicinal+oil.jpg
A North Texas family is touting a "miracle oil" and praising researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas for healing their little girl, who was having chronic seizures.

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<![CDATA[Breast Density Screenings Urged for Cancer Prevention]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:58:51 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/224*120/10-21-14-breast+density+screening.JPG
Many doctors and patients alike will tell patients that diagnosing breast cancer early saves lives, and part of that is knowing enough to make informed decisions, including when a person has dense breast...]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Vaccine Urged Over Ebola Worries]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:24:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+health+medical+doctor+01.jpg
With all the news and worry about Ebola, doctors say many people are ignoring a much greater health threat in the U.S. - the flu.]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Nurses Speak Out on Ebola Care]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:38:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N6P_SOTVO_DALLAS_EBOLA_SOUND_web_1200x675_345540163525.jpg
Initially criticized for their handling of the first Ebola case on U.S. soil, a group of nurses at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas spoke out in solidarity on Monday, asking for a restoration of trust in...]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Community Overcoming Fears of Spread of Ebola]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:08:33 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141019-9pm-randy-mac-ebola_1200x675_345074243751.jpg
There have been no new infections reported among those who worked directly with the three Ebola patients treated at a Dallas hospital. While no one is saying they're completely out of the woods, there's a sense...]]>
<![CDATA[Helicopter Lands For Blood Sample in Ebola Cruise Scare]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:16:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141018-11pm-ebola_1200x675_344767555894.jpg
A helicopter landed aboard a Carnival Magic cruise ship Saturday to pick up a blood sample of a health care worker who may have handled fluids from Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan.]]>
<![CDATA["Unnecessary Panic": Some Dallas Residents Not Giving In to Ebola Fears]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:15:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141018-6pm-randy-mac-ebola_1200x675_344755267998.jpg
Some residents in Dallas say there’s an “unnecessary panic” over Ebola in their city after the latest scare that prompted the closure of a train station. Randy Mac reports from Dallas for the NBC4 News at 6 on...]]>
<![CDATA[Voluntary Quarantines Requested of Dallas Hospital Workers]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:59:23 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N5PPKGDALLASEBOLAforweb_1200x675_344415811508.jpg
Health officials are asking about 75 people who were in close contact with Eric Duncan at the Dallas hospital where he was treated to voluntarily quarantine themselves just days before friends of the Ebola...]]>
<![CDATA[Just the Facts: Meningitis]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:00:55 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N5PSOTPIXELMENINGITISforweb_1200x675_344404035957.jpg
NBC4's Chuck Henry has the facts on bacterial meningitis for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.]]>