<![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 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:30:18 -0700 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:30:18 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Medical Assistant Students Practice on Prisoners]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:03:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mesa+college+dental+assistant+students+prisoners1.jpg
San Diego community college students are getting a unique learning experience: Giving medical care to prisoners.]]>
<![CDATA[Removing Stigma from Lung Cancer]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:46:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Molly-Golbon.jpg
Lung cancer is not jut a smoker's disease. NBC Bay Area's Stephanie Chuang profiles a Menlo Park woman who is changing the face of lung cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[3 Men Die of Meningitis in LA County]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 03:55:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/invasive+meningococcal+disease.jpg
A day after health officials said at least eight cases of the most dangerous form of meningitis hit Los Angeles County since January, officials reported that three men died from it.]]>
<![CDATA[Highly Contagious Meningitis Confirmed in LA County]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:29:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/invasive+meningococcal+disease.jpg
Health officials renewed their call for vaccinations Wednesday after at least eight cases of invasive meningococcal disease were reported in Los Angeles County.]]>
<![CDATA[8,730 Pounds of Chicken Recalled]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 03:57:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/recalled-chicken.jpg
AdvancePierre Foods is recalling approximately 8,730 pounds of frozen chicken breast products due to misprinting and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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<![CDATA[Missed the Obamacare Deadline? Here's What You Should Know]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 04:31:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ObamaCarePic.jpg
Monday was the last day to enroll in a health insurance plan on the federal and state Obamacare exchanges. If you procrastinated, or if you're just wondering what happens next, here's what you need to know...

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<![CDATA[Sex Harassment Study: Surprise Effect on Military Men]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:46:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/military+troops+generic.jpg
Frightening and threatening sexual harassment in the military may cause its male victims more distress than its female victims, a new study by the American Psychological Association has]]>
<![CDATA[LA County Health Director Fielding to Retire]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:45:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/476575557.jpg
Dr. Jonathan Fielding announced plans Thursday to retire after 16 years as director of the Los Angeles County Health Department.]]>
<![CDATA[Can Ecstasy Treat PTSD?]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:50:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/daniel+sommers+family.jpg
There's growing debate over the use of an illegal street drug to treat PTSD some say is working with good success.]]>
<![CDATA[Calif. Scientists Track Deadly Food Contaminations]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:30:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/salmo.jpg
NBC Bay Area's Diane Dwyer goes inside labs to see how inspectors track down potentially deadly tainted food outbreaks.]]>
<![CDATA[Voters to Decide Whether Doctors Will Undergo Drug Testing]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:25:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/doctor_generic_health_722x406.jpg
Families who lost loved ones to medical negligence delivered thousands of signatures on Monday for a ballot measure that would force California doctors to undergo random drug testing.]]>
<![CDATA[Calif. Polio-Like Virus Still a Mystery]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:10:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/107429828.jpg
Doctors are trying to learn more about a mysterious "polio-like" illness that sickened a new victim in Southern California.

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<![CDATA[Officials: No Fukushima Radiation at Calif. Beaches]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:44:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Fukushima.jpg
The hoopla over YouTube video purporting to show a Half Moon Bay beach awash in radiation -- linked, of course, to the meltdown of a nuclear reactor in Japan -- has been much ado about nothing.

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<![CDATA[Recall for Parkers Farm Products]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:10:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/1148953.jpg
A major recall out of Minnesota is affecting foods sold at Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, Whole Foods and more stores nationwide. Parkers Farm Acquisition has issued a voluntary recall of certain peanut...

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<![CDATA[Girl Inspires Nationwide Support]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 03:56:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Hannahs-Law.jpg
A fundraiser is set to take place next month for a Levittown baby girl who captured the hearts of thousands nationwide and even inspired the proposal of a state law. Born on January 15, 2013, Hannah...

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<![CDATA[Alzheimer’s Affects Women More Than Breast Cancer]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:31:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP460882915675.jpg
A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association shows 60 percent of alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women and they are 2 and half times more likely than men to be caring for someone with the disease 24-7.

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<![CDATA[Obama Reveals NCAA Picks, Touts "ACA Bracket" GIFs]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 01:47:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pres_thumb_basketball.jpg
President Barack Obama picked Michigan State to beat defending champions Louisville in the NCAA men's basketball tournament title game. The nation’s first basketball fan filled out his bracket in his...

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<![CDATA[Costco Recalls Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit]]> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:00:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CostcoResized.jpg
Costco has recalled 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit from shelves after it determined that the product could be contaminated with Salmonella. Customers who could have purchased the...

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<![CDATA[New Technology Means Better Knee Surgeries]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:12:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/146275121.jpg
New digital mapping technology is allowing doctors to drastically improve the outcome of knee surgeries and improve the fit of new knees on patients' bodies. Knee replacement surgery has become an increasingly...

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<![CDATA[15% in Covered CA Haven't Made 1st Payment: Report]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:47:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Covered-California-health-exchange.jpg
Another problem may be shaping up for the Golden State's answer to the federal health care law.

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<![CDATA[E-Cigs "Gateway" to Real Smoking: Study]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:56:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ecigarette+woman+smoking.jpg
Teenagers using e-cigarettes are more likely to try smoking real cigarettes and are less likely to quit than kids who did not use the battery-powered devices, a new study found.

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<![CDATA[Rise in E-Cigarette Use Among Teens]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:25:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/e-cigarette-close-up-1203_2.jpg
The number of middle and high school students experimenting with e-cigarettes doubled between 2011 and 2012, according to a study released Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Partial Ban Approved on E-Cigarettes in LA]]> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:54:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/457925695.jpg
An ordinance that would ban the use of e-cigarettes from bars, nightclubs, restaurants and some other public places was approved by the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Obama, Biden Work Out Together]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:00:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/obamarun.jpg
Who needs sneakers or a gym to get a little exercise? President Barack Obama or Vice President Joe Biden showed in a playful workout video that even the leaders of the free world can get a little exercise — even...

Photo Credit: Courtesy Let's Move/YouTube]]>
<![CDATA[Secondhand Smoke Linked With Pregnancy Risks]]> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:00:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/generic+pregnant+generic.jpeg
Exposure to secondhand smoke is strongly linked to a woman’s increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and ectopic pregnancy, according to one of the largest and most comprehensive studies yet to examine...]]>
<![CDATA[Study Aims to Curb Asthma Over-Medication]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:59:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/inhalersdsu.jpg
Researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center are researching how to get patients on the lowest dose of asthma medicine possible.

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<![CDATA[LA City Council to Vote on E-Cig Ban]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:21:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ecigarette+woman+smoking.jpg
A proposed ordinance would essentially treat e-cigarettes like traditional tobacco products, and would furthermore restrict their use in certain public places.

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<![CDATA["Polio-like Illness" Found in CA Children]]> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:30:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg
Five children experienced a rapid onset of paralysis in one or both arms or legs, according to new finds from the American Academy of Neurology that were released Monday.

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Warn of CA Measles Spike]]> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:04:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/web_measles_villafranca.jpg
Health officials are saying 2014 is "off to a very bad start" after California reported 35 new influenza-related deaths and 15 cases of measles.

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<![CDATA[Teething Toys Recalled for Choking Hazard]]> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:45:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/recalled+teether.JPG
Made of soft orange rubber, the Squeeze & Teethe Monkey was sold at Target stores nationwide from December 2012 to January 2014, the manufacturer, Infantino, said in a recall alert.

Photo Credit: Infantino]]>
<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Dies of Flu-Related Illness in LA County]]> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:43:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/01-24-2014-flu.jpg
A pregnant woman has died in Los Angeles County after succumbing to influenza-related symptoms in what has been a severe flu season in California.]]>