<![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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:13:36 -0700 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:13:36 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantly to Leave Hospital Today]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:08:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Brantly+doctor.jpg
The American doctor who became infected with the Ebola virus while serving as a missionary in Africa will be released from an Atlanta hospital later today, the hospital announced early Thursday. Dr. Kent Brantly

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<![CDATA[Costco Donates $10M to Help Young Heart Patients]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:33:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/baby+children+hospital+la+heart+surgery.jpg

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<![CDATA[Calif. Patient May Have Ebola Virus]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:48:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ebola.jpg
First-time parents Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley are making the most of Jenna's pregnancy. Just two months after the Pennsylvania pair found out they were expecting, doctors gave the young couple the news...

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<![CDATA[Almond, Peanut Butter Recalled]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:40:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/100308-peanut-butter-attack.jpg
A Georgia-based meat company is recalling over 15,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets after reports surfaced that consumers found small pieces of plastic in the meat. Perdue Farms and the USDA's Food...

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<![CDATA[Embryo Scope is Breakthrough in Treating Infertility]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:57:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/243*120/Embryo_Scope_0814.JPG
A new procedure is proving to have dramatic effects and restore vision in children born with a serious eye condition known as Nystagmus, which causes a constant uncontrollable shaking of the eye.]]>
<![CDATA[New Procedure Helps Restore Vision in Kids ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:57:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/eye+vision.PNG
The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe. Last month, California company White and Blue Lion Inc.

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<![CDATA[Whole Foods Lied About Sugar in Yogurt: Lawsuit]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:23:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/whole_foods.JPG
Dog walkers who don’t clean up after their pets on one Brooklyn street could find themselves in for a surprise nastier than the messes their pooches leave behind, thanks to a group of fed-up...

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<![CDATA[MRSA Breaks Out Among Firefighter Trainees in New York]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:36:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/randalls+island+mrsa.jpg
Robin Williams' grieving daughter Zelda Williams is taking a timeout from Twitter and Instagram after users sent her unkind comments and altered photos of her dad, which were supposedly taken after the...]]>
<![CDATA[Georgia Firm Recalls 15K Pounds of Chicken Nuggets]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:40:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ApplegateRecall.jpg
A Georgia-based meat company is recalling over 15,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets after reports surfaced that consumers found small pieces of plastic in the meat. Perdue Farms and the USDA's Food...

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<![CDATA[Suicide Prevention: Helpful Resources, Links]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:39:10 -0700 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[How to Reduce Concussion Risks ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:41:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/concussion-study.jpg
The results of concussion testing on athletes from four Los Angeles County high schools will be used in a newly developed app to help determine when a player can safely return to the

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<![CDATA[School Lunches Around the World]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:08:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LunchPakistan2.jpg
Photographers captured the lunch fare for students in several countries earlier this month, showing a range of foods, customs, and nutritional standards.

<![CDATA[Ebola Researcher Confident in Drug]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:31:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/inside-Ebola-lab-san-diego.jpg
A Tampa church cancelled a funeral service upon learning that the deceased was gay, NBC affiliate WFLA reported. Julie Atwood, the mother of Julion Evans, was told that holding her son's funeral in the...]]>
<![CDATA[9 Questions You Should Ask About the Drug "Molly"]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:31:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_191826866.jpg
A Tampa church cancelled a funeral service upon learning that the deceased was gay, NBC affiliate WFLA reported. Julie Atwood, the mother of Julion Evans, was told that holding her son's funeral in the...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Patient's One Direction Wish]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:07:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/6yo+cancer+patient.jpg
A woman who is accused of making it through airport security without a boarding pass and taking a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles pleaded no contest Wednsday to a misdemeanor...

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<![CDATA[Scientists Closer to Ebola Vaccine]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:22:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NIH+Scientists+Ebola+Vaccine+080614.jpg
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which claimed at least 887 lives, has many people wondering whether the virus could be spread through air travel.

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<![CDATA[Ebola: What You Need to Know ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:30:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ebola+resized.jpg
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has brought together an odd couple of R&D giants in the hunt for an emergency drug to treat infected patients: the U.S. military and a tobacco behemoth eager to brighten...]]>
<![CDATA[Safety Study: Dangers of Texting and Walking ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:56:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP080729033573.jpg
Researchers discovered teenagers are more at risk of getting hit by cars while distracted than any other demographic they have studied in the past.]]>
<![CDATA[Mass. Doctor Going to Fight Ebola]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:43:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Nahid+Bhadelia.jpg
Kent Brantly, the Texas doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, was given an experimental serum before he was flown to the U.S., said Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian aid group.

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<![CDATA[Ebola Outbreak Unlikely in California: Expert]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:41:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/6PW_VO_EBOLA_MEETING_KNSD4HOQ_1200x675_313738307967.jpg
A teen Comic-Con cosplayer initially thought to have been brutally assaulted is now believed to have suffered her head injuries in a fall, police said Thursday. Harbor police said in a news release...]]>
<![CDATA[Dirty Water: Health Risks of the Westwood Flooding]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:40:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/UCLA-Acosta-after.jpg
Although the water is no longer gushing in Westwood, there are new potential health dangers because of the flooding and standing water. Even when the water is turned off, people need to be cautious when walking...

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<![CDATA[Parents Desperately Seek Medical Marijuana]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 03:56:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/charlottes+web+child+with+seizures+dose.JPG
The parents of an Oceanside boy suffering from potentially deadly seizures join hundreds of Southern California families in a search for a new solution after their supplier for a controversial, marijuana-based...]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Battling Cancer Rings NASDAQ Bell]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:39:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/nasdaq2.jpg
Gabriel LaVon Ying spent his Tuesday putting out a wildland fire, hiking through a stunning meadow, and helping an injured hiker into a helicopter transport. And for doing so, the Gainesville, Florida,...

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<![CDATA[How to Protect Yourself From Lightning Strikes ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:32:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nb+lightning.jpg
Lightning strikes may cause immediate injury or delayed problems that can take a day or two to appear. Dr. Bruce has advice on how to protect yourself.]]>
<![CDATA[Feeling the Pain of Lightning Strikes, Again and Again]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:06:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/72814+Lightning.jpg
A thunderstorm hit the greater New York area July 2. See the stunning lightning photos captured by viewers and professional photographers.

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<![CDATA[Vaccines for Children Ahead of New School Year]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:01:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/new+measles+photo.jpg
As a new report from the Center for Disease Control found more parents are getting their children vaccinated, here is what parents should know about vaccines and exams while the new school year approaches.

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<![CDATA[Preparing for Surgery With 3-D Printing]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:20:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bone-3d-printing.jpg
Doctors are now using 3-D printing to create plastic models of their patient's damaged bones and body parts.]]>
<![CDATA[Chikungunya: What You Need to Know]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:40:24 -0700 Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/tlmd_virus_mortales_03.jpg
A person caught the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya in the United States this month, health officials say — marking the first time mosquitoes in the U.S. are believed to have spread

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<![CDATA[Babies Get Herpes After Ritual: DOH]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:10:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_Circumcision0906_722x406_2119014932.jpg
Two more infants were diagnosed with herpes in New York this month after undergoing ritual Jewish circumcisions, the Health Department says. In both cases, the infant boys were born to mothers with...]]>
<![CDATA[Fruit Sold at Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:02:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/07-21-2014-peaches-recall.jpg
Wawona Packing Company, based in California's Central Valley, is recalling white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, and plum varieties. The whole fruits were all packed between June 1 and July 12,...

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<![CDATA[Braces Options Grow for Special Needs Children]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:58:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/special+needs+braces+crop+84.JPG
For the parents of children with disabilities who need braces, finding an orthodontist who understands their child’s special needs can be challenging.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Reveals Risks of Niacin]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:26:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/4685186871.jpg
While many believe niacin may increase good cholesterol and reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke, a new study found that niacin may increase other serious risks.

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<![CDATA[LA County Adopts Laura's Law for Mental Health Treatment]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:28:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/LLBrain.JPG
Laura's Law, passed in 2002 by the state and adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, allows for family members to seek court ordered treatment for people who are repeatedly jailed...]]>
<![CDATA[New Bed Designed to Help Premature Babies]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:49:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/premature-birth-lifestart-b.jpg
A premature baby was resuscitated in San Diego last week using a new, specialized bed designed just for preemies.

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<![CDATA[Telecare Approach Lowers Risk of Rx Addiction: Study ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:28:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Hydrocodone-fda-generic.jpg
People with chronic pain may increase their use of pain medication if they have trouble reaching their health care providers, but a new telecare approach for pain management could reduce the use of...

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<![CDATA[Two LA Hospitals Make Best Hospital List]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:07:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ucla+medical+center.JPG
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, topped a list of the country’s best hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Uninsured in California Drops by Half]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:31:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-021.jpg
Since Americans began enrolling in health care programs under the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of uninsured people in California has dropped by half, according to a new survey.]]>
<![CDATA[New Procedure May Help With Obesity Disease]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:54:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+health+medical+doctor+01.jpg
Some men and women have trouble losing weight no matter how much they diet and exercise. In some cases, it may be a fat-storage disease called lipidema. A new procedure may help.]]>