<![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 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:36:50 -0700 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:36:50 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![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]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:14:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/charlottes+web+child+with+seizures+dose.JPG
California has the oldest and most liberal compassionate care law among the 23 states plus Washington, D.C. that allow the use of medical marijuana. So why are the state's youngest -- and arguably most...]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Battling Cancer Rings NASDAQ Bell]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:18:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/nasdaq2.jpg
Terry Grinner, 17, rang the NASDAQ bell in New York as the Make-A-Wish Foundation paved the way for him to be an investment banker for a while.

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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]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:38:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/72814+Lightning.jpg
A day after a lightning storm killed a one man and injured others on a California beach, survivors describe pain, vision and hearing problems and other long-term affects

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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.]]>
<![CDATA[High-Tech System Detects Skin Cancer Without Biopsy ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:30:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/skin+cancer+detection+camera+79.JPG
If you live in sunny Southern California and are at risk for skin cancer, there's a new way to check without undergoing a painful biopsy.]]>
<![CDATA[Breakthrough May Revive Reading Vision]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:57:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/eyelens3.JPG
Reading vision can worsen with age, but a breakthrough two-step lens procedure could potentially cure the often inevitable vision problem.]]>
<![CDATA["Insane" Lines for Medical Marijuana Farmers Market]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 03:56:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/mm+farmers+market+noon.jpg
A large number of people were spending their Fourth of July in line to a unique kind of farmers market in Boyle Heights. The featured product: medical marijuana.]]>
<![CDATA[Novel Pacemaker Could Make MRI a Safe Option]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:30:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+health+medical+doctor+01.jpg
MRI scans save lives by detecting diseases and identifying injuries, but for millions of people with pacemakers these important tests have been off limits.]]>
<![CDATA[First Rabid Skunk in L.A. County Found Since 1979]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:24:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/b739c542aca0484f8e3eb191ec6fd77f.jpg
A skunk in Long Beach tested positive for rabies in the first confirmed case of rabies in a Los Angeles county skunk since 1979]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Farmers Market to Debut]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:09:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/medical+marijuana+stock+cannabis.jpg
Patients eligible to use medical marijuana will be able to buy the drug directly from growers at a pot-centric farmers market.

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<![CDATA[Newport Beach "Superstar" in Environmental Report]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:48:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/beach23.JPG
Newport Beach is a superstar, according to a national health report released Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Concern Grows Over Spread of Painful Mosquito Virus]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:11:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/mosquitocrop23tr.JPG
Health officials are on alert for a debilitating virus that could spread around Southern California and potentially infect thousands of people.]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Credits 3-D Mammogram With Saving Her Life ]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:46:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3dmammogram.JPG
A new method of testing may have saved a woman's life from cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Implant Helps Addicts Recover ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:54:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/addictionimplantcrop.JPG
An implantable form of the drug Naltrexone reduces and eliminates cravings for drugs and alcohol.]]>
<![CDATA[EPA Official to Tour Malibu Schools]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:56:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/01-malibuhigh.jpg
A member of the United States Environmental Protection Agency was scheduled Friday morning to visit with Malibu school officials at the request of parents who have expressed concerns about toxic soil...]]>
<![CDATA[SoCal Region Ranks #1 as Worst Place for Skin: Study]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:42:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/155366999.jpg
A “wrinkle ranking” study has identified a Southern California region as the nation’s worst place for your skin.

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<![CDATA[Prescription Drug Abuse Up Among 50+ Group]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:20:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/medications.jpg
Prescription drug abuse among people over 50 years is rising at an alarming rate of nearly 46 percent, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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<![CDATA[New App Helps Screen For Vision Loss in Children]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:50:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/eyeball1.jpg
A new app available to pediatricians can screen children as young as six months old for any vision problems that could lead to permanent vision loss.

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<![CDATA[Gwynn Death a Reminder of the Hazards of Smokeless Tobacco]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:41:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagenerics-genericsla-nbc4-logo-2.jpg
Tony Gwynn, Hall of Famer and San Diego Padres legend, attributed his long battle with salivary gland cancer to years of chewing tobacco. He passed away Monday morning surrounded by his family. He was 54.]]>
<![CDATA[Whooping Cough Reaches Epidemic Proportions]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:42:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/whooping+cough+vaccine.jpg
The California Department of Public Health recommends vaccination as the best protection against infection.

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<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine Explained]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:48:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/edtAP1011180117961.jpg
After a long day, a glass of wine may help ease some tension. But did you know it could also help your health? One glass of red wine could actually improve your memory.