<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Health News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usTue, 28 Jun 2016 22:47:03 -0700Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:47:03 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Whitewater Park Closes After Deadly Amoeba Kills Teen]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:01:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/USWhitewaterCenter-.jpg
Health officials found a brain-destroying amoeba in the water at a North Carolina water park, which suspended operations Friday, NBC News reported. Officials found evidence of the microbe, and shut down...

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:55:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DanielFranzese-GettyImages-533405824.jpg
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested. The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at...

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<![CDATA[Gay, Bisexual Men Warned of Meningococcal Outbreak]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:27:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mengitis-GettyImages-166665957.jpg
State health officials have issued an advisory in Southern California following an outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease, primarily among gay and bisexual men.

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<![CDATA[FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine Doesn't Work: Experts]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:34:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FluMistSpray-AP_16174566973522.jpg
Experts area saying the needle-free FluMist influenza vaccine has not protected against flu for years and should not be used this coming flu season, NBC News reported. The decision could nerve pediatricians...

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<![CDATA[Zika Epidemic Has Doubled Abortion Requests: Study]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:31:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
The epidemic of Zika virus has caused a spike in requests for abortion help in countries that ban or restrict abortions, researchers said Wednesday.Several women whose fetuses have shown evidence of possible...

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<![CDATA[300 Charged in Nation's Largest Health Care Fraud Bust]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:20:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AG_AP_16137669714048.jpg
About 300 people in more than half the states have been charged in the largest crackdown to date on health care fraud, federal authorities announced Wednesday. According to the Departments of Justice...

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<![CDATA[Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Alternative Medicine]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:01:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-75357983.jpg
Americans spend a substantial part of out-of-pocket health care costs on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, even though there is little evidence some...

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico at Risk for Zika: CDC]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:24:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PuertoRicoZikaCDC-AP_16169572347522.jpg
The zika virus is spreading quickly in Puerto Rico, meaning hundreds of babies could be born with birth defects, NBC News reports. More than 1 percent of all Puerto Rico blood donations tested in early...

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<![CDATA[Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Drug Over Chemo ]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:28:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MerckKeytruda-AP_41869771122.jpg
Lung cancer patients who have never been treated will now get the same drug used to help former President Jimmy Carter, NBC News reported. Researchers said they wanted to give Keytruda to 305 lung cancer...

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<![CDATA[Teen Smoking Rate Drops, But More Kids Are Vaping]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:43:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TeenSmoking-GettyImages-549379089.jpg
Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes than ever before, NBC News reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that just 11 percent of high school students said they smoked in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Fewer High School Kids Have Sex: Survey]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:11:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TeensKidsSex-AP_16160788929316.jpg
A government survey of risky youth behaviors shows fewer teens are having sex, NBC News reported. The survey found 41 percent of high school kids said they had ever had sex — down from around 47 percent...

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<![CDATA[New Map Shows Where Zika Mosquitoes Live in US]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:42:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CDCMosquitoMap.jpg
A new map shows mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus can be found in 40 states and Washington, D.C., NBC News reported. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled the new map...

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<![CDATA[Turkey's President Calls Women Who Work 'Half Persons']]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 05:25:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP924995293814.jpg
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said women who chose work over motherhood are "half persons," NBC News reported. "A woman who abstains from maternity by saying 'I am working' means that she is actually...

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<![CDATA[Miss. Woman Wins Court Fight for Her Placenta]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:59:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_placentafight0602_1920x1080.jpg
An expectant Mississippi mother, Jordan Thiering, was shocked to find out she couldn't easily keep her placenta after the birth. "If I can bring my baby home, I should have every right to bring my placenta...]]>
<![CDATA[New Drug Gives Bladder Cancer Patients Fresh Hope]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2016 16:08:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NYUCancerDrug-160603-dr-arjun-balar-mbe-459p-2.jpg
A newly approved drug is giving the boost needed to stall the spread of tumors in patients with advanced bladder cancer, NBC News reports. The drug, called atezolizumab, is sold under the name Tecentriq...]]>
<![CDATA[Stem Cell Experiment Stuns Doctors]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2016 06:01:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/0603-2016-StemCell.jpg
In a recent medical study Stanford researchers say a new stem cell experiment is transforming the lives of stroke patients.The use of stem cells is allowing patients with little hope for recovery to suddenly...

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<![CDATA[Fentanyl: Drug That Killed Prince Killed Thousands of Others]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:20:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fentanyl-AP_717602029855.jpg
Fentanyl, the drug that killed Prince, is a powerful narcotic that has killed thousands of others, according to NBC News. According to a medical examiner’s report Thursday, the pop icon died from fentanyl...

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Unclear Why US Deaths Rising]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:33:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-10189107.jpg
The overall death rate in the United States ticked up in 2015, according to new federal data, NBC News reported. Nearly 730 deaths were reported for every 100,000 people in 2015 compared to 723 deaths in 2014,...

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<![CDATA[Inside the Lab That Found the Latest Superbug]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 05:08:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
The news startled doctors across the country last week. A small team at the Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) lab in Maryland that specializes in testing germs for...

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<![CDATA[Possible Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Rat Study]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 17:47:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-498338511.jpg
A partial report from a U.S. government study on on rats and mice has found a possible link between cellphones and cancer, giving new life to the longstanding debate over whether cellphone use might lead...

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<![CDATA[6 BBQ Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 04:25:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/BBQ-Template-6.jpg
BBQ and picnic season is just beginning. Here are a few tips to make sure you kick off the season with a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Found in US for 1st Time]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:32:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
A drug resistant “superbug” feared by doctors has shown up in the U.S. for the first time, researchers reported Thursday.The germ, E. coli bacteria with the mcr-1 gene mutation, was found in a Pennsylvania...

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<![CDATA[Fake Perfume Bust Finds Ingredients Linked to Cancer, Organ Damage]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 06:54:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/perfume-arrests-0525.jpg
Federal agents seized cases of fake perfume – some of which contained ingredients linked to cancer and organ damage – and made five arrests in a counterfeiting bust Wednesday morning, authorities said.Homeland...

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<![CDATA[Candy-Like Edible Marijuana Is Sending Kids to ERs]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 11:26:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/149252006-edible-marijuana.jpg
In Oregon, an 8-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after finding a marijuana cookie at a park. In Michigan, two children were sent to the ER after getting into a man's stash of gummy candy containing...

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<![CDATA[Family Health Care Costs Have Tripled Since '01: Analysis]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 13:44:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/HEALTH_GettyImages-544488581.jpg
The costs of providing health care to an average American family surpassed $25,000 for the first time in 2016 — even as the rate of health cost increases slowed to a record low, a new analysis revealed...

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<![CDATA['Natural' Mosquito Repellents Don't Last: Consumer Reports]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 07:48:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Most so-called natural mosquito repellents containing naturally derived oils smell nice but don't keep mosquitos off as long as those containing synthetic chemicals, Consumer Reports found.Consumer Reports...

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<![CDATA[No Harm From 'Cry It Out' Baby Sleep Method: Study]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 06:00:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg
A new study suggests that infants left to CIO — "cry it out" or cry themselves to sleep will not suffer any emotional, behavioral or parental attachment problems, Today.com reported.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds Attend Free Health Screening Event]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 20:13:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/molina_health_event_long_be.jpg
Hundreds of Long Beach residents attended a free, health screening event intended for the under insured and uninsured on Saturday at Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School, the first of its kind in the city.

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<![CDATA[New Prosthetic Arm Offers Life-Like Touch]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 16:12:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_prostheticarm0523_1920x1080.jpg
A unique, thought-controlled prosthetic arm developed in part by the Hanger Clinic in Gig Harbor, Washington, uses the the body's nerve signals to control movement.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitbit Heart Rate Trackers 'Highly Inaccurate': Study]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 11:47:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/579056257-fitbit-charge-hr.jpg
A class action lawsuit against Fitbit may be bolstered by the release of a new study claiming the company's popular heart rate trackers are "highly inaccurate," CNBC reports.Researchers at the California State...

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<![CDATA[Half of US Cancer Deaths Due to Bad Habits: Study ]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 16:23:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SmokingCigarettes-AP_16117589693563.jpg
Researchers say people are in charge of their own risk of cancer — with as many as half of cancer deaths related to things people could easily change, NBC News reported.Smoking, heavy drinking, being...

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