<![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 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:09:34 -0700 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:09:34 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Nurse Steps Out, Slams Quarantine]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:01:17 -0700 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 06:17:13 -0700 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.

Photo Credit: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center]]>
<![CDATA[Local Doc Defends NY Ebola Patient's Actions ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:19:18 -0700 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 14:18:12 -0700 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]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:36:09 -0700 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.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Beverly Hills Mom Drives Marijuana Venture]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:44:39 -0700 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 22:15:32 -0700 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 07:55:42 -0700 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 23:37:35 -0700 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,...]]>
<![CDATA["Miracle Oil" Cures Girl's Seizures]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:03:38 -0700 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

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Breast Density Screenings Urged for Cancer Prevention]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:58:51 -0700 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...]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Vaccine Urged Over Ebola Worries]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:24:02 -0700 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 20:38:14 -0700 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]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:08:33 -0700 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]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:16:11 -0700 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]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:15:19 -0700 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 21:59:23 -0700 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...]]>
<![CDATA[Just the Facts: Meningitis]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:00:55 -0700 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.]]>
<![CDATA["Liana's Looms of Love" Raises Money for Cancer Therapy]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:03:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Capture7.JPG
Liana Clayton is giving the proceeds from selling her woven, cancer-awareness raising bracelets back to the UCLA center that offered her family therapy.

Photo Credit: Pete Garrow]]>
<![CDATA[HIV Investigation Halts Porn Production]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:26:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WEB_CONDOMS_BY_MAIL.png
The Free Speech Coalition called for a moratorium on porn production through Monday as a trade group investigates a possible exposure to HIV.

Photo Credit: File photo]]>
<![CDATA[SDSU "Deeply Saddened" by Student's Meningitis Death]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:54:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Sara+Stelzer+1017.jpg
The student, who previously was healthy, was admitted to a hospital Tuesday and diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis. She was identified as 18-year-old freshman Sara Stelzer.]]>
<![CDATA[Facts vs Myths: Ebola]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:00:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N5PPKGDRBEBOLAwebHENSEL_1200x675_343852099524.jpg
NBC4's medical expert Dr. Bruce Hensel discusses the information and misinformation out there about Ebola for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.]]>
<![CDATA[Flaw in Dallas Hospital's Handling of Ebola Patient: Officials]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:54:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N6PPKGEBOLATEXASLATESTwebMAC_1200x675_343859267767.jpg
Health care workers from the Dallas hospital where an Ebola patient died and infected two nurses with the deadly disease say they weren't given proper training or gear to deal with such a high-risk]]>
<![CDATA[LA County Prepared to Handle Ebola Cases]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:53:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lacountyebola.JPG
As the CDC and Texas health officials are being criticized for their handling of the three Ebola cases in America, Southern California officials are trying to reassure the public they are prepared should...]]>
<![CDATA[Up to 400 Exposed to Meningococcal Disease at SDSU]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:03:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Aztec-Student-Union-Unveile.jpg
A San Diego State University student has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, a school official confirmed Wednesday.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 News]]>
<![CDATA[Concerns After 2nd Healthcare Worker Tests Positive for Ebola]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:17:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N5PPKGTXEBOLA2NDCASEnewforweb_1200x675_343202371572.jpg
Anxiety over the spread of Ebola has intensified in the U.S. with the discovery of a second Texas healthcare worker testing positive for the deadly virus and flying on a commercial airline while...]]>
<![CDATA[SoCal Nurses Fear Lack of Ebola Prep]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:08:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP968232748518.jpg
With the news that a second American nurse has contracted Ebola, Los Angeles-area nurses are concerned that Southern California hospitals aren't ready.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[LAX Travelers Express Concerns Over Ebola]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:34:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N5PPKGEBOLAAIRLINEPROTOCOLforweb_1200x675_343198787994.jpg
Travelers at LAX expressed their concerns over Ebola spreading in flight the same day it was confirmed that a healthcare worker from Texas flew from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth on a commercial airline...]]>
<![CDATA[Manure Used to Protest Health Insurance Rate "BS"]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:28:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/10-14-14-prop45manure.png
Supporters of Proposition 45, the ballot initiative that would require health insurance companies to publicly disclose rate changes, brought a truckload of steer manure outside the El Segundo offices of...

Photo Credit: Consumer Watchdog]]>
<![CDATA[Cutting-Edge Breast Cancer Treatments Yield Positive Results]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:39:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N5P_BREAST_CANCER_MARGIN_PROBE_FIXED_WEB_1200x675_339074115693.jpg
New, minimally invasive treatments are now offering patients the same chance of curing breast cancer as more conventional treatments like mastectomies.]]>
<![CDATA[Enterovirus-D68 Outbreak]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:13:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/x-ray-ENTEROVIRUS-VO---00002324.jpg
A deadly outbreak of an uncommon virus, enterovirus-D68, has made children across the country ill and has left some hospitalized.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Journalist With Ebola Optimistic]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:01:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ashoka+Mukpo+Raw.jpg
The mother of NBC News freelance photojournalist Ashoka Mukpo says that her son and his doctors are optimistic about his chances of recovering from the deadly virus. In a phone interview with New England Cable...]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola Cases Stoke Air Travel Fears]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 04:31:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/N6P_PKG_EBOLA_TRAVEL_web_1200x675_337208899854.jpg
Anger over revelations that the patient diagnosed with Ebola in Texas was allowed to fly from Liberia has prompted worry about air travel. Dr. Bruce Hensel explains why the chances of catching the feared...]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola in America]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:54:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/456608446.jpg
The first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States sparked immediate concerns about who may have been exposed and helped shed light on how the potentially deadly virus is, and isn't, spread.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Bruce Hensel: About Enterovirus]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:32:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/10-01-2014-hensel-bruce.jpg
A look at what parents need to know about enteroviruses. Dr. Bruce Hensel reports for the
NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[W. Africa Travelers Warned on Ebola]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:05:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP645337997349.jpg
All people traveling to the United States from countries with Ebola are being warned as of Wednesday about the potentially deadly virus' symptoms, and how it is spread. The

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<![CDATA[Two Cases of Enterovirus Confirmed in LA County]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:27:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/10-01-2014-health-enterovirus-doctor-medical.jpg
The first cases of enterovirus D68 confirmed in Los Angeles County involve two children, according to health officials.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[CDC Confirms 1st U.S. Ebola Case]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:03:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ebola-dallas.jpg
The first case of the Ebola virus diagnosed in the United States has been confirmed in Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday. A spokesperson for Texas Health...

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<![CDATA[Dallas Ambulance Crew Who Brought Ebola Patient to Hospital Is Quarantined]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:03:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Fire-Rescue-Vehicle.jpg
The Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance crew who transported the man infected with Ebola to the hospital has been quarantined, according to the City of Dallas. The number of people in the DFR crew...

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<![CDATA[How Is Ebola Spread?]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:37:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/456202288.jpg
The latest case of a positive Ebola test in the United States sparked immediate concerns about who may have been exposed and helped shed light on how the potentially deadly virus is, and...

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<![CDATA[Boy Losing His Sight Travels to See Northern Lights]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:26:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_northernlightsboy0930_1500x845.jpg
Young boy travels to Alaska to view Northern Lights and nature before he goes blind. Blake Essig reports.]]>