<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Health News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:43:01 -0700 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:43:01 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ancient Virus May Cause ALS: Study]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:49:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-548553939.jpg
A virus that has been in our DNA for millions of years may be resurfacing in the form of ALS, scientists reported Thursday. The discovery may lead scientists to finding a treatment for the incurable...

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<![CDATA[Social Media Helps Family's Search for Donor]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 08:12:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/kidney.PNG
A Pasadena woman has been searching for three years for a kidney donor and recently took a novel approach - painting a sign on the family car - and now her search has gone viral.

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Stricken Goalie's Mom Wants Artificial Turf Answers]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 05:12:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150928-austen-everett-cancer-turf-mbm_713006b65cf4de66ca10582b1e2f5e87.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
University of Miami athlete Austen Everett died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. Her mother said it was soon after that, as she found out about even more sick players, that she came to believe that...

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<![CDATA[Flavored Tobacco Lures Kids, CDC Says]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:51:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-487318591.jpg
Kids who smoke, vape or chew tobacco are flocking to the flavored varieties, a new government report shows. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of high school students...

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<![CDATA[Walgreens Prescriptions Delayed Across U.S.]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 04:50:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/walgreens+sign+edit.jpg
Walgreens customers across the U.S. may find it difficult to get prescriptions in the company’s stores this week. The company’s pharmacists have been filling each prescription manually since their system crashed...]]>
<![CDATA[Scientists Find New Virus in Blood]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:23:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/AP_070525034503.jpg
Scientists have found a new virus that can be transmitted by blood transfusions and other blood-based products, NBC News reported. They’re calling the new virus human hepegivirus-1 (HHpgV-1). The virus bears a...

<![CDATA[Clinton Proposes $250 Monthly Cap on Prescriptions]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:31:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_684583625361.jpg
To stop measures of what she called "price gouging" by pharmaceutical companies, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed a $250 monthly cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs. Clinton...

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<![CDATA[Drug CEO Who Hiked Pill Price Has History of Serious 'Harassment']]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:27:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-120822891.jpg
The pharmaceutical company boss who jacked up the price of the drug Daraprim 5,500 percent overnight allegedly has a history of "harassment" to a former employee, according to court documents.

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<![CDATA[Medical Study Exposes Number of Incorrect or Late Diagnosis]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:03:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis in their lifetimes, a new report finds — often with devastating effects, NBC News reports. It's almost impossible to quantify, but the problem is serious,...

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<![CDATA[Drug That Fights Complications of AIDS and Cancer Goes From $13.50 to $750]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:06:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/martin-GettyImages-120822895.jpg
The price of a popular drug that treats life-threatening parasitic infections has increased 5,000 percent, bringing the annual cost of treatment to hundreds of thousands of dollars for some patients. Daraprim...

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<![CDATA[Sex Doesn't Cause Heart Attacks: Researchers]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:30:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_262391987828+%281%29.jpg
German researchers say there’s nothing that links sexual activity with triggering heart attacks, NBC News reported. Researchers at Ulm University in Germany led a small study and said the data they’ve collected...

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<![CDATA[3-D Printed Implant Supports Damaged Chest]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:41:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3d-printed-sternum-illustration.jpg
A cancer patient recovered well from a surgery involving a 3-D printed titanium sternum and rib cage placed in his chest, according to a research organization in Australia. The Commonwealth Scientific...

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<![CDATA[FDA Fast Tracks Trial Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:52:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453480600.jpg
ZMapp, an experimental drug being tested against Ebola, has won fast-track status to get quicker Food and Drug Administration approval, NBC News reported. The drug, which made headlines when some high-profile...

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<![CDATA[Study Reveals the Germiest Spots on Airplanes, Airports]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:04:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-138789588.jpg
A new study finds airports and commercial airliners are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria, NBC News reported. Website Travelmath.com sent microbiologists to five airports and onto four airplanes and asked...

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<![CDATA[2nd Person Dies From Cucumbers]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:59:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/052911+cucumbers+ecoli.jpg
One person in Texas has died after eating a cucumber contaminated with salmonella, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. This is the second reported case of a person dying from tainted...

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<![CDATA[Tainted Cucumbers Recalled]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:24:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/052911+cucumbers+ecoli.jpg
A San Diego-based produce company has recalled garden cucumbers believed to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak that killed one Southern California woman and sickened 285 people from 27 states. The cucumbers...

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<![CDATA[SoCal Chipotle Linked to Norovirus Outbreak]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:31:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150824-chipotle-restaurant-simi-valley.jpg
Health officials believe a food-borne illness that sickened dozens of customers at a Southern California Chipotle is Norovirus.

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<![CDATA[New Options As Drug-Resistant Lice Spread]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:50:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/192*120/091208lice.jpg
As children start school, it’s not just the homework that's a big worry. Head lice is also a big concern, especially after a recent study showed many states — including California — now has lice that has become...]]>
<![CDATA[Diabetes Drugs Can Cause Severe Joint Pain: FDA]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:47:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-166272621.jpg
Certain diabetes drugs can cause severe and disabling joint pain, the Food and Drug Administration warned patients on Friday. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes...

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<![CDATA[3 Generations Linked by Single Womb After Transplant]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:19:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BoyWombTransplant.jpg
For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations. The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s,...]]>
<![CDATA[Clothes Carry Germs Into Newborn ICU: Study]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:46:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/566440057.jpg
Parents and other people who come to visit babies in the newborn intensive care unit are sometimes carrying a potentially deadly germ on their clothing, researchers report. They found respiratory syncytial virus...

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<![CDATA[FDA: Eggless Spread Doesn't Cut It as Mayo]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:19:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/just-mayo-AP_541645552391.jpg
A vegan spread called Just Mayo isn't actually mayonnaise, according to U.S. regulators, because it doesn't actually have eggs in it. Hampton Creek, the company behind the spread, was issued a warning letter on...

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<![CDATA[Another Hospital Outbreak Possibly Linked to Tainted Scopes]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:30:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/8-19-15-Hospital.JPG
Huntington Memorial Hospital officials said Wednesday they are investigating a spread of bacteria that may be linked to a medical scope that has been blamed for infections at hospitals across the country...]]>
<![CDATA[Souping: Hollywood's Latest Health Craze]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:30:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/US-CA-Soup-CR_1200x675_507529283654.jpg
Health conscious Californians are abandoning their juice makers for the humble soup, which has been reinvented into the latest wellness trend.]]>
<![CDATA[Coffee Aids Colon Cancer Recovery, Study Finds]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:45:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/coffee-generic-edit.jpg
Colon cancer patients who enjoy a few cups of coffee a day appear to survive their cancer better and are less likely to die early than non-coffee drinkers, researchers reported Monday. It's the latest in...

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<![CDATA[7 Dead in Legionnaires' Outbreak]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 06:30:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/meeting+overlay+legionnaires.jpg
Three more people have died of Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx in an outbreak that has claimed seven lives in total and hospitalized more than 60 people, the New York City Health Department said...]]>
<![CDATA[2 Dead, 31 Sick Amid 'Unusual' Legionnaires' Outbreak in NYC]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:41:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/legionnaires+outbreak.jpg
Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires' disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department...

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<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Having a Pet]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:49:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Dog-exercise-generic-park-outside.jpg
For centuries, humans have taken animal companions into their homes. But the utility of the animals goes beyond simple companionship. The evidence is increasingly clear that having a pet can lead to a longer...

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<![CDATA[Some Cilantro Banned Over Feces, Toilet Paper in Fields: FDA]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:26:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cyclospora_cilantro.jpg
The cause of several years of intestinal illnesses among Americans appears to have been found, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA announced on Monday that it has identified the cause...]]>
<![CDATA[Rise in Autism May Be Due to Semantics: Study]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:51:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-142090923_Autism-generic.jpg
A new study out of Penn State University suggests that the increase in autism diagnosis is due to kids being classified and diagnosed differently, not because something catastrophic has happened to U.S.

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<![CDATA[Use of Morning-After Pill on Rise Among U.S. Teens]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:08:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pill1.jpg
More than one in five sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings, which likely reflect...

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<![CDATA[Early Drugs Halt AIDS, Prevent Spread, Studies Confirm]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 04:56:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/022309+AIDS+HIV+Ribbon.jpg
Two big studies detailed Monday confirm that earlier treatment for the AIDS virus not only keeps people healthy, but prevents them from infecting others, NBC News reported. The results have AIDS experts...

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