<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Health News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usThu, 19 Jan 2017 13:48:36 -0800Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:48:36 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mom, Toddler Daughter Fight Cancer at the Same Time]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:39:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cancerstrikesmomandtot.jpg
Heather Wilson received some bad news just five days before Christmas.The 31-year-old mother of three, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor six months earlier, learned that her 14-month-old...

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<![CDATA[Caffeine May Help Fight Cardiovascular Disease: Study]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:50:23 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-472209108.jpg
Scientists used blood samples and studies medical and family history for people in their study. In this research, a connection was found between that inflammatory process and caffeine consumption.

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<![CDATA[18M Will Lose Health Insurance With ACA Repeal: Analysis]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:12:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/obaGettyImages-630310534.jpg
About 18 million people would lose or drop their health insurance in the first year after Obamacare is repealed, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday.The nonpartisan federal agency also found that...

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<![CDATA['We Call It a Robot': Exoskeleton Helps Mom Walk Again]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:08:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-exoskeleton-mom.jpg
After doctors originally gave Marylou Soto just pain medication for what was later detected as a seriously damaging cyst to her spinal cord, the Orange County mom now has a second chance to walk again.

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<![CDATA[The Pros and Cons of Marijuana Use]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:05:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_pot0112_1500x845.jpg
Marijuana use may help with chronic pain and nausea, but a new study says there are also negative consequences for young children and those at risk for certain mental illnesses.]]>
<![CDATA[Ziploc Freezer Bags Help Premature Babies Stay Warm: Study]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:25:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NICU+Hypothermia+011117.jpg
Nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Health Fort Worth developed a program to keep fragile babies warmer. It has led to a decrease of very low birth weight babies being admitted to the NICU...

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<![CDATA[Trump Asks Vaccination Skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lead Vaccination Safety Commission]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:17:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trumpKennedy.jpg
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vocal vaccination skeptic, said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to "chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity" and that he has accepted.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Sweets Recall]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:46:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/holiday+sweets+recall.jpg
Hostess Brands and Palmer Candy Company have recalled holiday-themed sweets over concern the desserts may be contaminated with the harmful Salmonella bacteria. Hostess Brands recalled its Holiday White...

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<![CDATA[Flu Season Hits Hard Nationwide]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:47:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_flu0106_1500x845.jpg
Twelve states are reporting widespread flu activity as the United States slide into flu season at the start of the year. The Centers for Disease Control say flu activity is higher this season compared to...]]>
<![CDATA[Cancer Deaths Fell 25 Percent Since 1991]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 04:47:18 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-495314721-doctor.jpg
Fewer Americans are dying of cancer. The latest numbers from the American Cancer Society show a 25 percent drop in cancer deaths since 1991, the peak year for cancer deaths, NBC News reported.Cancer rates are...

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<![CDATA[The Best Diet to Fight Brain Shrinkage]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:28:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_diets0104_1500x845.jpg
What are the best diets to help prevent brain shrinkage? A new study shows specific diets that may help fight brain volume loss as we age, NBC News reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Investigation Into Baby Exposed to Fentanyl]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:36:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Methuenhome.JPG
A 10-month-old baby stopped breathing twice after being exposed to the opioid fentanyl in Methuen, Massachusetts, over the weekend.Methuen police said they were called to a Treetop Way residence at 12:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Prosecutor in Pa. Tackles Heroin Scourge That Claimed Son]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 03:33:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bruce17.jpg
The phone at Bruce Brandler's home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there, and he was in really bad shape.A suspected heroin overdose, the nurse said.Brandler didn't...

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<![CDATA[North Texas Twins Born in Different Years]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 08:34:51 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Sanchez+Twins.jpg
An Arlington family celebrated the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 in an unusual way, with the birth of twin boys in two different years.Medical City Arlington says Cassandra Martinez was due to deliver...

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<![CDATA[Single Shot From Doctor May Be Future of HIV Prevention]]> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:34:23 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/200429890-001.jpg
The Truvada pill is taken daily to prevent HIV and has been touted as a miracle drug responsible for lowering rates of the virus across the United States. But soon, the daily pill may be overshadowed by an even...

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<![CDATA[Catching Up With the Boy Who Had a Double Hand Transplant]]> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:52:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/handAP_16236722740436.jpg
Just two years ago, Zion Harvey thought he'd never throw a baseball again. The young boy had lost both his hands and legs after suffering an infection when he was a toddler. Today, a year and a half after...

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<![CDATA[Female Doctors Outperform Male Counterparts: Study]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:38:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-125767555-Doctor-needle.jpg
Patients treated by women doctors are less likely to die of what ails them and less likely to have to return for more treatment, researchers reported Monday. Yet, as NBC News reports, women doctors on...

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<![CDATA[Engineered Pink Pineapple Safe to Sell: FDA]]> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 03:31:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503869977.jpg
A strain of pineapple genetically engineered to be pink instead of yellow got the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. The pink pineapple, made by Del Monte Fresh Produce,...

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<![CDATA[Covered California Again Extends Enrollment Deadline]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:54:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/hospital-patient_448x336.jpg
The deadline for enrolling in a health insurance plan through Covered California has been extended again to Monday at midnight.]]>
<![CDATA[Where You Live Determines What Kills You]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:08:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-515791525.jpg
A new analysis by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a county-by-county breakdown of what kills people in the U.S., NBC News reported.Drug overdoses shot up 1,000 percent since 1980...

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<![CDATA[Fewer Teens Drink or Use Illegal Drugs Now]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 03:51:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-AB68607.jpg
Fewer American teenagers are using illegal drugs or drinking alcohol, researchers said. Rates are at a record low for eighth-graders, the team at the University of Michigan and the National Institutes...

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<![CDATA[NJ Clinical Lab Hack Exposes Personal Health Info of 34,000]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 04:34:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Quest+Diagnostics_21789268.jpg
Quest Diagnostics announced Monday that it is investigating an unauthorized third-party intrusion into an internet application on its network. In a statement released Monday, the company said the data accessed...]]>
<![CDATA[97-Year-Old Still Running Strong]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:14:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_97yo1212_1920x1080.jpg
World War II veteran Albert Booth is still running marathons at age 97 and has no plans of slowing down.

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<![CDATA[Bill Murray, President Obama Talk Cubs, Sox at White House]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 03:49:43 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/murray+obama.png
A Cubs fan and a Sox fan walk into the Oval Office… to talk about health care?

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