<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Healthy Week]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbclosangeles.com/feature/healthy-weekhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.pngNBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:01:25 -0800Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:01:25 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Get Sleep, Lose Weight]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:40:07 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/153091697.jpgA new study links sleep with the way human bodies burn fat. Compromising sleep can affect one's weight, vision, and organ function in the future.

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<![CDATA[Study Finds HPV Vaccine Safe]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:03:09 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/125767560.jpgThe controversial vaccine was found to have minor side effects, but no major risks. The treatment is recommended to children as early as 8-years-old for both boys and girls to prevent cancers before becoming sexually active.

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<![CDATA[Cancer Fighting Foods]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:06:07 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/sj+farmers+market+-+cabbage+pinnacle+1b+aspect006.jpgCelebrity chef Christine Avanti shares eight foods that help prevent cancer.]]><![CDATA[New HIV Test Kit Appears Over-the-Counter]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:03:07 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/hivtest.jpgA new over-the-counter test kit is available for consumers, able to yield results in less than half an hour, but at the cost of roughly $40. While some experts welcome the procedure, some argue that the results do not reflect an accurate picture of one's infection status to the virus.]]><![CDATA[Preventing Diabetes, Preventing Cancer]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2012 06:46:24 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/pic27.jpgDr. Jorge Castillo, a doctor at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhodes Island examines the link between diabetes and blood cancers in his extensive research based on 17,000 cases. About 150,000 people are diagnosed with leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia each year. Taking steps to prevent type 2 diabetes could translate into 7,000 fewer blood cancer cases.]]><![CDATA[Portion Size Targeted in LA Health Campaign]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:27:32 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/frankfarm.jpg

Los Angeles County officials introduced a new public health campaign on Thursday aimed at reducing an obesity rate that has risen to nearly a quarter of adults in the nation's most populous county.

The message of the new campaign is "portion size matters."

Advertisements from the campaign – reading "Choose Less. Weigh Less." – compare calorie counts for differing meal sizes. Three slices of pizza have 990 calories, while two slices have 660, according to one of the ads, which will be placed on billboards and bus shelters.

"It's no secret that portion size as well as our waistlines have expanded over the last two decades," said county Public Health Director and Health Officer Dr. Jonathan Fielding.

The average restaurant meal today is more than four times larger than it was in the 1950s, and the surface of the average dinner plate is 36 percent greater than it was 1960, Fielding added.

"There's too much on our plate," he said.

"If we think about choosing less, ordering smaller portions, we'll be on the right track," Fielding said at a press conference unveiling the county's campaign.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said in an interview after the event that he would consider a ban on the sale of large sodas similar to one recently approved in New York City, which intends to prohibit sales of sugary beverages in containers larger than 16 oz.

"We need to be more aggressive in regulating some of the things that are creating these health epidemics in our society," Yaroslavsky said.

On Thursday, public health officials reported new countywide data showing that the adult obesity rate rose from 13.6 percent to 23.6 percent between 1997 and 2011.

The increase was more dramatic among younger adults, county officials said, with those aged 18 to 39 seeing a 104 percent increase in their obesity rate between 1997 and 2011. The rate of increase was less than half of that for those 40 or older.

Data showed that lower-income residents and those with less formal education had higher rates of obesity than their wealthier and more educated counterparts.

The obesity rate was highest among Latinos, at 31.6 percent, followed closely by African Americans at 31 percent. Whites had a rate of 18 percent, while Asian/Pacific Islanders had a rate of 8.9 percent, though the latter group saw by far the greatest increase since 1997.

The calorie-conscious campaign is part of a broader obesity-prevention effort from the county Department of Public Health called Choose Health LA.

Obesity, defined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having a body-mass index of 30 or higher, is the chief preventable cause of type 2 diabetes.

Obese people are at increased risk for heart disease, stroke, arthritis and many forms of cancer, according to the county.

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<![CDATA[Leg Cramps and Superfoods]]>Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:50:44 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11179498_AskDrBruceOct4_722x406_1694275541.jpg

Dr. Bruce Hensel will answer your questions live every Tuesday and Thursday on the NBC4 News at Noon.

To send us your questions, go to our website NBCLA.com and search "Ask Dr. Bruce", or go to our Facebook page NBCLA.

<![CDATA[LA Dentist Pioneers Tool For Painless Dental Work]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:11:41 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11021535_N5PPAINLESSDENTIST_722x406_109635903.jpgA device pioneered by an LA dentist called Dental Vibe takes the pain out of gum injections. The tool’s double prongs vibrate against the gums, soothing the patient while the dentist gives an injection. The vibrations reach the brain before the pain does, letting the patient feel nothing. NBC4 does not endorse specific doctors. For more information on the Dental Vibe click here. Dr. Bruce reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2012.]]><![CDATA[Hospital Project Encourages Young Cancer Patients]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:04:48 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/baldbravebeautiful.jpgMiami Children's Hospital's "Bald, Brave, Beautiful" project helps children like Alberto Hernandez, battling bone cancer, to empower themselves through the noticeable side effect of hair loss in cancer treatment.]]><![CDATA[Bare Military Wives Raise PTSD Awareness]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:57:09 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bare.jpgMilitary wives are taking a bold, bare approach to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). "Battle Bare," a photo campaign on Facebook looks to become a fully pledged nonprofit organization.]]><![CDATA[Naturally Rebuilding Breasts]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:51:07 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/breast_surgery.jpgA new procedure involving liposuction and extracting stem cells in fat from a patient's own body is being used to rebuild breasts. Colleen DeVito chose this approach, which is considered experimental and not FDA approved. Researchers are still studying fat stem cells to potentially treat burns, radiation injuries and inflammatory bowel disease. The procedure is not meant for obese or very thin patients and costs about $14,000.

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<![CDATA[Paraplegics Walk With Exoskeleton Technology]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 04:57:23 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ReWalk-2011-P1.jpgArgo Technologies, an Israeli firm opening its headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, introduces a new technology that allows paraplegics to stand and walk on their own. Theresa Hannigan, who was stricken by an autoimmune disease and lost the use of her legs is one of dozens around the world using this Exoskeleton. Launched in Europe in September, the walking aid will soon be available in the U.S.]]><![CDATA[Spare Parts Make a New Hand]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:43:37 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hand3.jpgA hand surgeon and a foot-ankle specialist teamed up to rebuild a man's hand that was injured due to a terrible industrial accident. The two doctors rebuilt the hand using the patient's bones, nerves and other tissues from his own body. The intricate surgery recreated the structure within the hand and involved a foot-to-hand graft. The Louisiana resident is now in physical rehab and slowly regaining feeling in his hand.

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<![CDATA[Acne: Not Just For Teens]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 07:16:08 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11090879_N5PACNE_722x406_1070147597.jpgMore than a quarter of clinical acne patients are women aged 25 to 60. And a newly-found virus that lives on the skin may prevent some from getting pimples. Dr. Bruce Hensel reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2012.]]><![CDATA[How Dogs Keep You Healthy]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 07:15:23 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/6615090_WEBDrJackie_722x406_1626691708.jpgDr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Md., on how dogs can benefit your health.]]><![CDATA[Dermatologists Vs. Spas]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 07:14:48 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/drburgess.jpgDr. Cheryl Burgess explains which procedures you can have done at spas -- and which you should probably leave to the doctors.]]><![CDATA[Tanning Beds Ups Skin Cancer Risk by 69%]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 07:16:37 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/8221194_N5PPKGTANNINGBEDSok_722x406_2176832096__252475.jpgDr. Bruce Hensel reports on a new study shows that young people who use tanning beds have 69% increased risk of developing skin cancer.]]><![CDATA[Be Healthy: Bio Feedback]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 07:14:13 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/biofeedback.JPGImporving athletic performance can be a state of mind.]]><![CDATA[Preventing Miscarriages and Stillbirths]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 07:17:01 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/8211126_N5PPKGPREVENTINGMISCA_722x406_2176451664__061444.jpgDr. Bruce Hensel looks at a new study.]]><![CDATA[BOSU Ball Workouts, at Home or at the Gym]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 07:17:56 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bosuballhayes927.jpgTrainer Steve Hayes brings Liz of Fitness First to share workout tips for Women's Health Month.]]><![CDATA[What Everyone Should Know About Suicide]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 07:18:48 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/drweiner103.jpgSuicide has overtaken traffic deaths as the nation's leading cause of injury-related death. Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses ways to help prevent suicide.]]><![CDATA[Can 3-D Mammograms Better Detect Cancer?]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 07:19:06 -0800https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3-D+Mammograms.jpgA new type of mammogram takes multiple images of the breast, helping doctors identify the smallest tumors. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.

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