<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Health News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSun, 19 Nov 2017 16:48:21 -0800Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:48:21 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CTE Turned Ex-NFL Star From Top Lawyer to ‘Other Person']]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:54:12 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-822512332.jpg

After completing an NFL career that included two Super Bowls, Fred McNeill got an advanced law degree and practiced law. But within just a few years, he began to fall apart, losing his temper, losing his memory and losing job after job, NBC News reported.

“Here is this person who was so kind, so intelligent, so special, so loving, so easygoing. He made things look easy. And then he flipped to be this other person,” Tia McNeill, Fred McNeill’s widow, said in an interview.

McNeill died in 2015. He was bankrupt, unable to eat or care for himself. A positron emission tomography (PET) brain scan done in 2012 showed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE — the degenerative brain disease being linked increasingly to professional football and to head injuries sustained in combat.

The confirmation comes too late to help McNeill. But if the findings hold up in other patients with similar symptoms, such a scan may be able to diagnose CTE in time to give patients hope for recourse while they are still alive and, perhaps, eventual treatment.



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<![CDATA[A Guide to the Best Free Online Workouts]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:57:02 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/yoga-GettyImages-73695539.jpg

It's easy to get discouraged by the boutique fitness craze with $25 per class fees and the weekly chore of sitting by your computer to reserve a spot in that popular spin class that always sells out.

It's often tempting to just skip it, so the Associated Press rounded up its favorite free online workouts that you can do in your living room, at the office, in a park or on vacation. That means no more excuses for not getting your fitness on. And bonus, most of the sites also include meal plans, recipes and other nutrition inspiration.

FITNESS BLENDER

One of the best online workouts around. Period. It rivals even the priciest apps and workout programs with tons of options that include everything from High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to Pilates, yoga and strength training. If you're short on time there are 10-minute ab workouts and if you're super advanced, and if you want to be pushed, their 60 minute "insane cardio workout challenge" is killer and promises to burn roughly 1,000 calories. There are over 500 free workouts on the site and the no-frills videos feature cute husband and wife team Kelli and Daniel Segars. The website is easily customized so you can pick workouts based on difficulty level, what body parts you want to target and whether you want to use weights or if you prefer a no-equipment option.

Online: https://www.fitnessblender.com


JESSICA SMITH

Jessica Smith's motto is exercise should be fun otherwise you won't stick with it. She's the queen of walk and talks — online workouts where she marches in places for a mile or two while you chit chat. Her six-week Walk Strong program was so popular that she just released the 2.0 version. Smith's workouts are especially great for beginners, those who need extra motivation or want to feel like they're working out with a friend, not an unrelatable, six-pack ab guru. Her YouTube channel has more than 250 free workouts that includes Pilates, yoga, strength training and cardio plus workouts specifically targeted for beginners. And since many of her workouts are filmed in her living room, there's usually a few fun shots that include her dog Peanut who likes to get in the way because, hey, that's life.

Online: https://www.youtube.com/user/jessicasmithtv


SWEATTY BETTY

The UK brand has some of the most coveted workout clothes around but they're also really committed to giving their tribe access to free, fun workouts even if they don't have a gym membership. Workouts in the #GetFit4Free campaign feature everything from HIIT to Pilates. We really like the 30-minute ultimate bum workout, beach body workout and ballet bootcamp encore. There are even videos taught by celeb teachers like yoga star Cat Meffan.

Online: http://www.sweatybetty.com/us/free-online-workout-videos


ZUZKA LIGHT

Don't be fooled by this pint-sized blonde. Her workouts pack a serious punch. We love her convenient weekly workout schedules that show you the equipment you'll need and gives you three videos to choose from: advanced, no equipment and beginner/low-impact. This is your best bet when you are short on time since her 15 minute workouts will definitely get your heart pumping. You can pick a six to 12 week program or, if you're advanced, you can follow Light's daily workout schedule which she posts weekly.

Online: https://zuzkalight.com


LIVE STRONG

These versatile workouts are especially helpful if you want to use them while traveling or even at the gym. They work well at home too, since the workouts are photo slideshows that breakdown the moves with very specific written instructions and not videos, which means you don't have to worry about audio or the circle of death while your internet is recalibrating. There's something for all levels here including convenient quickies like their 30-day ab challenge with some videos under 5 minutes. Advanced folks can try the Navy Seal workout, train with Mr. Universe or try the 41 hardest ab exercises routine. And if you're not looking for an entirely new workout program but maybe just a few new moves to add to your routine there's plenty of inspiration, including 10 free weight moves you can try if you're looking to swap out machines or 15 burpee variations.

Online: http://www.livestrong.com/cat/sports-and-fitness


BEFIT

There's hundreds of videos to choose from on BeFit's YouTube channel. Pick from basics like strength training, ab routines, HIIT, Pilates, beach body or barre workouts. Or try something new like belly dance cardio, surfer girl workout, Krav Maga defense, Ballet Beautiful or channel your inner aerialist at Cirque School. There's tons of different options if you've only got 10 or 15 minutes or want a full-hour sweat session. BeFit also gives you access to big name trainers like Denise Austin, Jillian Michaels and yoga guru Kino MacGregor.

Online: https://www.youtube.com/user/BeFit/videos



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<![CDATA[No Correlation Between Mental Health, Mass Shooting: Experts]]> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:03:20 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-874617738.jpg

Kevin Neal’s family knew he was mentally ill, but they never thought he would kill five people and attack an elementary school in rural northern California. But Neal committed both those acts on Tuesday, and it has left his family asking some very difficult questions, NBC News reported.

Sheridan Orr, Neal’s sister, said her brother made threats for nearly 20 years. Though they continued to pressure him to receive help for his mental health, he seemed unwilling to pursue treatment.

Experts say it is difficult to know what to do in those situations, but Dr. James Fox, an expert on gun violence and author of “Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder,” said it's dangerous to assume that the mentally ill tend to commit these shootings.

"There’s not really a correlation," said Fox, who maintains a database on mass shootings. "We like to think that these people are different from the rest of us. We want a simple explanation and if we just say they’re mentally ill, case closed. Because of how fearful dangerous and deadly their actions are, we really want to distance ourselves from it and relegate it to illness."



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<![CDATA[Owning a Dog May Help You Live Longer: Swedish Scientists]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:26:59 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-11-17+at+8.59.02+AM.png

According to a new study in Sweden, owning a dog could help you live longer. Scientists followed more than 3 million adults for 12 years.

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<![CDATA[CTE Found in Living Ex-NFL Player for 1st Time: Study]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:52:15 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_764021564440-Fred-McNeill-NFL-Player.jpg

The "unique pattern" of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the debilitating brain disease known as CTE, has been found for the first time in a patient before he died, NBC News reported.

It was detected in a brain scan of former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Fred McNeill, according to the doctors behind a study published in the journal Neurosurgery last week. The scan could lead to the development of treatments for the incurable disease.

CTE is caused by repeated blows to the head, and has been found in many dead NFL players' brains, including former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in April before a murder conviction against him was cleared.

So far, the only way to definitively diagnose CTE is by looking at the brain after death, but a 2012 scan of McNeill's brain that seemed to show protein deposits characteristic of CTE was confirmed in an autopsy after McNeill died last year.



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<![CDATA[Congress' Delay Risks Millions of Kids' Health Insurance]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:09:02 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pll_20171118_chip_russo_10_fc7316e06197590903fff4b9d54d55a9.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

The Children's Health Insurance Program covers annual check-ups and more medical procedures for nearly 9 million kids in low-income families, but congressional bickering is putting it at risk, NBC News reported.

The program has enjoyed bipartisan support since it was created in 1997, but legislators have let this year's reauthorization deadline pass in the debate over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Now funding in 11 states will run out by the end of the year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and 21 more states by March.

CHIP gives health insurance to children and pregnant mothers who don't qualify for Medicaid but can't afford private insurance, and Census data shows the rate of uninsured children has dropped from 14 to about 4.5 percent in the past 20 years, experts say.

It's helped Roland Williams, 11, a St. Louis boy with an extremely rare form of lung cancer whose mother was told last year that "he would make it to see his 10th birthday."



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<![CDATA[American Scientists Try 1st Gene Editing in the Body]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:19:28 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/US-Zinc-Fingers-Protein-CR_1200x675_1097272387645.jpg

Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body, a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease. The experiment was done on Monday in California on a patient with an inherited metabolic disorder.

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<![CDATA['Obamacare' Enrollment Is Up Over Same Period in 2016]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:03:12 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_budgetbattle0927_1500x845.jpg

The government has rolled back the amount of time to select a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act this year, but enrollment is already up over the same period last year. NBC's Tracie Potts reports.

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<![CDATA[CVS Blames Pharmacy Outages on 'Internal Network' Problems]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:21:18 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/CVS_1200x675.jpg

After major system outages Tuesday CVS Health pharmacies reported there was  an internal network problem, CNBC reported. 

The cause is unknown according to the CVS spokesperson.

CVS non-executive Chairman David Dorman told CNBC Wednesday that top management notified him about the network issue after customers complained about not being able to refill their medications.

Customers took to social media to speak out about their complaints and express their dissatisfaction. 



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<![CDATA[How Law Enforcement Uses Narcan to Combat the Opioid Crisis]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:03:57 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NARCAN+EXPLAINER+THUMB2.jpg

As the American opioid crisis reaches near epidemic levels, law enforcement agencies across the country are training their officers how to use Narcan to revive people who have overdosed. The LA County Sheriff’s Department has deployed over 600 deputies with Narcan and is changing the way law enforcement approaches the opioid crisis.

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<![CDATA[Women Less Likely to Get CPR From Bystanders, Study Suggests]]> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 15:17:46 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-114996522+%281%29.jpg

Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman's chest might be one reason.

Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent of men, and men were 23 percent more likely to survive, the study found.

It involved nearly 20,000 cases around the country and is the first to examine gender differences in receiving heart help from the public versus professional responders.

"It can be kind of daunting thinking about pushing hard and fast on the center of a woman's chest" and some people may fear they are hurting her, said Audrey Blewer, a University of Pennsylvania researcher who led the study.

Rescuers also may worry about moving a woman's clothing to get better access, or touching breasts to do CPR, but doing it properly "shouldn't entail that," said another study leader, U Penn's Dr. Benjamin Abella. "You put your hands on the sternum, which is the middle of the chest. In theory, you're touching in between the breasts."

The study was discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim.

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping, usually because of a rhythm problem. More than 350,000 Americans each year suffer one in settings other than a hospital. About 90 percent of them die, but CPR can double or triple survival odds.

"This is not a time to be squeamish because it's a life and death situation," Abella said.

Researchers had no information on rescuers or why they may have been less likely to help women. But no gender difference was seen in CPR rates for people who were stricken at home, where a rescuer is more likely to know the person needing help.

The findings suggest that CPR training may need to be improved. Even that may be subtly biased toward males -- practice mannequins (they're not called "woman-nequins") are usually male torsos, Blewer said.

"All of us are going to have to take a closer look at this" gender issue, said the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Roger White, who co-directs the paramedic program for the city of Rochester, Minnesota. He said he has long worried that large breasts may impede proper placement of defibrillator pads if women need a shock to restore normal heart rhythm.

The Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health funded the study.

Men did not have a gender advantage in a second study discussed on Sunday. It found the odds of suffering cardiac arrest during or soon after sex are very low, but higher for men than women.

Previous studies have looked at sex and heart attacks, but those are caused by a clot suddenly restricting blood flow, and people usually have time to get to a hospital and be treated, said Dr. Sumeet Chugh, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. He and other researchers wanted to know how sex affected the odds of cardiac arrest, a different problem that's more often fatal.

They studied records on more than 4,500 cardiac arrests over 13 years in the Portland area. Only 34 were during or within an hour of having sex, and 32 of those were in men. Most already were on medicines for heart conditions, so their risk was elevated to start with.

"It's a very awkward situation, and a very horrifying situation to be one of the two people who survives," but more would survive if CPR rates were higher, Chugh said.

Results were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.



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<![CDATA[Why Men Force Women to Watch Them Masturbate: Experts]]> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 20:24:54 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ckckck.jpg

Power, control, and a pathological desire to elicit fear all play into why a man might engage in exhibitionism, sex therapists say, in the wake of bombshell revelations against comedian Louis C.K. Experts told NBC News masturbating in front of women without their permission is typically about exerting control, not an attempt at seduction.

"The shock on a woman's face that he's torturing is where the arousal lies. It's in her humiliation, said sex therapist Dr. Alexandra Katehakis, clinical director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, who has not treated Louis C.K.

Two female comedians told the New York Times that Louis C.K. masturbated in front of them in 2002. Three other women told the Times about other instances of sexual misconduct by the creator of the FX series "Louie."

"These stories are true," Louis C.K. said in a statement on Friday. "At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly."



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<![CDATA[Legionnaires' Disease Found Among Disneyland Visitors]]> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:53:27 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/disneyland-anaheim-california-aniversario1.jpg

Nine people contracted Legionnaires' disease after visiting Disneyland in September, a Disneyland spokesperson confirmed Saturday.

The nine Disneyland cases are among 12 total cases that the Orange County Health Care Agency is investigating regarding people who live in or visited Anaheim in September. Disneyland was informed of the cases Oct. 27, chemically treating and voluntarily shutting down two cooling towers to rid them of the Legionella bacteria, said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chief Medical Officer Pamela Hymel.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia with symptoms that include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches and headaches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People can contract the disease by breathing in small droplets of water in the air that contain the Legionella bacteria. The disease is not contagious from person to person.

Of the 12 cases being investigated, all patients range in age from 52 to 94 years old, said OCHCA Public Information Officer Jessica Good in a statement to NBC 4 News. Ten of the 12 people were hospitalized. One person, who did not visit Disneyland, had "additional health issues" and died, Good said.

Three of the patients did not visit Disneyland, but did live or travel in Anaheim, Good said.

After Disney took steps to get rid of the bacteria, the OCHCA "indicated there is no longer any known risk associated with our facilities," Hymel said.

According to the OCHCA, the Legionnaire's disease exposure period ranged from Sept. 12 to Sept. 27, Hymel said, adding that Disney thoroughly reviewed all regular water testing for the resort, "including work performed by contracted third-party experts," and "implemented additional redundant testing of other cooling towers on our property."

The OCHCA has not identified the common exposure source for all the cases, Hymel said. No additional cases have been identified in Anaheim after September and there is "no known ongoing risk associated with this outbreak," Good said.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from the Orange County Health Care Agency.



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<![CDATA[Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Montebello Costco]]> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 05:26:35 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Posible_contagio_de_hepatitis_A_en_Costco.jpg

Customers who purchased or handled any butchered meat or seafood from the Costco Wholesale located at 1345 N. Montebello Blvd. may be at a low risk of Hepatitis A exposure. The infected meat and seafood may have been contaminated by an employee with Hepatitis A and only applies to items  purchased between Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is investigating the possible exposure and will be offering free vaccinations at the Montebello location to all Costco employees and customers who may have come in contact with the potentially contaminated items.

Hepatitis A is a virus that can cause acute liver disease and is spread by touching items or ingesting food that someone with the infection has handled. The Los Angeles County Health Officer recommends those who have come into contact with the butchered meat or seafood receive a Hepatitis A vaccination or an immune globulin shot to prevent any illness.

The free vaccinations will be available at the Montebello Costco at these times:

Saturday, November 11 from 9:30am - 6:00pm

Sunday, November 12 from 10:00am - 6:00pm

Monday, November 13 from 9:30am - 6:00pm

Where: Montebello Costco 1345 N Montebello Blvd. Montebello, CA 90640

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<![CDATA[How Sexual Harassment Damages a Person’s Health: Experts]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:15:42 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_110507143342.jpg

Sexual harassment not only have negative mental effects on victims and survivors, it can also have physical effects as well, experts tell NBC News Better.

Dr. Colleen Cullen, a licensed clinical psychologist, notes that for victims of sexual harassment, the most common diagnoses are depression, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When the mental effects become too overwhelming, experts call it somatizing, "a long state can turn into physical symptoms," says Dr. Nekeshia Hammond, a licensed psychologist.

These physical symptoms can run the gamut, manifesting as muscle aches, headaches, or even chronic physical health problems such as high blood pressure and problems with blood sugar.



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<![CDATA[Narcan Explained: What Is It and How Do You Use It?]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:34:04 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NARCAN+EXPLAINER+THUMB3.jpg

Ninety-one people in the U.S. die every day from opioid-related overdoses, but there’s a tool that can reverse the effects of an overdose that more and more law enforcement agencies and paramedics are now carrying with them as part of their standing operating protocol. It’s called Narcan, and here is what you need to know about what it is, how it works and how to use it.

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<![CDATA[Frozen Green Beans Recalled in 12 States Over Listeria Risk]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:05:55 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/frozen-green-beans.jpg

Nature's Touch Frozen Foods has issued a voluntary recall of its Organic Fine Whole Green Beans because of possible contamination with a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause infections.

The product was distributed in stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

“At Nature’s Touch, our passion is finding the highest-quality frozen foods for our consumers and we are deeply committed to food safety at every production stage,” Nature’s Touch said in a press release. “This voluntary recall reflects our dedication to ensuring the safety of our consumers while enjoying our products.” 

Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods issued the recall after a routine sampling program in Connecticut found one positive result of the bacteria in one bag of green beans, the company said in the press release. The company says it has stopped production and distribution of the products and is working with the Food and Drug Administration on the recall. 

All affected retailers have been contacted to make sure the product is removed from store shelves and no other products were affected, the company says. The product that is the subject of the recall is the 10-ounce size, with "best before" dates of June 4, 2017 to June 21, 2019.

Listeria is a serious infection most likely to affect pregnant women and newborns, elderly adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

No illnesses associated with the green beans have been reported. 

All affected retailers have been contacted
to ensure that the recalled product is removed from store shelves. Other products of Nature’s Touch
Frozen Foods LLC. are not affected. 

Consumers who have bought Nature’s Touch Frozen Organic Fine Whole Green Beans are advised to throw them out or return them for a full refund.

The company’s Consumer Service Team is available to answer questions at 1-877-850-2664 or by email at: info@naturestouch.ca.



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<![CDATA[Democrats Win Big With Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion]]> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:18:11 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Barack+Obama+Ralph+Northam+GettyImages-863220768.jpg

Barack Obama may not be running for anything these days, but his signature health care law was a big winner in Tuesday’s elections, as voters rebelled against Republican lawmakers who have blocked Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

Democrats are hopeful their victories are a harbinger of further gains as they look to capitalize on the law's rising popularity in polls — and repeal legislation's deep unpopularity — with more ballot initiatives, legislative efforts and campaign messages.

In Maine, voters passed a ballot initiative that would expand Medicaid to an estimated 70,000 residents by a margin of 18 points, 59-to-41, doing an end run around Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican who has vetoed five bills to do so.

LePage is already threatening to block the measure unless legislators can find a way to finance it without raising taxes, saying in a statement that "this fiscally irresponsible Medicaid expansion will be ruinous to Maine’s budget."



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<![CDATA[1 Reason Flu Vaccines Are So Lousy: They're Grown in Eggs]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:31:06 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/flu-shot.jpg

Last year's influenza vaccine reduced the number of flu-related visits to the doctor by 42 percent, and the vaccine reduced a specific strain of flu virus by even less, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One important reason flu shots don't usually work very well is because they're grown in chicken eggs, a slow and tricky process that can go wrong easily, researchers told NBC News.

"We need to get away from the antiquated production model, which the egg is," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

He thinks that vaccines made using insect cells could be better at protecting people from the flu.



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<![CDATA['Unusually Severe' Plague Sickens 1,800 in Madagascar]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:43:01 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/plague-cdc.jpg

More than 1,800 people in Madagascar have contracted plague in what the World Health Organization deemed an "unusually severe" outbreak, but it's unlikely to spread beyond the island, NBC News reported.

The infection is easily treated with antibiotics if caught early enough and is now rare in developed countries, but it's an ongoing problem in Madagascar, where 187 people have died in the latest outbreak.

"Based on available information and response measures implemented to date, WHO estimates the risk of potential further spread of the plague outbreak at national level remains high," according to a WHO report.

Screening for the disease has been stepped up at airports, the agency said, which will help stop people from bringing the infection beyond the island's shores.



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<![CDATA[Dark Chocolate Sold in 23 States Recalled for Undeclared Milk]]> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:55:54 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56960813.jpg

A New York-based company is recalling a bunch of chocolate products, most of which were sold at Wegmans stores in nearly two dozen states, because they contain milk not declared on the list of ingredients, which could be extremely dangerous, even life-threatening, to people allergic to it. 

First Source announced the voluntary recall Monday. Both packaged chocolate, coffee beans and almonds and items sold in self-service bins are affected by the recall. 

The following 10 packaged items are affected:

  • Wegmans Dark Chocolate Almonds 23oz tub
  • Wegmans Dark Chocolate Almonds 11.5oz tub
  • Wegmans Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar 12oz tub
  • Wegmans Dark Chocolate Cherry-Infused Cranberries 12oz tub
  • Wegmans Dark Chocolate Strawberries 13.5oz tub
  • Alpine Valley Dark Chocolate Almonds 11.5oz tub
  • Circle K Favorites Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds 3.25oz bag
  • Tops Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds 11.5oz tub
  • Tops Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans 12oz tub
  • 7 Select Dark Chocolate Turbinado Almonds with Sea Salt 2.25oz bag 

Those were sold in 23 states including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Texas, Vermont and Virginia from Jan. 1, 2016, to the present. 

The following products sold in bulk self-service bins at grocery stores between Jan. 1, 2016, and Oct. 30, 2017, are also affected: 

  • 15 LBS Dark Chocolate Peanuts distributed to Wegmans Food Markets, Dryden Food Market, New Brighton Food Land, Punxsutawney Country Market, and Trumansburg Shur Save,
  • 20 LBS Dark Chocolate Almonds to Wegmans Food Markets, Giant Food Store, Martin’s Food Market, and Stop N Shop
  • 25 LBS Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans Giant Food Store, Giant Food Mart, Martin’s Food Market, Wegmans Food Market, Dryden Food Market, Orchard Fresh, Stop N Shop, and Punxsutawney Country Market 

Those products were distributed in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. 

No illnesses or reactions have been reported, and First Source says it is issuing the recall out of an abundance of caution. It found out about the issue after a supplier issued its own recall because of the milk allergen. Anyone with questions can call First Source at 1-716-389-0200.



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<![CDATA[Synthetic Opioids Rising as Deadly Overdoses Top 60K: CDC]]> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:51:31 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fentanyl+painkiler.jpg

More than 60,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, and synthetic opioids played a larger role than ever, CNBC reported.

Deaths from those extremely strong drugs, like fentanyl, increased fivefold, and some analogs of fentanyl, like the large animal tranquilizer carfentanil, are increasinly being implicated in opioid deaths, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The increased mixing or co-use of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and varying fentanyl analogs might contribute to increased risk for overdose because persons misusing opioids and other drugs are exposed to drug products with substantially varied potency," the report's authors wrote.

Fifty to 100 times more powerful than morphine, fentanyl was introduced into the market in 2013. That year it was implicated in just over 3,000 overdose deaths; in 2016, it was involved in 20,000, according to the report, which the CDC said was the first to use "toxicologic and scene evidence from multiple states to characterize opioid overdose deaths."



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