<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Health News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usMon, 05 Dec 2016 02:46:52 -0800Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:46:52 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[In 2015, Health Spending Surges in the U.S. ]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:00:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/170*120/AP_16320836144895-doctor.jpg

In 2015, Americans spent $3.2 trillion on medical expenses, up by 5.8 percent since 2014, NBC News reported.

Experts say there are also indications that health spending increased because people sought medical treatment for diseases they previously ignored because of lack of resources, according to a report released Friday by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Spending on prescription drugs also surged last year, with a nine percent increase since 2014.

"Recent rapid growth was due to increased spending for new medicines (particularly for specialty drugs such as those used to treat hepatitis C), price growth in existing brand-name drugs, increased spending on generics, and a decrease in the number of expensive blockbuster drugs whose patents expired," the CMS report read.

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<![CDATA[Shkreli Belittles Students Who Recreated His $750 Drug]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:56:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/shkreli.jpg

Martin Shkreli, the infamous former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who hiked the price on a live-saving drug from $13.50 to $750, is making news again. This time, it's for belittling a group of Australian students who replicated the active ingredient in his anti-parasitic medication for just $20, CNN reported.

The drug, Daraprim, is used to treat people with malaria. It is also used for those with weakened immune systems, such as chemotherapy and HIV patients. The group of 17-year-olds recreated the active ingredient in Daraprim, pyrimethamine, in a Sydney Grammar School chemistry lab.

But the 33-year-old so-called “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli was not impressed. He slammed the students’ achievement on Twitter and Periscope.

“These kids who ‘made Daraprim’ reminds me of Ahmed who ‘made the clock,” he tweeted. “Dumb journalists want a feel good story.”

The students worked with scientists from the University of Sydney under the direction of Dr. Alice Williamson and Associate Professor Matthew Todd.

"There were definitely a few obstacles along the way," said Brandon Lee, a Sydney student who took part in the research. "We had to try a lot of different reactions with a lot of different chemicals. But eventually we got there -- it took a bit over a year."  

Daraprim is named on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. They produced about $110,000 worth of the replica, according to Turing’s prices, which are inflated 5000 percent. However, they could not sell it due to FDA regulations and Turing’s marketing rights to the drug.

Shkreli also expressed frustration at “the inability for people to understand how drugs come to be made” as social media users tweeted snarky responses to him. He replied to dozens of tweets, mentioning his patent and the complexities that he believes are being overlooked in the students' replication.

“Labor and equipment costs? Didn’t know you could get physical chemists to work for free?” he wrote. “I should use high school kids to make my medicines!”

And Shkreli had a final, Walter White-esque response to the “Breaking Good” project.

“And never, ever compare your cook game to mine,” he tweeted. “Highest yield, best purity, most scale. I have the synthesis game on lock.”

Shkreli was arrested in December 2015 on allegations of securities fraud. He pleaded not guilty during his hearing in July. His trial date has been set for June 26, 2017.

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<![CDATA[ New Birth Center Opens at Palomar Medical Center]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:40:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Palomar+Medical+Center+0117.jpg

Expecting Escondido mothers now have a new location to go when it comes time to give birth. 

Thursday, a new birth center opened at Palomar Medical Center Escondido, located at 2185 Citracado Parkway in Escondido. The center begins accepting expecting mothers this week. 

Mothers will have 33 private labor, delivery and post-partum rooms, each with its own dedicated family areas. 

This new center will replace the birth center at Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido, which operated for decades before the downtown location closed. 

The shift of birthing services from the Downtown Escondido location, located at 555 East Valley Parkway in Escondido, to the new Escondido location on Citracado Parkway was expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Thursday, the California Department of Public Health gave the new location approval to open. 

The downtown center's previous Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and pediatric services will continue to be temporarily shifted to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. The unit is expected to open at the new health center in early 2017. 

Palomar Health plans to open a dedicated women's and children's unit at the new medical center in the future. 

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<![CDATA[Man Survives Heart-Liver Transplant in San Diego]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:26:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Linda-Sonny-Taitano-transplant.jpg

A Mission Valley man is the first person to successfully undergo a heart and liver transplant in San Diego.

“When I first walked in here, I was just falling apart,” Frank “Sonny” Taitano said Thursday from his bed at UC San Diego Medical Center.

Taitano, 58, is one of just a handful of people who can say they survived such an operation.

Fewer than 10 of these surgeries are performed each year in the U.S.

First diagnosed with congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart 11 years ago, Taitano underwent a number of treatments but nothing seemed to work.

Simple things like walking from his car to his apartment suddenly became a challenge.

“He's got to fight and I kept telling him, ‘Just keeping fighting,’” said his wife Linda. “We still have a lot to do in life.”

Alan Hemming, M.D. handled the liver transplant and he said there were several times when Taitano's condition deteriorated prior to the surgery.

“There were at least three times where we thought he was going to die,” Hemming said.

The surgery on November 4 lasted about 10 hours and at one point up to 70 people from UC San Diego Health were in the operating room.

A team Taitano now considers part of his family.

"California is unfortunately one of the worst states in the country to need a liver transplant in," Hemming said.

About 1 in 5 people on the waiting list will die, he said.

"The only way we can improve that is to have more people donate," Hemming said. "Donations save lives."

Taitano chokes up when he thinks about the people who donated the organs that gave him a second chance at life.

He still has family in his native Guam. and h's looking forward to spending time with his wife, six children and 13 grandchildren.

He hopes to leave the hospital before the Christmas holiday.

Organs from one donor can save or help as many as 50 people. To register click here.

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<![CDATA[World AIDS Day 2016: Activists Urge Testing, Education]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:52:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_405806892642.jpg

Dec. 1 marks World AIDS Day. It's a time to remember over 35 million people who have died from the disease since the early-1980s and show support for those who are struggling with it now. It's also a chance for health organizations and charities to raise awareness about testing and treatment.

In the United Kingdom, activists are spreading the message that HIV stigma is “not retro, just wrong.” The U.S. World AIDS Day theme for 2016 is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact,” and the United Nations launched the “Hands up for #HIVprevention” awareness campaign, emphasizing the importance of protecting at-risk demographics like young women and girls. 

Across the globe, approximately 34 million people suffer from HIV/AIDS, including more than 1.2 million who live in the United States. 

A red ribbon is a universal symbol of support and solidarity for those living with HIV or AIDS. Here's how organizations are raising awareness and money to help combat AIDS: 

World Health Organization
For World AIDS Day, the UN agency is advocating that health organizations should make self-testing equipment more readily available. About 14 million people around the world don’t know they have the disease -- one in eight AIDS survivors in the U.S. goes undiagnosed.

Self-testing allows individuals to check their HIV/AIDS status. If they do get a positive test result, they can then explore much-needed medical resources that will improve their standard of living and protect others from infection.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are two types of self-HIV tests: the Home Access HIV-1 Test System and the OraQuick In-home HIV test. You can buy a self-testing kit at drug stores like Walgreens and Rite Aid. 

When U2’s Bono and activist Bobby Shriver founded (RED) in 2006, they were bent on eradicating HIV/AIDS in Africa. Since then, they’ve raised $365 million for grants to provide survivors with anti-retroviral treatments that can cost as little as 30 cents a day, but that still aren’t accessible to about 18 million people suffering from the disease.

This World AIDS Day, (RED) has partnered with companies to raise money for the Global Fund to Help Fight AIDS. For every handcrafted holiday drink purchased today, Starbucks will donate 25 cents to the cause. Profits from 20 Apple games sold on the iTunes app store are also going toward AIDS prevention, and New Yorkers can swing by the (BANK OF AMERICA)RED pop-up in Bryant Park to buy holiday gifts through Dec. 4.

According to (RED)’s website, “Bank of America will donate $1 for every purchase made with a Bank of America card using Apple Pay, up to $1M” beginning on Dec. 1. This contribution will be doubled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has promised to match the money raised by (RED) this year, up to $78 million.

This World AIDS Day, the website’s team is asking Americans to educate themselves about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how it manifests in the U.S. They’ve put together a resource page for readers to peruse, including links to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, a timeline of HIV/AIDS, and information about the Affordable Care Act, which has provided coverage to survivors who couldn’t find insurance before because of their pre-existing condition.

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<![CDATA[Pediatrician Retires After Serving San Diego for Decades]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:51:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dr-Leon-Kelley-Southeast-pediatrician.jpg

A pediatrician who has served generations of people in one San Diego community was honored with a letter from President Barack Obama as he retired Monday.

“You’re not from Southeast if you don’t know Dr. Kelley,” one patient told NBC 7 at the celebration for Dr. Leon Kelley who practiced medicine in the same community for 47 years.

Patient Larry Milton said Kelley has been his doctor since he was 11 years old. Now at 62, Milton said he described the 77-year-old pediatrician as an angel who has been a support to his family and the community for decades.

“He has done so many things and has inspired so many people that it’s amazing,” Milton said.

Among his accomplishments, Kelley launched a process for sickle cell anemia testing in southeast San Diego which colleagues credit with saving thousands of lives.

He often saw patients seven days a week, sometimes without pay and treated area families for decades.

“I have grandparents who bring their grandchildren – the grandparents were my patients,” he said.

At his retirement party, someone read a personal letter to Kelley from President Barack Obama, thanking him for his years of service and touching thousands of lives. Kelley said it's a momento he will cherish.

Kelley is retiring because Children’s Primary Medical Group has an age limit for their doctors – a policy the doctor doesn’t dispute.

He’ll still be involved with CPMG but in a new role as mentor or advisor.

“My goal is to always have something here to be present in this community,” Kelley said.

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<![CDATA[Texas Has Its First Local Zika Case]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:22:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg

The first case of locally transmitted Zika virus in Texas has been reported in the Rio Grande Valley, the Texas Department of State Health Services reports.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. 

The patient is a Cameron County resident who is not pregnant and who was confirmed last week by lab test to have been infected. She reported no recent travel to Mexico or anywhere else with ongoing Zika virus transmission and no other risk factors.

Laboratory testing found genetic material from the Zika virus in the patient’s urine, but a blood test was negative, indicating that the virus can no longer be spread from her by a mosquito.

Through last week, Texas has had 257 confirmed cases of Zika virus disease. Until now, all cases in the state had been associated with travel, including two infants born to women who had traveled during their pregnancy and two people who had sexual contact with infected travelers.

There are no other cases of suspected local transmission at this time, but health officials continue to conduct disease surveillance activities as part of the state's ongoing Zika response.

Cameron County, DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together to investigate and respond to the case. Further investigation will be necessary to attempt to pinpoint how and where the infection occurred, and health officials are also responding in a number of other ways.

DSHS has activated the State Medical Operations Center to support the response and is providing expertise, personnel and equipment for activities from disease investigation to mosquito surveillance to public education.

Cameron County and the City of Brownsville, with help from DSHS, have conducted an environmental assessment at the patient’s home and have been trapping and testing mosquitoes to learn more about activity in the area.

The samples collected will be tested at the DSHS laboratory in Austin.

Brownsville has recently sprayed for mosquitoes in the area and will continue to take action to reduce the mosquito population.

Health workers from Cameron County and DSHS will be going door to door in the area around where the case lived beginning this evening to educate the public about Zika, help people reduce potential mosquito breeding habitat on their property, and collect voluntary urine samples to determine whether other infections are present.

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, though sexual transmission can occur.

The four most common symptoms are fever, itchy rash, joint pain and eye redness.

While symptoms are usually minor, Zika can also cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, and other poor birth outcomes in some women infected during pregnancy.

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<![CDATA[Palomar Clinic Offering Free Flu-Shot Clinics]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:59:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic1.JPG

Palomar Health will be offering flu-shot clinics across North San Diego County in December and January.

Children ages nine and up and adults can get a flu vaccine at no cost between Dec. 2 and Jan. 12. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the vaccine protects against new strains of influenza that are most common in the season. The vaccine takes up to two weeks to develop protection against the virus. 

To find a location to get your free flu shot, click here.

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<![CDATA[Millions May Be Misdiagnosed as Allergic to Penicillin]]> Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:41:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pennicillin.jpg

Some 90 percent of those diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can actually tolerate the antibiotics, according to a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

In a finding that many doctors may not be aware of, an estimated 25 to 50 million Americans who may have been told they had the allergy could have been initially misdiagnosed or grown out of it, NBC News reported.

The solution for many is a simple two-step test, followed, as needed, by a low-dose oral penicillin, taken under a doctor's observation.

"The whole process takes about three hours and then we can say they're free to take penicillin in the future," said Dr. Elizabeth Phillips, a professor at Vanderbilt University.

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<![CDATA[Love Your Pets, Just Don't Feed Them Turkey]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:42:34 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/111616+pet+safety+thanksgiving.jpg

Thanksgiving is about sharing, but before you are tempted to invite your cat or dog to join as you indulge in a mountain of goodies, you might consider an alternative treat.

Why must you resist the temptation of giving even a few giblets of turkey to your pet? Because there is a good chance you will end up in the vet’s office or, worse, the emergency room with a $1,000 bill and a suffering pet.

The majority of emergency room for pet visits during the Thanksgiving holiday revolve around the turkey. Owners must abstain from feeding any table foods to their pets. Even a small piece of butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening pancreatitis in certain pets. And don’t even think about adding a ladle of gravy to your pets’ kibble. Don’t risk it. Strange foods and diet changes are hazardous to your pets’ digestive system and can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and a very sick animal.

If you can’t say no to those big brown eyes staring up at you while you savor your incredible meal, simply put your pets in another room with some of their favorite toys and their regular food and water. That way, you will resist the urge to share your holiday feast and your pets won't think bad thoughts of you while you ignore their pleas for a little table scraps.

Toxic turkey

Refrain from giving any part of that beautiful bird to your cat or dog. While it may seem like just a little piece of turkey skin couldn’t hurt your pet, it can actually cause a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis.

The pancreas is a vital organ, which lies on the right side of the abdomen. It has two functions: to produce hormones, such as insulin and to produce enzymes that help in digestion of food. The production of enzymes helps break down food to allow the absorption of nutrients. But when pets eat high-fat foods, it triggers the pancreas to produce and release a large amount of enzymes.

Subsequently, the pancreas malfunctions and the enzymes end up digesting the pancreas itself. Clinical signs of pancreatitis include severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and depression. Pancreatitis may occur as a single episode or a recurring event. Most cases need immediate medical attention as pets can quickly develop potentially fatal side effects such as dehydration, shock, blood clotting disorders, heart arrhythmia, and liver or kidney damage. If you suspect your pet has pancreatitis, take them to the vet immediately. Overweight dogs are even more at risk.

We can’t speak enough about the dangers of bones. Cooked turkey bones can splinter and lodge in an animal’s throat or intestines with life-threatening consequences. The carcass can also create dangers as it may harbor salmonella, an organism that lives in the turkey’s intestinal tract. The cooking process usually kills all of the bacteria, but occasionally the center of the turkey may be undercooked, especially if it’s large or full of stuffing.

If the carcass sits out at room temperature for too long, the bacteria will multiply, and pets can become violently ill from eating it. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, listlessness, fever, and loss of appetite. Make sure you either freeze the carcass or tie it up in a plastic bag and throw it out in a secure dumpster where no pets can get to it. The same goes for the string used to tie up the turkey; dripping with turkey juices, that string is a delicacy for cats and dogs just waiting for you to turn your back.

Holiday meal

The average Thanksgiving Day meal is around 3,000 calories. We may violate our diets and good senses, but don’t subject your pets to the dangers of overfeeding. Pets shouldn’t gain any extra pounds over the holidays.

Keep all candy and baked goods out of reach of hungry pets and make sure your cat or dog isn’t left unsupervised in the kitchen. Again, when removing string from ham or other packaged meats, place it in a plastic bag and dispose of it outside immediately. Some pets find packaging quite tasty and will chew and swallow it, with disastrous results. Never give your pets alcoholic beverages, chocolate, or people food of any kind. Believe it or not, most pets would prefer more attention instead of food and toys!

Your cat or dog doesn’t understand how dangerous the holidays really are for them, so as a responsible pet parent, you need to take control. With tasty morsels everywhere they look, even the best-behaved pet may be tempted to steal food from the kitchen counter or rummage through the garbage. So keep food pushed toward the back of counters. Incredibly, dogs have been known to pull whole turkeys off of ovens and tables!

Traffic troubles

Don’t just expect that your pets, which may not be used to increased traffic in the house, will take this added stress in stride. Take precautions to take the edge off your pets by creating a safe haven to which they can retreat. Provide a quiet room where your cat or dog can escape the holiday activities and guests. Make sure to include their food, water, and favorite scratching post or bed.

Dogs and cats are creatures of habit, so don’t deviate from exercise or feeding schedules. Also, be on the alert when guests arrive. Make sure all visitors know not to let pets escape out the door. It’s also a great time to make sure that all pets have collars with current ID tags and information.
Be sure to caution all guests, both kids and adults, not to give your pets anything except their normal food and treats. Non-pet owners are often unaware of the dangers of offering food from their plate to your begging pets.

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Customers Sue Chain Over '300-Calorie' Burrito]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:19:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chipotle9.jpg

If a 300-calorie burrito sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is.

A sign at Chipotle seemed to imply that its new chorizo burrito only had 300 calories, several customers pointed out to the restaurant chain on social media.

In reality, the burrito is closer to 1,000 calories and the chorizo itself contains just 300 calories, Business Insider reported.

Now several people have filed a class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles, claiming Chipotle inaccurately represented the healthiness of the burrito.

When reached for comment, a spokesman for Chipotle declined to comment to NBC 7, citing the pending lawsuit, but did say: “Generally speaking, we always work hard to maintain transparency around what is in our food, including the nutritional content, which is provided on an ingredient-by-ingredient basis.”

On Twitter, @Chipotletweets responded to several customers: “Sorry for the confusion. We’re working on a more clear menu panel.”

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs say the burrito made them feel "excessively full."

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<![CDATA[3 Local Institutes Receive Grants for Cancer Research]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:49:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-91333694-lab-microscope-generic.jpg

Three San Diego-area research institutions have received grants from the Cary, N.C.-based V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Recipients announced Nov. 21 include the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. The size of each award was not released.

The grants were among dozens given to institutes and individual scholars across the United States. This year’s round of awards totaled $23 million.

The V Foundation is one of the largest cancer research funding organizations in the country.

“Our goal is to put an end to cancer,” foundation Chairman Steve Bornstein said in a news release. “We will move faster, push harder and fun the best people to meet that goal.”


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<![CDATA[Heinz Voluntarily Recalls Pork Gravy After Labeling Issue]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:57:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gravy-sm-1.jpg

Heinz is voluntarily recalling about 500 cases of its HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy because some jars have been mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy without mentioning it contains milk and soy.

The labeling issue could present a health risk for people with allergies or sensitivity to milk or soy who consume the gravy. There have been no consumer reports of illness related to this product, according to the FDA recall notice.

Recalled jars can be identified with UPC 013000798907. They wre distributed to retailers across the United States.

“We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed,” Heinz said in a statement about the recall.

The statement recommended consumers return or exchange the product. They can contact the company directly for a full refund by calling 866-572-3808 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET.

The 12 oz jars of Heinz HomeStyle Gravy Bistro Au Jus is the only Heinz product being recalled. No other size or flavor has been mislabeled.

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<![CDATA[Dementia Rates Might Be Declining, New Study Finds]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:40:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_460730682850-Alzheimers-poster.jpg

Rates of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia appear to have fallen considerably since 2000, and better education may be partly responsible, researchers reported Monday.

Better treatment for diabetes and cardiovascular disease may also be helping, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, NBC News reported.

Dr. Kenneth Langa of the University of Michigan and colleagues studied records from 21,000 people with an average age of 75. 

Their study showed the rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in adults aged 65 and up dropped to about 9 percent in 2012 from nearly 12 percent in 2000, continuing a decline noted in earlier research.

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<![CDATA[Sabra Recalls Hummus Products Over Listeria Concerns]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:31:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sabra-hummus.jpg

Sabra Dipping Company has issued a voluntary recall for a variety of its hummus products after Listeria monocytogenes was found at the Colonial Heights, Virginia-based company's manufacturing facility.

The recall affects hummus products that were made before Nov. 8, 2016, and sold across the United States and Canada at supermarkets and other stores.

Listeria monocytogenes was not found in tested finished product. Sabra said Saturday that its recall was issued out of an abundance of caution.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The species of bacteria can result in stillbirths or miscarriages among pregnant women.

Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms including high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The recalled products include a range across Sabra's line like hummus with red pepper, garlic, lemon, spinach and artichoke, and more.

Sabra products not included in the recall are: Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips.

Consumers with a "best before" date up through Jan. 23, 2017, on the lid of these hummus items should discard the product:


  • Sabra Hummus Caramelized Onion 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 7OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 17OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 30OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 5LB – 6ct
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 48ct: 3 x (16 x 2oz)
  • Sabra Hummus Classic with pretzels 4.56OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Garlic 7OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Garlic 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Garlic 17OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Garlic 32OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Garlic 30OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Garlic with pretzels 4.56OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Jalapeno 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Olive 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 7OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 17OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 32OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 7OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 17OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 32OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 30OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 5LB – 6ct
  • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper with pretzels 4.56OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 7OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 17OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Spinach & Artichoke 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Sun Dried Tomato 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Spinach & Artichoke 32OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Spinach & Artichoke 17OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 17OZ – 6ct
  • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 17OZ – 6ct
  • Sabra Hummus Basil-Pesto 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Tuscan Herb Garden 32OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 32OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Classic with pretzels 4.56OZ – 8ct
  • Sabra Hummus Garlic 23.5OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 17OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Bold & Spicy with tortilla chips 4.56OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Garlic 17OZ – 6ct
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 6 x 2oz (12 x 6pks)
  • Sabra Hummus Lemon 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 2OZ – 6 x 2oz (12 x 6pks)
  • Sabra Hummus Tuscan Herb Garden 17OZ
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 16 x 2oz – 12 ct
  • Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 12 x 2oz – 12 ct
  • Sabra Hummus SF Rosemary/Sea Salt 10OZ
  • Sabra Spreads Spicy Chili 8.5OZ – 8ct
  • Sabra Spreads Garlic Herb 8.5OZ – 8ct
  • Sabra Spreads Honey Mustard 8.5OZ – 8ct
  • Sabra Spreads Salt & Pepper 8.5OZ – 8ct
  • Sabra Hummus Taco 10OZ
  • Sabra Hummus 3 Pepper Chili 10OZ

Consumers can reach Sabra Consumer Relations at 1-866-265-6761 for from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET or visit www.sabrahummusrecall.com for information on being reimbursed. 

For more information, click here.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Girl Living With Microcephaly]]> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:34:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/220*120/KNSD-Scarlett-Microcephaly.jpg

A San Diego family knows first-hand the effects of microcephaly, a rare birth defect that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads, a condition now in the spotlight due to the Zika virus.

Microcephaly stunts brain development in fetuses, but the condition is not just caused by the Zika infection. One local family, the Handy family, says their daughter, Scarlett, has microcephaly, and say the birth defect has been around long before the Zika virus started gaining attention.

Parents Russ and Rhonda Handy hope that by sharing 6-year-old Scarlett’s story, they can educate the public about what it means to live with microcephaly.

Scarlett is Russ and Rhonda’s adopted daughter. She was born with microcephaly and, when she was an infant, a doctor told her parents Scarlett might not survive.

“When that doctor told me she wasn't going to live past four months old, I left that doctor's office thinking, ‘No, she's going to live a full life and whatever her capacity is she's going to live it to the fullest.’ And I've made sure every day she's going to be on this planet, and I'm here, she's going to live it,” Rhonda told NBC 7.

Rhonda said that when Scarlett was born, her head circumference was nine inches. An average, healthy newborn's head circumference is between 14 to 16 inches.

“I'll say, ‘Oh, she has microcephaly’ and people will go, ‘Oh, from the Zika virus?’ And you can see the horror in their eyes, and it's like, ‘No, no, no,’” said Rhonda.

Microcephaly isn't just caused by Zika.

“There are a lot of things that can cause a brain not to fully develop and be smaller at birth,” said Russ.

In Scarlett’s case, it's genetic.

Right now Scarlett's head circumference is the size of a normal newborn's and it is not expected to grow anymore. She struggles with almost constant low-grade seizures and cerebral palsy and takes a list of medications.

Developmentally, she is challenged -- at age six she has the cognitive ability of a 2 or 3-year-old. Her parents consider her higher-functioning. Some children with this condition spend most of their lives on a feeding tube and ventilator.

"The textbook really hasn't been written on microcephaly,” said Russ. “We work with one of the top guys in the world on this and he says we're still collecting data, we really don't know what her potential is.”

The Handys have dedicated themselves to learning as much as they can, and connecting with other families facing similar challenges. They've found a community of support with the help of social media.

“We've seen very high functioning kids with microcephaly at some of the conventions we've been to who are doing karate, participating in pageants there's even one kid we've heard about who's grown up and gotten married,” said Russ.

The Handys said they want to encourage others facing a similar diagnosis for their baby not to give up hope.

“If your child does have microcephaly, you're not alone,” said Rhonda.

Even through the struggles, they say their life is sweeter because of this little girl, and they're determined to help Scarlett enjoy it.

"No matter what challenges she may have, no matter how many times she has to be in the hospital, she's going to live life to the fullest,” Rhonda added.

Russ said Scarlett enjoys water activities, including canoeing and kayaking. The 6-year-old also keeps busy riding horses. She has a lot of support from her family.

“We're fortunate, because we have a big family, we have 10 children, and we're really big on family so all of our children love her and they all have her own relationship with her so she has so much stimulus and so much interaction," he added.

The Handys say one of the positive things to come from the Zika virus has been the additional focus and research money devoted to microcephaly. For more information on microcephaly and how to help this family, see this post below.

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<![CDATA[Older First-Time Mothers More Likely to Live Longer: Study]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:10:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Miracle_Baby_Generic_Hand_Premature_722x406_1968023212.jpg

Women who become first-time mothers later in their lives increase their chances of living into their 90s, a new University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine study has found

The study, published online in the American Journal of Public Health on Nov. 17, found an association between a woman's age at childbirth and parity, or the number of times a woman has been pregnant, and survival. 

“The findings indicate that women with two to four term pregnancies compared with a single term pregnancy were also more likely to live at least nine decades," said Aladdin Shadyab, PhD, lead author of the study with the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine, in a statement.

The study examined 20,248 women who were part of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a national longitudinal investigation of women. The women were followed for up to 21 years. 

Of the participants, 54 percent of the woman survived to 90 years old. 

Women who lived to 90 years old were more likely to be college graduates, married and have a high income and were less likely to be obese or have a history of chronic disease, the study found. 

“Our findings do not suggest that women should delay having a child, as the risk of obstetric complications, including gestational diabetes and hypertension, is higher with older maternal ages," said Shadyab in a statement. "It is possible that surviving a pregnancy at an older age may be an indicator of good overall health, and as a result, a higher likelihood of longevity."

At the time of pregnancy, the woman who were older may have already been of higher social and economic status, and therefore, more likely to live longer, he said. 

<![CDATA[Insulin Prices Double Since 2012]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:15:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Insulin_Prices_Increase.jpg Increases in insulin prices and a lack of generic options are forcing diabetic Americans to cut back on prescribed doses to stretch out their medication.

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<![CDATA[Major Grated Cheese Brands Hit by Nationwide Recall]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:19:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cento+4c+cheese+recall.jpg

Fears of salmonella contamination have led to the recall of major grated cheese brands nationwide. 

4C Food Corp. has voluntarily recalled its 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese and Cento Grated Cheese brands over concern the cheeses may contain Salmonella.

4C Food Corp. said that none of the other food or cheese products it produces are affected by the recall.

No illnesses have been reported but 4C Food Corp. is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution after FDA testing revealed the cheeses may be at risk.

The recall includes the following products, which were packed in 6-ounce vacuum-sealed glass jars with “best by” dates between November 12, 2016 and November 12, 2018.

4C All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-33126) 
4C All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-37126) 
4C All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese (UPC 41387-77126) 
4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-32790) 
4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-11627) 
4C HomeStyle All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese (UPC 41387-12302)  
Cento Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 70796-90502) 
Cento Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 70796-90501)  

Consumers with questions can contact 4C Foods Corp. at 866-969-1920.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

<![CDATA[Women Anxious About Future of Contraception Under Trump]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 03:59:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-566440215.jpg

More women are asking Planned Parenthood workers about access to birth control and other health care since Donald Trump was elected president, according to the organization's chief medical officer. 

Some women have taken to social media to discuss their concerns about the prospect of affordable access to women’s health care diminishing, with one long-lasting form of birth control called an IUD apparently attracting extra attention. 

Trump has promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as one of his first acts in office, which could mean the end of free, FDA-approved contraception, including birth control pills, diaphragms, IUDs and emergency contraception like Plan B. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday, Trump said he would consider keeping at least two parts of President Barack Obama's signature health care law: a ban on insurers denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and a provision that allows young adults to stay on their parents' plans. 

“Since the election, we have seen an uptick in questions about access to health care, birth control, and the Affordable Care Act,” said Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood. “While we truly hope that birth control methods will be available, accessible and affordable to all women under the Trump administration, we understand people’s real concerns about losing access to birth control, which is basic health care for women.”

There is a real possibility that health care cuts could come in the months after Trump is inaugurated in January, according to Cindy Pearson, the 19-year executive director of National Women's Health Network.

"It's not an irrational fear," Pearson said. "It's a fear that stems from people who will soon be in charge of Congress and the White House. We're very concerned since Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence have supported policies that would leave women in difficult situations."

NBC has reached out Trump's campaign for comment. 

In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Nation" Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan would not answer a question about whether or not new health care legislation would include contraceptive coverage. 

"I’m not going to get into all the nitty-gritty details of these things," Ryan told host Jake Tapper. 

When Tapper pressed Ryan on the issue, the speaker responded: "I’m not going to get into ― I’m not going to get into hypotheticals about legislation that hasn’t even been drafted yet."

Trump has expressed different positions on women's health issues. He voiced disapproval for abortions during the campaign, even telling MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in March that women who get abortions should be “punished,” though he later backtracked on that statement. As for birth control, Trump said on "The Dr. Oz Show" in September that women shouldn't need a prescription to have access to it. 

There is one safe and effective form of birth control that can last for four years, when another president may be elected, and some women appear to be discussing it. 

The IUD, short for intrauterine device, is a T-shaped object inserted in a woman's uterus, where it can stay for years. It is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancies — more than condoms, though IUDs do not prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Hormonal IUDs can last for about 3 to 6 years on average, while non-hormonal IUDs can last for up to 12 years, according to Planned Parenthood.

IUDs have offered a unique appeal for their longevity. Google searches for the term were four times their average on Wednesday night, after Trump was projected to win the presidency.

And women on Twitter have suggested that others get IUDs to last through a Trump presidency.

Kristyn Brandi, MD, OB/GYN and family planning specialist at Boston Medical Center and fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health called the Affordable Care Act a "game-changer" for helping women afford contraception.

“We don't really know what will happen with the new administration," she said. "I have heard of several women that are concerned about either access to IUDs or replacing existing ones. We have already seen patients who are seeking contraception based on concerns about what will happen to reproductive health and the Affordable Care Act."

The talk of IUDs may have been prompted by an article in The Daily Beast last week. 

"What Donald Trump has promised to do—and what Mike Pence has actually done during his tenure as governor of Indiana—is to make birth control a lot more difficult for women to access,” Erin Gloria Ryan wrote, advocating that women consider getting an IUD in case Trump were elected.

IUDs are the third most popular form of contraception, according to Planned Parenthood, behind condoms and birth control pills, and they were already becoming more popular. The organization has seen a 91 percent increase in IUD users in the last five years alone.

McDonald-Mosley said Planned Parenthood expects that trend to continue in coming years. 

Democrats have long supported Planned Parenthood, but Republicans have fought in recent years to restrict funding to the organization. Since Trump was elected president, the organization has made it clear that they are there to stay. 

"We now face a very different future, and there is uncertainty ahead," their website read after the race was called. "But one thing is for sure: We will never back down, and Planned Parenthood will never stop providing the care patients need."

Pearson and the NWHN are preparing to "fight like crazy" to stop potential health care cuts, she said.

--Suzanne Ciechalski contributed to this story

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<![CDATA[Repealing The Affordable Care Act Could Be More Complicated Than It Looks]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:41:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/458901749.jpg

Ed. Note: This article was originally published by Kaiser Health News

After six controversial years, the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, may be on the way out, thanks to the GOP sweep of the presidency and both houses of Congress Tuesday.

“There’s no question Obamacare is dead,” said insurance industry consultant Robert Laszewski. “The only question is whether it will be cremated or buried.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) confirmed Wednesday that repealing the law is something that’s “pretty high on our agenda.”

But promising to make the law go away, as President-elect Donald Trump did repeatedly, and actually figuring out how to do it, are two very different things.

“Washington is much more complicated once you’re here than it appears to be from the outside,” said William Pierce, a consultant who served in both the George W. Bush Department of Health and Human Services and on Capitol Hill for Republicans.

For example, a full repeal of the health law would require 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster. Given the small GOP majority in the Senate, “they would have to convince six or eight Democrats to come with them to repeal. That seems highly unlikely,” Pierce said.

Republicans could — and likely would — be able to use a budget procedure to repeal broad swaths of the law. The “budget reconciliation” process would let Republicans pass a bill with only a majority vote and not allow opponents to use a filibuster to stop movement on the bill.

But that budget process has its own set of byzantine rules, including one that requires that any changes made under reconciliation directly affect the federal budget: in other words, the measure must either cost or save money. That means “they can only repeal parts” of the law, said Pierce.

Republicans have a ready-made plan if they want to use it. The budget bill they passed late last year would have repealed the expansions of Medicaid and subsidies that help low- and middle-income families purchase health insurance on the law’s marketplaces, among other things. President Barack Obama vetoed the measure early this year.

That bill also included, as Vice President-Elect Mike Pence promised in a speech last week in Pennsylvania, “a transition period for those receiving subsidies to ensure that Americans don’t face disruption or hardship in their coverage.” The bill passed by the GOP Congress at the end of 2015 set that date at Dec. 31, 2017.

Delaying the repeal date could work in Republicans’ favor, said Laszewski. “Then they’ll turn to the Democrats and say, ‘Work with us to replace it or be responsible for the explosion,’” he said.

But Tim Westmoreland, a former House Democratic staffer who teaches at Georgetown Law School, said that strategy won’t work. “I don’t think people will see the Democrats as responsible if it all blows up,” he said.

Meanwhile, Republicans have only the broadest outlines of what could replace the law. Trump’s campaign website has bullet-point proposals to allow health insurance sales across state lines and to expand health savings accounts — which allow consumers to save money, tax-free, that can be used only for health care expenses. House Republicans last summer offered up a slightly more detailed outline that includes creating “high-risk pools” for people with preexisting health conditions and turning the Medicaid program back to state control through a block-grant program.

Yet even Democrats are convinced that Obama’s signature accomplishment is on the chopping block. “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, they can’t really mean it. They wouldn’t really take health insurance away from 20 million people’” who have gained it under the law, John McDonough, a former Democratic Senate staffer, said at a Harvard School of Public Health Symposium last week. “How many times do [Republicans] have to say it before we take them seriously?”

One possibility, according to William Hoagland, a former GOP Senate budget expert now at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank, is that Republicans could use the budget process to combine tax reform with health policy changes. “And a reconciliation bill that includes reforms in Obamacare and tax reform starts to become a negotiable package” that could attract both Republicans and potentially some Democrats, who are also interested in remaking tax policy.

But if Congress does pass the GOP’s “repeal” before the “replace,” it needs to make sure that insurers will continue to offer coverage during the transition.

“Are [Republicans] going to invite insurers in and listen?” said Rodney Whitlock, a former House and Senate Republican health staffer. If there is no acceptable transition plan, “insurers can say the same thing to the Republicans that they’ve been saying to Democrats,” said Whitlock, which is that they are leaving the market.

That’s something that concerns insurance consultant Laszewski, who says that already there are more sick than healthy people signing up for individual coverage under the law. With probable repeal on the horizon, he said, that’s likely to get even worse. “A lot of [healthy] people will say, ‘Why sign up now? I’m going to wait until they fix it.’”

And if that happens, he said, there might not be any insurers offering coverage for the transition.

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<![CDATA[Kids Can Sell Halloween Candy to Donate to Troops]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:55:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Halloween-Candy-Latest.jpg

Kids in San Diego County can "sell" their Halloween candy to dentists and physicians across the county to, in turn, be shipped to military members serving overseas.

Under the Candy Buy Back Program, young trick-or-treaters can take their unopened candy to certain physicians until Nov. 7. They’ll receive $1 for every pound of candy they donate.

The participating dentists and physicians will then coordinate with Operation Gratitude to fill thousands of care packages with candy to ship to soldiers, sailors, National Guard members and Marines.

This is the eighth year the Candy Buy Back Program has taken place in San Diego County.

Last year, more than 14,000 pounds of candy from San Diego were sent to troops overseas. This year, officials say the goal is more than 15,000 pounds.

A number of health offices, from Vista to Del Mar, are participating in the candy buy back. Here’s the full list.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Use Linked to Longer Life: UCSD Study]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:50:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/facebook33.jpg

That Facebook status update or new photo post may do more than keep your family and friends up to date on your life.

It may help you live longer.

So says a new report published by a team of researchers at University of California San Diego, which is garnering national attention.

The report, published on Monday, makes the argument that those who stay busy on Facebook generally also have active social lives.

“We find that people with more friends online are less likely to die than their disconnected counterparts,” the paper states, as reported in The New York Times. “This evidence contradicts assertions that social media have had a net-negative impact on health.”

The Times articles notes that Facebook was involved with the report, though one of the UCSD researchers, William Hobbs, told the newspaper that the social media giant did not interfere with the report.

The study examined 12 million Facebook profiles and records at the California Department of Health.

“Moderate use” of social media was correlated to the lowest mortality rate and those who received friend requests had reduced mortality, the study found.

Those with small social networks had shorter life spans than those with a larger Facebook network.

<![CDATA[Dos & Dont's of Decorative Lenses]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:41:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/185*120/AP_070330018030.jpg

Decorative and colored contact lenses are what bring many of the most popular Halloween costumes to life. With Halloween right around the corner, brushing up on the precautions of wearing false contacts  are a must.

For those dressing up as a vampire or a cat, the lenses may seem fun. However, counterfeit lenses are illegal due to their history of causing serious injuries and in some cases permanent vision loss.

“Wearing any kind of contact lens, including decorative lenses, without proper consultation of an eye care professional can cause serious injury” said Dr. Karen Smith, California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer.  

Medical experts insist consumers consult a trained professional if interested in buying decorative lenses.

"Make no mistake, contact lenses are medical devices that should be prescribed by trained professionals," said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) Los Angeles.

Even those who believe to have perfect vision should still obtain a prescription from a professional.

It is illegal to buy and sell contact lenses of any kind without a valid prescription in the state of California. To be safe, don't buy contact lenses from a vendor that does not require a valid prescription.

Officials caution customers not to buy contacts from Halloween shops, beauty supply stores or novelty stores due to health risks such as “infection, ulcers, decreased vision, cuts or scratches to the surface of the eye, itchiness and redness." If conditions are left untreated, they may result in blindness.

"… Halloween is a fun and festive holiday, and nobody wants to see those celebrations end with a trip to the ER," Arnold said.

If you know of any illegal sales of contact lenses, call CDPH’s Food and Drug Branch Hotline at 1-800-495-3232.

<![CDATA[FDA Steps Up Warnings About Testosterone Use]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:38:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16159721727583-fda-generic.jpg

The FDA announced Tuesday that it is increasing warnings against testosterone and other steroids, NBC News reported.

In addition to existing concerns about personality changes and other health issues, the drugs can be easily abused, according to the FDA.

"Reported serious adverse outcomes include heart attack, heart failure, stroke, depression, hostility, aggression, liver toxicity and male infertility," the FDA said in a statement. "Individuals abusing high doses of testosterone have also reported withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, decreased libido and insomnia."

Testosterone, which is used to fight the effects of aging, has been heavily criticized by the FDA. It is currently a $2 billion industry with men purchasing gels, pills and injections. 

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<![CDATA[Infants, Parents Should Share Room: New Guidelines]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:35:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated guidelines for new parents on infant sleep safety. Experts say room sharing could reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half and recommend babies sleep in a crib or bassinet in the parent's bedroom for at least the first six months and up to age 1. ]]> <![CDATA[Pediatrics Group Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:32:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-135280995.jpg

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new screen media guidelines for parents with infants and young children, amending its previous recommendation that outright banned screens for children under the age of two.

In its policy statement released Friday, the AAP says it’s OK for children under the age of 18 months to Skype or Face Time with grandma and grandpa, and for older children and teens to do some of their socializing, learning and playing online – as long as they put down their devices long enough to sleep, exercise, eat, and engage in rich offline lives. 

The nation's leading group of pediatricians recommends children under 18 months, with the exception of video chatting, should avoid screens. Children between 18 months and 24 months should only be introduced to digital media that is high-quality and parents should watch it with their children in order to help them process what they’re seeing.

For children ages 2-5, digital media use should be limited to one hour a day. The guidelines again recommend high-quality, education media suited for children, such as Sesame Street and PBS.

Overall, parents should avoid using media to calm a child or replace physical activity. Parents are also recommended by the AAP to have media-free time with their children and media-free zones in the house. Parents should also have conversations with children about online safety and respecting people both on and offline.

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<![CDATA[New Advice: Parents Should Share Screentime with Kids]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:46:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_mediakids1020_1920x1080.jpg Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun. Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids' media usage represents a shift to making moms and dads "media mentors." Previously the influential group of pediatricians suggested no media before age 2. Now they say there's evidence toddlers as young as 18 months could learn and benefit from some forms of technology, as long as parents are there to guide them and the technology is not overly stimulating.

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<![CDATA[Key Finding in Zika Virus Research]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:28:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg

A key finding in San Diego may change the way researchers develop treatments and vaccines for the Zika virus.

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine found that when a person is infected with the Zika virus, a cell will change its RNA as a way to remove the virus. Their research was published Thursday in Cell Host & Microbe.

RNA is the genetic material that acts as a messenger for DNA in the body’s protein building process.

When the Zika virus infects a cell, the cell modifies viral RNA with N6-methyladenosine (m6A).  Increasing m6A methylation decreased Zika virus production, the researchers found.

“These findings are also something researchers should keep in mind as they are designing new Zika virus vaccines and treatments that target the viral genome — some approaches won’t work unless they take methylation into account,” senior author Tariq Rana, PhD, professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine said in a written release.

Rana and his team made the discovery while comparing how the Zika virus treats a patient’s RNA and the HIV virus.

“We didn’t want to miss out on this important information the way we missed it for 30 years of HIV research,” Rana said.

The school says the team of researchers will take these findings and look at how changes to RNA can affect the Zika virus as well as the likelihood that a molecule targeting specific structures within the RNA may be a way to treat the virus.

Study co-authors include: Gianluigi Lichinchi, Yinga Wu, UC San Diego and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute; Boxuan Simen Zhao, Zhike Lu, Chuan He, University of Chicago and Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Yue Qin, UC San Diego.

This research was funded, in part, by the National Institutes of Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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<![CDATA[Woman With Cancer: '#JuJuOnThatChemo']]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:21:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/chemo-dance-101916.PNG

A Texas woman is not letting cancer and chemo get her down. Ana-Alecia Ayala, who’s battling a rare form of uterine sarcoma, has joined the viral dance craze — and has a heartwarming message to share.

In a social media post shared Tuesday, Ayala, in her hospital gown and medical tubes attached to her, dances to "JuJu On That Beat" with her friend Danielle Andrus during a chemotherapy session at Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital in Dallas.

"We want to show the world that dancing and laughter is the best medicine," wrote Ayala, who's from Dallas. "#JustForFun #ChemoSucks #CancerAwareness #JuJuOnThatBeat #JuJuOnThatChemo."

Ayala, who has rhabdomyosarcoma, has had two surgeries for tumor removal and port placement since she was diagnosed in December 2015. She has been in chemo since January, according to her GoFundMe.

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<![CDATA[Where to Drop Off Unwanted Prescriptions]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:55:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/prescription-drugs-generic.jpg

Unwanted or expired prescription medications can be disposed of safely Saturday, according to San Diego County health officials.

San Diego County sheriff's deputies are hosting a "Prescription Drug Take Back Day" on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

The event is designed to curb prescription drug theft and abuse.

Deputies will be at dozens of locations across the county from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. accepting the donations with no questions asked.

Castle Park High School 1395 Hilltop Drive, Chula Vista
Coronado Police Station 700 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Station 845 Imperial Beach Blvd., Imperial Beach
Kaiser Permanente Otay Mesa 4650 Palm Ave., San Diego
National City Police Department 1200 National City Blvd., National City

Scripps Encinitas Hospital 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas
Scripps Coastal Medical Center 2176 Salk Ave., Carlsbad
Scripps Rancho Bernardo Clinic 15004 Innovation Drive, San Diego
Tri-City Medical Center 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside
Fallbrook Sheriff's Station 388 E. Alvarado St., Fallbrook
Escondido Police Station 1163 N. Centre City Pkwy., Escondido
Albertson’s Parking Lot 1459 Main St., Ramona
Poway Sheriff's Station 13100 Bowron Road, Poway
Walgreens Parking Lot 310 Sycamore Ave., Vista
Kaiser Permanente San Marcos 400 Craven Road, San Marcos

Scripps Green Hospital 10666 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla
Sharp Health Care Corp. Office 8695 Spectrum Center Blvd., San Diego
SDPD Eastern Division 9225 Aero Drive, San Diego
SDPD Central Division 2501 Imperial Ave., 92102
SDPD Northwestern Division 12592 El Camino Real, San Diego
San Diego County Juvenile Hall 2801 Meadow Lark Dr., San Diego
SDPD Mid-City Division 4310 Landis Street, San Diego
Mesa College Police Sub-Station 7250 Mesa College Dr., San Diego
Veteran’s Administration Hospital 3350 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego
San Diego District Attorney’s Office (Hall of Justice) 330 W Broadway, San Diego
SDPD Western Division 5215 Gaines St., San Diego
SDPD Northern Division 4275 Eastgate Mall, La Jolla
UCSD – Lot 705 at Voigt & Campus Point Dr., San Diego

Walgreens Parking Lot 10512 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee
Alpine Sheriff’s Station 2751 Alpine Blvd., Alpine
El Cajon Police Department 100 Civic Center Way, El Cajon
La Mesa Police Department 8085 University Ave., La Mesa
SDSU – Parking Info Booth 6095 Canyon Crest Dr. via College Ave.
Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station 3240 Main Street, Lemon Grove
Walgreens Parking Lot 9728 Winter Gardens Blvd., Lakeside

(Military, Retirees, Beneficiaries, & Staff Only)
Naval Medical Center San Diego (Balboa) Baxter Circle Between Bldg. 2 & 3
Navy Exchange 32nd St., in the NEX Lot @ Callagan Hwy gate
MCAS Miramar Exchange Building #2660 Elrod Avenue

      If you are unable to drop off your unwanted prescriptions Saturday, you can do it during business hours any Monday through Friday at a sheriff's station or substation.

      For a list of drop-off locations, go to this website.

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