<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Health News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usFri, 24 Feb 2017 13:52:29 -0800Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:52:29 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[San Diego Flu Deaths Total 49]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:58:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/web_vo_flu_1200x675_879497795972.jpg
The people who died ranged in age from 31 to 98 years old. All except three had underlying medical conditions.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Builds Case Linking Autism, Infections During Pregnancy]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:14:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/embarazo22588.jpg
Women with active genital herpes infections early in their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism than women who did not, according to a study released Wednesday. NBC News reported that the

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<![CDATA[5 More Flu Deaths Reported in San Diego County]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:21:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic1.JPG
The total number of flu deaths this season has reached 44, up from 12 this same time last year.

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<![CDATA[Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:57:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5248112111.jpg
It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds.Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the...

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<![CDATA[South Florida Company Turns Cobra Venom Into Healing Treatment]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:42:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/021417+cobra+venom.jpg
When you think about Cobra venom eventual death comes to mind. A South Florida company is changing the perception of the deadly venom.Nutra Pharma Corp., a biotechnology company specializing in the acquisition,...

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<![CDATA[Coronado-Based Psychiatrist Pens Letter to NY Times]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:02:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/636205472080603545.jpg
The letter to the editor asks people to stop using narcissistic personality disorder when describing the president.

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<![CDATA[Sore Back? Try Heat and Exercise First, Guidelines Say]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:56:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/Back-Guy.jpg
Prescription drugs should only be a last resort as a treatment for lower back pain, a leading doctors' group said Monday. NBC News reported on the new guidance from the American College of Physicians,...

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<![CDATA[Firstborns Get Intellectual Advantage Over Siblings: Study]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:04:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*122/GettyImages-73781080.jpg
Firstborn children are set up for more academic and intellectual success, according to a new study that delved into nearly 40 years of data.Today.com reported that firstborn babies and toddlers started scoring...

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<![CDATA[Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly for Men: Study]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:45:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462353044.jpg
Men are more likely to have a heart attack after a snowfall, probably from shoveling snow, according to Canadian researchers. NBC News reported that researchers found a slight increase in heart attacks...

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<![CDATA[Woman Praises 911 Dispatcher]]> Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:29:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/258*120/170211-911-dispatcherJPG.JPG
A California woman shed tears of gratitude Saturday upon meeting in person the 911 dispatcher who'd helped save her husband's life. On Jan. 21, Carolyn Evans called 911. Her husband, 65-year-old Jeff Evans, had...

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<![CDATA[Bill Would Require Ingredients on Cleaning Supplies Labels]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:41:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/window+cleaner+gallery.jpg
A bill proposed Wednesday could make California the first state in the nation to require cleaning products to disclose ingredients.]]>
<![CDATA[Giant Tumor Removed from Man Told He's 'Just Fat']]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:57:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/docGettyImages-71205638.jpg
A California doctor removed a 130-pound tumor from a Mississippi man who had been told by other physicians that he was just fat.

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<![CDATA[Kids Are Trying Potentially Harmful E-Cigarette Hack]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 04:25:07 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_34020085243.jpg
As many as a quarter of U.S. kids who are using e-cigarettes may be taking them apart and "dripping" — a method that gives them more vapor but a potentially higher hit of nicotine, researchers reported...

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<![CDATA[Laundry Pod-Linked Eye Injuries Surged in Small Kids: Study]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 08:12:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453144893.jpg
Liquid laundry packets are responsible for a surge in eye injuries in young children, according to new medical research. The pods are already under scrutiny after thousands of incidents of kids mistaking...

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<![CDATA[Tackle Food Safety: Keep Your Food Safe on Game Day]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:38:06 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-02+at+2.25.05+PM.png
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a list of food safety tips for Super Bowl party hosts.]]>
<![CDATA[Science Could Soon Develop Eggs, Sperm From Skin Cells]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 04:46:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/170131-babies-mn-1600.jpg
The world is on the brink of another revolution thanks to an emerging technology called in vitro gametogenesis, or IVG, which would allow doctors to develop eggs and sperm from a surprising source: skin cells, NBC News reported.These reproductive cells could then be used to create fertilized embryos to be implanted into a woman's uterus (or, someday, an artificial womb).Researchers in Japan created viable eggs from the skin cells of adult female mice, which were then fertilized with naturally derived sperm from male mice.Using the same process in people isn't exactly feasible, so scientists need to find another way to turn primordial germ cells into mature eggs in vitro."It's a technology that will come someday, but the question is when and whether it will be completely safe," says Zev Rosenwaks, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

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<![CDATA[12 New Flu Deaths Reported in San Diego County]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:08:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sick-Flu_generic.jpg
San Diego County has suffered a dozen new victims of this year’s flu season.
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<![CDATA[Scripps Women’s Heart Center Opens in La Jolla]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Scripps-Womens-Heart-Center.jpg
A team of four women cardiologists will treat women’s hearts exclusively at a new medical facility in La Jolla.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Gets 'D' Grade on Tobacco Control Policies]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:35:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
When it comes to key tobacco control policies in 2017, San Diego is lacking – earning a “D” grade in a study compiled by the American Lung Association.

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<![CDATA[7 More Flu Deaths Reported in San Diego]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:37:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic1.JPG
Seven more flu-related deaths were reported in San Diego last week, health officials confirmed Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[House Passes Abortion Funding Ban Days After Women's March]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:36:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/my-body-my-choice.jpg
Days after millions of people marched nationwide to bring attention to women’s issues, the Trump administration and Congress have responded with actions against women's reproductive rights.On Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. House passed H.R. 7, anti-abortion legislation, voting 238-183. The bill proposes to permanently ban women from receiving federal financial assistance for abortions. While the bill does not ban abortions outright, it bans all government subsidies of abortions. This ban reaches beyond Medicaid to include private insurers that cover abortions through plans bought on exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[Police in Glendale, Calif., Give Dementia Patients Trackers]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 02:22:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/knbc-dementia-tracking-device-project-lifesaver.jpg
Police in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale are hoping to reduce the time it takes to find missing people diagnosed with dementia by providing patients with tracking devices.The Glendale Police Department has partnered with the nonprofit group Project Lifesaver to provide tracking devices to families with members who suffer from cognitive issues such as Alzheimer's disease of autism, The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. If that relative wanders away, the device would allow authorities to find that person in minutes instead of hours.

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<![CDATA[GOP Obamacare Replacement Plan Would Grant States More Power]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:05:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/obamacare-que-pasara-thumbnail.jpg
Republican senators introduced a partial replacement to the Affordable Care Act on Monday that would let states keep some aspects of the Obamacare law while eliminating the mandate requiring citizens to carry health insurance. The measure is being billed as an "Obamacare replacement plan" aimed at empowering states and broadening health insurance access. The move comes days after President Donald Trump's issuance of an executive order directing the Health and Human Services Department to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay" any ACA requirement that would impose a fiscal burden. For now, however, the executive order that Trump signed Friday night has changed very little.

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<![CDATA[WHO on 'High-Alert' Over New Outbreaks of Bird Flu]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:31:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/influenza1.jpg
The World Health Organization is urging all countries to monitor avian influenza and to report any human cases that could indicate the beginning of a flu pandemic, Reuters reported. About 40 countries have reported new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry and wild birds since November, according to WHO. Several strains of bird flu have been spreading across Europe and Asia, resulting in large-scale poultry slaughters and some human deaths in China. Due to the rapid pace and expansive nature of these outbreaks, WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan said the organization is on "high alert." The WHO’s 194 member states are required to detect and report human cases promptly, Chan added: "We cannot afford to miss the early signals."

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<![CDATA[Fighting Winter Allergies]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:57:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WinterAllergies0120_MP4-148517587405100001.jpg
Many people believe that as the spring and fall seasons wrap up, so do their allergies, but that's not always the case once winter rolls around.]]>