<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Health News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:48:54 -0700 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:48:54 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Meth Use Up Among Youth in Juvenile Hall]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:29:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Meth-Generic-KNSD.jpg
The use of methamphetamine has increased among youth booked into juvenile hall in San Diego County, a newly-released report confirms.

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<![CDATA[California Pharmacies Urged to Translate Drug Labels]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:55:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/4PM_PKG_PRESCRIPTION_DR_KNSD2RPS_1200x675_61258819722.jpg
The push is on to make prescription translations mandatory in California.]]>
<![CDATA[Limb-Lengthening Surgery Creates Controversy]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:10:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chandler+before+and+after+edited.jpg
College student Chandler Crews, who was born with dwarfism, underwent controversial surgeries to become taller.

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<![CDATA[Parents Desperately Seek Medical Marijuana]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:14:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/charlottes+web+child+with+seizures+dose.JPG
California has the oldest and most liberal compassionate care law among the 23 states plus Washington, D.C. that allow the use of medical marijuana. So why are the state's youngest -- and arguably most...]]>
<![CDATA[Feeling the Pain of Lightning Strikes, Again and Again]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:38:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/72814+Lightning.jpg
A day after a lightning storm killed a one man and injured others on a California beach, survivors describe pain, vision and hearing problems and other long-term affects

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<![CDATA[App Aims to Save Cardiac Arrest Victims]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:50:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/199*120/pulsepoint+app.JPG
A free CPR smartphone app aims to help San Diegans take a beat and save victims of sudden cardiac arrest, one of the leading causes of death in the country.]]>
<![CDATA[Sgt. Saves Heroin Overdose Victim With Antidote]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:09:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/narcan+naloxone.JPG
A heroin user found unconscious at his home in east San Diego was saved by a deputy who used an overdose antidote that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department recently began carrying.

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<![CDATA[Chikungunya: What You Need to Know]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:40:24 -0700 Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/tlmd_virus_mortales_03.jpg
A person caught the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya in the United States this month, health officials say — marking the first time mosquitoes in the U.S. are believed to have spread

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<![CDATA[Babies Get Herpes After Ritual: DOH]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:10:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_Circumcision0906_722x406_2119014932.jpg
Two more infants were diagnosed with herpes in New York this month after undergoing ritual Jewish circumcisions, the Health Department says. In both cases, the infant boys were born to mothers with...]]>
<![CDATA[Go Ahead, Stay Up an Extra Hour]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:55:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/187*120/Fetal+Position+BB.jpg
New research suggests we may only need seven hours of sleep per night, rather than the eight hours we've always been told.

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<![CDATA[Fruit Sold at Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:02:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/07-21-2014-peaches-recall.jpg
Wawona Packing Company, based in California's Central Valley, is recalling white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, and plum varieties. The whole fruits were all packed between June 1 and July 12,...

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<![CDATA[Santee Man Infected With West Nile Virus]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:29:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/West-Nile-Virus-Santee-2014.jpg
Health officials are testing local mosquitoes and warning residents to avoid them after a Santee man becomes the first to test positive for West Nile virus in San Diego County since 2012.]]>
<![CDATA[What to Do 1 Month Before Getting Pregnant: Expert]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:14:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/39weekpregnancy.jpg
NBC 7's Whitney Southwick talks with Sean Daneshmand, M.D. of Miracle Babies about what women should know before they try and conceive.

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<![CDATA[Local Students Warned of Possible TB Exposure]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:13:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tuberculosis-dfw-generic-01.jpg
Students of a San Diego-area middle school may have been exposed to tuberculosis months ago.

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<![CDATA[Whooping Cough Cases Nearing 900]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:57:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/6AM_VO_TZ10_WHOOPING_CO_KNSD4A6H_1200x675_293163587863.jpg
San Diego County has seen more than double the number of pertussis cases this year compared to last after nine new cases were confirmed this week, according to the San Diego County Health and Human...]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Receives Specialized Cancer Care in San Diego]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:35:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Natalie-Wright-0718.jpg
A Utah teenager who has battled a brain tumor for the past 15 years has become San Diego's first "pediatric" patient to receive a specialized cancer therapy.

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<![CDATA[Edibles Future in San Diego Unclear ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:41:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Marijuana-generic-medical-l.jpg
A ban on edibles and hash oil did not make it through San Diego’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Military Cigarette Benefits Under Fire]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:05:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cig_in_hand.jpg
Cigarettes and the U.S. military have a long history, but a possible change in benefits has the habit under fire, with the relationship between big tobacco and our fighting forces possibly coming to an end.

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<![CDATA[Marijuana Edibles, Hash Oil Ban Considered]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:32:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/marijuana+generic.jpg
A San Diego City Council committee is considering banning edible marijuana products like cookies and brownies as well as the by-products of the plant such as hash oil.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Fail: 25 Percent of Americans Do Not Exercise]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:24:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/184441381.jpg
Californians are slightly more active than the average American -- one in four of whom do not participate in any voluntary exercise, according to new report by the Centers for Disease Control.

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<![CDATA[Local Camp Helps Kids With Autism]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:15:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Camp-I-Can-SD.jpg
Camp I Can has helped hundreds of kids with autism and their families over the past decade.

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<![CDATA[New Bed Designed to Help Premature Babies]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:49:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/premature-birth-lifestart-b.jpg
A premature baby was resuscitated in San Diego last week using a new, specialized bed designed just for preemies.

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<![CDATA[Friends Share Certain Genes: Study]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:10:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/friends_picture_generic.jpg
A new study suggests people share more than just common interests with their friends -- they may also share genes.

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<![CDATA[New Procedure May Help With Obesity Disease]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:54:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+health+medical+doctor+01.jpg
Some men and women have trouble losing weight no matter how much they diet and exercise. In some cases, it may be a fat-storage disease called lipidema. A new procedure may help.]]>
<![CDATA[Breakthrough May Revive Reading Vision]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:57:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/197*120/eyelens3.JPG
Reading vision can worsen with age, but a breakthrough two-step lens procedure could potentially cure the often inevitable vision problem.]]>
<![CDATA[Congressman to FDA: Lift Ban on Gay Blood Donors]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:41:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/07-07-2014-generic-blood-drive-blood-donation-stock.jpg
A California congressman is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to lift the ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) started an online petition to try to get...

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<![CDATA[San Diego Deputies First in State to Carry OD Antidote]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:19:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/l_apnaloxone-narcan-opioidantidotex1200.jpg
Come Monday, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will become the first law enforcement agency in California to carry an antidote that could save the lives of drug overdose victims.

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<![CDATA[Long Lines at Pot Farmers Market]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 03:56:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/mm+farmers+market+noon.jpg
A large number of people were spending their Fourth of July in line to a unique kind of farmers market in Los Angeles. The featured product: medical marijuana. Some people reported waiting up to...]]>
<![CDATA[Most People Fail to Wash Hands When Cooking Chicken: Study]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:31:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/raw-chicken.jpg
Be careful whose hands you're shaking: 38 percent of people observed by UC Davis researchers while cooking didn't wash their hands after handling raw chicken.

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<![CDATA[Novel Pacemaker Could Make MRI a Safe Option]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:30:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+health+medical+doctor+01.jpg
MRI scans save lives by detecting diseases and identifying injuries, but for millions of people with pacemakers these important tests have been off limits.]]>
<![CDATA["Super-Toxic" Rat Poison Sale Banned in California]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 03:56:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/rats3.jpg
California authorities have banned the sale of a toxic rat poison after deeming it a significant danger to animals. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation spokesperson Charlotte Fadipe said that if a...

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<![CDATA[LA Pot Dispensary Farmers Market]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:09:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/medical+marijuana+stock+cannabis.jpg
For some Los Angeles residents, the 4th of July weekend will be a chance to stock up on marijuana. Patients eligible to use medical marijuana will be able to buy the drug directly from growers at a...

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<![CDATA[Pertussis Cases Nearly Double 2013's Total]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:47:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vaccine2.jpg
The 2014 number of pertussis cases has nearly doubled last year’s total in San Diego County, according to new data from the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).]]>
<![CDATA[Study: Rote Memorization Can Lead to False Memories]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:55:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/brain_scan_722x406_2214458385.jpg
A study in the journal "Learning & Memory" has found that while repetition can enhance the factual content of memories, it also has the added effect of reducing the amount of detail stored in those memories.]]>
<![CDATA[Whooping Cough Cases on Rise in San Diego]]> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 03:57:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/103344335.jpg
The number of pertussis cases continued to climb this week in San Diego County, and in California, whooping cough has been declared an epidemic.

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<![CDATA[SoCal Region Ranks #1 as Worst Place for Skin: Study]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:42:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/155366999.jpg
A “wrinkle ranking” study has identified a Southern California region as the nation’s worst place for your skin.

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