<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Health News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usMon, 02 May 2016 22:34:53 -0700Mon, 02 May 2016 22:34:53 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Biggest Loser' Study Shows How Your Body Fights Against Weight Loss]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 14:17:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DannyCahill-138373183.jpg
Your body doesn't want you to lose all that weight. A study that followed 14 of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" six years after the season ended has detailed just how the body...

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg': Experts]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 04:20:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The explosion of cases of birth defects caused by Zika virus may be the "tip of the iceberg," experts said Sunday.Many cases have probably been missed because babies looked normal when they were born, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[A Look at How the Zika Virus Can Kill You]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:34:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/virus+zika+puerto+rico.jpg
The Zika virus is not usually thought of as a life-threatening virus, but it did kill a man in Puerto Rico. The man, in his 70s, is the first reported U.S. death from the virus, which is spreading across...

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<![CDATA[San Diego Company Supports 24/7 Crisis Line ]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:10:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cell-GettyImages-536989145.jpg
A San Diego-based business is working with the county to provide services for residents in crisis.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First Commercial Zika Virus Test]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:38:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ZikaBloodTest-GettyImages-508017592.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first commercial U.S. test Thursday to diagnose the Zika virus, NBC News reported.Quest Diagnostics will use the same method that government labs use to look...

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<![CDATA[Teen Birth Rates Drop Among Blacks, Hispanics: CDC]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:55:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TeenPregnancyGettyImages-459016410.jpg
Birth rates among black and Hispanic teenagers have fallen dramatically over the past decade, but they’re still more likely to have babies compared to their white peers, according to a new report, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Cheaper & Designer Sunglasses Give Full UV Protection]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:07:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sunglasses-GettyImages-106750577.jpg
Cheap sunglasses and expensive designer eyewear deliver the same amount of UV protection, according to an investigation conducted by the “Today” show.University of California, Berkeley, optometrist Dr.

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<![CDATA[Zika Was in Haiti Before Brazil: Study ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:45:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
A new study shows the Zika virus was circulating in Haiti in 2014, long before it became obvious that it was spreading in Brazil, NBC News reported. The team checked out three mysterious infections in...

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<![CDATA[US Health Care Costs All Over the Map: Study]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:23:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-health-1200-01.jpg
Health care prices vary in different parts of the U.S., according to a new study that digs into the pattern of costs around the country, NBC News reported.The report from the Health Care Cost Institute...

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<![CDATA[Where to Drop Off Unwanted Prescriptions]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:40:19 -0700 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.

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<![CDATA[More Kids Harmed by Ingesting Laundry Pods: Study]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:30:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453144893.jpg
Despite warnings about the dangers laundry detergent pods pose to children, calls to poison control centers continue to rise, NBC's "Today" show reported, citing a new study published Monday.The study...

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<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Users Protest CBD-Only Laws ]]> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 02:41:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MedicalMarijuana-AP_613601499642.jpg
Many people who would benefit from the legalization of medical marijuana are beginning to rise up to protest the new laws, NBC News reports. They say “CBD-only” laws allow residents with specified conditions...

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<![CDATA[Warning Signs Your Child Is Being 'Groomed']]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:46:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sex+offender+school.jpg
Grooming is done in person or online and is done by 89 percent of sex offenders, experts say.]]>
<![CDATA[Irregular Periods May Raise Ovarian Cancer Risk: Study]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:59:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ovarian+Cancer1.jpg
Women who had irregular periods in their 20s were more likely to develop ovarian cancer decades later, according to a new study, NBC News reported.Researchers reported in the International Journal of...

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<![CDATA[Local Lab to Test Zika Virus Samples ]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:19:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/zika-GettyImages-507416934.jpg
When someone in San Diego shows symptoms that may be considered the Zika virus, there will be a local lab available to process the test.

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<![CDATA[Doc Learns Fate for Fake Prescriptions]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:57:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/courtroom+generic+722.jpg
A San Diego dermatologist has been sentenced for writing fraudulent prescriptions.]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Use 3D Printer to Make Heart]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:59:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_heartvalve0419_1920x1080.jpg
Researchers use a 3D printer to make an exact model of a patient's heart prior to a complicated surgery. KARE's Janel Klein reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors Hail 'Revolutionary' Stroke Treatment]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:26:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_strokes0419_1920x1080.jpg
A new study finds more than 90 percent of patients who are able to undergo stent retrieval within two and a half hours of an acute ischemic stroke have minimal to no lasting disability.]]>
<![CDATA[Theranos CEO 'Devastated' About Blood Test Issues]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:55:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_241410476392.jpg
Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of blood-testing company Theranos, said she was "devastated" after an inspection found "critical violations" at her California lab, raising questions about an accuracy of...

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<![CDATA[No Antivenin Available for Painful Spider Bites]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 19:13:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Black+Widow+Found+in+Grapes+Cropped.jpg
A La Jolla woman learned the hard way that there’s little relief if you are bitten by a black widow spider in San Diego County.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Virus Mutation May Explain Spread, Birth Defects: Study]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:39:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Researchers hope genetic mutations they found in the Zika virus may explain why it seems to be causing birth defects, according to NBC News. The current virus strain comes from one that circulated in Asia, the...

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<![CDATA[Parents Concerned About Powdered Alcohol]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:35:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Palcohol-generic-0422.jpg
Alcohol in a powdered form could be hitting store shelves across the country but some parents and states are fighting to ban it.]]>
<![CDATA[Heat May Have Led to Hot Springs Deaths]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:40:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/PHOTO148888271169957918858ap.jpg
Two people found dead in a natural hot spring may have been killed by fluctuating water temperatures, deputies said.

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<![CDATA[Counterfeit Tablets With 'Ultra-Deadly' Drug Seized]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:38:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fentanyl+Tablets+DEA+0422+2016.PNG
Officials said they believe it is the first time they have caught counterfeit oxycodone tablets containing the "ultra deadly" fentanyl as they were being smuggled.

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<![CDATA[Parasites May Help Stomach & Bowel Diseases]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:31:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/160414-worm-story-mdl_c8f63d898d16fe763f375098bad69621.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
Researchers believe they’ve figured out that worm-like parasites may help stomach and bowel diseases, NBC News reports."Our findings are among the first to link parasites and bacteria to the origin of...

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<![CDATA[CDC Sees Same-Sex Zika Transmission]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:28:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509588626.jpg
A Dallas man who contracted Zika in Venezuela transferred it to a male sexual partner after returning home in January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday.The case was identified...

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<![CDATA[Avoiding Unnecessary C-Sections ]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 06:44:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic+pregnant+generic.jpeg
The frequency of non-emergency C-Sections can be influenced by your doctor and the hospital you are using. NBC 7's Consumer Bob reports.]]>
<![CDATA[De Niro Defends Support for Anti-Vaccine Film]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:28:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Robert+De+Niro+on+Today+.png
Actor Robert De Niro defended Wednesday the controversial anti-vaccine documentary "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe" that he pulled from this year's Tribeca Film Festival.Speaking on NBC's "Today" show he...

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<![CDATA[Teens With Sleep Issues Take Dangerous Risks: CDC]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:26:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CDCLogo-AP_134942423520.jpg
High school students who get too little sleep — or too much — are also more likely to drive drunk or take other risks.That's the finding of a government survey of more than 50,000 high school...

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<![CDATA[Local Doc Joins Olympic Panel to Advise on Infectious Diseases]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 20:51:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/N6P+ZIKA+VIRUS+SYMPOSIUM+PKG+-+00003926.jpg
A San Diego doctor has been selected to join a U.S. Olympic Advisory Group on infectious diseases to help communicate, in part, the latest information on the Zika virus ahead of the athletes' trip to Brazil.

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<![CDATA[Pinwheels Pay Tribute to Child Abuse Survivors]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:47:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Palomar-Health-Pinwheels.jpg
A colorful tribute lined the lawn at Palomar Health Downtown Campus in Escondido Tuesday: more than 330 pinwheels each symbolizing a child abuse survivor.

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<![CDATA[Emerald Cashews Recalled Over Glass Shards]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:55:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Emerald_Recall.jpg
Snyder's-Lance, Inc, makers of Emerald brand nuts, is issuing a voluntary recall of a limited number of Emerald 100 Calorie Pack Roasted and Salted Cashew Halves & Pieces product, the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Balboa Park to Turn Blue]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:28:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Balboa+Park+Goes+Blue+April+2.jpg
San Diego’s iconic Balboa Park is typically lush green but on Saturday, it the landmark will be blue.

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<![CDATA[Baby Deadline Test Lets Women Beat Biological Clocks]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:54:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PregnancyTest-GettyImages-566438193%281%29.jpg
A test that has been a staple in fertility clinics is now being used to help women predict their fertility, NBC News reported.The test, now being called the “baby deadline test,” is a simple blood analysis...

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<![CDATA['Kitchenistas' Documentary Spotlights Healthy Latin Cooking]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:09:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kitchenistas-Pollock-3.jpg
A documentary screened this week at UC San Diego put a spotlight on local, Latin-inspired cooking and how traditional recipes can be turned into healthier dishes and, ultimately, into healthier habits.

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Causes Brain Damage to Fetus: Study]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:20:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
The Zika virus can cause brain damage to a fetus, despite normal ultrasound results early in pregnancy, according to a new study, NBC News reported.There were no telltale signs of birth defects when...

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<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Dies of Influenza; 2nd Pediatric Death in County]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:22:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/flu+generic+germs+generic.jpg
A 9-year-old has died from influenza B, marking the second pediatric death resulting from the flu in San Diego County this season, County health officials said.

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<![CDATA[FDA Panel Votes in Favor of Experimental Drug]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:19:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/drug+test+generic.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration's panel of advisers voted 12-2 Tuesday in favor of an experimental drug from ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, saying its benefits outweigh the risks.
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