<![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-usSun, 25 Sep 2016 19:23:18 -0700Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:23:18 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[A Rare Bipartisan Agreement Reached, Briefly, on Abortion]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:45:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CONGRESS_GettyImages-2062515.jpg
Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding.

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<![CDATA[Garden May Be 'Game Changer' For Vets with PTSD]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:34:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/08-22-16+Canine+Companions.JPG
The U.S. Navy and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center hope a newly created healing garden will soothe the bodies and minds of wounded warriors.

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<![CDATA[Xencor Expanding L.A. County Operations Into San Diego]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:10:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-91333694-lab-microscope-generic.jpg
L.A. County-based Xencor Inc. is expanding its operations into San Diego, the company announced Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Drug-Resistant Superbugs a 'Fundamental Threat': WHO]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:06:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
While antibiotics were once hailed as miracle drugs, they've been abused and overused so much that they are now often useless against fast-evolving bacteria. And that bacterial evolution is far outpacing humans’...

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<![CDATA[Fitness Trackers No Guarantee for Weight Loss]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:13:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_fitnesstrackers0920_1920x1080.jpg
A new study suggests wearing a fitness tracker to tally the number of steps you take in a day doesn't necessarily mean the numbers on the scale will come down. The University of Pittsburgh recruited more...

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<![CDATA[Local Stem Cell Program Researches Parkinson's Treatment]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:50:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Stem+cell+scripps+trial+0920.JPG
With a new $2.3 million grant, a stem cell program to aid Parkinson’s disease patients that’s being researched at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla is one step closer to FDA approval.

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<![CDATA[Smoking Leaves DNA Damage Years After Quitting: Study]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:13:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Most — but not all — DNA damage from smoking fades over time, and the genetic changes occur in clear patterns, researchers reported in an American Heart Association journal Tuesday, according to NBC News.The...

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<![CDATA[Listeria Fears Spur Whole Wheat Eggo Recall]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:18:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kellogg-eggo-recall-.jpg
Kellogg is recalling about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain whole wheat waffles over the possibility they were contaminated with Listeria bacteria.No illnesses have been reported in connection with the...

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<![CDATA[Zika Mosquitoes Can Survive Over Next Months in Southern US]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:55:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Zika-Puerto-Rico-AP_71939457309.jpg
The potential for an abundant population of the mosquito that carries the Zika virus remains moderate or high through November in the southernmost cities of the U.S., a study shows.

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<![CDATA[Can This Patch Stop Drunk Driving?]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:18:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DrunkPatch0915_MP4-147405607449700001.jpg
A New Mexico company is hoping their new patch will help stop drunk driving. DermaTec has developed a patch that senses alcohol intake through sweat. It's called the ONUSBlue, as in it's "on us" to end...]]>
<![CDATA[Florida's 1st Zika Outbreak Almost Over, Officials Say]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:07:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-585211752.jpg
The mainland United States's first official outbreak of Zika virus may be declared over by early next week, NBC News reported.But another, in Miami Beach, is going strong, and on Thursday Florida health...

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<![CDATA[Fertility Doctor Accused Of Using Own Sperm]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:01:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_fertilitydoctor0913_1920x1080.jpg
Investigators believe a retired Indianapolis doctor may have donated his own sperm to as many as 50 patients without their knowledge. WTHR's Steve Jefferson reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Emotional Support Turkey Brings Joy to Woman With Lupus]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:02:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Capture74.PNG
Most of the time when you hear the words, "emotional support animal," you think of a dog, or some sort of cuddly animal. But a Washington woman with lupus has Sammi, her emotional support turkey, to help her go...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Affected Woman's Brain and Memory, Doctors Say]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:27:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/AHORA-BEBE-ZIKA.jpg
The Zika virus is known to cause devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses and now there is evidence that the virus could be more damaging to adults than has been believed, NBC News reported.]]>
<![CDATA[Hospital, Mother Team Up to Teach Importance of Wearing Helmets]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 18:19:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kid-bike-helmets.jpg
Health officials are starting a new initiative, teaming up with a local mother who knows first-hand the importance of making sure every child is always wearing a helmet.

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<![CDATA[Three Physician Associations Form New Group]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:06:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg
Three locally based independent physician associations have joined to create a new, for-profit administrative organization allowing San Diego County employers to negotiate directly with more than 800 doctors...

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<![CDATA[Chemicals Used to Fight Zika Worry Some Florida Residents]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:00:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ZikaChems0907_MP4-147333531803900001.jpg
On the front lines in the fight against the Zika virus, crews in infected areas are double-dosing chemicals to kill larva and adult mosquitoes. People are being urged to use bug sprays with the ingredient...]]>
<![CDATA['Super Lice' on the Rise in Most States]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:34:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_superlice0907_1920x1080.jpg
September is National Lice Awareness Month, but most people aren't aware of those cringe-worthy critters until they're dealing with a full-on infestation.That was the issue Stacey Cole faced when her children...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Doubled Birth Defect Rate in Brazil, Study Shows]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 13:32:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The arrival of Zika virus in Brazil doubled the rate of birth defects involving the nervous system, including microcephaly, researchers reported Wednesday.Rates of Guillain-Barré syndrome — a rare, paralyzing...

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<![CDATA[Zika Patient in Normal Heights Prompts Spraying]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:52:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vector-spraying-mosquito-zika.jpg
County health officials will hand spray part of Normal Heights this week after an individual tested positive for Zika virus after returning from a trip abroad.]]>
<![CDATA[Family Grieves Loss of Newborn in Twins Viral Photo]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:45:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/baby+pacifier1.JPG
Days after a photo of Florida newborn twins hugging in a hospital went viral, the family is grieving the the loss of one of the boys, born with a rare medical condition. Twins Mason and Hawk Buchmeyer of

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<![CDATA[Flu Season Arrives, With New Recommendations for Prevention]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 05:20:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_fluvaccines0906_1920x1080.jpg
The nasal spray FluMist has been the flu vaccine preference among many parents for years, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says kids should not get it this year. The move comes after a panel of experts...]]>
<![CDATA[Industry Insiders Estimate EpiPen Costs No More Than $30]]> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:27:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan says middlemen and suppliers have forced them to jack up the prices on EpiPens by hundreds of dollars, but two industry insiders say the company pays no more than $30 per device, NBC News reports.Some...

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<![CDATA[Man Wearing Gas Mask Protests Spraying for Mosquitoes Capable of Carrying Zika Virus]]> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:58:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/socialprotester_1200x675_758885955883.jpg
Vector control crews were faced with signs and protests in San Diego on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.]]>
<![CDATA[NY Attorney General to Investigate EpiPen Manufacturer]]> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:46:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
New York's top prosecutor said he is launching an antitrust investigation into the maker of the EpiPen. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday his office was opening the investigation into Mylan...

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<![CDATA[Zika Patient +Aedes Mosquitoes Prompt Spraying in Mount Hope]]> Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:25:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vector-spraying-mosquito-zika.jpg
When asked if there were any immediate threat, San Diego County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten said, “There is low risk but we want to err on the side of caution.”]]>
<![CDATA[3 Common STDs Are Becoming Harder to Treat]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:27:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_1602291933356134-STD.jpg
In the United States, drug-resistant gonorrhea is a public health problem of national concern. But untreatable gonorrhea isn't the only STD that has health officials worried, according to an NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Obesity Rates Fall in Four States]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:23:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/teen+obesity+gastric+bypass.jpg
Obesity rates in Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio fell — the first time that any state has seen a decrease in the past decade, according to a report released Thursday, NBC News reported.For the majority...

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<![CDATA[Salk Institute Co-Leads $15.4M Research Efforts]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 07:58:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/197*120/Salk-Institute-San-Diego-GoogleMaps-0901.jpg
San Diego research facility Salk Institute for Biological Studies is co-leading a $15.4 million stem cell-based effort to find drugs that work against schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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<![CDATA[Diamond of California Recalls Macadamia Nuts for Salmonella]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:52:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/recall-nuts.jpg
Two macadamia nut products sold nationwide under the Diamond of California brand are being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. Snyder's-Lance, Inc. said it was voluntarily recalling 4-ounce...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Fought Against Generic EpiPen: Documents]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:37:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
The CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of its own cheaper version of the EpiPen this week on the heels of a price hike uproar. But for years, Mylan and its business partners have fought fiercely...

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<![CDATA[Can Children Benefit From Probiotic Supplements?]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:41:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_probiotics0829_1920x1080.jpg
Billed as "good for your guts," Dr. Karpovs says probiotics help restore normal bacteria in the body.]]>
<![CDATA[MD Anderson Cancer Center Focuses on New Treatments]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:11:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DePinho-MD-Anderson-Cancer-Center.jpg
Ronald A. DePinho, M.D talks about the types of medicines and treatments that are in clinical trials and how they could be the game-changer needed in the fight against cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Gets Cutting-Edge Cancer Center ]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:48:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MDCancerCenterHouston1472482924639.jpg
Scripps Health has entered into a decades-long partnership with one of the nation’s leading cancer research centers.

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