<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Healthy Week]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcsandiego.com/feature/healthy-weekhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.pngNBC 7 San Diegohttps://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usThu, 23 Nov 2017 18:24:21 -0800Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:24:21 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Scripps to Restrict Visitors During Flu Season]]>Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:10:29 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic.jpg

Scripps Hospitals have put in place several visitor restrictions at their hospitals around San Diego in an effort to protect staff and patients from the flu.

The temporary measures put in place Monday aim to prevent flu infections following news from the County’s Health and Human Services that two people in San Diego died from the flu.

All visitors will be screened starting Monday, Scripps spokesman Leonel Sanchez said, and those visitors displaying flu-like symptoms will be asked to leave.

Children 14 years old and under will not be allowed inside – including lobbies and common areas -- unless they are patients or have appointments, Sanchez said. Patients will also be limited to a maximum of four visitors a day.

"And it only takes a minute," said hospital visitor Seth Doughty. "If you're healthy coming in the hospital, they can tell just by looking at you. If you come in carrying some sort of disease, you'll be showing some kind of symptoms."

Exceptions to the temporary measures will be permitted by officials for special circumstances.

Scripps physicians said it is not too late to receive a flu shot. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting the flu, doctors suggest.

Still, health officials said influenza this winter is spreading and sickening San Diegans at a faster rate than last year’s flu season: there have been 263 confirmed cases to date, more than double last year’s number.

Nationwide, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has described this flu season as an “epidemic.”

The restrictions started 8 a.m. Monday and include Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla.

The county had 70 flu deaths last year.

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<![CDATA[Get Sleep, Lose Weight]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:40:07 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/153091697.jpgA new study links sleep with the way human bodies burn fat. Compromising sleep can affect one's weight, vision, and organ function in the future.

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<![CDATA[Study Finds HPV Vaccine Safe]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:03:09 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/125767560.jpgThe controversial vaccine was found to have minor side effects, but no major risks. The treatment is recommended to children as early as 8-years-old for both boys and girls to prevent cancers before becoming sexually active.

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<![CDATA[Healthy Heart Tips and Guidelines]]>Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:07:04 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hearthealthy.jpgDr. Douglas Harrington spoke to NBC 7 about what you can do to help your heart and about a free health festival this weekend.]]><![CDATA[Cooking Tips for Dorm Room Meals]]>Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:01:10 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/healthy_college.jpgChef Nisa Burns told NBC 7 about a few recipes and tips for dorm style cooking.]]><![CDATA[Cancer Fighting Foods]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:06:07 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/sj+farmers+market+-+cabbage+pinnacle+1b+aspect006.jpgCelebrity chef Christine Avanti shares eight foods that help prevent cancer.]]><![CDATA[‘Largest Bake Sale on West Coast’ Kicks Off in SD]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:36:38 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/apple+pie+generic.jpg

Healthy food is on the way for cancer and AIDS patients and their families, as a local organization kicks off what they claim is the west coast’s largest bake sale.

Mama's Kitchen kicked off its annual "Pie in the Sky" fundraiser Tuesday with a party for volunteers who will be selling the pies.

The organization hopes to sell enough pies to raise $125,000 in the next six weeks. That’s enough to fund nearly 40,000 meals, they said.

The money will help provide healthy meals to AIDS and cancer patients.

The pie sale runs through November 18. Volunteers will be selling pumpkin, pecan, apple and no sugar added apple pies for $20 each.

Mama’s Kitchen holds several fundraisers throughout the year, like the “Mama’s Day” fundraiser. This year is the 22nd year the Thanksgiving Bake Sale has taken place.

Pies can be purchased on the organization’s website and picked up at 20 different locations.

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Hundreds of San Diegans gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center on Friday to receive free flu shots.

Since October marks the start of flu season across the country, local health professionals wanted to warn locals about the dangers of influenza. San Diego Black Nurses Association also gave free flu shots to 500 people.

Last year, 14 people in San Diego County died from influenza.

Health officials recommend anyone older than six months get the shot.

“People don't get the flu from the flu shot. That's a myth,” said Dean Sidelinger, a child health medical officer. “So people who assume that need to know that's not true, so it's okay for them to get the flu shot. For people afraid of needles, if they're between 2 and 49 years old who are otherwise healthy, they can get a nasal spray vaccine and not even have to get a shot.”

The county offers flu shots at public centers and other locations throughout the county.

Flu season usually lasts until around March.

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<![CDATA[Paraplegics Walk With Exoskeleton Technology]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2012 04:57:23 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ReWalk-2011-P1.jpgArgo Technologies, an Israeli firm opening its headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, introduces a new technology that allows paraplegics to stand and walk on their own. Theresa Hannigan, who was stricken by an autoimmune disease and lost the use of her legs is one of dozens around the world using this Exoskeleton. Launched in Europe in September, the walking aid will soon be available in the U.S.]]><![CDATA[Spare Parts Make a New Hand]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:43:37 -0800https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hand3.jpgA hand surgeon and a foot-ankle specialist teamed up to rebuild a man's hand that was injured due to a terrible industrial accident. The two doctors rebuilt the hand using the patient's bones, nerves and other tissues from his own body. The intricate surgery recreated the structure within the hand and involved a foot-to-hand graft. The Louisiana resident is now in physical rehab and slowly regaining feeling in his hand.

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