<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Healthy Week]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/feature/healthy-week http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:54:24 -0700 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:54:24 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Get Sleep, Lose Weight]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:40:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/153091697.jpg A 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 10:03:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/125767560.jpg The 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[Cancer Fighting Foods]]> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:06:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/sj+farmers+market+-+cabbage+pinnacle+1b+aspect006.jpg Celebrity chef Christine Avanti shares eight foods that help prevent cancer.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Rosa Couple Selling Pain Meds On Craigslist Busted]]> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:47:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/%5BKNSD%5D+Drugs_Pills_generic_Image.jpg

An undercover drug bust has ended a two-person drug ring that offered prescription medication for sale on the Internet, according to police.

Christopher Giles and Jasmine Alina Larochelle, both 29, and of Santa Rosa, were arrested in Novato on Wednesday, according to the Marin Independent Journal. They're free on bail while prosecutors mull charges.

A tipster informed police that someone in the North Bay was offering drugs for sale via Craigslist, the newspaper reported. An undercover cop made an arrangement to buy $2,100 worth of OxyContin, Dilaudid, and Opana, the newspaper reported.

After the buy at the Novato Fair Shopping Center, detectives arrested Giles and Larochelle, along with another 155 pills that had been ordered by others for sale, the newspaper reported.

<![CDATA[Oakland Sues Feds To Defend Medical Marijuana]]> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:23:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Harborside.jpg

Harborside Health Center, the largest medical cannabis dispensary in California and by extension the world, is getting help in its fight with the United States Justice Department, which has vowed to close the Oakland dispensary down.

In response to the Justice Department filing asset forfeiture proceedings against the dispensary, the Oakland city government filed suit against the feds in federal court on Wednesday, according to reports.

Oakland's lawsuit, the first filed by a local government on behalf of a marijuana dispensary, says that the feds knew about Harborside's activities but blew the deadline for taking action against it, according to the Associated Press.

The feds are also overstepping their authority by interfering in Oakland city law that licenses and permits dispensaries, according to reports.

Oakland does have a stake in this matter: Harborside, which pays a local gross receipts tax as well as state taxes, is one of the city's biggest taxpayers.

Harborside pays $3 million in taxes annually, $1.2 million to Oakland directly, according to reports.

Harborside is due in court on US Attorney Melinda Haag's effort to seize the property it is renting on Nov. 1, according to reports.

Harborside has been in business since 2006.

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<![CDATA[Playing The Pain Away]]> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:35:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/music+is+good+medicine+4+copy.jpg

Michael Hamilton, you could say, comes from a medical family. Every member of his immediate family has had, or is planning on a career in medicine (that's two doctors, two nurses, and a prospective medical student).

Michael, however, chose a legal career - he's an attorney at a pharmaceutical company. And while his expertise is in the field of health care, he doesn't have direct contact with patients. Until he plays guitar for them on the weekends at the University of California at San Francisco.

To see how Michale is helping patients feel better, watch Garvin Thomas' story above.

If you would like to volunteer for the Music Is Good Medicine Program, please contact:
Pegi Walker, Staff Chaplain/Music Is Good Medicine Program Coordinator
(415)353-1941 or Pegi.Walker@ucsfmedctr.org

<![CDATA[About 600 CA Patients Got Meningitis-Tainted Shots]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:01:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/011309+Biohazard.jpg

Health officials say that up to 600 patients in California received steroid shots from medicine suspected in a fatal outbreak of deadly meningitis, according to reports.

The Associated Press says that state health officials are contacting four health centers where the shots were doled out to patients suffering from back pain.

Eight people have died in other states since receiving a tainted shot. Nobody in California has yet died.

As many as 13,000 people across the country received steroid shots from the tainted batch of medicine, the AP reported.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Professor Wins Nobel Prize]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:55:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Nobel+Prize+Chemistry.jpg

A Stanford University professor  was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry Wednesday.
Dr. Brian Kobilka, professor and chair of molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford's School of Medicine, was given the award for his work on G-protein-coupled receptors, which are linked to the body's "fight or flight" responses, officials at Stanford said.
According to Stanford University, the work is helping scientists to better understand the complex signals transmitted by cells.

Kobilka has been working on the research since the early 1980s.

"Because these receptors regulate so many functions in the body, they're very important targets for a number of different kinds of drugs for a broad spectrum of diseases including different neuropsychiatric disorders, cardiovascular disorders, metabolic disorders," Kobilka said in a phone interview with NBC Bay Area. "Even potentially they could be important in cancer therapies as well."

Kobulka said he felt,"very happy and very grateful" and that the news of his award "took a while to sink in."

Kobilka, 69, shares the award with 59-year-old Duke University professor Dr. Robert Lefkowitz. Lefkowitz is a professor of biochemistry and medicine at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Kobilka is the third Nobel Prize winner this week with ties to the Bay Area.
On Monday, University of California anatomy professor Shinya Yamanaka won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work with stem cells. Yamanaka shares the award with Dr. John Gurdon, who works at the University of Cambridge.
On Tuesday, a University of California at Berkeley graduate won the Nobel Prize in physics. David Wineland, a Sacramento native who earned his undergraduate degree at the East Bay university shares the award with Serge Haroche of France.

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<![CDATA[New HIV Test Kit Appears Over-the-Counter]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:03:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/hivtest.jpg A new over-the-counter test kit is available for consumers, able to yield results in less than half an hour, but at the cost of roughly $40. While some experts welcome the procedure, some argue that the results do not reflect an accurate picture of one's infection status to the virus.]]> <![CDATA[Preventing Diabetes, Preventing Cancer]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:46:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/pic27.jpg Dr. Jorge Castillo, a doctor at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhodes Island examines the link between diabetes and blood cancers in his extensive research based on 17,000 cases. About 150,000 people are diagnosed with leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia each year. Taking steps to prevent type 2 diabetes could translate into 7,000 fewer blood cancer cases.]]> <![CDATA[Senior Flash Mob Invades City Hall]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 07:57:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/10-5-2012+4-28-47+PM.jpg

What do you get when you combine Black Eyed Peas music with the elderly?

A rockin’ flash mob.

At noon Friday on the front steps of San Jose City Hall, a group of about 50 seniors gathered to dance to “Let’s Get it Started.”

The dancers included both patients and staff of CareMore, a healthcare company that says it’s trying to promote healthy lifestyle through activities like dance.

It was a coordinated flash mob happening at the same time across the West in Los Angeles, Phoeniz, Tucson, Riverside and Las Vegas. Josephine “Jo” Santos and Charlie Schrader are both members of CareMore.

They were practicing the line dance for the flash mob with some of their friends. “We’re gonna go out there and show them that us seniors are active and mobile,” said Santos, laughing. “And we got the moves!”

“We’re going to have a flash mob dance here and we’re going to really get into it, and go, go, go. It’s going to be fun to watch, fun for all of us out here doing this,” Schrader added.

And he may have been having the most fun out there, as he got to practice and mingle with half a dozen ladies around him.

To that, all he said with a grin was, “Well, I don’t mind.”

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<![CDATA[UCSF Stem Cell Prof. Wins Nobel Prize]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 11:53:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/165*120/yamanaka.jpg

Shinya Yamanaka has won the 2012 Nobel Prize for his discovery of how to transform ordinary adult skin cells into cells that, like embryonic stem cells, are capable of developing into any cell in the human body, the university reported on Monday.

Yamanaka is an MD and a PhD at the Gladstone Institutes, which is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. He spoke by video conference on Monday morning in San Francisco.

Yamanaka shares the prize with John B. Gurdon of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, England.
The prize was awarded for the scientists’ "discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent."

Yamanaka, who works in both San Francisco and Kyoto, is also the director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application and a principal investigator at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, both at Kyoto University, UCSF reported.

The former orthopedic surgeon trained in biomedical research at Gladstone in the 1990s, before returning to San Francisco in 2007 as a Gladstone senior investigator and a UCSF anatomy professor.

“The best part about this prize is that it will bring attention to — and will likely spur — the important stem cell work that scientists around the world are conducting,” Yamanaka said in a statement. "This iPS technology is for patients — and the more scientists who build on it, the faster we can help those who live with chronic or life-threatening diseases.”

Initially, the simplicity of Yamanaka’s technology was met with skepticism, UCSF said in a statement.

But he made his data and the DNA of his work publicly available to enable any scientist to work with these new cells. Within months of the 2006 breakthrough, scientists around the world had reproduced and adopted this new approach to generating and studying stem cells.

“The impact of Dr. Yamanaka’s discovery is immense,” said Deepak Srivastava, MD, who leads stem cell and cardiovascular research at Gladstone. “It suggested that human adult cells retain a greater ability to be modified than previously thought — and could potentially be altered into whatever cell type might be desired.”

UCSF said in a statement that in addition to avoiding the controversial use of embryonic stem cells, iPS cell technology also represents an entirely new platform for fundamental studies of human disease — and the development of therapies to overcome them. Rather than using models made in yeast, flies or mice for disease research, iPS technology allows human stem cells to be created from patients with a specific disease. As a result, the cells contain a complete set of the genes that resulted in that disease — representing the potential of a far-superior human model for studying disease and testing new drugs and treatments. In the future, iPS cells could be used in a Petri dish to test both drug safety and efficacy for an individual patient.

Leading up to Monday’s Nobel prize announcement, Yamanaka has received a host of other honors recognizing the importance of his iPS discovery, including the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the Wolf Prize in Medicine, the Shaw Prize and the Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology. In 2011, Yamanaka was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, garnering one of the highest honors available for U.S. scientists and engineers. In June, Yamanaka won the Millennium Technology Award Grand Prize — the world's largest and most prominent technology award — along with Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux software.

Yamanaka will be a speaker at the ISSCR-Roddenberry International Symposium on Cellular Reprogramming being held at Gladstone later this month.

To learn more about Gladstone Institutes, click here.

To see a list of other Nobel Prize winners from UCSF click here.


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<![CDATA[1STLOOK: Skinny and the City]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:30:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/14356157_6984975001_1LNAT3012-SKINNY---THE-CITY_722x406_1605187855.jpg Watch the 1st Look: Skinny and the City.]]> <![CDATA[Hospital Project Encourages Young Cancer Patients]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 17:04:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/baldbravebeautiful.jpg Miami Children's Hospital's "Bald, Brave, Beautiful" project helps children like Alberto Hernandez, battling bone cancer, to empower themselves through the noticeable side effect of hair loss in cancer treatment.]]> <![CDATA[Bare Military Wives Raise PTSD Awareness]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:57:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bare.jpg Military wives are taking a bold, bare approach to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). "Battle Bare," a photo campaign on Facebook looks to become a fully pledged nonprofit organization.]]> <![CDATA[Naturally Rebuilding Breasts]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:51:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/breast_surgery.jpg A new procedure involving liposuction and extracting stem cells in fat from a patient's own body is being used to rebuild breasts. Colleen DeVito chose this approach, which is considered experimental and not FDA approved. Researchers are still studying fat stem cells to potentially treat burns, radiation injuries and inflammatory bowel disease. The procedure is not meant for obese or very thin patients and costs about $14,000.

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<![CDATA[Paraplegics Walk With Exoskeleton Technology]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 05:57:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ReWalk-2011-P1.jpg Argo 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 16:43:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hand3.jpg A 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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<![CDATA[Dermatologists Vs. Spas]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:14:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drburgess.jpg Dr. Cheryl Burgess explains which procedures you can have done at spas -- and which you should probably leave to the doctors.]]> <![CDATA[How Dogs Keep You Healthy]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:15:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6615090_WEBDrJackie_722x406_1626691708.jpg Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Md., on how dogs can benefit your health.]]> <![CDATA[Acne: Not Just For Teens]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:16:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/11090879_N5PACNE_722x406_1070147597.jpg More than a quarter of clinical acne patients are women aged 25 to 60. And a newly-found virus that lives on the skin may prevent some from getting pimples. Dr. Bruce Hensel reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Tanning Beds Ups Skin Cancer Risk by 69%]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:16:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8221194_N5PPKGTANNINGBEDSok_722x406_2176832096__252475.jpg Dr. Bruce Hensel reports on a new study shows that young people who use tanning beds have 69% increased risk of developing skin cancer.]]> <![CDATA[Preventing Miscarriages and Stillbirths]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:17:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/8211126_N5PPKGPREVENTINGMISCA_722x406_2176451664__061444.jpg Dr. Bruce Hensel looks at a new study.]]> <![CDATA[Be Healthy: Bio Feedback]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:14:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/biofeedback.JPG Imporving athletic performance can be a state of mind.]]> <![CDATA[BOSU Ball Workouts, at Home or at the Gym]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:17:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bosuballhayes927.jpg Trainer Steve Hayes brings Liz of Fitness First to share workout tips for Women's Health Month.]]> <![CDATA[What Everyone Should Know About Suicide]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:18:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drweiner103.jpg Suicide has overtaken traffic deaths as the nation's leading cause of injury-related death. Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses ways to help prevent suicide.]]> <![CDATA[Can 3-D Mammograms Better Detect Cancer?]]> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:19:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-D+Mammograms.jpg A new type of mammogram takes multiple images of the breast, helping doctors identify the smallest tumors. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.

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