<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Health News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:49:01 -0700 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:49:01 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Debris Piles Spark Health Concerns in San Carlos]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:19:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1007-2015-SanCarlosDebris.jpg
Some San Carlos residents are complaining of health problems after dust from an illegal dump site sent a cloud over a neighborhood.

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<![CDATA[Nurse Reuses Syringe: Officials]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:57:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Syringes-Reused-at-Clinic.jpg
Alerts were sent to dozens of employees of a pharmaceutical company after officials say a nurse reused a syringe while giving them flu shots at a New Jersey clinic. Officials with TotalWellness told NBC10...]]>
<![CDATA[Ancient Virus May Cause ALS: Study]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:49:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-548553939.jpg
A virus that has been in our DNA for millions of years may be resurfacing in the form of ALS, scientists reported Thursday. The discovery may lead scientists to finding a treatment for the incurable...

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<![CDATA[How Search for Kidney Went Viral]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 08:12:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/209*120/kidney.PNG
Jenna Franks’ family painted a sign reading, "Daughter needs kidney type O" along with her email address, which started gaining traction on social media. KNBC4 interviewed Franks two years ago. As of Wednesday,

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Stricken Goalie's Mom Wants Artificial Turf Answers]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 05:12:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/150928-austen-everett-cancer-turf-mbm_713006b65cf4de66ca10582b1e2f5e87.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
University of Miami athlete Austen Everett died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. Her mother said it was soon after that, as she found out about even more sick players, that she came to believe that...

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<![CDATA[App for Doctor House Calls Launches in SF, Silicon Valley]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:23:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-03.jpg
Heal has launched a doctor on demand service in San Francisco, with Silicon Valley soon to follow.

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<![CDATA[Flavored Tobacco Lures Kids, CDC Says]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:51:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-487318591.jpg
Kids who smoke, vape or chew tobacco are flocking to the flavored varieties, a new government report shows. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of high school students...

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<![CDATA[Report Examines Cell Phone Radiation]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:39:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/shutterstock_160559990.jpg
A Consumer Reports article tells cell phone user to keep phones away from their heads. Jean Elle reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Walgreens Prescriptions Delayed Across U.S.]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 04:50:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/walgreens+sign+edit.jpg
Walgreens customers across the U.S. may find it difficult to get prescriptions in the company’s stores this week. The company’s pharmacists have been filling each prescription manually since their system crashed...]]>
<![CDATA[Scientists Find New Virus in Blood]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:23:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/209*120/AP_070525034503.jpg
Scientists have found a new virus that can be transmitted by blood transfusions and other blood-based products, NBC News reported. They’re calling the new virus human hepegivirus-1 (HHpgV-1). The virus bears a...

<![CDATA[Clinton Proposes $250 Monthly Cap on Prescriptions]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:31:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_684583625361.jpg
To stop measures of what she called "price gouging" by pharmaceutical companies, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed a $250 monthly cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs. Clinton...

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<![CDATA[Drug CEO Who Hiked Pill Price Has History of Serious 'Harassment']]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:27:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-120822891.jpg
The pharmaceutical company boss who jacked up the price of the drug Daraprim 5,500 percent overnight allegedly has a history of "harassment" to a former employee, according to court documents.

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<![CDATA[Medical Study Exposes Number of Incorrect or Late Diagnosis]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:03:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis in their lifetimes, a new report finds — often with devastating effects, NBC News reports. It's almost impossible to quantify, but the problem is serious,...

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<![CDATA[Drug That Fights Complications of AIDS and Cancer Goes From $13.50 to $750]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:06:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/martin-GettyImages-120822895.jpg
The price of a popular drug that treats life-threatening parasitic infections has increased 5,000 percent, bringing the annual cost of treatment to hundreds of thousands of dollars for some patients. Daraprim...

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<![CDATA[Sex Doesn't Cause Heart Attacks: Researchers]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:30:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_262391987828+%281%29.jpg
German researchers say there’s nothing that links sexual activity with triggering heart attacks, NBC News reported. Researchers at Ulm University in Germany led a small study and said the data they’ve collected...

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<![CDATA[Krukow Raises Awareness for Inclusion Body Myositis]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:18:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KRUKOW-MYTOSIS-SOTVO---00000327.jpg
San Francisco Giants announcer Mike Krukow has committed decades to the fans, now he's asking for their support. Krukow took the field at AT&T Park Sunday to talk about inclusion body myositis.
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<![CDATA[Wildfire Prompts Public Health Emergency Declaration]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:41:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/valley-fire-air.jpg
Lake County leaders declared a public health emergency on Friday due to concerns about possible “chemical and contaminants” that might have been contained in structures that burned up during the Valley Fire.

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit Claims Schools Not Giving Students Enough PE Time]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:46:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0917-2015-PE.jpg
A lawsuit filed against 90 California school districts claims kids are not getting enough physical education time that they have been promised by law.

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<![CDATA[3-D Printed Implant Supports Damaged Chest]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 17:41:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3d-printed-sternum-illustration.jpg
A cancer patient recovered well from a surgery involving a 3-D printed titanium sternum and rib cage placed in his chest, according to a research organization in Australia. The Commonwealth Scientific...

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<![CDATA[FDA Fast Tracks Trial Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:52:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453480600.jpg
ZMapp, an experimental drug being tested against Ebola, has won fast-track status to get quicker Food and Drug Administration approval, NBC News reported. The drug, which made headlines when some high-profile...

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<![CDATA[Study Reveals the Germiest Spots on Airplanes, Airports]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:04:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-138789588.jpg
A new study finds airports and commercial airliners are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria, NBC News reported. Website Travelmath.com sent microbiologists to five airports and onto four airplanes and asked...

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<![CDATA[2nd Person Dies From Cucumbers]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:59:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/052911+cucumbers+ecoli.jpg
One person in Texas has died after eating a cucumber contaminated with salmonella, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. This is the second reported case of a person dying from tainted...

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<![CDATA[Nonprofit Recycles Discarded Crayons for Children's Hospitals]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 12:17:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Crayola+Crayons.jpg
The Crayon Initiative melts old crayons and recycles them into new ones to brighten up the days of sick children in the hospital.

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<![CDATA[Soccer Teams Lace Up in Gold for Cancer ]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 18:17:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/soccer28.jpg
Soccer teams across the Bay Area are lacing up in gold to raise money and awareness about cancer research.

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<![CDATA[Tainted Cucumbers Recalled]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:24:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/052911+cucumbers+ecoli.jpg
A San Diego-based produce company has recalled garden cucumbers believed to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak that killed one Southern California woman and sickened 285 people from 27 states. The cucumbers...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Linked to Norovirus]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:31:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/150824-chipotle-restaurant-simi-valley.jpg
Health officials believe a food-borne illness that sickened dozens of customers at a Southern California Chipotle is Norovirus. About 80 restaurant customers and 18 restaurant employees reported symptoms of...

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<![CDATA[Too Little Sleep Increases Odds of Catching a Cold: UCSF Study]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:06:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sleep-GettyImages-547017105.jpg
A new study spearheaded by a UCSF sleep researcher suggests that people who sleep less than six hours per night are four more times likely to get a cold than those who sleep more.

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<![CDATA[Marin School District First in Nation to Go Organic, GMO Free]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:35:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/school-food.jpg
Sausalito Marin City School District has started serving only organic and GMO-free meals to students.

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<![CDATA[Diabetes Drugs Can Cause Severe Joint Pain: FDA]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:47:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-166272621.jpg
Certain diabetes drugs can cause severe and disabling joint pain, the Food and Drug Administration warned patients on Friday. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes...

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<![CDATA[SJ, SF Voted Top Cities for Raising Kids]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:07:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/163*120/nancy6.jpg
Healthline gives top marks to San Jose and San Francisco when it comes to raising healthy children.

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<![CDATA[3 Generations Linked by Single Womb After Transplant]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:19:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BoyWombTransplant.jpg
For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations. The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s,...]]>
<![CDATA[SFPD Now Equipped to Help Overdose Victims]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:41:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0827-2015-Naloxone.jpg
San Francisco police officers are being equipped with a new trauma kit to help overdose victims.

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<![CDATA[Clothes Carry Germs Into Newborn ICU: Study]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:46:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/566440057.jpg
Parents and other people who come to visit babies in the newborn intensive care unit are sometimes carrying a potentially deadly germ on their clothing, researchers report. They found respiratory syncytial virus...

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<![CDATA[FDA: Eggless Spread Doesn't Cut It as Mayo]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:19:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/just-mayo-AP_541645552391.jpg
A vegan spread called Just Mayo isn't actually mayonnaise, according to U.S. regulators, because it doesn't actually have eggs in it. Hampton Creek, the company behind the spread, was issued a warning letter on...

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