<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Health News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:14:21 -0700 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:14:21 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ebola Outbreak Puts UC Berkeley Program on Hold]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:30:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0731-2014-Ebola.jpg
The University of California, Berkeley's study abroad program in Sierra Leone is being placed on hold as West Africa grapples with the worst-known outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Health Expert Not Concerned Over Ebola Virus]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:31:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/452620484.jpg
NBC Bay Area's Terry McSweeney shows why a Bay Area public health expert is not worried about the Ebola virus.

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<![CDATA[The Truth About Sunscreen]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:31:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sunblock-for-Story1.jpg
In this edition of Reality Check, Sam Brock looks at common claims about skincare and separates the facts from the fiction.]]>
<![CDATA[California Pharmacies Urged to Translate Drug Labels]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:55:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4PM_PKG_PRESCRIPTION_DR_KNSD2RPS_1200x675_61258819722.jpg
The push is on to make prescription translations mandatory in California.]]>
<![CDATA[Livermore Lab Working on Procedure to Diagnose Ebola]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:40:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-29-2014-ebola.jpg
With over 600 dead from the Ebola virus in Africa, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working on perfecting a method that could be the key to diagnosing the virus quickly in...

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<![CDATA[Reality Check: Does Pot Cause Teens to Lose 8 IQ Points?]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:04:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/marijuana_headlines.jpg
One critic said decriminalizing pot, or making it legal for public consumption--even with age restrictions--will make it easier for kids to get their hands on.

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<![CDATA[Feeling the Pain of Lightning Strikes, Again and Again]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:38:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/72814+Lightning.jpg
A day after a lightning storm killed a one man and injured others on a California beach, survivors describe pain, vision and hearing problems and other long-term affects

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<![CDATA[Chikungunya: What You Need to Know]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:40:24 -0700 Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/tlmd_virus_mortales_03.jpg
A person caught the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya in the United States this month, health officials say — marking the first time mosquitoes in the U.S. are believed to have spread

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<![CDATA[Babies Get Herpes After Ritual: DOH]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:10:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_Circumcision0906_722x406_2119014932.jpg
Two more infants were diagnosed with herpes in New York this month after undergoing ritual Jewish circumcisions, the Health Department says. In both cases, the infant boys were born to mothers with...]]>
<![CDATA[Skin Cancer on Rise in Marin: Report]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:52:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun+Generic.jpg
Marin County has the highest rate of melanoma in California, and instances of the deadly skin cancer have been on the rise for years.]]>
<![CDATA[Fruit Sold at Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:02:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-21-2014-peaches-recall.jpg
Wawona Packing Company, based in California's Central Valley, is recalling white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, and plum varieties. The whole fruits were all packed between June 1 and July 12,...

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<![CDATA[Fruit Sold at Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:22:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-21-2014-peaches-recall.jpg
If you love stone fruits, there's a new recall you should know about. Wawona Packing Company, based in the Central Valley, is recalling white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, and plum varieties.

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<![CDATA[Menlo Park Girl Attends Kids' State Dinner at the White House]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:08:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/071814-kids-state-dinner2.jpg
Some of America's top chefs of the future dined at a special “Kids State Dinner” at White House.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area CEO Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:20:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-17-2014-molly.jpg
The CEO of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Scott Santarella took part in an "ice bucket challenge" all to raise awareness for cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[UCSF Medical Center Among Top 10 Hospitals]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:32:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/174*120/cat+scan.jpg
San Francisco’s UCSF Medical Center cracked the Top 10 of a list of the country’s best hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Study Suggests Friends Share Certain Genes]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:24:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/peoplegeneric.jpg
A new study suggests people share more than just common interests with their friends -- they may also share genes.]]>
<![CDATA[Employers Opting to Drop Testing for Drugs]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:22:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drug+test+generic.jpg
Marijuana is creating a new challenge for employers when it comes to standard employment drug testing, with some companies opting to forgo testing for drugs.]]>
<![CDATA[Congressman Urges FDA to Overturn Ban on Gay Blood Donors]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:41:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-07-2014-generic-blood-drive-blood-donation-stock.jpg
A Bay Area congressman is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to lift the ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

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<![CDATA[Long Lines at Pot Farmers Market]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 03:56:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/mm+farmers+market+noon.jpg
A large number of people were spending their Fourth of July in line to a unique kind of farmers market in Los Angeles. The featured product: medical marijuana. Some people reported waiting up to...]]>
<![CDATA[Most People Fail to Wash Hands When Cooking Chicken: Study]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:31:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/raw-chicken.jpg
Be careful whose hands you're shaking: 38 percent of people observed by UC Davis researchers while cooking didn't wash their hands after handling raw chicken.

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<![CDATA[LA Pot Dispensary Farmers Market]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:09:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/medical+marijuana+stock+cannabis.jpg
For some Los Angeles residents, the 4th of July weekend will be a chance to stock up on marijuana. Patients eligible to use medical marijuana will be able to buy the drug directly from growers at a...

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<![CDATA[Regular Sun May Produce Similar Results to Drugs: Study]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:39:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sunbathing-beach-generic-14.jpg
Lots of beachgoers say a day in the sun makes them feel good, but a new study suggests the feeling could be as addicting as heroin or morphine.]]>
<![CDATA[Human Case of West Nile in Contra Costa County]]> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:20:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/bb82f013a5e54a7cbed54729d2487f36.jpg
A man in his 60s in Contra Costa County was diagnosed with West Nile virus, the first human case in the Bay Area this year.]]>
<![CDATA[Whooping Cough Epidemic in Calif.]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:42:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/whooping+cough+vaccine.jpg
The number of whooping cough cases in California has officially reached epidemic proportions, the California Department of Public Health reported. Whooping cough, known to doctors as pertussis, has experienced...

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<![CDATA[Molly's Journey Through the Eyes of Her Husband]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:28:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ARASH+Still.png
Arash Golbon, the husband of lung cancer patient Molly Golbon, shares his perspective of supporting his wife through her success and struggles.]]>
<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine Explained]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:48:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edtAP1011180117961.jpg
After a long day, a glass of wine may help ease some tension. But did you know it could also help your health? One glass of red wine could actually improve your memory.

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<![CDATA[Service Dogs Not Trained to Help Kids with Autism: Complaint]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:54:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/0610-2014-ServiceDog-autism.jpg
A pair of Bay Area families claim a nonprofit organization provided service dogs that were not properly trained to help keep children with autism safe.

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<![CDATA[E-Cigarette Crackdown Spreads Across U.S.]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:28:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/184769106.jpg
Santa Clara County on Tuesday cracked down on "e-cigarettes" so that they now fall under the same restrictions as traditional tobacco products - in an effort mirroring what nearly 200 cities are already...

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<![CDATA[Medical Pot Bill Inspired by Girl]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:57:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP204780883216.jpg
An 11-year-old girl who suffers from epileptic seizures is the inspiration behind a bill in Florida that would allow parents to treat their epileptic children with marijuana. Florida

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<![CDATA[Formerly Conjoined Twins to Go Home]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 03:56:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Ezell+Twins+06.JPG
The formerly-conjoined Ezell twins are sharing an exciting milestone -- they'll soon be headed home for good. Mom Jenni Ezell said Emmett and Owen are going home on Wednesday. The babies were once...

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<![CDATA[Food Workers Responsible for 70% of Norovirus Outbreaks: CDC]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:40:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/norovirus+generic.jpg
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new warning on the norovirus. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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<![CDATA[NJ Baby Latest to Die in Nap Nanny]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 01:54:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt-AP31966872310.jpg
An 8-month-old baby girl in New Jersey is the latest child to die in the recalled infant recliner known as the Nap Nanny. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the Hopatcong baby was secured into the chair...

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