<![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 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 06:12:28 -0800 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 06:12:28 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Deadly 'Kissing Bug' Spreads Into California]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:47:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kissing-bug-chagras.jpg
The so-called Kissing Bug has made its way into California.

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<![CDATA[New Voice for Mass. Teen]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:17:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Max+Plansky+112515.jpg
We all have unique voices - with their pitches and their tones, they belong to us. But for Max Plansky, a Massachusetts teen who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, the voice he uses is not...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New, Boosted Flu Vaccine]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:25:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/flue-shot.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new type of flu vaccine called Fluad that uses a compound to help stimulate the patient’s immune system, NBC News reported. Fluad contains MF59, an adjuvant made out...

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<![CDATA[Teen's Flesh-Eating Bacteria Fight]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:44:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/giancarlo+gil+flesh+eating+bacteria+recovery+1124+2.jpg
The mother of a San Diego-area teenager fighting for his life against a flesh-eating bacteria thanked the community Tuesday for their support, saying the family was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love.

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<![CDATA[Modified Mosquitos Block Malaria]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:00:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_432922569679.jpg
Southern California scientists have created a genetically modified batch of mosquitoes capable of blocking malaria, a development that could help eradicate the disease, UC San Diego officials announced...

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<![CDATA[UnitedHealth May Withdraw From Obamacare]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:15:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UnitedHealth-AP_580078387860.jpg
Experts are divided over Thursday’s news that the No. 1 U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, might withdraw from health exchanges mandated by so-called Obamacare legislation, NBC News reported. The company...

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<![CDATA[Will Nation's Top Health Insurer Kill Obamacare?]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:19:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Website-AP_249581118509.jpg
Thursday's news that the No. 1 U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, might withdraw from the health insurance exchanges mandated by so-called Obamacare legislation divided experts into two camps.

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<![CDATA[Heroin Vaccine Research]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:49:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Generic+Heroin+Needles.jpg
Recovering addicts may have a new tool helping them stay on track as a heroin vaccine enters a preclinical phase. The National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded researchers...]]>
<![CDATA[Uber Rolls Out On-Demand Flu Vaccinations]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 01:08:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UberFlu-Health+Photos+3.jpg
Haven't gotten your flu shot yet? Between long work hours, household responsibilities, errands and child care, making a trip to the doctor's office or local pharmacy for that flu shot doesn't seem too...

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<![CDATA[NIH's Last 50 Chimpanzees Are Retiring]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 03:18:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ChimpsAP_421866916958.jpg
The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that the last 50 chimpanzees set aside for federal medical research will be retired, NBC News reported. The chimpanzees, which are kept at three facilities...

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<![CDATA[How to Discuss Paris Terror Attacks with Kids]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:34:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/paris+attacks.jpg
Child and adolescent development professor Ellen Middaugh at San Jose State University explains how parents should approach the conversation, what to avoid, and the one thing all adults need to be sure...

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<![CDATA[Home Abortions Rise After Texas Law Closes Clinics: Study]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:50:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-2758562.jpg
A Texas law aimed at restricting abortions, which took effect in 2013, has led to more women trying to end a pregnancy on their own, while the number of clinical procedures in the state has declined, according...

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<![CDATA[Woman Aims to Brighten Cancer Patients' Visits]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:20:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rooms+that+rock+2.jpg
During a routine visit to her doctor six years ago, Nancy Ballard walked, by chance, into a chemotherapy treatment room. What she saw began her on a mission that is helping thousands of cancer patients a year.
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<![CDATA[Taxpayers Spent $11M on Missing Hospital Equipment]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:03:04 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/unit_missing_hospital_equip.jpg
A Bay area medical center listed hundreds of items and pieces of equipment as “unable to locate,” according to five years’ worth of records obtained by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit.

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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls Over 52,000 Pounds of Cooked Chicken Wings]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:01:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/tyson-anytizers-recall.jpg
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling about 52,486 pounds of chicken wing products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Tuesday. Consumers who contacted Tyson Foods Inc....

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<![CDATA[Daily Pills Protect People Against HIV: Study]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:58:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_120510048917.jpg
People who took a daily pill to protect against HIV were protected aganist the virus but caught other sexually transmitted diseases through unprotected sex, researchers reported on Monday.

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<![CDATA[UC Berkeley Engineers Give Girl New Hand]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 21:05:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/crop-sophie-top.jpg
Researchers at the school’s CITRIS lab are working hard to create low-cost, customizable prosthetic made from 3-D printers, according to the engineering department’s magazine. For an 8-year-old girl named...

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<![CDATA[New Survey Method Finds More Kids With Autism]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 04:35:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Autism-AP_197615588239.jpg
A new government survey finds that more than 2 percent of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with autism — or 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older, NBC News reported. That seems like a startling increase from the last...

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<![CDATA[SpaghettiOs Recalled Due to Choking Hazard]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 03:57:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SpaghettiOs-Recall-111215.jpg
The Campbell Soup Company is voluntarily recalling 355,000 cans of SpaghettiOs due to a potential choking hazard.

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<![CDATA[Uterus Transplant Trials Underway For Infertile Women]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:13:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524811211.jpg
A health clinic is spearheading a trial of uterus transplants for women with an infertility disorder. The transplant, unlike a heart or liver transplants, will be temporary. After the women give birth to one or...

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<![CDATA[Pediatric Diabetes Patients Test Glucose Monitoring Device]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:48:32 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIABETES4.jpg
Patients with type one diabetes typically have to wait months before reviewing with their doctor why glucose levels drop too low or raise too high. Yet with new technology they can communicate in minutes.

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<![CDATA[Senators Call for 'Independent' Crumb Rubber Turf Study]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 06:02:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Crumb_Rubber_Turf.jpg
Two senators have urged federal officials to lead an "independent investigation into the health risks of crumb rubber" turf, a surface made of recycled tires used on playgrounds and athletic fields across...

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<![CDATA[DEA Chief: Notion of Medicinal Marijuana Is a 'Joke']]> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 13:29:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542705085.jpg
Chuck Rosenberg, chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said that smoking marijuana should not be considered medical treatment on Wednesday, calling the notion a "joke," CNBC reported. "We can have...

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<![CDATA[Dungeness Crab Season Delayed Due to High Levels of Toxins]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 21:47:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/T6A+TOXIC+CRAB+VO+-+00000914.jpg
The commercial Dungeness crab season, which was scheduled to start later this month, has been delayed due to concerns about high levels of toxins caused by algae, state fish and wildlife officials announced...

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<![CDATA[Eye Doctors Rank High in Medicare Reimbursements]]> Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09:12:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/web_OPTHO-LENS-MONEY.jpg
Medicare reimburses doctors different rates versus other kinds of insurance and until recently, it wasn't clear how much taxpayers were paying for various procedures. Now that the federal government has...

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<![CDATA[Stanford Scientists Urge NIH to Lift Chimera Research Ban]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:46:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/petri-dish1.JPG
Scientists at Stanford University are urging the Obama administration to lift a funding ban on a type of stem-cell research that results in partly human creatures called "chimeras."

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<![CDATA[Restaurant at Center of Shigella Outbreak Reopens]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 07:15:13 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mariscos+San+Juan.jpg
The San Jose restaurant that was ground zero for last month's Shigella outbreak reopened Thursday afternoon. The Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health gave the green-light to Mariscos San...

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<![CDATA[Nearly Half of Pregnant American Women Put on Too Much Weight]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:34:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-558948623-%281%29.jpg
Nearly half of U.S. women gain too much weight while they're pregnant, and another 20 percent don't put on enough, federal health experts reported Thursday. Fewer than a third of pregnant women put on the right...

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<![CDATA[New HIV Pill Delivers 4 Drugs in 1 Daily Dose]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:01:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-531390989.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new daily drug that delivers four different HIV medications in one dose. The pill combines four HIV drugs: elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir...

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<![CDATA[Tapeworm Transmits Cancer Cells to Man]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:39:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1316392.jpg
Tapeworms get inside people, lay their eggs, and cause symptoms such as diarrhea and weakness. And they can infest a body for a lifetime. But doctors were stunned to find out they can do something worse: infect...

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<![CDATA[West Coast Crab Fishing Delayed Due to Algal Toxins]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 12:13:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/T6A+TOXIC+CRAB+VO+-+00000914.jpg
In an unprecedented move, the California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to delay the opening of crab season because of potentially deadly levels of domoic acid found in Dungeness and rock crabs...

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<![CDATA[DEA Finds Heroin Use Skyrocketing]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:24:55 -0800 > on February 6, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.]]> > on February 6, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-467512357.jpg
The growth in abuse of heroin is now considered the number one drug threat by the nation's police, overtaking methamphetamine, according to a new survey by the Drug Enforcement Administration, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Artificial Turf Linked to Cancer? CA Spends $3M on Study]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 07:20:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1102-2015-ArtificialTurf.jpg
California is spending $3 million to study whether artificial turf made of recycled tires is a health risk.

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<![CDATA[Teen Makes Popular Mechanics 'Innovators' List]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:33:24 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MAGAZINE-INSIDE-VO---00003108.jpg
A San Jose teen made the pages of Popular Mechanics this month for her work on diagnostic spirometers – expensive machines that are used to measure the health of the lungs.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Acts to Shut Down Tobacco Sales at Stores That Sell to Minors]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:56:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_791184962081.jpg
The Food and Drug Association is taking aim at eight shops that have repeatedly sold tobacco products to kids under 18, NBC News reports. The stores — in New Jersey, Michigan, Missouri, Maryland and Illinois —...

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