<![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 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:33:43 -0700 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:33:43 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[USDA May Take New Stance on Fat]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:33:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000012071579_1200x675_473333827633.jpg
Dietary guidelines on how much fat a person should eat per day have been in place for decades. But now the USDA recommends those restrictions be removed. Does that spell disaster for America's waistline?...]]>
<![CDATA[Whole Foods Recalls Macadamia Nuts for Possible Salmonella]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:28:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/whole+foods+macadamia+nuts.jpg
Whole Foods Market is voluntarily pulling macadamia nuts from its shelves in 12 states after a possible Salmonella contamination, the FDA announced this week.

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<![CDATA[Study Looks at LGBTQ Community's "Unique Health Care Disparities"]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:15:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ucsf-study.jpg
UCSF launched the first large-scale, long-term health of study of LGBTQ people on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Covered California to Cap Costs of Specialty Drugs]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:40:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/prescription+drugs+medicine.jpg
Rate changes set to take effect in 2016 for Covered California participants will set policy for all insurance carriers over the next year or two.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Wins $500K After Phone Records Doctors Mocking Him]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 03:30:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-117009763.jpg
A Vienna, Virginia, man was awarded $500,000 in court after suing doctors he recorded mocking and insulting him while he was under anesthesia during a 2013 colonoscopy.

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<![CDATA[Nearly 10K Cases of Ranch Salad Dressing Recalled]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:41:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pinnacle-foods-recall.jpg
A New Jersey-based company is voluntarily recalling nearly 10,000 cases of Wish-Bone Ranch salad dressing sold in 24-ounce bottles after a customer alerted representatives the product was accidentally mixed with...

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<![CDATA[Study Suggests Benefits of Medical Marijuana Unproven]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:37:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Marijuana+Generic1.jpg
A new study published Tuesday suggests the benefits of medical marijuana for some illnesses is unproven.

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<![CDATA[Several Brands of Bottled Water Recalled]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:39:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bottles+of+water.jpg
Niagara Bottling is recalling its bottled water products after one of its spring sources was contaminated with E. coli. The company is urging customers to avoid drinking the water without boiling it first.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Officials Preparing for MERS Outbreak Following S. Korea]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:19:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-476401196.jpg
A deadly outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Virus in South Korea is prompting health officials and experts to prepare for the possibility of more cases in the United States.]]>
<![CDATA[Study: Legal Medical Pot Doesn’t Boost Teen Use]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:26:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/732453081.jpg
Some opponents argue against legalized pot, citing the risk of greater use among teenagers. But is that outcome really likely? Sam Brock investigates.

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<![CDATA[Teen Dies After Wisdom Teeth Extraction]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:09:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/teeth2.jpg
A Minnesota teen who had her wisdom teeth extracted has died after complications from the procedure, KARE, NBC's affiliate in Minneapolis reported.

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<![CDATA[Trans Fat Linked to Worse Memory]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:50:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TLMD-grasas-trans-trans-fat-shutterstock_162622850.jpg
Men who have more dietary trans fat in their meals may have worse memory, according to a newly released study by the UC San Diego School of Medicine. The study looked at 1,018 men and women who completed...]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Woman Claims Marijuana Pills Helped Save Dog's Life]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:41:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/0617-2015-PotPills.jpg
A Bay Area woman claims a cannabis pill made for animals helped save her dog's life.

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<![CDATA[Drought Conditions Could Spread Disease]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 19:33:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P-REALITY-CHECK-DROUGHT-PKG---00010810.jpg
This week Governor Brown said that extreme drought could lead to the spread of disease. Is that fair warning or fear mongering? Sam Brock investigates.

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<![CDATA[SF Hospital Stops Offering Soda to Patients, Visitors]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:01:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0610-2015-Soda.jpg
San Francisco General Hospital will no longer offer sodas or any other sugary drinks because those drinks are too unhealthy for patients and visitors.

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<![CDATA[Adverse Health Effects from Synthetic Marijuana on the Rise: CDC]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:45:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/061015_synthetic_marijuana.jpg
Adverse health effects as a result of increased synthetic marijuana use are on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. According to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly...

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<![CDATA[Study Shows Drop in Underage Drinking]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:54:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56909748.jpg
Rates among underage drinking are dropping steadily, a new study reveals. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also showed a decline in underage binge drinking.
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<![CDATA[Soda Warning Could Go Flat on Its Own, Expert Says]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:24:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0610-2015-Soda.jpg
Will San Francisco's new sugary beverage warning label be effective in cutting back on consumption of high-calorie drinks? Sam Brock investigates.

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<![CDATA[Pill That Reverses Abortion Causes a Stir]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:39:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495798155_AbortionPillIlustration.jpg
An Arizona law forces doctors to notify patients of pill that can reverse the effects of the abortion pill RU46. Many are not happy with the law.]]>
<![CDATA[Some Hospitals Charge 10 Times Medicare Rates: Study]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 13:51:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hospital+price+hikes1.jpg
Dozens of U.S. hospitals are hiking up healthcare costs more than 1,000 percent – over 10 times the costs allowed by Medicare – and for the same medical services, new findings indicate.

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<![CDATA[Link between STDs, "Hookup Apps" Needs Stronger Evidence]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:06:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/140411-tinder-dating-app-mn-1310_6f284758e68894d5f153e1d324a00965.nbcnews-fp-1360-600.jpg
A Rhode Island Department of Health report blames the rise in STDs in that state to the use of "hookup apps" like Tinder and Grindr. But is that conclusion supported by the facts? Sam Brock investigates.
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<![CDATA[International Media Reports on "Smart Drugs" in Silicon Valley]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 14:00:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/molly+drug+pills+generic.jpg
Unregulated smart drugs known as nootropics have dominated international stories about Silicon Valley.

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<![CDATA[Docs Give Baby Thumb With Surgery]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 05:09:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/toddler+thumb+photo.jpg
A 1-year-old baby born without a thumb will soon be able to grab things with his right hand for the first time thanks to a procedure Long Island doctors say was no small feat. A tiny cast was taken off...

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Want to Study Effects of War on Veterans, Families]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 19:06:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0527-2015-soldiers.jpg
How bad are the effects of war on veterans and their families? That's what a group of bipartisan lawmakers in Washington are trying to figure out. They want research on how chemical weapons can have an impact on...

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Doctor Uses Ecstasy to Treat Patients]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 07:45:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ecstasy+pills.jpg
The Federal Drug Administration is allowing a team of Bay Area psychotherapists to experiment with ecstasy to treat patients.

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<![CDATA[Meal Replacement Powders Popular in Silicon Valley]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 14:50:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/schmoylent-400x300.jpg
Meal replacement powders like Soylent and Schmoylent are gaining in popularity with tech workers in Silicon Valley.

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<![CDATA["I Need Your Help": Woman Battling Anorexia in Video]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 23:36:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/OC+Anorexic+woman.JPG
Fighting for her life and asking the public for help, a severely emaciated woman from Southern California posts an emotional video on YouTube spotlighting her battle with an eating disorder.

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<![CDATA[Alzheimer's Simulator Helps Caretakers Understand the Disease]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 13:02:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/178541982_Dementia-ALzheimers-Generic.jpg
Alzheimer's can be difficult to understand for those who do not suffer from the disease. A senior living center in Kentucky is helping caretakers of those diagnosed with the condition better understand it with a...

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