<![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 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:35:49 -0700 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:35:49 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 Dead, 31 Sick Amid 'Unusual' Legionnaires' Outbreak in NYC]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:09:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/legionnaires+outbreak.jpg
Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires' disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department...

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<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Having a Pet]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:10:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dog-GettyImages-137551880.jpg
For centuries, humans have taken animal companions into their homes. But the utility of the animals goes beyond simple companionship. The evidence is increasingly clear that having a pet can lead to a longer...

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<![CDATA[Some Cilantro Banned Over Feces, Toilet Paper in Fields: FDA]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:26:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cyclospora_cilantro.jpg
The cause of several years of intestinal illnesses among Americans appears to have been found, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA announced on Monday that it has identified the cause...]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Stickers Give First Responders Victim's Vital Health Info]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:10:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/my-medical.JPG
My Medical Sticker is a new way to provide first responders with vital health information about a victim.]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Transgender Teen's Journey: Part 2]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:36:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0723-2015-NicoleCarman.jpg
Nicole Carman is at a fertility center in the East Bay, the recent Pittsburg High School graduate is here to undergo egg retrieval, the surgical removal of eggs from her ovaries so they can be frozen and...

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<![CDATA[Rise in Autism May Be Due to Semantics: Study]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:51:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-142090923_Autism-generic.jpg
A new study out of Penn State University suggests that the increase in autism diagnosis is due to kids being classified and diagnosed differently, not because something catastrophic has happened to U.S.

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<![CDATA[Use of Morning-After Pill on Rise Among U.S. Teens]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:08:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pill1.jpg
More than one in five sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings, which likely reflect...

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<![CDATA[Early Drugs Halt AIDS, Prevent Spread, Studies Confirm]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 04:56:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/022309+AIDS+HIV+Ribbon.jpg
Two big studies detailed Monday confirm that earlier treatment for the AIDS virus not only keeps people healthy, but prevents them from infecting others, NBC News reported. The results have AIDS experts...

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<![CDATA[Don't Use Laundry Pods in Homes With Kids: Consumer Reports]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:16:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/laundrypods.jpg
Consumer Reports is warning parents that laundry detergent pods should never be used in homes where young children live of visit. Over the last several years, Poison Control Centers have fielded an increased...

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<![CDATA[AIDS Walk SF Raises $2.27M]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:47:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N4P+SF+AIDS+WALK+VO+-+00002215.jpg
AIDS Walk San Francisco has raised $2.27 in its 29th year, and fundraising continues through mid-August.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Wife Takes Stand in Frozen Embryo Case]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:27:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/embryo-drawing.jpg
The ex-wife in a nationally watched embryo case took the stand Thursday to tell a judge why her stored DNA should be given to her so that she can be a mother.

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<![CDATA[Syphilis Cases Rise Among California Women]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:16:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/7-23-2013-std-test.jpg
Cases of syphilis in women are on the rise in California, according to a new report released by the State Department of Health.

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<![CDATA[Recycled Water Safe for Drinking, Lab Results Show]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 10:44:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RHEA+RECYCLED+WATER+PKG+-+000002131.jpg
Leaders of the Santa Clara Valley Water District aim to have recycled water in the region's drinking cups in the next three to five years. But is the treated wastewater really as clean and pure as it's...

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<![CDATA[Frozen Embryos Case Could Set Precedent]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:23:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/73453634.jpg
A battle between ex-spouses over frozen embryos that could set a national precedent is scheduled to start Monday in San Francisco Superior Court.

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<![CDATA[Heroin Deaths Quadruple Across U.S.: Report]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 04:56:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Heroin-Generic.jpg
The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report. Ian Cull reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Dept. Warns Against Eating Certain Seafood ]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:28:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Anchovy-Migration-1.jpg
California public health officials are warning consumers to avoid certain types of seafood caught in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties.]]>
<![CDATA[North Bay City Boosts Legal Smoking Age to 21]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:20:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smoking_ban_de_cig.jpg
As of Wednesday, it’s illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to buy tobacco products in the North Bay city of Healdsburg.

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<![CDATA[Sugary Drinks May Kill 184,000 People Each Year: Study]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:11:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/soda+fountain.jpg
Consumption of soda, energy beverages, and other sugary drinks may be linked to 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research published Tuesday in the journal Circulation.

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<![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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