<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Health News]]> Copyright 2016 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, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:29 -0800 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:29 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Yolo Co. Resident Tests Positive for Zika Virus: CDC]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:38:13 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
A person in Yolo County has tested positive for the Zika virus, health officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the person recently traveled out of the country and had...

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<![CDATA[Zika Found in Fetus With Birth Defects]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:26:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZikaLab-GettyImages-506977656.jpg
Doctors have found the Zika virus in the brain of a fetus with severe microcephaly, which may help experts understand the relationship between the virus and how it affects developing babies, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Zika Will Spread Like Chikungunya: CDC]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:44:33 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking towards a virus in Puerto Rico to track how Zika may spread, NBC News reported. The CDC says Zika is spreading the same way as chikungunya, a...

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<![CDATA[New Zika Virus Test Could Fast Forward Results]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:57:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZIKA-UCSF-TESTING.jpg
Blood samples containing the Zika virus arrived at University of California, San Francisco laboratories Tuesday morning. A team of researchers there is working overtime to devise a new test for the virus, a test...

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<![CDATA[US Athletes Worried About Zika Told to Skip Rio: Report]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:17:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/zika-GettyImages-506962162.jpg
The United States Olympic Committee told U.S. sports federations on a January conference call that athletes and staff worried about contracting the Zika virus should consider not going to the 2016 Rio Olympics...

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<![CDATA[Students Vaccinated for Meningococcal]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:12:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0205-2016-MENINGICOCCAL.jpg
Worth the wait: that is how many students feel about the hours-long lines to get the meningococcal vaccine. This comes after four people at two bay area universities have tested positive for the disease.

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<![CDATA[Zika Scare Reopens Abortion Debate in Brazil]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:51:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BrazilPregnantZika-AP_757089715997.jpg
Fears over the Zika virus are reopening the debate over abortion in Brazil, where the procedure is illegal under most cases, NBC News reported. Brazilian bishops opposed a petition seeking to expand abortion...

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<![CDATA[$13.5M Offered to Turn East Bay Medical Center Into Hotel]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:54:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0204-2016-SanPabloMedCtr.jpg
An East Bay medical center shuttered last year could soon reopen its doors to a different set of guests: hotel-goers.

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<![CDATA[Concern Spreads About Meningitis in the Bay Area]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:33:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mengitis-GettyImages-166665957.jpg
A third student at Santa Clara University was diagnosed with meningococcal disease, a serious and sometimes deadly infection, the Santa Clara County Health Department announced Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Ahead of Super Bowl, Stanford Blood Center Calls for More Donors]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:54:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford_Blood.jpg
The Stanford Blood Center is calling for increased donations to gear up for Super Bowl 50. SBC supplies blood to Stanford Health Care, which is one of two designated trauma centers for the big game.

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<![CDATA[Company Testing Diabetes Cure]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:27:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Diabetes+cure+web+img-PIC_0.jpg
A San Diego biotech company believes it has found a possible cure for Type 1 diabetes. The La Jolla-based company, ViaCyte, in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson, is testing a stem cell treatment to cure those...

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<![CDATA[CDC's Warning for Women About Alcohol Sparks Backlash]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:17:26 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/beer+drinking+generic.jpg
A warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meant to caution women about the risks of drinking and pregnancy has set off a firestorm of outrage, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Raiders' Stabler Suffered From CTE: Researchers]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:25:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/AP_665621873476.jpg
Nearly seven months after Oakland Raiders’ great Ken Stabler died of colon cancer, Boston researchers have determined he was also suffering from CTE, a degenerative brain disease.

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<![CDATA[Experts Left With More Questions About Zika ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:00:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZikaLab-GettyImages-506977656.jpg
For decades, the Zika virus has seemed harmless. But with more birth defects in Brazil and the possibility of transmission through sexual contact, health experts are now trying to answer more questions about the...

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<![CDATA['I Could Feel Him There': Mom Listens to Son's Donated Heart Beat ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 05:50:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/221*120/Screen-Shot-2016-02-03-at-8.48.46-AM.jpg
Three years after her 7-month-old son Lukas tragically died, Heather Clark was able to hear his donated heart beat once again inside a little girl. Holding a stethoscope to 4-year-old Jordan Drake's chest, the...

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<![CDATA[Need to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:27:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The spread of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in a birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven, and have labeled...

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:23:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/AP_88799403079.jpg
The spreading of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in a birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven, and have labeled...

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<![CDATA[Prozac for Down Syndrome Babies]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:51:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Prozac-GettyImages-169371347.jpg
A University of Texas Southwestern study will see if giving unborn babies with Down syndrome Prozac in the womb will help improve brain functioning. Dr. Carol Tamminga, who is leading the study at UTSW,...

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Vector Control Agencies Working to Prevent Zika Outbreak]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:32:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0128-2016-ZikaMosquito.jpg
Bay Area mosquito abatement efforts are on alert and working to prevent an outbreak of the Zika virus from happening in the region.

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Has Zika: NYC]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 02:01:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_256601441416.jpg
A pregnant woman was diagnosed with Zika virus after visiting a country stricken with the mosquito-borne illness that may cause birth defects, New York City health officials say.

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<![CDATA['Silent Killer': Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:23:14 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/012516_A_coproblems1JH_70.jpg
At least six people died from carbon monoxide poisoning since a massive snowstorm swept through the East Coast last week. The deaths included 23-year-old Sasha Bonilla, a New Jersey mother, and her 1-year...

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<![CDATA[Brazil Revises Birth Defect Count in Zika Investigation]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:01:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/zika+virus1.jpg
Brazil’s Health Ministry reported fewer confirmed cases of a rare brain defect that may be tied to the Zika virus, NBC News reported. In new figures released Wednesday, only 270 of 4,180 suspected cases...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Virus Spreads to 20 Latin American Countries]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:49:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZikaBrazil-AP_324390883298.jpg
The Zika virus has now spread to 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, NBC News reported. The virus is now spreading locally in Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana...

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<![CDATA[Senators Ask WH to 'Spearhead' Study of Crumb Rubber Turf]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:55:25 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Crumb_Rubber_Turf.jpg
Two senators have asked President Barack Obama to launch a "comprehensive" study into the potential health risks posed by "crumb rubber" turf, a surface made of recycled tires used on playgrounds and athletic...

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<![CDATA[HPV Raises Risk of Head & Neck Cancers: Study]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:17:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HPVVaccine-AP_701393247962.jpg
The human papillomavirus (HPV) increases the chances of head and neck cancer by at least seven times, according to a new study, NBC News reported. The study, conducted by researchers at Albert Einstein College...

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Woman Tested for Zika Virus]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:08:38 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/Zika2.jpg
A Bay Area woman is being tested for what is known as the Zika virus.

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<![CDATA[2 Positive Zika Tests in Ill.]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:43:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Zika-Mosquitoes-AP_100665838820.jpg
Two pregnant Illinois residents have tested positive for the Zika virus, prompting a warning from the Illinois Department of Public Health for anyone traveling abroad. The two women recently traveled to...

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<![CDATA['Marathon Goddess' Runs for Cancer Awareness]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:38:24 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/198*120/marathon+goddess.JPG
A Southern California woman known as the "Marathon Goddess" is on a mission to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer the only way she knows how: by running. Julie Weiss has run 99 marathons in her life...

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<![CDATA[Patient Forges Friendship by Posting Adele Lyrics at Hospital]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:02:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AdelePhoto.jpg
Cystic fibrosis patient posts "Hello" lyrics in hospital window, starting a friendship with workers across the street.]]>
<![CDATA[1 Brain-Dead, 5 Hospitalized in France Clinical Trial]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:52:25 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_118589362326.jpg
A clinical trial in France left one volunteer brain-dead and five others hospitalized, French officials said Friday, NBC News reported. All volunteers participating in the trial at the privately-licensed...

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<![CDATA[Officials Consider Travel Warning as Zika Virus Spreads]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:43:26 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZikaVirus-AP_454991380590.jpg
U.S. health officials are considering a travel warning about a virus spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean that experts say could cause a catastrophic birth defect, NBC News reported. "We are in the...

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<![CDATA[Time Right for Obama's Ambitious Cancer 'Moonshot': Experts]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:02:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JoeBidenCancer-AP_865714559233.jpg
Cancer experts are applauding President Barack Obama’s ambitious “moonshot” to cure the disease, saying it’s a good time to do it. Obama announced the initiative Tuesday night during his State of the Union...

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