<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Health News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usMon, 02 May 2016 14:38:24 -0700Mon, 02 May 2016 14:38:24 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Biggest Loser' Study Shows How Your Body Fights Against Weight Loss]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 14:17:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DannyCahill-138373183.jpg
Your body doesn't want you to lose all that weight. A study that followed 14 of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" six years after the season ended has detailed just how the body...

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg': Experts]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 04:20:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The explosion of cases of birth defects caused by Zika virus may be the "tip of the iceberg," experts said Sunday.Many cases have probably been missed because babies looked normal when they were born, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[A Look at How the Zika Virus Can Kill You]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:34:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/virus+zika+puerto+rico.jpg
The Zika virus is not usually thought of as a life-threatening virus, but it did kill a man in Puerto Rico. The man, in his 70s, is the first reported U.S. death from the virus, which is spreading across...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First Commercial Zika Virus Test]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:38:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZikaBloodTest-GettyImages-508017592.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first commercial U.S. test Thursday to diagnose the Zika virus, NBC News reported.Quest Diagnostics will use the same method that government labs use to look...

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<![CDATA[Teen Birth Rates Drop Among Blacks, Hispanics: CDC]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:55:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TeenPregnancyGettyImages-459016410.jpg
Birth rates among black and Hispanic teenagers have fallen dramatically over the past decade, but they’re still more likely to have babies compared to their white peers, according to a new report, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Cheaper & Designer Sunglasses Give Full UV Protection]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:07:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sunglasses-GettyImages-106750577.jpg
Cheap sunglasses and expensive designer eyewear deliver the same amount of UV protection, according to an investigation conducted by the “Today” show.University of California, Berkeley, optometrist Dr.

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<![CDATA[Zika Was in Haiti Before Brazil: Study ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:45:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
A new study shows the Zika virus was circulating in Haiti in 2014, long before it became obvious that it was spreading in Brazil, NBC News reported. The team checked out three mysterious infections in...

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<![CDATA[US Health Care Costs All Over the Map: Study]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:23:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-health-1200-01.jpg
Health care prices vary in different parts of the U.S., according to a new study that digs into the pattern of costs around the country, NBC News reported.The report from the Health Care Cost Institute...

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<![CDATA[CDC Issues Warning in Bay Area for Deadly Counterfeit Pills]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:11:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0426-2015-Painkillers.jpg
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing a warning to Bay Area residents about dangerous counterfeit pills.

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<![CDATA[More Kids Harmed by Ingesting Laundry Pods: Study]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:30:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453144893.jpg
Despite warnings about the dangers laundry detergent pods pose to children, calls to poison control centers continue to rise, NBC's "Today" show reported, citing a new study published Monday.The study...

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<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Users Protest CBD-Only Laws ]]> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 02:41:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MedicalMarijuana-AP_613601499642.jpg
Many people who would benefit from the legalization of medical marijuana are beginning to rise up to protest the new laws, NBC News reports. They say “CBD-only” laws allow residents with specified conditions...

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<![CDATA[Second Zika Virus Case Confirmed in San Francisco]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:26:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/zika-GettyImages-507930304.jpg
San Francisco health officials said Friday that a San Francisco resident had tested dpositive for the Zika virus, bringing the total number of Zika cases in the city to two.

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<![CDATA[Students Work to Create Zika-Fighting Drones]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:14:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0421-2016-ZikaDrone.jpg
The mission at Cal State University East Bay: Create a drone to kill Zika-carrying mosquitos. By doing this, students hope to help protect the more than two billion people around world now considered "at risk."

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<![CDATA[Irregular Periods May Raise Ovarian Cancer Risk: Study]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:59:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Ovarian+Cancer1.jpg
Women who had irregular periods in their 20s were more likely to develop ovarian cancer decades later, according to a new study, NBC News reported.Researchers reported in the International Journal of...

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<![CDATA[Researchers Use 3D Printer to Make Heart]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:59:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_heartvalve0419_1920x1080.jpg
Researchers use a 3D printer to make an exact model of a patient's heart prior to a complicated surgery. KARE's Janel Klein reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors Hail 'Revolutionary' Stroke Treatment]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:26:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_strokes0419_1920x1080.jpg
A new study finds more than 90 percent of patients who are able to undergo stent retrieval within two and a half hours of an acute ischemic stroke have minimal to no lasting disability.]]>
<![CDATA[Theranos CEO 'Devastated' About Blood Test Issues]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:55:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_241410476392.jpg
Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of blood-testing company Theranos, said she was "devastated" after an inspection found "critical violations" at her California lab, raising questions about an accuracy of...

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Mutation May Explain Spread, Birth Defects: Study]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:39:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Researchers hope genetic mutations they found in the Zika virus may explain why it seems to be causing birth defects, according to NBC News. The current virus strain comes from one that circulated in Asia, the...

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<![CDATA[Parasites May Help Stomach & Bowel Diseases]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:31:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/160414-worm-story-mdl_c8f63d898d16fe763f375098bad69621.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
Researchers believe they’ve figured out that worm-like parasites may help stomach and bowel diseases, NBC News reports."Our findings are among the first to link parasites and bacteria to the origin of...

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<![CDATA[CDC Sees Same-Sex Zika Transmission]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:28:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509588626.jpg
A Dallas man who contracted Zika in Venezuela transferred it to a male sexual partner after returning home in January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday.The case was identified...

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<![CDATA[De Niro Defends Support for Anti-Vaccine Film]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:28:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Robert+De+Niro+on+Today+.png
Actor Robert De Niro defended Wednesday the controversial anti-vaccine documentary "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe" that he pulled from this year's Tribeca Film Festival.Speaking on NBC's "Today" show he...

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<![CDATA[Mother Says Health Services Fail to Help Mentally Ill Daughter]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:51:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0411-2016-JackyeCollinsMcCoy.jpg
A Bay Area mother searching for treatment for her mentally ill daughter says the system is failing.

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<![CDATA[Parents Try New App to Soothe Kids' 'Night Terrors']]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:16:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0407-2016-NightTerrorApp.jpg
Shrieking, thrashing and with no way to console them – it’s a parent’s nightmare. But for kids, it’s known as a "night terror."

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<![CDATA[Teens With Sleep Issues Take Dangerous Risks: CDC]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:26:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CDCLogo-AP_134942423520.jpg
High school students who get too little sleep — or too much — are also more likely to drive drunk or take other risks.That's the finding of a government survey of more than 50,000 high school...

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<![CDATA[Emerald Cashews Recalled Over Glass Shards]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:55:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Emerald_Recall.jpg
Snyder's-Lance, Inc, makers of Emerald brand nuts, is issuing a voluntary recall of a limited number of Emerald 100 Calorie Pack Roasted and Salted Cashew Halves & Pieces product, the U.S.

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<![CDATA[East Bay Crowds Come Out for Bone Marrow Drive to Save Teen Athlete ]]> Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:40:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0330-2016-DarrylAikens.jpg
A 17-year-old honor student and star athlete at an East Bay high school is hoping for a Hail Mary to save his life.

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<![CDATA[More Zika Virus Cases Confirmed in Bay Area]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 22:53:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-10_mosquito.jpg
Health officials on Friday confirmed cases of Zika virus in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

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<![CDATA[SF Ordinance Bans Chewing Tobacco at AT&T Park]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 19:01:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP749571128439.jpg
When the San Francisco Giants take the field at AT&T Park this season you will not see any players chewing tobacco.

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<![CDATA[Oakland Student in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant]]> Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:42:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0330-2016-DarrylAikens.jpg
A 17-year-old honor student and star athlete at an East Bay high school is hoping for a Hail Mary to save his life.

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<![CDATA[Examining Holes in the World's Anti-Doping System]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:08:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0330-2016-DrugTests.jpg
The five month countdown to the Rio Olympics has begun, and recent doping scandals have many concerned that athletes won't be competing clean. The international anti-doping system is built to flush out...

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<![CDATA[Baby Deadline Test Lets Women Beat Biological Clocks]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:54:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PregnancyTest-GettyImages-566438193%281%29.jpg
A test that has been a staple in fertility clinics is now being used to help women predict their fertility, NBC News reported.The test, now being called the “baby deadline test,” is a simple blood analysis...

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Causes Brain Damage to Fetus: Study]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:20:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
The Zika virus can cause brain damage to a fetus, despite normal ultrasound results early in pregnancy, according to a new study, NBC News reported.There were no telltale signs of birth defects when...

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<![CDATA[New Zika Guidelines for Couples Before Pregnancy]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:17:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PregnancyTest-GettyImages-566438193%281%29.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning couples who have been exposed to the Zika virus they may need to wait up to six months before trying to conceive, NBC News reported.According to...

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<![CDATA[Wildlife Protection Agencies Warn of 'Nurdle' Problem ]]> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 16:01:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/plastic-pieces-large.jpg
Wildlife protection agencies say thousands of tiny pellets – called “nurdles” – are washing up on Bay Area beaches, putting fish and birds in serious danger.

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<![CDATA[Seniors Dance Their Way to Better Health]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:08:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_dancebenefits0324_1920x1080__829070.jpg
A program finds that Latin dance classes can help improve physical fitness. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Links Caffeine With Pregnancy Loss]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:07:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/caffeineGettyImages-511709928.jpg
A new study shows that people who drank three or more cups a day of caffeinated drinks while trying for a pregnancy — sodas, energy drinks or coffee — were more likely to lose that pregnancy early on, Today.com...

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