<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Health News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 01 May 2016 03:09:52 -0500Sun, 01 May 2016 03:09:52 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[A Look at How the Zika Virus Can Kill You]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:34:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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[New Study Finds Spanking Can Lead to Worse Behavior in Kids]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:30:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/crying+kid+use.jpg
A new study on spanking has found the more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents.]]>
<![CDATA[Superheroes Drop In At Local Hospitals]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:11:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000017569620_1200x675_675826243731.jpg
In honor of National Superhero Day, a group of true superheroes got out their masks and capes and made their way to hospitals across the country and in Chicago. NBC 5's Emily Florez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Approves First Commercial Zika Virus Test]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:38:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 16:55:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 17:07:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 18:45:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 17:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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[More Kids Harmed by Ingesting Laundry Pods: Study]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:30:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 04:41:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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[Irregular Periods May Raise Ovarian Cancer Risk: Study]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:59:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 09:59:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 18:26:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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[Officials: 'Powerful Drug' Linked to More Than 100 Deaths]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:47:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/heroin+needles+generic.jpg
Officials are warning Chicago-area residents as a “very powerful drug,” one that is 100 times more potent than morphine, is believed to be behind more than 100 deaths in the past seven months.]]>
<![CDATA[Theranos CEO 'Devastated' About Blood Test Issues]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:55:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 16:39:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 20:31:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 22:28:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 15:28:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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[Teens With Sleep Issues Take Dangerous Risks: CDC]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 20:26:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 13:55:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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[Baby Deadline Test Lets Women Beat Biological Clocks]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:54:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 16:20:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 18:17:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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[Seniors Dance Their Way to Better Health]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:08:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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 12:07:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.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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<![CDATA[New Rule Lowers Silica Dust Limit to Protect Workers]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:51:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Silica-AP_858473348021.jpg
Regulators announced a rule to increase workplace protections against exposure to crystalline silica, a carcinogenic dust found in construction, foundries and fracking, NBC News reported.Issued Thursday by the...

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<![CDATA[Elmo Teaches Latin American Kids About Zika]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:46:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ElmoRaya-GettyImages-456230810%281%29.jpg
Sesame Street has joined forces with the Pan American Health Organization to teach kids how to avoid contracting the Zika virus, NBC News reports.Two 30-second videos feature Elmo and Raya in Spanish, English...

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<![CDATA[Zika Has Been in Brazil Longer Than Anyone Thought: Study]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:05:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/507416952-getty-brazil-health-inspections.jpg
The Zika virus has probably been circulating quietly and undetected in Brazil since 2013, a new genetic study shows.A large international team of experts used a "genetic clock" to show Zika virus has...

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<![CDATA[Congress Breaks for Easter Without Funding Zika Fight]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:31:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Congress left Washington Wednesday afternoon without voting to appropriate any of the $1.9 billion the Obama administration has asked for to fight Zika, NBC News reported.Republicans say they don’t want...

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<![CDATA[3 US Hospitals Attacked by Ransomware]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:42:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hacker506944962.jpg
Three U.S. hospitals were hit this week by "ransomware" attacks that brought down their systems, according to NBC News. The servers for Chino Valley Medical Center and Desert Valley Hospital, both in...

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<![CDATA[3 Infected With Lassa Fever in Germany]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 19:14:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/LassaFever-GettyImages-485249679.jpg
Three people have been infected with Lassa fever after having come in contact with an American who died of the disease in Germany last month, NBC News reported."This is now the first documented outbreak...

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