<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Health News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 31 May 2016 10:18:45 -0400Tue, 31 May 2016 10:18:45 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Inside the Lab That Found the Latest Superbug]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:08:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
The news startled doctors across the country last week. A small team at the Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) lab in Maryland that specializes in testing germs for...

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<![CDATA[Possible Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Rat Study]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 20:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-498338511.jpg
A partial report from a U.S. government study on on rats and mice has found a possible link between cellphones and cancer, giving new life to the longstanding debate over whether cellphone use might lead...

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<![CDATA[6 BBQ Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:25:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/BBQ-Template-6.jpg
BBQ and picnic season is just beginning. Here are a few tips to make sure you kick off the season with a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Found in US for 1st Time]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:32:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
A drug resistant “superbug” feared by doctors has shown up in the U.S. for the first time, researchers reported Thursday.The germ, E. coli bacteria with the mcr-1 gene mutation, was found in a Pennsylvania...

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<![CDATA[Fake Perfume Bust Finds Ingredients Linked to Cancer, Organ Damage]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 09:54:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/perfume-arrests-0525.jpg
Federal agents seized cases of fake perfume – some of which contained ingredients linked to cancer and organ damage – and made five arrests in a counterfeiting bust Wednesday morning, authorities said.Homeland...

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<![CDATA[Candy-Like Edible Marijuana Is Sending Kids to ERs]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 14:26:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/149252006-edible-marijuana.jpg
In Oregon, an 8-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after finding a marijuana cookie at a park. In Michigan, two children were sent to the ER after getting into a man's stash of gummy candy containing...

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<![CDATA[Family Health Care Costs Have Tripled Since '01: Analysis]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 16:44:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/HEALTH_GettyImages-544488581.jpg
The costs of providing health care to an average American family surpassed $25,000 for the first time in 2016 — even as the rate of health cost increases slowed to a record low, a new analysis revealed...

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<![CDATA['Natural' Mosquito Repellents Don't Last: Consumer Reports]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 10:48:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Most so-called natural mosquito repellents containing naturally derived oils smell nice but don't keep mosquitos off as long as those containing synthetic chemicals, Consumer Reports found.Consumer Reports...

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<![CDATA[No Harm From 'Cry It Out' Baby Sleep Method: Study]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 09:00:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg
A new study suggests that infants left to CIO — "cry it out" or cry themselves to sleep will not suffer any emotional, behavioral or parental attachment problems, Today.com reported.

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<![CDATA[New Prosthetic Arm Offers Life-Like Touch]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 19:12:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_prostheticarm0523_1920x1080.jpg
A unique, thought-controlled prosthetic arm developed in part by the Hanger Clinic in Gig Harbor, Washington, uses the the body's nerve signals to control movement.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitbit Heart Rate Trackers 'Highly Inaccurate': Study]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/579056257-fitbit-charge-hr.jpg
A class action lawsuit against Fitbit may be bolstered by the release of a new study claiming the company's popular heart rate trackers are "highly inaccurate," CNBC reports.Researchers at the California State...

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<![CDATA[Half of US Cancer Deaths Due to Bad Habits: Study ]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 19:23:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SmokingCigarettes-AP_16117589693563.jpg
Researchers say people are in charge of their own risk of cancer — with as many as half of cancer deaths related to things people could easily change, NBC News reported.Smoking, heavy drinking, being...

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<![CDATA[Yellow Fever in Africa Not a Public Emergency: WHO]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 17:31:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/YellowFeverMosquitoes-AP_96386058689.jpg
The World Health Organization said the current yellow fever outbreak in central African requires urgent action, but doesn’t amount to a public health emergency, NBC News reports.The organization’s advisory...

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<![CDATA[Health Experts to Test HIV Vaccine in South Africa]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 20:43:32 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ThaiHIVVaccineTest-AP_09092502984.jpg
Scientists will be testing an HIV vaccine in South Africa that has had some success, NBC News reported.The risk of infection dropped for 31 percent of volunteers tested in Thailand in 2009 when they were given...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Drug Keeps Some Patients Alive for 3 Years]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 19:37:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/JimmyCarter-AP_473126061319.jpg
A drug that helped former President Jimmy Carter’s cancer disappear is helping many other patients with similar conditions, NBC News reports.The drug, Keytruda, stops tumor cells from cloaking themselves...

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<![CDATA[Cosmetics Can't Claim They Lighten, Plump Up Skin, FDA Says]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 17:50:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-464778768.jpg
Reviva Labs, a popular brand of cosmetics, must either prove its products plump skin, regenerate collagen and lighten age spots, or stop claiming they do, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.The...

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<![CDATA[Many Sunscreens Don’t Meet SPF Claims: Consumer Reports]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 08:32:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200535755-001.jpg
Consumer Reports tested 65 water-resistant sunscreens with SPF numbers of 30 or higher and found that nearly half did not meet their SPF claims. Nearly three-quarters of "natural" sunscreens also fell...

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<![CDATA[Heart Attacks Are 'Silent' in Nearly Half of Cases: Study]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 19:33:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/medical-GettyImages-57229731.jpg
A new study released Monday found that 45 percent of heart attacks in the United States are "silent" — people don't realize they're having them, NBC News reports.But even though these heart attacks do...

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<![CDATA[ Pfizer Blocks Use of Its Drugs for Executions]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 20:19:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/PfizerLogo-GettyImages-524975736%281%29.jpg
The Pfizer drug company is taking steps to ensure its products do not wind up in cocktails being used to execute prisoners, NBC News reported. "Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of...

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<![CDATA[Living Long: Centenarians Share Their Secrets ]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 14:59:24 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_13060501691.jpg
When it comes to living long, people who've lived to be 100 years old get asked is "what's your secret?" But their keys to longevity seems to be as varied as their lives are long.Though genetics may be...

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<![CDATA[Senate Strikes Bipartisan Deal Worth $1.1 Billion to Fight Zika]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 20:56:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
The Senate struck a bipartisan compromise deal to give President Obama more than half the money he’s asked for to fight the Zika virus, NBC News reports. The deal was brokered by Missouri Sen.

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<![CDATA[ FDA to Redefine 'Healthy,' 'Natural' Foods]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 18:01:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FDALogo0GettyImages-549010409%281%29.jpg
The Food and Drug Association is redefining what “healthy” really means following years of pressure to make changes to the way it labels food products, NBC News reports. Congress is also urging the FDA...

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<![CDATA[Pregnant CrossFit Competitor Responds to Critics]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 15:50:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pregnant-woman-weight-lifter-today-160509-tease_c3701d86f14bf39ef4e4b38803d8cc84.today-inline-large.jpg
A North Carolina personal trainer has come under fire on social media for exercising six days a week while pregnant and completing strenuous workouts even past her due date.Emily Breeze, a two-time CrossFit...

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<![CDATA[Walnuts Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 13:20:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-121816140.jpg
United Natural Trading LLC is recalling several walnut and walnut-containing products sold under the Nature’s Promise, Woodstock, Market Basket and Woodfield Farms brands due to a possible listeria...

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<![CDATA[Swaddling May Increase SIDS Risk: Study]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 11:11:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg
Swaddling may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, if babies are placed on their stomachs or when they sleep on their sides, according to a new study.Researchers reviewed data from four...

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<![CDATA[CRF Frozen Food Recall Affects More Products]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 10:56:52 -0400 said it has destroyed those products it has, and anyone who purchased any may return them for a refund.]]> said it has destroyed those products it has, and anyone who purchased any may return them for a refund.]]> http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/frozen-food-recall-ajinomoto.jpg
More products are being taken from the shelves as part of the expanding CRF frozen food recall over possible listeria contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.Among the latest round...

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<![CDATA[Researchers Say 'Second Skin' Tightens Baggy Eyes]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 14:07:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/160509-second-skin-eyes-mdl_b07089e163e3774cad54b204caf36f04.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
Dry legs? Saggy eyes? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have developed a two-step formula that tightens baggy eyes and can keep dry legs from flaking.

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<![CDATA[Conversation on Child Mental Health]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 17:33:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/20150505+ReidEwing.jpg
Caring for children's mental health takes a team approach: Family members, health care professionals and educators.When that happens, a young person's life can blossom.That's the goal behind National...

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<![CDATA[New Robot Surgeon Works on Its Own]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 21:50:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/160504-robot-surgery-mn-1506_64766b4b95b687114fdd1811d9967469.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
A new type of robot can perform tricky surgery as well as — and in some cases better than — human surgeons, NBC News reported. Researchers with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington said the...

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<![CDATA[Infected Mosquitoes Can't Transmit Zika Virus: Study]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 20:22:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Zika-GettyImages-506977656%281%29.jpg
Infecting mosquitoes with a strain of bacteria reduced their ability to transmit the Zika virus, according to Brazilian researchers, NBC News reported.Mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria have been...

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<![CDATA[Medical Errors No. 3 Cause of Death in US: Experts]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 18:16:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SurgicalInstruments-GettyImages-511163598.jpg
Two medical experts said Wednesday that medical mistakes — from surgical disasters to accidental drug overdoses — are the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., NBC News reported.Dr.

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<![CDATA[US Not Ready for Zika Virus: Experts ]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 22:56:40 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_71939457309-zika.png
Zika virus is going to start spreading in the United States and the country's not ready for it, experts said Tuesday.It probably won't spread much — most areas in the U.S. don't have the right conditions...

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