<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Health News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:53:14 -0400 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:53:14 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 Dead, 31 Sick Amid 'Unusual' Legionnaires' Outbreak in NYC]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:41:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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 13:10:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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 11:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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[Rise in Autism May Be Due to Semantics: Study]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:51:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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 09:08:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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 07:56:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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 12:16:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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[Woman Gets Dying Wish By Marrying Longtime Love]]> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 02:12:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/07.10.15_Dream-Wedding-Orellana.jpg
Dying of stomach cancer, Sandra Orellana got her dying wish Friday, when she married her longtime boyfriend, the father of her two children.]]>
<![CDATA[Sugary Drinks May Kill 184,000 People Each Year: Study]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:11:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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[Man Wins $500K After Phone Records Doctors Mocking Him]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:30:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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 11:41:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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[Several Brands of Bottled Water Recalled]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.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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<![CDATA[U.S. Officials Preparing for MERS Outbreak Following S. Korea]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:04:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-476401196.jpg
A deadly outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Virus in South Korea is prompting health officials and experts to prepare for the possibility of more cases in the United States.]]>
<![CDATA[Students Fired Up about Their Fields]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:25:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/granbyschoolfields.jpg
Last spring, we looked into the issue of pesticide use on school fields in Connecticut and the delicate balance between the use of chemical products and the injury rusk associated with uneven playing surfaces.]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Dies After Wisdom Teeth Extraction]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:09:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/teeth2.jpg
A Minnesota teen who had her wisdom teeth extracted has died after complications from the procedure, KARE, NBC's affiliate in Minneapolis reported.

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<![CDATA[Trans Fat Linked to Worse Memory]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:50:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TLMD-grasas-trans-trans-fat-shutterstock_162622850.jpg
Men who have more dietary trans fat in their meals may have worse memory, according to a newly released study by the UC San Diego School of Medicine. The study looked at 1,018 men and women who completed...]]>
<![CDATA[Adverse Health Effects from Synthetic Marijuana on the Rise: CDC]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:45:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/061015_synthetic_marijuana.jpg
Adverse health effects as a result of increased synthetic marijuana use are on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. According to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly...

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<![CDATA[Study Shows Drop in Underage Drinking]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:54:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56909748.jpg
Rates among underage drinking are dropping steadily, a new study reveals. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also showed a decline in underage binge drinking.
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<![CDATA[Pill That Reverses Abortion Causes a Stir]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 19:39:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495798155_AbortionPillIlustration.jpg
An Arizona law forces doctors to notify patients of pill that can reverse the effects of the abortion pill RU46. Many are not happy with the law.]]>
<![CDATA[Some Hospitals Charge 10 Times Medicare Rates: Study]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:51:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/hospital+price+hikes1.jpg
Dozens of U.S. hospitals are hiking up healthcare costs more than 1,000 percent – over 10 times the costs allowed by Medicare – and for the same medical services, new findings indicate.

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<![CDATA[Docs Give Baby Thumb With Surgery]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 08:09:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/toddler+thumb+photo.jpg
A 1-year-old baby born without a thumb will soon be able to grab things with his right hand for the first time thanks to a procedure Long Island doctors say was no small feat. A tiny cast was taken off...

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<![CDATA[Ecstasy Used to Treat Patients]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 10:45:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ecstasy+pills.jpg
The Federal Drug Administration is allowing a team of Bay Area psychotherapists to experiment with ecstasy to treat patients. Dr. Phil Wolfson, who has offices in San Francisco and Marin County, is in charge of...

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