News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 http://kobi5.com Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:21:32 -0800 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Laughing gas could treat depression? http://kobi5.com/news/health-news/item/laughing-gas-cures-depression.html http://kobi5.com/news/health-news/item/laughing-gas-cures-depression.html Laughing gas could treat depression?

The same laughing gas you get in the dentist's chair could help treat severe depression.

Researchers found the mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen eased symptoms in 20 people whose depression did not respond to standard medications.

14 patients saw mild or significant improvement and three said they felt no depression symptoms just 24-hours after inhaling the gas.

Experts note that nitrous oxide is not a long term solution, but could help bridge the gap until other medications take full effect.

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:54:05 -0800
Raw milk consumption increases, more people sick http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/raw-milk-consumption-increases-more-people-sick.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/raw-milk-consumption-increases-more-people-sick.html Raw milk consumption increases, more people sick

Raw milk consumption appears to be on the rise as are the number of people getting sick from it.

According to the CDC, the average number of outbreaks caused by contaminated- unpasteurized milk quadrupled from 3 per year during 1993 to 2006 to roughly 13 between 2007-2012.

The outbreaks during that time sickened about a 1,000 people and hospitalized 73. The CDC reports the vast majority of sicknesses occurred in states that legally sell raw milk, in Oregon, raw milk can only be sold from the farm directly to consumers.

Health officials do not recommend drinking raw milk; possible E.coli contamination can hit children and the elderly especially hard.

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Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:58:51 -0800
Doctors urge public to get flu shots despite effectiveness http://kobi5.com/news/health-news/item/doctors-urge-public-to-get-flu-shots-despite-effectiveness.html http://kobi5.com/news/health-news/item/doctors-urge-public-to-get-flu-shots-despite-effectiveness.html Doctors urge public to get flu shots despite effectiveness

Medford, Ore. -- The Centers for Disease control issued a statement Thursday saying the current influenza virus has mutated, making this year's vaccination less effective than in most years.

"The most common strain we're seeing right now all over the country is the H3N2 virus. Only about half of those viruses are like the vaccine. About half of those viruses look different than the vaccine right now," said Dr. Joe Bresee,of the CDC.

This is not the first time the flu virus has mutated. In fact, it happens so often companies are forced to create a different vaccine every year.

"We decide what's going to be in this flu vaccine for this season in the U.S. way back in February. It takes about 6 months for the vaccine to be made," explained Bresee

While it may be too late to make a new vaccine for this year, NBC5 medical expert Dr. Robin Miller says just because of the virus has changed, doesn't mean you should skip the vaccine altogether.

"The vaccine isn't good for half of the strains they've seen, however it is good for the other half, so absolutely people should still get flu vaccine," Miller said.

Regardless of whether or not received the flu shot, Dr. Miller says there are extra precautions you should take to stay healthy such as washing your hands, keeping your hands away from your face, eat healthy, and exercise. She says all those thing will boost your immune system.

If you start to see symptoms of the flu, Dr. Miller says don't wait, call your doctor immediately to be treated with anti-virals to help reverse the effects of the virus.

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:29:45 -0800
Health experts skeptical about new GMO potato crop http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/health-experts-skeptical-about-new-gmo-potato-crop.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/health-experts-skeptical-about-new-gmo-potato-crop.html Health experts skeptical about new GMO potato crop

Boise, Ida. -- A new genetically modified potato could be changing the way the public sees french fries. 

The US Department of Agriculture approved the bruise resistant potato on Friday.

They say it's genetically engineered to reduce amounts of an ingredient that's released when potatoes are fried, that that could potentially cause cancer.      

But NBC5 medical expert Dr. Robin Miller is skeptical.

"Whenever you mess with mother nature weird things can happen. The potatoes haven't been tested we don't know. These could be potentially more dangerous," Dr. Miller said.

The high-tech spuds were developed by J.R. Simplot Company. 

They were the initial suppliers of frozen french fries to McDonald's in the 1960's and still are a major supplier.

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Sun, 09 Nov 2014 22:48:34 -0800
Ebola: new guidelines http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/ebola-new-guidelines.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/ebola-new-guidelines.html Ebola: new guidelines

(NBC News)  The Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidelines for health care workers treating Ebola patients.

According to the new rules health care workers must be repeatedly trained on how to use personal protective equipment.  The equipment should leave no skin exposed, and a trained observer or site manager must monitor employees using the protective gear.

The new guidelines were issued after a "breach in protocol" was blamed for the infection of nurses Amber Vinson and Nina Pham, both of whom treated Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1CQBstV

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:43:21 -0700
Michigan girl dies from Enterovirus D-68 http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/michigan-boy-dies-from-enterovirus-d68.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/michigan-boy-dies-from-enterovirus-d68.html Michigan girl dies from Enterovirus D-68

(NBC News) Michigan toddler Madeline Reid died Friday in her parents' arms. 

Doctors say she'd been battling Enterovirus D-68 when her heart failed. 

Lab tests will have to confirm the Enterovirus was directly responsible for the death of Madeline, 4-year-old Eli Waller of New Jersey, and 4 others.

Nearly 700 people, mostly kids, have been infected with Enterovirus D-68 in 46 states. 

It's likely that many more are sick, but with minor coughing and sneezing that looks like the common cold. 

Good hand washing is key to keeping kids healthy, and doctors recommend keeping them home from school when they're sick.

Doctors believe the number of Enterovirus cases may be starting to wane just in time for flu season.

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:41:28 -0700
Ebola - "We Will Stop It Here" http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/ebola-we-will-stop-it-here.html http://kobi5.com/news/national-world-news/item/ebola-we-will-stop-it-here.html Ebola -

Dallas, Texas -- (NBC News)  The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States.

The patient began showing symptoms after arriving from Liberia on September 20th and is currently being treated in an isolation ward in Dallas, Texas.

Individuals that came into contact with the patient when he was infectious are currently being identified and will be tested for the virus and monitored for 21 days.

"There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said when discussing the case Tuesday evening.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1rJu0iB

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:50:01 -0700
What's the best birth control for teens? Hint: it's not the pill http://kobi5.com/news/health-news/item/what-s-the-best-birth-control-for-teens-hint-it-s-not-the-pill.html http://kobi5.com/news/health-news/item/what-s-the-best-birth-control-for-teens-hint-it-s-not-the-pill.html What's the best birth control for teens? Hint: it's not the pill

(NBC News) The best birth control to offer teenage girls is an implantable rod, followed by an IUD, pediatricians say in new guidance. It may seem odd to think of a pediatrician prescribing birth control, but it makes perfect sense, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in new guidance. “Adolescents consider pediatricians and other health care providers a highly trusted source of sexual health information,” the new guidance reads. Pediatricians typically see their patients well into their teens and often into their early 20s, by which time most people have had sex at least once.

The academy assigned a team to check into the most effective and safe forms of contraception for teenagers. Of course, the best sex is no sex. “Abstinence is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and is an important part of contraceptive counseling,” the guidance says. But data also show that teenagers almost always ignore abstinence advice and their own promises. So pediatricians should recommend the following contraceptives in this order:

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1pBMpbE

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:54:18 -0700
Foster Farms recalls chicken breast strips http://kobi5.com/news/health-news/item/foster-farms-recalls-chicken-breast-strips.html http://kobi5.com/news/health-news/item/foster-farms-recalls-chicken-breast-strips.html Foster Farms recalls chicken breast strips

Livingston, Ca. -- Foster Farms is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of chicken. Frozen pre-cooked chicken breast grilled strips are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.

The product was produced on August 5th, and shipped from the company's Louisiana plant to Costco warehouse locations in Oregon, California, Texas, Utah, and Washington state.

The 3.5 pound bag bears the establishment number "P-33901" as well as a best by date of 08-05-15. Officials say they have received no reports of illnesses.

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Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:43:02 -0700
Criticizing weight study http://kobi5.com/news/health-news/item/c.html http://kobi5.com/news/health-news/item/c.html Criticizing weight study

People who are teased or criticized for their weight are likely to put on even more pounds.

A study of overweight adults found those who felt judged or discriminated against were six times more likely to become obese than those who didn't feel shamed for their weight.

In fact, those with a more positive self-image became slightly slimmer. Experts say criticism can drive overweight people to eat for comfort and fear of being ridiculed keeps them from hitting the gym, and it's not just the general public who tend to be negative toward obese people.

Studies have shown people feel judged and ignored by their own doctors.

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Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:49:16 -0700