Posted 12:09 PM 11/18/2013 by Katherine Worsham, KSBY NewsThe Santa Barbara County Public Health Department says two UC Santa Barbara students have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease and are receiving medical treatment. Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes bloodstream infections and meningitis. The Public Health Department says (More) • Video (1)
Posted 11:39 AM 11/18/2013 by Katherine Worsham, KSBY NewsSierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo announced on Monday that 96% of its employees and volunteers have been vaccinated for the 2013-14 flu season. That is above the national rate of 72% for flu vaccinations among health care workers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sierra Vista officials say staff who are unable to receive the flu shot will wear a surgical mask while in patient areas for the rest of the flu season. • Video (1)
Posted 11:25 AM 11/18/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
A new study shows that heart patients are more likely to take their medications when they get reminders through text messages.
Patients who got daily text reminders for a month had a 17 percent higher rate of taking the correct dosage. Researchers say this simple and inexpensive method could be an effective way to improve patients taking medication consistently.
Posted 11:01 AM 11/15/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
A small study found the Chromosome Caps called Telomeres grew longer in certain patients after Bariatric surgery.
The Telomeres normally shorten as we age. The growth was two to three percent.
The patients who were sickest from obesity-related illnesses seemed to benefit the most from the growth.
Patients who had high levels of "bad" cholesterol and inflammation were also more likely to have Telomere growth than those were lower levels.
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Posted 2:25 AM 11/15/2013 by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
New research reveals premature baby boys are at a higher risk of dying and having disabilities than premature baby girls.
Researchers say baby boys tend to have more birth complications. They're also more at risk of getting Jaundice and infections.
Studies found a baby boy born at (More)
Posted 2:23 AM 11/15/2013 by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
Some of the world's largest global health organizations are teaming up to reduce and prevent preterm births.
Preterm birth is the leading cause of deaths among newborns.
Over 30 experts worked together to create a plan called Solution Pathway. It outlines an agenda to improve research, prevention programs, and infant care.
Experts also hope to invent ways of improving the survival rates of preterm infants in low and middle income countries.
Posted 2:20 AM 11/15/2013 by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
According to the latest figures from the International Diabetes Federation, there are 382 million diabetics worldwide.
That's an increase of 10 million since just last year.
Experts say most of the people with diabetes have Type Two diabetes, which is linked to obesity and (More)
Posted 4:45 PM 11/13/2013 by Jeanette Trompeter
The Make-a-Wish Foundation is teaming up with Macy's again for a big holiday fund-raising campaign and a local cancer survivor is hoping to get involved by collecting holiday wishes for Santa.
Make-a-Wish grants dream wishes for children fighting terminal illnesses. 10-year-old Eliana (More)
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Posted 2:33 PM 11/8/2013 by Jeanette Trompeter
Should be great weather for a fun way to get fit in Santa Maria this weekend. Tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. it's the 12 Days of Fitness Walk.
Meet at the flagpole of Rotary Centennial Park at 2625 South College Drive, and walk the circuit course. Stop at the 12 Holiday workout stations and you earn a suprise from the city of Santa Maria Recration and Parks department. For more information, call (805) 925-0951 ext 347.
Posted 7:41 AM 11/8/2013 by Keli Moore, KSBY News
As in any home, there is no love without loss. Rokus and Sjany DeGroot knew loss too well. They dedicated their lives to taking care of sick children, but not how you may think.
"Normally I hold them and they're dying. You know and you just feel, they go," said Sjany DeGroot.