Posted 10:47 AM 11/7/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
A rare tree growing at a zoo in Texas may help fight cancer.
The Campotheca Tree is native to China, but is at the San Antonio Zoo. The tree is very rare to the United States and is difficult to grow.
A researcher from Texas A&M University was collecting seeds from the tree Wednesday. The seeds contain a specific type of anti-cancer drug called Camptothecin. The drug works as a second line of treatment in some Gynecological cancers.
Posted 2:31 PM 11/5/2013 by Keli Moore, KSBY NewsWith Veterans Day approaching, a San Luis Obispo woman has a gift for the men and women who have served our country. Audrey Fleming has created "healing gowns" for those who are undergoing medical treatments. "I went through radiation myself and when you go through it you have a gown and a cubby and (More)
Posted 12:24 PM 11/4/2013 by Keli Moore, KSBY News
For some families, the cost of prescription medication to treat chronic illnesses has become a burden. That's where Alliance for Pharmaceutical Access, or APA, can help.
The group can get someone a prescription medication like Advair, which would cost more than $200 for someone with no (More)
Posted 3:50 AM 10/28/2013 by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
A new study reveals only 11% of children that have been treated for biking injuries in Los Angeles County were actually wearing helmets when they were injured.
That happened despite a California State Mandate that requires bike helmets for all kids under 18.
Researchers say minority children over the age of 12 who come from low income families are the least likely to wear a bike helmet.
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Posted 3:45 AM 10/28/2013 by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
The number of children admitted to the hospital for gun-related injuries increased by 45% between 1997 and 2009.
A new study tracked gunshot violence trends.
Researchers say the death rate for kids who were injured by guns also increased by 37%.
Gun-related injuries and deaths increased the most in states that have a high percentage of household firearms.
Handguns were involved in the majority of the accidents.
Posted 3:41 AM 10/28/2013 by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News
New research finds student athletes who get a concussion might need some extra break time before they head back to class.
The American Academy of Pediatrics conducted a study and found after children get a concussion, they sometimes have problems learning new material and remembering what (More)
Posted 11:11 AM 10/25/2013 by Michael Handler; KSBY News
Exercising during pregnancy can help improve the vascular health of children.
Researchers conducted experiments on pregnant swine, because they have human like responses to exercise. They found the physical activity levels of expectant mothers significantly impacted how well blood flowed through the veins of their offspring.
The current recommendations for pregnant women are 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day.
Posted 3:14 PM 10/24/2013 by Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is recommending new restrictions on prescription medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S. In a major policy shift, the agency said in an online (More)
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Posted 3:46 PM 10/23/2013 by Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) - A long-awaited study shows that a high-dose flu vaccine for seniors works better than the standard shot. Standard flu vaccines are only about 30 to 40 percent effective in people 65 and older, who tend to have weaker immune systems. The new study suggests Sanofi's (More)
Posted 3:25 PM 10/23/2013 by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News
People over the age of 50 can receive health information, services and free flu shots at the 9th annual 50+ Expo in Arroyo Grande on Thursday, October 24.
It takes place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the South County Regional Center at 800 West Branch Street.
Flu shots will be (More)