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HealthWatch: Study Links Concussions To Permanent Brain Damage

In the biggest study of its kind, researchers at Boston University analyzed the brains of deceased athletes and veterans (all of who had history of repeated head trauma), and found more than 80 percent had signs of CTE, or Traumatic Brain Encephalopathy.

12/03/2012

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HealthWatch: Health Questions Raised About Green Coffee Bean Extract

Internet and television advertisements are touting Green Coffee Bean Extract as a weight loss aid, but some medical professionals aren’t sure we know enough yet about the diet supplements. A few months ago, Roberta Lew went on Face book, and saw an ad about a miraculous fat-buster called Green Coffee Bean Extract.

11/13/2012

Runners on a trail from the Marin Headlands (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

HealthWatch: Are You Running Toward Injury?

One of the most popular activities in the Bay Area is running. But are we running wrong? In other words, are we running in such a way that our technique puts our bodies at higher risk for injury?

11/13/2012

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HeathWatch: Practice Gratitude To Help Keep You Healthy

BERKELEY (CBS SF) – Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley are documenting how giving thanks or feeling thankful is good for your health. UC Berkeley researcher Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, who is leading a project […]

11/02/2012

A patient is checked for oral cancer. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/GettyImages)

HealthWatch: Stanford Offering Free Oral Cancer Screening

The death of a vivacious Bay Area woman provides a powerful example of the need for early cancer screenings and prevention.

10/18/2012

Students exercise at the Wellspring Academy, a special school that helps teens and college level students lose weight along with academic courses.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

HealthWatch: High Levels Of BPA Linked To Child Obesity

New research reports a link between the bisphenol A (BPA) chemical used in many types of food packaging and childhood obesity. The study found the link existed regardless of how many calories kids were taking in through their diets.

09/18/2012

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HealthWatch: Study Raises Effectiveness Concerns For Whooping Cough Vaccine

As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main reason: The safer vaccine that has been in use since the 1990s loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought.

09/12/2012

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Bay Area Private Schools Rank High In Vaccination Opt-Out Rates

Bay Area public health leaders are reacting to news that parents of private school children in California are more likely to opt out of vaccinations than parents of kids in public schools.

09/10/2012

Patrick Willis #52, NaVorro Bowman #53 and Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers tackle Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions during the second quarter of the NFL game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The 49ers defeated the Lions 25-19. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Study Finds Elevated Brain Disease Risk For NFL Veterans; League Donates $30M For Research

A study of former NFL players finds they were unusually prone to dying from degenerative brain disease, the latest indication that repeated blows to the head may cause serious trouble later on.

09/05/2012

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HealthWatch: Pink Chemical In Salmon, Flamingos May Be Powerful Supplement

The next super supplement promises to reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and improve arthritis, as well as boost heart health and fertility.

08/02/2012

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