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Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 01:58 PM EST

Rise in Premiums Lays Bare 2 Americas on Health Care

Rise in Premiums Lays Bare 2 Americas on Health Care

Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage "Obamacare" offers provides protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his...

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 01:28 PM EST

NIH Testing Mosquito Saliva Vaccine as Way to Fight Illness

NIH Testing Mosquito Saliva Vaccine as Way to Fight Illness

Wanted: 60 people willing to be bitten by mosquitoes to test a new kind of vaccine — one that acts against the bugs' saliva. Rather than separate vaccines against Zika or other mosquito-borne diseases, the new...

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 10:31 AM EST

Face Transplant Links Men Touched by Tragedy

Face Transplant Links Men Touched by Tragedy

The first face transplant performed at Mayo Clinic is providing a man from Wyoming a second chance at a normal life after he was disfigured by a gunshot in a suicide attempt a decade ago. He now has the face of...

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 09:01 AM EST

Food Fears: Should You Be Gluten Free?

Food Fears: Should You Be Gluten Free?

Gluten free diets -- hype or healthy? The number of Americans who were gluten free tripled from 2009 to 2014. But does being gluten free help in the long run? News4's Doreen Gentzler has more. 

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 07:32 PM EST

Teen Suicide Attempts Fell as Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal

Teen Suicide Attempts Fell as Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal

Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal, and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found.

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 03:52 PM EST

Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals: AP

Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals: AP

Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since...

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 06:56 AM EST

Food Fears: Dealing With Your Child's Peanut Allergy

Food Fears: Dealing With Your Child's Peanut Allergy

News4's Doreen Gentzler shares some major changes to the treatment for peanut allergies. 

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 08:31 PM EST

Botched Zika Tests Worry Couple Who Moved From Miami

Botched Zika Tests Worry Couple Who Moved From Miami

An expectant couple that moved from Miami to Washington to avoid the Zika virus when she got pregnant is worrying about the results of their retests after D.C. officials announced hundreds of tests performed...

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 07:54 PM EST

High School Students Address Depression by Singing About It

High School Students Address Depression by Singing About It

A group of teenagers sings about depression and mental illness at schools througout Loudoun County, Virginia, to spread hope, save lives and honor one life lost too soon. Aimee Cho reports.

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:12 AM EST

Va. Governor: Cut Jamestown Celebration, Fund Mental Health

Va. Governor: Cut Jamestown Celebration, Fund Mental Health

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking Republican lawmakers to cut spending on the 400th anniversary of the founding of the oldest legislative body in the country and redirect the money to mental health care...