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Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 01:06 PM EST

Abortions in US at Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade: Survey

Abortions in US at Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade: Survey

Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974....

Monday, Jan 16, 2017 at 08:24 PM EST

Significant Increase in People With Flu-Like Symptoms Seeing Doctors

Significant Increase in People With Flu-Like Symptoms Seeing Doctors

The flu is widespread in Virginia and hitting D.C. and Maryland, too. Doreen Gentzler reports there's still time to get vaccinated.

Friday, Jan 13, 2017 at 02:06 PM EST

When Mental Illness and Violence Intersect

When Mental Illness and Violence Intersect

Last week, a man opened fire inside an airport in Fort Lauderdale killing five people. Esteban Santiago's motive remains a mystery. News4's Eun Yang looks at the connection between mental illness and similar...

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 08:05 PM EST

The Pros and Cons of Marijuana Use

The Pros and Cons of Marijuana Use

Marijuana use may help with chronic pain and nausea, but a new study says there are also negative consequences for young children and those at risk for certain mental illnesses. Experts from the National...

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 10:25 AM EST

Ziploc Freezer Bags Help Premature Babies Stay Warm: Study

Ziploc Freezer Bags Help Premature Babies Stay Warm: Study

Nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Health Fort Worth developed a program to keep fragile babies warmer. It has led to a decrease of very low birth weight babies being admitted to the NICU...

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 at 11:42 AM EST

CVS Puts Out Cheaper Generic Competitor to EpiPen

CVS Puts Out Cheaper Generic Competitor to EpiPen

CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its...

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 05:55 PM EST

Students Organize Mental Health Week at Md. High School

Students Organize Mental Health Week at Md. High School

Two students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School have organized a mental health week for their school aiming to raise awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 04:17 PM EST

Trump Asks Vaccination Skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lead Vaccination Safety Commission

Trump Asks Vaccination Skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lead Vaccination Safety Commission

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vocal vaccination skeptic, said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to "chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity" and that he has accepted....

Monday, Jan 9, 2017 at 10:34 PM EST

'An Angel Came Down': Woman Gives Kidney to Stranger

'An Angel Came Down': Woman Gives Kidney to Stranger

Sarah Miknis, a photographer for George Washington University's medical school, donated a kidney to Jose Reyes, who had stage 5 kidney disease. "An angel came down, and here we are," Reyes said. News4's Aimee...

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 08:46 AM EST

Holiday Twinkies, Palmer Candy Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns

Holiday Twinkies, Palmer Candy Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns

Hostess Brands and Palmer Candy Company have recalled holiday-themed sweets over concern the desserts may be contaminated with the harmful Salmonella bacteria. Hostess Brands recalled its Holiday White...