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Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 07:26 PM EDT

State Lab to Test Va. Mosquitoes for Zika Virus

State Lab to Test Va. Mosquitoes for Zika Virus

Virginia’s State Laboratory will test mosquitoes for Zika virus at targeted areas across Virginia to prevent outbreaks, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced.

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 05:13 PM EDT

K2, Drug Linked to Mass NYC Overdose, Explained

K2, Drug Linked to Mass NYC Overdose, Explained

Despite dire warnings about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, popularly known by names such as K2, Spice, Black Mamba and Kronic, they continue to grow in popularity, NBC News reports.

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 04:18 PM EDT

CDC's Tom Frieden Testifies at Zika Hearing

CDC's Tom Frieden Testifies at Zika Hearing

The upcoming Olympic games are not likely to have a major impact on the spread of Zika virus, although four developing countries could face a substantially higher risk, according to a new government...

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 12:50 PM EDT

Could Gluten Affect Your Emotional Health?

Could Gluten Affect Your Emotional Health?

NBC4's Eun Yang talks to Dr. Joshua Weiner about the impacts of gluten on mental health.

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 at 06:55 PM EDT

Self-Prescribed Antibiotics Could Be Dangerous, Doctors Warn

Self-Prescribed Antibiotics Could Be Dangerous, Doctors Warn

Self-prescribed antibiotics for viruses, such as the common cold, can come with side effects that may do more harm to your body than good. Doreen Gentzler reports.

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 at 01:34 PM EDT

Medical Mistakes Cause Up to 250K Deaths Per Year

Medical Mistakes Cause Up to 250K Deaths Per Year

A recent study found medical errors cause up to 250,000 deaths each year in this country. Doreen Gentzler reports.

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 at 11:51 AM EDT

Placentae Can Bring New Life to Vision Treatments

Placentae Can Bring New Life to Vision Treatments

“Think of it like a born again eye,” Dr. Chike Mordi from Vision Source in Houston, Texas says of a new treatment's ability to help regenerate eye tissue. With a placenta that meets stringent donor screening and...

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM EDT

Improving Lesbian Health With Focus on Wellness

Improving Lesbian Health With Focus on Wellness

Lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of obesity, smoking and stress when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, but one University of Missouri researcher is working to change that.

Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 04:17 PM EDT

Health Experts Give Up on Zika Funding From Congress

Health Experts Give Up on Zika Funding From Congress

Congress started its final week of the summer Monday but there was still no agreement on a legislation that would get the U.S. ready for a fight against the Zika virus, NBC News reported.

Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 02:04 PM EDT

How to Keep Food Safe When Planning Your Picnic

How to Keep Food Safe When Planning Your Picnic

One in six Americans contract a food-borne illness each year, the CDC says. NBC4's Barbara Harrison spoke with registered dietitian Joy DuBost about tips for keeping food safe to eat when grilling and packing...