<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:34:25 -0400 Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:34:25 -0400 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Whitewater Park Closes After Deadly Amoeba Kills Teen]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:01:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/USWhitewaterCenter-.jpg
Health officials found a brain-destroying amoeba in the water at a North Carolina water park, which suspended operations Friday, NBC News reported. Officials found evidence of the microbe, and shut down...

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:35:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DanielFranzese-GettyImages-533405824.jpg
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested. The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at...

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<![CDATA[FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine Doesn't Work: Experts]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:34:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FluMistSpray-AP_16174566973522.jpg
Experts area saying the needle-free FluMist influenza vaccine has not protected against flu for years and should not be used this coming flu season, NBC News reported. The decision could nerve pediatricians...

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 23:43:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20140430+ChangingMinds2.jpg
For the next year, NBC4 will shine a light on mental health and mental illness by providing education, information and hope.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Epidemic Has Doubled Abortion Requests: Study]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:31:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
The epidemic of Zika virus has caused a spike in requests for abortion help in countries that ban or restrict abortions, researchers said Wednesday. Several women whose fetuses have shown evidence of possible...

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<![CDATA[Why You Should Cut Back on Salt]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:49:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015176579_1200x675_711307331769.jpg
Research says one in three Americans has high blood pressure, and one of the main contributors to that is our sodium-heavy diet. While the recommended amount of sodium per day is 2,300 milligrams, the average...]]>
<![CDATA[Keep Your Food Safe When Grilling]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:48:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015176642_1200x675_711317059589.jpg
With Fourth of July coming up, many of us will be breaking out the grill. Kevin Schneider, safety officer with Giant foods, joins NBC4's Barbara Harrison to give you tips on how to make sure the food you're...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Protect Yourself From Bug Bites This Summer]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:56:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015164206_1200x675_710713411597.jpg
News4's Pat Lawson Muse talks with Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet about how you can protect yourself from bug bites and related diseases, including the Zika virus, this summer.]]>
<![CDATA[300 Charged in Nation's Largest Health Care Fraud Bust]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:20:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AG_AP_16137669714048.jpg
About 300 people in more than half the states have been charged in the largest crackdown to date on health care fraud, federal authorities announced Wednesday. According to the Departments of Justice...

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<![CDATA[Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Alternative Medicine]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:01:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-75357983.jpg
Americans spend a substantial part of out-of-pocket health care costs on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, even though there is little evidence some...

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<![CDATA[LGBT Groups Mobilize Mental-Health Help After Orlando Attack]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062016+orlando+dc+crowd.jpg
"Just because it stops streaming through your [Facebook] News Feed doesn’t mean you should be over it," one therapist said.

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<![CDATA[Study: Prozac Only Med to Significantly Improve Depression in Young People]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:34:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015161066_1200x675_710533699626.jpg
A study examining the effectiveness of 14 antidepressants in young people with depression found Prozac to be the only medication significantly better than the placebo treatment, or the control group.]]>
<![CDATA[Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico at Risk for Zika: CDC]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:24:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PuertoRicoZikaCDC-AP_16169572347522.jpg
The zika virus is spreading quickly in Puerto Rico, meaning hundreds of babies could be born with birth defects, NBC News reports. More than 1 percent of all Puerto Rico blood donations tested in early...

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<![CDATA[Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Drug Over Chemo ]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:28:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MerckKeytruda-AP_41869771122.jpg
Lung cancer patients who have never been treated will now get the same drug used to help former President Jimmy Carter, NBC News reported. Researchers said they wanted to give Keytruda to 305 lung cancer...

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<![CDATA[3 Babies Born in US With Birth Defects Caused by Zika: CDC]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:49:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg
Three babies with Zika-linked birth defects have been born in the U.S., the government reported Thursday in its first accounting of outcomes for pregnant women infected with the virus.

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<![CDATA[Service Dog Monitors Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetic Teenager]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:25:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/Diabetes+Service+Dog+Abel.jpg
A service dog is trained to monitor blood sugar levels in a diabetic teenager by sniffing blood through the teenager's pores. When the teenager has concerning blood sugar levels, the dog will grow anxious...

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<![CDATA[UN No Longer Deems Coffee Possible Carcinogen ]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:47:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/coffee-generic-edit.jpg
The World Health Organization's research arm has downgraded its classification of coffee as a possible carcinogen, declaring there isn't enough proof to show a link to cancer. But the International Agency...

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<![CDATA[See Which Snacks Kellogg's Is Recalling Due to Possible Peanut Residue]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:44:39 -0400
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<![CDATA[Overdoses, Accidental Deaths Rise Among Americans: Report]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:34:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg
Accidents are killing more Americans each year, increasingly from overdoses and falls. A new report from the National Safety Council said that in 2014, more than 136,000 Americans died accidentally.

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<![CDATA[Angie Goff Participates in Mental Health America Conference]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:02:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015029846_1200x675_703472195627.jpg
Mental Health America, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans and to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness, wrapped up its annual...]]>
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Researcher Infected With Zika in Lab Accident]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:18:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
The University of Pittsburgh says one of its researchers became infected with the Zika virus in a lab accident. The scientist accidentally stuck herself with a needle last month during a Zika experiment.

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<![CDATA[Teen Smoking Rate Drops, But More Kids Are Vaping]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:43:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TeenSmoking-GettyImages-549379089.jpg
Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes than ever before, NBC News reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that just 11 percent of high school students said they smoked in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Fewer High School Kids Have Sex: Survey]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:11:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TeensKidsSex-AP_16160788929316.jpg
A government survey of risky youth behaviors shows fewer teens are having sex, NBC News reported. The survey found 41 percent of high school kids said they had ever had sex — down from around 47 percent...

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<![CDATA[New Map Shows Where Zika Mosquitoes Live in US]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:42:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CDCMosquitoMap.jpg
A new map shows mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus can be found in 40 states and Washington, D.C., NBC News reported. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled the new map...

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<![CDATA[Dozens of Mentally Ill in Jail Due to Hospital Bed Shortage]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:06:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/207*120/JAIL+GENERIC+GFX.JPG
Maryland officials say dozens of mentally ill people charged with crimes are stuck in jail, because Maryland's health department doesn't have beds or staff to treat new patients.

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<![CDATA[FDA Still Taking Months to Recall Tainted Food: Investigators ]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:17:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FDA-AP_16160687331207.jpg
Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported...

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<![CDATA[Pancreas Transplant Can Cure Diabetes]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:33:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014999756_1200x675_701704771998.jpg
A pancreas transplant cured a man of Type 1 diabetes. Before the transplant, the man battled diabetes for 17 years, including suffering through a diabetic coma and heart surgery.]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Getting Your Kids Ready for Summer Camp]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 18:22:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014998709_1200x675_701657155752.jpg
With summer camps right around the corner, News4's Erika Gonzalez talks with Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about what you should do to prepare your kids for...]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Making Changes to Food Nutrition Labels]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:40:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-06-08_1340.jpg
The FDA is making changes to nutrition label requirements, including the size of calorie information, the serving size portion and the required nutrients. NBC4's Barbara Harrison discussed the new labels...]]>
<![CDATA[Nature Made Vitamins Recalled ]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:20:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nature+Made+Gummies+Recall.jpg
Pharmavite LLC announced Tuesday it is recalling some of its Nature Made adult gummy vitamins and folic acid tablets due to potential Salmonella or Staphylococcus aureus contamination. The Northridge...

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<![CDATA[Turkey's President Calls Women Who Work 'Half Persons']]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:25:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP924995293814.jpg
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said women who chose work over motherhood are "half persons," NBC News reported. "A woman who abstains from maternity by saying 'I am working' means that she is actually...

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<![CDATA[More Than 40 Percent of US Women Are Obese: CDC ]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:10:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-98473190.jpg
The nation's obesity epidemic continues to grow, led by an alarming increase among women. For the first time, more than 4 in 10 U.S. women are obese, according to new government health statistics.

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<![CDATA[Loudoun Co. Holding Town Hall on Teen Suicides]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 19:37:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Loudoun+County+Public+Schools.jpg
The rising number of teen suicides in Loudoun County prompts efforts to end the tragedy.

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<![CDATA[Miss. Woman Wins Court Fight for Her Placenta]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:59:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_placentafight0602_1920x1080.jpg
An expectant Mississippi mother, Jordan Thiering, was shocked to find out she couldn't easily keep her placenta after the birth. "If I can bring my baby home, I should have every right to bring my placenta...]]>
<![CDATA[Deciding to Stop Cancer Treatment Frees Some Families in Pain]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:46:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16155565075772-cancer.jpg
Two months before Joe Clark died of colon cancer at age 31, a doctor gently told him it was time to stop treatment. He had suffered through more than a year of chemotherapy that produced painful sores in...

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<![CDATA[Panera Sued Over Peanut Butter]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:34:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-472270482.jpg
The parents of a 6-year-old girl with peanut allergies from Natick, Massachusetts, have sued a restaurant because their daughter became extremely ill after eating a grilled cheese sandwich with peanut butter on...

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<![CDATA[New Drug Gives Bladder Cancer Patients Fresh Hope]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2016 19:08:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NYUCancerDrug-160603-dr-arjun-balar-mbe-459p-2.jpg
A newly approved drug is giving the boost needed to stall the spread of tumors in patients with advanced bladder cancer, NBC News reports. The drug, called atezolizumab, is sold under the name Tecentriq...]]>
<![CDATA[Stem Cell Experiment Stuns Doctors]]> Sun, 05 Jun 2016 09:01:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0603-2016-StemCell.jpg
In a recent medical study Stanford researchers say a new stem cell experiment is transforming the lives of stroke patients. The use of stem cells is allowing patients with little hope for recovery to suddenly...

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<![CDATA[Fentanyl: Drug That Killed Prince Killed Thousands of Others]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 21:20:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fentanyl-AP_717602029855.jpg
Fentanyl, the drug that killed Prince, is a powerful narcotic that has killed thousands of others, according to NBC News. According to a medical examiner’s report Thursday, the pop icon died from fentanyl...

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<![CDATA[Pizza Hut to Slice Out More Artificial Ingredients]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:05:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/186*120/GettyImages-143134303.jpg
Pizza Hut said it will remove more artificial ingredients from its pizza pies in the next year at its U.S. restaurants. The company already removed artificial flavors and colors from its pizzas last...

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Unclear Why US Deaths Rising]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:33:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-10189107.jpg
The overall death rate in the United States ticked up in 2015, according to new federal data, NBC News reported. Nearly 730 deaths were reported for every 100,000 people in 2015 compared to 723 deaths in 2014,...

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<![CDATA[Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 13:30:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014911996_1200x675_696780355907.jpg
What is a narcissist, and is it an appropriate label? Dr. Joshua Weiner stopped by News4 Midday to share more on the personality disorder.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Issues New Guidelines on Salt, Pressuring Food Industry]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:18:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-557995293.jpg
The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from...

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<![CDATA[Tigers Closer Rodriguez Says He Contracted Zika]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:12:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-536239078.jpg
Detroit Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez says he contracted the Zika virus over the off-season in his home country of Venezuela and advises potential Olympic athletes to educate themselves on the virus...

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<![CDATA[Zika-Linked Baby Born in NJ]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:09:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Baby60.jpg
A woman diagnosed with the Zika virus gave birth to a girl with microcephaly at a New Jersey hospital, the first apparent case of a baby being born in the Northeast with defects from the disease, Manny Alvarez...

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<![CDATA[Sisters Diagnosed Weeks Apart Fight Breast Cancer Together]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:52:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16151686561732.jpg
Two Utah sisters grew up in the same bedroom, went to the same college, worked for almost a decade at the same company and have visited over 50 countries side by side. Now every three weeks, they sit together in...

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<![CDATA[Inside the Lab That Found the Latest Superbug]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:08:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
The news startled doctors across the country last week. A small team at the Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) lab in Maryland that specializes in testing germs for...

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<![CDATA[Health Experts Urge WHO to Consider Moving Rio Olympics]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:02:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_434012548357.jpg
Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak. The 150 experts — including a former...

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<![CDATA[Possible Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Rat Study]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 20:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-498338511.jpg
A partial report from a U.S. government study on on rats and mice has found a possible link between cellphones and cancer, giving new life to the longstanding debate over whether cellphone use might lead...

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<![CDATA[Dr. Heimlich, Now 96, Uses His Maneuver for 1st Time ]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:51:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_896824622743.jpg
The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich maneuver recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior...

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<![CDATA[6 BBQ Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:25:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/BBQ-Template-6.jpg
BBQ and picnic season is just beginning. Here are a few tips to make sure you kick off the season with a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[What Works for Keeping Mosquitoes Away]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:42:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014849339_1200x675_693755459544.jpg
Many products promise to protect you from getting bit by mosquitoes, including specially treated clothing. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan shares what works.]]>
<![CDATA[Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Found in US for 1st Time]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:32:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
A drug resistant “superbug” feared by doctors has shown up in the U.S. for the first time, researchers reported Thursday. The germ, E. coli bacteria with the mcr-1 gene mutation, was found in a Pennsylvania...

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<![CDATA[Fake Perfume Bust Finds Ingredients Linked to Cancer, Organ Damage]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 09:54:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/perfume-arrests-0525.jpg
Federal agents seized cases of fake perfume – some of which contained ingredients linked to cancer and organ damage – and made five arrests in a counterfeiting bust Wednesday morning, authorities said. Homeland...

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<![CDATA[Telemedicine Will Let You Visit Doctor Without Going to the Office]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 18:49:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/telemedicine+monitor.jpg
Soon, with telemedicine, you won’t have to go to the office to see your doctor. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how it works.

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<![CDATA[Candy-Like Edible Marijuana Is Sending Kids to ERs]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 14:26:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/149252006-edible-marijuana.jpg
In Oregon, an 8-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after finding a marijuana cookie at a park. In Michigan, two children were sent to the ER after getting into a man's stash of gummy candy containing...

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<![CDATA[Biden to Host National Cancer Research Summit in Washington]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 20:51:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Joe_Biden_Raw_Interview_19209141_1200x675_673598019892.jpg
Although the participant list hasn't been announced, Biden's office said cancer survivors and researchers would join data experts and representatives from federal agencies working on treatments for the disease.

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<![CDATA[Finding Peace in a Labyrinth Walk]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:30:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014830564_1200x675_692664387852.jpg
In advance of her new documentary, "Labyrinth Journeys," Cintia Cabib discusses the use of labyrinths, paths that allow walkers to lose themselves in personal reflection.]]>
<![CDATA[Family Health Care Costs Have Tripled Since '01: Analysis]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 16:44:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/HEALTH_GettyImages-544488581.jpg
The costs of providing health care to an average American family surpassed $25,000 for the first time in 2016 — even as the rate of health cost increases slowed to a record low, a new analysis revealed...

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<![CDATA[BMX Legend Dave Mirra Had Brain Disease: Report]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 14:33:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mirra-GettyImages-82166876.jpg
Doctors have reportedly concluded that BMX rider Dave Mirra, who took his own life in February, suffered from the brain disease CTE. ESPN reports a neuropathologist at the University of Toronto and two others...

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<![CDATA[Woman Posts Signs to Search for Kidney Donor]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 18:34:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014816645_1200x675_691834435880.jpg
A woman in desperate need of a kidney donor has turned to an old-fashioned way of spreading the word. News4's Molette Green reports.]]>
<![CDATA[DC Greens Links Communities to Healthy Foods]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 14:01:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014816524_1200x675_691843651786.jpg
Food education, food access and food policy are all part of the mission of DC Greens, a local nonprofit that helps link neighborhoods to healthy foods. Tuesday night, the organization wants you to eat well...]]>
<![CDATA['Natural' Mosquito Repellents Don't Last: Consumer Reports]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 10:48:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Most so-called natural mosquito repellents containing naturally derived oils smell nice but don't keep mosquitos off as long as those containing synthetic chemicals, Consumer Reports found. Consumer Reports...

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<![CDATA[No Harm From 'Cry It Out' Baby Sleep Method: Study]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 09:00:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg
A new study suggests that infants left to CIO — "cry it out" or cry themselves to sleep will not suffer any emotional, behavioral or parental attachment problems, Today.com reported.

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<![CDATA[VA Begins Bold Moves to Fight Zika Virus]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 20:13:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Virginia mounts an aggressive campaign to prevent Zika virus from spreading.

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<![CDATA[New Prosthetic Arm Offers Life-Like Touch]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 19:12:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_prostheticarm0523_1920x1080.jpg
A unique, thought-controlled prosthetic arm developed in part by the Hanger Clinic in Gig Harbor, Washington, uses the the body's nerve signals to control movement.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitbit Heart Rate Trackers 'Highly Inaccurate': Study]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/579056257-fitbit-charge-hr.jpg
A class action lawsuit against Fitbit may be bolstered by the release of a new study claiming the company's popular heart rate trackers are "highly inaccurate," CNBC reports. Researchers at the California State...

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<![CDATA[NFL Sought to Influence Study on Brain Injuries: Report]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:42:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nfl+football+generic.jpg
National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.

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<![CDATA[Food Nutrition Labels Getting Makeover]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 20:18:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014786194_1200x675_689947203821.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration announced new requirements for most packaged foods and drinks, including updating calories and servings to reflect a more accurate amount of food people eat today.]]>
<![CDATA[5 Easy Ways to Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 14:02:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/YellowFeverMosquitoes-AP_96386058689.jpg
Summer is just around the corner for the DMV, which means mosquito season will also be here before we know it.

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<![CDATA[157 Pregnant Women in US States Have Zika: CDC]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 14:13:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/embarazo225.jpg
The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is reporting cases. Previously, officials had reported how many pregnant...

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<![CDATA[Makeover Coming for Food Nutrition Labels]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 11:00:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-513330566-grocery.jpg
Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars. And serving sizes will be updated to make them...

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<![CDATA[Oprah Winfrey Say She Cheats on Weight Watchers]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 10:19:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-522758200.jpg
Winfrey, who's lost upwards of 26 lbs. since becoming a Weight Watchers spokesperson last summer, does allow for a few indulgences.

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<![CDATA[Frozen Food Recall Covers Hundreds of Items]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 12:13:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-518961258.jpg
Amid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem the listeria-linked illnesses...

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<![CDATA[Half of US Cancer Deaths Due to Bad Habits: Study ]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 19:23:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SmokingCigarettes-AP_16117589693563.jpg
Researchers say people are in charge of their own risk of cancer — with as many as half of cancer deaths related to things people could easily change, NBC News reported. Smoking, heavy drinking, being...

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<![CDATA[Yellow Fever in Africa Not a Public Emergency: WHO]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 17:31:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/YellowFeverMosquitoes-AP_96386058689.jpg
The World Health Organization said the current yellow fever outbreak in central African requires urgent action, but doesn’t amount to a public health emergency, NBC News reports. The organization’s advisory...

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<![CDATA[Study: DC Residents Wait Weeks for Mental Health Care]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 15:56:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/phone+call+051816.jpg
People who are insured through D.C.’s three largest exchanges may struggle to get a mental health appointment -- or even get a psychiatrist’s office on the phone, according to a study.

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<![CDATA[House GOP Presses Ahead With $622M Bill to Fight Zika]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 04:40:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Republicans controlling the House pushed through on Wednesday a $622 million bill to battle the Zika virus, setting up challenging and high-stakes negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and the White House...

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<![CDATA[Health Experts to Test HIV Vaccine in South Africa]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 20:43:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ThaiHIVVaccineTest-AP_09092502984.jpg
Scientists will be testing an HIV vaccine in South Africa that has had some success, NBC News reported. The risk of infection dropped for 31 percent of volunteers tested in Thailand in 2009 when they were given...

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<![CDATA[Common Sleep Apnea Can Be Hard to Identify]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 19:03:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sleep+Apnea+Study+051816.jpg
Up to 30 percent of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but it can be hard to identify because it happens while you’re asleep.

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<![CDATA[Cancer Drug Keeps Some Patients Alive for 3 Years]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 19:37:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/JimmyCarter-AP_473126061319.jpg
A drug that helped former President Jimmy Carter’s cancer disappear is helping many other patients with similar conditions, NBC News reports. The drug, Keytruda, stops tumor cells from cloaking themselves...

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<![CDATA[Cosmetics Can't Claim They Lighten, Plump Up Skin, FDA Says]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 17:50:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-464778768.jpg
Reviva Labs, a popular brand of cosmetics, must either prove its products plump skin, regenerate collagen and lighten age spots, or stop claiming they do, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The...

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<![CDATA[Summer Safety: Choosing the Best Mosquito Repellent]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 11:31:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014750887_1200x675_687835203978.jpg
Mosquitoes are part of summertime, but this summer, they're a top concern because of the Zika virus. That's why insect repellents might be a smart choice while you're outside. News4's Consumer Reporter...]]>
<![CDATA[DC Named America's Fittest City -- Again]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 09:57:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dog-exercise-generic-park-outside.jpg
Congratulations, Washington, D.C.! For the third year in a row, the District has been named America's fittest city.

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<![CDATA[Dr. Weiner Talks About Transgender Bathroom Directive]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 13:28:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014754917_1200x675_688058435959.jpg
Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between...]]>
<![CDATA[Maternal Depression During Pregnancy]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 23:53:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014748001_1200x675_687685187658.jpg
Experts who focus on pregnancy and mental health went to Capitol Hill to shine a light on depression, a significant problem for women and their families. News4's Doreen Gentzler has more.]]>
<![CDATA[Report Finds Some Sunscreens Less Effective Than Promised]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 13:22:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014746579_1200x675_687551043644.jpg
News4 Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan explains the results of a new report that found many sunscreen brands offer less protection than promised on the bottle.]]>