<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Mon, 04 May 2015 03:01:04 -0400 Mon, 04 May 2015 03:01:04 -0400 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Changing Minds: Living With Bipolar Disorder]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 22:02:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010345968_1200x675_437993539996.jpg
Sarah Hixson talks about living with bipolar disorder. For more on the "This is my brave" program, click here. A part of our Changing Minds series, which has focused on issues of mental health for...]]>
<![CDATA['Cringe-Worthy' Concussion Concerns Ahead of Big Fight]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 21:47:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150501+Concussion+Fights.jpg
News4's Zachary Kiesch talked to a local doctor who has serious health concerns about what millions of viewers will be hoping to see on pay-per-view TV Saturday night; and a local pro boxer who shares his...

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Propose Ban on Microbeads in Cosmetics]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 20:41:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010345734_1200x675_437962307783.jpg
Lawmakers have proposed banning cosmetic products that contain microbeads, saying the plastics harm the environment. News4 Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:26:32 -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[Mother's Milk for Sale]]> Sun, 03 May 2015 09:44:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010336789_1200x675_437513283732.jpg
Breast milk is being sold on the internet by all sorts of people. But buying milk online is risky. You don't know what the donor mother is putting into their body and substances like drugs and alcohol can...]]>
<![CDATA[Judy Collins Visits D.C. for Suicide Prevention]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 13:34:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010340103_1200x675_437601859778.jpg
Music legend Judy Collins visited Washington, D.C. this week to talk about suicide prevention. She will return to the District June 10 for a special performance at the OAS Building called "Singing Lessons:...]]>
<![CDATA[Feds Probe Safety of Hospital Hand Cleaners ]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:17:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/535978707.jpg
Federal health officials say more information is needed to establish the safety and effectiveness of common hand cleaners used in hospitals, doctors' offices and nursing homes to kill germs and prevent...

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<![CDATA[These Are America's Cities With the Worst Air Pollution]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:25:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/131407772.jpg
Air pollution is still a "pervasive public health threat" in the U.S. — and while many of the nation's most polluted cities have cleaned up their acts, a number are still choked by ozone and particle pollution...

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<![CDATA[German Measles Eliminated From Americas: Officials]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:58:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vaccine-OTSstock.jpg
German measles has officially been eradicated from North and South America, the first region of the world to vanquish the disease, health officials announced Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Doctors Save 3 Babies With "4-D-Printed" Airway Splints]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:10:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Baby-4-d-windpipe-surgery.jpg
Three small children who were born with a rare and often deadly defect to their windpipes are now healthy and breathing normally, thanks to innovative "4-D"-printed airway splints created by a team of doctors...

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<![CDATA[State of the Air 2015: SoCal Breathing Dangerous Pollutants]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 01:47:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/71965510.jpg
Air pollution remains a "pervasive public health threat" in the U.S., with almost half of Americans — about 44 percent — living in communities where the air can be dangerous to breathe, according to a new study...

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<![CDATA[Back From Paralysis]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:14:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Megan+Silcott.jpg
Doreen Gentzler shares the inspiring story of a young woman who didn't let a devastating disease discourage her from acheiving her dreams.

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<![CDATA[Why We Snack: New Clues on What Makes Us Munch]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:28:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/Bar+Snacks+Imnop88a.jpg
What drives us to snack? Two separate teams of researchers are trying to figure that out, and they've found that our brains may have a system for making us want to munch, with neurons motivating us to eat.

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Phases Out GMOs]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:56:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/476810327.jpg
Chipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food. The Denver-based chain had already been using mostly non-GMO ingredients, but said in late 2013 it was working...

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<![CDATA[Cutting Edge of Cancer Prevention]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:58:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010245939_1200x675_433447491629.jpg
D.C. beauty salons and barber shops are raising awareness for a particularly deadly form of cancer. Zachary Kiesch reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Ice Cream Is Safe Despite Some Recalls: CDC]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:48:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/181314754.jpg
Federal health officials say ice cream is still safe to eat — even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections, The Associated Press reported. The

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<![CDATA[Oncologists Fight Cancer With Body's Immune System]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:48:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010242231_1200x675_433355843947.jpg
Doctors are working on a possible cure for some deadly forms of cancer from melanoma to lung and stomach cancers. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Ice Cream Risks: What's Behind Massive Jeni's, Blue Bell Recalls?]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:57:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IceCreamRecall.jpg
Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants — and...

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<![CDATA[TB Confirmed in Catonsville High Community]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:18:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+School+Hallway+.jpg
Baltimore County health officials are investigating after a case of tuberculosis was confirmed in the Catonsville High School community.

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<![CDATA[Ice Cream Company Recalls All Treats, Closes Shops ]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:21:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ice-cream-stock-79772399.jpg
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is putting sales of its frozen treats on ice across the country due to a possible listeria contamination. The Ohio-based company announced the voluntary recall on its website...

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<![CDATA[Small Doses of Insulin May Prevent Diabetes in Kids]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:34:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP634307080349.jpg
Researchers found giving young children small doses of insulin may work to prevent type-1 diabetes.]]>
<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Cases to Increase 50 Percent by 2030]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:37:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010213715_1200x675_431513155878.jpg
Lenny Bernstein from the Washington Post discusses his article detailing several factors that are expected to make breast cancer cases increase 50 percent by 2030.]]>
<![CDATA[Another Study Shows Vaccines Don't Cause Autism]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:05:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/83290870.jpg
A new study takes a special look at high-risk children with older siblings diagnosed with autism to show that vaccines don't cause autism.]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Flu Redux: Scourge Wiping Out Millions of Chickens]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:43:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/AP500744556968.jpg
Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in...

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Linked to 10 Illnesses]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:55:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP446251038480BlueBellRecall.jpg
Federal regulators say they're now aware of 10 listeria illnesses linked to ice cream and other products made by Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries over the last five years. The Centers for Disease Control...

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<![CDATA[Get Mammograms Every Other Year Once You're 50: Panel]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:02:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mammogram+photo+for+web.jpg
Women should get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50 — and while routine screening brings little benefit in the 40s, beginning it that early should be a personal choice, a government task force...

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<![CDATA[Whole Foods Market Recalls Macadamia Nuts]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:39:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/537738815%281%29.jpg
Whole Foods Market is recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was sold in stores in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas...

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<![CDATA[Pill-Taking Can Be Less Yucky for Kids: Study]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:38:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pill+taking.JPG
Many sick kids can't or won't swallow pills — and that can make them sicker. But there may be some pretty simple ways to help the medicine go down, a new study says. Dr. Kathleen Bradford and colleagues at...

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<![CDATA[Indiana HIV Outbreak Has Now Infected 130 People]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:37:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP102908909060.jpg
An HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana that is related to abuse of intravenous prescription drugs, has now reached 130 cases as of Friday, up from 106 a week ago, Reuters reported.]]>
<![CDATA[Calif. Measles Outbreak Ends]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:09:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/178*120/150205-measles-mn-1220_758d7e78c302257230347b1ba7c9eefc.jpg
The California measles outbreak that started in Disneyland four months ago is over, a state health official announced Friday. No new outbreak-related measles cases have been reported to state health department...

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<![CDATA[Court Upholds Motrin Verdict]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:10:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071114gavel.jpg
A Superior Court jury ruled in 2013 that Johnson & Johnson failed to provide sufficient warnings about the potential side effects of Motrin.

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<![CDATA[Group of Doctors Wants Dr. Oz Fired From Columbia]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:45:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP5272832521891.jpg
Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call...

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<![CDATA[U.S. Moms Typically Space Pregnancies 2½ Years Apart: Study]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:27:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/128412981.jpg
For U.S. moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2½ years but nearly a third of women space their children too close, a government study shows, The Associated Press reported.

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<![CDATA["Entopreneurs" Feed Growing Appetite for Edible Insects]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:57:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-04-15+at+10.55.25+AM.png
They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you. An increasing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms...

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<![CDATA[D.C. Woman's Plastic Surgery Ordeal Featured on E's "Botched"]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:02:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010134091_1200x675_428041283888.jpg
A D.C. resident who underwent a bad plastic surgery procedure appears on E's "Botched" premier. Kristin Wright reports. Click here to read Crissy's blog.]]>
<![CDATA[Military Kids May Be Missing Vaccines: Study]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:56:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/little+girl+vaccine.jpg
A new study suggests children of American military families may be missing out on important childhood vaccines, NBC News reported Monday.

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<![CDATA[Everything You Need to Know About Listeria]]> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19:55:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP142327979490.jpg
Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria — listeria.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Tick-Borne Virus in Conn.]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:03:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-tick-01.jpg
A rare but potentially deadly virus has made its way to Connecticut and could soon be transferred from ticks to humans, according to state officials.

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<![CDATA[Smokeless Tobacco Company Wants FDA to Drop Warning Labels]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:38:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP338280869651.jpg
Smokeless tobacco company, Swedish Match, is seeking Food and Drug Administration permission to remove or revise several warning labels on the pouches, called "snus", which are teabag-like pouches users...]]>
<![CDATA[Achy Joints and Headaches Mean It's Springtime]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 18:27:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010067808_1200x675_425114179550.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy &amp; Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains why spring means joint pain and headaches and how climate change causes more allergies.]]>
<![CDATA[Blue Bell Expands Recall]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:33:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blue+Bell+Ice+Cream+facility.jpg
Blue Bell Creameries is expanding its recall to include banana pudding-flavored ice cream made at the company's Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, facility after the product tested positive for listeria monocytogenes...

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<![CDATA[How a D.C.-Area Doctor Makes House Calls for Free]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:43:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dr+Ernest+Brown1.jpg
A D.C.-area doctor says making old-fashioned house calls helps him give better treatment to his patients and allows him to care for people who have been neglected by the system. Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[American With Ebola Improves to Good Condition]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:47:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ebola-453210018.jpg
The condition of an American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone has been upgraded, officials at the National Institutes of Health announced Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[False-Positive Mammograms Costing U.S. $4B: Study]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 07:20:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mammogram+photo+for+web.jpg
New research suggests that false-positive mammograms, which indicate a woman has breast cancer even though she really doesn't, cost the United States nearly $4 billion in unnecessary procedures, NBC News...]]>
<![CDATA[Breast Milk Bought Online May Be Diluted With Cow's Milk]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:34:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/81189572.jpg
In the growing online market for breast milk, more than one in 10 tested samples contained cow's milk, researchers reported Monday.

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<![CDATA[Mother Warns of Brain-Eating Amoeba]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:21:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Koral-Reef-knsd.jpg
Koral Reef was only 20 years old when she developed a rare, brain-eating amoeba that eventually claimed her life. Reef had married her high school sweetheart before she passed away. Reef's mother, Cybil Meister,

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Suspends Plant Operations]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2015 12:21:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blue-bell2.jpg
Blue Bell Creameries has voluntarily suspended operations at an Oklahoma plant that officials had previously connected to a foodborne illness linked to the deaths of three people, the Texas-based creamery...

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<![CDATA["Lauryn's Law" Goes to Md. Governor's Desk]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 12:32:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-04-03_1230.png
A law that would give school counselors additional training in mental health is on its way to Governor Larry Hogan's desk.]]>
<![CDATA[Public Safety Officers Honored for Handling Mental Health Crises]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 23:46:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010007276_1200x675_422457411712.jpg
Public safety officers were honored in Arlington Thursday for intervening in mental health crises. News4's Jackie Bensen reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Gives Birth in LA Courthouse ]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 08:16:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/196*120/4-2-15-baby+born+downtown+la+courthouse.JPG
A woman who stopped inside a downtown Los Angeles courthouse to pay a bill left with a little bit more than a receipt: a newborn baby boy. When the pregnant mom-to-be walked down the hall of the Stanley...

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<![CDATA[Attorneys Fight Herbal Industry]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:45:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/112214eric2.jpg
Fourteen attorneys general asked Congress to launch an investigation of the herbal supplements industry and to consider giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stronger oversight of the industry, New...

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<![CDATA[Patients With Heart Problems Driving Themselves to Hospital]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:33:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010005215_1200x675_422305347757.jpg
A new study shows 75 percent of patients with heart symptoms are driving themselves to a hospital instead of calling 911.]]>
<![CDATA[Too Much Salt in Grocery Store Foods]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:36:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010004295_1200x675_422231107602.jpg
A new study says that most food in grocery stores has more than the FDA-recommended amount of sodium.]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: New Heat-Sensitive Socks for Diabetics]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:50:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DiabetesSocks2.jpg
Remember mood rings? Researchers have developed heat-sensitive socks that change color to monitor circulation in people with diabetes.]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Coping With Spring's "Intense" Allergy Season]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:04:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/allergy-season-168997935.jpg
While many are looking forward to milder spring temps following a winter that saw record cold and snow, some experts warn the seasonal shift could bring bad news for allergy sufferers.

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<![CDATA[After Crash, New Questions About Depression]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 08:23:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009985273_1200x675_421233731801.jpg
In the wake of the deadly Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps, parent company Lufthansa has revealed that it knew six years ago that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz suffered from severe depression.]]>
<![CDATA[Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Take Drugs Daily to Relax: Survey]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:36:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pills+generic.jpg
Nearly one in five Americans report using some sort of drug every day that alters their mood or helps them relax — most of them in states that rate low on the income and happiness scales, a new survey shows. ]]>
<![CDATA[World Bipolar Day: Battling Bipolar Disorder]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:09:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009961204_1200x675_420379715690.jpg
Local woman Christine Anderson details her journey with bipolar disorder and her struggle to find a healthy balance.]]>
<![CDATA[Classical Music Calms Cats, Study Says]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:16:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/Kitten+Shower+6.jpg
Classical music helps calm down cats when they're undergoing surgery — but heavy metal songs have the opposite effect, a veterinary research team announced Monday.]]>
<![CDATA[Being Poor Is Bad for Kids' Brains, Study Says]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:19:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/generic-brain2.jpg
A new study indicates children raised in poorer households have brains with less surface area, meaning they could be at a disadvantage in developing important academic skills, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Specialized Physical Therapy Helps Workers Get Back on the Job]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:42:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009939568_1200x675_419339331916.jpg
A new type of physical therapy center provides specialized treatment to help injured workers get back on the job.]]>
<![CDATA[Mental Illness and Flying: Should You Be Nervous?]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:01:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009938082_1200x675_419285059654.jpg
Dr. Risa Fishman of Medstar Washington discusses mental illness after authorities said the co-pilot in the fatal Germanwings crash hid a mental illness from his employer.]]>
<![CDATA[Boy With Rare Disorder Asks Supporters to Wear Yellow Before Operation]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:45:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2d274908021541-wear-yellow-seth-today-150318.today-tease-top2x.jpg
A 5-year-old boy with an immune disorder is asking people to wear yellow, his favorite color, on the day of his second bone marrow transplant on March 27.]]>
<![CDATA[Pepsi Takes Back No. 2 Spot From Diet Coke]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:20:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic-pepsi-otsstock.jpg
Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday. And the poor performance of diet sodas...

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<![CDATA[WATCH: New Anti-Smoking Ads Highlight Pain, Suffering]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:51:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is introducing a new installment of its anti-smoking campaign to help smokers stop lighting up.

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<![CDATA[Ebola Patient in Serious Condition at NIH]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:48:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NIHClinic.jpg
An American healthcare worker infected with Ebola has been ungraded from critical to serious condition, hospital officials announced Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Sign Petition for ALS Drug]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:02:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/218*120/2015-03-26_1201.png
Nearly 500,000 people have signed a petition to get FDA approval of a potentially life-saving drug for patients with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.]]>
<![CDATA[Indiana Calls CDC in HIV Outbreak]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:53:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/worldaidsdaysandiego.jpg
Indiana health officials called on federal experts last week for help in containing an HIV outbreak that includes 55 confirmed cases and may include 13 other preliminary positive cases. A medical team from the...

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<![CDATA[Maryland Bans Powdered Alcohol; Cites Health, Safety]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:38:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Palcohol.jpg
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved several labels of Palcohol, which can be dissolved in a beverage and then consumed.]]>
<![CDATA[New Anthrax Treatment Okayed by FDA]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:35:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Anthrax-Congress-Capitol.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new anthrax treatment that helps fight infection in patients who have already started showing symptoms — a phase that usually signals the disease has become...

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Reasons to Tackle Your Allergies Now]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:16:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/f00b3ac812b9487ca7a82f4a221b61ef.jpg
Dr. Jackie's Top 10 reasons to take care of your allergies now instead of waiting for them to mow you down.]]>
<![CDATA[Arlington, Mont. Co. Top Healthy Counties List]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:32:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/205*120/running-shoe-generic.jpg
A new report ranks Arlington County as Virginia's healthiest while Tazewell County is considered the least healthiest.

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<![CDATA[Local Woman on Removing Ovaries: "I've Been Able to Be Proactive"]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:17:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/218*120/2015-03-24_1730.jpg
Two D.C.-area women discuss their medical histories, their choices, and the effects on their lives.
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<![CDATA[Death Points to Dangers of Black-Market Cosmetic Work]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:22:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/injection-studio031815.jpg
The recent death of a Dallas woman who had received injections at a salon to expand the size of her buttocks follows other cosmetic-related deaths in Texas and around the country that authorities say were caused...

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<![CDATA[Nearly 250,000 Don't Know They Have Alzheimer's: Report]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:21:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_alzheimers0320_1500x845.jpg
More than 500,000 Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease this year, but nearly 250,000 won’t know it, according to a new report.]]>
<![CDATA[11M Fewer Americans Uninsured Since Obamacare: CDC]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:55:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obamacare+site.JPG
The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers...

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<![CDATA[1/2 of Alzheimer's Patients May Not Have Diagnosis]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:56:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/2015-03-24_1355.jpg
Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. -- but as many as half of them may not actually be told they have it. Why would doctors not tell their patients? There's a few...]]>
<![CDATA[Osteoporosis Doesn't Just Affect Women]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 23:00:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009861108_1200x675_416161859962.jpg
Robert Spezzano didn't have any of the typical risk factors for osteoporosis. But when he broke his arm after a seemingly minor fall, it was enough to catch his doctors' attention.]]>
<![CDATA[Alzheimer's Silver Bullet? Drug Might Slow Dementia]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:57:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Alzheimer-101212.jpg
Injections of a new "silver bullet" drug could slow memory loss in people who haven't yet Alzheimer's but who do have early symptoms, including brain plaques, early trials of the drug suggest.

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<![CDATA[Cheap Wines Chock-Full of Arsenic: Lawsuit]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:17:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/white-wine-generic-186205780.jpg
Many popular, inexpensive brands of wine made and distributed in California, including Trader Joe's famed "Two Buck Chuck," contain illegal and dangerously high levels of poisonous inorganic arsenic, according...

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<![CDATA[Another Awful Allergy Season?]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:10:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009830185_1200x675_414988355587.jpg
Allergy season is nearly here, and this year could be particularly tough due to all the snow we've had. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg said the snow means dampness...]]>
<![CDATA[Poison Center Calls About Kids Hit 1.3 Million: Report]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:56:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/medicine-cabinet.jpg
Poison centers across the country get more than 1,100 calls everyday that relate to children poisoned by medicine, a new report said.]]>
<![CDATA[Teens, Toddlers More At-Risk for Medical Poisonings]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 06:35:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pills+generic.jpg
Small children and teens are more likely to be the victims of unintentional medicine poisoning, according to a new report.]]>
<![CDATA[Scoliosis Solution: New Treatment Helps Avoid Operations]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:11:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Magec+Rod+scoliosis.jpg
Doreen Gentzler has details on this "magic" device that's helping kids with scoliosis live better lives.

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<![CDATA[11 Million at Risk in Premera Blue Cross Hack]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:20:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/premera-alt-457958360.jpg
Health insurer Premera Blue Cross said on Tuesday that a major cyberattack on its systems may have exposed the personal or medical data of as many as 11 million people, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Bodybuilding Mom Fights MS]]> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:21:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_msbodybuilder0316001_1500x845.jpg
Working out often isn't something you would expect from a person who has Multiple Sclerosis, but for Wendy Bordewisch, Evolutions Gym in Annapolis, Md. is often a home away from home.]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola Patient in Critical Condition at NIH]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:44:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NIHClinic.jpg
The condition of an American healthcare worker infected with Ebola has been changed from serious to critical, hospital officials announced Monday.

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<![CDATA[Youth in Rural Areas Have Higher Suicide Rate, Study Says]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:10:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance19.jpg
A new Ohio State University study has found that adolescents and young adults living in rural areas are more likely to commit suicide than those in cities. The study analyzed suicides among people ages 10 to 24...]]>
<![CDATA[Blue Bell Recalls Ice Cream Treats]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:04:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ice-cream-stock-79772399.jpg
The FDA issued a consumer advisory about some Texas-made Blue Bell ice cream products Friday, after three patients who had eaten the ice cream in a Kansas hospital died of a foodborne illness. The illnesses...

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<![CDATA[Getting Your Beach Body Ready]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:40:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009778455_1200x675_412820547834.jpg
Ever heard the saying "summer bodies are made in the winter"? Well, winter's just about over -- so it's time to get moving! Charissa Mobley from Local Motion Studio in Alexandria shares some moves to make...]]>
<![CDATA[Buttocks Augmentation on the Rise]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:35:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009778417_1200x675_412820547652.jpg
A new report shows Americans spent more than $12 billion on cosmetic surgery last year -- and the biggest growth was for buttock augmentation and non-surgical fat reduction. Dr.]]>
<![CDATA["We're Related": 8-Way Kidney Swap]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:40:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kidney_Transplant_CT.jpg
Donors and recipients involved in a groundbreaking eight-way kidney swap in Connecticut came face to face for the first time Thursday, greeting each other with hugs, tears and laughter.]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Nancy Snyderman Is Leaving NBC]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:57:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1840663611.jpg
Dr. Nancy Snyderman is leaving her job as chief medical editor for NBC News to teach at a medical school, she announced Thursday. "I stepped out of the OR a few years ago, and it is now time for me to return to...

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<![CDATA[Healthcare Worker With Ebola Arrives at NIH]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:18:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NIHClinic.jpg
An American healthcare worker infected with Ebola in West Africa arrived at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[Raising Legal Age for Tobacco Would Stop, Delay Use: Report]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:42:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Raising the legal age to buy tobacco to higher than 18 would likely prevent premature death for hundreds of thousands of people, according to a report issued Thursday by the Institute of Medicine.

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<![CDATA[Local Mom Pushes for "Lauryn's Law" in Wake of Daughter's Death]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:27:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/LAURYN+SANTIAGO.jpg
A Prince George's County using the grief of her own daughter's suicide to fight for other young people to live, as she pushes for "Lauryn's Law."]]>
<![CDATA[How to Prepare for This Allergy Season]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:51:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009753972_1200x675_411841603931.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland tells us what to expect and how to get ready for spring allergies.]]>
<![CDATA[Common Vaccine Boosts Cancer Treatment: Study]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:53:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tetanus-Vaccine.jpg
A new study has shown that an ordinary tetanus vaccine can greatly lengthen the lives of people with deadly brain tumors, NBC News reported Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Could New "Fat-Melting" Injection End Double Chins?]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:04:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/double-chin2-TODAY-150310.jpg
A new "fat-melting" drug designed to get rid of double chins moved one step closer to market this week after a panel advising the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to approve it, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Suicide Prevention App Aimed at Health Care Providers]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:01:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150310+Suicide+App.jpg
A new app is aimed at helping health care providers prevent suicide.
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<![CDATA[Maker of Children's Tylenol Pleads Guilty Over Recall]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:36:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/175*120/children%27s+tylenol.JPG
A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal criminal charge that it sold over-the-counter infant's and children's liquid medicine containing metal particles. McNeil Consumer Healthcare,

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<![CDATA[Promising New Autism Research]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:32:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/autism6.jpg
A blood-based measure could lead to a clinical test that could spot signs of autism in boys just 1 or 2 years old, a new study has found, a finding that could help children with autism get the help they...

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<![CDATA[How Much Praise Is Too Much for Kids?]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:22:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009750058_1200x675_411693635693.jpg
A recent study shows that too much praise may be harmful to child development. Dr. Joshua Weiner explores healthy ways to increase their self-esteem.]]>
<![CDATA[Burger King Drops Soft Drinks From Kids' Meals]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/burger-king-thumb-82504247.jpg
Burger King is no longer promoting soft drinks on its kids' meal menus. "We have removed fountain drinks from our kids' menu boards and they are no longer merchandised as part of kids' meals," the company...

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Teen in Remission After Forced Chemotherapy]]> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:58:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cassandra+c+jackie+fortin+edit.jpg
A teenage girl taken into Connecticut state custody and forced by the state to get chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma is now in remission. "It's true, I am in remission; and it would mean the world to...

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