<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usSat, 10 Dec 2016 03:55:17 -0500Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:55:17 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Life Expectancy Drops for Americans, Rates and Causes Climb]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:18:10 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/er-sign.jpg
A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the...

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<![CDATA[Washington is First State to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Pollution]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:08:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/washington-pcb-suit.jpg
Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around...

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<![CDATA[Coke Wants in on 'Foodie' Culture]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:20:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/coke-instagram.jpg
What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to think of soda. Coca-Cola is trying to sell more of its flagship beverage by suggesting...

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:43:58 -0500http://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[Drug Overdoses Kill Record Number of Americans in 2015]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:19:34 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/heroin-needle.jpg
More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known...

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<![CDATA[Conjoined Twins Separated After 17-Hour Surgery in California]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:47:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/EvaErika.jpg
Erika and Eva Sandoval will be able to share the uncanny connection twins are said to have, but a grueling 17-hour surgery has ensured that they can soon do that safely. The 2-year-old twins from Antelope...

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<![CDATA[Bristol-Meyers Squibb to Pay $19.5M Over Abilify Marketing]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:28:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_050615026049.jpg
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. will pay $19.5 million to settle allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses and misled doctors about its dangers, it was announced...

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<![CDATA[Newly Approved Procedure Could Help You Read Without Glasses]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:04:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017002647_1200x675_828117059821.jpg
Dr. Mark Whitten is the first in the D.C. area to perform the new "raindrop" surgery.]]>
<![CDATA[20 Tips to Cope When It's Ridiculously Cold]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:42:22 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_162996170.jpg
Remember those two terrible words "polar vortex"? Well, brace yourself: The first arctic blast of the season will send temperatures plummeting in the D.C. area Friday.]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Vaping Is Public Health Threat, Surgeon General Says ]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:13:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vapes+3.PNG
The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth. In a report being released Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research...

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Fined $100M for Epilepsy Drug Price Hike in UK]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:33:42 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PfizerLogo-GettyImages-524975736%281%29.jpg
British regulators fined U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and distributor Flynn Pharma a record 89.4 million pounds ($112.7 million) Wednesday for increasing the cost of an epilepsy drug by as much as 2,600...

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<![CDATA[Grooming Linked to Increased Risk of STIs: Study]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:46:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/disposablerazorfeuerherd.jpg
Grooming pubic hair may be linked to an increased risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, according to a new study. The results did show participants who trimmed or shaved their pubic hair had...

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<![CDATA[Tips for Coping with Social Anxiety During the Holidays]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:05:33 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016991929_1200x675_827141699610.jpg
The holiday season can be tough for people who deal with social anxiety. Dr. Joshua Weiner shares some tips for getting through the season.]]>
<![CDATA[Boil Water Advisory Canceled for Parts of Haymarket]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:48:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-12-07_0530.png
A boil water advisory is in effect for parts of Haymarket, Virginia, after a water main break left some neighborhoods with low water pressure.]]>
<![CDATA[Drowsy Driving Comparable to Drunk Driving: AAA Study]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:02:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Traffic+Generic2.jpg
According to AAA, drivers who get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period are at higher risk for crash.

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<![CDATA[Biden Emotional at Cancer Funding Bill Partly Named for Son]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:34:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16341007670452.jpg
A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden. The...

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<![CDATA[Texas Book Links Cancer, Abortion]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:03:55 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor+medical+generic.jpg
A Texas state agency has released a new edition of a booklet for women considering an abortion that suggests there may be a link between terminating pregnancies and increased risks of breast cancer and...

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<![CDATA[A Look at DC's New Plan to Fight HIV]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:18:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/120116+aids+day+ribbon.jpg
The rate of new HIV diagnoses in D.C. has dropped for the eighth year in a row, but with more than 13,000 residents living with the virus, the rate in the District still is considered an epidemic.

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<![CDATA[In 2015, Health Spending Surges in the U.S. ]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:00:42 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/170*120/AP_16320836144895-doctor.jpg
In 2015, Americans spent $3.2 trillion on medical expenses, up by 5.8 percent since 2014, NBC News reported. Experts say there are also indications that health spending increased because people sought...

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<![CDATA[Shkreli Belittles Students Who Recreated His $750 Drug]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:56:52 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shkreli.jpg
Martin Shkreli, the infamous former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who hiked the price on a drug used by HIV patients from $13.50 to $750, is making news again. This time belittling a group of Australian students...

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<![CDATA[World AIDS Day 2016: Activists Urge Testing, Education]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:52:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_405806892642.jpg
Dec. 1 marks World AIDS Day. It's a time to remember over 35 million people who have died from the disease since the early-1980s. It's also a chance for health organizations and charities to raise awareness...

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<![CDATA[DC Safeway Reopens After Violations; Mice Droppings Found]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:12:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-12-01_0849.png
A Safeway grocery store in Adams Morgan has been closed for code violations after inspectors found mouse droppings in several areas, including under the hot food bar, plus several other issues, according to the...]]>
<![CDATA[DC Mayor to Announce New HIV Treatment Effort]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:46:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/208*120/Untitled-1220.jpg
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to announce a new effort to fight HIV and AIDS.

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<![CDATA['Magic Mushrooms' May Ease Anxiety, Depression: Studies]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:26:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hallucinogenic+mushrooms.jpg
The psychedelic drug in "magic mushrooms" can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show. It worked for Dinah Bazer,...

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<![CDATA[When Do You Really Need Antibiotics?]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:38:16 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/antibiotic-story-example-21.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, says half of antibiotics are unnecessary. She explains when you need them, when you don't and the side effects of sharing...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Cope With Holiday Stress and Anxiety]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:23:55 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016916477_1200x675_820972099767.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner shares tips for handling holiday stress and anxiety.]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Has Its First Local Zika Case]]>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:22:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
Texas on Monday reported its first case of Zika virus that likely came from a mosquito bite within the state. Health officials say that the woman who was infected in Texas is a resident of Brownsville, located...

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<![CDATA[Reducing the Risk of SIDS: Life-Saving Tips]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:14:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_508488730.jpg
Experts say parents and caregivers can take these steps to help reduce the risk of SIDS.

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<![CDATA[DC Judge Meets Family of His Heart Donor]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:41:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/112516+heart+donor+and+recipient.jpg
The life of a D.C. Superior Court judge was saved when he got a heart transplant. Judge Lee Satterfield recently met the family of the man, Chris Canales, whose heart he received.

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<![CDATA[Ice Bucket That Sparked Charity Blitz Comes to Smithsonian]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:17:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ice+buscket+challenge+pic.jpg
The bucket of ice that sparked a viral social-media campaign has a new home at the Smithsonian.

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<![CDATA[Millions May Be Misdiagnosed as Allergic to Penicillin]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:41:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pennicillin.jpg
Some 90 percent of those diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can actually tolerate the antibiotics, according to a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma...

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<![CDATA[Boy Disfigured by Chimps in Africa Thrives After US Surgery]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:21:22 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/ChimpAttack.jpg
A Congolese boy who was severely disfigured in a chimpanzee attack is marveling doctors with his resiliency a year after he was brought to New York to undergo reconstructive surgery.

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<![CDATA[MedStar Implements Heart Stents That Dissolve]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:35:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016853488_1200x675_816570947997.jpg
Opening up blocked arteries is one of the best methods to prevent deadly heart attacks, and the FDA has approved a new device to accomplish that.]]>
<![CDATA[US Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Decades: CDC]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:03:14 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-483023072-PP.jpg
The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday. The latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control...

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<![CDATA[Recalled Toys May Be Available Online: US PIRG]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:42:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/toyland+.jpg
Consumer should keep an eye on what they purchase this holiday season, as recalled toys may still be available in online stores, a new report says. In its annual Trouble in Toyland report, the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Zika-Caused Birth Defect May Become Clear Only After Birth]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:11:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_AP_16284531484792.jpg
Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage to developing babies. The...

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<![CDATA[10 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Heartburn]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:55:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Thanksgiving+Dinner.jpg
Eating slower and drinking water are just two things you can do during the holidays to avoid getting heartburn.

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defect May Appear Months After Birth: CDC]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:24:52 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-2sm.jpg
Babies whose mothers are infected with the Zika virus may develop small heads months after birth, meaning the birth defect may still affect infants who don't immediately present with it, according to new...

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<![CDATA[Heinz Voluntarily Recalls Pork Gravy After Labeling Issue]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:57:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gravy-sm-1.jpg
Heinz is voluntarily recalling about 500 cases of its HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy because some jars have been mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy without mentioning it contains milk and soy.

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<![CDATA[Dementia Rates Might Be Declining, New Study Finds]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:40:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_460730682850-Alzheimers-poster.jpg
Rates of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia appear to have fallen considerably since 2000, and better education may be partly responsible, researchers reported Monday. Better treatment for diabetes

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<![CDATA[Virginia Allows Anyone to Buy Opioid Overdose Antidote ]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:34:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/naloxone+getty.jpg
Virginia is allowing anyone in the state to buy naloxone, an opioid overdose treatment drug also known as Narcan, without a prescription.

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<![CDATA[Sabra Recalls Hummus Products Over Listeria Concerns]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:31:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sabra-hummus.jpg
Sabra Dipping Company has issued a voluntary recall for a variety of its hummus products after Listeria monocytogenes was found at the Colonial Heights, Virginia-based company's manufacturing facility. The...

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<![CDATA[Tuberculosis Investigation Expanded in Charles County]]>Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:38:10 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_431684782.jpg
Parents at a second school in Charles County, Maryland, are being warned that their children may have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB).

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<![CDATA[Zika No Longer Emergency, Still 'Enduring' Threat: WHO]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:57:22 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mosquitoeszika.jpg
Acknowledging Zika is "here to stay," the United Nations health agency on Friday lifted a 9-month-old emergency declaration and prepared for a longer-term response to the mosquito-borne virus that can result in...

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<![CDATA[Dangerous Bacteria Could Be Lurking in Makeup Samples]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:18:05 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_makeupgerms1117_1500x845.jpg
The cross-contamination that stems from when someone else's fingers or lips touch makeup testers could cause strep throat, sores or worse. KPRC's Haley Hernandez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Nearly 80 Die Every Day From Opioid ODs]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:10:22 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Heroin20.jpg
In a new report on alcohol, drugs and health, the U.S. Surgeon General says 78 people die in the country every day from an opioid overdose and 20 million have a substance abuse disorder.]]>
<![CDATA[Diagnosing Osteoporosis]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:47:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Osteoporosis+Exam+111716.jpg
Osteoporosis can be prevented and successfully treated, but doctors are worried too many people don't even realize they have it. A Georgetown doctor explains why rates are on the rise. Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[Insulin Prices Double Since 2012]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:15:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Insulin_Prices_Increase.jpg
Increases in insulin prices and a lack of generic options are forcing diabetic Americans to cut back on prescribed doses to stretch out their medication.

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<![CDATA[Giant Recalls 4C Grated Cheese Over Salmonella Concerns]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 05:39:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/255*120/2016-11-17_0533.png
Giant Food is recalling four types of 4C grated cheese because of possible salmonella contamination.

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<![CDATA[IIHS Looks at Car Booster Seats]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:47:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IIHS-booster-seats.jpg
Companies that make child booster seats for vehicles are getting better at designing them to protect kids, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday. Of the 53 new booster seats IIHS tested,...

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<![CDATA['Addiction Is Not a Character Flaw': Surgeon General Report]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:15:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/murthyAP_968035797730.jpg
In what may be his last significant act as President Barack Obama's surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy released a report Thursday calling for a major cultural shift in the way Americans view drug and alcohol...

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<![CDATA[Grandparents Step In to Raise Children of Drug Addicts]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:51:06 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mary+Grabenstein+and+Lexi.jpg
The smallest victims of drug addiction – the children of addicts – often go unheard, but in some cases, their grandparents are stepping in to raise them.

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<![CDATA[Don't Make These Mistakes When Traveling With Medication]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:26:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-93572136.jpg
Some medications can have dangerous side affects while flying and it can be difficult to get medical attention on a plane in the event of an emergency. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in...

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<![CDATA[1 Person at La Plata High School Diagnosed With Tuberculosis]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:15:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_431684782.jpg
Someone from La Plata High School in Maryland has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, officials at the Charles County Department of Health announced Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Major Grated Cheese Brands Hit by Nationwide Recall]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:19:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cento+4c+cheese+recall.jpg
Fears of salmonella contamination have led to the recall of major grated cheese brands nationwide. 4C Food Corp. has voluntarily recalled its 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese and Cento Grated...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Help Teen Girls With Depression]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:46:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/2016-11-16_1246.png
One in six -- that's the number of teenage girls who will suffer with depression this year. Dr. Joshua Weiner shares more on a new government-funded study.]]>
<![CDATA[Food Advocates Fear Trump Could Scrap Healthy School Lunches]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:34:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16319797568195trump-food.jpg
Will President-elect Donald Trump remake school lunches into his fast-food favorites of burgers and fried chicken? Children grumbling about healthier school meal rules championed by first lady Michelle...

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<![CDATA[US Prisons Fight Opioids With Injections ]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:26:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/194*120/Opioids2.jpeg
U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released, but skeptics question its effectiveness and say the manufacturer has...

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<![CDATA[New Device Improves Shoulder Replacement Procedure]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:40:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Shoulder+Replacement+X-Ray.jpg
A device approved last year by the FDA is changing things up when it comes to shoulder replacements.

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<![CDATA[Tigerlily Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:01:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016720554_1200x675_807077443813.jpg
The Tigerlily Foundation celebrates 10 years of helping women through breast cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[Women Anxious About Future of Contraception Under Trump]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:59:10 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-566440215.jpg
More women are asking Planned Parenthood workers about access to birth control and other health care since Donald Trump was elected president, according to the organization's chief medical officer.

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<![CDATA[Walk to End HIV]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:42:52 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-11-11_1441.jpg
Saturday's Walk to End HIV will mark the 30th anniversary of the event -- and News 4 has been a partner since the beginning. Don Blanchon, executive director at Whitman-Walker Health, shares more about...]]>
<![CDATA[Hidden Heroes Helps Those Who Care for Veterans ]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:53:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/223*120/2016-11-11_0604.png
On Thursday, people across the United States will salute the men and women who protect and serve this country.]]>
<![CDATA[Still Fighting: Vietnam Vets Seek Help for Rare Cancer]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:15:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/VIETNAM_AP_16308712369800.jpg
They were the lucky ones who managed to make it home from Vietnam. Now, a half-century later, some veterans are finding out they, too, are victims of the war. The enemy is a known killer in parts of Asia:...

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<![CDATA[MAP: Free Drug Disposal Kits Will Help Fight Opioid Crisis]]>Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:20:07 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioids.jpg
Thousands of free drug deactivation kits are being distributed in Virginia to help fight the state's heroin and opioid crisis.

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<![CDATA[Where Do the Candidates Stand on Healthcare?]]>Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:12:14 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-613699030.jpg
With the election less than a week away, News4's Doreen Gentzler spoke with Doug Harbrecht, an editor from Kiplinger, on where the candidates stand on healthcare, including the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

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<![CDATA[Health Fair Set For Uninsured Residents of Alexandria]]>Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:21:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016644841_1200x675_801443907973.jpg
A community health fair for uninsured people in need will be held Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Showing Symptoms After Bacteria Found at NICU]]>Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:36:36 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prince+Georges+County+Hospital.jpg
One of two newborns who tested positive for a potentially deadly bacterium at Prince George's Hospital Center's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) this week is struggling with symptoms, hospital officials said...

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<![CDATA[How to Prepare for Open Enrollment for 2017 Health Insurance]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:26:36 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Doctor+Generic1.jpg
Nov. 1 marked the start of open enrollment for 2017 health Insurance. While this is not the easiest task, it is an important one. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg...

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<![CDATA[Powderpuff Football Game to Raise Awareness About Teen Suicide]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:02:08 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016617240_1200x675_799513155680.jpg
Rival schools in Loudoun County are joining forces to change minds about teen suicide. Woodgrove and Loudoun Valley will play a powderpuff football game Thursday to raise money and awareness.]]>
<![CDATA[Maryland NICU Closed After Bacteria Found Again]]>Thu, 03 Nov 2016 06:28:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prince+Georges+County+Hospital.jpg
Prince George's Hospital Center closed its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) Wednesday after a potentially deadly bacterium was discovered for the second time in three months.

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<![CDATA[DC Mayor Won't Veto Death With Dignity]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:48:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/208*120/Untitled-1220.jpg
D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser says she won't veto the death with dignity bill.

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<![CDATA[McAuliffe Announces New Website to Fight Opioid Abuse]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 05:57:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioids.jpg
Virginia state government has a new website designed to help battle opioid and heroin addiction.

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<![CDATA[E-Visits App]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:05:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016604691_1200x675_798818371854.jpg
Ever wanted to talk to a doctor in the middle of the night or on the weekend and going to the emergency room doesn't seem like a good idea? There will be a new way to do that, 24-7, without leaving your]]>
<![CDATA[D.C. Council Votes in Favor of Death With Dignity Bill]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 21:30:31 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/right-to-die.jpg
The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to a death with dignity bill Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Inova Fairfax Helps Doctors Literally 'Practice' Medicine]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:37:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Inova+Simulation+Mannequin.jpg
A program at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia is giving the term "practicing medicine" a new meaning.

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<![CDATA[SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 NBC4 Expo!]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:24:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20161101+EXPO-SAVE-THE-DATE-FB.jpg
The NBC4 Heath & Fitness Expo is BACK for 2017! Mark your calendars now!]]>
<![CDATA[2 Types of Oreo Fudge Cremes Recalled Nationwide ]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:28:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/oreo+fudge+cremes.jpg
An Illinois-based company has issued a nationwide recall of two kinds of its Oreo Fudge Cremes products because the snacks contain milk, an item not included among the ingredients that can cause serious...

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<![CDATA[How Coffee Can Change Your Life]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:03:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016586078_1200x675_797403715552.jpg
Michael Harwood of Ceremony Coffee talked with News4's Eun Yang about how coffee can be "life-changing." Ceremony has shops in Annapolis and Baltimore, a roasting facility in Annapolis and a space for workshops...]]>
<![CDATA[Runners From Kansas, Va. Win Marine Corps Marathon]]>Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:31:05 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mcm+2016+winners.jpg
A runner from Kansas and a runner from Virginia won their respective divisions of the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon, according to unofficial results.]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Powder Lawsuit: Woman Awarded More Than $70M]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:58:55 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Powder-GettyImages-119270124.jpg
A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about...

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<![CDATA[Children With 3-Way DNA Are Healthy: Study]]>Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:31:49 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16299728950958-dna.jpg
More than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor. Now researchers have checked up on how the babies...

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<![CDATA[A 'Hospital Warrior' Shares Her Advice]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:49:13 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20161026+Hospital+Warrior.jpg
Bonnie Friedman's husband has been in and out of the hospital so frequently -- 14 times over the past 24 years -- that she has learned how to advocate for him. She's turned her experience into a book to...]]>
<![CDATA[Experts Hope Mosquito-Borne Bacteria Can Beat Zika Virus]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:05:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mosquitoeszika.jpg
Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading the Zika virus and other dangerous diseases. British and American governments are...

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<![CDATA[FDA Steps Up Warnings About Testosterone Use]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:38:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16159721727583-fda-generic.jpg
The FDA announced Tuesday that it is increasing warnings against testosterone and other steroids, NBC News reported. In addition to existing concerns about personality changes and other health issues, the drugs...

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know Before Switching to Generic Prescriptions]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:05 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016537028_1200x675_794128963978.jpg
Generic brand prescriptions might save you money, but you may not get the same results, Dr. Joshua Weiner said. He spoke with News4's Eun Yang about what you need to ask your doctor before you switch.]]>
<![CDATA[Babies Should Sleep in Same Room as Parents: Pediatricians]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:22:12 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents' bedroom at night for six months to a year to reduce the risk of sleep-related death. The new recommendations say babies...

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<![CDATA['The Warning Signs Are There': Domestic Violence Survivor Shares Story]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:01:37 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-10-25_1300.png
Mary Margaret Ferran stopped by News4 Midday to share her courageous story of survival, hoping it will help someone else who is not safe at home.]]>
<![CDATA[Chipotle Sales Fall Again as It Tries to Win Back Customers]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:15:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chipotle-GettyImages-509063322.jpg
Chipotle is still struggling to bring back customers to its restaurants after a food safety scare last year. The burrito chain said Tuesday that sales fell 21.9 percent at established restaurants during...

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<![CDATA[Out of Darkness Walk Raises Awareness for Suicide Prevention]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:23:08 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016515221_1200x675_792659523643.jpg
Crowds of walkers raised awareness for suicide prevention at the Out of Darkness Walk on the National Mall.]]>
<![CDATA[1 in 4 US Cancer Deaths Linked to Smoking]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:37:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/108938428e.jpg
Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.

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<![CDATA[Pediatrics Group Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:32:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-135280995.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for parents with infants and young children in regard to screen usage. Children under 18 months should avoid screens, with the exception of...

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<![CDATA[How Much 'Screen Time' Should Your Children Have?]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:05:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016487580_1200x675_790925379834.jpg
Dr. Jenny Radesky from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan recommends parents play games, use social media and watch the news with your kids. NBC's Erika Edwards has the story on...]]>
<![CDATA[New Advice: Parents Should Share Screentime with Kids]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:46:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_mediakids1020_1920x1080.jpg
Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun. Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids' media usage represents a shift to making moms...

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<![CDATA[Woman With Cancer: '#JuJuOnThatChemo']]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:21:49 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/chemo-dance-101916.PNG
A Texas woman is not letting cancer and chemo get her down. Ana-Alecia Ayala, who’s battling a rare form of uterine sarcoma, has joined the viral dance craze — and has a heartwarming message to share In...

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<![CDATA[Obama to Urge Young Adults to Sign Up For Health Care ]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:05:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TLMD-obamacare-website-sutterstock-st.jpg
President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his namesake health care program, long a target of Republicans and recently criticized by some Democrats, saying millions of Americans "now know the financial security...

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<![CDATA[App Helps Save Cardiac Patient's Life]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:00:10 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/smart_phone.jpg
Seattle officials say the rescue shows the potential the free download has for connecting CPR-trained citizens with patients who urgently need their help. It's being used in 2,000 U.S. cities in 28 states.

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<![CDATA[DC Resident Saves Coworker’s Life Day After CPR Training]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:43:24 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Danette+Purvis.jpg
Less than a day after receiving CPR training from the Hands on Hearts program, a Washington woman put it to use to help save a life.

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<![CDATA[Infants, Parents Should Share Room: New Guidelines]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:35:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated guidelines for new parents on infant sleep safety. Experts say room sharing could reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half and...]]>
<![CDATA[3 STDs Hit Record High: CDC]]>Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:47:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16293715410881-chlamydia-generic.jpg
Infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high. Chlamydia was the most common. More than 1.5 million cases were reported in the U.S. last year, up 6 percent from the year before.

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know About ADHD]]>Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:44:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016461823_1200x675_789205571704.jpg
Psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner talks about symptoms, medication and treatment for ADHD.]]>
<![CDATA['It's So Bad': St. Mary's County Fights Heroin Epidemic]]>Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:15:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016453727_1200x675_788848195805.jpg
St. Mary's County officials say they're facing a crisis of prescription drug and heroin addiction. Residents are worried about their loved ones. "It's so bad down here in St. Mary's County, and you can get...]]>
<![CDATA[Mom's Update on Conjoined Twins]]>Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:12:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/conjoined+twins+gofundme+thumb.png
Nicole McDonald has reluctantly documented her family's experience as her twin sons who were attached at the head faced their most difficult surgery yet last week. But if supporters of her family read anything...
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<![CDATA[Redskins, American Diabetes Association Team Up to Raise Awareness]]>Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:41:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/2016-10-18_1241.png
NBC4's team speaks with the Redskin's Shawn Springs about their upcoming festival at FedEx Field with the American Diabetes Association. Springs, who lost his father to diabetes, will be helping to raise...]]>
<![CDATA['Repair With Pink' Lets Customers Wear Their Support]]>Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:11:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016444327_1200x675_788141123860.jpg
A Maryland shoe repair shop is giving customers a chance to wear their support for breast cancer awareness on their feet. News4's Molette Green explains how to turn your soles pink.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Examines Fridges' Chilling Effect on Tomato Taste]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:42:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/042615+Top+Crops+%288%29.jpg
If you buy tomatoes from John Banscher at his farmstand in New Jersey, he'll recommend keeping them out of the fridge or they'll lose some of their taste. Now scientists have figured out why: It's because...

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<![CDATA[Getting Older With HIV]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:23:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016439777_1200x675_787870787793.jpg
The HIV positive diagnosis is no longer the dire news it once was as medicines now can keep it undetectable so fewer people end up with full-blown AIDS, which brings new challenges as patients learn to...]]>
<![CDATA[DC Is Nation’s 3rd-Rattiest City]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:38:01 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rats-generic722.jpg
Exterminating company Orkin ranks the District number three on its list of cities with the biggest rat infestation, behind only New York City and Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Rates, Report Finds]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:42:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/strides6-PIC_0.jpg
Despite innovative technology for detection and treatment of breast cancer, black women continue to have the highest rate of mortality, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[Zika-Related Health Problems Grow as Babies Age]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:50:49 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-2sm.jpg
Brazilian doctors are seeing unusual new health problems among infants born to mothers who contracted the Zika virus. The complications often go beyond those seen when other infections cause microcephaly.

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<![CDATA[Moms Find Worms in Baby Formula]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:04:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_maggotformula1011_1500x845.jpg
A first-time mom says she found worms in a bottle of Similac baby formula that she fed her son. "Two ounces down I noticed the worms," said Taylor Seyler from Missouri. "Took it from his mouth, went and put...]]>
<![CDATA[3,000 Strollers Recalled]]>Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:26:33 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stroller-recall3.jpg
Mamas & Papas has recalled nearly 3,000 strollers due to a fall hazard. The company recalled its Armadillo Flip and Flip XT strollers after reports that a loose latch can cause the seat to tip back...

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<![CDATA[4 Qualities Explain Why Big Cities Are Healthier: Survey]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:48:27 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/StretchMcDonalds.jpg
The American cities with the healthiest, happiest residents are Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., according to a new survey that scored communities on important health measures, NBC...

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<![CDATA[College Students Say 'Drunkorexia' Is More Than Buzzword]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:36:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-113218959beer.jpg
Despite attempts to curb students’ consumption of alcohol, binge-drinking is becoming the norm on college campuses, NBC News reported. A group of young people spoke about the trend, called “drunkorexia,"...

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<![CDATA[Zika 'Syndrome': Health Problems Mount as Babies Turn 1 ]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:27:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-507388502zika.jpg
Two weeks shy of his first birthday, doctors began feeding Jose Wesley Campos through a nose tube because swallowing problems had left him dangerously underweight. Learning how to feed is the baby's latest...

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Recalls Ice Cream Containing Cookie Dough]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:01:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blue-bell11.jpg
Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its ice cream products that contain cookie dough from an Iowa-based supplier.

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<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Treatment Costs Vary Wildly, Study Finds]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:51:42 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2092862-cancer-treatment-generic.jpg
A new study has found that breast cancer patients, insurance companies and government health plans are needlessly paying $1 billion to treat the disease, NBC News reported. The cost of cancer treatment...

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<![CDATA[School Starts Prevention Program After 2 Student Suicides]]>Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:29:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blake+High+School+100716.jpg
After two seniors killed themselves since the beginning of the school year, a Maryland high school is bringing in a suicide prevention program.

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Recalls All Ice Creams with Suspect Cookie Dough]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 04:08:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/COOKIE-DOUGH.jpg
Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its ice cream products that contain cookie dough from an Iowa-based supplier.

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<![CDATA[WHO Urges Countries to Raise Taxes on Sugary Drinks]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:01:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
The U.N. health agency on Tuesday recommended that countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks like sodas, sport drinks and even 100-percent fruit juices as a way to fight obesity, diabetes...

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<![CDATA[Cartels Selling Deadly Fentanyl Disguised as Other Drugs]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:50:29 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fentanyl+10-09.PNG
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are warning people who illegally buy drugs and painkillers on the street or in Tijuana that drug cartels are selling lethal doses of...

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<![CDATA[“I Nailed It for Mental Health” Campaign Raises Mental Health Awareness]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:00:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016359762_1200x675_782806083648.jpg
Getting your nails done this week? You could help someone in your community! For World Mental Health Day, NBC4’s Barbara Harrison speaks with two guests involved in the “I Nailed It for Mental Health” campaign...]]>
<![CDATA[Kid-Friendly Cannabis?]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:18:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-10-10-at-11.37.36-AM.jpg
Tampa, Florida's, first Family Medical Cannabis Clinic is now offering a non-euphoric strain of marijuana as a treatment option for children and adults with chronic seizures and muscle spasms.

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<![CDATA['Lunchables' Recalled in 2 States Due to Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:18:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lunchables-recall.jpg
The Kraft Heinz Company is recalling 959 pounds of some "Lunchables" packaged lunch products in two states due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...

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<![CDATA[EpiPen Maker to Pay $465M in Overbilling Case]]>Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:47:21 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan will pay $465 million to settle allegations that it overbilled Medicaid for its life-saving EpiPen allergy injection. The federal government says EpiPen is a branded drug, which means Mylan should...

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<![CDATA[US Surgeon General Investigating Possible Computer Breach]]>Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:46:37 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/murthyAP_968035797730.jpg
The Health and Human Services Department is investigating a possible breach of a computer system holding personal information of more than 6,700 doctors, nurses and other uniformed public health workers overseen...

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<![CDATA[How to Get a Protective Order]]>Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:53:56 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Montgomery+County+Courtroom.jpg
The News4 I-Team received rare access to the Montgomery County Circuit Court building to take you step by step through getting a protective order in Maryland.

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<![CDATA[Understand the Benefits and Misconceptions of Flu Vaccines]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:13:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flu+shot1.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, discusses when to get flu vaccines, the benefits of getting the vaccine and misconceptions of the flu vaccine.

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<![CDATA[Officials Warn of Syringes That May Cause Blood Infections]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:32:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-103919484.jpg
Health officials in Maryland are warning people to stop using a brand of syringes that may be causing a bacterial infection.

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<![CDATA[Study Says No, You Can't Live Forever]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:11:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_95101701406Jeanne-Calment.jpg
If you wanted to live until, say, the year 2140, don't get your hopes up. A new study from the Einstein College of Medicine found that human beings' maximum lifespan is about 115 years, NBC News reported. Jan...

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<![CDATA[Did Hospital Charge Couple for Holding Their Baby?]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:01:56 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SKIN-TO-SKIN-4P-VO---00-00-39-15_21059698.jpg
A Utah couple was confused after receiving a $39.95 charge for "skin-to-skin contact" on a bill from their hospital after the birth of their child. Though it first seemed like a charge for holding the baby, the...

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<![CDATA[Foods to Avoid Before Bed]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:04:12 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_nightfoods1004_1920x1080.jpg
Having these late-night snacks can have a huge impact on sleep quality.]]>
<![CDATA[Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Paralyzing US Kids]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 20:36:19 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/carter_4_d469880f8dc2035fcfb6cdc6b59d3b54.nbcnews-ux-600-480.jpg
Three-year-old Carter Roberts was playful, healthy and active until he became one of over four dozen people in the United States diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Prince George's Hospital Center NICU to Reopen]]>Tue, 04 Oct 2016 05:47:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prince+Georges+County+Hospital.jpg
The Prince George’s Hospital Center is reopening its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) Tuesday, nearly two months after a potentially deadly bacteria was found in the hospital's water system.

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<![CDATA[Ben Stiller Reveals 2014 Prostate Cancer Diagnosis]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 06:03:34 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/newbenGettyImages-521444022.jpg
Ben Stiller is more accustomed to making people laugh, but during an appearance on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show Tuesday he got deadly serious revealing he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014.

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<![CDATA[Doctors' Political Views May Affect Patient Care: Survey]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:44:10 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542739377.jpg
Politics in the exam room? A new study suggests patient care may vary depending on whether the doctor is a Democrat or a Republican — at least when it comes to some hot-button health issues like firearm...

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<![CDATA[Countdown to the 2017 NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo!]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:40:07 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/healthexpodayone.jpg
We're Working 4 You - and counting down to the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo January 7 and 8, 2017!]]>
<![CDATA[CDC Warns Against Traveling to Asia as Zika Spreads There]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 05:49:54 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/184*120/Mosquito+Illnesses+Fort+Worth.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning pregnant women to stay away from 11 Southeast Asian countries where Zika is spreading, NBC News reported. Thailand has been included on the list, where...

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<![CDATA[Experts Looked Inside Mylan's Upgraded EpiPen]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:34:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen-julie-brown-injectors-nbc-news.jpg
With Congress trying to figure out Mylan's business model for the EpiPen, a medical technologies expert and a Seattle doctor have been physically taking apart the auto-injectors to find out exactly how...

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<![CDATA[Mother-Daughter Team Dedicated to Fighting Breast Cancer ]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:36:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/breastcancer3.jpg
For Dr. Rachel Brem, diagnosing and treating breast cancer is personal. Brem, like her mother, is a breast cancer survivor, and it was her mother's diagnosis that inspired her to found The Brem Foundation.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors Warn Zika Could Spread in Sweat and Tears]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:27:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16201766112052-zika-utah-mosquito.jpg
Doctors who treated a strange case of Zika say sweat and tears may be able to transmit the virus, NBC News reports. A team at the University of Utah School of Medicine said their case, of a man who infected his...

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<![CDATA[Coffee Can Reduce Heart Disease Risk, Research Suggests]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:47:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/092916+coffee.jpg
Credible research suggests three to five cups of coffee per day can reduce one's risk of heart disease, stroke and Parkinson's disease, according to nutritionist Dr. Joy Dubost.

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<![CDATA[Over 600K Vets May Be Uninsured in 2017]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:55:12 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DOC_GettyImages-539738467.jpg
More than 600,000 U.S. military veterans will go without health insurance in 2017 if 19 states fail to expand their Medicaid programs, according to the Urban Institute. The report found that many veterans fall...

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<![CDATA[3D-Printed Artificial Bones Could Help Heal Injuries]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:49:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/3d-skull-H.jpg
A new type of artificial bone shaped with a 3-D printer can repair deformed bones and help heal some spine, skull and jaw injuries, researchers say in a new report printed in the journal Science Translational...

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<![CDATA[Baby Born With DNA From 3 People]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:04:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481683717.jpg
Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people - the mother, the father and an egg donor. The goal was to prevent the child from inheriting a...

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<![CDATA[9 Out of 10 People Breathe Polluted Air: WHO]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:43:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_484690709547.jpg
Nine out of ten people worldwide live in areas where air pollution exceeds guidelines, the World Health Organization said. The pollution puts these people at higher risk for heart disease, strokes and cancer.

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<![CDATA[Dr. Joshua Weiner Discusses Lightbox Therapy for Low Sex Drive]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:43:34 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016243823_1200x675_774906947582.jpg
This simple therapy men can do at home could increase sex drive. Dr. Joshua Weiner explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Disabled Man Gets License, Shows Driverless Tech's Potential]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:29:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/schmidt3.jpg
Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat using his chin.

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<![CDATA[Aetna to Subsidize Apple Watch]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:46:27 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg
Aetna announced that it will be making Apple Watches available for large employers and individual customers during open enrollment season. The health care services company said the new initiative will...

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<![CDATA[Plastic Bits Prompt Tyson Chicken Nugget Recall]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:16:07 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Chicken-Nugget-Recall-Panko.jpg
Consumers complaining of finding bits of plastic in some packages of Tyson chicken nuggets led Tyson Foods to recall over 100,000 pounds of the product, the USDA's food safety division announced Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Decides Not to Break Up Business ]]>Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:33:55 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pfizer494838914.jpg
Pfizer will not split into two publicly traded companies, a decision that, at least for now, ends Wall Street speculation over the drugmaker's future. The company said Monday it believes it is best positioned...

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<![CDATA[Upside to Morning Sickness: Fewer Miscarriages, Stillbirths]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:31:34 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pregnancy-generic.jpg
It's dreaded by moms-to-be but morning sickness is actually a good sign — for the baby, a government study shows, confirming common pregnancy lore and less rigorous research. Women with nausea early in...

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<![CDATA['Healing Garden' for Wounded Warriors to Open in Bethesda]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:15:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016202580_1200x675_772267587515.jpg
A "healing garden" in Naval Support Activity Bethesda's backyard will give wounded warriors a serene place to rest. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[A Rare Bipartisan Agreement Reached, Briefly, on Abortion]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:45:28 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CONGRESS_GettyImages-2062515.jpg
Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding.

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<![CDATA[35 US States Sue British Drugmaker Over Marketing of Opioid]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:32:01 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-467024279-suboxone.jpg
Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday alleging that British drugmaker Indivior tried to keep cheaper, generic versions of Suboxone off the market, California's...

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<![CDATA[Brittany Maynard's Widower in DC to Push for New Law]]>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:10:16 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP320784144588.jpg
The D.C. Council is considering the legislation that would allow patients with 6 months or less to live to request lethal medication from their doctors.

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Recalls Ice Cream]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:17:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/COOKIE-DOUGH.jpg
Blue Bell Creamery has issued a voluntary recall on some of its ice cream products. The selected recalled products were produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama, plant because they were made with a chocolate...

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<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie Gives Advice for How to Cope With Fall Allergies]]>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:54:49 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AllergyKid.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, discusses with Pat Lawson Muse the best way to cope with fall allergies.

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<![CDATA[Tour Sibley Hospital's New State-of-the-Art Patient Tower]]>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:52:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sibley+Hospital+092116.jpg
After several years of construction, the opening of Sibley Hospital's new state-of-the-art patient tower in upper northwest D.C. is just days away. News4 got a preview Wednesday. Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[Mylan CEO Defends EpiPen Cost to Angry Lawmakers]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:49:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/609574240-mylan-ceo-house-oversight-committee.jpg
Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the head of pharmaceutical company Mylan about the significant cost increase of its life-saving EpiPens and the profits for a company with sales...

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<![CDATA[Drug-Resistant Superbugs a 'Fundamental Threat': WHO]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:06:42 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
While antibiotics were once hailed as miracle drugs, they've been abused and overused so much that they are now often useless against fast-evolving bacteria. And that bacterial evolution is far outpacing humans’...

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<![CDATA[Zuckerbergs' $3B to Ending Disease]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:14:13 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16265572079859-chan-zuckerberg-initiative-end-disease.jpg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have a lofty new goal: to cure, manage or eradicate all disease by the end of this century. To this end, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, their...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle's New Push on Food Safety]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:58:05 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chipotle-GettyImages-509063322.jpg
Chipotle is making another push to convince people that its food won't make them sick, with plans to run more newspaper and digital ads outlining the safety steps it has taken since last year's E.

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<![CDATA[When a Teacher Says Your Child May Have ADHD]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:18:29 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016168748_1200x675_770262083581.jpg
Your child's teacher says they wonder if your child has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Child psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner talks with News4's Eun Yang about what could be going on and what questions...]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Trackers No Guarantee for Weight Loss]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:13:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_fitnesstrackers0920_1920x1080.jpg
A new study suggests wearing a fitness tracker to tally the number of steps you take in a day doesn't necessarily mean the numbers on the scale will come down. The University of Pittsburgh recruited more...

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<![CDATA[Mylan CEO Defends EpiPen Prices]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:35:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_302359722512.jpg
The head of pharmaceutical company Mylan is defending the cost for life-saving EpiPens and signaling the company has no plans to lower prices despite a public outcry.

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<![CDATA[Smoking Leaves DNA Damage Years After Quitting: Study]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:13:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Most — but not all — DNA damage from smoking fades over time, and the genetic changes occur in clear patterns, researchers reported in an American Heart Association journal Tuesday, according to NBC News. The...

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<![CDATA[Va. Program Gives EMS Crews Key Medical Information]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:56:27 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/092016+yellow+dot+fairfax+county.jpg
A new program in Fairfax County, Virginia, will give EMS crews information that may save lives.

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<![CDATA[Listeria Fears Spur Whole Wheat Eggo Recall]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:18:28 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kellogg-eggo-recall-.jpg
Kellogg is recalling about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain whole wheat waffles over the possibility they were contaminated with Listeria bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the...

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<![CDATA[Zika Mosquitoes Can Survive Over Next Months in Southern US]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:55:34 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Zika-Puerto-Rico-AP_71939457309.jpg
The potential for an abundant population of the mosquito that carries the Zika virus remains moderate or high through November in the southernmost cities of the U.S., a study shows.

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<![CDATA[Drugmakers Fought State Opioid Limits Amid Crisis]]>Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:08:06 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg
The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide...

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<![CDATA[Can This Patch Stop Drunk Driving?]]>Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:18:42 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DrunkPatch0915_MP4-147405607449700001.jpg
A New Mexico company is hoping their new patch will help stop drunk driving. DermaTec has developed a patch that senses alcohol intake through sweat. It's called the ONUSBlue, as in it's "on us" to end...]]>
<![CDATA[Florida's 1st Zika Outbreak Almost Over, Officials Say]]>Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:07:31 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-585211752.jpg
The mainland United States's first official outbreak of Zika virus may be declared over by early next week, NBC News reported. But another, in Miami Beach, is going strong, and on Thursday Florida health...

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<![CDATA[Dietician Shares Tips on Getting Kids in the Kitchen]]>Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:11:33 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016108198_1200x675_765983811923.jpg
Registered dietitian Joy Dubost says family meals can encourage healthy eating habits, prevent obesity, help kids perform better in school and even fight the risks of substance abuse.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctor Wants Executive Order Banning Menthol Cigarettes]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:18:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+Smoke+Cloud+Generic.jpg
Dr. Phillip Gardiner, co-chair of the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, asks President Barack Obama for an executive order to stop making menthol cigarettes.

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<![CDATA[New Medication for Opioid Addiction]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:46:40 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_heroin0706_1920x1080.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses a new medication that can treat opioid addiction and help sufferers of chronic pain who might otherwise turn to addictive painkillers. Aaron Gilchrist reports.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves Non-Invasive Treatment for Essential Tremors]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:43:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Peter+Muller+MRI+guided+focused+ultrasound.jpg
A non-invasive treatment offers new hope to the roughly 10 million people affected by essential tremors in the U.S. each year.

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<![CDATA[Fertility Doctor Accused Of Using Own Sperm]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:01:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_fertilitydoctor0913_1920x1080.jpg
Investigators believe a retired Indianapolis doctor may have donated his own sperm to as many as 50 patients without their knowledge. WTHR's Steve Jefferson reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Women Use Handbags to Support Domestic Violence Survivors]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:21:12 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016083043_1200x675_764044355950.jpg
Dr. DeeDee Freeman of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center and financial adviser Dominique Broadway discuss their purse pop-up tour to support domestic violence survivors.]]>
<![CDATA[Emotional Support Turkey Brings Joy to Woman With Lupus]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:02:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Capture74.PNG
Most of the time when you hear the words, "emotional support animal," you think of a dog, or some sort of cuddly animal. But a Washington woman with lupus has Sammi, her emotional support turkey, to help her go...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Affected Woman's Brain and Memory, Doctors Say]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:27:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/184*120/AHORA-BEBE-ZIKA.jpg
The Zika virus is known to cause devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses and now there is evidence that the virus could be more damaging to adults than has been believed, NBC News reported.]]>
<![CDATA[What to Know About Pneumonia]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:17:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-602406252-hil.jpg
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s diagnosis of pneumonia has raised a number of questions about the disease itself. News4's Doreen Gentzler got some answers from Dr.

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<![CDATA[Study Details Sugar Industry Attempt to Shape Science]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:55:21 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered...

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<![CDATA[Vaccination Critic Faces Possible Medical Board Discipline ]]>Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:31:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-103919484.jpg
An Orange County pediatrician and outspoken critic of mandatory vaccinations faces possible discipline by California's medical board.

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<![CDATA[Addiction in America]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:04:52 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioids.jpg
Opioid and heroin addiction is out of control, destroying lives from every segment of our community, and it's killing people in numbers that just keep growing.

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<![CDATA[5-Second Rule Is Too Generous for Fallen Food: Study]]>Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:42:24 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462645054.jpg
It might be time to reconsider the five-second rule when thinking about eating food that has fallen on the floor. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey say in a new study that bacteria can contaminate...

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<![CDATA[Woman Gets Another Kidney 40 Years After First Transplant]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:06:36 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Brenda+Hudson.jpg
Forty years after being the recipient of Georgetown Hospital's first live kidney transplant, Brenda Hudson recently got another.]]>
<![CDATA[Chemicals Used to Fight Zika Worry Some Florida Residents]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:00:34 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaChems0907_MP4-147333531803900001.jpg
On the front lines in the fight against the Zika virus, crews in infected areas are double-dosing chemicals to kill larva and adult mosquitoes. People are being urged to use bug sprays with the ingredient...]]>
<![CDATA['Super Lice' on the Rise in Most States]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:34:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_superlice0907_1920x1080.jpg
September is National Lice Awareness Month, but most people aren't aware of those cringe-worthy critters until they're dealing with a full-on infestation. That was the issue Stacey Cole faced when her children...]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Allergies, EpiPens and Price Tag]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:18:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, talks about the importance of EpiPens for people who suffer from food, drug and insect allergies.

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<![CDATA[How to Spot the Risk Factors of Suicide]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:40:29 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016027986_1200x675_759852611956.jpg
Every 40 seconds, someone in the world takes their own life. Dr. Joshua Weiner shares how you can spot the warning signs and help keep others safe.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Doubled Birth Defect Rate in Brazil, Study Shows]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:32:56 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The arrival of Zika virus in Brazil doubled the rate of birth defects involving the nervous system, including microcephaly, researchers reported Wednesday. Rates of Guillain-Barré syndrome — a rare, paralyzing...

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<![CDATA[Rep. Warns of Zika With Mosquitoes]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:08:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/090716+david+jolly+zika+mosquitoes.jpg
Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly brought a container of mosquitoes onto the House floor Wednesday to criticize Congress for failing to pass legislation to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus in the Sunshine...

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<![CDATA[NY Attorney General Investigates Maker of EpiPen]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 18:31:08 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016016214_1200x675_759026243663.jpg
New York's attorney general launched an investigation into the maker of the EpiPen over possible anticompetitive practices with schools. Susan Hogan reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Family Grieves Loss of Newborn in Twins Viral Photo]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:45:13 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baby+pacifier1.JPG
Days after a photo of Florida newborn twins hugging in a hospital went viral, the family is grieving the the loss of one of the boys, born with a rare medical condition. Twins Mason and Hawk Buchmeyer of

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<![CDATA[Flu Season Arrives, With New Recommendations for Prevention]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:20:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_fluvaccines0906_1920x1080.jpg
The nasal spray FluMist has been the flu vaccine preference among many parents for years, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says kids should not get it this year. The move comes after a panel of experts...]]>
<![CDATA[Industry Insiders Estimate EpiPen Costs No More Than $30]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:27:01 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan says middlemen and suppliers have forced them to jack up the prices on EpiPens by hundreds of dollars, but two industry insiders say the company pays no more than $30 per device, NBC News reports. Some...

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<![CDATA[NY Attorney General to Investigate EpiPen Manufacturer]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:46:51 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
New York's top prosecutor said he is launching an antitrust investigation into the maker of the EpiPen. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday his office was opening the investigation into Mylan...

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<![CDATA[High-Tech Prosthetics Provide Options for Amputees]]>Mon, 05 Sep 2016 14:38:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/186*120/titan+arm.JPG
Companies are partnering to make prosthetic devices that are stylish, sturdy and highly functional, even if they do look like something from the future.

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<![CDATA[3 Common STDs Are Becoming Harder to Treat]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 17:27:42 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_1602291933356134-STD.jpg
In the United States, drug-resistant gonorrhea is a public health problem of national concern. But untreatable gonorrhea isn't the only STD that has health officials worried, according to an NBC News...

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