<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:45:01 -0400 Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:45:01 -0400 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Lightning Threat Looms as Storms Sweep U.S.]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 01:43:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lightning-Strike-New-York-City-23-June-2014.jpg
Severe thunderstorms are threatening a huge swath of the U.S. from eastern Texas to the Carolinas over the Independence Day holiday, provoking stern warnings from forecasters during what is already the deadliest...

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<![CDATA[Thousands in U.S. Diagnosed With Tuberculosis Every Year]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:16:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_1_tuberculosis.jpg
It may seem like an illness of the past, but 10,000 people are diagnosed with tuberculosis every year in the United States. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Measles Death the 1st in U.S. Since 2003]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:54:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Measles_Generic_722x406_19018080101.jpg
A Washington woman died from measles in the spring — the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003 and the first in the state since 1990, health officials said Thursday. The woman, who was not identified...

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<![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[What You Need to Know About Vaccines]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:58:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/N11P+CA+VACCINE+DEBATE+PKG+-+22395703.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has some useful informataion about vaccines.]]>
<![CDATA[World Cup Collision Sparks Concussion Concerns]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:45:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/World-Cup-US-Germany-Popp-Head-Injury-30-June-2015.jpg
Like many contact sports only recently coming to terms with the long-term risks of concussions, soccer has struggled to handle head injuries.

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<![CDATA[Finding Jobs for People With Mental Illness]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:43:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011010232_1200x675_473792067940.jpg
For those diagnosed with mental illness, a job can be more than just a steady paycheck. It's a way to get better because work provides consistency, confidence and a sense of purpose.]]>
<![CDATA[Pros Say Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Good for Kids]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:10:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011021217_1200x675_474289731843.jpg
On the same day the Supreme Court released its ruling on marriage, the American Academy of Pediatrics welcomed the decision, saying any healthy marriage is good for kids. Dr. Joshua Weiner says stability is key...]]>
<![CDATA[D.C. HIV/AIDS Rate Drops for 6th Straight Year]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:05:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/worldaidsdaysandiego.jpg
The infection HIV/AIDS rate has dropped for the sixth year in a row in D.C., but the city still has a major battle on its hands to get the rate even lower.

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<![CDATA[Some People Seeking Sunburns - Just for the 'Art']]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:14:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/203*120/AP110621177077.jpg
While most people avoid sunburns at all costs, there are some who welcome them, all in the name of "art."

<![CDATA[Sugary Drinks May Kill 184,000 People Each Year: Study]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:11:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/soda+fountain.jpg
Consumption of soda, energy beverages, and other sugary drinks may be linked to 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research published Tuesday in the journal Circulation.

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<![CDATA[MAP: Free Lunch for Prince George's Co. Students]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:32:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/LunchWashington.jpg
A Prince George's County program is trying to ensure that children don't suffer from hunger this summer.

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<![CDATA[Why More Women Than Men Have Alzheimer's]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:05:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482147063.jpg
Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it's just because they tend to live longer than men.

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<![CDATA[Calif. Vaccine Bill Clears Hurdle]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:30:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vaccine-OTSstock.jpg
California's Assembly on Thursday approved a hotly contested bill requiring that nearly all public schoolchildren be vaccinated, clearing one of its last major legislative obstacles before the measure heads...

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<![CDATA[Viewpoint: Mood Disorders]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:32:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010912401_1200x675_469435459613.jpg
For the first-time, patients, families, doctors, and researchers are working together as equal partners to change the direction of mood disorder research. Guests include Andrew A.]]>
<![CDATA[Lymphoma Survivor Discusses Road to Recovery]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:28:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062515+lymphoma+survivor.jpg
Bowie, Maryland resident Chartese Burnett fought and survived non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the same type of cancer with which Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was diagnosed. "It is absolutely not a death sentence,"

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<![CDATA[Understanding the Supreme Court's ACA Ruling]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:52:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010955250_1200x675_471241283668.jpg
NBC News Political Editor Carrie Dann speaks with Eun Yang about the importance of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act for the second time.]]>
<![CDATA[What Is Synthetic Marijuana and Why Is It Gaining Popularity?]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:16:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_143207803.png
Synthetic marijuana has played a role in multiple accidents and crimes in the past several weeks: a woman stabbed her boyfriend, a homeless shelter experienced a mass overdose, and Mayor Muriel Bowser wants...

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<![CDATA[Laundry Pods Pose Dangers for Kids]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:43:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010944332_1200x675_470892099711.jpg
Industry changes are underway to make laundry pods pose less danger to children. Poison control centers have received about 32,000 calls since 2012 regarding the products. The industry is set to vote on...]]>
<![CDATA[Healthy Food Bus to Feed Prince William Co. Kids]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:11:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062415+healthy+food+bus+beneficiary.jpg
A new partnership between the Capital Area Food Bank and Shoppers Food Warehouse delivers meals to kids in need in Prince William County.

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<![CDATA[What to Know About the Uptick in Drug ODs]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:31:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010939584_1200x675_470603843806.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses the increase in drug overdoses, as well as treatments available.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Wins $500K After Phone Records Doctors Mocking Him]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:30:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-117009763.jpg
A Vienna, Virginia, man was awarded $500,000 in court after suing doctors he recorded mocking and insulting him while he was under anesthesia during a 2013 colonoscopy.

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<![CDATA[Nearly 10K Cases of Ranch Salad Dressing Recalled]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:41:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pinnacle-foods-recall.jpg
A New Jersey-based company is voluntarily recalling nearly 10,000 cases of Wish-Bone Ranch salad dressing sold in 24-ounce bottles after a customer alerted representatives the product was accidentally mixed with...

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<![CDATA[Council Approves Paid Sick Time Bill in Montgomery Co.]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:59:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stethescope+generic.jpg
Montgomery County's council members have voted in favor of a bill that requires employers to give full-time employees seven paid sick days.

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<![CDATA[GMO Lamb With Jellyfish Protein Sold for Meat in France]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:05:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/franceGMO.jpg
France's national agricultural institute is investigating how a lamb whose mother had been genetically modified with a jellyfish protein as part of a medical experiment was sold as meat. In a statement Tuesday...

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<![CDATA[Program Helps People With Disabilities Get Finances in Order]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:25:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010912464_1200x675_470049859852.jpg
A new government training program called Reach Outcomes, Acheive Dreams, Succeed, or ROADS, helps people with all kinds of disabilities track their finances. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Action Needed Now to Slow Climate Change: WH]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:11:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/White-House-Climate-Change-Report-22-June-2015.jpg
Failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths a year in the United States from poor air quality by 2100, the Obama administration argued in a report released Monday that warns of...

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<![CDATA[Skinny Jeans Land "Fashion Victim" in Hospital for Days]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:37:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Skinny-Jeans-Dangers-22-June-2015.jpg
An Australian woman was hospitalized for four days after her skinny jeans cut off the blood flow to her calves and made her collapse. The 35-year-old had spent the day helping relatives move, squatting...

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<![CDATA[General Mills to Drop Artificial Ingredients in Cereal ]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:27:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP282764155223.jpg
General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural. The company said Monday that Trix

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<![CDATA[Several Brands of Bottled Water Recalled]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bottles+of+water.jpg
Niagara Bottling is recalling its bottled water products after one of its spring sources was contaminated with E. coli. The company is urging customers to avoid drinking the water without boiling it first.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Discover 400,000-Year-Old Tartar on Cavemen Teeth]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:26:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/caveman-teeth-plaque.jpeg
Like modern Americans at summer barbecues, people living in the early Paleolithic era were big fans of grilling, according to an analysis of 400,000-year-old teeth discovered in a cave in Israel, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[U.S. Officials Preparing for MERS Outbreak Following S. Korea]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:19:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-476401196.jpg
A deadly outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Virus in South Korea is prompting health officials and experts to prepare for the possibility of more cases in the United States.]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Dies After Wisdom Teeth Extraction]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:09:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/teeth2.jpg
A Minnesota teen who had her wisdom teeth extracted has died after complications from the procedure, KARE, NBC's affiliate in Minneapolis reported.

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<![CDATA[Trans Fat Linked to Worse Memory]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:50:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TLMD-grasas-trans-trans-fat-shutterstock_162622850.jpg
Men who have more dietary trans fat in their meals may have worse memory, according to a newly released study by the UC San Diego School of Medicine. The study looked at 1,018 men and women who completed...]]>
<![CDATA[Avoid Heat Rash, Photosensitivity and Body Odor]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:50:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_262262027.png
There are many medical conditions that come from the heat and the sun. Here are a few that may show up this summer, along with remedies to help.

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<![CDATA[Google Now Showing Nutrition Facts for Fast Food Chains]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:34:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fastfoodeating.jpg
Google has simplified searching for fast food nutrition information, NBC News reported. Health-conscious diners can now type in a fast food item and the search engine will display calories, sodium content...

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<![CDATA[FDA Cracks Down on Trans Fats]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:23:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP933106560098.jpg
The Obama administration is cracking down on artificial trans fats, calling them a threat to public health. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it will require food companies to phase out the use...

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<![CDATA[Life-Saving Gift From a Stranger]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:33:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sage+Alexander.jpg
Doreen Gentzler reports on a young woman who decided to donate a piece of her liver to save a child's life. To learn more about organ donation, visit OrganDonor.gov, Washington Regional Transplant Communtiy and...]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Considers Banning Trans Fats]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:42:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_trans_fats_ss.jpg
Trans fats may become illegal in the next several weeks as health officials call for a decision. Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[Target Selling Pharmacy, Clinic to CVS Health]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:57:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/target-store-sign.jpg
Target will sell its pharmacy and clinic businesses to the drugstore chain CVS Health for about $1.9 billion in a deal that combines the resources of two retailers seeking to polish their health care...

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<![CDATA[Study of Returns to the ER Suggests Flaw]]> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:04:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-530685403.jpg
No one wants to make a repeat visit to the emergency room for the same complaint, but new research suggests it's more common than previously thought and surprisingly, people frequently wind up at a different ER...

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<![CDATA[What to Know About Transgender Identity]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:30:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010802102_1200x675_462559811999.jpg
Caitlyn Jenner's revelation is shedding new light on transgender identity. Dr. Joshua Weiner talks about how early people might know they are transgender, and the process, including counselling, that people must...]]>
<![CDATA[D.C. Nurses Push for Nurse-to-Patient Ratio]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:04:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nurse-to-patient+ratio+dc+council+061115.jpg
D.C. nurses are rallying support for a City Council bill that would reduce the number of patients nurses can care for at a time — and save lives.

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<![CDATA[Adverse Health Effects from Synthetic Marijuana on the Rise: CDC]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:45:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/061015_synthetic_marijuana.jpg
Adverse health effects as a result of increased synthetic marijuana use are on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. According to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly...

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<![CDATA[Do You Need to Fast Before Surgery? New Guidance Says No]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:00:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010741996_1200x675_458442819844.jpg
Some doctors now say you should load up on carbohydrates before surgery, not fast. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Shows Drop in Underage Drinking]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:54:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56909748.jpg
Rates among underage drinking are dropping steadily, a new study reveals. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also showed a decline in underage binge drinking.
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<![CDATA[Wide Awake Surgery]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:27:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010785958_1200x675_461712451537.jpg
Imagine being wide awake during surgery. Doreen Gentzler has the details on a new way doctors operate on some patients.]]>
<![CDATA[Pill That Reverses Abortion Causes a Stir]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 19:39:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495798155_AbortionPillIlustration.jpg
An Arizona law forces doctors to notify patients of pill that can reverse the effects of the abortion pill RU46. Many are not happy with the law.]]>
<![CDATA[Woman With Rare Tuberculosis at NIH in Bethesda]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:29:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NIHClinic.jpg
The woman has an extremely drug-resistant form of the disease, which is impervious to most TB drugs. Three to four cases are reported each year in the United States, on average.

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<![CDATA[Some Hospitals Charge 10 Times Medicare Rates: Study]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:51:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hospital+price+hikes1.jpg
Dozens of U.S. hospitals are hiking up healthcare costs more than 1,000 percent – over 10 times the costs allowed by Medicare – and for the same medical services, new findings indicate.

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<![CDATA[Health Warning About Synthetic Drugs]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:00:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010746390_1200x675_459209283522.jpg
An urgent public health warning on the growing danger of synthetic marijuana. News4's Darcy Spencer explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Listeria Found in Alabama-Made Blue Bell: Lab]]> Sat, 06 Jun 2015 13:55:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blue-Bell4.jpg
Blue Bell Creameries is reviewing a report from a private laboratory that found evidence of listeria in a carton of ice cream manufactured at its Alabama plant.

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<![CDATA[Sixth Person Dies of MERS Virus in South Korea]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 04:21:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MERS-Spread-Korea-virus-6-June-2015.jpg
South Korea on Monday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measures to stem the spread of the virus that has left dozens of people infected.

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<![CDATA[Hands-on Class Will Help Child Amputees]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 18:24:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/3-d+hand1.jpg
Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey talks with Marshall High School students who are making prosthetic hands for child amputees.

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<![CDATA[World's 1st Skull-Scalp Transplant]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 13:58:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/thumb-AP531540401491.jpg
Texas doctors say they have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment. MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital doctors...

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<![CDATA[New Drugs Use Body's Immune System to Fight Cancer]]> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:40:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010717229_1200x675_456792131925.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how new drugs called monocolonal antibodies, or MABS, use the body's immune system to battle cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[7 Modern-Day Bullying Myths]]> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 17:31:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_151845986.jpg
Bullying has been a problem since the beginning of time, but it's drastically changed in recent years. Read on to discover some myths about modern-day bullying -- and what parents and kids can do to stop...

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<![CDATA["Viagra for Women" Gets FDA's Approval]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:30:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP58796092686.jpg
Government health experts are backing an experimental drug intended to boost the female sex drive, but stress that it must carry safety restrictions to manage side effects including fatigue, low blood pressure...

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<![CDATA[D.C. Doctors See Increase in Kitchen Injuries]]> Sun, 07 Jun 2015 07:46:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010701618_1200x675_456099907871.jpg
Doctors in D.C. say they're seeing an increase in kitchen injuries. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Beau Biden's Death Raises Awareness About Brain Cancer]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:57:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-151386884.jpg
Brain cancer is more common in adults than you might realize, and as Chris Lawrence reports, there hasn't been much progress in the way we treat it.

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<![CDATA[Brain Tumors by The Numbers ]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 09:54:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_281477996.jpg
All the numbers and facts you need to know about brain tumors.

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<![CDATA[Pentagon Chief to Hold People Accountable for Anthrax]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:54:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/anthrax-GettyImages-169368846.jpg
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Sunday that he will find out who was responsible for the mistaken shipments of live anthrax to 11 U.S. states and two countries and will "hold them accountable." Calling...

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<![CDATA[Hong Kong Quarantines 18 Over MERS Infection Fears]]> Sun, 31 May 2015 04:52:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Hong-Kong-Quarantine-Health-Airport.jpg
Authorities in Hong Kong quarantined 18 people after they traveled on a plane with a South Korean man who arrived in the city infected with a potentially fatal virus called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, NBC...

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<![CDATA[Tattoo Ink Allergies May More Common Than Thought, Survey Suggests]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 01:55:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-117006671.jpg
A surprising number of people who get tattooed say they develop severe itching and swelling lasting for months or even years, a new survey suggests.

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<![CDATA[Anthrax Shipments Came From Military Site in Utah]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 11:01:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/anthrax-GettyImages-169368846.jpg
The U.S. Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to government and commercial laboratories occurred at a military post in a desolate stretch of the Utah desert that has been testing chemical weapons...

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<![CDATA[Lead Poisoning Signs and Symptoms]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 17:42:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/DC-General.jpg
A new report has found more lead in paint in D.C.'s largest homeless shelter, days after two children living at the shelter tested positive for elevated lead levels.]]>
<![CDATA[Docs Give Baby Thumb With Surgery]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 08:09:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/toddler+thumb+photo.jpg
A 1-year-old baby born without a thumb will soon be able to grab things with his right hand for the first time thanks to a procedure Long Island doctors say was no small feat. A tiny cast was taken off...

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<![CDATA[Obama Administration Fights For GOP Health Care Suit to Be Dropped]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:17:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP221871733602.jpg
Attorneys for the Obama administration are fighting to have the lawsuit over the president's health care law, brought by Republicans in the House of Representatives, to be thrown out.]]>
<![CDATA[Army Chief: Human Error Unlikely in Anthrax Mistake]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:37:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/anthrax-GettyImages-169368846.jpg
Human error probably was not a factor in the Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples to numerous U.S. government and commercial laboratories in the U.S. and in South Korea, the Army's top general...

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<![CDATA[Facts, Not Fears, About TB]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 17:20:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_206815792.jpg
With the recent case of tuberculosis in a Rockville, Maryland high school, it's time to learn the facts about TB. Below is information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.]]>
<![CDATA[Ecstasy Used to Treat Patients]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 10:45:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ecstasy+pills.jpg
The Federal Drug Administration is allowing a team of Bay Area psychotherapists to experiment with ecstasy to treat patients. Dr. Phil Wolfson, who has offices in San Francisco and Marin County, is in charge of...

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<![CDATA[Pentagon Mistakenly Ships Live Anthrax Samples]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 09:34:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/anthrax-GettyImages-169368846.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine...

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<![CDATA[Americans Are Getting Even Fatter, Survey Finds]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:37:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obesity-Mississippi-27-May-2015.jpg
A new survey shows Americans are getting even fatter, with nearly 28 percent of of people in the U.S. saying they're clinically obese, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[7 Things You May Not Know About Drowning]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 17:20:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_205910293.jpg
This summer, make sure you’ve brushed up on your pool safety tips to make pool fun memorable and secure.]]>
<![CDATA[Healthy Brains and Alzheimer's]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:57:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Brain+Imaging.jpg
Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

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<![CDATA[SIDS Risk Greater at Higher Altitudes]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:51:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pacifier-722.JPG
Lofty living may make babies vulnerable to sudden infant death syndrome, according to a Colorado study that found higher risks above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

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<![CDATA[Salmonella Linked to Raw Tuna Sickens Dozens]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 23:27:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-176392600.jpg
A salmonella outbreak likely linked to raw tuna has sickened 53 people in nine states, health officials said Thursday. Most of the cases — 31 — are in California, officials at the California Department of Public...

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<![CDATA[Alzheimer's Simulator Helps Caretakers Understand the Disease]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 16:02:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/178541982_Dementia-ALzheimers-Generic.jpg
Alzheimer's can be difficult to understand for those who do not suffer from the disease. A senior living center in Kentucky is helping caretakers of those diagnosed with the condition better understand it with a...

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Packs a Punch With 5 Workout Tips]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 17:39:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MichelleObamaPunching.jpg
Five years after launching her Let’s Move campaign to fight childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama released a short video on Twitter with five tips for healthier living.]]>
<![CDATA[Depression Raises Risk for Parkinson's, Study Says]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 21:26:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/6dfbc695cf154c6690b0d9db4b806dc8.jpg
People who suffer from depression were much more likely to develop Parkinson's disease later in their lives, according to a new study that strengthens the theory that depression and Parkinson's are linked,...]]>
<![CDATA[Suicide Rate Rises Among African-American Boys]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 17:38:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010559725_1200x675_448423491568.jpg
A new study shows overall suicide rates in children remained the same over a more than a decade, but that wasn't the case with black children. WHUR's Troy Johnson has more.]]>
<![CDATA["Allergy" Eyes, or an Infection?]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 13:53:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010559746_1200x675_448421956002.jpg
It's been a brutal season if you're allergic to grass pollen, especially where your eyes are concerned. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet shares how you can tell whether your eyes are affected by allergies, or you might...]]>
<![CDATA[7 Ex-Nurses Indicted in Amputation]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 11:45:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic+nurses.jpg
Seven former South Jersey nurses have been charged in the case of a woman who needed her hand amputated after a broken finger wasn't treated properly. Authorities announced the indictments on Tuesday against...

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<![CDATA[Treating "Resting Angry Face" With Plastic Surgery]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 23:21:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010544422_1200x675_447956035698.jpg
"Resting angry face" describes someone whose natural facial expression just looks unhappy even when they're not. Doreen Gentzler reports doctors are finding plastic surgery can give those people more confidence...]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors Issue Warning After Boy Bitten by Snake]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 21:22:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010544164_1200x675_447863875931.jpg
A local boy's summer isn't off to the start he expected after a snake bit him. Tonight, doctors want to make sure you don't end up in the hospital, too. As Prince George's Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports, it...]]>
<![CDATA[Washington, D.C. Named America's Fittest City]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 11:19:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_263031518.jpg
Congratulations, D.C.! The District has been named America's fittest city.

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<![CDATA[Yeast Tweaked to Produce Morphine, Opiates]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 14:37:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Yeast-Morphine-Opiates.jpg
A team of researchers has genetically modified simple brewer's yeast so it can produce opiates like morphine — spurring calls for regulators to control the drug-producing fungus before "home-brewers" recreate it...

<![CDATA[Jim Vance's Message About Depression]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 22:49:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010507248_1200x675_446399043840.jpg
Jim Vance tells how he got through his depression in an interview with Doreen Gentzler.]]>
<![CDATA[Jim Vance Opens Up About His Battle With Depression (Extended Version)]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 12:06:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010502304_1200x675_446139971571.jpg
In this extended interview, News4's Jim shares about his battle with depression in an interview with Doreen Gentzler.]]>
<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Packs a Punch]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 16:48:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MichelleObamaPunching.jpg
First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted a video of herself working out on Tuesday to help promote her #GimmeFive fitness campaign. In the thirty second clip, Obama jumps rope, kick-boxes and bench presses 35-pound...]]>
<![CDATA[Jim Vance Opens Up About His Battle With Depression]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 09:24:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doreen+gentzler++and+jim+vance.jpg
For the first time, News4's Jim shares about his battle with depression in an interview with Doreen Gentzler.]]>
<![CDATA[Calif. Senate Approves Bill to Vaccinate School Children]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 20:44:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/N11P+CA+VACCINE+DEBATE+PKG+-+22395703.jpg
State senators have passed a controversial bill aimed at increasing California's school immunization rates. The bill approved Thursday would prohibit parents from seeking vaccine exemptions for their children...

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<![CDATA[School Counselors to Get More Mental Health Training]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 16:01:49 -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[Changing the Way Addiction Is Treated]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 17:03:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010478554_1200x675_444946499773.jpg
A Massachusetts police chief is changing the way the city of Gloucester deals with drug addicts. Chief Leonard Campanello says people can go into his station and get help right away from a local clinic.]]>
<![CDATA[3 Times as Many Spend $100K-Plus on Prescriptions]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 08:23:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/130636481.jpg
In 2014, more than half a million Americans each took $50,000 or more worth of prescription drugs and for the super-high spenders — those prescribed $100,000 or more worth of medications — nearly tripled...

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<![CDATA[Staci's Choice: A Pioneer in Preventing Cancer]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 14:14:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/3-D+Mammograms.jpg
Eighteen years ago, Staci Mishkin was one of the first women in the U.S. to take a genetic test for the BRCA gene mutation that is linked to breast cancer.

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<![CDATA[Feds to Insurers: You'd Better Pay for Birth Control]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 14:30:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/birth-control-pills-112012.jpg
The feds gave insurance companies a stern reminder on their duties on women's health Monday: They must pay for birth control, mammograms and well-woman visits without charging co-pays, and without fighting...

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<![CDATA[NY Governor Creates NYC Nail Salon Task Force After Report Exposes Dangers]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 20:27:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nail-polish-109269186.jpg
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is creating a task force to conduct investigations into nail salons around New York City, following a report of widespread exploitation of workers. The New York Times reported Monday that Cuomo...

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<![CDATA[FDA Unaware of Listeria in Blue Bell Before Outbreak]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 08:53:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blue+bell+ice+cream+plant.jpg
Federal health officials said Friday that they were never told of repeated findings of listeria at a Blue Bell Creameries facility before an outbreak linked to the ice cream turned deadly.

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<![CDATA[Laughing Gas During Labor]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 23:13:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010410374_1200x675_441840707525.jpg
A D.C. hospital is offering women who are giving birth laughing gas as an alternative to the epidural. Doreen Gentzler reports it not only helps alleviate pain but allows the women to crack jokes and act silly.]]>
<![CDATA["Pollen Tsunami" Causing Misery in the Northeast]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 07:30:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/452522310.jpg
Move over, pollen vortex, the pollen tsunami is here. A ferocious winter, delayed spring and even the beginnings of climate change have created a "pollen tsunami" that is slamming allergy sufferers in the...

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<![CDATA[Mindfulness on Capitol Hill]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 21:19:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010397594_1200x675_441126979614.jpg
In the world of politics, things often get frustrating and combative on Capitol Hill, but some Republicans and Democrats are coming together to cut the tension through meditation.]]>
<![CDATA[Kane on OCD: 'I Thought Everyone Operated this Way']]> Tue, 05 May 2015 00:10:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150504+Kane.jpg
Hot 99.5 personality Kane reveals how he is learning to live with obsessive-compulsive disorder. He opens up to help anyone else who might be struggling. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports. For more...]]>
<![CDATA[Underwater Treadmill Helping Pets Heal]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 19:21:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150504+Dog+Underwater+Treadmill.jpg
An underwater treadmill that promotes healing for injured legs and sore joints is allowing patients to make great strides. And those patients walk on all fours. Wendy Rieger has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[Reflective Workout Gear: How Does It Rate?]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 18:53:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150504+Reflective+Clothing.jpg
Special reflective clothing is supposed to make you easier to see, especially when you're out for a run or bike ride at night. Consumer Reports tested several options to see how well they work.]]>
<![CDATA[What Can You do to Prevent Skin Cancer?]]>