<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usSat, 25 Feb 2017 22:30:32 -0500Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:30:32 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Trans Students Face ‘Detrimental’ Health Effects: Experts]]>Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:03:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17055026714973.jpg
LGBTQ advocates say President Donald Trump sent a worrying message after his administration withdrew Obama administration's guidance on transgender students protections in public schools. "It makes me feel...

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<![CDATA[Warm Weather Seems to Mean Early Allergy Season]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:41:37 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/04-07-2014-allergies-allergy-generic.jpg
The warm weather seems to be ushering in an early allergy season. News4's Chris Gordon reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Domestic Violence Survivor Tells Her Story to Help Others]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:22:13 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tamika+Bradshaw+and+Officer+Lisa+Worrell.jpg
A woman once silenced by domestic violence now uses her voice to help D.C. police.

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<![CDATA[NIH Learning More About Zika Virus]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:17:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017872193_1200x675_883692611994.jpg
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci says they quickly are learning more about what the Zika virus can cause, but they hope they will develop a vaccine fast as well. Doreen Gentzler interviewed him Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Find Healthy Options for Your Kids When You Dine Out]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:50:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017872198_1200x675_883692611785.jpg
Taking your kids out to eat can present real challenges when it comes to finding healthy choices. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has some some tips to help your family eat well when dining out.]]>
<![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[Another Pregnant Woman Positive for Zika After Botched Tests]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:01:31 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg
Two pregnant women who were told they tested negative for Zika retested positive after D.C. officials found testing was flawed.

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<![CDATA[Study Builds Case Linking Autism, Infections During Pregnancy]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:14:39 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/embarazo22588.jpg
Women with active genital herpes infections early in their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism than women who did not, according to a study released Wednesday. NBC News reported that the study, published in the journal mSphere, adds to evidence that some cases of autism may be caused by the mother's immune response to infections. The team from Columbia University and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health believe that the mother's reaction to herpes infection may be crossing the placenta and affecting the fetus' developing brain. A 2013 study found a similar rise in autism rates in pregnant women who had flu. "We are now looking at other triggers. We think that a wide range of different types of infections can cause this," said Dr. Ian Lipkin, a Columbia epidemiologist and infectious disease expert who oversaw the research.

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<![CDATA[Food Fears: Is Sugar Worse Than Tobacco?]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:54:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017846845_1200x675_882337347610.jpg
Is sugar worse than tobacco? News4's Doreen Gentzler explains why it depends.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Can't Cut Planned Parenthood]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:59:28 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mv+planned+parenthood.jpg
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider. An injunction issued by U.S. District Sam Sparks of Austin comes after he delayed making decision in January and essentially bought Planned Parenthood an extra month in the state's Medicaid program.

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<![CDATA[Crisis Hotline Reaches More People With Text and Chat]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:47:54 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/EveryMind+Chat.jpg
A Maryland mental health association took its crisis hotline to text and chat to help more people as the way we communicate changes.

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<![CDATA[Rise in Premiums Lays Bare 2 Americas on Health Care]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:58:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Website-AP_249581118509.jpg
Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage "Obamacare" offers provides protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But he gets no financial break from the Affordable Care Act. "To me, it's just been a big lie," Dorsch says, forcing him to pay more for less coverage. Schwarz and Dorsch represent two Americas, pulling farther apart over former President Barack Obama's health care law. Known as the ACA, the law rewrote the rules for people buying their own health insurance, creating winners and losers.

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<![CDATA[NIH Testing Mosquito Saliva Vaccine as Way to Fight Illness]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:28:22 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
Wanted: 60 people willing to be bitten by mosquitoes to test a new kind of vaccine — one that acts against the bugs' saliva. Rather than separate vaccines against Zika or other mosquito-borne diseases, the new approach aims to protect against multiple infections by triggering the immune system to rev up in response to the bite itself. The National Institutes of Health is recruiting volunteers for a safety study of the experimental vaccine, being developed by two London companies.

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<![CDATA[Face Transplant Links Men Touched by Tragedy]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:31:54 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17045844162882-s.jpg
The first face transplant performed at Mayo Clinic is providing a man from Wyoming a second chance at a normal life after he was disfigured by a gunshot in a suicide attempt a decade ago. He now has the face of another man who took his own life.

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<![CDATA[Food Fears: Should You Be Gluten Free?]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:01:06 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017831036_1200x675_881472067721.jpg
Gluten free diets -- hype or healthy? The number of Americans who were gluten free tripled from 2009 to 2014. But does being gluten free help in the long run? News4's Doreen Gentzler has more. ]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Suicide Attempts Fell as Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal]]>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:32:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/scotus-GettyImages-478622912.jpg
Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal, and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found.

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<![CDATA[Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals: AP]]>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:52:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17048604060654-shulkin.jpg
Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.

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<![CDATA[Food Fears: Dealing With Your Child's Peanut Allergy]]>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:56:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017816716_1200x675_880906819679.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler shares some major changes to the treatment for peanut allergies. ]]>
<![CDATA[Botched Zika Tests Worry Couple Who Moved From Miami]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:31:51 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Melissa+and+Brandon+Levitt.jpg
An expectant couple that moved from Miami to Washington to avoid the Zika virus when she got pregnant is worrying about the results of their retests after D.C. officials announced hundreds of tests performed last year were flawed.

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<![CDATA[High School Students Address Depression by Singing About It]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:54:51 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/A+Will+to+Survive+Loudoun+County.jpg
A group of teenagers sings about depression and mental illness at schools througout Loudoun County, Virginia, to spread hope, save lives and honor one life lost too soon. Aimee Cho reports.

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<![CDATA[Va. Governor: Cut Jamestown Celebration, Fund Mental Health]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:12:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160615+Terry+McAuliffe.jpg
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking Republican lawmakers to cut spending on the 400th anniversary of the founding of the oldest legislative body in the country and redirect the money to mental health care reforms and other priorities.

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<![CDATA[ Bill Mandating 12-Month Birth Control Coverage Passes]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:49:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/AP_16239685200585-bc.jpg
Women in Virginia may soon be able to buy a year's supply of prescription birth control instead of a few months' worth.

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<![CDATA[Gore: Climate Change Poses Dangerous Health Consequences]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:16:56 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17047583778829-gore.jpg
Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday said more attention must be paid to the dangerous health consequences of climate change, and he called on scientists, health officials and health care providers to work together to find solutions to the crisis. Gore made the comments Thursday during the Health and Climate Meeting at The Carter Center in Atlanta. Gore helped organize the conference after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly canceled its own conference on climate change and health.

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<![CDATA[2 Pregnant Women Test Positive for Zika After Botched Tests]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:40:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg
Two pregnant women who were told they tested negative for Zika retested positive after D.C. officials found testing was flawed.

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<![CDATA[China Carfentanil Ban a 'Game-Changer' in US Opioid Epidemic]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:10:40 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DEA-Badge-Generic.jpg
So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said Thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America's opioid epidemic. "It shows China's attitude as a responsible big country," Yu Haibin, the director of the Office of the National Narcotics Control Committee, told the Associated Press. "It will be a strong deterrent." The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration called China's move a potential "game-changer" that is likely to have a big impact in the U.S., where opioid demand has driven the proliferation of a new class of deadly drugs made by nimble chemists to stay one step ahead of new rules like this one.

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<![CDATA[Would You Let Someone Who's Not a Dentist Pull Your Teeth?]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:43:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17046749125354-dentist.jpg
Need a tooth pulled or a cavity filled? Forget the dentist. A number of states are allowing or considering letting "dental therapists," professionals with a lower level of training, do the job. In dozens of countries and a handful of U.S. states, dental therapists also sometimes called advanced dental hygiene practitioners help fill gaps in access to oral care for low-income, elderly and disabled people, and in rural areas where few dentists practice, according to many public health advocates.

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<![CDATA[Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:57:36 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5248112111.jpg
It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds. Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the University of North Carolina were able to predict — with an 80 percent accuracy rate — which babies who had an older sibling with autism would be diagnosed with the disorder, NBC News reported. The brain imaging scans, taken at 6 months, at 12 months and again at 2 years, showed significant growth in brain volume during the first year in babies who would later meet the criteria for autism, such as not making eye contact, delaying speech or other displaying other developmental delays. Parents who have a child with autism have a 2 percent to 18 percent increased risk of having a second child who is also affected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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<![CDATA[South Florida Company Turns Cobra Venom Into Healing Treatment]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:42:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/021417+cobra+venom.jpg
When you think about Cobra venom eventual death comes to mind. A South Florida company is changing the perception of the deadly venom. Nutra Pharma Corp., a biotechnology company specializing in the acquisition, licensing, and commercialization of pharmaceutical products and technologies, has turned the toxin in the venom into treatment for pets and people.

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<![CDATA[Treat Back Pain Before It Happens With These Simple Tips]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:12:51 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017772570_1200x675_878104131723.jpg
You might not need all of that medication to get relief from your back pain. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, talks about three new recommendations for when those muscle spasms hit.]]>
<![CDATA[Why Taking Some Aspirin Can Help Fight Depression]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:00:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017768965_1200x675_877872707724.jpg
Depression affects 16 million adults each year in this country. Dr. Joshua Weiner makes the connection between depression and inflammation, heart health and back pain.]]>
<![CDATA[HIV Infections Fell 18 Percent in 6 Years]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:37:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HIV-Testing-US-GettyImages-160899726.jpg
New calculations to better track HIV infections confirm that the U.S. is seeing a strong and steady decline.

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<![CDATA[Aortic Dissection Almost Cost Md. Yoga Teacher Her Life]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:05:17 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Karin+Bertozzi.jpg
A Maryland woman had no idea of a heart condition she had until it almost took her life.

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<![CDATA[Sore Back? Try Heat and Exercise First, Guidelines Say]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:56:07 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/Back-Guy.jpg
Prescription drugs should only be a last resort as a treatment for lower back pain, a leading doctors' group said Monday. NBC News reported on the new guidance from the American College of Physicians, which says doctors should tell patients to try heat wraps and exercise first, then over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen (Tylenol has been shown to do little for back pain), before they prescribe opioids. "Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment with superficial heat massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation," the group says in its new guidance, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Among the therapies that may help and have little risk of harm are tai chi, yoga and cognitive behavioral therapy, the group said.

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<![CDATA[Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:50:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg
Aetna and Humana called off a $34 billion proposal to combine the two major health insurers after a federal judge, citing antitrust concerns, shot down the deal. The announcement Tuesday comes several days after another federal judge rejected a tie-up between two other massive insurers. Blue Cross-Blue Shield carrier Anthem is attempting to buy Cigna for $48 billion. Anthem has vowed to appeal that decision. Aetna, the nation's third largest insurer, had announced its bid for Humana in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Kennedy Center and NIH Team Up to Promote Health]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:05:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kennedy+center1.jpg
The Kennedy Center and the National Institutes of Health are teaming up to raise awareness and encourage research of the impact music can have on health.]]>
<![CDATA[Getting Rid of GERD]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:17:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tom+Galette.jpg
When symptoms that seem like heartburn persist, it could be a disease with more serious consequences.

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<![CDATA[Firstborns Get Intellectual Advantage Over Siblings: Study]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:04:28 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*122/GettyImages-73781080.jpg
Firstborn children are set up for more academic and intellectual success, according to a new study that delved into nearly 40 years of data. Today.com reported that firstborn babies and toddlers started scoring better on cognitive tests than their younger siblings at the same age, and the advantage continued through their lives. The study was published in the Journal of Human Resources and based its findings on the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of the Youth, which included information on thousands of Americans 14-21 years old who were interviewed several times starting in 1979. “First-time parents tend to want to do everything right and generally have a greater awareness of their interactions with and investments in the firstborn," co-author Jee-Yeon K. Lehmann, an economist at the Analysis Group in Boston, told "Today."

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<![CDATA[Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly for Men: Study]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:45:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462353044.jpg
Men are more likely to have a heart attack after a snowfall, probably from shoveling snow, according to Canadian researchers. NBC News reported that researchers found a slight increase in heart attacks and deaths following a storm in Quebec. With each day of snow, these likelihoods increased. A single day of snowfall raised a man’s risk of heart attack by just less than one percent, the researchers reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. “Men are potentially more likely than women to shovel, particularly after heavy snowfalls,” researchers wrote. “Snow shoveling is a demanding cardiovascular exercise require more than 75 percent of the maximum heart rate, particularly with heavy loads.” The study found that men were one-third more likely to die after an eight-inch snowfall compared to a dry day. Researchers did not find a similar trend with women.

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<![CDATA[Woman Praises 911 Dispatcher]]>Sun, 12 Feb 2017 06:29:37 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/258*120/170211-911-dispatcherJPG.JPG
A California woman shed tears of gratitude Saturday upon meeting in person the 911 dispatcher who'd helped save her husband's life. On Jan. 21, Carolyn Evans called 911. Her husband, 65-year-old Jeff Evans, had suffered a heart attack and wasn’t breathing. The voice on the other end, kept Carolyn Evans calm.

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<![CDATA[Nap Studio Helps Busy Washingtonians Get Reboot]]>Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:35:17 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017714871_1200x675_874265667649.jpg
How much would you pay to get a few more minutes of shut eye? A new nap studio, located at 1445 New York Ave. NW, gives people the chance to pop in for a quick nap, but it comes at a price. News4’s Aimee Cho has more on the benefits of power napping – and how much cash it’ll set you back.]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Kills Healthy Teen Athlete in Baltimore]]>Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:38:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flushotseasonfeuerherd.jpg
Kayla Linton was a healthy, all-around athlete, but being fit did not protect her from the flu, NBC News reported. Linton, who died last week in Baltimore, is among the dozens of often perfectly healthy children who die from influenza every year in the U.S. It's shaping up to be an average flu season so far in the U.S. last year, but even an average flu season is deadly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. CDC says 15 children under 18 have died in the 2016-2017 flu season. It's probably more than that — it takes a few weeks for CDC to gather the information, and not all states report flu deaths quickly or in the same way. In the last flu season, 89 children died.

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<![CDATA[US Judge Blocks Anthem-Cigna Health Insurance Merger]]>Thu, 09 Feb 2017 04:17:29 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gavel-generic-stock.jpg
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp., saying the merger would likely lead to higher costs, less competition and diminished innovation. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the merger would significantly reduce competition in the already concentrated insurance market, particularly for large national employers. Cigna and Anthem are two of just four insurers selling to companies with 5,000 employees spread across multiple states, and they compete aggressively for business, the judge wrote.

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<![CDATA[Laurel Hospital Closes Psychiatric Ward Temporarily]]>Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:59:24 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017696145_1200x675_872999491730.jpg
Lauren Regional Hospital closed its psychiatric ward abruptly, causing some confusion for patients and staff. Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Clinic Falsely Told Dozens They Had Alzheimer's, Suits Say ]]>Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:05:40 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17027638904199-sm.jpg
Dozens of patients from a now-closed memory loss clinic in Ohio say its director told them they had Alzheimer’s disease when they really didn’t. Records show the former director of the center in Toledo didn’t have a medical license.

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<![CDATA[4 Apps to Help You Meditate]]>Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:57:28 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017685195_1200x675_872459331767.jpg
Stressed out? Meditation is not just for yogis anymore. Get your morning started right with 4 apps that will help you find your focus.]]>
<![CDATA[Barely Visible Device Can Save Your Eyesight]]>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:13:01 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170207+iStent.jpg
A device barely visible to the naked eye helps many patients in the D.C. area keep their vision intact.]]>
<![CDATA[Kids Are Trying Potentially Harmful E-Cigarette Hack]]>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:25:07 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_34020085243.jpg
As many as a quarter of U.S. kids who are using e-cigarettes may be taking them apart and "dripping" — a method that gives them more vapor but a potentially higher hit of nicotine, researchers reported Monday. They recommended more research into whether it's more dangerous for kids, and experts said parents should ask their kids if they've tried it. "E-cigarettes are also being used for 'dripping,' which involves vaporizing the e-liquid at high temperatures by dripping a couple of drops of e-liquid directly onto an atomizer's coil and then immediately inhaling the vapor that is produced," Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin of Yale University and colleagues reported in the journal Pediatrics. "Among 1,080 ever e-cigarette users, 26.1 percent of students reported ever using e-cigarettes for dripping. Reasons for dripping included produced thicker clouds of vapor (63.5 percent), made flavors taste better (38.7 percent), produced a stronger throat hit (27.7 percent)," they added.

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<![CDATA[Rare Disease Triggered by Exercise Threatens Man's Legs]]>Mon, 06 Feb 2017 23:00:00 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Joel+Patton+PAES.jpg
A rare vascular disease was diagnosed just in time before it would have drastically changed a man's life.

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<![CDATA[9.2 Million Signed Up for Obamacare in 2017]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:35:00 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/Obacare.jpg
Facing higher premiums, less choice and a last-minute advertising pullback, fewer people signed up for coverage this year through HealthCare.gov, according to data from a preliminary government report Friday. About 9.2 million people signed up through HealthCare.gov, the insurance marketplace serving most states, said the Health and Human Services department. That's about 500,000 fewer customers than had enrolled last year in those same 39 states, or slippage of around 5 percent.

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<![CDATA[Laundry Pod-Linked Eye Injuries Surged in Small Kids: Study]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:12:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453144893.jpg
Liquid laundry packets are responsible for a surge in eye injuries in young children, according to new medical research. The pods are already under scrutiny after thousands of incidents of kids mistaking them for toys or candy, the "Today" show reported. But chemical burns to the eyes of preschool-aged kids caused by the packets jumped 32-fold between 2012 and 2015, according to a report published in JAMA Ophthalmology. The report noted that by the end of 2015, liquid laundry packet-involved eye injuries represented more than one in four chemical eye burns in children 3-4 years old. An industry group says that voluntary safety standards meant to prevent such injuries were put in place after the period covered in the data.

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<![CDATA[Moms Making Money: Mom Starts Stroller Fitness Business]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:48:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2017-02-03_0747.png
Starting a business can be intimidating for some people. But, one local mom has found a way to combine spending time with her kids, exercising and making money –- and she does almost all of it from home. News4’s Aimee Cho shares more on what it takes to run a stroller fitness business.]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Who Suffered Cardiac Arrest Shares Powerful Message]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:47:01 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Starr+Mirza.jpg
At 23 years old, Starr went into cardiac arrest.]]>
<![CDATA[New Treatment for Aggressive Prostate Cancer]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:55:31 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017627810_1200x675_868968003754.jpg
A new treatment regimen combining horomone-blocking drugs and radiation may help men with agressive prostate cancer live longer. NBC's Kristen Dahlgren explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Insurers Mull Exit From Exchanges or Price Hikes]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:52:51 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-AP_30213472209.jpg
The Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges have become too risky for major health insurers, and that's creating further doubt about coverage options consumers might have next year. Aetna, the nation's third largest insurer, said it lost $450 million last year on its ACA-compliant coverage. The losses that insurers have taken from coverage sold on these state-based exchanges in recent years have already prompted some to scale back their participation or raise rates, often dramatically.

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<![CDATA[Repeal of Health Law Could Mean Women Pay More For Less]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:55:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/ACA.jpg
From a return to higher premiums based on gender, to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, experts say women could end up paying more for less if the Obama-era health care law is repealed. The 2010 law ended a common industry practice of charging women more than men for policies purchased directly from an insurer. It made maternity and newborn care a required benefit for individual health plans. And it set a list of preventive services to be provided at no extra cost to women, including birth control and breast pumps used by nursing mothers. That preventive care requirement also applies to most employer plans.

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<![CDATA[Tackle Food Safety: Keep Your Food Safe on Game Day]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:38:06 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-02+at+2.25.05+PM.png
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a list of food safety tips for Super Bowl party hosts.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Avoid Nasty Winter Cold and Flu]]>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:35:49 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017612255_1200x675_867893315678.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, talks about the norovirus and adenovirus circulating the area, what symptoms to watch for, and some of the best ways to cure and prevent it.]]>
<![CDATA[Science Could Soon Develop Eggs, Sperm From Skin Cells]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:46:46 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/170131-babies-mn-1600.jpg
The world is on the brink of another revolution thanks to an emerging technology called in vitro gametogenesis, or IVG, which would allow doctors to develop eggs and sperm from a surprising source: skin cells, NBC News reported. These reproductive cells could then be used to create fertilized embryos to be implanted into a woman's uterus (or, someday, an artificial womb). Researchers in Japan created viable eggs from the skin cells of adult female mice, which were then fertilized with naturally derived sperm from male mice. Using the same process in people isn't exactly feasible, so scientists need to find another way to turn primordial germ cells into mature eggs in vitro. "It's a technology that will come someday, but the question is when and whether it will be completely safe," says Zev Rosenwaks, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

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<![CDATA[How Your Diet Can Help With Depression]]>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:06:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017608556_1200x675_867640899510.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner talks with Eun Yang about a new Australian study showing how a mediterranean diet can benefit mental health.]]>
<![CDATA[Attention to Doctor Burnout Benefits Patients, Doctors Alike]]>Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:08:22 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic+doctor+coat.jpg
A program at the Georgetown University School of Medicine addresses the burden of stress on doctors.

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<![CDATA[Tips on Foods That Boost Your Immune System]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:42:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017593944_1200x675_866721347804.jpg
Dietician Dr. Joy Dubost has tips on foods to eat to boost your immune system and prevent illness, including fatty fish like salmon, leafy greens, dark chocolate and blueberries. Dubost spoke with News4's Melissa Mollet.]]>
<![CDATA[Tuesday Night Is Deadline for Obamacare Coverage]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:21:19 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OBAMACARE_AP_16320806519240.jpg
Overnight Tuesday is the deadline to sign up for coverage under the federal health care law. Even if the ultimate fate of Obamacare is uncertain, there's been no change for this year. About 11.5 million people had enrolled as of Dec. 24. The deadline is midnight Pacific time in the 39 states served by HealthCare.gov, the government said. States with their own insurance websites may have different deadlines. Although premiums are up significantly this year, more than 8 in 10 customers get subsidies, and more than half qualify for extra help with deductibles and copays.

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<![CDATA[Fairfax County Youth Gain Access to Free Mental Health & Drug Screening]]>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:35:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017584900_1200x675_866176067558.jpg
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board will begin offering free mental health and drug screening to youth walk-ins beginning February 1, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Best Home Gym Equipment For Your Workout and Your Wallet]]>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:27:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017584404_1200x675_866132547758.jpg
Consumer Reports identified the home gym equipment that will get you the best workout for the cheapest price. News4's Susan Hogan walks through Monday's findings.]]>
<![CDATA[Tips From a Life Coach on How to Curb Stress]]>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:20:02 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/013017+life+coach.jpg
Local life coach Marci Moberg has tips on how to deal with stress in your life, including starting and ending your day on a positive note and using your breath to slow you down. She spoke with News4's Aaron Gilchrist.

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<![CDATA[NJ Becomes 1st State to Offer New Parents Free ‘Baby Boxes’]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:57:54 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baby+box+new+jersey.jpg
New Jersey has become the first state where expectant parents can get a free "Baby Box" for their newborn. The Baby Box Co. announced the Baby Box University program on Thursday. The global integrated program looks to reduce Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS) and provide a safe start for newborns in the state by providing their parents with potentially life-saving boxes. The boxes, which are made from a durable cardboard, can be used as a baby's bed for the first months of life. Inside, the box contains diapers, wipes, and other goodies that are worth about $150.

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<![CDATA[Little Girls Doubt That Women Can Be Brilliant, Study Shows]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:02:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/education-nation169271319.jpg
Can women be brilliant? Little girls are not so sure. A study published Thursday in the journal Science suggests that girls as young as 6 can be led to believe men are inherently smarter and more talented than women, making girls less motivated to pursue novel activities or ambitious careers. That such stereotypes exist is hardly a surprise, but the findings show these biases can affect children at a very young age. "As a society, we associate a high level of intellectual ability with males more than females, and our research suggests that this association is picked up by children as young 6 and 7," said Andrei Cimpian, associate professor in the psychology department at New York University. Cimpian coauthored the study, which looked at 400 children ages 5-7.

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<![CDATA[Gore Revives Climate, Health Summit Canceled by CDC]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:21:46 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519674944.jpg
A conference on climate change and health is back on but apparently minus the U.S. government. Several organizers including former Vice President Al Gore have resurrected the meeting set for next month in Atlanta. The government's top public health agency had planned the conference then canceled it in December without explanation.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Take First Steps to Growing Human Organs in Pigs]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:12:13 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pig-embryo-research-salk-institute.jpg
Scientists have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals to transplant into people. The cells made up just a tiny part of each embryo, and the embryos were grown for only a few weeks, researchers reported Thursday. Such human-animal research has raised ethical concerns. The U.S. government suspended taxpayer funding of experiments in 2015. The new work, done in California and Spain, was paid for by private foundations.

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<![CDATA[How Far Can $15 Billion Go in Washington?]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:26:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617792078_master.jpg
If one believes the back-of-the-envelope estimates by Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump's border wall is going to cost between $12 billion and $15 billion. That's a lot of money, even though it's just a minute fraction of a $4 trillion federal budget. For comparison, here are a few examples of how far $15 billion of government funding can go.

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<![CDATA[Md. Politicians Feud Over Medical Center for Prince George's]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:10:07 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-health-1200-01.jpg
Maryland lawmakers are in a feud over funding for a new medical center in Prince George’s County.

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<![CDATA[House Passes Abortion Funding Ban Days After Women's March]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:36:24 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/my-body-my-choice.jpg
Days after millions of people marched nationwide to bring attention to women’s issues, the Trump administration and Congress have responded with actions against women's reproductive rights. On Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. House passed H.R. 7, anti-abortion legislation, voting 238-183. The bill proposes to permanently ban women from receiving federal financial assistance for abortions. While the bill does not ban abortions outright, it bans all government subsidies of abortions. This ban reaches beyond Medicaid to include private insurers that cover abortions through plans bought on exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[Study Links Heart Disease and Depression]]>Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:34:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017530833_1200x675_862436419604.jpg
A recent European study reveals that depression accounts for 15% of cardiovascular deaths. Aaron Gilchrist talks with psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner about the correlation between stress, depression and heart disease, and what you can do to prevent it.]]>
<![CDATA[US Cancer Death Rate Dips, but Soars in Some Places: Study]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:29:54 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found. In parts of the country that are relatively poor, and have higher rates of obesity and smoking, cancer death rates rose nearly 50 percent, while wealthier pockets of the country saw death rates fall by nearly half. Better screening and treatment have contributed to the improvement in the nation as a whole — but the study underscores that not all Americans have benefited from these advances.

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<![CDATA[4 Free Fitness Apps You Can Use at Home]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:32:29 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2017-01-24_0731.png
Have you kept up with your New Year's Resolution to be healthy and fit? Don't feel bad if the answer is no. We found four apps to help you stay on track and the best part is they're all free!]]>
<![CDATA[Police in Glendale, Calif., Give Dementia Patients Trackers]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:22:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/knbc-dementia-tracking-device-project-lifesaver.jpg
Police in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale are hoping to reduce the time it takes to find missing people diagnosed with dementia by providing patients with tracking devices. The Glendale Police Department has partnered with the nonprofit group Project Lifesaver to provide tracking devices to families with members who suffer from cognitive issues such as Alzheimer's disease of autism, The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. If that relative wanders away, the device would allow authorities to find that person in minutes instead of hours.

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<![CDATA[US Health Officials Cancel Climate Conference]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:21:07 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IceMeltingAP_4542707832.jpg
The government's top public health agency has canceled a conference next month on climate change and health but isn't saying why publicly. But a co-sponsor said he was told by the CDC that it was worried how the conference would be viewed by the Trump administration. The incoming administration did not ask or order that the meeting be canceled, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

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<![CDATA[GOP Obamacare Replacement Plan Would Grant States More Power]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:05:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obamacare-que-pasara-thumbnail.jpg
Republican senators introduced a partial replacement to the Affordable Care Act on Monday that would let states keep some aspects of the Obamacare law while eliminating the mandate requiring citizens to carry health insurance. The measure is being billed as an "Obamacare replacement plan" aimed at empowering states and broadening health insurance access. The move comes days after President Donald Trump's issuance of an executive order directing the Health and Human Services Department to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay" any ACA requirement that would impose a fiscal burden. For now, however, the executive order that Trump signed Friday night has changed very little.

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<![CDATA[WHO on 'High-Alert' Over New Outbreaks of Bird Flu]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:31:49 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/influenza1.jpg
The World Health Organization is urging all countries to monitor avian influenza and to report any human cases that could indicate the beginning of a flu pandemic, Reuters reported. About 40 countries have reported new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry and wild birds since November, according to WHO. Several strains of bird flu have been spreading across Europe and Asia, resulting in large-scale poultry slaughters and some human deaths in China. Due to the rapid pace and expansive nature of these outbreaks, WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan said the organization is on "high alert." The WHO’s 194 member states are required to detect and report human cases promptly, Chan added: "We cannot afford to miss the early signals."

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<![CDATA[Fighting Winter Allergies]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:57:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WinterAllergies0120_MP4-148517587405100001.jpg
Many people believe that as the spring and fall seasons wrap up, so do their allergies, but that's not always the case once winter rolls around.]]>
<![CDATA[$12M Costco Pharmacy Settlement]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:41:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477000903.jpg
Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to settle Justice Department allegations of lax pharmacy controls over a four-year period. The Issaquah, Washington-based company acknowledges in the settlement announced Thursday that some of its pharmacies improperly filled prescriptions, kept poor records or failed to adequately track inventory between the start of 2012 and the end of 2015. The case grew out of separate investigations conducted by federal authorities in Washington, Michigan and California.

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<![CDATA[Judge Blocks Texas From Cutting Off Planned Parenthood]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:53:07 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lafile-west-hollywood-planned-parenthood.jpg
A federal judge has temporarily blocked Texas from ousting Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015.

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<![CDATA[1 in 4 US Men Have Cancer-Linked HPV Strain]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:44:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HPV-Virus-Image.jpg
The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers. Most human papillomavirus infections cause no symptoms and most disappear without treatment. And most adults will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives.

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<![CDATA[The Facts About Peanuts & Planes]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:30:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/American_Airlines_generic.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains why American Airlines is under fire from people with peanut allergies.

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<![CDATA[Health Care Sign-Up Set for Sunday]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:37:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017454716_1200x675_857713219815.jpg
For the second year in a row, Loudoun County Supervisor Koran Saines hosts a health care signup event for people seeking health coverage.]]>
<![CDATA[Price Tries to Reassure on Health Care; Dems Not Buying It]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:45:31 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/healthcarefeuerherd.jpg
Offering reassurances, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday the new administration won't "pull the rug out" from those covered by "Obamacare." Democrats were unimpressed, noting a lack of specifics. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., also told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that Trump is "absolutely not" planning to launch an overhaul of Medicare as he tries to revamp coverage under President Barack Obama's signature health care law. He acknowledged that high prescription drug costs are a problem, but did not endorse the idea of government directly negotiating prices.

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<![CDATA[Mom, Toddler Daughter Fight Cancer at the Same Time]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:39:13 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cancerstrikesmomandtot.jpg
Heather Wilson received some bad news just five days before Christmas. The 31-year-old mother of three, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor six months earlier, learned that her 14-month-old daughter, London, also had cancer, the Today Show reported. Doctors found a yolk sac tumor in the area of London's ovaries. The two have been an inspiration as they bravely face the disease together, rallying friends and family to help ease the financial and emotional burden on the young mom from Covington, Georgia.

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<![CDATA[Caffeine May Help Fight Cardiovascular Disease: Study]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:50:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-472209108.jpg
Scientists used blood samples and studies medical and family history for people in their study. In this research, a connection was found between that inflammatory process and caffeine consumption.

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<![CDATA[18M Will Lose Health Insurance With ACA Repeal: Analysis]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:12:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obaGettyImages-630310534.jpg
About 18 million people would lose or drop their health insurance in the first year after Obamacare is repealed, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday. The nonpartisan federal agency also found that health insurance premiums would spike another 20 to 25 percent, NBC News reported. Within 10 years, 32 million more people would be without health insurance, the CBO projects.

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<![CDATA[Abortions in US at Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade: Survey]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:06:56 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_558685885003-Abortion-Report.jpg
Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights. It is the only entity which strives to count all abortions in the U.S.; the latest federal survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lacks data from California, Maryland and New Hampshire. The total from 2014 represented a drop of 12.5 percent from Guttmacher's previous survey, which tallied 1.06 million abortions in 2011.

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<![CDATA[Significant Increase in People With Flu-Like Symptoms Seeing Doctors]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:24:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017424248_1200x675_856063043924.jpg
The flu is widespread in Virginia and hitting D.C. and Maryland, too. Doreen Gentzler reports there's still time to get vaccinated.]]>
<![CDATA[When Mental Illness and Violence Intersect]]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:06:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017394210_1200x675_854283843869.jpg
Last week, a man opened fire inside an airport in Fort Lauderdale killing five people. Esteban Santiago's motive remains a mystery. News4's Eun Yang looks at the connection between mental illness and similar violent crimes]]>
<![CDATA[The Pros and Cons of Marijuana Use]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:05:46 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_pot0112_1500x845.jpg
Marijuana use may help with chronic pain and nausea, but a new study says there are also negative consequences for young children and those at risk for certain mental illnesses. Experts from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reviewed all research on marijuana published since 1999 to find who should smoke and who shouldn't.]]>
<![CDATA[Ziploc Freezer Bags Help Premature Babies Stay Warm: Study]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:25:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NICU+Hypothermia+011117.jpg
Nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Health Fort Worth developed a program to keep fragile babies warmer. It has led to a decrease of very low birth weight babies being admitted to the NICU as hypothermic, and potentially increasing their chance of survival. Premature infants with admission temperatures below 96.8 degrees are at higher risk of mortality and some morbidities, including late-onset sepsis, intraventricular hemorrhage and oxygen toxicity.

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<![CDATA[CVS Puts Out Cheaper Generic Competitor to EpiPen]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:42:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers. The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600. CVS Health Corp., the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, says it cut the price of the generic version of Adrenaclick nearly in half. The lower price is now available at all CVS stores. The chain runs about 9,600 retail pharmacies in the United States, including several locations inside Target stores.

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<![CDATA[Students Organize Mental Health Week at Md. High School]]>Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:55:12 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bethesda-chevy-chase-high-school-mental-health-week.jpg
Two students from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School have organized a mental health week for their school aiming to raise awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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<![CDATA[Trump Asks Vaccination Skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lead Vaccination Safety Commission]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:17:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trumpKennedy.jpg
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vocal vaccination skeptic, said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to "chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity" and that he has accepted. Both Trump and Kennedy have spread fringe theories linking vaccines to autism in children, an idea that medical experts overwhelmingly reject and have warned is endangering public health by discouraging parents from immunizing their kids. Trump has tweeted previously that he knew a child who developed autism after receiving immunizations, but he did not provide evidence for that claim. Scientists have debunked the link between vaccines and autism. But Kennedy, the son of the late U.S. attorney general, believes there is connection and has advocated for parents to be allowed to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

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<![CDATA['An Angel Came Down': Woman Gives Kidney to Stranger]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:34:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170110+KidneyDonor.jpg
Sarah Miknis, a photographer for George Washington University's medical school, donated a kidney to Jose Reyes, who had stage 5 kidney disease. "An angel came down, and here we are," Reyes said. News4's Aimee Cho has their story.]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Sweets Recall]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:46:14 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/holiday+sweets+recall.jpg
Hostess Brands and Palmer Candy Company have recalled holiday-themed sweets over concern the desserts may be contaminated with the harmful Salmonella bacteria. Hostess Brands recalled its Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies in response to Blommer Chocolate Company’s recall of its confectionery coating, which contains milk powder ingredients recalled by Valley Milk Products. The milk powder ingredients recalled by Valley Milk Products were also in sweets distributed by Palmer Candy Company, which, like Hostess, issued a voluntary recall as a precaution.

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<![CDATA[Medical Student Meets Man Who Received His Kidney]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:41:24 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017343147_1200x675_851146307909.jpg
A local medical student who decided to donate a kidney to a stranger met the organ recipient for the first time at George Washington University Hospital. "Thank you, thank you, thank you," said the recipient, his voice hoarse with tears. News4's Aimee Cho reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Season Hits Hard Nationwide]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:47:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_flu0106_1500x845.jpg
Twelve states are reporting widespread flu activity as the United States slide into flu season at the start of the year. The Centers for Disease Control say flu activity is higher this season compared to last year.]]>
<![CDATA[Stuck in a Rut? How to Reboot Your Resolution]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:51:56 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017338289_1200x675_850771523836.jpg
We are going into the second week of 2017, and people are starting to kick their healthy living resolutions into high gear. But eating healthy can be challenging, especially on a busy schedule. Jrink is a local juicery that uses fresh produce and adds no additional sugar or preservatives to their juices. Founder Shizu Okusa stopped by News4 Midday to share some tips on how to get back on track.]]>
<![CDATA[Virginia Lt. Governor Promotes Plan to Give Women Free IUDs]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:34:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/010517+ralph+northam.jpg
Virginia's lieutenant governor promoted a proposal on Thursday to provide free intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other contraceptive implants to low-income women and girls.

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<![CDATA[Cancer Deaths Fell 25 Percent Since 1991]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:47:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-495314721-doctor.jpg
Fewer Americans are dying of cancer. The latest numbers from the American Cancer Society show a 25 percent drop in cancer deaths since 1991, the peak year for cancer deaths, NBC News reported. Cancer rates are holding fairly steady, but better screening and better treatments mean that people who get cancer are living longer, the American Cancer Society says in its annual report. And as fewer and fewer people smoke, cancer death rates follow. It projects that nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and 600,000 will die of it. "The continuing drops in the cancer death rate are a powerful sign of the potential we have to reduce cancer's deadly toll," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the group.

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<![CDATA[Peanuts Early and Often]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:05:39 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Peanut-baby.jpg
Peanut allergies are a big problem for many kids and their families, but new guidelines published could help protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy. Feeding infants peanut butter when they are as young as four to six months old might prevent them from developing peanut allergies, according to research released from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It's a change from past recommendations, which urged parents to delay giving children foods containing peanuts in their first few years. Peanut allergies can cause hives, rashes, breathing problems, and in the most severe cases, can even be fatal. "It's old news, wrong old news, to wait," said Dr. Scott Sicherer, who represented the American Academy of Pediatrics on the guidelines panel.

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<![CDATA[Women Concerned About ACA Changes]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:29:06 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017286015_1200x675_847530563883.jpg
Many women are worried about the changes ahead for the Affordable Care Act. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[The Best Diet to Fight Brain Shrinkage]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:28:07 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_diets0104_1500x845.jpg
What are the best diets to help prevent brain shrinkage? A new study shows specific diets that may help fight brain volume loss as we age, NBC News reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Special Guests at NBC Health and Fitness Expo]]>Mon, 02 Jan 2017 10:22:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20161227+Expo+Guests.jpg
"Days of Our Lives" star Bryan Dattilo and Charlie, the TODAY show's "Puppy with a Purpose," will be special guests at the 2017 NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo.]]>
<![CDATA[Learn Yoga at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:27:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017328412_1200x675_850226243693.jpg
The Health & Fitness Expo offers yoga and other fitness classes. Doreen Gentzler spoke with Maggie Grant of Metro DC Yoga.]]>
<![CDATA[Changing Minds at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:50:51 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017328410_1200x675_850226243517.jpg
Substance abuse help is available at the Changing Minds booth at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler spoke to Jihan Starr of Phoenix House.]]>
<![CDATA[Impaired Driving Simulator at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:49:29 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017328409_1200x675_850225219573.jpg
Doreen Gentzler gets behind the wheel of the impaired driving simulator at the Howard University Hospital booth.]]>
<![CDATA[Today Show's Charlie Stars at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 10:45:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/today-show-pup-charlie.jpg
Charlie, the puppy with a purpose from the Today Show, steals the show at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler spoke with his trainer.

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<![CDATA[Get Free Screenings at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 10:41:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017323689_1200x675_849791555598.jpg
One of the most important things about the Health & Fitness Expo is the opportunity to get free health screenings. Doreen Gentzler explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Health & Fitness Expo Opens!]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 10:19:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017323680_1200x675_849789507971.jpg
The Health & Fitness Expo is underway. Doreen Gentzler and Melissa Mollet offer a glimpse of what it has to offer.]]>
<![CDATA[Get Healthy With Giant at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:20:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017321269_1200x675_849480259657.jpg
Giant will offer screening and nutrition education at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler explains.]]>
<![CDATA[In the Zen Zone at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:32:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017321259_1200x675_849473603541.jpg
Relax with Kaiser Permanente at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler has a preview of what they are offering this weekend.]]>
<![CDATA[Workout Like an American Ninja Warrior at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:00:34 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/08102015+American+Ninja+Warrior.jpg
Learn to workout like an American Ninja Warrior at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler has a demonstration.]]>
<![CDATA[Learn About Mental Health at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:56:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017321160_1200x675_849440323859.jpg
Learn about mental health at the Changing Minds booth at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler spoke with Tara Handron, head of the DC/Bethesda Chapter of Caron Treatment Center.]]>
<![CDATA[Healthy Cooking at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:47:19 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017319478_1200x675_849414211559.jpg
Wegman's will be one of the businesses demonstrating healthy cooking at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler has a preview.]]>
<![CDATA[Join Us at the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:20:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/look-N-HF-expo-2017-1200.jpg
It's fitness and fun at the 2017 NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo! Click for hours, events and more.]]>
<![CDATA[Free Screenings and Tests at Health & Fitness Expo]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:39:55 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017319388_1200x675_849400899893.jpg
David Thompson of United Medical Center tells Doreen Gentzler about the screenings and tests available this weekend at the Health & Fitness Expo.]]>
<![CDATA[Take Metro to the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo!]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:52:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro-shutterstock_7004017315.jpg
Are you coming to the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo this weekend? Public transportation is the best way to get there.]]>
<![CDATA[The Benefits of Meditation and Power Napping]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:05:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017305491_1200x675_848627267814.jpg
Meditation will help you become less reactive, more responsive and present in the moment, said Christine Marcella of Recharj, a downtown D.C. meditation studio. She shares how -- and when -- it could help you.]]>
<![CDATA[GOP House Panel: Halt Federal Money for Planned Parenthood]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:05:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Planned+Parenthood+NH.JPG
A Republican-run House panel created to investigate Planned Parenthood and the world of fetal tissue research has urged Congress to halt federal payments to the women's health organization. Democrats said the GOP probe had unearthed no wrongdoing and wasted taxpayers' money in an abusive investigation reminiscent of the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy. The Republican recommendation was included in the special committee's final report Wednesday and was no surprise. The GOP released the 471-page document just 16 days before Donald Trump becomes president, at the start of a year in which many Republicans hope Congress will finally cut off federal funds for the group.

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<![CDATA[PBR Over Powerade? Local Gym Applies to Serve Beer & Wine]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:45:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017290410_1200x675_847760963631.jpg
The Lifetime Fitness location in Gaithersburg, Maryland, applied for a license to serve beer and wine at its outdoor pool. News4's Aimee Cho takes a look at what's behind this seemingly unhealthy trend for health clubs.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Kickstart Your New Healthy Lifestyle]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 12:52:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017284817_1200x675_847430211937.jpg
If living a healthier lifestyle is on your New Year's resolution list, Dr. Joshua Weiner has some advice that is sure to help. Weiner stopped by News4 Midday to talk about some diet ideas, including the CLEAN cleanse.]]>
<![CDATA[Police Investigating Accidental Poisoning That Killed 4 Kids]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:29:27 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/poisioning.jpg
A poisonous gas believed to have been released when someone tried to wash away a pesticide that had been sprayed under a Texas home killed four children and left six other people hospitalized, officials said Monday. Phosphine gas was likely released when water mixed with the pest control chemical, Amarillo fire officials said. A specific cause of death had not been released for the four children Monday afternoon. The other six people who were in the home are "not out of the woods yet," fire officials said.

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<![CDATA[Diet Resolution: Tips From the Pros on How to Lose Weight]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:18:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/183*120/scale+generic+weight+generic.JPG
New Year's diet resolutions fall like needles on Christmas trees as January goes on. Genes can work against us. Metabolism, too. But a food behavior researcher has tested a bunch of little ways to tip the scale toward success.

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<![CDATA[Investigation Into Baby Exposed to Fentanyl]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:36:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Methuenhome.JPG
A 10-month-old baby stopped breathing twice after being exposed to the opioid fentanyl in Methuen, Massachusetts, over the weekend. Methuen police said they were called to a Treetop Way residence at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a baby who was not breathing. Upon arrival, emergency personnel immediately began treating the child before transporting her to Lawrence General Hospital, where she stopped breathing twice and had to be revived by hospital staff. The child was later flown to Tufts Medical Center in Boston via MedFlight helicopter and is currently in stable condition.

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<![CDATA[Prosecutor in Pa. Tackles Heroin Scourge That Claimed Son]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:33:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bruce17.jpg
The phone at Bruce Brandler's home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there, and he was in really bad shape. A suspected heroin overdose, the nurse said. Brandler didn't believe it. Erik had his problems, but heroin? It seemed impossible. Nearly 10 years later, the nation is gripped by a spiraling crisis of opioid and heroin abuse — and Brandler, a veteran federal prosecutor recently promoted to interim U.S. attorney, suddenly finds himself in a position to do something about the scourge that claimed his youngest son's life.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Twins Born in Different Years]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:34:51 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sanchez+Twins.jpg
An Arlington family celebrated the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 in an unusual way, with the birth of twin boys in two different years. Medical City Arlington says Cassandra Martinez was due to deliver her third and fourth babies on Jan. 20, but they came early. J'aiden Alexander Sanchez was the first to arrive at 11:46 p.m. on Dec. 31 while Jordan Xavier Sanchez arrived at 12:12 a.m. on New Year's Day, making him the first baby born at Medical City Arlington in 2017.

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<![CDATA[New Year's Resolutions: How to Stick With Them]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:58:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_resolutions1220_1920x1080.jpg
The New Year usually comes with new resolutions, but change can be hard, especially once life goes back to normal after the holidays. To succeed with resolutions going forward, sports psychologist Dr. Stephen Graef at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center recommends looking to the past.]]>
<![CDATA[Q&A: How GOP Could Repeal Health Care Law]]>Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:30:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OBAMACARE_AP_16320806519240.jpg
The stakes confronting Republicans determined to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law were evident in one recent encounter between an Ohio congressman and a constituent. "He said, 'Now you guys own it. Now fix it. It's on your watch now,'" recalled GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi, chairman of a pivotal health subcommittee. "And this is a supporter." Republicans have unanimously opposed Obama's law since Democrats muscled it through Congress in 2010. They've tried derailing it scores of times but have failed, stymied by internal divisions and Obama's veto power. With the Republicans controlling Congress and Donald Trump entering the White House on Jan. 20, their mantra of repeal and replace is now a top-tier goal that the party's voters fully expect them to achieve — starting this week.

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<![CDATA[Understanding Heart Attacks and Cardiac Arrest]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:15:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20161229+Heart+Problems.jpg
Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Alan Thicke -- heart problems have been cited as a cause or possible cause in all these stars' deaths. But heart problems are not all the same. And, it turns out, you CAN die of a broken heart. News4's Pat Lawson Muse spoke with Dr. Eric Lieberman, a Johns Hopkins cardiologist who practices at Suburban Hospital, to learn more.]]>
<![CDATA[Following Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:33:01 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/175153230-tom-price-paul-ryan.jpg
When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years — overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans. Any changes to the $500 billion-plus program hold enormous consequences not only for recipients but also for the states, which share in the cost. Trump initially said during the presidential campaign that he would not cut Medicaid, but later expressed support for an idea pushed for years by Republicans in Congress — sending a fixed amount of money each year to the states in the form of block grants. Backers say such a change in the Medicaid formula is one of the best ways to rein in spending, but critics say big cuts would follow.

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<![CDATA[Single Shot From Doctor May Be Future of HIV Prevention]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:34:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/200429890-001.jpg
The Truvada pill is taken daily to prevent HIV and has been touted as a miracle drug responsible for lowering rates of the virus across the United States. But soon, the daily pill may be overshadowed by an even simpler method — a single flu shot-like injection at the doctor's office, once every two months, NBC News reported. The National Institutes of Health announced last week that it was entering the first-ever global clinical trial of an injectable HIV-prevention drug called cabotegravir. The trial is taking place in eight countries across three world regions — the Americas, Africa and Asia — and researchers are enrolling 4,500 gay and bisexual men along with transgender women, pulling from groups with the highest rates of new infections. "The annual number of new HIV infections among young people, especially young men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men, has been on the rise despite nearly flat HIV incidence among adults worldwide," said Raphael J. Landovitz, the protocol chair for the study.

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<![CDATA[Architect of African-American Museum Raising ALS Awareness]]>Sat, 24 Dec 2016 23:05:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Phil-Freelon-Museum-DC.jpg
The lead architect of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., says he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease earlier this year.

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<![CDATA[Minnesota Beats Rest of Country to Banning Germ-Killer]]>Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:43:45 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/triclosan.jpg
Minnesota's first-in-the nation ban on soaps containing the once ubiquitous germ-killer triclosan takes effect Jan. 1, but the people who spearheaded the law say it's already having its desired effect on a national level. The federal government caught up to Minnesota's 2014 decision with its own ban that takes effect in September 2017. Major manufacturers have largely phased out the chemical already, with some products being marketed as triclosan-free. And it's an example of how changes can start at a local level. "I wanted it to change the national situation with triclosan and it certainly has contributed to that,'' said state Sen. John Marty, an author of Minnesota's ban.

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<![CDATA[After Worry, Joy Arrives for Va. Mother of Quintuplets]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:46:52 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/202*120/Arizona-Quintuplets-.jpg
The new mother of quintuplets kept her excitement in check for the first six months of her pregnancy -- even putting off setting up a nursery.

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<![CDATA[Hey, Wait a Minute: Don't Cut Newborns' Cords Too Fast]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:40:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pregnant-woman.jpg
Don't cut that umbilical cord too soon: A brief pause after birth could benefit most newborns by delivering them a surge of oxygen-rich blood. New recommendations for U.S. obstetricians, the latest in a debate over how quick to snip, suggest waiting "at least 30 seconds to 60 seconds after birth," for all healthy newborns. That's double what often happens now. It's common in the U.S. for doctors to cut the cord almost immediately, within 15 to 20 seconds of birth, unless the baby is premature. Cutting the cord is a memorable moment in the delivery room, and Wednesday's advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists won't interfere if dads want to help.

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Stricken 'Jeopardy!' Player Wins $103K Before Death]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:20:33 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CindyStowell-sm.jpg
A woman who died of cancer just days before her appearance on "Jeopardy!" aired won six contests in a row and more than $103,000, some of which she donated to cancer research. Cindy Stowell's run ended when she finished second in her seventh appearance that aired Wednesday. The 41-year-old Texas woman taped the episodes in August and September while battling Stage 4 colon cancer. She died Dec. 5. "Jeopardy!" says Stowell was sent advance copies of her first three episodes and watched them in the hospital. The show says it also expedited Stowell her prize money. The Cancer Research Institute says Stowell donated some of the winnings to the nonprofit.

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<![CDATA[Catching Up With the Boy Who Had a Double Hand Transplant]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:52:21 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handAP_16236722740436.jpg
Just two years ago, Zion Harvey thought he'd never throw a baseball again. The young boy had lost both his hands and legs after suffering an infection when he was a toddler. Today, a year and a half after he became the world's first child to have a double hand transplant, he says he's a new person. NBC News has followed Zion's story each step of the way from his surgery to recovery. All the grueling therapy has paid off, his mother Pattie told NBC News. It has been a whirlwind year in the spotlight for 9-year-old Zion. Support has poured in from all corners.

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<![CDATA[About 70 Employees Get Sick After NM Health Department Party]]>Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:06:29 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DOC_GettyImages-539738467.jpg
The New Mexico Department of Health said dozens of its employees became sick after its holiday party. The New Mexican reports that about 70 staff members said they had gastrointestinal issues after the luncheon last week. A spokesman said more than 200 employees attended the catered luncheon at the Harold Runnels Building in Santa Fe. Health Secretary Lynn Gallgher said Monday that investigators have not identified a specific contaminated food.

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<![CDATA[Challenges for Men Battling Depression]]>Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:04:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Douglas+Powell.jpg
Depression can be one of the most difficult mental illnesses to diagnose – what you may think is “the blues” could be real depression – and speaking up and getting help can be especially challenging for men.

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<![CDATA[Check Out American Ninja Warrior Zone at NBC4 Fitness Expo]]>Mon, 02 Jan 2017 10:17:56 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20161221_ANW.jpg
Ever wonder if you have what it takes to be an American Ninja Warrior? You can find out at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo.

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<![CDATA[Female Doctors Outperform Male Counterparts: Study]]>Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:38:21 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-125767555-Doctor-needle.jpg
Patients treated by women doctors are less likely to die of what ails them and less likely to have to return for more treatment, researchers reported Monday. Yet, as NBC News reports, women doctors on average are paid less than their male counterparts and are less likely to be promoted. According to one study, white male doctors were found to earn an average $250,000 a year, while white female doctors earned an average $163,000 a year.

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<![CDATA[Family of 1st Puerto Rico Baby With Zika Defect Struggles]]>Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:58:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16353514291200-zikathmb.jpg
Michelle Flandez had just given birth to her first son, but doctors in this U.S. territory whisked him away before she could see him. Perplexed, she demanded him back and then slowly unwrapped the blanket that covered him. "My husband and I looked at each other," she recalled. "No one had warned us. No one had given us the opportunity to decide what to do." It was mid-October, and in her arms lay what health officials announced as the first known baby born in Puerto Rico with a rare birth defect that has been linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Those with microcephaly have abnormally small heads and often suffer impeded brain growth and other problems.

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<![CDATA[US Drug Overdose Deaths Jump 33% in Past 5 Years]]>Sat, 17 Dec 2016 05:17:21 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg
Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33 percent in the past five years across the country, with some states seeing jumps of nearly 200 percent. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 states saw increases in overdose deaths resulting from the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. New Hampshire saw a 191 percent increase while North Dakota, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine had death rates jump by over 100 percent.

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<![CDATA[Float Your Troubles Away]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:59:43 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017098124_1200x675_835377219940.jpg
Flotation therapy is gaining in popularity. Doreen Gentzler reports that its medical benefits are still largely anecdotal but its fans swear it helps them relax.]]>
<![CDATA[Mylan to Offer Generic EpiPen for $300 Next Week]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:15:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen-generics.jpg
Mylan is about to start selling a generic version of its EpiPen injector for $300 per two-pack, under half the cost of the name-brand lifesaving drug, the pharmaceutical company announced Friday. The move comes after 20 state attorneys general launched a federal lawsuit alleging that Mylan and five other generic drug-makers artificially inflated and manipulated prices to reduce competition for an antibiotic and oral diabetes medication. Mylan has been offering EpiPen, an emergency allergy treatment, for about $608, up more than 500 percent nine years ago, according to the Elsevier Clinical Solutions' Gold Standard Drug Database. The company came under fire this summer for those price hikes, leading to a congressional inquiry. The $300 cost of the new generic EpiPen two-pack is wholesale for Mylan. It works the same way as EpiPen, the company said, and will arrive in pharmacies next week.

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<![CDATA[Deadline Extended to Sign Up for Obamacare]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:25:21 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-AP_30213472209.jpg
The Obama administration is giving consumers a few extra days to sign up on HealthCare.gov in time for health insurance coverage to take effect Jan. 1. The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, Dec. 19, says Kevin Counihan, CEO of the federal health insurance markets. The unexpected extension was announced after close of business Thursday. Counihan said it's due to strong interest.

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<![CDATA[Virginia Bill Would Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:11:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, or HB 1473, would make it a felony to perform or attempt to perform an abortion after 20 weeks.

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<![CDATA[Engineered Pink Pineapple Safe to Sell: FDA]]>Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:31:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503869977.jpg
A strain of pineapple genetically engineered to be pink instead of yellow got the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. The pink pineapple, made by Del Monte Fresh Produce, simply has some genes toned down to keep the flesh of the fruit pinker and sweeter, the FDA said. "(Del Monte's) new pineapple has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed." The pineapple will be grown in Costa Rica. The company will label it "extra sweet pink flesh pineapple."

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<![CDATA[Va. Gov. Proposes $31.7M for Mental Health, Opioid Crisis]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:23:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioids.jpg
Gov. Terry McAuliffe is proposing $31.7 million in new funds to improve mental health care and substance abuse treatment in Virginia.

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<![CDATA[4 Ways You May Be Allergic to the Holidays]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:15:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1k+christmas+trees.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how the holidays can cause allergic reactions.]]>
<![CDATA[Huff, Puff and Explode: E-cigarette Fires, Injuries on Rise]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:48:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ecigarette+woman+smoking.jpg
Katrina Williams wanted a safer alternative to smoking, and e-cigarettes seemed to be the answer until the day one exploded in her pocket as she drove home from a beauty salon. "It was like a firecracker" as it seared third-degree burns in her leg, blasted through her charred pants and stuck in the dashboard, the New Yorker said. That was in April. Williams, a freight manager, said she still hasn't returned to work. "It was very disturbing." Similar painful accidents have been recorded with increasing frequency over the past year as use of e-cigarettes has climbed, with faulty batteries seen as the suspected culprit. The industry maintains e-cigarettes are safe when used properly.

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<![CDATA[Chocolate Chip Cookies Sent to 8 States Recalled]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:47:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/chocolate-chip-cookie.jpg
A New York-based family-owned business is recalling its chocolate chip cookies because they contain milk, which isn't declared on the list of ingredients and can cause serious or life-threatening reactions in people allergic to it.

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<![CDATA[Where You Live Determines What Kills You]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:08:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-515791525.jpg
A new analysis by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a county-by-county breakdown of what kills people in the U.S., NBC News reported. Drug overdoses shot up 1,000 percent since 1980 in counties in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, western Pennsylvania and east-central Missouri. Diabetes-related deaths are more prevalent in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Suicides and homicides were most prevalent in the western states. Meanwhile, heart disease, is particularly high in the southeast of the United States, blamed on poor diet, a lack of exercise and less access to good medical care. "We found huge variation in all the leading causes of death," said Dr. Christopher Murray at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Seattle.

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<![CDATA[Fewer Teens Drink or Use Illegal Drugs Now]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:51:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-AB68607.jpg
Fewer American teenagers are using illegal drugs or drinking alcohol, researchers said. Rates are at a record low for eighth-graders, the team at the University of Michigan and the National Institutes of Health found, but there's a troubling increase in marijuana use among older teens in some states, NBC News reported. The survey of 45,473 students in eighth, 10th and 12th grade at 372 public and private schools found 48 percent of 12th graders admit to having used a drug illegally in the past year, compared to 49 percent in 2015 and 54 percent in 2000. About a third of 10th graders have used any illicit drug and 17 percent of eighth graders have.

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<![CDATA[Obama Signs Bill Boosting Spending on Cancer Research]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:38:06 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629519988.jpg
On a "bittersweet day" that brought back memories of loved ones lost, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse. Obama signed the bill Tuesday at a ceremony on the White House campus flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and key lawmakers from both parties. The 55-year-old president recounted that his own mother did not even reach his age, dying of cancer in her early 50s.

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<![CDATA[Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:04:17 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obama_Biden_21st_Century_Cures_act_1200x675_832199235608.jpg
The 21st Century Cures Act increases funding for medical research and hopes to speed approval of experimental treatments.

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<![CDATA[Oklahoma May Require Restroom Signs in Anti-Abortion Effort]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:50:46 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AJ-griffin-oklahoma.jpg
Oklahoma plans to force hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools to post signs inside public restrooms directing pregnant women where to receive services as part of an effort to reduce abortions in the state. The State Board of Health will consider regulations for the signs on Tuesday. Businesses and other organizations will have to pay an estimated $2.3 million to put up the signs because the Legislature didn't approve any money for them.

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<![CDATA[NJ Clinical Lab Hack Exposes Personal Health Info of 34,000]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:34:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Quest+Diagnostics_21789268.jpg
Quest Diagnostics announced Monday that it is investigating an unauthorized third-party intrusion into an internet application on its network. In a statement released Monday, the company said the data accessed by the third party "included names, dates of birth, lab results and, in some instances, phone numbers."]]>
<![CDATA[97-Year-Old Still Running Strong]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:14:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_97yo1212_1920x1080.jpg
World War II veteran Albert Booth is still running marathons at age 97 and has no plans of slowing down.

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<![CDATA[Bill Murray, President Obama Talk Cubs, Sox at White House]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:49:43 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/murray+obama.png
A Cubs fan and a Sox fan walk into the Oval Office… to talk about health care?

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<![CDATA[After Obamacare Repeal Vote, Some in GOP Fear a Cliff]]>Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:53:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic-doctor1.jpg
Republicans are eagerly planning initial votes next month on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, a cherished GOP goal. But many worry that while Congress tries to replace it, the party will face ever-angrier voters, spooked health insurers and the possibility of tumbling off a political cliff. Republicans have said they first want to vote to unwind as much of the health care law as they can, though it wouldn't take effect for perhaps three years. That's to give them and new President Donald Trump time to write legislation constructing a new health care system — a technically and politically daunting task that has frustrated GOP attempts for unity for years. Underscoring the GOP's many decisions ahead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Monday that the phase-in period "is yet to be determined." He said Republicans "will work expeditiously to come up with a better proposal than current law."

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<![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 U.S. has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health campaigns and better nutrition and education. But last year it slipped, an exceedingly rare event in a year that did not include a major disease outbreak. Other one-year declines occurred in 1993, when the nation was in the throes of the AIDS epidemic, and 1980, the result of an especially nasty flu season.

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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 the globe for decades. The company said the case "lacks merit." Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit at a news conference in downtown Seattle Thursday, saying they expect to win hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars from the company.

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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 the cola can accompany a wide range of meals, rather than just the fast food and pizza with which it's a mainstay. It's why a recent TV ad featured a young couple grabbling mini-Cokes while making paella, and why food bloggers were paid to post photos on Instagram of various dishes, paired specifically with glass bottles of Coke that might appeal to the aesthetic of "foodie" culture. One photo showed a bowl of chicken chili with the soda. "The ultimate combination of two of my very favorites!" wrote the blogger, who has more than 53,000 followers. The caption disclosed that the post, which got about 430 "likes," was a sponsored ad. Although Coke has often been marketed as a good companion for food, the company is trying to make sure it isn't left behind as American tastes evolve and people move away from traditional sodas. The world's biggest beverage maker is particularly trying to update the drink's image among people in their 20s and 30s who may associate soda mainly with places like McDonald's and Domino's.

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<![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 as opioids. Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data released Thursday. Deaths from synthetic opioids, including illicit fentanyl, rose 73 percent to 9,580. And prescription painkillers took the highest toll, but posted the smallest increase. Abuse of drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin killed 17,536, an increase of 4 percent.

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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, California, were born conjoined, but as of Wednesday were separated by surgeons at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The surgery began on Tuesday and lasted through early Wednesday, hospital officials said. The girls are in stable condition, hospital officials said Thursday, although they remain in the intensive care unit. Erika and Eva's mother, Aida Sandoval, was overcome with emotion as she spoke to reporters Thursday afternoon. In Spanish, she said that her first words upon seeing the girls emerge from their respective operating rooms were, "You're missing your other part, my daughter. Where is your sister?"

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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 Thursday. California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the settlement of a state business code violations lawsuit on the same day that the final agreement was received by a San Diego court.

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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 into the health effects of "vaping," but said e-cigarettes aren't harmless and too many teens are using them. "My concern is e-cigarettes have the potential to create a whole new generation of kids who are addicted to nicotine," Murthy told The Associated Press. "If that leads to the use of other tobacco-related products, then we are going to be moving backward instead of forward." Battery-powered e-cigarettes turn liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor without the harmful tar generated by regular cigarettes. Vaping was first pushed as safer for current smokers. There's no scientific consensus on the risks or advantages of vaping, including how it affects the likelihood of someone either picking up regular tobacco products or kicking the habit.

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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 percent. Pfizer and Flynn Pharma charged "excessive and unfair prices" for the drug used by 48,000 people in Britain, the Competition and Markets Authority said. Pfizer was fined 84.2 million pounds and Flynn Pharma 5.2 million pounds.

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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 a higher rate of contracting an STI, but did not prove a direct correlation between the two. Participants who regularly groomed their pubic hair were 80 percent more likely to report contracting an STI than those who never groomed, according to the study.

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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 overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the measure, one of the last for the president and the 114th Congress, whose leaders hope to adjourn by week's end after a two-year session that has seen them clash frequently with the president. The bill envisions providing $6.3 billion over the next decade, including $1.8 billion for cancer research. Obama had placed Biden in charge of a "moonshot" to find ways to cure and treat the disease, which killed his son Beau, 46, last year. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sought approval for renaming a portion of the bill after Beau Biden. The Senate agreed, and lawmakers of both parties applauded and lined up to share quiet words and pats on the shoulder with the vice president, who sat teary-eyed in the presiding officer's chair of the chamber where he served as senator for 36 years. A clerk handed Biden a tissue.

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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 depression. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued the new edition of "A Woman's Right to Know" on Monday.

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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 medical treatment for diseases they previously ignored because of lack of resources, according to a report released Friday by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Spending on prescription drugs also surged last year, with a nine percent increase since 2014. "Recent rapid growth was due to increased spending for new medicines (particularly for specialty drugs such as those used to treat hepatitis C), price growth in existing brand-name drugs, increased spending on generics, and a decrease in the number of expensive blockbuster drugs whose patents expired," the CMS report read.

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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 who replicated the active ingredient in his anti-parasitic medication for just $20.

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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 about testing and treatment. In the United Kingdom, activists are spreading the message that HIV stigma is “not retro, just wrong.” The U.S. World AIDS Day theme for 2016 is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact,” and the United Nations launched “Hands up for #HIVprevention,” awareness campaign, emphasizing the importance of protecting at-risk demographics like young women and girls. Across the globe, approximately 34 million people suffer from HIV/AIDS, including more than 1.2 million who live in the United States. A red ribbon is a universal symbol of support and solidarity for those living with HIV or AIDS. Here's how organizations are raising awareness and money to help combat AIDS.

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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 D.C. Department of Health.]]>
<![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, who endured a terrifying hallucination that rid her of the fear that her ovarian cancer would return. And for Estalyn Walcoff, who says the drug experience led her to begin a comforting spiritual journey. The work released Thursday is preliminary and experts say more definitive research must be done on the effects of the substance, called psilocybin. But the record so far shows "very impressive results," said Dr. Craig Blinderman, who directs the adult palliative care service at the Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He didn't participate in the work.

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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 medications just in time for cold and flu season.]]>
<![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 on the border the state shares with Mexico. But health officials said she reported no recent travel to Mexico or any other country with ongoing Zika outbreaks.

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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. Canales died of an asthma attack at age 23. "As soon as they were walking down the hall and we saw how much life he had and his smile, it just made us feel so much better because we knew this was exactly what Chris wanted us to do," Canales' stepmother said. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.

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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 and Immunology. In a finding that many doctors may not be aware of, an estimated 25 to 50 million Americans who may have been told they had the allergy could have been initially misdiagnosed or grown out of it, NBC News reported. The solution for many is a simple two-step test, followed, as needed, by a low-dose oral penicillin, taken under a doctor's observation. "The whole process takes about three hours and then we can say they're free to take penicillin in the future," said Dr. Elizabeth Phillips, a professor at Vanderbilt University.

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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 and Prevention, incorporating data from 47 states, said the abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. That is down 5 percent from 2012, and is half the rate of 25 recorded in 1980. The last time the CDC recorded a lower abortion rate was in 1971, two years before the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that established a nationwide right for women to have abortions.

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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. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund alerts consumers to recalled toys from January 2015 to October 2016 that may still be in their home, or available for sale online. In a statement, the Toy Industry Association refuted the PIRG’s report, saying many of the items are juvenile products like hoverboards and children's jewelry and are not toys. "U.S. PIRG calls their annual report "Trouble in Toyland" – but their 2016 report doesn’t indicate any trouble at all," the group said.

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