<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usTue, 17 Oct 2017 09:20:35 -0400Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:20:35 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Trump's Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws After Critical Reports]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:03:04 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/610637396-Rep-Tom-Marino.jpg
President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar withdrew his name from consideration, Trump said Tuesday, following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening...

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<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Survivors Form Sisterhood in Arlington]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:22:12 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Breast_Cancer_Survivors_Form_Sisterhood_in_Arlington.jpg
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Battling breast cancer can feel like a lonely experience for many women, but as News 4's Aimee Cho tells us, there are some local women who are teaming up so no one ever...]]>
<![CDATA[Trump and McConnell Say GOP Is 'Very Unified' After Meeting]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:30:06 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17289640889927.jpg
Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell reaffirmed their alliance of necessity Monday in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they...

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<![CDATA[Key Questions and Answers About Trump's Health Care Move]]>Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:15:48 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17285593800516.jpg
President Donald Trump's move to stop paying a major "Obamacare" subsidy will raise costs for many consumers who buy their own health insurance, and make an already complicated system more challenging for...

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<![CDATA[Paul Ryan Visits Puerto Rico as Trump Offers Support]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:48:37 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-861000150.jpg
House Speaker Paul Ryan is traveling to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico Friday as President Donald Trump assured residents that he "will always be with them." Ryan and other members of a congressional delegation...

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 15:37:52 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20140430+ChangingMinds2.jpg
NBC4 is shining a light on mental health and mental illness by providing education, information and hope.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump's 'Obamacare' Move Shakes Up Health Care and Politics]]>Sat, 14 Oct 2017 02:57:27 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/860674444-Trump-Health-Care.jpg
President Donald Trump's abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America's health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance...

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<![CDATA[America's Obesity Epidemic Reaches Record High: Report]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 01:23:56 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_668885564479.jpg
Almost 40 percent of American adults are obese, the highest rate ever recorded for the United States, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 20...

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<![CDATA[Millions Die Suffering Amid Global Opioid Gap: Report]]>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:58:03 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/oxycodoneGetty_1200x675.jpg
Nearly 26 million people around the world die each year with serious suffering in part because of a huge gap in pain relief: The U.S. may be awash in opioid painkillers, but they're rare or unavailable in dozens...

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<![CDATA[Experts Say Trump Order Could Upend Health Care System]]>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:02:10 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17285593800516.jpg
With Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare stalled, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order on Thursday that could undermine the law without Congress. Experts say it has the potential to upend the...

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<![CDATA[As Puerto Rico Suffers, Trump Warns Help Won't Last Forever]]>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:49:01 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/857023618-Trump-Travels-to-Puerto-Rico.jpg
President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can't keep sending help "forever" and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame

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<![CDATA[Calling It a Beginning, Trump Signs Health Care Order]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:34:07 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/860565072-Trump-Signs-Health-Care-Order.jpg
President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite federal rules so consumers can have wider access to health insurance plans featuring lower premiums. He called his new executive order...

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<![CDATA[Natural Fall Skincare and DIY Face Mask ]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:23:05 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/skincare.jpg
Skincando's founder, Sara Damelio, demos a pumpkin face mask you can make at home with NBC News4's Eun Yang.

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<![CDATA[Concussions and Football: What You Need to Know]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:24:45 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Concussions_and_Football.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner joins NBC News4's Eun Yang to discuss what many parents are wondering: are my children at risk of mental health problems if I let them play football? The earlier kids start playing, the...]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Birth Control Rule Ignores Science, Critics Say]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:43:51 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16239685238277.jpg
The Trump administration's new birth control rule is raising questions among some doctors and researchers, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts...

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<![CDATA[Teen Detained After Crossing Border Fights to Have Abortion]]>Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:52:06 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/womens-clinic-tx-EM.jpg
Advocates for a pregnant 17-year-old girl held in a Texas facility for immigrant children who have crossed the border alone are asking a federal judge to allow her to get an abortion, over the opposition of U.S....

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<![CDATA[Whole Foods Recalls Its Raisin Bran for Undeclared Peanuts]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:32:05 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/whole-foods-recall.jpg
Whole Foods Market has recalled some of its 365 Everyday Value Organic Raisin Bran across the country because the cereal contains undeclared peanuts, the Food and Drug Administration and grocery chain said.]]>
<![CDATA[2 People at Md. High School Diagnosed With Tuberculosis]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:26:22 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_431684782.jpg
Two people from Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, have been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), the school system announced Monday.

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<![CDATA[14 Desperate Days: Anatomy of an Opioid Overdose Outbreak]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:34:00 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fentanyl+10-09.PNG
An alert Georgia emergency room doctor who saw three strange overdose cases apparently related to the drug Percocet sounded the alarm to the Georgia Poison Center this June, NBC News reported, likely saving...

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<![CDATA[White House Plans Order to Expand Health Care Options]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:15:46 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump-healthcare-face.jpg
The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that...

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<![CDATA[FDA: Drug Shortages Possible Due to Puerto Rico Power Outage]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:45:08 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PRmedicine_1200x675.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that U.S. drug shortages are possible because power outages in Puerto Rico have stopped or limited production at many medicine factories there. Nearly...

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<![CDATA[Trump's One-Two Punch Hits Birth Control, LGBT Rights]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:31:50 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16239685238277.jpg
In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom...

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<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Medical Teams Struggling to Deliver Dialysis]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:25:48 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Crisis_in_Puerto_Rico_Medical_Teams_Struggling_to_Deliver_Di.jpg
Thousands of Puerto Ricans depend on dialysis to live. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports how medical clinics are having to ration dialysis treatment following Hurricane Maria.]]>
<![CDATA[Local Doctors Aid Puerto Ricans After Hurricane Maria]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:43:18 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Local_Doctors_Aid_Puerto_Ricans_After_Hurricane_Maria.jpg
Doctors from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Puerto Rico to help treat people in the wake of Hurricane Maria. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports from San Juan.]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Coping With Grief on Social Media and in Real Life]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:28:38 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/thumbnail+%2812%291.png
How can you cope with grief and anxiety in real life and via social media? Psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner talks with News4's Chris Lawrence about his tips.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Admin. Vets Launch Health Insurance Sign-Up Drive]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:53:30 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_937719406365.jpg
Former Obama administration officials are undertaking a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act. With the start of open enrollment on Nov.

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<![CDATA[How to Deal With Tragedy And Talk About It With Family]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:13:36 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20171002+Hug.JPG
Feeling overwhelmed, powerless or angry as you watch news of another mass shooting, this one in Las Vegas? Those feelings are normal, even for people who don't have ties to Nevada or anyone there, according...

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<![CDATA[Fact or Myth? Two Breast Cancer Fictions Debunked]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:40:28 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Dispelling_Myths_During_Breast_Cancer_Awareness_Month.jpg
News4's Eun Yang debunks some myths about breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medicaid for Abortions]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:51:03 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/abortionbillsigned_290947981.jpg
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, ending months of speculation after the Republican reversed his stance on the issue last...

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<![CDATA[First Lady Listens and Learns at WH Opioid Crisis Discussion]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:27:46 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/855179250-Melania-Trump-opioid-rountable.jpg
Melania Trump is listening and learning about the nation's opioid epidemic. The first lady heard Thursday from experts and people affected by addiction to drugs whom she invited to the White House for...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves 1st Blood Sugar Monitor Without Finger Pricks]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:38:38 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/noprickbloodsugardevice_1200x675.jpg
Federal regulators have approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor for diabetics that doesn't need backup finger prick tests. Current models require users to test a drop of blood twice daily to...

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<![CDATA[US Health Officials Brace for Potentially Bad Flu Season]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:24:11 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GENERICFLUSHOT_1200x675.jpg
It's flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter. The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a...

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<![CDATA[Trump Says GOP Has Health Care Votes ... But It Doesn't]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:50:21 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump-healthcare-face.jpg
Guess what? Turns out Republicans have the votes to push health care legislation through the Senate, but they've been flummoxed because one supportive senator is in the hospital. That was President Donald...

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<![CDATA[Congress at Crossroads After GOP Health Care Fails: Analysis]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:36:57 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17269693427697.jpg
Congress is at a crossroads after Republicans' stinging failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. But what's next — more partisan conflict or a pragmatic shift toward cooperation? Unless Republicans and...

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<![CDATA[US Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit Another High ]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:21:24 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bowlofcondoms_1200x675.jpg
Health officials are reporting another record increase in infections from three sexually transmitted diseases. More than 2 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United...

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<![CDATA[Coffee Sold in California Could Come With Cancer Label]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:41:18 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/coffeetasting.jpg
A future cup of coffee in California could give you jitters before you even take a sip. A nonprofit group wants coffee manufacturers, distributors and retailers to post ominous warnings about a cancer-causing...

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<![CDATA[Long-Term Care for the Aging and Ailing Is Surging: Survey]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:23:19 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_285504724809.jpg
Long-term care costs are surging again and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year. Growing labor expenses and sicker patients helped push the median cost...

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<![CDATA[Medicaid Recipients Watch Nervously as Health Bill Teeters]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:21:30 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17268601164641.jpg
With the latest Republican health care overhaul teetering near collapse, one group in particular is watching with heightened anxiety. The debate in Congress is personal for many of those who gained coverage...

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<![CDATA[Protesters Removed From Senate Health Care Bill Hearing]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:10:08 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/US-Health-Care-2-CR-150637884759400002.jpg
Protesters chanting "No cuts for Medicaid, save our liberty!" were forcibly removed from the Senate Finance Committee room Monday as lawmakers attempted to convene a hearing into the Republican Graham...]]>
<![CDATA[1M-Person Study Seeks End to Cookie-Cutter Health Care]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:19:17 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17236756008031-One-in-a-Million-Study.jpg
U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments, and lifestyles interact. Today, health care is based on averages,...

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<![CDATA[Sen. Collins' Opposition Likely Kills GOP Health Care Drive ]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:32:18 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/AP_17136032403447.jpg
The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama's health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the...

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<![CDATA['About Time': BYU's 6-Decade Caffeinated Soda Ban Fizzles]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:38:29 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/94967797-Brigham-Young-University.jpg
Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and...

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<![CDATA[CVS to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 7-Day Supply]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:27:25 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cvsgeneric_1200x675.jpg
CVS Pharmacy will limit opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply for certain conditions, becoming the first national retail chain to restrict how many pain pills doctors can give patients, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Local Cases of Swine Flu Bring Attention to the Illness]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:14:22 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Local_Cases_of_Swine_Flue_Bring_Attention_to_the__Illness.jpg
Seven people who went to the Charles County Fair contracted swine flu, but the Maryland Department of Health confirmed none had to go to the hospital. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports the virus is airborne.]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Health Bill Provisions Help 2 States: Analysts]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:39:15 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lindseygraham_1200x675.jpg
Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored...

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<![CDATA[Aaron Hernandez's Family Suing NFL, Pats After CTE Diagnosis]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:32:56 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Despiden-a-Aaron-Hernandez-en-discreto-funeral-privado.jpg
Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez are suing the NFL and the New England Patriots over his death after a brain study showed the former football star suffered from a "severe case" of the degenerative brain disease...

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<![CDATA[Kimmel Ramps Up Battle Against GOP Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:51:24 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/849709530-Jimmy-Kimmel.jpg
Jimmy Kimmel used his late-night platform to continue his assault on the GOP health care bill, firing back at critics including U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade. The ABC star on...

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<![CDATA[Why Do College Kids Think Backpacks Can Save a Drunk Friend?]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:37:57 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/drunk_pack_stock_image.jpg
In the final hours of his life, Tim Piazza lay on a couch in a Penn State frat house barely conscious and occasionally vomiting from alcohol poisoning and serious internal injuries. Twice on a night of...

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<![CDATA[7 People Get Flu After Contact With Pigs at Charles Co. Fair]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:11:10 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pig+Snout+File.jpg
Seven fair-goers in Maryland have tested positive for a strain of the flu after coming in close contact with pigs at the Charles County Fair, health officials say.

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<![CDATA[Doctors Are Prescribing More Antidepressants Than Ever]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:41:04 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Antidepressant_Usage_Up_65_Percent.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner, a local psychiatrist, explains possible factors in the surge of antidepressant usage, including a decreased stigma and over-prescribing by doctors.]]>
<![CDATA['Scam': Kimmel Slams 'Kimmel Test' Senator's Bill]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:02:18 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kimmel-Cassidy.jpg
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel sounded off on Tuesday to blast Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy for his part in crafting the latest GOP health care proposal that, Kimmel said, goes against the promises the senator had...

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<![CDATA[Study Links Youth Football to Behavior Later in Life]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:46:09 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Study_Links_Youth_Football_to_Behavior_Later_in_Life.jpg
A new study links playing football before age 12 to behavior differences later in life. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[One Last Chance: GOP Strains for Obamacare Repeal Votes]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:16:50 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Last-Chance-Senate-Health-Care-EM.jpg
Time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders dove into a frantic hunt for votes Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare." The pressure was intense, the outcome...

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<![CDATA[States Ask Insurers to Prioritize Non-Opioid Pain Treatment]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:21:12 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/oxycodoneGetty_1200x675.jpg
Attorneys general representing the majority of states asked health insurers Monday to encourage pain treatment through means other than prescriptions for opioid painkillers, which are responsible for tens...

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<![CDATA[How to Flee Domestic Violence: Have a Plan, Experts Say]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:05:28 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/091517+woman+writing.jpg
If you are ready to leave an abusive partner, you need a specific, detailed "safety plan," Chandra Robinson of the D.C. domestic violence shelter My Sister's Place and other experts say.

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<![CDATA[Race to Cure Rare Disease That Attacks Children's Brains]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:19:40 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Eloise+Sloan.jpg
A Philadelphia doctor is making progress finding a cure for a rare illness that can afflict children.

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<![CDATA[Beware of Catching Infections at Hospitals]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:43:03 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Judy+Dexter.jpg
The hospital is a place you go to get better, but sometimes patients get an infection and end up getting worse.

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<![CDATA[Medicare Cards Being Remade to Protect Seniors ]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:50:39 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/medicarenewcardforseniorss_1200x675.jpg
Medicare cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft. No more Social Security numbers plastered on the card. Next April, Medicare will begin mailing every beneficiary a new card with a unique...

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<![CDATA[Selena Gomez Undergoes Kidney Transplant Due to Lupus]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:53:15 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/selenagomeztransplantfeuerherd.jpg
Selena Gomez recently received a kidney transplant from television actress Francia Raisa due to her struggle with lupus, the actress-singer revealed Thursday. Gomez disclosed in an Instagram post confirmed...

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<![CDATA[Virginia Health Officials: Get Your Flu Vaccine ]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:05:56 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms941.jpg
Health officials are urging all Virginia residents six months and older to get an annual flu vaccine.

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<![CDATA[Tips for Preparing Your Family for an Emergency]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:46:45 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Emergency_Preparedness_Tips.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, gives tips on how to prepare yourself and your family for emergencies.]]>
<![CDATA[Study: You May Be Able to Sweat Away Depression]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:21:28 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Study_You_May_Be_Able_to_Sweat_Away_Depresion.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner joins News4's Eun Yang to discuss a recent study that suggests hyperthermia could help healthy adults manage depression.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Prompts Call to Examine Flu Vaccine and Miscarriages]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:19:37 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flushottechnician_1200x675.jpg
A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine...

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<![CDATA[Sanders Would Make Government Health Care Role Even Bigger]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:43:25 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/health-care-overhaul-plans.jpg
In an animated, campaign-style rally, Sen. Bernie Sanders unwrapped his plan to remake the nation's convoluted health care system into federally run health insurance Wednesday — a costly proposal embraced...

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<![CDATA[Age Matters When It Comes to Screening for Cervical Cancer]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:55:32 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cervicalcancer_1200x675.jpg
Getting checked for cervical cancer isn't one-size-fits-all: Millions of women may soon have to decide between a routine Pap or a newer test that detects if they have a cancer-causing virus. Draft national...

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<![CDATA[Infected Puppies Put 9 in Hospital, Sicken 30 More]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:22:19 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-55656729.jpg
Puppies carrying a common germ have infected 39 people and put nine of them into the hospital, federal health officials told NBC News. The cases are all linked to puppies sold in seven states by the pet...

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<![CDATA[Family Meets Recipient of Late Daughter's Lungs]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:37:44 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/thumbnail+%289%291.png
A Virginia family who lost their daugther a year ago got a chance to hear her lungs again.]]>
<![CDATA[DC-Based Group Helps Deliver Health Care in Disaster Zones]]>Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:08:29 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+Pharmacy+122115.jpg
A small organization based in Washington, D.C., is working around the clock to make sure people in disaster zones get the medical attention they need for their chronic illnesses.

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<![CDATA[Study: Introducing Small Amounts of Allergy Causing Foods Over Time Is Safe]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 21:22:36 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Study_Introducing_Small_Amounts_of_Foods_That_Cause_Allergie.jpg
A study in the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found oral food challenges are extremely safe. That's when small bits of food that may cause allergies, like eggs or nuts, are introduced...]]>
<![CDATA[Test Could Sniff Out Parkinson's Disease]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:24:16 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Test_Could_Sniff_Out_Parkinsons_Disease.jpg
A scratch-and-sniff test could one day predict who might get Parkinson's disease. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Preventing Common Classroom Ailments]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:48:25 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lice.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, discusses prevention and treatment tips for lice, ringworm, pink eye, strep throat and mononucleosis.

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<![CDATA[Mild Dehydration Can Cause Mood Swings]]>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:19:23 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mild_Dehydration_Can_Cause_Mood_Swings.jpg
Psychologist Dr. Joshua Weiner explains the ill effects dehydration can do to mental health.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Recalls Pacemakers Over Fear of Hackers]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:32:41 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/drvisit_1200x675.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration is recalling 465,000 pacemakers to be uploaded with new secure software after discovering cyber-security vulnerabilities in its system which would essentially allow a hacker...

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<![CDATA[Premium Costs Are Set to Jump as Maryland Approves Rates]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 05:52:17 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Maryland+Flag.jpg
Premium costs for plans sold on Maryland's health exchanges are set to rise as state regulators approve increased rates.

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<![CDATA[New Breakthrough Drug for Treating Kids' Cancer]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:24:10 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/thumbnail7.png
A promising, but expensive, new drug may change cancer treatment for many patients in the future, News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Dealing With Your Child's Back-to-School Jitters]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:30:32 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dealing_With_Back_to_School_Jitters.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner shares some tips for helping your child deal with back-to-school jitters. ]]>
<![CDATA[Former Monk Sues Cosmetics Giant Over Anti-Aging Formula]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:24:58 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/monkloreallawsuit_1200x675.jpg
A former Roman Catholic monk has filed a federal lawsuit against cosmetics giant L'Oreal, accusing the company of stealing patented technology in an anti-aging wrinkle cream that his charity was selling to raise...

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<![CDATA[US Clears Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Childhood Leukemia]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:00:04 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/clearedforleukemia_1200x675.jpg
Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials on Wednesday approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood...

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<![CDATA[Public Health Dangers Loom in Harvey-Hit Areas]]>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:34:24 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Harvey-houston-victims.jpg
The muddy floodwaters now soaking through drywall, carpeting, mattresses and furniture in Houston will pose a massive cleanup challenge with potential public health consequences. It's not known yet what kinds or...

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<![CDATA[Virginia Launches Baby Box Program to Parents for Safe Sleep]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:29:29 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baby+box.jpg
Virginia parents are expected to receive more than 100,000 free baby boxes and postpartum supplies over the next year through a new initiative.

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<![CDATA[Relief for Breast Cancer Survivors Suffering From Lymphedema]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:49:04 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Patricia+Kallopollil.jpg
Many breast cancer survivors suffer from a condition called lymphedema, but a new procedure can offer relief.

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<![CDATA[Aetna Envelope Window Reveals Patients' HIV Status: Lawyers]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:33:38 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/aetna-HIV-letter.jpg
Two legal organizations say health insurer Aetna revealed the HIV status of patients in several states by mailing envelopes with a large, clear window that showed information on purchasing HIV...

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<![CDATA[Trump Administration Cuts Funding to Teen Pregnancy Programs]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 06:24:58 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-3155076.jpg
The U.S. has experienced a drastic drop in teen pregnancies, which many hail as proof of the effectiveness of an Obama-era federal grant program, NBC News reported. Started in 2010, the Teen Pregnancy...

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<![CDATA[Lone Uncovered US County Gets Insurer for Health Exchange]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:49:44 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/200*120/dremergencyroom_1200x675.jpg
The lone county currently at risk of going uncovered on the federal health law's insurance exchanges has landed an insurer. Ohio-based insurer CareSource will step up to provide health insurance coverage...

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<![CDATA[Parents Add Drug Tests to Back-to-School Routines]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:30:23 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_drugtests0823_1500x845.jpg
Parents, worried about drug abuse and the country's rising opioid epidemic, are adding drug tests to their child's back-to-school routines this fall in places like Cincinnati, Ohio.]]>
<![CDATA[The Most Important Kind of Sleep for Brain Health]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:27:12 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/The_Most_Important_Kind_of_Sleep_for_Brain_Health.jpg
This summer we've been reporting on new research identifying a link between lack of sleep and dementia, even Alzheimer's disease. Doreen Gentzler reports on a study in the journal Neurology, which goes into even...]]>
<![CDATA[Where to Get Back-to-School Vaccinations]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:07:13 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-76489007.jpg
As the school year approaches, parents should be aware of local clinics where they can vaccinate their children. Back-to-school immunizations may be mandatory for your child, depending on their school district...

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<![CDATA[CDC: Backyard Chickens, Ducks Linked to Salmonella Infection]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:36:14 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CHICKENS6.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked backyard poultry to salmonella infections in people, according to an outbreak advisory.

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<![CDATA[Back to School Doctor Visit]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:56:44 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Back_to_School_Doctor_Visit.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains what your children should get at their back to school doctor appointments.]]>
<![CDATA[New Law Expands Access to Opioid Antidote]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:04:20 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/New_Law_Expands_Access_to_Opioid_Antidote.jpg
A new law in Virginia is giving better access to naloxone, a powerful antidote to opioid overdoses, to people who are trained to administer it. At a recent event sponsored by the Chris Atwood Foundation,...]]>
<![CDATA[Signs of Potential Eye Damage After Watching Eclipse: Expert]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:20:01 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-835902046.jpg
Experts have long warned that watching a solar eclipse without proper eyewear can lead to potential damage in your eyes. But what might that damage look like? Dr. Linda Chous, chief eye care officer...

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<![CDATA[After One Spin Class? How Extreme Exercise Can Turn Toxic]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:15:34 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170818+Spin+Bikes.jpg
Extreme exercise can hurt -- and in a way that's more serious than sore muscles. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports on how extreme exercise can induce Rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which the breakdown...]]>
<![CDATA[Docs Criticize Move by Top Drug Middleman to Limit Opioids ]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:54:02 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioid-Pills1.jpg
The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions...

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<![CDATA[Teen Overdose Death Rate Doubles]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:21:35 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_teenoverdoses0816_1500x845.jpg
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a steep increase in fatal drug overdoses involving teenagers ages 15 - 19 since 2015 after years of decline. Deaths from fatal drug overdoses]]>
<![CDATA[Overdoses on the Road: Drugged Driving Rises as a Menace]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:13:24 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-517238888.jpg
An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving.

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<![CDATA[Arkansas Can Block Planned Parenthood Money: Federal Court]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:26:19 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/arkansasabortion_1200x675.jpg
A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, two years after the state ended its contract with the group over videos secretly recorded by...

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<![CDATA[If Trump Cuts Obamacare Subsidies, Premiums Will Spike: CBO]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:45:28 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17206719818863.jpg
The Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare premiums will increase by 20 percent next year and by 25 percent in 2020 — if President Donald Trump ends key federal subsidies to the program. The CBO report...

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<![CDATA[DC Short on Beds for Inmates Who Need Mental Evaluations]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:46:20 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Shortage_of_Mental_Hospital_Beds_for_DC_Inmates.jpg
D.C. is dealing with a shortage of beds for inmates who need mental health services.]]>
<![CDATA[How Eclipse-Watching Without Protection Can Hurt Your Vision]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:15:25 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/081417+aimee+cho+eye+damage.jpg
Think you can look at the eclipse for a few seconds without eye protection and be fine? Don't risk it.

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<![CDATA[Mobile Clinic Delivers Low-Cost Care to Families in Need]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:34:22 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mobile_Clinic_Delivers_Low_Cost_Health_Care_to_Families_in_N.jpg
The Children's Health Project of D.C. delivers high-quality, low-cost health care to families in need. News4's Justin Finch shows how to take advantage.]]>
<![CDATA[Apple, Aetna Meeting to Bring Apple Watch to Aetna: Sources]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:25:56 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/applewatchcolorful-1200x675.jpg
Apple and Aetna held secret meetings last week to bring Apple's health- and fitness-tracking device, Apple Watch, to Aetna customers, according to three sources who spoke with CNBC.

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<![CDATA[A Stronger Medicaid Emerges From GOP Health Overhaul Debate]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:32:35 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/809452094-Medicaid-protests.jpg
Medicaid, a 1960s Great Society pillar long reviled by conservatives, seems to have emerged even stronger after the Republican failure to pass health overhaul legislation. The federal-state health insurance...

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<![CDATA[Student Seeking Paramedic Internship Saves Choking Man]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:50:16 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg
A man who started choking in a coffeehouse was saved by a California State University, Sacramento student who was waiting to interview for a paramedic internship. Coastal Peaks Coffee owner Mike Knight...

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<![CDATA[Looking into the Future: Online Eye Exams]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:12:35 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MD02F_1200x675_1022508099586.jpg
An online eye exam that you can take on a computer, in the comfort of your home. Seems like the perfect solution for busy people who may not have time to see the eye doctor. Yet, the increasingly popular...]]>
<![CDATA[5 Die After Being Fitted With Obesity Devices, FDA Says]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:16:20 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms794.jpg
At least five people have died after receiving gastric balloons to help them lose weight, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. It’s unclear whether the balloons or the surgery to implant them could...

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<![CDATA[1 in 3 Cancer Patients Face Unexpected Costs: Study]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:34:05 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-08-10+at+11.30.52+AM.png
A Duke University study found more than a third of cancer patients with health insurance faced out-of-pocket costs that were more than they expected. Researchers say patients with unexpected costs are less...]]>
<![CDATA[The Freshman 15 Is a Myth]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:19:39 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/freshman15.jpg
Incoming college students have long feared the freshman 15, the alleged 15 pound weight gain common among first year students. But studies suggest this concept is nothing more than a myth, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Trump Actions Trigger Health Premium Hikes for 2018: Study]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:35:54 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/821754746-Trump-Victims-of-Obamacare.jpg
The Trump administration's own actions are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many consumers, a nonpartisan study has found. The analysis released...

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit: CVS Charges More for Drugs Paid for With Insurance]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:16:34 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cvsgeneric_1200x675.jpg
A California woman sued CVS Health Corporation Monday, accusing the company of charging customers more when they use insurance to pay for certain generic prescriptions, NBC News reported. Megan Schultz...

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<![CDATA[Eight Indicted for Selling Deadly Opioids in St. Mary's Co.]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:00:35 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170809+Indicted.jpg
St. Mary's County officials are cracking down by charging opioid dealers.]]>
<![CDATA[Americans’ Use of Alcohol Is on the Rise: Study]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:36:21 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_ALCOHOL_INCREASE_080917-150230034019500001.jpg
A new study has found an 11 percent increase in alcohol use among Americans between 2002 and 2012. There was an even bigger jump in high-risk drinking and alcohol-use disorders.]]>
<![CDATA[Opioid Epidemic Plagues St. Mary's County]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:53:23 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BryanLawsonCrop.jpg
A mother grieves the loss of her son as the amount of opioid related deaths in St. Mary's County rise.]]>
<![CDATA[Infant Mortality Rates Up in Appalachia vs Rest of US: Study]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:37:33 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/appalachia-infant-mortality.jpg
Placing much of the blame on smoking, a study chronicling the ongoing health crisis in Appalachia has concluded that the 13-state region suffers from a growing disparity in infant mortality and life expectancy...

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<![CDATA[Researchers Detail Heroin, Drug Use at Underground US Haven]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:09:18 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_110511068014-heroin-injection-site-Vancouver.jpg
A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals. None were known to exist in the U.S. until

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<![CDATA[Opioid Overdoses Have Been Higher Than Thought: Study]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:40:56 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17171822298733-hypodermic-needles-syringes-everywhere-.jpg
Deaths from heroin and opioid overdoses may have been underreported by more than 20 percent, according to a new study from the University of Virginia. Researchers looking into the nation's deadly drug overdose...

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<![CDATA[Some Meds May Do More Harm Than Good]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:36:01 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms770.jpg
A new study by Consumer Reports found Americans taking more prescription pills than ever before. While some medicines are certainly lifesavers, some might be doing more harm than good.

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<![CDATA[All Montgomery Co. Schools to Stock Opioid Overdose Antidote]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:05:54 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080317+school+bus.jpg
When the new school year starts in September in Montgomery County, Maryland, every elementary, middle and high school will be stocked with the drug that prevents people from dying of opioid overdoses.
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<![CDATA[Transgender Medical Center Opens For Kids]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:53:34 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_transgenderclinic0802_1500x845.jpg
Transgender kids in the St. Louis, Missouri, area now have somewhere to go for medical care and counseling. A transgender medical center opened Tuesday, and it's the first of its kind in the region. The medical]]>
<![CDATA[Protein Bars Recalled for Listeria Risk]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:43:15 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/necn+recall+generic.jpg
A brand of protein bars has been recalled by its manufacturer because it may be contaminated with listeria.

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<![CDATA[Alternatives to Addictive Pain Medications]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:45:10 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dr._Jackie_Opioids_and_Pain_Relief_Alternatives.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, talks about pain management alternatives to help you avoid addictive and damaging medications.]]>
<![CDATA[Virtual ER Cuts Down on Wait Times at MedStar]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:47:39 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MedStar+Tele-Triage.jpg
A Washington, D.C., hospital is using technology to cut down on emergency room waiting time.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Repair Gene in Human Embryos for First Time]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:33:30 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/embryosfeuerherd.jpg
Altering human heredity? In a first, researchers safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos, targeting a heart defect best known for killing young athletes — a big step toward one day preventing...

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<![CDATA[Glitter iPhone Cases Recalled for Burn Risk]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:05:49 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/iphone-cases.jpg
Decorative iPhone cases sold at Victoria's Secret, Nordstrom Rack and other stores have been recalled by their manufacturer because a liquid glitter inside the cases can cause skin irritation and chemical...

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<![CDATA[LIST: DC-Area Schools' Vaccine Requirements and Clinics]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:42:41 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_345038342.jpg
How do local school districts handle immunization requirements? See our list of laws, free clinics and policies for many D.C.-area school districts.

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<![CDATA[Henrietta Lacks Day Held in Baltimore Co.]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:27:36 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP13080605747.jpg
Baltimore County is honoring Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cancer cells continue to have an impact on medicine more than 60 years after they were taken while she was under anesthesia.

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<![CDATA[1 in 3 Americans Took Prescription Opioids in 2015: Survey]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:31:21 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lucha+opioides.jpeg
About one in three Americans used prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin in 2015, according to a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NBC News reported. The NIDA...

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<![CDATA[Xtreme Eating Awards: 2017's Calorie-Filled Recipients]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:18:43 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chillis+Ultimate+Smokehouse+Combo.jpg
Most people won't consider eating five bacon double cheeseburgers from Burger King, but that's the calorie equivalent of one Buffalo Wild Wings Cheese Curd Bacon Burger with fries. That's just one of the...

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<![CDATA[US Hospitals Treating Heart Attacks at Record Speed]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:37:27 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/heart-attack-care.jpg
There's never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour for the first time since these results...

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<![CDATA[2017 Xtreme Eating Awards Announced by The Center for Science in the Public Interest]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:14:23 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_extremeeating0728_1500x845.jpg
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released its 2017 Xtreme Eating awards. Most people wouldn't dream of eating five bacon double cheeseburgers from Burger King all at once, but at Buffalo...]]>
<![CDATA[Higher Prices, Fewer Options Likely After Health Bill Fail]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:49:31 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/health-protest.jpg
The health care law of the land has survived for now, but it needs help — and it needs it soon. Soaring prices and fewer choices may greet customers when they return to the Affordable Care Act's insurance...

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<![CDATA[FDA to Target Addictive Levels of Nicotine in Cigarettes]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:56:14 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/050517+cigarettes+generic.jpg
For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren't so addictive. U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb on Friday directed the...

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<![CDATA[CTE Reports, Concussions Deter Parents From Youth Football]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:24:20 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-499666996.jpg
Lori Anderson grew up with a big, traditional, football-loving family in Austin, Texas, and moved her own family to midwest Michigan. There, she did what was once unthinkable: She did not let her 13-year-old son...

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<![CDATA[Man Saves Stranger With His Personal AED]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:17:03 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Louie+Reyes.jpg
Reyes said he had bought the AED for $1,300 at Costco to protect his 10-year-old son who is a catcher on a baseball team. He was concerned his son might need a shock from a defibrillator if he got hit in...

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<![CDATA[Oregon Scientists Do First Human Gene Embryo Editing in US]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:05:46 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/embryosfeuerherd.jpg
For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. The experiment was just an exercise...

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<![CDATA[What’s Next: Health Care ‘Vote-a-Rama’ and the End Game]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:07:35 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17207774939980.jpg
What can be expected from the health care bill? More debating. Senate leaders are expected to have 20 hours debate before a final vote. When the debate is done, the Senate moves on to what is unofficially called...

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<![CDATA[Plunging Sperm Counts Called a 'Major Public Health' Crisis]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:27:03 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-674416385-sperm.jpg
A recent meta-analysis found a 40-year decline in sperm count in a large sample of men across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, NBC News reported. Researchers from the Hebrew University...

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<![CDATA[Scientists Build DNA From Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:52:33 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dna9.jpg
At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here. But he and his colleagues are cooking up something else altogether: yeast that works with chunks of man-made...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle's Norovirus Outbreak the Result of Lax Sick-Policy]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:00:49 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms872.jpg
Chipotle Mexican Grill's recent norovirus outbreak in Virginia was the result of lax sick policy enforcement by store managers, the company confirmed on Tuesday. The company said in their earnings conference...

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<![CDATA[Quick Online Test Tells You If You Have Prediabetes]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:41:31 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HbA1C+A1C+test.jpg
More than 100 million people in the United States live with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, and there is a quick way to find out if you may be at risk.

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<![CDATA[6 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:45:39 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-639191848.jpg
Cute puppies and furry cats make great additions to the family, and they can even help boost their owners' health. Studies show that animals can help people make healthy choices and lead positive lifestyles.

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<![CDATA[Nearly All NFL Players in Brain Study Had CTE]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:47:15 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Brain-Generic.jpg
A startling new study by Boston University researchers found that after an examination of 111 deceased former NFL players, 99 percent of them had a progressive degenerative brain disease. The study, which...

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<![CDATA[Medicaid is a Matter of Life or Death for a 2-Year-Old in Pennsylvania]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:46:38 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Claire+Concilio.jpg
The health care debate played out inside the home of a Pennsylvania family with a child suffering from a a rare neuromuscular disorder as Senate Republicans continued to weigh which version of their bill will be...

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<![CDATA[Black Seniors Stroll Down Memory Lane to Stay Sharp]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:24:03 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/medical-GettyImages-57229731.jpg
It's more than a stroll down memory lane. Sharon Steen enrolled in a small but unique study to see if jogging memories where they were made can help older African-Americans stay mentally sharp and slow...

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<![CDATA[Twins Born Conjoined at the Heart]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:55:49 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Joined_at_the_heart-150093339088500001.jpg
Twin baby girls Paisleigh and Paislyn Martinez were born conjoined at the chest, with their hearts fused together. Doctors from University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital used groundbreaking technology...]]>
<![CDATA[Burr-Hamilton? Angry Lawmaker Singles Out 'Female Senators']]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:06:01 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TXrepBlakeFarenthold_1200x675.jpg
Passions are running high on Capitol Hill — but pistols at 10 paces over health care? GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas is angry with some fellow Republicans in the Senate who are balking at parts of...

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<![CDATA[Girl's HIV Infection Seems Under Control Without AIDS Drugs]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:34:48 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HIVvirsucell_1200x675.jpg
A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines — more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a...

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<![CDATA[Tractor-Trailer Deaths in Texas Highlight Danger of Heat]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:22:42 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/KevinSmith.gif
Experts say the temperature inside of the tractor-trailer where smuggled immigrants died and many others were left in dire health would have quickly become unbearable in the Texas heat. Authorities said...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Bill Still a Mystery Before Planned Vote]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:46:22 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/818430998-Mitch-McConnell-Health-Care-Bill.jpg
The Senate will move forward with a key vote this week on a Republican health bill but it's not yet known whether the legislation will seek to replace President Barack Obama's health care law or simply...

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<![CDATA[5 Reasons the Health Care Bill May Fail, 3 Why It May Not]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:39:23 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-495314721-doctor.jpg
There are many reasons why the Senate will probably reject Republicans' crowning bill razing much of former President Barack Obama's health care law. There are fewer why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Patients' Gray Hair Turned Dark in New Drug Trials]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:08:05 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cancer-hair-color.jpg
Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads. Chemotherapy is notorious for making hair fall out, but the 14 patients...

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<![CDATA[Abortion Fight Rages in Kentucky, Which Has Just 1 Clinic]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:40:14 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/antiabortionkentuckycourts_1200x675.jpg
Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic. Political pressure...

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<![CDATA[Texas Coffee Recalled for Viagra-Like Ingredient]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:56:15 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BESTHERBS-COFFEE-RECALL.JPG
Coffee from a North Texas company was recently recalled for containing an ingredient similar to the drug in Viagra, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Bestherbs Coffee LLC, in Grand Prairie...

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<![CDATA[McCain Diagnosed With Most Aggressive Type of Brain Cancer]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:55:24 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sen._McCain_Diagnosed_With_Most_Aggressive_Type_of_Brain_Can.jpg
Doreen Gentzler explains the cancer Sen. John McCain has - glioblastoma - is the most aggressive type of brain cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[McCain Evaluting Treatment Options]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:43:30 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/McCain_Evaluting_Treatment_Options.jpg
Sen. John McCain is evaluating his treatment options after being diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer. NBC News medical correspondent Dr. John Torres explains.]]>
<![CDATA[What Competing in the Tour de France Can Do to Your Legs ]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:42:34 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pawGettyImages-805284696.jpg
Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski gave his Instagram followers a glimpse into the toll that riding 1,758 miles can take on one’s body. On Tuesday, after riding in the 16th stage of the Tour de France, Poljanski...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Bill Adds 22 Million Uninsured: Budget Office]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:25:57 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/818430998-Mitch-McConnell-Health-Care-Bill.jpg
A revised Republican health care bill would drive up the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday in a report unlikely to help GOP leaders persuade...

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<![CDATA[Simone Biles Helps Kids Get Fit]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:19:44 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-590188624.jpg
Hundreds of kids right here in our area are getting some Olympic advice. You may remember watching Simone Biles dazzle during the gymnastics competition in the Rio Olympics. On Thursday, she came to the

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<![CDATA[Magnesium Can Help With Mental Health: Study]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:57:11 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Magnesium_Can_Help_with_Mental_Health.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner joins News4 to discuss a recent study that determined magnesium can help with depression, anxiety and sleep.]]>
<![CDATA[Panel Finds Lifestyle Changes Could Stave Off Alzheimer's]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:32:32 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_03100701524-brain.jpg
There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around...

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<![CDATA[For 1st Time, Over Half of People With HIV Taking AIDS Drugs]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:36:33 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/aidsribbonfeuerherd.jpg
For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations...

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<![CDATA[Long-Term Help for Degenerative Disc Disease Back Pain]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:54:37 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Artificial+Disc+071917.jpg
For patients who suffer back pain due to degenerative disc disease, there is an alternative to spinal fusion therapy for extreme cases.

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<![CDATA[Dog Flu Cases on the Rise]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:01:25 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dog_Flu_Cases_on_the_Rise.jpg
Veterinarians are warning pet owners to vaccinate their dogs as the "dog flu" has spread in areas throughout the country, killing some pets. News4's Chris Gordon reports.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Handle 4 Summer Health Bummers]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:32:42 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HEAT_STROKE_GUIDE_052417-150041468703900001.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, tackles four summer health bummers and how to handle them.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Plan's Fall Brings Dread for 'Obamacare' Recipients]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:07:20 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17198746409580.jpg
One American was able to afford her toddler's latest heart operation. Another had the means to go back to college to pursue her dreams. They and thousands of others were able to do so as beneficiaries...

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<![CDATA['Repeal Now, Replace Later' Would Impact Consumers Quickly]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:08:54 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/repeal-now-replace-later.jpg
Consumers would feel the impact immediately if Republicans repeal "Obamacare" with no replacement. Problems could start this fall for customers buying individual health policies, say independent experts,...

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<![CDATA[Brain Scans May Change Care for Some People With Memory Loss]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:56:00 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/brain-scan-photos.jpg
Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer's? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down,...

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<![CDATA[Lack of Sleep May Boost Odds for Alzheimer's]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:47:00 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lack_of_Sleep_May_Boost_Odds_for_Alzheimers.jpg
New studies have found that certain sleep disorders can heighten the risk for dementia. Dr. John Torres, NBC Medical Correspondent, talks about the benefits of a good night's sleep.]]>
<![CDATA[More Women Waiting Longer to Have Children]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:17:34 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Expecting+Mom+Shawn+and+Octavius+33.jpg
For the first time in history, American women over the age of 30 are having more babies than younger moms.

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<![CDATA[Boy, 10, Among Youngest Fla. Victims of Opioid Crisis: Officials]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:41:27 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071817+alton+banks.jpg
A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities said Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Chipotle in Va. Reopens After Closure, Reports of Illness]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:27:58 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chipotle-GettyImages-509063322.jpg
A Chipotle restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, is back open after being closed for two days because people said they got sick after eating there.

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<![CDATA[DC's Right-to-Die Law Takes Effect]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:02:34 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stethescope+generic.jpg
Doctors in the nation's capital may now begin the process of prescribing life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.

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<![CDATA['Let Obamacare Fail,' Trump Says After GOP Plan Collapses]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:45:07 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/818159534-Trump-Let-Obamacare-Fail.jpg
President Donald Trump declared Tuesday it's time to "let Obamacare fail" after the latest GOP health care plan crashed and burned in the Senate, a stunning failure for the president, Republican leader...

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<![CDATA[Summer Boating Safety Tips From the US Coast Guard]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:45:39 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/COASTGUARD-1.JPG
It’s summer – which means it's boating season. Boating, kayaking and canoeing can be a lot of fun, but with it comes some basic boating safety principles. The U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco has some...

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<![CDATA['Raining Needles': Drug Crisis Creates Syringe Pollution]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:55:23 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17171822298733-hypodermic-needles-syringes-everywhere-.jpg
They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets.

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<![CDATA[Bone Marrow Registry Drive Held in DC]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:59:23 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bone_Marrow_Registry_Drive_Held_in_DC.jpg
A group of volunteers in the District calls themselves the "Swab Mob." They were signing people up to donate bone marrow on Saturday. News4 spoke with one woman who says a random person on the...]]>
<![CDATA[Preventive Care, Screenings Could Be Compromised by GOP Bill]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:29:59 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/health-care-preventive.jpg
President Donald Trump has often said he doesn't want people "dying in the streets" for lack of health care. But in the United States, where chronic conditions are the major diseases, people decline slowly.

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<![CDATA[Health Plan Hinges on the Young, a Tough Sell: Analysis]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:27:10 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-495314721-doctor.jpg
Julian Senn-Raemont isn't convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad's plan in a couple of years — no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap the...

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<![CDATA[More Hurdles as Senate Again Delays Vote on GOP Health Bill]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:46:41 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/johnmccainefeuerherdII.jpg
The Senate delayed a highly anticipated vote this coming week to repeal and replace the nation's health care law after Sen. John McCain's announced absence due to surgery, an enormous setback as time dwindles...

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<![CDATA[White House Pitches Health Bill to Skeptical US Governors]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 15:57:49 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/governorshealthbill.jpg
The Trump administration is struggling to get support from skeptical U.S. governors for a revised health care bill before the U.S. Senate. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers...

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<![CDATA['Half-Match' Transplant Helps Teen with Sickle Cell Disease]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:49:50 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Half_Match_Transplant_Helps_Teen_with_Sickle_Cell_Disea.jpg
Rhiannon Perry spent years in pain, suffering from strokes, seizures and hallucinations caused by sickle cell disease. The Manassas teenager needed a bone marrow transplant, but she couldn't find a donor...]]>
<![CDATA[Birth Control App Classified as Medical Device in Europe]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:05:01 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Natural+Cycles+App.jpg
There's evidence an app developed in Sweden is more effective than the birth control pill. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[2 Pastors Sue Coca-Cola Over Soda Health Risks]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:04:20 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_406032592.jpg
Two prominent African American pastors have filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about the health risks of sugar-sweetened...

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<![CDATA[Trump, Administration Press Republicans to Back Health Bill]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:11:18 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mitchmcconnellfeuerherdIIIVVV.jpg
From both sides of the Atlantic, President Donald Trump and other administration officials lobbied Republicans Friday to support the Senate GOP's reworked health care bill, with the president saying wavering...

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<![CDATA[Trump Will Take Health Care Credit or Cast Blame: Analysis]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:22:41 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17124741528885.jpg
If congressional Republicans succeed in repealing and replacing "Obamacare," expect a big Rose Garden celebration with President Donald Trump taking credit. If they fail? Trump has already indicated he...

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<![CDATA[What to Do If Your Dog or Cat Is Too Fat]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:36:58 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Weight_Management_Tips_for_Pet_Owners.jpg
Alexandra Dilley of the Humane Rescue Alliance joins News4 to share tips for managing your pet's weight and preventing overfeeding. Diley is joined by Lady, a 13-year-old pit mix available for adoption at...]]>
<![CDATA[Answer to Cancer May Be the Family Dog]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:54:17 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Answer_to_Cancer_May_Be_the_Family_Dog.jpg
Researchers hope studying dogs with cancer may help in the treatment of children with similar cancers.]]>
<![CDATA[This Is How the GOP Plan Would Change Health Care Coverage]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:57:32 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-813943998.jpg
Senate Republican leaders released a new version of their health care bill on Thursday and they hope to vote on it as soon as next week. The Senate bill would weaken protections for people with pre-existing...

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<![CDATA[Audit: Proposed Changes to ACA Could Be Catastrophic for DC]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:34:46 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+Medical+Health+Medicine+Hospital+Hall+Stretcher+Shutterstock.jpg
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act or significant changes to Medicaid could leave tens of thousands of Washington, D.C., residents without insurance coverage or cost the District hundreds of millions of dollars a...

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<![CDATA[Keep Your Cool This Summer: Safety Tips for the Heat]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:32:18 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17186795988820.jpg
With temperatures in some parts of the country soaring as high as 120 degrees this summer, combatting the heat is no easy task. Last year 94 people suffered from heat related deaths more than double the...

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<![CDATA[Investors: 'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Was Shady -- and Profitable]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:59:31 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shkreli2.jpg
The jury at the securities fraud trial of "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli has heard investors accuse the quirky former biotech CEO of repeatedly giving them the runaround when they tried to pull their money out...

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Doctor Arrested While Feds Search for Other in Major Health Fraud Scheme]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:39:48 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Family+Health+Urgent+Care+Doctor+Rhamil+Mansourov.JPG
One Connecticut doctor has been arrested and federal officials are searching for another in connection with an investigation that authorities are calling the largest health care fraud enforcement action by...

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<![CDATA[US Charges Hundreds in Health Fraud Schemes Worth $1.3B]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:48:01 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jeffsessions400charged_1200x675.jpg
More than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday. Sessions called...

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<![CDATA[McConnell Reveals New Health Bill; Will His GOP Support It?]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:15:50 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/812745510-McConnell-Health-Care-Bill-Release.jpg
Republican leaders unveiled a new health care bill Thursday in their increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare." They immediately lost two key...

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<![CDATA[81-Year-Old Bodybuilder Appearing on 'Little Big Shots: Forever Young']]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:49:22 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/An_81-year-old_Bodybuilder_Stops_by_News4.jpg
Imagine being in the best shape of your life at 81. Ernestine Shepherd, an 81-year-old bodybuilder, runs 10 miles everyday and goes to the gym four days a week. She is featured on Steve Harvey's "Little...]]>
<![CDATA[Senate Consumer Choice Idea Could Raise Premiums for Sick]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:37:14 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tedcruzinAustin_1200x675.jpg
A health care proposal from Senate conservatives would let insurers sell skimpy policies provided they also offer a comprehensive plan. It's being billed as pro-consumer, allowing freedom of choice and potential...

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<![CDATA[Study: ADHD Meds Decrease Risk of Future Substance Abuse]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:48:46 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kids_and_Prescriptions.jpg
We're all becoming more familiar with ADHD, but some parents are concerned the medicine prescribed for ADHS could increase the risk of future substance abuse. Dr. Joshua Weiner stopped by News4 Midday to...]]>
<![CDATA[Did You Know There Could Be Wood in Your Food?]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:19:30 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wood_in_Your_Food.jpg
There are so many things in our food, but did you know some of those ingredients actually include wood? Food scientist Taylor Wallace talks about the not-so-hidden ingredient.]]>
<![CDATA[Dayton Hospital Calls on Volunteers to Cuddle Opioid Babies]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:38:43 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_cuddleprogram0710_1500x845.jpg
As the opioid epidemic grips Ohio, one Dayton hospital is making sure their youngest victims are in good hands. Each year, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Miami Valley Hospital see an average of 90...]]>
<![CDATA[How Ongoing 'Toxic Stress' Can Affect a Child's Brain]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:06:22 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17192441853371-Toxic-Stress.jpg
A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom. The safe spaces, quiet times and breathing...

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<![CDATA[How Severe, Ongoing Stress Can Affect a Child's Brain]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:52:28 -0400https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/school+children+generic.jpg
It's no secret that growing up in tough circumstances can be hard on kids and lead to behavior and learning problems. But researchers are discovering something different. Many believe that ongoing stress during...

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