<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usWed, 28 Jun 2017 03:17:50 -0400Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:17:50 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Bill Could Raise Premiums 74 Percent: Study]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:44:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/699666664-Mitch-McConnell.jpg
Health care premiums could rise 74 percent for the average customer under the Republican Senate health care bill, according to a new report. Older and low-income Americans could face the highest increases...

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<![CDATA[Lacking Support, GOP Leaders Delay Health Care Bill Vote]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:12:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17178803963393.jpg
Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver...

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<![CDATA[Hot Car Deaths: Scientists Detail Why Parents Forget]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:58:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hotweatherPHX_1200x675.jpg
Neuroscientists at the University of South Florida have taken a deep dive into the psychological and biological science behind the "Forgotten Baby Syndrome," NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Safe Summer: Keeping Your Summer Celebrations Safe]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:46:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Keeping_Your_BBQ_Safe_From_Danger.jpg
From the grill to fireworks, News4’s Molette Green has reminders on how to keep your family safe and secure for all of your summer celebrations.]]>
<![CDATA[These Senators Will Make or Break the GOP's Health Care Push]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:31:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/195*120/182286550.jpg
President Donald Trump's campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" is now in the hands of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing —or not yet supporting — legislation Senate Majority Leader...

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 15:37:52 -0400http://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[Seniors Concerned Health Care Plan is 'Age Tax']]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:22:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/senior-health-care.jpg
A Senate Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act aims to reduce funding for Medicaid, the single largest source of health care coverage in the United States. Organizations like AARP are concerned...

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<![CDATA[Interactive: How to Prevent Drowning Tragedies This Summer]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:10:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062617+pool+with+dots.jpg
As temperatures climb each summer, the number of drowning deaths does as well. Here are tips on how to help prevent drowning tragedies.

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<![CDATA[Senate Health Bill Adds 22 Million Uninsured: Budget Office]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:59:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/699666664-Mitch-McConnell.jpg
The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating...

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<![CDATA[Safe Summer: Protecting Your Family From Ticks]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:02:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tick+Generic.JPG
Summertime means more time outside for many families, and you don't have to go very far to find danger. Entomology specialist Daniel Frank has several tips that will help you and your family avoid attacks...

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<![CDATA[What Trump Has Promised on Health Care]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:52:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17124741528885.jpg
President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and health care is no exception. Since his campaign days, Trump has addressed health care in broad, aspirational...

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<![CDATA[Medical Groups Hate the 'Heartless' Senate Health Care Plan]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:11:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-699840802.jpg
Both versions of the Republican plan to fix the American health care system would make things worse, not better, according to groups that represent a variety of physicians. NBC News reported that pediatrician...

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<![CDATA[Often-Undiscovered Hole in the Heart Can Lead to Stroke]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:07:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tracy+Dean.jpg
Everyone is born with a whole in their heart which closes for most, but for some people, it doesn’t, and they may not know it until it causes major problems.

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<![CDATA[How Senate Health Bill Compares to House Bill, 'Obamacare']]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:54:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-699905432.jpg
The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal...

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<![CDATA[Hummus Sold At Wal-Mart, Target Recalled for Listeria Risk]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:40:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/armus-hummus.jpg
A brand of pine nut hummus sold at major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target has been recalled by its manufacturer because it may be contaminated with listeria. House of Thaller, which is based in...

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<![CDATA[Making Your Home Safe For Your Children]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:59:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Making_Your_Home_Safe.jpg
Everyone knows there are a million things your children can get into in the house. News4's Doreen Gentzler shares some safety tips.]]>
<![CDATA[5 Key Issues to Look for in the Senate Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:44:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mcconnell3.jpg
With Senate Republican leaders expected to release details of their health care bill in a 9:30 a.m. meeting Thursday, NBC News rounded up five big issues that are at the heart of the proposed legislation.

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<![CDATA[Keep Your Camper Healthy]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:09:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Keep_Your_Camper_Healthy.jpg
Summer means bonfires and fun in the sun. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, says make sure you know how to keep your kids healthy out there.]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Vaccine Ineffective for People 65 and Older Last Winter]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:53:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458535168-flushotnew.jpg
The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around. U.S. health officials on Wednesday released new...

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Face Increased Risk of Depression, Suicide]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:41:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Firefighter+Chris+McKenna.jpg
Research suggests firefighters are at increased risk for depression and suicide, and one young man knows it first hand is working to raise awareness and change minds.

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<![CDATA[Women Keep Dressing Like ‘Handmaids’ at Statehouses]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:02:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handmaidslegislation_1200x675.jpg
Women across the country are using creative methods to get their message on reproductive rights to their local and state legislative bodies by channeling the characters from the dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's...

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<![CDATA[FDA Wants To Stop Pharma From 'Gaming' Generic Drug System]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:30:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pills-generic-03-GettyImages-108339198.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration is trying to stop pharmaceutical companies from "gaming" the system by blocking or delaying generic competition, Reuters reported. The agency plans a public meeting on July...

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<![CDATA[Namaste: It's International Yoga Day]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:13:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+YOGA+DAY+THUMB.jpg
June 21 is the third annual International Yoga Day, which thousands of yogis across the world marked at mass gatherings. It's estimated that over 36 million Americans practice yoga annually, spending more...]]>
<![CDATA[How Other People Can Influence Suicidal Individuals]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:28:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pushed_to_Suicide.jpg
Suicide occurs almost twice as often as murder. Each year, about 36,000 people in the United States die by suicide. News4's Eun Yang takes a look at the influence of others on suicidal individuals.]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Medicaid Cuts Would Hit States Battling Opioid Epidemic]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:02:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17166699140334-Heroin-Overdose-Survivor.jpg
The Republican drive to roll back Barack Obama's health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that's not letting up. Medicaid cuts resulting from the GOP legislation would hit...

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<![CDATA[4 Resources to Use When Your Child Has an Emergency]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:59:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
Dr. Kurt Newman, president and CEO at Children’s National Hospital, recommends the following online resources:

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<![CDATA[How You Use Sunscreen Just as Important as How You Choose Sunscreen]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:35:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/How_You_Use_Sunscreen_Just_as_Important_as_How_You_Choose_Su.jpg
Picking the wrong sunscreen can have painful and dangerous consequences. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan shares some important advice to help you avoid getting burned.]]>
<![CDATA[They're Back! Numbers of Ticks are High Across New England]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:03:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tickslymenewengland_1200x675.jpg
Tick numbers are on the rise across New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme and other diseases associated with the blood suckers. Much of the region got a respite last year as the drought took...

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<![CDATA[Tiny Grads: NICU Nurses Hold Graduation for Babies]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:03:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_nicu0619_1500x845.jpg
Babies leaving the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are getting their own graduation ceremony, complete with miniature caps and gowns, courtesy of their nurses at the CaroMont Regional Medical Center.]]>
<![CDATA[India's No-Meat, No-Lust Advice for Pregnant Women Ridiculed]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:55:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17170329215266-India-Pregnancy-Advice-Doctors.jpg
India's government is advising pregnant women to avoid all meat, eggs and lusty thoughts, but doctors say the advice is preposterous, and even dangerous, considering India's already-poor record with maternal...

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<![CDATA[Making Your Child's Emotional Well-Being a Priority]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:15:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trusting_Your_Parental_Instincts.jpg
This week, we’re taking a look at ways to keep your child healthy, and we’re getting advice from the head of Children’s National Hospital. Dr. Kurt Newman has been treating children...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Prepare Before Your Child Has an Emergency]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:14:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Healthy_Kids.jpg
When your child gets sick or hurt, it can be hard to find the best information on the fly. But being prepared BEFORE your child has an emergency is key. News4's Doreen Gentzler shares what you need to...]]>
<![CDATA[Quadruple Amputee Keeping Her Plans to Walk Down the Aisle]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:48:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Woman_Whose_Arms_and_Legs_Were_Amputated_Plans_to_Walk_Down.jpg
A mother of two was making wedding plans when what started as a sore throat became an illness that required the amputation of her arms and legs, but she still intends to walk down the aisle.]]>
<![CDATA[Meditation Can Keep Kids Calm, Help Them in School]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:09:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kids+Meditation+Class+061917.jpg
A centuries-old practice can help children keep calm and do better in school.

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<![CDATA['Human Project' Study Will Ask 10,000 to Share Life's Data]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:39:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17167479729521.jpg
Wanted: 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood samples and life-changing events.

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<![CDATA[Too Hot to Handle: Study Shows Earth's Killer Heat Worsens]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:50:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17167791954667-Heat-Wave-Phoenix.jpg
Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a...

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<![CDATA[Six Experts Resign From President's HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel]]>Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:40:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-499435366.jpg
Scott Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, explained in a Newsweek op-ed Friday that he and five colleagues decided to leave their posts on the council in protest of the Trump...

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<![CDATA[Laundry Pods Can Be Fatal for Adults With Dementia]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:14:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/detergent-pods-file.jpg
Within the past five years, six adults with cognitive impairment have died from ingesting brightly colored laundry detergent pods. During the same time, two children died from doing the same. According to...

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<![CDATA[Sensors Make Physical Therapy More Efficient]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:21:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dorsaVi+sports+sensors+061617.jpg
Recently developed technology is making physical therapy more efficient by tracking sports injuries in real time and providing hard data to help develop better recovery plans.

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<![CDATA[App for Air Pollution Could Make City Living a Lot Safer]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:50:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/calipollutionx1200x675.jpg
Out of a pollution study an app, that can pinpoint pollution hot spots block by block, is being developed for city dwellers, reported NBC News. A study suggests that it might be possible for local authorities...

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<![CDATA[Fewer Teens Are Vaping and Smoking, CDC Survey Finds]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:41:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-647804748.jpg
Teen smoking rates have hit new lows in the U.S. and, for the first time, fewer high school students are trying e-cigarettes, NBC News reported. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[Study Finds Traces of Lead in Some Baby Foods]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:56:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/061517+generic+baby+food.JPG
A startling new report finds detectable levels of lead in baby food, a finding that may concern parents. But experts say it's important to stay vigilant about bigger sources of lead poisoning in...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Law Could Cost Nearly 1 Million Jobs: Report]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:14:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649341364.jpg
The American Health Care Act, the GOP’s answer to Obamacare, could end up costing the U.S. economy close to 1 million jobs, researchers predicted Wednesday. If the bill passes, it would initially boost jobs and...

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<![CDATA[Iraq: Food Poisoning Strikes Hundreds at Camp for Displaced]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:00:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/iraqfoodposioningcamp_1200x675.jpg
Food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds hospitalized, Iraqi officials said Tuesday. The incident at the Hassan Sham U2 camp, about 20...

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<![CDATA[Drones Carrying Defibrillators Could Aid Heart Emergencies]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:06:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-586221528-drone.jpg
It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest. Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of...

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<![CDATA[Opioid-Reversal Drug Available Without Prescription in Md.]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:37:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Naloxone+Generic+Narcan+Generic.JPG
As more Maryland residents die of opioid overdoses than ever before, the state has made lifesaving overdose-reversal drugs available without a prescription.

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<![CDATA[Fancy Names May Get People to Eat Their Veggies]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:47:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP742732234097_Veggies.jpg
Researchers tried a big serving of food psychology and a dollop of trickery to get diners to eat their vegetables. And it worked. Veggies given names like "zesty ginger-turmeric sweet potatoes" and "twisted...

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<![CDATA[Doctors Reprogram Patients' Own Cells Into Cancer Assassins]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:14:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cancertcells_1200x675.jpg
Ken Shefveland's body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins...

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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Races Across America to Benefit Kids With Cancer]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:45:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Len+Forkas.jpg
A northern Virginia man begins a 12-day cross country bike ride Tuesday to benefit children with cancer.

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<![CDATA[Obesity Rising in Nations Rich and Poor, Especially in Kids]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:35:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ObeseChildChina.jpg
The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study. The...

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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls 2.4M Pounds of Chicken Due to Allergy Risk]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:21:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Foods-generic.jpg
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling more than 2.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken products because the bread crumbs may contain milk, a potential allergen not included on the label.

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<![CDATA[Trader Joe's Recalls Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:35:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trader-joes-green-tea.jpg
Trader Joe's is recalling all of its Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream because the products may contain small pieces of metal.

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<![CDATA[New Frontier in Cancer Care: Turning Blood Into Living Drugs]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:49:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17102598700716-Immune-Therapy-Cancer-Drugs.jpg
Ken Shefveland's body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins...

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<![CDATA[Md. Court Denies Delay of Medical Marijuana Licensing]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:57:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/91997111-marijuana-generic.jpg
Maryland's highest court denied a motion Friday to continue a temporary restraining order that blocked the commission from issuing licenses for about a week, due to a lawsuit against the commission.

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<![CDATA['Beating Heart in a Box' Promises Major Medical Revolution]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:57:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/humanheartcopyART_1200x675.jpg
The most current method and technology available for heart transplants is an estimated 50 years old but new technology may revolutionize how heart transplant surgeries may change in the near future, reported NBC...

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<![CDATA[FDA Asks Company to Pull Its Opioid Opana Because of Abuse]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:56:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16271837996563.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration has asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove Opana ER, an extended release form of the opioid drug oxymorphone made by the drug company, from the market because it has such a...

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defects in US Territories Similar to Other Places]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:38:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zikababygeneric_1200x675.jpg
A report released Thursday shows Zika had about the same impact on birth defects in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories as it did in other places hit by the epidemic. About 1 in 20 women infected with...

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<![CDATA[Fit 4 Summer: Not Into the Gym? Here Are Some Options]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:21:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Alternates_to_the_Gym.jpg
If the gym is not your thing, check out these options from News4's Susan Hogan.]]>
<![CDATA[Bionic Attitude: 'You Just Have to Choose to Laugh or Cry']]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:11:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bionic_Attitude__You_Just_Have_to_Choose_to_Laugh_or_Cry.jpg
Sherron Couldren, who lost her legs and hands to septic shock, tells Doreen Gentzler about her determination to recover and how her bionic hands work.]]>
<![CDATA['We Can Stop This': Bill Aims to Prevent Hot Car Deaths]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:34:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/060717+miles+carol+harrison.jpg
Every summer, children die after their parents accidentally leave them in the back seats of hot cars. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives introduced the Hot Cars Act, which would require...

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<![CDATA[5 Myths About Leaving Kids in Cars]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:14:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/child+in+car+backseat.png
Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. And no matter how impossible it may seem, even the best of parents can forget a child in the backseat of their car.

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<![CDATA[6 Reasons to Celebrate Global Running Day]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:49:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/running-shoes.jpg
Last week had National Doughnut Day. Global Running Day is here Wednesday, giving you a good excuse to work off those treats. Here are six reasons why you should join more than 1.2 million people from...

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<![CDATA[Fit 4 Summer: Water Workouts That Are Making a Splash]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 06:28:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Water_Workouts_Making_a_Splash.jpg
Relief from the sun isn't the only reason to hit the pool this season. Workouts in the water can help you get Fit 4 Summer. News 4's Doreen Gentzler takes a look at the exercises that will...]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Determined to Recover After Amputation of Legs, Hands]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:33:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sherron+Couldren.jpg
A woman who lost her hands, legs and part of her tongue last year is on the road to recovery thanks to her extraordinary attitude and hope.

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<![CDATA[DEA Warns Police of Accidental Overdose Risks in Drug Fight]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:58:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+Fentanyl+Generic.jpg
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warned law enforcement of the threat of officers accidentally overdosing.

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<![CDATA[Accordion Procedure Helps With Weight Loss]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 18:08:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Accordion_Procedure_Helps_With_Weight_Loss.jpg
You want to lose weight and get your health back on track. But diets and exercise aren't working. A procedure called the accordion may help with weight loss. NBC News medical correspondent Dr.]]>
<![CDATA[Drugs Score Big Wins Against Lung, Prostate, Breast Cancers ]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:31:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/breastcancercells_1200x675.jpg
Drugs are scoring big wins against common cancers, setting new standards for how to treat many prostate, breast and lung tumors. There's even a "uni-drug" that may fight many forms of the disease. What's...

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<![CDATA[Quickly Reporting Cancer Complications May Boost Survival]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:21:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2092862-cancer-treatment-generic.jpg
If you're being treated for cancer, speak up about any side effects. A study that had patients use home computers to report symptoms like nausea and fatigue surprisingly improved survival — by almost half...

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<![CDATA[Fit 4 Summer: How Sleep Can Help Your Fitness Goals]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 07:38:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fit_4_Summer.jpg
We're kicking off our "Fit 4 Summer" series this week with the importance of sleep. According to the Center for Disease Control, 35 percent of people are sleep deprived.]]>
<![CDATA[Quickly Reporting Cancer Complications May Boost Survival]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 05:36:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
If you're being treated for cancer, speak up about any side effects. A study that had patients use home computers to report symptoms like nausea and fatigue surprisingly improved survival - by almost half...

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<![CDATA[Fit 4 Summer: 4 Apps to Help You Meditate]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 05:33:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/meditation-headspace-pc-mike_1200x675_750066755545.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[AI Sex Robots Are on Their Way]]>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:54:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sexrobots_1200x675.jpg
Robots are becoming smarter and have become a part of our daily lives more than ever, from the work they do in hospitals and restaurants to helping around the house. But some of these robot personal assistants...

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<![CDATA[This Device Combats Ebola and Extremists in Africa]]>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:32:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ebolanbcnews_1200x675.jpg
In some villages deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where bridges may just be felled trees and there are few roads or telephones, a growing network of solar-powered radios is doing double duty, NBC...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Drug Spending Passes $110 Billion]]>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:34:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cancerdrugspendingspikes.jpg
Spending on cancer treatments has spiked past the $100 billion mark globally over the past five years, with almost half that amount in the U.S. alone, NBC News reported, citing a report released Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Grant Gives Va. Hospital 24/7 Care for Sex Assault Victims]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:13:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Inova+Fairfax+Hospital+Nurse.jpg
Until now, staffing shortages left some victims languishing in the waiting room for hours.

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<![CDATA[Trump Climate Decision Endangers Human Health: Doctors]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:04:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542739377.jpg
President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement will endanger human health and make it hard to prevent even more damage from global warning, medical groups told NBC...

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<![CDATA[US Officials OK Option for Men With HIV to Father Children ]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:24:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HIVsperm_1200x675.jpg
The nation's top public health agency on Thursday changed its guidance for HIV-infected men who want to father children, saying there's now enough evidence that a lab technique that removes the virus is a...

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<![CDATA[How a 1980 Letter Fueled the Opioid Epidemic]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:04:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/opioid-pills.jpg
Nearly 40 years ago, a respected doctor wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine with some very good news: Out of nearly 40,000 patients given powerful pain drugs in a Boston hospital, only...

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<![CDATA[Calif. Could Fund Universal Health Care With $106B in Taxes: Study]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 21:54:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/AP_17151654992452.jpg
A longshot California proposal to replace insurance companies with government-funded health care for all could be paid for with a sales tax hike and a new tax on business revenue that together would generate...

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<![CDATA[Apps Aim to Keep Teen Drivers Safe]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:19:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/phone+screen+generic.jpg
New teen drivers age 16 and 17 are almost three times as likely as adults to be involved in a fatal crash, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says.

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<![CDATA[Play Tackles Stigma of Women With Alcoholism, Addiction]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 19:07:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tara+Handron.jpg
A woman who’s been sober for 17 years is using her experience in a unique way to tackle the stigma about women with alcoholism or addiction.

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<![CDATA[New Eye Surgery Holds Promise]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 18:12:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170531+Eye+Surgery.jpg
Doctors in the U.S. are starting to use a new kind of eye surgery that could help patients give up glasses or contacts. It's similar to Lasik, but has some advantages. NBC News medical correspondent Dr.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Forward: Virginia Hotel Rooms Have Mini-Gyms Inside]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 18:12:54 -0400
On a recent tour of the rooms, Hilton executive Melissa Walker said the rooms let busy travelers roll out of bed and work out.

"You don't have to worry about hair, makeup, brushing your teeth. You can work out in your pajamas," she said. "The convenience factor is so, so important when you're trying to juggle and balance everything on a busy business trip." ]]>

On a recent tour of the rooms, Hilton executive Melissa Walker said the rooms let busy travelers roll out of bed and work out.

"You don't have to worry about hair, makeup, brushing your teeth. You can work out in your pajamas," she said. "The convenience factor is so, so important when you're trying to juggle and balance everything on a busy business trip." ]]>
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Active people who visit the Washington, D.C. area now have a new option: hotel rooms in McLean, Virginia now have mini gyms in the rooms.]]>
<![CDATA[Taxpayers May Have Overpaid by $1B for EpiPen: Senator]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 16:56:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
American taxpayers may have overpaid by as much as $1.27 billion for EpiPen anti-allergy devices over the course of a decade, a U.S. senator said Wednesday. That is nearly three times the $465 million...

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<![CDATA[Leaked Birth Control Rule Would Broaden Religious Exemption]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 17:41:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16239685238277.jpg
Women's groups are threatening to take the Trump administration to court after a leaked, draft regulation revealed a plan to let employers opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women for religious...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Bill Doesn't Fulfill Trump Promises: Poll]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 12:59:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-678667194.jpg
President Donald Trump has called the House-passed health care bill a "great plan," but a new poll finds that 3 out of 4 people in the United States do not believe it fulfills most of his promises. The poll out...

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<![CDATA[Dozens Arrested After Health Care Protest in North Carolina]]>Tue, 30 May 2017 19:31:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-30-at-4.52.23-PM.jpg
The head of the North Carolina NAACP was among more than 30 people arrested Tuesday during a demonstration against Republican lawmakers' refusal to expand Medicaid coverage — the latest in a long string...

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<![CDATA[Reliving Communist Past Helps East German Dementia Patients]]>Tue, 30 May 2017 12:49:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17138429728386-East-German-Dementia-Patients.jpg
Every weekday morning, white-haired women patiently line up before a door at a Dresden retirement home, step in, and quickly step back nearly six decades into their past in Communist East Germany. Most of...

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<![CDATA[The Blame Game Is Upping Health Insurance Costs: Analysis]]>Mon, 29 May 2017 13:01:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170519+Capitol1.jpg
While the Senate inches toward agreeing on a health care bill, insurers are growing increasingly rattled by congressional inaction and threats of sabotage from the White House, and customers could soon be paying...

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<![CDATA[Doctors in Brazil Using Fish Skin to Help Burn Victims]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 16:17:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_FISH_BANDAGES_052617_1-149582887236800001.jpg
Doctors in Brazil are using skin from farm-raised tilapia to heal burn victims. According to the doctors, the tilapia skin can cut down on the painful process of changing bandages and can actually help...]]>
<![CDATA[How the GOP Bill Could Affect 'Essential Health Benefits']]>Thu, 25 May 2017 12:42:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Congressional-Budget-Office-HR-1628.jpg
If the Republican health reform plan becomes law, states trying to save money on health insurance are likely to seek cuts on services like maternity care, mental health and dentist visits for kids, the...

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<![CDATA[Sextuplets Thriving After Delivery at Virginia Hospital]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 15:05:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/VCU-sextuplets.jpg
A couple who had been trying to conceive for nearly 20 years are now parents to sextuplets.

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<![CDATA[Manage Your Child's Allergies at School]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 19:49:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Manage_Your_Childs_Allergies_at_School.jpg
Managing your child’s allergies at school can be tougher when they start getting outdoors. Keeping them healthy and focused inside the classroom and out can be important for their education.]]>
<![CDATA[Marijuana Extract Helps Some Kids With Epilepsy: Study]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:01:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17143772523848.jpg
A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health...

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<![CDATA[Food Safety Tips for Your Summer Picnic]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 13:25:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cookout+generic.jpg
Whether you’re packing for a beach picnic or attending a family reunion, foodborne illnesses are always a risk during the summer. Dr. Taylor Wallace shares some ways to keep your food safe, as well as...

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<![CDATA[Zika Tests Improve: FDA]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 18:29:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018879011_1200x675_951688259961.jpg
More than 5,600 expectant women in the U.S. and U.S. territories have Zika virus, which is most dangerous during pregnancy. Some tests administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Identify Heat Stroke]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 17:26:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HEAT_STROKE_GUIDE_052417_1-149557390684400001.jpg
With summer here, it's important to know the dangers of high temperatures. Heat stroke can be dangerous. Here are some ways you can identify heat stroke and what you should do when you see some of its symptoms.]]>
<![CDATA[List of Locations Measles Patient Visited]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 19:08:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/176*120/GettyImages-462803914.jpg
Health officials are warning residents in D.C. and Prince George's County, Maryland, after someone was hospitalized with measles. And they've updated their list of locations where the person visited.

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<![CDATA[Intravenous Light Therapy Provides Relief for Lyme Disease]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 23:49:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Intravenous+Light+Therapy.jpg
A new treatment is giving some people with Lyme disease relief.]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Discover 40 More Genes for Intelligence ]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:30:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/brain_1200x675.jpg
Instead, it shows that intelligence is possibly even more complex than anyone thought, and not easily explained. And it means specially designed smart babies are not in anyone's near future. The study...

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<![CDATA[Kids Under 1 Shouldn't Drink Fruit Juice: Pediatrician Org.]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 18:20:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/juicegeneric.jpg
Fruit juice, long recommended as a source of vitamin C for children, has no nutritional value for kids under one year old and isn't as good as fresh fruit for other kids, according to a leading pediatrician...

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<![CDATA[Diarrhea-Causing Parasite on Rise in US Swimming Pools: CDC]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 23:26:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-452286155.jpg
Last year saw more than twice as many outbreaks of the parasitic infection known as "Crypto," which is linked to swimming pools and water parks, than were seen two years before that, according to the Centers for...

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<![CDATA[States Make Move in Fight Over Health Care Reform]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 19:32:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/healthcareprotests_1200x675.jpg
Democratic attorneys general in more than a dozen states announced Thursday they would attempt to intervene in a federal lawsuit that threatens to undercut funding for the Affordable Care Act. The legal move is...

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<![CDATA[New Implant Helps Opioid Addict Kick His Habit]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 17:04:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Probuphine.jpg
The FDA recently approved an implant that can help opioid addicts kick their habits.

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports Ranks Top Sunscreens of 2017]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 08:17:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200535755-001.jpg
If you think all sunscreens are created equal, think again. Consumer Reports has released its annual list of top sunscreens as well as a warning about the SPF number on some bottles: If you put too much...

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<![CDATA[Vaccine May Cut HPV Infections, an Oral Cancer Risk, in Men]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 22:54:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hpvvaccinegeneric_1200x675.jpg
The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new study finds. These cancers are rising...

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<![CDATA[Common Lead Test May Be Wrong, FDA and CDC Say]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 15:10:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/206*120/AP_551526133025.jpg
As NBC News reports, many children and pregnant women may need to get new lead tests because one of the most common lab tests may have given falsely low readings, the Food and Drug Administration said...

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<![CDATA[Unmedicated ADHD Linked to Car Accidents: Study]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 14:37:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018810733_1200x675_946238019555.jpg
A new study links an increased risk of car accidents to drivers with unmedicated ADHD. Dr. Joshua Weiner explains more.]]>
<![CDATA[Dangers of Too Much Caffeine for Kids]]>Tue, 16 May 2017 19:44:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018802554_1200x675_945578563730.jpg
After a teen's caffeine-related death, MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute Chief of Cardiology Dr. Allen Taylor discussed the dangers of too much caffeine for children. Pat Lawson Muse reports.]]>
<![CDATA[With Hep C Rates High, Health Officials Urge Diagnosis, Cure]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 12:22:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Hepatitis+C+generic+shutterstock_390538528.jpg
Hepatitis C rates in the United States soared to a 15-year high, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week, but while the virus kills more Americans than any other infections disease...

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<![CDATA[Bullying Persists in School, Reports of Sex Crime Up: Study]]>Tue, 16 May 2017 09:18:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17136014479847-school-bullying.jpg
One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, according to a...

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<![CDATA[Efforts to Reduce US Uninsured Stalled in 2016: CDC]]>Tue, 16 May 2017 06:13:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
After five consecutive years of coverage gains, progress toward reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled in 2016, according to a government report that underscores the stakes as Republicans try to roll...

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<![CDATA[Senate Moderates Hold Bipartisan Health Care Talks]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 21:23:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/AP_17136032403447.jpg
Moderate senators from both parties met Monday to explore whether they can work on bipartisan legislation overhauling the nation's health care system. The evening session came as Republican senators have begun...

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<![CDATA[Trump Details Anti-Abortion Ban Over US Global Health Aid]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 20:06:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trump64.jpg
President Donald Trump is moving forward with a plan to massively expand a ban on federal dollars going to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information. Senior administration...

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<![CDATA[GW Event Focuses on Mental Health of College Students]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 18:35:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018788413_1200x675_944445507889.jpg
News4's Angie Goff emceed a conversation at George Washington University about promoting mental health with a focus on college students.]]>
<![CDATA[Caffeine Overdose Killed South Carolina Teen: Coroner]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 18:07:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-571245571.jpg
A 16-year-old South Carolina boy who collapsed in a classroom had so much caffeine ove a two-hour span that it killed him, a medical examiner said Monday. Davis Allen Cripe died April 26 at Palmetto Health...

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<![CDATA[Diesel Pollution Worse Than Tailpipe Tests Estimate: Study]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 13:29:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17135537263646-El-Monte-California-Emissions-Test.jpg
Pollution from diesel trucks, buses and cars globally is more than 50 percent higher than levels shown in government lab tests, a new study says. That extra pollution translated to another 38,000 deaths...

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<![CDATA[What Namastes in Vegas: Yoga Makes Inroads in Gambling Mecca]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 09:10:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17135010863731-Yoga-Las-Vegas-Casinos.jpg
Las Vegas isn't known for mind-steadying experiences. But as the city broadens the range of interests and wallets it appeals to, companies have carefully selected an array of unique, picture-perfect sites where...

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<![CDATA[School Districts Brace for Changes in Medicaid Distributions]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 08:06:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17133202434446-health-overhaul-medicaid-schools.jpg
For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators...

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Criticizes Trump School Lunch Decision]]>Fri, 12 May 2017 18:37:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17132600993184.jpg
Former first lady Michelle Obama took aim at a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunches healthier. Speaking at an annual health conference in Washington, D.C.,...

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<![CDATA[Brazil Declares End to Zika Emergency After Fall in Cases]]>Fri, 12 May 2017 07:33:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_AP_815397555643.jpg
Brazil declared an end to its public health emergency over the Zika virus on Thursday, 18 months after a surge in cases drew headlines around the world. The mosquito-borne virus wasn't considered a major health...

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<![CDATA[ Study: Foods With Gluten Have Up to 3 Times More Protein]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 18:49:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018755590_1200x675_941866563643.jpg
A study presented at the Annual Congress of a European Pediatric Society found foods with gluten had up to three times more protein than the gluten-free products they studied. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Pre-Existing Conditions on Record Without Your Knowledge]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 17:40:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/051117+medical+records+generic.jpg
You can clean up your medical record before you try to get new health insurance, Dr. Jackie Eghrari Sabet said. She delivered tips to News4's Pat Lawson-Muse.

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<![CDATA[Patients Beg for Pricey Drugs on Facebook Black Market]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 16:28:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141926979.jpg
Desperate patients are swapping pricey pharmaceutical drugs on Facebook, NBC News reported. NBC News searched Facebook and found postings to trade insulins, EpiPens, asthma inhalers and other prescription...

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<![CDATA[Aetna Drops Last 2 State Markets Under Affordable Care Act]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 15:17:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg
While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the future of the current law has grown hazier with the nation's third-largest health insurer completely divorcing itself from state-based...

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<![CDATA[Buzz Kill: California Police Work to Detect Drugged Drivers]]>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:49:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17130735362057.jpg
Police in three California counties are testing what amounts to a breathalyzer for drug users — a device that some authorities and lawmakers said Wednesday is desperately needed now that voters have legalized...

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<![CDATA[How Social Media Can Aid in Weight Loss]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 12:35:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018750671_1200x675_941483075943.jpg
Kiva Williams is a D.C. resident recently featured in a new Weight Watchers ad. Williams tells NBC4's Erika Gonzalez how she used social media to hold her self accountable to losing weight.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Identifies Root Cause of Gray, Balding Hair]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 09:51:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gray+hair+study+ut+southwestern.jpg
Scientists in North Texas have identified the cells that cause hair to turn gray and to go bald – findings that could one day help identify possible treatments. Researchers from the University of Texas...

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<![CDATA[Spring Often Challenging for Those With Mental Health Issues]]>Wed, 10 May 2017 13:30:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/221*120/2017-05-10_1329.png
Believe it or not, this time of year is often the most challenging time for people emotionally. Dr. Joshua Weiner explains. ]]>
<![CDATA[Descendants of Syphilis Study Subjects Emerging From Shadows]]>Wed, 10 May 2017 09:04:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tuskegee-syphilis-study.jpg
Decades later, it's still hard to grasp what the federal government did to hundreds of black men in rural Alabama — even if you're among their descendants, lighting candles in their memory. For 40 years...

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<![CDATA[How to Choose the Right Dietary Supplement]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 19:23:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+dietary+supplements+generic.jpg
Up to 170 million Americans take some form of supplement like a multivitamin or mineral supplement, but there are no standard regulations when it comes to them and there can be long lists of ingredients...]]>
<![CDATA[Senate Group Draws Fire for Lack of Women Working on Health Care]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 15:36:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mcconnell-gop-senate.jpg
The core group of 13 Republican senators tasked with crafting health care legislation to repeal Obamacare is under fire for not including any women senators, NBC News reports. Some Republican women, like

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<![CDATA[6 Tips to Stay Safe When You Bike in DC]]>Sat, 13 May 2017 07:57:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_531656446.jpg
DC Bike Ride returns for its second year on Sunday. As the weather gets nicer, use your bike to get in some exercise -- but stay safe while doing so.

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<![CDATA[Side Effects Emerge After Approval for Many US Drugs: Study ]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 15:49:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/prescriptions_1200x675.jpg
Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found. The...

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<![CDATA[Life Expectancy Varies by 20 Years Across US Counties]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 10:10:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/america-life-expectancy-jama-study.jpg
Americans' life expectancy varies by nearly a generation across counties in the United States, according to a new study, from a high of 87 years in Colorado's ski country to a low of 66 years in southwest South...

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<![CDATA[Bacteria Could be Behind Mysterious Outbreak in Liberia: CDC]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 18:21:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bacteriainLIberia_1200x675.jpg
A contagious bacterial infection appears to be the cause of at least some cases in a mysterious outbreak in Liberia, U.S. health officials said Monday. The bacteria can cause meningitis, a dangerous brain...

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<![CDATA[Health Care Fight Shifts to Senate, Where GOP Wants a Reboot]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 06:56:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16347567513902-mitch.jpg
It took blood, sweat and tears for Republican leaders to finally push their health care bill through the House last week. Don't expect the process to be less arduous in the Senate, though more of the angst...

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<![CDATA[3 Retest Positive for Zika in DC; CDC Updates Procedures]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 19:46:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg
Retests of 2016 Zika virus tests found three people tested positive for the virus in D.C., and last year's botched tests revealed the Centers for Disease Control's testing procedures did not meet requirements...

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<![CDATA[New Testing Method Revolutionizes Allergy Identification]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 13:28:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/232*120/Screen+Shot+2017-05-08+at+1.22.10+PM.png
A new finger prick test can identify more than 100 allergens, revolutionizing the more laborious methods currently in use. Dr. Janet Pate with Nurture Pediatrics in Bellaire, Texas says that until now the...]]>
<![CDATA[Measles Outbreak Caused by Vaccine Skeptics: Health Depts.]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 22:06:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/177*120/measlesminnesota_1200x675.jpg
An outbreak of measles in Minnesota has led to 44 infected people, nearly all of them children, the Minnesota department of health says. Eleven kids are in the hospital and more cases of measles are expected...

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<![CDATA[Gray Death: The New Killer Drug in the War Against Opioids]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 07:15:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gray-death.jpg
Ominously named Gray Death, the killer drug cocktail is making headlines in the ongoing war against the national opioid crisis, NBC News reported. What exactly is Gray Death? Start with heroin.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New Drug to Treat ALS]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 18:47:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16349646792865.jpg
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug Friday to treat patients suffering from amyotrophic latersclerosis (ALS) or commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The drug, Radicava, is the first...

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<![CDATA[Some Helpful Answers About Sugar]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 18:36:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/winechoctaw.jpg
As News4's sugar-free week nears its end, Doreen Gentzler reflects and shares George Mason University Department of Nutrition and Food Studies Professor Taylor Wallace's answers to three important questions.

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<![CDATA[How to Protect Yourself From Surge in Lyme Disease Ticks]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 11:17:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lyme-Disease-Tick.jpg
The Center for Disease Control has predicted a surge in the number of Lyme-carrying ticks in the Northeast and Midwest from April through the beginning of the summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $110M in Talc Powder Case]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 10:27:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Powder-GettyImages-119270124.jpg
A St. Louis jury has awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused cancer. The jury ruling Thursday night for...

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<![CDATA[Learn More about Added vs. Natural Sugar]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 17:33:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018674982_1200x675_936562755681.jpg
Sugar is in more foods than you think. Licensed dietician and nutritionist Krystal Register spoke about the difference between added sugar and natural sugar. News4’s Pat Lawson Muse has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Bill Narrowly Passes House, Heads to Senate]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 17:56:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17124702369357.jpg
The Republican health care bill narrowly passed in the House Thursday, delivering a victory for President Donald Trump just six weeks after nearly leaving the measure for dead. House approval sends the measure...

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<![CDATA[Olympic Medalists Raise Awareness About Kids' Mental Health]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 22:05:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170504+Phelps+and+Schmitt+2.jpg
Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Thursday to raise awareness about children’s mental health.

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<![CDATA[News 4 Your Health: The Fight Against Blood Cancer]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 12:24:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018671409_1200x675_936343619721.jpg
Stacy Sager from the SagerStrong Foundation and Dr. Lou Degennaro from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society join NBC4's Eun Yang to discuss their combined efforts in blood cancer research and treatment.]]>
<![CDATA[Dangerous Opioid Combo 'Gray Death' Is Latest Mixing Trend]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 14:04:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/U-47700-DEA.jpg
It's being called "gray death" — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis. Investigators who nicknamed the mixture have detected it or recorded...

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<![CDATA[Pre-Existing Conditions and the Health Plan: Who's Covered?]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 19:08:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/678036940-Fred-Upton-Congress-Health-Bill.jpg
The Republican push to replace the Affordable Care Act was revived this week in Congress by a small change to their plan designed to combat concerns over coverage for those with pre-existing health...

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<![CDATA[Pat Collins Shares What Going Sugar Free Has Done for Him]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 08:43:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/2017-05-04_0842.png
News4 is going sugar free this week to highlight the affect it has on your health. We're just over the halfway mark. That's what News4's Pat Collins has found. here's a look at his impressive...]]>
<![CDATA[4 Things You Should Never Do When Avoiding Sugar]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 06:57:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170501+Sugar+Free.jpg
News4 is going sugar free this week to highlight the affect it has on your health. We're just over the halfway mark, but imagine giving up sugar for two months! News4's Pat Collins has been doing it...]]>
<![CDATA[Woman to Receive Bionic Hands From New Prosthetic Clinic]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 05:31:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
A retired teacher who lost all four limbs to an infection will be receiving bionic hands from a new prosthetic clinic in Rockville.

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<![CDATA[Measles Outbreak Sickens Dozens of Minnesota Somalis]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 19:12:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/somalimeaslesoutbreakmichigan_1200x675.jpg
An outbreak of measles in Minnesota has sickened more than 30 children in recent weeks, primarily in the state's large Somali-American community, where many parents avoid the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine...

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<![CDATA['Don't Sit, Get Fit Day' Wants to Help You Get Fit]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 13:49:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018655920_1200x675_935501891565.jpg
"National Don't Sit, Get Fit Day" is an effort to help you eat better and get in shape. Kathy Burk from the National Capital Chapter of the American Diabetes Association shares more. ]]>
<![CDATA[May Is National Mental Health Awareness Month]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 13:45:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018655725_1200x675_935472195836.jpg
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and it also marks the 3-year anniversary of our "Changing Minds" initiative. Dr. Josuha Weiner stopped News4 to talk about this important mission. ]]>
<![CDATA[DC's Broccoli City Festival Returns]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 17:18:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BrocCity2.jpg
The fifth annual Broccoli City Festival returns to D.C. this week with events celebrating hip-hop, trap and soul music and sustainable, healthy living.

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<![CDATA[How Sugar Affects the Brain]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 12:20:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018652653_1200x675_935317571935.jpg
Giving up sugar can affect your body on a long-term basis. That's especially true when it comes to the brain. News4's Doreen Gentzler explains.  ]]>
<![CDATA[New Deals for Drugs: No Heart Attack or Your Money Back]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 13:56:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/drugrebates_1200x675.jpg
Warranties and money-back guarantees, long used to entice buyers of products like hand tools and kitchen gadgets, are now being used to sell something more crucial: pricey new-generation drugs for diseases like...

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<![CDATA[The Best Fruits and Vegetables to Eat]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 17:38:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018645736_1200x675_934798915582.jpg
“Less than 6 percent of us get enough fruit or vegetables in [our] diet,” certified food scientist Taylor Wallace said. News4’s Pat Lawson Muse speaks with him about how the body absorbs sugar...]]>
<![CDATA[How Going Sugar Free Changed One Man's Life]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 16:07:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170502+SugarFree.jpg
Studies have proven too much sugar can cause serious health problems. And it's becoming more common for people to cut it out altogether. News4's Doreen Gentzler introduces us to one man who says going sugar free...]]>
<![CDATA[Overcoming Opioids: When Pills Are a Hospital's Last Resort]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 08:50:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17047735665417-Alternatives-to-Opioids-Hospitals.jpg
A car crash shattered Stuart Anders' thigh, leaving pieces of bone sticking through his skin. Yet Anders begged emergency room doctors not to give him powerful opioid painkillers — he'd been addicted once before...

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<![CDATA[Overcoming Opioids: When Pills Are a Hospital's Last Resort]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 06:51:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17047735665417-Alternatives-to-Opioids-Hospitals.jpg
The nation's opioid crisis is forcing hospitals to begin rolling out non-addictive alternatives to treatments that have long been the mainstay for the severe pain of trauma and surgery, so they don't save...

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<![CDATA[Exhibit Explores History of St. Elizabeths Hospital]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 20:18:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Old+St+Elizabeths+Photo.jpg
An exhibit at the National Building Museum reveals some of the history of St. Elizabeths Hospital in southeast D.C. while exploring changes in mental health care over the years.]]>
<![CDATA[Always Expensive Air Ambulances Are Often Unnecessary]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 18:50:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/medevac-shutterstock_92161153.jpg
Being airlifted to a hospital can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and Consumer Reports finds a trip in ambulance is all that's needed. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan explains.

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<![CDATA[DC Area Ranks 2nd on List of Top Mosquito Cities]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 22:06:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zikamosquito_1200x675.jpg
The DC area is the second worst city in the U.S. for mosquitoes, according to the latest rankings released by pest control company Orkin. Orkin ranked the top 50 metro areas by the number of mosquito customers...

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<![CDATA[Nevada Coalition Seeks Unprecedented Insulin Refund Law]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 17:33:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/insulinnevadarefundlaw_1200x675.jpg
Aiming to rein in soaring prescription drug prices, an unlikely Nevada coalition is trying to force pharmaceutical companies to disclose how they set insulin prices — and issue refunds to diabetics or their...

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<![CDATA[A Look Inside the Country's Largest Fertility Clinic ]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 13:26:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018628390_1200x675_933725251863.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control estimates one in eight couples faces infertility or has problems conceiving within one year. A new article in the May issue of Washingtonian takes a closer look at the history of...]]>
<![CDATA[5 Myths About Quitting Sugar, Debunked]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 12:56:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
A lot of people vow to quit sugar as the weather warms up, but as NBC News' Better team discovered, it's easier said than done to make it 10 days without the sweet stuff. People hold some several misconceptions...

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<![CDATA[Melanoma Monday: 4 Things You Should Know]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 07:00:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Melanoma_Birth_Mark.jpg
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Roughly one in five Americans will develop it at some point. The most deadly form is melanoma, and it can start as just a small mole.]]>
<![CDATA[Superbugs: Antibiotic Resistant Infections on the Rise]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:54:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Superbugs.jpg
More than 20,000 people die every year from infections that don't respond to antibiotics. "The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients," warned the former head of the CDC.]]>
<![CDATA[News4 Is Going #SugarFree This Week]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 18:00:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_544792432.jpg
News 4 is going #SugarFree!

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves 1st Targeted Drug for Certain Leukemia Patients]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:36:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/leukemiadrug_1200x675.jpg
U.S. regulators have approved the first targeted drug for certain patients with an aggressive form of leukemia. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the drug for adults with acute myeloid...

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<![CDATA[Trump Names Anti-Abortion Leader to High Post at HHS]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:39:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/yoestantiabortion_1200x675.jpg
The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest,...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Survivor Says Fitness Helped Her Beat Leukemia]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:23:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018604903_1200x675_932067395982.jpg
Former news anchor and cancer survivor Loriana Hernandez-Adama joins NBC4's Erika Gonzalez to talk about how fitness helped her with her battle against leukimia. Hernandez-Adama started the non-profit ArmorUp...]]>
<![CDATA[DEA Offering Disposal of Unused, Unwanted Prescription Pills]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:36:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National-Rx-Drug-Take-Back-Day.jpg
The Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the opportunity for the safe disposal of expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions pills or patches on Saturday. Scores of locations across the country...

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<![CDATA[Wait for Calorie Count on Burgers, Pizza May Get Longer]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:28:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP080718051784calories7915.jpg
Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait — again. New government rules to help people find out how many calories are in their restaurant...

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<![CDATA[AI Predicts Heart Attacks Better Than Doctors: Study]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:35:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_206901288533.jpg
New research suggests that artificial intelligence may be better at determining which patients are at high risk for a heart attack than their doctor, NBC News reported. AI computer programs developed at...

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<![CDATA[Utah Rep. Chaffetz Gives Transparent Reason for Leave]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:33:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GOPRepJasonChaffetz_1200x675.jpg
Republican lawmaker Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz revealed internal hardware that has been holding his foot together for the last 12 years on his Instagram account. Recently Chaffetz announced he would be taking...

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<![CDATA[How to Get an Allergy-Free Garden]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:56:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018578089_1200x675_930428483621.jpg
If planting makes you sick, Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how to get an allergy-free garden.]]>
<![CDATA[California Weighs Huge Health Care Remake: Dumping Insurers]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:17:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17116136988387-Ricardo-Lara-Single-Payer-Health.jpg
A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The...

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<![CDATA[Va. Mom Says She Was Led Out of Church for Breastfeeding]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:16:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042717+annie+peguero.jpg
A Virginia woman who was trying to comfort her baby during a church service says she was escorted out of the sanctuary for breastfeeding.

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<![CDATA[Helping Kids Cope With Grief]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:28:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018574288_1200x675_930114627930.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner said there's no timeline for processing grief, but talking about it is one of the most important things that kids and families can do.]]>
<![CDATA[Blood Tests Track Lung Cancer Gene Changes, Aiding Treatment]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:42:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lungcancertreatment_1200x675.jpg
Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors as they progress from their very earliest stages. With experimental...

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<![CDATA[FDA Warns of 14 'Fraudulent' Cancer Cure Companies]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:53:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FDAfakecurecancerdrugs_1200x675.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration posted warning letters sent to 14 manufacturers, telling them to remove their fraudulent cancer curing products on the internet, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Hardball Health Care Option May Cost Taxpayers, and Trump]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:39:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump-Price-AHCA.jpg
Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump's priorities. The administration just might eliminate...

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<![CDATA[Simulating Mom's Womb in Research to Help Earliest Preemies]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:30:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/simulatedwomb_1200x675.jpg
Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it...

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<![CDATA[Colorado Abortion Law, 1st in US, Marks 50th Anniversary]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:57:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17115062691464-Planned-Parenthood-Rocky-Mountains-Denver.jpg
Tuesday marks 50 years since a groundbreaking Colorado law significantly loosened tight restrictions on legal abortions. Before the law, Colorado — like many states — allowed abortions only if a woman's...

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<![CDATA[Overcoming Opioids: Special Schools Help Teens Stay Clean]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:12:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17094517868224-Hope-Academy-Teen-Addiction-Treatment.jpg
Youth is a drawback when it comes to kicking drugs. Only half of U.S. treatment centers accept teenagers and even fewer offer teen-focused groups or programs. After treatment, adolescents find little structured...

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<![CDATA[Spring Cleaning for the Medicine Cabinet]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:43:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018550662_1200x675_928541251563.jpg
Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day, a great opportunity to get rid of old prescriptions drugs you have hanging around the house. Consumer Reports said the risks for accidental poisoning for kids increase...]]>
<![CDATA[3 African Countries Chosen to Test 1st Malaria Vaccine]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:51:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/malariaafrica_1200x675.jpg
Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next...

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<![CDATA[Drug Take Back Day Helps Keeps Drugs Out of Reach]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:43:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018541912_1200x675_928051779673.jpg
Each year, about 60,000 children are taken to the emergency room after getting into medication that was left within reach.  You can help prevent these these tragedies by getting rid of unused...]]>
<![CDATA[Future of Revamped Health Care Bill Remains Dubious in House]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:39:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17111707588504.jpg
President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the significance of pushing Republican health care legislation through the House next week, a retreat from more bullish White House pronouncements a day earlier, which...

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<![CDATA[The True Heroine of HBO’s Latest Movie, Starring Oprah]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Henrietta+Lacks+Oprah.jpg
From countless medical advancements to a family torn apart, the story of Henrietta Lacks’ cells is multi-faceted.

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<![CDATA[CVS, Starbucks and the Love-Hate Relationship With Sugar ]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:46:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CVS-Starbcucks.jpg
Healthy foods are taking real estate from candy at some CVS stores, the store chain announced Thursday, a response to changing customer preferences and shopping habits, NBC News reported. In CVS Pharmacy's new...

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<![CDATA[Can Serena Play While Pregnant?]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:45:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/632915024-Serena-Williams-Australian-Open.jpg
The news of Serena Williams' pregnancy created a lot of commotion on social media. Barbara Harrison reports.

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<![CDATA[Germ in Raw Milk, Poultry Now Tops Food Poisoning List]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:52:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Detectan-brote-de-gripe-aviar-en-granja-de-proveedor-de-Tyson-Foods.jpg
The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list. The report counts cases in only 10...

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<![CDATA[Sweet Drinks Linked to Dementia: Study]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:26:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_drinksdementia0420_1500x845.jpg
Don't be so fast to finish that soda. The latest report from the Framingham Heart Study found that people who frequently drink sodas and fruit juices are more likely to have a poorer memory and less brain...]]>
<![CDATA[White House Pushes Uncertain Bid to Revive Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:21:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/656969512-Donald-Trump-Medicaid.jpg
Eager for a victory, the White House expressed confidence Thursday that a breakthrough on the mired Republican health care bill could emerge in the House next week. The chamber's GOP leaders, burned by a...

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