<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:31:44 -0400 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:31:44 -0400 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Citing Hacking Risk, FDA Says Hospira Pump Shouldn't Be Used]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:58:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/data+hack.JPG
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it's the first time it has warned caregivers to stop using a product because of a cybersecurity risk. It comes at a time of rising concerns about breaches of products...

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<![CDATA[Next Financial Crisis Could Be Around the Corner for VA]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:16:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/veterans+affairs+VA+hospital.jpg
Despite a $3 billion bailout to save some VA hospitals, a surge in patients and appointments could lead to more financial trouble. Scott MacFarlane reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Law's Nonprofit Insurance Co-Ops Awash in Red Ink]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:05:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor+stethoscope.jpg
Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink.

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:26:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20140430+ChangingMinds2.jpg
For the next year, NBC4 will shine a light on mental health and mental illness by providing education, information and hope.]]>
<![CDATA[2 Dead, 31 Sick Amid 'Unusual' Legionnaires' Outbreak in NYC]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:41:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/legionnaires+outbreak.jpg
Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires' disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department...

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<![CDATA[UMW to Partner With GW to Help Students Get Med Degrees]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor+stethoscope.jpg
The University of Mary Washington is partnering with the George Washington University's medical school to help students pursue medical degrees.

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<![CDATA['Bald Is Beautiful': Hogan Shares Photo After Chemo]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:11:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/11807520_1010483682329730_2317985246232861221_o.jpg
"I may be losing hair follicles, but I'm winning the battle as we kill cancer cells like crazy," the governor wrote.

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<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Having a Pet]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:10:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dog-GettyImages-137551880.jpg
For centuries, humans have taken animal companions into their homes. But the utility of the animals goes beyond simple companionship. The evidence is increasingly clear that having a pet can lead to a longer...

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<![CDATA[Some Cilantro Banned Over Feces, Toilet Paper in Fields: FDA]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cyclospora_cilantro.jpg
The cause of several years of intestinal illnesses among Americans appears to have been found, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA announced on Monday that it has identified the cause...]]>
<![CDATA[News 4 Your Health: New Moms and Hammocks]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:25:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-07-28_1123.jpg
Doctors may not be telling new moms everything they need to know about their babies, and hammocks can be dangerous for children. News4's Barbara Harrison and Aaron Gilchrist report.]]>
<![CDATA[Curing Cancer: A News4 Special Report]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:41:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150725+Curing+Cancer.jpg
More information about the treatments and issues that we covered in our News4 special report, "Curing Cancer," hosted by Doreen Gentzler.]]>
<![CDATA[Jail Diversion for Mentally Ill Gives Fairfax Co. Inmates' Families Hope]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:13:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072315+Joanne+Walker+and+son.jpg
A push to change how Fairfax County handles mentally ill people could keep some offenders out of jail and get them into treatment. In a four-part series, Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports how a...]]>
<![CDATA[Changes Could Be Ahead for Mentally Ill Offenders in Fairfax Co.]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:07:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011266790_1200x675_489742403693.jpg
Local leaders in Fairfax County will start pushing for new ways to handle mentally ill offenders. The push comes after what they saw on a recent trip to Texas. Only News4 was invited to attend.]]>
<![CDATA[Hogan 'Feeling Strong' After 2nd Round of Chemo]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:02:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-06-25_1710.jpg
The governor says he's getting some work done from the hospital and posted a photo that shows him talking on a cellphone with papers spread in front of him on a table.

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<![CDATA[Fairfax Co. Reevaluating How to Handle Mentally Ill Inmates]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011267449_1200x675_489734211693.jpg
After the in-custody death of Natasha McKenna in January, Fairfax County officials are reevaluating how to house and treat mentally ill offenders. For this four-part series, News4's Julie Carey traveled to Texas...]]>
<![CDATA[How Crisis Intervention Could Divert Mentally Ill People From Jail]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:20:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072315+Texas+police.jpg
In Fairfax County, there is new momentum for directing mentally ill criminal suspects to services rather than jails. "The first weapon for us is speech," a participant in a model jail diversion program in Texas...]]>
<![CDATA[EU Regulator Recommends 1st License for Malaria Vaccine ]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:32:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-Cropped.jpg
The European Medicines Agency has recommended approving what would be the world's first licensed malaria vaccine, even though it's only about 30 percent effective and its protection fades over time. In...

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<![CDATA[Rise in Autism May Be Due to Semantics: Study]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:51:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-142090923_Autism-generic.jpg
A new study out of Penn State University suggests that the increase in autism diagnosis is due to kids being classified and diagnosed differently, not because something catastrophic has happened to U.S.

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<![CDATA[Use of Morning-After Pill on Rise Among U.S. Teens]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:08:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pill1.jpg
More than one in five sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings, which likely reflect...

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<![CDATA[Md. Health Exchange Contractor Must Repay $45M]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:21:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/maryland_health_exchange_website.jpg
The prime contractor hired to build Maryland’s health exchange website must repay the state $45 million to avoid legal action due to the website’s flaws.]]>
<![CDATA[Early Drugs Halt AIDS, Prevent Spread, Studies Confirm]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:56:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/022309+AIDS+HIV+Ribbon.jpg
Two big studies detailed Monday confirm that earlier treatment for the AIDS virus not only keeps people healthy, but prevents them from infecting others, NBC News reported. The results have AIDS experts...

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<![CDATA[Oregon Scientists Develop Bacon-Flavored Seaweed]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:49:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-171386152.jpg
What grows quickly, is packed with protein, has twice the nutritional value of kale and tastes like bacon? The answer, according to scientists at Oregon State University, is a new strain of seaweed they...

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<![CDATA[Don't Use Laundry Pods in Homes With Kids: Consumer Reports]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:16:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/laundrypods.jpg
Consumer Reports is warning parents that laundry detergent pods should never be used in homes where young children live of visit. Over the last several years, Poison Control Centers have fielded an increased...

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<![CDATA[Nearly 2 Million Pounds of Chicken Recalled]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:16:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/207*120/GettyImages-177232015.jpg
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois-based Aspen Foods is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of raw, frozen chicken products over concerns they might be contaminated with salmonella.

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<![CDATA[Paralympics Hopeful Credits Table Tennis for Helping With Parkinson's]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:29:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011200632_1200x675_485762115987.jpg
Navin Kumar overcame the challenge of a partially mechanical heart to become one of the top table tennis players in the world. The Paralympics hopeful faces another challenge. Melissa Mollet reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Do You Need To Fast Before Surgery? New Guidance Says No]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:33:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010772597_1200x675_486424131860.jpg
Some doctors now say you should load up on carbohydrates before surgery, not fast. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Summer Bee Safety]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:44:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/85616053.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how to avoid bees and treat a sting.

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<![CDATA[Physical Therapists Using Cameras to Assess, Prevent Injuries]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:45:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011171003_1200x675_484344899906.jpg
New technology allows physical therapists to record minute movements of healing athletes in order to help them heal properly and even prevent future injuries. News4's Doreen Gentzler has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[Stronger Warning Labels for Common Drugs]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:39:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011133938_1200x675_482270275678.jpg
The FDA has strengthened warning labels for common drugs. Dr. Allen Taylor, chief of cardiology at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Tracker Fad Wearing Down?]]> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:02:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_512666435593.jpg
Although sales of fitness trackers are strong, many of their owners lose enthusiasm for them once the novelty of knowing how many steps they've taken wears off. One research firm, Endeavour Partners, estimates...

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<![CDATA[Boy Who Got Brain Infection After Swimming Dies]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:51:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lake-generic.jpg
A 14-year-old boy who developed a rare brain infection after swimming in a Minnesota lake died Thursday, his family said in a statement as health officials worked to determine whether it was caused by a...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Doc Gets 45 Years for Scamming Hundreds of Patients]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:08:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_92118071921.jpg
A Michigan oncologist who admitted to giving hundreds of patients painful cancer treatments — many of whom didn't have the disease— sobbed as he was sentenced Friday to spend what will likely be the rest of his...]]>
<![CDATA[Liberia Confirms 2 New Ebola Cases, 120 Quarantined]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:10:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_69903945498.jpg
Two new cases of Ebola have emerged from the same Liberian community where the virus resurged the other week, the acting head of the country's Ebola Case Management Team said Thursday.

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<![CDATA[New Atrial Fibrillation Treatment]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:19:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011120151_1200x675_481404995573.jpg
A new treatment for atrial fibrillation that only takes one hour and requires no drugs can help prevent stroke. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Eat This, Not That: Summer Edition]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:59:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011119564_1200x675_481371203581.jpg
Michael Freidson from Eat This, Not That presents the heathiest options when it comes to backyard barbeque eating and drinking to News4's Pat Lawson Muse.]]>
<![CDATA[Some Anti-Depressants May Raise Birth Defects Risk: Study]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:25:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pills9.jpg
A large new study by U.S. and Canadian researchers suggests the use of some anti-depressant drugs early in pregnancy may be linked to an increased risk of birth defects in the child.

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<![CDATA[FDA Extends Deadline for Restaurant Calorie Labels Until 2016]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:35:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP080718051784calories7915.jpg
Diners will have to wait until the end of 2016 to find calorie labels on all chain restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that restaurants and other establishments will now have...

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<![CDATA[Colon Cancer Deaths Down, But Not in These Areas]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:26:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Colon-Cancer-Dr-Pedro-Jose-Greer-8-July-2015.jpg
While colon cancer deaths are down in the U.S., three regions still grapple with persistent colon cancer in their populations, according to American Cancer Society researchers.

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<![CDATA[Va. Baby Recovering After Scary Bout With Botulism]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:32:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Benjamin+Shell.jpg
A baby boy from Woodstock, Virginia, is making progress at Inova Fairfax Hospital after being stricken with a rare case of botulism.]]>
<![CDATA[What to Know About Botulism]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:26:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/botulismbaby.jpg
A baby from Woodstock, Virginia recently contracted botulism -- but what exactly is this illness?

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<![CDATA[Heroin Deaths Quadruple Across U.S.: Report]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:59:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Heroin-Generic.jpg
Health officials say the number of U.S. heroin users has grown by about 300,000 over a decade. Most of the increase was among whites, across income levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[NY Woman Is World's Oldest]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:44:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/world%27s+oldest+person+brooklyn+1.jpg
A Brooklyn centenarian celebrated her 116th birthday Monday by being certified as the world's oldest living person. Guinness World Records presented Susannah Mushatt Jones with a certificate naming her...]]>
<![CDATA[Children Likely Given Wrong Shots at Clinic: Audit]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:10:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vaccine-OTSstock.jpg
An audit found five South Jersey children were likely given the wrong immunizations during a Salem County-sponsored "Shots for Tots" clinic, health officials said. The most egregious error, officials said,...

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<![CDATA[Pet Food Company Recalls Products Over Listeria]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:42:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-468712124-%281%29.jpg
Pet food maker Stella & Chewy's is recalling some of its products because a routine test found Listeria in a sample of its chicken freeze-dried dinner patties for dogs.

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Lightning Threat Looms as Storms Sweep U.S.]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 01:43:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lightning-Strike-New-York-City-23-June-2014.jpg
Severe thunderstorms are threatening a huge swath of the U.S. from eastern Texas to the Carolinas over the Independence Day holiday, provoking stern warnings from forecasters during what is already the deadliest...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[U.S. Officials Preparing for MERS Outbreak Following S. Korea]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:04:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-476401196.jpg
A deadly outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Virus in South Korea is prompting health officials and experts to prepare for the possibility of more cases in the United States.]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Dies After Wisdom Teeth Extraction]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:09:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/teeth2.jpg
A Minnesota teen who had her wisdom teeth extracted has died after complications from the procedure, KARE, NBC's affiliate in Minneapolis reported.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Study Shows Drop in Underage Drinking]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:54:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56909748.jpg
Rates among underage drinking are dropping steadily, a new study reveals. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also showed a decline in underage binge drinking.
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<![CDATA[Wide Awake Surgery]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:27:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010785958_1200x675_461712451537.jpg
Imagine being wide awake during surgery. Doreen Gentzler has the details on a new way doctors operate on some patients.]]>
<![CDATA[Pill That Reverses Abortion Causes a Stir]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 19:39:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495798155_AbortionPillIlustration.jpg
An Arizona law forces doctors to notify patients of pill that can reverse the effects of the abortion pill RU46. Many are not happy with the law.]]>
<![CDATA[Woman With Rare Tuberculosis at NIH in Bethesda]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:29:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NIHClinic.jpg
The woman has an extremely drug-resistant form of the disease, which is impervious to most TB drugs. Three to four cases are reported each year in the United States, on average.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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