<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usWed, 18 Jan 2017 01:19:15 -0500Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:19:15 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[18M Will Lose Health Insurance With ACA Repeal: Analysis]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:12:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obaGettyImages-630310534.jpg
About 18 million people would lose or drop their health insurance in the first year after Obamacare is repealed, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday. The nonpartisan federal agency also found that...

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<![CDATA[Abortions in US at Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade: Survey]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:06:56 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_558685885003-Abortion-Report.jpg
Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since

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<![CDATA[Significant Increase in People With Flu-Like Symptoms Seeing Doctors]]>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:24:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017424248_1200x675_856063043924.jpg
The flu is widespread in Virginia and hitting D.C. and Maryland, too. Doreen Gentzler reports there's still time to get vaccinated.]]>
<![CDATA[When Mental Illness and Violence Intersect]]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:06:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017394210_1200x675_854283843869.jpg
Last week, a man opened fire inside an airport in Fort Lauderdale killing five people. Esteban Santiago's motive remains a mystery. News4's Eun Yang looks at the connection between mental illness and similar...]]>
<![CDATA[The Pros and Cons of Marijuana Use]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:05:46 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_pot0112_1500x845.jpg
Marijuana use may help with chronic pain and nausea, but a new study says there are also negative consequences for young children and those at risk for certain mental illnesses.]]>
<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:43:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20140430+ChangingMinds2.jpg
For the next year, NBC4 will shine a light on mental health and mental illness by providing education, information and hope.]]>
<![CDATA[Ziploc Freezer Bags Help Premature Babies Stay Warm: Study]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:25:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NICU+Hypothermia+011117.jpg
Nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Health Fort Worth developed a program to keep fragile babies warmer. It has led to a decrease of very low birth weight babies being admitted to the NICU...

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<![CDATA[CVS Puts Out Cheaper Generic Competitor to EpiPen]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:42:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its...

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

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<![CDATA[Trump Asks Vaccination Skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lead Vaccination Safety Commission]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:17:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trumpKennedy.jpg
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vocal vaccination skeptic, said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to "chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity" and that he has accepted.

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<![CDATA['An Angel Came Down': Woman Gives Kidney to Stranger]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 22:34:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170110+KidneyDonor.jpg
Sarah Miknis, a photographer for George Washington University's medical school, donated a kidney to Jose Reyes, who had stage 5 kidney disease. "An angel came down, and here we are," Reyes said.]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Sweets Recall]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:46:14 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/holiday+sweets+recall.jpg
Hostess Brands and Palmer Candy Company have recalled holiday-themed sweets over concern the desserts may be contaminated with the harmful Salmonella bacteria. Hostess Brands recalled its Holiday White...

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<![CDATA[Medical Student Meets Man Who Received His Kidney]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:41:24 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017343147_1200x675_851146307909.jpg
A local medical student who decided to donate a kidney to a stranger met the organ recipient for the first time at George Washington University Hospital. "Thank you, thank you, thank you," said the recipient...]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Season Hits Hard Nationwide]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:47:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_flu0106_1500x845.jpg
Twelve states are reporting widespread flu activity as the United States slide into flu season at the start of the year. The Centers for Disease Control say flu activity is higher this season compared to...]]>
<![CDATA[Stuck in a Rut? How to Reboot Your Resolution]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:51:56 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017338289_1200x675_850771523836.jpg
We are going into the second week of 2017, and people are starting to kick their healthy living resolutions into high gear. But eating healthy can be challenging, especially on a busy schedule.]]>
<![CDATA[Virginia Lt. Governor Promotes Plan to Give Women Free IUDs]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:34:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/010517+ralph+northam.jpg
Virginia's lieutenant governor promoted a proposal on Thursday to provide free intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other contraceptive implants to low-income women and girls.

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<![CDATA[Cancer Deaths Fell 25 Percent Since 1991]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:47:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-495314721-doctor.jpg
Fewer Americans are dying of cancer. The latest numbers from the American Cancer Society show a 25 percent drop in cancer deaths since 1991, the peak year for cancer deaths, NBC News reported. Cancer rates are...

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<![CDATA[Peanuts Early and Often]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:05:39 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Peanut-baby.jpg
Peanut allergies are a big problem for many kids and their families, but new guidelines published could help protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy.

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

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<![CDATA[Get Free Screenings at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 10:41:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017323689_1200x675_849791555598.jpg
One of the most important things about the Health & Fitness Expo is the opportunity to get free health screenings. Doreen Gentzler explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Health & Fitness Expo Opens!]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 10:19:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017323680_1200x675_849789507971.jpg
The Health & Fitness Expo is underway. Doreen Gentzler and Melissa Mollet offer a glimpse of what it has to offer.]]>
<![CDATA[Get Healthy With Giant at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:20:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017321269_1200x675_849480259657.jpg
Giant will offer screening and nutrition education at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler explains.]]>
<![CDATA[In the Zen Zone at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:32:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017321259_1200x675_849473603541.jpg
Relax with Kaiser Permanente at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler has a preview of what they are offering this weekend.]]>
<![CDATA[Workout Like an American Ninja Warrior at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:00:34 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/08102015+American+Ninja+Warrior.jpg
Learn to workout like an American Ninja Warrior at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler has a demonstration.]]>
<![CDATA[Learn About Mental Health at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:56:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017321160_1200x675_849440323859.jpg
Learn about mental health at the Changing Minds booth at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler spoke with Tara Handron, head of the DC/Bethesda Chapter of Caron Treatment Center.]]>
<![CDATA[Healthy Cooking at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:47:19 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017319478_1200x675_849414211559.jpg
Wegman's will be one of the businesses demonstrating healthy cooking at the Health & Fitness Expo. Doreen Gentzler has a preview.]]>
<![CDATA[Join Us at the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:20:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/look-N-HF-expo-2017-1200.jpg
It's fitness and fun at the 2017 NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo! Click for hours, events and more.]]>
<![CDATA[Free Screenings and Tests at Health & Fitness Expo]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:39:55 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017319388_1200x675_849400899893.jpg
David Thompson of United Medical Center tells Doreen Gentzler about the screenings and tests available this weekend at the Health & Fitness Expo.]]>
<![CDATA[Take Metro to the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo!]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:52:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro-shutterstock_7004017315.jpg
Are you coming to the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo this weekend? Public transportation is the best way to get there.]]>
<![CDATA[The Benefits of Meditation and Power Napping]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:05:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017305491_1200x675_848627267814.jpg
Meditation will help you become less reactive, more responsive and present in the moment, said Christine Marcella of Recharj, a downtown D.C. meditation studio. She shares how -- and when -- it could help you.]]>
<![CDATA[GOP House Panel: Halt Federal Money for Planned Parenthood]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:05:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Planned+Parenthood+NH.JPG
A Republican-run House panel created to investigate Planned Parenthood and the world of fetal tissue research has urged Congress to halt federal payments to the women's health organization.

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<![CDATA[PBR Over Powerade? Local Gym Applies to Serve Beer & Wine]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:45:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017290410_1200x675_847760963631.jpg
The Lifetime Fitness location in Gaithersburg, Maryland, applied for a license to serve beer and wine at its outdoor pool. News4's Aimee Cho takes a look at what's behind this seemingly unhealthy trend...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Kickstart Your New Healthy Lifestyle]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 12:52:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017284817_1200x675_847430211937.jpg
If living a healthier lifestyle is on your New Year's resolution list, Dr. Joshua Weiner has some advice that is sure to help. Weiner stopped by News4 Midday to talk about some diet ideas, including the...]]>
<![CDATA[Police Investigating Accidental Poisoning That Killed 4 Kids]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:29:27 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/poisioning.jpg
A poisonous gas believed to have been released when someone tried to wash away a pesticide that had been sprayed under a Texas home killed four children and left six other people hospitalized, officials...

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

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<![CDATA[Investigation Into Baby Exposed to Fentanyl]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:36:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Methuenhome.JPG
A 10-month-old baby stopped breathing twice after being exposed to the opioid fentanyl in Methuen, Massachusetts, over the weekend. Methuen police said they were called to a Treetop Way residence at 12:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Prosecutor in Pa. Tackles Heroin Scourge That Claimed Son]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:33:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bruce17.jpg
The phone at Bruce Brandler's home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there, and he was in really bad shape. A suspected heroin overdose, the nurse said. Brandler didn't...

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<![CDATA[North Texas Twins Born in Different Years]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:34:51 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sanchez+Twins.jpg
An Arlington family celebrated the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 in an unusual way, with the birth of twin boys in two different years. Medical City Arlington says Cassandra Martinez was due to deliver...

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<![CDATA[New Year's Resolutions: How to Stick With Them]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:58:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_resolutions1220_1920x1080.jpg
The New Year usually comes with new resolutions, but change can be hard, especially once life goes back to normal after the holidays. To succeed with resolutions going forward, sports psychologist Dr.]]>
<![CDATA[Q&A: How GOP Could Repeal Health Care Law]]>Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:30:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OBAMACARE_AP_16320806519240.jpg
The stakes confronting Republicans determined to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law were evident in one recent encounter between an Ohio congressman and a constituent.

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<![CDATA[Understanding Heart Attacks and Cardiac Arrest]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:15:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20161229+Heart+Problems.jpg
Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Alan Thicke -- heart problems have been cited as a cause or possible cause in all these stars' deaths. But heart problems are not all the same.]]>
<![CDATA[Following Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:33:01 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/175153230-tom-price-paul-ryan.jpg
When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years — overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care...

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<![CDATA[Single Shot From Doctor May Be Future of HIV Prevention]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:34:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/200429890-001.jpg
The Truvada pill is taken daily to prevent HIV and has been touted as a miracle drug responsible for lowering rates of the virus across the United States. But soon, the daily pill may be overshadowed by an even...

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

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<![CDATA[Minnesota Beats Rest of Country to Banning Germ-Killer]]>Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:43:45 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/triclosan.jpg
Minnesota's first-in-the nation ban on soaps containing the once ubiquitous germ-killer triclosan takes effect Jan. 1, but the people who spearheaded the law say it's already having its desired effect on...

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

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<![CDATA[Hey, Wait a Minute: Don't Cut Newborns' Cords Too Fast]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:40:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pregnant-woman.jpg
Don't cut that umbilical cord too soon: A brief pause after birth could benefit most newborns by delivering them a surge of oxygen-rich blood. New recommendations for U.S. obstetricians, the latest in a debate...

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Stricken 'Jeopardy!' Player Wins $103K Before Death]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:20:33 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CindyStowell-sm.jpg
A woman who died of cancer just days before her appearance on "Jeopardy!" aired won six contests in a row and more than $103,000, some of which she donated to cancer research. Cindy Stowell's run ended when she...

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<![CDATA[Catching Up With the Boy Who Had a Double Hand Transplant]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:52:21 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handAP_16236722740436.jpg
Just two years ago, Zion Harvey thought he'd never throw a baseball again. The young boy had lost both his hands and legs after suffering an infection when he was a toddler. Today, a year and a half after...

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<![CDATA[About 70 Employees Get Sick After NM Health Department Party]]>Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:06:29 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DOC_GettyImages-539738467.jpg
The New Mexico Department of Health said dozens of its employees became sick after its holiday party. The New Mexican reports that about 70 staff members said they had gastrointestinal issues after the luncheon...

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

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

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<![CDATA[Female Doctors Outperform Male Counterparts: Study]]>Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:38:21 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-125767555-Doctor-needle.jpg
Patients treated by women doctors are less likely to die of what ails them and less likely to have to return for more treatment, researchers reported Monday. Yet, as NBC News reports, women doctors on...

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<![CDATA[Family of 1st Puerto Rico Baby With Zika Defect Struggles]]>Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:58:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16353514291200-zikathmb.jpg
Michelle Flandez had just given birth to her first son, but doctors in this U.S. territory whisked him away before she could see him. Perplexed, she demanded him back and then slowly unwrapped the blanket that...

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<![CDATA[US Drug Overdose Deaths Jump 33% in Past 5 Years]]>Sat, 17 Dec 2016 05:17:21 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg
Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33 percent in the past five years across the country, with some states seeing jumps of nearly 200 percent. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control...

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<![CDATA[Float Your Troubles Away]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:59:43 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017098124_1200x675_835377219940.jpg
Flotation therapy is gaining in popularity. Doreen Gentzler reports that its medical benefits are still largely anecdotal but its fans swear it helps them relax.]]>
<![CDATA[Mylan to Offer Generic EpiPen for $300 Next Week]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:15:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen-generics.jpg
Mylan is about to start selling a generic version of its EpiPen injector for $300 per two-pack, under half the cost of the name-brand lifesaving drug, the pharmaceutical company announced Friday. The move comes...

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<![CDATA[Deadline Extended to Sign Up for Obamacare]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:25:21 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-AP_30213472209.jpg
The Obama administration is giving consumers a few extra days to sign up on HealthCare.gov in time for health insurance coverage to take effect Jan. 1. The new deadline is 11:59 p.m.

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

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<![CDATA[Engineered Pink Pineapple Safe to Sell: FDA]]>Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:31:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503869977.jpg
A strain of pineapple genetically engineered to be pink instead of yellow got the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. The pink pineapple, made by Del Monte Fresh Produce,...

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

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<![CDATA[4 Ways You May Be Allergic to the Holidays]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:15:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1k+christmas+trees.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how the holidays can cause allergic reactions.]]>
<![CDATA[Huff, Puff and Explode: E-cigarette Fires, Injuries on Rise]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:48:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ecigarette+woman+smoking.jpg
Katrina Williams wanted a safer alternative to smoking, and e-cigarettes seemed to be the answer until the day one exploded in her pocket as she drove home from a beauty salon. "It was like a firecracker" as it...

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

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<![CDATA[Where You Live Determines What Kills You]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:08:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-515791525.jpg
A new analysis by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a county-by-county breakdown of what kills people in the U.S., NBC News reported. Drug overdoses shot up 1,000 percent since 1980...

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<![CDATA[Fewer Teens Drink or Use Illegal Drugs Now]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:51:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-AB68607.jpg
Fewer American teenagers are using illegal drugs or drinking alcohol, researchers said. Rates are at a record low for eighth-graders, the team at the University of Michigan and the National Institutes...

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<![CDATA[Obama Signs Bill Boosting Spending on Cancer Research]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:38:06 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629519988.jpg
On a "bittersweet day" that brought back memories of loved ones lost, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse. Obama signed...

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

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<![CDATA[Oklahoma May Require Restroom Signs in Anti-Abortion Effort]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:50:46 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AJ-griffin-oklahoma.jpg
Oklahoma plans to force hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools to post signs inside public restrooms directing pregnant women where to receive services as part of an effort to reduce abortions...

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

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

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<![CDATA[After Obamacare Repeal Vote, Some in GOP Fear a Cliff]]>Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:53:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic-doctor1.jpg
Republicans are eagerly planning initial votes next month on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, a cherished GOP goal. But many worry that while Congress tries to replace it, the party...

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<![CDATA[Life Expectancy Drops for Americans, Rates and Causes Climb]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:18:10 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/er-sign.jpg
A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the...

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<![CDATA[Washington is First State to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Pollution]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:08:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/washington-pcb-suit.jpg
Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around...

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<![CDATA[Coke Wants in on 'Foodie' Culture]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:20:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/coke-instagram.jpg
What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to think of soda. Coca-Cola is trying to sell more of its flagship beverage by suggesting...

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<![CDATA[Drug Overdoses Kill Record Number of Americans in 2015]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:19:34 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/heroin-needle.jpg
More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known...

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<![CDATA[Conjoined Twins Separated After 17-Hour Surgery in California]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:47:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/EvaErika.jpg
Erika and Eva Sandoval will be able to share the uncanny connection twins are said to have, but a grueling 17-hour surgery has ensured that they can soon do that safely. The 2-year-old twins from Antelope...

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<![CDATA[Bristol-Meyers Squibb to Pay $19.5M Over Abilify Marketing]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:28:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_050615026049.jpg
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. will pay $19.5 million to settle allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses and misled doctors about its dangers, it was announced...

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<![CDATA[Newly Approved Procedure Could Help You Read Without Glasses]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:04:35 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017002647_1200x675_828117059821.jpg
Dr. Mark Whitten is the first in the D.C. area to perform the new "raindrop" surgery.]]>
<![CDATA[20 Tips to Cope When It's Ridiculously Cold]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:42:22 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_162996170.jpg
Remember those two terrible words "polar vortex"? Well, brace yourself: The first arctic blast of the season will send temperatures plummeting in the D.C. area Friday.]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Vaping Is Public Health Threat, Surgeon General Says ]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:13:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vapes+3.PNG
The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth. In a report being released Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research...

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Fined $100M for Epilepsy Drug Price Hike in UK]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:33:42 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PfizerLogo-GettyImages-524975736%281%29.jpg
British regulators fined U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and distributor Flynn Pharma a record 89.4 million pounds ($112.7 million) Wednesday for increasing the cost of an epilepsy drug by as much as 2,600...

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<![CDATA[Grooming Linked to Increased Risk of STIs: Study]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:46:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/disposablerazorfeuerherd.jpg
Grooming pubic hair may be linked to an increased risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, according to a new study. The results did show participants who trimmed or shaved their pubic hair had...

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<![CDATA[Tips for Coping with Social Anxiety During the Holidays]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:05:33 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016991929_1200x675_827141699610.jpg
The holiday season can be tough for people who deal with social anxiety. Dr. Joshua Weiner shares some tips for getting through the season.]]>
<![CDATA[Boil Water Advisory Canceled for Parts of Haymarket]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:48:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-12-07_0530.png
A boil water advisory is in effect for parts of Haymarket, Virginia, after a water main break left some neighborhoods with low water pressure.]]>
<![CDATA[Drowsy Driving Comparable to Drunk Driving: AAA Study]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:02:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Traffic+Generic2.jpg
According to AAA, drivers who get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period are at higher risk for crash.

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<![CDATA[Biden Emotional at Cancer Funding Bill Partly Named for Son]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:34:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16341007670452.jpg
A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden. The...

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<![CDATA[Texas Book Links Cancer, Abortion]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:03:55 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor+medical+generic.jpg
A Texas state agency has released a new edition of a booklet for women considering an abortion that suggests there may be a link between terminating pregnancies and increased risks of breast cancer and...

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<![CDATA[A Look at DC's New Plan to Fight HIV]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:18:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/120116+aids+day+ribbon.jpg
The rate of new HIV diagnoses in D.C. has dropped for the eighth year in a row, but with more than 13,000 residents living with the virus, the rate in the District still is considered an epidemic.

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<![CDATA[In 2015, Health Spending Surges in the U.S. ]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:00:42 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/170*120/AP_16320836144895-doctor.jpg
In 2015, Americans spent $3.2 trillion on medical expenses, up by 5.8 percent since 2014, NBC News reported. Experts say there are also indications that health spending increased because people sought...

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<![CDATA[Shkreli Belittles Students Who Recreated His $750 Drug]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:56:52 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shkreli.jpg
Martin Shkreli, the infamous former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who hiked the price on a drug used by HIV patients from $13.50 to $750, is making news again. This time belittling a group of Australian students...

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<![CDATA[World AIDS Day 2016: Activists Urge Testing, Education]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:52:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_405806892642.jpg
Dec. 1 marks World AIDS Day. It's a time to remember over 35 million people who have died from the disease since the early-1980s. It's also a chance for health organizations and charities to raise awareness...

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<![CDATA[DC Safeway Reopens After Violations; Mice Droppings Found]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:12:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-12-01_0849.png
A Safeway grocery store in Adams Morgan has been closed for code violations after inspectors found mouse droppings in several areas, including under the hot food bar, plus several other issues, according to the...]]>
<![CDATA[DC Mayor to Announce New HIV Treatment Effort]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:46:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/208*120/Untitled-1220.jpg
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to announce a new effort to fight HIV and AIDS.

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<![CDATA['Magic Mushrooms' May Ease Anxiety, Depression: Studies]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:26:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hallucinogenic+mushrooms.jpg
The psychedelic drug in "magic mushrooms" can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show. It worked for Dinah Bazer,...

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<![CDATA[When Do You Really Need Antibiotics?]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:38:16 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/antibiotic-story-example-21.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, says half of antibiotics are unnecessary. She explains when you need them, when you don't and the side effects of sharing...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Cope With Holiday Stress and Anxiety]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:23:55 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016916477_1200x675_820972099767.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner shares tips for handling holiday stress and anxiety.]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Has Its First Local Zika Case]]>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:22:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
Texas on Monday reported its first case of Zika virus that likely came from a mosquito bite within the state. Health officials say that the woman who was infected in Texas is a resident of Brownsville, located...

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<![CDATA[Reducing the Risk of SIDS: Life-Saving Tips]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:14:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_508488730.jpg
Experts say parents and caregivers can take these steps to help reduce the risk of SIDS.

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<![CDATA[DC Judge Meets Family of His Heart Donor]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:41:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/112516+heart+donor+and+recipient.jpg
The life of a D.C. Superior Court judge was saved when he got a heart transplant. Judge Lee Satterfield recently met the family of the man, Chris Canales, whose heart he received.

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<![CDATA[Ice Bucket That Sparked Charity Blitz Comes to Smithsonian]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:17:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ice+buscket+challenge+pic.jpg
The bucket of ice that sparked a viral social-media campaign has a new home at the Smithsonian.

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<![CDATA[Millions May Be Misdiagnosed as Allergic to Penicillin]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:41:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pennicillin.jpg
Some 90 percent of those diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can actually tolerate the antibiotics, according to a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma...

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<![CDATA[Boy Disfigured by Chimps in Africa Thrives After US Surgery]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:21:22 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/ChimpAttack.jpg
A Congolese boy who was severely disfigured in a chimpanzee attack is marveling doctors with his resiliency a year after he was brought to New York to undergo reconstructive surgery.

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<![CDATA[MedStar Implements Heart Stents That Dissolve]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:35:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016853488_1200x675_816570947997.jpg
Opening up blocked arteries is one of the best methods to prevent deadly heart attacks, and the FDA has approved a new device to accomplish that.]]>
<![CDATA[US Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Decades: CDC]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:03:14 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-483023072-PP.jpg
The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday. The latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control...

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<![CDATA[Recalled Toys May Be Available Online: US PIRG]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:42:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/toyland+.jpg
Consumer should keep an eye on what they purchase this holiday season, as recalled toys may still be available in online stores, a new report says. In its annual Trouble in Toyland report, the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Zika-Caused Birth Defect May Become Clear Only After Birth]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:11:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_AP_16284531484792.jpg
Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage to developing babies. The...

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<![CDATA[10 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Heartburn]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:55:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Thanksgiving+Dinner.jpg
Eating slower and drinking water are just two things you can do during the holidays to avoid getting heartburn.

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defect May Appear Months After Birth: CDC]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:24:52 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-2sm.jpg
Babies whose mothers are infected with the Zika virus may develop small heads months after birth, meaning the birth defect may still affect infants who don't immediately present with it, according to new...

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<![CDATA[Heinz Voluntarily Recalls Pork Gravy After Labeling Issue]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:57:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gravy-sm-1.jpg
Heinz is voluntarily recalling about 500 cases of its HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy because some jars have been mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy without mentioning it contains milk and soy.

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<![CDATA[Dementia Rates Might Be Declining, New Study Finds]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:40:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_460730682850-Alzheimers-poster.jpg
Rates of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia appear to have fallen considerably since 2000, and better education may be partly responsible, researchers reported Monday. Better treatment for diabetes

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<![CDATA[Virginia Allows Anyone to Buy Opioid Overdose Antidote ]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:34:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/naloxone+getty.jpg
Virginia is allowing anyone in the state to buy naloxone, an opioid overdose treatment drug also known as Narcan, without a prescription.

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<![CDATA[Sabra Recalls Hummus Products Over Listeria Concerns]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:31:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sabra-hummus.jpg
Sabra Dipping Company has issued a voluntary recall for a variety of its hummus products after Listeria monocytogenes was found at the Colonial Heights, Virginia-based company's manufacturing facility. The...

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<![CDATA[Tuberculosis Investigation Expanded in Charles County]]>Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:38:10 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_431684782.jpg
Parents at a second school in Charles County, Maryland, are being warned that their children may have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB).

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<![CDATA[Zika No Longer Emergency, Still 'Enduring' Threat: WHO]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:57:22 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mosquitoeszika.jpg
Acknowledging Zika is "here to stay," the United Nations health agency on Friday lifted a 9-month-old emergency declaration and prepared for a longer-term response to the mosquito-borne virus that can result in...

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<![CDATA[Dangerous Bacteria Could Be Lurking in Makeup Samples]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:18:05 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_makeupgerms1117_1500x845.jpg
The cross-contamination that stems from when someone else's fingers or lips touch makeup testers could cause strep throat, sores or worse. KPRC's Haley Hernandez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Nearly 80 Die Every Day From Opioid ODs]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:10:22 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Heroin20.jpg
In a new report on alcohol, drugs and health, the U.S. Surgeon General says 78 people die in the country every day from an opioid overdose and 20 million have a substance abuse disorder.]]>
<![CDATA[Diagnosing Osteoporosis]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:47:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Osteoporosis+Exam+111716.jpg
Osteoporosis can be prevented and successfully treated, but doctors are worried too many people don't even realize they have it. A Georgetown doctor explains why rates are on the rise. Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[Insulin Prices Double Since 2012]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:15:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Insulin_Prices_Increase.jpg
Increases in insulin prices and a lack of generic options are forcing diabetic Americans to cut back on prescribed doses to stretch out their medication.

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<![CDATA[Giant Recalls 4C Grated Cheese Over Salmonella Concerns]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 05:39:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/255*120/2016-11-17_0533.png
Giant Food is recalling four types of 4C grated cheese because of possible salmonella contamination.

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<![CDATA[IIHS Looks at Car Booster Seats]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:47:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IIHS-booster-seats.jpg
Companies that make child booster seats for vehicles are getting better at designing them to protect kids, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday. Of the 53 new booster seats IIHS tested,...

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<![CDATA['Addiction Is Not a Character Flaw': Surgeon General Report]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:15:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/murthyAP_968035797730.jpg
In what may be his last significant act as President Barack Obama's surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy released a report Thursday calling for a major cultural shift in the way Americans view drug and alcohol...

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<![CDATA[Grandparents Step In to Raise Children of Drug Addicts]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:51:06 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mary+Grabenstein+and+Lexi.jpg
The smallest victims of drug addiction – the children of addicts – often go unheard, but in some cases, their grandparents are stepping in to raise them.

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<![CDATA[Don't Make These Mistakes When Traveling With Medication]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:26:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-93572136.jpg
Some medications can have dangerous side affects while flying and it can be difficult to get medical attention on a plane in the event of an emergency. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in...

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<![CDATA[1 Person at La Plata High School Diagnosed With Tuberculosis]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:15:25 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_431684782.jpg
Someone from La Plata High School in Maryland has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, officials at the Charles County Department of Health announced Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Major Grated Cheese Brands Hit by Nationwide Recall]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:19:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cento+4c+cheese+recall.jpg
Fears of salmonella contamination have led to the recall of major grated cheese brands nationwide. 4C Food Corp. has voluntarily recalled its 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese and Cento Grated...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Help Teen Girls With Depression]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:46:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/2016-11-16_1246.png
One in six -- that's the number of teenage girls who will suffer with depression this year. Dr. Joshua Weiner shares more on a new government-funded study.]]>
<![CDATA[Food Advocates Fear Trump Could Scrap Healthy School Lunches]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:34:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16319797568195trump-food.jpg
Will President-elect Donald Trump remake school lunches into his fast-food favorites of burgers and fried chicken? Children grumbling about healthier school meal rules championed by first lady Michelle...

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<![CDATA[US Prisons Fight Opioids With Injections ]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:26:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/194*120/Opioids2.jpeg
U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released, but skeptics question its effectiveness and say the manufacturer has...

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<![CDATA[New Device Improves Shoulder Replacement Procedure]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:40:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Shoulder+Replacement+X-Ray.jpg
A device approved last year by the FDA is changing things up when it comes to shoulder replacements.

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<![CDATA[Tigerlily Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:01:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016720554_1200x675_807077443813.jpg
The Tigerlily Foundation celebrates 10 years of helping women through breast cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[Women Anxious About Future of Contraception Under Trump]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:59:10 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-566440215.jpg
More women are asking Planned Parenthood workers about access to birth control and other health care since Donald Trump was elected president, according to the organization's chief medical officer.

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<![CDATA[Walk to End HIV]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:42:52 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-11-11_1441.jpg
Saturday's Walk to End HIV will mark the 30th anniversary of the event -- and News 4 has been a partner since the beginning. Don Blanchon, executive director at Whitman-Walker Health, shares more about...]]>
<![CDATA[Hidden Heroes Helps Those Who Care for Veterans ]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:53:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/223*120/2016-11-11_0604.png
On Thursday, people across the United States will salute the men and women who protect and serve this country.]]>
<![CDATA[Still Fighting: Vietnam Vets Seek Help for Rare Cancer]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:15:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/VIETNAM_AP_16308712369800.jpg
They were the lucky ones who managed to make it home from Vietnam. Now, a half-century later, some veterans are finding out they, too, are victims of the war. The enemy is a known killer in parts of Asia:...

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<![CDATA[MAP: Free Drug Disposal Kits Will Help Fight Opioid Crisis]]>Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:20:07 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioids.jpg
Thousands of free drug deactivation kits are being distributed in Virginia to help fight the state's heroin and opioid crisis.

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<![CDATA[Where Do the Candidates Stand on Healthcare?]]>Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:12:14 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-613699030.jpg
With the election less than a week away, News4's Doreen Gentzler spoke with Doug Harbrecht, an editor from Kiplinger, on where the candidates stand on healthcare, including the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

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<![CDATA[Health Fair Set For Uninsured Residents of Alexandria]]>Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:21:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016644841_1200x675_801443907973.jpg
A community health fair for uninsured people in need will be held Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Showing Symptoms After Bacteria Found at NICU]]>Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:36:36 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prince+Georges+County+Hospital.jpg
One of two newborns who tested positive for a potentially deadly bacterium at Prince George's Hospital Center's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) this week is struggling with symptoms, hospital officials said...

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<![CDATA[How to Prepare for Open Enrollment for 2017 Health Insurance]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:26:36 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Doctor+Generic1.jpg
Nov. 1 marked the start of open enrollment for 2017 health Insurance. While this is not the easiest task, it is an important one. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg...

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<![CDATA[Powderpuff Football Game to Raise Awareness About Teen Suicide]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:02:08 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016617240_1200x675_799513155680.jpg
Rival schools in Loudoun County are joining forces to change minds about teen suicide. Woodgrove and Loudoun Valley will play a powderpuff football game Thursday to raise money and awareness.]]>
<![CDATA[Maryland NICU Closed After Bacteria Found Again]]>Thu, 03 Nov 2016 06:28:32 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prince+Georges+County+Hospital.jpg
Prince George's Hospital Center closed its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) Wednesday after a potentially deadly bacterium was discovered for the second time in three months.

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<![CDATA[DC Mayor Won't Veto Death With Dignity]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:48:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/208*120/Untitled-1220.jpg
D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser says she won't veto the death with dignity bill.

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<![CDATA[McAuliffe Announces New Website to Fight Opioid Abuse]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 05:57:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioids.jpg
Virginia state government has a new website designed to help battle opioid and heroin addiction.

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<![CDATA[E-Visits App]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:05:03 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016604691_1200x675_798818371854.jpg
Ever wanted to talk to a doctor in the middle of the night or on the weekend and going to the emergency room doesn't seem like a good idea? There will be a new way to do that, 24-7, without leaving your]]>
<![CDATA[D.C. Council Votes in Favor of Death With Dignity Bill]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 21:30:31 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/right-to-die.jpg
The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to a death with dignity bill Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Inova Fairfax Helps Doctors Literally 'Practice' Medicine]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:37:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Inova+Simulation+Mannequin.jpg
A program at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia is giving the term "practicing medicine" a new meaning.

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<![CDATA[SAVE THE DATE for the 2017 NBC4 Expo!]]>Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:45:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20161101+EXPO-SAVE-THE-DATE-FB.jpg
The NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo is BACK for 2017! Mark your calendars now!]]>
<![CDATA[2 Types of Oreo Fudge Cremes Recalled Nationwide ]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:28:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/oreo+fudge+cremes.jpg
An Illinois-based company has issued a nationwide recall of two kinds of its Oreo Fudge Cremes products because the snacks contain milk, an item not included among the ingredients that can cause serious...

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<![CDATA[How Coffee Can Change Your Life]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:03:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016586078_1200x675_797403715552.jpg
Michael Harwood of Ceremony Coffee talked with News4's Eun Yang about how coffee can be "life-changing." Ceremony has shops in Annapolis and Baltimore, a roasting facility in Annapolis and a space for workshops...]]>
<![CDATA[Runners From Kansas, Va. Win Marine Corps Marathon]]>Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:31:05 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mcm+2016+winners.jpg
A runner from Kansas and a runner from Virginia won their respective divisions of the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon, according to unofficial results.]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Powder Lawsuit: Woman Awarded More Than $70M]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:58:55 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Powder-GettyImages-119270124.jpg
A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about...

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<![CDATA[Children With 3-Way DNA Are Healthy: Study]]>Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:31:49 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16299728950958-dna.jpg
More than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor. Now researchers have checked up on how the babies...

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<![CDATA[A 'Hospital Warrior' Shares Her Advice]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:49:13 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20161026+Hospital+Warrior.jpg
Bonnie Friedman's husband has been in and out of the hospital so frequently -- 14 times over the past 24 years -- that she has learned how to advocate for him. She's turned her experience into a book to...]]>
<![CDATA[Experts Hope Mosquito-Borne Bacteria Can Beat Zika Virus]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:05:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mosquitoeszika.jpg
Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading the Zika virus and other dangerous diseases. British and American governments are...

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<![CDATA[FDA Steps Up Warnings About Testosterone Use]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:38:50 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16159721727583-fda-generic.jpg
The FDA announced Tuesday that it is increasing warnings against testosterone and other steroids, NBC News reported. In addition to existing concerns about personality changes and other health issues, the drugs...

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know Before Switching to Generic Prescriptions]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:17:05 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016537028_1200x675_794128963978.jpg
Generic brand prescriptions might save you money, but you may not get the same results, Dr. Joshua Weiner said. He spoke with News4's Eun Yang about what you need to ask your doctor before you switch.]]>
<![CDATA[Babies Should Sleep in Same Room as Parents: Pediatricians]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:22:12 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents' bedroom at night for six months to a year to reduce the risk of sleep-related death. The new recommendations say babies...

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<![CDATA['The Warning Signs Are There': Domestic Violence Survivor Shares Story]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:01:37 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-10-25_1300.png
Mary Margaret Ferran stopped by News4 Midday to share her courageous story of survival, hoping it will help someone else who is not safe at home.]]>
<![CDATA[Chipotle Sales Fall Again as It Tries to Win Back Customers]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:15:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chipotle-GettyImages-509063322.jpg
Chipotle is still struggling to bring back customers to its restaurants after a food safety scare last year. The burrito chain said Tuesday that sales fell 21.9 percent at established restaurants during...

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<![CDATA[Out of Darkness Walk Raises Awareness for Suicide Prevention]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:23:08 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016515221_1200x675_792659523643.jpg
Crowds of walkers raised awareness for suicide prevention at the Out of Darkness Walk on the National Mall.]]>
<![CDATA[1 in 4 US Cancer Deaths Linked to Smoking]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:37:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/108938428e.jpg
Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.

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<![CDATA[Pediatrics Group Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:32:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-135280995.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for parents with infants and young children in regard to screen usage. Children under 18 months should avoid screens, with the exception of...

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<![CDATA[How Much 'Screen Time' Should Your Children Have?]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:05:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016487580_1200x675_790925379834.jpg
Dr. Jenny Radesky from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan recommends parents play games, use social media and watch the news with your kids. NBC's Erika Edwards has the story on...]]>
<![CDATA[New Advice: Parents Should Share Screentime with Kids]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:46:47 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_mediakids1020_1920x1080.jpg
Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun. Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids' media usage represents a shift to making moms...

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<![CDATA[Woman With Cancer: '#JuJuOnThatChemo']]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:21:49 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/chemo-dance-101916.PNG
A Texas woman is not letting cancer and chemo get her down. Ana-Alecia Ayala, who’s battling a rare form of uterine sarcoma, has joined the viral dance craze — and has a heartwarming message to share In...

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<![CDATA[Obama to Urge Young Adults to Sign Up For Health Care ]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:05:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TLMD-obamacare-website-sutterstock-st.jpg
President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his namesake health care program, long a target of Republicans and recently criticized by some Democrats, saying millions of Americans "now know the financial security...

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<![CDATA[App Helps Save Cardiac Patient's Life]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:00:10 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/smart_phone.jpg
Seattle officials say the rescue shows the potential the free download has for connecting CPR-trained citizens with patients who urgently need their help. It's being used in 2,000 U.S. cities in 28 states.

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<![CDATA[DC Resident Saves Coworker’s Life Day After CPR Training]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:43:24 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Danette+Purvis.jpg
Less than a day after receiving CPR training from the Hands on Hearts program, a Washington woman put it to use to help save a life.

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<![CDATA[Infants, Parents Should Share Room: New Guidelines]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:35:11 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated guidelines for new parents on infant sleep safety. Experts say room sharing could reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half and...]]>
<![CDATA[3 STDs Hit Record High: CDC]]>Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:47:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16293715410881-chlamydia-generic.jpg
Infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high. Chlamydia was the most common. More than 1.5 million cases were reported in the U.S. last year, up 6 percent from the year before.

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know About ADHD]]>Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:44:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016461823_1200x675_789205571704.jpg
Psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner talks about symptoms, medication and treatment for ADHD.]]>
<![CDATA['It's So Bad': St. Mary's County Fights Heroin Epidemic]]>Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:15:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016453727_1200x675_788848195805.jpg
St. Mary's County officials say they're facing a crisis of prescription drug and heroin addiction. Residents are worried about their loved ones. "It's so bad down here in St. Mary's County, and you can get...]]>
<![CDATA[Mom's Update on Conjoined Twins]]>Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:12:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/conjoined+twins+gofundme+thumb.png
Nicole McDonald has reluctantly documented her family's experience as her twin sons who were attached at the head faced their most difficult surgery yet last week. But if supporters of her family read anything...
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<![CDATA[Redskins, American Diabetes Association Team Up to Raise Awareness]]>Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:41:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/2016-10-18_1241.png
NBC4's team speaks with the Redskin's Shawn Springs about their upcoming festival at FedEx Field with the American Diabetes Association. Springs, who lost his father to diabetes, will be helping to raise...]]>
<![CDATA['Repair With Pink' Lets Customers Wear Their Support]]>Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:11:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016444327_1200x675_788141123860.jpg
A Maryland shoe repair shop is giving customers a chance to wear their support for breast cancer awareness on their feet. News4's Molette Green explains how to turn your soles pink.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Examines Fridges' Chilling Effect on Tomato Taste]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:42:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/042615+Top+Crops+%288%29.jpg
If you buy tomatoes from John Banscher at his farmstand in New Jersey, he'll recommend keeping them out of the fridge or they'll lose some of their taste. Now scientists have figured out why: It's because...

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<![CDATA[Getting Older With HIV]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:23:59 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016439777_1200x675_787870787793.jpg
The HIV positive diagnosis is no longer the dire news it once was as medicines now can keep it undetectable so fewer people end up with full-blown AIDS, which brings new challenges as patients learn to...]]>
<![CDATA[DC Is Nation’s 3rd-Rattiest City]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:38:01 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rats-generic722.jpg
Exterminating company Orkin ranks the District number three on its list of cities with the biggest rat infestation, behind only New York City and Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Rates, Report Finds]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:42:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/strides6-PIC_0.jpg
Despite innovative technology for detection and treatment of breast cancer, black women continue to have the highest rate of mortality, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[Zika-Related Health Problems Grow as Babies Age]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:50:49 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-2sm.jpg
Brazilian doctors are seeing unusual new health problems among infants born to mothers who contracted the Zika virus. The complications often go beyond those seen when other infections cause microcephaly.

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<![CDATA[Moms Find Worms in Baby Formula]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:04:38 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_maggotformula1011_1500x845.jpg
A first-time mom says she found worms in a bottle of Similac baby formula that she fed her son. "Two ounces down I noticed the worms," said Taylor Seyler from Missouri. "Took it from his mouth, went and put...]]>
<![CDATA[3,000 Strollers Recalled]]>Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:26:33 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stroller-recall3.jpg
Mamas & Papas has recalled nearly 3,000 strollers due to a fall hazard. The company recalled its Armadillo Flip and Flip XT strollers after reports that a loose latch can cause the seat to tip back...

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<![CDATA[4 Qualities Explain Why Big Cities Are Healthier: Survey]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:48:27 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/StretchMcDonalds.jpg
The American cities with the healthiest, happiest residents are Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., according to a new survey that scored communities on important health measures, NBC...

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<![CDATA[College Students Say 'Drunkorexia' Is More Than Buzzword]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:36:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-113218959beer.jpg
Despite attempts to curb students’ consumption of alcohol, binge-drinking is becoming the norm on college campuses, NBC News reported. A group of young people spoke about the trend, called “drunkorexia,"...

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<![CDATA[Zika 'Syndrome': Health Problems Mount as Babies Turn 1 ]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:27:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-507388502zika.jpg
Two weeks shy of his first birthday, doctors began feeding Jose Wesley Campos through a nose tube because swallowing problems had left him dangerously underweight. Learning how to feed is the baby's latest...

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Recalls Ice Cream Containing Cookie Dough]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:01:18 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blue-bell11.jpg
Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its ice cream products that contain cookie dough from an Iowa-based supplier.

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<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Treatment Costs Vary Wildly, Study Finds]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:51:42 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2092862-cancer-treatment-generic.jpg
A new study has found that breast cancer patients, insurance companies and government health plans are needlessly paying $1 billion to treat the disease, NBC News reported. The cost of cancer treatment...

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<![CDATA[School Starts Prevention Program After 2 Student Suicides]]>Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:29:26 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blake+High+School+100716.jpg
After two seniors killed themselves since the beginning of the school year, a Maryland high school is bringing in a suicide prevention program.

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Recalls All Ice Creams with Suspect Cookie Dough]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 04:08:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/COOKIE-DOUGH.jpg
Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its ice cream products that contain cookie dough from an Iowa-based supplier.

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<![CDATA[WHO Urges Countries to Raise Taxes on Sugary Drinks]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:01:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
The U.N. health agency on Tuesday recommended that countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks like sodas, sport drinks and even 100-percent fruit juices as a way to fight obesity, diabetes...

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<![CDATA[Cartels Selling Deadly Fentanyl Disguised as Other Drugs]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:50:29 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fentanyl+10-09.PNG
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are warning people who illegally buy drugs and painkillers on the street or in Tijuana that drug cartels are selling lethal doses of...

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<![CDATA[“I Nailed It for Mental Health” Campaign Raises Mental Health Awareness]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:00:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016359762_1200x675_782806083648.jpg
Getting your nails done this week? You could help someone in your community! For World Mental Health Day, NBC4’s Barbara Harrison speaks with two guests involved in the “I Nailed It for Mental Health” campaign...]]>