<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Wed, 04 May 2016 17:11:08 -0400 Wed, 04 May 2016 17:11:08 -0400 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[How to Help Someone Struggling With Addiction]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:43:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014599753_1200x675_679247939638.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses the nation's growing problem with opioid addiction -- and what to look for in a loved one who may be struggling. He also offers safety tips for those who are prescribed prescription...]]>
<![CDATA[Wellness Week: Staying Healthy at Work]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 07:06:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-05-04_0551.png
Many people have trouble finding time to get up when they're at work. VIDA trainer Juliet Stovall has some tips on when and how you can stretch right at your work station.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Sprayed Poison on Food: FBI]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 11:26:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ann+arbor+mice+poison+fbi.jpg
A man is in custody after he admitted to spraying a contaminant that officials believe contained mouse poison on unpackaged food at several Michigan grocery stores, authorities said. An investigation indicated

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 23:43:58 -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[US Not Ready for Zika Virus: Experts ]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 22:56:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_71939457309-zika.png
Zika virus is going to start spreading in the United States and the country's not ready for it, experts said Tuesday. It probably won't spread much — most areas in the U.S. don't have the right conditions...

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<![CDATA[Infections Can Cause Mental Illness]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:19:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014590430_1200x675_678796355726.jpg
Some psychological problems can be caused by physical illness, but as News4's Doreeen Gentzler reports, psychological problems will often resolve with the right treatment.]]>
<![CDATA[National Conversation on Child Mental Health]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 17:43:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150503+Sad+Child.jpg
Caring for children's mental health takes a team approach: Family, health care professionals and educators. That's the goal behind National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.]]>
<![CDATA[CRF Frozen Foods Recalls 358 Fruit, Veggie Products]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 18:07:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-518961258.jpg
CRF Frozen Foods said Monday it's expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables after several people have become sick with listeria infections. Eight people have...

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<![CDATA[The Republic of Tea Recalls Green Tea]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 10:45:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-73975793.jpg
The California-based company The Republic of Tea is recalling one of its green tea blends as a precaution over fears of possible salmonella contamination. The company said Monday that the voluntary recall...

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<![CDATA['Biggest Loser' Study Shows How Your Body Fights Against Weight Loss]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:17:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DannyCahill-138373183.jpg
Your body doesn't want you to lose all that weight. A study that followed 14 of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" six years after the season ended has detailed just how the body...

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<![CDATA[How to Check for Skin Cancer]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:11:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-05-02_1108.jpg
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Roughly one in five Americans will develop it at some point. The most deadly form is melanoma, and it can start as just a small mole.]]>
<![CDATA[Park Rx: Get Healthy in National Parks]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 14:33:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014569121_1200x675_677812803539.jpg
Getting outside is good for physical and mental health, doctors say. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis discusses a new movement to encourage people to get out and exercise.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg': Experts]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 07:20:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The explosion of cases of birth defects caused by Zika virus may be the "tip of the iceberg," experts said Sunday. Many cases have probably been missed because babies looked normal when they were born, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[A Look at How the Zika Virus Can Kill You]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:34:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/virus+zika+puerto+rico.jpg
The Zika virus is not usually thought of as a life-threatening virus, but it did kill a man in Puerto Rico. The man, in his 70s, is the first reported U.S. death from the virus, which is spreading across...

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<![CDATA[Md. Gov. Authorizes $250K for Zika Prevention Efforts]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:28:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/zika13.JPG
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that Maryland will spend $250,000 for Zika virus prevention and awareness efforts in the state.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First Commercial Zika Virus Test]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:38:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaBloodTest-GettyImages-508017592.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first commercial U.S. test Thursday to diagnose the Zika virus, NBC News reported. Quest Diagnostics will use the same method that government labs use to look...

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<![CDATA[Teen Birth Rates Drop Among Blacks, Hispanics: CDC]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:55:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TeenPregnancyGettyImages-459016410.jpg
Birth rates among black and Hispanic teenagers have fallen dramatically over the past decade, but they’re still more likely to have babies compared to their white peers, according to a new report, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Cheaper & Designer Sunglasses Give Full UV Protection]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:07:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sunglasses-GettyImages-106750577.jpg
Cheap sunglasses and expensive designer eyewear deliver the same amount of UV protection, according to an investigation conducted by the “Today” show. University of California, Berkeley, optometrist Dr.

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<![CDATA[Immunotherapy Reduces Asthma Attacks for Those Allergic to Dust Mites]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:55:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dust+mite+generic.jpg
A new immunotherapy drug can help reduce asthma attacks for those allergic to dust mites. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains.

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<![CDATA[Zika Was in Haiti Before Brazil: Study ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:45:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
A new study shows the Zika virus was circulating in Haiti in 2014, long before it became obvious that it was spreading in Brazil, NBC News reported. The team checked out three mysterious infections in...

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<![CDATA[US Health Care Costs All Over the Map: Study]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:23:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-health-1200-01.jpg
Health care prices vary in different parts of the U.S., according to a new study that digs into the pattern of costs around the country, NBC News reported. The report from the Health Care Cost Institute...

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<![CDATA[Valeant CEO to Tell Congress He Regrets Drug Price Hikes ]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:02:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-508393324.jpg
The outgoing CEO of embattled drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals will tell lawmakers Wednesday that he was "too aggressive" and regrets drastically hiking prices for several critical medicines, according...

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<![CDATA[Fighting the Rise in Suicide]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:51:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-04-27_1349.jpg
A new CDC study says suicide rates have increased 25 percent from 1999 to 2014. Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses what he believes is behind the rise -- and how to help those who may be suicidal.]]>
<![CDATA[More Kids Harmed by Ingesting Laundry Pods: Study]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:30:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453144893.jpg
Despite warnings about the dangers laundry detergent pods pose to children, calls to poison control centers continue to rise, NBC's "Today" show reported, citing a new study published Monday. The study...

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<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Users Protest CBD-Only Laws ]]> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:41:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MedicalMarijuana-AP_613601499642.jpg
Many people who would benefit from the legalization of medical marijuana are beginning to rise up to protest the new laws, NBC News reports. They say “CBD-only” laws allow residents with specified conditions...

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<![CDATA[How to Reverse Spike in Suicide]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:12:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/%5BKNSD%5D+Stress_Depression_generic_Image.jpg
With suicide on the rise, Ryan Newcomb of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention discusses changing that trend. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[3rd of US Suicides Among Middle-Aged Whites: CDC]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:44:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cdcGettyImages-456691988.jpg
Middle-aged white people now account for a third of all suicides in the U.S., a new government report shows. Suicide is the nation's 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24 per cent in...

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<![CDATA[DC Hospital Uses Cutting-Edge Technology to Remove Tumor]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:23:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014460614_1200x675_671229507990.jpg
MedStar Washington Hospital Center uses a cutting-edge technology to remove a cancerous tumor from a medical student. News4's Doreen Gentzler has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[Irregular Periods May Raise Ovarian Cancer Risk: Study]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:59:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Ovarian+Cancer1.jpg
Women who had irregular periods in their 20s were more likely to develop ovarian cancer decades later, according to a new study, NBC News reported. Researchers reported in the International Journal of...

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<![CDATA[Jim McMahon Finds Concussion Relief in Non-Invasive Treatment]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:48:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jim+McMahon+GettyImages-456765842.jpg
A non-invasive treatment can offer relief to people suffering from concussions.

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<![CDATA[Helping Kids Stick to a Sleep Schedule]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:06:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-04-20_1306.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner shares tips on helping babies and children stick to a good sleep schedule.]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Use 3D Printer to Make Heart]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:59:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_heartvalve0419_1920x1080.jpg
Researchers use a 3D printer to make an exact model of a patient's heart prior to a complicated surgery. KARE's Janel Klein reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors Hail 'Revolutionary' Stroke Treatment]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:26:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_strokes0419_1920x1080.jpg
A new study finds more than 90 percent of patients who are able to undergo stent retrieval within two and a half hours of an acute ischemic stroke have minimal to no lasting disability.]]>
<![CDATA[States Seek Ways To Regulate Steep Air-Ambulance Costs]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:38:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TLMD-AMBULANCE-HOMBRE-MUERE.jpg
As the air ambulance industry has grown, so too have complaints about costs and the lack of regulations.

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<![CDATA[Theranos CEO 'Devastated' About Blood Test Issues]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:55:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_241410476392.jpg
Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of blood-testing company Theranos, said she was "devastated" after an inspection found "critical violations" at her California lab, raising questions about an accuracy of...

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Mutation May Explain Spread, Birth Defects: Study]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:39:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Researchers hope genetic mutations they found in the Zika virus may explain why it seems to be causing birth defects, according to NBC News. The current virus strain comes from one that circulated in Asia, the...

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<![CDATA[Parasites May Help Stomach & Bowel Diseases]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:31:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/160414-worm-story-mdl_c8f63d898d16fe763f375098bad69621.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
Researchers believe they’ve figured out that worm-like parasites may help stomach and bowel diseases, NBC News reports. "Our findings are among the first to link parasites and bacteria to the origin of...

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<![CDATA[CDC Sees Same-Sex Zika Transmission]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:28:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509588626.jpg
A Dallas man who contracted Zika in Venezuela transferred it to a male sexual partner after returning home in January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday. The case was identified...

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<![CDATA[CDC: Zika Definitely Causes Severe Birth Defects ]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:13:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/507416952-getty-brazil-health-inspections.jpg
Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally...

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<![CDATA[How to Avoid Yeast Infections in Moms, Babies]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:18:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014367171_1200x675_665461827988.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg explains how to avoid yeast infections.]]>
<![CDATA[De Niro Defends Support for Anti-Vaccine Film]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:28:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Robert+De+Niro+on+Today+.png
Actor Robert De Niro defended Wednesday the controversial anti-vaccine documentary "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe" that he pulled from this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Speaking on NBC's "Today" show he...

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<![CDATA[Napster Co-Founder Gives $250M to Cancer Research ]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:54:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_992106568115.jpg
A project to speed development of cancer-fighting drugs that harness the immune system has academic and drug industry researchers collaborating and sharing their findings like never before. The newly created...

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<![CDATA[Va. Hospitals Aim to Curb Drug Abuse With New Guidelines]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:50:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Emergency-Hospital-Stock-Generic.jpg
Officials hope new guidelines for emergency departments in Virginia's hospitals will help curb prescription opioid abuse.

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<![CDATA[Conjoined Twins Separated in TX]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:20:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/conjoined+girls+surgery.jpg
Surgery at a South Texas hospital has separated two 10-month-old sisters born conjoined below the waist. Driscoll Children's Hospital spokesman Jeff Salzgeber says the hourslong operation began Tuesday...

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus: Who's at Risk?]]> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:14:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014347720_1200x675_664285251738.jpg
U.S. heath officials say that the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is now found in more than 30 states. NBC's Tom Costello has more abou who in the U.S. is most at risk for contracting the virus.]]>
<![CDATA[New Approach to Finess and Pregnancy]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:17:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014300695_1200x675_661168195600.jpg
Mommy Fitness takes a new approach to pregnancy and fitness. Pat Lawson Muse reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Teens With Sleep Issues Take Dangerous Risks: CDC]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:26:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CDCLogo-AP_134942423520.jpg
High school students who get too little sleep — or too much — are also more likely to drive drunk or take other risks. That's the finding of a government survey of more than 50,000 high school...

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<![CDATA[Students Respond to Suicides With Message of Hope]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:32:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/040616+loudoun+school+violin.jpg
Students at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, Virginia, walked out of classes Wednesday to express support for classmates struggling with depression. News4's David Culver spoke with the mother of...

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<![CDATA[U.Va. Study: African-Americans May Be Under-treated for Pain]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 19:20:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/doctor_generic_health.jpg
A new University of Virginia study sheds light on why some African-Americans may be under-treated for pain. WHUR's Troy Johnson discusses.]]>
<![CDATA[Diabetes Rises Fourfold Over Last 25 Years: WHO]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:58:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg
The World Health Organization says excessive weight, obesity, aging and population growth drove a nearly fourfold increase in worldwide cases of diabetes over the last quarter-century, affecting 422 million...

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<![CDATA[When Tantrums Become Red Flags]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:37:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014283182_1200x675_660127299638.jpg
Most parents have endured their child's tantrum, but how do you know whether that tantrum is a red flag for a more serious issue. Dr. Joshua Weiner has more on how to handle tantrums and when to ask for help. ]]>
<![CDATA[Allergan, Pfizer Call Off Proposed $160B Merger]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:29:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496842896.jpg
The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker, Pfizer Inc., will stay put thanks to aggressive new Treasury Department rules that succeeded in blocking Pfizer from acquiring rival Allergan and moving to Ireland — at least on...

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<![CDATA[Facebook Feature to Describe Photos for the Blind]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 07:20:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/Facebook-generic-1.jpg
Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world's largest online social network.

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<![CDATA[3rd-Party Ambulances Reduce DC's Non-Life-Threatening Transports by Almost Half]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 21:18:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AMR+ambulance.jpg
A private ambulance company cut D.C.'s non-life-threatening transports almost in half in its first week.

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<![CDATA[Emerald Cashews Recalled Over Glass Shards]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 14:55:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Emerald_Recall.jpg
Snyder's-Lance, Inc, makers of Emerald brand nuts, is issuing a voluntary recall of a limited number of Emerald 100 Calorie Pack Roasted and Salted Cashew Halves & Pieces product, the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Local Zika Case Reveals Effects of Virus on Fetus]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 19:24:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/040116_Pregnant_Woman.jpg
A Zika virus case from our area revealed new information about how the virus affects a fetus. News4's Doreen Gentzler spoke with the physician who worked with the patient.]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Team Tackles Extreme Hoarding]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:16:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_749502440375.jpg
In the frantic aftermath of a gas explosion last year that leveled three nearby buildings, the firefighters who arrived to evacuate Adam Chrin's fourth-floor New York City apartment were confronted by an...

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<![CDATA[Georgetown Tests Immunotherapy to Treat Alzheimer's]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:58:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014208851_1200x675_655389763543.jpg
A study using immunotherapy for Alzheimer's disease is in clinical trials at Georgetown University. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Grants Use of Experimental Blood Test for Zika Screening]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:52:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaLab-GettyImages-506977656.jpg
Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental blood test to screen blood for Zika virus, an emergency step designed to protect blood supplies.

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<![CDATA[New Center Offers Addiction, Mental Health Help From Peers]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:22:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014208750_1200x675_655363139955.jpg
At the new Peer Resource Center in Fairfax County, Virginia, people with addiction or mental health issues can seek help from others who’ve faced the same challenges.]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Deadline Test Lets Women Beat Biological Clocks]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:54:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PregnancyTest-GettyImages-566438193%281%29.jpg
A test that has been a staple in fertility clinics is now being used to help women predict their fertility, NBC News reported. The test, now being called the “baby deadline test,” is a simple blood analysis...

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<![CDATA[New Asthma Treatment Is Injected, Not Inhaled]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:49:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/asthma+injection+033016.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, discusses a new treatment for asthma that is injected rather than inhaled.

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Causes Brain Damage to Fetus: Study]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:20:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
The Zika virus can cause brain damage to a fetus, despite normal ultrasound results early in pregnancy, according to a new study, NBC News reported. There were no telltale signs of birth defects when...

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<![CDATA[Hopkins Begins Nation's First HIV-Positive Organ Transplant ]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:58:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HIVOrganTransplants-AP_309608785297.jpg
Surgeons in Baltimore for the first time have transplanted organs between an HIV-positive donor and HIV-positive recipients, a long-awaited new option for patients with the AIDS virus whose kidneys or livers...

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<![CDATA[New Abortion Drug Label Could Undo Several State Laws]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:21:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Mifeprex-GettyImages-1308067.jpg
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new label for a common abortion-inducing drug that could undo restrictions on medication abortions passed by several states.

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<![CDATA[Utah Gov. Signs Bill Requiring Abortion Anesthesia]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:58:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-184867653-%281%29.jpg
The governor signed a bill Monday that makes Utah the first state to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. The bill signed by Republican Gov.

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<![CDATA[Campbell's to Remove BPA From Soup Cans]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:09:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/campbells-soup.jpg
Campbell Soup Co. will stop using the chemical Bisphenol A in its canned products by the middle of next year to reassure consumers worried that the substance may harm their health. The pledge announced...

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<![CDATA[Want to Save a Life? Donate Blood in April]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:47:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/03172016_redcross.jpg
Become a blood donor for the American Red Cross to celebrate National Volunteer Month. Learn more about the pop-up blood donation spots near you.

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<![CDATA[New Zika Guidelines for Couples Before Pregnancy]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:17:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PregnancyTest-GettyImages-566438193%281%29.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning couples who have been exposed to the Zika virus they may need to wait up to six months before trying to conceive, NBC News reported. According to...

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<![CDATA[California to Delay Warnings Over Chemical in Food Cans]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:51:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_236383746863-toxic-cans-too-scary.jpg
California plans to delay state-required warnings on metal cans lined with the chemical BPA, arguing too-specific warnings could scare stores and shoppers in poor neighborhoods away from some of the only fruits...

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<![CDATA[Seniors Dance Their Way to Better Health]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:08:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_dancebenefits0324_1920x1080__829070.jpg
A program finds that Latin dance classes can help improve physical fitness. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Links Caffeine With Pregnancy Loss]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:07:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/caffeineGettyImages-511709928.jpg
A new study shows that people who drank three or more cups a day of caffeinated drinks while trying for a pregnancy — sodas, energy drinks or coffee — were more likely to lose that pregnancy early on, Today.com...

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<![CDATA[New Rule Lowers Silica Dust Limit to Protect Workers]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:51:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Silica-AP_858473348021.jpg
Regulators announced a rule to increase workplace protections against exposure to crystalline silica, a carcinogenic dust found in construction, foundries and fracking, NBC News reported. Issued Thursday by the...

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<![CDATA[Elmo Teaches Latin American Kids About Zika]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:46:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ElmoRaya-GettyImages-456230810%281%29.jpg
Sesame Street has joined forces with the Pan American Health Organization to teach kids how to avoid contracting the Zika virus, NBC News reports. Two 30-second videos feature Elmo and Raya in Spanish, English...

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<![CDATA[Zika Has Been in Brazil Longer Than Anyone Thought: Study]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:05:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/507416952-getty-brazil-health-inspections.jpg
The Zika virus has probably been circulating quietly and undetected in Brazil since 2013, a new genetic study shows. A large international team of experts used a "genetic clock" to show Zika virus has...

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<![CDATA[Pediatricians Advised to Screen for Children in Poverty]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:58:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pediatricians_should_screen_for_children_in_poverty_1200x675_651848771594.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics is advising doctors to screen for children in poverty. News4's Aaron Gilchrist spoke to Dr. Lanre Falusi of the D.C. chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.]]>
<![CDATA[More Young People Getting Colon Cancer]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 23:16:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zzzzColon_Cancer.jpg
Many think colon cancer is something only people over 50 get, but doctors say they are seeing more and more cases in younger people.]]>
<![CDATA[Congress Breaks for Easter Without Funding Zika Fight]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:31:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Congress left Washington Wednesday afternoon without voting to appropriate any of the $1.9 billion the Obama administration has asked for to fight Zika, NBC News reported. Republicans say they don’t want...

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<![CDATA[3 US Hospitals Attacked by Ransomware]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:42:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Hacker506944962.jpg
Three U.S. hospitals were hit this week by "ransomware" attacks that brought down their systems, according to NBC News. The servers for Chino Valley Medical Center and Desert Valley Hospital, both in...

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<![CDATA[FDA Adds Boldest Warning to Most Widely Used Painkillers]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:25:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/155132832.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration said it will require much stronger warnings on opioid painkillers, making clear they need to be a last-ditch option even for serious pain. It's the latest action from federal...

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<![CDATA[AED Bill Would Protect You from Being Sued]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:39:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/032116+aed.jpg
We put sixth-graders to the test to show why experts are pushing for a congressional bill that would change federal law with the hope of making AEDs as common as fire extinguishers.]]>
<![CDATA[Generation Addicted: Battling the US Heroin Crisis]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:41:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generation-Addicted-New-Lea.jpg
NBC10’s Digital Team spent five months investigating the issue of opioid addiction in the Philadelphia region and beyond. They discovered a generation of addicted people and a public health and law enforcement...

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<![CDATA[Health Insurance Gains Due to Obamacare, Not Economy]]> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:26:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/President-Obama-Youtube-AP_489006078680.jpg
There's growing evidence that most of the dramatic gain in the number of Americans with health care coverage is due to President Barack Obama's law, and not the gradual recovery of the nation's economy. That...

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<![CDATA[3 Infected With Lassa Fever in Germany]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:14:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/LassaFever-GettyImages-485249679.jpg
Three people have been infected with Lassa fever after having come in contact with an American who died of the disease in Germany last month, NBC News reported. "This is now the first documented outbreak...

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<![CDATA[In Fight Against Zika, Brazil Battles Neglect, Cash Crunch]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:09:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-508438764.jpg
In May, as the first cases of the Zika virus were being detected in Brazil, Rossandra Oliveira stopped receiving a critical tool she needed to do her job: insecticide. Monthly shipments from the government...

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<![CDATA[Missing Autism Gene ]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:12:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015_05_07_human_chromosomes_with_telomeres_nih.jpg
Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine have developed a mouse model that connects the genetic defects of Jacobsen syndrome to effects on brain function consistent with autism disorders. About...

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