<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:20:49 -0500 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:20:49 -0500 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Dunkin' Drops Food-Coloring Additive]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:16:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dunkin-donuts-AP110727023936.jpg
Dunkin’ Donuts is removing a food-coloring ingredient from their powered sugar goods, the brand announced Thursday.

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<![CDATA["Wake-Up Call": Study Reveals Magnitude of Memory Loss]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:47:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/alzheimers-149679784.jpg
A new study from the federal CDC shows that about 4 million American households include at least one adult with worsening memory loss

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<![CDATA[Extra Oxygen Could Help Fight Cancer, Study Suggests]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:44:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/cancercell.jpg
A provocative study in mice suggests something as simple as breathing in extra oxygen might give immune cells a boost in attacking cancer. The immune system often can spot and destroy abnormal cells before they...

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:26:32 -0500 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[Trouble With Self-Injury: How to Cope]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:48:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-03-04_1447.jpg
The occurence of self-injury appears to be on the rise. Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses causes, characteristics, signs and treatment.]]>
<![CDATA[Poll: Unvaxxed Kids Shouldn't Go to School]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:43:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/little+girl+vaccine.jpg
Most Americans feel children who have not been vaccinated should not be allowed to attend school, a new Quinnipiac University poll reveals.

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<![CDATA[McDonald's Implementing Meat Policy]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:39:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/McDonalds13.jpg
McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Bassinets, Cradles Recalled Due to Suffocation Risk]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:46:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bassinet-recall.jpg
Fall and suffocation hazards prompted the recall of thousands of two-in-one bassinets. Dream on Me recalled nearly 13,000 two-in-one bassinet to cradle products after learning that the wire supports on the sides...

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<![CDATA[Plague-Carrying Flea Found on NYC Rats: Study]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:41:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/101214rats.jpg
The type of flea that spread the bubonic plague across Europe in the 1300s, killing millions of people, lives in NYC, according to a study published in a medical journal. Cornell University researchers...

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<![CDATA[Brain Surgeons Use 3-D Technology]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:07:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/generic-brain2.jpg
A breakthrough technology called Surgical Theater is allowing brain surgeons at UCLA’s Neurosurgery Center, for the first time, to look inside the heads of their patients before they go under the knife. Doctors

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<![CDATA[Dallas Ebola Nurse Sues Hospital]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:19:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nina+Pham1.jpg
A 26-year-old nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease has filed a lawsuit against the parent company of the Dallas hospital where she worked.

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<![CDATA[Reduce Signs of Aging With Hand Rejuvenation]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:25:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009660000_1200x675_407519299842.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess shares details about Radiesse, an injectable recommended for approval by the FDA advisory committee that reduces signs of aging on hands.]]>
<![CDATA[Parents Pressuring Doctors to Delay Vaccines: Survey]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:15:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/462420478.jpg
Parents are asking doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, according to a new study published in Monday’s Pediatrics.

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<![CDATA[New App Lets Patients Receive Diagnosis Through Phone]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:57:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Liberty11P0228_1200x675_406144067928.jpg
Patients can video call with a licensed doctor in their area with a few quick taps of their fingers.]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola Survivor Nina Pham to Sue Hospital]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:48:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP45866783724.jpg
A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Spike Mendelsohn Appointed D.C. Food Council Chair]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:25:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Spike-Mendelsohn.jpg
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed local chef and restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn, owner of a chain of hamburger restaurants, to chair the city's food policy council.

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<![CDATA[AstraZeneca Explains Why Swine Flu Vaccine Didn't Work]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:50:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP114659437737.jpg
The makers of the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine say now they know why it has failed to protect young U.S. children against swine flu — fragile doses got too warm.

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<![CDATA[Va. Churches, Charities, Applaud "Ebola Free" Bo, Sierra Leone]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:48:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009614849_1200x675_405123651848.jpg
The area around Bo, Sierra Leone, is declared Ebola Free by the World Health Organization. Northern Virginia churches and charities help operate Mercy Hospital and the Child Rescue Centre in Bo.]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Body Bags Are Getting Bigger]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:56:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/NC_bigbodybags.jpg
With more than one third of U.S. adults overweight, coroners are having problems with standard body bags sizes being too small.]]>
<![CDATA[Va. Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Cannabis Oils for Epilepsy]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:14:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/201*120/2015-02-26_1058.png
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Thursday that will allow patients with severe epilepsy to use cannabis oil for treatment.

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<![CDATA[Study Shows Link Between ADHD and Premature Death]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:54:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages_2087714.jpg
People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to die earlier than those without the condition, according to a new research published Wednesday in The Lancet, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[It Keeps Food Creamy — But Can It Help Make You Fat?]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:11:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Ice-Cream-Bowl.jpg
New research suggests that a common ingredient in creamy processed foods — like ice cream and mayonnaise — might make people not only fatter, but also prone to diseases like diabetes, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: New Peanut Allergy Research]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:04:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009598183_1200x675_404382275747.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari- Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg explains a recent study that says parents should expose children to peanuts at a young age to prevent allergies.]]>
<![CDATA[New Drug Approved to Treat Binge Eating Disorder]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:25:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009595362_1200x675_404327491941.jpg
Binge eating disorder affects twice as many people as anorexia and bulemia, and a medication to treat this condition has been recently approved. Dr. Joshua Weiner has more.]]>
<![CDATA[Hand Washing Dishes May Prevent Allergies: Study]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:24:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dishwashingAllergy-529008409.jpg
Washing dishes might be the best chore for a kid. Doing dishes by hand instead of using a dishwasher might prevent or reduce allergies in children, according to a Swedish study published in the journal...

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<![CDATA[Study Finds Obesity, Diabetes Link]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:26:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/UC-San-Diego-generic_6.jpg
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, believe they have discovered the "root cause" of Type 2 diabetes — a molecular link between obesity and diabetes that may lead to new...

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<![CDATA[Battling Dry Lips]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:51:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-02-24_14331.jpg
Dry lips are common this time of year, especially when we are dealing with record cold temperatures -- but dry lips can often be a symptom of a bigger problem. Dr. Cheryl Burgess explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Examines Peanut Allergy]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:45:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/peanut+butter+recall.jpg
A new study argues that the key to preventing peanut allergies in children may lie in early and regular exposure to the food, The Associated Press reported. Researchers tracked 640 children under age 1 who were...]]>
<![CDATA["Superbug" Patient to Sue Maker of Device: Lawyer]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 04:38:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/superbug-AP117516082499.jpg
An 18-year-old student now hospitalized with a "superbug" infection at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center will sue the maker of the hard-to-clean medical instruments linked to six other infections and two deaths,...

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<![CDATA[New Rules to Combat "Superbugs"]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 02:35:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/web_superbug_gordon_5p_1200x675_401693763890.jpg
New procedures for cleaning a medical device used in some exams will prevent the "superbug" from spreading to anyone else after it led to two deaths and six other infections, doctors and administrators at Ronald...]]>
<![CDATA[Killer Virus Discovered in Kansas]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:26:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP517020972850.jpg
Scientists have stumbled upon a never-before-seen virus that apparently killed a man in Kansas last year, NBC News reported Friday.

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<![CDATA[#SaveJosh: Social Media Helps Save Dying Boy]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:48:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0219-save-josh-hardy.jpg
With the help of thousands of strangers, a 7-year-old Virginia boy's family got their hands on an experimental drug that may have saved his life. Now, nearly a year later, his family is thinking about their...]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Warning: Traces of Peanuts Found in Cumin]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:52:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cumin-86069470.jpg
Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies.

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<![CDATA[Waterless Nail Salon Touts Benefits]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:08:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-02-19_1349.jpg
Not a foot bath in sight! News4's Angie Goff explores D.C.'s first nail salon that doesn't use water, Varnish Lane in Friendship Heights. A co-owner says their products leave skin softer than water.]]>
<![CDATA[How Police Deal With People With Mental Illness]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:57:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009523906_1200x675_401206339862.jpg
Doreen Gentzler looks at how Montgomery County police officers are trained to handle calls involving mental illness.]]>
<![CDATA[New Breast Cancer Treatment Extends Life Over a Year]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:54:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mammogram+photo+for+web.jpg
A new combination of three chemotherapy drugs helps extend life by a year and a half for patients with a specific form of breast cancer, NBC News reported.]]>
<![CDATA[Police Officers Trained to Handle Increase in Mental Health Calls]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:28:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Crisis+Intervention+Training.jpg
Hundreds of local police officers get special training to handle increasing mental health calls in the D.C. area.

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<![CDATA[The Ultimate Anti-Cancer Cookbook]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:05:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-02-18_1403.jpg
Chef and cancer survivor Pam Braun discusses the foods to consume and the foods to avoid in order to reduce the risk of cancer. Braun's book, "The Ultimate Anti-Cancer Cookbook," includes recipes for a...]]>
<![CDATA[2nd Case of Measles Confirmed in D.C.]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:43:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/150202-6pm-measles-samo_1200x675_392754755742.jpg
D.C. health officials confirmed a second case of measles in the District this year.
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<![CDATA[Using TMS Therapy to Treat Depression]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:41:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009518901_1200x675_400956995721.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, a treatment option for those who have trouble treating depression with typical anti-depressant medications.]]>
<![CDATA[Drugmaker Resubmits Women's Sex Pill to FDA]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:25:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP58796092686.jpg
The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost female libido are resubmitting their drug to federal health regulators, following a recent lobbying blitz by politicians, women's groups and consumer...

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<![CDATA[Snag Affecting Health Law Sign-Ups Gets a Fix]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:56:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/459137759.jpg
A technical problem that had been interfering with sign-ups for government healthcare plans has been fixed, officials say.

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<![CDATA[What to Know for the Obamacare Deadline]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 03:19:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Signup.jpg
If you're not insured, there's still time to sign up for health coverage this year under Obamacare before the Feb. 15 deadline.

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<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Debates Fining Parents of Obese Children]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:31:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/weight-scale-generic.jpg
Parents of obese children in Puerto Rico would be fined up to $800 if they fail to improve their child's health, under a new proposed bill, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Can Faith Help Heal?]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:02:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009465648_1200x675_398473283710.jpg
Some doctors say faith may have played a role in helping save the life of a local pastor. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Telling Difference Between Measles and Rash]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:35:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009449068_1200x675_397540419639.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how you can tell the difference between a child's rash and measles.]]>
<![CDATA[Negative Measles Test in Fairfax County]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:16:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/150202-6pm-measles-samo_1200x675_392754755742.jpg
A Fairfax County resident tested negative for measles, officials announced Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Apps That Can Improve Your Sleep]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:52:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009445986_1200x675_397403203523.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses the negative impact of digital devices in the bedroom -- but free apps can actually improve your sleep by reducing the release of blue light from many digital devices.]]>
<![CDATA[Allergic to Milk? FDA Has a Valentine's Day Warning for You]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:37:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/468817401.jpg
Does your sweetheart have a milk allergy? You may want to hold off on a dark chocolate Valentine. Although dark chocolate generally isn't made with milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study released...

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<![CDATA[Va. Legislature OKs Marijuana Oils to Treat Epilepsy]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:53:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Medical+Marijuana+is+Reducing+Jennifers+Seizures+sign.jpg
The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation to allow use of two derivatives of the marijuana plant for treating severe epilepsy.

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<![CDATA[Fairfax County Investigates Suspected Case of Measles ]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:54:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/150202-6pm-measles-samo_1200x675_392754755742.jpg
A Fairfax County resident is being tested for measles, the Fairfax County Health Department announced Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Spotting Signs and Symptoms of Measles]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:29:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009432538_1200x675_396848195723.jpg
Dr. Cherly Burgess shares common warning signs of measles, including cold and flu-like symptoms, as well as a rash and spots inside the mouth.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Care Records Vulnerable to Criminals]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 10:51:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Anthem-Health-Insurance.jpg
Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands, The Associated Press reported. Names, birthdates and — more...

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<![CDATA[The 411 on Advanced Liposuction Techniques]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:30:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009396189_1200x675_395402819854.jpg
The safety, effectiveness and even longevity of liposuction has been questioned through the years, but advanced liposuction techniques are changing that. Dr. Steven Hopping shares the results of a new...]]>
<![CDATA[Pepperidge Farm Recalls 46,000 Packs of Bagels]]> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 09:06:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_223713790.jpg
Pepperidge Farm is recalling about 46,000 packages of bagels because they may contain peanuts or almonds that could set off a serious allergic reaction.

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<![CDATA["Safer Internet Day" Aims to Protect Kids]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:16:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009418047_1200x675_396280899518.jpg
Millions of people from more than 100 countries will take part in Safer Internet Day, with a goal of building a better and safer Internet for everyone, including kids. Dan Waddell from the ISC2 Foundation...]]>
<![CDATA[Q&A on Measles Outbreak]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:10:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2-4-15_Measles.JPG
A Q & A on measles, try to answer some lingering questions about the most infectious disease known.

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<![CDATA[Science Behind Near-Death Experiences]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 23:38:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009388671_1200x675_394903107885.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler takes a look at the science of near-death experiences.]]>
<![CDATA[Suspected Measles in NJ]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:36:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Measles_Generic_722x406_19018080101.jpg
The Jersey City Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Health are investigating a suspected case of measles in a 1-year-old baby who has not yet been vaccinated. The baby has recovered, but out of]]>
<![CDATA[Teens Partying Less, More Stressed]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:37:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009386638_1200x675_394743875675.jpg
A new survey says teenagers are spending less time socializing and have lower emotional well-being.]]>
<![CDATA[Massive Hack Hits Major Health Insurer Anthem]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:45:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Anthem-Health-Insurance.jpg
One of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S. was hit by a potentially massive computer hacking attack that accessed personal data like social security numbers and income data, a federal official...

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<![CDATA[FAQ on Anthem Data Breach]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:12:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Anthem+462788356.jpg
Anthem, Inc., one of the largest health insurance companies in the U.S., was hit by a potentially massive computer hacking attack. Click for an FAQ from the company on the breach.

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<![CDATA[Smartphone Attachment Tests for HIV in 15 Minutes]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 03:34:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Samiksha+Nayak+1+copy.jpg
A team at Columbia University has created a smartphone attachment that is capable of testing blood for HIV and syphilis.
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<![CDATA[Stress in U.S. Proportional to Income: Study]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 02:39:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/donated+money.jpg
Money can’t buy you happiness, but the lack of it can buy you stress. A new survey released by the American Psychological Association shows that Americans living in lower-income household have higher levels...]]>
<![CDATA[Measles in D.C.: What You Need to Know]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:18:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009367665_1200x675_393737795804.jpg
D.C. health officials are urging you to make sure you and your kids are protected, following a confirmed case of measles in the District. This case is linked to international travel and is not related to...]]>
<![CDATA[Disneyland Measles Outbreak Renews Vaccine Debate Among Local Parents]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:27:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009358684_1200x675_393308739917.jpg
The measles outbreak in California's Disneyland is renewing debate over vaccinations among parents in the D.C. area. Northern Virginia bureau reporter David Culver reports on some families concerns from...]]>
<![CDATA[A Mother's Mission Following Her Son's Suicide]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:54:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009309734_1200x675_393300547882.jpg
Susan Rosenstock says her son Evan fell into a deep depression after an injury that kept him from excelling in basketball, the game he loved. She never thought her life would take this direction, but something...]]>
<![CDATA[Case of Measles Confirmed in D.C.]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 23:22:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/150202-6pm-measles-samo_1200x675_392754755742.jpg
One case of measles has been confirmed in the District, according to a D.C. Health Department official.]]>
<![CDATA[Vaccine Rates: How Do D.C., Md. & Va. Stack Up?]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:18:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/462420478.jpg
The recent measles outbreak at Disneyland has put an increased spotlight on parents who don't vaccinate their children, whether for personal beliefs or medical reasons. Vaccination rates vary by region...

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<![CDATA[Coke Bets on "Premium Milk" to Boost Declining Category]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 09:53:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/coke-milk-AP911159025637.jpg
Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it. The national rollout of Fairlife over the next several weeks marks...

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<![CDATA[Laser Surgery Is Popular, But Is It Safe?]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:35:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-02-03_1533_001.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess reveals uses and possible risks of laser surgery for the removal of hair, wrinkles and tattoos.]]>
<![CDATA[How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:44:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_229267837.jpg
Are you and your children getting the right amount of sleep? The answer may depend on your ages.

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<![CDATA[Smartphones, Tech Wrecking Sleep for Teens: Study]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:36:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/454542022.jpg
Teens who use tech with back-lit screens — including laptops, tablets, smart phones or TV screens — tend to suffer from bad nights of sleep, researchers said Monday.

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<![CDATA[Popular Herbal Supplement Labels Lie: New York AG]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:51:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/112214eric2.jpg
An ongoing investigation of popular herbal supplements subjected to DNA testing has found numerous store brand supplements aren't what their labels claim to be, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...

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<![CDATA[Resolution Reboot: Restarting in February]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:10:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/2015-02-02_1309.jpg
If you set a New Year's resolution this year, you may be losing motivation by now. Janet R. Laubgross, a clinical psychologist and life coach, offers tips on getting back on track.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Know Your Limitations in Yoga]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:07:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009340752_1200x675_392447555539.jpg
Many people avoid trying yoga because it looks impossible -- and forcing yourself into a yoga pose is never a good thing. Yoga expert Kim Weeks offers a look at how to stay safe in yoga class.]]>
<![CDATA[Preventing Winter Allergies]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:18:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_winterallergies0130001_1500x845.jpg
Winter season offers a break from pollen, but there are other allergens that can still cause suffering.]]>
<![CDATA[UVa. Issues Alert After Mumps Confirmed]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 07:29:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg
Mumps is spread through coughs, sneezes or direct contact with an infected person's saliva.

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<![CDATA[CDC: Toddler Food Contains Too Much Salt, Sugar]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 07:51:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/52077076.jpg
Many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks, according to a...

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<![CDATA[Senate Bill Aims to Lower Vets' Suicide Rate]]> Mon, 02 Feb 2015 20:49:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/army-generic-soldier-458810.jpg
An expected vote on a Senate bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans was set for Tuesday after being delayed by a winter storm that walloped the Midwest and Northeast.

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<![CDATA[Amtrak Traveler Has Measles: DOH]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:26:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/measles+vaccination.jpg
New York state health officials say an upstate college student who took an Amtrak train out of Penn Station earlier this week has been diagnosed with the highly contagious measles.

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<![CDATA[What Does the Disneyland Measles Outbreak Mean?]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:02:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/MEASLES1.JPG
The current measles outbreak linked to Disneyland is drawing attention to pockets of children who are not immunized and reigniting the debate over vaccinations
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<![CDATA[Veggies Are Most Popular Food for Super Bowl]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:32:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP742732234097_Veggies.jpg
While the gladiators of the NFL are clashing in Phoenix at the Super Bowl, the titans of food will be fighting for supremacy at spreads across the country.

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<![CDATA[Haircare Concerns Vs. Exercise]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:39:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009319349_1200x675_391541827826.jpg
Dr. Steven Hopping discusses the concerns some women have when it comes to exercise. New research suggests that 45 percent of African-American women have reported avoiding exercise due to haircare worries.]]>
<![CDATA[Some Docs Snub Anti-Vaccine Parents]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:18:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Measles-vaccine-0116.jpg
With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Heart: An Unforgettable Gift]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:48:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009309643_1200x675_391133763547.jpg
A girl spent almost 10 months in the hospital until she got an unforgettable Christmas gift. Doreen Gentzler reports. Click here to donate.]]>