<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:43:25 -0400 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:43:25 -0400 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[10 Questions You Never Thought You'd Ask About Ebola]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:38:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ebola.jpg
The World Health Organization calls Ebola one of the world's most deadly diseases, but what exactly is it?

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<![CDATA[Getting Your Diet Back on Track]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:59:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/weightmeasure.jpg
Nutritionist Jonny Bowden is in the studio to discuss healthy ways to choose foods throughout the day, including easy ways to incorportate more omega-3's and fiber into your diet.

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:41:26 -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[Dates Set for 2015 Health and Fitness Expo!]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:29:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140627+Expo+Overview.jpg
We're excited to announce the 2015 NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo will be held Jan. 10 and 11. And we're expanding to focus on an important aspect of health: mental health.]]>
<![CDATA[Sierra Leone Declares State of Emergency Over Ebola]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:15:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/4514396121.jpg
Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency Wednesday to halt the spread of the largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Contractors Allowed to Fumble Obamacare Website: GAO]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:40:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_obamacare_california_los_angeles1.jpg
A team at the Department of Health and Human Services failed to plan properly or watch over contractors hired to set up and run Healthcare.gov, leading to its blowout when it launched in October, according to a...]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola: What You Need to Know]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:59:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007349852_1200x675_313675843893.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Md. explains what you need to know about the deadly virus Ebola.]]>
<![CDATA[Food That Could Improve Your Mood]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:40:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007346176_1200x675_313583683939.jpg
Psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner talks about the types of food and supplements that can elevate your mood and improve your mental health.]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola Scare Briefly Closes Charlotte ER]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:06:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/emergency-room-generic.jpg
A possible Ebola scare closed a Charlotte area emergency room briefly overnight amid heightened fears about the deadly virus, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA["We Need More": Fight Against Ebola Is Thin on Ground]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:42:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ebola.jpg
The biggest outbreak of Ebola in history is affecting over 1,200 people and continues to spread with no end in sight.

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<![CDATA[Tips for Protecting Your Skin This Summer]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:54:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-07-29_1654.jpg
In light of a new warning about melanoma, Dr. Cheryl Burgess has the do's and don'ts of being outside this summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Preventing the Fastest-Growing Cancer in the U.S.]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:08:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007328471_1200x675_313243715831.jpg
Medical experts are asking people to protect themselves from skin cancer this summer. The disease is the fastest-growing form of cancer in the United States.]]>
<![CDATA[Feeling the Pain of Lightning Strikes, Again and Again]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:38:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/72814+Lightning.jpg
A day after a lightning storm killed a one man and injured others on a California beach, survivors describe pain, vision and hearing problems and other long-term affects

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<![CDATA[Keys to Brightening Your Smile]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:36:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007318296_1200x675_312965187974.jpg
Need a reason to smile? If your teeth are stained or out of alignment, Dr. Claudia Cotca has a few tips to get your smile looking brighter this summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Fist Bumps Less Germy Than Handshakes: Study]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:44:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/108129279.jpg
British researchers conducted an experiment that suggested that fist bumps are a cleaner way for people to greet each other, The Associated Press reported. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads...

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<![CDATA[Second American Diagnosed With Ebola in Liberia]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:12:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072614+Dr+Kent+Brantly+Ebola.jpg
A second U.S. citizen working in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, a charitable organization working in the county said on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.]]>
<![CDATA[The Case for Legalized Marijuana]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:09:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/177534647.jpg
On Sunday, The New York Times became the largest U.S. newspaper to support decriminalizing pot on the federal level.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Doctor Contracts Ebola While Treating Sick in Liberia]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:50:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/452620484.jpg
A 33-year-old American doctor helping fight Ebola in Liberia's capital has come down with the hemorrhagic fever, Reuters reported.

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<![CDATA[New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:55:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/452520024.jpg
In a big win for legal weed, The New York Times on Saturday called for an end to the federal government's ban on marijuana, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Pharmacists Say Generic Drugs Prices Are Skyrocketing]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:26:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007269774_1200x675_312486979769.jpg
Generic drugs are supposed to save you money, costing less than their brand name counterparts. But as News4's Doreen Gentzler reports, prices of these medications are skyrocketing, putting a strain on not...]]>
<![CDATA['Look Before You Lock': Preventing Hot Car Deaths]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:17:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HotCarPush0724_MP4_1200x675_312224323848.jpg
More cases of children left in hot cars have occurred this summer -- and one father is turning his tragedy into a campaign to "look before you lock" the car.]]>
<![CDATA[7 Hours May Be the Optimal Amount of Sleep]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:57:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/179265145.jpg
Although experts have long recommended eight hours of sleep a night for adults, several new studies show that seven hours may be the best amount.

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<![CDATA[Chikungunya: What You Need to Know]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:40:24 -0400 Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/tlmd_virus_mortales_03.jpg
A person caught the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya in the United States this month, health officials say — marking the first time mosquitoes in the U.S. are believed to have spread

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<![CDATA[Heart Attacks Deadliest for Young Women, Study Finds]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102141189.jpg
Young women are more likely to die from heart attacks than young men, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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<![CDATA[Babies Get Herpes After Ritual: DOH]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:10:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_Circumcision0906_722x406_2119014932.jpg
Two more infants were diagnosed with herpes in New York this month after undergoing ritual Jewish circumcisions, the Health Department says. In both cases, the infant boys were born to mothers with...]]>
<![CDATA[10 Million Got Obamacare Coverage, Study Confirms]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:49:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_obamacare_beneficios.jpg
More than 10 million people who were previously uninsured received health insurance under Obamacare, researchers said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[CDC Lab Chief Resigns After Anthrax Fumble]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:54:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP090427022315.jpg
The head of a CDC lab in Atlanta that possibly exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Doctor Leading Fight Against Ebola Gets Infected]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:24:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/451439668.jpg
A doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone has caught the deadly virus, according to the country's government.

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<![CDATA[Study: Many Heavy Kids Think They're Normal Weight ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:54:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/107069231.jpg
Nearly a third of children in a national survey didn't have an accurate idea of their own weight — most of them heavy or obese children who viewed themselves as normal. These false impressions were more...

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<![CDATA[Hispanic Community Works to Shatter Mental Illness Stigma]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:44:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National+Alliance+on+Mental+Illness+sign.jpg
News4's Richard Jordan reports on a new initiative in Montgomery County intended to shatter the stigma around mental illness in the Hispanic community. For more information, visit the National Alliance...

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<![CDATA[How Safe Are Over-the-Counter Products?]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:03:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-07-22_1302.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess joins Aaron Gilchrist in the studio to discuss the safety of some over-the-counter products, including common acne medications. While the products might be safe for some, there are a...]]>
<![CDATA[Fruit Sold at Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:02:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/07-21-2014-peaches-recall.jpg
Wawona Packing Company, based in California's Central Valley, is recalling white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, and plum varieties. The whole fruits were all packed between June 1 and July 12,...

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<![CDATA[Debilitating Mosquito Virus Contracted by 3 Long Island Patients: Officials]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:50:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP702217698660.jpg
Officials at a Long Island hospital have diagnosed three patients with a debilitating tropical infection being spread by mosquitoes, The Associated Press reported. The patients at North Shore University Hospital...

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<![CDATA[Tips for Joggers on Staying Safe]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:50:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007247802_1200x675_310670403797.jpg
News4's Shomari Stone has some safety tips for joggers after a woman was assaulted while running in Fairfax County.]]>
<![CDATA[Hopkins to Pay $190M Over Gynecologist's Taped Exams]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:25:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hospital-AP594829504262.jpg
A gynecologist who secretly used a pen-like camera to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs during pelvic exams will cost one of the world's most prestigious medical centers...

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<![CDATA[For Many, Summer Is the Most Stressful Season: Survey]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:21:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/452334360.jpg
Even though summer is associated with relaxation and vacations, a third of Americans say they find it to be the most stressful season of the year, according to a new study conducted by SleepRate.

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<![CDATA[Ebola May Have Been Smoldering for Years: Study]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:24:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/4848308411.jpg
The Ebola virus that’s killed more than 600 people so far in West Africa may have been smoldering there for years and has almost certainly sickened people who thought they had something else, researchers say.

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<![CDATA[Teen's Death Puts Focus on Caffeine Powder Dangers]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:36:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/powdered+caffeine.JPG
A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.

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<![CDATA[AIDS Virus Diagnoses Down 30 Percent in U.S.]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:39:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/452309984.jpg
The annual rate of diagnosis with HIV fell by more than 30 percent in the United States between 2002 and 2011, AIDS researchers announced on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Protecting Your Skin Lessens Risk Later in Life]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:42:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007219209_1200x675_307860035653.jpg
Dr. Steven Hopping joins Barbara Harrison in the studio to discuss the risks of fatal skin cancer, and how to protect your children against the disease.]]>
<![CDATA[Sysco Fined Millions for Storing Food in Unrefrigerated Sheds]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:21:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP101221130426.jpg
Sysco Corporation, the world’s largest food distributor, has agreed to pay $19.4 million in penalties and restitution after an NBC Bay Area investigation uncovered the company’s secret food sheds...

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<![CDATA[States Sue 5-Hour Energy Over Ad Claims ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:37:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/156446812.jpg
Two attorney generals from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising. The Oregon lawsuit filed Thursday in...

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<![CDATA[Painful Mosquito Virus Now in U.S.]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:48:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP702217698660.jpg
A painful virus passed on by mosquitoes that has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean and Central America has made its way to the U.S., with the first reported cases in a Florida man and woman who had...

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<![CDATA[From the Golden Gate Bridge to Teaching Suicide Prevention]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:17:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/05-13-2014-golden-gate-bridge-traffic.jpg
Two people with very different histories with the Golden Gate Bridge focus on suicide prevention.

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<![CDATA[Government Inspectors Warned of CDC Lab Lapses for Years]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:08:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP627922603331.jpg
A slew of newly-discovered safety violations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention were the focus of a House subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, as were allegations that the agency sought to cover...

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<![CDATA[300 Vials Labeled Influenza, Dengue Found at Bethesda Lab]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:48:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140708+Smallpox.jpg
The same federal scientist who recently found forgotten samples of smallpox at a federal lab in Bethesda also uncovered over 300 additional vials, many bearing the names of highly contagious viruses...

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<![CDATA[Niacin Risky as Heart Drug, Reports Find]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:00:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/4685186871.jpg
Niacin may cause severe side effects and doesn't seem to reduce rates of stroke, heart attack or chest pain, according to two reports published Wednesday.

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<![CDATA["Miracle Baby" Born to Woman With Half a Heart]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:07:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-07-16_0859.jpg
Some are calling a Maryland baby a miracle because of the condition of the mother who gave birth to him.]]>
<![CDATA[Bad Air in D.C.: The Causes and Solutions]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:24:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007192931_1200x675_306111555591.jpg
Pat Lawson Muse talks to a panel of guests about bad air in the D.C. area, and what can be done to improve it. Guests include Vice Mayor of Falls Church David Snyder; managing director of public and...]]>
<![CDATA[Talking to Teens About Safety, Sex Assault and Suicide]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:35:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007190741_1200x675_305970755878.jpg
Psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses how to talk to your teenage daughter about sexual assault and suicide.]]>
<![CDATA[Latest Methods in Hair Restoration, Removal]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:38:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-07-15_1335.jpg
Dermatologist Dr. Cheryl Burgess explains the latest procedures available to regrow hair -- or to remove it permanently.]]>
<![CDATA[iPad Linked to Unexplained Rash in Children]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:19:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/iPad_thefts.jpg
The popular iPad tablet is found to have caused an allergic reaction in an 11-year-old boy. Doctors say nickel in the devices' makeup caused a rash.]]>
<![CDATA[Mental Health Challenges for Black Community]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:11:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007167675_1200x675_304630339832.jpg
Mental illness is often stigmatized or even ignored among African-Americans, existing quietly in the black community for generations. And a shortage of black mental health professionals may be making the problem...]]>
<![CDATA[West Nile Virus Found in Va. Mosquitoes ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:12:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0714mosquito.jpg
A sample of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus in Woodbridge, Virginia, earlier this month, officials said.

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<![CDATA[iPads, Other Devices May Cause Rashes]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:45:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/woman+showing+man+ipad+use.jpg
It turns out that iPads may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals, causing some to develop rashes when in direct contact with the devices, The Associated Press reported. Whether all iPad

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<![CDATA[Jaw Pain: The Causes and Treatments]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007163730_1200x675_304410179605.jpg
Dr. Claudia Cotca talks about the causes of jaw pain and presents an appliance that might help with the problem.]]>
<![CDATA[Your Easy Outdoor Summer Workout]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:14:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007122744_1200x675_301487171892.jpg
Don't want to spend these sunny days inside at the gym? Steve Hayes has a workout plan you can do at your neighborhood park this summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Study: Sunscreen Can Reduce Physical Signs of Aging]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:51:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CR+Sunscreen+052314.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains a new study that finds sunscreen can reduce the physical signs of aging in skin.

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<![CDATA[Place to Call Home for Homeless Women]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:03:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hyacinth+place.png
Many in our community who are homeless also suffer with mental health issues. Homeless women with mental health diagnoses are finding shelter and the road to recovery at a special little place they call home in...]]>
<![CDATA[Understanding the Risks of Teen Marijuana Use]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:23:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007108345_1200x675_300432451605.jpg
Psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner talks about the risks involved with teenage marijuana use.]]>
<![CDATA[NPR Host: My Husband’s Slow Death Was Unnecessary]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:12:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic+doctor+coat.jpg
NPR host Diane Rehm said her husband of 54 years had to kill himself by dehydration after his Parkinson’s disease became unbearable because Maryland law forbids a doctor to assist in ending a patient’s

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<![CDATA[Forgotten Smallpox Vials Found at Former NIH Building]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:55:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140708+Smallpox.jpg
Government workers cleaning out an old storage room at a research center in Bethesda made a startling discovery last week -- decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

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<![CDATA[Uses for Lasers in Dermatology]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:19:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-07-08_1318.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess explains some of the ways that lasers are used in dermatology, including tattoo removal and hair restoration.]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga Poses You May Be Doing Wrong]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:56:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-07-07_13531.jpg
Boundless Yoga's Kim Weeks explains how to avoid getting injured when doing certain yoga poses.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois to Vote on Contraception]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:12:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/birth-control-pills-112012.jpg
A week after the U.S. Supreme Court decided on employer contraception coverage, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a November ballot question that will ask voters if they think prescription drug coverage...

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<![CDATA[Border Agent Contracts Scabies After Handling Undocumented Migrants]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:42:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/450882742.jpg
A border agent was diagnosed with scabies after processing undocumented immigrants in California, despite the fact that agents were told immigrants arriving in the state had been pre-screened for...

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<![CDATA[Long Lines at Pot Farmers Market]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 06:56:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/mm+farmers+market+noon.jpg
A large number of people were spending their Fourth of July in line to a unique kind of farmers market in Los Angeles. The featured product: medical marijuana. Some people reported waiting up to...]]>
<![CDATA[FDA to Companies: Reduce Salt in Your Foods]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:27:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/101425167.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration recently announced it is asking companies to cut back on the amount of salt they put in processed foods.

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<![CDATA[Plastic Surgery Helping Wounded Warriors]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:53:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007056510_1200x675_296559683677.jpg
Plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Hopping talks with Aaron Gilchrist about the advances in plastic surgery that have made it possible for service men and women injured on the battlefield to regain their strength...]]>
<![CDATA[Foster Farms Recalls Salmonella-Tainted Chicken]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 21:26:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP640024864856.jpg
The first product recall has been issued for a California chicken producer since it was linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than...

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<![CDATA["Magic Mushrooms" Buzz the Brain Like a Dream]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:12:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/94600085.jpg
The hallucinogen found in "magic mushrooms" triggers brain activity patterns similar to those seen when someone is dreaming, according to a new study appearing in the journal Human Brain Mapping.

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<![CDATA[People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Alone With Their Thoughts: Study]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:18:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/87552094.jpg
People would rather experience a mild shock than go a few minutes with nothing to do but think, according to a study released Thursday by the University of Virginia.

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: Reducing Risk of Suicide]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:10:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007029182_1200x675_295026755734.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses suicide attempts in the wake of a recent push to put safety nets on the Golden Gate Bridge. He also has some advice on what friends and family members can do if they believe a...]]>
<![CDATA[Best (and Worst) Fast Foods for You]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:02:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-07-02_1308.jpg
Wondering how Five Guys, Chick Fil-A and Chipotle stack up? Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez has all the details on the best and worst fast food chains.]]>
<![CDATA[Protecting Your Skin From the Summer Heat]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:43:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-07-01_1641.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess joins Eun Yang in the studio to discuss how you can protect yourself and your family from some dangerous side effects of sun, including burns, heat rash and sun poisoning.]]>
<![CDATA[Program Helps Vets With PTSD Return to Normal Life]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:49:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PTSD2.jpg
A Montgomery County program helps veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges return to a normal life.]]>
<![CDATA[Teens' Lack of Sleep Could Lead to Mental Health Problems]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:59:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sleeping+generic.jpg
The 4-H Club recently surveyed about 1,000 teenagers to learn more about the biggest health issues affecting them. The top two were lack of sleep and mental health. Experts say these two go hand in]]>
<![CDATA[Laser Dentistry: A Painless Alternative]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:20:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-06-30_1418.jpg
Dr. Claudia Cotca talks to Richard Jordan about the practical, and less painful, uses of lasers in dentistry.]]>
<![CDATA[American Breakfast Tastes Are Changing Fast]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:40:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/185201379.jpg
Americans are ditching cereal and eating more yogurt, a trend that has breakfast cereal makers scrambling to redefine their image, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[LA Pot Dispensary Farmers Market]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:09:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/medical+marijuana+stock+cannabis.jpg
For some Los Angeles residents, the 4th of July weekend will be a chance to stock up on marijuana. Patients eligible to use medical marijuana will be able to buy the drug directly from growers at a...

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<![CDATA[Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Recalled Due to Error]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:26:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/Haagen-Dazs_Cup.jpg
Nestle USA is recalling 10,000 cartons of Haagen-Dazs chocolate peanut butter ice cream because the packages are mislabeled, The Associated Press reported. The company says the lids of the ice cream are labeled...

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<![CDATA[Obama to Name New VA Secretary After Scathing Review]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:55:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/489026005.jpg
President Obama will name a new VA secretary as early as Monday after a review of the Veterans Affairs health care system ordered by the president concluded that veteran medical care is plagued by...

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<![CDATA[Surge in PTSD Diagnoses Amid Backlogs at Vets’ Med Centers]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 06:56:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SoldierGeneric.jpg
Local veterans’ medical centers are suffering backlogs and long wait times for appointments amid a surge in post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses among troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves Inhalable Form of Insulin]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:03:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/469928193.jpg
A long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels was approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration on Friday, the Associated Press reported.

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<![CDATA[New Blood Test May Predict Breast Cancer Risk]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:34:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/169368035.jpg
Researchers believe they may have a new way to test a woman’s risk for breast cancer, even if she doesn’t have an inherited genetic mutation, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Turning 50? Ways to Look, Feel Younger]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:27:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-06-27_1625.jpg
Turning 50 is a big deal for many women (Michelle Obama included), and they may start looking for a little pick-me-up. Dr. Steven Hopping talks about several tips for women to look less tired and feel younger as...]]>
<![CDATA[Desperate Patients Pin Hopes on Lab-Grown Organs]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:42:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/467546161.jpg
Dr. Paolo Macchiarini of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is the only surgeon in the world who is doing transplants in humans with artificially grown organs.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves Bionic Suit That Helps Paralyzed Walk]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:39:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/edtScreen+Shot+2014-06-27+at+8.13.16+AM.jpg
A battery-powered walker, the ReWalk, was recently approved by the FDA and helps patients with spinal cord paralysis walk again.

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<![CDATA[Quadruple Amputee Approved for Bilateral Arm Transplant]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:57:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/457992223.jpg
A former Boston University professor who lost all of his limbs after getting a life-threatening infection from group A streptococcus, has been approved for a bilateral arm transplant, NECN reported.

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<![CDATA[Military Studying Virtual Reality to Treat PTSD]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:50:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006963909_1200x675_290046019915.jpg
New therapies that force veterans to re-live some of the most graphic and traumatizing experiences of their lives can turn hurt into healing. Click here for more on post-traumatic stress disorder...]]>
<![CDATA[Talk Around Town: HIV Testing]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:28:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hiv+test-722.JPG
WHUR's Troy Johnson spoke with his listeners about HIV testing ahead of National HIV Testing Day.

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<![CDATA[Drinking Causes 1 in 10 Deaths of Working-Age Adults: CDC]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:06:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/477633533.jpg
One in 10 deaths in working-age adults may be caused by excessive alcohol consumption, according to a new study released Tuesday by the CDC.

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<![CDATA[Checking Out Obamacare Six Months Later]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:44:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obamacare+site.JPG
Six months ago, people started receiving health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. For some, it's allowed them to see a doctor for the first time in

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<![CDATA[Joke in FAFSA Tweet Sparks Online Backlash]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:04:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/screen_shot_2014-06-25_at_8-15-45_am_272f75ae201f8d6f9600ff3c7afe061d.nbcnews-ux-600-440.png
A tweet by the Education Department's federal student aid agency, which poked fun at student poverty, sparked outrage online, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[FDA Warns of Allergic Reactions With Acne Products ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:51:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/acne.jpg
Federal health officials are warning consumers who use popular anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause swelling of the face and difficulty breathing.

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<![CDATA[FDA Warning May Have Increased Teen Suicides]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:28:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-06-25_1323.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner joins Barbara Harrison in the studio to discuss a 2004 FDA warning on antidepressants that some believe actually increased the number of teen suicides.]]>
<![CDATA[Research Finds 3D Mammograms Offer Sharper Results]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:21:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/151041656.jpg
New technology could help improve the accuracy rate around breast-cancer screening and even provide specific information regarding potentially fatal tumors.

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<![CDATA[Fighting Against Infertility]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:25:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006933641_1200x675_287973955952.jpg
Dr. Simon Kipersztok of Shady Grove Fertility discusses some of the difficulties that people of color can face in trying to battle infertility, and patient Tameenah Adams shares her story.]]>
<![CDATA[New Solutions for Dissolving Fat in Trouble Spots]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:26:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006933605_1200x675_287977027583.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess discusses solutions for reducing fat in specific areas, such as under the chin and on the upper arms.]]>
<![CDATA[Former "GMA" Host Joan Lunden Has Breast Cancer]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:30:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Joan+Lunden-722.JPG
Former "Good Morning America" host Joan Lunden says she has breast cancer. She disclosed her diagnosis on Tuesday's edition of the ABC morning show, which she co-anchored from 1980 through 1997.

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<![CDATA[Va. Department, Walgreens to Offer Free HIV Tests]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:33:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP407537245029.jpg
The Virginia Department of Health and Walgreens are teaming up to offer free HIV tests.

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<![CDATA[Finding Mental Health Help for Vets in Need]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:05:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SoldierGeneric.jpg
The D.C. region has one of the highest rates of post-traumatic stress in the country. Doreen Gentzler has details on a program that's changing minds by trying to fill the gap when it comes to...

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<![CDATA[Restoring a Youthful Look to the Chest and Neck]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:32:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-06-23_1152.jpg
Dr. Rondi Walker demonstrates a new procedure to restore a more youthful look to the décolletage.]]>
<![CDATA[Number of People Exposed to Anthrax Climbs: CDC]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:57:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/169368706.jpg
The number of people who may have been exposed to anthrax at the CDC in Atlanta has grown to more than 80 and the number could go even higher, officials say.

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<![CDATA[75 Scientists Possibly Exposed to Anthrax: CDC]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:57:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/481682271.jpg
Seventy-five scientists working in government laboratories are being offered treatment for anthrax "out of an abundance of caution" after they were possibly exposed to the deadly bacteria, according to the CDC.

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<![CDATA[Alzheimer's Study Uses PET Scan to Assess Risk]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:46:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-06-19_1344.jpg
Dr. Scott Turner joins Barbara Harrison in the studio to discuss a groundbreaking Alzheimer's study that enrolls healthy people ages 65-85. The study uses a new type of PET scan to determine the presence...]]>
<![CDATA[Antidepressant Warning Raised Suicide Attempts: Study]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/94904070.jpg
A "black box" warning on antidepressants notifying users that the medications can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts backfired and led to an increase in suicide attempts by teens and young adults, according...

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<![CDATA[The Ultimate Graduation Gift]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:21:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006868747_1200x675_283903043710.jpg
Doreen Gentzler reports on a Virginia father's last wish: Seeing his son graduate high school.]]>
<![CDATA[Survey: Today's Teens Taking Less Risks]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:22:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-06-18_1421.jpg
An anonymous survey conducted by the CDC is conducted every two years. Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses the latest results on topics like health, sex, alcohol use and more. Many teens are actually engaging in...]]>
<![CDATA[Hottest Day of Heatwave Arrives; How to Stay Safe]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:57:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC-Wea-P2.jpg
It will feel like 100 degrees or higher when you step outside thanks to the steamy humidty and a high of 96 degrees. But there are some ways you can protect yourself.

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<![CDATA[Senators Scold Dr. Oz For Diet Scams]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:44:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP527283252189.jpg
Dr. Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor who frequently touts weight-loss products on his syndicated television show, got harsh feedback from several senators on Tuesday at a hearing about bogus diet product ads.

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<![CDATA['Bionic Pancreas' Astonishes Diabetes Researchers]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:09:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/96789192.jpg
A “bionic pancreas” system that automatically controls blood sugar levels helped more than two dozen people live free of finger pricks and provided a glimpse into "normal life" for diabetics,...]]>
<![CDATA[Your Dental Q&As Answered]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:25:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-06-16_1324.jpg
Dr. Claudia Cotca answers your questions: the best whitening toothpastes and other whitening treatments; whether dental X-rays are safe for kids, and more.]]>
<![CDATA[Whooping Cough Epidemic in Calif.]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:42:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/whooping+cough+vaccine.jpg
The number of whooping cough cases in California has officially reached epidemic proportions, the California Department of Public Health reported. Whooping cough, known to doctors as pertussis, has experienced...

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<![CDATA[Vaccine Requirements Now Stricter in Md. Schools]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:04:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vaccine+needle+hand.jpg
Students enrolling in school in Maryland for the 2014-2015 school year will be required to get some new vaccinations or they will not be able to start class.

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<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine Explained]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:48:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/edtAP1011180117961.jpg
After a long day, a glass of wine may help ease some tension. But did you know it could also help your health? One glass of red wine could actually improve your memory.

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<![CDATA[How Doctors Use Fillers for a Younger Look]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:25:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006821173_1200x675_280398915713.jpg
Dr. Steven Hopping joins Barbara Harrison in the studio to discuss adding facial fillers for a more youthful appearance.]]>
<![CDATA[Genetically, There's No Such Thing as a Mexican: Study]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:21:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/150168608.jpg
Even though medical researchers and census-takers lump Latinos and Hispanics into one group, a giant study of Mexican genetics shows that there's really no such thing, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[D.C. Recovery Academy Helps People With Mental Illness Move On]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:28:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006806148_1200x675_279875139990.jpg
A place in D.C. that is helping those with mental illness who struggle to get back to work, school and into the community. News4's Angie Goff reports.]]>
<![CDATA[New Treatment for Depression]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:06:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006795649_1200x675_279189059520.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses electroconvulsive therapy for the treatment of depression.]]>
<![CDATA[Moles May Suggest Breast Cancer: Study]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:13:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/old-hands-generic.gif
In two new studies, two teams of researchers, one in France and one in the United States, looked at surveys of thousands of women and found that women with more moles may have a higher risk of breast cancer.

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<![CDATA[Preventing Acne Before It Starts]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:07:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/207*120/2014-06-10_1506.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess explains how to prevent or reduce acne, which is often caused by hormones.]]>
<![CDATA[29 Million Americans Have Diabetes: Report]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:36:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/96789192.jpg
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that more than 29 million American adults have diabetes, and a quarter of them don’t even know it.]]>
<![CDATA[New Pill Could Prevent Ragweed Allergies]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:19:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/allergies.jpg
Eun Yang has details on Ragwitek, a daily medication to prevent fall allergies. Doctors say patients should start taking it now to be sneeze-free.

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<![CDATA[5,268 Vets in D.C. Area Wait 30 Days for 1st VA Appointment]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:30:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/494720125.jpg
The News4 I-Team pored over the federal VA audit and found 5,268 veterans in the Washington area waited more than 30 days for their first VA medical appointment last month.

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<![CDATA[A Full-Body Workout to Get More Done]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:11:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-06-09_1710.jpg
Fitness trainer Steve Hayes offers workout moves to get more done in less time.]]>