<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usSat, 01 Oct 2016 17:08:07 -0400Sat, 01 Oct 2016 17:08:07 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Experts Looked Inside Mylan's Upgraded EpiPen]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:34:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen-julie-brown-injectors-nbc-news.jpg
With Congress trying to figure out Mylan's business model for the EpiPen, a medical technologies expert and a Seattle doctor have been physically taking apart the auto-injectors to find out exactly how...

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<![CDATA[Mother-Daughter Team Dedicated to Fighting Breast Cancer ]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:36:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/breastcancer3.jpg
For Dr. Rachel Brem, diagnosing and treating breast cancer is personal. Brem, like her mother, is a breast cancer survivor, and it was her mother's diagnosis that inspired her to found The Brem Foundation.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors Warn Zika Could Spread in Sweat and Tears]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:27:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16201766112052-zika-utah-mosquito.jpg
Doctors who treated a strange case of Zika say sweat and tears may be able to transmit the virus, NBC News reports. A team at the University of Utah School of Medicine said their case, of a man who infected his...

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 23:43:58 -0400http://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[Coffee Can Reduce Heart Disease Risk, Research Suggests]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:47:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/092916+coffee.jpg
Credible research suggests three to five cups of coffee per day can reduce one's risk of heart disease, stroke and Parkinson's disease, according to nutritionist Dr. Joy Dubost.

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<![CDATA[Over 600K Vets May Be Uninsured in 2017]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:55:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DOC_GettyImages-539738467.jpg
More than 600,000 U.S. military veterans will go without health insurance in 2017 if 19 states fail to expand their Medicaid programs, according to the Urban Institute. The report found that many veterans fall...

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<![CDATA[3D-Printed Artificial Bones Could Help Heal Injuries]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:49:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/3d-skull-H.jpg
A new type of artificial bone shaped with a 3-D printer can repair deformed bones and help heal some spine, skull and jaw injuries, researchers say in a new report printed in the journal Science Translational...

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<![CDATA[Baby Born With DNA From 3 People]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:04:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481683717.jpg
Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people - the mother, the father and an egg donor. The goal was to prevent the child from inheriting a...

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<![CDATA[9 Out of 10 People Breathe Polluted Air: WHO]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:43:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_484690709547.jpg
Nine out of ten people worldwide live in areas where air pollution exceeds guidelines, the World Health Organization said. The pollution puts these people at higher risk for heart disease, strokes and cancer.

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<![CDATA[Dr. Joshua Weiner Discusses Lightbox Therapy for Low Sex Drive]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:43:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016243823_1200x675_774906947582.jpg
This simple therapy men can do at home could increase sex drive. Dr. Joshua Weiner explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Disabled Man Gets License, Shows Driverless Tech's Potential]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:29:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/schmidt3.jpg
Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat using his chin.

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<![CDATA[Aetna to Subsidize Apple Watch]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:46:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg
Aetna announced that it will be making Apple Watches available for large employers and individual customers during open enrollment season. The health care services company said the new initiative will...

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<![CDATA[Plastic Bits Prompt Tyson Chicken Nugget Recall]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:16:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Chicken-Nugget-Recall-Panko.jpg
Consumers complaining of finding bits of plastic in some packages of Tyson chicken nuggets led Tyson Foods to recall over 100,000 pounds of the product, the USDA's food safety division announced Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Decides Not to Break Up Business ]]>Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:33:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pfizer494838914.jpg
Pfizer will not split into two publicly traded companies, a decision that, at least for now, ends Wall Street speculation over the drugmaker's future. The company said Monday it believes it is best positioned...

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<![CDATA[Upside to Morning Sickness: Fewer Miscarriages, Stillbirths]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:31:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pregnancy-generic.jpg
It's dreaded by moms-to-be but morning sickness is actually a good sign — for the baby, a government study shows, confirming common pregnancy lore and less rigorous research. Women with nausea early in...

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<![CDATA['Healing Garden' for Wounded Warriors to Open in Bethesda]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:15:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016202580_1200x675_772267587515.jpg
A "healing garden" in Naval Support Activity Bethesda's backyard will give wounded warriors a serene place to rest. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[A Rare Bipartisan Agreement Reached, Briefly, on Abortion]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:45:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CONGRESS_GettyImages-2062515.jpg
Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding.

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<![CDATA[35 US States Sue British Drugmaker Over Marketing of Opioid]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:32:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-467024279-suboxone.jpg
Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday alleging that British drugmaker Indivior tried to keep cheaper, generic versions of Suboxone off the market, California's...

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<![CDATA[Brittany Maynard's Widower in DC to Push for New Law]]>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:10:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP320784144588.jpg
The D.C. Council is considering the legislation that would allow patients with 6 months or less to live to request lethal medication from their doctors.

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Recalls Ice Cream]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:17:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/COOKIE-DOUGH.jpg
Blue Bell Creamery has issued a voluntary recall on some of its ice cream products. The selected recalled products were produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama, plant because they were made with a chocolate...

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<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie Gives Advice for How to Cope With Fall Allergies]]>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:54:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AllergyKid.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, discusses with Pat Lawson Muse the best way to cope with fall allergies.

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<![CDATA[Tour Sibley Hospital's New State-of-the-Art Patient Tower]]>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:52:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sibley+Hospital+092116.jpg
After several years of construction, the opening of Sibley Hospital's new state-of-the-art patient tower in upper northwest D.C. is just days away. News4 got a preview Wednesday. Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[Mylan CEO Defends EpiPen Cost to Angry Lawmakers]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:49:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/609574240-mylan-ceo-house-oversight-committee.jpg
Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the head of pharmaceutical company Mylan about the significant cost increase of its life-saving EpiPens and the profits for a company with sales...

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<![CDATA[Drug-Resistant Superbugs a 'Fundamental Threat': WHO]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:06:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
While antibiotics were once hailed as miracle drugs, they've been abused and overused so much that they are now often useless against fast-evolving bacteria. And that bacterial evolution is far outpacing humans’...

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<![CDATA[Zuckerbergs' $3B to Ending Disease]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:14:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16265572079859-chan-zuckerberg-initiative-end-disease.jpg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have a lofty new goal: to cure, manage or eradicate all disease by the end of this century. To this end, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, their...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle's New Push on Food Safety]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:58:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chipotle-GettyImages-509063322.jpg
Chipotle is making another push to convince people that its food won't make them sick, with plans to run more newspaper and digital ads outlining the safety steps it has taken since last year's E.

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<![CDATA[When a Teacher Says Your Child May Have ADHD]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:18:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016168748_1200x675_770262083581.jpg
Your child's teacher says they wonder if your child has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Child psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner talks with News4's Eun Yang about what could be going on and what questions...]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Trackers No Guarantee for Weight Loss]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:13:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_fitnesstrackers0920_1920x1080.jpg
A new study suggests wearing a fitness tracker to tally the number of steps you take in a day doesn't necessarily mean the numbers on the scale will come down. The University of Pittsburgh recruited more...

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<![CDATA[Mylan CEO Defends EpiPen Prices]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:35:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_302359722512.jpg
The head of pharmaceutical company Mylan is defending the cost for life-saving EpiPens and signaling the company has no plans to lower prices despite a public outcry.

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<![CDATA[Smoking Leaves DNA Damage Years After Quitting: Study]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:13:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Most — but not all — DNA damage from smoking fades over time, and the genetic changes occur in clear patterns, researchers reported in an American Heart Association journal Tuesday, according to NBC News. The...

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<![CDATA[Va. Program Gives EMS Crews Key Medical Information]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:56:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/092016+yellow+dot+fairfax+county.jpg
A new program in Fairfax County, Virginia, will give EMS crews information that may save lives.

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<![CDATA[Listeria Fears Spur Whole Wheat Eggo Recall]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:18:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kellogg-eggo-recall-.jpg
Kellogg is recalling about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain whole wheat waffles over the possibility they were contaminated with Listeria bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the...

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<![CDATA[Zika Mosquitoes Can Survive Over Next Months in Southern US]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:55:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Zika-Puerto-Rico-AP_71939457309.jpg
The potential for an abundant population of the mosquito that carries the Zika virus remains moderate or high through November in the southernmost cities of the U.S., a study shows.

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<![CDATA[Drugmakers Fought State Opioid Limits Amid Crisis]]>Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:08:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg
The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide...

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<![CDATA[Can This Patch Stop Drunk Driving?]]>Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:18:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DrunkPatch0915_MP4-147405607449700001.jpg
A New Mexico company is hoping their new patch will help stop drunk driving. DermaTec has developed a patch that senses alcohol intake through sweat. It's called the ONUSBlue, as in it's "on us" to end...]]>
<![CDATA[Florida's 1st Zika Outbreak Almost Over, Officials Say]]>Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:07:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-585211752.jpg
The mainland United States's first official outbreak of Zika virus may be declared over by early next week, NBC News reported. But another, in Miami Beach, is going strong, and on Thursday Florida health...

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<![CDATA[Dietician Shares Tips on Getting Kids in the Kitchen]]>Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:11:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016108198_1200x675_765983811923.jpg
Registered dietitian Joy Dubost says family meals can encourage healthy eating habits, prevent obesity, help kids perform better in school and even fight the risks of substance abuse.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctor Wants Executive Order Banning Menthol Cigarettes]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:18:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+Smoke+Cloud+Generic.jpg
Dr. Phillip Gardiner, co-chair of the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, asks President Barack Obama for an executive order to stop making menthol cigarettes.

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<![CDATA[New Medication for Opioid Addiction]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:46:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_heroin0706_1920x1080.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses a new medication that can treat opioid addiction and help sufferers of chronic pain who might otherwise turn to addictive painkillers. Aaron Gilchrist reports.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves Non-Invasive Treatment for Essential Tremors]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:43:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Peter+Muller+MRI+guided+focused+ultrasound.jpg
A non-invasive treatment offers new hope to the roughly 10 million people affected by essential tremors in the U.S. each year.

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<![CDATA[Fertility Doctor Accused Of Using Own Sperm]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:01:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_fertilitydoctor0913_1920x1080.jpg
Investigators believe a retired Indianapolis doctor may have donated his own sperm to as many as 50 patients without their knowledge. WTHR's Steve Jefferson reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Women Use Handbags to Support Domestic Violence Survivors]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:21:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016083043_1200x675_764044355950.jpg
Dr. DeeDee Freeman of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center and financial adviser Dominique Broadway discuss their purse pop-up tour to support domestic violence survivors.]]>
<![CDATA[Emotional Support Turkey Brings Joy to Woman With Lupus]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:02:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Capture74.PNG
Most of the time when you hear the words, "emotional support animal," you think of a dog, or some sort of cuddly animal. But a Washington woman with lupus has Sammi, her emotional support turkey, to help her go...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Affected Woman's Brain and Memory, Doctors Say]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:27:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/184*120/AHORA-BEBE-ZIKA.jpg
The Zika virus is known to cause devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses and now there is evidence that the virus could be more damaging to adults than has been believed, NBC News reported.]]>
<![CDATA[What to Know About Pneumonia]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:17:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-602406252-hil.jpg
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s diagnosis of pneumonia has raised a number of questions about the disease itself. News4's Doreen Gentzler got some answers from Dr.

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<![CDATA[Study Details Sugar Industry Attempt to Shape Science]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:55:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered...

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<![CDATA[Vaccination Critic Faces Possible Medical Board Discipline ]]>Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:31:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-103919484.jpg
An Orange County pediatrician and outspoken critic of mandatory vaccinations faces possible discipline by California's medical board.

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<![CDATA[Addiction in America]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:04:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioids.jpg
Opioid and heroin addiction is out of control, destroying lives from every segment of our community, and it's killing people in numbers that just keep growing.

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<![CDATA[5-Second Rule Is Too Generous for Fallen Food: Study]]>Fri, 09 Sep 2016 18:42:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462645054.jpg
It might be time to reconsider the five-second rule when thinking about eating food that has fallen on the floor. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey say in a new study that bacteria can contaminate...

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<![CDATA[Woman Gets Another Kidney 40 Years After First Transplant]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:06:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Brenda+Hudson.jpg
Forty years after being the recipient of Georgetown Hospital's first live kidney transplant, Brenda Hudson recently got another.]]>
<![CDATA[Chemicals Used to Fight Zika Worry Some Florida Residents]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:00:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaChems0907_MP4-147333531803900001.jpg
On the front lines in the fight against the Zika virus, crews in infected areas are double-dosing chemicals to kill larva and adult mosquitoes. People are being urged to use bug sprays with the ingredient...]]>
<![CDATA['Super Lice' on the Rise in Most States]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:34:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_superlice0907_1920x1080.jpg
September is National Lice Awareness Month, but most people aren't aware of those cringe-worthy critters until they're dealing with a full-on infestation. That was the issue Stacey Cole faced when her children...]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Allergies, EpiPens and Price Tag]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:18:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, talks about the importance of EpiPens for people who suffer from food, drug and insect allergies.

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<![CDATA[How to Spot the Risk Factors of Suicide]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:40:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016027986_1200x675_759852611956.jpg
Every 40 seconds, someone in the world takes their own life. Dr. Joshua Weiner shares how you can spot the warning signs and help keep others safe.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Doubled Birth Defect Rate in Brazil, Study Shows]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:32:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The arrival of Zika virus in Brazil doubled the rate of birth defects involving the nervous system, including microcephaly, researchers reported Wednesday. Rates of Guillain-Barré syndrome — a rare, paralyzing...

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<![CDATA[Rep. Warns of Zika With Mosquitoes]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:08:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/090716+david+jolly+zika+mosquitoes.jpg
Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly brought a container of mosquitoes onto the House floor Wednesday to criticize Congress for failing to pass legislation to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus in the Sunshine...

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<![CDATA[NY Attorney General Investigates Maker of EpiPen]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 19:31:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016016214_1200x675_759026243663.jpg
New York's attorney general launched an investigation into the maker of the EpiPen over possible anticompetitive practices with schools. Susan Hogan reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Family Grieves Loss of Newborn in Twins Viral Photo]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:45:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baby+pacifier1.JPG
Days after a photo of Florida newborn twins hugging in a hospital went viral, the family is grieving the the loss of one of the boys, born with a rare medical condition. Twins Mason and Hawk Buchmeyer of

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<![CDATA[Flu Season Arrives, With New Recommendations for Prevention]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:20:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_fluvaccines0906_1920x1080.jpg
The nasal spray FluMist has been the flu vaccine preference among many parents for years, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says kids should not get it this year. The move comes after a panel of experts...]]>
<![CDATA[Industry Insiders Estimate EpiPen Costs No More Than $30]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:27:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan says middlemen and suppliers have forced them to jack up the prices on EpiPens by hundreds of dollars, but two industry insiders say the company pays no more than $30 per device, NBC News reports. Some...

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<![CDATA[NY Attorney General to Investigate EpiPen Manufacturer]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:46:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
New York's top prosecutor said he is launching an antitrust investigation into the maker of the EpiPen. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday his office was opening the investigation into Mylan...

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<![CDATA[High-Tech Prosthetics Provide Options for Amputees]]>Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:38:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/186*120/titan+arm.JPG
Companies are partnering to make prosthetic devices that are stylish, sturdy and highly functional, even if they do look like something from the future.

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<![CDATA[3 Common STDs Are Becoming Harder to Treat]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 18:27:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_1602291933356134-STD.jpg
In the United States, drug-resistant gonorrhea is a public health problem of national concern. But untreatable gonorrhea isn't the only STD that has health officials worried, according to an NBC News...

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<![CDATA[FDA Bans Antibacterials From Soaps]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:04:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/antibacterial-soap.jpg
The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs. "We have no scientific evidence that...

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<![CDATA[Obesity Rates Fall in Four States]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:23:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/teen+obesity+gastric+bypass.jpg
Obesity rates in Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio fell — the first time that any state has seen a decrease in the past decade, according to a report released Thursday, NBC News reported. For the majority...

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<![CDATA[Zika Found in Trapped Fla. Mosquitoes, 1st in US Mainland ]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:28:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Large-Zika.jpg
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said 95 more trapped mosquitoes tested negative since the three local mosquitoes with Zika were found. Intensive trapping and testing continues. The...

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<![CDATA[Delayed Sleep Syndrome May Explain Some Kids' Sleep Problems]]>Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:59:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015959540_1200x675_755286595957.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner explains delayed sleep syndrome, in which sleep schedules make it tough for people to get up for work -- or for kids to get up for school. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Diamond of California Recalls Macadamia Nuts for Salmonella]]>Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:52:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/recall-nuts.jpg
Two macadamia nut products sold nationwide under the Diamond of California brand are being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. Snyder's-Lance, Inc. said it was voluntarily recalling 4-ounce...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Fought Against Generic EpiPen: Documents]]>Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:37:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
The CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of its own cheaper version of the EpiPen this week on the heels of a price hike uproar. But for years, Mylan and its business partners have fought fiercely...

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<![CDATA[Can Children Benefit From Probiotic Supplements?]]>Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:41:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_probiotics0829_1920x1080.jpg
Billed as "good for your guts," Dr. Karpovs says probiotics help restore normal bacteria in the body.]]>
<![CDATA[40 Cases of Hepatitis A Linked to VA Tropical Smoothie Cafes]]>Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:45:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160826+Tropical+Smoothie+Cafe.jpg
Virginia health officials say there are now 40 confirmed cases of hepatitis A that are connected to frozen strawberries used at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations across the state, up from 28 cases less than...

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<![CDATA[Orlando Theme Parks Offer Bug Spray to Ease Zika Fears]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:06:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Disney-GettyImages-94967642.jpg
Florida's major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando on...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Launching Generic Version of EpiPen]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:42:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan says it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism mounts over the price of its injectable medicine. The company said Monday that its U.S. subsidiary will put out a generic version...

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<![CDATA[How to Get Kids Out the Door in the Morning]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:50:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015929477_1200x675_753611843760.jpg
Anjali Varma, the owner of Kidville in Bethesda, has tips -- on everything from lunch to clothes to chores -- to help get everyone out the door on time and without a meltdown.]]>
<![CDATA[Could Clinton Save Obama's Struggling Health Overhaul?]]>Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:54:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16239561422240-hillary-clinton-affordable-care-act.jpg
With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama's health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers...

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<![CDATA[Officials: Md. Man Without Symptoms Spread Zika Through Sex]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:03:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cdcGettyImages-456691988.jpg
A Maryland man with no symptoms spread Zika through sex, according to U.S. health officials.

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<![CDATA[Obama: Americans at Risk Because of Zika Funding Delay]]>Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:47:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594886094-news.jpg
President Barack Obama urged Congress to make Zika funding its first priority after members return from a seven-week summer break, saying the delay is putting Americans at risk.

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<![CDATA[How to Stop Wasting Food]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:30:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015909288_1200x675_752100931955.jpg
Nearly a third of the food produced in the U.S. is wasted -- and it's the #1 source of waste in our landfills. Registered dietitian Joy Dubost explains what "use by," "best by" and "sell by" dates on food...]]>
<![CDATA[Tropical Smoothie Cafe Worker Has Hepatitis A, Officials Say]]>Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:04:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160826+Tropical+Smoothie+Cafe.jpg
An employee at a Tropical Smoothie Café location in Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A after the virus was linked to frozen strawberries used at the stores, the Virginia Department of Health said...

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<![CDATA[Is Screen Time Damaging Children's Vision?]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:13:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082516+eye+test+vision+test.jpg
Optometrists have seen an uptick in nearsightedness among children. Is the use of cellphones and tablets to blame? News4's Angie Goff spoke with Dr. Andrew Morgenstern. "We're putting a lot of 'near' [vision]...

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<![CDATA['They Know She Cares': Michelle Obama's School Nutrition Legacy]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:28:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491569906.jpg
Fried chicken nuggets, chicken fingers, and patties are the thing of the past at Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Healthier options have been on the menu thanks to Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch...

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<![CDATA[FDA: Test Blood Donations for Zika]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:51:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/3-10_mosquito.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood centers to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus. Friday's advisory means...

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<![CDATA[Meth Dog Works at Rehab Center]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:57:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/meth-dog--rehab-082516.PNG
A Chihuahua named Jack Sparrow, who was once hospitalized and put through rehab after vets found meth in his system, now serves as a comforting pup to patients recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, his...

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<![CDATA[Cheaper Alternatives to the EpiPen]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:10:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015898860_1200x675_751158851711.jpg
Consumer Reports found less expensive alternatives to the EpiPen. News4's Susan Hogan reports.]]>
<![CDATA[No Confirmed Zika Cases Linked to Olympics: WHO]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:52:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Olympic-Rings-GettyImages-585531340.jpg
The U.N. health agency says reports from national authorities indicate no confirmed laboratory cases of the Zika virus in anyone associated with the Rio Olympics. The World Health Organization announced...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Boosts EpiPen Programs, Doesn't Budge on Price]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:24:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082316+epipen.jpg
Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, says it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. Mylan N.V. said Thursday that the patient cost will...

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<![CDATA[Newborn Affected by Zika Stayed Infected for 2 Months ]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:07:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaBaby-AP_272141986039.jpg
Doctors said a Brazilian baby with brain damage caused by the Zika virus stayed infected for more than two months after his birth, NBC News reported. The baby already had brain damage from the virus, which can...

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<![CDATA[Back-to-School Health Concerns]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:26:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015884175_1200x675_750157379905.jpg
At the start of the school year, Dr. Jackie Eghrari Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg speaks with News4's Susan Hogan about what to consider about young people's health.]]>
<![CDATA[Immunization Records Missing for 3,700 Pr. George's Students]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:09:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082416+young+children+prince+georges+county.jpg
Prince George's County Public Schools are asking students to stay home if their parents can't prove they've been immunized.

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<![CDATA[Medicaid to Pay for Repellent in Va. to Ward Off Zika]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:55:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/_Cual_repelente_debe_usar_para_espantar_los_mosquitos.jpg
Officials say Virginia's Medicaid program has begun covering the cost of mosquito repellent to prevent people from being infected by the Zika virus.

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Link Smoothie Chain to 17 Hepatitis A Cases]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:02:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tropical+Smoothie+Cafe.jpg
Health officials say an increasing number of people are sick with hepatitis A after ordering from a chain of smoothie shops.

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<![CDATA[McDonald's Recalls 29M Wristband Toys Following Burns]]>Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:33:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/StepIt.jpg
McDonald's is recalling approximately 29 million "Step-It" activity wristbands distributed across the country in their "Happy Meals" following more than 70 reports that children suffered skin irritation...

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<![CDATA[West Nile Virus Found in Md. Mosquito Pools]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:22:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mosquito+bite.jpg
Maryland health officials reported the first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year in the state.

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<![CDATA[What to Know About Hepatitis A After Smoothie Scare]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:13:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tropical+Smoothie+Cafe.jpg
After a report of hepatitis A linked to a smoothie chain, News4's Susan Hogan spoke with Taylor Wallace of George Mason University's Department of Nutrition and Food Studies.

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<![CDATA[Hepatitis A Cases Linked to Strawberries at Smoothie Chain]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:16:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Strawberries3.jpg
Health officials are encouraging anyone who consumed a smoothie with frozen strawberries at a Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in the last 50 days to watch for symptoms of hepatitis A.

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<![CDATA[Addiction in America: How North Carolina is Fighting Opioid Addiction]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:23:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015834755_1200x675_747591235634.jpg
During the month of August, News4 has been taking a closer look at opioid and heroin epidemic. Doreen Gentzler reports on a program in North Carolina that's making a difference.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Won't Hurt Tourism in Fla. ]]>Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:49:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082016+miami+zika+spraying.jpg
The discovery of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in South Florida certainly isn't ideal for tourism, but local officials and business leaders are confident the long-term impact on the tourism industry will be...

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<![CDATA[Water System Was Source of Bacterium Found at Md. Hospital]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:10:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080916+prince+georges+hospital+center.jpg
Officials from the Prince George’s Hospital Center say the hospital's water system was the source of the bacterium pseudomonas found at the hospital.

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Buying Medivation in Deal Valued at About $14B]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:53:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pfizer494838914.jpg
Pfizer will pay about $14 billion in cash for the cancer drug company Medivation, a deal that will add the pricey late-stage prostate cancer treatment Xtandi to its oncology portfolio.

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<![CDATA[Parasite Found in Arizona Swimming Pools]]>Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:19:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/459418465.jpg
More than 100 people in Maricopa County, Arizona, have become infected with a parasite officials believe was in at least 20 pools in the community, NBC News reported. Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto,” causes...

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<![CDATA[Local Resources for Opioid Addiction]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:16:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioids.jpg
NBC Washington has covered the issue of opioid and heroin addiction extensively this month. We’ve compiled a list of sites in the D.C. area where you can learn more about the opiate addiction and find resources...

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<![CDATA[Fentanyl Deaths Jump 636% in Philly]]>Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:27:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Girl+Overdose+Kensington+Street.jpg
A disturbing 636 percent increase in overdoses from the medical-grade opioid fentanyl in Philadelphia has city health officials warning medical professionals and the public about the increased pervasiveness...

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<![CDATA[EpiPen's 400 Percent Price Hike Has Parents Scrambling]]>Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:10:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_epipens0617_1920x1080.jpg
Doctors and patients say the pharmaceutical company Mylan has increased the prices for an EpiPen — the portable device that can stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction — from around $100 in 2008 to...

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<![CDATA[5 Zika Cases in Miami Beach]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:43:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/218*120/081916+miami+beach+zika+spraying.jpg
Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed during a press conference Friday that five cases of Zika have been found on Miami Beach — three more than originally thought after an email obtained by NBC 6 from city...

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<![CDATA[Alternatives for Treating Pain Useful in Preventing Addiction]]>Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:50:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Braeburn+Pharmaceuticals+Implants+Under+Skin+of+Arm.jpg
To fight opioid addiction, we must find better ways to cope with pain. News4's Doreen Gentzler looks at what's already making a difference.

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<![CDATA[Barry's Death Highlights Drug Abuse Struggles]]>Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:31:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-08-15_1727.png
A police report said the son of former Mayor Marion Barry "went outside and had smoked K2 (synthetic marijuana) and PCP drugs” before “acting crazy, different” and then suddenly “dropped.”

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<![CDATA[Addiction in America: Drug Overdoses Fuel Surge in Organ Donations]]>Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:15:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OverdoseVictim.jpg
Throughout the month of August, News4 has been reporting on the drug epidemic across the country and in this area. Addiction to prescription drugs like oxycontin, vicodin, and other opiates has skyrocketed.]]>
<![CDATA[Diving Can Be Dangerous]]>Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:14:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015726002_1200x675_743422531872.jpg
As the world's best athletes compete in Rio, you may be feeling inspired to try their tricks, and while the perfect dive is a showcase of grace and athleticism, as News4's Eun Yang reports, diving can be...]]>
<![CDATA[What to Do If You Smell Natural Gas]]>Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:43:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gasmeters.jpg
Here are tips on how to recognize and react to a possible natural gas leak.

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<![CDATA[How to Help Victims of Silver Spring Explosion]]>Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:15:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/196*120/red+cross1.jpg
Multiple organizations are asking people to assist with helping victims of the apartment building fire and explosion late Wednesday in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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<![CDATA[4 New Zika Cases in Florida]]>Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:42:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
The number of cases of Zika has risen in Miami-Dade County one day following a suspected case of non-travel related Zika in Palm Beach County. Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday four new locally transmitted...

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<![CDATA[Hospital Transferring Babies Out of NICU; Bacteria Found]]>Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:20:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080916+prince+georges+hospital+center.jpg
Prince George's Hospital Center is clearing babies from its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after three babies tested positive for a bacteria that can cause a potentially deadly infection.

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<![CDATA[Zika Baby Death in Houston-Area]]>Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:48:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Anuncian_vacunas_contra_el_Zika.jpg
Texas health officials confirmed Tuesday that an infant who passed away shortly after birth in Harris County had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The mother was infected with Zika while traveling in Latin...]]>
<![CDATA[Montgomery County's Fight Against Opioid Addiction]]>Fri, 05 Aug 2016 20:14:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015682713_1200x675_739144259589.jpg
Throughout the month of August, News4 is taking a closer look at a problem that is destroying a lot of lives -- addiction to opioids and heroin. NBC4's Doreen Gentzler reports on how the problem is growing...]]>
<![CDATA['Success Kid' Meme Helps Raise $100K for Dad's New Kidney]]>Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:38:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/success+kid.jpg
A photo of 9-year-old Sammy Griner may very well have saved his father's life. When Sammy was a baby, his mom snapped a photo of him looking adorably determined, spawning the wildly popular "Success Kid"

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<![CDATA[Zika Fight Progress in Miami: Gov.]]>Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:57:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080416+rick+scott+wynwood+zika.jpg
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and top officials with the Centers for Disease Control made a stop in South Florida Thursday to visit the epicenter of Miami-Dade's fight against the Zika virus, which they said is going...

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<![CDATA[Mom Donates 131 Gallons of Breast Milk After Baby Dies]]>Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:00:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_breastmilk0804_1500x845.jpg
An Omaha mother donates a record amount of breast milk to other mothers in need to honor her late son.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Vaccines Work in Monkeys, Boosting Hopes for People]]>Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:51:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
Three experimental Zika vaccines protected monkeys against infection from the virus, an encouraging sign as research moves into studies in people. The success in monkeys, which involved a traditional vaccine...

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<![CDATA[Bug Spray Companies Banking on Zika]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:44:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-585211752.jpg
Marketers know this is the time to pounce: The summer Olympics are about to start in Brazil, where the recent Zika epidemic started, and 14 mosquito-borne cases of Zika were identified recently in the Miami...

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<![CDATA[Prince George's Offering Free Immunizations]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:32:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/student+vaccinations.jpg
Prince George’s County Public Schools are pairing with the Maryland Partnership for Prevention and Kaiser Permanente to provide free immunizations in August.]]>
<![CDATA[33 US Service Members Contracted Zika Overseas: Pentagon]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 15:26:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
The Pentagon says 33 U.S. service members, including one who is pregnant, have contracted the Zika virus overseas, NBC News reported. Officials would not say where the service members were posted, but...

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<![CDATA[Airlines Offering Refunds Amid Zika Virus Warnings]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 21:54:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080216+reagan+airport+dca.jpg
As federal officials warn pregnant women to avoid travel to a part of Miami because of the spread of the Zika virus, some airlines are offering Zika-related refunds.

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<![CDATA[West Nile Virus Mosquito Pool Found in Maryland]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 20:09:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shore-mosquito-062013.jpg
Health and agriculture officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito pool in Prince George's County, Maryland, the first such pool found in the state this year.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks Recalls Stainless Steel Straw]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 07:28:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/recalled-starbucks-straw.jpg
Starbucks announced that it is recalling a stainless steel beverage straw for being too rigid and posing a risk of injury. The company received four reports of children getting cuts in their mouths while...]]>
<![CDATA[CDC's Efforts to Stop Zika in Miami]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:39:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says officials are finding it challenging to eradicate mosquitoes in a part of Miami where 15 people appear to have contracted the Zika virus.

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<![CDATA[Medical Benefits of Dental Floss Unproven]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 12:24:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FlossUnproven.jpg
It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there's little proof that flossing works. Still, the federal government, dental...

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<![CDATA[Family Shares Pain, Loss of Opioid, Heroin Addiction]]>Mon, 01 Aug 2016 23:51:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-08-01_1807.png
In the first of News4’s Addiction in America series, one Virginia family shared the pain and the price of how opioid and heroin addiction changed their lives forever.]]>
<![CDATA['Xtreme Eating' Awards: Unhealthiest Chain Meals in US]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:42:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-564988703.jpg
A Whole Hog Burger at Uno Pizzeria & Grill is no diet food. Loaded with hamburger, sausage, bacon, prosciutto, pepperoni, four types of cheese, garlic mayo, and pickles and a side of fries, it will set you back...

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<![CDATA[Puppy Swallows Rubber Duckies]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:49:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_duckdog0729_1920x1080.jpg
An Oklahoma puppy undergoes emergency surgery after swallowing several rubber duckies. [warning: graphic footage]

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<![CDATA[Girl, 1, to Get Life-Saving Surgery]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:18:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sandy+diaz+hospital.jpg
A 1-year-old Queens girl born with a giant life-threatening tumor on her face will undergo surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital this week to remove the huge mass, which, if left untreated, could cause the child...

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<![CDATA[Italian Study Has Good News About Pasta]]>Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:53:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080116+pasta.jpg
An Italian study brings good news for pasta lovers. The study says eating pasta may correlate with decreased chances of becoming obese. NBC4's Barbara Harrison spoke with dietitian Joy DuBost about why pasta is...

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<![CDATA[Flour Recall Prompts New Warning: Don't Eat Dough or Batter]]>Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:30:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16211613819132-stand-mixer-generic.jpg
The most basic of baking ingredients, flour, is at the center of a complicated question: How did it become contaminated with bacteria normally found in animal feces? The E. coli-tainted flour from General Mills...

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<![CDATA[4 Fla. Zika Cases Likely Came From Local Mosquitoes]]>Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:14:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015599682_1200x675_735078467632.jpg
Four Zika cases in Florida were likely transmitted by local mosquitoes, the state's Department of Health announced Friday. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[New Mobile Unit Saves Lives of Stroke Patients ]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:49:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MobileStroke0727_MP4-146971814986100001.jpg
A new mobile stroke unit in ambulances in Colorado is saving stroke patients' lives, allowing them to get treatment before arriving at the hospital.]]>
<![CDATA[Elephant Sedative Poses New Threat in Overdose Fight]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:48:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141481298.jpg
A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where...

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<![CDATA[4 Cases of Zika Reported in Florida Do Not Appear Travel Related, Authorities Say]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:00:10 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015583851_1200x675_734218307813.jpg
Authorities have said it is possible that mosquitoes in the United States could contract and spread Zika virus. Now, four cases of the virus have been reported in Florida, and those cases do not appear to...]]>
<![CDATA[Man Donates Kidney to Friend: Video]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:48:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/graham+kidney.jpg
Born with a rare disease and just days away from kidney failure, Fort Worth nurse Danny Kolzow is getting a lifeline from a longtime friend. Graham McMillan is donating one of his kidneys to Kolzow.

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<![CDATA[More Parents Taking Babies to Chiropractor for Care]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:48:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015565481_1200x675_733196355968.jpg
More parents have been taking their babies to chiropractors for care. Chiropractor Dr. Gregory Lee told News4's Angie Goff why parents bring their babies, what he treats them for and what his techniques...]]>
<![CDATA[Having Trouble Sleeping? Try These Tips]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:16:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015565415_1200x675_733194307918.jpg
Considering medication for your sleep troubles? Try changing your behavior before resorting to medication, psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner said. NBC4's Barbara Harrison spoke with Dr. Weiner about when you should]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Medical Marijuana ]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:01:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/91997111-marijuana-generic.jpg
The first shop that can legally sell medical marijuana in Florida opened at a strip mall in Tallahassee on Tuesday and Dallas Nagy became its first customer, buying cannabis capsules that he hopes will ease his...

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<![CDATA[FDA Reconsiders Gay Blood Ban]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:25:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blood+donation-539869134.jpg
Facing increased pressure from Democrats in Congress, the Food and Drug Administration began to officially reconsider its policy limiting blood donations from gay and bisexual men on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to Disease Discovery: Paper]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:11:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/today-ice-bucket-challenge-140715-06.blocks_desktop_medium.jpg
The ice bucket challenge became a phenomenon in the of summer 2014, and the boost in funding it brought about helped lead to a significant discovery in the study of the ALS disease, according to a paper...

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<![CDATA[Medical Camp Lets Northern VA Teens Explore Areas of Medicine]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:16:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Medical+Camp+Injecting+an+Orange.jpg
A northern Virginia hospital runs a two-day camp for high school students interested in medicine to explore the range of careers in that field. Students can learn how to do injections, how to run DNA tests...

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<![CDATA[FDA Strengthens Warning on Powerful Antibiotics]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:46:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-1170747.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration strengthened warnings on a class of antibiotics, calling it too strong to be used for sinus infections, bronchitis and simple urinary tract infections. Fluoroquinolones,...

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<![CDATA[Nurse Stabs Boy With Needle]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:02:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/needle-generic-edit.jpg
New Jersey officials say a nurse caught on videotape stabbing a boy with autism with a hypodermic needle to control his behavior has agreed to surrender her license during the investigation. Acting Attorney...

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<![CDATA[Girl Takes Cancer Fight to DC]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:27:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sadie+Keller.jpg
A North Texas girl is taking her cancer fight to Washington, D.C. Nine-year-old Sadie Keller is battling leukemia. For the last year NBC 5 has covered how she video-blogged her cancer treatment and raised more...

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<![CDATA[CDC Issues New Zika Recommendations]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:39:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015543372_1200x675_732026947528.jpg
As concerns about Zika virus rise, the CDC released new recommendations for doctors who are treating pregnant women. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA['Drunkorexia' Common Among College Students: Study]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:07:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BeerDrinking-GettyImages-144235968.jpg
Almost a third of college students say they’ve taken part in practices dubbed “drunkorexia,” according to a recent study, NBC News reported. That’s the name for behaviors such as skipping meals or heavy...

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<![CDATA[Lack of Sleep Can Cost You]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:57:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Woman+Yawning+shutterstock_367741853.jpg
With approximately one in three people suffering from insomnia, Americans spend billions of dollars each year in over-the-counter sleep medicines and treatments, but as Doreen Gentzler reports, that's not...

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<![CDATA[Butterfly Bash Against Rare Disease]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:48:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015506622_1200x675_730061379661.jpg
News4's Shomari Stone talked to a local family which is getting an entire community behind their fight against a rare developmental disorder.

<![CDATA[Fla. Mosquitoes Tested for Zika]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:22:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
Florida health officials are conducting tests in two possible non-travel related cases of Zika, either of which would be the first direct mosquito infection of the virus in the continental United States. The...

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<![CDATA[Surgery Successfully Cures Epileptic Patients]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:59:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_epilepsy0720_1920x1080.jpg
Doctors in Houston, Texas, are using a new procedure to eliminate seizures in many epilepsy patients. KPRC's Haley Hernandez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Stay Safe in Extreme Heat]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:49:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015493241_1200x675_728943683590.jpg
Gearing up for the extreme heat expected to hit the D.C. area over the weekend, News4's Wendy Rieger spoke with Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about...]]>
<![CDATA[Helping Teens With Autism Learn to Drive]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:42:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_driveautism0718_1920x1080.jpg
Researchers are working on ways to help autistic teens learn to drive. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Mystery: Caregiver Gets Virus From Man Who Died ]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:01:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
A Utah man who became the first person in the continental U.S. to die after being infected with the Zika virus passed it to a caregiver, creating a medical mystery about how it spread between them, health...

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<![CDATA[Talking to Your Children About Violence]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:20:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015454717_1200x675_726987843994.jpg
In the past two weeks, there have been four deadly shootings that have captured national media attention. It may be hard to process all that's happening, and it can really be difficult to talk to your children...]]>
<![CDATA[Which Medical Websites Are Legit?]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:00:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015442669_1200x675_726185539762.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler shares some medical websites you can trust.]]>
<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Sees Big Jump in Zika Cases]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:36:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
Puerto Rico government officials on Friday reported the biggest weekly rise in Zika cases that the U.S. territory has ever seen. Health Secretary Ana Rius said 1,336 new cases were reported in the past...

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<![CDATA[1st Woman-to-Man Zika Transmission]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:20:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg
The first documented case of the Zika virus transmitted by sexual contact from a woman to a man was reported in New York City, the Centers for Disease Control announced Friday.

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<![CDATA[Digest This: Heavy People May Die Up to 3 Years Early]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:33:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OBESITY_AP_16195512447159.jpg
Being too heavy may cost you your life — literally. Scientists say overweight people die one year earlier than expected and that moderately obese people die up to three years prematurely. Doctors have...

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<![CDATA[Questions to Ask Your Doctor]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:04:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015429649_1200x675_725509699561.jpg
Doctors go through years of medical school to become familiar with terms you may often hear in medical settings, but there are some questions you can ask to take better control of your care.]]>
<![CDATA[Can a Child's Own Cells Fight Type 1 Diabetes?]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:21:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Diabetes0713_MP4-146850629810200001.jpg
Doctors hope this first-of-its-kind clinical trial will lead to a cure for Type I Diabetes.]]>
<![CDATA[Most Drivers Admit to Road Rage]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:15:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/04-25-2014-generic-traffic-generic.jpg
Nearly eight of every 10 U.S. drivers admit expressing anger, aggression or road rage at least once in the previous year, according to a survey released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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<![CDATA[What to Know Before You Get a CT Scan]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:35:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ct+scan+image.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler reports on the potential troubles raised by CT scans.

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<![CDATA[State Lab to Test Va. Mosquitoes for Zika Virus]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:26:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/194*120/Mosquito_shutterstock_305437643.gif
Virginia’s State Laboratory will test mosquitoes for Zika virus at targeted areas across Virginia to prevent outbreaks, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced.

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<![CDATA[K2, Drug Linked to Mass NYC Overdose, Explained]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:13:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/185*120/AP_100215039023.jpg
Despite dire warnings about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, popularly known by names such as K2, Spice, Black Mamba and Kronic, they continue to grow in popularity, NBC News reports.

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<![CDATA[CDC's Tom Frieden Testifies at Zika Hearing]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:18:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg
The upcoming Olympic games are not likely to have a major impact on the spread of Zika virus, although four developing countries could face a substantially higher risk, according to a new government...

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<![CDATA[Could Gluten Affect Your Emotional Health?]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:50:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015409866_1200x675_724294723575.jpg
NBC4's Eun Yang talks to Dr. Joshua Weiner about the impacts of gluten on mental health.]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Prescribed Antibiotics Could Be Dangerous, Doctors Warn]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:55:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic+antibiotics+071216.jpg
Self-prescribed antibiotics for viruses, such as the common cold, can come with side effects that may do more harm to your body than good. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Mistakes Cause Up to 250K Deaths Per Year]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:34:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015387997_1200x675_723249731534.jpg
A recent study found medical errors cause up to 250,000 deaths each year in this country. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Placentae Can Bring New Life to Vision Treatments ]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:51:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-07-12-at-10.08.53-AM.jpg
“Think of it like a born again eye,” Dr. Chike Mordi from Vision Source in Houston, Texas says of a new treatment's ability to help regenerate eye tissue. With a placenta that meets stringent donor screening and...]]>
<![CDATA[Improving Lesbian Health With Focus on Wellness]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:03:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/LesbianHealth0711_MP4-146832830246300001.jpg
Lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of obesity, smoking and stress when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, but one University of Missouri researcher is working to change that.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Experts Give Up on Zika Funding From Congress]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:17:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Congress started its final week of the summer Monday but there was still no agreement on a legislation that would get the U.S. ready for a fight against the Zika virus, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[How to Keep Food Safe When Planning Your Picnic]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:04:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Picnic-Generic-Getty.jpg
One in six Americans contract a food-borne illness each year, the CDC says. NBC4's Barbara Harrison spoke with registered dietitian Joy DuBost about tips for keeping food safe to eat when grilling and packing...]]>
<![CDATA[Organ Transplants Have Come a Long Way But Hurdles Remain]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:39:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kidney_Transplant_CT.jpg
Transplants still require courage, but medical advances haven't just helped patients.

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<![CDATA[How to Talk to Children About Violence in the News]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 20:53:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015363865_1200x675_721603139879.jpg
Child psychiatrist Dr. Aeva Gaymon-Doomes offers suggestions about talking with children about violence in the news.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Death Reported in Utah, 1st in Continental US]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:30:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
Utah health officials say a resident infected with Zika has died, which they say marks the first death related to the mosquito-borne virus in the continental United States. Authorities said Friday the...

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<![CDATA[Music Therapist Makes Songs With Babies' Heartbeats]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:59:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16187733110359-music.jpg
A music therapist at a Michigan children's hospital has made dozens of unique recordings as a gift for patients' parents and other loved ones. Bridget Sova uses a specialized stethoscope recorder to capture the...

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<![CDATA[California Might Get a Gym Where You Can Smoke Marijuana]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:25:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/marijuanagym.jpg
A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working...]]>
<![CDATA[Billion Dollar Policy Proposed to Stem Opioid Epidemic ]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:30:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_heroin0706_1920x1080.jpg
The White House has asked Congress to approve more than a billion dollars in emergency funding to combat the nation's growing opioid addiction crisis. The Obama administration also announced that it's loosening...

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<![CDATA[More Second-Trimester Abortions Occurred Under Texas Law]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 06:31:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SupremeCourtTexasAbortion-AP_16179555843580.jpg
A preliminary review of statistics released by the Department of State Health Services in Texas shows a 27 percent increase in abortions after 12 weeks, NBC News reported. The numbers appear to oppose the 2013...

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<![CDATA[Taking Care of Your Skin During Summer]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:29:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baby-bath-eczema.jpg
News4's Pat Lawson Muse talks to Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about taking care of your skin during the summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Officials: 31 With Zika in Maryland]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:58:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that it's awarding the state $366,000 for Zika prevention.

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<![CDATA[Reducing Exposure to Carcinogens While Grilling]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:46:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015318415_1200x675_718777411716.jpg
Cancer-causing chemicals can form on meat when it's cooked at high temperatures, but the American Cancer Association has identified steps to reduce those chemicals. Registered dietitian Joy Dubost explains what...]]>
<![CDATA[NIH Funds Study of Zika Infections in US Olympic Athletes]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 13:04:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Researchers will study some U.S. athletes for Zika during the summer Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil, to better understand how the virus infects. The National Institutes of Health announced the study...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves 1st Dissolving Stent for US Patients]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:34:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Absorb+Stent+AP_16182654167353.jpg
A slowly dissolving medical implant for treating clogged arteries has won approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The agency approved the Absorb stent Tuesday for patients with coronary artery disease...

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<![CDATA[Zika Cases in the U.S.]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:38:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-carto-thumb.jpg
Using data from the CDC, this map tracks Zika cases by state.

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Widen Flour Recall After 4 More People Get Sick]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:16:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Flour-recall-General-Mills.jpg
Federal health officials on Friday widened an already big recall of flour after four more people got sick from food poisoning linked to the flour, NBC News reports. No one has died or developed the most...

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<![CDATA[Obama Says He Expects Congress to Move on Zika Virus]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:41:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg
About $25 million was dispensed by federal health officials Friday to help states at risk from Zika defend against its spread — cash taken from other programs because Congress has not approved fresh funding...

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<![CDATA[New Zika Studies Reveal Invisible Damage to Babies]]>Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:32:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg
Zika virus causes different types of brain damage in babies, not just microcephaly, according to two new reports. Brazilian researchers found as many as one in five babies born with brain damage caused by Zika...

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<![CDATA[A Little Butter Won't Kill You, Study Says]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:35:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/175635030-butter-generic.jpg
A little butter isn't going to kill anyone, but it's not a health food, nutrition experts said in a study released Wednesday. "I would say butter is neither good nor bad," Laura Pimpin of the Friedman School of...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Adding Chorizo to Menu]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:07:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cihpotle.png
Chipotle is adding chorizo to its menu in yet another move intended to get people back in stores following an E. coli outbreak last year. The chain says the topping will be available in select cities including...

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<![CDATA[Water Systems Failing to Test for Lead]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:02:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/223*120/lead-faucet.jpg
The Natural Resources Defense Council reports more than 18 million Americans got their drinking water from systems with lead violations in 2015.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Asks for New Studies on How Hand Sanitizers Work]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:21:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handsanitizer.jpg
Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use. The Food and...

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<![CDATA[Biden Hosts Cancer 'Moonshot Summit' to Spur Research]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:43:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/543608926-joe-biden-cancer-moonshot-summit.jpg
Vice President Joe Biden is trying to give efforts to cure cancer a jolt during a summit in Washington that's shining a spotlight on innovative trials taking place across the country.

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<![CDATA[Protect Your Family From Mosquitoes]]>Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:11:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika12.jpg
With the Zika virus on consumers’ minds, mosquito-spraying companies are inundating the Washington, D.C., area with flyers and ads, but experts say there’s not much to go on to determine how effective they are.]]>
<![CDATA[Fireworks Season Can Trigger PTSD for Veterans]]>Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:51:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/fireworks-generic.jpg
While fireworks don't trigger PTSD for all soldiers or veterans, it seems to be a more common occurrence in recent years.

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<![CDATA[Whitewater Park Closes After Deadly Amoeba Kills Teen]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:01:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/USWhitewaterCenter-.jpg
Health officials found a brain-destroying amoeba in the water at a North Carolina water park, which suspended operations Friday, NBC News reported. Officials found evidence of the microbe, and shut down...

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day]]>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:55:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DanielFranzese-GettyImages-533405824.jpg
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested. The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at...

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<![CDATA[FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine Doesn't Work: Experts]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:34:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FluMistSpray-AP_16174566973522.jpg
Experts area saying the needle-free FluMist influenza vaccine has not protected against flu for years and should not be used this coming flu season, NBC News reported. The decision could nerve pediatricians...

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