<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:18:12 -0500 Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:18:12 -0500 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Brazil's Zika-Related Abortion Debate Sparks Backlash]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:54:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AbortionBrazilZika-AP_916583193082.jpg
Alarm in recent months over the Zika virus, which many researchers believe can cause microcephaly in the fetuses of pregnant women, has prompted calls, both inside and outside Brazil, to loosen a near-ban...

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<![CDATA[WHO Reports Rise of Disorder in Zika Outbreak]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:42:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GuillainBarre-AP_784892874676.jpg
A rare neurological disorder is on the rise in several Latin American countries that are also seeing an outbreak of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said Saturday. The U.N.

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<![CDATA[Troops Across Brazil Battle Zika Mosquitoes]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:27:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BrazilZika-AP_18923618803.jpg
More than 200,000 army, navy and air force troops are fanning out across Brazil to show people how to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus, which many health officials believe...

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:26:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20140430+ChangingMinds2.jpg
For the next year, NBC4 will shine a light on mental health and mental illness by providing education, information and hope.]]>
<![CDATA[Resources Available for Mental Health First Aid]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:28:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/02122016_changingminds.jpg
Nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffers from a mental illness every year. Learn about how you can support those in a crisis.]]>
<![CDATA[Q&A: Staying Fit Without Getting Frostbite]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:45:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/021216_jonasvolleyball.jpg
With more harsh weather on the way, is it safe to exercise in these tundra-like conditions? Read our Q&A to find out how you can best prepare for the cold week ahead.

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<![CDATA[How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex Abuse]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:43:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013663375_1200x675_621399107556.jpg
Find out how to talk to your kids if they face sex abuse from licensed clinical social worker Jennifer Alvaro.]]>
<![CDATA[MD Lab Working to Eradicate Zika Virus in Brazil]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:06:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013663492_1200x675_621433411558.jpg
A Rockville, Maryland, company called GenArraytion is working to eradicate the Zika virus in time for the Olympics this summer in Rio. "If you consider this a flood, we're trying to turn off the spigot.]]>
<![CDATA[Congress Hoping for Legislation to Fight Zika]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:35:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaVaccine-AP_277080321305.jpg
Congressional leaders hope to move on legislation to increase funding to fight the Zika virus, NBC News reported. President Obama requested $1.8 billion from Congress on Monday to speed up research on...

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<![CDATA[Some Good News for Dementia: Rates Might be Going Down]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:52:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DEMENT_GettyImages-472947990.jpg
Researchers have found a small piece of good news for people at high risk of some kinds of dementia: it might be possible to delay it or even prevent it. They found falling rates of vascular dementia in...

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<![CDATA[Dr. Anthony Fauci on Fighting the Zika Virus]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:53:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013649214_1200x675_620625475547.jpg
FULL INTERVIEW: Dr. Anthony Fauci, noted virus researcher and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, sat down with News4's Doreen Gentzler to discuss the worldwide fight...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Found in Fetus With Birth Defects]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:26:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaLab-GettyImages-506977656.jpg
Doctors have found the Zika virus in the brain of a fetus with severe microcephaly, which may help experts understand the relationship between the virus and how it affects developing babies, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Allergies and Cold Weather]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:55:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013648505_1200x675_620606019579.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains that winter and cold can cause allergic reactions.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Will Spread Like Chikungunya: CDC]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:44:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking towards a virus in Puerto Rico to track how Zika may spread, NBC News reported. The CDC says Zika is spreading the same way as chikungunya, a...

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<![CDATA[Inflammation Could Be Factor in Depression]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:50:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013644240_1200x675_620366403542.jpg
Inflammation in the body could be a factor contributing to depression in some people. Dr. Joshua Weiner shares tips on how to cut down inflammation.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Vaccine in Development]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:49:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013633685_1200x675_619721283657.jpg
Doreen Gentzler spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases about the development of a vaccine to fight the Zika virus.]]>
<![CDATA[Chipotle: Sick Workers, Stay Home]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:03:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-487798478.jpg
Chipotle repeatedly told employees they need to stay home if they feel sick and the restaurant chain kept all its U.S. locations shuttered early Monday as executives went over new food safety procedures. The...

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<![CDATA[Robot-Assisted Back Surgery Saves Recovery Time]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:55:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013619851_1200x675_619035715654.jpg
A revolutionary way of tackling back surgery is cutting down significantly on recovery time. Doreen Gentzler caught up with one of the doctors using the technology at the Reston Hospital Center.]]>
<![CDATA[US Athletes Worried About Zika Told to Skip Rio: Report]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:17:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/zika-GettyImages-506962162.jpg
The United States Olympic Committee told U.S. sports federations on a January conference call that athletes and staff worried about contracting the Zika virus should consider not going to the 2016 Rio Olympics...

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<![CDATA[NY to Ban Conversion Therapy]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:10:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/176*120/2616cuomo.jpg
New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining other states that have acted against what's known as gay...

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<![CDATA[Kids Can Get Free Dental Care Friday]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:14:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_146378675.jpg
Kids can get free dental care Friday at Kids Smiles, a nonprofit dental center in Southeast D.C., for Give Kids a Smile Day.

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<![CDATA[Zika Scare Reopens Abortion Debate in Brazil]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:51:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BrazilPregnantZika-AP_757089715997.jpg
Fears over the Zika virus are reopening the debate over abortion in Brazil, where the procedure is illegal under most cases, NBC News reported. Brazilian bishops opposed a petition seeking to expand abortion...

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<![CDATA[CDC Issues Updated Zika Guidelines ]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/175*120/TLMD-Microcefalia-GettyImages-507089272.jpg
A Brazilian health official warned pregnant women to think twice before giving a kiss as global measures mounted Friday against the Zika virus suspected of a link to birth defects.

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<![CDATA[Company Testing Diabetes Cure]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:27:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Diabetes+cure+web+img-PIC_0.jpg
A San Diego biotech company believes it has found a possible cure for Type 1 diabetes. The La Jolla-based company, ViaCyte, in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson, is testing a stem cell treatment to cure those...

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<![CDATA[Obamacare Posts Respectable Sign-Up Season]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:33:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-AP_30213472209.jpg
Still facing political jeopardy, President Barack Obama's health care law beat expectations by earning solid sign-ups this year, according to figures released Thursday by the administration. About 12.7 million...

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<![CDATA[Brazil Health Officials Confirm Zika Spread Via Transfusion]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:37:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BoodTransfusion-GettyImages-151048640.jpg
Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top of...

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Among 3 Zika Cases Confirmed in DC]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:36:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/zika-GettyImages-506975094.jpg
A pregnant woman is one of the three confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the District of Columbia, according to the Department of Health.

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<![CDATA[First Zika Virus Patient in Virginia Speaks]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:01:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020316+zika+heather+baker.jpg
Longtime missionary Heather Baker was confirmed last week to have contracted the virus.

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<![CDATA[CDC's Warning for Women About Alcohol Sparks Backlash]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:17:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/beer+drinking+generic.jpg
A warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meant to caution women about the risks of drinking and pregnancy has set off a firestorm of outrage, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Johnson & Johnson, ViaCyte Testing Possible Diabetes Cure]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:44:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TLMD-diabetes-generico-video-VOD-NBC.JPG
Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening...

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<![CDATA[Tx. Birth Control Falls]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:28:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic+pregnant+generic.jpeg
A study found that Texas saw a drop in women obtaining long-acting birth control after Republican leaders booted Planned Parenthood from a state women's health program in 2013, which researchers said may explain...

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<![CDATA[Few Zika Samples Being Shared by Brazil: Officials]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 23:37:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-507329998-zika-virus.jpg
U.N. and U.S. health officials tell The Associated Press that Brazil has yet to share enough samples and disease data needed to answer the most worrying question about the Zika outbreak: whether the virus...

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<![CDATA[Experts Left With More Questions About Zika ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:00:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaLab-GettyImages-506977656.jpg
For decades, the Zika virus has seemed harmless. But with more birth defects in Brazil and the possibility of transmission through sexual contact, health experts are now trying to answer more questions about the...

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<![CDATA[Former Raiders QB Ken Stabler Had Brain Disease CTE ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:34:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/206*120/AP_665621873476.jpg
Boston researchers say former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler had the brain disease CTE. Boston University confirmed the diagnosis Wednesday after it was first reported in the New York Times. Stabler...

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<![CDATA[New Study: Long-Term Pot Use Linked to Poor Verbal Memory]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:08:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-02-03_1306.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses a new study that followed 3,500 people from young adulthood until their middle ages. The study found that long-term pot use is linked to a small decline in verbal memory, although it...]]>
<![CDATA[Congress: Drugmakers Planned Price Hikes to Boost Profits]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:12:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_728170351129.jpg
Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart disease, AIDS and cancer, according...

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<![CDATA[1st Zika Case Transmitted in U.S.]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:11:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika+virus2.jpg
The first person in Dallas County has been infected with the Zika virus without traveling outside the U.S., becoming the first person to acquire the virus in the country, according to the Centers for Disease...

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<![CDATA['I Could Feel Him There': Mom Listens to Son's Donated Heart Beat ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:50:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/221*120/Screen-Shot-2016-02-03-at-8.48.46-AM.jpg
Three years after her 7-month-old son Lukas tragically died, Heather Clark was able to hear his donated heart beat once again inside a little girl. Holding a stethoscope to 4-year-old Jordan Drake's chest, the...

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<![CDATA[Need to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:27:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The spread of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in a birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven, and have labeled...

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:23:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP_88799403079.jpg
The spreading of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in a birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven, and have labeled...

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<![CDATA[Drugmaker Launches Effort for Zika Vaccine ]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:26:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_74989493296-zika-needle.jpg
Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur said Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive...

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<![CDATA[WHO Declares Zika Virus Global Emergency]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:33:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_256601441416.jpg
The World Health Organization declared an international emergency on Monday over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it is an...

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<![CDATA[Prozac for Down Syndrome Babies]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 08:51:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prozac-GettyImages-169371347.jpg
A University of Texas Southwestern study will see if giving unborn babies with Down syndrome Prozac in the womb will help improve brain functioning. Dr. Carol Tamminga, who is leading the study at UTSW,...

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<![CDATA[Va. College Student Contracts Zika Virus]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:54:40 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika+virus2.jpg
University officials in Virginia say a College of William and Mary student contracted the Zika virus while traveling in Central America over winter break.

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<![CDATA[Last Chance for DC Residents to Get Health Insurance]]> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:19:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-03.jpg
DC Health Link is crisscrossing the city in a marathon enrollment relay to make sure residents are enrolled in affordable quality health insurance.

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<![CDATA[Concern About Spread of Zika Virus Grows in U.S.]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:44:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013499759_1200x675_610967619911.jpg
A Virginia resident recently tested positive for the Zika virus, which is becoming a concern in the United States. Doreen Gentzler has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Has Zika: NYC]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:01:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_256601441416.jpg
A pregnant woman was diagnosed with Zika virus after visiting a country stricken with the mosquito-borne illness that may cause birth defects, New York City health officials say.

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<![CDATA['Silent Killer': Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:23:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/012516_A_coproblems1JH_70.jpg
At least six people died from carbon monoxide poisoning since a massive snowstorm swept through the East Coast last week. The deaths included 23-year-old Sasha Bonilla, a New Jersey mother, and her 1-year...

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<![CDATA[WHO: Zika Virus Is 'Spreading Explosively' in Americas]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:30:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_191300382996-%281%29.jpg
Declaring that the Zika virus is "spreading explosively," the World Health Organization announced it will hold an emergency meeting of independent experts Monday to decide if the outbreak should be declared...

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Unwrapped: Everything You Need to Know]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:23:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/01272016_zikabiologist.jpg
It's winter, so why should I be worried about a mosquito-borne virus? Read our Q&A to get the scope on Zika.

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<![CDATA[Brazil Revises Birth Defect Count in Zika Investigation]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:01:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika+virus1.jpg
Brazil’s Health Ministry reported fewer confirmed cases of a rare brain defect that may be tied to the Zika virus, NBC News reported. In new figures released Wednesday, only 270 of 4,180 suspected cases...]]>
<![CDATA[Federal Pain Panel Rife With Links to Big Pharma]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:53:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_201601271555460000.jpg
A federal panel that has recently criticized efforts to cut back on painkiller prescriptions is studded with members who have financial ties to drug companies. Nearly a third of members on the Interagency...

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<![CDATA[Health Care Fines Press Millennials as Deadline Nears]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:31:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/AP_847434600895.jpg
Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don't need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law. Fines for being...

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<![CDATA[Airlines Offering Refunds Over Zika]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:29:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TLMD-american-airlines-shutterstock-st.jpg
Delta Airlines has joined two other major U.S. airlines in offering refunds to passengers worried about the Zika virus outbreak in many tropical countries. Customers with current reservations through Delta, who...

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Spreads to 20 Latin American Countries]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:49:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaBrazil-AP_324390883298.jpg
The Zika virus has now spread to 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, NBC News reported. The virus is now spreading locally in Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana...

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<![CDATA[Tips for Dealing With Cold, Snow]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:58:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013375542_1200x675_605369923768.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, shares a list of things to remember as we deal with the cold and the snow.]]>
<![CDATA[4 Tips for Shoveling Your Snow Properly]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:33:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496695358.jpg
Storm Team4 is anticipating a major snow event at the end of the week -- which means you'll need to be ready to shovel your sidewalks. Here's some tips on how to remove the snow from your property.

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<![CDATA[Senators Ask WH to 'Spearhead' Study of Crumb Rubber Turf]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:55:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Crumb_Rubber_Turf.jpg
Two senators have asked President Barack Obama to launch a "comprehensive" study into the potential health risks posed by "crumb rubber" turf, a surface made of recycled tires used on playgrounds and athletic...

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<![CDATA[HPV Raises Risk of Head & Neck Cancers: Study]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:17:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HPVVaccine-AP_701393247962.jpg
The human papillomavirus (HPV) increases the chances of head and neck cancer by at least seven times, according to a new study, NBC News reported. The study, conducted by researchers at Albert Einstein College...

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<![CDATA[2 Positive Zika Tests in Ill.]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:43:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Zika-Mosquitoes-AP_100665838820.jpg
Two pregnant Illinois residents have tested positive for the Zika virus, prompting a warning from the Illinois Department of Public Health for anyone traveling abroad. The two women recently traveled to...

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<![CDATA[Tips to Stay Safe, Warm in Cold Weather]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:09:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013361877_1200x675_604618307664.jpg
Doreen Gentzler has some tips on how to stay warm and safe in the cold weather.]]>
<![CDATA[Trader Joe's Recalls Raw Cashew Pieces]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:41:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/raw-cashew-pieces-trader-joes.jpg
Grocery chain Trader Joe's has recalled its raw cashew pieces over the possibility that one lot of the product could be contaminated with Salmonella. While no sicknesses have been reported, the chain is urging...

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<![CDATA[Man Skydives for 100th Birthday]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:39:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/100+yrold.PNG
Glenn Quillin celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday, but he didn’t do it with cake and streamers. Instead he streamed across the sky by jumping out of a plane for the fire time. “It was awesome, it...

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<![CDATA['Marathon Goddess' Runs for Cancer Awareness]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:38:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/198*120/marathon+goddess.JPG
A Southern California woman known as the "Marathon Goddess" is on a mission to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer the only way she knows how: by running. Julie Weiss has run 99 marathons in her life...

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<![CDATA[Flu Epidemic Could Lead to Rationing of Ventilators]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:54:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
Maryland's attorney general has issued an opinion that found that the governor has the authority to ration life-saving ventilators if a flu epidemic ever hit Maryland.

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<![CDATA[New Procedure for Treating Torn ACLs]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:54:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dr+Wiemi+Douoguih.jpg
Doreen Gentzler has details on a new procedure to treat ACL tears.

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<![CDATA[Touring DEA Exhibit Arrives in Leesburg]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:50:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013326451_1200x675_602784323518.jpg
The Loudoun County sheriff tells Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver a traveling DEA exhibit shows the cost and consequences of drug use.]]>
<![CDATA[Patient Forges Friendship by Posting Adele Lyrics at Hospital]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:02:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AdelePhoto.jpg
Cystic fibrosis patient posts "Hello" lyrics in hospital window, starting a friendship with workers across the street.]]>
<![CDATA[1 Brain-Dead, 5 Hospitalized in France Clinical Trial]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:52:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_118589362326.jpg
A clinical trial in France left one volunteer brain-dead and five others hospitalized, French officials said Friday, NBC News reported. All volunteers participating in the trial at the privately-licensed...

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<![CDATA[Cruise Ship Illness Less Common]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:30:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/celebrity+infinity+cruise+ship+norovirus.jpg
Health officials say cruise ship passengers are getting sick with a stomach bug less often. About 20 outbreaks are reported each year on ships that dock at U.S. ports, on average. Many draw media coverage. But

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<![CDATA[Officials Consider Travel Warning as Zika Virus Spreads]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:43:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaVirus-AP_454991380590.jpg
U.S. health officials are considering a travel warning about a virus spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean that experts say could cause a catastrophic birth defect, NBC News reported. "We are in the...

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<![CDATA[Free Hands-Only CPR Classes in D.C.]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:00:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CPR+bowser.jpg
Over 3,700 people around Washington, D.C., have been trained in hands-only CPR, and the District hopes to train even more.]]>
<![CDATA[Time Right for Obama's Ambitious Cancer 'Moonshot': Experts]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:02:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/JoeBidenCancer-AP_865714559233.jpg
Cancer experts are applauding President Barack Obama’s ambitious “moonshot” to cure the disease, saying it’s a good time to do it. Obama announced the initiative Tuesday night during his State of the Union...

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<![CDATA[20 Tips to Cope When It's Ridiculously Cold]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:30:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_162996170.jpg
Cold weather is blasting the D.C. area this week. Here's how you can keep safe and warm.
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<![CDATA[Will Obama's Proposed Changes for Mental Health Work?]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:11:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-01-13_1410.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner offers insight on Obama's proposal to allocate $500 million for mental healthcare. He says two of the biggest challegnes is the shortage of mental healthcare professionals and how insurance...]]>
<![CDATA[Perrigo Recalls Children's Cough Syrup Over Overdose Risk]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:08:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Coughrecall.jpg
Perrigo Company said Monday it's recalling two flavors of its children's liquid cough medicine because of a potential overdose risk. The recall includes two batches of children's guaifenesin grape liquid...

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<![CDATA[Texas Traveler Diagnosed with Zika Virus: CDC]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:11:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mosquito-AP_334068230276.jpg
A traveler in Houston has been diagnosed with a little-known mosquito-borne virus after returning from a trip to Latin America, health officials say. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

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<![CDATA[NBC4 Expo Is Only Beginning to a Healthier You]]> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:55:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/01102016_expocpr.jpg
Day two of the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo was just as exciting and educational as the first!]]>
<![CDATA[Olympian Talks Mental Health at NBC4 Expo]]> Sat, 09 Jan 2016 20:38:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160104+Suzy+Favor+Hamilton.jpg
Olympian and best-selling author Suzy Favor Hamilton opened up about her struggle with mental illness at NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo.]]>
<![CDATA[Health & Fitness Expo Photos]]> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:39:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/267*120/77ad1dbd09c947e6b3c8f89a3fc037f0.jpg
Take a look at the photos from the 2016 Health & Fitness Expo and share your own by tweeting @nbcwashington or emailing isee@nbcwashington.com.]]>
<![CDATA[NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo: Big Fun on Day One]]> Sat, 09 Jan 2016 20:37:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/healthexpodayone.jpg
The first day of the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo was both informative and fun!

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<![CDATA[Learning More About Health, Getting Screened at the Expo]]> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 23:28:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160110+Sleep+Forum.jpg
The NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo was more than just a weekend of fun and fitness. Exhibitors, speakers and clinicians increased awareness about health and offered screenings and trainings.]]>
<![CDATA[Help Clear the Shelters at the Health & Fitness Expo]]> Sat, 09 Jan 2016 10:40:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013246727_1200x675_599048771557.jpg
Considering getting a pet? The Washington Humane Society is at the Health & Fitness Expo helping clear the shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton Shares Her Story at the Healthy Book Festival]]> Sat, 09 Jan 2016 10:39:40 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013246722_1200x675_599046211836.jpg
Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton joins Doreen Gentzler at the Healthy Book Festival to share her story about mental health.]]>
<![CDATA[NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo Opens at Convention Center]]> Sat, 09 Jan 2016 09:52:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013246661_1200x675_599042627515.jpg
Head over to the Washington Convention Center for the 23rd annual NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.]]>
<![CDATA[Visit the 2016 NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo!]]> Fri, 08 Jan 2016 23:27:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150105ExpoStormTeam4.jpg
<![CDATA[Take Advantage of Free Screenings at the Health & Fitness Expo]]>