<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:01:06 -0500 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:01:06 -0500 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Flu Widespread in 29 States, CDC Says]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:57:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/89023924.jpg
This year's flu season is striking earlier than last year's, with the virus already widespread in 29 of the 54 U.S. states and territories, the CDC said Friday, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked to 5 Deaths]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:06:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/155224562.jpg
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples after they were linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The CDC says it knows of 28 cases in which people...

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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[Dates Set for 2015 Health and Fitness Expo!]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:40:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140627+Expo+Overview2.jpg
We're excited to announce the 2015 NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo will be held Jan. 10 and 11. And we're expanding to focus on an important aspect of health: mental health.]]>
<![CDATA[ Man Suffers Traumatic Injuries in Bikeshare Crash]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:09:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008881400_1200x675_374882883705.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler spoke with a D.C. man who was struck by a car while riding a Capital Bikeshare bike on H Street NE. He wasn't wearing a helmet and nearly lost his life.]]>
<![CDATA[Finding Help for Postpartum Depression]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:44:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic+pregnant+generic.jpeg
News4's Angie Goff shows a new way women around Washington can get help for postpartum depression. Find local and affordable Care. DMV PMH Resource Guide http://www.dmvpmhresourceguide.com/ Postpartum Support...]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Staying Healthy During the Holidays]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:28:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/misteltoe.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, shares some tips for staying healthy during the holidays.]]>
<![CDATA[Va. Awarded $2.6 Million Health Care Grant]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:57:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stethescope+generic.jpg
Virginia has been awarded a $2.6 million federal grant to develop new statewide health care models.

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<![CDATA[E-Cigs Surpass Regular Cigs in Teen Use: Survey]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:58:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/184769106.jpg
Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds, The Associated Press reported. Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to...

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<![CDATA[How Oxygenated Facials Work]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:31:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008848381_1200x675_373295683642.jpg
Oxygenated facials are popular right now, with the goal to make skin look more plumped-up and glowy. But what are they -- and do they really work? Dr. Cheryl Burgess has the answers.]]>
<![CDATA[Mindfulness: Learning to Stop the Stress]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:27:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/Yoga+Generic+543564363.jpg
A group of students and their teachers are using a method that's hundreds of years old to tune out stress. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Nurse Exposed to Ebola to Be Admitted to NIH]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:04:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NIH+sign+bethesda.jpg
An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone is being admitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

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<![CDATA[Chemical in Food Packaging Linked With Lower IQ in Kids]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:31:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/484192249.jpg
Children whose mothers had highest levels of certain chemicals in their bodies while pregnant had noticeably lower IQs at age 7, researchers said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[How to Cope With Commuting Stress]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:08:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GETTY-GENERIC-TRAFFIC.gif
Are you a calm, cool commuter? Or do you get frenzied and frantic? Most of us don’t handle traffic well, and that could be dangerous for your body and mind. As part of our series on Changing Minds, News4...

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<![CDATA[Overcoming Stress This Holiday Season]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:44:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008788004_1200x675_369896003596.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner shares tips on how to deal with holiday stress this season.]]>
<![CDATA[Md. Emphasizes Need to Re-Enroll in Health Plans]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:56:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg
Maryland officials say about a quarter of people who need to re-enroll in the state's health insurance marketplace to get their correct subsidies by Jan. 1 have done so.

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<![CDATA[Common Chemical Linked to Higher Blood Pressure]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:10:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blood-Pressure-Test.jpg
The chemical BPA, an ingredient in plastics often used in food containers and beverage can linings, might temporarily raise people's blood pressure, a Korean research team announced Monday.

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<![CDATA[Billionaire Paul Allen Pledges $100M for Cell Science]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:30:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Paul-Allen.jpg
Software billionaire Paul Allen says he's committed $100 million to create a new institute to study human cell biology.

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<![CDATA[Panel: Those With Disabilities Should Train Police]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 13:53:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/robert-saylor.jpg
A Maryland commission formed in response to the in-custody death of a man with Down syndrome says the state should create a center in his name where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities would...

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<![CDATA[Unproven Stem Cell Treatment Faces Controversy]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:14:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/510008357.jpg
An NBC News investigation found that some patients are turning to a controversial stem cell therapy that many experts say has no proven benefit.

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<![CDATA[Yoga Moves to Soothe "Texting Neck"]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:30:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008742485_1200x675_367819331958.jpg
A new study found that hunching over to use your smartphone puts a lot of stress on your neck and spine. Kim Weeks shares some yoga moves to reverse the problem.]]>
<![CDATA[Howard County Repeals Sugar Beverage Ban]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:54:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/soda+liters+.jpg
Howard County has repealed a ban on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages on county property and at county-sponsored events.

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<![CDATA[Va. Man Makes Remarkable Recovery From Rugby Injury]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:27:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Gary+Coetzee.jpg
A year after a rugby injury threatened to leave him a quadriplegic, a northern Virginia man is pulling off a remarkable recovery.]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Seasonal Depression]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:18:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008716688_1200x675_366721091668.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains who is affected most by seasonal depression and why.]]>
<![CDATA[8 Percent of Americans Depressed, Few Treated: Study]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:45:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/470621689.jpg
Nearly eight percent of Americans have depression, but only about a third of those are receiving treatment for it, according to a major federal survey, Today.com reported.

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: Is it Shyness or Something More?]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:08:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008713846_1200x675_366609475664.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner stops by to talk more about Social Anxiety Disorder, a person's excessive fear of social situations.]]>
<![CDATA[Hershey Considers Replacing Corn Syrup With Sugar]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 07:41:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0722-HERSHEY-BAR-large570.jpg
Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar. Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co., told The Associated Press the company uses a...

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<![CDATA[Justices Weigh UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:02:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2014-12-03_0518_001.png
The Supreme Court is taking up a pregnancy discrimination case with the potential to affect many American women who continue to work throughout their pregnancies.

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<![CDATA[4 D.C.-Area Hospitals Designated for Ebola Care]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:52:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NIH+sign+bethesda.jpg
Health officials have designated four D.C.-area hospitals as Ebola treatment centers.

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<![CDATA[What You Need To Know: Holiday Season Allergies]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 12:43:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008701104_1200x675_366084675759.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess reveals allergic reactions caused by pine trees, pointsettias and certain fragrances that can irritate the skin.]]>
<![CDATA[Drug Overdose Deaths in U.S. Double: CDC]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:16:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/185590966.jpg
Drug overdose deaths more than doubled over the past decade, U.S. health officials announced in a report released Tuesday. Heroin-related deaths, in particular, more than tripled.

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<![CDATA[Circumcision Benefits Outweigh the Risks, CDC Says]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:27:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/151049859.jpg
U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done despite opposition from advocates who decry...

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<![CDATA[Too Many Infants Still Sleep With Blankets: Study]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 08:54:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/tlmd_baby_sleeping_bebe_durmiendo_shutterstock_115886197.jpg
Too many U.S. infants sleep with blankets, pillows or other unsafe bedding that may lead to suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome, despite guidelines recommending against the practice.

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<![CDATA[Md. Woman With Alzheimer's Fights to Remember]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:54:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bonnita+Spikes.jpg
Imagine how you'd prepare for Thanksgiving if there was a good chance it'd be the last one you remember. News4’s Pat Lawson Muse shows how a woman with Alzheimer’s is fighting to remember.

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<![CDATA[Advancements in Hair Regrowth]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:10:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008635458_1200x675_363983939730.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess discusses two advancements in the field of dermatology that could make a difference in your life: hair regrowth advancements and how to make pores appear smaller.]]>
<![CDATA[Difficulty Making Appointments With Psychiatrists]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:28:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008626536_1200x675_363163715510.jpg
The toughest part about mental illness can be recognizing and admitting you have one in the first place, but getting the help you need can be even harder. Doreen Gentzler takes a look at how difficult...]]>
<![CDATA[3-D Printing Gives Chance to Little Girl Born With Heart Defect ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:31:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/195*120/11-24-14_Heart-Defect-Surgery-Hensel.JPG
Esther Perez was born with heart defects that could have taken her young life, but thanks to a series of breakthrough procedures at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the now-14-month-old little girl is...]]>
<![CDATA[From Pizza to Popcorn, Calorie Counts Headed for Menus ]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:42:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Movie-popcorn-45743.jpg
Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn...

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<![CDATA[FDA Warns Against Device It Says Can Spread Cancer in Women]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:07:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-03.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration warned Monday women getting fibroids removed should not be treated using devices called morcellators, which can possibly spread cancer in a woman's body.

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<![CDATA[U.Md. Administers Experimental Ebola Vaccine to 20 Volunteers]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:15:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/6PW_VO_EBOLA_MEETING_KNSD4HOQ_1200x675_313738307967.jpg
The University of Maryland School of Medicine says it has administered an experimental Ebola vaccine to 20 volunteers in Baltimore.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Chronic Migraines Solved With Surprising Method]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:38:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008593160_1200x675_361617987805.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler spoke with a 28-year-old woman whose chronic migraines wouldn't go away, until she sought therapy.]]>
<![CDATA[Thigh Gap: The Downside of a Rising Beauty Trend]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:16:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008598653_1200x675_361815107708.jpg
Dr. Steven Hopping of the Center for Cosmetic Surgery discusses how the latest beauty trend may be dangerous as well as temporary.]]>
<![CDATA[Carroll Co. Launches Team to Help Those With Mental Illness]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:14:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_174568109.jpg
Training includes recognizing various disorders and adopting a patient approach to avoid escalating the situation. The goal is to connect troubled subjects to appropriate mental health services before their...

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<![CDATA[Students Walk Out of Class Over TB Concerns]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:45:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tuberculosis1.jpg
Tuberculosis concerns at a Prince George's County high school prompted some parents to pull their children out of class Thursday while health officials tried to calm their fears.

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<![CDATA[CDC Investigates Potential Cluster Suicides in Fairfax Co.]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:05:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CDC-generic.jpg
The tragic deaths of three girls in Fairfax County prompted federal health officials to get involved. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[1 Year Later: Deeds Tragedy Could Transform Mental Health Care]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:35:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP412035767346.jpg
It's been a year since Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds lost his only son following a devastating attack that not only changed the state senator's physical appearance, but also his mission in life.

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<![CDATA[Sleep to Improve Exercise Performance]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:30:57 -0500
Dr. Joshua Weiner has more on a new study that suggests sleep could possibly allow you to run faster, longer and further.]]>
<![CDATA[Virginia's Changing Mental Health Laws]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:27:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008574946_1200x675_360950339832.jpg
State Sen. Creigh Deeds' son attacked Deeds and then took his own life. A year later, Deeds is leading the way to transform the ways Virginia can help those with mental illness.]]>
<![CDATA[Afterlife Advocacy: New Brittany Maynard Video Calls For Action]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:08:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP320784144588.jpg
Right-to-die advocates released a video Wednesday on what would have been Brittany Maynard's 30th birthday, in which the late newlywed urges Americans to join a grassroots campaign to pass death-with-dignity...

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<![CDATA[CDC Shelves Controversial Workplace Obesity Website]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:21:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/weight-scale-generic.jpg
The CDC has taken down a much-criticized website that offered an "obesity cost calculator" to help American employers tally financial losses linked to overweight employees, an agency spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[New Advances That Minimizes Cellulite]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:23:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008557607_1200x675_360324675710.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess shares two new advances that will help sculpt the body and get rid of unwanted cellulite.]]>
<![CDATA[How Maryland Surgeon Was Treated for Ebola]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:08:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008549555_1200x675_360008259659.jpg
Doreen Gentzler explains why Dr. Martin Salia didn't survive Ebola.]]>
<![CDATA[When Holiday Blues Are More Than Just "Blues"]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:55:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008544590_1200x675_359803459630.jpg
As a part of our Changing Minds campaign, Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses the signs and symptoms of depression.]]>
<![CDATA[Is the Affordable Care Act Working?]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:32:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008544504_1200x675_359802947606.jpg
NBC political writer Carrie Dann says the answer depends on whom you're asking.]]>
<![CDATA[Md. Surgeon Who Contracted Ebola Has Died]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:25:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dr+Martin+Salia.jpg
A Maryland surgeon who was flown to the United States after contracting the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has died, the Nebraska Medical Center announced Monday.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Stigma: Why Lung Cancer Is Killing More Nonsmokers]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:06:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sb10067350d-001.jpg
Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate, colon, and pancreatic cancers combined, but because it carries the stigma of smoking, experts say that it is often overlooked in non-smoking patients, despite...

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know: Affordable Care Act]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:41:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008527698_1200x675_358592067741.jpg
Doreen Gentzler joins us now with what you need to know when it comes to signing up for Obamacare.]]>
<![CDATA[Concussions Take Toll on Female High School Athletes]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:31:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/field+hockey_generic.jpg
The number of high school girls suffering concussions or concussion symptoms]]>
<![CDATA[Md. Surgeon With Ebola Coming Back to U.S. for Care]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:22:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dr+Martin+Salia.jpg
A Maryland surgeon who was working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.

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<![CDATA[Home Is Where the Heart Health Is]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:50:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008507744_1200x675_357563459924.jpg
A study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine compared geography and heart disease risk and found where you live does have an impact. News4's Eun Yang reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors: More Women Skipping Mammograms]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:41:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mammogram1.jpg
The best way to prevent breast cancer is being overlooked by more women, according to doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

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<![CDATA[Knock Out Abuse Gala Aims to Help Abuse Survivors]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:40:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/218*120/2014-11-13_1239.jpg
In advance of Thursday night's Knock Out Abuse gala, Robin McGraw shares details about When Georgia Smiled, an organization that raises awareness about domestic abuse. Amanda, a domestic violence survivor...]]>
<![CDATA[Providence Nurses Strike Over Ebola, Patient Care Concerns]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:17:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008502482_1200x675_357136451613.jpg
District nurses marched from Providence Hospital to the White House Wednesday, joining a nationwide strike over what they say is inadequate Ebola training. But that's not the only thing they're protesting about....]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Prescribing Antidepressants, Anti-Anxiety Drugs]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:58:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008501045_1200x675_357070915815.jpg
More doctors than ever are prescribing antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs for patients who aren't suffering from mental health issues. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in...]]>
<![CDATA[Can Soda Survive America's Anti-Pop Culture?]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:11:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cocacola.jpg
Considering a decade-long sales decline and studies discouraging long-term soda consumption, some industry experts fear consumers will completely abandon soft drinks, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[The Effect of Stress on Your Skin]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:52:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-11-11_1239.jpg
Stress can affect many aspects of physical and mental health, ranging from hair, teeth, and even skin. Dr. Cheryl Burgess discusses stress-related skin conditions.]]>
<![CDATA[Are "Hand Lifts" the New Face Lifts?]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:47:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008448390_1200x675_355084867563.jpg
Dr. Steven Hopping of the Center for Cosmetic Surgery stops by discuss the latest procedure women are getting to look and feel younger.]]>
<![CDATA[Justice for Vets: Group Helps Vets Cope With Effects of War]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:05:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008483820_1200x675_356496963724.jpg
The group Justice for Vets has kept 10,000 veterans out of prison and provided them with help for drug and alcohol problems. Melissa Fitzgerald explains what the group does and how it tries to help vets overcome...]]>
<![CDATA[Record Number of Booster Seats Are "Best Bets": IIHS]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:44:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/185*120/%5BNECN%5DB16x9N_PY-08MO_NS_HEALTH_MINUTE_BOOSTER_SEATS_CNNWS_NECN1500kMP4_640x416_2191472863.jpg
A record number of booster seats have earned the highest rating for safety belt fit from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.]]>
<![CDATA[8 Million U.S. Women Skip Cervical Cancer Screening]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 21:45:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102889261.jpg
As many as 8 million adult women in the U.S. who should be screened for cervical cancer haven't had that checkup in the past five years, putting them at risk for a deadly cancer that can be cured, or even...

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<![CDATA[Son's Death Inspires Mother to Reach Out to Teens]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:25:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008423416_1200x675_353334851800.jpg
News4's Wendy Rieger spoke to a mother who produced a movie that addresses teen stress.]]>
<![CDATA[Majority of Opiate Deaths Caused by Prescription Drugs]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:04:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008423183_1200x675_353008195678.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses the growing epidemic of painkiller abuse, and how you might be able to save your loved one's life if he or she overdoses.]]>
<![CDATA[Study: Too Frequent Baths Could Be Bad for Babies' Skin]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:08:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baby-bath-eczema.jpg
A recent study suggests that too many baths and lack of emollient therapy on newborns heightens the chance for babies of getting the disease eczema.

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<![CDATA[Poisoning from Some Hip Replacements]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:04:40 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008406615_1200x675_352371779740.jpg
A major warning for you or anyone you know who's had a hip replacement: Doctors say they're seeing hundreds of cases of metal poisoning from a certain type of hip implant.]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga for Scoliosis Patients]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:14:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008394975_1200x675_351916099916.jpg
A study shows that simply doing yoga can reduce spinal curving in Scoliosis patients by as much as 50 percent. Yoga Instructor Kim Weeks demonstrates which poses are the most effective.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Fight Viruses With Household Bleach]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:19:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008408960_1200x675_352449603794.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess shares how bleach solutions can sterilize your living environment.]]>
<![CDATA["In the Arms" of Loved Ones: Brittany Maynard Ends Life]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:55:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP586960621249.jpg
Right-to-die advocate Brittany Maynard ended her life on Saturday, activists close to her family confirmed Sunday night, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Player With Brain Tumor Fulfills Basketball Dream]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:57:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP523163033487.jpg
Thousands of people showed up in the stands at Xavier University in Cincinnati to watch 19-year-old Lauren Hill, who has an inoperable brain tumor, fulfill her dream of playing a basketball game.

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<![CDATA[D.C. Nurses to Protest Ebola Preparedness]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:02:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1030-2014-EbolaStrike.jpg
Nurses working at D.C.'s Providence Hospital plan to protest what they're calling the hospital's inadequate Ebola preparedness.

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<![CDATA[Sisters Create Bras for Breast Cancer Survivors]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:34:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008363573_1200x675_350237251791.jpg
After their mother died after fighting breast cancer, two local sisters took things into their own hands and created bras made specifically for women who have undergone mastectomies or reconstructive surgeries.]]>
<![CDATA[Nurse Steps Out, Slams Quarantine]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:01:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kaci-Hickox.jpg
Nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned from treating Ebola victims in West Africa and has challenged the legality of a quarantine, spoke outside of her Maine home after health officials announced they...]]>
<![CDATA[20 Cases of Viral Meningitis at UMD]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:33:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/umd-shutterstock_164643794.jpg
The number of cases of viral meningitis at University of Maryland has grown to 19. However, the illness is not as dangerous as another form, bacterial meningitis.

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<![CDATA[Obama Wants to Reassure U.S. Healthcare Workers]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:00:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008344238_1200x675_349469763728.jpg
President Obama is holding some high-level meetings with his public health and national security teams, followed by an event at the White House, where he'll be introduced by Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantle.]]>
<![CDATA[Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:56:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008343735_1200x675_349450307571.jpg
As the seasons change, many of us experience a decrease in mood which can lead to depression. Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses how to not let the upcoming weather get you down this year.]]>
<![CDATA[Who Is at Risk of Ebola? CDC Releases New Guidelines]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:56:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/5PT_VO_EBOLA_LATEST_KNSD53QE_1200x675_349166147703.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler discusses the CDC's new guidelines for who is at risk of Ebola and the treatment of healthcare workers returning from West Africa.]]>
<![CDATA[Halloween Makeup: What You Need to Know]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:42:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008329644_1200x675_348860995523.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess shares how to detect dangerous Halloween make-up, which often contains lead and other skin allergens.]]>
<![CDATA["The Martha Stewart of Marijuana"]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:44:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/6086cece1b1849ee9e44a75c6187d8ae.jpg
A Beverly Hills mom has started a crowdfunding website, Canna-dabba-do, in hopes to help bring medical marijuana to the masses. Cheryl Shuman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, Shuman was given...]]>
<![CDATA[The Angelina Effect: More Women Looking Into Genetic Testing]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:38:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008319791_1200x675_348547651675.jpg
Since Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer, the number of women looking into genetic testing more than doubled. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Viral Meningitis Reported at D.C. School]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:39:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-03.jpg
A case of viral meningitis was recently reported at a D.C. primary school, according to a letter from the D.C. Department of Health. The case was reported at Peabody Primary Campus, a public school in the...

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<![CDATA[Va., Md. Officials Outline Ebola-Monitoring Plan ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:54:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/o%27hare+ebola+screening+official.jpg
Health officials in Virginia and Maryland are now actively monitoring all travelers arriving in the state from the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

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<![CDATA[Despite Myths, Women Are Having More Babies]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:54:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008314869_1200x675_348371523935.jpg
A new study shows that women are having more babies despite the myths surrounding working mothers.]]>
<![CDATA[More than 31,000 Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:55:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bell-evans-chicken.jpg
Food may be contaminated with Staphylococcal bacteria, which may cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

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<![CDATA[Crab Meat Recalled for Listeria]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:17:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/crab-legs-butter.jpg
A company that sold crab meat in several states has recalled it after finding it may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The Rhode Island Department of Health says on Friday that...

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<![CDATA[Young Women & Breast Cancer: 4 Things to Know]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:59:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20141024+Young+Women+Breast+Cancer.jpg
One in 200 women younger than 40 will develop breast cancer. Though rare, cancer in young women can be more aggressive and more deadly. News4's Doreen Gentzler reveals the four things young women need to know to...]]>
<![CDATA[Nina Pham Meets With Obama After Discharge From NIH]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:24:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP570888027428.jpg
Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient in Texas, was discharged from the hospital Friday, now free of the virus, and will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House...

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<![CDATA["I Feel Fortunate and Blessed": Pham]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:09:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/2014-10-24_1307.jpg
Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient in Texas, is now free of the virus and will be discharged from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, NIH officials...]]>
<![CDATA["Miracle Oil" Cures Girl's Seizures]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:03:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Glut+1+medicinal+oil.jpg
A North Texas family is touting a "miracle oil" and praising researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas for healing their little girl, who was having chronic seizures.

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<![CDATA[Woman Joins Walk to End HIV for Her Grandfather]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:51:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Aimie+Krautwurst.jpg
This weekend NBC4 and the community will support for the 28th Annual Walk to End HIV. Aimie Krautwurst is walking for her grandfather. News4's Zachary Kiesch has her story.

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<![CDATA[Hospitals Can't Handle Ebola: Panel]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:32:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Ebola+drill+at+Midstate+1200.jpg
Texas' top health official said Thursday that most hospitals can't handle Ebola patients and that they should instead be treated at specialized care centers — a break with past federal assertions that nearly any...

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<![CDATA[Doctor to Give Free Breast Consultations in Light of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:39:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008263212_1200x675_346332739766.jpg
About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer. However, early detection is a big part of saving lives. Dr. Rondi Walker informs women on what they need to know about breast cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[Packaging Error Prompts Recall of Naproxen Pills]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:39:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pills+generic.jpg
A North Carolina company is recalling nearly 12,000 boxes of pain relief tablets sold at Dollar Tree stores because some cartons contain a different medication that could cause allergic reactions.

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<![CDATA[What You Must Know About Egg Freezing]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:36:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008200855_1200x675_343484995941.jpg
Dr. Joseph Doyle reveals everything you need to know about freezing your eggs.]]>
<![CDATA[New CDC Protocols for Workers Treating Ebola]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:18:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-10-21_0016.jpg
At a forum hosted by WTOP, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the CDC said the guidelines are being finalized.]]>
<![CDATA[Best Ways to Keep Kids' Teeth Healthy]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:15:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008242591_1200x675_345578051637.jpg
Three out of four parents say their kids sometimes or frequently forget to brush their teeth, according to a new survey from the Ad Council. Dr. Claudia Cotca offers tips keeping your kids' teeth healthy,...]]>