<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:12:40 -0500 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:12:40 -0500 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Flu Season Off to Slow Start: Va. Health Officials]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:26:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flu_generic.jpg
Virginia health officials say the flu season is off to a slow start, with no confirmed cases in the state so far.

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<![CDATA[4 People Meet for 1st Time After 2 Pairs of Kidney Swaps]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:52:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/175138627.jpg
Four people have met for the first time since a pair of kidney swaps at a Connecticut hospital. The Hartford Courant reports the family of 3-year-old Jeremy Orellana, as well as Fred Ferris, Beth Mix, and...

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<![CDATA[#WhyI'mThankful: Beating Cancer]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:08:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Scarlett+Kostun.jpg
Three lives linked by a determination to beat cancer. David Culver has a story of gratitude, healing and heart.

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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[4 Spices That Are Good for Your Health]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:28:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Thanksgiving-Full-Size.jpg
It’s not too late to add a dash of spice to your Thanksgiving meal, and why not use a few that have health benefits? Here's four spices that are good for you. Click here for more information.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New, Boosted Flu Vaccine]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:25:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flue-shot.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new type of flu vaccine called Fluad that uses a compound to help stimulate the patient’s immune system, NBC News reported. Fluad contains MF59, an adjuvant made out...

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<![CDATA[Coke's Role in Anti-Obesity Group Revealed: Report]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:47:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CokeCansEmails.jpg
A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work. But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the world's largest beverage maker was...

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<![CDATA[New Voice for Mass. Teen]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:17:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Max+Plansky+112515.jpg
We all have unique voices - with their pitches and their tones, they belong to us. But for Max Plansky, a Massachusetts teen who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, the voice he uses is not...

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<![CDATA[Teen's Flesh-Eating Bacteria Fight]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:44:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/giancarlo+gil+flesh+eating+bacteria+recovery+1124+2.jpg
The mother of a San Diego-area teenager fighting for his life against a flesh-eating bacteria thanked the community Tuesday for their support, saying the family was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love.

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<![CDATA[Modified Mosquitos Block Malaria]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_432922569679.jpg
Southern California scientists have created a genetically modified batch of mosquitoes capable of blocking malaria, a development that could help eradicate the disease, UC San Diego officials announced...

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<![CDATA[D.C. Doctors Battling Potentially Deadly Superbug]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:27:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Superbug+CRE.jpg
Drug-resistant bacteria is a problem in hospitals around the world. Now, medical experts in D.C. are leading the charge to find a way to treat the killer bacteria. News4's Barbara Harrison reports.

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<![CDATA[Pfizer, Allergan Merge in Biggest Drug Deal Ever]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:54:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pfizer-494838900.jpg
Pfizer and Allergan will join in a $160 billion deal to create the world's largest drugmaker. The transaction is valued at $363.63 per Allergan share. Allergan shareholders will receive 11.3 shares of...

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<![CDATA[UnitedHealth May Withdraw From Obamacare]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:15:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/UnitedHealth-AP_580078387860.jpg
Experts are divided over Thursday’s news that the No. 1 U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, might withdraw from health exchanges mandated by so-called Obamacare legislation, NBC News reported. The company...

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<![CDATA[Will Nation's Top Health Insurer Kill Obamacare?]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 03:19:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Website-AP_249581118509.jpg
Thursday's news that the No. 1 U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, might withdraw from the health insurance exchanges mandated by so-called Obamacare legislation divided experts into two camps.

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<![CDATA[Heroin Vaccine Research]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:49:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Generic+Heroin+Needles.jpg
Recovering addicts may have a new tool helping them stay on track as a heroin vaccine enters a preclinical phase. The National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded researchers...]]>
<![CDATA[Paris Terrorists May Have Been on Captagon]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:42:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/captagon-pills.jpg
Investigators are looking into whether terrorists were high on captagon when they attacked Paris last week. Though rare in the West, the drug is popular among the party crowd in the Middle East.

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<![CDATA[Open Wide! Dental Office Holds First Free Clinic]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:40:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012704107_1200x675_571190339749.jpg
Springfield Lorton Dental Group sponsors free dental work for people in need.]]>
<![CDATA[NIH's Last 50 Chimpanzees Are Retiring]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 06:18:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ChimpsAP_421866916958.jpg
The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that the last 50 chimpanzees set aside for federal medical research will be retired, NBC News reported. The chimpanzees, which are kept at three facilities...

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<![CDATA[Genetically Modified Salmon OK'd for Human Consumption in U.S.]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:56:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_100920111828.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States. The Obama administration had stalled...

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<![CDATA[Dealing With Stress After Paris Attacks]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:50:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012670636_1200x675_569200707588.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner shares signs that your anxiety might be getting too intense. He offers tips to cope.]]>
<![CDATA[Uber Rolls Out On-Demand Flu Vaccinations]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 04:08:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/UberFlu-Health+Photos+3.jpg
Haven't gotten your flu shot yet? Between long work hours, household responsibilities, errands and child care, making a trip to the doctor's office or local pharmacy for that flu shot doesn't seem too...

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<![CDATA[Making Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:45:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012670854_1200x675_569198147681.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner explains how cognitive behavioral therapy can create positive changes in the way you think and handle challenges -- and how it can even be done online.]]>
<![CDATA[Home Abortions Rise After Texas Law Closes Clinics: Study]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:50:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-2758562.jpg
A Texas law aimed at restricting abortions, which took effect in 2013, has led to more women trying to end a pregnancy on their own, while the number of clinical procedures in the state has declined, according...

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<![CDATA[Woman Aims to Brighten Cancer Patients' Visits]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:20:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rooms+that+rock+2.jpg
During a routine visit to her doctor six years ago, Nancy Ballard walked, by chance, into a chemotherapy treatment room. What she saw began her on a mission that is helping thousands of cancer patients a year.
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<![CDATA[Teen Develops Concussion Tool After Serious Injury]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 23:52:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Eric+Solender+Microsoft+Kinect+Concussion+Test.jpg
A Maryland teenager is developing a test that can help detect concussion symptoms using a popular video gaming platform.

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<![CDATA[STD Cases in the U.S. Increased in 2014: CDC]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:05:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pills-generic-03-GettyImages-108339198.jpg
A U.S. sexually transmitted diseases epidemic is increasing and the most common infection, chlamydia, has risen to record levels, government officials say. Reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all...

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<![CDATA[Daily Pills Protect People Against HIV: Study]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 21:58:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_120510048917.jpg
People who took a daily pill to protect against HIV were protected aganist the virus but caught other sexually transmitted diseases through unprotected sex, researchers reported on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls Over 52,000 Pounds of Cooked Chicken Wings]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:01:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/tyson-anytizers-recall.jpg
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling about 52,486 pounds of chicken wing products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Tuesday. Consumers who contacted Tyson Foods Inc....

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<![CDATA[Most Extensive Face Transplant]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:57:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NYU-FACE-TRANSPLANT.jpg
A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York City hospital announced Monday.

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<![CDATA[Engineers Make Girl New Hand]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:05:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/crop-sophie-top.jpg
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's CITRIS lab are working hard to create low-cost, customizable prosthetics made from 3-D printers, according to the engineering department’s magazine. For an

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<![CDATA[Gov. Larry Hogan Is 100 Percent Cancer-Free]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:39:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/11807520_1010483682329730_2317985246232861221_o.jpg
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday he is "100 percent cancer-free and in complete remission."

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<![CDATA[Birth Control Lawsuit]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:56:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Birth-Control-GettyImages-129376341.jpg
More than 100 women who blame their pregnancies on errant birth control packaging have joined a negligence lawsuit filed in Philadelphia against several drug companies. The lawsuit follows a 2011 recall of more...

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<![CDATA[New Survey Method Finds More Kids With Autism]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:35:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Autism-AP_197615588239.jpg
A new government survey finds that more than 2 percent of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with autism — or 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older, NBC News reported. That seems like a startling increase from the last...

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<![CDATA[Deeds Tours Mental Health Facilities in Northern Va.]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 21:29:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP412035767346.jpg
A Virginia lawmaker whose son died in the midst of a mental health crisis visited Northern Virginia Thursday looking for answers.

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<![CDATA[Program Helps Veterans With PTSD]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:46:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012606970_1200x675_565749315787.jpg
A local retreat helps veterans transition from the battleground to normal life. Pat Lawson Muse has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[SpaghettiOs Recalled Due to Choking Hazard]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:57:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SpaghettiOs-Recall-111215.jpg
The Campbell Soup Company is voluntarily recalling 355,000 cans of SpaghettiOs due to a potential choking hazard.

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<![CDATA[Uterus Transplant Trials Underway For Infertile Women]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:13:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524811211.jpg
A health clinic is spearheading a trial of uterus transplants for women with an infertility disorder. The transplant, unlike a heart or liver transplants, will be temporary. After the women give birth to one or...

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<![CDATA[Musician Teaches Severely Wounded Warriors]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:35:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012578004_1200x675_563938883504.jpg
A local musician helps severely wounded veterans by teaching them to play, write and record conservatory-level music. Chris Lawrence reports. Click here for more information on MusiCorps.]]>
<![CDATA[Hospital Chaplain Found Calling After Medical Emergency]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:37:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012578009_1200x675_563945539840.jpg
A woman in Prince George's County gives back to the hospital that helped save her life following emergency heart surgery by working there as a chaplain. As News4's Eun Yang reports, doctors and patients...]]>
<![CDATA[20 New Booster Seats Are "Best Bets": IIHS]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 06:14:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/booster-seat.jpg
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its ratings for the best child booster seats.

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<![CDATA[Report: Va. Giving Medicaid to Ineligible Residents]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:51:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
Virginia's legislative watchdog agency says inadequate review systems and delays in processing have left the state vulnerable to providing millions of dollars in Medicaid benefits to people who aren't eligible.

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<![CDATA[Senators Call for 'Independent' Crumb Rubber Turf Study]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:02:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Crumb_Rubber_Turf.jpg
Two senators have urged federal officials to lead an "independent investigation into the health risks of crumb rubber" turf, a surface made of recycled tires used on playgrounds and athletic fields across...

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<![CDATA[Doctor Shares Own Battle With Breast Cancer]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:48:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/2015-11-10_1047.jpg
"It's made me a far better doctor," said Dr. Rondi Walker as she discusses her own experience with being treated for breast cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[SJ Restaurant Allowed to Reopen]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:15:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mariscos+San+Juan.jpg
The San Jose restaurant that was ground zero for last month's Shigella outbreak reopened Thursday afternoon. The Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health gave the green-light to Mariscos San...

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<![CDATA[Teen Obesity Surgery Benefits Last at Least 3 Yrs: Study]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:42:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obesity_AP_353380790860.jpg
The largest, longest study of teen obesity surgery shows huge weight loss and health gains can last at least three years, and many say it's worth the risks. "I feel awesome. It's like a new life," said...

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<![CDATA[Nearly Half of Pregnant American Women Put on Too Much Weight]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:34:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-558948623-%281%29.jpg
Nearly half of U.S. women gain too much weight while they're pregnant, and another 20 percent don't put on enough, federal health experts reported Thursday. Fewer than a third of pregnant women put on the right...

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<![CDATA[New HIV Pill Delivers 4 Drugs in 1 Daily Dose]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-531390989.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new daily drug that delivers four different HIV medications in one dose. The pill combines four HIV drugs: elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir...

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<![CDATA[Robot Will Attend School for 10-Year-Old With Cancer]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 14:02:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151104+Peyton+Robot+2.jpg
Peyton Walton calls her robot PAVS, for Peyton's Awesome Virtual Self. And it's going to go to school for Peyton while she's undergoing five weeks of cancer treatment.

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Doubling Patient Income Limit for Free Drug Program]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:15:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-488569033.jpg
Pfizer, the biggest U.S.-based drugmaker, is increasing its financial assistance to patients, doubling the allowable income level for people to receive dozens of Pfizer medicines for free. The move comes...

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<![CDATA[Supplements for Healthy Minds]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:06:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012518306_1200x675_559848003617.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses supplements that may help prevent or reduce the chances of some mental illnesses.]]>
<![CDATA[Tapeworm Transmits Cancer Cells to Man]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:39:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1316392.jpg
Tapeworms get inside people, lay their eggs, and cause symptoms such as diarrhea and weakness. And they can infest a body for a lifetime. But doctors were stunned to find out they can do something worse: infect...

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<![CDATA[Bobbi Kristina Nurse Also Accused of DC Identity Theft]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 12:44:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_657416401990-bobbi-kristina-brown-nurse.jpg
The woman who allegedly impersonated a nurse and cared for Bobbi Kristina Brown at a hospice facility was accused of engaging in a similar charade to secure a nursing job in Washington more than two years ago.

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<![CDATA[Rivals Join Forces to Raise Money for Mental Health Awareness]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 20:33:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012513192_1200x675_559489603503.jpg
Rival high schools in Purcellville compete in a powder puff football game to raise money for mental health awareness.]]>
<![CDATA[Legislation Would Help Protect Vets at Risk of Overdosing]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 19:03:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Naloxone+Generic+Narcan+Generic.JPG
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., wants doctors who prescribe opioids to veterans and members of the military to also prescribe a drug that reverses an overdose. News4's Chris Gordon reports.

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<![CDATA[DEA Finds Heroin Use Skyrocketing]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 14:24:55 -0500 > on February 6, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.]]> > on February 6, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-467512357.jpg
The growth in abuse of heroin is now considered the number one drug threat by the nation's police, overtaking methamphetamine, according to a new survey by the Drug Enforcement Administration, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Senate Panel Probing 4 Drug Companies Over Pricing]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 10:31:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-71963537.jpg
A Senate committee launched an investigation Wednesday into exorbitant drug price hikes by Turing Pharmaceuticals and three other companies, responding to public anxiety over rising prices for critical...

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<![CDATA[Injections May Help Keep HIV at Bay, Testing Shows]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:50:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HIV-AP-972825092223.jpg
Preliminary testing of two long-acting injectable drugs indicates it might be possible to keep HIV at bay indefinitely with injections every month or two.

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<![CDATA[More Cases Expected in Chipotle-Linked E. Coli Outbreak]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 08:13:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-487798478.jpg
Health officials expect the number of people sickened by an E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon to grow while they investigate the cause of the infection. As of Friday,...

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<![CDATA[FDA Acts to Shut Down Tobacco Sales at Stores That Sell to Minors]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:56:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_791184962081.jpg
The Food and Drug Association is taking aim at eight shops that have repeatedly sold tobacco products to kids under 18, NBC News reports. The stores — in New Jersey, Michigan, Missouri, Maryland and Illinois —...

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<![CDATA[Study: Racial Gap in Breast Cancer Diagnoses Has Closed]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:51:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-53436724.jpg
For decades, breast cancer has been less common in black women than white women, yet killed black women at a higher rate. One of those gaps has finally closed. Unfortunately for black women, it's the first...

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<![CDATA[Could Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs Hurt a Flu Shot's Effect?]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:34:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462668561.jpg
A popular cholesterol-lowering drug, taken by about 28 percent of U.S. adults over 40 and 48 percent of those over 75, may interfere with the effectiveness of flu vaccines, researchers report. Two studies...

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<![CDATA[Two-Thirds of World Has Herpes Virus: WHO]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:34:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-122375454-herpes-coldsore.jpg
Two-thirds of the world's population — 3.7 billion people — has the incurable herpes virus, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The virus is known to cause cold sores, but it can also cause sores on...

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<![CDATA[Fundraiser to Help Girl Born With Heart Outside Chest]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:22:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102815+Virsaviya+Borun.jpg
A six-year-old girl, born with her heart outside of her chest, needs help paying for life-saving surgery. Virsaviya comes across like any other little girl, but there's something special about her, "My heart is...

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<![CDATA[WHO: TB Now Kills as Many People as AIDS]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:57:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_120324112412.jpg
The number of tuberculosis cases has fallen by 18 percent since 2000, but the completely curable infection now kills as least as many every year as the AIDS virus, the World Health Organization said Wednesday...

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<![CDATA[Autism, ADHD Can Be Hard to Tell Apart: Study]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:52:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-10-28_1351.jpg
Autism can be misdiagnosed in up to nine percent of children if the symptoms of ADHD are mistaken, a new study suggests. Dr. Joshua Weiner offers insight.]]>
<![CDATA[Helping Parents, Teens Talk About Suicide Prevention]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:00:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012424785_1200x675_553787459965.jpg
Roughly 20 percent of teens in any given year admit to having suicidal thoughts, according to a government study. Dr. Joshua Weiner says parents need to be aware of the risks and talk to their kids.]]>
<![CDATA[Drug Prices Top Americans' List of Health Care Concerns]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 02:55:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_061019038795.jpg
Americans from across the political spectrum are worried about the cost of prescription drugs for serious diseases, following weeks of news coverage about companies hiking prices for critical medicines. Keeping...

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<![CDATA[Avoid an Allergic Reaction Scare This Halloween]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:54:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012413298_1200x675_553235011937.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, discusses how you can prevent your child from experiencing an allergic reaction this Halloween.]]>
<![CDATA[All Md. Tots to Be Tested for Lead at Ages 1, 2]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 09:08:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/202*120/toddler-generic.jpg
Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing a new lead testing plan that calls for all Maryland children to be tested at ages 1 and 2.

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<![CDATA[Medical Mystery: Md.Teacher Seeks Treatment for Recurrent Choking]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:47:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/102615+marilyn+beeson.jpg
A Maryland music teacher postponed getting medical treatment for choking so badly her throat would close. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports on what doctors found and what Marilyn Beeson advises others to do about...]]>
<![CDATA[Md. Woman Devoted to Exercise After Fighting Cancer]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 18:30:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012373101_1200x675_550648899590.jpg
A local woman who battled and beat breast cancer is now devoted to exercise, and her fighting spirit is inspiring all those around her to help in the fight against the disease.]]>
<![CDATA[WHO Report: Do You Have to Stop Eating Processed Meat?]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:06:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bacon-may-caude-cancer.jpg
A new report by the World Health Organization declaring that processed meat, like bacon, hot dogs and corned beef, causes cancer — and that red meat probably does, too — has the meat industry furious and...

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<![CDATA[Report Finds Human DNA in Hot Dogs]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:13:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-82045422.jpg
A company that uses genomic analysis technology to get information on the contents of food has found an unusual additive in a very small percentage of hot dogs: human DNA. The report found 2 percent of 345 hot...

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<![CDATA[Processed Meat Can Lead to Cancer, WHO Says]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:31:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-461626478.jpg
Hot dogs, bacon, cold cuts and other processed meats raise the risk of colon, stomach and other cancers, and red meat probably contributes to the disease, too, the World Health Organization said Monday, throwing...

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<![CDATA[Congress Asks EPA if Rubber Turf Is Safe]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:18:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AstroTurf1.jpg
Washington lawmakers are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to weigh in on whether crumb rubber used in artificial turf fields in thousands of schools, parks and stadiums is safe for young athletes...

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<![CDATA[3 of a Kind: Rare Identical Triplets Born in Md.]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:00:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_761786824381.jpg
A Baltimore couple has welcomed three identical members to their family, in what doctors call a rare occurrence. Kristen Hewitt gave birth to identical triplets Oct. 6 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center,...

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<![CDATA[Danny Pintauro in Town for Walk to End HIV]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:13:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2015-10-23_1412.jpg
Actor and activist Danny Pintauro is in town for Saturday's Walk to End HIV, which an estimated 7,000 people are expected to attend. Pintauro said he wants more people to take care of themselves and hopes to end...]]>
<![CDATA[Big Concern Over Stomach Bug]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 22:28:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Shigella-bacteria.jpg
The mutant stomach bug that’s reportedly sickened more than 100 people in the Bay Area, sending at least a dozen to the ICU, is well known to international travelers who have experienced stomach issues but...

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<![CDATA[Build-a-Bear Recalls Stuffed Animals Over Choking Hazard]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 05:15:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/buildabear-recall-dragon.jpg
Build-a-Bear Workshop Inc. has recalled a line of stuffed animals because of a choking hazard. The company has recalled the Starbrights Dragon stuffed animal, a blue dragon covered in furry fabric with a satin...

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<![CDATA[New Method Could Prolong Lives of Gunshot Victims]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:25:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
Researchers at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center want to try a new procedure that could prolong the lives of gunshot or stabing victims arriving at emergency rooms in cardiac arrest.

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<![CDATA[Marijuana Use Doubles in U.S., But So Do Problems]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:44:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453996936.jpg
Marijuana use has more than doubled in the U.S. since the beginning of the century — but so have problems for users, including addiction, researchers reported Wednesday. Bridget Grant of the National Institute...

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<![CDATA[No Alcohol During Pregnancy Is Safe: U.S. Pediatricians]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 12:44:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-169371462AlcoholPregnancy.jpg
Women who are pregnant should abstain from alcohol completely, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The report, “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,” in the November 2015 issue...

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<![CDATA[Drug Firms Reap Billions by Paying Rivals: Critics]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:04:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pills-generic-01-GettyImages-137165920-%281%29.jpg
Sharp overnight increases in the cost of prescription drugs are not the only pharmaceutical industry practice that adds billions of dollars to the price that consumers pay for their medicines. Pharmaceutical...

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<![CDATA[Grants Aimed at Standardizing Behavioral Health Care ]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 04:34:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor+stethoscope.jpg
Maryland is among 24 states working toward a standardized system of government-funded behavioral health care.

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<![CDATA[Children's National Health System Staffs Mobile Health Units]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 19:03:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Childrens+National+Health+System+Mobile+Health+Unit.jpg
Children's National Health System's mobile health programs bring medical care directly to children and young adults in D.C.'s most challenged neighborhoods.

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<![CDATA[Researchers: Common Sunscreen Ingredient Toxic to Coral]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:46:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Women-Sunscreen.jpg
A common ingredient found in sunscreen is toxic to coral and contributing to the decline of reefs around the world, according to new research published on Tuesday, NBC News reported. Oxybenzone, a UV-filtering...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Drug Could Be Breakthrough for Parkinson's]]> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:52:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tasigna.jpg
A medication used to treat patients with leukemia dramatically reduced symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease, a study at Georgetown University Medical Center found.

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<![CDATA[Start Mammograms at 45, Not 40: American Cancer Society]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:29:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mammogram-AP_100506174828.jpg
The American Cancer Society is revising its advice on when women should start getting mammograms and how often. The updated guidelines recommend annual breast cancer screenings at age 45 instead of 40...

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<![CDATA[Son Creates App to Help Father's PTSD]]> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:25:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/NC_nightterrorapp1016.jpg
A college student created an app to help veterans with PTSD, including his father, predict and prevent night terrors.]]>
<![CDATA[First Female Sex Drug Could Spur Similar Medications ]]> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:58:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453221523.jpg
Most women with low sexual desire won't rush to get the first prescription drug to boost female libido when it becomes available on Saturday. But they may have more options down the road. Addyi is a daily...

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<![CDATA[Va. Man Receives One of the World's Only Arm Transplants]]> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:48:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/arm+transplant+101615.jpg
An Alexandria man is one of the few people in the world to undergo an arm transplant after falling 40 feet off a staircase at a D.C. hotel. Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[Tattoo Artist Makes Breast Cancer Survivors Feel ‘Whole Again’]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:32:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nipple-tattoo-screenshot-today.jpg
After undergoing reconstructive surgery, many breast cancer survivors turn to Vinnie Myers to complete their path to recovery. Roughly 8,000 women from all 50 states and about 40 countries have travelled to see...

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<![CDATA[CDC: Excessive Drinking a Drain on US Economy]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:40:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-467650191.jpg
Drinking to excess doesn't just make you feel horrible, it leaves the U.S. economy hung over and less productive, according to new research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The CDC reported Thursday...

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<![CDATA[Artificial Skin Could Help Amputees Feel What They Are Touching]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:59:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/151015-artificial-skin-stanford-03-yh-1237p_d026abfeb703e6cb7154c6f9cb75cf64.nbcnews-ux-720-520.jpg
Researchers have developed a thin artificial skin that they hope could be used to help amputees feel what they're touching with prosthetic hands or limbs. It's an unusual combination of a stretchy, rubber-based...

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<![CDATA[Dietary Supplements Send 23,000 to Hospitals Each Year in U.S.]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:33:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PillsWeb.jpg
Many claim to be natural, which may sound safe, but dietary supplements send 23,000 Americans to hospital emergency rooms each year, a new federal study estimates. The riskiest ones are weight-loss and...

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