<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:24:37 -0400 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:24:37 -0400 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Parkinson's Treatment Showing Incredible Results]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:54:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011763539_1200x675_518307395744.jpg
An experimental treatment for Parkinson's disease is showing incredible results and could help restore the quality of life for millions of people, doctors say. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Ragweed Season]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:51:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/allergies.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is here to help you through the ragweed season.

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<![CDATA[10-15 Percent of Teens Struggle With Sleep Disorder]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 08:48:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011759053_1200x675_518184515681.jpg
Dr. Josh Weiner discusses Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, a sleep disorder in which circadian rhythms cause people to fall asleep much later -- and therefore, they want to wake up much later, too.]]>
<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:26:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20140430+ChangingMinds2.jpg
For the next year, NBC4 will shine a light on mental health and mental illness by providing education, information and hope.]]>
<![CDATA[7 Dead From Legionnaires' in Ill.]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:34:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP11081819071.jpg
The death toll from a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a western Illinois veterans home has climbed to seven, and the state's public health director has warned that more fatalities could occur. The Illinois...

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<![CDATA[Doctors Perform Strange Operation to Save Man's Hand]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:19:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/208*120/frank+reyes+hand.jpg
Casey Reyes struggled for a way to explain the "sci-fi" surgery doctors were proposing to save her 87-year-old grandfather's badly burned hand. "They're gonna put your hand inside your stomach, kind of like...

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<![CDATA[VA Planning to Open Clinic in Montgomery Co.]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:17:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
Maryland elected officials say the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is considering opening an outpatient clinic in Montgomery County.

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<![CDATA[Apps May Substitute for Visits to Doctor]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:49:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/083115+DermatologistOnCall.jpg
Snap a photo of a mole, acne or rosacea and you could save yourself a doctor's visit. The makers of dozens of smartphone apps say their products can substitute for some in-person visits -- but some local doctors...]]>
<![CDATA[Diabetes Drugs Can Cause Severe Joint Pain: FDA]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-166272621.jpg
Certain diabetes drugs can cause severe and disabling joint pain, the Food and Drug Administration warned patients on Friday. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes...

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<![CDATA[3 Generations Linked by Single Womb After Transplant]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:19:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BoyWombTransplant.jpg
For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations. The new mother, who lost her own uterus to cancer in her 20s,...]]>
<![CDATA[Clothes Carry Germs Into Newborn ICU: Study]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:46:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/566440057.jpg
Parents and other people who come to visit babies in the newborn intensive care unit are sometimes carrying a potentially deadly germ on their clothing, researchers report. They found respiratory syncytial virus...

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<![CDATA[Former Fairfax Co. Inmate Returns to Jail to Educate]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:54:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fairfax+County+Adult+Detention+Center.jpg
A woman locked up in Fairfax County five years ago during a manic episode returns to the jail to help deputies and police officers better handle inmates with mental health issues.

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<![CDATA[The Correlation Between Picky Eating, Depression]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:40:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011425049_1200x675_498953795673.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner explains the correlation between picky eating in childhood and depression in adults.]]>
<![CDATA[Md. Woman Has Stomach Removed to Prevent Cancer]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:54:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082515+Terri+Beach.jpg
Maryland woman Terri Beach found out she had a rare genetic mutation that increases the risk of gastric cancer by more than 80 percent -- so she opted to have her stomach removed.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA: Eggless Spread Doesn't Cut It as Mayo]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:19:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/just-mayo-AP_541645552391.jpg
A vegan spread called Just Mayo isn't actually mayonnaise, according to U.S. regulators, because it doesn't actually have eggs in it. Hampton Creek, the company behind the spread, was issued a warning letter on...

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<![CDATA[More Businesses Selling Cigarettes to Minors in Md.]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:25:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Must+Have+ID+to+Buy+Cigarettes+Sign.jpg
Maryland health officials report a “troubling increase” in the number of businesses selling tobacco to minors.

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<![CDATA[VIDEO: Ground Beef Safety Tips ]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:23:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ground+beef+generic+2.jpg
Consumer Reports analyzed packaged ground beef from across the country and found potentially concerning levels of bacteria in hundreds of pounds of meat. Click the link below for tips on safely handling...
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<![CDATA[Laurel Regional Hospital Maternity Ward Closing]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:23:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/laurel+regional+hospital.jpg
Laurel Regional Hospital is closing its maternity ward Oct. 10, Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reported.]]>
<![CDATA[First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in D.C.]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:35:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/210*120/bb82f013a5e54a7cbed54729d2487f36.jpg
Washington, D.C., confirmed its first human case of West Nile Virus this year.]]>
<![CDATA[12-Year-Old Competes on "Food Fighters"]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:34:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011607504_1200x675_509768259598.jpg
Danielle McNerney started cooking healthy meals a few years ago after doctors diagnosed her mother with a rare form of cancer. Now the 12-year-old is competing against some top chefs on NBC's "Food Fighters."]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Back to School Tips]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:22:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011591705_1200x675_508837955571.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, talks about what parents need to know about health forms, pollen and more before their kids go back to school.]]>
<![CDATA[Md. Gov. Hogan: 95 Percent of Cancer is Gone]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:28:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/11807520_1010483682329730_2317985246232861221_o.jpg
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted Tuesday 95 percent of his cancer is gone after chemotherapy.

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<![CDATA[2015's First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Md.]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:22:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-Cropped.jpg
Maryland's health department has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus this year in the state.

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<![CDATA[Souping: Hollywood's Latest Health Craze]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:30:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/US-CA-Soup-CR_1200x675_507529283654.jpg
Health conscious Californians are abandoning their juice makers for the humble soup, which has been reinvented into the latest wellness trend.]]>
<![CDATA[Coffee Aids Colon Cancer Recovery, Study Finds]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 22:45:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/coffee-generic-edit.jpg
Colon cancer patients who enjoy a few cups of coffee a day appear to survive their cancer better and are less likely to die early than non-coffee drinkers, researchers reported Monday. It's the latest in...

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<![CDATA[Boston Doctor Dances for Charity]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:56:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DoctorBeDancing.png
Dr. Adnan Khera, an anesthesiology resident at Boston’s Tufts Medical Center, has been raising money for charity in an unconventional way: as a dancing street performer.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Approves OxyContin for Children 11 and Older]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 06:58:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/481663349.jpg
Under the new approval for children who are suffering from severe, long-term pain, doctors are directed to only prescribe OxyContin to children who can already tolerate a minimum dose of 20 milligrams of...

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<![CDATA[Kids Crave Sugar for Biological Reasons, Study Finds]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:12:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458883786+%281%29.jpg
Children are biologically hard-wired to eat sugar during periods of growth when their bodies demand high-calorie foods, according to scientist Julie Mennella, a researcher with the Monell Chemical Senses Center...

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Starts Shipping Ice Cream]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blue-bell-otr.jpg
Blue Bell Creameries has resumed ice cream shipments four months after voluntarily pulling all products from store shelves April 20 due to a listeria outbreak. On Tuesday afternoon, the creamery based in...

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<![CDATA[Gov. Hogan Halfway Through Chemotherapy]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:36:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/11807520_1010483682329730_2317985246232861221_o.jpg
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is halfway through six rounds of chemotherapy.

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<![CDATA[FDA Warns Kim Kardashian About Drug Endorsement]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:28:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4783559081.jpg
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is no stranger to criticism, having spent the better part of the last decade in the public eye. But she's probably never faced negative publicity like this before: The Food...

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<![CDATA[Doctors Train Hair Stylists to Check for Cancer on Clients' Scalps]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:55:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011407871_1200x675_498093635538.jpg
A program called Heads Up! has doctors training salon workers to search for the signs of skin cancer on the scalp.]]>
<![CDATA[Residents Fight Downsizing of Laurel Hospital]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 20:20:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011457938_1200x675_500597827750.jpg
Neighbors are fighting the plan to downsize Laurel Hospital. Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Kevin Hart Promotes Good Health on D.C. Visit]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 19:01:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011457269_1200x675_500537923621.jpg
Kevin Hart spent Friday in D.C., but before his stand up set at Verizon Center, he spent most his day promoting health with a 5K run in Georgetown and a visit to Children’s Hospital. Zachary Kiesch reports.]]>
<![CDATA['Slapping' Treatment Gives Pain Patients Relief]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 23:44:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080615+physical+therapist.jpg
People suffering from pain say a treatment in which they are slapped, pushed and pulled by therapists gave them relief. A Maryland man tells how the technique reflexive pattern therapy helped him. News4's Doreen]]>
<![CDATA[Citing Hacking Risk, FDA Says Hospira Pump Shouldn't Be Used]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:58:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/data+hack.JPG
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it's the first time it has warned caregivers to stop using a product because of a cybersecurity risk. It comes at a time of rising concerns about breaches of products...

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<![CDATA[Double Amputee Marine Completes Cross Country Journey]]> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:39:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Toran_Gaal.png
A United States Marine—who lost both legs in combat—completed a journey across the country while hand-cycling to raise money to help injured Marines. Toran Gaal and his support van driver, Brian Riley,...]]>
<![CDATA[7 Dead in Legionnaires' Outbreak]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:30:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/meeting+overlay+legionnaires.jpg
Three more people have died of Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx in an outbreak that has claimed seven lives in total and hospitalized more than 60 people, the New York City Health Department said...]]>
<![CDATA[Maryland's 1st Medical Marijuana Clinic Is Open]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:06:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_170303738.jpg
The first specialty clinic for medical marijuana opened in Annapolis in June and has seen more than 100 prospective patients -- even though the Maryland Medical Cannabis Program isn't expected to be operational...

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<![CDATA[Next Financial Crisis Could Be Around the Corner for VA]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:16:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/veterans+affairs+VA+hospital.jpg
Despite a $3 billion bailout to save some VA hospitals, a surge in patients and appointments could lead to more financial trouble. Scott MacFarlane reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Law's Nonprofit Insurance Co-Ops Awash in Red Ink]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:05:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor+stethoscope.jpg
Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead, 31 Sick Amid 'Unusual' Legionnaires' Outbreak in NYC]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:41:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/legionnaires+outbreak.jpg
Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires' disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department...

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<![CDATA[UMW to Partner With GW to Help Students Get Med Degrees]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor+stethoscope.jpg
The University of Mary Washington is partnering with the George Washington University's medical school to help students pursue medical degrees.

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<![CDATA['Bald Is Beautiful': Hogan Shares Photo After Chemo]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:11:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/11807520_1010483682329730_2317985246232861221_o.jpg
"I may be losing hair follicles, but I'm winning the battle as we kill cancer cells like crazy," the governor wrote.

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<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Having a Pet]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:49:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dog-exercise-generic-park-outside.jpg
For centuries, humans have taken animal companions into their homes. But the utility of the animals goes beyond simple companionship. The evidence is increasingly clear that having a pet can lead to a longer...

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<![CDATA[Some Cilantro Banned Over Feces, Toilet Paper in Fields: FDA]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cyclospora_cilantro.jpg
The cause of several years of intestinal illnesses among Americans appears to have been found, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA announced on Monday that it has identified the cause...]]>
<![CDATA[News 4 Your Health: New Moms and Hammocks]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:25:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-07-28_1123.jpg
Doctors may not be telling new moms everything they need to know about their babies, and hammocks can be dangerous for children. News4's Barbara Harrison and Aaron Gilchrist report.]]>
<![CDATA[Curing Cancer: A News4 Special Report]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:41:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150725+Curing+Cancer.jpg
More information about the treatments and issues that we covered in our News4 special report, "Curing Cancer," hosted by Doreen Gentzler.]]>
<![CDATA[Jail Diversion for Mentally Ill Gives Fairfax Co. Inmates' Families Hope]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:13:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072315+Joanne+Walker+and+son.jpg
A push to change how Fairfax County handles mentally ill people could keep some offenders out of jail and get them into treatment. In a four-part series, Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports how a...]]>
<![CDATA[Changes Could Be Ahead for Mentally Ill Offenders in Fairfax Co.]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:07:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011266790_1200x675_489742403693.jpg
Local leaders in Fairfax County will start pushing for new ways to handle mentally ill offenders. The push comes after what they saw on a recent trip to Texas. Only News4 was invited to attend.]]>
<![CDATA[Hogan 'Feeling Strong' After 2nd Round of Chemo]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:02:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-06-25_1710.jpg
The governor says he's getting some work done from the hospital and posted a photo that shows him talking on a cellphone with papers spread in front of him on a table.

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<![CDATA[Fairfax Co. Reevaluating How to Handle Mentally Ill Inmates]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011267449_1200x675_489734211693.jpg
After the in-custody death of Natasha McKenna in January, Fairfax County officials are reevaluating how to house and treat mentally ill offenders. For this four-part series, News4's Julie Carey traveled to Texas...]]>
<![CDATA[How Crisis Intervention Could Divert Mentally Ill People From Jail]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:20:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072315+Texas+police.jpg
In Fairfax County, there is new momentum for directing mentally ill criminal suspects to services rather than jails. "The first weapon for us is speech," a participant in a model jail diversion program in Texas...]]>
<![CDATA[EU Regulator Recommends 1st License for Malaria Vaccine ]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:32:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-Cropped.jpg
The European Medicines Agency has recommended approving what would be the world's first licensed malaria vaccine, even though it's only about 30 percent effective and its protection fades over time. In...

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<![CDATA[Rise in Autism May Be Due to Semantics: Study]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:51:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-142090923_Autism-generic.jpg
A new study out of Penn State University suggests that the increase in autism diagnosis is due to kids being classified and diagnosed differently, not because something catastrophic has happened to U.S.

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<![CDATA[Use of Morning-After Pill on Rise Among U.S. Teens]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:08:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pill1.jpg
More than one in five sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings, which likely reflect...

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<![CDATA[Md. Health Exchange Contractor Must Repay $45M]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:21:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/maryland_health_exchange_website.jpg
The prime contractor hired to build Maryland’s health exchange website must repay the state $45 million to avoid legal action due to the website’s flaws.]]>
<![CDATA[Early Drugs Halt AIDS, Prevent Spread, Studies Confirm]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:56:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/022309+AIDS+HIV+Ribbon.jpg
Two big studies detailed Monday confirm that earlier treatment for the AIDS virus not only keeps people healthy, but prevents them from infecting others, NBC News reported. The results have AIDS experts...

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<![CDATA[Oregon Scientists Develop Bacon-Flavored Seaweed]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:49:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-171386152.jpg
What grows quickly, is packed with protein, has twice the nutritional value of kale and tastes like bacon? The answer, according to scientists at Oregon State University, is a new strain of seaweed they...

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<![CDATA[Don't Use Laundry Pods in Homes With Kids: Consumer Reports]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:16:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/laundrypods.jpg
Consumer Reports is warning parents that laundry detergent pods should never be used in homes where young children live of visit. Over the last several years, Poison Control Centers have fielded an increased...

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<![CDATA[Nearly 2 Million Pounds of Chicken Recalled]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:16:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/207*120/GettyImages-177232015.jpg
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois-based Aspen Foods is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of raw, frozen chicken products over concerns they might be contaminated with salmonella.

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<![CDATA[Paralympics Hopeful Credits Table Tennis for Helping With Parkinson's]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:29:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011200632_1200x675_485762115987.jpg
Navin Kumar overcame the challenge of a partially mechanical heart to become one of the top table tennis players in the world. The Paralympics hopeful faces another challenge. Melissa Mollet reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Do You Need To Fast Before Surgery? New Guidance Says No]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:33:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010772597_1200x675_486424131860.jpg
Some doctors now say you should load up on carbohydrates before surgery, not fast. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Summer Bee Safety]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:44:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/85616053.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how to avoid bees and treat a sting.

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<![CDATA[Physical Therapists Using Cameras to Assess, Prevent Injuries]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:45:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011171003_1200x675_484344899906.jpg
New technology allows physical therapists to record minute movements of healing athletes in order to help them heal properly and even prevent future injuries. News4's Doreen Gentzler has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[Stronger Warning Labels for Common Drugs]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:39:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011133938_1200x675_482270275678.jpg
The FDA has strengthened warning labels for common drugs. Dr. Allen Taylor, chief of cardiology at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, explains.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitness Tracker Fad Wearing Down?]]> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:02:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_512666435593.jpg
Although sales of fitness trackers are strong, many of their owners lose enthusiasm for them once the novelty of knowing how many steps they've taken wears off. One research firm, Endeavour Partners, estimates...

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<![CDATA[Boy Who Got Brain Infection After Swimming Dies]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:51:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lake-generic.jpg
A 14-year-old boy who developed a rare brain infection after swimming in a Minnesota lake died Thursday, his family said in a statement as health officials worked to determine whether it was caused by a...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Doc Gets 45 Years for Scamming Hundreds of Patients]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:08:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_92118071921.jpg
A Michigan oncologist who admitted to giving hundreds of patients painful cancer treatments — many of whom didn't have the disease— sobbed as he was sentenced Friday to spend what will likely be the rest of his...]]>
<![CDATA[Liberia Confirms 2 New Ebola Cases, 120 Quarantined]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:10:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_69903945498.jpg
Two new cases of Ebola have emerged from the same Liberian community where the virus resurged the other week, the acting head of the country's Ebola Case Management Team said Thursday.

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<![CDATA[New Atrial Fibrillation Treatment]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:19:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011120151_1200x675_481404995573.jpg
A new treatment for atrial fibrillation that only takes one hour and requires no drugs can help prevent stroke. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Eat This, Not That: Summer Edition]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:59:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011119564_1200x675_481371203581.jpg
Michael Freidson from Eat This, Not That presents the heathiest options when it comes to backyard barbeque eating and drinking to News4's Pat Lawson Muse.]]>
<![CDATA[Some Anti-Depressants May Raise Birth Defects Risk: Study]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:25:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pills9.jpg
A large new study by U.S. and Canadian researchers suggests the use of some anti-depressant drugs early in pregnancy may be linked to an increased risk of birth defects in the child.

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<![CDATA[FDA Extends Deadline for Restaurant Calorie Labels Until 2016]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:35:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP080718051784calories7915.jpg
Diners will have to wait until the end of 2016 to find calorie labels on all chain restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that restaurants and other establishments will now have...

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<![CDATA[Colon Cancer Deaths Down, But Not in These Areas]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:26:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Colon-Cancer-Dr-Pedro-Jose-Greer-8-July-2015.jpg
While colon cancer deaths are down in the U.S., three regions still grapple with persistent colon cancer in their populations, according to American Cancer Society researchers.

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<![CDATA[Va. Baby Recovering After Scary Bout With Botulism]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:32:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Benjamin+Shell.jpg
A baby boy from Woodstock, Virginia, is making progress at Inova Fairfax Hospital after being stricken with a rare case of botulism.]]>
<![CDATA[What to Know About Botulism]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:26:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/botulismbaby.jpg
A baby from Woodstock, Virginia recently contracted botulism -- but what exactly is this illness?

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<![CDATA[Heroin Deaths Quadruple Across U.S.: Report]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:59:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Heroin-Generic.jpg
Health officials say the number of U.S. heroin users has grown by about 300,000 over a decade. Most of the increase was among whites, across income levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[NY Woman Is World's Oldest]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:44:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/world%27s+oldest+person+brooklyn+1.jpg
A Brooklyn centenarian celebrated her 116th birthday Monday by being certified as the world's oldest living person. Guinness World Records presented Susannah Mushatt Jones with a certificate naming her...]]>
<![CDATA[Children Likely Given Wrong Shots at Clinic: Audit]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:10:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vaccine-OTSstock.jpg
An audit found five South Jersey children were likely given the wrong immunizations during a Salem County-sponsored "Shots for Tots" clinic, health officials said. The most egregious error, officials said,...

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<![CDATA[Pet Food Company Recalls Products Over Listeria]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:42:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-468712124-%281%29.jpg
Pet food maker Stella & Chewy's is recalling some of its products because a routine test found Listeria in a sample of its chicken freeze-dried dinner patties for dogs.

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<![CDATA[Thousands in U.S. Diagnosed With Tuberculosis Every Year]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:16:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_1_tuberculosis.jpg
It may seem like an illness of the past, but 10,000 people are diagnosed with tuberculosis every year in the United States. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.

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