<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:57:05 -0500 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:57:05 -0500 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[3-D Printing Gives Chance to Little Girl Born With Heart Defect ]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:50:21 -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[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!]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:55:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140627+Expo+Overview.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[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[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,...]]>
<![CDATA[Clinics Say They Are Not Equipped to Check for Ebola ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:06:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/456871246.jpg
The arrival of the deadly Ebola virus has put the spotlight on weak spots in American hospitals, but those facilities are not the only ones on the front lines against Ebola.

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<![CDATA[Ebola Fear Factor: Why U.S. Needs a Viral Reality Check]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:08:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP797197328161.jpg
A national frenzy over the Ebola virus has led to school closings, congressional hearings and the quarantining of those who may have been exposed; but experts say politicians and the media are stoking fear of a...

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<![CDATA[Va. Gov. Organizes New Group to Respond to Ebola]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:06:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140324+McAuliffe.jpg
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the creation Friday of a unified command group comprised of multiple state agencies as part of an effort to safeguard against any spread of the Ebola virus in Virginia.

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<![CDATA[Biggest Mistakes in Cosmetic Procedures]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:07:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008214230_1200x675_344144451540.jpg
Dr.Steven Hopping of The Center for Cosmetic Surgery stops by to discuss the five biggest mistakes people make when undergoing comsetic procedures--and one of them could be fatal.]]>
<![CDATA[NIH Prepares for Arrival of Nurse With Ebola]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:54:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008204897_1200x675_343778883557.jpg
News 4's Chris Gordon talked to Montgomery County residents and officials about Nina Pham, the Texas nurse infected with Ebola, who is being moved to the National Institutes of Health for treatment.]]>
<![CDATA[D.C. Health Leaders: Don't Panic Over Ebola]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:00:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008204477_1200x675_343785027634.jpg
News4's Mark Segraves spoke to the director of D.C.'s Health Department who says local hospitals are ready if an Ebola patient is admitted.]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola-Infected Nurse in Fair But Stable Condition]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:29:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-10-16_2208.jpg
The first nurse to become infected with the Ebola virus in the United States was transferred from Dallas to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland on Thursday night.
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<![CDATA[Nurse With Ebola to Be Transferred to NIH]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:47:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008200752_1200x675_343467075521.jpg
Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, who was recently infected with Ebola, will be transferred to NIH in Bethesda as early as today.]]>
<![CDATA[Va. Inmate With Fever Does Not Have Ebola: Authorities]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:17:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_140766941.jpg
An inmate at a Loudoun County jail who was transferred to a hospital after developing a low-grade fever does not have Ebola, authorities said Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Dulles International Preparing to Screen Passengers for Ebola]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:12:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008189755_1200x675_343150147850.jpg
Dulles International is preparing to step up screening measures on international passengers Thursday. But what happens if someone actually arrives with ebola-like symptoms? Transportation reporter Adam Tuss has...]]>
<![CDATA[Monitoring Health During Flu Season]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:39:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008190001_1200x675_343075907591.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, joins News4 to discuss concerns about Ebola, seasonal allergies and sinus issues.]]>
<![CDATA[Humanitarian Group Faces New Challenges As Ebola Outbreak Worsens]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:00:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008177435_1200x675_342550595931.jpg
The aid group Save The Children stepped up its response to the Ebola outbreak as the epidemic worsened. That means heightening their own safety measures.]]>
<![CDATA[Probiotics Can Be Beneficial for Kids With Autism]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:52:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008186914_1200x675_342930499711.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses how diet could help treat children who are on the autism spectrum, and why he thinks probiotics can be particularly helpful.]]>
<![CDATA[Majority of Americans Believe U.S. Is Ready to Respond to a Possible Ebola Outbreak]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:56:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/2014-10-15_1354.jpg
NBC Senior Political Editor Mark Murray discusses the results of a recent poll on Ebola preparedness, as well as a poll on targeting ISIS.]]>
<![CDATA[Fairfax Man Helped Contain Ebola in 1970s]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:10:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/2014-10-14_1007.jpg
News4's Jackie Bensen spoke with Gary Cook, who as a young foreign service officer was tasked with helping coordinate an international response to the first outbreak of Ebola in 1976.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Without a Face]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:02:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Donnie+Fritts.jpg
Warning: The images in this story may be disturbing. That's because we're about to meet Donnie Fritts, the man without a face. He lives without a nose, cheeks and forehead because doctors had to remove...

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<![CDATA[Tips for Yoga on the Go]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:21:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008161278_1200x675_341480003598.jpg
Busy schedules can make it hard to exercise daily, but there are little tihings you can do anywhere to make yourself feel more at ease. Kim Weeks shares her take on "Yoga on the Go."]]>
<![CDATA[Dulles Begins Screening for Ebola Virus]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-10-16_2107.jpg
Temperature screenings for travelers coming from West Africa start Thursday at Dulles International Airport.]]>
<![CDATA[Poll: Nurses Concerned About Ebola Preparedness]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:55:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP968232748518.jpg
A survey by a nurses' union shows many registered nurses feel their hospitals haven't educated them enough on handling Ebola patients. News4's Kristin Wright heard the concerns from a nurse at a local hospital.

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<![CDATA[Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola Patients?]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:59:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008160958_1200x675_341433923510.jpg
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, talks about how prepared hospitals and healthcare workers in the U.S. are for Ebola.]]>
<![CDATA[D.C.-Area Man Loses Brother to Ebola]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:05:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008152059_1200x675_341116995512.jpg
One man in the D.C. area is feeling Ebola's impact like few others can. He's mourning the loss of his brother, who died during the outbreak in Liberia. News4's Derrick Ward has his story and shares what...]]>
<![CDATA[Md. Company Making Equipment to Protect Against Ebola]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:20:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008144221_1200x675_340319811869.jpg
For more than 30 years, a Maryland company has worked to keep both first-responders and average citizens safe from infectious diseases, and with the growing concerns about the Ebola virus, it’s answering...]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola Changes Travel, Culture]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:15:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008142867_1200x675_340317251923.jpg
The Ebola threat is changing cultural behaviors and travel procedures. Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[D.C. Man Suffers Neurological Illness From West Nile Virus]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:44:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/West+Nile+patient+Roy+Goldman.jpg
Two months after being hospitalized with West Nile virus, Roy Goldman still can't hear out of his left ear and his arm remains paralyzed. He told News4's Doreen Gentzler he believes he got it from a mosquito...

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<![CDATA[Hopkins Hosts Henrietta Lacks Lecture Series]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:48:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP13080605747.jpg
The annual lecture is named for Henrietta Lacks, a Baltimore woman whose cells helped to advance scientific research for decades after she died of cancer in 1951, despite the fact that Johns Hopkins did not ask...

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<![CDATA[Debunking Misconceptions About Teen Drinking]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:30:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/2014-10-10_1323.png
Teen drinking has been linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. But Dr. Joshua Weiner says that parents who talk to their kids early and often have a powerful influence on their...]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola Highlights Stingier Federal Preparedness Funding]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:40:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008129926_1200x675_339834947966.jpg
A News4 I-Team review finds the government has extra ground to make up in the fight against Ebola. As Scott MacFarlane reports, the government has, in recent years, become stingier with the money it gives...]]>