<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:18:17 -0400 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:18:17 -0400 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[$14M Awarded in Lawsuit Linking Contraceptive, Stroke]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:45:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/birth-control-pills-112012.jpg
A jury has awarded $14 million to a suburban Chicago woman who said in a lawsuit that she suffered a debilitating stroke after taking the birth control drug Yasmin.

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<![CDATA[Most Supplements Don't Work, But Americans Still Love Them]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:10:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/468518687.jpg
Although there isn't a lot of evidence that supplements are effective, Americans still love them.

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<![CDATA[What Were the Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries in 2013?]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:26:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006178641_1200x675_230566467628.jpg
Dr. Steven Hopping talks about the most popular types of cosmetic procedures in 2013.]]>
<![CDATA[Heart Attacks, Strokes Caused by Diabetes Declining]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:24:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/96789192.jpg
Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from diabetes are declining, a new federal study shows, The Associated Press reported.]]>
<![CDATA[Are You Sleep Deprived?]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:43:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006149777_1200x675_228445763945.jpg
America is a sleep deprived nation. The average American adult is getting less than the recommended 7 to 8 hours a night. Dr. Joshua Weiner shares some tips for getting a better night sleep without resorting to...]]>
<![CDATA[Obamacare Helped Nearly 10M Get Insurance: Gallup]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:18:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/481753537.jpg
A new Gallup survey out on Wednesday shows that Obamacare has helped nearly 10 million Americans get new health insurance, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[D.C. ER Doctor Reflects on Boston Bombing]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:36:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006140322_1200x675_227982403892.jpg
A D.C. emergency room doctor reflects on her experiences working in Boston during last year's bombing. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[New Technique for Firmer Skin, Post-Pregnancy]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:21:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006134988_1200x675_227500099819.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess discusses new ways to firm up loose skin post-pregnancy.]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Kills at Least 100]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:36:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP432605816756.jpg
Over 100 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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<![CDATA[Low Blood Sugar Tied to "Hangry" Fights With Spouses]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:38:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/voodoo-doll.jpg
Could low blood sugar make you so "hangry" you'd be more prone to abusing your spouse? That's what a new study tried to find out.

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<![CDATA[Fussy Kids Watching More Television, Study Finds]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:22:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/143038568.jpg
Parents of fussy kids may be creating a generation of television binge-watchers by using screen time to soothe their children, a new study suggests.

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<![CDATA[Sebelius: Health Care Launch "Terribly Flawed"]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:27:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/187106998.jpg
Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the administration's own predictions that the new health care law's online sign-up system would be ready by Oct.

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<![CDATA[Mental Health Admissions Soar After Deeds Tragedy]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:56:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/hospitalbed1.jpg
Admissions at mental health facilities have spiked following the high profile suicide of a state senator's son.

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<![CDATA[Removing Stigma from Lung Cancer]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:46:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Molly-Golbon.jpg
Lung cancer is not jut a smoker's disease. NBC Bay Area's Stephanie Chuang profiles a Menlo Park woman who is changing the face of lung cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[Adult ADHD Diagnoses Soar]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:38:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006069610_1200x675_221616707843.jpg
The number of adults diagnosed with ADHD has increased 53 percent in five years. Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses the symptoms and treatments.]]>
<![CDATA["Teen Mom" May Have Helped Lower Teen Birth Rate]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:37:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP091209124055.jpg
The teen birth rate in the United States has reached a new low, causing some psychologists to wonder if they have been unfairly critical of television shows that feature pregnancy in adolescents.

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<![CDATA[D.C. Council Considers Lifting Restrictions on Medical Marijuana]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:03:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/6d1e27321249485c976dbb0db6d138be.jpg
All 13 members of the D.C. Council signed on to a bill that would lift restrictions on who qualifies for medical marijuana.]]>
<![CDATA[Are E-Cigarettes Causing More Harm Than Good?]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:03:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/eCigarettes1.jpg
Doreen Gentzler reports on "vaping" - short for vaporizing. It's the term e-cigarette users use for inhaling nicotine vapor. They say it allows them to satisfy their nicotine addiction but without the...

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<![CDATA[Analyzing Anti-Aging Labels]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:55:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006052984_1200x675_220261955729.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burress helps you understand the buzz words on anti-aging products.]]>
<![CDATA[Eatery Cancels Autism Fundraiser Due to Backlash]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:57:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/chilis-sign-storefront.jpg
Chili’s canceled fundraisers for over 1200 restaurants nationwide for a group that says that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position widely discredited by the medical community. To honor...

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<![CDATA[Stimulator Helps Paralyzed Patients Move Legs]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:46:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP447175502992+%281%29.jpg
Four men paralyzed after severe spinal cord injuries can all move their legs again after treatments with an electrical stimulator.

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<![CDATA[Viagra May Boost Risk of Deadly Skin Cancer: Study]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:48:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/viagra-crop.jpg
Viagra may be a boon for men with erectile dysfunction, but it may come with a trade-off: A new preliminary study finds that it may boost the risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga Moves to Beat Post-Winter Blues]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:10:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-04-07_1222.jpg
Still feeling a little "blah" after the long winter? Kim Weeks of Boundless Yoga shows how to welcome spring with cleansing twists that could help you feel better.]]>
<![CDATA[Va. Governor Signs Mental Health Bill]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:57:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1001+Terry+McAuliffe.jpg
Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sen. Creigh Deeds are joining efforts to improve Virginia's mental health system.

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<![CDATA[3 Die of Meningitis in LA]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:55:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/invasive+meningococcal+disease.jpg
A day after health officials said at least eight cases of the most dangerous form of meningitis hit Los Angeles County since January, three men have died from it, officials said.]]>
<![CDATA[Fertility Drugs Do Not Raise Breast Cancer Risk: Study]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:05:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/468518687.jpg
Women who took a fertility drug called Clomid don’t have any higher risk of breast cancer, even 30 years later, than women who did not, a new study conducted by the National Cancer Institute found, NBC...

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<![CDATA[Stress May Contribute to a More Allergy-Heavy Spring]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:44:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/01-22-2014-allergy-pollen-bloom.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Md., says that there may be a link between how stressed you are and how much allergy season will affect

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<![CDATA[Battling Teen Depression]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:22:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-04-02_1226.jpg
Nearly 20 percent of teens have experienced suicidal thoughts, and eight percent will attempt it. In many cases, depression is a big factor. Dr. Joshua Weiner explains how to identify depression in your teen.]]>
<![CDATA[Liquid Therapy? Experts Warn of Alcohol Abuse by Moms]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:27:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/480242977.jpg
For many moms looking to relieve stress, wine and cocktails are part of their weekly routine, even on play dates.

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<![CDATA[8,730 Pounds of Chicken Recalled]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:57:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/recalled-chicken.jpg
AdvancePierre Foods is recalling approximately 8,730 pounds of frozen chicken breast products due to misprinting and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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<![CDATA[Norovirus Precautions at American University]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:58:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/American+University.jpg
American University’s health center sent out a notice about students possibly sick with norovirus.

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<![CDATA[Using Botox to Treat Depression]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:23:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000005966102_1200x675_213401667851.jpg
Could Botox be used to treat depression? One local doctor is exploring if the treatment can be used to relax angry or sad faces, leading the brain to think the patient is]]>
<![CDATA[Duke Scientists Create Self-Healing Muscles in Lab]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:21:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/140331-science-muscles_53c7d720ac38d1423450a1fdef3e2140.nbcnews-ux-920-900.jpg
Biomedical engineers have developed lab-grown skeletal muscles able to flex as just like biologically grown ones and even heal themselves if they are damaged.

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<![CDATA[Missed the Obamacare Deadline? Here's What You Should Know]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:31:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ObamaCarePic.jpg
Monday was the last day to enroll in a health insurance plan on the federal and state Obamacare exchanges. If you procrastinated, or if you're just wondering what happens next, here's what you need to know...

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<![CDATA[Diet Drinks Linked With Heart Disease, Death: Study]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:49:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP070830045525.jpg
A new study published Saturday suggests that women who drink a lot of diet soda may be at a greater risk of heart disease and even death, NBC News reported.]]>
<![CDATA[Deaf Woman Hears for the First Time]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:49:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-021.jpg
Joan Milne was born deaf and was overcome with emotion when she heard a nurse reciting the days of the week for the first time.]]>
<![CDATA[Fines Loom With Healthcare Enrollment Deadline Approaching]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:16:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/459138793.jpg
Time is running out to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Monday is the deadline to sign-up or apply for an extension. As News4's Derrick Ward tells us, if you don't you could face a pretty hefty...

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<![CDATA[High Cholesterol Found in Preteens]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:12:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-021.jpg
A news study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams, The Associated Press

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<![CDATA[Marriage Healthy for the Heart?]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:51:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/just+married.jpg
A study of more than 3.5 million Americans found that married people were less likely than single, divorced or widowed people to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel

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<![CDATA[How to Avoid Chronic Gum Disease]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:53:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000005927801_1200x675_209480259762.jpg
Dr. Steven Hopping from the Center for Cosmetic Surgery talks about a Health News report that says 30 percent of Americans suffer from chronic gum disease.]]>
<![CDATA[Sex Harassment Study: Surprise Effect on Military Men]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:46:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/military+troops+generic.jpg
Frightening and threatening sexual harassment in the military may cause its male victims more distress than its female victims, a new study by the American Psychological Association has]]>
<![CDATA[6 Million Have Enrolled on Obamacare Sites: White House]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:48:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/453041979.jpg
More than 6 million people have enrolled in health insurance on the new Obamacare exchanges, the White House said Thursday, offering a sign that a massive last-minute sign-up surge has panned out as predicted.

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<![CDATA[Autism Rates Jump by 30 Percent in Kids: CDC]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:16:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/autism6.jpg
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 30 percent jump among 8-year-olds diagnosed with the autism in a two-year period, to one in every 68 children, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Weight Loss Rules]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:20:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000005914179_1200x675_208329283949.jpg
Want to lose weight? Avoiding certain foods may be important. J.J. Smith, a nutritionist and certified weight-loss expert, joins Barbara Harrison on News4 Midday to share her five foods to avoid.]]>
<![CDATA[Affordable Care Act Deadline Looms]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:16:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000005910466_1200x675_208355395937.jpg
Efforts to get people to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act are intensifying as a deadline for enrollment looms. News4's Zachary Kiesch has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[Autism Linked to Prenatal Brain Growth Problems]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:48:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/brain_scan_722x406_2214458385.jpg
A small study that examined brains from children who died found abnormal patterns of cell growth in autistic children. The research bolsters evidence that something before birth might cause autism, at least...

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<![CDATA[Pilates as a Total-Body Workout]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:05:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/11am-pilates.jpg
Reformation Fitness trainers demonstrate moves on a pilates reformer and discuss the benefits of this total-body workout.]]>
<![CDATA[Obamacare Enrollees Could Get More Time to Sign Up]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:45:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/453041979.jpg
The deadline to sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges is March 31 — but people who have been trying to enroll may be able to buy themselves some more time past that date,...

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<![CDATA[New Cataracts Procedure Unique for Each Patient]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:20:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cataracts+eye+doctor.jpg
A new treatment for a condition that almost everyone will develop at some point in their life, cataracts, is unique for each patient. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Texas to Get $5M Abortion Clinic]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:47:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/planned-parenthood-722.jpg
Planned Parenthood will open a $5 million abortion clinic in San Antonio that adheres to the strict new abortion rules that Texas lawmakers adopted last year, the organization said Monday at a fundraising event....

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<![CDATA[Banishing Under-Eye Bags]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:34:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-03-25_1151.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess shares new techniques for more youthful-looking eyes.]]>
<![CDATA[Md. Committee Rejects Plan to Allow Raw Milk Sales]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:31:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/milk-generic-81291219.jpg
The debate on raw milk legislation continues as a Maryland committee plans to reject legislation for raw milk sales.

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<![CDATA[Air Pollution Kills 7 Million People a Year: WHO]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:39:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/smog1.jpg
Air pollution kills about 7 people throughout the world each year, the World Health Organization said in a new report out Tuesday — most of them due to fumes from indoor

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<![CDATA[Pa. Soldier Seeks Cure in China]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:10:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP090412022437.jpg
A York County, Pa., soldier left partially paralyzed when he was shot in Afghanistan nearly two years ago is banking on stem cells to help him regain movement, The Associated Press

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<![CDATA[Recall for Parkers Farm Products]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:10:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1148953.jpg
A major recall out of Minnesota is affecting foods sold at Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, Whole Foods and more stores nationwide. Parkers Farm Acquisition has issued a voluntary recall of certain peanut...

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<![CDATA[Girl Inspires Nationwide Support]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:56:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Hannahs-Law.jpg
A fundraiser is set to take place next month for a Levittown baby girl who captured the hearts of thousands nationwide and even inspired the proposal of a state law. Born on January 15, 2013, Hannah...

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<![CDATA[Docs Forced to Alter Surgery Plans for Obese Girl]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:26:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obese-girl-needs-surgery.jpg
Doctors operating on a Texas girl suffering from rare medically-induced obesity had to alter their plans in the middle of the surgery on Friday due to complications, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[New Technology Means Better Knee Surgeries]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:12:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/146275121.jpg
New digital mapping technology is allowing doctors to drastically improve the outcome of knee surgeries and improve the fit of new knees on patients' bodies. Knee replacement surgery has become an increasingly...

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<![CDATA[A New Treatment for Varicose Veins]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:03:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000005848575_1200x675_202275395687.jpg
Dr. Paul McNeill of Capitol Vein & Laser Centers talks about a new treatment available to get rid of varicose veins in legs.]]>
<![CDATA[Pharrell, UN Celebrate International Day of Happiness]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:35:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/476345137.jpg
If the first day of spring was not enough to make you happy, Thursday is also the 2nd Annual International Day of Happiness.

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