<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Tue, 31 May 2016 19:55:09 -0400 Tue, 31 May 2016 19:55:09 -0400 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Sisters Diagnosed Weeks Apart Fight Breast Cancer Together]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:52:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16151686561732.jpg
Two Utah sisters grew up in the same bedroom, went to the same college, worked for almost a decade at the same company and have visited over 50 countries side by side. Now every three weeks, they sit together in...

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<![CDATA[Inside the Lab That Found the Latest Superbug]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:08:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
The news startled doctors across the country last week. A small team at the Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) lab in Maryland that specializes in testing germs for...

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<![CDATA[Health Experts Urge WHO to Consider Moving Rio Olympics]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:02:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_434012548357.jpg
Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak. The 150 experts — including a former...

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 23:43:58 -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[Possible Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Rat Study]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 20:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-498338511.jpg
A partial report from a U.S. government study on on rats and mice has found a possible link between cellphones and cancer, giving new life to the longstanding debate over whether cellphone use might lead...

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<![CDATA[Dr. Heimlich, Now 96, Uses His Maneuver for 1st Time ]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:51:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_896824622743.jpg
The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich maneuver recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior...

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<![CDATA[6 BBQ Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:25:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/BBQ-Template-6.jpg
BBQ and picnic season is just beginning. Here are a few tips to make sure you kick off the season with a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[What Works for Keeping Mosquitoes Away]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:42:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014849339_1200x675_693755459544.jpg
Many products promise to protect you from getting bit by mosquitoes, including specially treated clothing. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan shares what works.]]>
<![CDATA[Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Found in US for 1st Time]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:32:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
A drug resistant “superbug” feared by doctors has shown up in the U.S. for the first time, researchers reported Thursday. The germ, E. coli bacteria with the mcr-1 gene mutation, was found in a Pennsylvania...

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<![CDATA[Fake Perfume Bust Finds Ingredients Linked to Cancer, Organ Damage]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 09:54:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/perfume-arrests-0525.jpg
Federal agents seized cases of fake perfume – some of which contained ingredients linked to cancer and organ damage – and made five arrests in a counterfeiting bust Wednesday morning, authorities said. Homeland...

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<![CDATA[Telemedicine Will Let You Visit Doctor Without Going to the Office]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 18:49:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/telemedicine+monitor.jpg
Soon, with telemedicine, you won’t have to go to the office to see your doctor. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how it works.

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<![CDATA[Candy-Like Edible Marijuana Is Sending Kids to ERs]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 14:26:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/149252006-edible-marijuana.jpg
In Oregon, an 8-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after finding a marijuana cookie at a park. In Michigan, two children were sent to the ER after getting into a man's stash of gummy candy containing...

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<![CDATA[Biden to Host National Cancer Research Summit in Washington]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 20:51:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Joe_Biden_Raw_Interview_19209141_1200x675_673598019892.jpg
Although the participant list hasn't been announced, Biden's office said cancer survivors and researchers would join data experts and representatives from federal agencies working on treatments for the disease.

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<![CDATA[Finding Peace in a Labyrinth Walk]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:30:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014830564_1200x675_692664387852.jpg
In advance of her new documentary, "Labyrinth Journeys," Cintia Cabib discusses the use of labyrinths, paths that allow walkers to lose themselves in personal reflection.]]>
<![CDATA[Family Health Care Costs Have Tripled Since '01: Analysis]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 16:44:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/HEALTH_GettyImages-544488581.jpg
The costs of providing health care to an average American family surpassed $25,000 for the first time in 2016 — even as the rate of health cost increases slowed to a record low, a new analysis revealed...

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<![CDATA[BMX Legend Dave Mirra Had Brain Disease: Report]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 14:33:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mirra-GettyImages-82166876.jpg
Doctors have reportedly concluded that BMX rider Dave Mirra, who took his own life in February, suffered from the brain disease CTE. ESPN reports a neuropathologist at the University of Toronto and two others...

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<![CDATA[Woman Posts Signs to Search for Kidney Donor]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 18:34:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014816645_1200x675_691834435880.jpg
A woman in desperate need of a kidney donor has turned to an old-fashioned way of spreading the word. News4's Molette Green reports.]]>
<![CDATA[DC Greens Links Communities to Healthy Foods]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 14:01:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014816524_1200x675_691843651786.jpg
Food education, food access and food policy are all part of the mission of DC Greens, a local nonprofit that helps link neighborhoods to healthy foods. Tuesday night, the organization wants you to eat well...]]>
<![CDATA['Natural' Mosquito Repellents Don't Last: Consumer Reports]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 10:48:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Most so-called natural mosquito repellents containing naturally derived oils smell nice but don't keep mosquitos off as long as those containing synthetic chemicals, Consumer Reports found. Consumer Reports...

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<![CDATA[No Harm From 'Cry It Out' Baby Sleep Method: Study]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 09:00:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg
A new study suggests that infants left to CIO — "cry it out" or cry themselves to sleep will not suffer any emotional, behavioral or parental attachment problems, Today.com reported.

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<![CDATA[VA Begins Bold Moves to Fight Zika Virus]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 20:13:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Virginia mounts an aggressive campaign to prevent Zika virus from spreading.

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<![CDATA[New Prosthetic Arm Offers Life-Like Touch]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 19:12:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_prostheticarm0523_1920x1080.jpg
A unique, thought-controlled prosthetic arm developed in part by the Hanger Clinic in Gig Harbor, Washington, uses the the body's nerve signals to control movement.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitbit Heart Rate Trackers 'Highly Inaccurate': Study]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:47:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/579056257-fitbit-charge-hr.jpg
A class action lawsuit against Fitbit may be bolstered by the release of a new study claiming the company's popular heart rate trackers are "highly inaccurate," CNBC reports. Researchers at the California State...

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<![CDATA[NFL Sought to Influence Study on Brain Injuries: Report]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:42:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nfl+football+generic.jpg
National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.

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<![CDATA[Food Nutrition Labels Getting Makeover]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 20:18:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014786194_1200x675_689947203821.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration announced new requirements for most packaged foods and drinks, including updating calories and servings to reflect a more accurate amount of food people eat today.]]>
<![CDATA[5 Easy Ways to Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 14:02:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/YellowFeverMosquitoes-AP_96386058689.jpg
Summer is just around the corner for the DMV, which means mosquito season will also be here before we know it.

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<![CDATA[157 Pregnant Women in US States Have Zika: CDC]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 14:13:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/embarazo225.jpg
The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is reporting cases. Previously, officials had reported how many pregnant...

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<![CDATA[Makeover Coming for Food Nutrition Labels]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 11:00:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-513330566-grocery.jpg
Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars. And serving sizes will be updated to make them...

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<![CDATA[Oprah Winfrey Say She Cheats on Weight Watchers]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 10:19:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-522758200.jpg
Winfrey, who's lost upwards of 26 lbs. since becoming a Weight Watchers spokesperson last summer, does allow for a few indulgences.

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<![CDATA[Frozen Food Recall Covers Hundreds of Items]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 12:13:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-518961258.jpg
Amid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem the listeria-linked illnesses...

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<![CDATA[Half of US Cancer Deaths Due to Bad Habits: Study ]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 19:23:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SmokingCigarettes-AP_16117589693563.jpg
Researchers say people are in charge of their own risk of cancer — with as many as half of cancer deaths related to things people could easily change, NBC News reported. Smoking, heavy drinking, being...

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<![CDATA[Yellow Fever in Africa Not a Public Emergency: WHO]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 17:31:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/YellowFeverMosquitoes-AP_96386058689.jpg
The World Health Organization said the current yellow fever outbreak in central African requires urgent action, but doesn’t amount to a public health emergency, NBC News reports. The organization’s advisory...

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<![CDATA[Study: DC Residents Wait Weeks for Mental Health Care]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 15:56:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/phone+call+051816.jpg
People who are insured through D.C.’s three largest exchanges may struggle to get a mental health appointment -- or even get a psychiatrist’s office on the phone, according to a study.

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<![CDATA[House GOP Presses Ahead With $622M Bill to Fight Zika]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 04:40:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Republicans controlling the House pushed through on Wednesday a $622 million bill to battle the Zika virus, setting up challenging and high-stakes negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and the White House...

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<![CDATA[Health Experts to Test HIV Vaccine in South Africa]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 20:43:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ThaiHIVVaccineTest-AP_09092502984.jpg
Scientists will be testing an HIV vaccine in South Africa that has had some success, NBC News reported. The risk of infection dropped for 31 percent of volunteers tested in Thailand in 2009 when they were given...

<![CDATA[Common Sleep Apnea Can Be Hard to Identify]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 19:03:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sleep+Apnea+Study+051816.jpg
Up to 30 percent of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but it can be hard to identify because it happens while you’re asleep.

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<![CDATA[Cancer Drug Keeps Some Patients Alive for 3 Years]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 19:37:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/JimmyCarter-AP_473126061319.jpg
A drug that helped former President Jimmy Carter’s cancer disappear is helping many other patients with similar conditions, NBC News reports. The drug, Keytruda, stops tumor cells from cloaking themselves...

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<![CDATA[Cosmetics Can't Claim They Lighten, Plump Up Skin, FDA Says]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 17:50:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-464778768.jpg
Reviva Labs, a popular brand of cosmetics, must either prove its products plump skin, regenerate collagen and lighten age spots, or stop claiming they do, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The...

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<![CDATA[Summer Safety: Choosing the Best Mosquito Repellent]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 11:31:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014750887_1200x675_687835203978.jpg
Mosquitoes are part of summertime, but this summer, they're a top concern because of the Zika virus. That's why insect repellents might be a smart choice while you're outside. News4's Consumer Reporter...]]>
<![CDATA[DC Named America's Fittest City -- Again]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 09:57:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dog-exercise-generic-park-outside.jpg
Congratulations, Washington, D.C.! For the third year in a row, the District has been named America's fittest city.

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<![CDATA[Dr. Weiner Talks About Transgender Bathroom Directive]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 13:28:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014754917_1200x675_688058435959.jpg
Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between...]]>
<![CDATA[Maternal Depression During Pregnancy]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 23:53:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014748001_1200x675_687685187658.jpg
Experts who focus on pregnancy and mental health went to Capitol Hill to shine a light on depression, a significant problem for women and their families. News4's Doreen Gentzler has more.]]>
<![CDATA[Report Finds Some Sunscreens Less Effective Than Promised]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 13:22:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014746579_1200x675_687551043644.jpg
News4 Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan explains the results of a new report that found many sunscreen brands offer less protection than promised on the bottle.]]>
<![CDATA[Penis Transplant Recipient Speaks]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 21:06:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_419817354546.jpg
With a warm and upbeat attitude, Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, said he's a lucky guy — thankful for his doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, and thankful to be the first man in the country...

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<![CDATA[Many Sunscreens Don’t Meet SPF Claims: Consumer Reports]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 08:32:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200535755-001.jpg
Consumer Reports tested 65 water-resistant sunscreens with SPF numbers of 30 or higher and found that nearly half did not meet their SPF claims. Nearly three-quarters of "natural" sunscreens also fell...

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<![CDATA[Zika More Worrying but Olympics Shouldn't Be Moved: UN]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 08:56:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-150271779.jpg
The World Health Organization's chief said Tuesday the agency is increasingly worried about the Zika virus, even though it does not recommend canceling or postponing the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in...

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<![CDATA[Heart Attacks Are 'Silent' in Nearly Half of Cases: Study]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 19:33:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/medical-GettyImages-57229731.jpg
A new study released Monday found that 45 percent of heart attacks in the United States are "silent" — people don't realize they're having them, NBC News reports. But even though these heart attacks do...

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<![CDATA[In Surprising Turnabout, Oklahoma Eyes Medicaid Expansion]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 08:21:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OKLAHOMA_AP_16134820205716.jpg
Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a...

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<![CDATA[Planning for a Healthy Pregnancy]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 17:25:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-05-16_1723_001.jpg
Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, shares steps you can take now to make your journey to pregnancy a little easier and a little safer.]]>
<![CDATA[1st Penis Transplant in US]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 08:52:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_419817354546.jpg
Massachusetts General Hospital said Monday is has performed the nation's first penis transplant. Last week, during the 15-hour procedure, surgeons connected the intricate vascular nerve structures of a...

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<![CDATA[ Pfizer Blocks Use of Its Drugs for Executions]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 20:19:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PfizerLogo-GettyImages-524975736%281%29.jpg
The Pfizer drug company is taking steps to ensure its products do not wind up in cocktails being used to execute prisoners, NBC News reported. "Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of...

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<![CDATA[Living Long: Centenarians Share Their Secrets ]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 14:59:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_13060501691.jpg
When it comes to living long, people who've lived to be 100 years old get asked is "what's your secret?" But their keys to longevity seems to be as varied as their lives are long. Though genetics may be...

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<![CDATA[Eun and Aaron Reveal Results of Their Sleep Studies]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 09:19:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014701779_1200x675_685071427862.jpg
So how much sleep do the News4 Today anchors actually get? Well ... not very much. And how much should you get? We take a deeper look.]]>
<![CDATA[Senate Strikes Bipartisan Deal Worth $1.1 Billion to Fight Zika]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 20:56:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
The Senate struck a bipartisan compromise deal to give President Obama more than half the money he’s asked for to fight the Zika virus, NBC News reports. The deal was brokered by Missouri Sen.

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<![CDATA[Napping Can Protect Body From Diseases]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 19:26:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/napping-generic-man-couch.jpg
Frequent napping can protect your body from diseases. According to two studies, naps can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and heart attacks. Doctors at the University of Maryland's Sleep Disorders Center...]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Cheryl Iglesia Talks National Women's Health Week]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 13:11:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014692663_1200x675_684538435918.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Iglesia, urogynecologist at Medstar Washington, comes to NBC4 for National Women's Health Week.]]>
<![CDATA[This Is My Brave Raises Mental Illness Awareness on Stage]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 20:21:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014684910_1200x675_683977283735.jpg
This Is My Brave is a stage production where people share their experiences with mental illness in all kinds of creative ways. Doreen Gentzler reports. Buy tickets here.]]>
<![CDATA[How Rainy Weather Affects Allergies]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 20:11:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/011016+rain+weather+generic.jpg
Two rainy weeks have some allergy sufferers feeling better but others feeling much worse. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains.

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<![CDATA[ FDA to Redefine 'Healthy,' 'Natural' Foods]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 18:01:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FDALogo0GettyImages-549010409%281%29.jpg
The Food and Drug Association is redefining what “healthy” really means following years of pressure to make changes to the way it labels food products, NBC News reports. Congress is also urging the FDA...

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<![CDATA[Pregnant CrossFit Competitor Responds to Critics]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 15:50:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pregnant-woman-weight-lifter-today-160509-tease_c3701d86f14bf39ef4e4b38803d8cc84.today-inline-large.jpg
A North Carolina personal trainer has come under fire on social media for exercising six days a week while pregnant and completing strenuous workouts even past her due date. Emily Breeze, a two-time CrossFit...

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<![CDATA[Walnuts Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 13:20:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-121816140.jpg
United Natural Trading LLC is recalling several walnut and walnut-containing products sold under the Nature’s Promise, Woodstock, Market Basket and Woodfield Farms brands due to a possible listeria...

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<![CDATA[Too Much Folic Acid Linked to Higher Risk of Autism: Study]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 11:23:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-513208443.jpg
For decades, pregnant women and women who may become pregnant have been advised to take folic acid to help prevent certain birth defects. But a new study suggests it may be possible to get too much of a...

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<![CDATA[Tutor Teaches Meditation to Students Who Stress About Tests]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 18:43:24 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014670007_1200x675_683038787636.jpg
A local tutor helping high school students prepare for tests saw how much anxiety they were feeling, so she started offering meditation classes. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[DC Giving Out Free Bug Spray, Condoms to Fight Zika]]> Sat, 14 May 2016 08:58:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/virus+zika+puerto+rico.jpg
The D.C. Department of Health will distribute free Zika virus prevention kits in all eight wards Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Bullying Is a Public Health Problem: Report]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 15:00:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617857967.jpg
Bullying is a "serious public health problem," and should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids, a leading panel of experts warned Tuesday. "Its prevalence perpetuates its normalization.

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<![CDATA[Swaddling May Increase SIDS Risk: Study]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 11:11:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg
Swaddling may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, if babies are placed on their stomachs or when they sleep on their sides, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed data from four...

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<![CDATA[Tips for Getting Better Sleep]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 19:28:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sleeping+generic.jpg
Dr. Steven Scharf, with the University of Maryland Sleep Disorders Center, shares how you can get better sleep each night.]]>
<![CDATA[CRF Frozen Food Recall Affects More Products]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 10:56:52 -0400 said it has destroyed those products it has, and anyone who purchased any may return them for a refund.]]> said it has destroyed those products it has, and anyone who purchased any may return them for a refund.]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/frozen-food-recall-ajinomoto.jpg
More products are being taken from the shelves as part of the expanding CRF frozen food recall over possible listeria contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Among the latest round...

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<![CDATA[E-Cigarette Poisonings Surge in Young Children: Study]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 20:59:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/462428762.jpg
Electronic cigarettes have sickened rising numbers of young children, a study of U.S. poison center calls has found. Most cases involve swallowing liquid nicotine. While most kids weren't seriously harmed, one...

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<![CDATA['Before I Forget': B. Smith, Husband on Alzheimer's]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 13:55:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-05-09_1318.jpg
Restaurateur and model B. Smith visits the studio with her husband, Dan Gasby, to talk about their new book "Before I Forget" about their experiences with Alzheimer's.]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Say 'Second Skin' Tightens Baggy Eyes]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 14:07:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/160509-second-skin-eyes-mdl_b07089e163e3774cad54b204caf36f04.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
Dry legs? Saggy eyes? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have developed a two-step formula that tightens baggy eyes and can keep dry legs from flaking.

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: A News4 Special Report]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 14:09:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150508+Changing+Minds.jpg
For the last two years, News4 has focused attention on mental illness -- and ending its stigma -- with its special series, Changing Minds. News4's Doreen Gentzler has stories of people who have risen...]]>
<![CDATA['Solar Kids': Brothers Become Paralyzed Each Night]]> Fri, 06 May 2016 11:02:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_366772355998.jpg
The two brothers have come to be known as the "solar kids" and their case has completely mystified Pakistani doctors. Ages 9 and 13, the boys are normal active children during the day.

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<![CDATA[FDA Brings E-Cigarettes Under Federal Authority]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 17:58:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/184769106.jpg
Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting to position itself as...

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<![CDATA[Wellness Week: Myths About Fasting]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 09:17:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014611149_1200x675_679881283897.jpg
Fasting has become a huge trend for dieters, but do they really work? Nutritionist Taylor Wallace talked to News4 about fasting, and said it may have the opposite effect dieters are hoping for.]]>
<![CDATA[New Robot Surgeon Works on Its Own]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 21:50:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/160504-robot-surgery-mn-1506_64766b4b95b687114fdd1811d9967469.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
A new type of robot can perform tricky surgery as well as — and in some cases better than — human surgeons, NBC News reported. Researchers with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington said the...

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<![CDATA[Infected Mosquitoes Can't Transmit Zika Virus: Study]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 20:22:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Zika-GettyImages-506977656%281%29.jpg
Infecting mosquitoes with a strain of bacteria reduced their ability to transmit the Zika virus, according to Brazilian researchers, NBC News reported. Mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria have been...

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<![CDATA[Improv Class Offers Special Skills for Psychotherapists]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 19:49:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014605163_1200x675_679550019721.jpg
Learning about comedy improvisation offers special skills for therapists, helping them be in the moment with their clients. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Errors No. 3 Cause of Death in US: Experts]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 18:16:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SurgicalInstruments-GettyImages-511163598.jpg
Two medical experts said Wednesday that medical mistakes — from surgical disasters to accidental drug overdoses — are the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., NBC News reported. Dr.

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<![CDATA[How to Help Someone Struggling With Addiction]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:43:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014599753_1200x675_679247939638.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses the nation's growing problem with opioid addiction -- and what to look for in a loved one who may be struggling. He also offers safety tips for those who are prescribed prescription...]]>
<![CDATA[Wellness Week: Staying Healthy at Work]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 07:06:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-05-04_0551.png
Many people have trouble finding time to get up when they're at work. VIDA trainer Juliet Stovall has some tips on when and how you can stretch right at your work station.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Sprayed Poison on Food: FBI]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 11:26:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ann+arbor+mice+poison+fbi.jpg
A man is in custody after he admitted to spraying a contaminant that officials believe contained mouse poison on unpackaged food at several Michigan grocery stores, authorities said. An investigation indicated

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<![CDATA[US Not Ready for Zika Virus: Experts ]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 22:56:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_71939457309-zika.png
Zika virus is going to start spreading in the United States and the country's not ready for it, experts said Tuesday. It probably won't spread much — most areas in the U.S. don't have the right conditions...

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<![CDATA[Infections Can Cause Mental Illness]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:19:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014590430_1200x675_678796355726.jpg
Some psychological problems can be caused by physical illness, but as News4's Doreeen Gentzler reports, psychological problems will often resolve with the right treatment.]]>
<![CDATA[National Conversation on Child Mental Health]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 17:33:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150505+ReidEwing.jpg
Caring for children's mental health takes a team approach: Family, health care professionals and educators. That's the goal behind National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

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<![CDATA[CRF Frozen Foods Recalls 358 Fruit, Veggie Products]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 18:07:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-518961258.jpg
CRF Frozen Foods said Monday it's expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables after several people have become sick with listeria infections. Eight people have...

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<![CDATA[The Republic of Tea Recalls Green Tea]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 10:45:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-73975793.jpg
The California-based company The Republic of Tea is recalling one of its green tea blends as a precaution over fears of possible salmonella contamination. The company said Monday that the voluntary recall...

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<![CDATA['Biggest Loser' Study Shows How Your Body Fights Against Weight Loss]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:17:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DannyCahill-138373183.jpg
Your body doesn't want you to lose all that weight. A study that followed 14 of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" six years after the season ended has detailed just how the body...

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<![CDATA[How to Check for Skin Cancer]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:11:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-05-02_1108.jpg
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Roughly one in five Americans will develop it at some point. The most deadly form is melanoma, and it can start as just a small mole.]]>
<![CDATA[Park Rx: Get Healthy in National Parks]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 14:33:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014569121_1200x675_677812803539.jpg
Getting outside is good for physical and mental health, doctors say. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis discusses a new movement to encourage people to get out and exercise.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg': Experts]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 07:20:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The explosion of cases of birth defects caused by Zika virus may be the "tip of the iceberg," experts s