<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usThu, 17 Aug 2017 13:43:14 -0400Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:43:14 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Docs Criticize Move by Top Drug Middleman to Limit Opioids ]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:54:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioid-Pills1.jpg
The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions...

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<![CDATA[Teen Overdose Death Rate Doubles]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:21:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_teenoverdoses0816_1500x845.jpg
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a steep increase in fatal drug overdoses involving teenagers ages 15 - 19 since 2015 after years of decline. Deaths from fatal drug overdoses]]>
<![CDATA[Overdoses on the Road: Drugged Driving Rises as a Menace]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:13:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-517238888.jpg
An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving.

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<![CDATA[Arkansas Can Block Planned Parenthood Money: Federal Court]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:26:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/arkansasabortion_1200x675.jpg
A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, two years after the state ended its contract with the group over videos secretly recorded by...

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<![CDATA[If Trump Cuts Obamacare Subsidies, Premiums Will Spike: CBO]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:45:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17206719818863.jpg
The Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare premiums will increase by 20 percent next year and by 25 percent in 2020 — if President Donald Trump ends key federal subsidies to the program. The CBO report...

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 15:37:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20140430+ChangingMinds2.jpg
NBC4 is shining a light on mental health and mental illness by providing education, information and hope.]]>
<![CDATA[DC Short on Beds for Inmates Who Need Mental Evaluations]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:46:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Shortage_of_Mental_Hospital_Beds_for_DC_Inmates.jpg
D.C. is dealing with a shortage of beds for inmates who need mental health services.]]>
<![CDATA[How Eclipse-Watching Without Protection Can Hurt Your Vision]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:15:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/081417+aimee+cho+eye+damage.jpg
Think you can look at the eclipse for a few seconds without eye protection and be fine? Don't risk it.

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<![CDATA[Mobile Clinic Delivers Low-Cost Care to Families in Need]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:34:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mobile_Clinic_Delivers_Low_Cost_Health_Care_to_Families_in_N.jpg
The Children's Health Project of D.C. delivers high-quality, low-cost health care to families in need. News4's Justin Finch shows how to take advantage.]]>
<![CDATA[Apple, Aetna Meeting to Bring Apple Watch to Aetna: Sources]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:25:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/applewatchcolorful-1200x675.jpg
Apple and Aetna held secret meetings last week to bring Apple's health- and fitness-tracking device, Apple Watch, to Aetna customers, according to three sources who spoke with CNBC.

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<![CDATA[A Stronger Medicaid Emerges From GOP Health Overhaul Debate]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:32:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/809452094-Medicaid-protests.jpg
Medicaid, a 1960s Great Society pillar long reviled by conservatives, seems to have emerged even stronger after the Republican failure to pass health overhaul legislation. The federal-state health insurance...

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<![CDATA[Student Seeking Paramedic Internship Saves Choking Man]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:50:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg
A man who started choking in a coffeehouse was saved by a California State University, Sacramento student who was waiting to interview for a paramedic internship. Coastal Peaks Coffee owner Mike Knight...

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<![CDATA[Looking into the Future: Online Eye Exams]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:12:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MD02F_1200x675_1022508099586.jpg
An online eye exam that you can take on a computer, in the comfort of your home. Seems like the perfect solution for busy people who may not have time to see the eye doctor. Yet, the increasingly popular...]]>
<![CDATA[5 Die After Being Fitted With Obesity Devices, FDA Says]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:16:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms794.jpg
At least five people have died after receiving gastric balloons to help them lose weight, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. It’s unclear whether the balloons or the surgery to implant them could...

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<![CDATA[1 in 3 Cancer Patients Face Unexpected Costs: Study]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:34:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-08-10+at+11.30.52+AM.png
A Duke University study found more than a third of cancer patients with health insurance faced out-of-pocket costs that were more than they expected. Researchers say patients with unexpected costs are less...]]>
<![CDATA[The Freshman 15 Is a Myth]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:19:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/freshman15.jpg
Incoming college students have long feared the freshman 15, the alleged 15 pound weight gain common among first year students. But studies suggest this concept is nothing more than a myth, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Trump Actions Trigger Health Premium Hikes for 2018: Study]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:35:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/821754746-Trump-Victims-of-Obamacare.jpg
The Trump administration's own actions are triggering double-digit premium increases on individual health insurance policies purchased by many consumers, a nonpartisan study has found. The analysis released...

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit: CVS Charges More for Drugs Paid for With Insurance]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:16:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cvsgeneric_1200x675.jpg
A California woman sued CVS Health Corporation Monday, accusing the company of charging customers more when they use insurance to pay for certain generic prescriptions, NBC News reported. Megan Schultz...

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<![CDATA[Eight Indicted for Selling Deadly Opioids in St. Mary's Co.]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:00:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170809+Indicted.jpg
St. Mary's County officials are cracking down by charging opioid dealers.]]>
<![CDATA[Americans’ Use of Alcohol Is on the Rise: Study]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:36:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_ALCOHOL_INCREASE_080917-150230034019500001.jpg
A new study has found an 11 percent increase in alcohol use among Americans between 2002 and 2012. There was an even bigger jump in high-risk drinking and alcohol-use disorders.]]>
<![CDATA[Opioid Epidemic Plagues St. Mary's County]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:53:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BryanLawsonCrop.jpg
A mother grieves the loss of her son as the amount of opioid related deaths in St. Mary's County rise.]]>
<![CDATA[Infant Mortality Rates Up in Appalachia vs Rest of US: Study]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:37:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/appalachia-infant-mortality.jpg
Placing much of the blame on smoking, a study chronicling the ongoing health crisis in Appalachia has concluded that the 13-state region suffers from a growing disparity in infant mortality and life expectancy...

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<![CDATA[Researchers Detail Heroin, Drug Use at Underground US Haven]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:09:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_110511068014-heroin-injection-site-Vancouver.jpg
A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals. None were known to exist in the U.S. until

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<![CDATA[Opioid Overdoses Have Been Higher Than Thought: Study]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:40:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17171822298733-hypodermic-needles-syringes-everywhere-.jpg
Deaths from heroin and opioid overdoses may have been underreported by more than 20 percent, according to a new study from the University of Virginia. Researchers looking into the nation's deadly drug overdose...

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<![CDATA[Some Meds May Do More Harm Than Good]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:36:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms770.jpg
A new study by Consumer Reports found Americans taking more prescription pills than ever before. While some medicines are certainly lifesavers, some might be doing more harm than good.

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<![CDATA[All Montgomery Co. Schools to Stock Opioid Overdose Antidote]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:05:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080317+school+bus.jpg
When the new school year starts in September in Montgomery County, Maryland, every elementary, middle and high school will be stocked with the drug that prevents people from dying of opioid overdoses.
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<![CDATA[Transgender Medical Center Opens For Kids]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:53:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_transgenderclinic0802_1500x845.jpg
Transgender kids in the St. Louis, Missouri, area now have somewhere to go for medical care and counseling. A transgender medical center opened Tuesday, and it's the first of its kind in the region. The medical]]>
<![CDATA[Protein Bars Recalled for Listeria Risk]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:43:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/necn+recall+generic.jpg
A brand of protein bars has been recalled by its manufacturer because it may be contaminated with listeria.

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<![CDATA[Alternatives to Addictive Pain Medications]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:45:10 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dr._Jackie_Opioids_and_Pain_Relief_Alternatives.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, talks about pain management alternatives to help you avoid addictive and damaging medications.]]>
<![CDATA[Virtual ER Cuts Down on Wait Times at MedStar]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:47:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MedStar+Tele-Triage.jpg
A Washington, D.C., hospital is using technology to cut down on emergency room waiting time.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Repair Gene in Human Embryos for First Time]]>Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:33:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/embryosfeuerherd.jpg
Altering human heredity? In a first, researchers safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos, targeting a heart defect best known for killing young athletes — a big step toward one day preventing...

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<![CDATA[Glitter iPhone Cases Recalled for Burn Risk]]>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:05:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/iphone-cases.jpg
Decorative iPhone cases sold at Victoria's Secret, Nordstrom Rack and other stores have been recalled by their manufacturer because a liquid glitter inside the cases can cause skin irritation and chemical...

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<![CDATA[LIST: DC-Area Schools' Vaccine Requirements and Clinics]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:42:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_345038342.jpg
How do local school districts handle immunization requirements? See our list of laws, free clinics and policies for many D.C.-area school districts.

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<![CDATA[Henrietta Lacks Day Held in Baltimore Co.]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:27:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP13080605747.jpg
Baltimore County is honoring Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cancer cells continue to have an impact on medicine more than 60 years after they were taken while she was under anesthesia.

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<![CDATA[1 in 3 Americans Took Prescription Opioids in 2015: Survey]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:31:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lucha+opioides.jpeg
About one in three Americans used prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin in 2015, according to a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NBC News reported. The NIDA...

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<![CDATA[Xtreme Eating Awards: 2017's Calorie-Filled Recipients]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:18:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chillis+Ultimate+Smokehouse+Combo.jpg
Most people won't consider eating five bacon double cheeseburgers from Burger King, but that's the calorie equivalent of one Buffalo Wild Wings Cheese Curd Bacon Burger with fries. That's just one of the...

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<![CDATA[US Hospitals Treating Heart Attacks at Record Speed]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:37:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/heart-attack-care.jpg
There's never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour for the first time since these results...

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<![CDATA[2017 Xtreme Eating Awards Announced by The Center for Science in the Public Interest]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:14:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_extremeeating0728_1500x845.jpg
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released its 2017 Xtreme Eating awards. Most people wouldn't dream of eating five bacon double cheeseburgers from Burger King all at once, but at Buffalo...]]>
<![CDATA[Higher Prices, Fewer Options Likely After Health Bill Fail]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:49:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/health-protest.jpg
The health care law of the land has survived for now, but it needs help — and it needs it soon. Soaring prices and fewer choices may greet customers when they return to the Affordable Care Act's insurance...

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<![CDATA[FDA to Target Addictive Levels of Nicotine in Cigarettes]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:56:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/050517+cigarettes+generic.jpg
For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren't so addictive. U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb on Friday directed the...

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<![CDATA[CTE Reports, Concussions Deter Parents From Youth Football]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:24:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-499666996.jpg
Lori Anderson grew up with a big, traditional, football-loving family in Austin, Texas, and moved her own family to midwest Michigan. There, she did what was once unthinkable: She did not let her 13-year-old son...

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<![CDATA[Man Saves Stranger With His Personal AED]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:17:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Louie+Reyes.jpg
Reyes said he had bought the AED for $1,300 at Costco to protect his 10-year-old son who is a catcher on a baseball team. He was concerned his son might need a shock from a defibrillator if he got hit in...

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<![CDATA[Oregon Scientists Do First Human Gene Embryo Editing in US]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:05:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/embryosfeuerherd.jpg
For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. The experiment was just an exercise...

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<![CDATA[What’s Next: Health Care ‘Vote-a-Rama’ and the End Game]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:07:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17207774939980.jpg
What can be expected from the health care bill? More debating. Senate leaders are expected to have 20 hours debate before a final vote. When the debate is done, the Senate moves on to what is unofficially called...

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<![CDATA[Plunging Sperm Counts Called a 'Major Public Health' Crisis]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:27:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-674416385-sperm.jpg
A recent meta-analysis found a 40-year decline in sperm count in a large sample of men across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, NBC News reported. Researchers from the Hebrew University...

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<![CDATA[Scientists Build DNA From Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:52:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dna9.jpg
At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here. But he and his colleagues are cooking up something else altogether: yeast that works with chunks of man-made...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle's Norovirus Outbreak the Result of Lax Sick-Policy]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:00:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms872.jpg
Chipotle Mexican Grill's recent norovirus outbreak in Virginia was the result of lax sick policy enforcement by store managers, the company confirmed on Tuesday. The company said in their earnings conference...

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<![CDATA[Quick Online Test Tells You If You Have Prediabetes]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:41:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HbA1C+A1C+test.jpg
More than 100 million people in the United States live with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, and there is a quick way to find out if you may be at risk.

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<![CDATA[6 Health Benefits of Owning a Pet]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:45:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-639191848.jpg
Cute puppies and furry cats make great additions to the family, and they can even help boost their owners' health. Studies show that animals can help people make healthy choices and lead positive lifestyles.

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<![CDATA[Nearly All NFL Players in Brain Study Had CTE]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:47:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Brain-Generic.jpg
A startling new study by Boston University researchers found that after an examination of 111 deceased former NFL players, 99 percent of them had a progressive degenerative brain disease. The study, which...

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<![CDATA[Medicaid is a Matter of Life or Death for a 2-Year-Old in Pennsylvania]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:46:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Claire+Concilio.jpg
The health care debate played out inside the home of a Pennsylvania family with a child suffering from a a rare neuromuscular disorder as Senate Republicans continued to weigh which version of their bill will be...

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<![CDATA[Black Seniors Stroll Down Memory Lane to Stay Sharp]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:24:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/medical-GettyImages-57229731.jpg
It's more than a stroll down memory lane. Sharon Steen enrolled in a small but unique study to see if jogging memories where they were made can help older African-Americans stay mentally sharp and slow...

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<![CDATA[Twins Born Conjoined at the Heart]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:55:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Joined_at_the_heart-150093339088500001.jpg
Twin baby girls Paisleigh and Paislyn Martinez were born conjoined at the chest, with their hearts fused together. Doctors from University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital used groundbreaking technology...]]>
<![CDATA[Burr-Hamilton? Angry Lawmaker Singles Out 'Female Senators']]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:06:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TXrepBlakeFarenthold_1200x675.jpg
Passions are running high on Capitol Hill — but pistols at 10 paces over health care? GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas is angry with some fellow Republicans in the Senate who are balking at parts of...

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<![CDATA[Girl's HIV Infection Seems Under Control Without AIDS Drugs]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:34:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HIVvirsucell_1200x675.jpg
A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines — more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a...

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<![CDATA[Tractor-Trailer Deaths in Texas Highlight Danger of Heat]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:22:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/KevinSmith.gif
Experts say the temperature inside of the tractor-trailer where smuggled immigrants died and many others were left in dire health would have quickly become unbearable in the Texas heat. Authorities said...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Bill Still a Mystery Before Planned Vote]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:46:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/818430998-Mitch-McConnell-Health-Care-Bill.jpg
The Senate will move forward with a key vote this week on a Republican health bill but it's not yet known whether the legislation will seek to replace President Barack Obama's health care law or simply...

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<![CDATA[5 Reasons the Health Care Bill May Fail, 3 Why It May Not]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:39:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-495314721-doctor.jpg
There are many reasons why the Senate will probably reject Republicans' crowning bill razing much of former President Barack Obama's health care law. There are fewer why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Patients' Gray Hair Turned Dark in New Drug Trials]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:08:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cancer-hair-color.jpg
Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads. Chemotherapy is notorious for making hair fall out, but the 14 patients...

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<![CDATA[Abortion Fight Rages in Kentucky, Which Has Just 1 Clinic]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:40:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/antiabortionkentuckycourts_1200x675.jpg
Both sides in the abortion fight raging in Kentucky agree on one thing: The stakes are as high as ever in a state that could become the first in the nation without an abortion clinic. Political pressure...

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<![CDATA[Texas Coffee Recalled for Viagra-Like Ingredient]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:56:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BESTHERBS-COFFEE-RECALL.JPG
Coffee from a North Texas company was recently recalled for containing an ingredient similar to the drug in Viagra, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Bestherbs Coffee LLC, in Grand Prairie...

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<![CDATA[McCain Diagnosed With Most Aggressive Type of Brain Cancer]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:55:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sen._McCain_Diagnosed_With_Most_Aggressive_Type_of_Brain_Can.jpg
Doreen Gentzler explains the cancer Sen. John McCain has - glioblastoma - is the most aggressive type of brain cancer.]]>
<![CDATA[McCain Evaluting Treatment Options]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:43:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/McCain_Evaluting_Treatment_Options.jpg
Sen. John McCain is evaluating his treatment options after being diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer. NBC News medical correspondent Dr. John Torres explains.]]>
<![CDATA[What Competing in the Tour de France Can Do to Your Legs ]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:42:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pawGettyImages-805284696.jpg
Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski gave his Instagram followers a glimpse into the toll that riding 1,758 miles can take on one’s body. On Tuesday, after riding in the 16th stage of the Tour de France, Poljanski...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Bill Adds 22 Million Uninsured: Budget Office]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:25:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/818430998-Mitch-McConnell-Health-Care-Bill.jpg
A revised Republican health care bill would drive up the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday in a report unlikely to help GOP leaders persuade...

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<![CDATA[Simone Biles Helps Kids Get Fit]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:19:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-590188624.jpg
Hundreds of kids right here in our area are getting some Olympic advice. You may remember watching Simone Biles dazzle during the gymnastics competition in the Rio Olympics. On Thursday, she came to the

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<![CDATA[Magnesium Can Help With Mental Health: Study]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:57:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Magnesium_Can_Help_with_Mental_Health.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner joins News4 to discuss a recent study that determined magnesium can help with depression, anxiety and sleep.]]>
<![CDATA[Panel Finds Lifestyle Changes Could Stave Off Alzheimer's]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:32:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_03100701524-brain.jpg
There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around...

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<![CDATA[For 1st Time, Over Half of People With HIV Taking AIDS Drugs]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:36:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/aidsribbonfeuerherd.jpg
For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations...

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<![CDATA[Long-Term Help for Degenerative Disc Disease Back Pain]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:54:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Artificial+Disc+071917.jpg
For patients who suffer back pain due to degenerative disc disease, there is an alternative to spinal fusion therapy for extreme cases.

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<![CDATA[Dog Flu Cases on the Rise]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:01:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dog_Flu_Cases_on_the_Rise.jpg
Veterinarians are warning pet owners to vaccinate their dogs as the "dog flu" has spread in areas throughout the country, killing some pets. News4's Chris Gordon reports.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Handle 4 Summer Health Bummers]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:32:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HEAT_STROKE_GUIDE_052417-150041468703900001.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, tackles four summer health bummers and how to handle them.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Plan's Fall Brings Dread for 'Obamacare' Recipients]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:07:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17198746409580.jpg
One American was able to afford her toddler's latest heart operation. Another had the means to go back to college to pursue her dreams. They and thousands of others were able to do so as beneficiaries...

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<![CDATA['Repeal Now, Replace Later' Would Impact Consumers Quickly]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:08:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/repeal-now-replace-later.jpg
Consumers would feel the impact immediately if Republicans repeal "Obamacare" with no replacement. Problems could start this fall for customers buying individual health policies, say independent experts,...

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<![CDATA[Brain Scans May Change Care for Some People With Memory Loss]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:56:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/brain-scan-photos.jpg
Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer's? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down,...

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<![CDATA[Lack of Sleep May Boost Odds for Alzheimer's]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:47:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lack_of_Sleep_May_Boost_Odds_for_Alzheimers.jpg
New studies have found that certain sleep disorders can heighten the risk for dementia. Dr. John Torres, NBC Medical Correspondent, talks about the benefits of a good night's sleep.]]>
<![CDATA[More Women Waiting Longer to Have Children]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:17:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Expecting+Mom+Shawn+and+Octavius+33.jpg
For the first time in history, American women over the age of 30 are having more babies than younger moms.

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<![CDATA[Boy, 10, Among Youngest Fla. Victims of Opioid Crisis: Officials]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:41:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071817+alton+banks.jpg
A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities said Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Chipotle in Va. Reopens After Closure, Reports of Illness]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:27:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chipotle-GettyImages-509063322.jpg
A Chipotle restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, is back open after being closed for two days because people said they got sick after eating there.

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<![CDATA[DC's Right-to-Die Law Takes Effect]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:02:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stethescope+generic.jpg
Doctors in the nation's capital may now begin the process of prescribing life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.

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<![CDATA['Let Obamacare Fail,' Trump Says After GOP Plan Collapses]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:45:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/818159534-Trump-Let-Obamacare-Fail.jpg
President Donald Trump declared Tuesday it's time to "let Obamacare fail" after the latest GOP health care plan crashed and burned in the Senate, a stunning failure for the president, Republican leader...

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<![CDATA[Summer Boating Safety Tips From the US Coast Guard]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:45:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/COASTGUARD-1.JPG
It’s summer – which means it's boating season. Boating, kayaking and canoeing can be a lot of fun, but with it comes some basic boating safety principles. The U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco has some...

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<![CDATA['Raining Needles': Drug Crisis Creates Syringe Pollution]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:55:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17171822298733-hypodermic-needles-syringes-everywhere-.jpg
They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets.

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<![CDATA[Bone Marrow Registry Drive Held in DC]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:59:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bone_Marrow_Registry_Drive_Held_in_DC.jpg
A group of volunteers in the District calls themselves the "Swab Mob." They were signing people up to donate bone marrow on Saturday. News4 spoke with one woman who says a random person on the...]]>
<![CDATA[Preventive Care, Screenings Could Be Compromised by GOP Bill]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:29:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/health-care-preventive.jpg
President Donald Trump has often said he doesn't want people "dying in the streets" for lack of health care. But in the United States, where chronic conditions are the major diseases, people decline slowly.

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<![CDATA[Health Plan Hinges on the Young, a Tough Sell: Analysis]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:27:10 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-495314721-doctor.jpg
Julian Senn-Raemont isn't convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad's plan in a couple of years — no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap the...

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<![CDATA[More Hurdles as Senate Again Delays Vote on GOP Health Bill]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:46:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/johnmccainefeuerherdII.jpg
The Senate delayed a highly anticipated vote this coming week to repeal and replace the nation's health care law after Sen. John McCain's announced absence due to surgery, an enormous setback as time dwindles...

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<![CDATA[White House Pitches Health Bill to Skeptical US Governors]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 15:57:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/governorshealthbill.jpg
The Trump administration is struggling to get support from skeptical U.S. governors for a revised health care bill before the U.S. Senate. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers...

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<![CDATA['Half-Match' Transplant Helps Teen with Sickle Cell Disease]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:49:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Half_Match_Transplant_Helps_Teen_with_Sickle_Cell_Disea.jpg
Rhiannon Perry spent years in pain, suffering from strokes, seizures and hallucinations caused by sickle cell disease. The Manassas teenager needed a bone marrow transplant, but she couldn't find a donor...]]>
<![CDATA[Birth Control App Classified as Medical Device in Europe]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:05:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Natural+Cycles+App.jpg
There's evidence an app developed in Sweden is more effective than the birth control pill. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[2 Pastors Sue Coca-Cola Over Soda Health Risks]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:04:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_406032592.jpg
Two prominent African American pastors have filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about the health risks of sugar-sweetened...

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<![CDATA[Trump, Administration Press Republicans to Back Health Bill]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:11:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mitchmcconnellfeuerherdIIIVVV.jpg
From both sides of the Atlantic, President Donald Trump and other administration officials lobbied Republicans Friday to support the Senate GOP's reworked health care bill, with the president saying wavering...

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<![CDATA[Trump Will Take Health Care Credit or Cast Blame: Analysis]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:22:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17124741528885.jpg
If congressional Republicans succeed in repealing and replacing "Obamacare," expect a big Rose Garden celebration with President Donald Trump taking credit. If they fail? Trump has already indicated he...

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<![CDATA[What to Do If Your Dog or Cat Is Too Fat]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:36:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Weight_Management_Tips_for_Pet_Owners.jpg
Alexandra Dilley of the Humane Rescue Alliance joins News4 to share tips for managing your pet's weight and preventing overfeeding. Diley is joined by Lady, a 13-year-old pit mix available for adoption at...]]>
<![CDATA[Answer to Cancer May Be the Family Dog]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:54:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Answer_to_Cancer_May_Be_the_Family_Dog.jpg
Researchers hope studying dogs with cancer may help in the treatment of children with similar cancers.]]>
<![CDATA[This Is How the GOP Plan Would Change Health Care Coverage]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:57:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-813943998.jpg
Senate Republican leaders released a new version of their health care bill on Thursday and they hope to vote on it as soon as next week. The Senate bill would weaken protections for people with pre-existing...

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<![CDATA[Audit: Proposed Changes to ACA Could Be Catastrophic for DC]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:34:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+Medical+Health+Medicine+Hospital+Hall+Stretcher+Shutterstock.jpg
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act or significant changes to Medicaid could leave tens of thousands of Washington, D.C., residents without insurance coverage or cost the District hundreds of millions of dollars a...

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<![CDATA[Keep Your Cool This Summer: Safety Tips for the Heat]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:32:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17186795988820.jpg
With temperatures in some parts of the country soaring as high as 120 degrees this summer, combatting the heat is no easy task. Last year 94 people suffered from heat related deaths more than double the...

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<![CDATA[Investors: 'Pharma Bro' Shkreli Was Shady -- and Profitable]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:59:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shkreli2.jpg
The jury at the securities fraud trial of "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli has heard investors accuse the quirky former biotech CEO of repeatedly giving them the runaround when they tried to pull their money out...

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<![CDATA[Connecticut Doctor Arrested While Feds Search for Other in Major Health Fraud Scheme]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:39:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Family+Health+Urgent+Care+Doctor+Rhamil+Mansourov.JPG
One Connecticut doctor has been arrested and federal officials are searching for another in connection with an investigation that authorities are calling the largest health care fraud enforcement action by...

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<![CDATA[US Charges Hundreds in Health Fraud Schemes Worth $1.3B]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:48:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jeffsessions400charged_1200x675.jpg
More than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday. Sessions called...

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<![CDATA[McConnell Reveals New Health Bill; Will His GOP Support It?]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:15:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/812745510-McConnell-Health-Care-Bill-Release.jpg
Republican leaders unveiled a new health care bill Thursday in their increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare." They immediately lost two key...

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<![CDATA[81-Year-Old Bodybuilder Appearing on 'Little Big Shots: Forever Young']]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:49:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/An_81-year-old_Bodybuilder_Stops_by_News4.jpg
Imagine being in the best shape of your life at 81. Ernestine Shepherd, an 81-year-old bodybuilder, runs 10 miles everyday and goes to the gym four days a week. She is featured on Steve Harvey's "Little...]]>
<![CDATA[Senate Consumer Choice Idea Could Raise Premiums for Sick]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:37:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tedcruzinAustin_1200x675.jpg
A health care proposal from Senate conservatives would let insurers sell skimpy policies provided they also offer a comprehensive plan. It's being billed as pro-consumer, allowing freedom of choice and potential...

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<![CDATA[Study: ADHD Meds Decrease Risk of Future Substance Abuse]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:48:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kids_and_Prescriptions.jpg
We're all becoming more familiar with ADHD, but some parents are concerned the medicine prescribed for ADHS could increase the risk of future substance abuse. Dr. Joshua Weiner stopped by News4 Midday to...]]>
<![CDATA[Did You Know There Could Be Wood in Your Food?]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:19:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wood_in_Your_Food.jpg
There are so many things in our food, but did you know some of those ingredients actually include wood? Food scientist Taylor Wallace talks about the not-so-hidden ingredient.]]>
<![CDATA[Dayton Hospital Calls on Volunteers to Cuddle Opioid Babies]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:38:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_cuddleprogram0710_1500x845.jpg
As the opioid epidemic grips Ohio, one Dayton hospital is making sure their youngest victims are in good hands. Each year, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Miami Valley Hospital see an average of 90...]]>
<![CDATA[How Ongoing 'Toxic Stress' Can Affect a Child's Brain]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:06:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17192441853371-Toxic-Stress.jpg
A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom. The safe spaces, quiet times and breathing...

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<![CDATA[How Severe, Ongoing Stress Can Affect a Child's Brain]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:52:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/school+children+generic.jpg
It's no secret that growing up in tough circumstances can be hard on kids and lead to behavior and learning problems. But researchers are discovering something different. Many believe that ongoing stress during...

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<![CDATA[Actor’s Death Spotlights Risk in Detoxing Alone]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 21:37:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_100608010193.jpg
Actor Nelsan Ellis, best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on the HBO series "True Blood," died suddenly this week at the age of 39. The actor struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for many years,...

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<![CDATA[Coffee Drinkers Seem to Live Longer, According to Researchers]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:52:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Coffee+Generic.PNG
Go ahead and order that second cup. Studies have found that people who frequently enjoy a cup of joe could live longer lives, according to researchers at the University of Southern California. "We cannot...]]>
<![CDATA[New GOP Health Bill Likely Keeping Obama Tax Boosts on Rich]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:13:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mitchmcconelGOP_1200x675.jpg
A revised Senate Republican health care bill will likely retain a pair of tax boosts President Barack Obama imposed on wealthier Americans that have helped finance his law's expansion of coverage, a leading...

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<![CDATA[Officials Say Blood Donors Urgently Needed Across Virginia]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 05:35:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Red+Cross+blood+donation+0718.jpg
Officials say blood donors are urgently needed across Virginia.

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<![CDATA[Donna Edwards Joins Health Care Fight After MS Diagnosis]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:56:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Donna_Edwards_Joins_Health_Care_Fight_After_MS_Diagnosis.jpg
A former congresswoman from Maryland is getting involved in the health care debate after he multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Barbara Harrison reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Insurer Profits Up With Obamacare: Report ]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:20:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-657458982-healthcare.jpg
Insurer profits are up this year in Obamacare’s individual exchanges, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. As NBC News reported, the analysis found insurance companies...

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<![CDATA[Drug Courts Help Battle the Opioid Crisis]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:21:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Drug_Courts_Help_Battle_the_Opioid_Crisis.jpg
Thousands of professionals are in the DC area for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals National Conference. The conference will cover the opioid epidemic and other topics.]]>
<![CDATA[Companies Target Sleep With High-Tech Slumber Products]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:08:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/armus-sleep-number.jpg
Pillows that track your snoozing patterns? A bed that adjusts based on how much you twist and turn? Companies are adding more technology into their products, hoping to lure customers craving a better night's...

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<![CDATA[US Uninsured Up by 2M This Year as Gains Erode: Survey]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:01:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mcconnell-mitch.jpg
The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode. The new numbers highlight what's at...

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<![CDATA[As Drug Resistance Evolves, Gonorrhea Is Getting Harder to Treat]]>Sat, 08 Jul 2017 14:58:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/170*120/gonorrea-5.jpg
Gonorrhea infections are becoming harder and harder to treat, according to new data published by the World Health Organization. The WHO found that ciprofloxacin and azithromyc – two drugs commonly used to treat...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First New Drug in 20 Years for Sickle Cell]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 23:54:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sicklecellcenter_1200x675.jpg
he U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can't properly carry oxygen throughout...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First New Drug in 20 Years for Sickle Cell]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:45:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sickle+Cell+Generic.jpg
The FDA approved the first new treatment in almost 20 years for the rare blood disorder sickle cell disease.

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<![CDATA[Doctors Are Prescribing Fewer Opioids in Much of US: CDC]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 08:26:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/armus-opioid-prescriptions.jpg
Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released Thursday finds. The amount of opioids...

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<![CDATA[Painkiller Maker Stops Sales at FDA Request Because of Abuse]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:40:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16271837996563.jpg
The maker of painkiller Opana ER is pulling the drug off the market at the request of federal regulators because of abuse. Endo International PLC said Thursday it will voluntarily stop selling the pills...

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<![CDATA[Smelling Your Food Leads to Weight Gain: Study]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:21:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-106907321.jpg
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that smell-deficient mice who ate the same amount of fatty foods as mice who could smell, gained twice their normal weight.

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<![CDATA[Tumor Gene Testing Urged to Tell if Drug Targets Your Cancer]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 13:32:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/tumorwomancancer_1200x675.jpg
Colon cancer. Uterine cancer. Pancreatic cancer. Whatever the tumor, the more gene mutations lurking inside, the better chance your immune system has to fight back. That's the premise behind the recent approval...

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<![CDATA[Md.'s 1st Medical Marijuana Dispensary Taking 'Pre-Orders']]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:37:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542705085.jpg
The license for the Wellness Institute of Maryland was approved Wednesday, although the first crop is not expected to be ready until after Labor Day. However, owner Michael Kline says the company will take...

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<![CDATA[Assistance Can Keep Senior Citizens Behind the Wheel Longer]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:49:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cars-driving-generic.jpg
Older drivers can be reluctant to hang up their car keys, but programs and strategies can either help senior citizens drive more safely or recognize when it's time to retire from the road.

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<![CDATA[How to Talk With Kids About Sexual Abuse]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:07:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070517+abuse.jpg
How do you talk with your children about sexual abuse, and how can you help prevent it? Do everything you can to build trust with your child, said Dr. Joshua Weiner, a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist...

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<![CDATA[Ice Bucket Challenge Originator to Get Help With Medical Bills]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:45:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/210*120/AP_17184427256126.jpg
The man who inspired the ice bucket challenge to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research will have his own medical bills covered for a while. The Salem News reports that Pete Frates and his...

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<![CDATA[Soy 'Milk'? Even Federal Agencies Can't Agree on Terminology]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:21:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/soymilk1.jpg
Dairy farmers want U.S. regulators to banish the term "soy milk," but documents show even government agencies haven't always agreed on what to call such drinks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture "fervently"...

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Wary as Wet Spring Leads to Mosquitoes]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:33:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mosquito+bite.jpg
A wetter-than-normal spring in the Northeast is producing a bumper crop of mosquitoes, leading to worries of a corresponding spike in mosquito-borne illnesses this summer as Americans grill and play outdoors.

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<![CDATA[911 Service Restored in Howard County After Brief Outage]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:52:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/911-Call-Generic-1.jpg
The 911 line in Howard County is down, Howard County police said on Twitter Monday morning.]]>
<![CDATA[Patients in Limbo as Health Care Debate Drags On]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:29:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Patients_in_Limbo_as_Health_Care_Debate_Drags_On.jpg
Uncertainty over whether Congress can work together and over the proposed Republican bill has millions of people wondering what the passage of the bill could mean for them. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Preterm Birth Rates Have Increased in the U.S.]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:36:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/premiiebaby_1200x675.jpg
Almost 10 percent of newborn babies in the United States are born premature according to a new report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Hold the Nitrites: Are Hot Dogs Healthier Without?]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:37:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hotdogs_1200x675.jpg
Backyard cooks looking to grill this summer have another option: hot dogs without "added nitrites." Are they any healthier? Oscar Mayer is touting its new hot dog recipe that uses nitrite derived from...

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<![CDATA[Marijuana Shop to Open Near Downtown Silver Spring]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:49:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/RMarijuana.jpg
A medical marijuana shop is set to open later this year near downtown Silver Spring.

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<![CDATA[Science Says: Pregnant or Trying? Don't Let Zika Guard Down ]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:21:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zikababybrazil_1200x675.jpg
he Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don't let your guard down — especially if you're pregnant or trying to be. While cases of the birth defect-causing virus have dropped sharply...

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<![CDATA[New CBO Report Finds Deep Medicaid Cuts in GOP Bill]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:07:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17178803963393.jpg
The Senate health care bill’s Medicaid cuts would grow even deeper after a decade, according to a new report Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, leaving more people without coverage...

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<![CDATA[Large Study Links Key Pesticide to Weakened Honeybee Hives]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:02:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/beesinoregon_1200x675.jpg
A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study in three European countries. For more than a decade, the populations...

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<![CDATA[40 Health Bill Demonstrators Arrested Outside Senate Offices]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:50:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/802118662-Trump-Senate-Health-Care-Aftermath.jpg
The Republican Party's long-promised repeal of "Obamacare" stands in limbo after Senate GOP leaders, short of support, abruptly shelved a vote on legislation to fulfill the promise. The surprise development...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Bill Could Raise Premiums 74 Percent: Study]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:44:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/699666664-Mitch-McConnell.jpg
Health care premiums could rise 74 percent for the average customer under the Republican Senate health care bill, according to a new report. Older and low-income Americans could face the highest increases...

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<![CDATA[Lacking Support, GOP Leaders Delay Health Care Bill Vote]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:12:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17178803963393.jpg
Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver...

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<![CDATA[Hot Car Deaths: Scientists Detail Why Parents Forget]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:58:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hotweatherPHX_1200x675.jpg
Neuroscientists at the University of South Florida have taken a deep dive into the psychological and biological science behind the "Forgotten Baby Syndrome," NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Safe Summer: Keeping Your Summer Celebrations Safe]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:46:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Keeping_Your_BBQ_Safe_From_Danger.jpg
From the grill to fireworks, News4’s Molette Green has reminders on how to keep your family safe and secure for all of your summer celebrations.]]>
<![CDATA[These Senators Will Make or Break the GOP's Health Care Push]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:31:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/195*120/182286550.jpg
President Donald Trump's campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" is now in the hands of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing —or not yet supporting — legislation Senate Majority Leader...

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<![CDATA[Seniors Concerned Health Care Plan is 'Age Tax']]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:22:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/senior-health-care.jpg
A Senate Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act aims to reduce funding for Medicaid, the single largest source of health care coverage in the United States. Organizations like AARP are concerned...

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<![CDATA[Interactive: How to Prevent Drowning Tragedies This Summer]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:10:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062617+pool+with+dots.jpg
As temperatures climb each summer, the number of drowning deaths does as well. Here are tips on how to help prevent drowning tragedies.

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<![CDATA[Senate Health Bill Adds 22 Million Uninsured: Budget Office]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:59:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/699666664-Mitch-McConnell.jpg
The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating...

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<![CDATA[Safe Summer: Protecting Your Family From Ticks]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:02:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tick+Generic.JPG
Summertime means more time outside for many families, and you don't have to go very far to find danger. Entomology specialist Daniel Frank has several tips that will help you and your family avoid attacks...

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<![CDATA[What Trump Has Promised on Health Care]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:52:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17124741528885.jpg
President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and health care is no exception. Since his campaign days, Trump has addressed health care in broad, aspirational...

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<![CDATA[Medical Groups Hate the 'Heartless' Senate Health Care Plan]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:11:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-699840802.jpg
Both versions of the Republican plan to fix the American health care system would make things worse, not better, according to groups that represent a variety of physicians. NBC News reported that pediatrician...

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<![CDATA[Often-Undiscovered Hole in the Heart Can Lead to Stroke]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:07:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tracy+Dean.jpg
Everyone is born with a whole in their heart which closes for most, but for some people, it doesn’t, and they may not know it until it causes major problems.

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<![CDATA[How Senate Health Bill Compares to House Bill, 'Obamacare']]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:54:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-699905432.jpg
The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal...

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<![CDATA[Hummus Sold At Wal-Mart, Target Recalled for Listeria Risk]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:40:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/armus-hummus.jpg
A brand of pine nut hummus sold at major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target has been recalled by its manufacturer because it may be contaminated with listeria. House of Thaller, which is based in...

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<![CDATA[Making Your Home Safe For Your Children]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:59:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Making_Your_Home_Safe.jpg
Everyone knows there are a million things your children can get into in the house. News4's Doreen Gentzler shares some safety tips.]]>
<![CDATA[5 Key Issues to Look for in the Senate Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:44:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mcconnell3.jpg
With Senate Republican leaders expected to release details of their health care bill in a 9:30 a.m. meeting Thursday, NBC News rounded up five big issues that are at the heart of the proposed legislation.

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<![CDATA[Keep Your Camper Healthy]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:09:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Keep_Your_Camper_Healthy.jpg
Summer means bonfires and fun in the sun. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, says make sure you know how to keep your kids healthy out there.]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Vaccine Ineffective for People 65 and Older Last Winter]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:53:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458535168-flushotnew.jpg
The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around. U.S. health officials on Wednesday released new...

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Face Increased Risk of Depression, Suicide]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:41:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Firefighter+Chris+McKenna.jpg
Research suggests firefighters are at increased risk for depression and suicide, and one young man knows it first hand is working to raise awareness and change minds.

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<![CDATA[Women Keep Dressing Like ‘Handmaids’ at Statehouses]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:02:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handmaidslegislation_1200x675.jpg
Women across the country are using creative methods to get their message on reproductive rights to their local and state legislative bodies by channeling the characters from the dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's...

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<![CDATA[FDA Wants To Stop Pharma From 'Gaming' Generic Drug System]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:30:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pills-generic-03-GettyImages-108339198.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration is trying to stop pharmaceutical companies from "gaming" the system by blocking or delaying generic competition, Reuters reported. The agency plans a public meeting on July...

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<![CDATA[Namaste: It's International Yoga Day]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:13:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+YOGA+DAY+THUMB.jpg
June 21 is the third annual International Yoga Day, which thousands of yogis across the world marked at mass gatherings. It's estimated that over 36 million Americans practice yoga annually, spending more...]]>
<![CDATA[How Other People Can Influence Suicidal Individuals]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:28:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pushed_to_Suicide.jpg
Suicide occurs almost twice as often as murder. Each year, about 36,000 people in the United States die by suicide. News4's Eun Yang takes a look at the influence of others on suicidal individuals.]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Medicaid Cuts Would Hit States Battling Opioid Epidemic]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:02:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17166699140334-Heroin-Overdose-Survivor.jpg
The Republican drive to roll back Barack Obama's health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that's not letting up. Medicaid cuts resulting from the GOP legislation would hit...

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<![CDATA[4 Resources to Use When Your Child Has an Emergency]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:59:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
Dr. Kurt Newman, president and CEO at Children’s National Hospital, recommends the following online resources:

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<![CDATA[How You Use Sunscreen Just as Important as How You Choose Sunscreen]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:35:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/How_You_Use_Sunscreen_Just_as_Important_as_How_You_Choose_Su.jpg
Picking the wrong sunscreen can have painful and dangerous consequences. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan shares some important advice to help you avoid getting burned.]]>
<![CDATA[They're Back! Numbers of Ticks are High Across New England]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:03:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tickslymenewengland_1200x675.jpg
Tick numbers are on the rise across New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme and other diseases associated with the blood suckers. Much of the region got a respite last year as the drought took...

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<![CDATA[Tiny Grads: NICU Nurses Hold Graduation for Babies]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:03:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_nicu0619_1500x845.jpg
Babies leaving the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are getting their own graduation ceremony, complete with miniature caps and gowns, courtesy of their nurses at the CaroMont Regional Medical Center.]]>
<![CDATA[India's No-Meat, No-Lust Advice for Pregnant Women Ridiculed]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:55:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17170329215266-India-Pregnancy-Advice-Doctors.jpg
India's government is advising pregnant women to avoid all meat, eggs and lusty thoughts, but doctors say the advice is preposterous, and even dangerous, considering India's already-poor record with maternal...

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<![CDATA[Making Your Child's Emotional Well-Being a Priority]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:15:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trusting_Your_Parental_Instincts.jpg
This week, we’re taking a look at ways to keep your child healthy, and we’re getting advice from the head of Children’s National Hospital. Dr. Kurt Newman has been treating children...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Prepare Before Your Child Has an Emergency]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:14:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Healthy_Kids.jpg
When your child gets sick or hurt, it can be hard to find the best information on the fly. But being prepared BEFORE your child has an emergency is key. News4's Doreen Gentzler shares what you need to...]]>
<![CDATA[Quadruple Amputee Keeping Her Plans to Walk Down the Aisle]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:48:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Woman_Whose_Arms_and_Legs_Were_Amputated_Plans_to_Walk_Down.jpg
A mother of two was making wedding plans when what started as a sore throat became an illness that required the amputation of her arms and legs, but she still intends to walk down the aisle.]]>
<![CDATA[Meditation Can Keep Kids Calm, Help Them in School]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:09:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kids+Meditation+Class+061917.jpg
A centuries-old practice can help children keep calm and do better in school.

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<![CDATA['Human Project' Study Will Ask 10,000 to Share Life's Data]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:39:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17167479729521.jpg
Wanted: 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood samples and life-changing events.

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<![CDATA[Too Hot to Handle: Study Shows Earth's Killer Heat Worsens]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:50:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17167791954667-Heat-Wave-Phoenix.jpg
Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a...

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<![CDATA[Six Experts Resign From President's HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel]]>Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:40:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-499435366.jpg
Scott Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, explained in a Newsweek op-ed Friday that he and five colleagues decided to leave their posts on the council in protest of the Trump...

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<![CDATA[Laundry Pods Can Be Fatal for Adults With Dementia]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:14:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/detergent-pods-file.jpg
Within the past five years, six adults with cognitive impairment have died from ingesting brightly colored laundry detergent pods. During the same time, two children died from doing the same. According to...

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<![CDATA[Sensors Make Physical Therapy More Efficient]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:21:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dorsaVi+sports+sensors+061617.jpg
Recently developed technology is making physical therapy more efficient by tracking sports injuries in real time and providing hard data to help develop better recovery plans.

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<![CDATA[App for Air Pollution Could Make City Living a Lot Safer]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:50:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/calipollutionx1200x675.jpg
Out of a pollution study an app, that can pinpoint pollution hot spots block by block, is being developed for city dwellers, reported NBC News. A study suggests that it might be possible for local authorities...

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<![CDATA[Fewer Teens Are Vaping and Smoking, CDC Survey Finds]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:41:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-647804748.jpg
Teen smoking rates have hit new lows in the U.S. and, for the first time, fewer high school students are trying e-cigarettes, NBC News reported. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[Study Finds Traces of Lead in Some Baby Foods]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:56:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/061517+generic+baby+food.JPG
A startling new report finds detectable levels of lead in baby food, a finding that may concern parents. But experts say it's important to stay vigilant about bigger sources of lead poisoning in...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Law Could Cost Nearly 1 Million Jobs: Report]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:14:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649341364.jpg
The American Health Care Act, the GOP’s answer to Obamacare, could end up costing the U.S. economy close to 1 million jobs, researchers predicted Wednesday. If the bill passes, it would initially boost jobs and...

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<![CDATA[Iraq: Food Poisoning Strikes Hundreds at Camp for Displaced]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:00:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/iraqfoodposioningcamp_1200x675.jpg
Food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds hospitalized, Iraqi officials said Tuesday. The incident at the Hassan Sham U2 camp, about 20...

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<![CDATA[Drones Carrying Defibrillators Could Aid Heart Emergencies]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:06:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-586221528-drone.jpg
It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest. Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of...

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<![CDATA[Opioid-Reversal Drug Available Without Prescription in Md.]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:37:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Naloxone+Generic+Narcan+Generic.JPG
As more Maryland residents die of opioid overdoses than ever before, the state has made lifesaving overdose-reversal drugs available without a prescription.

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<![CDATA[Fancy Names May Get People to Eat Their Veggies]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:47:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP742732234097_Veggies.jpg
Researchers tried a big serving of food psychology and a dollop of trickery to get diners to eat their vegetables. And it worked. Veggies given names like "zesty ginger-turmeric sweet potatoes" and "twisted...

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<![CDATA[Doctors Reprogram Patients' Own Cells Into Cancer Assassins]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:14:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cancertcells_1200x675.jpg
Ken Shefveland's body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins...

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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Races Across America to Benefit Kids With Cancer]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:45:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Len+Forkas.jpg
A northern Virginia man begins a 12-day cross country bike ride Tuesday to benefit children with cancer.

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<![CDATA[Obesity Rising in Nations Rich and Poor, Especially in Kids]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:35:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ObeseChildChina.jpg
The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study. The...

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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls 2.4M Pounds of Chicken Due to Allergy Risk]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:21:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Foods-generic.jpg
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling more than 2.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken products because the bread crumbs may contain milk, a potential allergen not included on the label.

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<![CDATA[Trader Joe's Recalls Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:35:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trader-joes-green-tea.jpg
Trader Joe's is recalling all of its Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream because the products may contain small pieces of metal.

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<![CDATA[New Frontier in Cancer Care: Turning Blood Into Living Drugs]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:49:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17102598700716-Immune-Therapy-Cancer-Drugs.jpg
Ken Shefveland's body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins...

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<![CDATA[Md. Court Denies Delay of Medical Marijuana Licensing]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:57:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/91997111-marijuana-generic.jpg
Maryland's highest court denied a motion Friday to continue a temporary restraining order that blocked the commission from issuing licenses for about a week, due to a lawsuit against the commission.

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<![CDATA['Beating Heart in a Box' Promises Major Medical Revolution]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:57:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/humanheartcopyART_1200x675.jpg
The most current method and technology available for heart transplants is an estimated 50 years old but new technology may revolutionize how heart transplant surgeries may change in the near future, reported NBC...

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<![CDATA[FDA Asks Company to Pull Its Opioid Opana Because of Abuse]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:56:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16271837996563.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration has asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove Opana ER, an extended release form of the opioid drug oxymorphone made by the drug company, from the market because it has such a...

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defects in US Territories Similar to Other Places]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:38:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zikababygeneric_1200x675.jpg
A report released Thursday shows Zika had about the same impact on birth defects in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories as it did in other places hit by the epidemic. About 1 in 20 women infected with...

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<![CDATA[Fit 4 Summer: Not Into the Gym? Here Are Some Options]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:21:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Alternates_to_the_Gym.jpg
If the gym is not your thing, check out these options from News4's Susan Hogan.]]>
<![CDATA[Bionic Attitude: 'You Just Have to Choose to Laugh or Cry']]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:11:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bionic_Attitude__You_Just_Have_to_Choose_to_Laugh_or_Cry.jpg
Sherron Couldren, who lost her legs and hands to septic shock, tells Doreen Gentzler about her determination to recover and how her bionic hands work.]]>
<![CDATA['We Can Stop This': Bill Aims to Prevent Hot Car Deaths]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:34:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/060717+miles+carol+harrison.jpg
Every summer, children die after their parents accidentally leave them in the back seats of hot cars. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives introduced the Hot Cars Act, which would require...

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<![CDATA[5 Myths About Leaving Kids in Cars]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:14:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/child+in+car+backseat.png
Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. And no matter how impossible it may seem, even the best of parents can forget a child in the backseat of their car.

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