<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/health en-us Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:21:36 -0500 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:21:36 -0500 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Amtrak Traveler Has Measles: DOH]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:34:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/measles+vaccination.jpg
New York state health officials say an upstate college student who took an Amtrak train out of Penn Station earlier this week has been diagnosed with the highly contagious measles.

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<![CDATA[What Does the Disneyland Measles Outbreak Mean?]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:30:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/MEASLES1.JPG
The current measles outbreak linked to Disneyland is drawing attention to pockets of children who are not immunized and reigniting the debate over vaccinations]]>
<![CDATA[Veggies Are Most Popular Food for Super Bowl]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:32:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP742732234097_Veggies.jpg
While the gladiators of the NFL are clashing in Phoenix at the Super Bowl, the titans of food will be fighting for supremacy at spreads across the country.

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:26:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20140430+ChangingMinds2.jpg
For the next year, NBC4 will shine a light on mental health and mental illness by providing education, information and hope.]]>
<![CDATA[Haircare Concerns Vs. Exercise]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:39:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009319349_1200x675_391541827826.jpg
Dr. Steven Hopping discusses the concerns some women have when it comes to exercise. New research suggests that 45 percent of African-American women have reported avoiding exercise due to haircare worries.]]>
<![CDATA[Some Docs Snub Anti-Vaccine Parents]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:18:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Measles-vaccine-0116.jpg
With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Heart: An Unforgettable Gift]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:48:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009309643_1200x675_391133763547.jpg
A girl spent almost 10 months in the hospital until she got an unforgettable Christmas gift. Doreen Gentzler reports. Click here to donate.]]>
<![CDATA[Census: 1 in 5 Children on Food Stamps]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:23:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_food_stamps1_az.jpg
Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008.

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<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Who's at Risk for Asthma]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:15:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/asthma+inhaler+generic.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, tells us who's at higher risk of asthma and how budget cuts in Maryland affect those who suffer from it.]]>
<![CDATA[California: E-Cigs a Health Threat]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:26:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/457925695.jpg
California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products. A report released Wednesday by the California Department...

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<![CDATA[Defibrillator Glitches Spur Tighter FDA Safety Rules]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:28:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP262391987828.jpg
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems.

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<![CDATA[Can Chronic Inflammation Cause Depression?]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:55:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009291582_1200x675_390181955832.jpg
A new theory indicates that chronic inflammation may cause a role in depression, Dr. Joshua Weiner says. He offers tips on what patients need to know.]]>
<![CDATA[5 Ways We Could Be Damaging Our Skin]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:59:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009278884_1200x675_389616195601.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess breaks down five everyday behaviors that can damage your skin, including drinking coffee and taking long hot showers.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Seeks Extra Funding to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Germs]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:32:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/185210419.jpg
President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to invest much more in fighting antibiotic-resistant germs to prevent re-emergence of diseases conquered long ago. The White House said Tuesday that Obama will ask Congress...

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<![CDATA[Autism Caused by Random Genetic Mutations: Study]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:38:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/autism+puzzle+piece.jpg
Siblings with autism often have DNA mutations that are very different from each other, which suggests that autism is often genetic happenstance, according to a new study.

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<![CDATA[Medical Pot Only OK for Sick Kids Failed by Other Drugs: MDs ]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:36:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mainPic.png
With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option,...

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<![CDATA[Bird Flu Found at Foster Farms Turkey Ranch in California]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:12:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/turkey-generic.jpg
Hundreds of turkeys at a Central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of a type of avian flu that is not a threat to people but can decimate poultry flocks.

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<![CDATA[CA Law Makes It Harder to Skip Vaccinations]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:35:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/022014-school_generic.jpg
Fewer California parents opted out of vaccinations for their children entering kindergarten last year following the adoption of a law that makes it harder to go without the shots, state figures show.

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<![CDATA[Women Freezing Their Eggs for Later Pregnancies]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:46:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009247375_1200x675_388480579662.jpg
Doreen Gentzler looks at one woman who decided to freeze her eggs and the technology behind the process.]]>
<![CDATA[10 Things to Know About Measles]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:47:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic-measles.jpg
Here's what you should know about the current measles outbreak in the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Measles Outbreak: Spotlight on Anti-Vaccine Movement ]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:12:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic-measles.jpg
A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

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<![CDATA[Researchers identify genetic cause of Sturge-Weber syndrome]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:24:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_birthmarks0122001_1500x845.jpg
Researchers identify genetic cause of Sturge-Weber syndrome, often associated with facial birthmarks, which means new trials and new hope for sufferers.]]>
<![CDATA[Egg-Freezing Gains Popularity in DC-Area]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:51:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009237228_1200x675_388020291756.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler explains why some women are opting to get their eggs surgically removed during their reproductive years and preserving them to use later on. Fertility experts say it's growing faster here...]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Bills Proposed in Va. General Assembly]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:52:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/176*120/980499621.jpg
Virginia's General Assembly will consider three medical marijuana bills.]]>
<![CDATA[E-Cigs May Be More Toxic Than Real Cigarettes: Study]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:58:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/454246108.jpg
A new study suggests that formaldehyde levels in e-cigarettes may be five to 15 times higher than in regular cigarettes, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Women Choosing Mastectomies More Often: Study]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:38:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/178*120/Generic-Breast-Cancer-Ribbon.jpg
A new study says more American woman diagnosed with early breast cancer are now choosing to have mastectomies.

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<![CDATA[USDA Standards Target Salmonella]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:24:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP865125824007.jpg
Standards proposed Wednesday by the Agriculture Department aim to reduce rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in chicken parts, ground chicken...

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<![CDATA[3-D Knee: A New Implant]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:45:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009205872_1200x675_386836547736.jpg
Doreen Gentzler has details on how 3-D printers are being used to heal knee pain.]]>
<![CDATA[Lip Enhancement Attracts All Ages]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:59:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009202191_1200x675_386756675685.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess talks pros and cons of Restylane Silk Lip Enhancement, used by young stars and older women to maintain lip volume.]]>
<![CDATA[Measles Exposure at OC School]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:17:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/web_measles_vara_90_1200x675_386439747568.jpg
Twenty students who have not been vaccinated against the measles are not be allowed on the campus of Huntington Beach High School for three weeks after a possible exposure to the virus, officials confirmed...]]>
<![CDATA[5 Myths About the Flu Debunked]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:58:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/denver-FLU-460977406.jpg
Flu is widespread across the United States, in a season made even more severe by a disappointing vaccine that's not very effective at battling the predominant strain that's now making people sick.

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<![CDATA[Wendy's Drops Soda from Kids Meal]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:35:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SodaBan.jpg
Wendy's has won praise from children's advocacy groups for its recent move to stop displaying soda on its children's menus.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New Weight Loss Device]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:12:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009158880_1200x675_384946755889.jpg
Doreen Gentzler looks at a new medical device to help people lose weight in News 4 Your Health.]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Vaccine Barely Working This Year, CDC Says]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:41:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/458535190.jpg
This year's flu vaccine is less effective at protecting people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, Today.com reported.

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<![CDATA[Boy Finally Breathing on His Own After 65 Surgeries]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:22:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_batteryboy0112001_700x394.jpg
After 4 years and 65 surgeries, a boy in Peoria, Arizona, is finally able to talk and breathe on his own after swallowing a button battery.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Approves Pacemaker for Controlling Appetite]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:38:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/image36.jpg
Federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant designed to treat obesity by zapping nerves that connect the stomach and the brain. The Maestro Rechargeable System uses electrodes implanted...

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<![CDATA[How Reliable Is Advice From Medical Shows?]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:55:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009140190_1200x675_384370755549.jpg
Every day, millions of viewers tune in to get advice from medical shows -- but how reliable are they? Dr. Joshua Weiner shares the results of a recent study from the British Medical Journal.]]>
<![CDATA[Heroin Epidemic Grows in Suburbs]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:45:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009126090_1200x675_383868483688.jpg
Heroin-related deaths in Maryland are on the rise, with more than 450 last year alone. U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod Rosenstein and State's Attorney John McCarthy are working to try to put a stop to the growing...]]>
<![CDATA[How Can You Tell If Your Nail Salon Is Safe?]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:53:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009126133_1200x675_383713859559.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess explains what you should be looking for at your neighborhood nail salon when it comes to clean tools.]]>
<![CDATA[Thanks for a Great Health & Fitness Expo!]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:58:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dd0adeca6b12448281c2a0feb37f1bbb.jpg
Thanks to everyone who came out to the 2015 NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo! We loved meeting you and hope you had as much fun as we did.
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<![CDATA[Is 70 the New 50?]]> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:00:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/2015-01-12_1400.jpg
Boomers are looking and feeling younger than their parents did at this age. Dr. Steven Hopping offers insight on tricks and techniques they're using for to keep looking youthful, but still age-appropriate.]]>
<![CDATA[Photos From the 2015 Health & Fitness Expo]]> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:56:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cynthia+Bailey+at+Health+and+Fitness.jpg
Take a look at the photos from the Health & Fitness Expo, where #HealthySelfies rule in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Achieving Fitness Goals]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:51:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009095827_1200x675_382512195802.jpg
Doreen Gentzler has some tips for achieving fitness goals without spending a lot of money.]]>
<![CDATA[4 Tips to Help You Get Fit]]> Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:44:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009084335_1200x675_381794371964.jpg
Doreen Gentzler has four tips to help you stick with your New Year's resolution to get fit. Some, like drinking water and practicing good posture, are easier than you think!]]>
<![CDATA[Common as Dirt: New Antibiotic May Conquer Superbugs]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:00:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP12101914196.jpg
Researchers may have discovered the first of a new family of antibiotics — which appears to have the ability to kill a wide range of bacteria — in the dirt of a field in Maine, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Alcohol Poisoning Kills 6 a Day, Mostly Men: CDC]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 07:51:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/455116959.jpg
To the surprise of even health officials, it turns out that most deaths from drinking too much involve middle-aged adults — not teens or college kids, The Associated Press reported.

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<![CDATA[20 Tips to Cope When It's Ridiculously Cold]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 20:24:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_162996170.jpg
Cold weather is blasting the D.C. area this week. Here's how you can keep safe and warm.
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<![CDATA[Caring for Your Skin During the Winter]]> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:57:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009051924_1200x675_380602435587.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess explains how to care for your skin during the winter months.]]>
<![CDATA[Staying Sharp: How to Keep Your Brain Healthy]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:11:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Untitled-1164.jpg
Doreen Gentzler discusses new studies that show some key ways adults can keep their brains healthy and sharp, including exercise. With Lynn Mento, a senior vice president of AARP.]]>
<![CDATA[Tweets and Posts from the 2014 NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo!]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 22:46:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150109+Expo+Tweets.jpg
Check out these Tweets and Instagram posts from the #NBC4HealthExpo!]]>
<![CDATA[Download Our Expo to Go App]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:25:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150109+Expo+To+Go.jpg
Before you go to the 2015 NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo, download our NEW Expo to Go iPhone app!]]>
<![CDATA[Changing Minds Pavilion at Health & Fitness Expo]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 20:05:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009069996_1200x675_381322819952.jpg
New this year to the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo is the Changing Minds Pavilion.]]>
<![CDATA[Health & Fitness Expo Opens]]> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:41:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009099013_1200x675_382745155696.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler hosts the 2015 Health & Fitness Expo.]]>
<![CDATA[Fun-Filled First Day of the Health & Fitness Expo]]> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:10:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/49f5eed9f69d4e2fb8f9d1ed58f11ac8.jpg
We had a great time today at the 2015 NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo and we hope you did, too.
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<![CDATA[Saturday's Events at the Health & Fitness Expo]]> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:41:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009099017_1200x675_382745155857.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler previews some of the events at the Health & Fitness Expo.]]>
<![CDATA[Runner Meets Stranger Who Saved Her Life]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:08:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009043252_1200x675_380377155805.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler introduces Kirstin DiDomenico to the man who helped save her life when her heart stopped just feet from the finish line during a race.]]>
<![CDATA[Expect a Fun-Filled Day Two at the Health & Fitness Expo]]> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:05:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009102790_1200x675_382919747954.jpg
Doreen Gentzler shares more of what's in store Sunday at the Health & Fitness Expo.]]>
<![CDATA[Learn CPR at the Health and Fitness Expo]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:50:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-01-05_1248.jpg
Learning CPR is a valuable skill that could help you save a life. Visit the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo (Jan. 10-11) to take a free CPR class.

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<![CDATA[Opportunities to Try New Things at Health & Fitness Expo]]> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:49:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/cde0d3527d764fd893ff04cc085ef67f.jpg
Fun, fit and healthy is the theme at the Health & Fitness Expo. News4's Aaron Gilchrist reports on the first day.]]>
<![CDATA[Try Yoga in 2015]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:44:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009037621_1200x675_380140099694.jpg
A recent study found that yoga might be as good for your heart as traditional exercises like walking and biking. Looking to try yoga in the new year? Check out these three easy poses to get started.]]>
<![CDATA[Plenty to Do at Health & Fitness Expo]]> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:57:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150103+Expo+Welcome.jpg
Looking for something to do Sunday? The Health & Fitness Expo has plenty of options.]]>
<![CDATA[Japan Officials Advise Chewing Slowly After Rice Cake Deaths]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:31:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/167626515.jpg
At least nine people have reportedly choked to death on New Year's rice cakes in Japan, and officials are urging people to chew slowly on the treats.

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<![CDATA[U.S. to Resume First Beef Imports From Ireland Since Mad Cow]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:57:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/149331834.jpg
Ireland says the United States will permit imports of beef from the country — the first European Union state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago, The Associated Press...

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<![CDATA[Facts and Fiction About Detox Diets]]> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 19:53:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_jugo_verde_dieta_detox_adelgazar_sobrepeso_1.jpg
Detox diets promise to rid your body of toxins and excess calories and help you shed pounds by eliminating all solid foods and drinking just liquids for days. Before you put yourself through that, News4’s Doreen...

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<![CDATA[Fast-Food Chains Attempt to Change Junk Food Image]]> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:44:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/165527415.jpg
As people express distaste for food they think is overly processed, McDonald's, Taco Bell and other chains are trying to shed their reputation for serving reheated meals that are loaded with chemicals,...

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<![CDATA[FDA Drug Approvals Reached 18-Year-High in 2014]]> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 12:35:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/4685186871.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record number of medicines for rare diseases, pushing the agency's annual tally of drug approvals to its highest level...

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<![CDATA[Biological Bad Luck Blamed in Most Cancer Cases]]> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 09:00:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/175138627.jpg
Plain old bad luck plays a major role in determining who gets cancer and who does not, according to researchers who found that two-thirds of cancer incidence of various types can be blamed on random mutations...

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<![CDATA[Cost of Being Uninsured to Rise in 2015]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:25:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/459137759.jpg
The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people, The Associated Press reported. For 2014, the fine was the greater of $95 per person or 1 percent of household...

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Guard Against Widespread Flu Activity in Va.]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:48:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/RAY_FLU_EPIDEMIC_5P_1200x675_378452547705.jpg
An elementary student in Ashburn, Virginia, died from the flu. David Culver reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Flu Deaths in U.S. Reach Epidemic Level: CDC]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:33:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/104718836.jpg
A total of 15 children have died from flu complications, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described in their latest report as within "epidemic threshold."

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<![CDATA[Medical Procedures That Should Be Done in the Winter]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:50:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008981258_1200x675_378341955928.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess joins Angie Goff to discuss some medical procedures that should be done in the winter... and will pay off in the summer!]]>
<![CDATA[Special Guests at the Health & Fitness Expo]]> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:23:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20141230+Expo+Special+Guests.jpg
NBC4 has an exciting lineup of special guests for the 2015 NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo!]]>
<![CDATA[Virginia Fifth-Grader Dies From Flu; Where to Find Vaccine]]> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:21:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flu+generic+germs+generic.jpg
A fifth-grader in Ashburn, Virginia, died last week after getting the flu, according to Creighton's Corner Elementary School.

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<![CDATA[Seasonal Affective Disorder: Not Just Winter Woes]]> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:37:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nieve-Montanas_Colorado.jpg
Seasonal affective disorder often calls to mind images of people who can't stand the dark days of winter, but it also affects people who can't stand the summer.

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<![CDATA[How Those NYE Shots May Trash Your Immune System]]> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:48:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/ttequila-shots-1507_d41b38c32ad0cf98cbc94d693d1a7bcd.nbcnews-fp-1200-600.jpg
Binge drinkers beware: that big hangover headed your way reveals only a fraction of the physical damage you will weather.

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<![CDATA[Helping Loved Ones With Depression]]> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:15:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008968389_1200x675_377970755983.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner is in the studio to discuss how to help and advise loved ones who may be depressed.]]>
<![CDATA[New Device Could Help Acid Reflux Sufferers]]> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:13:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008949752_1200x675_377339971998.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler report on a new device that could help acid reflux sufferers when over the counter medications fail.]]>
<![CDATA[Aetna Sued Over Drug Policy]]> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:59:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HIV-drugs-nbcnews-cdc.jpg
A consumer advocacy group has filed a class-action lawsuit against Aetna Inc. claiming that the company's new drug policy violates the privacy of people with HIV and AIDS by requiring them to get their...

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<![CDATA[U.S. Moves Toward Dropping Ban on Gay Blood Donations]]> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:41:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/482145647.jpg
Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer...

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<![CDATA[Navigating the Holidays as a Divorced Parent]]> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:27:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-12-23_1326.jpg
The holidays can also be a stressful time for families with divorced parents. Alan Plevy, a divorce attorney at SmolenPlevy, offers advice on making the holidays happy and less stressful for your family.]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Skin Care Gifts Your Children Can Make]]> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:30:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/220*120/2014-12-23_1201.png
If you're looking for an easy gift that your children can make, Dr. Cheryl Burgess has some do-it-yourself beauty recipes that are good for your skin -- and your wallet.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Going After Sellers of Pure Caffeine Powder]]> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:06:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/powdered+caffeine.JPG
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses, The Associated Press reported.

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<![CDATA[Va. Health Officials Report Two Flu Deaths]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:57:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/173367893.jpg
State health officials say two preschool-age children have died from the flu recently in eastern Virginia.

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<![CDATA[Flu Widespread in 29 States, CDC Says]]> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:57:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/89023924.jpg
This year's flu season is striking earlier than last year's, with the virus already widespread in 29 of the 54 U.S. states and territories, the CDC said Friday, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Prepackaged Candy Apples Recalled]]> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 22:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/155224562.jpg
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples after they were linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The CDC says it knows of 28 cases in which people...

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<![CDATA[ Man Suffers Traumatic Injuries in Bikeshare Crash]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:09:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008881400_1200x675_374882883705.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler spoke with a D.C. man who was struck by a car while riding a Capital Bikeshare bike on H Street NE. He wasn't wearing a helmet and nearly lost his life.]]>
<![CDATA[Finding Help for Postpartum Depression]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:44:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic+pregnant+generic.jpeg
News4's Angie Goff shows a new way women around Washington can get help for postpartum depression. Find local and affordable care: DMV PMH Resource Guide Postpartum Support International - DC -...]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Staying Healthy During the Holidays]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:28:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/misteltoe.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, shares some tips for staying healthy during the holidays.]]>
<![CDATA[Va. Awarded $2.6 Million Health Care Grant]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:57:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stethescope+generic.jpg
Virginia has been awarded a $2.6 million federal grant to develop new statewide health care models.

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<![CDATA[E-Cigs Surpass Regular Cigs in Teen Use: Survey]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:58:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/184769106.jpg
Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds, The Associated Press reported. Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to...

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<![CDATA[How Oxygenated Facials Work]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:31:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008848381_1200x675_373295683642.jpg
Oxygenated facials are popular right now, with the goal to make skin look more plumped-up and glowy. But what are they -- and do they really work? Dr. Cheryl Burgess has the answers.]]>
<![CDATA[Mindfulness: Learning to Stop the Stress]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:27:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/Yoga+Generic+543564363.jpg
A group of students and their teachers are using a method that's hundreds of years old to tune out stress. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Nurse Exposed to Ebola to Be Admitted to NIH]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:04:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NIH+sign+bethesda.jpg
An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone is being admitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

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<![CDATA[Chemical in Food Packaging Linked With Lower IQ in Kids]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:31:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/484192249.jpg
Children whose mothers had highest levels of certain chemicals in their bodies while pregnant had noticeably lower IQs at age 7, researchers said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[How to Cope With Commuting Stress]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:08:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GETTY-GENERIC-TRAFFIC.gif
Are you a calm, cool commuter? Or do you get frenzied and frantic? Most of us don’t handle traffic well, and that could be dangerous for your body and mind. As part of our series on Changing Minds, News4...

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<![CDATA[Overcoming Stress This Holiday Season]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:44:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008788004_1200x675_369896003596.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner shares tips on how to deal with holiday stress this season.]]>
<![CDATA[Md. Emphasizes Need to Re-Enroll in Health Plans]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:56:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg
Maryland officials say about a quarter of people who need to re-enroll in the state's health insurance marketplace to get their correct subsidies by Jan. 1 have done so.

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<![CDATA[Common Chemical Linked to Higher Blood Pressure]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:10:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blood-Pressure-Test.jpg
The chemical BPA, an ingredient in plastics often used in food containers and beverage can linings, might temporarily raise people's blood pressure, a Korean research team announced Monday.

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<![CDATA[Billionaire Paul Allen Pledges $100M for Cell Science]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:30:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Paul-Allen.jpg
Software billionaire Paul Allen says he's committed $100 million to create a new institute to study human cell biology.

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<![CDATA[Panel: Those With Disabilities Should Train Police]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 13:53:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/robert-saylor.jpg
A Maryland commission formed in response to the in-custody death of a man with Down syndrome says the state should create a center in his name where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities would...

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<![CDATA[Unproven Stem Cell Treatment Faces Controversy]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:14:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/510008357.jpg
An NBC News investigation found that some patients are turning to a controversial stem cell therapy that many experts say has no proven benefit.

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<![CDATA[Yoga Moves to Soothe "Texting Neck"]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:30:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008742485_1200x675_367819331958.jpg
A new study found that hunching over to use your smartphone puts a lot of stress on your neck and spine. Kim Weeks shares some yoga moves to reverse the problem.]]>
<![CDATA[Howard County Repeals Sugar Beverage Ban]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:54:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/soda+liters+.jpg
Howard County has repealed a ban on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages on county property and at county-sponsored events.

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<![CDATA[Va. Man Makes Remarkable Recovery From Rugby Injury]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:27:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Gary+Coetzee.jpg
A year after a rugby injury threatened to leave him a quadriplegic, a northern Virginia man is pulling off a remarkable recovery.]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Seasonal Depression]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:18:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008716688_1200x675_366721091668.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains who is affected most by seasonal depression and why.]]>
<![CDATA[8 Percent of Americans Depressed, Few Treated: Study]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:45:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/470621689.jpg
Nearly eight percent of Americans have depression, but only about a third of those are receiving treatment for it, according to a major federal survey, Today.com reported.

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: Is it Shyness or Something More?]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:08:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008713846_1200x675_366609475664.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner stops by to talk more about Social Anxiety Disorder, a person's excessive fear of social situations.]]>
<![CDATA[Hershey Considers Replacing Corn Syrup With Sugar]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 07:41:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0722-HERSHEY-BAR-large570.jpg
Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar. Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co., told The Associated Press the company uses a...

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<![CDATA[Justices Weigh UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:02:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/2014-12-03_0518_001.png
The Supreme Court is taking up a pregnancy discrimination case with the potential to affect many American women who continue to work throughout their pregnancies.

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<![CDATA[4 D.C.-Area Hospitals Designated for Ebola Care]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:52:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NIH+sign+bethesda.jpg
Health officials have designated four D.C.-area hospitals as Ebola treatment centers.

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<![CDATA[What You Need To Know: Holiday Season Allergies]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 12:43:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008701104_1200x675_366084675759.jpg
Dr. Cheryl Burgess reveals allergic reactions caused by pine trees, pointsettias and certain fragrances that can irritate the skin.]]>
<![CDATA[Drug Overdose Deaths in U.S. Double: CDC]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:16:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/185590966.jpg
Drug overdose deaths more than doubled over the past decade, U.S. health officials announced in a report released Tuesday. Heroin-related deaths, in particular, more than tripled.

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