<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usWed, 27 Jul 2016 07:49:20 -0400Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:49:20 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[FDA Reconsiders Gay Blood Ban]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:25:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blood+donation-539869134.jpg
Facing increased pressure from Democrats in Congress, the Food and Drug Administration began to officially reconsider its policy limiting blood donations from gay and bisexual men on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to Disease Discovery: Paper]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:11:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/today-ice-bucket-challenge-140715-06.blocks_desktop_medium.jpg
The ice bucket challenge became a phenomenon in the of summer 2014, and the boost in funding it brought about helped lead to a significant discovery in the study of the ALS disease, according to a paper...

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<![CDATA[Medical Camp Lets Northern VA Teens Explore Areas of Medicine]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:16:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Medical+Camp+Injecting+an+Orange.jpg
A northern Virginia hospital runs a two-day camp for high school students interested in medicine to explore the range of careers in that field. Students can learn how to do injections, how to run DNA tests...

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<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 23:43:58 -0400http://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[FDA Strengthens Warning on Powerful Antibiotics]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:46:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-1170747.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration strengthened warnings on a class of antibiotics, calling it too strong to be used for sinus infections, bronchitis and simple urinary tract infections. Fluoroquinolones,...

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<![CDATA[Nurse Stabs Boy With Needle]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:02:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/needle-generic-edit.jpg
New Jersey officials say a nurse caught on videotape stabbing a boy with autism with a hypodermic needle to control his behavior has agreed to surrender her license during the investigation. Acting Attorney...

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<![CDATA[Girl Takes Cancer Fight to DC]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:27:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sadie+Keller.jpg
A North Texas girl is taking her cancer fight to Washington, D.C. Nine-year-old Sadie Keller is battling leukemia. For the last year NBC 5 has covered how she video-blogged her cancer treatment and raised more...

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<![CDATA[CDC Issues New Zika Recommendations]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:39:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015543372_1200x675_732026947528.jpg
As concerns about Zika virus rise, the CDC released new recommendations for doctors who are treating pregnant women. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA['Drunkorexia' Common Among College Students: Study]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:07:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BeerDrinking-GettyImages-144235968.jpg
Almost a third of college students say they’ve taken part in practices dubbed “drunkorexia,” according to a recent study, NBC News reported. That’s the name for behaviors such as skipping meals or heavy...

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<![CDATA[Lack of Sleep Can Cost You]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:57:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Woman+Yawning+shutterstock_367741853.jpg
With approximately one in three people suffering from insomnia, Americans spend billions of dollars each year in over-the-counter sleep medicines and treatments, but as Doreen Gentzler reports, that's not...

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<![CDATA[Butterfly Bash Against Rare Disease]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:48:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015506622_1200x675_730061379661.jpg
News4's Shomari Stone talked to a local family which is getting an entire community behind their fight against a rare developmental disorder.

<![CDATA[Fla. Mosquitoes Tested for Zika]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:22:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
Florida health officials are conducting tests in two possible non-travel related cases of Zika, either of which would be the first direct mosquito infection of the virus in the continental United States. The...

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<![CDATA[Surgery Successfully Cures Epileptic Patients]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:59:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_epilepsy0720_1920x1080.jpg
Doctors in Houston, Texas, are using a new procedure to eliminate seizures in many epilepsy patients. KPRC's Haley Hernandez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Stay Safe in Extreme Heat]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:49:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015493241_1200x675_728943683590.jpg
Gearing up for the extreme heat expected to hit the D.C. area over the weekend, News4's Wendy Rieger spoke with Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about...]]>
<![CDATA[Helping Teens With Autism Learn to Drive]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:42:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_driveautism0718_1920x1080.jpg
Researchers are working on ways to help autistic teens learn to drive. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Mystery: Caregiver Gets Virus From Man Who Died ]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:01:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
A Utah man who became the first person in the continental U.S. to die after being infected with the Zika virus passed it to a caregiver, creating a medical mystery about how it spread between them, health...

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<![CDATA[Talking to Your Children About Violence]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:20:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015454717_1200x675_726987843994.jpg
In the past two weeks, there have been four deadly shootings that have captured national media attention. It may be hard to process all that's happening, and it can really be difficult to talk to your children...]]>
<![CDATA[Which Medical Websites Are Legit?]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20:00:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015442669_1200x675_726185539762.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler shares some medical websites you can trust.]]>
<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Sees Big Jump in Zika Cases]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:36:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
Puerto Rico government officials on Friday reported the biggest weekly rise in Zika cases that the U.S. territory has ever seen. Health Secretary Ana Rius said 1,336 new cases were reported in the past...

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<![CDATA[1st Woman-to-Man Zika Transmission]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:20:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg
The first documented case of the Zika virus transmitted by sexual contact from a woman to a man was reported in New York City, the Centers for Disease Control announced Friday.

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<![CDATA[Digest This: Heavy People May Die Up to 3 Years Early]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:33:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OBESITY_AP_16195512447159.jpg
Being too heavy may cost you your life — literally. Scientists say overweight people die one year earlier than expected and that moderately obese people die up to three years prematurely. Doctors have...

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<![CDATA[Questions to Ask Your Doctor]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:04:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015429649_1200x675_725509699561.jpg
Doctors go through years of medical school to become familiar with terms you may often hear in medical settings, but there are some questions you can ask to take better control of your care.]]>
<![CDATA[Can a Child's Own Cells Fight Type 1 Diabetes?]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:21:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Diabetes0713_MP4-146850629810200001.jpg
Doctors hope this first-of-its-kind clinical trial will lead to a cure for Type I Diabetes.]]>
<![CDATA[Most Drivers Admit to Road Rage]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:15:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/04-25-2014-generic-traffic-generic.jpg
Nearly eight of every 10 U.S. drivers admit expressing anger, aggression or road rage at least once in the previous year, according to a survey released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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<![CDATA[What to Know Before You Get a CT Scan]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:35:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ct+scan+image.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler reports on the potential troubles raised by CT scans.

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<![CDATA[State Lab to Test Va. Mosquitoes for Zika Virus]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:26:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/194*120/Mosquito_shutterstock_305437643.gif
Virginia’s State Laboratory will test mosquitoes for Zika virus at targeted areas across Virginia to prevent outbreaks, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced.

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<![CDATA[K2, Drug Linked to Mass NYC Overdose, Explained]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:13:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/185*120/AP_100215039023.jpg
Despite dire warnings about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, popularly known by names such as K2, Spice, Black Mamba and Kronic, they continue to grow in popularity, NBC News reports.

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<![CDATA[CDC's Tom Frieden Testifies at Zika Hearing]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:18:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg
The upcoming Olympic games are not likely to have a major impact on the spread of Zika virus, although four developing countries could face a substantially higher risk, according to a new government...

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<![CDATA[Could Gluten Affect Your Emotional Health?]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:50:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015409866_1200x675_724294723575.jpg
NBC4's Eun Yang talks to Dr. Joshua Weiner about the impacts of gluten on mental health.]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Prescribed Antibiotics Could Be Dangerous, Doctors Warn]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:55:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic+antibiotics+071216.jpg
Self-prescribed antibiotics for viruses, such as the common cold, can come with side effects that may do more harm to your body than good. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Mistakes Cause Up to 250K Deaths Per Year]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:34:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015387997_1200x675_723249731534.jpg
A recent study found medical errors cause up to 250,000 deaths each year in this country. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Placentae Can Bring New Life to Vision Treatments ]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:51:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-07-12-at-10.08.53-AM.jpg
“Think of it like a born again eye,” Dr. Chike Mordi from Vision Source in Houston, Texas says of a new treatment's ability to help regenerate eye tissue. With a placenta that meets stringent donor screening and...]]>
<![CDATA[Improving Lesbian Health With Focus on Wellness]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:03:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/LesbianHealth0711_MP4-146832830246300001.jpg
Lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of obesity, smoking and stress when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, but one University of Missouri researcher is working to change that.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Experts Give Up on Zika Funding From Congress]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:17:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Congress started its final week of the summer Monday but there was still no agreement on a legislation that would get the U.S. ready for a fight against the Zika virus, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[How to Keep Food Safe When Planning Your Picnic]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:04:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Picnic-Generic-Getty.jpg
One in six Americans contract a food-borne illness each year, the CDC says. NBC4's Barbara Harrison spoke with registered dietitian Joy DuBost about tips for keeping food safe to eat when grilling and packing...]]>
<![CDATA[Organ Transplants Have Come a Long Way But Hurdles Remain]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:39:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kidney_Transplant_CT.jpg
Transplants still require courage, but medical advances haven't just helped patients.

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<![CDATA[How to Talk to Children About Violence in the News]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 20:53:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015363865_1200x675_721603139879.jpg
Child psychiatrist Dr. Aeva Gaymon-Doomes offers suggestions about talking with children about violence in the news.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Death Reported in Utah, 1st in Continental US]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:30:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
Utah health officials say a resident infected with Zika has died, which they say marks the first death related to the mosquito-borne virus in the continental United States. Authorities said Friday the...

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<![CDATA[Music Therapist Makes Songs With Babies' Heartbeats]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:59:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16187733110359-music.jpg
A music therapist at a Michigan children's hospital has made dozens of unique recordings as a gift for patients' parents and other loved ones. Bridget Sova uses a specialized stethoscope recorder to capture the...

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<![CDATA[California Might Get a Gym Where You Can Smoke Marijuana]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:25:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/marijuanagym.jpg
A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working...]]>
<![CDATA[Billion Dollar Policy Proposed to Stem Opioid Epidemic ]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:30:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_heroin0706_1920x1080.jpg
The White House has asked Congress to approve more than a billion dollars in emergency funding to combat the nation's growing opioid addiction crisis. The Obama administration also announced that it's loosening...

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<![CDATA[More Second-Trimester Abortions Occurred Under Texas Law]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 06:31:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SupremeCourtTexasAbortion-AP_16179555843580.jpg
A preliminary review of statistics released by the Department of State Health Services in Texas shows a 27 percent increase in abortions after 12 weeks, NBC News reported. The numbers appear to oppose the 2013...

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<![CDATA[Taking Care of Your Skin During Summer]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:29:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baby-bath-eczema.jpg
News4's Pat Lawson Muse talks to Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about taking care of your skin during the summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Officials: 31 With Zika in Maryland]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:58:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that it's awarding the state $366,000 for Zika prevention.

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<![CDATA[Reducing Exposure to Carcinogens While Grilling]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:46:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015318415_1200x675_718777411716.jpg
Cancer-causing chemicals can form on meat when it's cooked at high temperatures, but the American Cancer Association has identified steps to reduce those chemicals. Registered dietitian Joy Dubost explains what...]]>
<![CDATA[NIH Funds Study of Zika Infections in US Olympic Athletes]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 13:04:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Researchers will study some U.S. athletes for Zika during the summer Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil, to better understand how the virus infects. The National Institutes of Health announced the study...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves 1st Dissolving Stent for US Patients]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:34:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Absorb+Stent+AP_16182654167353.jpg
A slowly dissolving medical implant for treating clogged arteries has won approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The agency approved the Absorb stent Tuesday for patients with coronary artery disease...

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<![CDATA[Zika Cases in the U.S.]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:38:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-carto-thumb.jpg
Using data from the CDC, this map tracks Zika cases by state.

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Widen Flour Recall After 4 More People Get Sick]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:16:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Flour-recall-General-Mills.jpg
Federal health officials on Friday widened an already big recall of flour after four more people got sick from food poisoning linked to the flour, NBC News reports. No one has died or developed the most...

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<![CDATA[Obama Says He Expects Congress to Move on Zika Virus]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:41:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg
About $25 million was dispensed by federal health officials Friday to help states at risk from Zika defend against its spread — cash taken from other programs because Congress has not approved fresh funding...

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<![CDATA[New Zika Studies Reveal Invisible Damage to Babies]]>Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:32:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg
Zika virus causes different types of brain damage in babies, not just microcephaly, according to two new reports. Brazilian researchers found as many as one in five babies born with brain damage caused by Zika...

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<![CDATA[A Little Butter Won't Kill You, Study Says]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:35:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/175635030-butter-generic.jpg
A little butter isn't going to kill anyone, but it's not a health food, nutrition experts said in a study released Wednesday. "I would say butter is neither good nor bad," Laura Pimpin of the Friedman School of...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Adding Chorizo to Menu]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:07:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cihpotle.png
Chipotle is adding chorizo to its menu in yet another move intended to get people back in stores following an E. coli outbreak last year. The chain says the topping will be available in select cities including...

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<![CDATA[Water Systems Failing to Test for Lead]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:02:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/223*120/lead-faucet.jpg
The Natural Resources Defense Council reports more than 18 million Americans got their drinking water from systems with lead violations in 2015.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Asks for New Studies on How Hand Sanitizers Work]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:21:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handsanitizer.jpg
Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use. The Food and...

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<![CDATA[Biden Hosts Cancer 'Moonshot Summit' to Spur Research]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:43:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/543608926-joe-biden-cancer-moonshot-summit.jpg
Vice President Joe Biden is trying to give efforts to cure cancer a jolt during a summit in Washington that's shining a spotlight on innovative trials taking place across the country.

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<![CDATA[Protect Your Family From Mosquitoes]]>Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:11:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika12.jpg
With the Zika virus on consumers’ minds, mosquito-spraying companies are inundating the Washington, D.C., area with flyers and ads, but experts say there’s not much to go on to determine how effective they are.]]>
<![CDATA[Fireworks Season Can Trigger PTSD for Veterans]]>Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:51:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/fireworks-generic.jpg
While fireworks don't trigger PTSD for all soldiers or veterans, it seems to be a more common occurrence in recent years.

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<![CDATA[Whitewater Park Closes After Deadly Amoeba Kills Teen]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:01:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/USWhitewaterCenter-.jpg
Health officials found a brain-destroying amoeba in the water at a North Carolina water park, which suspended operations Friday, NBC News reported. Officials found evidence of the microbe, and shut down...

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day]]>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:55:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DanielFranzese-GettyImages-533405824.jpg
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested. The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at...

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<![CDATA[FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine Doesn't Work: Experts]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:34:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FluMistSpray-AP_16174566973522.jpg
Experts area saying the needle-free FluMist influenza vaccine has not protected against flu for years and should not be used this coming flu season, NBC News reported. The decision could nerve pediatricians...

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<![CDATA[Zika Epidemic Has Doubled Abortion Requests: Study]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:31:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
The epidemic of Zika virus has caused a spike in requests for abortion help in countries that ban or restrict abortions, researchers said Wednesday. Several women whose fetuses have shown evidence of possible...

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<![CDATA[Why You Should Cut Back on Salt]]>Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:49:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015176579_1200x675_711307331769.jpg
Research says one in three Americans has high blood pressure, and one of the main contributors to that is our sodium-heavy diet. While the recommended amount of sodium per day is 2,300 milligrams, the average...]]>
<![CDATA[Keep Your Food Safe When Grilling]]>Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:48:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015176642_1200x675_711317059589.jpg
With Fourth of July coming up, many of us will be breaking out the grill. Kevin Schneider, safety officer with Giant foods, joins NBC4's Barbara Harrison to give you tips on how to make sure the food you're...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Protect Yourself From Bug Bites This Summer]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:56:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015164206_1200x675_710713411597.jpg
News4's Pat Lawson Muse talks withDr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about how you can protect yourself from bug bites and related diseases, including the...]]>
<![CDATA[300 Charged in Nation's Largest Health Care Fraud Bust]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:20:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AG_AP_16137669714048.jpg
About 300 people in more than half the states have been charged in the largest crackdown to date on health care fraud, federal authorities announced Wednesday. According to the Departments of Justice...

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<![CDATA[Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Alternative Medicine]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:01:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-75357983.jpg
Americans spend a substantial part of out-of-pocket health care costs on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, even though there is little evidence some...

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<![CDATA[LGBT Groups Mobilize Mental-Health Help After Orlando Attack]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:53:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/062016+orlando+dc+crowd.jpg
"Just because it stops streaming through your [Facebook] News Feed doesn’t mean you should be over it," one therapist said.

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<![CDATA[Study: Prozac Only Med to Significantly Improve Depression in Young People]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:34:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015161066_1200x675_710533699626.jpg
A study examining the effectiveness of 14 antidepressants in young people with depression found Prozac to be the only medication significantly better than the placebo treatment, or the control group.]]>
<![CDATA[Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico at Risk for Zika: CDC]]>Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:24:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PuertoRicoZikaCDC-AP_16169572347522.jpg
The zika virus is spreading quickly in Puerto Rico, meaning hundreds of babies could be born with birth defects, NBC News reports. More than 1 percent of all Puerto Rico blood donations tested in early...

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<![CDATA[Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Drug Over Chemo ]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:28:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MerckKeytruda-AP_41869771122.jpg
Lung cancer patients who have never been treated will now get the same drug used to help former President Jimmy Carter, NBC News reported. Researchers said they wanted to give Keytruda to 305 lung cancer...

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<![CDATA[3 Babies Born in US With Birth Defects Caused by Zika: CDC]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:49:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg
Three babies with Zika-linked birth defects have been born in the U.S., the government reported Thursday in its first accounting of outcomes for pregnant women infected with the virus.

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<![CDATA[Service Dog Monitors Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetic Teenager]]>Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:25:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/Diabetes+Service+Dog+Abel.jpg
A service dog is trained to monitor blood sugar levels in a diabetic teenager by sniffing blood through the teenager's pores. When the teenager has concerning blood sugar levels, the dog will grow anxious...

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<![CDATA[UN No Longer Deems Coffee Possible Carcinogen ]]>Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:47:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/coffee-generic-edit.jpg
The World Health Organization's research arm has downgraded its classification of coffee as a possible carcinogen, declaring there isn't enough proof to show a link to cancer. But the International Agency...

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<![CDATA[Overdoses, Accidental Deaths Rise Among Americans: Report]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:34:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg
Accidents are killing more Americans each year, increasingly from overdoses and falls. A new report from the National Safety Council said that in 2014, more than 136,000 Americans died accidentally.

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<![CDATA[Angie Goff Participates in Mental Health America Conference]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:02:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015029846_1200x675_703472195627.jpg
Mental Health America, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans and to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness, wrapped up its annual...]]>
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Researcher Infected With Zika in Lab Accident]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:18:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
The University of Pittsburgh says one of its researchers became infected with the Zika virus in a lab accident. The scientist accidentally stuck herself with a needle last month during a Zika experiment.

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<![CDATA[Teen Smoking Rate Drops, But More Kids Are Vaping]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:43:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TeenSmoking-GettyImages-549379089.jpg
Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes than ever before, NBC News reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that just 11 percent of high school students said they smoked in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Fewer High School Kids Have Sex: Survey]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:11:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TeensKidsSex-AP_16160788929316.jpg
A government survey of risky youth behaviors shows fewer teens are having sex, NBC News reported. The survey found 41 percent of high school kids said they had ever had sex — down from around 47 percent...

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<![CDATA[New Map Shows Where Zika Mosquitoes Live in US]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:42:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CDCMosquitoMap.jpg
A new map shows mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus can be found in 40 states and Washington, D.C., NBC News reported. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled the new map...

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<![CDATA[Dozens of Mentally Ill in Jail Due to Hospital Bed Shortage]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:06:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/207*120/JAIL+GENERIC+GFX.JPG
Maryland officials say dozens of mentally ill people charged with crimes are stuck in jail, because Maryland's health department doesn't have beds or staff to treat new patients.

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<![CDATA[FDA Still Taking Months to Recall Tainted Food: Investigators ]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:17:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FDA-AP_16160687331207.jpg
Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported...

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<![CDATA[Pancreas Transplant Can Cure Diabetes]]>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:33:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014999756_1200x675_701704771998.jpg
A pancreas transplant cured a man of Type 1 diabetes. Before the transplant, the man battled diabetes for 17 years, including suffering through a diabetic coma and heart surgery.]]>
<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: Getting Your Kids Ready for Summer Camp]]>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 18:22:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014998709_1200x675_701657155752.jpg
With summer camps right around the corner, News4's Erika Gonzalez talks with Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about what you should do to prepare your kids for...]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Making Changes to Food Nutrition Labels]]>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:40:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2016-06-08_1340.jpg
The FDA is making changes to nutrition label requirements, including the size of calorie information, the serving size portion and the required nutrients. NBC4's Barbara Harrison discussed the new labels...]]>
<![CDATA[Nature Made Vitamins Recalled ]]>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:20:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nature+Made+Gummies+Recall.jpg
Pharmavite LLC announced Tuesday it is recalling some of its Nature Made adult gummy vitamins and folic acid tablets due to potential Salmonella or Staphylococcus aureus contamination. The Northridge...

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<![CDATA[Turkey's President Calls Women Who Work 'Half Persons']]>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:25:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP924995293814.jpg
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said women who chose work over motherhood are "half persons," NBC News reported. "A woman who abstains from maternity by saying 'I am working' means that she is actually...

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<![CDATA[More Than 40 Percent of US Women Are Obese: CDC ]]>Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:10:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-98473190.jpg
The nation's obesity epidemic continues to grow, led by an alarming increase among women. For the first time, more than 4 in 10 U.S. women are obese, according to new government health statistics.

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<![CDATA[Loudoun Co. Holding Town Hall on Teen Suicides]]>Mon, 06 Jun 2016 19:37:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Loudoun+County+Public+Schools.jpg
The rising number of teen suicides in Loudoun County prompts efforts to end the tragedy.

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<![CDATA[Miss. Woman Wins Court Fight for Her Placenta]]>Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:59:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_placentafight0602_1920x1080.jpg
An expectant Mississippi mother, Jordan Thiering, was shocked to find out she couldn't easily keep her placenta after the birth. "If I can bring my baby home, I should have every right to bring my placenta...]]>
<![CDATA[Deciding to Stop Cancer Treatment Frees Some Families in Pain]]>Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:46:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16155565075772-cancer.jpg
Two months before Joe Clark died of colon cancer at age 31, a doctor gently told him it was time to stop treatment. He had suffered through more than a year of chemotherapy that produced painful sores in...

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<![CDATA[Panera Sued Over Peanut Butter]]>Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:34:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-472270482.jpg
The parents of a 6-year-old girl with peanut allergies from Natick, Massachusetts, have sued a restaurant because their daughter became extremely ill after eating a grilled cheese sandwich with peanut butter on...

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<![CDATA[New Drug Gives Bladder Cancer Patients Fresh Hope]]>Sun, 05 Jun 2016 19:08:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NYUCancerDrug-160603-dr-arjun-balar-mbe-459p-2.jpg
A newly approved drug is giving the boost needed to stall the spread of tumors in patients with advanced bladder cancer, NBC News reports. The drug, called atezolizumab, is sold under the name Tecentriq...]]>
<![CDATA[Stem Cell Experiment Stuns Doctors]]>Sun, 05 Jun 2016 09:01:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0603-2016-StemCell.jpg
In a recent medical study Stanford researchers say a new stem cell experiment is transforming the lives of stroke patients. The use of stem cells is allowing patients with little hope for recovery to suddenly...

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<![CDATA[Fentanyl: Drug That Killed Prince Killed Thousands of Others]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2016 21:20:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fentanyl-AP_717602029855.jpg
Fentanyl, the drug that killed Prince, is a powerful narcotic that has killed thousands of others, according to NBC News. According to a medical examiner’s report Thursday, the pop icon died from fentanyl...

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<![CDATA[Pizza Hut to Slice Out More Artificial Ingredients]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:05:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/186*120/GettyImages-143134303.jpg
Pizza Hut said it will remove more artificial ingredients from its pizza pies in the next year at its U.S. restaurants. The company already removed artificial flavors and colors from its pizzas last...

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Unclear Why US Deaths Rising]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:33:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-10189107.jpg
The overall death rate in the United States ticked up in 2015, according to new federal data, NBC News reported. Nearly 730 deaths were reported for every 100,000 people in 2015 compared to 723 deaths in 2014,...

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<![CDATA[Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 13:30:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000014911996_1200x675_696780355907.jpg
What is a narcissist, and is it an appropriate label? Dr. Joshua Weiner stopped by News4 Midday to share more on the personality disorder.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Issues New Guidelines on Salt, Pressuring Food Industry]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:18:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-557995293.jpg
The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from...

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<![CDATA[Tigers Closer Rodriguez Says He Contracted Zika]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:12:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-536239078.jpg
Detroit Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez says he contracted the Zika virus over the off-season in his home country of Venezuela and advises potential Olympic athletes to educate themselves on the virus...

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<![CDATA[Zika-Linked Baby Born in NJ]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:09:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Baby60.jpg
A woman diagnosed with the Zika virus gave birth to a girl with microcephaly at a New Jersey hospital, the first apparent case of a baby being born in the Northeast with defects from the disease, Manny Alvarez...

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<![CDATA[Sisters Diagnosed Weeks Apart Fight Breast Cancer Together]]>Tue, 31 May 2016 14:52:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16151686561732.jpg
Two Utah sisters grew up in the same bedroom, went to the same college, worked for almost a decade at the same company and have visited over 50 countries side by side. Now every three weeks, they sit together in...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[A Look at How the Zika Virus Can Kill You]]>Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:34:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/virus+zika+puerto+rico.jpg
The Zika virus is not usually thought of as a life-threatening virus, but it did kill a man in Puerto Rico. The man, in his 70s, is the first reported U.S. death from the virus, which is spreading across...

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<![CDATA[Md. Gov. Authorizes $250K for Zika Prevention Efforts]]>Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:28:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/zika13.JPG
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that Maryland will spend $250,000 for Zika virus prevention and awareness efforts in the state.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First Commercial Zika Virus Test]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:38:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaBloodTest-GettyImages-508017592.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first commercial U.S. test Thursday to diagnose the Zika virus, NBC News reported. Quest Diagnostics will use the same method that government labs use to look...

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<![CDATA[Teen Birth Rates Drop Among Blacks, Hispanics: CDC]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:55:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TeenPregnancyGettyImages-459016410.jpg
Birth rates among black and Hispanic teenagers have fallen dramatically over the past decade, but they’re still more likely to have babies compared to their white peers, according to a new report, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Cheaper & Designer Sunglasses Give Full UV Protection]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:07:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sunglasses-GettyImages-106750577.jpg
Cheap sunglasses and expensive designer eyewear deliver the same amount of UV protection, according to an investigation conducted by the “Today” show. University of California, Berkeley, optometrist Dr.

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<![CDATA[Immunotherapy Reduces Asthma Attacks for Those Allergic to Dust Mites]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:55:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dust+mite+generic.jpg
A new immunotherapy drug can help reduce asthma attacks for those allergic to dust mites. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains.

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<![CDATA[Zika Was in Haiti Before Brazil: Study ]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:45:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
A new study shows the Zika virus was circulating in Haiti in 2014, long before it became obvious that it was spreading in Brazil, NBC News reported. The team checked out three mysterious infections in...

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<![CDATA[US Health Care Costs All Over the Map: Study]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:23:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-health-1200-01.jpg
Health care prices vary in different parts of the U.S., according to a new study that digs into the pattern of costs around the country, NBC News reported. The report from the Health Care Cost Institute...

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<![CDATA[Valeant CEO to Tell Congress He Regrets Drug Price Hikes ]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:02:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-508393324.jpg
The outgoing CEO of embattled drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals will tell lawmakers Wednesday that he was "too aggressive" and regrets drastically hiking prices for several critical medicines, according...

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