<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usSun, 30 Apr 2017 18:36:31 -0400Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:36:31 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Superbugs: Antibiotic Resistant Infections on the Rise]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:54:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Superbugs.jpg
More than 20,000 people die every year from infections that don't respond to antibiotics. "The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients," warned the former head of the CDC.]]>
<![CDATA[News4 Is Going #SugarFree Next Week]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:30:10 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_544792432.jpg
News 4 is going #SugarFree next week!

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves 1st Targeted Drug for Certain Leukemia Patients]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:36:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/leukemiadrug_1200x675.jpg
U.S. regulators have approved the first targeted drug for certain patients with an aggressive form of leukemia. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the drug for adults with acute myeloid...

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<![CDATA[Trump Names Anti-Abortion Leader to High Post at HHS]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:39:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/yoestantiabortion_1200x675.jpg
The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest,...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Survivor Says Fitness Helped Her Beat Leukemia]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:23:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018604903_1200x675_932067395982.jpg
Former news anchor and cancer survivor Loriana Hernandez-Adama joins NBC4's Erika Gonzalez to talk about how fitness helped her with her battle against leukimia. Hernandez-Adama started the non-profit ArmorUp...]]>
<![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[DEA Offering Disposal of Unused, Unwanted Prescription Pills]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:36:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National-Rx-Drug-Take-Back-Day.jpg
The Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the opportunity for the safe disposal of expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions pills or patches on Saturday. Scores of locations across the country...

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<![CDATA[Wait for Calorie Count on Burgers, Pizza May Get Longer]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:28:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP080718051784calories7915.jpg
Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait — again. New government rules to help people find out how many calories are in their restaurant...

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<![CDATA[AI Predicts Heart Attacks Better Than Doctors: Study]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:35:24 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_206901288533.jpg
New research suggests that artificial intelligence may be better at determining which patients are at high risk for a heart attack than their doctor, NBC News reported. AI computer programs developed at...

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<![CDATA[Utah Rep. Chaffetz Gives Transparent Reason for Leave]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:33:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GOPRepJasonChaffetz_1200x675.jpg
Republican lawmaker Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz revealed internal hardware that has been holding his foot together for the last 12 years on his Instagram account. Recently Chaffetz announced he would be taking...

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<![CDATA[How to Get an Allergy-Free Garden]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:56:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018578089_1200x675_930428483621.jpg
If planting makes you sick, Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains how to get an allergy-free garden.]]>
<![CDATA[California Weighs Huge Health Care Remake: Dumping Insurers]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:17:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17116136988387-Ricardo-Lara-Single-Payer-Health.jpg
A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The...

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<![CDATA[Va. Mom Says She Was Led Out of Church for Breastfeeding]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:16:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042717+annie+peguero.jpg
A Virginia woman who was trying to comfort her baby during a church service says she was escorted out of the sanctuary for breastfeeding.

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<![CDATA[Helping Kids Cope With Grief]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:28:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018574288_1200x675_930114627930.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner said there's no timeline for processing grief, but talking about it is one of the most important things that kids and families can do.]]>
<![CDATA[Blood Tests Track Lung Cancer Gene Changes, Aiding Treatment]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:42:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lungcancertreatment_1200x675.jpg
Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors as they progress from their very earliest stages. With experimental...

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<![CDATA[FDA Warns of 14 'Fraudulent' Cancer Cure Companies]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:53:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FDAfakecurecancerdrugs_1200x675.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration posted warning letters sent to 14 manufacturers, telling them to remove their fraudulent cancer curing products on the internet, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Hardball Health Care Option May Cost Taxpayers, and Trump]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:39:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump-Price-AHCA.jpg
Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump's priorities. The administration just might eliminate...

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<![CDATA[Simulating Mom's Womb in Research to Help Earliest Preemies]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:30:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/simulatedwomb_1200x675.jpg
Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it...

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<![CDATA[Colorado Abortion Law, 1st in US, Marks 50th Anniversary]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:57:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17115062691464-Planned-Parenthood-Rocky-Mountains-Denver.jpg
Tuesday marks 50 years since a groundbreaking Colorado law significantly loosened tight restrictions on legal abortions. Before the law, Colorado — like many states — allowed abortions only if a woman's...

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<![CDATA[Overcoming Opioids: Special Schools Help Teens Stay Clean]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:12:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17094517868224-Hope-Academy-Teen-Addiction-Treatment.jpg
Youth is a drawback when it comes to kicking drugs. Only half of U.S. treatment centers accept teenagers and even fewer offer teen-focused groups or programs. After treatment, adolescents find little structured...

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<![CDATA[Spring Cleaning for the Medicine Cabinet]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:43:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018550662_1200x675_928541251563.jpg
Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day, a great opportunity to get rid of old prescriptions drugs you have hanging around the house. Consumer Reports said the risks for accidental poisoning for kids increase...]]>
<![CDATA[3 African Countries Chosen to Test 1st Malaria Vaccine]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:51:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/malariaafrica_1200x675.jpg
Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next...

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<![CDATA[Drug Take Back Day Helps Keeps Drugs Out of Reach]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:43:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018541912_1200x675_928051779673.jpg
Each year, about 60,000 children are taken to the emergency room after getting into medication that was left within reach.  You can help prevent these these tragedies by getting rid of unused...]]>
<![CDATA[Future of Revamped Health Care Bill Remains Dubious in House]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:39:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17111707588504.jpg
President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the significance of pushing Republican health care legislation through the House next week, a retreat from more bullish White House pronouncements a day earlier, which...

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<![CDATA[The True Heroine of HBO’s Latest Movie, Starring Oprah]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Henrietta+Lacks+Oprah.jpg
From countless medical advancements to a family torn apart, the story of Henrietta Lacks’ cells is multi-faceted.

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<![CDATA[CVS, Starbucks and the Love-Hate Relationship With Sugar ]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:46:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CVS-Starbcucks.jpg
Healthy foods are taking real estate from candy at some CVS stores, the store chain announced Thursday, a response to changing customer preferences and shopping habits, NBC News reported. In CVS Pharmacy's new...

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<![CDATA[Can Serena Play While Pregnant?]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:45:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/632915024-Serena-Williams-Australian-Open.jpg
The news of Serena Williams' pregnancy created a lot of commotion on social media. Barbara Harrison reports.

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<![CDATA[Germ in Raw Milk, Poultry Now Tops Food Poisoning List]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:52:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Detectan-brote-de-gripe-aviar-en-granja-de-proveedor-de-Tyson-Foods.jpg
The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list. The report counts cases in only 10...

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<![CDATA[Sweet Drinks Linked to Dementia: Study]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:26:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_drinksdementia0420_1500x845.jpg
Don't be so fast to finish that soda. The latest report from the Framingham Heart Study found that people who frequently drink sodas and fruit juices are more likely to have a poorer memory and less brain...]]>
<![CDATA[White House Pushes Uncertain Bid to Revive Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:21:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/656969512-Donald-Trump-Medicaid.jpg
Eager for a victory, the White House expressed confidence Thursday that a breakthrough on the mired Republican health care bill could emerge in the House next week. The chamber's GOP leaders, burned by a...

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<![CDATA[Oprah Honors Henrietta Lacks in Latest Project]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:53:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OPRAH_AP_16315832577425.jpg
Oprah Winfrey's long-running daytime TV talk show, at its best, excelled as a platform for ordinary people to shed extraordinary insight by telling their stories.]]>
<![CDATA[CDC to Launch Awareness Campaign Warning of Opioid Dangers]]>Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:21:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms770.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to launch a new ad campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid addiction. CDC acting director Anne Schuchat discussed the problem at the National...

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<![CDATA[National Garlic Day Highlights Garlic Health Benefits]]>Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:54:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018494771_1200x675_924500547875.jpg
Dr. Taylor Wallace talks with NBC4's Pat Lawson Muse about the health benefits that come from garlic like decreasing blood pressure, reducing flu and cold symptoms and the best ways to prepare garlic to get the...]]>
<![CDATA[How Stress Can Be Related to Obesity]]>Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:48:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018494728_1200x675_924495939729.jpg
A recently released British study suggests that chronic stress is associated with obesity. Dr. Joshua Weiner joins NBC4's Eun Yang to talk about this study and what you can do to control your stress level.]]>
<![CDATA[Healthy Vending Machine Measure Passes in Montgomery Co.]]>Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:58:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vending+machine1.jpg
The Montgomery County Council has approved a bill that requires vending machines in government buildings to offer healthy snacks and drinks.

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<![CDATA[Pollen Problems, Relief Solutions]]>Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:23:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/210*120/2017-04-18_2322.png
Pollen is becoming unbearable for some people. News4’s Shomari Stone reports on some possible solutions from those who are suffering.]]>
<![CDATA[Overcoming Opioids: The Quest for Less Addictive Drugs]]>Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:59:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg
Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home...

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<![CDATA[Local Musician Makes Plans to Grow Medical Marijuana in Md.]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:55:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/91997111-marijuana-generic.jpg
A man who has been playing in D.C.-area bands since 1969 is planning to play in Maryland’s medical marijuana industry.

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<![CDATA[How Trump Insurance Changes Could Affect Coverage Next Year]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:15:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/paulryanhealth_1200x675.jpg
A much tighter sign-up deadline and coverage delays will be waiting for some health insurance customers now that President Donald Trump's administration has finished a plan designed to stabilize shaky insurance...

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<![CDATA[Hyland's Teething Tablets Recalled Over Levels of Toxic Herb]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:06:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Hyland-Teething-Tablet-Recall.jpg
The maker of Hyland's teething tablets has issued a recall for any remaining packages at the urging of U.S. regulators, who say the medicine has inconsistent levels of a herb that can be poisonous. Standard...

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<![CDATA[Veterans Concerned After Report About DC VA Med Center]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:47:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Veterans-Affairs-Building-DC-Seal.jpg
Veterans Affairs put a new acting director in place at its medical center in Washington, D.C., Thursday following Wednesday’s report that said patients are unnecessarily at risk there, but veterans organizations...

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<![CDATA[Trump Allows States to Block Some Abortion Provider Funding]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:02:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/criticos-veto-1.jpg
Further chipping away at his predecessor's legacy, President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that lets states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion...

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<![CDATA[Marathons May Delay Medical Care for Non-Runners]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:06:10 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151006+Marine+Corps+Marathon1.jpg
Marathons can be risky for hearts, but not necessarily those of the runners. It takes longer for nearby residents to get to a hospital for emergency heart care on the day of a race and they're less likely...

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<![CDATA[Allergy Survival Guide: 4 Things to Know About Pollen]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:22:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/allergy.png
Here are the 4 things to know about this allergy season and the peak times to avoid.]]>
<![CDATA[Apple Working on the Holy Grail for Treating Diabetes]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:30:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tim-Cook-GettyImages-476377538.jpg
Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, miles from corporate headquarters, CNBC reported Wednesday. They are part of a super secret initiative...

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<![CDATA[Two New Allergy Medications Promise Relief]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:36:43 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018420920_1200x675_919885379593.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, talks to Pat Lawson Muse about two new medications offering relief from eczema and dust mite allergies.]]>
<![CDATA[The Most Popular Easter Candies Ranked by Nutrition]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:21:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-57339112.jpg
'Tis the season for dyeing Easter eggs — and snacking on chocolate ones. Worried you'll wreck your healthy eating streak come Easter Sunday? Well, because your favorite pastel-packaged spring candies wouldn't...

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<![CDATA['Patients at Risk' at DC VA Med Center; Director Removed]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:01:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Veterans-Affairs-Building-DC-Seal.jpg
Veterans Affairs reassigned the director of its medical center in Washington, D.C., after a scathing report revealed dirty sanitary storage areas, more than $150 million in unaccounted for equipment and...

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<![CDATA[Trans Fat Ban Linked With Fewer NY Heart Attacks & Strokes]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:23:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/transfatfoodGETTY.jpg
Local bans on artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant foods led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in several New York counties, a new study suggests. The study hints at the potential for widespread health...

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<![CDATA[New Robot Helps People With Paralysis Walk]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:56:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-04-12+at+9.55.07+AM.png
A wearable robotic leg brace that can help partially paralyzed people walk was unveiled in Tokyo on April 12.  The Welwalk WW-1000 system is made up of a motorised mechanical frame that fits on a person's...

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<![CDATA[Mumps Confirmed for 2 GW Students]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:32:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/shutterstock_466877084.jpg
The students have been isolated, as per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The health center has also contacted other students who may have been in contact with the sick students.

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<![CDATA[After Flint Water Crisis, Group Files Suit for AG Emails]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:29:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/michiganAGSchuette_1200x675.jpg
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was sued Tuesday after his office rejected a public-records request for his and 20 staffers' private emails that a liberal advocacy group said were used to conduct...

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<![CDATA[Prostate Cancer Tests Get Gov. Panel's OK, With Caveats]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:12:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17098053067250-Prostate-Cancer-Screening.jpg
An influential U.S. government health panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor. The new draft...

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<![CDATA[Bill to Put GPS Trackers on Domestic Abusers Passes in Md.]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:09:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/041117+amber+schinault.jpg
Courts in Maryland may soon be able to order domestic violence suspects to use GPS systems that alert victims if their abusers are in the area.
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<![CDATA[Tracking Bracelet Helps Family of Man With Autism]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:48:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/041017+autism+gps+monitor.jpg
Police in Montgomery County have put tracking bracelets on about 50 young people with autism. They also have been used by people with Alzheimer's disease.

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<![CDATA[Fresh Express Recalls Packaged Salad After Bat Found: CDC]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:24:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-71902781.jpg
Fresh Express recalled some of its prepackaged salad mix after a dead bat was found inside a container sold in a Florida Wal-mart, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two people...

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<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Licensing Starts Monday in Maryland]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:13:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/91997111-marijuana-generic.jpg
Many patients and caregivers in Maryland can now sign up for medical marijuana licenses.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Blood Leads to Potential Treatment for Ebola Cousin]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 17:39:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_383650526882.jpg
A woman came back from a trip to the Uganda jungle with Marburg virus, a cousin of Ebola that's even deadlier, NBC News reported. Now, Michelle Barnes' blood has a provided a potential cure for the...

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<![CDATA[Eat Healthy on the Go at Fast-Food Restaurant Life & Honey]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:10:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018352560_1200x675_915459139898.jpg
Life & Honey founder Nicole Indelicato talks to Eun Yang about her healthy fast-food restaurant located in Sterling, Virginia.]]>
<![CDATA[Virginia Bakery Trains Workers With Special Needs]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:05:46 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018364467_1200x675_916255811639.jpg
Sunflower Bakery in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has a sweet training program for workers with special needs. News4's Aimee Cho reports.]]>
<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Beer]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:59:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018365144_1200x675_916340803965.jpg
Food scientist Dr. Taylor Wallace discusses the health benefits of moderate beer consumption. He spoke with News4's Melissa Mollet.]]>
<![CDATA[Cancer-Causing HPV Virus Affects 1 in 4 US Men: Study]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:57:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vaccine-AP_701393247962.jpg
New government statistics show that 25 percent of men have the strain of HPV (human papillomavirus or human wart virus) that causes cancer, NBC News reported. Twenty percent of women have the same strain...

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<![CDATA[People With Chronic Pain Scared by Ohio's New Opioid Rules]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:38:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16273781823723oxy.jpg
People dealing with chronic pain say recent moves by Ohio's governor to fight the plague of opioid overdoses could leave them suffering, NBC News reported. Gov. John Kasich restricted how many painkillers...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves More Drugs, and Faster, Than Europe: Study ]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:24:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/genericpharmacy_1200x675.jpg
Contrary to some political claims, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved more drugs, and two to three months faster on average, than European regulators did in recent years, new research shows. "It's...

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<![CDATA[Trump's FDA Pick Says Tackling Opioid Crisis a Top Priority]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:48:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Scott_Gottlieb_AEI.jpg
The doctor nominated to head the powerful Food and Drug Administration told senators Wednesday that his first priority would be tackling the opioid crisis, and he pledged that science will prevail at the agency...

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<![CDATA[Getting the Health Benefits of Green Tea]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:52:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Green+Tea+shutterstock_301981889.jpg
There are some things to consider when drinking green tea for its health benefits.

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<![CDATA[1 in 10 US Pregnant Women With Zika Have Babies With Defects]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:59:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zikamosquito_1200x675.jpg
About 1 out of 10 women in the United States who tested positive for the Zika infection had a fetus or baby with Zika-related birth defects, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control...

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<![CDATA[New Initiative Raises Domestic Violence Awareness]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:33:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2017-04-04_1233.png
Make the call to save a life -- that's the new campaign in Fairfax County. Officials are trying to raise awareness about domestic violence and make sure y ou know what you can do to help. News4's...]]>
<![CDATA[WH Healthcare Revival Effort Gets Mixed Reaction]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:51:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/speaker-paul-ryan-healthcare.jpg
A White House offensive to resurrect the moribund House Republican health care bill got an uneven reception Tuesday from GOP moderates and conservatives, leaving prospects shaky for the party to salvage one...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Hit With Racketeering Suit Over Price Hikes of EpiPen]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:25:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan was slapped Monday with a class-action racketeering lawsuit that claims the company overcharged patients as part of an illegal scheme to secure sales, CNBC reported. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court

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<![CDATA[A 'Sci-Fi' Cancer Therapy Fights Brain Tumors, Study Finds]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:05:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/optunetherapy_brain_cancer_1200x675.jpg
t sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors, final results of a...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Says EpiPen Manufacturing Partner to Expand Device Recall]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:10:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
A recall of the emergency anti-allergy medicine EpiPen is expanding to the U.S. and other markets in North America, Europe, Asia and South America because the allergy shots may not work. The notice issued...

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<![CDATA[US Enrolls Volunteers in Large Test of Possible Zika Vaccine]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:06:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects...

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<![CDATA[Study Finds Link Between Slow Breathing, Brain Cells]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:10:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/95570861.jpg
One common way to calm down is to breathe slower, and brain researchers say they've figured out how that works, "Today" reported. A Stanford-led study of mice found that cells in the brain stem linked to...

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<![CDATA[Tips on How to Lose Weight, Adjust Your Lifestyle]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:48:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018290055_1200x675_911210563693.jpg
Dr. Rovenia M. Brock, nutrition coach and author of "Lose Your Final 15," offers some tips on how to adjust your diet and lifestyle to shed those pesky pounds before it gets warmer outside.]]>
<![CDATA[The GOP 'Obamacare' Repeal Might Be Dead or Alive: Analysis]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:40:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17068637615881-paul-ryan-american-health-care-act.jpg
President Donald Trump's plan to kill the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," died last week. Or maybe it didn't. The repeal effort seems to have assumed zombie status — somewhere between dead and alive. This...

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<![CDATA[Virginia Dentist Offers Alternative to Narcotics for Pain]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:36:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Exparel+033017.jpg
Narcotic drugs which are often prescribed for pain, like Vicodin or Percocet, can be highly addictive, so having alternatives can be critical to make sure addiction doesn't become a problem.

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<![CDATA[Congress Lets States Block Some Planned Parenthood Funding]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:18:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17088710284006.jpg
Republican legislation letting states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers squeezed narrowly through the Senate Thursday, rescued by an ailing GOP senator...

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Deaths Spiked in 2016, Distraction Cited]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:04:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-55921972.jpg
Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year — the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released...

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<![CDATA[How to Take a Shower, According to Dermatologists]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:22:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-71429160.jpg
Too much hot water can actually be bad for our bodies, experts in hair and skin care told NBC News. Several dermatologists were asked to weigh in on the definitive way to take a shower. 1.

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<![CDATA[McDonald's to Use Fresh Beef in Quarter Pounders Next Year]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:09:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/McDonalds-AP_630251506987.jpg
Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef. The fast food giant said Thursday that it will swap frozen beef patties for fresh ones in its Quarter Pounder burgers by sometime next year at most of its U.S.

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<![CDATA[EPA Denies Petition to Ban Pesticide Used on Crops]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:08:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_583145055114.jpg
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban a common pesticide used on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops, reversing a proposal...

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<![CDATA[Five Ways Music Is Good for Your Health]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:37:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018264289_1200x675_909482051562.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, talks about the five best ways music is good for your body From the benefits of singing to increasing your memory and...]]>
<![CDATA[Dirty Air From Global Trade Kills at Home and Abroad]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:35:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/china_factory_production_1200x675.jpg
A study that measures the human toll of air pollution from global manufacturing and trade shows how buying goods made far away can lead to premature deaths both there and close to home. More than 750,000 people...

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<![CDATA[Drug Overdose Is Leading Cause of Premature Death]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:07:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-467512357+%281%29.jpg
New numbers released Wednesday show drug overdoses are causing premature deaths across the country.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves 1st Drug for Aggressive Multiple Sclerosis]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:29:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/medications_generic_1200x675.jpg
U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk. The Food and Drug Administration approved Ocrevus late...

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<![CDATA[Mom Tells Son's Story in Fight for NIH Funding]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:43:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/220*120/2017-03-28_2340.png
Pediatric cancer research is one of the least funded and proposed budget cuts to NIH will deplete it even more. A family whose child died from pediatric cancer is testifying on Capitol Hill Wednesday, March 29...

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<![CDATA[States Push to Protect Birth Control Despite Failed GOP Bill]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:02:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/plannedparenthoodprotest_1200x675.jpg
Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding...

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<![CDATA[José Olé Taquitos Recalled for Possible Rubber, Plastic]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:54:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jose-ole-taquitos.jpg
Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. is recalling more than 35,000 pounds of frozen "José Olé" taquito products that may be contaminated with rubber and plastic, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The

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<![CDATA[‘I Am Still Alive’: Apartment Explosion Survivor Recovering]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:12:50 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Memar+Ayalew+Silver+Spring+Apartment+Explosion.jpg
Seven months after a devastating explosion at a Maryland apartment, one survivor’s recovery continues with help from the community and a local hospital.]]>
<![CDATA[Now What? Options for Consumers as Health Law Drama Fades]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:43:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Speaker-Ryan-health-test.jpg
As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. The Republican health plan designed to replace...

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<![CDATA[Robot Allows Boy With Degenerative Disease to Go to School]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:10:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Max+Robot.jpg
Despite a degenerative disease that makes going to school a life-threatening situation, a 3-year-old Maryland boy attends classes every day thanks to technology.

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<![CDATA[Some Parts of 'Obamacare' Working Well, Problems With Others]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:09:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/obamacare-que-pasara-thumbnail.jpg
Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable...

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<![CDATA[Compare the Withdrawn GOP Health Bill With Obama-Era Law]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:43:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/650498064-Paul-Ryan-American-Health-Care-Act.jpg
The now-withdrawn House health care bill repeals major parts of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, or ACA, as Republicans push to scale back the federal government's role in health care. The...

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<![CDATA[Trump Forces a Vote on Health Care Bill ]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:18:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HealthCareAM0324_MP4-149036463772500001.jpg
President Trump has issued an ultimatum to House Republicans on the health care bill designed to repeal and replace "Obamacare": vote today or no deal. If there's no deal, then Obamacare stands. In the]]>
<![CDATA[Critics Scoff at All-Male Photo of GOP Health Care Talks]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:26:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/VP-Freedom-Caucus-Meeting-Men.jpg
A lack of women in a photo of negotiations over the Republicans health care bill that was tweeted out by the vice president is drawing criticism from Democrats, concerned over the bill's repercussions for...

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<![CDATA[No Repeal for 'Obamacare' in Humiliating Defeat for Trump]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:20:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ryan-trump-healthcare.jpg
In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing...

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<![CDATA[CPR Parties Teach Potentially Life-Saving Skill]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:10:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CPR+Party.jpg
CPR Party is teaching people how to save lives from the comfort of their own living room. Learn how a mother's brush with tragedy inspired her to create the program.

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<![CDATA[PHIT Grant Funds PE Equipment for NW DC School]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:02:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018201565_1200x675_905091651676.jpg
Ross Elementary School in northwest D.C. doesn't have a gym, but now it has some physical education equipment to use in classrooms and outside thanks to a PHIT America GO! Grant from Under Armour.]]>
<![CDATA[Science Says: Who and What is to Blame for Cancer?]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:33:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cancercells_generic_1200x675.jpg
Cancer patients often wonder "why me?" Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet? Lifestyle and heredity get the most blame but...

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<![CDATA[How Probiotics Can Help Improve Your Mental Health]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:54:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018196092_1200x675_904795203657.jpg
A probiotic a day keeps the blues away? Dr. Joshua Weiner is in the studio with News4's Melissa Mollet to talk about the relationship between gastrointestinal health and mental health, and how to get the healthy...]]>
<![CDATA[Death Rates Up For Middle Age Whites With Little Education]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:52:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/employmenyt-application_1200x675.jpg
A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses...

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<![CDATA[Bird Flu Outbreak Nation's Worst Since 2015: Expert]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:55:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/EggPricesChickens-AP_16197600754915.jpg
A bird flu outbreak that has led officials to euthanize more than 200,000 animals in three Southern states already is the nation's worst since 2015 and new cases are still popping up, an expert said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Seniors Worry About Loss of Meals Under Trump Budget Plan]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:27:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IMG_82502.jpg
Dale Lamphier, 97, never married and her closest living relatives―three nephews―live across the country. About two years ago, she moved to a senior housing complex in Westwood, New Jersey, a town she has...

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<![CDATA[High Court Bolsters Rights of Learning-Disabled Students]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:08:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17081573502374.jpg
A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards.

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<![CDATA[Survivors Raise Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injuries]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:50:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018171551_1200x675_903278147738.jpg
In advance of Brain Injury Awareness Day some survivors talk about their efforts to educate and bring awareness.]]>
<![CDATA[Marine Corps Marathon Lottery Opens Wed.]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:53:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151006+Marine+Corps+Marathon1.jpg
The 42nd annual Marine Corps Marathon lottery opens next week. The lottery will be open from March 22 at noon to March 29 to noon -- but slots fill up fast.

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<![CDATA[Baby Born With 4 Legs, 2 Spines Survives Risky Surgery]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:59:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dominique+2.jpg
A 10-month-old baby born with four legs and two spines is recovering well after undergoing a complex and risky medical procedure in Chicago, doctors say. Young Dominique came to Chicago from the Ivory Coast in...

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<![CDATA[Here Are the Republicans Who May Reject Health Care Bill]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:25:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/649341198-GOP-Health-Care-Bill.jpg
President Donald Trump campaigned on the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and replace it with "something terrific." Now, House Republicans are in danger of losing a vote...

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<![CDATA[FDA: Breast Implants Can Cause Rare Form of Cancer]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:03:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/implants-new.jpg
Breast implants can cause a rare form of cancer that may have killed at least nine people, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday, NBC News reported. The cancer is called anaplastic large cell lymphoma...

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<![CDATA[Kennedy Center Offering Free Yoga Classes]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:40:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/imageedit_3_6384853944.jpg
Every other Saturday from March to August, the Kennedy Center will be offering a free all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer as part of their Sound Health program.

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<![CDATA[Infant Mortality Rates Fall 15 Percent in US]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:58:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/babypacifier_1200x675.jpg
Fewer babies are dying in the United States than a decade ago, according to NBC News. The U.S. infant mortality rate, which is higher than in other developed countries, is down 15 percent over the last...

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<![CDATA[Trump to GOP: Pass Health Care Bill or Seal Your Fate]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:06:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump-Price-AHCA.jpg
Time for talk running out, President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned wavering House Republicans that their jobs were on the line in next year's elections if they failed to back a GOP bill that would overhaul...

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<![CDATA[Trump Goes Outside DC for Support on Revised GOP Health Bill]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:45:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tru1AP_17080015521172.jpg
President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare," seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol...

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<![CDATA[Eat Healthy for Less: Advice for Eating Healthy on a Budget]]>Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:21:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018157434_1200x675_902477379964.jpg
You don't necessarily have to pay more to buy healthy food. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan shows how to do it.]]>
<![CDATA[New Year’s Resolutions Failed? What Science Says You Can Do]]>Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:37:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/People+exercising.jpg
Research shows many of us have dropped our New Year's resolutions by this time of year -- so what are we doing wrong?

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<![CDATA[Already in Peril, Rural Hospitals Unsure on Health Care Bill]]>Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:31:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ruralhospital_Georgia_1200x675.jpg
Talmadge Yarbrough had just sat down at his desk and opened a box of pecans when he let out a gasp that could have been his last breath. He'd gone into cardiac arrest in his office, a co-worker called 911,...

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<![CDATA[Muppet With Autism Arrives on 'Sesame Street' Set]]>Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:06:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17077063943253.jpg
Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes — and autism. Rather than being treated like...

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<![CDATA[How Do Insurers Decide What Medicines to Pay For?]]>Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:26:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-102897463.jpg
How do insurance companies decide what medicines to pay for and when to pay for them? Insurers and other payers look first at how well the drug works — not its cost — when they decide whether to cover the latest...

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<![CDATA[New Drug Cuts Cholesterol by Half]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:11:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_cholesteroldrug0317_1500x845.jpg
A new drug proven to slash bad cholesterol by more than half of a patient's initial level may prove to be a boon to those worried about heart attacks and strokes. Repatha, a drug that could lower the risk...]]>
<![CDATA[Gym On the Go: How to Work Out in a Group Without Buying a Gym Membership]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:21:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018130963_1200x675_900470339531.jpg
Not motivated enough to work out by yourself? News4 consumer reporter Susan Hogan has four tips for finding group classes that don't require a gym membership.]]>
<![CDATA[Jurors Begin Deliberations in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Trial]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:07:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17075485521393.jpg
Jurors began deliberations Friday in the trial of a former executive charged in a 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and injured about 700 others in 20 states. Barry Cadden, the co-founder and...

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<![CDATA[Baby Given Police Escort in Snowstorm 'Resting Comfortably']]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:08:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/The+Gingerlowskis.jpg
A 23-month-old Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, boy who was escorted by snowplows and state troopers for an emergency procedure during this week's snowstorm was resting comfortably Friday in a hospital.

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<![CDATA[Cholesterol Drug Cuts Heart Risks, Spurs New Debate on Cost ]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:29:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/repatha_cholest_prescription_1200x675.jpg
A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that's likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should...

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<![CDATA[How to Avoid Getting, Spreading Norovirus]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:16:42 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/norovirus-dengeric.jpg
Norovirus has spiked, making millions of people sick, so Consumer Reports offered advice on avoiding the highly contagious virus and stopping its spread. Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[Falls Are Taking a Huge and Rising Toll on Elderly Brains]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:06:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/elderly_people_1200x675.jpg
Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers. The reason for the increase...

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<![CDATA[Strep Throat Leads to Quadruple Amputation]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:10:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_strepamputee0315_1920x1080.jpg
An extremely rare case of strep throat that almost killed an Alto, Michigan, man has instead taken his hands and feet.

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<![CDATA[Health Bill Short of Votes, GOP Leaders Look to Trump ]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:02:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17068637615881-paul-ryan-american-health-care-act.jpg
Short of votes for their health care bill, Republican congressional leaders turned to President Donald Trump on Thursday to wrangle support for the divisive legislation they hope to push through Congress before...

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<![CDATA[Gym on the Go: Getting in Shape Without Spending a Dime]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:21:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018112521_1200x675_899324483595.jpg
Consumer reporter Susan Hogan has the secret to getting in shape without spending a dime!  ]]>
<![CDATA[Avoid Bed Bugs on Your Next Vacation]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:44:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bedbug_042211.jpg
With spring break right around the corner, Consumer Reports has advice for avoiding bed bugs at your next hotel stay. Susan Hogan reports.

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<![CDATA[Critics Warn 'Phase 2' Won’t Save Health Care Plan]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:12:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/paulryan_healthcare_1200x675.jpg
Things aren't looking great for the Republican health care bill after the Congressional Budget Office estimated it would lead to 24 million more people without insurance and skyrocketing costs for older...

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<![CDATA[Deaths Increase During Cold Largely Because of Heart Health]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:30:19 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018107225_1200x675_898795587557.jpg
Seventy percent of the increase in deaths in the winter can be due to heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, tells...]]>
<![CDATA[Mental Health Groups Worry New GOP Plan Will End Coverage]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:19:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/naloxone-kit.jpg
Mental health groups say the new GOP health care bill would terminate mental health care and efforts to combat the opioid crisis, NBC News reported. The Congressional Budget Office released a report on the bill...

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<![CDATA[GOP Leaders Acknowledge Health Bill Changes, May Delay Vote ]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:28:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17068637615881-paul-ryan-american-health-care-act.jpg
Their health care overhaul imperiled from all sides, the White House and top House Republicans acknowledged Wednesday they would make changes to the legislation in hopes of nailing down votes and pushing...

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<![CDATA[Over 12M Signed Up for 'Obamacare' This Year: Gov't Report]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:59:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pryan-acha.jpg
A substantial 12 million people have enrolled for coverage this year under the very health care statute that President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress want to erase, the government said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Gym on the Go: Getting Fit on Your Own Time]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:35:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018096282_1200x675_898249795550.jpg
These days it doesn't take a lot of money or time to get in a good work out. From fitness apps to full-service online programs, there are a ton of ways to get fit. News4 consumer reporter Susan Hogan shows...]]>
<![CDATA[Loud Sound May Pose More Harm Than We Thought]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:30:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ear_noise_1200x675.jpg
Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal. Recent research may have found an explanation for problems like his, something called...

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<![CDATA[Texas Effort to Replace Planned Parenthood Stumbles]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:15:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-499277954.jpg
In pushing a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that cuts off funds for Planned Parenthood, Republicans are out to reassure women who rely on the major health care organization that other clinics will step...

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<![CDATA[City Sues Drugmaker for Letting OxyContin Flood Black Market]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:45:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16273781823723oxy.jpg
As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle. Mayor...

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<![CDATA[Baby Injuries Rise in Common Infant Products]]>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:55:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BabyInjuries0310_MP4-148944776988400001.jpg
 A new study finds a growing number of young children are being injured while using infant products like carriers, strollers and cribs. Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio...]]>
<![CDATA[What the Budget Analysts Say About GOP Health Care Bill]]>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:07:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/understand-gop-health-care-replacement.jpg
The Republican bill to replace major portions of Barack Obama's health care law and restructure Medicaid would leave 24 million people uninsured over the next decade, according to projections from the...

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<![CDATA[Exercise Can Work as Well as Drugs, Surgery for Some Conditions: Consumer Reports]]>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:47:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/184*120/Exercise+Bike+Generic+Working+Out.JPG
Research shows exercise might work as well as drugs and surgery for some conditions with fewer side effects. Consumer Reports has advice on how to get the disease-fighting benefits of exercise.

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<![CDATA[Cardboard Boxes as Cribs? Safety Sleep Program Expands]]>Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:29:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17065757102076-Baby-Box-SIDS-SUIDS.jpg
Cardboard boxes certainly aren't new technology. But when they're linked to a practice that started in Finland decades ago to help babies sleep safely, they're taking on a new purpose as so-called baby...

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<![CDATA[Hospitals Worry About Caring for Newly Uninsured in GOP Plan]]>Sun, 12 Mar 2017 22:07:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-600361148.jpg
When Colorado expanded Medicaid coverage under former President Barack Obama's health care law, the largest provider in the Denver region hired more than 250 employees and built a $27 million primary care clinic...

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<![CDATA[Pence Appeals for Complete GOP Support for Health Overhaul ]]>Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:32:55 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17061754105215-Pence.jpg
Vice President Mike Pence appealed for total GOP congressional support for a White House-backed health overhaul during a brief visit Saturday to Kentucky, where the Republican governor and junior senator...

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<![CDATA[Feel Stressed? Stop Checking Your Phone, Study Says]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:23:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SmartphoneStress0309a_MP4-148918974502400001.jpg
A recent study finds mobile users who check their phones frequently feel more stressed. According to the American Psychological Association, we are a nation of "constant checkers" and it's taking...]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors Remove 140-Pound Tumor From Pa. Woman]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:34:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mary+140LB+Tumor+BEFORE+AFTER+pic.jpg
Mary Clancey said she was resigned to being a plump old lady. What doctors found astounded them: A cyst in one of her ovaries had grown into a 140-pound tumor.

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<![CDATA[Under New Rules, Rookie Doctors Can Work 24-Hour Shift]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:18:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Doctor+Generic1.jpg
Rookie doctors can work up to 24 hours straight under new work limits taking effect this summer — a move supporters say will enhance training and foes maintain will do just the opposite.

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<![CDATA[Women's Health Services Face Cuts in GOP Bill]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:48:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/650498064-Paul-Ryan-American-Health-Care-Act.jpg
Women seeking abortions and some basic health services, including prenatal care, contraception and cancer screenings, would face restrictions and struggle to pay for some of that medical care under the...

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<![CDATA[Bottled Water Beats Soda as No. 1 Drink in US: Industry Analyst]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:10:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/634599298-bottled-water-generic.jpg
An industry tracker says bottled water overtook soda as the No. 1 drink in the U.S. by sales volume last year. Bottled water has been enjoying growth for years, while sales of traditional sodas have declined.

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Bill Would Cut CDC's $1B Disease Fighting Fund]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:49:14 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cdcGettyImages-456691988.jpg
A proposal to replace the Obama health care law would cut out a pillar of funding for the nation's lead public health agency, and experts say that would likely curtail programs across the country to prevent...

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<![CDATA[California Lawmakers Want to Repeal HIV Criminalization Laws]]>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:59:10 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*128/AP_17068048820399.jpg
Exposing a person to HIV is treated more seriously under California law than infecting someone with any other communicable disease, a policy some lawmakers say is a relic of the decades-old AIDS scare that...

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<![CDATA[3 Die, 13 Overdose Within 24 Hours in Maryland County]]>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:47:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioids.jpg
Three people died and 13 others overdosed on opiates within 24 hours in Anne Arundel County.

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<![CDATA[POUND Transforms Drumming Into Exercise]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:52:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/POUND+class.jpg
As seen on the hit NBC show "This Is Us," POUND incorporates drumming into a workout.

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<![CDATA[New Tech Could Change Food Nutrition Labels ]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:54:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_labels0307_1500x845.jpg
New smart glasses developed by researchers at Colorado State University could change how food labels are printed on boxes and cans in your local grocery store. The FDA is looking to roll out this new tech...]]>
<![CDATA[Maryland Democrats to Plans for Planned Parenthood Funds]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:07:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-483023072-PP.jpg
Leading Maryland Democrats are supporting legislation for funding Planned Parenthood because of concerns that the federal government will cut family planning funds.

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<![CDATA[4 Misconceptions About Substance Abuse]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:50:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000018016573_1200x675_893083203903.jpg
A recent study said an estimated 21 million people in this country are living with a substance abuse problem. This is one and one-half times as many as all cancers combined. Dr.]]>
<![CDATA[Industry Groups Oppose GOP Health Bill, Ryan Seeks Unity ]]>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 01:47:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/649341198-GOP-Health-Care-Bill.jpg
Pivotal industry and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the Republican health care bill as GOP leaders labored Wednesday to rally a divided party behind their high-stakes overhaul drive.

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<![CDATA[Pot for Pets: Owners Treating Sick Animals With Cannabis]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:09:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17047766471893-Cannabis-extract-pets.jpg
Michael Fasman's 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn't want to give her painkillers because "they just knock her out." So the San Francisco...

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<![CDATA[How GOP Plans to Make Health Care Plan Into Law: Analysis]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:17:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649341364.jpg
After more than 60 votes and seven years of promises, Republicans offered their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, the real work begins. Republicans must navigate a...

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<![CDATA[Sleepy Students Allowed to Nap at Some NM Schools]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:46:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/470425888-pillow-generic.jpg
A handful of high schools in New Mexico are letting their students sleep in school, NBC News reported. Not during class, though. The schools in Las Cruces are letting students take 20-minute naps between...

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<![CDATA[Conservative Groups Give 'RyanCare' Negative Reviews]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 19:13:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/649197060-American-Health-Care-Act-Brady.jpg
The reviews are starting to come in on the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "ObamaCare," and aside from the Trump administration, they aren't very good to start out.

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<![CDATA[Fewer Heavy Americans Are Trying to Lose Weight: Study]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:12:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OBESITY_AP_16195512447159.jpg
Fewer overweight Americans have been trying to lose weight in recent years, and researchers wonder if fat acceptance could be among the reasons. The trend found in a new study occurred at the same time obesity...

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<![CDATA[GOP Congressman Suggests Buying Health Care, Not Phone]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:39:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/trump-rechazo-10.jpg
Rep. Jason Chaffetz advised consumers concerned about changes to the health care system under the long-awaited Republican health care plan that they may want to choose between to putting money aside for...

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<![CDATA[Travel Order Could Hit Doctor Supply in Trump Territory: Researchers]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:17:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17060083101353.jpg
President Donald Trump's new executive order suspending new visas to the United States for people from six Muslim-majority nations could reduce the number of doctors in areas that voted Trump into office,...

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<![CDATA[Trump Offers Planned Parenthood Funds If It Stops Abortions]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 07:38:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-499277954.jpg
President Donald Trump has offered to maintain federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the group stops providing abortions. Its president spurned the proposal and noted that federal money already is not...

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<![CDATA[DNA Scan Uncovers 18 Genes Newly Associated With Autism]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 19:22:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DNA+Generic+Double+Helix.jpg
A new genetic analysis has uncovered 18 genes associated with autism, NBC News reported. The study observed people with autism and their relatives, and found that people with autism often had dozens of...

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<![CDATA[Tracking Apps Help Keep College Students Safe]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:12:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017981432_1200x675_890929731535.jpg
In an emergency, every second counts. And knowing your exact locatoin can make a big difference in whether you get help. That’s why some colleges are turning to live tracking apps to keep students]]>
<![CDATA[Birth Defects Rise 20 Times in Zika-Affected Pregnancies: CDC ]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:10:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pregnant+woman+generic1.jpg
Babies in Zika-affected pregnancies in the United States are about 20 times more likely to have birth defects compared with the proportion of pregnancies seen in 2013-2014, before Zika was introduced into...

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<![CDATA[About 680,000 Baby Rattles Recalled Over Choking Hazard]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:40:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/baby-rattle-recall.jpg
Hundreds of thousands of baby rattles made by Kids II have been recalled due to the possibility that small beads can pose a choking hazard if part of the rattles break. Kids II has received 42 reports of...

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<![CDATA[Hogan Declares State of Emergency on Heroin, Opioid Crisis]]>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:20:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/481663349.jpg
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic affecting the nation. The state will spend $50 million over the next five years on prevention efforts and recovery...

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<![CDATA[Arena of Pollen Brings Early Allergy Season]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:12:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/nariz987654+%281%29.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, discusses the early allergy season and what you can do to help control the symptoms.

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<![CDATA[Click for Candy: How Online Retailers Boost Impulse Buys]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:17:25 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/adtargetingforonlineshopping.jpg
Supermarket layouts are carefully calibrated to tempt people into impulsive purchases, and now food makers are trying to adapt their strategies as people do more of their shopping online. Part of the worry for...

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<![CDATA[Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Associated With Teen Suicide Reduction in LGBTQ Teens]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:07:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017933252_1200x675_887672387688.jpg
For LGBTQ teens and young adults, suicidal thoughts are common. Dr. Joshua Weiner discusses a recent study that shows a significant reduction in suicide attempts in teens who identify as a sexual minority after...]]>
<![CDATA[Less Stress: How Mindfulness Can Help Teens De-Stress]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 07:51:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017928907_1200x675_887447619863.jpg
Nobody likes feeling stressed out. All week long, News4 has been giving you ways for you and your kids to de-stress. News4’s Aimee Cho shares some tips teenagers can use.]]>
<![CDATA[Colon, Rectal Cancer on the Rise for Millennials ]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:03:17 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_cancer0228_1500x845.jpg
A new study by the American Cancer Society is showing a shocking increase in cancer among millennials. People in their 20s and 30s have double the risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer, as well as quadruple...]]>
<![CDATA[New Help for That Bane of Middle-Age: Blurry Close-Up Vision]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:39:49 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/eye-surgery.jpg
An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest surgical repair for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. Dr. Shilpa Rose says the Raindrop inlay won't restore vision...

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<![CDATA[Gene Therapy to Fight a Blood Cancer Succeeds in Major Study]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:44:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cancer6.jpg
An experimental gene therapy that turns a patient's own blood cells into cancer killers worked in a major study, with more than one-third of very sick lymphoma patients showing no sign of disease six months...

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<![CDATA[Less Stress: Class Teaches Kids How to Meditate]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:29:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017913183_1200x675_886390851576.jpg
Stress can impact everyone in the family including children. In Bethesda, there’s a new meditation class called Just Kids that’s teaching children ways to relax, focus and respond to stressful...]]>
<![CDATA[Eggs Reintroduced Into Toddler's Diet]]>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:45:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Gabriella+Eats+an+Egg.jpg
A toddler suspected of being allergic to eggs underwent a challenge to make sure.

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<![CDATA[Less Stress: Using Art Therapy to Relax]]>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:20:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2017-02-27_0719.png
All week long, News4 is breaking down ways to relax. To kick off the week, we take a look at art therapy and how kids can use drawing or sculpting to help de-stress.]]>
<![CDATA[Trans Students Face ‘Detrimental’ Health Effects: Experts]]>Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:55:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17055026714973.jpg
LGBTQ advocates say President Donald Trump sent a worrying message after his administration withdrew Obama administration's guidance on transgender students protections in public schools. "It makes me feel...

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<![CDATA[Warm Weather Seems to Mean Early Allergy Season]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:41:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/04-07-2014-allergies-allergy-generic.jpg
The warm weather seems to be ushering in an early allergy season. News4's Chris Gordon reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Domestic Violence Survivor Tells Her Story to Help Others]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:22:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tamika+Bradshaw+and+Officer+Lisa+Worrell.jpg
A woman once silenced by domestic violence now uses her voice to help D.C. police.

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<![CDATA[NIH Learning More About Zika Virus]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:17:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017872193_1200x675_883692611994.jpg
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci says they quickly are learning more about what the Zika virus can cause, but they hope they will develop a vaccine fast...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Find Healthy Options for Your Kids When You Dine Out]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:50:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017872198_1200x675_883692611785.jpg
Taking your kids out to eat can present real challenges when it comes to finding healthy choices. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has some some tips to help your family eat well when dining out.]]>
<![CDATA[Another Pregnant Woman Positive for Zika After Botched Tests]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:01:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg
Two pregnant women who were told they tested negative for Zika retested positive after D.C. officials found testing was flawed.

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<![CDATA[Study Builds Case Linking Autism, Infections During Pregnancy]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:14:39 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/embarazo22588.jpg
Women with active genital herpes infections early in their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism than women who did not, according to a study released Wednesday. NBC News reported that the

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<![CDATA[Food Fears: Is Sugar Worse Than Tobacco?]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:54:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017846845_1200x675_882337347610.jpg
Is sugar worse than tobacco? News4's Doreen Gentzler explains why it depends.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Can't Cut Planned Parenthood]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:59:28 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mv+planned+parenthood.jpg
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across...

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<![CDATA[Crisis Hotline Reaches More People With Text and Chat]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:47:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/EveryMind+Chat.jpg
A Maryland mental health association took its crisis hotline to text and chat to help more people as the way we communicate changes.

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<![CDATA[Rise in Premiums Lays Bare 2 Americas on Health Care]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Website-AP_249581118509.jpg
Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage "Obamacare" offers provides protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue...

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<![CDATA[NIH Testing Mosquito Saliva Vaccine as Way to Fight Illness]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:28:22 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
Wanted: 60 people willing to be bitten by mosquitoes to test a new kind of vaccine — one that acts against the bugs' saliva. Rather than separate vaccines against Zika or other mosquito-borne diseases, the new...

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<![CDATA[Face Transplant Links Men Touched by Tragedy]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:31:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17045844162882-s.jpg
The first face transplant performed at Mayo Clinic is providing a man from Wyoming a second chance at a normal life after he was disfigured by a gunshot in a suicide attempt a decade ago.

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<![CDATA[Food Fears: Should You Be Gluten Free?]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:01:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017831036_1200x675_881472067721.jpg
Gluten free diets -- hype or healthy? The number of Americans who were gluten free tripled from 2009 to 2014. But does being gluten free help in the long run? News4's Doreen Gentzler has more. ]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Suicide Attempts Fell as Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal]]>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:32:44 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/scotus-GettyImages-478622912.jpg
Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal, and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found.

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<![CDATA[Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals: AP]]>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:52:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17048604060654-shulkin.jpg
Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since...

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<![CDATA[Food Fears: Dealing With Your Child's Peanut Allergy]]>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:56:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017816716_1200x675_880906819679.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler shares some major changes to the treatment for peanut allergies. ]]>
<![CDATA[Botched Zika Tests Worry Couple Who Moved From Miami]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:31:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Melissa+and+Brandon+Levitt.jpg
An expectant couple that moved from Miami to Washington to avoid the Zika virus when she got pregnant is worrying about the results of their retests after D.C. officials announced hundreds of tests performed...

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<![CDATA[High School Students Address Depression by Singing About It]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:54:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/A+Will+to+Survive+Loudoun+County.jpg
A group of teenagers sings about depression and mental illness at schools througout Loudoun County, Virginia, to spread hope, save lives and honor one life lost too soon. Aimee Cho reports.

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