<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usTue, 30 Aug 2016 05:36:41 -0400Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:36:41 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Orlando Theme Parks Offer Bug Spray to Ease Zika Fears]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:06:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Disney-GettyImages-94967642.jpg
Florida's major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando on...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Launching Generic Version of EpiPen]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:42:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan says it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism mounts over the price of its injectable medicine. The company said Monday that its U.S. subsidiary will put out a generic version...

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<![CDATA[How to Get Kids Out the Door in the Morning]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:50:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015929477_1200x675_753611843760.jpg
Anjali Varma, the owner of Kidville in Bethesda, has tips -- on everything from lunch to clothes to chores -- to help get everyone out the door on time and without a meltdown.]]>
<![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[Could Clinton Save Obama's Struggling Health Overhaul?]]>Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:54:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16239561422240-hillary-clinton-affordable-care-act.jpg
With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama's health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers...

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<![CDATA[Officials: Md. Man Without Symptoms Spread Zika Through Sex]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:03:27 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cdcGettyImages-456691988.jpg
A Maryland man with no symptoms spread Zika through sex, according to U.S. health officials.

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<![CDATA[Obama: Americans at Risk Because of Zika Funding Delay]]>Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:47:05 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594886094-news.jpg
President Barack Obama urged Congress to make Zika funding its first priority after members return from a seven-week summer break, saying the delay is putting Americans at risk.

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<![CDATA[How to Stop Wasting Food]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:30:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015909288_1200x675_752100931955.jpg
Nearly a third of the food produced in the U.S. is wasted -- and it's the #1 source of waste in our landfills. Registered dietitian Joy Dubost explains what "use by," "best by" and "sell by" dates on food...]]>
<![CDATA[Tropical Smoothie Cafe Worker Has Hepatitis A, Officials Say]]>Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:04:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160826+Tropical+Smoothie+Cafe.jpg
An employee at a Tropical Smoothie Café location in Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A after the virus was linked to frozen strawberries used at the stores, the Virginia Department of Health said...

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<![CDATA[Is Screen Time Damaging Children's Vision?]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:13:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082516+eye+test+vision+test.jpg
Optometrists have seen an uptick in nearsightedness among children. Is the use of cellphones and tablets to blame? News4's Angie Goff spoke with Dr. Andrew Morgenstern. "We're putting a lot of 'near' [vision]...

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<![CDATA['They Know She Cares': Michelle Obama's School Nutrition Legacy]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:28:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491569906.jpg
Fried chicken nuggets, chicken fingers, and patties are the thing of the past at Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Healthier options have been on the menu thanks to Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch...

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<![CDATA[FDA: Test Blood Donations for Zika]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:51:32 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/3-10_mosquito.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood centers to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus. Friday's advisory means...

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<![CDATA[Meth Dog Works at Rehab Center]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:57:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/meth-dog--rehab-082516.PNG
A Chihuahua named Jack Sparrow, who was once hospitalized and put through rehab after vets found meth in his system, now serves as a comforting pup to patients recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, his...

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<![CDATA[Cheaper Alternatives to the EpiPen]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:10:02 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015898860_1200x675_751158851711.jpg
Consumer Reports found less expensive alternatives to the EpiPen. News4's Susan Hogan reports.]]>
<![CDATA[No Confirmed Zika Cases Linked to Olympics: WHO]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:52:06 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Olympic-Rings-GettyImages-585531340.jpg
The U.N. health agency says reports from national authorities indicate no confirmed laboratory cases of the Zika virus in anyone associated with the Rio Olympics. The World Health Organization announced...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Boosts EpiPen Programs, Doesn't Budge on Price]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:24:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082316+epipen.jpg
Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, says it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. Mylan N.V. said Thursday that the patient cost will...

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<![CDATA[Newborn Affected by Zika Stayed Infected for 2 Months ]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:07:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaBaby-AP_272141986039.jpg
Doctors said a Brazilian baby with brain damage caused by the Zika virus stayed infected for more than two months after his birth, NBC News reported. The baby already had brain damage from the virus, which can...

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<![CDATA[Back-to-School Health Concerns]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:26:57 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015884175_1200x675_750157379905.jpg
At the start of the school year, Dr. Jackie Eghrari Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg speaks with News4's Susan Hogan about what to consider about young people's health.]]>
<![CDATA[Immunization Records Missing for 3,700 Pr. George's Students]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:09:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082416+young+children+prince+georges+county.jpg
Prince George's County Public Schools are asking students to stay home if their parents can't prove they've been immunized.

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<![CDATA[Medicaid to Pay for Repellent in Va. to Ward Off Zika]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:55:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/_Cual_repelente_debe_usar_para_espantar_los_mosquitos.jpg
Officials say Virginia's Medicaid program has begun covering the cost of mosquito repellent to prevent people from being infected by the Zika virus.

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Link Smoothie Chain to 17 Hepatitis A Cases]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:02:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tropical+Smoothie+Cafe.jpg
Health officials say an increasing number of people are sick with hepatitis A after ordering from a chain of smoothie shops.

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<![CDATA[McDonald's Recalls 29M Wristband Toys Following Burns]]>Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:33:26 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/StepIt.jpg
McDonald's is recalling approximately 29 million "Step-It" activity wristbands distributed across the country in their "Happy Meals" following more than 70 reports that children suffered skin irritation...

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<![CDATA[West Nile Virus Found in Md. Mosquito Pools]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:22:23 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mosquito+bite.jpg
Maryland health officials reported the first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year in the state.

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<![CDATA[What to Know About Hepatitis A After Smoothie Scare]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:13:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tropical+Smoothie+Cafe.jpg
After a report of hepatitis A linked to a smoothie chain, News4's Susan Hogan spoke with Taylor Wallace of George Mason University's Department of Nutrition and Food Studies.

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<![CDATA[Hepatitis A Cases Linked to Strawberries at Smoothie Chain]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:16:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Strawberries3.jpg
Health officials are encouraging anyone who consumed a smoothie with frozen strawberries at a Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in the last 50 days to watch for symptoms of hepatitis A.

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<![CDATA[Addiction in America: How North Carolina is Fighting Opioid Addiciton]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:23:47 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015834755_1200x675_747591235634.jpg
During the month of August, News4 has been taking a closer look at opioid and heroin epidemic. Doreen Gentzler reports on a program in North Carolina that's making a difference.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Won't Hurt Tourism in Fla. ]]>Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:49:51 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082016+miami+zika+spraying.jpg
The discovery of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in South Florida certainly isn't ideal for tourism, but local officials and business leaders are confident the long-term impact on the tourism industry will be...

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<![CDATA[Water System Was Source of Bacterium Found at Md. Hospital]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:10:21 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080916+prince+georges+hospital+center.jpg
Officials from the Prince George’s Hospital Center say the hospital's water system was the source of the bacterium pseudomonas found at the hospital.

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Buying Medivation in Deal Valued at About $14B]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:53:30 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pfizer494838914.jpg
Pfizer will pay about $14 billion in cash for the cancer drug company Medivation, a deal that will add the pricey late-stage prostate cancer treatment Xtandi to its oncology portfolio.

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<![CDATA[Parasite Found in Arizona Swimming Pools]]>Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:19:31 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/459418465.jpg
More than 100 people in Maricopa County, Arizona, have become infected with a parasite officials believe was in at least 20 pools in the community, NBC News reported. Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto,” causes...

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<![CDATA[Local Resources for Opioid Addiction]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:16:54 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Opioids.jpg
NBC Washington has covered the issue of opioid and heroin addiction extensively this month. We’ve compiled a list of sites in the D.C. area where you can learn more about the opiate addiction and find resources...

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<![CDATA[Fentanyl Deaths Jump 636% in Philly]]>Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:27:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Girl+Overdose+Kensington+Street.jpg
A disturbing 636 percent increase in overdoses from the medical-grade opioid fentanyl in Philadelphia has city health officials warning medical professionals and the public about the increased pervasiveness...

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<![CDATA[EpiPen's 400 Percent Price Hike Has Parents Scrambling]]>Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:10:20 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_epipens0617_1920x1080.jpg
Doctors and patients say the pharmaceutical company Mylan has increased the prices for an EpiPen — the portable device that can stop a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction — from around $100 in 2008 to...

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<![CDATA[5 Zika Cases in Miami Beach]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:43:36 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/218*120/081916+miami+beach+zika+spraying.jpg
Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed during a press conference Friday that five cases of Zika have been found on Miami Beach — three more than originally thought after an email obtained by NBC 6 from city...

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<![CDATA[Alternatives for Treating Pain Useful in Preventing Addiction]]>Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:50:07 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Braeburn+Pharmaceuticals+Implants+Under+Skin+of+Arm.jpg
To fight opioid addiction, we must find better ways to cope with pain. News4's Doreen Gentzler looks at what's already making a difference.

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<![CDATA[Barry's Death Highlights Drug Abuse Struggles]]>Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:31:37 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-08-15_1727.png
A police report said the son of former Mayor Marion Barry "went outside and had smoked K2 (synthetic marijuana) and PCP drugs” before “acting crazy, different” and then suddenly “dropped.”

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<![CDATA[Addiction in America: Drug Overdoses Fuel Surge in Organ Donations]]>Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:15:18 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OverdoseVictim.jpg
Throughout the month of August, News4 has been reporting on the drug epidemic across the country and in this area. Addiction to prescription drugs like oxycontin, vicodin, and other opiates has skyrocketed.]]>
<![CDATA[Diving Can Be Dangerous]]>Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:14:11 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015726002_1200x675_743422531872.jpg
As the world's best athletes compete in Rio, you may be feeling inspired to try their tricks, and while the perfect dive is a showcase of grace and athleticism, as News4's Eun Yang reports, diving can be...]]>
<![CDATA[What to Do If You Smell Natural Gas]]>Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:43:09 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gasmeters.jpg
Here are tips on how to recognize and react to a possible natural gas leak.

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<![CDATA[How to Help Victims of Silver Spring Explosion]]>Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:15:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/196*120/red+cross1.jpg
Multiple organizations are asking people to assist with helping victims of the apartment building fire and explosion late Wednesday in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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<![CDATA[4 New Zika Cases in Florida]]>Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:42:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
The number of cases of Zika has risen in Miami-Dade County one day following a suspected case of non-travel related Zika in Palm Beach County. Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday four new locally transmitted...

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<![CDATA[Hospital Transferring Babies Out of NICU; Bacteria Found]]>Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:20:41 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080916+prince+georges+hospital+center.jpg
Prince George's Hospital Center is clearing babies from its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after three babies tested positive for a bacteria that can cause a potentially deadly infection.

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<![CDATA[Zika Baby Death in Houston-Area]]>Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:48:38 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Anuncian_vacunas_contra_el_Zika.jpg
Texas health officials confirmed Tuesday that an infant who passed away shortly after birth in Harris County had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The mother was infected with Zika while traveling in Latin...]]>
<![CDATA[Montgomery County's Fight Against Opioid Addiction]]>Fri, 05 Aug 2016 20:14:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015682713_1200x675_739144259589.jpg
Throughout the month of August, News4 is taking a closer look at a problem that is destroying a lot of lives -- addiction to opioids and heroin. NBC4's Doreen Gentzler reports on how the problem is growing...]]>
<![CDATA['Success Kid' Meme Helps Raise $100K for Dad's New Kidney]]>Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:38:34 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/success+kid.jpg
A photo of 9-year-old Sammy Griner may very well have saved his father's life. When Sammy was a baby, his mom snapped a photo of him looking adorably determined, spawning the wildly popular "Success Kid"

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<![CDATA[Zika Fight Progress in Miami: Gov.]]>Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:57:08 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080416+rick+scott+wynwood+zika.jpg
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and top officials with the Centers for Disease Control made a stop in South Florida Thursday to visit the epicenter of Miami-Dade's fight against the Zika virus, which they said is going...

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<![CDATA[Mom Donates 131 Gallons of Breast Milk After Baby Dies]]>Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:00:52 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_breastmilk0804_1500x845.jpg
An Omaha mother donates a record amount of breast milk to other mothers in need to honor her late son.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Vaccines Work in Monkeys, Boosting Hopes for People]]>Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:51:33 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
Three experimental Zika vaccines protected monkeys against infection from the virus, an encouraging sign as research moves into studies in people. The success in monkeys, which involved a traditional vaccine...

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<![CDATA[Bug Spray Companies Banking on Zika]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:44:56 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-585211752.jpg
Marketers know this is the time to pounce: The summer Olympics are about to start in Brazil, where the recent Zika epidemic started, and 14 mosquito-borne cases of Zika were identified recently in the Miami...

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<![CDATA[Prince George's Offering Free Immunizations]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:32:12 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/student+vaccinations.jpg
Prince George’s County Public Schools are pairing with the Maryland Partnership for Prevention and Kaiser Permanente to provide free immunizations in August.]]>
<![CDATA[33 US Service Members Contracted Zika Overseas: Pentagon]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 15:26:13 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
The Pentagon says 33 U.S. service members, including one who is pregnant, have contracted the Zika virus overseas, NBC News reported. Officials would not say where the service members were posted, but...

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<![CDATA[Airlines Offering Refunds Amid Zika Virus Warnings]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 21:54:35 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080216+reagan+airport+dca.jpg
As federal officials warn pregnant women to avoid travel to a part of Miami because of the spread of the Zika virus, some airlines are offering Zika-related refunds.

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<![CDATA[West Nile Virus Mosquito Pool Found in Maryland]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 20:09:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shore-mosquito-062013.jpg
Health and agriculture officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito pool in Prince George's County, Maryland, the first such pool found in the state this year.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks Recalls Stainless Steel Straw]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 07:28:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/recalled-starbucks-straw.jpg
Starbucks announced that it is recalling a stainless steel beverage straw for being too rigid and posing a risk of injury. The company received four reports of children getting cuts in their mouths while...]]>
<![CDATA[CDC's Efforts to Stop Zika in Miami]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:39:01 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says officials are finding it challenging to eradicate mosquitoes in a part of Miami where 15 people appear to have contracted the Zika virus.

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<![CDATA[Medical Benefits of Dental Floss Unproven]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 12:24:03 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FlossUnproven.jpg
It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there's little proof that flossing works. Still, the federal government, dental...

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<![CDATA[Family Shares Pain, Loss of Opioid, Heroin Addiction]]>Mon, 01 Aug 2016 23:51:16 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-08-01_1807.png
In the first of News4’s Addiction in America series, one Virginia family shared the pain and the price of how opioid and heroin addiction changed their lives forever.]]>
<![CDATA['Xtreme Eating' Awards: Unhealthiest Chain Meals in US]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:42:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-564988703.jpg
A Whole Hog Burger at Uno Pizzeria & Grill is no diet food. Loaded with hamburger, sausage, bacon, prosciutto, pepperoni, four types of cheese, garlic mayo, and pickles and a side of fries, it will set you back...

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<![CDATA[Puppy Swallows Rubber Duckies]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:49:59 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_duckdog0729_1920x1080.jpg
An Oklahoma puppy undergoes emergency surgery after swallowing several rubber duckies. [warning: graphic footage]

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<![CDATA[Girl, 1, to Get Life-Saving Surgery]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:18:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sandy+diaz+hospital.jpg
A 1-year-old Queens girl born with a giant life-threatening tumor on her face will undergo surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital this week to remove the huge mass, which, if left untreated, could cause the child...

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<![CDATA[Italian Study Has Good News About Pasta]]>Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:53:40 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080116+pasta.jpg
An Italian study brings good news for pasta lovers. The study says eating pasta may correlate with decreased chances of becoming obese. NBC4's Barbara Harrison spoke with dietitian Joy DuBost about why pasta is...

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<![CDATA[Flour Recall Prompts New Warning: Don't Eat Dough or Batter]]>Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:30:45 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16211613819132-stand-mixer-generic.jpg
The most basic of baking ingredients, flour, is at the center of a complicated question: How did it become contaminated with bacteria normally found in animal feces? The E. coli-tainted flour from General Mills...

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<![CDATA[4 Fla. Zika Cases Likely Came From Local Mosquitoes]]>Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:14:58 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015599682_1200x675_735078467632.jpg
Four Zika cases in Florida were likely transmitted by local mosquitoes, the state's Department of Health announced Friday. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[New Mobile Unit Saves Lives of Stroke Patients ]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:49:53 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MobileStroke0727_MP4-146971814986100001.jpg
A new mobile stroke unit in ambulances in Colorado is saving stroke patients' lives, allowing them to get treatment before arriving at the hospital.]]>
<![CDATA[Elephant Sedative Poses New Threat in Overdose Fight]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:48:15 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141481298.jpg
A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where...

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<![CDATA[4 Cases of Zika Reported in Florida Do Not Appear Travel Related, Authorities Say]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:00:10 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015583851_1200x675_734218307813.jpg
Authorities have said it is possible that mosquitoes in the United States could contract and spread Zika virus. Now, four cases of the virus have been reported in Florida, and those cases do not appear to...]]>
<![CDATA[Man Donates Kidney to Friend: Video]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:48:00 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/graham+kidney.jpg
Born with a rare disease and just days away from kidney failure, Fort Worth nurse Danny Kolzow is getting a lifeline from a longtime friend. Graham McMillan is donating one of his kidneys to Kolzow.

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<![CDATA[More Parents Taking Babies to Chiropractor for Care]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:48:29 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015565481_1200x675_733196355968.jpg
More parents have been taking their babies to chiropractors for care. Chiropractor Dr. Gregory Lee told News4's Angie Goff why parents bring their babies, what he treats them for and what his techniques...]]>
<![CDATA[Having Trouble Sleeping? Try These Tips]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:16:04 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015565415_1200x675_733194307918.jpg
Considering medication for your sleep troubles? Try changing your behavior before resorting to medication, psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner said. NBC4's Barbara Harrison spoke with Dr. Weiner about when you should]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Medical Marijuana ]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:01:48 -0400http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/91997111-marijuana-generic.jpg
The first shop that can legally sell medical marijuana in Florida opened at a strip mall in Tallahassee on Tuesday and Dallas Nagy became its first customer, buying cannabis capsules that he hopes will ease his...

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<![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[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.

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<![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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