<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Health News - [DC Health Feature]4 Your Health]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/healthen-usMon, 18 Dec 2017 10:06:36 -0500Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:06:36 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA['Fetus,' 'Transgender' Among 7 Banned Words at CDC: Report]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:28:07 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CDC+GettyImages-456691996.jpg
The Trump administration reportedly banned staff of the nation's top health protection agency from using seven words or phrases in budget-related documents. But federal health officials on Saturday pushed...

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<![CDATA[Facebook: Social Media Scrolling Can Make You Feel Bad]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:45:56 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FB-shadow-logo.jpg
It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health. The social media giant whose...

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<![CDATA[Judge Temporarily Blocks New Trump Rules on Birth Control]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:56:00 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/451913057-Birth-control.jpg
A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued...

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<![CDATA[How Much Holiday Drinking Is Too Much?]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:06:39 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/How_Much_Alcohol_is_Too_Much.jpg
There's a lot of information out there about how much alcohol is good for you -- and when it's bad for you. News4's Doreen Gentzler breaks down what you need to know for your next holiday party.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Step Up Your Coffee Game With a Chemex]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:55:01 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Coffee+D5+CHEMEX.00_00_06_13.Still002.jpg
Making delicious home-brewed coffee will be easier than you think with these quick and easy steps to make coffee using a chemex. ]]>
<![CDATA[Changing Minds: An NBC4 Special Project]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 14:37:52 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20140430+ChangingMinds2.jpg
NBC4 is shining a light on mental health and mental illness by providing education, information and hope.]]>
<![CDATA[UVA Awarded Grant for Diabetes-Fighting Artificial Pancreas]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:30:29 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/shutterstock_590322308.jpg
An artificial pancreas that uses technology to reduce blood-sugar variation in people with diabetes is one of the inventions awarded grant money from the Virginia Research Investment Fund.

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<![CDATA[Maternity Ward at Southeast DC Hospital Will Not Be Reopened]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:37:29 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080917+united+medical+center+umc.jpg
Days after requesting millions of dollars in subsidies from the city government, the leaders of a troubled D.C. hospital that serves some of the city’s poorest residents decided the hospital will no longer offer...

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<![CDATA[Step Up Your Coffee Game With an Aeropress]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:39:57 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Coffee+D4.00_00_02_04.Still002.jpg
Making delicious home-brewed coffee will be easier than you think with these quick and easy steps to making a cup of coffee with an Aeropress.]]>
<![CDATA[Life Without a Stomach: Surgery to Prevent Gastric Cancer]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:44:30 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Maryland_Residents_Have_Stomachs_Removed_to_Prevent_Cancer.jpg
A couple of Maryland residents who chose to remove their stomachs to prevent stomach cancer say it's one of the best decisions they've ever made.]]>
<![CDATA[Mental Health Care Worries Linger 5 Years After Sandy Hook ]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:25:07 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Adam_Lanza_School_Photo.jpg
Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled...

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<![CDATA[Deadline to Get Health Insurance Through ACA Exchanges Looms]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:06:13 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/health+exchange+sign+up+generic.jpg
The deadline to apply for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is fast-approaching, even as Maryland lawmakers extend the state's deadline.]]>
<![CDATA[Families May Lose CHIP Children's Health Insurance]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:06:12 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Chip-anniversary.jpg
Officials in several states started warning families this week that funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is about to run out. The joint state-federal health plan designed to...

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<![CDATA[Opioid Crisis Strains Foster System as Kids Pried From Homes]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:36:31 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mothersonopiodfoster_1200x675.jpg
Across the U.S., soaring use of heroin and other opioids has sent tens of thousands of kids flooding into the foster care system — creating a generation of children abandoned by addicted parents, orphaned...

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<![CDATA[Holding His Son, Jimmy Kimmel Pleads for Health Care Program]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:32:22 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17346184283549-Jimmy-Kimmel.jpg
Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery. Kimmel was crying from the first moment of his monologue Monday night as he pleaded with...

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<![CDATA[Common Teen Behaviors Can Be Red Flags for Dating Violence]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:07:29 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tdv2.jpg
Relationship violence is not limited to adults, and several behaviors familiar to many teenagers can be red flags, experts say.

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<![CDATA[Some Glitches Seen in Deadline Week for 'Obamacare' Sign-Ups]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:21:11 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Healthcare.gov-website.jpg
Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience. In...

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<![CDATA[Deaths From Window Blinds Show Need for Cord Ban, Study Says]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:44:54 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blindsAP_17341592276627.png
Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly 17,000 young...

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<![CDATA[Depression, Anxiety Crisis Deepening in America]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:49:18 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-548183493.jpg
Alex Crotty was just 11 when things started feeling wrong. “I didn't feel unloved. I just felt numb to the world. Like, I was surrounded by great things, but just I couldn't be happy. And I didn't know why that

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<![CDATA[Flu Season Off to an Early Start; Widespread in 7 States]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 08:23:08 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flu+generic.jpg
This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug.

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<![CDATA[Images Reveal Woman's Eye Damage From Staring at Eclipse]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:32:49 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/solareyedamage_1200x675.jpg
A New York woman suffered from blurred vision and permanent dark spots after staring directly into the solar eclipse in August, according to a case study released Thursday. The woman, identified by CNN...

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<![CDATA[US Flu Season Off to an Early Start; Widespread in 7 States]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:11:31 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/womangetsflushot_1200x675.jpg
This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people sick, but it's too...

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<![CDATA[Blood Test May Help Predict Which Breast Cancers Will Recur]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:42:24 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Genetic+frontier+breast+cancer+test.jpg
A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found. It was the largest...

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<![CDATA[Veterinarians Seek Permission to Research Pot Meds for Pets]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:05:09 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17321027229365-Marijuana-Pet-Medicine.jpg
Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well. "The 'Up and Moving' is for joints and for pain," he explains.

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<![CDATA[Poor Health, High Expectations for Medicaid, Analysis Finds]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:49:08 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/medicaidhealthcare_1200x675.jpg
People on Medicaid are more prone to smoke, struggle with depression and obesity, or rate their own health as fair or poor. But that's not the whole story. A new study suggests that low-income Medicaid...

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<![CDATA[Thursday Marks Deadline for 2018 Medicare Plan Enrollment]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:52:29 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/medicarenewcardforseniorss_1200x675.jpg
Medicare's fall open enrollment period ends Thursday. During the annual seven-week period, which began Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, beneficiaries can make changes related to Medicare Part C (known as an Advantage...

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<![CDATA[Small Risk of Breast Cancer Seen With Hormone Contraceptives]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:14:51 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/451913057-Birth-control.jpg
Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast...

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<![CDATA[Gas Station Hopes Blue Lights in Bathroom Can Deter Drug Use]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:37:58 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_sheetzlighting1205_1920x1080.jpg
A Pennsylvania gas station is testing whether blue lights in bathrooms can discourage drug use by making it difficult for people to see their veins. The Sheetz gas station chain has installed the lights at its...

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<![CDATA[Teen Among Youngest to Receive Implant to Reduce Seizures]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:21:37 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Georgetown_Patient_Is_Youngest_to_Receive_Implant_to_Treat_E.jpg
Last year a teenager became one of the youngest patients ever to receive an implant to treat her epilepsy, and she’s seen a drastic reduction in the number of seizures.]]>
<![CDATA[Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Blood-Clotting Disease]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:30:45 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hemophiliagenetherapyteam_1200x675.jpg
Gene therapy has freed 10 men from nearly all symptoms of hemophilia for a year so far, in a study that fuels hopes that a one-time treatment can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the blood...

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<![CDATA[DC May Make Birth Control Available Without Prescription]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:21:47 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_510951196.jpg
D.C.'s local government cast an initial vote Tuesday to make birth control available without a prescription at pharmacies -- which would add D.C. to the list of eight states that have similar laws.]]>
<![CDATA[Self Inflicted Injuries Among Girls on the Rise]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:01:53 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Girls_at_Risk_Girls_Self_Inflicted_Injury_Rising.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner joins News4 to talk about an alarming trend among girls: many are harming themselves -- through cutting and other means. It can become a addictive behavior for many and even lead to suicide...]]>
<![CDATA[Viagra Goes Generic: Pfizer to Launch Own Little White Pill]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:48:16 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/viagragenericpfizer_1200x675.jpg
The little blue pill that's helped millions of men in the bedroom is turning white. Drugmaker Pfizer is launching its own cheaper generic version of Viagra rather than lose most sales when the impotence...

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<![CDATA[Pollution Can Counteract Exercise Benefits, Study Suggests]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:34:28 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200009519-001.jpg
Air pollution can hinder the effects of exercise in the body, a new British study suggests. As NBC News reported, researchers from Imperial College London studied 120 people, aged 60 or older, who walked...

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<![CDATA[Q&A: Tax Bill Impacts on Health Law Coverage and Medicare]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:12:49 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/242*120/Screen+Shot+2017-12-05+at+8.39.37+AM.png
The tax overhaul Republicans are pushing toward final votes in Congress could undermine the Affordable Care Act's health insurance markets and add to the financial squeeze on Medicare over time. Lawmakers will...

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<![CDATA[Thousands Hit by Harvey in Texas Still Without Clean Water]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:33:50 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-839559342.jpg
Thousands of people are still waiting on access to safe drinking water in parts of Texas more than three months after Hurricane Harvey. The storm and the heavy rains that followed overflowed drainage districts...

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<![CDATA[Facebook Launches Parent-Controlled Messenger App for Kids]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:51:33 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/187*120/facebook+messenger+kids.png
Facebook is launching a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents. The free app is aimed at kids under 13, who can't yet have their own accounts under...

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<![CDATA['Take All Their Excuses Away': Hard Cases in Heroin Fight]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:45:51 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/196*120/AP_17311679167866+opioid+hard+cases.jpg
Long before President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency and pledged to "overcome addiction in America," addiciton counselor DeValle Williams was fighting in the trenches, where...

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<![CDATA[UN Voices Alarm About Spread of HIV in Egypt]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 04:59:50 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HIVAP_17337563402817.jpg
The U.N. is voicing alarm over the spread of HIV in Egypt, where the number of new cases is growing by up to 40 percent a year, and where efforts to combat the epidemic are hampered by social stigma and a...

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<![CDATA[CVS Health-Aetna Deal Could Reshape Health Industry]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:11:24 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CVSGettyImages-872189846.jpg
CVS Health wants to do much more than fill your prescription or jab your arm with an annual flu shot. The second-largest U.S. drugstore chain is buying Aetna, the third-largest health insurer, in order to push...

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<![CDATA[Flu Is Spreading Fast This Season: Officials]]>Sun, 03 Dec 2017 17:25:37 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/fluGettyImages-665515600.jpg
This year’s flu season is off to a fast start and early indications suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season, NBC News reported. Widespread flu activity is currently in four states where last...

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<![CDATA[1st Baby From a Uterus Transplant in the US Born in Dallas]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:04:31 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/UTX-Approved-HiRes4.jpg
The first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States has occurred in North Texas, a milestone for the U.S. but one achieved several years ago in Sweden. A woman who had been born without...

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<![CDATA[US Troops Get Freeze-Dried Plasma for Battlefield Bloodshed]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:10:08 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PlasmaArmy.jpg
All of the U.S. military's special operations fighters now being sent to war zones have freeze-dried blood plasma, a crucial addition to first-aid kits that can prevent badly wounded troops from bleeding...

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<![CDATA[US Approves Monthly Injection to Treat Opioid Addiction]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 01:06:15 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cms995.jpg
U.S. health officials on Thursday approved the first injectable form of the leading medication to treat patients recovering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids. The Food...

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<![CDATA['Long Overdue:' Prince George's Breaks Ground on Hospital]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:19:19 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/UMCapitalRMC.jpg
In a county where 80 percent of residents perceived access to health care as a problem, officials hope a new hospital in Prince George’s County hospital will help.

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<![CDATA[What Your Microbiome Is]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:11:17 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flu+generic+germs+generic.jpg
Every fiber of dirt and bacteria you have encountered in your life -- from the birth canal, to your phone and to your mouse at work -- adds to your microbiome of good germs in your body. Dr.

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<![CDATA[People With Chronic Pain, Mental Health Issues Most at Risk for Opioid Overdose]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:45:31 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/People_With_Chronic_Pain_Mental_Health_Issues_Most_at_Risk_f.jpg
One of the largest studies ever done on opioid overdose deaths looked at who's at highest risk. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctor's View: How to Curb Overdoses, Opioid Addiction]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:54:40 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/How_to_Curb_Overdoses_Opioid_Addiction.jpg
Dr. Weiner stops by the studio to answer burning questions about the opioid crisis -- including how to help people struggling with addiction or overdosing.]]>
<![CDATA[About 11 Percent of Drugs in Poor Countries Are Fake: UN]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:13:38 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17332504884948-World-Health-Organization.jpg
About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year, the World Health...

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<![CDATA[Facebook Turns to AI to Help Prevent Suicides]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:33:02 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FB-shadow-logo.jpg
Facebook is turning to artificial intelligence to detect if someone might be contemplating suicide. Facebook already has mechanisms for flagging posts from people thinking about harming themselves.

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<![CDATA[Ambulances Stick Patients With Surprise Bills]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:50:55 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance37.jpg
Public outrage over surprise medical bills has prompted some states to pass laws protecting consumers. But such laws largely ignore ground ambulance rides, which can leave patients with up to thousands owed...

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<![CDATA[Big Tobacco Finally Tells the Truth in Court-Ordered Ad]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:28:12 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-476551298.jpg
Smoking kills 1,200 people a day. The tobacco companies worked to make them as addictive as possible. There is no such thing as a safer cigarette. Ads with these statements hit the major television networks and...

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<![CDATA[Veterans Are Key as Surge of States OK Medical Pot for PTSD]]>Sun, 26 Nov 2017 17:25:37 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17325803267144.jpg
It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov.

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<![CDATA[Health System Fires 50 for Refusing to Get Flu Shots]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:27:51 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/fluGettyImages-665515600.jpg
About 50 employees of Essentia Health, an upper-Midwest hospital chain, didn’t go to work Wednesday. But it wasn’t an early start to the Thanksgiving holiday for them. They were fired for refusing to get...

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<![CDATA[VA Study Shows Parasite From Vietnam May Be Killing Vets]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:33:13 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/liverfluke_1200x675.jpg
A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet — test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite...

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<![CDATA[Big Tobacco's Anti-Smoking Ads Begin After Decade of Delay]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:13:22 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17324817877865-Big-Tobacco-Anti-Smoking-Ad.jpg
Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend - but not by choice.

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<![CDATA[Crisis in Puerto Rico Causes US Saline Shortage]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:08:44 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Crisis_in_Puerto_Rico_Causes_US_Saline_Shortage.jpg
With saline fluid bag production in Puerto Rico disrupted by Hurricane Maria, the U.S. is experiencing a shortage. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Build a Healthy Grain Bowl]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:56:27 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/How_to_Build_a_Healthy_Grain_Bowl.jpg
When trying to build a healthy grain bowl, watch the toppings. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has some examples.]]>
<![CDATA[Opioids Haunt Users' Recovery: 'It Never Really Leaves You']]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:37:47 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17249219042815.jpg
Businessman Kyle Graves shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit. Ex-trucker Jeff McCoy threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didn't hand over his fentanyl...

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<![CDATA[More Consumers Finding Free or Cheap 'Obamacare' Coverage]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:53:57 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/203*120/Screen+Shot+2017-10-30+at+8.37.47+AM.png
Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're starting to see an impact...

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<![CDATA[Trump Promises Americans 'Huge Tax Cut' for Christmas]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:06:19 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump-tax.jpg
President Donald Trump on Monday promised a tax overhaul by Christmas, even as a nonpartisan tax analysis group said the Senate package would leave half of taxpayers facing higher levies by 2027. Speaking...

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<![CDATA[White House: True Cost of Opioid Epidemic Tops $500 Billion]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:17:22 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5172396281.jpg
The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says...

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<![CDATA[CTE Turned Ex-NFL Star From Top Lawyer to ‘Other Person']]>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:54:12 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-822512332.jpg
After completing an NFL career that included two Super Bowls, Fred McNeill got an advanced law degree and practiced law. But within just a few years, he began to fall apart, losing his temper, losing his memory...

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<![CDATA[No Correlation Between Mental Health, Mass Shooting: Experts]]>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:03:20 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-874617738.jpg
Kevin Neal’s family knew he was mentally ill, but they never thought he would kill five people and attack an elementary school in rural northern California. But Neal committed both those acts on Tuesday, and it...

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<![CDATA[Owning a Dog May Help You Live Longer: Swedish Scientists]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:26:59 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-11-17+at+8.59.02+AM.png
According to a new study in Sweden, owning a dog could help you live longer. Scientists followed more than 3 million adults for 12 years.]]>
<![CDATA[Climate Nemesis Carbon Could Soon Be Valuable Resource]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:08:51 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17321337018651-MS-Innogy-Methanol-Powered-Boat.jpg
A new electric engine powered by a fuel cell containing methanol — produced using a chemical process which draws carbon out of the air — is being touted by some as a weapon in the fight against man-made climate...

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<![CDATA[CTE Found in Living Ex-NFL Player for 1st Time: Study]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:52:15 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_764021564440-Fred-McNeill-NFL-Player.jpg
The "unique pattern" of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the debilitating brain disease known as CTE, has been found for the first time in a patient before he died, NBC News reported. It was detected in...

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<![CDATA[Congress' Delay Risks Millions of Kids' Health Insurance]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:09:02 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pll_20171118_chip_russo_10_fc7316e06197590903fff4b9d54d55a9.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
The Children's Health Insurance Program covers annual check-ups and more medical procedures for nearly 9 million kids in low-income families, but congressional bickering is putting it at risk, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[FDA OKs New Therapy for Some Hemophilia Patients]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:55:38 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hemophiliadrug_1200x675.jpg
U.S. regulators have approved the first new treatment in nearly two decades to prevent internal bleeding in certain patients with hemophilia, an inherited blood-clotting disorder. The Food and Drug...

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<![CDATA[Couples Sue Fertility Clinic Over Eggs With Genetic Defect]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:16:04 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-846110442.jpg
Two couples are suing a New York fertility doctor and his clinic after giving birth to children with a genetic abnormality later traced back to donated eggs. The two children, both born in 2009, have Fragile X...

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<![CDATA[Pope: Health Care Is Too Tied to People’s Finances]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:51:01 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17320573986552-Pope-Francis.jpg
Pope Francis got the keys to a fancy new Lamborghini on Wednesday — but he won't be tooling around the Vatican gardens in it. Instead, the special edition Huracan will be auctioned off by Sotheby's, with...

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<![CDATA[American Scientists Try 1st Gene Editing in the Body]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:19:28 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/US-Zinc-Fingers-Protein-CR_1200x675_1097272387645.jpg
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body, a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease. The experiment was done on Monday in California on a patient...]]>
<![CDATA['Obamacare' Enrollment Is Up Over Same Period in 2016]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:03:12 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_budgetbattle0927_1500x845.jpg
The government has rolled back the amount of time to select a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act this year, but enrollment is already up over the same period last year. NBC's Tracie Potts reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Millions Will Forgo Coverage If 'Obamacare' Mandate Repealed]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:09:21 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HatchAP_17319724366604.jpg
Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others. The drive by Senate...

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<![CDATA[Big House Victory for GOP Tax Plan, But Senate Fate Unclear ]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:53:49 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/874170156-Paul-Ryan-Tax-Cuts.jpg
Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through...

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<![CDATA[Scientists Attempt to Edit Genes Inside the Body to Change DNA]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:25:08 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Scientists_Attempt_to_Edit_Genes_Inside_the_Body_to_Change_D.jpg
In a new procedure, scientists for the first time have tried editing genes inside the body in an attempt to change a person's DNA. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Report Finds Mental Health Problems in Young People Trending Up]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:22:36 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Report_Finds_Mental_Health_Problems_in_Young_People_Trending.jpg
A national report by the non-profit Mental Health America looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia and found mental health problems continue to trend up among young people nationwide. Doreen Gentzler]]>
<![CDATA[CVS Blames Pharmacy Outages on 'Internal Network' Problems]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:21:18 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/CVS_1200x675.jpg
After a major system outages at CVS Health pharmacies due to an "internal network infrastructure issue," since Tuesday, CNBC reported. The cause is unknown according to a CVS spokesperson, CNBC reported.

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<![CDATA[1 in 8 Teenagers Is Depressed, Study Says]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:32:22 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/One_in_18_Teenagers_are_Depressed__Study.jpg
More teens are dealing with depression. Dr. Joshua Weiner joins News4 to discuss the increasing prevalence. Weiner says one in eight teenagers in the United States is depressed, and social media may be...]]>
<![CDATA['Obamacare' Sign-Ups About 45 Pct Ahead of Last Year's Pace]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:44:16 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/203*120/Screen+Shot+2017-10-30+at+8.37.47+AM.png
Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year's pace, according to government data released Wednesday. The numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

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<![CDATA['Invisible Mending': US Scientists Try 1st in-Body Gene Edit]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:02:18 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17317776550106-Gene-Editing-UCSF-Hunter-Syndrome.jpg
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease. The experiment was done Monday in California on...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First Digital Ingestion Tracking System Med]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:37:44 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FDA_Approves_First_Digital_Ingestion_Tracking_System_Med.jpg
The FDA approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system, in an unprecedented move to ensure that patients with mental illness take the medicine prescribed for them.]]>
<![CDATA[How Law Enforcement Uses Narcan to Combat the Opioid Crisis]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:03:57 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+NARCAN+EXPLAINER+THUMB2.jpg
As the American opioid crisis reaches near epidemic levels, law enforcement agencies across the country are training their officers how to use Narcan to revive people who have overdosed.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Warns of Injury, Death With Herbal Supplement Kratom]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:54:25 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17318544107694-Kratom-Supplement-.jpg
Federal health authorities are warning about reports of injury, addiction and death with a herbal supplement that has been promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs The...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First Digital Tracking Pill]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:52:55 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/505030334-Digital-Doctor.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system, in an unprecedented move to ensure that patients with mental illness take the medicine...

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<![CDATA[Is There a Link Between Rising Teen Suicide, Social Media?]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:24:31 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SocialMediaDepressionGettyImages-75298626.jpg
An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link. Suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 after they had...

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<![CDATA[Half of US Adults Have High Blood Pressure in New Guidelines]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:29:26 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-684910284.jpg
New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults. High pressure, which for decades has been a...

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<![CDATA[Global Carbon Pollution Rises After 3-Straight Flat Years]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:04:48 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CarbonEmissionsGettyImages-871575562.jpg
Global carbon pollution rose this year after three straight years when levels of the heat-trapping gas didn't go up at all, scientists reported Monday. Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide...

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<![CDATA[Study Suggests Women Less Likely to Get CPR From Bystanders]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:28:48 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17303626860083.jpg
Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman's chest might be one reason. Only 39 percent of...

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<![CDATA[Why Men Force Women to Watch Them Masturbate: Experts]]>Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:24:54 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ckckck.jpg
Power, control, and a pathological desire to elicit fear all play into why a man might engage in exhibitionism, sex therapists say, in the wake of bombshell revelations against comedian Louis C.K.

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<![CDATA[How Sexual Harassment Damages a Person’s Health: Experts]]>Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:15:42 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_110507143342.jpg
Sexual harassment not only have negative mental effects on victims and survivors, it can also have physical effects as well, experts tell NBC News Better. Dr. Colleen Cullen, a licensed clinical psychologist...

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<![CDATA[Signs Your Teen Might Have Anxiety or Depression]]>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:22:03 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Signs_Your_Teen_Might_Have_Anxiety_Depression.jpg
Doreen Gentzler explains what signs of anxiety and depression in teens that parents should look for.]]>
<![CDATA[Narcan Explained: What Is It and How Do You Use It?]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:19:56 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+NARCAN+EXPLAINER+THUMB3.jpg
Ninety-one people in the U.S. die every day from opioid-related overdoses, but there’s a tool that can reverse the effects of an overdose that more and more law enforcement agencies and paramedics are now...]]>
<![CDATA[Researcher: Aaron Hernandez's Brain Was Severely Impacted by CTE]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:19:02 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-1772117051.jpg
Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behavior, a researcher who studied his brain said...

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<![CDATA[Is it an Emergency? Insurer Makes Patients Question ER Visit]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:03:53 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/insurersER_1200x675.jpg
Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room. Wrong...

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<![CDATA['Obamacare' Sign-Ups Top 600K in First Week]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:20:24 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-11-01-at-3.15.46-PM.jpg
More than 600,000 people signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act in the first week of open enrollment, the government said Thursday. That pace tracks with previous years despite persistent political...

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<![CDATA[Kids Help Kids Cope With Anxiety, Depression]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:34:48 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sources_of_Strength_Kids_Help_Kids_Cope_With_Anxiety_De.jpg
An innovative program offered at a local high school trains kids how to help their peers with stress, anxiety and sadness. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[When a Cough Requires a Visit to the Doctor]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:12:30 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/When_Does_a_Cough_Require_a_Doctor_Visit.jpg
Dr. Jackie Eghrari Sabet joins News4's Pat Lawson Muse to discuss coughing, and when it requires a visit to the doctor. Dr. Jackie says wet and wheezing coughs are the ones to look out for.]]>
<![CDATA[Frozen Green Beans Recalled in 12 States Over Listeria Risk]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:05:55 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/frozen-green-beans.jpg
Nature's Touch Frozen Foods has issued a voluntary recall of its Organic Fine Whole Green Beans because of possible contamination with a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause infections. The...

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<![CDATA[Democrats Win Big With Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:18:11 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Barack+Obama+Ralph+Northam+GettyImages-863220768.jpg
Barack Obama may not be running for anything these days, but his signature health care law was a big winner in Tuesday’s elections, as voters rebelled against Republican lawmakers who have blocked Obamacare's...

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<![CDATA[Boy With Rare Disease Gets Brand New Skin With Gene Therapy]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:22:44 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/208*120/genetherapyskin_1200x675.jpg
Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a devastating skin disease used experimental gene therapy to create an entirely new skin for most of his body in a desperate attempt to save his life. Two years later,...

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<![CDATA[Sources of Strength Helping Teens Identify Depression ]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:09:08 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sources_of_Strength.jpg
News4's Doreen Gentzler is continuing her dive into the topic of depression and anxiety among teenagers. Today, we are learning about Sources of Strength, a prevention program aimed to help kids identify...]]>
<![CDATA[Parents' Point of View on Pressures Teens Face]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:06:39 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Parents_Point_of_View_on_Pressures_Teens_Face.jpg
As part of our ongoing series Changing Minds, we talked to six local high school students about the real stress factors in their lives. Tuesday, parents shared their point of view. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Study: Pain Relievers Worked as Well as Opioids ]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:27:46 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ibuprofen_1200x675.jpg
Emergency rooms are where many patients are first introduced to powerful opioid painkillers, but what if doctors offered over-the-counter pills instead? A new study tested that approach on patients with...

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<![CDATA[1 Reason Flu Vaccines Are So Lousy: They're Grown in Eggs]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:31:06 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flu-shot.jpg
Last year's influenza vaccine reduced the number of flu-related visits to the doctor by 42 percent, and the vacine reduced a specific strain of flu virus by even less, according to the Centers for Disease...

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<![CDATA[DC Council Moves to Stave Off Opioid Addiction, Fatalities]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 18:29:07 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/thumbnail+%287%291.png
Some D.C. city council members are seeking to limit access to opioid prescriptions and expand access to drugs that stop overdoses in an effort to fight the deadly opioid crisis.]]>
<![CDATA['Unusually Severe' Plague Sickens 1,800 in Madagascar]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:43:01 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/plague-cdc.jpg
More than 1,800 people in Madagascar have contracted plague in what the World Health Organization deemed an "unusually severe" outbreak, but it's unlikely to spread beyond the island, NBC News reported. The...

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<![CDATA[Jaffe: Money, Power and Dead Bodies in DC's Worst Hospital]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:32:18 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/080917+united+medical+center+umc.jpg
How did Veritas land a sweet contract to manage United Medical Center? Answer: great connections and campaign contributions, rather than stellar credentials.

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<![CDATA[How Soon Is Too Soon for a Cell Phone?]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:46:11 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/How_Soon_Is_Too_Soon_for_a_Cell_Phone.jpg
When should children get cell phones? News4's Angie Goff spoke to a doctor to find out how soon is too soon. ]]>
<![CDATA[Blood Test Could Help Diagnose Ovarian Cancer]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:14:33 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blood_Test_Could_Help_Diagnose_Ovarian_Cancer.jpg
A simple blood test could help diagnose ovarian cancer in its early stages, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Screen Time Overload is Changing Our Brains, Scientist Says]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:45:08 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Child+on+tablet.jpg
If you spend hours looking at your smartphone every day you could be changing -- and even shaping -- your brain, according to a neuroscientist.

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<![CDATA[Obama Touts Open Enrollment for 'Obamacare' ]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:20:05 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-11-01-at-3.15.46-PM.jpg
A new deadline, rising prices and fewer options for help will greet health insurance shoppers as the Affordable Care Act's main enrollment window opens Wednesday. Also in store: Befuddlement. "Confusion seems...

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<![CDATA[Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder?]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:57:48 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Seasonal_Affective_Disorder.jpg
'Winter Blues' are pretty common, but some people can actually become depressed during winter months due to lack of sunlight and other factors. Dr. Joshua Weiner joins News4's Eun Yang to talk about the issue.]]>
<![CDATA[Overuse of Technology Can Rewire Your Brain]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 05:46:50 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/How_Technology_Affects_Our_Brains.jpg
We’ve been taking a look at our addiction to all things digital. Today, News 4's Doreen Gentzler explores how technology affects our brains. ]]>
<![CDATA[A or F? See What Safety Grade Your Hospital Got]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:27:45 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Medstar-Washington-Hospital.jpg
Did your hospital get an A or an F? D.C. hospitals rank dead last nationwide when it comes to avoiding medical errors, injuries and infections, a report released Tuesday finds.

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<![CDATA[NJ Sues OxyContin Maker, Alleges 'Direct Link' to Opioid Crisis]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:41:41 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_201601271555460000.jpg
New Jersey filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the company that manufactures OxyContin, claiming a "direct link" between the state's opioid crisis and the firm's deceptive marketing practices. State Attorney...

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<![CDATA[Dark Chocolate Sold in 23 States Recalled for Undeclared Milk]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:55:54 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56960813.jpg
A New York-based company is recalling a bunch of chocolate products, most of which were sold at Wegmans stores in nearly two dozen states, because they contain milk not declared on the list of ingredients, which...

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<![CDATA[Global Warming Is Hitting People's Health: Medical Study]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:02:30 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17303594477117-Dengue-Fever.jpg
Global warming is hurting people's health a bit more than previously thought, but there's hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other experts...

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<![CDATA[FDA Moves to Ax Claim for Heart Benefits From Soy Foods]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:18:57 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/soybeaningredients_1200x675.jpg
U.S. regulators want to remove a health claim about the heart benefits of soy from cartons of soy milk, tofu and other foods, saying the latest scientific evidence no longer shows a clear connection. Monday's...

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<![CDATA['Obamacare' Curveball: Free Insurance in 1,500-Plus Counties]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:40:09 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/203*120/Screen+Shot+2017-10-30+at+8.37.47+AM.png
In an odd twist, low-income people in about half of U.S. counties will now be able to get a taxpayer-subsidized "Obamacare" policy for free, according to a new study that suggests some actions by President...

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<![CDATA[High School QB Says Hyperbaric Chamber Helped Concussion]]>Sun, 29 Oct 2017 06:58:49 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Md._High_School_QB_Says_Hyperbaric_Chamber_Helped_Concussion.jpg
A Maryland high school football quarterback credits a hyperbaric chamber for helping his recovery from a concussion. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Study: 21 Percent Increase in Peanut Allergies in Kids]]>Sun, 29 Oct 2017 06:59:26 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/21_Percent_Increase_in_Peanut_Allergies_in_Children_in_7_Yea.jpg
A study reported a 21 percent increase in peanut allergies in children over the past seven years. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Safely Dispose of Medicine on National Rx Drug Take Back Day]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 06:55:15 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic+prescription+drugs+generic+shutterstock_298303490.jpg
Several D.C.-area law enforcement agencies are participating in the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Synthetic Opioids Rising as Deadly Overdoses Top 60K: CDC]]>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:51:31 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fentanyl+painkiler.jpg
More than 60,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, and synthetic opioids played a larger role than ever, CNBC reported. Deaths from those extremely strong drugs, like fentanyl, increased fivefold, and...

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<![CDATA[Billionaire Drug Maker Charged With Pushing Powerful Opioid]]>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:48:25 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17300061042969-Opioid-Conspiracy-Charges.jpg
U.S. prosecutors leveled charges Thursday against the billionaire founder of an opioid medication maker that has faced increasing scrutiny from authorities across the country over allegations of pushing...

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<![CDATA[Aetna Stock Surges on Report of CVS Deal Talks]]>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 06:04:40 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/aetna_cvs_sidebyside3.jpg
Aetna's stock has surged after a news report said CVS Health is in talks to buy the insurer a deal that could be worth more than $60 billion. The Wall Street Journal reported on the deal talks Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Md. High School QB Says Hyperbaric Chamber Helped Concussion]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:11:35 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Spencer+Silverstein+Hyperbaric+Chamber.jpg
A Maryland high school football quarterback credits a hyperbaric chamber for helping his recovery from a concussion.

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<![CDATA[President Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:07:58 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+TRUMP+OPIOID+SPEECH+THUMB.jpg
President Trump outlined the White House’s plans to curb the opioid epidemic, which he declared a nationwide public health emergency. Trump shared a personal anecdote about his late older brother, who told...]]>
<![CDATA[Maryland Regulators Approve Higher Health Insurance Rates]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:33:37 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Maryland+Flag.jpg
Maryland regulators approved higher health insurance premiums on Wednesday for individual silver plans bought through the state's health care exchange.

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<![CDATA[App Sends Alert When Someone Nearby Has a Heart Attack]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:58:53 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Defibrillator+AED+021016.jpg
Washington, D.C., joined other area jurisdictions in using a potentially life-saving app that alerts people who know CPR to the location of people suffering heart attacks.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Working Toward Reversible Kind of Gene Editing]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 06:58:20 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/crisprfounder_1200x675.jpg
Scientists are altering a powerful gene-editing technology in hopes of one day fighting diseases without making permanent changes to people's DNA. The trick: Edit RNA instead, the messenger that carries...

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<![CDATA[Premiums Rising 34 Pct. for Most Popular Health Plan: Study]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:07:57 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/healthcare-dot-gov.jpg
Premiums for the most popular "Obamacare" plans are going up an average of 34 percent, according to a study out Wednesday that confirms dire predictions about the impact of political turmoil on...

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<![CDATA[Walgreens to Stock Stores Nationwide With Narcan Nasal Spray]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:49:41 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-866262796.jpg
Walgreens announced this week that it plans to stock all of its stores across the U.S. with Narcan as the nation's opioid epidemic reaches new levels. The medication, which is administered via nasal spray...

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<![CDATA[The Psychological Effects of Sexual Assault]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:59:53 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sexual_Assault_and_its_Psychological_Effects.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner joins Eun Yang to talk about the psychological effects that follow sexual assault, as more allegations of sexual assault from high-profile figures come to light.]]>
<![CDATA[Bipartisan Health Care Bill Would Slash Deficit: Report]]>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:53:54 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/akexanderfeuerherdIII.jpg
A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets would slash the federal deficit by nearly $4 billion in the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office announced Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Trump Readies Opioid Plan, But Some Worry It Won't Be Enough]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:49:15 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/865892540-Donald-Trump.jpg
President Donald Trump's long-awaited declaration that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency finally arrives this week, but some advocates are worried that it won't be backed with the money and commitment...

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<![CDATA[Go Baby Go Helps Kids With Disabilities Get Around]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:59:52 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Go_Baby_Go_Helps_Kids_With_Disabilities_Get_Around.jpg
A group of students at Marymount University builds free, battery-powered cars to help children with disabilities get around. News4’s Aimee Cho reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Can the 'Uber of Birth Control' Fix Contraceptive Deserts?]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:17:05 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/BirthControlGettyImages-151037106.jpg
Often referred to as the "Uber of birth control," Nurx ships birth control directly to a woman's doorstep, bypassing the traditional visit to a clinic or physician typically necessary for getting or renewing...

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<![CDATA[GOP Lawmakers Propose New Conditions on Health Bill]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:44:42 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mitchmcconnellfeuerherdINIBN.jpg
Two top Republicans announced a bill Tuesday restoring federal subsidies to insurers while including tough conditions sought by the White House. Senate Democrats have enough votes to kill it, but the measure...

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<![CDATA[Crying Babies Push Same 'Buttons' in Mothers' Brains: Study]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:01:24 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/512811852-Crying-Baby-Generic.jpg
Crying babies push the same "buttons" in their mothers' brains no matter what their culture, a new study suggests. The research found that mothers in 11 countries tend to react the same way to their bawling...

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<![CDATA[Music Therapy Helps Man Regain Voice After Snowboarding Accident]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:04:39 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Music_Therapy_Helps_Man_Regain_Voice_After_Snowboarding_Acci.jpg
Six years ago, a snowboarding accident left an 18-year-old man with a catastrophic brain injury. The removal of part of his brain prevented him from moving or speaking. Barbara Harrison shares how music therapy...]]>
<![CDATA[US Uninsured Up 3.5M This Year; Expected to Rise: Survey]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:55:40 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_937719406365.jpg
The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over "Obamacare" undermine coverage gains that drove the nation's uninsured rate to...

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<![CDATA[Pollution Is Deadlier Than War, Disaster, Hunger: Study]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:52:43 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17293118232511.jpg
Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters.

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<![CDATA[Ward 8 Breast Cancer Awareness Day Set for Saturday]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:59:52 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/210*120/2017-10-20_0659_001.png
Survivors of breast cancer will gather in D.C. Saturday to show their strength. The 9th Annual Ward 8 Breast Cancer Awareness Day will be held at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center and Oxon Run Park.]]>
<![CDATA[Grandparents Fill Void as Opioid Crisis Steals a Generation]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:40:52 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2017-10-20+at+6.28.07+AM.png
Everything his grandpa does, 5-year-old Colton wants to do. Even if it means wearing Crocs with socks. "If grandpa wears his Crocs with socks, Colton has to wear his Crocs with socks," Pennie Krietemeier,...

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<![CDATA[Doreen Gentzler Honored for Changing Minds Campaign]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:30:21 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Doreen_Gentzler_Honored_for_Changing_Minds_Campaign.jpg
The non-profit EveryMind organization recognized Doreen Gentzler for her passion and commitment to lowering the stigma around mental health issues.]]>
<![CDATA[Bipartisan Plan to Curb Health Premiums Gets Strong Support]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:51:56 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/doctorvisitGettyGeneric_1200x675.jpg
A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support.

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<![CDATA[Judge Orders Government to Allow Abortion for Immigrant Teen]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:45:45 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic-gavel.jpg
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the government to allow a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant, who was detained after entering the country illegally, to undergo an abortion. After a brief hearing that included...

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<![CDATA[Ultra-Personal Therapy: Gene Tumor Boards Guide Cancer Care]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:12:06 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17262031874660-Tumor-Board-Gene-Therapy.jpg
Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes' husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it too, but the choice was no guesswork.

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<![CDATA[Senators Push Health Deal as Trump Keeps Distance]]>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:15:33 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Sens-health-care-EM.jpg
The authors of a bipartisan plan to calm health insurance markets said Wednesday they'll push the proposal forward, even as President Donald Trump's stance ricocheted from supportive to disdainful to...

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<![CDATA[Senators Reach Deal on Resuming Payments to Health Insurers]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:53:59 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/633173098-Lamar-Alexander-Patty-Murray.jpg
Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America's health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump's order to terminate "Obamacare" subsidies.

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<![CDATA[Fairfax Police Urge Awareness of Postpartum Depression]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:06:53 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Shelane+Gaydos.jpg
The Fairfax County Police Department is sharing the story of an officer who took her own life to raise awareness for postpartum depression.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws After Critical Reports]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:36:53 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/610637396-Rep-Tom-Marino.jpg
President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar withdrew his name from consideration, Trump said Tuesday, following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening...

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<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Survivors Form Sisterhood in Arlington]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:22:12 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Breast_Cancer_Survivors_Form_Sisterhood_in_Arlington.jpg
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Battling breast cancer can feel like a lonely experience for many women, but as News 4's Aimee Cho tells us, there are some local women who are teaming up so no one ever...]]>
<![CDATA[Trump and McConnell Say GOP Is 'Very Unified' After Meeting]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:30:06 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17289640889927.jpg
Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell reaffirmed their alliance of necessity Monday in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they...

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<![CDATA[Key Questions and Answers About Trump's Health Care Move]]>Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:15:48 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17285593800516.jpg
President Donald Trump's move to stop paying a major "Obamacare" subsidy will raise costs for many consumers who buy their own health insurance, and make an already complicated system more challenging for...

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<![CDATA[Paul Ryan Visits Puerto Rico as Trump Offers Support]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:48:37 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-861000150.jpg
House Speaker Paul Ryan is traveling to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico Friday as President Donald Trump assured residents that he "will always be with them." Ryan and other members of a congressional delegation...

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<![CDATA[Trump's 'Obamacare' Move Shakes Up Health Care and Politics]]>Sat, 14 Oct 2017 01:57:27 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/860674444-Trump-Health-Care.jpg
President Donald Trump's abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America's health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance...

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<![CDATA[America's Obesity Epidemic Reaches Record High: Report]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:23:56 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_668885564479.jpg
Almost 40 percent of American adults are obese, the highest rate ever recorded for the United States, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 20...

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<![CDATA[Millions Die Suffering Amid Global Opioid Gap: Report]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:31:05 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/oxycodoneGetty_1200x675.jpg
Nearly 26 million people around the world die each year with serious suffering in part because of a huge gap in pain relief: The U.S. may be awash in opioid painkillers, but they're rare or unavailable in dozens...

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<![CDATA[Experts Say Trump Order Could Upend Health Care System]]>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:02:10 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17285593800516.jpg
With Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare stalled, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order on Thursday that could undermine the law without Congress. Experts say it has the potential to upend the...

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<![CDATA[As Puerto Rico Suffers, Trump Warns Help Won't Last Forever]]>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:49:01 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/857023618-Trump-Travels-to-Puerto-Rico.jpg
President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can't keep sending help "forever" and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame

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<![CDATA[Calling It a Beginning, Trump Signs Health Care Order]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:34:07 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/860565072-Trump-Signs-Health-Care-Order.jpg
President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite federal rules so consumers can have wider access to health insurance plans featuring lower premiums. He called his new executive order...

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<![CDATA[Natural Fall Skincare and DIY Face Mask ]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:23:05 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/skincare.jpg
Skincando's founder, Sara Damelio, demos a pumpkin face mask you can make at home with NBC News4's Eun Yang.

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<![CDATA[Concussions and Football: What You Need to Know]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:24:45 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Concussions_and_Football.jpg
Dr. Joshua Weiner joins NBC News4's Eun Yang to discuss what many parents are wondering: are my children at risk of mental health problems if I let them play football? The earlier kids start playing, the...]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Birth Control Rule Ignores Science, Critics Say]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:43:51 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16239685238277.jpg
The Trump administration's new birth control rule is raising questions among some doctors and researchers, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts...

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<![CDATA[Teen Detained After Crossing Border Fights to Have Abortion]]>Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:52:06 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/womens-clinic-tx-EM.jpg
Advocates for a pregnant 17-year-old girl held in a Texas facility for immigrant children who have crossed the border alone are asking a federal judge to allow her to get an abortion, over the opposition of U.S....

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<![CDATA[Whole Foods Recalls Its Raisin Bran for Undeclared Peanuts]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:32:05 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/whole-foods-recall.jpg
Whole Foods Market has recalled some of its 365 Everyday Value Organic Raisin Bran across the country because the cereal contains undeclared peanuts, the Food and Drug Administration and grocery chain said.]]>
<![CDATA[2 People at Md. High School Diagnosed With Tuberculosis]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:26:22 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_431684782.jpg
Two people from Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, have been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), the school system announced Monday.

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<![CDATA[14 Desperate Days: Anatomy of an Opioid Overdose Outbreak]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:34:00 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/fentanyl+10-09.PNG
An alert Georgia emergency room doctor who saw three strange overdose cases apparently related to the drug Percocet sounded the alarm to the Georgia Poison Center this June, NBC News reported, likely saving...

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<![CDATA[White House Plans Order to Expand Health Care Options]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:15:46 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump-healthcare-face.jpg
The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that...

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<![CDATA[FDA: Drug Shortages Possible Due to Puerto Rico Power Outage]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:45:08 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PRmedicine_1200x675.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that U.S. drug shortages are possible because power outages in Puerto Rico have stopped or limited production at many medicine factories there. Nearly...

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<![CDATA[Trump's One-Two Punch Hits Birth Control, LGBT Rights]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:31:50 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16239685238277.jpg
In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom...

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<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Medical Teams Struggling to Deliver Dialysis]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:25:48 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Crisis_in_Puerto_Rico_Medical_Teams_Struggling_to_Deliver_Di.jpg
Thousands of Puerto Ricans depend on dialysis to live. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports how medical clinics are having to ration dialysis treatment following Hurricane Maria.]]>
<![CDATA[Local Doctors Aid Puerto Ricans After Hurricane Maria]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:43:18 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Local_Doctors_Aid_Puerto_Ricans_After_Hurricane_Maria.jpg
Doctors from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Puerto Rico to help treat people in the wake of Hurricane Maria. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports from San Juan.]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Coping With Grief on Social Media and in Real Life]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:28:38 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/thumbnail+%2812%291.png
How can you cope with grief and anxiety in real life and via social media? Psychiatrist Dr. Joshua Weiner talks with News4's Chris Lawrence about his tips.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Admin. Vets Launch Health Insurance Sign-Up Drive]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:53:30 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_937719406365.jpg
Former Obama administration officials are undertaking a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act. With the start of open enrollment on Nov.

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<![CDATA[How to Deal With Tragedy And Talk About It With Family]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:13:36 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20171002+Hug.JPG
Feeling overwhelmed, powerless or angry as you watch news of another mass shooting, this one in Las Vegas? Those feelings are normal, even for people who don't have ties to Nevada or anyone there, according...

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<![CDATA[Fact or Myth? Two Breast Cancer Fictions Debunked]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:40:28 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Dispelling_Myths_During_Breast_Cancer_Awareness_Month.jpg
News4's Eun Yang debunks some myths about breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Governor Signs Bill Allowing Medicaid for Abortions]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:51:03 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/abortionbillsigned_290947981.jpg
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, ending months of speculation after the Republican reversed his stance on the issue last...

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<![CDATA[First Lady Listens and Learns at WH Opioid Crisis Discussion]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:27:46 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/855179250-Melania-Trump-opioid-rountable.jpg
Melania Trump is listening and learning about the nation's opioid epidemic. The first lady heard Thursday from experts and people affected by addiction to drugs whom she invited to the White House for...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves 1st Blood Sugar Monitor Without Finger Pricks]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:38:38 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/noprickbloodsugardevice_1200x675.jpg
Federal regulators have approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor for diabetics that doesn't need backup finger prick tests. Current models require users to test a drop of blood twice daily to...

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<![CDATA[US Health Officials Brace for Potentially Bad Flu Season]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:24:11 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GENERICFLUSHOT_1200x675.jpg
It's flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter. The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a...

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<![CDATA[Trump Says GOP Has Health Care Votes ... But It Doesn't]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:50:21 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Trump-healthcare-face.jpg
Guess what? Turns out Republicans have the votes to push health care legislation through the Senate, but they've been flummoxed because one supportive senator is in the hospital. That was President Donald...

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<![CDATA[Congress at Crossroads After GOP Health Care Fails: Analysis]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:36:57 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17269693427697.jpg
Congress is at a crossroads after Republicans' stinging failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. But what's next — more partisan conflict or a pragmatic shift toward cooperation? Unless Republicans and...

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<![CDATA[US Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit Another High ]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:21:24 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bowlofcondoms_1200x675.jpg
Health officials are reporting another record increase in infections from three sexually transmitted diseases. More than 2 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United...

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<![CDATA[Coffee Sold in California Could Come With Cancer Label]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:41:18 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/coffeetasting.jpg
A future cup of coffee in California could give you jitters before you even take a sip. A nonprofit group wants coffee manufacturers, distributors and retailers to post ominous warnings about a cancer-causing...

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<![CDATA[Long-Term Care for the Aging and Ailing Is Surging: Survey]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:23:19 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_285504724809.jpg
Long-term care costs are surging again and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year. Growing labor expenses and sicker patients helped push the median cost...

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<![CDATA[Medicaid Recipients Watch Nervously as Health Bill Teeters]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:21:30 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17268601164641.jpg
With the latest Republican health care overhaul teetering near collapse, one group in particular is watching with heightened anxiety. The debate in Congress is personal for many of those who gained coverage...

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<![CDATA[Protesters Removed From Senate Health Care Bill Hearing]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:10:08 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/US-Health-Care-2-CR-150637884759400002.jpg
Protesters chanting "No cuts for Medicaid, save our liberty!" were forcibly removed from the Senate Finance Committee room Monday as lawmakers attempted to convene a hearing into the Republican Graham...]]>
<![CDATA[1M-Person Study Seeks End to Cookie-Cutter Health Care]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:19:17 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_17236756008031-One-in-a-Million-Study.jpg
U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments, and lifestyles interact. Today, health care is based on averages,...

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<![CDATA[Sen. Collins' Opposition Likely Kills GOP Health Care Drive ]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:32:18 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/211*120/AP_17136032403447.jpg
The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama's health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the...

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<![CDATA['About Time': BYU's 6-Decade Caffeinated Soda Ban Fizzles]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:38:29 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/94967797-Brigham-Young-University.jpg
Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and...

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<![CDATA[CVS to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 7-Day Supply]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:27:25 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cvsgeneric_1200x675.jpg
CVS Pharmacy will limit opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply for certain conditions, becoming the first national retail chain to restrict how many pain pills doctors can give patients, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Local Cases of Swine Flu Bring Attention to the Illness]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:14:22 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Local_Cases_of_Swine_Flue_Bring_Attention_to_the__Illness.jpg
Seven people who went to the Charles County Fair contracted swine flu, but the Maryland Department of Health confirmed none had to go to the hospital. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports the virus is airborne.]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Health Bill Provisions Help 2 States: Analysts]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:39:15 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lindseygraham_1200x675.jpg
Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored...

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<![CDATA[Aaron Hernandez's Family Suing NFL, Pats After CTE Diagnosis]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:32:56 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Despiden-a-Aaron-Hernandez-en-discreto-funeral-privado.jpg
Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez are suing the NFL and the New England Patriots over his death after a brain study showed the former football star suffered from a "severe case" of the degenerative brain disease...

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<![CDATA[Kimmel Ramps Up Battle Against GOP Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:51:24 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/849709530-Jimmy-Kimmel.jpg
Jimmy Kimmel used his late-night platform to continue his assault on the GOP health care bill, firing back at critics including U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade. The ABC star on...

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<![CDATA[Why Do College Kids Think Backpacks Can Save a Drunk Friend?]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:37:57 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/drunk_pack_stock_image.jpg
In the final hours of his life, Tim Piazza lay on a couch in a Penn State frat house barely conscious and occasionally vomiting from alcohol poisoning and serious internal injuries. Twice on a night of...

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<![CDATA[7 People Get Flu After Contact With Pigs at Charles Co. Fair]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:11:10 -0500https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pig+Snout+File.jpg
Seven fair-goers in Maryland have tested positive for a strain of the flu after coming in close contact with pigs at the Charles County Fair, health officials say.

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