• Maryland November 21, 2019 7:41 pm

    Mom Credits Fertility Turnaround to Organic Products, Diet

    Determined to take control of her health, a local mom read medical journals and dug into the science of the chemicals in our cosmetics, personal care products and food.

  • Maryland November 20, 2019 1:28 am

    What to Know About the ‘Body Burden' of Chemicals in Products You Use

    Some experts say what you should consider is not the tiny amount of chemicals that you may encounter daily, but rather the cumulative “body burden” they have.

  • Donald Trump November 14, 2019 8:22 pm

    Health Dangers Emerge at Growing Migrant Camp on US Border

    A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures that recently dropped to freezing. Justina, an asylum seeker who fled political persecution in...

  • Los Angeles October 20, 2019 5:09 pm

    Where You Die Can Affect Your Chance of Being an Organ Donor

    One man’s case illustrates troubling uncertainty in a transplant system run by government contractors that are under fire for letting potentially usable organs go to waste. The Associated Press took a close look at that system and calculated that some of those agencies are securing deceased donors at half the rate of others — even as 113,000 people linger on...

  • Donald Trump September 29, 2019 10:15 pm

    Can Washington Deliver on Drug Costs Amid Impeachment Probe?

    Major legislation to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of people may get sidelined now that House Democrats have begun an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Proposals had been moving in Congress, but there are more ways for the process to break down than to succeed. Still, nobody says they’re giving up.

  • Europe September 25, 2019 3:30 pm

    Brain Exams Aim to Predict Who Is at Risk of Committing Murder

    Cutting-edge research is revealing new ways to potentially prevent violent acts, including mass shootings, years before the thought of violence ever crosses the minds of murderers. A study of roughly 1,000 prisoners revealed across-the-board brain abnormalities in those who committed homicide, leading researchers to believe such behavior, if identified early enough, can be quashed with therapy and medication.

  • Donald Trump August 18, 2019 9:48 pm

    Trump Wields Sanctions Hammer; Experts Wonder to What End

    Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. Since taking office in January 2017, President Donald Trump has used an array of new and...

  • United States August 14, 2019 10:39 pm

    Vaccines: Separating Fact From Fiction

    This year’s measles outbreak was the worst in decades and put a spotlight on the importance of childhood vaccines. But some parents don’t vaccinate their kids because of fear and misinformation circulating on social media. News4’s Doreen Gentzler looks at four common myths and spoke with a local pediatrician to separate fact from fiction.

  • Department of Justice August 6, 2019 7:09 pm

    Louisiana Launching Medical Marijuana After Years of Waiting

    Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana on Tuesday, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis. Nine pharmacies are licensed to dispense medical marijuana across Louisiana and most are expected to open this week. Louisiana joins more than 30 other states that allow medical marijuana in some form. And...

  • disease July 14, 2019 4:06 pm

    A Healthy Lifestyle May Offset Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's

    A healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these mind-destroying diseases, a large study has found.

  • Minnesota May 14, 2019 5:18 pm

    Cells That Refuse to Die May Play Role in Bodies Aging

    Call them zombie cells — they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers are studying drugs that can kill zombie cells and possibly treat the problems they bring. Basically the goal is to fight aging itself, which hopefully will...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention May 13, 2019 2:43 pm

    New York Has Stunning 82 Percent of America's Measles Cases as Outbreak Total Soars to 839

    Nearly 100 more measles cases have been reported across the nation since last week, marking a 10 percent increase in total cases as the number in the U.S.’ worst outbreak in decades eclipses the 800 mark, officials said Monday.

  • NEW YORK May 6, 2019 2:51 pm

    US Measles Count Soars to 764, Driven by New York Outbreaks

    Five dozen more measles cases have been reported across the nation, an 8 percent increase over the prior week as the case total in the U.S.’ worst outbreak in decades edges closer to a stunning 800, officials said Monday.

  • Canada April 1, 2019 6:11 pm

    Federal Study Gives New Options for People With Rare Cancers

    People with rare cancers have been out of luck — not only do most lack good treatments but drug companies also don’t pursue them because of small potential sales. Now, a federal study that pools these folks gives them strength in numbers and new options. The first results from this novel effort were revealed at an American Association for Cancer...

  • New Jersey April 1, 2019 4:56 pm

    US Measles Cases Surpass Last Year's Total in Just Three Months as Outbreaks Spread Across Four States

    Measles continues to spread across the U.S. with outbreaks in four states infecting more people in the first three months of 2019 than all of last year, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has confirmed 387 cases across 15 states from Jan. 1 through March 28, compared with 372 cases all last...

  • Veterans September 16, 2020 12:28 pm

    From Service to Sick: The Effects of Veterans' Exposure to Burn Pits

    Tens of thousands of veterans and service members stationed at military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan say exposure to trash fires or “burn pits” has left them with breathing problems and other chronic illnesses, including cancer. They are fighting for health benefits, but say the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is turning its back on them. Veterans say everything...

  • Cancer March 4, 2019 4:17 pm

    New Ways of Studying Individual Cells Offer Scientific ‘Breakthrough'

    Until recently, trying to study key traits of cells from people and other animals often meant analyzing bulk samples of tissue, producing a mushed-up average of results from many cell types. It was like trying to learn about a banana by studying a strawberry-blueberry-orange-banana smoothie. In recent years, however, scientists have developed techniques that let them directly study the DNA...

  • United States March 1, 2019 4:54 pm

    What to Know Before Taking a DNA Health Test

    Home DNA kits can now test for some life-threatening diseases, but they also have limitations. News4’s Doreen Gentzler explains what you should consider before taking one.

  • Donald Trump February 26, 2019 9:41 pm

    Senators Draw on Own Experiences to Chastise Drug Companies

    Drawing from their personal experiences, senators on Tuesday chastised drug company executives over the high cost of prescription drugs, as the company officials cautioned that heavy-handed congressional action could jeopardize medical breakthroughs going forward. Tuesday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing marked the first time lawmakers have called the industry’s top executives to account for rising prices, which are a drain on...

  • United States February 20, 2019 6:15 pm

    Company Halts Infusions of Young People's Blood Plasma After FDA Warning

    The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on Tuesday that there’s no proof that blood plasma infusions from younger donors can treat diseases, prompting one company that charges thousands of dollars for the service to halt the treatments, NBC News reported. The company, Ambrosia, wrote in a statement on its website that it had “ceased patient treatments.” It has been...

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