<![CDATA[NBC New York - Health News - [NY Feature Page] Health]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/health en-us Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:52:02 -0500 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:52:02 -0500 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[4 People Meet for 1st Time After 2 Pairs of Kidney Swaps]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:52:38 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/175138627.jpg
Four people have met for the first time since a pair of kidney swaps at a Connecticut hospital. The Hartford Courant reports the family of 3-year-old Jeremy Orellana, as well as Fred Ferris, Beth Mix, and...

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<![CDATA[New Voice for Mass. Teen]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:17:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Max+Plansky+112515.jpg
We all have unique voices - with their pitches and their tones, they belong to us. But for Max Plansky, a Massachusetts teen who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, the voice he uses is not...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New, Boosted Flu Vaccine]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:25:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/flue-shot.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new type of flu vaccine called Fluad that uses a compound to help stimulate the patient’s immune system, NBC News reported. Fluad contains MF59, an adjuvant made out...

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<![CDATA[Teen's Flesh-Eating Bacteria Fight]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:44:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/giancarlo+gil+flesh+eating+bacteria+recovery+1124+2.jpg
The mother of a San Diego-area teenager fighting for his life against a flesh-eating bacteria thanked the community Tuesday for their support, saying the family was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love.

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<![CDATA[Coke's Role in Anti-Obesity Group Revealed: Report]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:47:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CokeCansEmails.jpg
A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work. But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the world's largest beverage maker was...

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<![CDATA[NBC 4 New York & NY Giants Health & Fitness Expo]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 17:17:38 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/225*120/300x160_HFE.jpg
NBC 4 New York and the New York Giants are thrilled to welcome you to our second annual Health and Fitness Expo.]]>
<![CDATA[Modified Mosquitos Block Malaria]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_432922569679.jpg
Southern California scientists have created a genetically modified batch of mosquitoes capable of blocking malaria, a development that could help eradicate the disease, UC San Diego officials announced...

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<![CDATA[Pfizer, Allergan Merge in Biggest Drug Deal Ever]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:54:15 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Pfizer-494838900.jpg
Pfizer and Allergan will join in a $160 billion deal to create the world's largest drugmaker. The transaction is valued at $363.63 per Allergan share. Allergan shareholders will receive 11.3 shares of...

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<![CDATA[UnitedHealth May Withdraw From Obamacare]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:15:22 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/UnitedHealth-AP_580078387860.jpg
Experts are divided over Thursday’s news that the No. 1 U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, might withdraw from health exchanges mandated by so-called Obamacare legislation, NBC News reported. The company...

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<![CDATA[Will Nation's Top Health Insurer Kill Obamacare?]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 03:19:00 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Website-AP_249581118509.jpg
Thursday's news that the No. 1 U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, might withdraw from the health insurance exchanges mandated by so-called Obamacare legislation divided experts into two camps.

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<![CDATA[Heroin Vaccine Research]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:49:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Generic+Heroin+Needles.jpg
Recovering addicts may have a new tool helping them stay on track as a heroin vaccine enters a preclinical phase. The National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded researchers...]]>
<![CDATA[Genetically Modified Salmon OK'd for Human Consumption in U.S.]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:56:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_100920111828.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States. The Obama administration had stalled...

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<![CDATA[Uber Rolls Out On-Demand Flu Vaccinations]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 04:08:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/UberFlu-Health+Photos+3.jpg
Haven't gotten your flu shot yet? Between long work hours, household responsibilities, errands and child care, making a trip to the doctor's office or local pharmacy for that flu shot doesn't seem too...

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<![CDATA[NIH's Last 50 Chimpanzees Are Retiring]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 06:18:42 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ChimpsAP_421866916958.jpg
The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that the last 50 chimpanzees set aside for federal medical research will be retired, NBC News reported. The chimpanzees, which are kept at three facilities...

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<![CDATA[Home Abortions Rise After Texas Law Closes Clinics: Study]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:50:07 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-2758562.jpg
A Texas law aimed at restricting abortions, which took effect in 2013, has led to more women trying to end a pregnancy on their own, while the number of clinical procedures in the state has declined, according...

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<![CDATA[Woman Aims to Brighten Cancer Patients' Visits]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:20:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rooms+that+rock+2.jpg
During a routine visit to her doctor six years ago, Nancy Ballard walked, by chance, into a chemotherapy treatment room. What she saw began her on a mission that is helping thousands of cancer patients a year.
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<![CDATA[STD Cases in the U.S. Increased in 2014: CDC]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:05:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pills-generic-03-GettyImages-108339198.jpg
A U.S. sexually transmitted diseases epidemic is increasing and the most common infection, chlamydia, has risen to record levels, government officials say. Reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all...

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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls Over 52,000 Pounds of Cooked Chicken Wings]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:01:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/tyson-anytizers-recall.jpg
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling about 52,486 pounds of chicken wing products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Tuesday. Consumers who contacted Tyson Foods Inc....

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<![CDATA[Engineers Make Girl New Hand]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:05:06 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/crop-sophie-top.jpg
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's CITRIS lab are working hard to create low-cost, customizable prosthetics made from 3-D printers, according to the engineering department’s magazine. For an

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<![CDATA[Daily Pills Protect People Against HIV: Study]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 21:58:49 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_120510048917.jpg
People who took a daily pill to protect against HIV were protected aganist the virus but caught other sexually transmitted diseases through unprotected sex, researchers reported on Monday.

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<![CDATA[NYC Hospital Completes Face Transplant on Burned Firefighter]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:57:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NYU-FACE-TRANSPLANT.jpg
A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday.

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<![CDATA[New Survey Method Finds More Kids With Autism]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:35:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Autism-AP_197615588239.jpg
A new government survey finds that more than 2 percent of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with autism — or 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older, NBC News reported. That seems like a startling increase from the last...

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<![CDATA[SpaghettiOs Recalled Due to Choking Hazard]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:57:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SpaghettiOs-Recall-111215.jpg
The Campbell Soup Company is voluntarily recalling 355,000 cans of SpaghettiOs due to a potential choking hazard.

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<![CDATA[Uterus Transplant Trials Underway For Infertile Women]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:13:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524811211.jpg
A health clinic is spearheading a trial of uterus transplants for women with an infertility disorder. The transplant, unlike a heart or liver transplants, will be temporary. After the women give birth to one or...

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<![CDATA[Senators Call for 'Independent' Crumb Rubber Turf Study]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:02:51 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Crumb_Rubber_Turf.jpg
Two senators have urged federal officials to lead an "independent investigation into the health risks of crumb rubber" turf, a surface made of recycled tires used on playgrounds and athletic fields across...

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<![CDATA[SJ Restaurant Allowed to Reopen]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:15:13 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mariscos+San+Juan.jpg
The San Jose restaurant that was ground zero for last month's Shigella outbreak reopened Thursday afternoon. The Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health gave the green-light to Mariscos San...

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<![CDATA[Teen Obesity Surgery Benefits Last at Least 3 Yrs: Study]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:42:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obesity_AP_353380790860.jpg
The largest, longest study of teen obesity surgery shows huge weight loss and health gains can last at least three years, and many say it's worth the risks. "I feel awesome. It's like a new life," said...

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<![CDATA[Nearly Half of Pregnant American Women Put on Too Much Weight]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:34:34 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-558948623-%281%29.jpg
Nearly half of U.S. women gain too much weight while they're pregnant, and another 20 percent don't put on enough, federal health experts reported Thursday. Fewer than a third of pregnant women put on the right...

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<![CDATA[New HIV Pill Delivers 4 Drugs in 1 Daily Dose]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-531390989.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new daily drug that delivers four different HIV medications in one dose. The pill combines four HIV drugs: elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir...

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Doubling Patient Income Limit for Free Drug Program]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:15:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-488569033.jpg
Pfizer, the biggest U.S.-based drugmaker, is increasing its financial assistance to patients, doubling the allowable income level for people to receive dozens of Pfizer medicines for free. The move comes...

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<![CDATA[Tapeworm Transmits Cancer Cells to Man]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:39:59 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1316392.jpg
Tapeworms get inside people, lay their eggs, and cause symptoms such as diarrhea and weakness. And they can infest a body for a lifetime. But doctors were stunned to find out they can do something worse: infect...

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<![CDATA[DEA Finds Heroin Use Skyrocketing]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 14:24:55 -0500 > on February 6, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.]]> > on February 6, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-467512357.jpg
The growth in abuse of heroin is now considered the number one drug threat by the nation's police, overtaking methamphetamine, according to a new survey by the Drug Enforcement Administration, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Senate Panel Probing 4 Drug Companies Over Pricing]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 10:31:34 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-71963537.jpg
A Senate committee launched an investigation Wednesday into exorbitant drug price hikes by Turing Pharmaceuticals and three other companies, responding to public anxiety over rising prices for critical...

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<![CDATA[Injections May Help Keep HIV at Bay, Testing Shows]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 11:50:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HIV-AP-972825092223.jpg
Preliminary testing of two long-acting injectable drugs indicates it might be possible to keep HIV at bay indefinitely with injections every month or two.

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<![CDATA[More Cases Expected in Chipotle-Linked E. Coli Outbreak]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 08:13:59 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-487798478.jpg
Health officials expect the number of people sickened by an E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon to grow while they investigate the cause of the infection. As of Friday,...

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<![CDATA[FDA Acts to Shut Down Tobacco Sales at Stores That Sell to Minors]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:56:30 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_791184962081.jpg
The Food and Drug Association is taking aim at eight shops that have repeatedly sold tobacco products to kids under 18, NBC News reports. The stores — in New Jersey, Michigan, Missouri, Maryland and Illinois —...

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<![CDATA[Study: Racial Gap in Breast Cancer Diagnoses Has Closed]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:51:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-53436724.jpg
For decades, breast cancer has been less common in black women than white women, yet killed black women at a higher rate. One of those gaps has finally closed. Unfortunately for black women, it's the first...

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<![CDATA[Could Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs Hurt a Flu Shot's Effect?]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:34:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462668561.jpg
A popular cholesterol-lowering drug, taken by about 28 percent of U.S. adults over 40 and 48 percent of those over 75, may interfere with the effectiveness of flu vaccines, researchers report. Two studies...

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<![CDATA[Two-Thirds of World Has Herpes Virus: WHO]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:34:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-122375454-herpes-coldsore.jpg
Two-thirds of the world's population — 3.7 billion people — has the incurable herpes virus, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The virus is known to cause cold sores, but it can also cause sores on...

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<![CDATA[Fundraiser to Help Girl Born With Heart Outside Chest]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:22:01 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/102815+Virsaviya+Borun.jpg
A six-year-old girl, born with her heart outside of her chest, needs help paying for life-saving surgery. Virsaviya comes across like any other little girl, but there's something special about her, "My heart is...

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<![CDATA[WHO: TB Now Kills as Many People as AIDS]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:57:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_120324112412.jpg
The number of tuberculosis cases has fallen by 18 percent since 2000, but the completely curable infection now kills as least as many every year as the AIDS virus, the World Health Organization said Wednesday...

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<![CDATA[Drug Prices Top Americans' List of Health Care Concerns]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 02:55:30 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_061019038795.jpg
Americans from across the political spectrum are worried about the cost of prescription drugs for serious diseases, following weeks of news coverage about companies hiking prices for critical medicines. Keeping...

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<![CDATA[WHO Report: Do You Have to Stop Eating Processed Meat?]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:06:13 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bacon-may-caude-cancer.jpg
A new report by the World Health Organization declaring that processed meat, like bacon, hot dogs and corned beef, causes cancer — and that red meat probably does, too — has the meat industry furious and...

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<![CDATA[Report Finds Human DNA in Hot Dogs]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:13:42 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-82045422.jpg
A company that uses genomic analysis technology to get information on the contents of food has found an unusual additive in a very small percentage of hot dogs: human DNA. The report found 2 percent of 345 hot...

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<![CDATA[Processed Meat Can Lead to Cancer, WHO Says]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:31:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-461626478.jpg
Hot dogs, bacon, cold cuts and other processed meats raise the risk of colon, stomach and other cancers, and red meat probably contributes to the disease, too, the World Health Organization said Monday, throwing...

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<![CDATA[Congress Asks EPA if Rubber Turf Is Safe]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:18:04 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AstroTurf1.jpg
Washington lawmakers are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to weigh in on whether crumb rubber used in artificial turf fields in thousands of schools, parks and stadiums is safe for young athletes...

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<![CDATA[Big Concern Over Stomach Bug]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 22:28:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Shigella-bacteria.jpg
The mutant stomach bug that’s reportedly sickened more than 100 people in the Bay Area, sending at least a dozen to the ICU, is well known to international travelers who have experienced stomach issues but...

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<![CDATA[Marijuana Use Doubles in U.S., But So Do Problems]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:44:21 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453996936.jpg
Marijuana use has more than doubled in the U.S. since the beginning of the century — but so have problems for users, including addiction, researchers reported Wednesday. Bridget Grant of the National Institute...

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<![CDATA[No Alcohol During Pregnancy Is Safe: U.S. Pediatricians]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 12:44:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-169371462AlcoholPregnancy.jpg
Women who are pregnant should abstain from alcohol completely, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The report, “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,” in the November 2015 issue...

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<![CDATA[Drug Firms Reap Billions by Paying Rivals: Critics]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:04:17 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pills-generic-01-GettyImages-137165920-%281%29.jpg
Sharp overnight increases in the cost of prescription drugs are not the only pharmaceutical industry practice that adds billions of dollars to the price that consumers pay for their medicines. Pharmaceutical...

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<![CDATA[Researchers: Common Sunscreen Ingredient Toxic to Coral]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:46:38 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Women-Sunscreen.jpg
A common ingredient found in sunscreen is toxic to coral and contributing to the decline of reefs around the world, according to new research published on Tuesday, NBC News reported. Oxybenzone, a UV-filtering...

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<![CDATA[Start Mammograms at 45, Not 40: American Cancer Society]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:29:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mammogram-AP_100506174828.jpg
The American Cancer Society is revising its advice on when women should start getting mammograms and how often. The updated guidelines recommend annual breast cancer screenings at age 45 instead of 40...

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<![CDATA[Son Creates App to Help Father's PTSD]]> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:25:53 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/NC_nightterrorapp1016.jpg
A college student created an app to help veterans with PTSD, including his father, predict and prevent night terrors.]]>
<![CDATA[First Female Sex Drug Could Spur Similar Medications ]]> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:58:55 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453221523.jpg
Most women with low sexual desire won't rush to get the first prescription drug to boost female libido when it becomes available on Saturday. But they may have more options down the road. Addyi is a daily...

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<![CDATA[Tattoo Artist Makes Breast Cancer Survivors Feel ‘Whole Again’]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:32:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nipple-tattoo-screenshot-today.jpg
After undergoing reconstructive surgery, many breast cancer survivors turn to Vinnie Myers to complete their path to recovery. Roughly 8,000 women from all 50 states and about 40 countries have travelled to see...

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<![CDATA[CDC: Excessive Drinking a Drain on US Economy]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:40:48 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-467650191.jpg
Drinking to excess doesn't just make you feel horrible, it leaves the U.S. economy hung over and less productive, according to new research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The CDC reported Thursday...

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<![CDATA[Artificial Skin Could Help Amputees Feel What They Are Touching]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:59:00 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/151015-artificial-skin-stanford-03-yh-1237p_d026abfeb703e6cb7154c6f9cb75cf64.nbcnews-ux-720-520.jpg
Researchers have developed a thin artificial skin that they hope could be used to help amputees feel what they're touching with prosthetic hands or limbs. It's an unusual combination of a stretchy, rubber-based...

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<![CDATA[Dietary Supplements Send 23,000 to Hospitals Each Year in U.S.]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:33:15 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PillsWeb.jpg
Many claim to be natural, which may sound safe, but dietary supplements send 23,000 Americans to hospital emergency rooms each year, a new federal study estimates. The riskiest ones are weight-loss and...

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<![CDATA[Ebola Stays in Semen for Months: Studies]]> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:43:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/AP_604409998160.jpg
The Ebola virus can stay in a man's semen for nine months or longer and in one case, a survivor infected someone else after being cleared for the virus, researchers reported. "We believe it's rare," said

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<![CDATA[Scottish Nurse With Ebola Complications Is 'Critically Ill']]> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:00:28 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP872351070121.jpg
Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey is back in the hospital 10 months after recovering from Ebola, according to hospital officials, NBC News reported. Cafferkey is “critically ill” in a hospital in Scotland and 25...

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<![CDATA[Essure Sterilization Device Causes 'Serious Safety Concern': Study]]> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 07:55:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_858864025168.jpg
Women implanted with the permanent contraception device Essure were 10 times more likely to require post-procedure surgery to fix problems than those who underwent laparoscopic sterilization, a new study...

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<![CDATA[CVS Offers Heroin Overdose Antidote Over the Counter]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:47:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/NC_narcan1008.jpg
CVS Pharmacies will now offer the overdose antidote Naloxone over the counter without a prescription. The drug reverses the symptoms of a heroin or a prescription painkiller overdose.]]>
<![CDATA[Fattier Foods Sold at Costco, Walmart: Study]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 21:14:28 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477000903.jpg
Shoppers who opt for warehouse clubs like Costco and Walmart over traditional grocery stores are buying food with more fat, sugar and sodium, according to a new study. People are turning to mass-merchandise...

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<![CDATA[Why Women Should Shop Around for Health Services]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:42:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-53402395.jpg
Thinking about getting a mammogram in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? You might check carefully because the cost can vary from $50 to as much as $1,045. How about an initial routine gynecological exam? Around...

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<![CDATA[Toddler's Head Reattached After Internal Decapitation]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:46:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Australia_toddler.jpg
An Australian toddler seriously injured in a car accident got a second chance at life following a “miracle” surgical procedure. The 16-month-old Jaxon Taylor was riding in the car along with his mother...]]>
<![CDATA[Nurse Reuses Syringe: Officials]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 23:20:01 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Syringes-Reused-at-Clinic.jpg
Alerts were sent to dozens of employees of a pharmaceutical company after officials say a nurse reused a syringe while giving them flu shots at a New Jersey clinic. Officials with TotalWellness told NBC10...]]>
<![CDATA[3 Share Nobel Medicine Prize for New Tools to Kill Parasites]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:52:49 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Nobel_Medicine.jpg
Three scientists from the U.S., Japan and China won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering drugs to fight malaria and other tropical diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people every...

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<![CDATA[Ancient Virus May Cause ALS: Study]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:49:15 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-548553939.jpg
A virus that has been in our DNA for millions of years may be resurfacing in the form of ALS, scientists reported Thursday. The discovery may lead scientists to finding a treatment for the incurable...

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<![CDATA[How Search for Kidney Went Viral]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:12:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/209*120/kidney.PNG
Jenna Franks’ family painted a sign reading, "Daughter needs kidney type O" along with her email address, which started gaining traction on social media. KNBC4 interviewed Franks two years ago. As of Wednesday,

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Stricken Goalie's Mom Wants Artificial Turf Answers]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 07:12:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/150928-austen-everett-cancer-turf-mbm_713006b65cf4de66ca10582b1e2f5e87.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
University of Miami athlete Austen Everett died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. Her mother said it was soon after that, as she found out about even more sick players, that she came to believe that...

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<![CDATA[Flavored Tobacco Lures Kids, CDC Says]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:51:32 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-487318591.jpg
Kids who smoke, vape or chew tobacco are flocking to the flavored varieties, a new government report shows. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of high school students...

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<![CDATA[Woman Who Was Burned as Infant Finds Nurse Who Cared for Her ]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:16:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_473910148963-BabyBurned2.jpg
A woman who suffered severe burns as an infant is finally getting a chance to thank the hospital nurse who cared for her, thanks to a social media posting that revealed the identity of the nurse in 38-year-old...

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<![CDATA[Medicare's $30M Ambulance Ride Mystery]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:43:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-10189107.jpg
Medicare paid $30 million for ambulance rides for which no record exists that patients got medical care at their destination, the place where they were picked up or other critical information. The mystery...

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<![CDATA[Certain Breast Cancer Patients Can Skip Chemo: Study]]> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 04:57:55 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_439024967440.jpg
Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease — good news from a major study that shows the value of a gene-activity test to gauge each...

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<![CDATA[Walgreens Prescriptions Delayed Across U.S.]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:50:15 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/walgreens+sign+edit.jpg
Walgreens customers across the U.S. may find it difficult to get prescriptions in the company’s stores this week. The company’s pharmacists have been filling each prescription manually since their system crashed...]]>
<![CDATA[Scientists Find New Virus in Blood]]> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:23:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/209*120/AP_070525034503.jpg
Scientists have found a new virus that can be transmitted by blood transfusions and other blood-based products, NBC News reported. They’re calling the new virus human hepegivirus-1 (HHpgV-1). The virus bears a...

<![CDATA[Clinton Proposes $250 Monthly Cap on Prescriptions]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 21:31:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_684583625361.jpg
To stop measures of what she called "price gouging" by pharmaceutical companies, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed a $250 monthly cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs. Clinton...

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<![CDATA[Drug CEO Who Hiked Pill Price Has History of Serious 'Harassment']]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 20:27:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-120822891.jpg
The pharmaceutical company boss who jacked up the price of the drug Daraprim 5,500 percent overnight allegedly has a history of "harassment" to a former employee, according to court documents.

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<![CDATA[Medical Study Exposes Number of Incorrect or Late Diagnosis]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:03:10 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis in their lifetimes, a new report finds — often with devastating effects, NBC News reports. It's almost impossible to quantify, but the problem is serious,...

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<![CDATA[Drug That Fights Complications of AIDS and Cancer Goes From $13.50 to $750]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:06:59 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/martin-GettyImages-120822895.jpg
The price of a popular drug that treats life-threatening parasitic infections has increased 5,000 percent, bringing the annual cost of treatment to hundreds of thousands of dollars for some patients. Daraprim...

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<![CDATA[Sex Doesn't Cause Heart Attacks: Researchers]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:30:01 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_262391987828+%281%29.jpg
German researchers say there’s nothing that links sexual activity with triggering heart attacks, NBC News reported. Researchers at Ulm University in Germany led a small study and said the data they’ve collected...

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<![CDATA[Ex-Peanut Exec Sentenced in Salmonella Outbreak Case]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:33:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Stewart+Parnell+Peanut+Exec+.jpg
A former peanut company executive has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in a nationwide salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine Americans and sickening hundreds more. A federal judge...

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<![CDATA[Investigation Into Mistakes in Ebola Outbreak]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 06:50:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_981128059916.jpg
The 2014 Ebola epidemic pitted a lethal virus against barely-there health systems, and it was always going to be deadly. But an Associated Press investigation has found that a string of avoidable errors...

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<![CDATA[3-D Printed Implant Supports Damaged Chest]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:41:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/3d-printed-sternum-illustration.jpg
A cancer patient recovered well from a surgery involving a 3-D printed titanium sternum and rib cage placed in his chest, according to a research organization in Australia. The Commonwealth Scientific...

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<![CDATA[FDA Fast Tracks Trial Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:52:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453480600.jpg
ZMapp, an experimental drug being tested against Ebola, has won fast-track status to get quicker Food and Drug Administration approval, NBC News reported. The drug, which made headlines when some high-profile...

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