<![CDATA[NBC New York - Health News - [NY Feature Page] Health]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/healthen-usThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:11:07 -0500Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:11:07 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Study Builds Case Linking Autism, Infections During Pregnancy]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:14:39 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/embarazo22588.jpg
Women with active genital herpes infections early in their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism than women who did not, according to a study released Wednesday. NBC News reported that the

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<![CDATA[Texas Can't Cut Planned Parenthood]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:59:28 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mv+planned+parenthood.jpg
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across...

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<![CDATA[Rise in Premiums Lays Bare 2 Americas on Health Care]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:58:35 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Website-AP_249581118509.jpg
Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage "Obamacare" offers provides protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue...

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<![CDATA[NIH Testing Mosquito Saliva Vaccine as Way to Fight Illness]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:28:22 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
Wanted: 60 people willing to be bitten by mosquitoes to test a new kind of vaccine — one that acts against the bugs' saliva. Rather than separate vaccines against Zika or other mosquito-borne diseases, the new...

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<![CDATA[Face Transplant Links Men Touched by Tragedy]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:31:54 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17045844162882-s.jpg
The first face transplant performed at Mayo Clinic is providing a man from Wyoming a second chance at a normal life after he was disfigured by a gunshot in a suicide attempt a decade ago.

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<![CDATA[NBC 4 New York & NY Giants Health & Fitness Expo]]>Thu, 07 May 2015 17:17:38 -0500http://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[Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals: AP]]>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:52:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17048604060654-shulkin.jpg
Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since...

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<![CDATA[Gore: Climate Change Poses Dangerous Health Consequences]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:16:56 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17047583778829-gore.jpg
Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday said more attention must be paid to the dangerous health consequences of climate change, and he called on scientists, health officials and health care providers to work...

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<![CDATA[China Carfentanil Ban a 'Game-Changer' in US Opioid Epidemic]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:10:40 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DEA-Badge-Generic.jpg
So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said...

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<![CDATA[Would You Let Someone Who's Not a Dentist Pull Your Teeth?]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:43:30 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17046749125354-dentist.jpg
Need a tooth pulled or a cavity filled? Forget the dentist. A number of states are allowing or considering letting "dental therapists," professionals with a lower level of training, do the job. In dozens...

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<![CDATA[Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:57:36 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5248112111.jpg
It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds. Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the...

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<![CDATA[South Florida Company Turns Cobra Venom Into Healing Treatment]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:42:41 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/021417+cobra+venom.jpg
When you think about Cobra venom eventual death comes to mind. A South Florida company is changing the perception of the deadly venom. Nutra Pharma Corp., a biotechnology company specializing in the acquisition,...

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<![CDATA[Sore Back? Try Heat and Exercise First, Guidelines Say]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:56:07 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/Back-Guy.jpg
Prescription drugs should only be a last resort as a treatment for lower back pain, a leading doctors' group said Monday. NBC News reported on the new guidance from the American College of Physicians,...

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<![CDATA[Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:50:03 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg
Aetna and Humana called off a $34 billion proposal to combine the two major health insurers after a federal judge, citing antitrust concerns, shot down the deal. The announcement Tuesday comes several days after...

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<![CDATA[Firstborns Get Intellectual Advantage Over Siblings: Study]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:04:28 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*122/GettyImages-73781080.jpg
Firstborn children are set up for more academic and intellectual success, according to a new study that delved into nearly 40 years of data. Today.com reported that firstborn babies and toddlers started scoring...

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<![CDATA[Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly for Men: Study]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:45:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462353044.jpg
Men are more likely to have a heart attack after a snowfall, probably from shoveling snow, according to Canadian researchers. NBC News reported that researchers found a slight increase in heart attacks...

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<![CDATA[Woman Praises 911 Dispatcher]]>Sun, 12 Feb 2017 06:29:37 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/258*120/170211-911-dispatcherJPG.JPG
A California woman shed tears of gratitude Saturday upon meeting in person the 911 dispatcher who'd helped save her husband's life. On Jan. 21, Carolyn Evans called 911. Her husband, 65-year-old Jeff Evans, had...

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<![CDATA[US Judge Blocks Anthem-Cigna Health Insurance Merger]]>Thu, 09 Feb 2017 04:17:29 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gavel-generic-stock.jpg
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp., saying the merger would likely lead to higher costs, less competition and diminished innovation. U.S.

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<![CDATA[Clinic Falsely Told Dozens They Had Alzheimer's, Suits Say ]]>Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:05:40 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17027638904199-sm.jpg
Dozens of patients from a now-closed memory loss clinic in Ohio say its director told them they had Alzheimer’s disease when they really didn’t. Records show the former director of the center in Toledo...

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<![CDATA[Kids Are Trying Potentially Harmful E-Cigarette Hack]]>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:25:07 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_34020085243.jpg
As many as a quarter of U.S. kids who are using e-cigarettes may be taking them apart and "dripping" — a method that gives them more vapor but a potentially higher hit of nicotine, researchers reported...

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<![CDATA[9.2 Million Signed Up for Obamacare in 2017]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:35:00 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Obacare.jpg
Facing higher premiums, less choice and a last-minute advertising pullback, fewer people signed up for coverage this year through HealthCare.gov, according to data from a preliminary government report...

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<![CDATA[Laundry Pod-Linked Eye Injuries Surged in Small Kids: Study]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:12:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453144893.jpg
Liquid laundry packets are responsible for a surge in eye injuries in young children, according to new medical research. The pods are already under scrutiny after thousands of incidents of kids mistaking...

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<![CDATA[Insurers Mull Exit From Exchanges or Price Hikes]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:52:51 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-AP_30213472209.jpg
The Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges have become too risky for major health insurers, and that's creating further doubt about coverage options consumers might have next year.

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<![CDATA[Repeal of Health Law Could Mean Women Pay More For Less]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:55:20 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/ACA.jpg
From a return to higher premiums based on gender, to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, experts say women could end up paying more for less if the Obama-era health care law is repealed. The...

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<![CDATA[Tackle Food Safety: Keep Your Food Safe on Game Day]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:38:06 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-02+at+2.25.05+PM.png
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a list of food safety tips for Super Bowl party hosts.]]>
<![CDATA[Science Could Soon Develop Eggs, Sperm From Skin Cells]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:46:46 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/170131-babies-mn-1600.jpg
The world is on the brink of another revolution thanks to an emerging technology called in vitro gametogenesis, or IVG, which would allow doctors to develop eggs and sperm from a surprising source: skin cells, NBC News reported. These reproductive cells could then be used to create fertilized embryos to be implanted into a woman's uterus (or, someday, an artificial womb). Researchers in Japan created viable eggs from the skin cells of adult female mice, which were then fertilized with naturally derived sperm from male mice. Using the same process in people isn't exactly feasible, so scientists need to find another way to turn primordial germ cells into mature eggs in vitro. "It's a technology that will come someday, but the question is when and whether it will be completely safe," says Zev Rosenwaks, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York.

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<![CDATA[Tuesday Night Is Deadline for Obamacare Coverage]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:21:19 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OBAMACARE_AP_16320806519240.jpg
Overnight Tuesday is the deadline to sign up for coverage under the federal health care law. Even if the ultimate fate of Obamacare is uncertain, there's been no change for this year. About 11.5 million people had enrolled as of Dec. 24. The deadline is midnight Pacific time in the 39 states served by HealthCare.gov, the government said. States with their own insurance websites may have different deadlines. Although premiums are up significantly this year, more than 8 in 10 customers get subsidies, and more than half qualify for extra help with deductibles and copays.

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<![CDATA[NJ Health Officials: Infant May Have Spread Measles]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:24:15 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/measles3.jpg
Health officials in New Jersey say that an infant with measles may have exposed people in Passaic County to the highly contagious disease.]]>
<![CDATA[Little Girls Doubt That Women Can Be Brilliant, Study Shows]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:02:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/education-nation169271319.jpg
Can women be brilliant? Little girls are not so sure. A study published Thursday in the journal Science suggests that girls as young as 6 can be led to believe men are inherently smarter and more talented than women, making girls less motivated to pursue novel activities or ambitious careers. That such stereotypes exist is hardly a surprise, but the findings show these biases can affect children at a very young age. "As a society, we associate a high level of intellectual ability with males more than females, and our research suggests that this association is picked up by children as young 6 and 7," said Andrei Cimpian, associate professor in the psychology department at New York University. Cimpian coauthored the study, which looked at 400 children ages 5-7.

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<![CDATA[NJ Becomes 1st State to Offer New Parents Free ‘Baby Boxes’]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:57:54 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/baby+box+new+jersey.jpg
New Jersey has become the first state where expectant parents can get a free "Baby Box" for their newborn. The Baby Box Co. announced the Baby Box University program on Thursday. The global integrated program looks to reduce Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS) and provide a safe start for newborns in the state by providing their parents with potentially life-saving boxes. The boxes, which are made from a durable cardboard, can be used as a baby's bed for the first months of life. Inside, the box contains diapers, wipes, and other goodies that are worth about $150.

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<![CDATA[Gore Revives Climate, Health Summit Canceled by CDC]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:21:46 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519674944.jpg
A conference on climate change and health is back on but apparently minus the U.S. government. Several organizers including former Vice President Al Gore have resurrected the meeting set for next month in Atlanta. The government's top public health agency had planned the conference then canceled it in December without explanation.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Take First Steps to Growing Human Organs in Pigs]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:12:13 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pig-embryo-research-salk-institute.jpg
Scientists have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals to transplant into people. The cells made up just a tiny part of each embryo, and the embryos were grown for only a few weeks, researchers reported Thursday. Such human-animal research has raised ethical concerns. The U.S. government suspended taxpayer funding of experiments in 2015. The new work, done in California and Spain, was paid for by private foundations.

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<![CDATA[How Far Can $15 Billion Go in Washington?]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:26:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617792078_master.jpg
If one believes the back-of-the-envelope estimates by Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump's border wall is going to cost between $12 billion and $15 billion. That's a lot of money, even though it's just a minute fraction of a $4 trillion federal budget. For comparison, here are a few examples of how far $15 billion of government funding can go.

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<![CDATA[House Passes Abortion Funding Ban Days After Women's March]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:36:24 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/my-body-my-choice.jpg
Days after millions of people marched nationwide to bring attention to women’s issues, the Trump administration and Congress have responded with actions against women's reproductive rights. On Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. House passed H.R. 7, anti-abortion legislation, voting 238-183. The bill proposes to permanently ban women from receiving federal financial assistance for abortions. While the bill does not ban abortions outright, it bans all government subsidies of abortions. This ban reaches beyond Medicaid to include private insurers that cover abortions through plans bought on exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[US Cancer Death Rate Dips, but Soars in Some Places: Study]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:29:54 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found. In parts of the country that are relatively poor, and have higher rates of obesity and smoking, cancer death rates rose nearly 50 percent, while wealthier pockets of the country saw death rates fall by nearly half. Better screening and treatment have contributed to the improvement in the nation as a whole — but the study underscores that not all Americans have benefited from these advances.

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<![CDATA[Police in Glendale, Calif., Give Dementia Patients Trackers]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:22:25 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knbc-dementia-tracking-device-project-lifesaver.jpg
Police in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale are hoping to reduce the time it takes to find missing people diagnosed with dementia by providing patients with tracking devices. The Glendale Police Department has partnered with the nonprofit group Project Lifesaver to provide tracking devices to families with members who suffer from cognitive issues such as Alzheimer's disease of autism, The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. If that relative wanders away, the device would allow authorities to find that person in minutes instead of hours.

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<![CDATA[US Health Officials Cancel Climate Conference]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:21:07 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/IceMeltingAP_4542707832.jpg
The government's top public health agency has canceled a conference next month on climate change and health but isn't saying why publicly. But a co-sponsor said he was told by the CDC that it was worried how the conference would be viewed by the Trump administration. The incoming administration did not ask or order that the meeting be canceled, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

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<![CDATA[GOP Obamacare Replacement Plan Would Grant States More Power]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:05:50 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/obamacare-que-pasara-thumbnail.jpg
Republican senators introduced a partial replacement to the Affordable Care Act on Monday that would let states keep some aspects of the Obamacare law while eliminating the mandate requiring citizens to carry health insurance. The measure is being billed as an "Obamacare replacement plan" aimed at empowering states and broadening health insurance access. The move comes days after President Donald Trump's issuance of an executive order directing the Health and Human Services Department to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay" any ACA requirement that would impose a fiscal burden. For now, however, the executive order that Trump signed Friday night has changed very little.

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<![CDATA[WHO on 'High-Alert' Over New Outbreaks of Bird Flu]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:31:49 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/influenza1.jpg
The World Health Organization is urging all countries to monitor avian influenza and to report any human cases that could indicate the beginning of a flu pandemic, Reuters reported. About 40 countries have reported new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry and wild birds since November, according to WHO. Several strains of bird flu have been spreading across Europe and Asia, resulting in large-scale poultry slaughters and some human deaths in China. Due to the rapid pace and expansive nature of these outbreaks, WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan said the organization is on "high alert." The WHO’s 194 member states are required to detect and report human cases promptly, Chan added: "We cannot afford to miss the early signals."

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<![CDATA[Fighting Winter Allergies]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:57:44 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WinterAllergies0120_MP4-148517587405100001.jpg
Many people believe that as the spring and fall seasons wrap up, so do their allergies, but that's not always the case once winter rolls around.]]>
<![CDATA[$12M Costco Pharmacy Settlement]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:41:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477000903.jpg
Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to settle Justice Department allegations of lax pharmacy controls over a four-year period. The Issaquah, Washington-based company acknowledges in the settlement announced Thursday that some of its pharmacies improperly filled prescriptions, kept poor records or failed to adequately track inventory between the start of 2012 and the end of 2015. The case grew out of separate investigations conducted by federal authorities in Washington, Michigan and California.

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<![CDATA[Judge Blocks Texas From Cutting Off Planned Parenthood]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:53:07 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lafile-west-hollywood-planned-parenthood.jpg
A federal judge has temporarily blocked Texas from ousting Planned Parenthood from the state's Medicaid program over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015.

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<![CDATA[1 in 4 US Men Have Cancer-Linked HPV Strain]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:44:32 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HPV-Virus-Image.jpg
The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers. Most human papillomavirus infections cause no symptoms and most disappear without treatment. And most adults will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives.

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<![CDATA[Mom, Toddler Daughter Fight Cancer at the Same Time]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:39:13 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cancerstrikesmomandtot.jpg
Heather Wilson received some bad news just five days before Christmas. The 31-year-old mother of three, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor six months earlier, learned that her 14-month-old daughter, London, also had cancer, the Today Show reported. Doctors found a yolk sac tumor in the area of London's ovaries. The two have been an inspiration as they bravely face the disease together, rallying friends and family to help ease the financial and emotional burden on the young mom from Covington, Georgia.

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<![CDATA[Caffeine May Help Fight Cardiovascular Disease: Study]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:50:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-472209108.jpg
Scientists used blood samples and studies medical and family history for people in their study. In this research, a connection was found between that inflammatory process and caffeine consumption.

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<![CDATA[18M Will Lose Health Insurance With ACA Repeal: Analysis]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:12:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/obaGettyImages-630310534.jpg
About 18 million people would lose or drop their health insurance in the first year after Obamacare is repealed, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday. The nonpartisan federal agency also found that health insurance premiums would spike another 20 to 25 percent, NBC News reported. Within 10 years, 32 million more people would be without health insurance, the CBO projects.

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<![CDATA[Abortions in US at Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade: Survey]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:06:56 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_558685885003-Abortion-Report.jpg
Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights. It is the only entity which strives to count all abortions in the U.S.; the latest federal survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lacks data from California, Maryland and New Hampshire. The total from 2014 represented a drop of 12.5 percent from Guttmacher's previous survey, which tallied 1.06 million abortions in 2011.

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<![CDATA[Soup Shipped to Whole Foods Stores Recalled]]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:46:20 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/whole+foods+recall.jpg
A Massachusetts company has recalled chicken soup sold to Whole Foods stores in the tri-state because the soups are mislabeled and contain known allergens, the USDA said.]]>
<![CDATA[The Pros and Cons of Marijuana Use]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:05:46 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_pot0112_1500x845.jpg
Marijuana use may help with chronic pain and nausea, but a new study says there are also negative consequences for young children and those at risk for certain mental illnesses. Experts from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reviewed all research on marijuana published since 1999 to find who should smoke and who shouldn't.]]>
<![CDATA[Ziploc Freezer Bags Help Premature Babies Stay Warm: Study]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:25:35 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NICU+Hypothermia+011117.jpg
Nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Health Fort Worth developed a program to keep fragile babies warmer. It has led to a decrease of very low birth weight babies being admitted to the NICU as hypothermic, and potentially increasing their chance of survival. Premature infants with admission temperatures below 96.8 degrees are at higher risk of mortality and some morbidities, including late-onset sepsis, intraventricular hemorrhage and oxygen toxicity.

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<![CDATA[CVS Puts Out Cheaper Generic Competitor to EpiPen]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:42:50 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers. The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600. CVS Health Corp., the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, says it cut the price of the generic version of Adrenaclick nearly in half. The lower price is now available at all CVS stores. The chain runs about 9,600 retail pharmacies in the United States, including several locations inside Target stores.

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<![CDATA[Trump Asks Vaccination Skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lead Vaccination Safety Commission]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:17:26 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trumpKennedy.jpg
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vocal vaccination skeptic, said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to "chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity" and that he has accepted. Both Trump and Kennedy have spread fringe theories linking vaccines to autism in children, an idea that medical experts overwhelmingly reject and have warned is endangering public health by discouraging parents from immunizing their kids. Trump has tweeted previously that he knew a child who developed autism after receiving immunizations, but he did not provide evidence for that claim. Scientists have debunked the link between vaccines and autism. But Kennedy, the son of the late U.S. attorney general, believes there is connection and has advocated for parents to be allowed to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Sweets Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:46:14 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/holiday+sweets+recall.jpg
Hostess Brands and Palmer Candy Company have recalled holiday-themed sweets over concern the desserts may be contaminated with the harmful Salmonella bacteria.

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<![CDATA[Flu Season Hits Hard Nationwide]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:47:44 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_flu0106_1500x845.jpg
Twelve states are reporting widespread flu activity as the United States slide into flu season at the start of the year. The Centers for Disease Control say flu activity is higher this season compared to last year.]]>
<![CDATA[Cancer Deaths Fell 25 Percent Since 1991]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:47:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-495314721-doctor.jpg
Fewer Americans are dying of cancer. The latest numbers from the American Cancer Society show a 25 percent drop in cancer deaths since 1991, the peak year for cancer deaths, NBC News reported. Cancer rates are holding fairly steady, but better screening and better treatments mean that people who get cancer are living longer, the American Cancer Society says in its annual report. And as fewer and fewer people smoke, cancer death rates follow. It projects that nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and 600,000 will die of it. "The continuing drops in the cancer death rate are a powerful sign of the potential we have to reduce cancer's deadly toll," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the group.

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<![CDATA[GOP House Panel: Halt Federal Money for Planned Parenthood]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:05:38 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Planned+Parenthood+NH.JPG
A Republican-run House panel created to investigate Planned Parenthood and the world of fetal tissue research has urged Congress to halt federal payments to the women's health organization. Democrats said the GOP probe had unearthed no wrongdoing and wasted taxpayers' money in an abusive investigation reminiscent of the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy. The Republican recommendation was included in the special committee's final report Wednesday and was no surprise. The GOP released the 471-page document just 16 days before Donald Trump becomes president, at the start of a year in which many Republicans hope Congress will finally cut off federal funds for the group.

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<![CDATA[Peanuts Early and Often]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:05:39 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Peanut-baby.jpg
Peanut allergies are a big problem for many kids and their families, but new guidelines published could help protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy. Feeding infants peanut butter when they are as young as four to six months old might prevent them from developing peanut allergies, according to research released from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It's a change from past recommendations, which urged parents to delay giving children foods containing peanuts in their first few years. Peanut allergies can cause hives, rashes, breathing problems, and in the most severe cases, can even be fatal. "It's old news, wrong old news, to wait," said Dr. Scott Sicherer, who represented the American Academy of Pediatrics on the guidelines panel.

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<![CDATA[The Best Diet to Fight Brain Shrinkage]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:28:07 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_diets0104_1500x845.jpg
What are the best diets to help prevent brain shrinkage? A new study shows specific diets that may help fight brain volume loss as we age, NBC News reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Police Investigating Accidental Poisoning That Killed 4 Kids]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:29:27 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/poisioning.jpg
A poisonous gas believed to have been released when someone tried to wash away a pesticide that had been sprayed under a Texas home killed four children and left six other people hospitalized, officials said Monday. Phosphine gas was likely released when water mixed with the pest control chemical, Amarillo fire officials said. A specific cause of death had not been released for the four children Monday afternoon. The other six people who were in the home are "not out of the woods yet," fire officials said.

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<![CDATA[Dieting Tips for a New Year]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:18:50 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/183*120/scale+generic+weight+generic.JPG
We make 'em, we break 'em. New Year's diet resolutions fall like needles on Christmas trees as January goes on. Genes can work against us. Metabolism, too. But a food behavior researcher has tested a bunch of little ways to tip the scale toward success. His advice: Put it on autopilot. Make small changes in the kitchen, at the grocery store and in restaurants to help you make good choices without thinking. "As much as we all want to believe that we're master and commander of all our food decisions, that's just not true for most of us,'' said the researcher, Brian Wansink.

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<![CDATA[Investigation Into Baby Exposed to Fentanyl]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:36:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Methuenhome.JPG
A 10-month-old baby stopped breathing twice after being exposed to the opioid fentanyl in Methuen, Massachusetts, over the weekend. Methuen police said they were called to a Treetop Way residence at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a baby who was not breathing. Upon arrival, emergency personnel immediately began treating the child before transporting her to Lawrence General Hospital, where she stopped breathing twice and had to be revived by hospital staff. The child was later flown to Tufts Medical Center in Boston via MedFlight helicopter and is currently in stable condition.

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<![CDATA[Prosecutor in Pa. Tackles Heroin Scourge That Claimed Son]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:33:41 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bruce17.jpg
The phone at Bruce Brandler's home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there, and he was in really bad shape. A suspected heroin overdose, the nurse said. Brandler didn't believe it. Erik had his problems, but heroin? It seemed impossible. Nearly 10 years later, the nation is gripped by a spiraling crisis of opioid and heroin abuse — and Brandler, a veteran federal prosecutor recently promoted to interim U.S. attorney, suddenly finds himself in a position to do something about the scourge that claimed his youngest son's life.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Twins Born in Different Years]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:34:51 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Sanchez+Twins.jpg
An Arlington family celebrated the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 in an unusual way, with the birth of twin boys in two different years. Medical City Arlington says Cassandra Martinez was due to deliver her third and fourth babies on Jan. 20, but they came early. J'aiden Alexander Sanchez was the first to arrive at 11:46 p.m. on Dec. 31 while Jordan Xavier Sanchez arrived at 12:12 a.m. on New Year's Day, making him the first baby born at Medical City Arlington in 2017.

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<![CDATA[Q&A: How GOP Could Repeal Health Care Law]]>Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:30:30 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OBAMACARE_AP_16320806519240.jpg
The stakes confronting Republicans determined to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law were evident in one recent encounter between an Ohio congressman and a constituent. "He said, 'Now you guys own it. Now fix it. It's on your watch now,'" recalled GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi, chairman of a pivotal health subcommittee. "And this is a supporter." Republicans have unanimously opposed Obama's law since Democrats muscled it through Congress in 2010. They've tried derailing it scores of times but have failed, stymied by internal divisions and Obama's veto power. With the Republicans controlling Congress and Donald Trump entering the White House on Jan. 20, their mantra of repeal and replace is now a top-tier goal that the party's voters fully expect them to achieve — starting this week.

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<![CDATA[Following Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:33:01 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/175153230-tom-price-paul-ryan.jpg
When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years — overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans. Any changes to the $500 billion-plus program hold enormous consequences not only for recipients but also for the states, which share in the cost. Trump initially said during the presidential campaign that he would not cut Medicaid, but later expressed support for an idea pushed for years by Republicans in Congress — sending a fixed amount of money each year to the states in the form of block grants. Backers say such a change in the Medicaid formula is one of the best ways to rein in spending, but critics say big cuts would follow.

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<![CDATA[Single Shot From Doctor May Be Future of HIV Prevention]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:34:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/200429890-001.jpg
The Truvada pill is taken daily to prevent HIV and has been touted as a miracle drug responsible for lowering rates of the virus across the United States. But soon, the daily pill may be overshadowed by an even simpler method — a single flu shot-like injection at the doctor's office, once every two months, NBC News reported. The National Institutes of Health announced last week that it was entering the first-ever global clinical trial of an injectable HIV-prevention drug called cabotegravir. The trial is taking place in eight countries across three world regions — the Americas, Africa and Asia — and researchers are enrolling 4,500 gay and bisexual men along with transgender women, pulling from groups with the highest rates of new infections. "The annual number of new HIV infections among young people, especially young men who have sex with men and transgender women who have sex with men, has been on the rise despite nearly flat HIV incidence among adults worldwide," said Raphael J. Landovitz, the protocol chair for the study.

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<![CDATA[Minnesota Beats Rest of Country to Banning Germ-Killer]]>Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:43:45 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/triclosan.jpg
Minnesota's first-in-the nation ban on soaps containing the once ubiquitous germ-killer triclosan takes effect Jan. 1, but the people who spearheaded the law say it's already having its desired effect on a national level. The federal government caught up to Minnesota's 2014 decision with its own ban that takes effect in September 2017. Major manufacturers have largely phased out the chemical already, with some products being marketed as triclosan-free. And it's an example of how changes can start at a local level. "I wanted it to change the national situation with triclosan and it certainly has contributed to that,'' said state Sen. John Marty, an author of Minnesota's ban.

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<![CDATA[Hey, Wait a Minute: Don't Cut Newborns' Cords Too Fast]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:40:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pregnant-woman.jpg
Don't cut that umbilical cord too soon: A brief pause after birth could benefit most newborns by delivering them a surge of oxygen-rich blood. New recommendations for U.S. obstetricians, the latest in a debate over how quick to snip, suggest waiting "at least 30 seconds to 60 seconds after birth," for all healthy newborns. That's double what often happens now. It's common in the U.S. for doctors to cut the cord almost immediately, within 15 to 20 seconds of birth, unless the baby is premature. Cutting the cord is a memorable moment in the delivery room, and Wednesday's advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists won't interfere if dads want to help.

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Stricken 'Jeopardy!' Player Wins $103K Before Death]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:20:33 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CindyStowell-sm.jpg
A woman who died of cancer just days before her appearance on "Jeopardy!" aired won six contests in a row and more than $103,000, some of which she donated to cancer research. Cindy Stowell's run ended when she finished second in her seventh appearance that aired Wednesday. The 41-year-old Texas woman taped the episodes in August and September while battling Stage 4 colon cancer. She died Dec. 5. "Jeopardy!" says Stowell was sent advance copies of her first three episodes and watched them in the hospital. The show says it also expedited Stowell her prize money. The Cancer Research Institute says Stowell donated some of the winnings to the nonprofit.

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<![CDATA[Catching Up With the Boy Who Had a Double Hand Transplant]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:52:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handAP_16236722740436.jpg
Just two years ago, Zion Harvey thought he'd never throw a baseball again. The young boy had lost both his hands and legs after suffering an infection when he was a toddler. Today, a year and a half after he became the world's first child to have a double hand transplant, he says he's a new person. NBC News has followed Zion's story each step of the way from his surgery to recovery. All the grueling therapy has paid off, his mother Pattie told NBC News. It has been a whirlwind year in the spotlight for 9-year-old Zion. Support has poured in from all corners.

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<![CDATA[About 70 Employees Get Sick After NM Health Department Party]]>Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:06:29 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DOC_GettyImages-539738467.jpg
The New Mexico Department of Health said dozens of its employees became sick after its holiday party. The New Mexican reports that about 70 staff members said they had gastrointestinal issues after the luncheon last week. A spokesman said more than 200 employees attended the catered luncheon at the Harold Runnels Building in Santa Fe. Health Secretary Lynn Gallgher said Monday that investigators have not identified a specific contaminated food.

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<![CDATA[Female Doctors Outperform Male Counterparts: Study]]>Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:38:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-125767555-Doctor-needle.jpg
Patients treated by women doctors are less likely to die of what ails them and less likely to have to return for more treatment, researchers reported Monday. Yet, as NBC News reports, women doctors on average are paid less than their male counterparts and are less likely to be promoted. According to one study, white male doctors were found to earn an average $250,000 a year, while white female doctors earned an average $163,000 a year.

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<![CDATA[Family of 1st Puerto Rico Baby With Zika Defect Struggles]]>Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:58:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16353514291200-zikathmb.jpg
Michelle Flandez had just given birth to her first son, but doctors in this U.S. territory whisked him away before she could see him. Perplexed, she demanded him back and then slowly unwrapped the blanket that covered him. "My husband and I looked at each other," she recalled. "No one had warned us. No one had given us the opportunity to decide what to do." It was mid-October, and in her arms lay what health officials announced as the first known baby born in Puerto Rico with a rare birth defect that has been linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Those with microcephaly have abnormally small heads and often suffer impeded brain growth and other problems.

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<![CDATA[US Drug Overdose Deaths Jump 33% in Past 5 Years]]>Sat, 17 Dec 2016 05:17:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg
Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33 percent in the past five years across the country, with some states seeing jumps of nearly 200 percent. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 states saw increases in overdose deaths resulting from the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. New Hampshire saw a 191 percent increase while North Dakota, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine had death rates jump by over 100 percent.

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<![CDATA[Mylan to Offer Generic EpiPen for $300 Next Week]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:15:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen-generics.jpg
Mylan is about to start selling a generic version of its EpiPen injector for $300 per two-pack, under half the cost of the name-brand lifesaving drug, the pharmaceutical company announced Friday. The move comes after 20 state attorneys general launched a federal lawsuit alleging that Mylan and five other generic drug-makers artificially inflated and manipulated prices to reduce competition for an antibiotic and oral diabetes medication. Mylan has been offering EpiPen, an emergency allergy treatment, for about $608, up more than 500 percent nine years ago, according to the Elsevier Clinical Solutions' Gold Standard Drug Database. The company came under fire this summer for those price hikes, leading to a congressional inquiry. The $300 cost of the new generic EpiPen two-pack is wholesale for Mylan. It works the same way as EpiPen, the company said, and will arrive in pharmacies next week.

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<![CDATA[Deadline Extended to Sign Up for Obamacare]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:25:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-AP_30213472209.jpg
The Obama administration is giving consumers a few extra days to sign up on HealthCare.gov in time for health insurance coverage to take effect Jan. 1. The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, Dec. 19, says Kevin Counihan, CEO of the federal health insurance markets. The unexpected extension was announced after close of business Thursday. Counihan said it's due to strong interest.

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<![CDATA[Engineered Pink Pineapple Safe to Sell: FDA]]>Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:31:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503869977.jpg
A strain of pineapple genetically engineered to be pink instead of yellow got the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. The pink pineapple, made by Del Monte Fresh Produce, simply has some genes toned down to keep the flesh of the fruit pinker and sweeter, the FDA said. "(Del Monte's) new pineapple has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed." The pineapple will be grown in Costa Rica. The company will label it "extra sweet pink flesh pineapple."

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<![CDATA[Huff, Puff and Explode: E-cigarette Fires, Injuries on Rise]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:48:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ecigarette+woman+smoking.jpg
Katrina Williams wanted a safer alternative to smoking, and e-cigarettes seemed to be the answer until the day one exploded in her pocket as she drove home from a beauty salon. "It was like a firecracker" as it seared third-degree burns in her leg, blasted through her charred pants and stuck in the dashboard, the New Yorker said. That was in April. Williams, a freight manager, said she still hasn't returned to work. "It was very disturbing." Similar painful accidents have been recorded with increasing frequency over the past year as use of e-cigarettes has climbed, with faulty batteries seen as the suspected culprit. The industry maintains e-cigarettes are safe when used properly.

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<![CDATA[Where You Live Determines What Kills You]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:08:58 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-515791525.jpg
A new analysis by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a county-by-county breakdown of what kills people in the U.S., NBC News reported. Drug overdoses shot up 1,000 percent since 1980 in counties in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, western Pennsylvania and east-central Missouri. Diabetes-related deaths are more prevalent in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Suicides and homicides were most prevalent in the western states. Meanwhile, heart disease, is particularly high in the southeast of the United States, blamed on poor diet, a lack of exercise and less access to good medical care. "We found huge variation in all the leading causes of death," said Dr. Christopher Murray at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Seattle.

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<![CDATA[Fewer Teens Drink or Use Illegal Drugs Now]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:51:35 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-AB68607.jpg
Fewer American teenagers are using illegal drugs or drinking alcohol, researchers said. Rates are at a record low for eighth-graders, the team at the University of Michigan and the National Institutes of Health found, but there's a troubling increase in marijuana use among older teens in some states, NBC News reported. The survey of 45,473 students in eighth, 10th and 12th grade at 372 public and private schools found 48 percent of 12th graders admit to having used a drug illegally in the past year, compared to 49 percent in 2015 and 54 percent in 2000. About a third of 10th graders have used any illicit drug and 17 percent of eighth graders have.

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<![CDATA[Obama Signs Bill Boosting Spending on Cancer Research]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:38:06 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629519988.jpg
On a "bittersweet day" that brought back memories of loved ones lost, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse. Obama signed the bill Tuesday at a ceremony on the White House campus flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and key lawmakers from both parties. The 55-year-old president recounted that his own mother did not even reach his age, dying of cancer in her early 50s.

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<![CDATA[Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:04:17 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obama_Biden_21st_Century_Cures_act_1200x675_832199235608.jpg
The 21st Century Cures Act increases funding for medical research and hopes to speed approval of experimental treatments.

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<![CDATA[Oklahoma May Require Restroom Signs in Anti-Abortion Effort]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:50:46 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AJ-griffin-oklahoma.jpg
Oklahoma plans to force hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools to post signs inside public restrooms directing pregnant women where to receive services as part of an effort to reduce abortions in the state. The State Board of Health will consider regulations for the signs on Tuesday. Businesses and other organizations will have to pay an estimated $2.3 million to put up the signs because the Legislature didn't approve any money for them.

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<![CDATA[NJ Clinical Lab Hack Exposes Personal Health Info of 34,000]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:34:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Quest+Diagnostics_21789268.jpg
Quest Diagnostics announced Monday that it is investigating an unauthorized third-party intrusion into an internet application on its network. In a statement released Monday, the company said the data accessed by the third party "included names, dates of birth, lab results and, in some instances, phone numbers."]]>
<![CDATA[97-Year-Old Still Running Strong]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:14:35 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_97yo1212_1920x1080.jpg
World War II veteran Albert Booth is still running marathons at age 97 and has no plans of slowing down.

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<![CDATA[Bill Murray, President Obama Talk Cubs, Sox at White House]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:49:43 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/murray+obama.png
A Cubs fan and a Sox fan walk into the Oval Office… to talk about health care?

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<![CDATA[Washington is First State to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Pollution]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:08:58 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/washington-pcb-suit.jpg
Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company said the case "lacks merit." Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit at a news conference in downtown Seattle Thursday, saying they expect to win hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars from the company.

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<![CDATA[Coke Wants in on 'Foodie' Culture]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:20:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/coke-instagram.jpg
What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to think of soda. Coca-Cola is trying to sell more of its flagship beverage by suggesting the cola can accompany a wide range of meals, rather than just the fast food and pizza with which it's a mainstay. It's why a recent TV ad featured a young couple grabbling mini-Cokes while making paella, and why food bloggers were paid to post photos on Instagram of various dishes, paired specifically with glass bottles of Coke that might appeal to the aesthetic of "foodie" culture. One photo showed a bowl of chicken chili with the soda. "The ultimate combination of two of my very favorites!" wrote the blogger, who has more than 53,000 followers. The caption disclosed that the post, which got about 430 "likes," was a sponsored ad. Although Coke has often been marketed as a good companion for food, the company is trying to make sure it isn't left behind as American tastes evolve and people move away from traditional sodas. The world's biggest beverage maker is particularly trying to update the drink's image among people in their 20s and 30s who may associate soda mainly with places like McDonald's and Domino's.

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<![CDATA[Life Expectancy Drops for Americans, Rates and Causes Climb]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:18:10 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/er-sign.jpg
A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health campaigns and better nutrition and education. But last year it slipped, an exceedingly rare event in a year that did not include a major disease outbreak. Other one-year declines occurred in 1993, when the nation was in the throes of the AIDS epidemic, and 1980, the result of an especially nasty flu season.

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<![CDATA[Drug Overdoses Kill Record Number of Americans in 2015]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:19:34 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/heroin-needle.jpg
More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data released Thursday. Deaths from synthetic opioids, including illicit fentanyl, rose 73 percent to 9,580. And prescription painkillers took the highest toll, but posted the smallest increase. Abuse of drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin killed 17,536, an increase of 4 percent.

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<![CDATA[Conjoined Twins Separated After 17-Hour Surgery in California]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:47:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/EvaErika.jpg
Erika and Eva Sandoval will be able to share the uncanny connection twins are said to have, but a grueling 17-hour surgery has ensured that they can soon do that safely. The 2-year-old twins from Antelope, California, were born conjoined, but as of Wednesday were separated by surgeons at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The surgery began on Tuesday and lasted through early Wednesday, hospital officials said. The girls are in stable condition, hospital officials said Thursday, although they remain in the intensive care unit. Erika and Eva's mother, Aida Sandoval, was overcome with emotion as she spoke to reporters Thursday afternoon. In Spanish, she said that her first words upon seeing the girls emerge from their respective operating rooms were, "You're missing your other part, my daughter. Where is your sister?"

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<![CDATA[Bristol-Meyers Squibb to Pay $19.5M Over Abilify Marketing]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:28:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_050615026049.jpg
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. will pay $19.5 million to settle allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses and misled doctors about its dangers, it was announced Thursday. California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the settlement of a state business code violations lawsuit on the same day that the final agreement was received by a San Diego court.

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<![CDATA[Teen Vaping Is Public Health Threat, Surgeon General Says ]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:13:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/vapes+3.PNG
The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth. In a report being released Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research into the health effects of "vaping," but said e-cigarettes aren't harmless and too many teens are using them. "My concern is e-cigarettes have the potential to create a whole new generation of kids who are addicted to nicotine," Murthy told The Associated Press. "If that leads to the use of other tobacco-related products, then we are going to be moving backward instead of forward." Battery-powered e-cigarettes turn liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor without the harmful tar generated by regular cigarettes. Vaping was first pushed as safer for current smokers. There's no scientific consensus on the risks or advantages of vaping, including how it affects the likelihood of someone either picking up regular tobacco products or kicking the habit.

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Fined $100M for Epilepsy Drug Price Hike in UK]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:33:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PfizerLogo-GettyImages-524975736%281%29.jpg
British regulators fined U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and distributor Flynn Pharma a record 89.4 million pounds ($112.7 million) Wednesday for increasing the cost of an epilepsy drug by as much as 2,600 percent. Pfizer and Flynn Pharma charged "excessive and unfair prices" for the drug used by 48,000 people in Britain, the Competition and Markets Authority said. Pfizer was fined 84.2 million pounds and Flynn Pharma 5.2 million pounds.

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<![CDATA[Grooming Linked to Increased Risk of STIs: Study]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:46:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/disposablerazorfeuerherd.jpg
Grooming pubic hair may be linked to an increased risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, according to a new study. The results did show participants who trimmed or shaved their pubic hair had a higher rate of contracting an STI, but did not prove a direct correlation between the two. Participants who regularly groomed their pubic hair were 80 percent more likely to report contracting an STI than those who never groomed, according to the study.

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<![CDATA[Biden Emotional at Cancer Funding Bill Partly Named for Son]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:34:15 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16341007670452.jpg
A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden. The overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the measure, one of the last for the president and the 114th Congress, whose leaders hope to adjourn by week's end after a two-year session that has seen them clash frequently with the president. The bill envisions providing $6.3 billion over the next decade, including $1.8 billion for cancer research. Obama had placed Biden in charge of a "moonshot" to find ways to cure and treat the disease, which killed his son Beau, 46, last year. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sought approval for renaming a portion of the bill after Beau Biden. The Senate agreed, and lawmakers of both parties applauded and lined up to share quiet words and pats on the shoulder with the vice president, who sat teary-eyed in the presiding officer's chair of the chamber where he served as senator for 36 years. A clerk handed Biden a tissue.

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<![CDATA[Texas Book Links Cancer, Abortion]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:03:55 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/doctor+medical+generic.jpg
A Texas state agency has released a new edition of a booklet for women considering an abortion that suggests there may be a link between terminating pregnancies and increased risks of breast cancer and depression. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued the new edition of "A Woman's Right to Know" on Monday.

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<![CDATA[1.9 Million Pounds of Ready-to-Eat Chicken Recalled]]>Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:25:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/RECALLED+CHICKEN.jpg
Nearly two million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products have been recalled due to concerns over bacteria, the USDA said Sunday.]]>
<![CDATA[In 2015, Health Spending Surges in the U.S. ]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:00:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/170*120/AP_16320836144895-doctor.jpg
In 2015, Americans spent $3.2 trillion on medical expenses, up by 5.8 percent since 2014, NBC News reported. Experts say there are also indications that health spending increased because people sought medical treatment for diseases they previously ignored because of lack of resources, according to a report released Friday by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Spending on prescription drugs also surged last year, with a nine percent increase since 2014. "Recent rapid growth was due to increased spending for new medicines (particularly for specialty drugs such as those used to treat hepatitis C), price growth in existing brand-name drugs, increased spending on generics, and a decrease in the number of expensive blockbuster drugs whose patents expired," the CMS report read.

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<![CDATA[Shkreli Belittles Students Who Recreated His $750 Drug]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:56:52 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/shkreli.jpg
Martin Shkreli, the infamous former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who hiked the price on a drug used by HIV patients from $13.50 to $750, is making news again. This time belittling a group of Australian students who replicated the active ingredient in his anti-parasitic medication for just $20.

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<![CDATA[World AIDS Day 2016: Activists Urge Testing, Education]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:52:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_405806892642.jpg
Dec. 1 marks World AIDS Day. It's a time to remember over 35 million people who have died from the disease since the early-1980s. It's also a chance for health organizations and charities to raise awareness about testing and treatment. In the United Kingdom, activists are spreading the message that HIV stigma is “not retro, just wrong.” The U.S. World AIDS Day theme for 2016 is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact,” and the United Nations launched “Hands up for #HIVprevention,” awareness campaign, emphasizing the importance of protecting at-risk demographics like young women and girls. Across the globe, approximately 34 million people suffer from HIV/AIDS, including more than 1.2 million who live in the United States. A red ribbon is a universal symbol of support and solidarity for those living with HIV or AIDS. Here's how organizations are raising awareness and money to help combat AIDS.

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<![CDATA['Magic Mushrooms' May Ease Anxiety, Depression: NYU Study]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:26:44 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hallucinogenic+mushrooms.jpg
The psychedelic drug in "magic mushrooms" can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that may last for months, two small studies show.

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<![CDATA[Texas Has Its First Local Zika Case]]>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:22:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
Texas on Monday reported its first case of Zika virus that likely came from a mosquito bite within the state. Health officials say that the woman who was infected in Texas is a resident of Brownsville, located on the border the state shares with Mexico. But health officials said she reported no recent travel to Mexico or any other country with ongoing Zika outbreaks.

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<![CDATA[Millions May Be Misdiagnosed as Allergic to Penicillin]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:41:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pennicillin.jpg
Some 90 percent of those diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can actually tolerate the antibiotics, according to a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. In a finding that many doctors may not be aware of, an estimated 25 to 50 million Americans who may have been told they had the allergy could have been initially misdiagnosed or grown out of it, NBC News reported. The solution for many is a simple two-step test, followed, as needed, by a low-dose oral penicillin, taken under a doctor's observation. "The whole process takes about three hours and then we can say they're free to take penicillin in the future," said Dr. Elizabeth Phillips, a professor at Vanderbilt University.

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<![CDATA[Disfigured Boy Gets Surgery]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:21:22 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/ChimpAttack.jpg
A Congolese boy who was severely disfigured in a chimpanzee attack is marveling doctors with his resiliency a year after he was brought to New York to undergo reconstructive surgery. Nine-year-old Dunia Sibomana was the lone survivor three years ago when chimpanzees attacked him and two playmates near a preserve in Congo. His 4-year-old brother and a young cousin died. Dunia's face was left a frightening mask. His lips were ripped off, his cheek was torn apart and he was left with muscle damage that made it hard to swallow or communicate. In January, Dunia underwent a rare surgery at a Long Island hospital that involved grafting tissue and muscle from his forearm to recreate his lips. He still has a lot of healing ahead of him, but nearly a year later, Dunia is thriving with a host family in Brooklyn.

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<![CDATA[US Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Decades: CDC]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:03:14 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-483023072-PP.jpg
The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday. The latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incorporating data from 47 states, said the abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. That is down 5 percent from 2012, and is half the rate of 25 recorded in 1980. The last time the CDC recorded a lower abortion rate was in 1971, two years before the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that established a nationwide right for women to have abortions.

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<![CDATA[Zika-Caused Birth Defect May Become Clear Only After Birth]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:11:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_AP_16284531484792.jpg
Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage to developing babies. The findings come from a study of 13 Brazilian babies whose heads all appeared normal at birth but then grew much more slowly than normal.

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defect May Appear Months After Birth: CDC]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:24:52 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zika-2sm.jpg
Babies whose mothers are infected with the Zika virus may develop small heads months after birth, meaning the birth defect may still affect infants who don't immediately present with it, according to new research from the CDC. Zika-related brain abnormalities can also be found in babies who don't immediately present with smaller heads, a condition known as microcephaly, according to findings from the study, published Tuesday and conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the United States and Brazil Researchers studied 13 Brazilian babies whose heads all appeared normal at birth but grew much more slowly than normal. Among the infants, 11 later developed microcephaly, which was accompanied by significant neurologic complications.

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<![CDATA[Heinz Voluntarily Recalls Pork Gravy After Labeling Issue]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:57:20 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gravy-sm-1.jpg
Heinz is voluntarily recalling about 500 cases of its HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy because some jars have been mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy without mentioning it contains milk and soy. The labeling issue could present a health risk for people with allergies or sensitivity to milk or soy who consume the gravy. There have been no consumer reports of illness related to this product, according to the FDA recall notice. Recalled jars can be identified with UPC 013000798907. They wre distributed to retailers across the United States.

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<![CDATA[Dementia Rates Might Be Declining, New Study Finds]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:40:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_460730682850-Alzheimers-poster.jpg
Rates of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia appear to have fallen considerably since 2000, and better education may be partly responsible, researchers reported Monday. Better treatment for diabetes and cardiovascular disease may also be helping, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, NBC News reported. Dr. Kenneth Langa of the University of Michigan and colleagues studied records from 21,000 people with an average age of 75. Their study showed the rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in adults aged 65 and up dropped to about 9 percent in 2012 from nearly 12 percent in 2000, continuing a decline noted in earlier research.

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<![CDATA[Sabra Recalls Hummus Products Over Listeria Concerns]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:31:20 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sabra-hummus.jpg
Sabra Dipping Company has issued a voluntary recall for a variety of its hummus products after Listeria monocytogenes was found at the Colonial Heights, Virginia-based company's manufacturing facility. The recall affects hummus products that were made before Nov. 8, 2016, and sold across the United States and Canada at supermarkets and other stores. Listeria monocytogenes was not found in tested finished product. Sabra said Saturday that its recall was issued out of an abundance of caution.

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<![CDATA[Zika No Longer Emergency, Still 'Enduring' Threat: WHO]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:57:22 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mosquitoeszika.jpg
Acknowledging Zika is "here to stay," the United Nations health agency on Friday lifted a 9-month-old emergency declaration and prepared for a longer-term response to the mosquito-borne virus that can result in severe neurological defects in newborns whose mothers were infected. WHO officials were quick to note that the move does not mean the agency is downgrading the threat of the virus that has spread across Latin America, the Caribbean and elsewhere. Nearly 30 countries have reported birth defects linked to Zika, with 2,100 cases of nervous-system malformations reported in Brazil alone. The officials also emphasized that the now-lifted "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" was declared in February, when Zika clusters were appearing and a sharp increase in research was needed.

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<![CDATA[Insulin Prices Double Since 2012]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:15:30 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Insulin_Prices_Increase.jpg
Increases in insulin prices and a lack of generic options are forcing diabetic Americans to cut back on prescribed doses to stretch out their medication.

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<![CDATA['Addiction Is Not a Character Flaw': Surgeon General Report]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:15:20 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/murthyAP_968035797730.jpg
In what may be his last significant act as President Barack Obama's surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy released a report Thursday calling for a major cultural shift in the way Americans view drug and alcohol addiction. The report, "Facing Addiction in America," details the toll addiction takes on the nation — 78 people die each day from an opioid overdose; 20 million have a substance use disorder — and explains how brain science offers hope for recovery. While its findings have been reported elsewhere, including by other federal agencies, the report seeks to inspire action and sway public opinion in the style of the 1964 surgeon general's landmark report on smoking. With President-elect Donald Trump taking office, it's uncertain whether access to addiction treatment will improve or deteriorate. Trump and the Republican-led Congress are pledging to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which made addiction treatment an essential health benefit.

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<![CDATA[Major Grated Cheese Brands Hit by Nationwide Recall]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:19:30 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cento+4c+cheese+recall.jpg
Fears of salmonella contamination have led to the recall of major grated cheese brands nationwide.]]>
<![CDATA[Food Advocates Fear Trump Could Scrap Healthy School Lunches]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:34:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16319797568195trump-food.jpg
Will President-elect Donald Trump remake school lunches into his fast-food favorites of burgers and fried chicken? Children grumbling about healthier school meal rules championed by first lady Michelle Obama may have reason to cheer Trump's election as the billionaire businessman is a proud patron of Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald's while promising to curb federal regulations. The Obama administration has made healthier, safer and better labeled food a priority in the last eight years, significantly raising the profile of food policy and sometimes drawing the ire of Republicans, farmers and the food industry. The first lady made reducing childhood obesity one of her signature issues through her "Let's Move" campaign.

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<![CDATA[US Prisons Fight Opioids With Injections ]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:26:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/194*120/Opioids2.jpeg
U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released, but skeptics question its effectiveness and say the manufacturer has aggressively marketed an unproven drug to corrections officials. A single shot of Vivitrol, given in the buttocks, lasts for four weeks and eliminates the need for the daily doses common with alternatives such as methadone. But each shot costs as much as $1,000, and because the drug has a limited track record, experts do not agree on how well it works. Proponents say Vivitrol could save money compared with the cost of locking up a drug offender — about $25,000 a year for each inmate at the Sheridan Correctional Center, 70 miles southwest of Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Women Anxious About Future of Contraception Under Trump]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:59:10 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-566440215.jpg
More women are asking Planned Parenthood workers about access to birth control and other health care since Donald Trump was elected president, according to the organization's chief medical officer. Some women have taken to social media to discuss their concerns about the prospect of affordable access to women’s health care diminishing, with one long-lasting form of birth control called an IUD apparently attracting extra attention. Trump has promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as one of his first acts in office, which could mean the end of free, FDA-approved contraception, including birth control pills, diaphragms, IUDs and emergency contraception like Plan B.

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<![CDATA[Still Fighting: Vietnam Vets Seek Help for Rare Cancer]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:15:38 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/VIETNAM_AP_16308712369800.jpg
They were the lucky ones who managed to make it home from Vietnam. Now, a half-century later, some veterans are finding out they, too, are victims of the war. The enemy is a known killer in parts of Asia: Parasites ingested in raw or poorly cooked river fish. These liver flukes attach to the lining of the bile duct and, over time, cause inflammation and scarring. Decades after infection, a rare cancer called cholangiocarcinoma can develop. Symptoms typically do not occur until advanced stages.

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<![CDATA[Baby Powder Lawsuit: Woman Awarded More Than $70M]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:58:55 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Powder-GettyImages-119270124.jpg
A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about the health ramifications of extended talcum powder use. The jury ruling ended the trial that began Sept. 26 in the case brought by Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. The suit accused Johnson & Johnson of "negligent conduct" in making and marketing its baby powder. "We are pleased the jury did the right thing. They once again reaffirmed the need for Johnson & Johnson to warn the public of the ovarian cancer risk associated with its product," Jim Onder, an attorney for the plaintiff, told The Associated Press.

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<![CDATA[Children With 3-Way DNA Are Healthy: Study]]>Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:31:49 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16299728950958-dna.jpg
More than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor. Now researchers have checked up on how the babies are doing as teenagers. The preliminary verdict: The kids are all right. With no sign of unusual health problems and excellent grades in school at ages 13 to 18, these children are "doing well," said embryologist Jacques Cohen of the Institute for Reproductive Medicine & Science at Saint Barnabas in Livingston, New Jersey, where the treatment was done.

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<![CDATA[Experts Hope Mosquito-Borne Bacteria Can Beat Zika Virus]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:05:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mosquitoeszika.jpg
Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading the Zika virus and other dangerous diseases. British and American governments are teaming up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust to expand field tests in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the city of Bello in northwest Colombia, philanthropist Bill Gates told a conference Wednesday. The tests revolve around the Wolbachia genus of bacteria, which has been shown to hamper the spread of viruses when it's carried by mosquitoes.

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<![CDATA[FDA Steps Up Warnings About Testosterone Use]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:38:50 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16159721727583-fda-generic.jpg
The FDA announced Tuesday that it is increasing warnings against testosterone and other steroids, NBC News reported. In addition to existing concerns about personality changes and other health issues, the drugs can be easily abused, according to the FDA. "Reported serious adverse outcomes include heart attack, heart failure, stroke, depression, hostility, aggression, liver toxicity and male infertility," the FDA said in a statement. "Individuals abusing high doses of testosterone have also reported withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, decreased libido and insomnia." Testosterone, which is used to fight the effects of aging, has been heavily criticized by the FDA. It is currently a $2 billion industry with men purchasing gels, pills and injections.

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Sales Fall Again as It Tries to Win Back Customers]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:15:09 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Chipotle-GettyImages-509063322.jpg
Chipotle is still struggling to bring back customers to its restaurants after a food safety scare last year. The burrito chain said Tuesday that sales fell 21.9 percent at established restaurants during the third quarter, worse than the 18.3 percent drop Wall Street analysts expected, according to FactSet. It's the fourth straight quarter of sales declines for the company after an E. coli outbreak last year sickened some customers.

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<![CDATA[Babies Should Sleep in Same Room as Parents: Pediatricians]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:22:12 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents' bedroom at night for six months to a year to reduce the risk of sleep-related death. The new recommendations say babies should sleep on a separate surface, in a crib or bassinet, and never on something soft. The guidelines say babies should sleep in the same room as their parents, preferably until they're a year old. The nation's most influential pediatricians' group says it updated its safe-sleep guidance because of studies suggesting that room-sharing reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by as much as 50 percent.

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<![CDATA[1 in 4 US Cancer Deaths Linked to Smoking]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:37:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/108938428e.jpg
Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict. The American Cancer Society study found the highest rate among men in Arkansas, where 40 percent of cancer deaths were linked to cigarette smoking. Kentucky had the highest rate among women — 29 percent. The lowest rates were in Utah, where 22 percent of cancer deaths in men and 11 percent in women were linked with smoking.

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<![CDATA[Infants, Parents Should Share Room: New Guidelines]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:35:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated guidelines for new parents on infant sleep safety. Experts say room sharing could reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half and recommend babies sleep in a crib or bassinet in the parent's bedroom for at least the first six months and up to age 1.]]>
<![CDATA[Pediatrics Group Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:32:41 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-135280995.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for parents with infants and young children in regard to screen usage. Children under 18 months should avoid screens, with the exception of video-chatting. Children between 18 months and 24 months should only be introduced to digital media that is high-quality, according to AAP recommendations, and parents should watch it with their children in order to help them process what they’re seeing.

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<![CDATA[New Advice: Parents Should Share Screentime with Kids]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:46:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_mediakids1020_1920x1080.jpg
Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun. Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids' media usage represents a shift to making moms and dads "media mentors." Previously the influential group of pediatricians suggested no media before age 2. Now they say there's evidence toddlers as young as 18 months could learn and benefit from some forms of technology, as long as parents are there to guide them and the technology is not overly stimulating.

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<![CDATA[Woman With Cancer: '#JuJuOnThatChemo']]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:21:49 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/chemo-dance-101916.PNG
A Texas woman is not letting cancer and chemo get her down. Ana-Alecia Ayala, who’s battling a rare form of uterine sarcoma, has joined the viral dance craze — and has a heartwarming message to share In a social media post shared Tuesday, Ayala, in her hospital gown and medical tubes attached to her, dances to "JuJu On That Beat" with her friend Danielle Andrus during a chemotherapy session at Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital. "We want to show the world that dancing and laughter is the best medicine," wrote Ayala, who's from Dallas. "#JustForFun #ChemoSucks #CancerAwareness #JuJuOnThatBeat #JuJuOnThatChemo."

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<![CDATA[Obama Touts Health Care Law, Urges Young Adults to Sign Up ]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:05:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TLMD-obamacare-website-sutterstock-st.jpg
President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his namesake health care program, long a target of Republicans and recently criticized by some Democrats, saying millions of Americans "now know the financial security of health insurance" because of the Affordable Care Act. "It's worked," he said, even while allowing that the program isn't perfect. "No law is."

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<![CDATA[3 STDs Hit Record High: CDC]]>Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:47:15 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16293715410881-chlamydia-generic.jpg
Infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high. Chlamydia was the most common. More than 1.5 million cases were reported in the U.S. last year, up 6 percent from the year before. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say part of the growth may be due to better testing and diagnosis, but much of it is a real increase. They're not sure why.

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<![CDATA[Mom's Update on Conjoined Twins]]>Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:12:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/conjoined+twins+gofundme+thumb.png
Nicole McDonald has reluctantly documented her family's experience as her twin sons who were attached at the head faced their most difficult surgery yet last week. But if supporters of her family read anything she hopes, it's her message to them and the doctors who saved her children. In a lengthy and emotional Facebook update on Saturday, the Illinois mother shared that as she and her husband "emerged from the depths of the hospital" in New York City last week, they were forced to face the fact that their family's private battle has quickly become a national story. "For those of you who don't know us, it might be interesting to note that we do not have TV or Internet access at home," she wrote. "We don't get to watch the news on a regular basis and we have literally spent the last 36 hours at the boys' bedside or waiting for updates from the doctors in the Caregiver Support Center at Montefiore." McDonald's 13-month old sons, Jadon and Anias, were separated following 16 hours of surgery at Montefiore Medical Center.
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<![CDATA[Study Examines Fridges' Chilling Effect on Tomato Taste]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:42:59 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/042615+Top+Crops+%288%29.jpg
If you buy tomatoes from John Banscher at his farmstand in New Jersey, he'll recommend keeping them out of the fridge or they'll lose some of their taste. Now scientists have figured out why: It's because some of their genes chill out, says a study that may help solve that problem. Cooling tomatoes below 54 degrees stops them from making some of the substances that contribute to their taste, according to researchers who dug into the genetic roots of the problem.

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<![CDATA[Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Rates, Report Finds]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:42:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/strides6-PIC_0.jpg
Despite innovative technology for detection and treatment of breast cancer, black women continue to have the highest rate of mortality, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed. The report released on Thursday found that black and white women now have roughly similar incidences of breast cancer. For black women, this is bad news; for the past 40 years, they have had the lowest prevalence of breast cancer. That health advantage has disappeared, with increased incidences of cancer. In addition to increased frequency of breast cancer, the death rate is higher for black women than white women by about 40%. White women are actually seeing a faster decrease in mortality.

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<![CDATA[4 Qualities Explain Why Big Cities Are Healthier: Survey]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:48:27 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/StretchMcDonalds.jpg
The American cities with the healthiest, happiest residents are Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., according to a new survey that scored communities on important health measures, NBC News reported. While they may not shriek "healthy living," they all have lots of sidewalks, parks and good public transportation, a report from Gallup and Healthways found. The four key components the group identified are walkability, easy biking, parks and public transit. "Residents in these top five communities have, on average, significantly lower rates of smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression compared with those in the five lowest-ranked active living communities," the groups said in a statement, adding to a large body of research that's found that access to green spaces, lowered stress and other factors translate into lower rates of disease and longer lives.

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<![CDATA[Moms Find Worms in Baby Formula]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:04:38 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_maggotformula1011_1500x845.jpg
A first-time mom says she found worms in a bottle of Similac baby formula that she fed her son. "Two ounces down I noticed the worms," said Taylor Seyler from Missouri. "Took it from his mouth, went and put a napkin over the faucet and we poured it down the drain and we saw the maggots on it." Her story isn't a unique one; another mother says she had a similar experience with Nutramigen formula. Manufacturers say contamination likely occurred after the packaging was opened.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika-Related Health Problems Grow as Babies Age]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:50:49 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zika-2sm.jpg
Brazilian doctors are seeing unusual new health problems among infants born to mothers who contracted the Zika virus. The complications often go beyond those seen when other infections cause microcephaly.

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<![CDATA[College Students Say 'Drunkorexia' Is More Than Buzzword]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:36:41 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-113218959beer.jpg
Despite attempts to curb students’ consumption of alcohol, binge-drinking is becoming the norm on college campuses, NBC News reported. A group of young people spoke about the trend, called “drunkorexia," for "Today" show's Campus Undercovered series. According to the students interviewed, the habit altered their way of life, even leading to extended hospitalization, for one student. A study from the University of Houston found that of 1,200 students surveyed, up to 80 percent altered their diet by restricting calories, overexercising, purging or using laxatives while also binge drinking.

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<![CDATA[Zika 'Syndrome': Health Problems Mount as Babies Turn 1 ]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:27:15 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-507388502zika.jpg
Two weeks shy of his first birthday, doctors began feeding Jose Wesley Campos through a nose tube because swallowing problems had left him dangerously underweight. Learning how to feed is the baby's latest struggle as medical problems mount for him and many other infants born with small heads to mothers infected with the Zika virus in Brazil.

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Recalls All Ice Creams with Suspect Cookie Dough]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 04:08:44 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/COOKIE-DOUGH.jpg
Blue Bell Creameries is recalling all of its ice cream products that contain cookie dough from an Iowa-based supplier.

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<![CDATA[WHO Urges Countries to Raise Taxes on Sugary Drinks]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:01:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
The U.N. health agency on Tuesday recommended that countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks like sodas, sport drinks and even 100-percent fruit juices as a way to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. The World Health Organization, in a statement timed for World Obesity Day, said that the prevalence of obesity worldwide more than doubled between 1980 and 2014, when nearly 40 percent of people globally were overweight. In a 36-page report on fiscal policy and diet, WHO also cited "strong evidence" that subsidies to reduced prices for fresh fruits and vegetables can help improve diets. It said that tax policies that lead to a 20-percent increase in the retail prices of sugary drinks would result in a proportional reduction in consumption.

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<![CDATA[Cartels Selling Deadly Fentanyl Disguised as Other Drugs]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:50:29 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fentanyl+10-09.PNG
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are warning people who illegally buy drugs and painkillers on the street or in Tijuana that drug cartels are selling lethal doses of fentanyl disguised as counterfeit OxyContin pills and street heroin.

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<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Treatment Costs Vary Wildly, Study Finds]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:51:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/2092862-cancer-treatment-generic.jpg
A new study has found that breast cancer patients, insurance companies and government health plans are needlessly paying $1 billion to treat the disease, NBC News reported. The cost of cancer treatment varies wildly, with no apparent rhyme or reason, Dr. Sharon Giordano and colleagues at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reported Monday in the journal Cancer. Expenses across a single class of drugs varied by as much as $46,000, according to the study, which reviewed four years of insurance claims filed by more than 14,000 breast cancer patients. And swapping one treatment for a less toxic alternative cut both the side effects and the costs. Giordano told NBC News that the idea for the study came when a patient was reluctant to order a test confirming her cancer was gone: "She shared with me that she was still on a payment plan, still trying to pay off the debt from her breast cancer treatment five years earlier."

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<![CDATA[Kid-Friendly Cannabis?]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:18:58 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-10-10-at-11.37.36-AM.jpg
Tampa, Florida's, first Family Medical Cannabis Clinic is now offering a non-euphoric strain of marijuana as a treatment option for children and adults with chronic seizures and muscle spasms.

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<![CDATA['Lunchables' Recalled in 2 States Due to Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:18:44 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lunchables-recall.jpg
The Kraft Heinz Company is recalling 959 pounds of some "Lunchables" packaged lunch products in two states due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Kraft Heinz announced the recall Sunday of Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers because they contain known allergens wheat and soy, which are not listed on the product label. The recalled items were produced Sept. 21, 2016, and sold in Utah and California.

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<![CDATA[EpiPen Maker to Pay $465M in Overbilling Case]]>Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:47:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan will pay $465 million to settle allegations that it overbilled Medicaid for its life-saving EpiPen allergy injection. The federal government says EpiPen is a branded drug, which means Mylan should have been paying it a far higher rebate under the government's complex pricing rules.

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<![CDATA[Study Says No, You Can't Live Forever]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:11:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_95101701406Jeanne-Calment.jpg
If you wanted to live until, say, the year 2140, don't get your hopes up. A new study from the Einstein College of Medicine found that human beings' maximum lifespan is about 115 years, NBC News reported. Jan Vijg, a genetics professor who was an author of the study, said his team looked through global databases on lifespans and found improvements in mortality peak at the age group of about 100 years. "We show that improvements in survival with age tend to decline after age 100, and that the age at death of the world's oldest person has not increased since the 1990s. Our results strongly suggest that the maximum lifespan of humans is fixed and subject to natural constraints," the study said. While the idea that humans cannot live forever isn't new, it wasn't always easy to back it up with evidence. But with countries keeping better records, Vijg said it's easier to find data to back it up.

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<![CDATA[Did Hospital Charge Couple for Holding Their Baby?]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:01:56 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SKIN-TO-SKIN-4P-VO---00-00-39-15_21059698.jpg
A Utah couple was confused after receiving a $39.95 charge for "skin-to-skin contact" on a bill from their hospital after the birth of their child. Though it first seemed like a charge for holding the baby, the hospital told NBC's "Today" show the charge was to cover the cost of having an additional caregiver in the operating room. The hospital issued a statement, saying they can't comment on a specific bill without consent from the patient due to privacy laws but added that, "in general, Utah Valley Hospital is an advocate for skin-to-skin contact between a mother and newborn directly after birth." "In the case of a c-section, where the bedside caregiver is occupied caring for the mother during surgery, an additional nurse is brought into the OR to allow the infant to remain in the OR suite with the mother," the statement said. "This is to ensure both patients remain safe. There is an additional charge associated with bringing an extra caregiver into the OR. The charge is not for holding the baby, but for the additional caregiver needed to maintain the highest levels of patient safety."

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<![CDATA[Foods to Avoid Before Bed]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:04:12 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_nightfoods1004_1920x1080.jpg
Having these late-night snacks can have a huge impact on sleep quality.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors' Political Views May Affect Patient Care: Survey]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:44:10 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542739377.jpg
Politics in the exam room? A new study suggests patient care may vary depending on whether the doctor is a Democrat or a Republican — at least when it comes to some hot-button health issues like firearm safety. Health care has long drawn partisan political fights, like state laws surrounding abortion, or Florida's law restricting doctors from discussing guns with patients. But there's been little research on the doctor-patient side of those controversies. Can physicians leave their own political ideology at the door during something as simple as a checkup?

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<![CDATA[Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Paralyzing US Kids]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 20:36:19 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/carter_4_d469880f8dc2035fcfb6cdc6b59d3b54.nbcnews-ux-600-480.jpg
Three-year-old Carter Roberts was playful, healthy and active until he became one of over four dozen people in the United States diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, NBC News reported. He was unable to move his arms or legs, and "doctors were working really hard to try and figure out what was going on," said his mother, Robin Roberts. The mysterious muscle weakness, similar to polio, appears to be on the rise this year. As of August 2016 there have been 50 cases of confirmed AFM across 24 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday, more than double 2015, when 21 cases for the whole year were reported.

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<![CDATA[CDC Warns Against Traveling to Asia as Zika Spreads There]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 05:49:54 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/184*120/Mosquito+Illnesses+Fort+Worth.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning pregnant women to stay away from 11 Southeast Asian countries where Zika is spreading, NBC News reported. Thailand has been included on the list, where officials on Friday reported the first confirmed cases of birth defects linked to the virus. The other countries are Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and Vietnam. Pregnant women should not travel to any area with a Zika travel notice and should consider postponing non-essential travel to the 11 countries in Southeast Asia listed in the newly issued considerations," the CDC advised on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Experts Looked Inside Mylan's Upgraded EpiPen]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:34:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen-julie-brown-injectors-nbc-news.jpg
With Congress trying to figure out Mylan's business model for the EpiPen, a medical technologies expert and a Seattle doctor have been physically taking apart the auto-injectors to find out exactly how the device has changed since Mylan acquired it, NBC News reported. Mylan CEO Heather Bresch testified last week that it invested more than $1 billion enhancing the product, which is one of the reason the Epipen's price has risen from $100 to $600. After a Seattle doctor cut open EpiPens from before and after Mylan's upgrades, NBC News sent versions of the epinephrine auto-injectors to a medical technology consulting firm. Despite seeing safety and graphics upgrades, both found the devices shared a similar "core." After NBC News sent the firm's results to Mylan, a spokesman for the drugmaker said it was "not familiar with the research referenced in your email" but contended that "anyone who has used the product knows, the epinephrine auto-injector we have in the market today is substantially different than the one we acquired."

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<![CDATA[Doctors Warn Zika Could Spread in Sweat and Tears]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:27:50 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16201766112052-zika-utah-mosquito.jpg
Doctors who treated a strange case of Zika say sweat and tears may be able to transmit the virus, NBC News reports. A team at the University of Utah School of Medicine said their case, of a man who infected his adult son with Zika before he died, leaves no other alternatives than those two routes, according to their study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The 73-year-old patient died in July, and he hadn't been very sick before he caught the virus and developed muscle aches, diarrhea and other symptoms. He became the first person in an American state to die of Zika. Investigators spent weeks trying to figure out how his 38-year-old son, who hadn't traveled to a place where Zika spreads, got infected, eventually determining that "infectious levels of virus may have been present in sweat or tears," which the son touched without gloves during his father's illness.

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<![CDATA[Over 600K Vets May Be Uninsured in 2017]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:55:12 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DOC_GettyImages-539738467.jpg
More than 600,000 U.S. military veterans will go without health insurance in 2017 if 19 states fail to expand their Medicaid programs, according to the Urban Institute. The report found that many veterans fall into the “Medicaid gap” -- not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, but making too much to qualify for federal subsidies stipulated in the Affordable Care Act. Some uninsured veterans may be able to obtain VA care, but not all of them choose it or meet the eligibility requirements. Thirty-two states have expanded their Medicaid programs since Obamacare passed in 2010, and 20 million more Americans have health insurance than did six years ago. Many Republican-controlled states refused to do it, leaving many of their residents in what's now called the "Medicaid gap."

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<![CDATA[3D-Printed Artificial Bones Could Help Heal Injuries]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:49:03 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/3d-skull-H.jpg
A new type of artificial bone shaped with a 3-D printer can repair deformed bones and help heal some spine, skull and jaw injuries, researchers say in a new report printed in the journal Science Translational Medicine. When the bone material was tested in a monkey, the bone fused to the animal’s skull and new blood vessels grew into it, NBC News reports. “Within four weeks, the implant had fully integrated, fully vascularized with the monkey’s own skull,” researcher Adam Jakus said. “And there is actually evidence of new bone formation.” The hyper-elastic bone can be shaped with a 3-D printer to customize individual implants. Scientists hope to be able to test the implants in humans within the next five years.

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<![CDATA[9 Out of 10 People Breathe Polluted Air: WHO]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:43:25 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_484690709547.jpg
Nine out of ten people worldwide live in areas where air pollution exceeds guidelines, the World Health Organization said. The pollution puts these people at higher risk for heart disease, strokes and cancer. "Air pollution continues take a toll on the health of the most vulnerable populations — women, children and the older adults," Flavia Bustreo, assistant director general at the WHO said in a news release, NBC News reported. The new WHO air quality monitor shows that 92 percent of people live in places with dirty air. Approximately three million deaths each year are linked to outdoor air pollution. About 90 percent of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

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<![CDATA[Disabled Man Gets License, Shows Driverless Tech's Potential]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:29:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/schmidt3.jpg
Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat using his chin. But the man who raced in the Indianapolis 500 hasn't been able to drive around his neighborhood — until now. On Wednesday, Schmidt is set to receive the first license restricted to an autonomous vehicle in the U.S. The license allows him to drive on Nevada roads in his specially modified Corvette, which requires no hands on its steering wheel or feet on its pedals. Schmidt uses head motions to control the car's direction.

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<![CDATA[Aetna to Subsidize Apple Watch]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:46:27 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg
Aetna announced that it will be making Apple Watches available for large employers and individual customers during open enrollment season. The health care services company said the new initiative will revolutionize the customer's experience by, "combining the power of iOS apps and the unmatched user experience of Apple products including Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad with Aetna’s analytics-based wellness and care management programs." Aetna said it will be the first major health care company to subsidize the cost of Apple Watches for customers by offering monthly payroll deductions. The Hartford-based company serves an estimated 45.3 million and will provide free Apple Watches to 50,000 of its employees.

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<![CDATA[Baby Born With DNA from 3 People]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:04:26 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481683717.jpg
Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people — the mother, the father and an egg donor. The goal was to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from his mother, who had previously lost two children to the illness. The birth of the boy is revealed in a research summary published by the journal Fertility & Sterility. Scientists are scheduled to present details at a meeting next month in Salt Lake City. The magazine New Scientist, which first reported the birth, said the baby was born five months ago to Jordanian parents, and that they were treated in Mexico by a team led by Dr. John Zhang of the New Hope Fertility Center in New York. It's not clear where the child was born. The technique is not approved in the United States, but Zhang told the magazine, "To save lives is the ethical thing to do." A spokesman for the fertility center said Zhang was not av

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<![CDATA[Upside to Morning Sickness: Fewer Miscarriages, Stillbirths]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:31:34 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pregnancy-generic.jpg
It's dreaded by moms-to-be but morning sickness is actually a good sign — for the baby, a government study shows, confirming common pregnancy lore and less rigorous research. Women with nausea early in pregnancy were half as likely to have miscarriages and stillbirths as those who sailed through the first few months. Miscarriages were also less common in women who had nausea plus vomiting, although the benefit was stronger for those who just had nausea. Led by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the study involved almost 800 women who'd had at least one miscarriage and then became pregnant again.

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Decides Not to Break Up Business ]]>Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:33:55 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Pfizer494838914.jpg
Pfizer will not split into two publicly traded companies, a decision that, at least for now, ends Wall Street speculation over the drugmaker's future. The company said Monday it believes it is best positioned to maximize shareholder value in its current form, but it reserves the right to split in the future if the situation changes. The maker of Viagra and the pain treatment Lyrica has been talking about a split for several years, thinking that two companies might grow faster than one. It had said it would make a decision by the end of this year.

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<![CDATA[A Rare Bipartisan Agreement Reached, Briefly, on Abortion]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:45:28 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CONGRESS_GettyImages-2062515.jpg
Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding. Known as the Hyde Amendment, the 40-year-old law restricting federal funding for abortions has shown to be effective in curbing the number of abortions performed, both sides agreed. For anti-abortion Republicans, the policy’s functionality proves its success. But for abortion rights supporters, it’s a sign that women are simply being denied health care. Rep. Trent Franks said the fact that abortion hasn’t become a major issue in this general election campaign is disappointing. “The American people deserve to know where the candidates stand, in the most important election this century and in the last century,” he said. Franks presided over the House judiciary subcommittee hearing Friday morning. Though it hasn’t yet become a central campaign issue, both presidential candidates have taken a position on the Hyde Amendment.

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<![CDATA[35 US States Sue British Drugmaker Over Marketing of Opioid]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:32:01 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-467024279-suboxone.jpg
Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday alleging that British drugmaker Indivior tried to keep cheaper, generic versions of Suboxone off the market, California's attorney general announced. The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania also names New Jersey's MonoSol Rx, a pharmaceutical dissolving-film company, for conspiring to corner the market on the popular medication used to treat people hooked on heroin and other painkillers.

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<![CDATA[Mylan CEO Defends EpiPen Cost to Angry Lawmakers]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:49:32 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/609574240-mylan-ceo-house-oversight-committee.jpg
Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the head of pharmaceutical company Mylan about the significant cost increase of its life-saving EpiPens and the profits for a company with sales in excess of $11 billion. Defending the company's business practices, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that she wishes the company had "better anticipated the magnitude and acceleration" of the rising prices for some families. "We never intended this," Bresch said, but maintained that her company doesn't make much profit from each emergency allergy shot.

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<![CDATA[Drug-Resistant Superbugs a 'Fundamental Threat': WHO]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:06:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
While antibiotics were once hailed as miracle drugs, they've been abused and overused so much that they are now often useless against fast-evolving bacteria. And that bacterial evolution is far outpacing humans’ ability to research and develop new drugs effective enough to fight those infection-causing “superbugs,” NBC News reports. "If antibiotics were telephones, we would still be calling each other using clunky rotary dials and copper lines," said Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO of the American Society for Microbiology. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the U.S. alone, more than two million people are infected by drug-resistant germs each year, and 23,000 die of their infections. Globally, the death toll from antibiotic-resistant microbes is 700,000 per year. "Antimicrobial resistance poses a fundamental threat to human health, development and security," Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the U.N.' s World Health Organization, said Wednesday while opening a United Nations meeting on the problem of superbugs. "We are running out of time," she added.

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<![CDATA[Zuckerbergs' $3B to Ending Disease]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:14:13 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16265572079859-chan-zuckerberg-initiative-end-disease.jpg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have a lofty new goal: to cure, manage or eradicate all disease by the end of this century. To this end, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, their philanthropic organization, is committing $3 billion over the next decade to help accelerate basic science research. Zuckerberg and Chan, who have committed to donating 99 percent of their wealth, have spent the past two years meeting with scientists and experts to plan the endeavor.

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<![CDATA[Chipotle's New Push on Food Safety]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:58:05 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Chipotle-GettyImages-509063322.jpg
Chipotle is making another push to convince people that its food won't make them sick, with plans to run more newspaper and digital ads outlining the safety steps it has taken since last year's E. coli outbreak. The ads beginning Wednesday will be an open letter from co-CEO Steve Ells, who also recorded a video that will be promoted online. The move underscores the Denver-based company's struggle to rebound from a series of food scares and extinguish any doubts that its burritos and bowls are safe to eat. "There are definitely folks out there who aren't entirely sure," said Mark Crumpacker, who heads Chipotle's marketing.

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<![CDATA[Fitness Trackers No Guarantee for Weight Loss]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:13:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_fitnesstrackers0920_1920x1080.jpg
A new study suggests wearing a fitness tracker to tally the number of steps you take in a day doesn't necessarily mean the numbers on the scale will come down. The University of Pittsburgh recruited more than 400 overweight and obese young adults. They all went on a low-calorie diet, exercised and had counseling and support. Half were given activity monitors, worn on the upper arm, that measured energy expenditure. The theory was the devices would lead to greater weight loss. The strategy didn't work.

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<![CDATA[Smoking Leaves DNA Damage Years After Quitting: Study]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:13:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Most — but not all — DNA damage from smoking fades over time, and the genetic changes occur in clear patterns, researchers reported in an American Heart Association journal Tuesday, according to NBC News. The researchers examined 16,000 people who'd given blood samples before, and found that most damage faded by about five years after a person quit smoking. But smoking-related changes in 19 genes lasted 30 years, and may persist forever. "Our study has found compelling evidence that smoking has a long-lasting impact on our molecular machinery, an impact that can last more than 30 years," said Roby Joehanes, of Hebrew SeniorLife and Harvard Medical School. The researchers said those 19 genes could be used to see who is at risk of smoking-related diseases or as targets for drugs to treat cigarette smoke damage.

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<![CDATA[Listeria Fears Spur Whole Wheat Eggo Recall]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:18:28 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kellogg-eggo-recall-.jpg
Kellogg is recalling about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain whole wheat waffles over the possibility they were contaminated with Listeria bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the products, Kellogg said in a Monday news release, but Listeria monocytogenes can cause infections in young children and others with weakened immune systems, like the frail or elderly. The recalled waffles can be identified by looking for UPC code 38000 40370, dated better if before used by Nov. 21 and 22, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Zika Mosquitoes Can Survive Over Next Months in Southern US]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:55:34 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Zika-Puerto-Rico-AP_71939457309.jpg
The potential for an abundant population of the mosquito that carries the Zika virus remains moderate or high through November in the southernmost cities of the U.S., a study shows.

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<![CDATA[Drugmakers Fought State Opioid Limits Amid Crisis]]>Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:08:06 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg
The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction. The drugmakers vow they're combating the addiction epidemic, but The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that they often employ a statehouse playbook of delay and defend that includes funding advocacy groups that use the veneer of independence to fight limits on their drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl, the narcotic linked to Prince's death.

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<![CDATA[Can This Patch Stop Drunk Driving?]]>Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:18:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DrunkPatch0915_MP4-147405607449700001.jpg
A New Mexico company is hoping their new patch will help stop drunk driving. DermaTec has developed a patch that senses alcohol intake through sweat. It's called the ONUSBlue, as in it's "on us" to end drunk driving.]]>
<![CDATA[Florida's 1st Zika Outbreak Almost Over, Officials Say]]>Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:07:31 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-585211752.jpg
The mainland United States's first official outbreak of Zika virus may be declared over by early next week, NBC News reported. But another, in Miami Beach, is going strong, and on Thursday Florida health officials reported seven more Zika cases acquired locally, one of which involves a visitor from out of state. It's been almost 45 days since Zika first started spreading locally, in Miami's Wynwood district, and "the clock is ticking" on that outbreak, Lillian Rivera, of the Florida Department of Health, told a Miami Beach City Council meeting Wednesday. If no one new is infected in Wynwood by Monday, after the 45-day period that represents three full incubation periods for Zika virus, it can be declared free of active Zika transmission. Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that countdown Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Fertility Doctor Accused Of Using Own Sperm]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:01:48 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_fertilitydoctor0913_1920x1080.jpg
Investigators believe a retired Indianapolis doctor may have donated his own sperm to as many as 50 patients without their knowledge. WTHR's Steve Jefferson reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Emotional Support Turkey Brings Joy to Woman With Lupus]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:02:32 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Capture74.PNG
Most of the time when you hear the words, "emotional support animal," you think of a dog, or some sort of cuddly animal. But a Washington woman with lupus has Sammi, her emotional support turkey, to help her go through her pain and depression. Read more on KHQ.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Affected Woman's Brain and Memory, Doctors Say]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:27:26 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/184*120/AHORA-BEBE-ZIKA.jpg
The Zika virus is known to cause devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses and now there is evidence that the virus could be more damaging to adults than has been believed, NBC News reported. Italian researchers say they've found evidence Zika can affect the brains of adults, and may damage memory. A letter published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases describes the case of a 32-year-old volunteer nurse infected with Zika in the Dominican Republic, who was treated for rash, headache and weakness. "In our case, the patient reported early neurologic symptoms and moderate memory impairment in neuropsychologic examinations, all features consistent with the diagnosis of Zika virus-related encephalitis," the team at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome wrote. The doctors cited a recent study showing Zika might affect the adult brain. Still, doctors stress that most people infected with Zika have very mild symptoms and often do not even know they have it.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Details Sugar Industry Attempt to Shape Science]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:55:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered documents. The analysis published Monday is based on correspondence between a sugar trade group and researchers at Harvard University, and is the latest example showing how food and beverage makers attempt to shape public understanding of nutrition. In 1964, the group now known as the Sugar Association internally discussed a campaign to address "negative attitudes toward sugar" after studies began emerging linking sugar with heart disease, according to documents dug up from public archives.

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<![CDATA[Vaccination Critic Faces Possible Medical Board Discipline ]]>Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:31:32 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-103919484.jpg
An Orange County pediatrician and outspoken critic of mandatory vaccinations faces possible discipline by California's medical board.

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<![CDATA[5-Second Rule Is Too Generous for Fallen Food: Study]]>Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:42:24 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462645054.jpg
It might be time to reconsider the five-second rule when thinking about eating food that has fallen on the floor. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey say in a new study that bacteria can contaminate food that falls on the floor instantaneously. The findings were published this month in the American Society for Microbiology's journal.

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<![CDATA[Chemicals Used to Fight Zika Worry Some Florida Residents]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:00:34 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaChems0907_MP4-147333531803900001.jpg
On the front lines in the fight against the Zika virus, crews in infected areas are double-dosing chemicals to kill larva and adult mosquitoes. People are being urged to use bug sprays with the ingredient DEET as another layer of protection, but all the chemical exposure is worrisome to a lot of people. "Right now, it's the better of two evils," said new mom Rochelle Colburn.]]>
<![CDATA['Super Lice' on the Rise in Most States]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:34:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_superlice0907_1920x1080.jpg
September is National Lice Awareness Month, but most people aren't aware of those cringe-worthy critters until they're dealing with a full-on infestation. That was the issue Stacey Cole faced when her children became infested with lice. "I just didn't know what I was supposed to do, what I needed to do in the house, what I needed to do to their heads," Cole said. That helpless feeling comes at a time when a new study reports most states are overrun by what's often called "super lice."]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Doubled Birth Defect Rate in Brazil, Study Shows]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:32:56 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The arrival of Zika virus in Brazil doubled the rate of birth defects involving the nervous system, including microcephaly, researchers reported Wednesday. Rates of Guillain-Barré syndrome — a rare, paralyzing side-effect of some infections — nearly tripled, the researchers said. And rates of other inflammatory conditions such as encephalitis doubled in the northeastern part of Brazil that was hardest hit by Zika, NBC News reported. Separately, the World Health Organization tweaked its statement on Zika and the rise in rates of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome, saying the virus is the "most likely explanation" for both. "Beginning in mid-2014, we observed an unprecedented and significant rise in the hospitalization rate for congenital malformations of the nervous system, Guillain-Barré syndrome, encephalitis, myelitis, and encephalomyelitis," Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation explained in its report, which was published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Warns of Zika With Mosquitoes]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:08:35 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/090716+david+jolly+zika+mosquitoes.jpg
Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly brought a container of mosquitoes onto the House floor Wednesday to criticize Congress for failing to pass legislation to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus in the Sunshine State. "I rise with about 100 mosquitoes straight from Florida...mosquitoes capable of carrying the Zika virus," Jolly said, holding the container. "This is the reason for the urgency, this is the reason for the fear." The bill, providing $1.1 billion to help combat the virus, is stalled in the Senate, where Democrats are blocking it in a dispute over restrictions the bill would place on funding for Planned Parenthood clinics.

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<![CDATA[Family Grieves Loss of Newborn in Twins Viral Photo]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:45:13 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/baby+pacifier1.JPG
Days after a photo of Florida newborn twins hugging in a hospital went viral, the family is grieving the the loss of one of the boys, born with a rare medical condition. Twins Mason and Hawk Buchmeyer of St. Lucie County captured many hearts on social media thanks to a photo of the 3-week-old boys posted on Facebook on Sept. 1 Little Mason is pictured embracing his brother Hawk and smiling. Hawk was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which is a defect in the diaphragm. On Wednesday morning, the parents posted a message on their Facebook page: "Our hearts are saddened this morning as our sweet little man was called home to be with Jesus. He went very peacefully and we know he's no longer suffering. Please give us some time to grieve and try to start the healing process."

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<![CDATA[Flu Season Arrives, With New Recommendations for Prevention]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:20:15 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_fluvaccines0906_1920x1080.jpg
The nasal spray FluMist has been the flu vaccine preference among many parents for years, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says kids should not get it this year. The move comes after a panel of experts found that the nasal spray has not been effective the past three seasons. The AAP recommends instead that all kids over 6 months get the flu shot, which experts say was about 63-percent effective in protecting against the flu last year.]]>
<![CDATA[Industry Insiders Estimate EpiPen Costs No More Than $30]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:27:01 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan says middlemen and suppliers have forced them to jack up the prices on EpiPens by hundreds of dollars, but two industry insiders say the company pays no more than $30 per device, NBC News reports. Some patients are forced to pay a little over $600 out of pocket for a two-pack of the lifesaving medication. Mylan sparked outrage last month when it was revealed the company had hiked up costs for the drug by over 400 percent since it acquired the brand. Kevin Deane, a partner with the PA Consulting Group, a global technology and design firm that sold a drug delivery technology company to Pfizer in 2004, told NBC News that the base components for each EpiPen, including the plastic cap, tube, and needle, might cost between $2 to $4 to purchase. Pharmacists contacted by NBC estimate that the epinephrine inside costs less than $1. Mylan then gets $274 from each sales, but must use that money to pay for costs, according to the company and Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, in a recent CNBC interview. Mylan didn't respond to an NBC News request to itemize its costs, but a Mylan spokesperson told NBC that "all of those costs would clearly make the $274 number significantly lower."

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<![CDATA[NY Attorney General to Investigate EpiPen Manufacturer]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:46:51 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
New York's top prosecutor said he is launching an anti-trust investigation into the maker of the EpiPen.

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<![CDATA[3 Common STDs Are Becoming Harder to Treat]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 17:27:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_1602291933356134-STD.jpg
In the United States, drug-resistant gonorrhea is a public health problem of national concern. But untreatable gonorrhea isn't the only STD that has health officials worried, according to an NBC News report. Earlier this week, the World Health Organization released new treatment guidelines for three common sexually transmitted diseases — chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis — in response to increasing antibiotic resistance. Gonorrhea has developed the strongest resistance to drugs, according to the WHO, but the worries about untreatable syphilis and chlamydia come at a time when rates for the three STDs are rising rapidly in the U.S, especially among young people ages 20 to 24. Gonorrhea is even starting to show decreased susceptibility to a "last line" treatment option. This makes this bacterium a multidrug-resistant organism, often called a "superbug."

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<![CDATA[FDA Bans Antibacterials From Soaps]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 18:04:13 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/antibacterial-soap.jpg
The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs. "We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration' drug center director, in a statement. Friday's decision primarily targets two once-ubiquitous ingredients — triclosan and triclocarban — that some limited animal research suggests can interfere with hormone levels and spur drug-resistant bacteria. The FDA decision does not apply to hand sanitizers, most of which use alcohol rather than antibacterial chemicals.

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<![CDATA[Obesity Rates Fall in Four States]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:23:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/teen+obesity+gastric+bypass.jpg
Obesity rates in Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio fell — the first time that any state has seen a decrease in the past decade, according to a report released Thursday, NBC News reported. For the majority of U.S. states, obesity rates for American adults remained stable between 2014 and 2015, according to the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation annual report. Meanwhile Kansas and Kentucky saw increases in their rates of obesity. "Obesity remains one of the most significant epidemics our country has faced, contributing to millions of preventable illnesses and billions of dollars in avoidable health care costs," said Richard Hamburg, interim president of the Trust for America's Health. People are considered overweight when their BMI hits 25, and they are obese when it gets to 30.

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<![CDATA[Zika Found in Trapped Fla. Mosquitoes, 1st in US Mainland ]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:28:48 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Large-Zika.jpg
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said 95 more trapped mosquitoes tested negative since the three local mosquitoes with Zika were found. Intensive trapping and testing continues. The new announcement was made by the Florida Department of Agriculture and came one week after the city notified the state’s Department of Health that they were testing several areas, including the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

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<![CDATA[Diamond of California Recalls Macadamia Nuts for Salmonella]]>Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:52:41 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/recall-nuts.jpg
Two macadamia nut products sold nationwide under the Diamond of California brand are being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. Snyder's-Lance, Inc. said it was voluntarily recalling 4-ounce packages of Diamond of California Chopped Macadamia Nuts and 2.25-ounce packages of Diamond of California Macadamia Halves and Pieces A laboratory contracted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected salmonella in a package of the 4-ounce chopped nuts during testing. There have been no reported illnesses so far.

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<![CDATA[Can Children Benefit From Probiotic Supplements?]]>Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:41:54 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_probiotics0829_1920x1080.jpg
Billed as "good for your guts," Dr. Karpovs says probiotics help restore normal bacteria in the body.]]>
<![CDATA[Orlando Theme Parks Offer Bug Spray to Ease Zika Fears]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:06:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Disney-GettyImages-94967642.jpg
Florida's major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando on Sunday began offering the mosquito spray and lotion free of charge at their parks. No mosquito-transmitted case of the Zika virus has been found in central Florida. But theme park officials say they're offering the repellent as a precaution and to ease the fears of visitors.

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<![CDATA[Mylan Launching Generic Version of EpiPen]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:42:36 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan says it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism mounts over the price of its injectable medicine. The company said Monday that its U.S. subsidiary will put out a generic version of the EpiPen that will have a list price of $300 for a two-pack — about half the current price. It will be available in both 0.15 mg and 0.30 mg strengths. EpiPens are used in emergencies to treat severe allergies to insect bites and foods like nuts and eggs that can lead to anaphylactic shock.

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<![CDATA[Could Clinton Save Obama's Struggling Health Overhaul?]]>Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:54:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16239561422240-hillary-clinton-affordable-care-act.jpg
With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama's health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers have caused some to wonder whether "Obamacare" will go down as a failed experiment. If Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House, expect her to mount a rescue effort. But how much Clinton could do depends on finding willing partners in Congress and among Republican governors, a real political challenge. "There are turbulent waters," said Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's first secretary of Health and Human Services. "But do I see this as a death knell? No."

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<![CDATA[Obama: Americans at Risk Because of Zika Funding Delay]]>Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:47:05 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594886094-news.jpg
President Barack Obama urged Congress to make Zika funding its first priority after members return from a seven-week summer break, saying the delay is putting Americans at risk.

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