<![CDATA[NBC New York - Health News - [NY Feature Page] Health]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/healthen-usSun, 28 Aug 2016 04:42:38 -0400Sun, 28 Aug 2016 04:42:38 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Obama: Americans at Risk Because of Zika Funding Delay]]>Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:47:05 -0400http://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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<![CDATA[Asymptomatic Man Spread Zika: CDC]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:03:27 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cdcGettyImages-456691988.jpg
U.S. health officials on Friday reported the first case of Zika spread through sex by a man with no symptoms of the disease. In the other 21 U.S. cases of sexual transmission, the virus was spread by someone who...

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

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<![CDATA[No Confirmed Zika Cases Linked to Olympics: WHO]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:52:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Olympic-Rings-GettyImages-585531340.jpg
The U.N. health agency says reports from national authorities indicate no confirmed laboratory cases of the Zika virus in anyone associated with the Rio Olympics. The World Health Organization announced...

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

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<![CDATA[NBC 4 New York & NY Giants Health & Fitness Expo]]>Thu, 07 May 2015 18:17:38 -0400http://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[Mylan Boosts EpiPen Programs, Doesn't Budge on Price]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:24:09 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/082316+epipen.jpg
Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, says it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. Mylan N.V. said Thursday that the patient cost will...

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Zika Won't Hurt Tourism in Fla. ]]>Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:49:51 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/082016+miami+zika+spraying.jpg
The discovery of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in South Florida certainly isn't ideal for tourism, but local officials and business leaders are confident the long-term impact on the tourism industry will be...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Zika Baby Death in Houston-Area]]>Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:48:38 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Anuncian_vacunas_contra_el_Zika.jpg
Texas health officials confirmed Tuesday that an infant who passed away shortly after birth in Harris County had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The mother was infected with Zika while traveling in Latin...]]>
<![CDATA['Success Kid' Meme Helps Raise $100K for Dad's New Kidney]]>Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:38:34 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/success+kid.jpg
A photo of 9-year-old Sammy Griner may very well have saved his father's life. When Sammy was a baby, his mom snapped a photo of him looking adorably determined, spawning the wildly popular "Success Kid"

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[33 US Service Members Contracted Zika Overseas: Pentagon]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 15:26:13 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
The Pentagon says 33 U.S. service members, including one who is pregnant, have contracted the Zika virus overseas, NBC News reported. Officials would not say where the service members were posted, but...

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

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

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

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<![CDATA['Xtreme Eating' Awards: Unhealthiest Chain Meals in US]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:42:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-564988703.jpg
A Whole Hog Burger at Uno Pizzeria & Grill is no diet food. Loaded with hamburger, sausage, bacon, prosciutto, pepperoni, four types of cheese, garlic mayo, and pickles and a side of fries, it will set you back...

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[New Mobile Unit Saves Lives of Stroke Patients ]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:49:53 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MobileStroke0727_MP4-146971814986100001.jpg
A new mobile stroke unit in ambulances in Colorado is saving stroke patients' lives, allowing them to get treatment before arriving at the hospital.]]>
<![CDATA[Elephant Sedative Poses New Threat in Overdose Fight]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:48:15 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141481298.jpg
A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where...

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<![CDATA[Man Donates Kidney to Friend: Video]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:48:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/graham+kidney.jpg
Born with a rare disease and just days away from kidney failure, Fort Worth nurse Danny Kolzow is getting a lifeline from a longtime friend. Graham McMillan is donating one of his kidneys to Kolzow.

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<![CDATA[Florida Medical Marijuana ]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:01:48 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/91997111-marijuana-generic.jpg
The first shop that can legally sell medical marijuana in Florida opened at a strip mall in Tallahassee on Tuesday and Dallas Nagy became its first customer, buying cannabis capsules that he hopes will ease his...

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<![CDATA[FDA Reconsiders Gay Blood Ban]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:25:41 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Blood+donation-539869134.jpg
Facing increased pressure from Democrats in Congress, the Food and Drug Administration began to officially reconsider its policy limiting blood donations from gay and bisexual men on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to Disease Discovery: Paper]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:11:11 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/today-ice-bucket-challenge-140715-06.blocks_desktop_medium.jpg
The ice bucket challenge became a phenomenon in the of summer 2014, and the boost in funding it brought about helped lead to a significant discovery in the study of the ALS disease, according to a paper...

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<![CDATA[FDA Strengthens Warning on Powerful Antibiotics]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:46:46 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-1170747.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration strengthened warnings on a class of antibiotics, calling it too strong to be used for sinus infections, bronchitis and simple urinary tract infections. Fluoroquinolones,...

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<![CDATA[Nurse Stabs Boy With Needle]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:02:38 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/needle-generic-edit.jpg
New Jersey officials say a nurse caught on videotape stabbing a boy with autism with a hypodermic needle to control his behavior has agreed to surrender her license during the investigation. Acting Attorney...

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<![CDATA[5 Myths About Leaving Kids in Cars]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:38:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Sunset+Generic+Hot+Generic+Heat+Wave.JPG
Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. And no matter how impossible it may seem, even the best of parents can forget a child in the backseat of their car.

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<![CDATA[Girl Takes Cancer Fight to DC]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:27:41 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Sadie+Keller.jpg
A North Texas girl is taking her cancer fight to Washington, D.C. Nine-year-old Sadie Keller is battling leukemia. For the last year NBC 5 has covered how she video-blogged her cancer treatment and raised more...

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<![CDATA['Drunkorexia' Common Among College Students: Study]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:07:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BeerDrinking-GettyImages-144235968.jpg
Almost a third of college students say they’ve taken part in practices dubbed “drunkorexia,” according to a recent study, NBC News reported. That’s the name for behaviors such as skipping meals or heavy...

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<![CDATA[Fla. Mosquitoes Tested for Zika]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:22:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
Florida health officials are conducting tests in two possible non-travel related cases of Zika, either of which would be the first direct mosquito infection of the virus in the continental United States. The...

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<![CDATA[Surgery Successfully Cures Epileptic Patients]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:59:38 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_epilepsy0720_1920x1080.jpg
Doctors in Houston, Texas, are using a new procedure to eliminate seizures in many epilepsy patients. KPRC's Haley Hernandez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Helping Teens With Autism Learn to Drive]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:42:04 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_driveautism0718_1920x1080.jpg
Researchers are working on ways to help autistic teens learn to drive. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Mystery: Caregiver Gets Virus From Man Who Died ]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:01:37 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
A Utah man who became the first person in the continental U.S. to die after being infected with the Zika virus passed it to a caregiver, creating a medical mystery about how it spread between them, health...

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<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Sees Big Jump in Zika Cases]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:36:51 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16189023693858.jpg
Puerto Rico government officials on Friday reported the biggest weekly rise in Zika cases that the U.S. territory has ever seen. Health Secretary Ana Rius said 1,336 new cases were reported in the past...

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<![CDATA[1st Woman-to-Man Zika Case Documented in NYC: CDC]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:20:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg
The first documented case of the Zika virus transmitted by sexual contact from a woman to a man was reported in New York City, the Centers for Disease Control announced Friday.

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<![CDATA[Digest This: Heavy People May Die Up to 3 Years Early]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:33:36 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OBESITY_AP_16195512447159.jpg
Being too heavy may cost you your life — literally. Scientists say overweight people die one year earlier than expected and that moderately obese people die up to three years prematurely. Doctors have...

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<![CDATA[Can a Child's Own Cells Fight Type 1 Diabetes?]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:21:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Diabetes0713_MP4-146850629810200001.jpg
Doctors hope this first-of-its-kind clinical trial will lead to a cure for Type I Diabetes.]]>
<![CDATA[Most Drivers Admit to Road Rage]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:15:04 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/04-25-2014-generic-traffic-generic.jpg
Nearly eight of every 10 U.S. drivers admit expressing anger, aggression or road rage at least once in the previous year, according to a survey released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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<![CDATA[K2, Drug Linked to Mass NYC Overdose, Explained]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:13:08 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/185*120/AP_100215039023.jpg
Despite dire warnings about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, popularly known by names such as K2, Spice, Black Mamba and Kronic, they continue to grow in popularity, NBC News reports.

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<![CDATA[CDC's Tom Frieden Testifies at Zika Hearing]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:18:44 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg
The upcoming Olympic games are not likely to have a major impact on the spread of Zika virus, although four developing countries could face a substantially higher risk, according to a new government...

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<![CDATA[Placentae Can Bring New Life to Vision Treatments ]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:51:08 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-07-12-at-10.08.53-AM.jpg
“Think of it like a born again eye,” Dr. Chike Mordi from Vision Source in Houston, Texas says of a new treatment's ability to help regenerate eye tissue. With a placenta that meets stringent donor screening and...]]>
<![CDATA[Improving Lesbian Health With Focus on Wellness]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:03:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/LesbianHealth0711_MP4-146832830246300001.jpg
Lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of obesity, smoking and stress when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, but one University of Missouri researcher is working to change that.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Experts Give Up on Zika Funding From Congress]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:17:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Congress started its final week of the summer Monday but there was still no agreement on a legislation that would get the U.S. ready for a fight against the Zika virus, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Zika Death Reported in Utah, 1st in Continental US]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:30:52 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
Utah health officials say a resident infected with Zika has died, which they say marks the first death related to the mosquito-borne virus in the continental United States. Authorities said Friday the...

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<![CDATA[Music Therapist Makes Songs With Babies' Heartbeats]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:59:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16187733110359-music.jpg
A music therapist at a Michigan children's hospital has made dozens of unique recordings as a gift for patients' parents and other loved ones. Bridget Sova uses a specialized stethoscope recorder to capture the...

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<![CDATA[California Might Get a Gym Where You Can Smoke Marijuana]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:25:57 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/marijuanagym.jpg
A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working...]]>
<![CDATA[Billion Dollar Policy Proposed to Stem Opioid Epidemic ]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:30:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_heroin0706_1920x1080.jpg
The White House has asked Congress to approve more than a billion dollars in emergency funding to combat the nation's growing opioid addiction crisis. The Obama administration also announced that it's loosening...

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<![CDATA[More Second-Trimester Abortions Occurred Under Texas Law]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 06:31:23 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SupremeCourtTexasAbortion-AP_16179555843580.jpg
A preliminary review of statistics released by the Department of State Health Services in Texas shows a 27 percent increase in abortions after 12 weeks, NBC News reported. The numbers appear to oppose the 2013...

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<![CDATA[NIH Funds Study of Zika Infections in US Olympic Athletes]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 13:04:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Researchers will study some U.S. athletes for Zika during the summer Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil, to better understand how the virus infects. The National Institutes of Health announced the study...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves 1st Dissolving Stent for US Patients]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:34:55 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Absorb+Stent+AP_16182654167353.jpg
A slowly dissolving medical implant for treating clogged arteries has won approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The agency approved the Absorb stent Tuesday for patients with coronary artery disease...

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<![CDATA[Zika Cases in the U.S.]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:38:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zika-carto-thumb.jpg
Using data from the CDC, this map tracks Zika cases by state.

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Widen Flour Recall After 4 More People Get Sick]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:16:05 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Flour-recall-General-Mills.jpg
Federal health officials on Friday widened an already big recall of flour after four more people got sick from food poisoning linked to the flour, NBC News reports. No one has died or developed the most...

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<![CDATA[Obama Says He Expects Congress to Move on Zika Virus]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:41:15 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg
About $25 million was dispensed by federal health officials Friday to help states at risk from Zika defend against its spread — cash taken from other programs because Congress has not approved fresh funding...

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<![CDATA[New Zika Studies Reveal Invisible Damage to Babies]]>Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:32:35 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg
Zika virus causes different types of brain damage in babies, not just microcephaly, according to two new reports. Brazilian researchers found as many as one in five babies born with brain damage caused by Zika...

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<![CDATA[Biden's 'Cancer Moonshot' Summit]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:43:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/543608926-joe-biden-cancer-moonshot-summit.jpg
Vice President Joe Biden threatened Wednesday to pull federal funding for cancer studies that fail to publicly disclose their results, putting pressure on researchers, clinicians and drug companies to speed...

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<![CDATA[A Little Butter Won't Kill You, Study Says]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:35:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/175635030-butter-generic.jpg
A little butter isn't going to kill anyone, but it's not a health food, nutrition experts said in a study released Wednesday. "I would say butter is neither good nor bad," Laura Pimpin of the Friedman School of...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Adds New Menu Item to Win Back Customers]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:07:11 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Cihpotle.png
Chipotle is adding chorizo to its menu in yet another move intended to get people back in stores following an E. coli outbreak last year.

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<![CDATA[Water Systems Failing to Test for Lead]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:02:05 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/223*120/lead-faucet.jpg
The Natural Resources Defense Council reports more than 18 million Americans got their drinking water from systems with lead violations in 2015.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA Asks for New Studies on How Hand Sanitizers Work]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:21:55 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handsanitizer.jpg
Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use. The Food and...

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<![CDATA[Whitewater Park Closes After Deadly Amoeba Kills Teen]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:01:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/USWhitewaterCenter-.jpg
Health officials found a brain-destroying amoeba in the water at a North Carolina water park, which suspended operations Friday, NBC News reported. Officials found evidence of the microbe, and shut down...

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day]]>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:55:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DanielFranzese-GettyImages-533405824.jpg
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested. The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at...

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<![CDATA[FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine Doesn't Work: Experts]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:34:05 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FluMistSpray-AP_16174566973522.jpg
Experts area saying the needle-free FluMist influenza vaccine has not protected against flu for years and should not be used this coming flu season, NBC News reported. The decision could nerve pediatricians...

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<![CDATA[Zika Epidemic Has Doubled Abortion Requests: Study]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:31:35 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
The epidemic of Zika virus has caused a spike in requests for abortion help in countries that ban or restrict abortions, researchers said Wednesday. Several women whose fetuses have shown evidence of possible...

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<![CDATA[300 Charged in Nation's Largest Health Care Fraud Bust]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:20:34 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AG_AP_16137669714048.jpg
About 300 people in more than half the states have been charged in the largest crackdown to date on health care fraud, federal authorities announced Wednesday. According to the Departments of Justice...

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<![CDATA[Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Alternative Medicine]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:01:49 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-75357983.jpg
Americans spend a substantial part of out-of-pocket health care costs on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, even though there is little evidence some...

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico at Risk for Zika: CDC]]>Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:24:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PuertoRicoZikaCDC-AP_16169572347522.jpg
The zika virus is spreading quickly in Puerto Rico, meaning hundreds of babies could be born with birth defects, NBC News reports. More than 1 percent of all Puerto Rico blood donations tested in early...

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<![CDATA[Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Drug Over Chemo ]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:28:21 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MerckKeytruda-AP_41869771122.jpg
Lung cancer patients who have never been treated will now get the same drug used to help former President Jimmy Carter, NBC News reported. Researchers said they wanted to give Keytruda to 305 lung cancer...

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<![CDATA[3 Babies Born in US With Birth Defects Caused by Zika: CDC]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:49:44 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg
Three babies with Zika-linked birth defects have been born in the U.S., the government reported Thursday in its first accounting of outcomes for pregnant women infected with the virus.

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<![CDATA[UN No Longer Deems Coffee Possible Carcinogen ]]>Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:47:03 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/coffee-generic-edit.jpg
The World Health Organization's research arm has downgraded its classification of coffee as a possible carcinogen, declaring there isn't enough proof to show a link to cancer. But the International Agency...

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<![CDATA[Overdoses, Accidental Deaths Rise Among Americans: Report]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:34:42 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg
Accidents are killing more Americans each year, increasingly from overdoses and falls. A new report from the National Safety Council said that in 2014, more than 136,000 Americans died accidentally.

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<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Researcher Infected With Zika in Lab Accident]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:18:42 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_750626106311.jpg
The University of Pittsburgh says one of its researchers became infected with the Zika virus in a lab accident. The scientist accidentally stuck herself with a needle last month during a Zika experiment.

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<![CDATA[Teen Smoking Rate Drops, But More Kids Are Vaping]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:43:58 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TeenSmoking-GettyImages-549379089.jpg
Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes than ever before, NBC News reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that just 11 percent of high school students said they smoked in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Fewer High School Kids Have Sex: Survey]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:11:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TeensKidsSex-AP_16160788929316.jpg
A government survey of risky youth behaviors shows fewer teens are having sex, NBC News reported. The survey found 41 percent of high school kids said they had ever had sex — down from around 47 percent...

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<![CDATA[New Map Shows Where Zika Mosquitoes Live in US]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:42:02 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CDCMosquitoMap.jpg
A new map shows mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus can be found in 40 states and Washington, D.C., NBC News reported. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled the new map...

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<![CDATA[FDA Still Taking Months to Recall Tainted Food: Investigators ]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:17:48 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FDA-AP_16160687331207.jpg
Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported...

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<![CDATA[Turkey's President Calls Women Who Work 'Half Persons']]>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:25:55 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP924995293814.jpg
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said women who chose work over motherhood are "half persons," NBC News reported. "A woman who abstains from maternity by saying 'I am working' means that she is actually...

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<![CDATA[More Than 40 Percent of US Women Are Obese: CDC ]]>Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:10:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-98473190.jpg
The nation's obesity epidemic continues to grow, led by an alarming increase among women. For the first time, more than 4 in 10 U.S. women are obese, according to new government health statistics.

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<![CDATA[Miss. Woman Wins Court Fight for Her Placenta]]>Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:59:53 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_placentafight0602_1920x1080.jpg
An expectant Mississippi mother, Jordan Thiering, was shocked to find out she couldn't easily keep her placenta after the birth. "If I can bring my baby home, I should have every right to bring my placenta...]]>
<![CDATA[Deciding to Stop Cancer Treatment Frees Some Families in Pain]]>Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:46:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16155565075772-cancer.jpg
Two months before Joe Clark died of colon cancer at age 31, a doctor gently told him it was time to stop treatment. He had suffered through more than a year of chemotherapy that produced painful sores in...

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<![CDATA[New Drug Gives Bladder Cancer Patients Fresh Hope]]>Sun, 05 Jun 2016 19:08:25 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NYUCancerDrug-160603-dr-arjun-balar-mbe-459p-2.jpg
A newly approved drug is giving the boost needed to stall the spread of tumors in patients with advanced bladder cancer, NBC News reports. The drug, called atezolizumab, is sold under the name Tecentriq...]]>
<![CDATA[Stem Cell Experiment Stuns Doctors]]>Sun, 05 Jun 2016 09:01:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/0603-2016-StemCell.jpg
In a recent medical study Stanford researchers say a new stem cell experiment is transforming the lives of stroke patients. The use of stem cells is allowing patients with little hope for recovery to suddenly...

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<![CDATA[Fentanyl: Drug That Killed Prince Killed Thousands of Others]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2016 21:20:37 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fentanyl-AP_717602029855.jpg
Fentanyl, the drug that killed Prince, is a powerful narcotic that has killed thousands of others, according to NBC News. According to a medical examiner’s report Thursday, the pop icon died from fentanyl...

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<![CDATA[Pizza Hut to Slice Out More Artificial Ingredients]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:05:27 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/186*120/GettyImages-143134303.jpg
Pizza Hut said it will remove more artificial ingredients from its pizza pies in the next year at its U.S. restaurants. The company already removed artificial flavors and colors from its pizzas last...

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Unclear Why US Deaths Rising]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:33:12 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-10189107.jpg
The overall death rate in the United States ticked up in 2015, according to new federal data, NBC News reported. Nearly 730 deaths were reported for every 100,000 people in 2015 compared to 723 deaths in 2014,...

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<![CDATA[FDA Issues New Guidelines on Salt, Pressuring Food Industry]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:18:55 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-557995293.jpg
The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from...

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<![CDATA[Tigers Closer Rodriguez Says He Contracted Zika]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:12:12 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-536239078.jpg
Detroit Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez says he contracted the Zika virus over the off-season in his home country of Venezuela and advises potential Olympic athletes to educate themselves on the virus...

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<![CDATA[Zika-Linked Baby Born at NJ Hospital: Officials]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:09:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Baby60.jpg
A woman diagnosed with the Zika virus gave birth to a girl with microcephaly at a New Jersey hospital, the first apparent case of a baby being born in the Northeast with defects from the disease, Manny Alvarez...

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<![CDATA[Sisters Diagnosed Weeks Apart Fight Breast Cancer Together]]>Tue, 31 May 2016 14:52:16 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16151686561732.jpg
Two Utah sisters grew up in the same bedroom, went to the same college, worked for almost a decade at the same company and have visited over 50 countries side by side. Now every three weeks, they sit together in...

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<![CDATA[Inside the Lab That Found the Latest Superbug]]>Tue, 31 May 2016 08:08:57 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
The news startled doctors across the country last week. A small team at the Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) lab in Maryland that specializes in testing germs for...

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<![CDATA[Health Experts Urge WHO to Consider Moving Rio Olympics]]>Fri, 27 May 2016 15:02:25 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_434012548357.jpg
Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak. The 150 experts — including a former...

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<![CDATA[Possible Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Rat Study]]>Fri, 27 May 2016 20:47:12 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-498338511.jpg
A partial report from a U.S. government study on on rats and mice has found a possible link between cellphones and cancer, giving new life to the longstanding debate over whether cellphone use might lead...

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<![CDATA[Dr. Heimlich, Now 96, Uses His Maneuver for 1st Time ]]>Fri, 27 May 2016 10:51:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_896824622743.jpg
The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich maneuver recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior...

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<![CDATA[6 BBQ Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend]]>Fri, 27 May 2016 07:25:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/BBQ-Template-6.jpg
BBQ and picnic season is just beginning. Here are a few tips to make sure you kick off the season with a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Found in US for 1st Time]]>Thu, 26 May 2016 20:32:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
A drug resistant “superbug” feared by doctors has shown up in the U.S. for the first time, researchers reported Thursday. The germ, E. coli bacteria with the mcr-1 gene mutation, was found in a Pennsylvania...

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<![CDATA[5 Arrested in NYC Counterfeit Perfume Bust: Feds]]>Thu, 26 May 2016 09:54:43 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/perfume-arrests-0525.jpg
Federal agents seized cases of fake perfume – some of which contained ingredients linked to cancer and organ damage – and made five arrests in a counterfeiting bust Wednesday morning, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[Candy-Like Edible Marijuana Is Sending Kids to ERs]]>Wed, 25 May 2016 14:26:21 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/149252006-edible-marijuana.jpg
In Oregon, an 8-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after finding a marijuana cookie at a park. In Michigan, two children were sent to the ER after getting into a man's stash of gummy candy containing...

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<![CDATA[Family Health Care Costs Have Tripled Since '01: Analysis]]>Tue, 24 May 2016 16:44:53 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/HEALTH_GettyImages-544488581.jpg
The costs of providing health care to an average American family surpassed $25,000 for the first time in 2016 — even as the rate of health cost increases slowed to a record low, a new analysis revealed...

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<![CDATA[BMX Legend Dave Mirra Had Brain Disease: Report]]>Tue, 24 May 2016 14:33:52 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mirra-GettyImages-82166876.jpg
Doctors have reportedly concluded that BMX rider Dave Mirra, who took his own life in February, suffered from the brain disease CTE. ESPN reports a neuropathologist at the University of Toronto and two others...

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<![CDATA['Natural' Mosquito Repellents Don't Last: Consumer Reports]]>Tue, 24 May 2016 10:48:43 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Most so-called natural mosquito repellents containing naturally derived oils smell nice but don't keep mosquitos off as long as those containing synthetic chemicals, Consumer Reports found. Consumer Reports...

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<![CDATA[No Harm From 'Cry It Out' Baby Sleep Method: Study]]>Tue, 24 May 2016 09:00:35 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg
A new study suggests that infants left to CIO — "cry it out" or cry themselves to sleep will not suffer any emotional, behavioral or parental attachment problems, Today.com reported.

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<![CDATA[New Prosthetic Arm Offers Life-Like Touch]]>Mon, 23 May 2016 19:12:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_prostheticarm0523_1920x1080.jpg
A unique, thought-controlled prosthetic arm developed in part by the Hanger Clinic in Gig Harbor, Washington, uses the the body's nerve signals to control movement.]]>
<![CDATA[Fitbit Heart Rate Trackers 'Highly Inaccurate': Study]]>Mon, 23 May 2016 14:47:12 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/579056257-fitbit-charge-hr.jpg
A class action lawsuit against Fitbit may be bolstered by the release of a new study claiming the company's popular heart rate trackers are "highly inaccurate," CNBC reports. Researchers at the California State...

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<![CDATA[NFL Sought to Influence Study on Brain Injuries: Report]]>Mon, 23 May 2016 14:42:16 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/nfl+football+generic.jpg
National Football League officials improperly sought to influence a government study on the link between football and brain disease, according to a senior House Democrat in a report issued Monday.

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<![CDATA[157 Pregnant Women in US States Have Zika: CDC]]>Fri, 20 May 2016 14:13:30 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/embarazo225.jpg
The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is reporting cases. Previously, officials had reported how many pregnant...

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<![CDATA[Makeover Coming for Food Nutrition Labels]]>Fri, 20 May 2016 11:00:22 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-513330566-grocery.jpg
Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars. And serving sizes will be updated to make them...

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<![CDATA[Oprah Winfrey Say She Cheats on Weight Watchers]]>Fri, 20 May 2016 10:19:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-522758200.jpg
Winfrey, who's lost upwards of 26 lbs. since becoming a Weight Watchers spokesperson last summer, does allow for a few indulgences.

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<![CDATA[Half of US Cancer Deaths Due to Bad Habits: Study ]]>Thu, 19 May 2016 19:23:16 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SmokingCigarettes-AP_16117589693563.jpg
Researchers say people are in charge of their own risk of cancer — with as many as half of cancer deaths related to things people could easily change, NBC News reported. Smoking, heavy drinking, being...

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<![CDATA[Yellow Fever in Africa Not a Public Emergency: WHO]]>Thu, 19 May 2016 17:31:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/YellowFeverMosquitoes-AP_96386058689.jpg
The World Health Organization said the current yellow fever outbreak in central African requires urgent action, but doesn’t amount to a public health emergency, NBC News reports. The organization’s advisory...

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<![CDATA[House GOP Presses Ahead With $622M Bill to Fight Zika]]>Thu, 19 May 2016 04:40:44 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Republicans controlling the House pushed through on Wednesday a $622 million bill to battle the Zika virus, setting up challenging and high-stakes negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and the White House...

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<![CDATA[Health Experts to Test HIV Vaccine in South Africa]]>Wed, 18 May 2016 20:43:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ThaiHIVVaccineTest-AP_09092502984.jpg
Scientists will be testing an HIV vaccine in South Africa that has had some success, NBC News reported. The risk of infection dropped for 31 percent of volunteers tested in Thailand in 2009 when they were given...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Drug Keeps Some Patients Alive for 3 Years]]>Wed, 18 May 2016 19:37:09 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JimmyCarter-AP_473126061319.jpg
A drug that helped former President Jimmy Carter’s cancer disappear is helping many other patients with similar conditions, NBC News reports. The drug, Keytruda, stops tumor cells from cloaking themselves...

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<![CDATA[Cosmetics Can't Claim They Lighten, Plump Up Skin, FDA Says]]>Wed, 18 May 2016 17:50:16 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-464778768.jpg
Reviva Labs, a popular brand of cosmetics, must either prove its products plump skin, regenerate collagen and lighten age spots, or stop claiming they do, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The...

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<![CDATA[Penis Transplant Recipient Speaks]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 21:06:43 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_419817354546.jpg
With a warm and upbeat attitude, Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, said he's a lucky guy — thankful for his doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, and thankful to be the first man in the country...

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<![CDATA[Many Sunscreens Don’t Meet SPF Claims: Consumer Reports]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 08:32:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200535755-001.jpg
Consumer Reports tested 65 water-resistant sunscreens with SPF numbers of 30 or higher and found that nearly half did not meet their SPF claims. Nearly three-quarters of "natural" sunscreens also fell...

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<![CDATA[Zika More Worrying but Olympics Shouldn't Be Moved: UN]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 08:56:41 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-150271779.jpg
The World Health Organization's chief said Tuesday the agency is increasingly worried about the Zika virus, even though it does not recommend canceling or postponing the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in...

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<![CDATA[Heart Attacks Are 'Silent' in Nearly Half of Cases: Study]]>Mon, 16 May 2016 19:33:21 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/medical-GettyImages-57229731.jpg
A new study released Monday found that 45 percent of heart attacks in the United States are "silent" — people don't realize they're having them, NBC News reports. But even though these heart attacks do...

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<![CDATA[In Surprising Turnabout, Oklahoma Eyes Medicaid Expansion]]>Mon, 16 May 2016 08:21:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OKLAHOMA_AP_16134820205716.jpg
Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a...

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<![CDATA[1st Penis Transplant in US]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 08:52:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_419817354546.jpg
Massachusetts General Hospital said Monday is has performed the nation's first penis transplant. Last week, during the 15-hour procedure, surgeons connected the intricate vascular nerve structures of a...

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<![CDATA[360° Video: Raphael Miranda, Erica Grow Ride Expo Zip Line]]>Sat, 14 May 2016 11:30:13 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zipline-expo-360video.jpg
NBC 4 New York meteorologists Raphael Miranda and Erica Grow raced down a zip line from high above the field at MetLife Stadium.

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<![CDATA[ Pfizer Blocks Use of Its Drugs for Executions]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 20:19:42 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PfizerLogo-GettyImages-524975736%281%29.jpg
The Pfizer drug company is taking steps to ensure its products do not wind up in cocktails being used to execute prisoners, NBC News reported. "Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of...

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<![CDATA[Living Long: Centenarians Share Their Secrets ]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 14:59:24 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_13060501691.jpg
When it comes to living long, people who've lived to be 100 years old get asked is "what's your secret?" But their keys to longevity seems to be as varied as their lives are long. Though genetics may be...

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<![CDATA[Senate Strikes Bipartisan Deal Worth $1.1 Billion to Fight Zika]]>Thu, 12 May 2016 20:56:55 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
The Senate struck a bipartisan compromise deal to give President Obama more than half the money he’s asked for to fight the Zika virus, NBC News reports. The deal was brokered by Missouri Sen.

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<![CDATA[ FDA to Redefine 'Healthy,' 'Natural' Foods]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 18:01:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FDALogo0GettyImages-549010409%281%29.jpg
The Food and Drug Association is redefining what “healthy” really means following years of pressure to make changes to the way it labels food products, NBC News reports. Congress is also urging the FDA...

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<![CDATA[Pregnant CrossFit Competitor Responds to Critics]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 15:50:45 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pregnant-woman-weight-lifter-today-160509-tease_c3701d86f14bf39ef4e4b38803d8cc84.today-inline-large.jpg
A North Carolina personal trainer has come under fire on social media for exercising six days a week while pregnant and completing strenuous workouts even past her due date. Emily Breeze, a two-time CrossFit...

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<![CDATA[Walnuts Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 13:20:56 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-121816140.jpg
United Natural Trading LLC is recalling several walnut and walnut-containing products sold under the Nature’s Promise, Woodstock, Market Basket and Woodfield Farms brands due to a possible listeria...

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<![CDATA[Too Much Folic Acid Linked to Higher Risk of Autism: Study]]>Wed, 11 May 2016 11:23:15 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-513208443.jpg
For decades, pregnant women and women who may become pregnant have been advised to take folic acid to help prevent certain birth defects. But a new study suggests it may be possible to get too much of a...

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<![CDATA[Bullying Is a Public Health Problem: Report]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 15:00:02 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617857967.jpg
Bullying is a "serious public health problem," and should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids, a leading panel of experts warned Tuesday. "Its prevalence perpetuates its normalization.

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<![CDATA[Swaddling May Increase SIDS Risk: Study]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 11:11:05 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg
Swaddling may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, if babies are placed on their stomachs or when they sleep on their sides, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed data from four...

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<![CDATA[CRF Frozen Food Recall Affects More Products]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 10:56:52 -0400said it has destroyed those products it has, and anyone who purchased any may return them for a refund.]]>said it has destroyed those products it has, and anyone who purchased any may return them for a refund.]]>http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/frozen-food-recall-ajinomoto.jpg
More products are being taken from the shelves as part of the expanding CRF frozen food recall over possible listeria contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Among the latest round...

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<![CDATA[E-Cigarette Poisonings Surge in Young Children: Study]]>Mon, 09 May 2016 20:59:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/462428762.jpg
Electronic cigarettes have sickened rising numbers of young children, a study of U.S. poison center calls has found. Most cases involve swallowing liquid nicotine. While most kids weren't seriously harmed, one...

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<![CDATA[Researchers Say 'Second Skin' Tightens Baggy Eyes]]>Mon, 09 May 2016 14:07:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/160509-second-skin-eyes-mdl_b07089e163e3774cad54b204caf36f04.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
Dry legs? Saggy eyes? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have developed a two-step formula that tightens baggy eyes and can keep dry legs from flaking.

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<![CDATA['Solar Kids': Brothers Become Paralyzed Each Night]]>Fri, 06 May 2016 11:02:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_366772355998.jpg
The two brothers have come to be known as the "solar kids" and their case has completely mystified Pakistani doctors. Ages 9 and 13, the boys are normal active children during the day.

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<![CDATA[Conversation on Child Mental Health]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 17:33:57 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/20150505+ReidEwing.jpg
Caring for children's mental health takes a team approach: Family members, health care professionals and educators. When that happens, a young person's life can blossom. That's the goal behind National...

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<![CDATA[FDA Brings E-Cigarettes Under Federal Authority]]>Thu, 05 May 2016 17:58:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/182*120/184769106.jpg
Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting to position itself as...

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<![CDATA[New Robot Surgeon Works on Its Own]]>Wed, 04 May 2016 21:50:43 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/160504-robot-surgery-mn-1506_64766b4b95b687114fdd1811d9967469.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
A new type of robot can perform tricky surgery as well as — and in some cases better than — human surgeons, NBC News reported. Researchers with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington said the...

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<![CDATA[Infected Mosquitoes Can't Transmit Zika Virus: Study]]>Wed, 04 May 2016 20:22:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Zika-GettyImages-506977656%281%29.jpg
Infecting mosquitoes with a strain of bacteria reduced their ability to transmit the Zika virus, according to Brazilian researchers, NBC News reported. Mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria have been...

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<![CDATA[Medical Errors No. 3 Cause of Death in US: Experts]]>Wed, 04 May 2016 18:16:05 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SurgicalInstruments-GettyImages-511163598.jpg
Two medical experts said Wednesday that medical mistakes — from surgical disasters to accidental drug overdoses — are the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., NBC News reported. Dr.

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<![CDATA[NJ Walk to Cure Arthritis to Kick Off 2016 Expo]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 19:06:22 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/arthritis+foundation.jpg
More than 2,000 runners and walkers will join together to aid in the battle against arthritis as part of the 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis event at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on May 14.

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<![CDATA[Man Sprayed Poison on Food: FBI]]>Wed, 04 May 2016 11:26:04 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ann+arbor+mice+poison+fbi.jpg
A man is in custody after he admitted to spraying a contaminant that officials believe contained mouse poison on unpackaged food at several Michigan grocery stores, authorities said. An investigation indicated

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<![CDATA[US Not Ready for Zika Virus: Experts ]]>Tue, 03 May 2016 22:56:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_71939457309-zika.png
Zika virus is going to start spreading in the United States and the country's not ready for it, experts said Tuesday. It probably won't spread much — most areas in the U.S. don't have the right conditions...

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<![CDATA[CRF Frozen Foods Recalls 358 Fruit, Veggie Products]]>Tue, 03 May 2016 18:07:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-518961258.jpg
CRF Frozen Foods said Monday it's expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables after several people have become sick with listeria infections. Eight people have...

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<![CDATA[The Republic of Tea Recalls Green Tea]]>Tue, 03 May 2016 10:45:46 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-73975793.jpg
The California-based company The Republic of Tea is recalling one of its green tea blends as a precaution over fears of possible salmonella contamination. The company said Monday that the voluntary recall...

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<![CDATA['Biggest Loser' Study Shows How Your Body Fights Against Weight Loss]]>Mon, 02 May 2016 17:17:54 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DannyCahill-138373183.jpg
Your body doesn't want you to lose all that weight. A study that followed 14 of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" six years after the season ended has detailed just how the body...

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defects May Be 'Tip of the Iceberg': Experts]]>Mon, 02 May 2016 07:20:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The explosion of cases of birth defects caused by Zika virus may be the "tip of the iceberg," experts said Sunday. Many cases have probably been missed because babies looked normal when they were born, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[A Look at How the Zika Virus Can Kill You]]>Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:34:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/virus+zika+puerto+rico.jpg
The Zika virus is not usually thought of as a life-threatening virus, but it did kill a man in Puerto Rico. The man, in his 70s, is the first reported U.S. death from the virus, which is spreading across...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves First Commercial Zika Virus Test]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:38:13 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaBloodTest-GettyImages-508017592.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first commercial U.S. test Thursday to diagnose the Zika virus, NBC News reported. Quest Diagnostics will use the same method that government labs use to look...

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<![CDATA[Teen Birth Rates Drop Among Blacks, Hispanics: CDC]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:55:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TeenPregnancyGettyImages-459016410.jpg
Birth rates among black and Hispanic teenagers have fallen dramatically over the past decade, but they’re still more likely to have babies compared to their white peers, according to a new report, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Cheaper & Designer Sunglasses Give Full UV Protection]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:07:30 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Sunglasses-GettyImages-106750577.jpg
Cheap sunglasses and expensive designer eyewear deliver the same amount of UV protection, according to an investigation conducted by the “Today” show. University of California, Berkeley, optometrist Dr.

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<![CDATA[Zika Was in Haiti Before Brazil: Study ]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:45:34 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
A new study shows the Zika virus was circulating in Haiti in 2014, long before it became obvious that it was spreading in Brazil, NBC News reported. The team checked out three mysterious infections in...

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<![CDATA[US Health Care Costs All Over the Map: Study]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:23:11 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-health-1200-01.jpg
Health care prices vary in different parts of the U.S., according to a new study that digs into the pattern of costs around the country, NBC News reported. The report from the Health Care Cost Institute...

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<![CDATA[Valeant CEO to Tell Congress He Regrets Drug Price Hikes ]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:02:51 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-508393324.jpg
The outgoing CEO of embattled drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals will tell lawmakers Wednesday that he was "too aggressive" and regrets drastically hiking prices for several critical medicines, according...

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<![CDATA[More Kids Harmed by Ingesting Laundry Pods: Study]]>Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:30:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453144893.jpg
Despite warnings about the dangers laundry detergent pods pose to children, calls to poison control centers continue to rise, NBC's "Today" show reported, citing a new study published Monday. The study...

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<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Users Protest CBD-Only Laws ]]>Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:41:47 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MedicalMarijuana-AP_613601499642.jpg
Many people who would benefit from the legalization of medical marijuana are beginning to rise up to protest the new laws, NBC News reports. They say “CBD-only” laws allow residents with specified conditions...

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<![CDATA[3rd of US Suicides Among Middle-Aged Whites: CDC]]>Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:44:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cdcGettyImages-456691988.jpg
Middle-aged white people now account for a third of all suicides in the U.S., a new government report shows. Suicide is the nation's 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24 per cent in...

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<![CDATA[Irregular Periods May Raise Ovarian Cancer Risk: Study]]>Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:59:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Ovarian+Cancer1.jpg
Women who had irregular periods in their 20s were more likely to develop ovarian cancer decades later, according to a new study, NBC News reported. Researchers reported in the International Journal of...

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<![CDATA[Researchers Use 3D Printer to Make Heart]]>Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:59:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_heartvalve0419_1920x1080.jpg
Researchers use a 3D printer to make an exact model of a patient's heart prior to a complicated surgery. KARE's Janel Klein reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors Hail 'Revolutionary' Stroke Treatment]]>Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:26:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_strokes0419_1920x1080.jpg
A new study finds more than 90 percent of patients who are able to undergo stent retrieval within two and a half hours of an acute ischemic stroke have minimal to no lasting disability.]]>
<![CDATA[States Seek Ways To Regulate Steep Air-Ambulance Costs]]>Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:38:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TLMD-AMBULANCE-HOMBRE-MUERE.jpg
As the air ambulance industry has grown, so too have complaints about costs and the lack of regulations.

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<![CDATA[Theranos CEO 'Devastated' About Blood Test Issues]]>Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:55:01 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_241410476392.jpg
Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of blood-testing company Theranos, said she was "devastated" after an inspection found "critical violations" at her California lab, raising questions about an accuracy of...

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Mutation May Explain Spread, Birth Defects: Study]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:39:43 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Researchers hope genetic mutations they found in the Zika virus may explain why it seems to be causing birth defects, according to NBC News. The current virus strain comes from one that circulated in Asia, the...

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<![CDATA[Parasites May Help Stomach & Bowel Diseases]]>Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:31:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/160414-worm-story-mdl_c8f63d898d16fe763f375098bad69621.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg
Researchers believe they’ve figured out that worm-like parasites may help stomach and bowel diseases, NBC News reports. "Our findings are among the first to link parasites and bacteria to the origin of...

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<![CDATA[CDC Sees Same-Sex Zika Transmission]]>Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:28:47 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509588626.jpg
A Dallas man who contracted Zika in Venezuela transferred it to a male sexual partner after returning home in January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday. The case was identified...

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<![CDATA[CDC: Zika Definitely Causes Severe Birth Defects ]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:13:04 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/507416952-getty-brazil-health-inspections.jpg
Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally...

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<![CDATA[De Niro Defends Support for Anti-Vaccine Film]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:28:21 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Robert+De+Niro+on+Today+.png
Actor Robert De Niro defended Wednesday the controversial anti-vaccine documentary "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe" that he pulled from this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Speaking on NBC's "Today" show he...

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<![CDATA[Napster Co-Founder Gives $250M to Cancer Research ]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:54:14 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_992106568115.jpg
A project to speed development of cancer-fighting drugs that harness the immune system has academic and drug industry researchers collaborating and sharing their findings like never before. The newly created...

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<![CDATA[Teens With Sleep Issues Take Dangerous Risks: CDC]]>Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:26:03 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CDCLogo-AP_134942423520.jpg
High school students who get too little sleep — or too much — are also more likely to drive drunk or take other risks. That's the finding of a government survey of more than 50,000 high school...

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<![CDATA[Diabetes Rises Fourfold Over Last 25 Years: WHO]]>Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:58:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg
The World Health Organization says excessive weight, obesity, aging and population growth drove a nearly fourfold increase in worldwide cases of diabetes over the last quarter-century, affecting 422 million...

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<![CDATA[Allergan, Pfizer Call Off Proposed $160B Merger]]>Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:29:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-496842896.jpg
The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker, Pfizer Inc., will stay put thanks to aggressive new Treasury Department rules that succeeded in blocking Pfizer from acquiring rival Allergan and moving to Ireland — at least on...

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<![CDATA[Emerald Cashews Recalled Over Glass Shards]]>Mon, 04 Apr 2016 14:55:46 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Emerald_Recall.jpg
Snyder's-Lance, Inc, makers of Emerald brand nuts, is issuing a voluntary recall of a limited number of Emerald 100 Calorie Pack Roasted and Salted Cashew Halves & Pieces product, the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Extreme Hoarding: NYC Team Tackles Both Mess and the Mind]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:16:33 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_749502440375.jpg
In the frantic aftermath of a gas explosion last year that leveled three nearby buildings, the firefighters who arrived to evacuate Adam Chrin's fourth-floor apartment were confronted by an entirely different...

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<![CDATA[Zika Screening Blood Test OK'd]]>Wed, 30 Mar 2016 20:52:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaLab-GettyImages-506977656.jpg
Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental blood test to screen blood for Zika virus, an emergency step designed to protect blood supplies.

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<![CDATA[Baby Deadline Test Lets Women Beat Biological Clocks]]>Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:54:08 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PregnancyTest-GettyImages-566438193%281%29.jpg
A test that has been a staple in fertility clinics is now being used to help women predict their fertility, NBC News reported. The test, now being called the “baby deadline test,” is a simple blood analysis...

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Causes Brain Damage to Fetus: Study]]>Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:20:51 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
The Zika virus can cause brain damage to a fetus, despite normal ultrasound results early in pregnancy, according to a new study, NBC News reported. There were no telltale signs of birth defects when...

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<![CDATA[Hopkins Begins Nation's First HIV-Positive Organ Transplant ]]>Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:58:18 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HIVOrganTransplants-AP_309608785297.jpg
Surgeons in Baltimore for the first time have transplanted organs between an HIV-positive donor and HIV-positive recipients, a long-awaited new option for patients with the AIDS virus whose kidneys or livers...

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<![CDATA[New Abortion Drug Label Could Undo Several State Laws]]>Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:21:33 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Mifeprex-GettyImages-1308067.jpg
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new label for a common abortion-inducing drug that could undo restrictions on medication abortions passed by several states.

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<![CDATA[Utah Gov. Signs Bill Requiring Abortion Anesthesia]]>Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:58:02 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-184867653-%281%29.jpg
The governor signed a bill Monday that makes Utah the first state to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. The bill signed by Republican Gov.

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<![CDATA[Campbell's to Remove BPA From Soup Cans]]>Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:09:41 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/campbells-soup.jpg
Campbell Soup Co. will stop using the chemical Bisphenol A in its canned products by the middle of next year to reassure consumers worried that the substance may harm their health. The pledge announced...

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<![CDATA[New Zika Guidelines for Couples Before Pregnancy]]>Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:17:47 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PregnancyTest-GettyImages-566438193%281%29.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning couples who have been exposed to the Zika virus they may need to wait up to six months before trying to conceive, NBC News reported. According to...

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<![CDATA[California to Delay Warnings Over Chemical in Food Cans]]>Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:51:13 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_236383746863-toxic-cans-too-scary.jpg
California plans to delay state-required warnings on metal cans lined with the chemical BPA, arguing too-specific warnings could scare stores and shoppers in poor neighborhoods away from some of the only fruits...

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<![CDATA[Seniors Dance Their Way to Better Health]]>Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:08:45 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_dancebenefits0324_1920x1080__829070.jpg
A program finds that Latin dance classes can help improve physical fitness. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Links Caffeine With Pregnancy Loss]]>Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:07:47 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/caffeineGettyImages-511709928.jpg
A new study shows that people who drank three or more cups a day of caffeinated drinks while trying for a pregnancy — sodas, energy drinks or coffee — were more likely to lose that pregnancy early on, Today.com...

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<![CDATA[New Rule Lowers Silica Dust Limit to Protect Workers]]>Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:51:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Silica-AP_858473348021.jpg
Regulators announced a rule to increase workplace protections against exposure to crystalline silica, a carcinogenic dust found in construction, foundries and fracking, NBC News reported. Issued Thursday by the...

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<![CDATA[Elmo Teaches Latin American Kids About Zika]]>Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:46:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ElmoRaya-GettyImages-456230810%281%29.jpg
Sesame Street has joined forces with the Pan American Health Organization to teach kids how to avoid contracting the Zika virus, NBC News reports. Two 30-second videos feature Elmo and Raya in Spanish, English...

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<![CDATA[Zika Has Been in Brazil Longer Than Anyone Thought: Study]]>Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:05:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/507416952-getty-brazil-health-inspections.jpg
The Zika virus has probably been circulating quietly and undetected in Brazil since 2013, a new genetic study shows. A large international team of experts used a "genetic clock" to show Zika virus has...

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<![CDATA[Congress Breaks for Easter Without Funding Zika Fight]]>Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:31:18 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoAP_791168702393.jpg
Congress left Washington Wednesday afternoon without voting to appropriate any of the $1.9 billion the Obama administration has asked for to fight Zika, NBC News reported. Republicans say they don’t want...

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<![CDATA[3 US Hospitals Attacked by Ransomware]]>Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:42:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Hacker506944962.jpg
Three U.S. hospitals were hit this week by "ransomware" attacks that brought down their systems, according to NBC News. The servers for Chino Valley Medical Center and Desert Valley Hospital, both in...

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