<![CDATA[NBC New York - Health News - [NY Feature Page] Health]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/healthen-usThu, 22 Jun 2017 17:13:09 -0400Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:13:09 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Hummus Sold At Wal-Mart, Target Recalled for Listeria Risk]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:40:58 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/armus-hummus.jpg
A brand of pine nut hummus sold at major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target has been recalled by its manufacturer because it may be contaminated with listeria. House of Thaller, which is based in...

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<![CDATA[5 Key Issues to Look for in the Senate Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:44:53 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mcconnell3.jpg
With Senate Republican leaders expected to release details of their health care bill in a 9:30 a.m. meeting Thursday, NBC News rounded up five big issues that are at the heart of the proposed legislation.

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<![CDATA[Flu Vaccine Ineffective for People 65 and Older Last Winter]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:53:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458535168-flushotnew.jpg
The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around. U.S. health officials on Wednesday released new...

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<![CDATA[Women Keep Dressing Like ‘Handmaids’ at Statehouses]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:02:43 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handmaidslegislation_1200x675.jpg
Women across the country are using creative methods to get their message on reproductive rights to their local and state legislative bodies by channeling the characters from the dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's...

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<![CDATA[FDA Wants To Stop Pharma From 'Gaming' Generic Drug System]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:30:53 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pills-generic-03-GettyImages-108339198.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration is trying to stop pharmaceutical companies from "gaming" the system by blocking or delaying generic competition, Reuters reported. The agency plans a public meeting on July...

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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[Namaste: It's International Yoga Day]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:13:21 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT+YOGA+DAY+THUMB.jpg
June 21 is the third annual International Yoga Day, which thousands of yogis across the world marked at mass gatherings. It's estimated that over 36 million Americans practice yoga annually, spending more...]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Medicaid Cuts Would Hit States Battling Opioid Epidemic]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:02:58 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17166699140334-Heroin-Overdose-Survivor.jpg
The Republican drive to roll back Barack Obama's health care law is on a collision course with a national opioid epidemic that's not letting up. Medicaid cuts resulting from the GOP legislation would hit...

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<![CDATA[They're Back! Numbers of Ticks are High Across New England]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:03:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tickslymenewengland_1200x675.jpg
Tick numbers are on the rise across New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme and other diseases associated with the blood suckers. Much of the region got a respite last year as the drought took...

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<![CDATA[India's No-Meat, No-Lust Advice for Pregnant Women Ridiculed]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:55:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17170329215266-India-Pregnancy-Advice-Doctors.jpg
India's government is advising pregnant women to avoid all meat, eggs and lusty thoughts, but doctors say the advice is preposterous, and even dangerous, considering India's already-poor record with maternal...

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<![CDATA['Human Project' Study Will Ask 10,000 to Share Life's Data]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:39:02 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17167479729521.jpg
Wanted: 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood samples and life-changing events. For 20 years.

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<![CDATA[Too Hot to Handle: Study Shows Earth's Killer Heat Worsens]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:50:14 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17167791954667-Heat-Wave-Phoenix.jpg
Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a...

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<![CDATA[Six Experts Resign From President's HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel]]>Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:40:48 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-499435366.jpg
Scott Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, explained in a Newsweek op-ed Friday that he and five colleagues decided to leave their posts on the council in protest of the Trump...

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<![CDATA[Laundry Pods Can Be Fatal for Adults With Dementia]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:14:26 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/detergent-pods-file.jpg
Within the past five years, six adults with cognitive impairment have died from ingesting brightly colored laundry detergent pods. During the same time, two children died from doing the same. According to...

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<![CDATA[App for Air Pollution Could Make City Living a Lot Safer]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:50:53 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/calipollutionx1200x675.jpg
Out of a pollution study an app, that can pinpoint pollution hot spots block by block, is being developed for city dwellers, reported NBC News. A study suggests that it might be possible for local authorities...

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<![CDATA[Fewer Teens Are Vaping and Smoking, CDC Survey Finds]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:41:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-647804748.jpg
Teen smoking rates have hit new lows in the U.S. and, for the first time, fewer high school students are trying e-cigarettes, NBC News reported. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[Study Finds Traces of Lead in Some Baby Foods]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:56:02 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/240*120/061517+generic+baby+food.JPG
A startling new report finds detectable levels of lead in baby food, a finding that may concern parents. But experts say it's important to stay vigilant about bigger sources of lead poisoning in...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Law Could Cost Nearly 1 Million Jobs: Report]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:14:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649341364.jpg
The American Health Care Act, the GOP’s answer to Obamacare, could end up costing the U.S. economy close to 1 million jobs, researchers predicted Wednesday. If the bill passes, it would initially boost jobs and...

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<![CDATA[Iraq: Food Poisoning Strikes Hundreds at Camp for Displaced]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:00:45 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/iraqfoodposioningcamp_1200x675.jpg
Food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds hospitalized, Iraqi officials said Tuesday. The incident at the Hassan Sham U2 camp, about 20...

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<![CDATA[Drones Carrying Defibrillators Could Aid Heart Emergencies]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:06:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-586221528-drone.jpg
It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest. Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of...

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<![CDATA[Fancy Names May Get People to Eat Their Veggies]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:47:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP742732234097_Veggies.jpg
Researchers tried a big serving of food psychology and a dollop of trickery to get diners to eat their vegetables. And it worked. Veggies given names like "zesty ginger-turmeric sweet potatoes" and "twisted...

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<![CDATA[Doctors Reprogram Patients' Own Cells Into Cancer Assassins]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:14:58 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cancertcells_1200x675.jpg
Ken Shefveland's body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins...

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<![CDATA[Obesity Rising in Nations Rich and Poor, Especially in Kids]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:35:30 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ObeseChildChina.jpg
The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, it is rising in countries rich and poor, and in many countries it is increasing faster in children than adults, according to a new study. The...

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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls 2.4M Pounds of Chicken Due to Allergy Risk]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:21:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Foods-generic.jpg
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling more than 2.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken products because the bread crumbs may contain milk, a potential allergen not included on the label.

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<![CDATA[Trader Joe's Recalls Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:35:12 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trader-joes-green-tea.jpg
Trader Joe's is recalling all of its Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream because the products may contain small pieces of metal.

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<![CDATA[New Frontier in Cancer Care: Turning Blood Into Living Drugs]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:49:12 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17102598700716-Immune-Therapy-Cancer-Drugs.jpg
Ken Shefveland's body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins...

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<![CDATA['Beating Heart in a Box' Promises Major Medical Revolution]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:57:56 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/182*120/humanheartcopyART_1200x675.jpg
The most current method and technology available for heart transplants is an estimated 50 years old but new technology may revolutionize how heart transplant surgeries may change in the near future, reported NBC...

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<![CDATA[FDA Asks Company to Pull Its Opioid Opana Because of Abuse]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:56:16 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16271837996563.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration has asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove Opana ER, an extended release form of the opioid drug oxymorphone made by the drug company, from the market because it has such a...

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defects in US Territories Similar to Other Places]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:38:54 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zikababygeneric_1200x675.jpg
A report released Thursday shows Zika had about the same impact on birth defects in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories as it did in other places hit by the epidemic. About 1 in 20 women infected with...

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<![CDATA[6 Reasons to Celebrate Global Running Day]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:49:09 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/running-shoes.jpg
Last week had National Doughnut Day. Global Running Day is here Wednesday, giving you a good excuse to work off those treats. Here are six reasons why you should join more than 1.2 million people from...

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<![CDATA[Drugs Score Big Wins Against Lung, Prostate, Breast Cancers ]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:31:38 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/breastcancercells_1200x675.jpg
Drugs are scoring big wins against common cancers, setting new standards for how to treat many prostate, breast and lung tumors. There's even a "uni-drug" that may fight many forms of the disease. What's...

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<![CDATA[Quickly Reporting Cancer Complications May Boost Survival]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:21:49 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/2092862-cancer-treatment-generic.jpg
If you're being treated for cancer, speak up about any side effects. A study that had patients use home computers to report symptoms like nausea and fatigue surprisingly improved survival — by almost half...

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<![CDATA[AI Sex Robots Are on Their Way]]>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:54:42 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sexrobots_1200x675.jpg
Robots are becoming smarter and have become a part of our daily lives more than ever, from the work they do in hospitals and restaurants to helping around the house. But some of these robot personal assistants...

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<![CDATA[This Device Combats Ebola and Extremists in Africa]]>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:32:52 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ebolanbcnews_1200x675.jpg
In some villages deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where bridges may just be felled trees and there are few roads or telephones, a growing network of solar-powered radios is doing double duty, NBC...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Drug Spending Passes $110 Billion]]>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:34:56 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cancerdrugspendingspikes.jpg
Spending on cancer treatments has spiked past the $100 billion mark globally over the past five years, with almost half that amount in the U.S. alone, NBC News reported, citing a report released Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Trump Climate Decision Endangers Human Health: Doctors]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:04:24 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542739377.jpg
President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement will endanger human health and make it hard to prevent even more damage from global warning, medical groups told NBC...

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<![CDATA[US Officials OK Option for Men With HIV to Father Children ]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:24:30 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HIVsperm_1200x675.jpg
The nation's top public health agency on Thursday changed its guidance for HIV-infected men who want to father children, saying there's now enough evidence that a lab technique that removes the virus is a...

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<![CDATA[How a 1980 Letter Fueled the Opioid Epidemic]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:04:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/opioid-pills.jpg
Nearly 40 years ago, a respected doctor wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine with some very good news: Out of nearly 40,000 patients given powerful pain drugs in a Boston hospital, only...

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<![CDATA[Calif. Could Fund Universal Health Care With $106B in Taxes: Study]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 21:54:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/AP_17151654992452.jpg
A longshot California proposal to replace insurance companies with government-funded health care for all could be paid for with a sales tax hike and a new tax on business revenue that together would generate...

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<![CDATA[Taxpayers May Have Overpaid by $1B for EpiPen: Senator]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 16:56:49 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
American taxpayers may have overpaid by as much as $1.27 billion for EpiPen anti-allergy devices over the course of a decade, a U.S. senator said Wednesday. That is nearly three times the $465 million...

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<![CDATA[Leaked Birth Control Rule Would Broaden Religious Exemption]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 17:41:52 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16239685238277.jpg
Women's groups are threatening to take the Trump administration to court after a leaked, draft regulation revealed a plan to let employers opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women for religious...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Bill Doesn't Fulfill Trump Promises: Poll]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 12:59:54 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-678667194.jpg
President Donald Trump has called the House-passed health care bill a "great plan," but a new poll finds that 3 out of 4 people in the United States do not believe it fulfills most of his promises. The poll out...

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<![CDATA[Dozens Arrested After Health Care Protest in North Carolina]]>Tue, 30 May 2017 19:31:04 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-30-at-4.52.23-PM.jpg
The head of the North Carolina NAACP was among more than 30 people arrested Tuesday during a demonstration against Republican lawmakers' refusal to expand Medicaid coverage — the latest in a long string...

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<![CDATA[Reliving Communist Past Helps East German Dementia Patients]]>Tue, 30 May 2017 12:49:09 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17138429728386-East-German-Dementia-Patients.jpg
Every weekday morning, white-haired women patiently line up before a door at a Dresden retirement home, step in, and quickly step back nearly six decades into their past in Communist East Germany. Most of...

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<![CDATA[The Blame Game Is Upping Health Insurance Costs: Analysis]]>Mon, 29 May 2017 13:01:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/20170519+Capitol1.jpg
While the Senate inches toward agreeing on a health care bill, insurers are growing increasingly rattled by congressional inaction and threats of sabotage from the White House, and customers could soon be paying...

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<![CDATA[Doctors in Brazil Using Fish Skin to Help Burn Victims]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 16:17:01 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_FISH_BANDAGES_052617_1-149582887236800001.jpg
Doctors in Brazil are using skin from farm-raised tilapia to heal burn victims. According to the doctors, the tilapia skin can cut down on the painful process of changing bandages and can actually help...]]>
<![CDATA[How the GOP Bill Could Affect 'Essential Health Benefits']]>Thu, 25 May 2017 12:42:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Congressional-Budget-Office-HR-1628.jpg
If the Republican health reform plan becomes law, states trying to save money on health insurance are likely to seek cuts on services like maternity care, mental health and dentist visits for kids, the...

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<![CDATA[Marijuana Extract Helps Some Kids With Epilepsy: Study]]>Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:01:03 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17143772523848.jpg
A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health...

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<![CDATA[How to Identify Heat Stroke]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 17:26:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HEAT_STROKE_GUIDE_052417_1-149557390684400001.jpg
With summer here, it's important to know the dangers of high temperatures. Heat stroke can be dangerous. Here are some ways you can identify heat stroke and what you should do when you see some of its symptoms.]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Discover 40 More Genes for Intelligence ]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 16:30:11 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/brain_1200x675.jpg
Instead, it shows that intelligence is possibly even more complex than anyone thought, and not easily explained. And it means specially designed smart babies are not in anyone's near future. The study...

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<![CDATA[Kids Under 1 Shouldn't Drink Fruit Juice: Pediatrician Org.]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 18:20:50 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/juicegeneric.jpg
Fruit juice, long recommended as a source of vitamin C for children, has no nutritional value for kids under one year old and isn't as good as fresh fruit for other kids, according to a leading pediatrician...

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<![CDATA[New Guidelines Issued on How Much Juice Is Too Much for Kids]]>Mon, 22 May 2017 17:24:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/baby-generic-new.jpg
Children younger than the age of 1 should not have any fruit juice -- apple, pear, grape or otherwise -- in their diets, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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<![CDATA[Teen With Measles May Have Exposed Others in New Jersey]]>Sat, 20 May 2017 00:16:36 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Measles_Generic_722x406_19018080101.jpg
A teenager who visited the U.S. while infected with measles may have exposed others to the highly contagious disease during his or her stay at a hotel and a hospital in Bergen County, the New Jersey Dept.

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<![CDATA[Diarrhea-Causing Parasite on Rise in US Swimming Pools: CDC]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 23:26:24 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-452286155.jpg
Last year saw more than twice as many outbreaks of the parasitic infection known as "Crypto," which is linked to swimming pools and water parks, than were seen two years before that, according to the Centers for...

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<![CDATA[States Make Move in Fight Over Health Care Reform]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 19:32:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/healthcareprotests_1200x675.jpg
Democratic attorneys general in more than a dozen states announced Thursday they would attempt to intervene in a federal lawsuit that threatens to undercut funding for the Affordable Care Act. The legal move is...

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports Ranks Top Sunscreens of 2017]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 08:17:49 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200535755-001.jpg
If you think all sunscreens are created equal, think again. Consumer Reports has released its annual list of top sunscreens as well as a warning about the SPF number on some bottles: If you put too much...

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<![CDATA[Vaccine May Cut HPV Infections, an Oral Cancer Risk, in Men]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 22:54:03 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hpvvaccinegeneric_1200x675.jpg
The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new study finds. These cancers are rising...

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<![CDATA[Common Lead Test May Be Wrong, FDA and CDC Say]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 15:10:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/206*120/AP_551526133025.jpg
As NBC News reports, many children and pregnant women may need to get new lead tests because one of the most common lab tests may have given falsely low readings, the Food and Drug Administration said...

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<![CDATA[Teen's Shocking Death Prompts New Questions About Caffeine]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 07:50:11 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Avoiding_Death_by_Caffeine.jpg
After a teenager died from ingesting too much caffeine, reporter Roseanne Colletti examines how much is considered dangerous.]]>
<![CDATA[Bullying Persists in School, Reports of Sex Crime Up: Study]]>Tue, 16 May 2017 09:18:08 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17136014479847-school-bullying.jpg
One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade, according to a...

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<![CDATA[Efforts to Reduce US Uninsured Stalled in 2016: CDC]]>Tue, 16 May 2017 06:13:13 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495314721.jpg
After five consecutive years of coverage gains, progress toward reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled in 2016, according to a government report that underscores the stakes as Republicans try to roll...

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<![CDATA[Senate Moderates Hold Bipartisan Health Care Talks]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 21:23:50 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/211*120/AP_17136032403447.jpg
Moderate senators from both parties met Monday to explore whether they can work on bipartisan legislation overhauling the nation's health care system. The evening session came as Republican senators have begun...

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<![CDATA[Trump Details Anti-Abortion Ban Over US Global Health Aid]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 20:06:02 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trump64.jpg
President Donald Trump is moving forward with a plan to massively expand a ban on federal dollars going to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information. Senior administration...

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<![CDATA[Boy, 16, Dies After Drinking Large Soda, Latte, Energy Drink]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 18:07:48 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-571245571.jpg
A 16-year-old South Carolina boy who collapsed in a classroom at school and died last month had so much caffeine in two hours that it killed him, a medical examiner said Monday.

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<![CDATA[Diesel Pollution Worse Than Tailpipe Tests Estimate: Study]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 13:29:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17135537263646-El-Monte-California-Emissions-Test.jpg
Pollution from diesel trucks, buses and cars globally is more than 50 percent higher than levels shown in government lab tests, a new study says. That extra pollution translated to another 38,000 deaths...

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<![CDATA[What Namastes in Vegas: Yoga Makes Inroads in Gambling Mecca]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 09:10:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17135010863731-Yoga-Las-Vegas-Casinos.jpg
Las Vegas isn't known for mind-steadying experiences. But as the city broadens the range of interests and wallets it appeals to, companies have carefully selected an array of unique, picture-perfect sites where...

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<![CDATA[School Districts Brace for Changes in Medicaid Distributions]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 08:06:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17133202434446-health-overhaul-medicaid-schools.jpg
For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators...

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<![CDATA[Brazil Declares End to Zika Emergency After Fall in Cases]]>Fri, 12 May 2017 07:33:12 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_AP_815397555643.jpg
Brazil declared an end to its public health emergency over the Zika virus on Thursday, 18 months after a surge in cases drew headlines around the world. The mosquito-borne virus wasn't considered a major health...

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<![CDATA[Patients Beg for Pricey Drugs on Facebook Black Market]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 16:28:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-141926979.jpg
Desperate patients are swapping pricey pharmaceutical drugs on Facebook, NBC News reported. NBC News searched Facebook and found postings to trade insulins, EpiPens, asthma inhalers and other prescription...

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<![CDATA[Aetna Drops Last 2 State Markets Under Affordable Care Act]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 15:17:51 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg
While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the future of the current law has grown hazier with the nation's third-largest health insurer completely divorcing itself from state-based...

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<![CDATA[Buzz Kill: California Police Work to Detect Drugged Drivers]]>Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:49:27 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17130735362057.jpg
Police in three California counties are testing what amounts to a breathalyzer for drug users — a device that some authorities and lawmakers said Wednesday is desperately needed now that voters have legalized...

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<![CDATA[Study Identifies Root Cause of Gray, Balding Hair]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 09:51:42 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gray+hair+study+ut+southwestern.jpg
Scientists in North Texas have identified the cells that cause hair to turn gray and to go bald – findings that could one day help identify possible treatments. Researchers from the University of Texas...

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<![CDATA[Study Warns of Noisy Knees]]>Wed, 10 May 2017 20:23:54 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Study_Warns_of_Noisy_Knees.jpg
A long term study has found that noisy knees could indicate that a joint disease is coming. Roseanne Colletti reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Descendants of Syphilis Study Subjects Emerging From Shadows]]>Wed, 10 May 2017 09:04:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tuskegee-syphilis-study.jpg
Decades later, it's still hard to grasp what the federal government did to hundreds of black men in rural Alabama — even if you're among their descendants, lighting candles in their memory. For 40 years...

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<![CDATA[Senate Group Draws Fire for Lack of Women Working on Health Care]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 15:36:24 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mcconnell-gop-senate.jpg
The core group of 13 Republican senators tasked with crafting health care legislation to repeal Obamacare is under fire for not including any women senators, NBC News reports. Some Republican women, like

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<![CDATA[Side Effects Emerge After Approval for Many US Drugs: Study ]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 15:49:50 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/prescriptions_1200x675.jpg
Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found. The...

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<![CDATA[Life Expectancy Varies by 20 Years Across US Counties]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 10:10:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/america-life-expectancy-jama-study.jpg
Americans' life expectancy varies by nearly a generation across counties in the United States, according to a new study, from a high of 87 years in Colorado's ski country to a low of 66 years in southwest South...

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<![CDATA[Bacteria Could be Behind Mysterious Outbreak in Liberia: CDC]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 18:21:04 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bacteriainLIberia_1200x675.jpg
A contagious bacterial infection appears to be the cause of at least some cases in a mysterious outbreak in Liberia, U.S. health officials said Monday. The bacteria can cause meningitis, a dangerous brain...

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<![CDATA[Health Care Fight Shifts to Senate, Where GOP Wants a Reboot]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 06:56:23 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16347567513902-mitch.jpg
It took blood, sweat and tears for Republican leaders to finally push their health care bill through the House last week. Don't expect the process to be less arduous in the Senate, though more of the angst...

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<![CDATA[New Testing Method Revolutionizes Allergy Identification]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 13:28:38 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/232*120/Screen+Shot+2017-05-08+at+1.22.10+PM.png
A new finger prick test can identify more than 100 allergens, revolutionizing the more laborious methods currently in use. Dr. Janet Pate with Nurture Pediatrics in Bellaire, Texas says that until now the...]]>
<![CDATA[Measles Outbreak Caused by Vaccine Skeptics: Health Depts.]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 22:06:26 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/177*120/measlesminnesota_1200x675.jpg
An outbreak of measles in Minnesota has led to 44 infected people, nearly all of them children, the Minnesota department of health says. Eleven kids are in the hospital and more cases of measles are expected...

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<![CDATA[Gray Death: The New Killer Drug in the War Against Opioids]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 07:15:04 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gray-death.jpg
Ominously named Gray Death, the killer drug cocktail is making headlines in the ongoing war against the national opioid crisis, NBC News reported. What exactly is Gray Death? Start with heroin.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New Drug to Treat ALS]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 18:47:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16349646792865.jpg
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug Friday to treat patients suffering from amyotrophic latersclerosis (ALS) or commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The drug, Radicava, is the first...

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<![CDATA[How to Protect Yourself From the 2017 Lyme Disease Surge]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 11:17:44 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Lyme-Disease-Tick.jpg
The Center for Disease Control has predicted a surge in the number of Lyme-carrying ticks in the Northeast and Midwest from April through the beginning of the summer.]]>
<![CDATA[Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $110M in Talc Powder Case]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 10:27:34 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Powder-GettyImages-119270124.jpg
A St. Louis jury has awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused cancer. The jury ruling Thursday night for...

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<![CDATA[This Is How Tri-State Reps Voted on the Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 18:15:11 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17124741528885.jpg
The Republican health care bill narrowly passed in the House Thursday, delivering a victory for President Donald Trump just six weeks after nearly leaving the measure for dead.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Medalists Raise Awareness About Kids' Mental Health]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 22:05:48 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/20170504+Phelps+and+Schmitt+2.jpg
Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Thursday to raise awareness about children’s mental health.

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Bill Narrowly Passes House, Heads to Senate]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 17:56:33 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17124702369357.jpg
The Republican health care bill narrowly passed in the House Thursday, delivering a victory for President Donald Trump just six weeks after nearly leaving the measure for dead. House approval sends the measure...

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<![CDATA[Dangerous Opioid Combo 'Gray Death' Is Latest Mixing Trend]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 14:04:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/U-47700-DEA.jpg
It's being called "gray death" — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis. Investigators who nicknamed the mixture have detected it or recorded...

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<![CDATA[Pre-Existing Conditions and the Health Plan: Who's Covered?]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 19:08:34 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/678036940-Fred-Upton-Congress-Health-Bill.jpg
The Republican push to replace the Affordable Care Act was revived this week in Congress by a small change to their plan designed to combat concerns over coverage for those with pre-existing health...

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<![CDATA[Measles Outbreak Sickens Dozens of Minnesota Somalis]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 19:12:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/somalimeaslesoutbreakmichigan_1200x675.jpg
An outbreak of measles in Minnesota has sickened more than 30 children in recent weeks, primarily in the state's large Somali-American community, where many parents avoid the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine...

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<![CDATA[New Deals for Drugs: No Heart Attack or Your Money Back]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 13:56:44 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/drugrebates_1200x675.jpg
Warranties and money-back guarantees, long used to entice buyers of products like hand tools and kitchen gadgets, are now being used to sell something more crucial: pricey new-generation drugs for diseases like...

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<![CDATA[Overcoming Opioids: When Pills Are a Hospital's Last Resort]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 08:50:38 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17047735665417-Alternatives-to-Opioids-Hospitals.jpg
A car crash shattered Stuart Anders' thigh, leaving pieces of bone sticking through his skin. Yet Anders begged emergency room doctors not to give him powerful opioid painkillers — he'd been addicted once before...

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<![CDATA[Nevada Coalition Seeks Unprecedented Insulin Refund Law]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 17:33:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/insulinnevadarefundlaw_1200x675.jpg
Aiming to rein in soaring prescription drug prices, an unlikely Nevada coalition is trying to force pharmaceutical companies to disclose how they set insulin prices — and issue refunds to diabetics or their...

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<![CDATA[5 Myths About Quitting Sugar, Debunked]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 12:56:22 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
A lot of people vow to quit sugar as the weather warms up, but as NBC News' Better team discovered, it's easier said than done to make it 10 days without the sweet stuff. People hold some several misconceptions...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves 1st Targeted Drug for Certain Leukemia Patients]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:36:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/leukemiadrug_1200x675.jpg
U.S. regulators have approved the first targeted drug for certain patients with an aggressive form of leukemia. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the drug for adults with acute myeloid...

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<![CDATA[Trump Names Anti-Abortion Leader to High Post at HHS]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:39:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/yoestantiabortion_1200x675.jpg
The White House says President Donald Trump is appointing the former president of a leading anti-abortion organization to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest,...

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<![CDATA[DEA Offering Disposal of Unused, Unwanted Prescription Pills]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:36:42 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/National-Rx-Drug-Take-Back-Day.jpg
The Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the opportunity for the safe disposal of expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions pills or patches on Saturday. Scores of locations across the country...

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<![CDATA[Wait for Calorie Count on Burgers, Pizza May Get Longer]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:28:44 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP080718051784calories7915.jpg
Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait — again. New government rules to help people find out how many calories are in their restaurant...

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<![CDATA[AI Predicts Heart Attacks Better Than Doctors: Study]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:35:24 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_206901288533.jpg
New research suggests that artificial intelligence may be better at determining which patients are at high risk for a heart attack than their doctor, NBC News reported. AI computer programs developed at...

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<![CDATA[Utah Rep. Chaffetz Gives Transparent Reason for Leave]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:33:29 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GOPRepJasonChaffetz_1200x675.jpg
Republican lawmaker Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz revealed internal hardware that has been holding his foot together for the last 12 years on his Instagram account. Recently Chaffetz announced he would be taking...

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<![CDATA[California Weighs Huge Health Care Remake: Dumping Insurers]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:17:48 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17116136988387-Ricardo-Lara-Single-Payer-Health.jpg
A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The...

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<![CDATA[Blood Tests Track Lung Cancer Gene Changes, Aiding Treatment]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:42:08 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lungcancertreatment_1200x675.jpg
Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors as they progress from their very earliest stages. With experimental...

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<![CDATA[FDA Warns of 14 'Fraudulent' Cancer Cure Companies]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:53:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FDAfakecurecancerdrugs_1200x675.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration posted warning letters sent to 14 manufacturers, telling them to remove their fraudulent cancer curing products on the internet, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Hardball Health Care Option May Cost Taxpayers, and Trump]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:39:15 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Trump-Price-AHCA.jpg
Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump's priorities. The administration just might eliminate...

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<![CDATA[Simulating Mom's Womb in Research to Help Earliest Preemies]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:30:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/simulatedwomb_1200x675.jpg
Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it...

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<![CDATA[Colorado Abortion Law, 1st in US, Marks 50th Anniversary]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:57:04 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17115062691464-Planned-Parenthood-Rocky-Mountains-Denver.jpg
Tuesday marks 50 years since a groundbreaking Colorado law significantly loosened tight restrictions on legal abortions. Before the law, Colorado — like many states — allowed abortions only if a woman's...

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<![CDATA[Overcoming Opioids: Special Schools Help Teens Stay Clean]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:12:43 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17094517868224-Hope-Academy-Teen-Addiction-Treatment.jpg
Youth is a drawback when it comes to kicking drugs. Only half of U.S. treatment centers accept teenagers and even fewer offer teen-focused groups or programs. After treatment, adolescents find little structured...

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<![CDATA[3 African Countries Chosen to Test 1st Malaria Vaccine]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:51:53 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/malariaafrica_1200x675.jpg
Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next...

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<![CDATA[Future of Revamped Health Care Bill Remains Dubious in House]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:39:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17111707588504.jpg
President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the significance of pushing Republican health care legislation through the House next week, a retreat from more bullish White House pronouncements a day earlier, which...

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<![CDATA[CVS, Starbucks and the Love-Hate Relationship With Sugar ]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:46:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CVS-Starbcucks.jpg
Healthy foods are taking real estate from candy at some CVS stores, the store chain announced Thursday, a response to changing customer preferences and shopping habits, NBC News reported. In CVS Pharmacy's new...

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<![CDATA[Germ in Raw Milk, Poultry Now Tops Food Poisoning List]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:52:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Detectan-brote-de-gripe-aviar-en-granja-de-proveedor-de-Tyson-Foods.jpg
The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list. The report counts cases in only 10...

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<![CDATA[Sweet Drinks Linked to Dementia: Study]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:26:51 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_drinksdementia0420_1500x845.jpg
Don't be so fast to finish that soda. The latest report from the Framingham Heart Study found that people who frequently drink sodas and fruit juices are more likely to have a poorer memory and less brain...]]>
<![CDATA[White House Pushes Uncertain Bid to Revive Health Care Bill]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:21:41 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/656969512-Donald-Trump-Medicaid.jpg
Eager for a victory, the White House expressed confidence Thursday that a breakthrough on the mired Republican health care bill could emerge in the House next week. The chamber's GOP leaders, burned by a...

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<![CDATA[CDC to Launch Awareness Campaign Warning of Opioid Dangers]]>Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:21:08 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms770.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to launch a new ad campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid addiction. CDC acting director Anne Schuchat discussed the problem at the National...

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<![CDATA[Overcoming Opioids: The Quest for Less Addictive Drugs]]>Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:59:25 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg
Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home...

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<![CDATA[How Trump Insurance Changes Could Affect Coverage Next Year]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:15:09 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/paulryanhealth_1200x675.jpg
A much tighter sign-up deadline and coverage delays will be waiting for some health insurance customers now that President Donald Trump's administration has finished a plan designed to stabilize shaky insurance...

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<![CDATA[Hyland's Teething Tablets Recalled Over Levels of Toxic Herb]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:06:27 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Hyland-Teething-Tablet-Recall.jpg
The maker of Hyland's teething tablets has issued a recall for any remaining packages at the urging of U.S. regulators, who say the medicine has inconsistent levels of a herb that can be poisonous. Standard...

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<![CDATA[Trump Allows States to Block Some Abortion Provider Funding]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:02:12 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/criticos-veto-1.jpg
Further chipping away at his predecessor's legacy, President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that lets states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion...

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<![CDATA[Marathons May Delay Medical Care for Non-Runners]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:06:10 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/20151006+Marine+Corps+Marathon1.jpg
Marathons can be risky for hearts, but not necessarily those of the runners. It takes longer for nearby residents to get to a hospital for emergency heart care on the day of a race and they're less likely...

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<![CDATA[Apple Working on the Holy Grail for Treating Diabetes]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:30:41 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tim-Cook-GettyImages-476377538.jpg
Apple has hired a small team of biomedical engineers to work at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, miles from corporate headquarters, CNBC reported Wednesday. They are part of a super secret initiative...

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<![CDATA[The Most Popular Easter Candies Ranked by Nutrition]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:21:44 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-57339112.jpg
'Tis the season for dyeing Easter eggs — and snacking on chocolate ones. Worried you'll wreck your healthy eating streak come Easter Sunday? Well, because your favorite pastel-packaged spring candies wouldn't...

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<![CDATA[Trans Fat Ban Linked With Fewer NY Heart Attacks & Strokes]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:23:47 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/transfatfoodGETTY.jpg
Local bans on artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant foods led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in several New York counties, a new study suggests. The study hints at the potential for widespread health...

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<![CDATA[New Robot Helps People With Paralysis Walk]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:56:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-04-12+at+9.55.07+AM.png
A wearable robotic leg brace that can help partially paralyzed people walk was unveiled in Tokyo on April 12.  The Welwalk WW-1000 system is made up of a motorised mechanical frame that fits on a person's...

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<![CDATA[After Flint Water Crisis, Group Files Suit for AG Emails]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:29:37 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/michiganAGSchuette_1200x675.jpg
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was sued Tuesday after his office rejected a public-records request for his and 20 staffers' private emails that a liberal advocacy group said were used to conduct...

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<![CDATA[Prostate Cancer Tests Get Gov. Panel's OK, With Caveats]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:12:09 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17098053067250-Prostate-Cancer-Screening.jpg
An influential U.S. government health panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor. The new draft...

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<![CDATA[Fresh Express Recalls Packaged Salad After Bat Found: CDC]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:24:22 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-71902781.jpg
Fresh Express recalled some of its prepackaged salad mix after a dead bat was found inside a container sold in a Florida Wal-mart, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two people...

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<![CDATA[Woman's Blood Leads to Potential Treatment for Ebola Cousin]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 17:39:49 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_383650526882.jpg
A woman came back from a trip to the Uganda jungle with Marburg virus, a cousin of Ebola that's even deadlier, NBC News reported. Now, Michelle Barnes' blood has a provided a potential cure for the...

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Causing HPV Virus Affects 1 in 4 US Men: Study]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:57:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/vaccine-AP_701393247962.jpg
New government statistics show that 25 percent of men have the strain of HPV (human papillomavirus or human wart virus) that causes cancer, NBC News reported. Twenty percent of women have the same strain...

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<![CDATA[People With Chronic Pain Scared by Ohio's New Opioid Rules]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:38:37 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16273781823723oxy.jpg
People dealing with chronic pain say recent moves by Ohio's governor to fight the plague of opioid overdoses could leave them suffering, NBC News reported. Gov. John Kasich restricted how many painkillers...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves More Drugs, and Faster, Than Europe: Study ]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:24:16 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/genericpharmacy_1200x675.jpg
Contrary to some political claims, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved more drugs, and two to three months faster on average, than European regulators did in recent years, new research shows. "It's...

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<![CDATA[Trump's FDA Pick Says Tackling Opioid Crisis a Top Priority]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:48:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Scott_Gottlieb_AEI.jpg
The doctor nominated to head the powerful Food and Drug Administration told senators Wednesday that his first priority would be tackling the opioid crisis, and he pledged that science will prevail at the agency...

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<![CDATA[1 in 10 US Pregnant Women With Zika Have Babies With Defects]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:59:22 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zikamosquito_1200x675.jpg
About 1 out of 10 women in the United States who tested positive for the Zika infection had a fetus or baby with Zika-related birth defects, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control...

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<![CDATA[WH Healthcare Revival Effort Gets Mixed Reaction]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:51:25 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/speaker-paul-ryan-healthcare.jpg
A White House offensive to resurrect the moribund House Republican health care bill got an uneven reception Tuesday from GOP moderates and conservatives, leaving prospects shaky for the party to salvage one...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Hit With Racketeering Suit Over Price Hikes of EpiPen]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:25:02 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan was slapped Monday with a class-action racketeering lawsuit that claims the company overcharged patients as part of an illegal scheme to secure sales, CNBC reported. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court

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<![CDATA[A 'Sci-Fi' Cancer Therapy Fights Brain Tumors, Study Finds]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:05:50 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/optunetherapy_brain_cancer_1200x675.jpg
t sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors, final results of a...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Says EpiPen Manufacturing Partner to Expand Device Recall]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:10:53 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
A recall of the emergency anti-allergy medicine EpiPen is expanding to the U.S. and other markets in North America, Europe, Asia and South America because the allergy shots may not work. The notice issued...

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<![CDATA[US Enrolls Volunteers in Large Test of Possible Zika Vaccine]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:06:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects...

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<![CDATA[Study Finds Link Between Slow Breathing, Brain Cells]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:10:57 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/95570861.jpg
One common way to calm down is to breathe slower, and brain researchers say they've figured out how that works, "Today" reported. A Stanford-led study of mice found that cells in the brain stem linked to...

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<![CDATA[The GOP 'Obamacare' Repeal Might Be Dead or Alive: Analysis]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:40:38 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17068637615881-paul-ryan-american-health-care-act.jpg
President Donald Trump's plan to kill the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," died last week. Or maybe it didn't. The repeal effort seems to have assumed zombie status — somewhere between dead and alive. This...

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<![CDATA[Congress Lets States Block Some Planned Parenthood Funding]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:18:01 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17088710284006.jpg
Republican legislation letting states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers squeezed narrowly through the Senate Thursday, rescued by an ailing GOP senator...

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Deaths Spiked in 2016, Distraction Cited]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:04:56 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-55921972.jpg
Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year — the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released...

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<![CDATA[How to Take a Shower, According to Dermatologists]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:22:47 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-71429160.jpg
Too much hot water can actually be bad for our bodies, experts in hair and skin care told NBC News. Several dermatologists were asked to weigh in on the definitive way to take a shower. 1.

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<![CDATA[McDonald's to Use Fresh Beef in Quarter Pounders Next Year]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:09:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/McDonalds-AP_630251506987.jpg
Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef. The fast food giant said Thursday that it will swap frozen beef patties for fresh ones in its Quarter Pounder burgers by sometime next year at most of its U.S.

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<![CDATA[EPA Denies Petition to Ban Pesticide Used on Crops]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:08:25 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_583145055114.jpg
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban a common pesticide used on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops, reversing a proposal...

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<![CDATA[Dirty Air From Global Trade Kills at Home and Abroad]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:35:18 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/china_factory_production_1200x675.jpg
A study that measures the human toll of air pollution from global manufacturing and trade shows how buying goods made far away can lead to premature deaths both there and close to home. More than 750,000 people...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves 1st Drug for Aggressive Multiple Sclerosis]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:29:48 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/medications_generic_1200x675.jpg
U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk. The Food and Drug Administration approved Ocrevus late...

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<![CDATA[Mom Tells Son's Story in Fight for NIH Funding]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:43:50 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/220*120/2017-03-28_2340.png
Pediatric cancer research is one of the least funded and proposed budget cuts to NIH will deplete it even more. A family whose child died from pediatric cancer is testifying on Capitol Hill Wednesday, March 29...

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<![CDATA[States Push to Protect Birth Control Despite Failed GOP Bill]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:02:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/plannedparenthoodprotest_1200x675.jpg
Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding...

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<![CDATA[José Olé Taquitos Recalled for Possible Rubber, Plastic]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:54:45 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jose-ole-taquitos.jpg
Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. is recalling more than 35,000 pounds of frozen "José Olé" taquito products that may be contaminated with rubber and plastic, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The

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<![CDATA[Rat-Borne Disease Kills Dogs in New Jersey]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:01:26 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dog+disease.jpg
There has been an uptick in the number of leptospirosis cases in New Jersey dogs this winter; the disease can kill pets, and veterinarians are warning owners to be on alert.]]>
<![CDATA[Now What? Options for Consumers as Health Law Drama Fades]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:43:21 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Speaker-Ryan-health-test.jpg
As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. The Republican health plan designed to replace...

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<![CDATA[Robot Helps Boy Go to School]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:10:33 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Max+Robot.jpg
Despite a degenerative disease that makes going to school a life-threatening situation, a three-year-old Maryland boy attends classes every day thanks to technology allowing him to connect with his classmates...

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<![CDATA[Some Parts of 'Obamacare' Working Well, Problems With Others]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:09:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/obamacare-que-pasara-thumbnail.jpg
Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable...

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<![CDATA[Compare the Withdrawn GOP Health Bill With Obama-Era Law]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:43:52 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/650498064-Paul-Ryan-American-Health-Care-Act.jpg
The now-withdrawn House health care bill repeals major parts of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, or ACA, as Republicans push to scale back the federal government's role in health care. The...

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<![CDATA[Trump Forces a Vote on Health Care Bill ]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:18:44 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HealthCareAM0324_MP4-149036463772500001.jpg
President Trump has issued an ultimatum to House Republicans on the health care bill designed to repeal and replace "Obamacare": vote today or no deal. If there's no deal, then Obamacare stands. In the]]>
<![CDATA[Critics Scoff at All-Male Photo of GOP Health Care Talks]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:26:35 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/VP-Freedom-Caucus-Meeting-Men.jpg
A lack of women in a photo of negotiations over the Republicans health care bill that was tweeted out by the vice president is drawing criticism from Democrats, concerned over the bill's repercussions for...

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<![CDATA[No Repeal for 'Obamacare' in Humiliating Defeat for Trump]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:20:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ryan-trump-healthcare.jpg
In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing...

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<![CDATA[Science Says: Who and What is to Blame for Cancer?]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:33:14 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cancercells_generic_1200x675.jpg
Cancer patients often wonder "why me?" Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet? Lifestyle and heredity get the most blame but...

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<![CDATA[Death Rates Up For Middle Age Whites With Little Education]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:52:51 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/employmenyt-application_1200x675.jpg
A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses...

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<![CDATA[Bird Flu Outbreak Nation's Worst Since 2015: Expert]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:55:51 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/EggPricesChickens-AP_16197600754915.jpg
A bird flu outbreak that has led officials to euthanize more than 200,000 animals in three Southern states already is the nation's worst since 2015 and new cases are still popping up, an expert said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Seniors Worry About Loss of Meals Under Trump Budget Plan]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:27:02 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/IMG_82502.jpg
Dale Lamphier, 97, never married and her closest living relatives―three nephews―live across the country. About two years ago, she moved to a senior housing complex in Westwood, New Jersey, a town she has...

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<![CDATA[High Court Bolsters Rights of Learning-Disabled Students]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:08:51 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17081573502374.jpg
A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards.

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<![CDATA[Baby Born With 4 Legs, 2 Spines Survives Risky Surgery]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:59:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dominique+2.jpg
A 10-month-old baby born with four legs and two spines is recovering well after undergoing a complex and risky medical procedure in Chicago, doctors say. Young Dominique came to Chicago from the Ivory Coast in...

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<![CDATA[Here Are the Republicans Who May Reject Health Care Bill]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:25:59 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/649341198-GOP-Health-Care-Bill.jpg
President Donald Trump campaigned on the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and replace it with "something terrific." Now, House Republicans are in danger of losing a vote...

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<![CDATA[FDA: Breast Implants Can Cause Rare Form of Cancer]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:03:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/implants-new.jpg
Breast implants can cause a rare form of cancer that may have killed at least nine people, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday, NBC News reported. The cancer is called anaplastic large cell lymphoma...

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<![CDATA[Infant Mortality Rates Fall 15 Percent in US]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:58:57 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/babypacifier_1200x675.jpg
Fewer babies are dying in the United States than a decade ago, according to NBC News. The U.S. infant mortality rate, which is higher than in other developed countries, is down 15 percent over the last...

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<![CDATA[Trump to GOP: Pass Health Care Bill or Seal Your Fate]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:06:52 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Trump-Price-AHCA.jpg
Time for talk running out, President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned wavering House Republicans that their jobs were on the line in next year's elections if they failed to back a GOP bill that would overhaul...

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<![CDATA[Trump Goes Outside DC for Support on Revised GOP Health Bill]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:45:42 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tru1AP_17080015521172.jpg
President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare," seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol...

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<![CDATA[Already in Peril, Rural Hospitals Unsure on Health Care Bill]]>Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:31:57 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ruralhospital_Georgia_1200x675.jpg
Talmadge Yarbrough had just sat down at his desk and opened a box of pecans when he let out a gasp that could have been his last breath. He'd gone into cardiac arrest in his office, a co-worker called 911,...

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<![CDATA[How Do Insurers Decide What Medicines to Pay For?]]>Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:26:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-102897463.jpg
How do insurance companies decide what medicines to pay for and when to pay for them? Insurers and other payers look first at how well the drug works — not its cost — when they decide whether to cover the latest...

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<![CDATA[New Drug Cuts Cholesterol by Half]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:11:35 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_cholesteroldrug0317_1500x845.jpg
A new drug proven to slash bad cholesterol by more than half of a patient's initial level may prove to be a boon to those worried about heart attacks and strokes. Repatha, a drug that could lower the risk...]]>
<![CDATA[Jurors Begin Deliberations in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Trial]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:07:37 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17075485521393.jpg
Jurors began deliberations Friday in the trial of a former executive charged in a 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and injured about 700 others in 20 states. Barry Cadden, the co-founder and...

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<![CDATA[Baby Given Police Escort in Snowstorm 'Resting Comfortably']]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:08:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/The+Gingerlowskis.jpg
A 23-month-old Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, boy who was escorted by snowplows and state troopers for an emergency procedure during this week's snowstorm was resting comfortably Friday in a hospital.

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<![CDATA[Cholesterol Drug Cuts Heart Risks, Spurs New Debate on Cost ]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:29:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/repatha_cholest_prescription_1200x675.jpg
A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that's likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should...

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<![CDATA[Falls Are Taking a Huge and Rising Toll on Elderly Brains]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:06:13 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/elderly_people_1200x675.jpg
Elderly people are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers. The reason for the increase...

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<![CDATA[Critics Warn 'Phase 2' Won’t Save Health Care Plan]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:12:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/paulryan_healthcare_1200x675.jpg
Things aren't looking great for the Republican health care bill after the Congressional Budget Office estimated it would lead to 24 million more people without insurance and skyrocketing costs for older...

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<![CDATA[Mental Health Groups Worry New GOP Plan Will End Coverage]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:19:32 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/naloxone-kit.jpg
Mental health groups say the new GOP health care bill would terminate mental health care and efforts to combat the opioid crisis, NBC News reported. The Congressional Budget Office released a report on the bill...

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<![CDATA[Over 12M Signed Up for 'Obamacare' This Year: Gov't Report]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:59:18 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pryan-acha.jpg
A substantial 12 million people have enrolled for coverage this year under the very health care statute that President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress want to erase, the government said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[GOP Leaders Acknowledge Health Bill Changes, May Delay Vote ]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:28:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17068637615881-paul-ryan-american-health-care-act.jpg
Their health care overhaul imperiled from all sides, the White House and top House Republicans acknowledged Wednesday they would make changes to the legislation in hopes of nailing down votes and pushing...

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<![CDATA[Loud Sound May Pose More Harm Than We Thought]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:30:36 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ear_noise_1200x675.jpg
Matt Garlock has trouble making out what his friends say in loud bars, but when he got a hearing test, the result was normal. Recent research may have found an explanation for problems like his, something called...

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<![CDATA[Texas Effort to Replace Planned Parenthood Stumbles]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:15:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-499277954.jpg
In pushing a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that cuts off funds for Planned Parenthood, Republicans are out to reassure women who rely on the major health care organization that other clinics will step...

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<![CDATA[City Sues Drugmaker for Letting OxyContin Flood Black Market]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:45:36 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16273781823723oxy.jpg
As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle. Mayor...

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<![CDATA[Baby Injuries Rise in Common Infant Products]]>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:55:47 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BabyInjuries0310_MP4-148944776988400001.jpg
 A new study finds a growing number of young children are being injured while using infant products like carriers, strollers and cribs. Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio...]]>
<![CDATA[What the Budget Analysts Say About GOP Health Care Bill]]>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:07:52 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/understand-gop-health-care-replacement.jpg
The Republican bill to replace major portions of Barack Obama's health care law and restructure Medicaid would leave 24 million people uninsured over the next decade, according to projections from the...

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<![CDATA[Cardboard Boxes as Cribs? Safety Sleep Program Expands]]>Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:29:47 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17065757102076-Baby-Box-SIDS-SUIDS.jpg
Cardboard boxes certainly aren't new technology. But when they're linked to a practice that started in Finland decades ago to help babies sleep safely, they're taking on a new purpose as so-called baby...

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<![CDATA[Hospitals Worry About Caring for Newly Uninsured in GOP Plan]]>Sun, 12 Mar 2017 22:07:27 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-600361148.jpg
When Colorado expanded Medicaid coverage under former President Barack Obama's health care law, the largest provider in the Denver region hired more than 250 employees and built a $27 million primary care clinic...

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<![CDATA[Pence Appeals for Complete GOP Support for Health Overhaul ]]>Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:32:55 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17061754105215-Pence.jpg
Vice President Mike Pence appealed for total GOP congressional support for a White House-backed health overhaul during a brief visit Saturday to Kentucky, where the Republican governor and junior senator...

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<![CDATA[Feel Stressed? Stop Checking Your Phone, Study Says]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:23:11 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SmartphoneStress0309a_MP4-148918974502400001.jpg
A recent study finds mobile users who check their phones frequently feel more stressed. According to the American Psychological Association, we are a nation of "constant checkers" and it's taking...]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors Remove 140-Pound Tumor From Pa. Woman]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:34:13 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mary+140LB+Tumor+BEFORE+AFTER+pic.jpg
Mary Clancey said she was resigned to being a plump old lady. What doctors found astounded them: A cyst in one of her ovaries had grown into a 140-pound tumor.

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<![CDATA[Under New Rules, Rookie Doctors Can Work 24-Hour Shift]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:18:37 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Doctor+Generic1.jpg
Rookie doctors can work up to 24 hours straight under new work limits taking effect this summer — a move supporters say will enhance training and foes maintain will do just the opposite.

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<![CDATA[Women's Health Services Face Cuts in GOP Bill]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:48:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/650498064-Paul-Ryan-American-Health-Care-Act.jpg
Women seeking abortions and some basic health services, including prenatal care, contraception and cancer screenings, would face restrictions and struggle to pay for some of that medical care under the...

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<![CDATA[Bottled Water Beats Soda as No. 1 Drink in US: Industry Analyst]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:10:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/634599298-bottled-water-generic.jpg
An industry tracker says bottled water overtook soda as the No. 1 drink in the U.S. by sales volume last year. Bottled water has been enjoying growth for years, while sales of traditional sodas have declined.

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Bill Would Cut CDC's $1B Disease Fighting Fund]]>Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:49:14 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cdcGettyImages-456691988.jpg
A proposal to replace the Obama health care law would cut out a pillar of funding for the nation's lead public health agency, and experts say that would likely curtail programs across the country to prevent...

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<![CDATA[California Lawmakers Want to Repeal HIV Criminalization Laws]]>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:59:10 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*128/AP_17068048820399.jpg
Exposing a person to HIV is treated more seriously under California law than infecting someone with any other communicable disease, a policy some lawmakers say is a relic of the decades-old AIDS scare that...

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<![CDATA[New Tech Could Change Food Nutrition Labels ]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:54:08 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_labels0307_1500x845.jpg
New smart glasses developed by researchers at Colorado State University could change how food labels are printed on boxes and cans in your local grocery store. The FDA is looking to roll out this new tech...]]>
<![CDATA[Industry Groups Oppose GOP Health Bill, Ryan Seeks Unity ]]>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 01:47:49 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/649341198-GOP-Health-Care-Bill.jpg
Pivotal industry and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the Republican health care bill as GOP leaders labored Wednesday to rally a divided party behind their high-stakes overhaul drive.

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<![CDATA[Pot for Pets: Owners Treating Sick Animals With Cannabis]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:09:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17047766471893-Cannabis-extract-pets.jpg
Michael Fasman's 12-year-old dog, Hudson, limps from pain caused by arthritis and an amputated toe, but Fasman doesn't want to give her painkillers because "they just knock her out." So the San Francisco...

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<![CDATA[How GOP Plans to Make Health Care Plan Into Law: Analysis]]>Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:17:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649341364.jpg
After more than 60 votes and seven years of promises, Republicans offered their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, the real work begins. Republicans must navigate a...

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<![CDATA[Sleepy Students Allowed to Nap at Some NM Schools]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:46:57 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/470425888-pillow-generic.jpg
A handful of high schools in New Mexico are letting their students sleep in school, NBC News reported. Not during class, though. The schools in Las Cruces are letting students take 20-minute naps between...

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