<![CDATA[NBC New York - Health News - [NY Feature Page] Health]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/healthen-usMon, 23 Jan 2017 01:29:15 -0500Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:29:15 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[$12M Costco Pharmacy Settlement]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:41:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477000903.jpg
Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to settle Justice Department allegations of lax pharmacy controls over a four-year period. The Issaquah, Washington-based company acknowledges in...

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

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<![CDATA[1 in 4 US Men Have Cancer-Linked HPV Strain]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:44:32 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HPV-Virus-Image.jpg
The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers. Most human...

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<![CDATA[Mom, Toddler Daughter Fight Cancer at the Same Time]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:39:13 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cancerstrikesmomandtot.jpg
Heather Wilson received some bad news just five days before Christmas. The 31-year-old mother of three, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor six months earlier, learned that her 14-month-old...

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

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<![CDATA[NBC 4 New York & NY Giants Health & Fitness Expo]]>Thu, 07 May 2015 17:17:38 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/225*120/300x160_HFE.jpg
NBC 4 New York and the New York Giants are thrilled to welcome you to our second annual Health and Fitness Expo.]]>
<![CDATA[18M Will Lose Health Insurance With ACA Repeal: Analysis]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:12:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/obaGettyImages-630310534.jpg
About 18 million people would lose or drop their health insurance in the first year after Obamacare is repealed, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday. The nonpartisan federal agency also found that...

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<![CDATA[Abortions in US at Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade: Survey]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:06:56 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_558685885003-Abortion-Report.jpg
Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since

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<![CDATA[Soup Shipped to Whole Foods Stores Recalled]]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:46:20 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/whole+foods+recall.jpg
A Massachusetts company has recalled chicken soup sold to Whole Foods stores in the tri-state because the soups are mislabeled and contain known allergens, the USDA said.]]>
<![CDATA[The Pros and Cons of Marijuana Use]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:05:46 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_pot0112_1500x845.jpg
Marijuana use may help with chronic pain and nausea, but a new study says there are also negative consequences for young children and those at risk for certain mental illnesses.]]>
<![CDATA[Ziploc Freezer Bags Help Premature Babies Stay Warm: Study]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:25:35 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NICU+Hypothermia+011117.jpg
Nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Health Fort Worth developed a program to keep fragile babies warmer. It has led to a decrease of very low birth weight babies being admitted to the NICU...

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<![CDATA[CVS Puts Out Cheaper Generic Competitor to EpiPen]]>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:42:50 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its...

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<![CDATA[Trump Asks Vaccination Skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lead Vaccination Safety Commission]]>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:17:26 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/trumpKennedy.jpg
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vocal vaccination skeptic, said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to "chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity" and that he has accepted.

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

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<![CDATA[Flu Season Hits Hard Nationwide]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:47:44 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_flu0106_1500x845.jpg
Twelve states are reporting widespread flu activity as the United States slide into flu season at the start of the year. The Centers for Disease Control say flu activity is higher this season compared to...]]>
<![CDATA[Cancer Deaths Fell 25 Percent Since 1991]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:47:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-495314721-doctor.jpg
Fewer Americans are dying of cancer. The latest numbers from the American Cancer Society show a 25 percent drop in cancer deaths since 1991, the peak year for cancer deaths, NBC News reported. Cancer rates are...

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<![CDATA[GOP House Panel: Halt Federal Money for Planned Parenthood]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:05:38 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Planned+Parenthood+NH.JPG
A Republican-run House panel created to investigate Planned Parenthood and the world of fetal tissue research has urged Congress to halt federal payments to the women's health organization.

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<![CDATA[Peanuts Early and Often]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:05:39 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Peanut-baby.jpg
Peanut allergies are a big problem for many kids and their families, but new guidelines published could help protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy.

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<![CDATA[The Best Diet to Fight Brain Shrinkage]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:28:07 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_diets0104_1500x845.jpg
What are the best diets to help prevent brain shrinkage? A new study shows specific diets that may help fight brain volume loss as we age, NBC News reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Police Investigating Accidental Poisoning That Killed 4 Kids]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:29:27 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/poisioning.jpg
A poisonous gas believed to have been released when someone tried to wash away a pesticide that had been sprayed under a Texas home killed four children and left six other people hospitalized, officials...

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<![CDATA[Dieting Tips for a New Year]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:18:50 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/183*120/scale+generic+weight+generic.JPG
We make 'em, we break 'em. New Year's diet resolutions fall like needles on Christmas trees as January goes on. Genes can work against us. Metabolism, too. But a food behavior researcher has tested a bunch...

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<![CDATA[Investigation Into Baby Exposed to Fentanyl]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:36:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Methuenhome.JPG
A 10-month-old baby stopped breathing twice after being exposed to the opioid fentanyl in Methuen, Massachusetts, over the weekend. Methuen police said they were called to a Treetop Way residence at 12:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Prosecutor in Pa. Tackles Heroin Scourge That Claimed Son]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:33:41 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bruce17.jpg
The phone at Bruce Brandler's home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there, and he was in really bad shape. A suspected heroin overdose, the nurse said. Brandler didn't...

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<![CDATA[North Texas Twins Born in Different Years]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:34:51 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Sanchez+Twins.jpg
An Arlington family celebrated the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 in an unusual way, with the birth of twin boys in two different years. Medical City Arlington says Cassandra Martinez was due to deliver...

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<![CDATA[Q&A: How GOP Could Repeal Health Care Law]]>Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:30:30 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OBAMACARE_AP_16320806519240.jpg
The stakes confronting Republicans determined to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law were evident in one recent encounter between an Ohio congressman and a constituent.

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<![CDATA[Following Trump's Victory, GOP Hopes to Overhaul Medicaid]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:33:01 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/175153230-tom-price-paul-ryan.jpg
When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years — overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care...

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<![CDATA[Single Shot From Doctor May Be Future of HIV Prevention]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:34:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/200429890-001.jpg
The Truvada pill is taken daily to prevent HIV and has been touted as a miracle drug responsible for lowering rates of the virus across the United States. But soon, the daily pill may be overshadowed by an even...

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<![CDATA[Minnesota Beats Rest of Country to Banning Germ-Killer]]>Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:43:45 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/triclosan.jpg
Minnesota's first-in-the nation ban on soaps containing the once ubiquitous germ-killer triclosan takes effect Jan. 1, but the people who spearheaded the law say it's already having its desired effect on...

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<![CDATA[Hey, Wait a Minute: Don't Cut Newborns' Cords Too Fast]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:40:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pregnant-woman.jpg
Don't cut that umbilical cord too soon: A brief pause after birth could benefit most newborns by delivering them a surge of oxygen-rich blood. New recommendations for U.S. obstetricians, the latest in a debate...

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<![CDATA[Cancer-Stricken 'Jeopardy!' Player Wins $103K Before Death]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:20:33 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CindyStowell-sm.jpg
A woman who died of cancer just days before her appearance on "Jeopardy!" aired won six contests in a row and more than $103,000, some of which she donated to cancer research. Cindy Stowell's run ended when she...

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<![CDATA[Catching Up With the Boy Who Had a Double Hand Transplant]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:52:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/handAP_16236722740436.jpg
Just two years ago, Zion Harvey thought he'd never throw a baseball again. The young boy had lost both his hands and legs after suffering an infection when he was a toddler. Today, a year and a half after...

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<![CDATA[About 70 Employees Get Sick After NM Health Department Party]]>Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:06:29 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DOC_GettyImages-539738467.jpg
The New Mexico Department of Health said dozens of its employees became sick after its holiday party. The New Mexican reports that about 70 staff members said they had gastrointestinal issues after the luncheon...

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<![CDATA[Female Doctors Outperform Male Counterparts: Study]]>Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:38:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-125767555-Doctor-needle.jpg
Patients treated by women doctors are less likely to die of what ails them and less likely to have to return for more treatment, researchers reported Monday. Yet, as NBC News reports, women doctors on...

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<![CDATA[Family of 1st Puerto Rico Baby With Zika Defect Struggles]]>Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:58:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16353514291200-zikathmb.jpg
Michelle Flandez had just given birth to her first son, but doctors in this U.S. territory whisked him away before she could see him. Perplexed, she demanded him back and then slowly unwrapped the blanket that...

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<![CDATA[US Drug Overdose Deaths Jump 33% in Past 5 Years]]>Sat, 17 Dec 2016 05:17:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg
Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33 percent in the past five years across the country, with some states seeing jumps of nearly 200 percent. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control...

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<![CDATA[Mylan to Offer Generic EpiPen for $300 Next Week]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:15:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen-generics.jpg
Mylan is about to start selling a generic version of its EpiPen injector for $300 per two-pack, under half the cost of the name-brand lifesaving drug, the pharmaceutical company announced Friday. The move comes...

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<![CDATA[Deadline Extended to Sign Up for Obamacare]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:25:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-AP_30213472209.jpg
The Obama administration is giving consumers a few extra days to sign up on HealthCare.gov in time for health insurance coverage to take effect Jan. 1. The new deadline is 11:59 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Engineered Pink Pineapple Safe to Sell: FDA]]>Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:31:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503869977.jpg
A strain of pineapple genetically engineered to be pink instead of yellow got the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. The pink pineapple, made by Del Monte Fresh Produce,...

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<![CDATA[Huff, Puff and Explode: E-cigarette Fires, Injuries on Rise]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:48:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ecigarette+woman+smoking.jpg
Katrina Williams wanted a safer alternative to smoking, and e-cigarettes seemed to be the answer until the day one exploded in her pocket as she drove home from a beauty salon. "It was like a firecracker" as it...

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<![CDATA[Where You Live Determines What Kills You]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:08:58 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-515791525.jpg
A new analysis by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a county-by-county breakdown of what kills people in the U.S., NBC News reported. Drug overdoses shot up 1,000 percent since 1980...

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<![CDATA[Fewer Teens Drink or Use Illegal Drugs Now]]>Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:51:35 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-AB68607.jpg
Fewer American teenagers are using illegal drugs or drinking alcohol, researchers said. Rates are at a record low for eighth-graders, the team at the University of Michigan and the National Institutes...

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<![CDATA[Obama Signs Bill Boosting Spending on Cancer Research]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:38:06 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629519988.jpg
On a "bittersweet day" that brought back memories of loved ones lost, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse. Obama signed...

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

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<![CDATA[Oklahoma May Require Restroom Signs in Anti-Abortion Effort]]>Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:50:46 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AJ-griffin-oklahoma.jpg
Oklahoma plans to force hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools to post signs inside public restrooms directing pregnant women where to receive services as part of an effort to reduce abortions...

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

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

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<![CDATA[Washington is First State to Sue Monsanto Over PCB Pollution]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:08:58 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/washington-pcb-suit.jpg
Washington has become the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around...

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<![CDATA[Coke Wants in on 'Foodie' Culture]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:20:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/coke-instagram.jpg
What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to think of soda. Coca-Cola is trying to sell more of its flagship beverage by suggesting...

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<![CDATA[Life Expectancy Drops for Americans, Rates and Causes Climb]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:18:10 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/er-sign.jpg
A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the...

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<![CDATA[Drug Overdoses Kill Record Number of Americans in 2015]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:19:34 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/heroin-needle.jpg
More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever. The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known...

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<![CDATA[Conjoined Twins Separated After 17-Hour Surgery in California]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:47:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/EvaErika.jpg
Erika and Eva Sandoval will be able to share the uncanny connection twins are said to have, but a grueling 17-hour surgery has ensured that they can soon do that safely. The 2-year-old twins from Antelope...

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<![CDATA[Bristol-Meyers Squibb to Pay $19.5M Over Abilify Marketing]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:28:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_050615026049.jpg
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. will pay $19.5 million to settle allegations that it promoted the anti-psychotic drug Abilify for unapproved uses and misled doctors about its dangers, it was announced...

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<![CDATA[Teen Vaping Is Public Health Threat, Surgeon General Says ]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:13:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/vapes+3.PNG
The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth. In a report being released Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research...

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

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<![CDATA[Grooming Linked to Increased Risk of STIs: Study]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:46:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/disposablerazorfeuerherd.jpg
Grooming pubic hair may be linked to an increased risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, according to a new study. The results did show participants who trimmed or shaved their pubic hair had...

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<![CDATA[Biden Emotional at Cancer Funding Bill Partly Named for Son]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:34:15 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16341007670452.jpg
A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden. The...

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<![CDATA[Texas Book Links Cancer, Abortion]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:03:55 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/doctor+medical+generic.jpg
A Texas state agency has released a new edition of a booklet for women considering an abortion that suggests there may be a link between terminating pregnancies and increased risks of breast cancer and...

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<![CDATA[1.9 Million Pounds of Ready-to-Eat Chicken Recalled]]>Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:25:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/217*120/RECALLED+CHICKEN.jpg
Nearly two million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products have been recalled due to concerns over bacteria, the USDA said Sunday.]]>
<![CDATA[In 2015, Health Spending Surges in the U.S. ]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:00:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/170*120/AP_16320836144895-doctor.jpg
In 2015, Americans spent $3.2 trillion on medical expenses, up by 5.8 percent since 2014, NBC News reported. Experts say there are also indications that health spending increased because people sought...

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

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<![CDATA[World AIDS Day 2016: Activists Urge Testing, Education]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:52:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_405806892642.jpg
Dec. 1 marks World AIDS Day. It's a time to remember over 35 million people who have died from the disease since the early-1980s. It's also a chance for health organizations and charities to raise awareness...

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

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<![CDATA[Texas Has Its First Local Zika Case]]>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:22:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
Texas on Monday reported its first case of Zika virus that likely came from a mosquito bite within the state. Health officials say that the woman who was infected in Texas is a resident of Brownsville, located...

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<![CDATA[Millions May Be Misdiagnosed as Allergic to Penicillin]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:41:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pennicillin.jpg
Some 90 percent of those diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can actually tolerate the antibiotics, according to a study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma...

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<![CDATA[Disfigured Boy Gets Surgery]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:21:22 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/ChimpAttack.jpg
A Congolese boy who was severely disfigured in a chimpanzee attack is marveling doctors with his resiliency a year after he was brought to New York to undergo reconstructive surgery.

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<![CDATA[US Abortion Rate Falls to Lowest Level in Decades: CDC]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:03:14 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-483023072-PP.jpg
The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday. The latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control...

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<![CDATA[Zika-Caused Birth Defect May Become Clear Only After Birth]]>Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:11:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_AP_16284531484792.jpg
Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage to developing babies. The...

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<![CDATA[Zika Birth Defect May Appear Months After Birth: CDC]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:24:52 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zika-2sm.jpg
Babies whose mothers are infected with the Zika virus may develop small heads months after birth, meaning the birth defect may still affect infants who don't immediately present with it, according to new...

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<![CDATA[Heinz Voluntarily Recalls Pork Gravy After Labeling Issue]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:57:20 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gravy-sm-1.jpg
Heinz is voluntarily recalling about 500 cases of its HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy because some jars have been mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy without mentioning it contains milk and soy.

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<![CDATA[Dementia Rates Might Be Declining, New Study Finds]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:40:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_460730682850-Alzheimers-poster.jpg
Rates of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia appear to have fallen considerably since 2000, and better education may be partly responsible, researchers reported Monday. Better treatment for diabetes

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<![CDATA[Sabra Recalls Hummus Products Over Listeria Concerns]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:31:20 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sabra-hummus.jpg
Sabra Dipping Company has issued a voluntary recall for a variety of its hummus products after Listeria monocytogenes was found at the Colonial Heights, Virginia-based company's manufacturing facility. The...

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<![CDATA[Zika No Longer Emergency, Still 'Enduring' Threat: WHO]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:57:22 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mosquitoeszika.jpg
Acknowledging Zika is "here to stay," the United Nations health agency on Friday lifted a 9-month-old emergency declaration and prepared for a longer-term response to the mosquito-borne virus that can result in...

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

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<![CDATA['Addiction Is Not a Character Flaw': Surgeon General Report]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:15:20 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/murthyAP_968035797730.jpg
In what may be his last significant act as President Barack Obama's surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy released a report Thursday calling for a major cultural shift in the way Americans view drug and alcohol...

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<![CDATA[Major Grated Cheese Brands Hit by Nationwide Recall]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:19:30 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cento+4c+cheese+recall.jpg
Fears of salmonella contamination have led to the recall of major grated cheese brands nationwide.]]>
<![CDATA[Food Advocates Fear Trump Could Scrap Healthy School Lunches]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:34:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16319797568195trump-food.jpg
Will President-elect Donald Trump remake school lunches into his fast-food favorites of burgers and fried chicken? Children grumbling about healthier school meal rules championed by first lady Michelle...

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<![CDATA[US Prisons Fight Opioids With Injections ]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:26:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/194*120/Opioids2.jpeg
U.S. prisons are experimenting with a high-priced monthly injection that could help addicted inmates stay off opioids after they are released, but skeptics question its effectiveness and say the manufacturer has...

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<![CDATA[Women Anxious About Future of Contraception Under Trump]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:59:10 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-566440215.jpg
More women are asking Planned Parenthood workers about access to birth control and other health care since Donald Trump was elected president, according to the organization's chief medical officer.

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<![CDATA[Still Fighting: Vietnam Vets Seek Help for Rare Cancer]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 07:15:38 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/VIETNAM_AP_16308712369800.jpg
They were the lucky ones who managed to make it home from Vietnam. Now, a half-century later, some veterans are finding out they, too, are victims of the war. The enemy is a known killer in parts of Asia:...

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<![CDATA[Baby Powder Lawsuit: Woman Awarded More Than $70M]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:58:55 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Powder-GettyImages-119270124.jpg
A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about...

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<![CDATA[Children With 3-Way DNA Are Healthy: Study]]>Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:31:49 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16299728950958-dna.jpg
More than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor. Now researchers have checked up on how the babies...

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<![CDATA[Experts Hope Mosquito-Borne Bacteria Can Beat Zika Virus]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:05:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mosquitoeszika.jpg
Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading the Zika virus and other dangerous diseases. British and American governments are...

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<![CDATA[FDA Steps Up Warnings About Testosterone Use]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:38:50 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16159721727583-fda-generic.jpg
The FDA announced Tuesday that it is increasing warnings against testosterone and other steroids, NBC News reported. In addition to existing concerns about personality changes and other health issues, the drugs...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Sales Fall Again as It Tries to Win Back Customers]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:15:09 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Chipotle-GettyImages-509063322.jpg
Chipotle is still struggling to bring back customers to its restaurants after a food safety scare last year. The burrito chain said Tuesday that sales fell 21.9 percent at established restaurants during...

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<![CDATA[Babies Should Sleep in Same Room as Parents: Pediatricians]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:22:12 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents' bedroom at night for six months to a year to reduce the risk of sleep-related death. The new recommendations say babies...

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<![CDATA[1 in 4 US Cancer Deaths Linked to Smoking]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:37:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/108938428e.jpg
Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is more common and tobacco control policies are less strict.

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<![CDATA[Infants, Parents Should Share Room: New Guidelines]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:35:11 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_sleepstandards1024_1920x1080.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released updated guidelines for new parents on infant sleep safety. Experts say room sharing could reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by half and...]]>
<![CDATA[Pediatrics Group Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:32:41 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-135280995.jpg
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines for parents with infants and young children in regard to screen usage. Children under 18 months should avoid screens, with the exception of...

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<![CDATA[New Advice: Parents Should Share Screentime with Kids]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:46:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_mediakids1020_1920x1080.jpg
Instead of playing a constant game of keep-away, parents are now encouraged to join the fun. Updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on kids' media usage represents a shift to making moms...

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<![CDATA[Woman With Cancer: '#JuJuOnThatChemo']]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:21:49 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/chemo-dance-101916.PNG
A Texas woman is not letting cancer and chemo get her down. Ana-Alecia Ayala, who’s battling a rare form of uterine sarcoma, has joined the viral dance craze — and has a heartwarming message to share In...

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<![CDATA[Obama Touts Health Care Law, Urges Young Adults to Sign Up ]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:05:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TLMD-obamacare-website-sutterstock-st.jpg
President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his namesake health care program, long a target of Republicans and recently criticized by some Democrats, saying millions of Americans "now know the financial security...

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<![CDATA[3 STDs Hit Record High: CDC]]>Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:47:15 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16293715410881-chlamydia-generic.jpg
Infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high. Chlamydia was the most common. More than 1.5 million cases were reported in the U.S. last year, up 6 percent from the year before.

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<![CDATA[Mom's Update on Conjoined Twins]]>Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:12:23 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/conjoined+twins+gofundme+thumb.png
Nicole McDonald has reluctantly documented her family's experience as her twin sons who were attached at the head faced their most difficult surgery yet last week. But if supporters of her family read anything...
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<![CDATA[Study Examines Fridges' Chilling Effect on Tomato Taste]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:42:59 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/042615+Top+Crops+%288%29.jpg
If you buy tomatoes from John Banscher at his farmstand in New Jersey, he'll recommend keeping them out of the fridge or they'll lose some of their taste. Now scientists have figured out why: It's because...

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<![CDATA[Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Rates, Report Finds]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:42:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/strides6-PIC_0.jpg
Despite innovative technology for detection and treatment of breast cancer, black women continue to have the highest rate of mortality, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[4 Qualities Explain Why Big Cities Are Healthier: Survey]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:48:27 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/StretchMcDonalds.jpg
The American cities with the healthiest, happiest residents are Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., according to a new survey that scored communities on important health measures, NBC...

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<![CDATA[Moms Find Worms in Baby Formula]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:04:38 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_maggotformula1011_1500x845.jpg
A first-time mom says she found worms in a bottle of Similac baby formula that she fed her son. "Two ounces down I noticed the worms," said Taylor Seyler from Missouri. "Took it from his mouth, went and put...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika-Related Health Problems Grow as Babies Age]]>Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:50:49 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zika-2sm.jpg
Brazilian doctors are seeing unusual new health problems among infants born to mothers who contracted the Zika virus. The complications often go beyond those seen when other infections cause microcephaly.

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<![CDATA[College Students Say 'Drunkorexia' Is More Than Buzzword]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:36:41 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-113218959beer.jpg
Despite attempts to curb students’ consumption of alcohol, binge-drinking is becoming the norm on college campuses, NBC News reported. A group of young people spoke about the trend, called “drunkorexia,"...

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

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

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<![CDATA[WHO Urges Countries to Raise Taxes on Sugary Drinks]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:01:04 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
The U.N. health agency on Tuesday recommended that countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks like sodas, sport drinks and even 100-percent fruit juices as a way to fight obesity, diabetes...

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

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<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Treatment Costs Vary Wildly, Study Finds]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:51:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/2092862-cancer-treatment-generic.jpg
A new study has found that breast cancer patients, insurance companies and government health plans are needlessly paying $1 billion to treat the disease, NBC News reported. The cost of cancer treatment...

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

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<![CDATA['Lunchables' Recalled in 2 States Due to Misbranding, Undeclared Allergens]]>Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:18:44 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lunchables-recall.jpg
The Kraft Heinz Company is recalling 959 pounds of some "Lunchables" packaged lunch products in two states due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...

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

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<![CDATA[Study Says No, You Can't Live Forever]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:11:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_95101701406Jeanne-Calment.jpg
If you wanted to live until, say, the year 2140, don't get your hopes up. A new study from the Einstein College of Medicine found that human beings' maximum lifespan is about 115 years, NBC News reported. Jan...

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<![CDATA[Did Hospital Charge Couple for Holding Their Baby?]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:01:56 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SKIN-TO-SKIN-4P-VO---00-00-39-15_21059698.jpg
A Utah couple was confused after receiving a $39.95 charge for "skin-to-skin contact" on a bill from their hospital after the birth of their child. Though it first seemed like a charge for holding the baby, the...

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<![CDATA[Foods to Avoid Before Bed]]>Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:04:12 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_nightfoods1004_1920x1080.jpg
Having these late-night snacks can have a huge impact on sleep quality.]]>
<![CDATA[Doctors' Political Views May Affect Patient Care: Survey]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:44:10 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542739377.jpg
Politics in the exam room? A new study suggests patient care may vary depending on whether the doctor is a Democrat or a Republican — at least when it comes to some hot-button health issues like firearm...

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<![CDATA[Mysterious Polio-Like Illness Paralyzing US Kids]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 20:36:19 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/carter_4_d469880f8dc2035fcfb6cdc6b59d3b54.nbcnews-ux-600-480.jpg
Three-year-old Carter Roberts was playful, healthy and active until he became one of over four dozen people in the United States diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[CDC Warns Against Traveling to Asia as Zika Spreads There]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 05:49:54 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/184*120/Mosquito+Illnesses+Fort+Worth.jpg
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning pregnant women to stay away from 11 Southeast Asian countries where Zika is spreading, NBC News reported. Thailand has been included on the list, where...

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<![CDATA[Experts Looked Inside Mylan's Upgraded EpiPen]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:34:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen-julie-brown-injectors-nbc-news.jpg
With Congress trying to figure out Mylan's business model for the EpiPen, a medical technologies expert and a Seattle doctor have been physically taking apart the auto-injectors to find out exactly how...

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<![CDATA[Doctors Warn Zika Could Spread in Sweat and Tears]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:27:50 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16201766112052-zika-utah-mosquito.jpg
Doctors who treated a strange case of Zika say sweat and tears may be able to transmit the virus, NBC News reports. A team at the University of Utah School of Medicine said their case, of a man who infected his...

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<![CDATA[Over 600K Vets May Be Uninsured in 2017]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:55:12 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DOC_GettyImages-539738467.jpg
More than 600,000 U.S. military veterans will go without health insurance in 2017 if 19 states fail to expand their Medicaid programs, according to the Urban Institute. The report found that many veterans fall...

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<![CDATA[3D-Printed Artificial Bones Could Help Heal Injuries]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:49:03 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/3d-skull-H.jpg
A new type of artificial bone shaped with a 3-D printer can repair deformed bones and help heal some spine, skull and jaw injuries, researchers say in a new report printed in the journal Science Translational...

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<![CDATA[9 Out of 10 People Breathe Polluted Air: WHO]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:43:25 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_484690709547.jpg
Nine out of ten people worldwide live in areas where air pollution exceeds guidelines, the World Health Organization said. The pollution puts these people at higher risk for heart disease, strokes and cancer.

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<![CDATA[Disabled Man Gets License, Shows Driverless Tech's Potential]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:29:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/schmidt3.jpg
Former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt has done a lot in the 16 years since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He runs a racing team and a foundation. He's raced a sailboat using his chin.

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<![CDATA[Aetna to Subsidize Apple Watch]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:46:27 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg
Aetna announced that it will be making Apple Watches available for large employers and individual customers during open enrollment season. The health care services company said the new initiative will...

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<![CDATA[Baby Born With DNA from 3 People]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:04:26 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481683717.jpg
Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people — the mother, the father and an egg donor. The goal was to prevent the child...

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<![CDATA[Upside to Morning Sickness: Fewer Miscarriages, Stillbirths]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:31:34 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pregnancy-generic.jpg
It's dreaded by moms-to-be but morning sickness is actually a good sign — for the baby, a government study shows, confirming common pregnancy lore and less rigorous research. Women with nausea early in...

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<![CDATA[Pfizer Decides Not to Break Up Business ]]>Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:33:55 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Pfizer494838914.jpg
Pfizer will not split into two publicly traded companies, a decision that, at least for now, ends Wall Street speculation over the drugmaker's future. The company said Monday it believes it is best positioned...

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<![CDATA[A Rare Bipartisan Agreement Reached, Briefly, on Abortion]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:45:28 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CONGRESS_GettyImages-2062515.jpg
Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding.

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<![CDATA[35 US States Sue British Drugmaker Over Marketing of Opioid]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:32:01 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-467024279-suboxone.jpg
Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday alleging that British drugmaker Indivior tried to keep cheaper, generic versions of Suboxone off the market, California's...

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<![CDATA[Mylan CEO Defends EpiPen Cost to Angry Lawmakers]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:49:32 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/609574240-mylan-ceo-house-oversight-committee.jpg
Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the head of pharmaceutical company Mylan about the significant cost increase of its life-saving EpiPens and the profits for a company with sales...

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<![CDATA[Drug-Resistant Superbugs a 'Fundamental Threat': WHO]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:06:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg
While antibiotics were once hailed as miracle drugs, they've been abused and overused so much that they are now often useless against fast-evolving bacteria. And that bacterial evolution is far outpacing humans’...

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<![CDATA[Zuckerbergs' $3B to Ending Disease]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:14:13 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16265572079859-chan-zuckerberg-initiative-end-disease.jpg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have a lofty new goal: to cure, manage or eradicate all disease by the end of this century. To this end, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, their...

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<![CDATA[Chipotle's New Push on Food Safety]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:58:05 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Chipotle-GettyImages-509063322.jpg
Chipotle is making another push to convince people that its food won't make them sick, with plans to run more newspaper and digital ads outlining the safety steps it has taken since last year's E.

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<![CDATA[Fitness Trackers No Guarantee for Weight Loss]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:13:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_fitnesstrackers0920_1920x1080.jpg
A new study suggests wearing a fitness tracker to tally the number of steps you take in a day doesn't necessarily mean the numbers on the scale will come down. The University of Pittsburgh recruited more...

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<![CDATA[Smoking Leaves DNA Damage Years After Quitting: Study]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:13:53 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Most — but not all — DNA damage from smoking fades over time, and the genetic changes occur in clear patterns, researchers reported in an American Heart Association journal Tuesday, according to NBC News. The...

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<![CDATA[Listeria Fears Spur Whole Wheat Eggo Recall]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:18:28 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/kellogg-eggo-recall-.jpg
Kellogg is recalling about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain whole wheat waffles over the possibility they were contaminated with Listeria bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the...

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

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<![CDATA[Drugmakers Fought State Opioid Limits Amid Crisis]]>Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:08:06 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-517239628-opioid-pills.jpg
The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide...

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<![CDATA[Can This Patch Stop Drunk Driving?]]>Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:18:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DrunkPatch0915_MP4-147405607449700001.jpg
A New Mexico company is hoping their new patch will help stop drunk driving. DermaTec has developed a patch that senses alcohol intake through sweat. It's called the ONUSBlue, as in it's "on us" to end...]]>
<![CDATA[Florida's 1st Zika Outbreak Almost Over, Officials Say]]>Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:07:31 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-585211752.jpg
The mainland United States's first official outbreak of Zika virus may be declared over by early next week, NBC News reported. But another, in Miami Beach, is going strong, and on Thursday Florida health...

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<![CDATA[Fertility Doctor Accused Of Using Own Sperm]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:01:48 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_fertilitydoctor0913_1920x1080.jpg
Investigators believe a retired Indianapolis doctor may have donated his own sperm to as many as 50 patients without their knowledge. WTHR's Steve Jefferson reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Emotional Support Turkey Brings Joy to Woman With Lupus]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:02:32 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Capture74.PNG
Most of the time when you hear the words, "emotional support animal," you think of a dog, or some sort of cuddly animal. But a Washington woman with lupus has Sammi, her emotional support turkey, to help her go...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Affected Woman's Brain and Memory, Doctors Say]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:27:26 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/184*120/AHORA-BEBE-ZIKA.jpg
The Zika virus is known to cause devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses and now there is evidence that the virus could be more damaging to adults than has been believed, NBC News reported.]]>
<![CDATA[Study Details Sugar Industry Attempt to Shape Science]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:55:21 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519743196-sugar.jpg
The sugar industry began funding research that cast doubt on sugar's role in heart disease — in part by pointing the finger at fat — as early as the 1960s, according to an analysis of newly uncovered...

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

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

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<![CDATA[Chemicals Used to Fight Zika Worry Some Florida Residents]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:00:34 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaChems0907_MP4-147333531803900001.jpg
On the front lines in the fight against the Zika virus, crews in infected areas are double-dosing chemicals to kill larva and adult mosquitoes. People are being urged to use bug sprays with the ingredient...]]>
<![CDATA['Super Lice' on the Rise in Most States]]>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:34:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_superlice0907_1920x1080.jpg
September is National Lice Awareness Month, but most people aren't aware of those cringe-worthy critters until they're dealing with a full-on infestation. That was the issue Stacey Cole faced when her children...]]>
<![CDATA[Zika Doubled Birth Defect Rate in Brazil, Study Shows]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:32:56 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The arrival of Zika virus in Brazil doubled the rate of birth defects involving the nervous system, including microcephaly, researchers reported Wednesday. Rates of Guillain-Barré syndrome — a rare, paralyzing...

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<![CDATA[Rep. Warns of Zika With Mosquitoes]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:08:35 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/090716+david+jolly+zika+mosquitoes.jpg
Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly brought a container of mosquitoes onto the House floor Wednesday to criticize Congress for failing to pass legislation to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus in the Sunshine...

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<![CDATA[Family Grieves Loss of Newborn in Twins Viral Photo]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:45:13 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/baby+pacifier1.JPG
Days after a photo of Florida newborn twins hugging in a hospital went viral, the family is grieving the the loss of one of the boys, born with a rare medical condition. Twins Mason and Hawk Buchmeyer of

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<![CDATA[Flu Season Arrives, With New Recommendations for Prevention]]>Wed, 07 Sep 2016 07:20:15 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_fluvaccines0906_1920x1080.jpg
The nasal spray FluMist has been the flu vaccine preference among many parents for years, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says kids should not get it this year. The move comes after a panel of experts...]]>
<![CDATA[Industry Insiders Estimate EpiPen Costs No More Than $30]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:27:01 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan says middlemen and suppliers have forced them to jack up the prices on EpiPens by hundreds of dollars, but two industry insiders say the company pays no more than $30 per device, NBC News reports. Some...

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

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<![CDATA[3 Common STDs Are Becoming Harder to Treat]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 17:27:42 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_1602291933356134-STD.jpg
In the United States, drug-resistant gonorrhea is a public health problem of national concern. But untreatable gonorrhea isn't the only STD that has health officials worried, according to an NBC News...

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<![CDATA[FDA Bans Antibacterials From Soaps]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 18:04:13 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/antibacterial-soap.jpg
The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs. "We have no scientific evidence that...

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<![CDATA[Obesity Rates Fall in Four States]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:23:47 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/teen+obesity+gastric+bypass.jpg
Obesity rates in Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio fell — the first time that any state has seen a decrease in the past decade, according to a report released Thursday, NBC News reported. For the majority...

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<![CDATA[Zika Found in Trapped Fla. Mosquitoes, 1st in US Mainland ]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 22:28:48 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Large-Zika.jpg
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said 95 more trapped mosquitoes tested negative since the three local mosquitoes with Zika were found. Intensive trapping and testing continues. The...

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<![CDATA[Diamond of California Recalls Macadamia Nuts for Salmonella]]>Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:52:41 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/recall-nuts.jpg
Two macadamia nut products sold nationwide under the Diamond of California brand are being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. Snyder's-Lance, Inc. said it was voluntarily recalling 4-ounce...

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<![CDATA[Can Children Benefit From Probiotic Supplements?]]>Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:41:54 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_probiotics0829_1920x1080.jpg
Billed as "good for your guts," Dr. Karpovs says probiotics help restore normal bacteria in the body.]]>
<![CDATA[Orlando Theme Parks Offer Bug Spray to Ease Zika Fears]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:06:18 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Disney-GettyImages-94967642.jpg
Florida's major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando on...

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<![CDATA[Mylan Launching Generic Version of EpiPen]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:42:36 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
Mylan says it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism mounts over the price of its injectable medicine. The company said Monday that its U.S. subsidiary will put out a generic version...

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<![CDATA[Could Clinton Save Obama's Struggling Health Overhaul?]]>Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:54:57 -0500http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16239561422240-hillary-clinton-affordable-care-act.jpg
With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama's health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers...

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

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<![CDATA[Asymptomatic Man Spread Zika: CDC]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:03:27 -0500http://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 13:51:32 -0500http://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 16:52:06 -0500http://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 07:28:37 -0500http://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[Mylan Boosts EpiPen Programs, Doesn't Budge on Price]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:24:09 -0500http://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 19:07:58 -0500http://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 10:33:26 -0500http://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 07:53:30 -0500http://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 09:49:51 -0500http://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 12:19:31 -0500http://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 13:27:52 -0500http://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 22:43:36 -0500http://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 09:10:20 -0500http://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]]>Tue, 09 Aug 2016 23:42:45 -0500http://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 10:20:41 -0500http://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 17:48:38 -0500http://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 10:38:34 -0500http://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 10:57:08 -0500http://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 16:00:52 -0500http://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 13:51:33 -0500http://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 19:44:56 -0500http://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 14:26:13 -0500http://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 20:54:35 -0500http://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 06:28:04 -0500http://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 15:39:01 -0500http://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 11:24:03 -0500http://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 09:42:00 -0500http://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 08:49:59 -0500http://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 04:18:15 -0500http://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 09:30:45 -0500http://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 10:49:53 -0500http://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 07:48:15 -0500http://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]]>Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:48:00 -0500http://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 07:01:48 -0500http://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 03:25:41 -0500http://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 21:11:11 -0500http://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 15:46:46 -0500http://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 13:02:38 -0500http://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 11:38:40 -0500http://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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