<![CDATA[NBC New York - Health News - [NY Feature Page] Health]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/healthen-usWed, 26 Apr 2017 00:12:08 -0400Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:12:08 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![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]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:56:22 -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[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[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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<![CDATA[Conservative Groups Give 'RyanCare' Negative Reviews]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 19:13:22 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/649197060-American-Health-Care-Act-Brady.jpg
The reviews are starting to come in on the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as "ObamaCare," and aside from the Trump administration, they aren't very good to start out.

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<![CDATA[Fewer Heavy Americans Are Trying to Lose Weight: Study]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:12:26 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OBESITY_AP_16195512447159.jpg
Fewer overweight Americans have been trying to lose weight in recent years, and researchers wonder if fat acceptance could be among the reasons. The trend found in a new study occurred at the same time obesity...

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<![CDATA[GOP Congressman Suggests Buying Health Care, Not Phone]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:39:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/trump-rechazo-10.jpg
Rep. Jason Chaffetz advised consumers concerned about changes to the health care system under the long-awaited Republican health care plan that they may want to choose between to putting money aside for...

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<![CDATA[Travel Order Could Hit Doctor Supply in Trump Territory: Researchers]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:17:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17060083101353.jpg
President Donald Trump's new executive order suspending new visas to the United States for people from six Muslim-majority nations could reduce the number of doctors in areas that voted Trump into office,...

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<![CDATA[Trump Offers Planned Parenthood Funds If It Stops Abortions]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 07:38:58 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-499277954.jpg
President Donald Trump has offered to maintain federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the group stops providing abortions. Its president spurned the proposal and noted that federal money already is not...

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<![CDATA[DNA Scan Uncovers 18 Genes Newly Associated With Autism]]>Mon, 06 Mar 2017 19:22:31 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DNA+Generic+Double+Helix.jpg
A new genetic analysis has uncovered 18 genes associated with autism, NBC News reported. The study observed people with autism and their relatives, and found that people with autism often had dozens of...

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<![CDATA[Birth Defects Rise 20 Times in Zika-Affected Pregnancies: CDC ]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:10:15 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pregnant+woman+generic1.jpg
Babies in Zika-affected pregnancies in the United States are about 20 times more likely to have birth defects compared with the proportion of pregnancies seen in 2013-2014, before Zika was introduced into...

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<![CDATA[About 680,000 Baby Rattles Recalled Over Choking Hazard]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:40:01 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/baby-rattle-recall.jpg
Hundreds of thousands of baby rattles made by Kids II have been recalled due to the possibility that small beads can pose a choking hazard if part of the rattles break. Kids II has received 42 reports of...

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<![CDATA[Click for Candy: How Online Retailers Boost Impulse Buys]]>Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:17:25 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/adtargetingforonlineshopping.jpg
Supermarket layouts are carefully calibrated to tempt people into impulsive purchases, and now food makers are trying to adapt their strategies as people do more of their shopping online. Part of the worry for...

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<![CDATA[Colon, Rectal Cancer on the Rise for Millennials ]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:03:17 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_cancer0228_1500x845.jpg
A new study by the American Cancer Society is showing a shocking increase in cancer among millennials. People in their 20s and 30s have double the risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer, as well as quadruple...]]>
<![CDATA[New Help for That Bane of Middle-Age: Blurry Close-Up Vision]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:39:49 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/eye-surgery.jpg
An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest surgical repair for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. Dr. Shilpa Rose says the Raindrop inlay won't restore vision...

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<![CDATA[Gene Therapy to Fight a Blood Cancer Succeeds in Major Study]]>Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:44:48 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cancer6.jpg
An experimental gene therapy that turns a patient's own blood cells into cancer killers worked in a major study, with more than one-third of very sick lymphoma patients showing no sign of disease six months...

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<![CDATA[Trans Students Face ‘Detrimental’ Health Effects: Experts]]>Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:55:37 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17055026714973.jpg
LGBTQ advocates say President Donald Trump sent a worrying message after his administration withdrew Obama administration's guidance on transgender students protections in public schools. "It makes me feel...

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<![CDATA[Study Builds Case Linking Autism, Infections During Pregnancy]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:14:39 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/embarazo22588.jpg
Women with active genital herpes infections early in their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a child with autism than women who did not, according to a study released Wednesday. NBC News reported that the

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<![CDATA[Texas Can't Cut Planned Parenthood]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:59:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mv+planned+parenthood.jpg
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across...

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<![CDATA[Rise in Premiums Lays Bare 2 Americas on Health Care]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:35 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Website-AP_249581118509.jpg
Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage "Obamacare" offers provides protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue...

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<![CDATA[NIH Testing Mosquito Saliva Vaccine as Way to Fight Illness]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:28:22 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543392276-Mosquito.jpg
Wanted: 60 people willing to be bitten by mosquitoes to test a new kind of vaccine — one that acts against the bugs' saliva. Rather than separate vaccines against Zika or other mosquito-borne diseases, the new...

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<![CDATA[Face Transplant Links Men Touched by Tragedy]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:31:54 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17045844162882-s.jpg
The first face transplant performed at Mayo Clinic is providing a man from Wyoming a second chance at a normal life after he was disfigured by a gunshot in a suicide attempt a decade ago.

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<![CDATA[Drugs Vanish at Some VA Hospitals: AP]]>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:52:53 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17048604060654-shulkin.jpg
Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since...

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<![CDATA[Gore: Climate Change Poses Dangerous Health Consequences]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:16:56 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17047583778829-gore.jpg
Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday said more attention must be paid to the dangerous health consequences of climate change, and he called on scientists, health officials and health care providers to work...

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<![CDATA[China Carfentanil Ban a 'Game-Changer' in US Opioid Epidemic]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:10:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DEA-Badge-Generic.jpg
So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said...

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<![CDATA[Would You Let Someone Who's Not a Dentist Pull Your Teeth?]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:43:30 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17046749125354-dentist.jpg
Need a tooth pulled or a cavity filled? Forget the dentist. A number of states are allowing or considering letting "dental therapists," professionals with a lower level of training, do the job. In dozens...

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<![CDATA[Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:57:36 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5248112111.jpg
It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds. Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the...

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<![CDATA[South Florida Company Turns Cobra Venom Into Healing Treatment]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:42:41 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/021417+cobra+venom.jpg
When you think about Cobra venom eventual death comes to mind. A South Florida company is changing the perception of the deadly venom. Nutra Pharma Corp., a biotechnology company specializing in the acquisition,...

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<![CDATA[Sore Back? Try Heat and Exercise First, Guidelines Say]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:56:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/Back-Guy.jpg
Prescription drugs should only be a last resort as a treatment for lower back pain, a leading doctors' group said Monday. NBC News reported on the new guidance from the American College of Physicians,...

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<![CDATA[Aetna, Humana Call Off $34 Billion Deal]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:50:03 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_16229419820877.jpg
Aetna and Humana called off a $34 billion proposal to combine the two major health insurers after a federal judge, citing antitrust concerns, shot down the deal. The announcement Tuesday comes several days after...

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<![CDATA[Firstborns Get Intellectual Advantage Over Siblings: Study]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:04:28 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*122/GettyImages-73781080.jpg
Firstborn children are set up for more academic and intellectual success, according to a new study that delved into nearly 40 years of data. Today.com reported that firstborn babies and toddlers started scoring...

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<![CDATA[Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly for Men: Study]]>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:45:47 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462353044.jpg
Men are more likely to have a heart attack after a snowfall, probably from shoveling snow, according to Canadian researchers. NBC News reported that researchers found a slight increase in heart attacks...

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<![CDATA[Woman Praises 911 Dispatcher]]>Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:29:37 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/258*120/170211-911-dispatcherJPG.JPG
A California woman shed tears of gratitude Saturday upon meeting in person the 911 dispatcher who'd helped save her husband's life. On Jan. 21, Carolyn Evans called 911. Her husband, 65-year-old Jeff Evans, had...

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<![CDATA[US Judge Blocks Anthem-Cigna Health Insurance Merger]]>Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:17:29 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/gavel-generic-stock.jpg
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp., saying the merger would likely lead to higher costs, less competition and diminished innovation. U.S.

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<![CDATA[Clinic Falsely Told Dozens They Had Alzheimer's, Suits Say ]]>Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:05:40 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17027638904199-sm.jpg
Dozens of patients from a now-closed memory loss clinic in Ohio say its director told them they had Alzheimer’s disease when they really didn’t. Records show the former director of the center in Toledo...

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<![CDATA[Kids Are Trying Potentially Harmful E-Cigarette Hack]]>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:25:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_34020085243.jpg
As many as a quarter of U.S. kids who are using e-cigarettes may be taking them apart and "dripping" — a method that gives them more vapor but a potentially higher hit of nicotine, researchers reported...

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<![CDATA[9.2 Million Signed Up for Obamacare in 2017]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:35:00 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Obacare.jpg
Facing higher premiums, less choice and a last-minute advertising pullback, fewer people signed up for coverage this year through HealthCare.gov, according to data from a preliminary government report...

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<![CDATA[Laundry Pod-Linked Eye Injuries Surged in Small Kids: Study]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:12:11 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-453144893.jpg
Liquid laundry packets are responsible for a surge in eye injuries in young children, according to new medical research. The pods are already under scrutiny after thousands of incidents of kids mistaking...

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<![CDATA[Insurers Mull Exit From Exchanges or Price Hikes]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:52:51 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-AP_30213472209.jpg
The Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges have become too risky for major health insurers, and that's creating further doubt about coverage options consumers might have next year.

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<![CDATA[Repeal of Health Law Could Mean Women Pay More For Less]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:55:20 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/ACA.jpg
From a return to higher premiums based on gender, to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, experts say women could end up paying more for less if the Obama-era health care law is repealed. The...

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<![CDATA[Tackle Food Safety: Keep Your Food Safe on Game Day]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:38:06 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2017-02-02+at+2.25.05+PM.png
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a list of food safety tips for Super Bowl party hosts.]]>
<![CDATA[Science Could Soon Develop Eggs, Sperm From Skin Cells]]>Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:46:46 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/170131-babies-mn-1600.jpg
The world is on the brink of another revolution thanks to an emerging technology called in vitro gametogenesis, or IVG, which would allow doctors to develop eggs and sperm from a surprising source: skin...

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<![CDATA[Tuesday Night Is Deadline for Obamacare Coverage]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:21:19 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OBAMACARE_AP_16320806519240.jpg
Overnight Tuesday is the deadline to sign up for coverage under the federal health care law. Even if the ultimate fate of Obamacare is uncertain, there's been no change for this year.

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<![CDATA[NJ Health Officials: Infant May Have Spread Measles]]>Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:24:15 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/measles3.jpg
Health officials in New Jersey say that an infant with measles may have exposed people in Passaic County to the highly contagious disease.]]>
<![CDATA[Little Girls Doubt That Women Can Be Brilliant, Study Shows]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:02:57 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/education-nation169271319.jpg
Can women be brilliant? Little girls are not so sure. A study published Thursday in the journal Science suggests that girls as young as 6 can be led to believe men are inherently smarter and more talented than...

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<![CDATA[NJ Becomes 1st State to Offer New Parents Free ‘Baby Boxes’]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:57:54 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/baby+box+new+jersey.jpg
New Jersey has become the first state where expectant parents can get a free "Baby Box" for their newborn. The Baby Box Co. announced the Baby Box University program on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Gore Revives Climate, Health Summit Canceled by CDC]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:21:46 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519674944.jpg
A conference on climate change and health is back on but apparently minus the U.S. government. Several organizers including former Vice President Al Gore have resurrected the meeting set for next month...

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<![CDATA[Scientists Take First Steps to Growing Human Organs in Pigs]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:12:13 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pig-embryo-research-salk-institute.jpg
Scientists have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals to transplant into people. The cells made up just a tiny part of...

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<![CDATA[How Far Can $15 Billion Go in Washington?]]>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:44:38 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617792078_master.jpg
If one believes the back-of-the-envelope estimates by Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump's border wall is going to cost between $12 billion and $15 billion.

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<![CDATA[House Passes Abortion Funding Ban Days After Women's March]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:36:24 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/my-body-my-choice.jpg
Days after millions of people marched nationwide to bring attention to women’s issues, the Trump administration and Congress have responded with actions against women's reproductive rights. On Tuesday afternoon,...

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<![CDATA[US Cancer Death Rate Dips, but Soars in Some Places: Study]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:29:54 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-generic-73160938.jpg
Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found.

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<![CDATA[Police in Glendale, Calif., Give Dementia Patients Trackers]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:22:25 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knbc-dementia-tracking-device-project-lifesaver.jpg
Police in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale are hoping to reduce the time it takes to find missing people diagnosed with dementia by providing patients with tracking devices. The Glendale Police Department has...

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<![CDATA[US Health Officials Cancel Climate Conference]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:21:07 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/IceMeltingAP_4542707832.jpg
The government's top public health agency has canceled a conference next month on climate change and health but isn't saying why publicly. But a co-sponsor said he was told by the CDC that it was worried...

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<![CDATA[GOP Obamacare Replacement Plan Would Grant States More Power]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:05:50 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/obamacare-que-pasara-thumbnail.jpg
Republican senators introduced a partial replacement to the Affordable Care Act on Monday that would let states keep some aspects of the Obamacare law while eliminating the mandate requiring citizens to...

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<![CDATA[WHO on 'High-Alert' Over New Outbreaks of Bird Flu]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:31:49 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/influenza1.jpg
The World Health Organization is urging all countries to monitor avian influenza and to report any human cases that could indicate the beginning of a flu pandemic, Reuters reported.

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<![CDATA[Fighting Winter Allergies]]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:57:44 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WinterAllergies0120_MP4-148517587405100001.jpg
Many people believe that as the spring and fall seasons wrap up, so do their allergies, but that's not always the case once winter rolls around.]]>
<![CDATA[$12M Costco Pharmacy Settlement]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:41:53 -0400http://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 18:53:07 -0400http://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 14:44:32 -0400http://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 10:39:13 -0400http://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 09:50:23 -0400http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-472209108.jpg
Scientists used blood samples and studies medical and family history for people in their study. In this research, a connection was found between that inflammatory process and caffeine consumption.

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<![CDATA[18M Will Lose Health Insurance With ACA Repeal: Analysis]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:12:53 -0400http://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 14:06:56 -0400http://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 07:46:20 -0400http://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 21:05:46 -0400http://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 11:25:35 -0400http://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 12:42:50 -0400http://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 17:17:26 -0400http://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 09:46:14 -0400http://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 23:47:44 -0400http://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 08:47:18 -0400http://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 09:05:38 -0400http://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 10:05:39 -0400http://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 18:28:07 -0400http://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 19:29:27 -0400http://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 14:18:50 -0400http://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 20:36:11 -0400http://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 07:33:41 -0400http://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 12:34:51 -0400http://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 12:30:30 -0400http://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 13:33:01 -0400http://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 01:34:23 -0400http://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 17:43:45 -0400http://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 09:40:18 -0400http://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 11:20:33 -0400http://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 07:52:21 -0400http://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 12:06:29 -0400http://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 16:38:21 -0400http://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 09:58:11 -0400http://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 06:17:21 -0400http://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 10:15:11 -0400http://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 10:25:21 -0400http://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 07:31:47 -0400http://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 14:48:18 -0400http://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 12:08:58 -0400http://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 07:51:35 -0400http://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 20:38:06 -0400http://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 19:04:17 -0400http://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 14:50:46 -0400http://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 08:34:47 -0400http://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 11:14:35 -0400http://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 07:49:43 -0400http://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 10:08:58 -0400http://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 11:20:23 -0400http://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 10:18:10 -0400http://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 10:19:34 -0400http://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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