<![CDATA[NBC New York - Health News - [NY Feature Page] Health]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/health en-us Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:57:39 -0500 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 02:57:39 -0500 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA[Chipotle Urges Workers to Stay Home If They're Sick]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:03:57 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-487798478.jpg
Chipotle repeatedly told employees they need to stay home if they feel sick and the restaurant chain kept all its U.S. locations shuttered early Monday as executives went over new food safety procedures.

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<![CDATA[US Athletes Worried About Zika Told to Skip Rio: Report]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:17:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/zika-GettyImages-506962162.jpg
The United States Olympic Committee told U.S. sports federations on a January conference call that athletes and staff worried about contracting the Zika virus should consider not going to the 2016 Rio Olympics...

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<![CDATA[Cuomo Moves to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:10:08 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/176*120/2616cuomo.jpg
New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what's known as...

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<![CDATA[Zika Scare Reopens Abortion Debate in Brazil]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:51:57 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BrazilPregnantZika-AP_757089715997.jpg
Fears over the Zika virus are reopening the debate over abortion in Brazil, where the procedure is illegal under most cases, NBC News reported. Brazilian bishops opposed a petition seeking to expand abortion...

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<![CDATA[CDC Issues Updated Zika Guidelines ]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:03 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/175*120/TLMD-Microcefalia-GettyImages-507089272.jpg
A Brazilian health official warned pregnant women to think twice before giving a kiss as global measures mounted Friday against the Zika virus suspected of a link to birth defects.

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<![CDATA[NBC 4 New York & NY Giants Health & Fitness Expo]]> Thu, 07 May 2015 17:17:38 -0500 http://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[Company Testing Diabetes Cure]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:27:27 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Diabetes+cure+web+img-PIC_0.jpg
A San Diego biotech company believes it has found a possible cure for Type 1 diabetes. The La Jolla-based company, ViaCyte, in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson, is testing a stem cell treatment to cure those...

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<![CDATA[Obamacare Posts Respectable Sign-Up Season]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:33:13 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-AP_30213472209.jpg
Still facing political jeopardy, President Barack Obama's health care law beat expectations by earning solid sign-ups this year, according to figures released Thursday by the administration. About 12.7 million...

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<![CDATA[Brazil Health Officials Confirm Zika Spread Via Transfusion]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:37:52 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BoodTransfusion-GettyImages-151048640.jpg
Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top of...

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<![CDATA[CDC's Warning for Women About Alcohol Sparks Backlash]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:17:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/beer+drinking+generic.jpg
A warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meant to caution women about the risks of drinking and pregnancy has set off a firestorm of outrage, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Tx. Birth Control Falls]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:28:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+pregnant+generic.jpeg
A study found that Texas saw a drop in women obtaining long-acting birth control after Republican leaders booted Planned Parenthood from a state women's health program in 2013, which researchers said may explain...

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<![CDATA[Few Zika Samples Being Shared by Brazil: Officials]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 23:37:43 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-507329998-zika-virus.jpg
U.N. and U.S. health officials tell The Associated Press that Brazil has yet to share enough samples and disease data needed to answer the most worrying question about the Zika outbreak: whether the virus...

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<![CDATA[Experts Left With More Questions About Zika ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:00:21 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaLab-GettyImages-506977656.jpg
For decades, the Zika virus has seemed harmless. But with more birth defects in Brazil and the possibility of transmission through sexual contact, health experts are now trying to answer more questions about the...

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<![CDATA[Former Raiders QB Ken Stabler Had Brain Disease CTE ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:34:55 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/206*120/AP_665621873476.jpg
Boston researchers say former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler had the brain disease CTE. Boston University confirmed the diagnosis Wednesday after it was first reported in the New York Times. Stabler...

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<![CDATA[Congress: Drugmakers Planned Price Hikes to Boost Profits]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:12:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_728170351129.jpg
Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart disease, AIDS and cancer, according...

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<![CDATA[1st Zika Case Transmitted in U.S.]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:11:38 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zika+virus2.jpg
The first person in Dallas County has been infected with the Zika virus without traveling outside the U.S., becoming the first person to acquire the virus in the country, according to the Centers for Disease...

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<![CDATA['I Could Feel Him There': Mom Listens to Son's Donated Heart Beat ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:50:28 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/221*120/Screen-Shot-2016-02-03-at-8.48.46-AM.jpg
Three years after her 7-month-old son Lukas tragically died, Heather Clark was able to hear his donated heart beat once again inside a little girl. Holding a stethoscope to 4-year-old Jordan Drake's chest, the...

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<![CDATA[Need to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:27:00 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_670850476149-zika.jpg
The spread of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in a birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven, and have labeled...

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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:23:00 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/AP_88799403079.jpg
The spreading of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in a birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven, and have labeled...

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<![CDATA[Drugmaker Launches Effort for Zika Vaccine ]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:26:58 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_74989493296-zika-needle.jpg
Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur said Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive...

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<![CDATA[Prozac for Down Syndrome Babies]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 08:51:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Prozac-GettyImages-169371347.jpg
A University of Texas Southwestern study will see if giving unborn babies with Down syndrome Prozac in the womb will help improve brain functioning. Dr. Carol Tamminga, who is leading the study at UTSW,...

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<![CDATA[Pregnant NYC Woman Diagnosed With Zika Virus: Officials]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:01:53 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_256601441416.jpg
A pregnant woman was diagnosed with Zika virus after visiting a country stricken with the mosquito-borne illness that may cause birth defects, New York City health officials say.

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<![CDATA['Silent Killer': Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:23:14 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/012516_A_coproblems1JH_70.jpg
At least six people died from carbon monoxide poisoning since a massive snowstorm swept through the East Coast last week. The deaths included 23-year-old Sasha Bonilla, a New Jersey mother, and her 1-year...

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<![CDATA[WHO: Zika Virus Is 'Spreading Explosively' in Americas]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:30:54 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_191300382996-%281%29.jpg
Declaring that the Zika virus is "spreading explosively," the World Health Organization announced it will hold an emergency meeting of independent experts Monday to decide if the outbreak should be declared...

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<![CDATA[Brazil Revises Birth Defect Count in Zika Investigation]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:01:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/zika+virus1.jpg
Brazil’s Health Ministry reported fewer confirmed cases of a rare brain defect that may be tied to the Zika virus, NBC News reported. In new figures released Wednesday, only 270 of 4,180 suspected cases...]]>
<![CDATA[Federal Pain Panel Rife With Links to Big Pharma]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:53:36 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_201601271555460000.jpg
A federal panel that has recently criticized efforts to cut back on painkiller prescriptions is studded with members who have financial ties to drug companies. Nearly a third of members on the Interagency...

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<![CDATA[Health Care Fines Press Millennials as Deadline Nears]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:31:30 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/AP_847434600895.jpg
Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don't need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama's health care law. Fines for being...

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<![CDATA[Airlines Offering Refunds Over Zika]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:29:35 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TLMD-american-airlines-shutterstock-st.jpg
Delta Airlines has joined two other major U.S. airlines in offering refunds to passengers worried about the Zika virus outbreak in many tropical countries. Customers with current reservations through Delta, who...

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus Spreads to 20 Latin American Countries]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:49:18 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaBrazil-AP_324390883298.jpg
The Zika virus has now spread to 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, NBC News reported. The virus is now spreading locally in Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana...

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<![CDATA[Senators Ask WH to 'Spearhead' Study of Crumb Rubber Turf]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:55:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Crumb_Rubber_Turf.jpg
Two senators have asked President Barack Obama to launch a "comprehensive" study into the potential health risks posed by "crumb rubber" turf, a surface made of recycled tires used on playgrounds and athletic...

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<![CDATA[HPV Raises Risk of Head & Neck Cancers: Study]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:17:52 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HPVVaccine-AP_701393247962.jpg
The human papillomavirus (HPV) increases the chances of head and neck cancer by at least seven times, according to a new study, NBC News reported. The study, conducted by researchers at Albert Einstein College...

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<![CDATA[2 Positive Zika Tests in Ill.]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:43:56 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Zika-Mosquitoes-AP_100665838820.jpg
Two pregnant Illinois residents have tested positive for the Zika virus, prompting a warning from the Illinois Department of Public Health for anyone traveling abroad. The two women recently traveled to...

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<![CDATA[Patient Forges Friendship by Posting Adele Lyrics at Hospital]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:02:35 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AdelePhoto.jpg
Cystic fibrosis patient posts "Hello" lyrics in hospital window, starting a friendship with workers across the street.]]>
<![CDATA[1 Brain-Dead, 5 Hospitalized in France Clinical Trial]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:52:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_118589362326.jpg
A clinical trial in France left one volunteer brain-dead and five others hospitalized, French officials said Friday, NBC News reported. All volunteers participating in the trial at the privately-licensed...

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<![CDATA[Cruise Ship Illness Less Common]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:30:46 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/celebrity+infinity+cruise+ship+norovirus.jpg
Health officials say cruise ship passengers are getting sick with a stomach bug less often. About 20 outbreaks are reported each year on ships that dock at U.S. ports, on average. Many draw media coverage. But

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<![CDATA[Officials Consider Travel Warning as Zika Virus Spreads]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:43:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ZikaVirus-AP_454991380590.jpg
U.S. health officials are considering a travel warning about a virus spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean that experts say could cause a catastrophic birth defect, NBC News reported. "We are in the...

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<![CDATA[Time Right for Obama's Ambitious Cancer 'Moonshot': Experts]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:02:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JoeBidenCancer-AP_865714559233.jpg
Cancer experts are applauding President Barack Obama’s ambitious “moonshot” to cure the disease, saying it’s a good time to do it. Obama announced the initiative Tuesday night during his State of the Union...

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<![CDATA[Perrigo Recalls Children's Cough Syrup Over Overdose Risk]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:08:51 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Coughrecall.jpg
Perrigo Company said Monday it's recalling two flavors of its children's liquid cough medicine because of a potential overdose risk. The recall includes two batches of children's guaifenesin grape liquid...

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<![CDATA[Texas Traveler Diagnosed with Zika Virus: CDC]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:11:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mosquito-AP_334068230276.jpg
A traveler in Houston has been diagnosed with a little-known mosquito-borne virus after returning from a trip to Latin America, health officials say. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

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<![CDATA[Obama Vetoes Bill to Repeal Signature Health Care Law]]> Fri, 08 Jan 2016 13:14:00 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503450732.jpg
President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation to repeal his signature health care law. It's one of many repeal measures pushed by Republican lawmakers since 2010, when Obama signed the health care program...

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<![CDATA[New Dietary Guidelines: Cut Added Sugar, Eat More Veggies]]> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:33:15 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-176501052.jpg
Added sugar in food and drink should be limited to no more than 10 percent of daily calories, according to new federal guidelines released Thursday, NBC News reported. The new dietary recommendations,...

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<![CDATA[Stem Cells Show Promise For Hearts]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:13:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_heartdisease0106_1500x845.jpg
Scientists at Osaka University are hard at work using stem cells to treat severe heart problems.]]>
<![CDATA[Criminal Probe Underway at Chipotle Over Norovirus Outbreak]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 17:49:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ClosedChipotleAP_338298921189.jpg
Chipotle has been served with a federal subpoena as part of a criminal investigation tied to a norovirus outbreak at one of its restaurants. The subpoena, received last month, requires Chipotle to produce...

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<![CDATA[E-Cigarette Ads Target Millions of Kids: CDC]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:52:26 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_34020085243.jpg
E-cigarette makers are spending tens of millions of dollars on advertising their products and their message is getting across, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Teens are vaping by the millions now...

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<![CDATA[African Boy Mauled by Chimps to Undergo Facial Surgery in NY]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:25:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CHIMPAP_264761041882.JPG
Dunia Sibomana was considered the lucky one two years ago when a group of chimpanzees jumped from the trees and attacked him and two other boys as they played near a preserve in their native Democratic Republic...

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<![CDATA[Repeal of Meat-Labeling Law Makes It Harder to Find Product's Origin]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 12:25:50 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/beef-raw-steak-meat.jpg
U.S. consumers will now find it harder to learn where their beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered.

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<![CDATA[Could Sugar Fuel the Growth of Cancer?]]> Fri, 01 Jan 2016 09:40:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sugar_teaspoon_generic.jpg
Does sugar fuel the growth of cancer? Researchers have been studying what sugar does to the body. One type of sugar in particular has provided a possible link from sugar to cancer.

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<![CDATA[Martha Stewart Frying Pans Recalled After Injuries]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 15:37:53 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/103269314-steelset.530x298.jpg
Macy's is recalling two Martha Stewart frying pans after customers said metal discs popped off and caused bruises, burns and welts. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says there were seven reports...

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<![CDATA[Mercury in Calif. Coastal Fog]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 20:48:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/golden-gate-bridge-fog.jpg
When coastal fog rolls into Northern California, a special form of mercury is coming along with it, according to new research. At a Dec. 16 meeting with the American Geophysical Union, researchers announced...

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<![CDATA[Support for Legal Abortion at Highest Level in 2 Yrs]]> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:27:47 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/abortion-fight-washdc.jpg
Support for legal abortion in the U.S. has edged up to its highest level in the past two years, with an Associated Press-GfK poll showing an apparent increase in support among Democrats and Republicans...

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<![CDATA[FDA Eases Restrictions on Blood Donations From Gay Men]]> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:21:25 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-124205942.jpg
Federal health officials are lifting the nation's 32-year-old lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but major restrictions will remain on who can donate. Medical groups and gay activists...

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<![CDATA[U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Hit New Record: CDC]]> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:05:02 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Drug-Overdose-GettyImages-467512349.jpg
Deaths from opioid drug overdoses have hit an all-time record in the U.S., rising 14 percent in just one year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. More than 47,000 people died...

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<![CDATA[Painkiller Politics: Effort to Curb Prescribing Under Fire]]> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:50:57 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/481663349.jpg
A bold federal effort to curb prescribing of painkillers may be faltering amid stiff resistance from drugmakers, industry-funded groups and, now, even other public health officials. The Centers for Disease...

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<![CDATA[Candidates Talk Heroin Scourge, But NH Effort Lags Neighbors]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:36:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/drug-abuse-treatment-kit.jpg
As the presidential candidates criss-cross New Hampshire wooing voters for the country’s first primary in February, the state’s struggle to confront its opioid epidemic is in the national spotlight — its...

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<![CDATA[FDA Proposes Ban on Indoor Tanning for Minors]]> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:43:31 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_186449160171.jpg
Federal health officials are proposing a ban on the use of tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18, part of an ongoing effort to reduce skin cancers caused by the devices. The Food and Drug Administration...

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<![CDATA[New Formula Might Help Catch Ovarian Cancer Earlier]]> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:34:32 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_435010199376.jpg
Researchers now have their first real hint that there might be a way to screen women for ovarian cancer, NBC News reported. A study published Thursday shows that a careful formula that combines a blood test with...

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<![CDATA[That Scary Movie Really is Blood Curdling]]> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:02:00 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/3DGlasses-AP_110722019970.jpg
Dutch researchers have found that scary movies really are blood-curdling, NBC News reported. A team from Leiden University Medical Center found that the fear induced releases a little blood-clotting protein...

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<![CDATA[Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism]]> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:58:29 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/baby+pacifier1.JPG
Women who take a popular class of antidepressants in the second or third trimester of pregnancy are more likely to have a child with autism, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American...

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<![CDATA[Chemo Caps to Help Prevent Hair Loss Will Hit the Market]]> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:13:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/240*120/AP_992336205740-DigniCap.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it would allow marketing of the DigniCap, a cooling system that chills patients' scalps to reduce the hair loss that is so common during breast cancer treatment.]]>
<![CDATA[Wound-Stopping Battlefield Sponge Gun Now OK For Civilian ERs]]> Sat, 12 Dec 2015 17:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/XSTAT+Syringe.jpg
It's been approved for a year and a half on the battlefield and now a new device is approved for use in civilian ERs, too. The Food and Drug Administration has approved wider use of the XSTAT 30 wound dressing...

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<![CDATA[U.S. Pregnancy Rate Hits Record Low, Data Shows]]> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:19:37 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-99168687.jpg
The U.S. pregnancy rate and abortions have hit a record low, according to a new research by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Guttmacher Institute released Friday, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Chipotle Promotes, Warns of Fresh Food]]> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:20:17 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/steve-ells.jpg
Chipotle Mexican Grill has long promoted what it calls its food with integrity: fresh food without artificial flavors and genuine raw ingredients sourced from farms not factories and cooked in its kitchens using...

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<![CDATA[Delay in Breast Cancer Treatment Can Increase Risk of Death: Studies]]> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:34:47 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_100506174828.jpg
Women with breast cancer may have better survival odds if they get surgery and chemotherapy more quickly, two large U.S. studies suggest. The research team for the first study analyzed records from approximately...

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<![CDATA[One in Five U.S. Kids Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels: Study]]> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:09:42 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-133281970.jpg
One in five Americans kids has unhealthy cholesterol levels, and more than 8 percent have the most worrisome high cholesterol levels, a new survey finds, NBC News reported. Nearly 27 percent of 16- to...

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<![CDATA[Zika Virus May Cause Deadly Birth Defects: Officials]]> Sun, 06 Dec 2015 09:26:05 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mosquito-AP_334068230276.jpg
A little-known virus spreading from Brazil into Central America may be causing deadly birth defects, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Woman Donates 92 Gallons of Breast Milk ]]> Sun, 06 Dec 2015 02:28:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BreastMilkDonations-GettyImages-161155955.jpg
A woman who gave birth to a stillborn baby at 20 weeks has donated 92 gallons of breast milk to five different milk banks. Amy Anderson told TODAY.com that she started pumping regularly because of the benefits...

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<![CDATA[Ebola Quarantines Were Driven by Ignorance, Fear-Mongering: Report]]> Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:09:33 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_374352022542.jpg
Fear-mongering and ignorance drove states to force health workers into quarantine when they returned from fighting Ebola in West Africa, and the restrictions were probably unconstitutional, according to a...

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<![CDATA[False-Positives Mammogram May Mean Higher Breast Cancer Risk]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 13:55:28 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_100506174828.jpg
Each year, millions of woman go for a mammogram. The radiologist sees something suspicious, orders a follow-up x-ray or ultrasound, and it turns out to be nothing. It's distressing, takes up a lot of time...

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<![CDATA[4 People Meet for 1st Time After 2 Pairs of Kidney Swaps]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:52:38 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/175138627.jpg
Four people have met for the first time since a pair of kidney swaps at a Connecticut hospital. The Hartford Courant reports the family of 3-year-old Jeremy Orellana, as well as Fred Ferris, Beth Mix, and...

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<![CDATA[New Voice for Mass. Teen]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:17:44 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Max+Plansky+112515.jpg
We all have unique voices - with their pitches and their tones, they belong to us. But for Max Plansky, a Massachusetts teen who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, the voice he uses is not...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New, Boosted Flu Vaccine]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:25:16 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/flue-shot.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new type of flu vaccine called Fluad that uses a compound to help stimulate the patient’s immune system, NBC News reported. Fluad contains MF59, an adjuvant made out...

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<![CDATA[Teen's Flesh-Eating Bacteria Fight]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:44:12 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/giancarlo+gil+flesh+eating+bacteria+recovery+1124+2.jpg
The mother of a San Diego-area teenager fighting for his life against a flesh-eating bacteria thanked the community Tuesday for their support, saying the family was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love.

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<![CDATA[Coke's Role in Anti-Obesity Group Revealed: Report]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:47:24 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CokeCansEmails.jpg
A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work. But emails obtained by The Associated Press show the world's largest beverage maker was...

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<![CDATA[Modified Mosquitos Block Malaria]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:41 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-AP_432922569679.jpg
Southern California scientists have created a genetically modified batch of mosquitoes capable of blocking malaria, a development that could help eradicate the disease, UC San Diego officials announced...

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<![CDATA[Pfizer, Allergan Merge in Biggest Drug Deal Ever]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:54:15 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Pfizer-494838900.jpg
Pfizer and Allergan will join in a $160 billion deal to create the world's largest drugmaker. The transaction is valued at $363.63 per Allergan share. Allergan shareholders will receive 11.3 shares of...

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<![CDATA[UnitedHealth May Withdraw From Obamacare]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:15:22 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/UnitedHealth-AP_580078387860.jpg
Experts are divided over Thursday’s news that the No. 1 U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, might withdraw from health exchanges mandated by so-called Obamacare legislation, NBC News reported. The company...

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<![CDATA[Will Nation's Top Health Insurer Kill Obamacare?]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 03:19:00 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obamacare-Website-AP_249581118509.jpg
Thursday's news that the No. 1 U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, might withdraw from the health insurance exchanges mandated by so-called Obamacare legislation divided experts into two camps.

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<![CDATA[Heroin Vaccine Research]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:49:11 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Generic+Heroin+Needles.jpg
Recovering addicts may have a new tool helping them stay on track as a heroin vaccine enters a preclinical phase. The National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) awarded researchers...]]>
<![CDATA[Genetically Modified Salmon OK'd for Human Consumption in U.S.]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:56:09 -0500 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_100920111828.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States. The Obama administration had stalled...

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