<![CDATA[NBC New York - Health News - [NY Feature Page] Health]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/health en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:56:58 -0400 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:56:58 -0400 NBC Local Integrated Media <![CDATA["We Need More": Fight Against Ebola Is Thin on Ground]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:42:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ebola.jpg
The biggest outbreak of Ebola in history is affecting over 1,200 people and continues to spread with no end in sight.

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<![CDATA[Feeling the Pain of Lightning Strikes, Again and Again]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:38:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/72814+Lightning.jpg
A day after a lightning storm killed a one man and injured others on a California beach, survivors describe pain, vision and hearing problems and other long-term affects

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<![CDATA[Fist Bumps Less Germy Than Handshakes: Study]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:44:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/108129279.jpg
British researchers conducted an experiment that suggested that fist bumps are a cleaner way for people to greet each other, The Associated Press reported. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads...

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<![CDATA[Second American Diagnosed With Ebola in Liberia]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:12:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/072614+Dr+Kent+Brantly+Ebola.jpg
A second U.S. citizen working in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, a charitable organization working in the county said on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.]]>
<![CDATA[The Case for Legalized Marijuana]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:09:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/177534647.jpg
On Sunday, The New York Times became the largest U.S. newspaper to support decriminalizing pot on the federal level.

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<![CDATA[NBC 4 New York & NY Giants Health & Fitness Expo]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:22:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HealthExpo1200x6752.jpg
NBC 4 New York and the New York Giants are thrilled to welcome you to our second annual Health and Fitness Expo.]]>
<![CDATA[U.S. Doctor Contracts Ebola While Treating Sick in Liberia]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:50:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/452620484.jpg
A 33-year-old American doctor helping fight Ebola in Liberia's capital has come down with the hemorrhagic fever, Reuters reported.

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<![CDATA[New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:55:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/452520024.jpg
In a big win for legal weed, The New York Times on Saturday called for an end to the federal government's ban on marijuana, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[7 Hours May Be the Optimal Amount of Sleep]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:57:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/179265145.jpg
Although experts have long recommended eight hours of sleep a night for adults, several new studies show that seven hours may be the best amount.

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<![CDATA[Chikungunya: What You Need to Know]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:40:24 -0400 Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> Aedes aegypti mosquito.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/181*120/tlmd_virus_mortales_03.jpg
A person caught the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya in the United States this month, health officials say — marking the first time mosquitoes in the U.S. are believed to have spread

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<![CDATA[Heart Attacks Deadliest for Young Women, Study Finds]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/102141189.jpg
Young women are more likely to die from heart attacks than young men, according to a new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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<![CDATA[Infants Get Herpes After Ritual Jewish Circumcisions: Officials]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:10:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_Circumcision0906_722x406_2119014932.jpg
Two more infants were diagnosed with herpes this month after undergoing ritual Jewish circumcisions, the Health Department says.]]>
<![CDATA[10 Million Got Obamacare Coverage, Study Confirms]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:49:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tlmd_obamacare_beneficios.jpg
More than 10 million people who were previously uninsured received health insurance under Obamacare, researchers said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[CDC Lab Chief Resigns After Anthrax Fumble]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:54:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP090427022315.jpg
The head of a CDC lab in Atlanta that possibly exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Doctor Leading Fight Against Ebola Gets Infected]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:24:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/451439668.jpg
A doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone has caught the deadly virus, according to the country's government.

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<![CDATA[Study: Many Heavy Kids Think They're Normal Weight ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:54:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/181*120/107069231.jpg
Nearly a third of children in a national survey didn't have an accurate idea of their own weight — most of them heavy or obese children who viewed themselves as normal. These false impressions were more...

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<![CDATA[Fruit Sold at Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:02:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/07-21-2014-peaches-recall.jpg
Wawona Packing Company, based in California's Central Valley, is recalling white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, and plum varieties. The whole fruits were all packed between June 1 and July 12,...

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<![CDATA[Painful Mosquito Virus Diagnosed in 3 NY Patients]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:50:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP702217698660.jpg
Officials at a Long Island hospital have diagnosed three patients with a debilitating tropical infection spread by mosquitoes.

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<![CDATA[Hopkins to Pay $190M Over Gynecologist's Taped Exams]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:25:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hospital-AP594829504262.jpg
A gynecologist who secretly used a pen-like camera to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs during pelvic exams will cost one of the world's most prestigious medical centers...

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<![CDATA[For Many, Summer Is the Most Stressful Season: Survey]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:21:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/452334360.jpg
Even though summer is associated with relaxation and vacations, a third of Americans say they find it to be the most stressful season of the year, according to a new study conducted by SleepRate.

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<![CDATA[Ebola May Have Been Smoldering for Years: Study]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:24:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/4848308411.jpg
The Ebola virus that’s killed more than 600 people so far in West Africa may have been smoldering there for years and has almost certainly sickened people who thought they had something else, researchers say.

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<![CDATA[Teen's Death Puts Focus on Caffeine Powder Dangers]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:36:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/powdered+caffeine.JPG
A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers.

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<![CDATA[AIDS Virus Diagnoses Down 30 Percent in U.S.]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:39:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/452309984.jpg
The annual rate of diagnosis with HIV fell by more than 30 percent in the United States between 2002 and 2011, AIDS researchers announced on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Sysco Fined Millions for Storing Food in Unrefrigerated Sheds]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:21:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP101221130426.jpg
Sysco Corporation, the world’s largest food distributor, has agreed to pay $19.4 million in penalties and restitution after an NBC Bay Area investigation uncovered the company’s secret food sheds...

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<![CDATA[States Sue 5-Hour Energy Over Ad Claims ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:37:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/156446812.jpg
Two attorney generals from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising. The Oregon lawsuit filed Thursday in...

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<![CDATA[Painful Mosquito Virus Now in U.S.]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:48:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP702217698660.jpg
A painful virus passed on by mosquitoes that has been spreading rapidly in the Caribbean and Central America has made its way to the U.S., with the first reported cases in a Florida man and woman who had...

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<![CDATA[Government Inspectors Warned of CDC Lab Lapses for Years]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:08:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP627922603331.jpg
A slew of newly-discovered safety violations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention were the focus of a House subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, as were allegations that the agency sought to cover...

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<![CDATA[Niacin Risky as Heart Drug, Reports Find]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:00:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/4685186871.jpg
Niacin may cause severe side effects and doesn't seem to reduce rates of stroke, heart attack or chest pain, according to two reports published Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[iPads, Other Devices May Cause Rashes]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:45:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/woman+showing+man+ipad+use.jpg
It turns out that iPads may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals, causing some to develop rashes when in direct contact with the devices, The Associated Press reported. Whether all iPad

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<![CDATA[NPR Host: My Husband’s Slow Death Was Unnecessary]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:12:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+doctor+coat.jpg
NPR host Diane Rehm said her husband of 54 years had to kill himself by dehydration after his Parkinson’s disease became unbearable because Maryland law forbids a doctor to assist in ending a patient’s

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<![CDATA[Illinois to Vote on Contraception]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:12:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/birth-control-pills-112012.jpg
A week after the U.S. Supreme Court decided on employer contraception coverage, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a November ballot question that will ask voters if they think prescription drug coverage...

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<![CDATA[Border Agent Contracts Scabies After Handling Undocumented Migrants]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:42:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/450882742.jpg
A border agent was diagnosed with scabies after processing undocumented immigrants in California, despite the fact that agents were told immigrants arriving in the state had been pre-screened for...

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<![CDATA[Long Lines at Pot Farmers Market]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 06:56:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/mm+farmers+market+noon.jpg
A large number of people were spending their Fourth of July in line to a unique kind of farmers market in Los Angeles. The featured product: medical marijuana. Some people reported waiting up to...]]>
<![CDATA[FDA to Companies: Reduce Salt in Your Foods]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:27:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/101425167.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration recently announced it is asking companies to cut back on the amount of salt they put in processed foods.

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<![CDATA[Foster Farms Recalls Salmonella-Tainted Chicken]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 21:26:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP640024864856.jpg
The first product recall has been issued for a California chicken producer since it was linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than...

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<![CDATA["Magic Mushrooms" Buzz the Brain Like a Dream]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:12:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/94600085.jpg
The hallucinogen found in "magic mushrooms" triggers brain activity patterns similar to those seen when someone is dreaming, according to a new study appearing in the journal Human Brain Mapping.

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<![CDATA[People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Alone With Their Thoughts: Study]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:18:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/87552094.jpg
People would rather experience a mild shock than go a few minutes with nothing to do but think, according to a study released Thursday by the University of Virginia.

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<![CDATA[Cuomo: Boost HIV Tests, Treatment to End Epidemic]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:59:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP96053305769.jpg
New York state has a plan to end its three-decade HIV epidemic by the year 2020.

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<![CDATA[American Breakfast Tastes Are Changing Fast]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:40:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/185201379.jpg
Americans are ditching cereal and eating more yogurt, a trend that has breakfast cereal makers scrambling to redefine their image, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[LA Pot Dispensary Farmers Market]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:09:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/medical+marijuana+stock+cannabis.jpg
For some Los Angeles residents, the 4th of July weekend will be a chance to stock up on marijuana. Patients eligible to use medical marijuana will be able to buy the drug directly from growers at a...

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<![CDATA[Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Recalled]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:26:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/Haagen-Dazs_Cup.jpg
Nestle USA is recalling 10,000 cartons of Haagen-Dazs chocolate peanut butter ice cream because the packages are mislabeled, The Associated Press reported. The company says the lids of the ice cream are labeled...

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<![CDATA[Obama to Name New VA Secretary After Scathing Review]]> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:55:16 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/489026005.jpg
President Obama will name a new VA secretary as early as Monday after a review of the Veterans Affairs health care system ordered by the president concluded that veteran medical care is plagued by...

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves Inhalable Form of Insulin]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:03:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/469928193.jpg
A long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels was approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration on Friday, the Associated Press reported.

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<![CDATA[New Blood Test May Predict Breast Cancer Risk]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:34:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/169368035.jpg
Researchers believe they may have a new way to test a woman’s risk for breast cancer, even if she doesn’t have an inherited genetic mutation, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Desperate Patients Pin Hopes on Lab-Grown Organs]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:42:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/467546161.jpg
Dr. Paolo Macchiarini of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is the only surgeon in the world who is doing transplants in humans with artificially grown organs.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves Bionic Suit That Helps Paralyzed Walk]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:39:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/edtScreen+Shot+2014-06-27+at+8.13.16+AM.jpg
A battery-powered walker, the ReWalk, was recently approved by the FDA and helps patients with spinal cord paralysis walk again.

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<![CDATA[Quadruple Amputee Approved for Bilateral Arm Transplant]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:57:10 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/457992223.jpg
A former Boston University professor who lost all of his limbs after getting a life-threatening infection from group A streptococcus, has been approved for a bilateral arm transplant, NECN reported.

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<![CDATA[Drinking Causes 1 in 10 Deaths of Working-Age Adults: CDC]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:06:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/477633533.jpg
One in 10 deaths in working-age adults may be caused by excessive alcohol consumption, according to a new study released Tuesday by the CDC.

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<![CDATA[Joke in FAFSA Tweet Sparks Online Backlash]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:04:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/screen_shot_2014-06-25_at_8-15-45_am_272f75ae201f8d6f9600ff3c7afe061d.nbcnews-ux-600-440.png
A tweet by the Education Department's federal student aid agency, which poked fun at student poverty, sparked outrage online, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[FDA Warns of Allergic Reactions With Acne Products ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:51:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/acne.jpg
Federal health officials are warning consumers who use popular anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause swelling of the face and difficulty breathing.

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<![CDATA[Research Finds 3D Mammograms Offer Sharper Results]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:21:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/151041656.jpg
New technology could help improve the accuracy rate around breast-cancer screening and even provide specific information regarding potentially fatal tumors.

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<![CDATA[Former "GMA" Host Joan Lunden Has Breast Cancer]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:30:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Joan+Lunden-722.JPG
Former "Good Morning America" host Joan Lunden says she has breast cancer. She disclosed her diagnosis on Tuesday's edition of the ABC morning show, which she co-anchored from 1980 through 1997.

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<![CDATA[Number of People Exposed to Anthrax Climbs: CDC]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:57:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/169368706.jpg
The number of people who may have been exposed to anthrax at the CDC in Atlanta has grown to more than 80 and the number could go even higher, officials say.

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<![CDATA[75 Scientists Possibly Exposed to Anthrax: CDC]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:57:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/481682271.jpg
Seventy-five scientists working in government laboratories are being offered treatment for anthrax "out of an abundance of caution" after they were possibly exposed to the deadly bacteria, according to the CDC.

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<![CDATA[NY Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Medical Marijuana]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:59:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/06-11-2014-medical-marijuana-generic.jpg
New York is set to become the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana under an agreement announced by legislative leaders.

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<![CDATA[Antidepressant Warning Raised Suicide Attempts: Study]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/94904070.jpg
A "black box" warning on antidepressants notifying users that the medications can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts backfired and led to an increase in suicide attempts by teens and young adults, according...

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<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Advocates Criticize Gov. Cuomo]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:03:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/06-10-2014-medical-marijuana.jpg
Dozens of advocates for legalizing medical marijuana rallying at New York's Capitol are blaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo for stalling the so-called "Compassionate Care Act.''

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<![CDATA[New Jersey Has Highest Insurance Exchange Premiums]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:25:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/78461903.jpg
A new federal government analysis of federal health insurance exchanges finds that New Jersey residents have higher premiums than others, and higher costs after subsidies.

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<![CDATA[Senators Scold Dr. Oz For Diet Scams]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 01:44:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP527283252189.jpg
Dr. Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor who frequently touts weight-loss products on his syndicated television show, got harsh feedback from several senators on Tuesday at a hearing about bogus diet product ads.

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<![CDATA['Bionic Pancreas' Astonishes Diabetes Researchers]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:09:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/96789192.jpg
A “bionic pancreas” system that automatically controls blood sugar levels helped more than two dozen people live free of finger pricks and provided a glimpse into "normal life" for diabetics,...]]>
<![CDATA[Whooping Cough Epidemic in Calif.]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:42:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/whooping+cough+vaccine.jpg
The number of whooping cough cases in California has officially reached epidemic proportions, the California Department of Public Health reported. Whooping cough, known to doctors as pertussis, has experienced...

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<![CDATA[The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine Explained]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:48:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/edtAP1011180117961.jpg
After a long day, a glass of wine may help ease some tension. But did you know it could also help your health? One glass of red wine could actually improve your memory.

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<![CDATA[Genetically, There's No Such Thing as a Mexican: Study]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:21:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/150168608.jpg
Even though medical researchers and census-takers lump Latinos and Hispanics into one group, a giant study of Mexican genetics shows that there's really no such thing, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Study: U.S. Teens Are Drinking Less, Texting More]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:28:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP120606055537.jpg
American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they're texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government's latest study...

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<![CDATA[Moles May Suggest Breast Cancer: Study]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:13:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/old-hands-generic.gif
In two new studies, two teams of researchers, one in France and one in the United States, looked at surveys of thousands of women and found that women with more moles may have a higher risk of breast cancer.

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<![CDATA[29 Million Americans Have Diabetes: Report]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:36:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/96789192.jpg
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that more than 29 million American adults have diabetes, and a quarter of them don’t even know it.]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Pot Bill Inspired by Girl]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 20:57:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP204780883216.jpg
An 11-year-old girl who suffers from epileptic seizures is the inspiration behind a bill in Florida that would allow parents to treat their epileptic children with marijuana. Florida

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<![CDATA[Illinois 1st to Ban Microbeads]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 06:57:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/98109834.jpg
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that he says makes Illinois the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of soaps and cosmetics containing microbeads. Synthetic plastic microbeads...

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<![CDATA[Formerly Conjoined Twins to Go Home]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 06:56:50 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Ezell+Twins+06.JPG
The formerly-conjoined Ezell twins are sharing an exciting milestone -- they'll soon be headed home for good. Mom Jenni Ezell said Emmett and Owen are going home on Wednesday. The babies were once...

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<![CDATA[Painful Mosquito Infection Spreading Rapidly: CDC]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:15:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP702217698660.jpg
A painful, mosquito-borne infection is spreading rapidly in the Caribbean, with the number of cases nearly doubling in the past two weeks to 100,000 suspected or confirmed infections, according to the CDC,...

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<![CDATA[Stem Cells Treat Multiple Sclerosis in Mice]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:00:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/200*120/mice-shutterstock_90764558.jpg
Human embryonic stem cells might help treat multiple sclerosis, according to a new study released Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Ebola Cases on the Rise, Despite Government Claims]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:11:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/4848308411.jpg
Cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever Ebola are on the rise in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, undermining government claims that the number of deaths caused by the disease...

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<![CDATA[Camels Confirmed as a Direct Source of MERS]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:30:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/489723939.jpg
Researchers have found the first direct link between camels and the mysterious MERS virus, according to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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<![CDATA[2 Million Have Obamacare "Discrepancies"]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:31:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/484931475.jpg
About 1 in 4 Obamacare enrollees have data discrepancies, or what officials have termed "inconsistencies," a factor that could result in loss of coverage for some who got too generous a subsidy, NBC...

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<![CDATA[Patient's Own Immune Cells Tackle Cervical Cancer]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:13:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-02.jpg
At least two women with deadly cervical cancer are alive today, because of a new treatment which finds immune cells in their own bodies that attack the tumors, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[NJ Baby Latest to Die in Recalled Chair]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 04:54:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/edt-AP31966872310.jpg
An 8-month-old baby girl in New Jersey is the latest child to die in the recalled infant recliner known as the Nap Nanny. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the Hopatcong baby was secured into the chair...

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<![CDATA[New Pill Shows Longer Life for Leukemia Patients]]> Sat, 31 May 2014 11:04:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pills+generic.jpg
A new once-a-day pill may help patients with an unusual form of leukemia live longer lives, doctors reported Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[Scientists Use Lasers to Regrow Teeth]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:09:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/185*120/166127147.jpg
Scientists have developed a new way to repair teeth that uses laser light to stimulate the body's stem cells into forming dentin, the hard, bone-like tissue that makes up most of a tooth, Reuters reported.

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<![CDATA[FDA Puts New Age Restrictions on Tanning Beds]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:03:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/tanning-bed.jpg
The FDA announced new restrictions on tanning beds Thursday in an effort to reduce rising rates of skin cancer linked to UV radiation emitted by the devices, The Associated Press reported.

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<![CDATA[Face of Heroin Is Young, White and Suburban, Study Finds]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:59:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Heroin+generic.jpg
There has been a dramatic shift in the demographics of heroin use in the U.S. with new users more likely to be white suburban men and women in their 20s who move to heroin from more expensive...]]>
<![CDATA[Cynicism Could Lead to Dementia, New Study Finds]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:57:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/488523663.jpg
Cynical people may be more likely to develop dementia later on in life, according to a new study conducted by researchers in Finland, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Phoenix Vets Waited Average of 115 Days for Care: Report]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:46:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP927191594326.jpg
A review of the VA health care facility in Phoenix, Arizona, identified at least 1,700 veterans who were not properly registered on waiting lists, putting them "at risk of being forgotten or lost," NBC...

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<![CDATA[Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery Developed at Mayo Clinic]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:18:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/480062727.jpg
A new weight loss procedure developed at the Mayo Clinic constricts a patient's stomach without surgery and has led to major weight loss in 10 clinical trial patients, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Louisiana Bill Could Force Abortion Clinic Closures]]> Sun, 25 May 2014 06:06:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/court-gavel-generic-law.jpg
A bill that was passed by the Louisiana state legislature would place new restrictions on abortion providers and could force three out of five of the state's abortion clinics to close, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[670,000 Under Boil Alert After E. Coli Contaminates Portland Tap Water]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 17:42:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP851680491630.jpg
Health officials in Portland, Oregon have ordered 670,000 people to boil their water after E. Coli turned up in city water samples, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[VA Scandal Gains Momentum, Shakes Democrats]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:45:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP63354781722.jpg
The scandal sweeping the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs has been hard for President Obama to contain, with some Democrats looking to distance themselves from his administration.

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<![CDATA[Widespread Food Recalls Affect Memorial Day Favorites]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:19:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/142872753.jpg
Memorial Day cookout plates might be a little light this year after a slew of food recalls in over a dozen states, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[LA Residents Show No Signs of MERS After Exposure: Officials]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:51:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP13061817965.jpg
At least 16 people in Los Angeles County who were exposed to MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, on a flight from Florida showed no signs of having contracted the virus, health officials said...

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<![CDATA[Polio Cripples Pakistan as Taliban Targets Health Workers]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:40:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP746741218230.jpg
The battle to defeat polio in Pakistan is becoming more difficult due to the targeting of health workers by the Taliban and a belief among some Muslims that the disease is a Western conspiracy, NBC...

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<![CDATA[Massive E. Coli Beef Recall Sparked By Rare Bug]]> Fri, 23 May 2014 07:03:29 -0400 Escherichia coli bacteria of the strain O157:H7.]]> Escherichia coli bacteria of the strain O157:H7.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/1148954.jpg
Nearly 2 million pounds of ground beef have been recalled after meat was linked to at least 11 cases of E. coli, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Samsung Launching Virtual Reality Headset: Report]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:57:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP743593780626.jpg
Samsung is set to announce the launch of a virtual reality headset later this year, putting it head-to-head with other virtual reality projects in development, according to a report by Engadget.

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<![CDATA[Obesity Caused by Too Many Temptations, Says Study]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:27:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/white-castle-burgers116042878.jpg
A new study suggests that the cause of rampant obesity in America is cheap, tempting food that is convenient to eat, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[NY Doctors' Group Wants Credentials on Display]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:19:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mssny.jpg
Ever go to a doctor's office and not know if you were seen by a physician, a physician's assistant or a nurse practitioner? With so many different health care providers now, it can be very confusing.

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<![CDATA[MERS Might Be More Contagious Than Thought]]> Mon, 19 May 2014 09:00:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/487304305.jpg
MERS has been passed from one person to another for the first time in the U.S., leading health officials to wonder if the virus is more contagious than previously thought, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Third U.S. MERS Infection Reported]]> Mon, 19 May 2014 06:56:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP13061817965.jpg
An Illinois resident who had contact with an Indiana MERS patient has tested positive for the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Local health officials said the Illinois resident...

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<![CDATA[Children as Young as 7 Working U.S. Tobacco Farms: Report]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:12:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/weather_005_AP110711021656.jpg
Children as young as 7 are harvesting tobacco, sometimes under hazardous conditions, says a new report released by the Human Rights Watch on Wednesday, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[MERS No Global Emergency Yet: WHO]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:02:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/4616580131.jpg
The deadly MERS virus, which arrived in the United States for the first time this month, is not yet a global health emergency, but its spread is a situation of urgency, the World Health Organization...

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<![CDATA["Best Mother's Day Present": Rare Twins Hold Hands After Birth]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 09:22:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-03.jpg
Two girls with a rare condition held hands Friday moments after being born, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[MERS Patient Released from Hospital]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:56:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*122/5-31-MERS.jpg
A patient who was battling the first confirmed U.S. case of a deadly new respiratory illness has been released from the hospital, officials said Friday. “The patient has tested negative for MERS, is no...

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<![CDATA[VA Problems Go Far Beyond Phoenix: Gov. Reports]]> Fri, 09 May 2014 17:00:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/488810847.jpg
Internal government reports show that hospitals nationwide have suffered from significant delays in veteran care, including some that have resulted in patient deaths, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Syphilis Is Making a Comeback in the U.S.]]> Thu, 08 May 2014 18:06:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-03.jpg
Syphilis, which was on the verge of elimination in 2000 in the U.S., has rebounded with cases nearly doubling since 2005, health experts said Thursday, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Study Tests Power of Dogs Against Cancer]]> Thu, 08 May 2014 09:15:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dog-rapture-generic.jpg
The American Humane Association is launching what advocates say is the first clinical trial of the effects of what’s known as animal-assisted therapy, on young cancer patients and their families.

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<![CDATA[Baby Gate Danger Explained]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:08:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/babygates.jpg
More than 30,000 children have landed in the emergency room after experiencing a baby gate-related injury and most could have been prevented. Mark Barger reports.]]>
<![CDATA[An Aspirin a Day Not for Everyone: FDA]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:45:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/aspirin-generic.jpg
Taking a daily aspirin can help prevent a heart attack or stroke in some people — but not everyone, the FDA warned.]]>
<![CDATA[Polio's Spread Now a Global Health Emergency: WHO]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 17:07:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/KNSD_Preventing_Polio_011911_45_mezzn_640x480.jpg
The spread of polio has been declared a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said Monday, NBC News reported.]]>
<![CDATA[Coca-Cola Drops Controversial Ingredient From Powerade]]> Sun, 04 May 2014 21:26:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP413211172464.jpg
Coca-Cola is eliminating a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink after a petition on Change.org questioned its healthiness, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Whooping Cough Vaccine Protects Pregnant Mom and Baby]]> Sun, 04 May 2014 08:36:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/generic+pregnant+generic.jpeg
A vaccine routinely given to pregnant women to fight against whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria safely protects not only a pregnant woman, but her newborn, too, researchers reported Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[Deadly Middle East Virus Hits U.S.]]> Sat, 03 May 2014 06:56:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP942090591467.jpg
A deadly Middle East virus has been reported for the first time in the U.S. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus infected a healthcare worker who traveled to Indiana from Saudi Arabia, where...

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<![CDATA[Portland Water Feared Tainted by Urine Not Flushed]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:48:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/resevoir-AP110629090942.jpg
Officials decided not to drain the 36 million gallons of Portland, Ore. drinking water that was feared to be tainted by a teenager’s urine.

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<![CDATA[IKEA Recalls Children's Wall-Mounted Lamps]]> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:30:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/IKEA-recall.jpg
IKEA has expanded a previous recall of its children's wall-mounted lamps to include more than 30 million lamps sold worldwide due to a strangulation hazard.

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<![CDATA[US Measles Cases Rise at Fastest Pace in Decades]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:59:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/new+measles+photo.jpg
Cases of the highly contagious measles virus are rising at the fastest pace in almost two decades, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Bacteria Found on Paper Money: Study]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:48:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Money+Wallet+Generic.jpg
A recent study found that paper money is covered in hundreds of different types of bacteria, including pneumonia.]]>
<![CDATA[FDA to Rule on E-Cigarettes]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:00:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/182*120/184769106.jpg
Health experts are waiting anxiously for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue its first regulations governing electronic cigarettes by the end of the month.

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<![CDATA[Doctors Prescribing Codeine to Kids Despite Known Risks]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:00:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/461461863.jpg
Doctors are still prescribing codeine for kids with coughs, colds and injuries, despite a wealth of evidence that the narcotic doesn’t work for many children--and may be fatal to some, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[$14M Awarded in Lawsuit Linking Contraceptive, Stroke]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:56:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/birth-control-pills-112012.jpg
A jury has awarded $14 million to a suburban Chicago woman who said in a lawsuit that she suffered a debilitating stroke after taking the birth control drug Yasmin.

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<![CDATA[Heart Attacks, Strokes Caused by Diabetes Declining]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:24:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/96789192.jpg
Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from diabetes are declining, a new federal study shows, The Associated Press reported.]]>
<![CDATA[Obamacare Helped Nearly 10M Get Insurance: Gallup]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:18:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/481753537.jpg
A new Gallup survey out on Wednesday shows that Obamacare has helped nearly 10 million Americans get new health insurance, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Another Measles Case Confirmed, Now 26 Affected]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/new+measles+photo.jpg
Another case of measles has been confirmed in New York City, bringing the total number of cases considered part of the outbreak that emerged in February to 26, the Health Department said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Most Supplements Don't Work, But Americans Still Love Them]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:10:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/468518687.jpg
Although there isn't a lot of evidence that supplements are effective, Americans still love them.

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<![CDATA[Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Kills at Least 100]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:36:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP432605816756.jpg
Over 100 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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