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  • Coronavirus Mar 4

    COVID-19: Are We Close to a Novel Coronavirus Vaccine?

    As the novel coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, spreads around the country and the globe, killing over 5,000 worldwide and sickening more than 150,000, many are left wondering: how close are we to a cure? THE SHORT ANSWER: We are possibly more than a year away since a vaccine cannot be developed overnight given that the process is intensive, time-consuming…

  • New Jersey Mar 3

    How Patients With Coronavirus Symptoms Get Treatment at Hospitals

    NBC New York’s Brian Thompson went to one of New Jersey’s largest hospitals to see what the process patients go through as they get tested for coronavirus if they exhibit symptoms.

  • Coronavirus Mar 1

    Race to Find a Cure for Coronavirus

    New York City is on the cutting edge of research to find a cure for coronavirus. Adam Kuperstein reports.

  • disease Jul 4, 2017

    ALS Cures Being Tested on Suffering Dogs

    Dogs can get ALS, too, and a veterinary program at Tufts University is looking for a cure to help furry friends and, possibly, their humans.

  • Boston Aug 7, 2018

    Doggy DNA: Could Your Bulldog Be Part Chihuahua?

    If you’ve ever looked your furry little friend in the eye and wondered who he really is, a dog DNA kit could fill you in.

  • director Jun 29, 2019

    FDA Investigates Link Between Some Pet Foods, Canine Heart Disease

    The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a potential link between certain brands of dog food, including Blue Buffalo, Merrick and Rachael Ray Nutrish, and an increased risk of heart disease in pets. The agency is looking into more than 500 cases of canine heart disease, identifying the brands of dog food that have been most frequently fed to pets...

  • Coronavirus Jan 24

    What Is the Coronavirus?

    As new cases of the coronavirus are reported around the world, a doctor explains where the 2019 Novel Coronavirus comes from and what you can do to protect yourself from the outbreak.

  • Health Dec 6, 2019

    Flesh-Eating Bacteria Linked to Black Tar Heroin Kills 7 in San Diego

    A flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in the San Diego area, prompting health authorities to alert law enforcement and other officials in California. Nine people who injected black tar heroin between Oct. 2 and Nov. 24 were hospitalized with severe myonecrosis, a soft-tissue infection…

  • Southern California Nov 24, 2019

    Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial Intelligence Moves Into Care

    The next time you get sick, your care may involve a form of the technology people use to navigate road trips or pick the right vacuum cleaner online. Artificial intelligence is spreading into health care, often as software or a computer program capable of learning from large amounts of data and making predictions to guide care or help patients. It...

  • Michigan Nov 15, 2019

    Will You Get Dementia? Many May Not Understand Their Risk

    Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests. Almost half of adults surveyed believed they were likely to develop dementia. The results suggest many didn’t understand the connection between physical health and brain health and how racial differences can affect dementia risk. Substantial numbers of people...

  • Chief Nov 8, 2019

    10 Hospitalized From Oklahoma Facility After Flu Shot Mix-Up

    Ten people at an Oklahoma care facility for people with intellectual disabilities were hospitalized after they were apparently accidentally injected with what’s believed to be insulin rather than flu shots, authorities said. Emergency responders were called Wednesday afternoon to the Jacquelyn House in Bartlesville, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Tulsa, on a report of an unresponsive person and...

  • NBC News Oct 30, 2019

    ’I Wished I Had Known Sooner’: Alex Trebek Raises Awareness About Pancreatic Cancer in PSA

    “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is helping raise awareness about pancreatic cancer following his own diagnosis with the disease. In a 60-second public service announcement Wednesday in support of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, the 79-year-old television host talked about the risks and symptoms of the disease. Read More

  • disease Oct 29, 2019

    Vaccine Shows Promise for Preventing Active TB Disease

    An experimental vaccine proved 50% effective at preventing latent tuberculosis infection from turning into active disease in a three-year study of adults in Africa. Doctors were encouraged because protection declined only a little after two years, and even a partially effective vaccine would be a big help against TB. The lung disease kills more than a million people a year,...

  • California Oct 23, 2019

    Pregnant Woman Who Endured Chemo Gives Birth to Healthy Baby

    Just a couple of months after Jade Devis found out she was pregnant, a protruding bump appeared on her chest. It was the beginning of an ordeal that forced the first-time mom and her developing fetus to undergo chemotherapy together after Devis was suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer. She did three rounds before giving birth to her son Bradley in...

  • United States Oct 23, 2019

    FDA Approves Drug That Could Treat 90% of Cystic Fibrosis Patients

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it has approved the first drug combination to treat most cystic fibrosis patients. Boston-based company Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. created Trikafta, which combined three drugs in one. Trikafta has been approved for those aged 12 and older with at least one F508del mutation, which affects 90%, or 27,000 patients, with the lung...

  • North Carolina Oct 20, 2019

    4th Legionnaires’ Disease Death Reported in North Carolina

    North Carolina health officials say a fourth person has died from Legionnaires’ disease. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources said in a statement on Friday that its Division of Public Health has confirmed 141 cases involving residents from counties and multiple states. In addition to the deaths, 94 people were hospitalized. Information gathered by local health officials showed...

  • New York Oct 17, 2019

    Scrutiny of Vaccine Exemptions Banishes Some From Schools

    New York this year became the fifth state to require all students except those with valid medical reasons to be fully vaccinated, when lawmakers eliminated exemptions on religious grounds. But Carl and Kerri Schwartz say they have good medical reason for not vaccinating their disabled 11-year-old son.

  • Pennsylvania Oct 9, 2019

    Football Star DeAngelo Williams Pays for 500 Mammograms to Honor Mom Who Died of Breast Cancer

    Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is still dedicated to fighting breast cancer. The star running back, who played college football at the University of Memphis, started covering the cost of mammogram screening for women in 2015 through his nonprofit organization, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation. Since then, the foundation has covered the cost of over 500 mammograms at hospitals...

  • professor Oct 8, 2019

    Researchers Find E-Cigarettes Cause Lung Cancer in Mice in First Study Tying Vaping to Cancer

    E-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice, damaging their DNA and leading researchers at New York University to conclude that vaping is likely “very harmful” to humans as well. “It’s foreseeable that if you smoke e-cigarettes, all kinds of disease comes out” over time, Moon-Shong Tang, the study’s lead researcher, said in an interview. “Long term,...

  • United States Oct 4, 2019

    FDA Approves Second Drug Descovy to Prevent HIV Infection

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the second drug to help prevent HIV infections on Thursday. Descovy is a PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis drug, which means the drug is taken daily to lower the risk of getting HIV among people who don’t have the disease but are at risk. “PrEP drugs are highly effective when taken as indicated in...

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