<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health Connection]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usMon, 23 Jan 2017 02:51:19 -0600Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:51:19 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Update: Former Pres. & First Lady Bush's Health Improves]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:47:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1943442.jpg

A spokesperson for George H.W. Bush said the health of the former president and former first lady Barbara Bush is improving.

In a statement on Sunday afternoon, Jim McGrath said the President could be moved out of the Intensive Care Unit of Houston Methodist Hospital "in the next day or two."

Even better news for former first lady Barbara Bush. Mrs. Bush could have been discharged Sunday, but decided to remain in the hospital for another night to finish her recovery and stay close to her husband. 

The two became hospitalized last week, missing the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.



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<![CDATA[School Based P.E. Programs Combat Childhood Obesity]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:53:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/children+exercising.jpg

A newly published study found school based programs to boost children's physical activity and nutrition may result in a decrease in childhood obesity risks.

The Dallas-based Cooper Institute, through its NFL PLAY 60 FitnessGram Project, revealed annual improvements in aerobic capacity and body mass index for students participating in NFL PLAY 60 programming when compared to schools not utilizing NFL PLAY 60 programs. 

NFL Play 60 is a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of youth by encouraging 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

According to researchers, approximately 33 percent of U.S. children (6 to 19 years old) are overweight and obese, and it is estimated that 80 percent of adolescents do not achieve the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. 

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was based on an evaluation of four years of data from schools participating in the NFL PLAY 60 FitnessGram Project.  

Schools participating in the programming had significantly larger annual improvements in aerobic capacity as well as significant improvements in body mass index over time when compared to the non-programming schools. 

"These school based initiatives can and do work. We need more of them and they really are making an impact on youth health today," says Claire Kinzy, vice president of communications and public affairs at The Cooper Institute.

Evidence of that can be found at Nichols Elementary School in the Frisco Independent School District, which adopted the NFL Play 60 Challenge four years ago.

"The kids really get in to wanting to get in their 60 minutes. They'll definitely let us know when they get more than 60 minutes," said physical education coach Anthony Attanasio.

"The interventions are successful when you start building the pieces that create a culture of health on your campus," said Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon.

The Cooper Institute, according to Kinzy, is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting lifelong health and wellness through research and education. 

Founded by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the institute translates the latest scientific findings into proactive solutions that improve population health. Key areas of focus are research, youth education and advocacy.

The Cooper Institute is home to the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, the world’s largest and longest running observational study on measured fitness, and FitnessGram, the most widely used youth physical fitness assessment, education and reporting tool in the world.



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<![CDATA[Animal Crackers Recalled Due to Allergy Alert]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:09:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new-animal-crackers.jpg

A batch of Stauffer original Animal Crackers has been recalled due to an allergy alert. 

The Food & Drug Administration issued the recall Wednesday because some of the cookies may contain milk powder.  That can be life-threatening for people who are allergic to milk products. 

The specific products that have been recalled have a best buy date of September 7th, 2017. There's also the following lot numbers on the recalled bags: LC120716 & LD120716

The 32 ounce bags of animal crackers were sold at Walmart stores in 17 states, including Texas. 

Anyone who may have one of the recalled bags can take it back to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. 



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<![CDATA[Donation for Parkland Burn Center]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:12:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sons-of-the-flag-parkland.jpg The Parkland Foundation and Dallas-based nonprofit Sons of the Flag have launched a new endowment to help insured burn patients.]]> <![CDATA[Lasik Fixes Lenses]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:38:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lasik+surgery.jpg

Forty-one million Americans wear contact lenses and a third of them report at least one visit to the doctor because of red or painful eyes.

Often, the culprit is poor hygiene or misuse of the lenses. Sometimes it gets so bad that it requires surgery.

As an aircraft mechanic, 26-year-old Rebekah Fraser depends on her eyes.

Yet, for years she slept in her contact lenses, developing ulcers on her eyes.

“I had the kind of contacts that you were supposed to take out every night and clean them and let them sit in the morning, and I never did that. I just slept with them in,” said Fraser.

“There’s a much higher rate of infection and corneal ulcers with this that can have a permanent impact in your vision if they are not treated," Jeffrey Whitman, M.D., an ophthalmologist at Key Whitman Eye Centers in Dallas, explained. "Becka was legally blind without wearing some type of prescription eye wear.”

Whitman performed Lasik surgery, traditionally done to correct near-sightedness, but in Becka’s case, it also reshaped her cornea and saved her vision.

“She saw 20/20 the next day and she could already tell as soon as she got up from the procedure table that she could see better already,” detailed Whitman.

“It’s made a huge impact on my life,"Fraser said." It’s helped with work. It’s helped with play and it’s helped with driving. It’s helped with everything. It still surprises me, like there will be days where I am like, 'yeah, I can still see, there’s no problems with it, I can still see.'”

To prevent eye infections and more serious vision problems, doctors remind patients not to sleep in contact lenses.

Also, don’t top off old solution with new solution, and replace contact lenses when recommended.  



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<![CDATA[Baby Girl Born at 22 Weeks Finally Leaves Hospital]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:30:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baby+camila.jpg

A baby girl who was born at just 22 weeks is finally home from a Fort Worth hospital, where she has spent the first seven months of her life.

"In the first days and weeks of her life, and in the first months, it was very much touch-and-go. Survival is not a given for these babies who are born in the most fragile state of prematurity," said Dr. Jonathan Nedrelow, a neonatalogist and the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cook Children's Medical Center.

In his 14 years there, Nedrelow has seen thousands of the tiniest babies. He remembers the day Camila Delarosa arrived at the hospital.

"Camila was an extremely premature baby. She was born very, very small," he said. "This baby had a very, very long course where we had to use all the different tools to help babies survive from a breathing standpoint. She had a need for many types of ventilators."

Camila was born June 9, 2016. Her numbers at birth put her very life in doubt: born at 22 weeks, weighing 17 ounces and her organs underdeveloped.

"I didn't want her to be born at 22 weeks. I was scared," said her mother, Eliana Delarosa. "It's not what you picture. You picture a newborn baby. I didn't know what an NICU was. I didn't know what they looked like. I didn't know how small she was going to be. She wasn't ready, and I wasn't ready."

Delarosa took pictures and video almost from her daughter's birth to document what would turn out to be an incredible will to live.

"They tell you from the beginning, 'Are you willing to go through it? She only has 10-percent chance of surviving," she recalled. "I did. And, she's here."

In the delivery room, though, Delarosa didn't know her baby girl was even present. Her daughter was so tiny, she couldn't see her in the incubator.

"I turned but couldn't find her," she said. "I didn't see anything, because she was this little."

And she was still so small when Eliana held her for the first time at 24 weeks.

"She fit in my shirt. It was like her little head was here," Delarosa demonstrated. "They like kangaroo care. It's good for them. So, I always put her in my shirt and she stayed there."

And, Delarosa stayed by her daughter's bedside. She rarely left the NICU for fear something would happen.

"You're so anxious all the time," she said. "Every call you get, you think, 'Oh, my gosh, something happened.'"

Yet through the weeks and months, Camila not only survived but thrived.

Dr. Nedrelow remembers seeing her personality change as she continued to develop.

"Very feisty, very interactive, with the staff and her mother," he said. "And it's neat to see that emergence of a personality over time. (As if saying) 'I want to interact with everyone. I complain. I cry. I'm happy.' All those things she was not able to do when she was first born."

"Every day she lived was a milestone for me," said Delarosa.

Camila "graduated" from the NICU after six months and has been in a transition unit since December. She leaves Cook Children's with a breathing tube that will stay in place until her lungs grow and she no longer needs the support.

"It's a wonderful thing to witness this transformation for these babies," said Nedrelow. "She faces some challenges still regarding her development. The good news is that she has the chance to face those challenges."

The baby born at 10 inches, 17 ounces is now 21 inches long and weighs 11 pounds.

"I feel blessed, and I'm happy. I'm very happy," said Delarosa, 23. "I just wish her dad was here."

Delarosa's husband is a Mexican national, a man Eliana met on family trips from Texas to Mexico. She fell in love with him and moved to Mexico to marry him. They wanted a family, but Delarosa suffered several miscarriages. Fertility treatment helped her become pregnant with Camila.

The pregnancy was difficult, and Delarosa was put on bed rest almost from the start. She was visiting family in Fort Worth last spring when she went into labor. She knew the early delivery would threaten her baby's life.

"The first month of her life was day by day," she said.

"Her story plays out here often, and we really celebrate and rejoice when any of the kids who are born extremely small can survive and thrive, because it's not a foregone conclusion. Many of these kids don't," said Nedrelow. "She's a wonderful example of a child who was so near death for so long but managed to survive, but many of these kids don't, unfortunately."

"It's just been really hard. You can't explain something like this to anyone," said Delarosa. "It just hits you and you have to live with it and you have to fight for your kid."

"Why some kids survive and others don't is beyond the explanation of medical science," said Nedrelow. "For all these babies born early, there's this intense raw will to live."

"As her mom, I'm very proud of her and very blessed with her," said Delarosa.



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<![CDATA[Mom, Toddler Daughter Fight Cancer at the Same Time]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:39:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.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 daughter, London, also had cancer, the Today Show reported.

Doctors found a yolk sac tumor in the area of London's ovaries.

The two have been an inspiration as they bravely face the disease together, rallying friends and family to help ease the financial and emotional burden on the young mom from Covington, Georgia.



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<![CDATA[Caffeine May Help Fight Cardiovascular Disease: Study]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:50:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-472209108.jpg

The cup of coffee you have each morning could be doing more than you think in the fight against cardiovascular disease.

According to a study from scientists at Stanford University, caffeine has been found to help people – especially elderly people – who have a "chronic inflammatory process" that may heighten the risk of having the disease.

Scientists used blood samples and studied medical and family history for 100 people in their multi-year study. The research found a connection between the inflammatory process and caffeine consumption – the metabolites in caffeine were seen to counteract inflammatory proteins.

Past studies have shown that those who drink caffeinated coffee are less likely to develop issues such as cardiovascular problems and multiple sclerosis — as well as live longer — than those who don’t have the beverage.

The study was published online in Nature Medicine in January.



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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports: Super Food or Super Hype]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:08:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cr-superfoods.jpg

Take apple cider vinegar to lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss and fight heartburn, right?

Wrong.

These claims are overblown. And in some cases overdoing it on apple cider vinegar has been shown to damage the esophagus.

Other foods that may be over-hyped? Bone broth — otherwise known as stock — has been touted as a way to fight inflammation and make skin look younger. Or the new “it” fat Coconut oil, which claims to prevent Alzheimer’s. And Turmeric — that vibrant yellow spice — powerful enough to destroy tumors.

Not so fast. More proof is needed.

Anytime something is promoted as a miracle cure, watch out. Some of these foods do have health benefits, but eating a lot of them all the time isn’t going to give you superpowers.

Consumer Reports says there’s a better way to a healthier diet in the new year: Eat whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins.

And in case you were wondering, no need to give up on trendy kale. But add in Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage, which are also jam packed with nutrients.

Some claims hold up. Ginger has been found to be an effective remedy for nausea. And for a headache, try drinking a tall glass of water before you reach for a pill.

Complete ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website. Subscribe to CR.org.



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      <![CDATA[18M Will Lose Health Insurance With ACA Repeal: Analysis]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:12:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.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 health insurance premiums would spike another 20 to 25 percent, NBC News reported. Within 10 years, 32 million more people would be without health insurance, the CBO projects.

      Without a replacement, health care costs overall would continue to rise every year, as would the number of people going without health insurance, according to the projection

      Premiums would continue to go up, as well.



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      <![CDATA[Men, Too Much Sitting Isn't a Good Thing]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:43:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sitting2.jpg

      If you work a desk job, then the results of a new study may be hard to hear.

      Researchers in Dallas found even more evidence that too much sitting is bad for your health.

      Doctors at The Cooper Institute in Dallas surveyed about 5,000 men and women on how much time they spend sitting and measured the size of their waistlines and percentage of body fat.

      They found middle-aged men were more likely to be obese.

      "We found that men who sat a large part of the day were more likely to be obese by any measure, not just BMI, but their waist and their percentage of fat," said Dr. Carolyn Barlow, Senior Epidemiologist at The Cooper Institute.

      The Centers for Disease Control published the study, in which many of the male participants said they spend three-fourths of their workday sitting in a chair.

      Barlow, however, says the exact reasons for their higher measurements aren't known.

      "We've really engineered physical activity out of our days, with all the technology and just our jobs, everything. We have really done ourselves a disservice," added Barlow.

      Another surprising result?

      Barlow's team didn't find any association with hours sitting and obesity in women, which may mean women are more active.

      Mario Castro, a resident of Frisco who works from home, read the results of the study and isn't surprised.

      He falls in the category of "middle-aged male" and says exercise during the work day takes discipline.

      "You're there sitting in front of your computer and that's where all of your work activities are," said Castro.

      Researchers say the remedy for inactivity is simple: get up and move.

      Castro says he takes time to walk on the treadmill or take a brisk walk outside.

      "I think that I just need to stay focused and make sure that I am exercising," Castro said.

      Participants in the study were primarily white, generally healthy and well-educated, so Barlow says it's hard to apply their results to a more diverse population.

      More studies are needed to see why women fared better than men.



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      <![CDATA[Remedy for Clearing Chemo Brain]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:37:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chemo+brain.jpg

      The specific cause is unknown, but experts say up to 70 percent of chemotherapy patients suffer "chemo brain," a condition greatly reducing ability to think clearly.

      Now, researchers may finally have a remedy.

      Doing crossword puzzles, Melissa Canaday was struggling to remember words while also straining to locate once familiar streets in Manhattan.

      After breast cancer struck, Canaday was suffering from chemo brain, which drains thinking and memory skills.

      “People’s names, I’d look at my kids and I’d be like -- couldn’t come up with their name," Canaday described. "Couldn’t come up with any name.”

      The company, Posit Science, developed a program named Brain HQ. It offers cognitive exercises done by computer that restore mental skills, some using images while participants also respond to written or audio prompts. Studies, like that of New York University professor and cognitive neuroscientist, Gerald Voelbel, Ph.D., show these exercises have achieved the first chemo brain reversal.

      “We’re making more or stronger neuro connections within the brain to make our brain more efficient to do everyday activities,” explained Voelbel.

      Exercises are done for one hour, three times weekly, 40 times total. Canaday said they worked wonders after just a few sessions.

      “I was constantly second guessing myself," Canaday said. Now I’m confident. If I’m going somewhere, I know how to get there.”

      Now crosswords are fun again, since she’s no longer searching for the words.

      Studies show those brain exercises also help patients suffering significant head injuries, as well as the elderly.



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      <![CDATA[Keller Student Creates Healthy Cookbook for Kids]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:01:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/keller-cookbook.jpg

      Tens of thousands of students in 14 school districts in Dallas-Fort Worth are participating in the 21-Day Challenge.

      The 21-Day Challenge is an effort to encourage children to make better food choices.

      To help them make those choices, the students are provided with the Kids Teaching Kids Cookbook, filled with healthy recipe ideas — like the Yummy Fruity Yogurt Parfait — that came from students participating in the program.

      The cookbook is itself a product of a local student: Keller ISD senior Laura Gonzalez. Gonzalez is a Graphic Design student at the new Keller Center for Advanced Learning.

      "What's magical about it is that you can create something completely meaningful to people you may not even know from basically nothing," she said. "You start with a blank canvas and you just start creating. And after a couple of tries and errors you just come up with something you know is going to have meaning to someone else's life."

      Gonzalez' cover art and overall design was chosen out of a pool of entrants from students across the Metroplex.

      For her efforts, Gonzalez earned her school a check for $1,000, a certificate of appreciation from Medical City Alliance, a Starbucks gift card and the satisfaction of knowing there are approximately 275,000 copies of her work available to students in North Texas.

      Gonzalez said her favorite part about the cookbook is its cover, complete with depictions of healthy food options like fruits and vegetables — even if the original cover design featured favorite foods like pizza and ice cream.

      "Its really colorful. That's one thing that I loved about making this because I knew it was for a children's audience, especially elementary, and in many ways I can relate to a kid," she said with a smile.



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      <![CDATA[Baby Bonding and the Love Hormone]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:34:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baby+bonding.jpg

      Bonding with your baby may seem like it should come naturally. But as many as ten to 20 percent of new moms deal with postpartum depression and that could impact their baby’s development.

      A new study aims to see how the so-called love hormone could help.

      Aviva Zito loves being a mom. But when her fourth child Zeke was born, she admits it was a rocky start.

      “Your hormones obviously are still out of whack," said Zito. "You cry easily.”

      Nancy Aaron Jones, Ph.D., a child psychologist at Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wanted to know how a baby’s physiology, behavior and interactions with their mother change depending on whether the mother is depressed.

      But how can you measure a baby’s mood?

      “They call oxytocin the love hormone. We know that in mothers it’s elevated, but what we are specifically looking at in this study is how that changes with the mother’s feeding and touch pattern, but also the baby’s,” said Aaron Jones.

      She and her lab team take urine samples from mom and baby to measure oxytocin levels. They also monitor changes in the baby’s brain waves with a specially designed EEG cap.

      So far, they're seeing some interesting results.

      “What we specifically found is that mothers who breast feed are bonding and their babies are showing some of the same physiology as mothers who are not depressed,” detailed Aaron Jones.

      Zito said it took some time, but she’s enjoying every moment with Zeke, leading to a better bond with baby.

      The study team has enrolled 50 moms and babies and hopes to increase that to 200.

      Aaron Jones hopes the study will encourage new moms to talk about depression and get the help they need.

      For more information, log onto the CDC’s website.



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      <![CDATA[The Pros and Cons of Marijuana Use]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:05:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.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. Experts from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reviewed all research on marijuana published since 1999 to find who should smoke and who shouldn't. ]]> <![CDATA[Virtual Reality Headsets May Come With Health Risks To Eyes]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:44:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/VIRTUAL+REALITY+HEADSET1.jpg

      A warning from your eye doctor about virtual reality goggles:  they could put you and your children at a higher risk for near-sightedness.

      According to Dr. Amanda Hoelscher, an optometrist at Key-Whitman Eye Center in Dallas, extensive VR headset use can increase the risk for myopia in two ways.

      Hoelscher considers one to three hours to be extensive use and says there are two theories regarding what factors increase the risk for nearsightedness - or myopia: Lack of exposure to natural sunlight and extensive time spent looking at things up close.

      "If children are alternating times between the computer and headsets, parents really need to be aware of long term problems that could be brought on by this new technology," said Hoelscher.

      Symptoms vary from person to person.

      Hoelscher said typically symptoms show faster in older adults, but due to children, teens and millennials spending so much time with devices, she’s noticed a rise in problematic symptoms in her younger patients. 

      Her tip: Exposure to natural sunlight is important for eye development and parents need to make sure their child enjoys regularly scheduled outdoor playtime to help ensure eye health and deter vision loss.



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      <![CDATA[Ziploc Freezer Bags Help Premature Babies Stay Warm: Study]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:25:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NICU+Hypothermia+011117.jpg

      For premature babies, getting the slightest chill can increase their chance of life-threatening illnesses.

      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 as hypothermic, and potentially increasing their chance of survival.

      Premature infants with admission temperatures below 96.8 degrees are at higher risk of mortality and some morbidities, including late-onset sepsis, intraventricular hemorrhage and oxygen toxicity.

      The program involves placing the most fragile premature babies, usually less than 32 weeks gestation and 3.3 pounds, into Ziploc freezer bags.

      The team cuts a hole at the top of the bag and slides the baby in head first moments after birth.

      "It creates kind of a hot house effect so the babies stay warm. So, as they are rolled into the NICU, their admission temperatures are normal," said Stephanie Eidson, B.S.N., clinical educator.

      "It sounds so simple that people might wonder why the focus on temperature is just now being addressed, but the process was actually very involved," said Lindsey Cannon, M.S.N., R.N., NICU manager.

      Cannon and Eidson put together a team consisting of Labor & Delivery and NICU nurses and leaders, physicians, respiratory therapists and Operating Room, Engineering and Housekeeping staff to work on what's been called the "Hypothermia Eradication from Admission Temperatures "H.E.A.T." study."

      The study resulted in interventions like the use of preheated radiant warmers, thermal mattresses, polypropylene bags and plastic shower caps to prevent infant heat loss upon birth.

      Additionally, they increased the room temperature of the delivery room from 74 to 76 degrees, using cooling vests to keep staff comfortable.

      Within two years, the percentage of hypothermic infants on NICU admission decreased from 20 to 10 percent, and the percentage of infants with normal temperatures increased from 50 to 70 percent, according to the hospital system.

      Christine Evans gave birth to her twins girls at 30 weeks gestation in November.

      Emma weighed three pounds and her sister, Abigail, weighed two pounds, 11 ounces.

      "We are lucky that I came out okay and that they came out of it OK. The outcome could have been vastly different," Evans said.

      Seconds after they were born, both girls were placed into Ziploc freezer bags. Elastic bowl covers were placed on their tiny heads.

      "Seeing them in Ziploc bags was very odd. I didn't expect that one," said new father, Jason Evans.

      "We could have been at any other hospital and not had the same outcome. We don't know. But we were in the right place at the right time," said Christine Evans.



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      <![CDATA[Tips for a Safe and Fast ER Visit]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:51:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/121416+emergency+room+outside+door.jpg

      The emergency room is one of the last places you want to be, but if you do have to go there, doctors say be sure you're prepared.

      Pre-planning for an emergency can make your ER visit as quick and safe as possible, according to Dr. Glenn Hardesty, an emergency medicine physician at Texas Health Resources.

      Follow these tips to help pre-plan:

      Have a clear concise story. You have less than, on average, five minutes with a triage nurse to tell him or her what happened. Doctors say stay focused with what's hurting you. Make it a single complaint. 

      Have one person tell the story of what happened. If it's not you, take someone with you, but don't bring ten family members, who will tell ten different stories. A single story gives doctors a clearer picture of what's going on with you.

      Know what specialty hospitals in your area. For example, if your child has a specialized condition, take him or her to a pediatric emergency department, if there's one nearby.

      Know the names of your medications, or at least know why you take them.

      Keep a printed copy of your medical history handy and take it with you.

      Doctors say these tips can make your trip faster as safer.  

      It's important the right information is conveyed to your health care provider when minutes matter the most.

      "Unfortunately, everyone, sometime in their life, ends up in the emergency department. Pre-planning for your emergency is the difference between getting taken care of quickly and perhaps a longer visit in the emergency department," said Hardesty.

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      <![CDATA[Consumer Reports: Fitness Trackers and Weight Loss]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:51:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CR+Fitness+Trackers.jpg

      Fitness trackers are all the rage these days. But a new study, one of the biggest and longest to date, suggests that for some, they probably won’t help with weight loss.

      A 2016 study tracked 800 adults for a year. Most wore Fitbits and logged 50,000 to 70,000 steps per week. But after just six months, none of them showed improvement in their weight or blood pressure. And after a year, 90 percent stopped using their Fitbit altogether.

      Taking steps alone isn’t enough to help you lose weight. You’re going to have to pair that with an intense exercise regimen and a healthy diet.

      Consumer Reports tests fitness trackers for step-count and heart-rate-monitoring accuracy, water resistance, ease of use and pairing, and readability in bright and low light.

      Consumer Reports’ top-rated trackers are:

      • Fitbit Surge for $250

      • Tom Tom Spark Cardio Plus Music for $130

      • Garmin VivoSmart for $150.

      Consumer Reports reached out to the makers of Fitbit, who said: “Fitbit continues to invest in the development of new devices and innovative motivational tools and social features to further enhance user engagement and help individuals achieve their health and fitness goals."



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      <![CDATA[Trump Asks Vaccination Skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Lead Vaccination Safety Commission]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:17:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.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.

      Both Trump and Kennedy have spread fringe theories linking vaccines to autism in children, an idea that medical experts overwhelmingly reject and have warned is endangering public health by discouraging parents from immunizing their kids.

      Trump has tweeted previously that he knew a child who developed autism after receiving immunizations, but he did not provide evidence for that claim.

      Scientists have debunked the link between vaccines and autism. But Kennedy, the son of the late U.S. attorney general, believes there is connection and has advocated for parents to be allowed to opt out of vaccinations for their children.



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      <![CDATA[Company Makes Children's Cosmetic Medical Devices Colorful]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:43:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cranial-caps-010917.jpg

      Car Wrap City in Carrollton is on a mission to wrap its proverbial arms around families in North Texas.

      The business is working to make cosmetic medical devices more colorful and attractive to change conversations.

      Most of the time, the company is in the business of wrapping vehicles with vibrant designs, colors and logos, but they also take time to wrap cranial caps and cranial bands used to help in the development of the shape of young children’s heads.

      “We turned the conversation from, ‘Oh, what’s going on with your baby?’ to 'Oh, wow. How cute,'” owner Scott Bechtel said. “We started to just wrap them for friends and word gets around.”

      It’s free for the families if they use an existing design with a charge for any special designs. Bechtel said any money charged goes to charity.

      “When I was younger, I had some medical issues and my dad had to get two extra jobs to pay for them," he said. "So, I’m pretty sensitive to children.”

      They take time away from making money to help families change conversations.

      “Parents love it. I see a few tears here and there,” Dustin Drachman said while wrapping Roman’s cranial band. “

      “You can see it. The weight of that thing on the baby’s head just disappears,” Bechtel said. “They want to take the baby out. They want to show it off."



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      <![CDATA[Holiday Sweets Recall]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:46:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.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.

      Hostess Brands recalled its Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies in response to Blommer Chocolate Company’s recall of its confectionery coating, which contains milk powder ingredients recalled by Valley Milk Products. 

      The milk powder ingredients recalled by Valley Milk Products were also in sweets distributed by Palmer Candy Company, which, like Hostess, issued a voluntary recall as a precaution.

      Testing has shown no Salmonella in the milk confectionery coating supplied to Hostess and Palmer Candy. No illnesses have been reported.

      All affected products were sold to grocery and convenience stores and other distributors nationwide.

      A number of candy packages are in the Palmer Candy recall, including chocolate almond bark, Christmas tree pretzels, peanut brittle and holiday gift bowls. For more details about the recall, head to this FDA recall page.

      The only Hostess product affected by the recall is the Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies. For further details about the recall, go to this FDA recall page.

      Palmer Candy Company customer service can be reached at 712-258-5543.

      Hostess Brands customer service can be reached at 1-800-483-7253.



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      <![CDATA[NTX Company Leads the Pack on Corporate Wellness Trends]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:51:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/treadmill+desk.jpg

      Many corporations, large and small, offer wellness programs to help you stay in shape, but what changes might you see in 2017?

      Experts predict corporate wellness trends for 2017 will include components for mental and spiritual well-being, as well as technology-driven incentives.

      "There's a shift going from the physical health to the total well-being of the employee," said Robyne Gaudreau, with Viverae, a workplace wellness technology company.

      One North Texas company many would say is in front of the trend is Satori Capital, an investment firm with offices in Dallas and Fort Worth.

      "Our vision was to have the next generation of corporate wellness. We had, as individuals and leaders, for a number of years, done corporate wellness programs, and we thought there was an opportunity to really build the next generation – corporate wellness 2.0," said Sunny Vanderbeck, co-founder and managing partner at Satori Capital.

      Vanderbeck and his leadership team created what he says is a "whole person approach to well-being," offering programs, tools and resources to help become healthier in four dimensions: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

      The team of 25 participates in weekly group meditation, journaling, energy rituals, tread desks, walking meetings, health coaching with Larry North and receives nourishing meals (high protein, low carb, organic and "Less-Meat Mondays") during the workday.

      They also have access to Satori Sweats, which encourages group fitness as a way to active and create connections and a sense of community outside of the office.

      "This is not a benefits program. This is something that drives performance at our firm," Vanderbeck said.

      "We're in the investment business, so the more effective and efficient we are, the better decisions we make, the better our business works, so there is a bottom line to all of this. And how wonderful is it to be in the position to help people become the best versions of themselves?" he added.

      A healthier employee means a healthier bottom line for companies that offer wellness programs, according to Gaudreau.

      "Those benefits may include reduced health-care spending in the future. It may include increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and, in fact, recruitment is an advantage as well," she said.

      "Our team doesn't get sick, doesn't have issues, so our health-care costs are rising at a rate much lower than other companies," Vanderbeck said.

      Cami Miller, an investor experience analyst at Satori, says the holistic wellness program changes the landscape of "corporate America."

      "I have a photo of me four years ago and a photo of me now, and I look at myself and I don't even recognize where I was," Miller said, of her physical fitness.

      "It's a seamless transition from my life outside of the office to the office, where my goals are supported and everyone’s talking about it and are holding me accountable. It’s a part of our everyday conversation," she adds.

      Satori Capital was recently named one of the Best Companies to Work in Fort Worth in 2016 and is designated as a Blue Zone work site.



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      <![CDATA[Doctors Induce Heart Attack to Save Arlington Man's Life]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:52:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/heart+monitor2.jpg

      "Alcohol ablation" was first introduced about 20 years ago, but doctors have now refined it as a minimally-invasive procedure to fix a damaged heart. For one man, it was a matter of life and death.

      After one year of recovery from a controlled heart attack, 67-year-old Bobby Bridges can do just about everything again – yard work, work as a police chaplain in Arlington and preach at Mayfield Road Baptist Church.

      "My heart stopped. Evidently. I rolled at about five miles an hour through two intersections and then hit the curb, and the jolt of hitting the curb brought me back to life, literally," Bridges said.

      Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, a genetic disorder, was causing a thickness in the heart wall that was obstructing blood flow. The cardiologist performed an alcohol ablation, causing a controlled heart attack to kill part of the heart and reduce the obstruction.

      "Oh, yeah, when they induced that heart attack, heart attack hurts, I can tell you," Bridges detailed.

      Immediately, with the obstruction gone, the blood flowed normally, and Bridges returned to normal life, even preaching again. His recovery was faster than if he chose a surgical route.

      "In appropriate patients, that are appropriately screened, it can be life changing as it was for Bobby," said Dr. Stuart Lander, an interventional cardiologist at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas.

      "I'm completely a new person. If there is any way to describe how I am today, I'm 30 years younger," Bridges said.

      He now has a whole new lease on life.

      Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is a genetic disorder that often goes undetected until the patient has a massive heart attack, so Bridges was indeed a lucky man.



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      <![CDATA[Register for the 21-Day Challenge]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:32:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/21-day-challenge-640x425.jpg
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      <![CDATA[National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:33:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TALK637E_HIV.jpg Discussing the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day taking place on Tuesday, February 7, with Chris Howell, Founder of the Chris Howell Foundation.]]> <![CDATA[What is The 21 Day Challenge?]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:16:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/21-day-challenge-food.jpg Organizers for the 21 Day Challenge, developed by Medical City Children's Hospital, discuss how the program will encourage children to make healthier snack choices.]]> <![CDATA[African Twins Stand Tall After Donated Surgery in DFW]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:10:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/010817+Ethiopian+Twins+before+after.jpg

      Sunday service at the Ethiopian Orthodox St. Michael Church in Garland is full of gratitude.

      There's appreciation and amazement upon seeing a pair of twin brothers standing tall.

      In early December, 16-year-old Markos and Tamrat Bogale arrived in North Texas from Ethiopia battling a severe case of scoliosis. The condition was so severe, Tamrat could not stand up straight. He had a 120 degree curvature in his spine.

      Through a partnership with the Texas Back Institute and Medical Center of Plano, both boys underwent life-changing surgery to correct the curvature of their spines.

      It's a procedure that would have been impossible in their native country. It was offered free of charge by their North Texas medical team.

      "When Markos and Tamrat first got here, Tamrat was about 5 inches shorter than Markos, and they're twin brothers," said Cheryl Zapata with Texas Back Institute. "Not long after the surgery we put them next to each other and Tamrat's like 'hey! I'm almost as tall as my brother'."

      Zapata cared for the boys while they were in Texas. 

      Markos and Tamrat speak little English but their appreciation shows in their stance and their smiles.

      "They're very humble and very kind and they really appreciate the generosity that's God given then but the gifts people have given them, it's just a beautiful thing to watch," said Zapata.

      Tamrat must undergo one more surgery in February.  Their doctors hope the brothers will be able to return to Ethiopia in the spring.



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      <![CDATA[Flu Season Hits Hard Nationwide]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:47:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.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 last year. ]]> <![CDATA[Cancer Deaths Fell 25 Percent Since 1991]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:47:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.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 holding fairly steady, but better screening and better treatments mean that people who get cancer are living longer, the American Cancer Society says in its annual report. And as fewer and fewer people smoke, cancer death rates follow.

      It projects that nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and 600,000 will die of it. 

      "The continuing drops in the cancer death rate are a powerful sign of the potential we have to reduce cancer's deadly toll," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the group.



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      <![CDATA[Defibrillator Vest Revives Woman During Cardiac Arrest]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:45:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wearable+heart+vest.jpg

      A woman in McKinney is lucky to be alive after suffering a cardiac arrest last week.

      Doctors say it would have killed her if she hadn't been fitted with a wearable defibrillator days earlier.

      Sheryl Blazer says she has suffered with heart problems for the past four years. Her condition deteriorated to the point that her physician, Dr. Dale Yoo, with Medical City McKinney, fitted her with a wearable defibrillator called a Zoll LifeVest.

      "It just fits over, like actually under your bra," Blazer explained.

      Six days after she began wearing it, on Dec. 29, Blazer suffered a cardiac arrest while working at home.

      The vest detected her abnormal heartbeat and began beeping.

      "They explained to me that if the alarm goes off and I'm awake, you just stop it so that it doesn't shock you. I didn't even have time to stop it and I passed out," she said.

      The LifeVest shocked her heart three times. If she wasn't wearing it, "I would be dead, because I had two fatal arrhythmias," Blazer said from her hospital bed.

      "In less than a week she then needed it for cardiac arrest over and over again, and it saved her life. Without it she would not be around," Yoo said.

      Yoo says it should serve as a reminder to everyone to take your health seriously and get routine checkups.

      Blazer now has a permanent defibrillator in her chest. She should be able to leave the hospital soon.

      Reliving the experience brings tears to her eyes and a new commitment to live each day like it's her last.

      "Because I just have too much to do still," she said.



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      <![CDATA[#SydStrong Be the Match Donor Registry Event]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:48:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doctor-health-generic-1200-03.jpg

      Join the Bone Marrow Registry Drive at the Hope Center in Plano on Saturday, January 7, at 10:00 a.m. for #SydStrong Be the Match Donor Registry Event.

      On November 17th, Sydney Galway was diagnosed with Leukemia - specifically AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia. This type of Leukemia requires an aggressive treatment and, to be cured, a bone marrow transplant is essential. Sydney did not match to any family members and will need a non-relative donor to be cured.

      To help, all you need is to be between the ages of 18-44, be willing and committed to donate to any patient in need, and meet the health guidelines. If you qualify, please consider getting tested, it just involves a simple cheek swab.

      About Sydney Galway
      Sydney is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) sorority. Sydney is from Plano, Texas and graduated from the Shelton School in Dallas in 2015. At Shelton she was a varsity athlete and captain of the volleyball team. Sydney loves spending time with her family and friends and binge watching Netflix.

      About Be the Match
      Team Be The Match is a nationwide community committed to helping patients in need of a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant by raising funds to add potential marrow donors to Be The Match Registry. A marrow transplant can be a life-saving treatment for more than 70 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell. Seventy percent of patients do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match to find an unrelated marrow donor and receive the transplant they need.

      If you cannot attend the Bone Marrow Registry Drive, visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/SydStrong to learn more.

      #SydStrong Be the Match Donor Registry Event
      Saturday, January 7
      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      The Hope Center
      2001 W Plano Pkwy
      Plano, TX 75075
      www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/SydStrong



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      <![CDATA[What 'Repeal and Replace' May Mean for North Texans]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:52:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doctor+Generic1.jpg

      The gloves are off in Washington as lawmakers battle over whether to repeal or uphold the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act.

      Republican law makers are holding strong to the “repeal and replace” message.

      The hard promise of repeal is tied to a shaky plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, which currently provides health care for approximately 20 million people.

      Democrats are fighting back with a new slogan, “Make America Sick Again,” urging law makers to uphold the health care plan.

      Within the last 30 days, 775,000 Texans have signed up to receive coverage under Obama Care. According to Stephen Love, President and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council, says 215,000 of those are North Texans.

      Love says that, under the Affordable Care Act, many people have benefited. Medicare coverage and prescription drugs for seniors are more affordable. Young adults will remain on their parents insurance until the age of 26, and people with pre-existing conditions receive coverage as well, Love said.

      “4.5 million Texans, approximately 27 percent, have some form of pre-existing condition that prior to the affordable care act would either one have no coverage or would have to pay an extremely high premium to have coverage,” said Love.

      He believes modification could be made for small business owners to elevate some of their burden.

      Vice President Elect Mike Pence is advocating for a swift, yet “smooth” transition process, and Love is hoping the transition period runs between two and three years, so families are not taken off guard.

      “The repeal could potentially have a $165 billion dollar negative impact for hospitals across the country,” said Love.



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      <![CDATA[State Lawmakers to Consider Vaccination Bills]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:00:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462294300.jpg

      State lawmakers in Austin plan to consider ways in the upcoming legislative session to reduce the number of unvaccinated children in Texas.

      "If we're asked, we'll definitely go down to Austin," said Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services. "We'll take a position as health directors throughout the state to support immunization."

      Compared to other states, Texas has among the highest number of unvaccinated kids in public schools.

      "It's critical in the state of Texas that we have more children immunized, and parents should encourage that because we're talking about herd immunity, which protects not only the children, but our community," Thompson said.

      In the last school year, nearly 45,000 students in Texas filed for conscientious exemptions from the required immunizations, citing religious or other reasons.

      Now state lawmakers will consider more than half a dozen measures taking aim at the exemptions, among them proposals which would require parents take online courses or visit a doctor to get an exemption.

      Opponents argue the measures would make it harder to get exemptions, erode parental rights and all but mandate immunizations.

      "We are not anti-vaccine," said Rebecca Hardy, of Keller, with the group Texans for Vaccine Choice. "We are a group of parents that have the fundamental belief that ultimately it's parents, along with their chosen medical provider, that are best equipped to make decisions for their children."

      "Texans for Vaccine Choice supports every Texan's access to and use of any vaccines that they want to use," Hardy added. "Our position is that parents have the fundamental right to direct their children's health care without government interference."



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      <![CDATA[Not Responding To Workouts? You Might Be A Non-Responder]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:05:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/push+ups.jpg

      Does it seem like your workout just isn't quite working out like you had hoped?

      You might be what's called a non-responder.

      According to fitness experts, a non-responder is someone whose body simply isn't responding to the exercise he or she is doing.

      You spend a month running or lifting weights and nothing, so you give up and go back to being non-active.

      A new study, however, finds that there is something you can do about it.

      Canadian researchers found non-responders should switch their workout to something that works for their body.

      To find out what that is, fitness expert and Tier X manager at Equinox Highland Park Seamus Dooley suggests getting a body assessment.

      "Of a population of about 100 who usually get assessed, about a third of them become non-responders to just generalized exercise," said Dooley.

      "The best thing to do is find a coach or a trainer who can offer you those assessment tools, whether it's a VO2 max assessment or a posture analysis or getting your metabolic rate assessed. There are a number of tools to do that," he added.

      "You have to find out what your fitness needs are in order to really accomplish what your goals are first," said Dooley.

      If you can't go to a gym, Dooley has some at home tips.

      "There are also simple starting points like checking your resting heart rate in the morning. If it's high then you should be training yourself in lower heart rate zones in order to become more efficient there. As your resting heart rate increases, then you can give yourself permission to train in the higher zones. Lastly look into your recovery. If you get yourself to a peak heart rate number, monitor how long it takes you to get your heart rate back down to a healthy low number. Two minutes is the standard at getting back to closer to your resting heart rate. If it takes much longer, I would avoid the higher zones until you become more efficient in the lower zones," Dooley said.

      "HIIT [high-intensity interval training] is great, but only if your body is ready for it and can recover properly from it," he added.

      Dallas businessman and former Army Ranger Sunny Vanderveck decided to get back in shape after 15 years of a sedentary lifestyle.

      "It had been 15 years since I had done any real workouts," said Vanderveck.

      "I tried my old Army Ranger tactics. Work out a lot, do a lot of cardio, lift a lot of weights, go to the gym every day and it didn't work for me, which was kind of surprising," said Vanderveck, who had become a non-responder.

      "I have friends who do a little bit of cardio and get a lot results. They really enjoy it and I always wondered why I just hate cardio. I don’t like anything about it. I don’t feel good when I’m doing it nor when I’m done and I get no results," he said.

      He underwent an assessment with a personal trainer and and learned his body would respond better to weight training and a different diet.

      In six months, he's lost 22 pounds of fat and gained ten pounds of muscle.

      More efficient workouts mean less time in the gym.

      He works out only two hours week.

      "I eat better. I feel better. I think better and I get it done in two hours a week," said Vanderveck.



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      <![CDATA[More Women Choose to Be First-Time Moms Later in Life]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:10:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-489418904-janet-jackson-unbreakable.jpg Janet Jackson is a first time mom at the age of 50, and statistics show more women are choosing to get pregnant later in life.

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      <![CDATA[The Cowtown 2017]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:53:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowtown+2017+web.jpg

      Calling all runners! NBC 5 and the Cowtown Marathon invite you to register for the 2017 Cowtown Marathon, beginning Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 26.

      Celebrating 39 years, the Cowtown is a three-day event that is located in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District. The Health & Fitness Expo will be held on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Amon Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall in the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Take The Cowtown Challenge. There is a distance for everyone. Sign up for the Adults 5K, Kids 5K or the 10K, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Ultra Marathon, the Full Marathon and Half Marathon will take place at 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

      The Cowtown benefits Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness, also known as CALF. The program gives grants to area children in order to help them offset the cost of their entry fee in addition to providing them with running shoes and training tools to help them be successful in their commitment to run in the 5K or 10K events.

      To register, visit www.cowtownmarathon.org.

      The Cowtown 2017

      Feb. 24 & Feb. 25 - Health & Fitness Expo
      Feb. 25 - 10K, Adult 5K and Kids 5K
      Feb. 26 - Ultra Marathon, Marathon and Half Marathon
      Register Friday and Saturday at the Health & Fitness Expo!
      www.cowtownmarathon.org



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      <![CDATA[The Best Diet to Fight Brain Shrinkage]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:28:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.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[Obamacare Enrollments Expected to Surge as Congress Acts]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:39:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obamacare+enrollment+aca.jpg

      After seeing a surge in Obamacare enrollments in December, health care counselors are preparing for another surge before open enrollment ends later this month.

      "I think people are more concerned about not being covered, so our numbers have actually increased by about 70 percent over last enrollment," said Sonia White, with the Community Council of Greater Dallas. "So we're seeing a very positive response to people wanting to come in and wanting to make sure that they have coverage."

      The new Congress is moving quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and Senate Republicans have already introduced a measure directing top congressional committees to cast votes to assemble to repeal legislation by Jan. 27.

      "It will be a big difference if they take it away from us," said Marcelino Hernandez, of Dallas, who also enrolled his 90-year-old mother.

      "What are we going to do if they take it away from us, as far as the health care? It's too expensive for us and not everybody can afford it," Hernandez said.

      "The most important thing to remember is that the marketplace, it's open and continues to be open," said Daniel Bouton, program manager at the Community Council of Greater Dallas. "Many different options are available for consumers that they are looking and searching for an affordable health insurance."

      After a record enrollment in December, 6.4 million people are currently enrolled in Obamacare, including 775,659 Texans.

      "The law is still the law, and people are required to get health insurance coverage," White said.

      Open enrollment runs through Jan. 31.



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