<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:28:25 -0600 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:28:25 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Oxy Elite Pro Offers Refund in Class Action Settlement]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:57:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/230*120/5p-p-oxy-elite-pro_650QT670-03.jpg

The Dallas based makers of controversial weight loss supplement Oxy Elite Pro and GNC stores that sold it are offering rebates of up to $300 per customer under the terms of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit.

The lawsuit accused USP Labs and GNC Stores of false and misleading claims about Oxy Elite Pro, Jack3d and VERSA-1. The companies deny any wrongdoing but agreed to the settlement to avoid more costly litigation.

Older versions of Oxy Elite Pro were recalled and destroyed in 2013 after reports of liver failure, hepatitis and one death.

Customers must submit claims online or by mail before Feb. 5, 2015.

Further questions can be directed to 1-888-936-9033.

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Offers Free Flu Vaccine]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:25:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Walmart+Flu+Shot+012214.jpg

Flu season is around the corner and Dallas County Health and Human Services is offering vaccines free of charge.

The vaccines are offered to both children and adults.

This year DCHHS is taking new measures to keep its citizens healthy after three children and 55 adults died from the flu last year in Dallas County.

Vaccinations for children area are available at any clinic, but adults must go to the first floor of the health department located at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway.

Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and no appointments are needed.

DCHHS Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins encourages everyone to get the flu vaccine once a year.

“It is ideal to get a flu shot before the virus begins circulating in the community,” Perkins said in a news release. “However, if you haven’t received it, you still have time to get protected.”

Perkins also recommended frequent hand washing.

Although there have not been any flu-related deaths this year, DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said this year more people are being tested for the flu.

For more details on how to prevent the spread of flu, visit the DCHHS website.

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<![CDATA[Arsenic in Rice]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:12:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rice7.jpg

Consumer Reports has issued new guidelines for limits on how much rice you and your children should eat.

Consumer Reports analyzed Food and Drug Administration data on more than 600 foods that contain rice and found some with worrisome levels of inorganic arsenic, which is linked to several types of cancer.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends parents consider other options rather than rice cereal for their children’s first solid food.

Consumer Reports’ analysis found that hot rice cereal and rice pasta can have much more arsenic than its lab saw in previous tests.

So Consumer Reports now recommends that children rarely eat these foods, which means not more than twice a month. And Consumer Reports recommends children under five limit rice drinks, rice cakes and ready-to-eat rice cereals. Levels of arsenic vary.

Consumer Reports based its recommendations on the higher levels in each food group to offer consumers the best protection.

As for rice itself, Consumer Reports’ lab tests in 2012 found high levels of inorganic arsenic in white rice and even higher levels in brown rice.

Consumer Reports has tested other types of rice and other grains and has found several alternatives with much lower levels of inorganic arsenic.

Some good choices — sushi rice from the U.S. and white basmati rice from California, India and Pakistan.

On average they had half the amount of arsenic as most other types of rice. And brown basmati rice from California, India and Pakistan has about one third less inorganic arsenic than other brown rice. Other good options — bulgur, barley and faro, as well as gluten-free grains like amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa.

In response to Consumer Reports’ investigation, the USA Rice Federation issued this statement: 

Research conducted by the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. rice industry shows arsenic levels found in U.S.-grown rice are below safe maximum levels established this year by the World Health Organization. Studies show that including white or brown rice in the diet provides measureable health benefits that outweigh the potential risks associated with exposure to trace levels of arsenic. The U.S. rice industry is committed to growing a safe and healthy product; we continuously test our crop, and research ways of reducing the already low levels of arsenic found in rice even further. 

The Food & Drug Administration issued this statement:


The FDA’s ongoing assessment of arsenic in rice remains a priority for the agency. Last year, the FDA released what we believe to be the largest set of test results to date on the presence of arsenic in rice and rice products, and we are planning to release a draft assessment of the potential health risks associated with the consumption of arsenic in these same foods.
Until that review is completed, the agency continues to recommend that consumers, including pregnant women, eat a well-balanced diet containing a variety of grains. Parents should feed infants and toddlers a variety of grains as well, and consider options other than rice cereal for a child’s first solid food.


Published studies and ongoing FDA research indicate that cooking rice in excess volumes of water – five to six times that of the rice – and draining the water can reduce the arsenic content, though it may also reduce the nutritional value of the rice.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reportswebsite.

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<![CDATA[Flu Cases on the Rise]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:43:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu+vax.jpg

Flu activity has steadily gone up each of the last few weeks, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services' weekly influenza surveillance report. 

In Tarrant County, they're seeing the same thing in the public health department's surveillance program, an increase in numbers.
At Hall's Pharmacy in Fort Worth's Near Southside neighborhood, they're seeing an increase in numbers, too, in the number of customers getting their flu shots.
"We are seeing about 20 to 30 people almost every day," said Raja Avanadula, a pharmacist at Hall's Pharmacy.
From the nasal mist for children to the vaccine for adults, Avanadula says many of his customers are concerned following last year's flu season.
"There was an outbreak in January and many more people came in at that time," he said. "And I think they're scared about the last year of things, so they wanted to take care of this year."
And while it's early in the flu season, Tarrant County Public Health says it's looking a lot like last year, so far.
"This year’s flu stats are tracking what we did last year, starting to come up, as usual when it gets cold and then December hits," said Russel Jones, the county's chief epidemiologist. "We'll see what happens."
One thing noticed early on in the season is that one of the strains in this year's vaccine, is showing up in the county's surveillance.
"Half of them to over half of them come back positive with Type-A, H3," Jones said.
Jones says many are positive for H3 N2 or what appears to be very close to that strain. That strain was actually developed for the vaccine out of a Tarrant County case several years ago. And while the flu shot and nasal mist are no guarantee to avoid the flu, experts say it continues to be the best defense against the flu and minimizing the flu's impact. And so, they continue to urge people to get the vaccine.
"Earlier the better," Jones said.
As for the pharmacy, they're well-stocked.
"We always order an extra amount," Avanadula said. 
Last year when many retailers ran out of the flu shot, Hall's was one of the very few in the area still with a supply.
Experts warn that it does take two weeks for the shot to take on its full immunity, meaning you can get sick before the shot takes effect.

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<![CDATA[Watchdog: Don't Overpay for Minor Medical Care]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:02:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DAVID_WOO__1412863784_40199434.JPG

In 2010, Texas created a new licensing law for stand-alone emergency rooms. Since then, dozens of these emergency rooms have popped up. When customers get a sticker-shock bill, they contact The Watchdog at The Dallas Morning News.

CLICK HERE to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Reports 4th Case of Chikungunya]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:12:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP702217698660.jpg

The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department confirms a fourth case of Chikungunya in Dallas County this year.

Officials said the patient was infected with the virus during a trip to a country where it is endemic.

Further details on this case were not released due to medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons.

Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, and it can cause sudden fever and joint pain, as well as rashes.

While most people infected with Chikungunya recover, there is no vaccine, and it can become disabling.

Health officials urge the public to take protective measures by utilizing the "4Ds" to reduce the risk of being bitten by a mosquito infected with Chikungunya:

DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

DRESS: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside.

DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.

DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

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<![CDATA[Flu Cases on the Rise; Health Leaders Urge Shots]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:45:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FluOutbreak_Shots_Vaccine.jpg

For the third week in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Texas is seeing local, or moderate flu activity; still more than most other states in the country.

Health officials in Denton County say the big increase in cases may not be far.

County Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez reports an increase lately in the illness they have to deal with all year.

Denton County Health Department Director Dr. Matt Richardson said this is the beginning of the season.

“There’s no crystal ball to see how bad it will be. What we do know is, there’s going to be a big outbreak of the flu. It happens every year,” said Dr. Richardson.

While it is a common illness in the winter, he said it’s one that must be taken seriously.

“The CDC anticipates 30-40,000 people die of the flu every year,” said Richardson adding that roughly averages out to 70-90 deaths in Denton County alone.

That’s why now is the time for prevention.

At CareNow, nurses and doctors also saw a slight uptick in cases over the past week, but are urging folks to get into clinics ahead of the illness to help prevent it.

“I think we have to be prepared for it to be hitting early,” said CareNow’s Chief Medical Director Dr. Martin Jones. “There’s plenty of flu vaccine that’s still available and so we encourage people to get out and get that. It’s the most common thing people can do to minimize their risk.”

Dr. Jones said there has been interest in the vaccine this year, but as always, they’d love to see more folks coming in to get shots and help prevent the spread of the flu.

Experts caution that the flu shot or mist does take about two weeks to kick in, so now is really the time to get it before holiday travel starts and the virus becomes more of a common issue.

“We start seeing a change in the weather, we get closer to November-December is usually when we start seeing winter-like illnesses,” said Jones. “Certainly influenza comes with that, too.”

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<![CDATA[President George W. Bush Meets Amber Vinson]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21:46:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/David-Woo-_1415388200.jpg

Former President George W. Bush dropped by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Friday to recognize the end of Dallas’ Ebola outbreak.

Bush visited with health care workers, including Amber Vinson, one of the nurses who became infected while caring for the nation’s first patient diagnosed with Ebola.

CLICK HERE to read more on this story from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Safety Alert: Overuse of Acetaminophen]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:25:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/acetaminophen.jpg

Acetaminophen is one of the most common ingredients in over-the-counter medications. It’s in Tylenol and hundreds of other medicines.

But Consumer Reports warns that the overuse of acetaminophen sends almost 80,000 people per year to emergency rooms and is now the leading cause of liver failure in this country.

How much acetaminophen is safe is not so clear. Recommended dosages vary widely in over-the-counter drugs.

A Scottish study of more than 650 people found that repeatedly exceeding 4,000 milligrams of acetaminophen for even just a few days can cause brain, kidney and liver problems.

Daily limits on a number of products found on drugstore shelves come close to the 4,000 milligram threshold cited in the Scottish study.

For example, the maximum daily dose of Mucinex Severe Cold contains 3,900 milligrams of acetaminophen. So does Dristan Cold.

NBC 5 reached out to Pfizer the makers of Dristan Cold, a company spokesperson said, "Dristan Cold meets all FDA regulations and is safe when used as directed."

Consumer Reports says to be safe, take no more than 3,250 milligrams of acetaminophen per day.

It’s important to read labels and to avoid combining drugs so that you stay below that limit. And be aware that you should not take acetaminophen at all if you have liver disease or are a heavy drinker, defined as someone who regularly has three or more drinks per day.

Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration says lower dosages of acetaminophen are just as effective as extra strength dosages, so you can avoid taking more acetaminophen than you need by sticking to regular strength.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reportswebsite.

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<![CDATA[Officials Hours From Declaring Dallas Ebola-Free]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 06:57:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clay-jenkins.jpg Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins discusses the end of the Ebola crisis in North Texas, as health officials are hours from declaring Dallas Ebola-free.

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<![CDATA[Officials Declare Dallas Ebola-Free]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 22:52:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ebola-dallas.jpg

North Texas officially became Ebola-free as of Friday evening, capping off 38 days of monitoring for symptoms initially touched off when the nation's first patient was diagnosed in Dallas with the potentially deadly virus.

The last person being monitored for symptoms of the virus was cleared Friday night, Dallas officials said. That person handled medical waste.

"It's incredible. It's a big answered prayer," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. "Thanksgiving comes early for those of us here in Dallas because the Ebola crisis will be over."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team in town to help local health officials with the Ebola response left last Saturday.

The crisis began when Thomas Eric Duncan tested positive for the virus Sept. 30. He died 10 days later at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, on Oct. 8.

Texas Christian University graduate Nina Pham, one of the nurses who cared for Duncan, tested positive for the virus Oct. 11. Amber Vinson, her colleague who also treated Duncan, tested positive for the virus four days later. Both have since recovered.

"Today is particularly joyous because our two hometown healthcare heroes have recovered and no one else got sick," Jenkins said.

CDC officials said they monitored 177 people overall who had contact with Duncan, Pham and Vinson.

"It was a very difficult and tense time for everyone," Jenkins said.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings echoed Jenkins' statement saying, "It's been a challenge, and there have been moments of frustration throughout this difficult process."

Health officials said they will investigate how the Ebola virus was handled in North Texas and plan to issue a report in the coming weeks.

"We're much better prepared in America because of what happened in Dallas than we were five weeks ago," Jenkins said. "Disease knows no borders, and we've got to have a good plan in place for when this happens again."

Rawlings said he's been looking forward to Dallas being "Ebola-free" and is thankful the monitoring period for all contacts is over.

"I'm proud of the citizens of Dallas for learning the facts about Ebola and staying calm. And I'm especially thankful to all the brave healthcare workers who put their lives on the line to help others, including Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who are true heroes in this city and around the world," Rawlings said.

And as much of North Texas breathes an Ebola-free sigh of relief, so does a group in Fort Worth who cleaned the most infected areas.

The cleaning crews were never on any official watch list, but they were always self-monitoring for any possible symptoms.

“Presbyterian was the hottest zone we were in,” said Brad Smith, manager of CG Environmental. “That was the most intense time. We went into a room where they had done everything they could possibly do to save this man’s life.”

On Oct. 13, the cleaning crew wrapped up work at Presbyterian Hospital, where they cleaned up the room where Duncan had died.

They also cleaned up the rooms where Vinson and Pham were treated before being flown to new hospitals for Ebola treatment.

The cleaning crews began self-monitoring for signs of the virus immediately and continued every day, checking their temperatures.

“They also backed it up by calling in or texting the office what the temperature was and what time they took it,” Smith said. “Everyday I prayed and said, hey, I want my guys to be safe.”

Now that fear is gone for the group and the rest of North Texas.

The following message was distributed Friday to all staff and employees of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas:

"Today, the monitoring period for those who participated in the care of our patients with Ebola Virus Disease ends. All of our caregivers and other employees related to the events of the last six weeks, along with their friends and loved ones in the community, are formally cleared of risk.

We are grateful that two caregivers who shared the fight against this insidious virus are healthy. These two courageous nurses, and so many others, put the needs of a patient first and valiantly worked to save the life of a man who faced, and ultimately lost, his battle with this disease. Today we remember and honor him, and his family remains in our hearts and prayers.

We emerge from this experience both humbled and empowered with a new strength of purpose. We are committed to using what we have learned to advance our mission and vision in the communities we are privileged to serve. We will continue to share our learnings with the healthcare community nationwide, and we hope our experience will also help those in the global community who are working so hard to beat this terrible disease in West Africa.

Finally, we are thankful for our community, whose support continues to fortify us as it has for nearly 50 years. The confidence placed in us even as we face challenges is heartening, and we pledge to reaffirm that trust as we move forward."

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<![CDATA[Record Number of Booster Seats Are "Best Bets": IIHS]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:25:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/185*120/%5BNECN%5DB16x9N_PY-08MO_NS_HEALTH_MINUTE_BOOSTER_SEATS_CNNWS_NECN1500kMP4_640x416_2191472863.jpg

A record number of booster seats have earned the highest rating for safety belt fit from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Out of the 41 models the agency tested, 27 earned the "best bet" designation while three were deemed "good bets."

The evaluations are based on how three-point lap and shoulder belts fit a child-size test dummy under various conditions. Crash tests were not a part of the review. The recommended seats position your child so that the seat belt is snug and safe for them in almost every car.

Booster seats that fell into the "check fit" category may provide a good belt fit for some children in some vehicles, but not as many as the boosters that earned a higher ranking, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says.

The following booster seats were named "best bets" for safety belt fit for 2014:

  • Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1 (backless mode)
  • Baby Trend Hybrid No Back (backless)
  • Britax Frontier 90 (highback)
  • Britax Pinnacle 90 (highback)
  • Britax Pioneer 70 (highback)
  • BubbleBum Neon (backless)
  • Cybex Solution X-Fix (highback)
  • Diono Solana (backless)
  • Dream On Me Turbo Booster (highback mode)
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe Belt-Positioning Booster (highback mode)
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback 65 (highback)
  • Evenflo Chase (highback)
  • Evenflo Symphony 65 (highback)
  • Graco Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1 (backless mode)
  • Graco Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1 (highback mode)
  • Graco 4Ever All-in-1 (backless mode)
  • Graco 4Ever All-in-1 (highback mode)
  • Graco Milestone All-in-1 (highback)
  • Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 with Safety Surround (highback mode)
  • Kids Embrace Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (highback)
  • Maxi-Cosi Rodi AP (highback mode)
  • Maxi-Cosi RodiFix (highback)
  • Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120 (highback mode)
  • Recaro Performance Booster (highback)Safety 1st Store ’n Go (highback mode)
  • Safety 1st Store ’n Go No-Back (backless)
  • Safety 1st Summit 65 (highback)

The IIHS says the following booster seats are "good bets:"

  • Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1 (highback mode)
  • Cybex Solution Q-Fix (highback)
  • Diono Rainier (highback)

Eight booster seats fell into the "check fit" category:

  • Dream On Me Coupe Booster (backless)
  • Dream On Me Turbo Booster (backless mode)
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe Belt-Positioning Booster (backless mode)
  • Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 with Safety Surround (backless mode)
  • Harmony Folding Travel Booster (highback)
  • Maxi-Cosi Rodi AP (backless mode)
  • Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120 (backless mode)
  • Safety 1st Store ’n Go (backless mode)

Three booster seats were not recommended by the IIHS:

  • Diono Olympia (highback)
  • Diono Pacifica (highback)
  • Kids Embrace Batman No Back Booster (backless)

NBC 5 reached out to the makers of the booster seats.

KidsEmbrace responded:


All KidsEmbrace car seats are safe, and meet or exceed all the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards outlined in (FMVSS 213). The purpose of the no back booster is to ensure that the lap belt fits low and tight across the child’s upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits snugly across the child’s mid-chest and shoulder. We feel our backless booster seat has a good fit for children weighing between 40-100 lbs. and our test results show good performance.


All crash testing of the batman no back booster was performed in government approved facilities and the crash dummy reaction to the spectrum of crash environments was well below any of the government allowed levels.

KidsEmbrace strictly follows all government regulations and safety requirements set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but are in contact with IIHS to evaluate their test methods and how they compare to the government required safety standards, which we exceed. We are interested in any improvements that can be made in increasing the safety of any our seats, including our Combination Harness to Booster seat which was awarded a BEST BET by IIHS.

<![CDATA[Record Number of Booster Seats Are "Best Bets": IIHS]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:44:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/185*120/%5BNECN%5DB16x9N_PY-08MO_NS_HEALTH_MINUTE_BOOSTER_SEATS_CNNWS_NECN1500kMP4_640x416_2191472863.jpg

A record number of booster seats have earned the highest rating for safety belt fit from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Out of the 41 models the agency tested, 27 earned the "best bet" designation while three were deemed "good bets."

The evaluations are based on how three-point lap and shoulder belts fit a child-size test dummy under various conditions. Crash tests were not a part of the review. The recommended seats position your child so that the seat belt is snug and safe for them in almost every car.

Booster seats that fell into the "check fit" category may provide a good belt fit for some children in some vehicles, but not as many as the boosters that earned a higher ranking, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says.

The following booster seats were named "best bets" for safety belt fit for 2014:

  • Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1 (backless mode)
  • Baby Trend Hybrid No Back (backless)
  • Britax Frontier 90 (highback)
  • Britax Pinnacle 90 (highback)
  • Britax Pioneer 70 (highback)
  • BubbleBum Neon (backless)
  • Cybex Solution X-Fix (highback)
  • Diono Solana (backless)
  • Dream On Me Turbo Booster (highback mode)
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe Belt-Positioning Booster (highback mode)
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe Highback 65 (highback)
  • Evenflo Chase (highback)
  • Evenflo Symphony 65 (highback)
  • Graco Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1 (backless mode)
  • Graco Argos 80 Elite 3-in-1 (highback mode)
  • Graco 4Ever All-in-1 (backless mode)
  • Graco 4Ever All-in-1 (highback mode)
  • Graco Milestone All-in-1 (highback)
  • Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 with Safety Surround (highback mode)
  • Kids Embrace Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (highback)
  • Maxi-Cosi Rodi AP (highback mode)
  • Maxi-Cosi RodiFix (highback)
  • Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120 (highback mode)
  • Recaro Performance Booster (highback)Safety 1st Store ’n Go (highback mode)
  • Safety 1st Store ’n Go No-Back (backless)
  • Safety 1st Summit 65 (highback)

The IIHS says the following booster seats are "good bets:"

  • Baby Trend Hybrid 3-in-1 (highback mode)
  • Cybex Solution Q-Fix (highback)
  • Diono Rainier (highback)

Eight booster seats fell into the "check fit" category:

  • Dream On Me Coupe Booster (backless)
  • Dream On Me Turbo Booster (backless mode)
  • Eddie Bauer Deluxe Belt-Positioning Booster (backless mode)
  • Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 with Safety Surround (backless mode)
  • Harmony Folding Travel Booster (highback)
  • Maxi-Cosi Rodi AP (backless mode)
  • Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120 (backless mode)
  • Safety 1st Store ’n Go (backless mode)

Three booster seats were not recommended by the IIHS:

  • Diono Olympia (highback)
  • Diono Pacifica (highback)
  • Kids Embrace Batman No Back Booster (backless)

<![CDATA[Illustration Depicts Sneeze Particles on Airplane]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 22:46:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sneeze+particles+on+airplane.jpg

Commercial airplanes are considered some of the ripest breeding grounds for viruses like the flu.

It's why the Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence at Purdue University studies how germs are spread in pressurized cabins, according to ANSYS, a company that specializes in precise simulation software.

ANSYS released a simulation video that shows what happens when an infected person sneezes in a pressurized cabin.

According to the company's blog, researchers looked at airflow and factors that affect it, like the positions of air conditioning vents and the currents created by passing flight attendants.

In the simulation, a cloud of particles travels above the infected person after a sneeze and then lingers above other passengers.

The passengers most at risk are those sitting on either sides of the infected passenger and those sitting in the row behind, researchers said.

Doctors said passengers' best bet when traveling this holiday season is practicing good hand hygiene and, of course, always covering your mouth and nose when sneezing.

According to ANSYS, FAA researchers use the simulations to optimize the design of ventilation systems in order to minimize the spread of germs.

The company's blog also mentions the FAA is eyeing new technologies like pathogen tracking through sensors and contamination mitigation to improve passengers' chances of not getting sick after traveling in close proximity to someone who is.

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<![CDATA[Study: Too Frequent Baths Could Be Bad for Babies' Skin]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 06:08:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baby-bath-eczema.jpg

Could keeping your baby squeaky clean cause skin problems?

A new study suggests too many baths — coupled with not enough moisturizing — could had adverse effects on young children.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers say full-body emollient therapy and fewer baths for newborn children can prevent the disease eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis.

Eczema tends to appear on the face and scalp of babies and in elbows and backs of knees in older children. According to the study, the use of emollients daily drastically reduced the average incidence of the disease. Prescribed ointments can moderate the itching and redness but there is no cure for the disease. According to The American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of children get eczema, rising up from only 3 percent in 1960.

Scientists say that the number of baths given to babies is too high, and advise people to bathe their babies no more than two or three times weekly. A recent report found that baby wash and shampoo products were used at least five times per week per household.

“People are bathing their babies too much,” said Dr. Eric Simpson, who conducted the study with a team of researchers, “If you expose skin to water and let it air dry, that leads to dryness—like the bottom of a river bed that cracks open when it dries.”

Baby soaps and shampoos, especially fragranced ones that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, are factors in the development of the disease.

In a trial conducted in the U.S. and United Kingdom, 124 newborn children who were at high risk of atopic dermatitis were studied for months. Some parents were ordered to apply full-body emollient therapy on their babies at least once a day after three weeks of birth, while other parents were ordered not to use emollients.

According to the study, emollients, like fragrance-free moisturizers and ointments, provide a safe and effective method of skin barrier improvement because they retain the skin with a source of exogenous lipids, which strengthens the skin’s barrier properties.

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<![CDATA[Ragweed Season Could Get Boost From Rain]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:16:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/ragweed+allergies.jpg

It’s fall in North Texas and that means high ragweed counts, which isn’t good news for seasonal allergy sufferers.

Tuesday is expected to bring a good amount of rain, which will temporarily bring down those ragweed counts, but experts said the keyword here is temporary.

“As that rain comes in, it's going to wash that pollen out and drop those levels temporarily until the rain stops and the temperature rises,” said Dr. Kenny Carter Jr., an ear, nose and throat doctor at Collin County ENT.

As soon as the rain clears, the ragweed plants will grow and release blooms, which will mean more pollen in the air and more sneezes for allergy sufferers.

“Try to stay inside when it's warm and breezy. A daily nasal steroid spray is a good maintenance medication. Irrigation sprays and antihistamines can make a big difference, too,” said Carter.

The typical ragweed season ranges from mid-August through November or until the first frost.

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<![CDATA[Addison "Lights The Night" To Stop Blood Cancers]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:19:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/110214+Light+the+Night+Addison.jpg As part of the "Light The Night" campaign, many people gathered in Addison on Sunday night to raise awareness and money for the fight against leukemia and other blood cancers.

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<![CDATA[Jenkins, Rawlings Grade Ebola Response]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:18:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/land-rawlings-jenkins-ints.JPG

Two leaders credited with keeping Dallas-Fort Worth calm during the height of the Ebola threat, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, sat down exclusively with NBC 5 to discuss the crisis, the tense moments behind closed doors and the deeply personal toll curbing the outbreak took on their own lives.

Jenkins, who leads the county's commissioners court, said he tried to lead with compassion but that he and his family were scrutinized publicly after he visited Louise Troh and her family while wearing plain clothes and no protective gear. Troh's family was quarantined at the time, having been exposed to the potentially deadly disease by her fiancee, Thomas Eric Duncan, who was staying with them in Dallas while visiting from Liberia.

Concern swelled after Jenkins then drove the Troh family to a new apartment, again without protective gear.

Duncan was, of course, the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the disease. The virus killed him on Oct. 8, 11 days after he was put into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and two weeks after he first became symptomatic.

"I don't want to unnecessarily dress up like a space man and dehumanize this person [Troh] any further. That wasn't required and [I] just followed the science and picked her up," Jenkins said.

At some point after relocating Troh's quarantined family, Jenkins said adults yelled the word "disgusting" at his 8-year-old daughter.

Troh's family was all released from quarantine, showing no sign of having contracted Ebola, at midnight Oct. 20.

Jenkins also shared the awful moment when they had to tell Troh and her family that Duncan had passed away while they remained quarantined, wondering if they had contracted the disease.

"The youngest was afraid that he would die and so it was very difficult as a father, I had to get on the floor like a catcher because I couldn't touch him," Jenkins said. "He was saying, 'Judge, just tell me if I am going to die. Take me to the hospital if I am.' And I said, 'No, you're going to be OK.' Just trying to get him to look at me and tell him he was going to be OK."

Rawlings said his low moment came four days after nurse Nina Pham had been diagnosed with the disease, when nurse Amber Vinson was also confirmed to have contracted Ebola two days after being cleared to travel on a commercial flight.

"I will say the low moment was getting that call that Amber had come down. I felt I had failed these nurses, but also because of what's next," Rawlings said. "Ya know, it was tough for me, the first one. But Amber was tougher for me. The first one was an odd situation, that 'one off.' Suddenly you've got a trend. You've got two individuals. Who else is going to come forth?"

Rawlings said the need inform and educate the public about the deadly disease in an expedient manner proved challenging, but was not an area where they could afford to fail.

"Basically I learned two things. One is to be honest with people all the time. That's a little hard to do because we are getting real time information and some of it is wrong. We have to sort it out, we have to edit and we have to provide total transparency. Second, be clear and simple," Rawlings said.

Due to the nature of the virus, Rawlings and Jenkins learned quickly that they didn't have the luxury of time when it came to formulating a strategy or response to the Ebola threat.

"It was a strange moment, a surrealistic moment, to know that there was a lot of cities and states that it could hit. The fact that it, just through randomness, it picked Dallas, it was a bit of a kick in the gut," Rawlings said. "But you really don't have time to sit back and think that way. You have to say, 'OK, what do we have to do?"

See more of the interview with both Rawlings and Jenkins during NBC 5 News at 10 p.m. The entire half-hour interview will be available inside this article following the late news.

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<![CDATA[Some Flu Patients Could Falsely Suspect Ebola]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:06:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/little+girl+vaccine.jpg

Doctors in North Texas are reporting an uptick in flu patients showing up to their offices already this fall, and the reason could be due to a heightened awareness of the Ebola virus.

Ebola and the flu have some similar symptoms in that they both cause fevers and muscle aches. As a result, folks concerned about Ebola are not only screened for that but also for the flu.

“We are testing more often for the symptoms because of the whole Ebola screening, too,” said Dr. Roger Khetan.

Just last week there were four positive flu cases in North Texas, and each was a middle-aged, healthy adult.

“I would say the natural person is usually a little concerned about fever, especially if they travel, and so we are going to be very careful about travel screening. And I think everyone screening is because we are still unfortunately the epicenter for what was Ebola,” said Khetan.

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<![CDATA[Duncan's Fiancee Struggles to Rebuild Life]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:47:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/102614+Louise+Troh.jpg

For the first time since the death of her fiance Thomas Eric Duncan, Louise Troh spoke publicly Thursday about his hospitalization and treatment prior to his death from the Ebola virus on Oct. 8 in Dallas.

In an off-camera interview with NBC 5, Troh, 54, said she was at work the night Duncan was rushed by ambulance to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Troh said her daughter, who is a certified nurse’s assistant, was taking care of him at home.

Her daughter said Duncan was not throwing up that night, but that he did suffer from diarrhea and had a temperature of 103 degrees. She told the paramedics that he had just traveled from a viral country in West Africa and warned them about his symptoms.

Troh, who is now writing a memoir about her experience, reflected about how her fiance traveled from Liberia specifically to marry her in the United States. They had an intimate relationship when he arrived and they planned to continue their lives together. But that all changed when Duncan developed symptoms of the potentially deadly virus.

Troh said she is upset with Presbyterian Hospital, whom she believes didn’t do enough to save his life.

"Imagine, I could not visit him. I was told, `prepare for the worst.' It was horrible. You either think of killing yourself or you ask God to make you strong," Troh said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Hospital officials said they did all they could and consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta throughout the process of Duncan’s care

Troh said she is trying to move forward and just wants to get back to a normal life, but that it's become stressful trying to find a place for she and her family to live because every property owner she's talked to in Dallas refuses to rent her a long-term residence due to the negative stigma of Ebola.

"I am hurt, I am displaced, I have this Ebola stigma on me and no one will take me in," Troh said.

She said a previous landlord, The Biltmore Apartments, cited an outstanding debt of $1,900 for denying her application -- a charge Troh said was frivolous. Lisa Hawkins, the building complex's community manager, declined to comment.

The Ivy Apartments, where Duncan stayed with Troh for 10 days before his first trip to the emergency room, also denied her rental application, Troh said. A message left with The Ivy's manager was not returned.

"They are treating me like a foreigner," said Troh, who is an American citizen. "America thinks we do not deserve better.

State and federal law prohibits discrimination against buyers or renters on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability and family status.

Troh's pastor, George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church, said buying a condo to rent to Troh is a last resort.

"When we tried to rent another condo, they turned us down when they found out who we were," Mason said.

Troh does not have an attorney, but Mason does. He said if a pending deal to buy a condo for Troh to rent falls through, filing a lawsuit will be Troh's next course of action.

Troh returned to church last Sunday in her first public appearance since going into quarantine. Fellow congregants donated money to help her buy clothes and have pledged to donate more to help Troh furnish a home -- whenever she manages to find one.

For now, Troh, and nine others, are crammed into her daughter's modest apartment. Meanwhile, Troh is also trying to replace her family's personal belongings that were incinerated when authorities decontaminated her apartment.

Despite so much loss and suffering, Troh manages to remain positive and to get through her days with a smile, while coming to terms with the loss of her fiance.

The Associated Press' Emily Schmall

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<![CDATA[Cooler Temps Could Bring End to West Nile Season Soon]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:27:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_mosquito_fiebre_amarilla_california.jpg

It may be the beginning of the end for mosquito season and West Nile virus fears in 2014.

For the first time since early in the year, morning low temperatures in the 30s are forecasted for the Denton County area in the coming days.

While there’s no hard end date to the mosquito season, most experts agree the first frost of the year followed by consistent below 50 degree weather gets rid of the bugs for the season.

Although that low of a low is yet to be seen, many mosquito experts are hopeful we are seeing the weather swing that way quickly.

"I think we're very close to the end of the season,” said Highland Village Street Supervisor Bob Parton.

Parton said the cooler temperatures over the last few days and weeks lead to a decline in mosquito numbers already. He said the 60 degree range tends to readily cut down on trappings in his experience.

The city hasn’t had a positive mosquito pool testing since early October and only had six weeks during 2014 so far with positive tests.

Elsewhere in Denton County, Lewisville had 13 positive pools, Flower Mound reports nine and Denton had seven so far.

Countywide, the Health Department reports only four human cases of the illness this year; significantly down from the widespread West Nile virus outbreak North Texas experienced in 2012.

Parton attributes much of the success of lowering those numbers to the response from cities and counties; which has greatly improved in the last two years.

He said Highland Village began trapping early this year, immediately sprayed any positive test areas and got a good response from citizens reporting pooling water or large mosquito groupings to the city.

However, Parton said even when this season does die down the city will almost immediately begin planning to combat next year’s crop of mosquitoes.

The County Health Department said they will soon wrap up their mosquito surveillance on the season, as well.

<![CDATA[Bedford Passes Restaurant Smoking Ban]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:27:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/171956078.jpg

The City of Bedford has passed an ordinance banning smoking in restaurants.

Bedford passed the ordinance on Sept. 9, but said that bars or businesses that derive 50 percent of their revenue from the sale of alcohol can still allow smoking.

City officials said there are currently only five places in the cit that fit that description. The ordinance also prohibits smoking within 10 feet of an entrance or open window, however, smoking will be permitted on patios provided they are separated from the establishment and far enough away from the door.

The new ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Negative Stigma Linked to Ebola Virus]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:31:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6PW_VO_EBOLA_MEETING_KNSD4HOQ_1200x675_313738307967.jpg

Each day that passes in Dallas County without a new case of the Ebola virus is a small victory in the battle against it spreading.

Day by day, more people are falling off the monitoring watch list.

But now, health officials are dealing with another problem, the negative stigma associated with being linked to the outbreak.

Amber Vinson and Nina Pham, two nurses who contracted the virus but are cured, now face the challenge of getting back to a normal life.

“They are deserving of being valorized,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. “Not stigmatized in anyway.”

Jenkins has been in close communication with those affected by the virus, including Louise Troh and her family.

They are all out of isolation and never showed any symptoms of the virus after having contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from Ebola on October 8.

Troh and her family still can't find a permanent place to live after her apartment was decontaminated and her possessions destroyed.

“I think she’s been surprised that there has been this hesitation,” said Wilshire Baptist Church Pastor George Mason. “She continually has been disappointed in every time we thought we had a place for her to live, only that they didn't want to take a risk.”

Mason says Troh's been talking to her employer and she might be back to work soon, working part-time as a certified nurse’s assistant.

“They’ve been through literally hell and they've dealt with it with grace and love and understanding,” said Jenkins.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has also taken a hit. Hospital visits and revenue are down.

<![CDATA[Nurse Steps Out, Slams Quarantine]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:01:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kaci-Hickox.jpg

Nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned from treating Ebola victims in West Africa and has challenged the legality of a quarantine, spoke outside of her Maine home after health officials announced they are seeking a court order to force her to stay home in quarantine for three weeks over public health concerns.

Hickox walked out of her Fort Kent home Wednesday night, defying the Maine CDC's protocol for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients.

"We have to make decisions based on science," she told reporters while standing outside with her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur. "You could hug me. You could shake my hand and not get Ebola."

The state wants people who have had direct contact with Ebola patients to remain home and avoid public contact until the virus' 21-day incubation period had passed, and it will seek court orders to force them to if they don't of their own accord, officials said at a Wednesday press conference in Augusta.

"Our true desire is for a voluntary separation from the public. We do not want to legally enforce an in-home quarantine unless absolutely necessary," Maine Commissioner of Health and Human Services Mary Mayhew said. "However, we will pursue legal authority if necessary to ensure risk is minimized for all Mainers."

Mayhew defended the state's effort to enforce what it continued to call a "voluntary" quarantine, saying it reflected a "common-sense approach" that would "guard against a public health crisis in Maine."

The court order seeking to force Hickox to remain home will ideally be filed Wednesday, Mayhew said.

Officials also said state troopers are outside of her door waiting to tail her and see who she comes into contact with if she leaves home.

Earlier on Wednesday, Hickox, a nurse who had first been quarantined in New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport over the weekend and was released after showing no symptoms, told Matt Lauer on "Today" that she wasn't abiding by Maine CDC's recommendation; the state's CDC recommendation is more strict than federal guidelines.

"I truly believe this policy is not scientifically nor constitutionally just, and so I’m not going to sit around and be bullied around by politicians and be forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public," Hickox said. 

Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement earlier on Wednesday that while he's concerned with the safety and health of Hickox and the community of Fort Kent, the state is "exploring all of our options for protecting the health and well-being" of Hickox and the community.

"While we certainly respect the rights of one individual, we must be vigilant in protecting 1.3 million Mainers, as well as anyone who visits," LePage's statement said.

<![CDATA[Statement: Amber Vinson Speaks at Emory]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:54:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vinson-speaks-emory.jpg

Below is a statement read by Dallas nurse Amber Vinson upon being discharged from Emory University Hospital in Dallas after she was declared Ebola-free.

I'm so grateful to be well. And first and foremost, I want to thank God. I sincerely believe, that with God all things are possible.

While the skill and dedication of the doctors, nurses and others who have taken care of me have obviously led to my recovery, it has been God's love that has truly carried my family and me through this difficult time and has played such an important role and given me hope and the strength to fight.

I also want to take a moment to publicly thank my dear grandparents, my aunt and my uncle who have been visiting me here at Emory, supporting me and making sure I knew my family was there for me throughout my illness.

And to my family who played such an important role in my recovery, by being there every minute, every day, even though you couldn't be close, Mom and Derek, I want to express my love and sincere thanks.

While this is a day for celebration and gratitude I ask that we not lose focus on the thousands of families who continue to labor under the burden of this disease in West Africa.

Thank you to Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol both of whom were successfully treated here at Emory, for your donations of plasma for me and other patients. And thank you for your leadership in hleping to educate the public about this difficult, but treatable, disease.

I want to sincerely thank the professionals who have contributed to my care here at Emory Healthcare and at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. As a nurse and now as someone who has experienced what it's like to be cared for through a life-threatening illness, I am so appreciative and grateful for your exceptional skill, warmth and care.

Finally, my family and I would like to thank many people whose prayers have helped sustain us. As we head back home to Texas, we are grateful and we respectfully ask for the privacy my family and I need at this time.

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<![CDATA[CDC Recommends New Ebola Quarantine Guidelines]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:54:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CDC-generic.jpg The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outline new guidelines for who should be quarantined and when concerning people coming from Africa to the United States.]]> <![CDATA["The Martha Stewart of Marijuana"]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:44:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/6086cece1b1849ee9e44a75c6187d8ae.jpg

Beverly Hills mom Cheryl Shuman may not look like the stereotypical stoner, but she’s hoping her new crowdfunding website will be a driving force to help bring medical marijuana to the masses.

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, Shuman was given just months to live. She refused hospice and started smoking marijuana. Now, she’s known as an advocate of the drug.

"My name is Cheryl Shuman and they call me the Martha Stewart of Marijuana," Shuman, founder of the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club, said.

Shuman, who has been on TV shows and in magazines promoting her business, said she frequently hears that she doesn’t fit what people think a pot smoker should look like.

"Well you don't look like a pot smoker, you don't look like a marijuana person," is what she said people tell her. "I always say, 'What were you expecting me to look like?'"

She doesn’t have a stereotypical business model either.

She credits cannabis for saving her life, and her passion for its benefits has led to her business and a 68-acre marijuana farm in Northern California.

And now she's hoping her newest venture, crowdfunding website Canna-dabba-doo, will help other potential medical marijuana entrepreneurs.

"Medical marijuana is as close to being a miracle drug and if it were discovered in the Amazon jungle today it would be heralded around the world as a miracle drug," Shuman said.

So far, the website only has three business ideas posted and no money has been pledged. But Shuman says it's just beginning.

"It allows anyone with a small business idea and a dream to post their project on the website and all the people we generate through social media can help fund it," she said.

"This is like the 90s and the dot-com boom. This is the pot-com boom!"

But the pot business comes with critics.

"The 'green rush' is nothing more than a revitalization of drug dealing in California and the U.S.," a spokesman for the group Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana said in a statement. "With fraudulent labeling of pot as medicine, we have seen increases in drug use particularly among teens and young adults."

Spokesman Scott Chipman said in a written statement that as a society "we must beat back big marijuana just like big tobacco of 20 years ago.

"It has the potential to be much more harmful and deadly," he said.

While cannabis has been shown to alleviate side effects of cancer treatments and other effects of the disease, no clinical trials on humans have shown it to be an effective treatment for cancer, according to the National Institutes of Health. The FDA has not approved the drug for cancer treatment.

Still, Shuman points to her clientele's need for the various strains of the marijuana for medicinal purposes.

"This is a legitimate medicine, that legitimately helps people," Shuman said.

<![CDATA[More than 31,000 Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:55:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bell-evans-chicken.jpg

A Pennsylvania food company over the weekend issued a recall of more than 31,000 pounds of chicken products that may contain a toxin.

The recalled products are Bell & Evans gluten free chicken breast nuggets (12 ounces) and Bell & Evans gluten free chicken breast (10.5 ounces), according to a press release from the Department of Agriculture.

The chicken products have Aug. 9, 2015, expiration dates. They were shipped to stores across the U.S.

The food may be contaminated with Staphylococcal bacteria, which may cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

The reported contamination was discovered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture during a retail surveillance and sampling program.

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<![CDATA[Nurse, UTA Grad Fights New Jersey Quarantine]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:16:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kaci-Hickox1.jpg

Isolated inside a tent, Kaci Hickox remains involuntarily quarantined at a New Jersey hospital.

“We believe that the medical experts should be directing these policies not politicians,” said Hickox’s attorney, Norman Siegel.

Siegel criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's new policy to impose a mandatory 21-day quarantine to any health care worker returning from West African countries with Ebola outbreaks.

That’s the situation Hickox, a 2002 University of Texas-Arlington graduate, found herself in after traveling from Sierra Leone Friday where she was a nurse for the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders.

“Quarantine measures or coercive measures against aid workers could give a superfluous sense of security while the most important thing is to tackle the epidemic at its source --- there," said Doctors Without Borders Executive Director Sophie Delaunay, on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday morning.

Hickox has tested negative and shown no symptoms of the virus.

“The medical people that we’ve talked to will be recommending there’s no reason medically to keep her quarantined,” said Siegel.

Despite harsh opposition to new the policy, Christie stands firmly by his decision.

“I understand Ms. Hickox is uncomfortable and I understand that she doesn't want to be quarantined,” said Christie. “But my responsibility, my greater responsibility is the 8.9 million people of the state of New Jersey.”

Hickox's attorneys plan to file a federal lawsuit against the state of New Jersey later this week.

*Update* The New Jersey State Health Department said Hickox was being discharged Monday and sent to Maine, per her request. She will be taken via private carrier, not by mass transit or commercial jet.

<![CDATA[Pham's Church Continues to Pray for Her]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:37:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_01_obama_abrazo_nina_pham.jpg Nina Pham is in Fort Worth with her family, that's also where her church is where many members of the congregation continue to pray for her recovery.

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<![CDATA[Pham's Reunion With Her Dog Delayed]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:34:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pham-dog.jpg Nina Pham's reunion with her dog Bentley will have to wait until the dog clears quarantine.

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<![CDATA[UTA Nurse Fires Back Against Ebola Quarantines]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:23:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ebola-quarantine.jpg A nurse with ties to North Texas is firing back against efforts to stop the spread of Ebola. The UTA grad returned from West Africa on Friday and was immediately placed in quarantine.]]> <![CDATA[Presbyterian Makes Big Changes After Treating Ebola]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:10:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ebola-456419212.jpg After treating the first Ebola patient in the U.S., Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas made some big changes.

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<![CDATA[Neighbors Ready for Pham to Return Home]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:21:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457790040.jpg

Former Ebola patient Nina Pham made no public appearances on her first day back in Texas after her rapid recovery and release Friday from a Maryland hospital.

Pham is believed to be staying at her family's home in Fort Worth, where road cones and a police officer ensure their privacy.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who is overseeing the Dallas response to Ebola, was in touch with her family Saturday and he was at Fort Worth Meacham Airport Friday night when her chartered plane arrived.

“She bounded off that plane, jumped into her Dad’s arms, visited with some friends, even took some pictures with some people,” Jenkins said. “[She] just really seemed happy and healthy and glad to be home.”

The Presbyterian Hospital nurse became infected with the Ebola virus while treating the first Dallas Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan who died Oct. 8. She was transferred to Maryland for care on Oct. 16.

Jenkins said Pham’s plans for return to work or her Dallas apartment are not clear.

“She’s got a lot of catching up to do with her sisters, with her friends. She’s looking forward to driving her car and just being able to stretch her legs and being able to do some things,” Jenkins said.

A reunion with her dog Bentley will be delayed until the dog completes Ebola monitoring on Nov. 1. So far, Bentley has tested negative for the disease.

“There’s no risk to her to be around the dog, but the top veterinarians in the state say the regimen we have the dog on, on monitoring needs to not be interrupted,” Jenkins said.

Laura Colven, who lives down the street from Nina Pham’s “M” Streets apartment, said neighbors were alarmed when a crew wearing bio-hazard suits came to decontaminate the unit two weeks ago.

“It’s a little scary having the CDC knock on your door saying someone has Ebola on your street but we have to get past that and they informed us and everything was taken care of and there’s nothing to be scared of,” Colven said.

Laura Colven and her mom Jan walked by the unit Saturday.

“We were just talking about the picture in the paper of President Obama hugging her,” Jan Colven said. “I thought maybe that’s a message to people, ‘it’s OK. There’s no need to be scared.’”

"Good for her, very happy for her. I think a lot of people were praying for her. I know we were. I think it is really a good thing that she is well,” said neighbor, Phil Schwartz.

On Saturday, 102 possible Ebola contacts were still being monitored for possible symptoms but Jenkins said the chance of another Ebola case declines every day. All contacts will complete monitoring on Nov. 7.

“We are winning the war on Ebola in Dallas, but we must stay vigilant,” Jenkins said.

NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.

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